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Double Cleansing for the most amazingly fresh skin

26 Nov

cleansingsystem limeDespite what we are lead to believe about cleansing the skin, using natural vegetable and nut oils for cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Oil cleansing has been used in many countries as a recognised face cleansing method. Natural oils, when rubbed in, dissolve impurities, environmental ‘dirt’ and makeup, while providing essential nourishment for the skin.

Even oily skins respond well to oil cleansing, because when rubbed into the skin, the oils trick the sebaceous glands into believing they have produced enough oil, and they stop producing an excess.  Oil based cleansers will also not aggravate acne or cause new break outs because they are very gentle on the skin. Ideally, at night, after the face has been exposed to the grime of the day, we should double cleanse, which involves an oil cleanse first, followed by a light, natural cleanser without sulfates or harsh chemicals, and without animal fats. This can either be a vegetable based cleansing bar, or a cleansing gel which penetrates easily to purify the skin deep down and provide other nourishment the skin needs. Then in the morning, all we need to do is either wash our face with warm water, or give it a light cleanse with our cleansing gel. Squeaky clean, but not stripped dry!

Above all, remember that intense cleansing or scrubbing can worsen skin conditions such as acne and inflammation, and expose the skin to unwanted bacteria.

Always be gentle!

Find out about our 2 step Cleansing System, which includes a beautiful olive oil based Cleansing Oil and a gentle Cleansing Gel at www.rubifresh.com.au

Terrific Tea Tree

28 Nov

tea treeTea Tree oil has long been used as a natural antiseptic, but is gathering interest due to some new research that highlights additional benefits.

Pure tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree plant (not the tea plant…though it was used by 18th century sailors to make tea that smelled like nutmeg). Today, it is a natural essential oil used straight, or in skincare preparations, for it’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-infammatory actions.

Tea tree oil should never be swallowed as it is too strong for the gut lining, and can cause rashes, stomach ache, diarrhoea, vomiting or even hallucinations.

Recent research reveals it’s potential in the control of Golden Staph, and in the significant inhibition of the growth of highly agressive cancer tumours in mice.

All that said, much of this research is in it’s early days, but what we do know is it’s powerful cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties in skincare formulations. If you are so inclined grab some olive oil (great for cleansing) and a few drops of tea tree oil, and make a homemade cleanser. If you can’t be bothered, and want the real deal, try our Rubifresh Cleansing Oil, which contains both olive oil, and lemon tea tree plus a whole bunch of other cleansing and nourishing oils to deep cleanse and rebalance the skin for the ultimate (not stripped dry) squeaky clean.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder Rubifresh Natural Skincare. Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au

The Truth about Coconuts

14 Nov

coconutCoconut oil was once considered a baddie due to its high percentage of saturated fat. In recent years, evidence has emerged to show not only that saturated fats are not the baddie they once were thought to be, but the unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil actually have powerful medicinal properties, due to the fact that they are metabolised differently. In short, they go straight to the liver from the digestive tract to provide a quick source of energy that can have therapeutic effects on some brain disorders like epilepsy.

Scientific studies have shown a variety of other health benefits of coconut oil, including improving blood cholesterol, boosting brain function, reducing the risk of seizures, preventing infections, easing digestion, stimulating metabolism, helping burn fat and killing your hunger. All really amazing stuff (and by the way, it tastes great too).

Of course, what we are really interested in, is what it can do for the skin. At Rubifresh Skincare, we use certified organic coconut oil in a number of our products. WHY? Read on…

Coconut oil has long been regarded as a highly effective moisturiser. It keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, preventing sagging and wrinkling, and increases the protective barrier to reduce moisture loss. It has been shown to have powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, preventing infection both topically and internally. As a massage oil it does not ‘disappear’ too quickly, making it one of the most effective oils for this use. Studies show that it functions as a sunscreen, blocking around 20% of the sun’s UV rays. For all these reasons, and for its luxurious skinfeel, we at Rubifresh Skincare use it in our luscious natural Lip Balm, our rich Body Cream, Anti-aging Moisturiser and anti-pigmentation Hand Cream.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Rubifresh Skincare Owner & Founder

Olive Oil for Cleansing

7 Nov

Did you know that the very best form of cleansing is based on a staple ingredient in our pantries? Despite what we are lead to believe about cleansing the skin, using natural vegetable and nut oils for cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin, and Olive oil is a fabulous place to start.

