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Fresh is Best

24 Nov

 

Just as fresh food is best for our bodies, so too are fresh ingredients best for our skin. But WHY?

It is fairly well known that the fresher we eat our food (especially vitamin and mineral packed fruit & veg), the bigger the dose of those vits & minerals our bodies receive, and the better our bodies can process them due to their superior texture, moisture and flavour. This is not only about providing the body with essential nutrients to function, but also about building the body’s own ability to maintain itself in a healthy state. A fresh, healthy diet helps build immunity, protect against aging, increase energy so we can stay active, increase joint function and organ function, and a whole host of other cool things.

Our skin is no different. A healthy outer layer not only looks great and feels great, it also helps protect our bodies from nasties entering the bloodstream…creating a cycle where healthy skin maintains its own youthfulness.

Our skin is actually designed as our first line of defence, with many built in strategies for keeping nasties out, thereby doing its part in maintaining a healthy body. However, depending on a whole host of factors (chemical load, age of skin, temperature, enzymes, size of molecule, location on the skin and more) it has been shown that up to 60% of what we put on our skin ends up in the bloodstream. The obvious advice is therefore to only choose natural skincare products & ingredients that can help build both skin and ‘whole body’ health.

The other important factor, however, is FRESHNESS. Natural ingredients used at their freshest help load up the skin with maximum skin-loving vitamins and minerals (many of which come with great scientific evidence), as well as helping to build the skin’s ability to maintain its own youthfulness.

Get some freshness and feel the difference today!

Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh Skincare. We only use the freshest, natural ingredients in our products.

 

BASIC POST-WORKOUT SKINCARE ROUTINES

30 Nov

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If exercise is good for us, we would assume it is good for our skin. However, if we do not replenish our skin post-exercise we risk minimising the effect of our exercise, and causing skin problems that could be prevented. With a few basic steps after our workout, we can ensure we match our skin-health to our healthy bodies.

Exercise increases circulation, which in turn improves the appearance of our skin, and aids detoxification and cell renewal – a natural anti-aging benefit. Perspiration helps maintain our body temperature, and stress-releasing exercise such as yoga helps smooth fine lines by encouraging the muscles of the face to relax. For some people, exercise can also aggravate skin conditions if there is a build-up of bacteria, clogged sweat glands or chafing and redness. We need to keep pores unclogged, skin free of bacteria & chemicals, and effectively cleanse our faces after our workout, to reap the benefits of exercise for our skin.

During exercise, our bodies release toxins which can build up as a result of lifestyle factors such as environmental pollution, food additives, smoking, alcohol consumption and chemically laden personal care products. Many of these toxins are released through our skin as we perspire. If we do not wash our faces after exercise, the moisture in our sweat evaporates and we are left with toxin-laden salts on our skin. These can cause irritations and blockages in our pores, and intensify the dehydration caused by exercise. Straight after exercise, splash your face with lukewarm water to wash off surface dirt and perspiration, and help cool the body. The colder the water, the more your body will think it needs to hold onto the heat, so lukewarm water is best for helping the body release the heat.

But water alone will not remove the oil based dirt and toxins trapped in the skin’s oily layer. Follow your water wash with a gentle facial cleanser to wash the toxins away, loosen the dead skin cells, and leave clean pores which can breathe, and maximise the effectiveness of our exercise. The most effective way to cleanse is using a cleansing oil. Most commercial cleansers contain surfactants which strip the skin of its natural oils and upset its pH. This can often irritate the skin and actually cause the skin to produce more oil. Soapy, foamy products do not cleanse more effectively, they just indicate a harsh product.  Oil cleansing most effectively removes grime and makeup from deep within pores, and doesn’t strip the skin of vital moisture. Cleansing oils help the skin regulate its sebum production, helping manage the oiliness of the skin. Choose a cleansing oil that contains drawing oils such as olive oil, as well as oils which nourish and replenish the skin.

As exercise increases circulation, it also aids our skin’s shedding process. As we age, our skin needs a little help getting rid of the dead skin cells. A cleanser will start to loosen dead skin cells, but an exfoliator is needed to fully remove these cells. Follow gentle cleansing with an equally gentle face scrub to remove the dead skin cells and reveal a fresh, smooth complexion. Always scrub gently and in a circular motion, and use every 2-3 days (not every day). Scrubbing too vigorously or too frequently can cause too many layers to be ‘rubbed off’, and this can lead to breakouts and irritations.

And finally, rehydrate! Our bodies are predominantly water, and a vast proportion of this is held in the skin. Moisture in our skin performs a number of functions, including a protective barrier, a vehicle for vitamin/mineral transport, and holding the shape (and plumpness) of our skin. During exercise we lose a large amount of water through perspiration. When our skin is dehydrated, it encourages fine lines and wrinkles to form, and skin to sag. Choose a light natural moisturiser that still allows your skin to breathe, and ideally, if you have very dry skin, use a super-hydrating serum under your moisturiser for extra hydration and protection.

So it’s quite simple: cleanse, exfoliate, rehydrate for beautiful post-exercise skin health!

Rubiwomen is written by (Ms) Tristan Fahey, Ownr & Founder of Rubifresh Skincare

Colonics for Beautiful Skin?

25 Feb

OK, I must admit to drawing the line on healthy skin WAY before colonics! Call me a prude, call me scared….call me what you will, but don’t call me to book me in for a colonic! However, there is a school of thought about the healthy skin benefits of colonics. So read on….taken directly from Well + Good’s blog.

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Lately we’ve been hearing from more and more women that their glowing skin isn’t just about the radiance-boosting  skin-care serums they’re slathering on—it’s the result of paying attention to a rather different organ.