Oil  cleansing has been used in many countries for centuries as a recognised facial cleansing method. Natural oils, when rubbed in, dissolve impurities, environmental ‘dirt’ and makeup, that are all trapped within the oily pores, while providing essential nourishment for the skin. Even oily skins respond well to oil cleansing, because when rubbed into the skin, the oils trick the sebaceous glands into believing they have produced enough oil, and they stop producing an excess.  Oil based cleansers will also not aggravate acne or cause new outbreaks because they are very gentle on the skin. Olive oil has a special drawing action, drawing impurities out of the skin.

Ideally, at night, after the face has been exposed to the grime of the day, we should double cleanse, which involves an oil cleanse first, followed by a light, natural cleanser without sulfates or harsh chemicals, and without animal fats. This can either be a vegetable based cleansing bar, or a cleansing gel which penetrates easily to purify the skin deep down and provide other nourishment the skin needs.

Then in the morning, all we need to do is either wash our face with warm water, or give it a light cleanse with our cleansing gel. Squeaky clean, but not stripped dry!

Above all, remember that intense cleansing or scrubbing can worsen skin conditions such as acne and inflammation, and expose the skin to unwanted bacteria.

Always be gentle!

Find out about our 2 step Cleansing System, which includes a beautiful olive oil based Cleansing Oil and a gentle Cleansing Gel at http://rubifresh.com.au/womens-products/face-products/cleansing-oil.html

Rubiwomen is written by Rubifresh Owner & Founder, Tristan Fahey

“…real beauty comes from something deep within us and is reflected in our faces, the window into our soul…”

The Magic of Chamomile

5 Nov

If someone asked you the question – “what is chamomile good for?”, you’d probably say that it is good for relaxing you before bed. You would, of course, be correct, but do you know why, and did you know that it’s benefits go way beyond bringing on sleep? It’s powerful benefits have encouraged us at Rubifresh Skincare to include it as an ingredient in several of our products. Read on to find out more…

Chamomile has been used since ancient times by the Egyptians (as a fever reducer) and by the Greeks (as an ulcer cure). It is a flowering plant which looks like a tiny sunflower, but is mostly white. It’s active substances are many.

Now, I happen to be a big fan of chamomile tea. As a bit of a…thinker…I often find it difficult to get sleepy, so each night I have my cup of chamomile tea and it really does seem to make a difference. Not everyone agrees, however there seems to be good evidence to support this herbal gem. In two studies published in 2009 (“Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology”), and in 2012 (“Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine” journal), chamomile was found to significantly reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety (by up to 50%) and lift the mood, as measured on a depression scale. Chamomile contains an active ingredient called APIGENIN, a flavonoid (antioxidants which can guard against health conditions). Apigenin binds to the ‘tranquilizer’ cells within our bodies, which help relax muscles and mildly sedate us.

It’s other benefits include reducing inflammation in the body by inhibiting the release of inflammatory prostaglandins from the white blood cells. This has the effect of reducing inflammation, promoting regrowth of new tisue, and increasing collagen production. You can see the link with natural skincare and anti-aging benefits.  Aging is largely caused by inflammation in the body/skin. There are many triggers to this inflammation, including sun exposure, smoking, drinking, poor diet stress and so on. Chamomile as an ingredient in skincare products, acts to reduce inflammation and assist in the anti-aging process. One of the products we use it in at Rubifresh is in the Men’s After Shave Gel, as a skin calming (anti-inflammatory) ingredient.

Other studies have shown chamomile to be beneficial for improving immune function, healing skin rashes and infections, relieving headaches, and in the possible prevention of cancer. While I am skeptical about the cancer link, the active ingredient APIGENIN has been shown to limit the growth of cancer cells and reduce blood flow to those cells. You never know.