We’re talking about colonics (and your back door). Practitioners and devotees say that regular sessions with the hose have cleared up their acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and even a single session can produce a glow.

That’s what happened for a New York publicist we’ll call Walden White. After going to a destination spa where colonics were part of the detox cleanse program, “I noticed a healthier glow to my skin,” she recalls. “I also attributed it to the tan I got. But I trusted others when they commented on how bright my skin looked.” She’s been getting them regularly back home in New York ever since.

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Colonic hydrotherapist experts Tracy Piper (at top) and Arul Goldman say a skin-care boost is a bonus side effect of colonics.

Michelle Goldblum, the founder and CEO of a design and marketing agency, had a similar experience after having colonics as part of a cleanse last summer. After a few weekly sessions (along with time in the infrared sauna and the healthy diet), she says, “The results were astounding. By removing all of the toxins from my system and replacing them with essential nutrients, my skin started to glow. It was obvious. People commented and questioned what I was using on my skin. I told them the only reason why my skin looked this way was because of the detox—because of the removal of all of the shit (literally!) from my system.”

But Arul Goldman, founder of the SanaVita Center for Holistic Cleansing in Gramercy Park, says that you don’t need to do a full-on detox to get the results: “Even a person eliminating once a day can get a colonic and have that euphoria, lightness and glowing skin.” She likens the effect to a great cardio workout.

Glow like you do after SoulCycle?

Goldman’s explanation is that “Any fecal matter in the body is toxic, is a poison. It’s like a bag of trash in the summer that’s starting to ferment. That happens in the intestines, and then the toxins sink though the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. And from there, the skin is the largest organic of elimination, so if you’re at all toxic, it’s going to show up there.” (Studies have suggested otherwise, but that’s not stopping clients.)

Tracy Piper, who directs the Piper Center for Internal Wellness in Soho, makes a similar case. “What happens in the colon is directly seen in the skin,” she says. “So when I see a person with chronic acne, to me they are pooping through their skin. That may sound harsh, but it will give people a wake up call as to pay attention to what is going in inside will show on the outside…. The skin is the organ that we see that tells us if we are internally fit, so pay attention as it can save you from longstanding issues later on.”

Both practitioners say that generally healthy clients with decent skin and good natural elimination (AKA you “go” often on your own) can see a glow after one session, but to clear up a chronic condition will take more of an investment; Piper recommends at least three sessions close together (once a week), along with—not coincidentally— an elimination diet sans dairy, processed food, sugar, and gluten.

And just as the skin is the first place trouble can appear, says Piper, it’s an early place for improvement: “When you detox, the first place you see the results is in the skin. The color changes, there is a glow, a vibrancy that emits from the skin. It motivates you to take better care of yourself.” And maybe hit the hose in addition to the beauty counter.  —Ann Abel

Have you ever gotten your glow on from a colonic? Or would you? Tell us in the Comments, below!

 Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh natural skincare“real beauty comes from something deep within us, and is reflected in our faces…”

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

TUESDAY TIPS – the wonder of OATS

18 Nov

ImageWhen money’s tight, or time is short and you want a little pamper, try nourishing oats straight out of your pantry. Oats and oatmeal are soothing to all skin types, and will settle most skin irritations. The goodness penetrates deeply into pores, cleansing excessive cell build up and clogged pores. Oats contain an antioxidant called phytic acid, which soothes skin and acts as a gentle cleanser. Oats are also an effective but gentle exfoliator. There are several ways to use oats on your skin;

i) place a couple of handfuls into a stocking, tie up the end and drop it into your bath for milky nourishment

ii) mix oats with a little yoghurt, oil or water for a gentle face scrub

iii) grind oats to a fine powder or use oatmeal, mix with water to a paste and use as a gentle cleanser

Here’s a bizarre recipe we found using oats…it’s called KINKY OATMEAL MASK:

Bring a cup of water to the boil and pour over a cup of oats.

Let it sit for 5min.

Finely grind a medium (peeled) onion to a paste in a food processor and mix with oats/water while still warm.

Th onion acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and inhibits scarring. The oatmeal penetrates deeply for a refreshing cleanse.

Alternatively, if you can’t stomach the onion, try Rubifresh Weekly Face Mask which contains both oats and colloidal oatmeal, plus goat’s milk, super-hydrating hyaluronic acid and other nourishing ingredients. You will love the baby-smooth feel of your skin!

Our Rubifresh Men’s After Shave Gel also contains avena sativa (oat) flour to soothe the skin after shaving. Check out our Men’s After Shave/Shaving Gel.

Rubiwomen is writen 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

 

Beauty in Vulnerability

20 Aug

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I don’t normally do book reviews…and I haven’t even finished this book, but I attended a conference and heard Brene Brown speak. Her TED    talks have aparently gone bananas all around the world. Worth a look.
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Brene talks about vulnerability….not the kind of vulnerability we typically think of (ie vulnerability = weakness), but vulnerability as our most  accurate measure of courage….as the source of all the emotions we desire to experience…as the birthplace of creativity and  innovation. Because in this blog we are all about real beauty, this struck a note with me. Vulnerability is strength, and strength is beauty. Isn’t it  the vulnerability in people that we are drawn to? But isn’t it the vulnerability in ourselves that we so want to hide?
Brene says ” our capacity for greatness will never be as great as our openheartedness”….so my challenge and encouragement to myself and  anyone who is listening, is to be open to be open (that’s not a typo!). To seek to be real, above being great. To find beauty and strength in our vulnerability, and to encourage (and be kind to) the vulnerability in others.

 

 

Rubiwomen blog is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder of Rubifresh All Natural Skincare. Find out more about us at http://www.rubifresh.com.au