For more information on our range of natural high performance skincare go to http://www.rubifresh.com.au

Or check out the Men’s After Shave Gel here

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder, Rubifresh Natural Skincare.

What is that ingredient anyway?

17 Oct

 

 

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When we set out to develop our range of natural skincare products (find us at http://www.rubifresh.com.au), we not only committed to exclude any ingredients that were not 100% naturally derived, but also to exclude ingredients with long, complicated names. WHY? Because we believe that keeping your skin youthful, beautiful and healthy should not be difficult or confusing, or complicated with claims you cannot understand.

So let’s have a look at some of our amazing ingredients, to see where they come from and what they do…

HYALURONIC ACID – naturally present in human skin & joints, but is depleted as we age. It’s main job in the skin is to transport nourishment to the outer layers of the skin, and to eliminate waste. It also plays a role in helping regulate the life cycle of skin cells. It can absorb 1000x it’s weight in water, making it a super-hydrating ingredient for skincare products. Our HA is plant derived and GMO free.

BETA VULGARIS (BEET) ROOT EXTRACT – In our formulations where a high level of moisturisation/hydration is required, beetroot extract is used alongside hydrolised corn starch, as part of a powerful active ingredient complex. It’s purpose is to provide the skin with the necessary moisturisation to maintain it’s smoothness and suppleness. It has been shown in objective studies to strongly elevate the concentration of the skin’s own Natural Moisturising Factors (which maintain high levels of hydration in the outer layers of the skin), and to maintain a higher level of moisturisation of the skin even after 24hrs.

BELLIS PERENNIS (DAISY) FLOWER EXTRACT – This is not a commonly found ingredient in skincare, but is used in our Pigmentation Serum, and our Hand Cream for it’s skin lightening action, and effectiveness at resolving hyperpigmentation and age spots. It works at two levels – firstly, it reduces the activity and synthesis of tyrosinase (the precursor to melanin) and the concentration of endothelin, also involved in the production of melanin, and therefore skin pigmentation. It is combined with two other powerful plant extracts with lightening actions – licorice root and acerola berry.

PANICUM MILIACEUM (MILLET) SEED EXTRACT – Used in our anti-aging formulations alongside tannic acid (from the oak tree), as a powerful active ingredient which works on fine lines and wrinkles. It’s dual action promotes the production of collagen (elastic tissue), and provides a taughtening effect at the surface. Human studies show this active complex leads to a visible improvement in the skin’s microstructure (23%), and a decrease in the depth of wrinkles (10%).

For more information, or to purchase any of our natural, high performance skincare products, visit us at http://www.rubifresh.com.au or LIKE us at http://www.facebook.com/Rubifresh

Rubiwomen is written by

Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder, Rubifresh Skincare

 

Oil Cleansing the most effective

26 Jun

Despite what we are lead to believe about cleansing the skin, using natural vegetable and nut oils for cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin.

Oil  cleansing has been used in many countries for centuries as a recognised face cleansing method. Natural oils, when rubbed in, dissolve impurities, environmental ‘dirt’ and makeup, while providing essential nourishment for the skin. Even oily skins respond well to oil cleansing, because when rubbed into the skin, the oils trick the sebaceous glands into believing they have produced enough oil, and they stop producing an excess.  Oil based cleansers will also not aggravate acne or cause new outbreaks because they are very gentle on the skin.

Ideally, at night, after the face has been exposed to the grime of the day, we should double cleanse, which involves an oil cleanse first, followed by a light, natural cleanser without sulfates or harsh chemicals, and without animal fats. This can either be a vegetable based cleansing bar, or a cleansing gel which penetrates easily to purify the skin deep down and provide other nourishment the skin needs.

Then in the morning, all we need to do is either wash our face with warm water, or give it a light cleanse with our cleansing gel. Squeaky clean, but not stripped dry!

Above all, remember that intense cleansing or scrubbing can worsen skin conditions such as acne and inflammation, and expose the skin to unwanted bacteria.

Always be gentle!

Find out about our 2 step Cleansing System, which includes a beautiful olive oil based Cleansing Oil and a gentle Cleansing Gel at www.rubifresh.com.au