Entries by catherineM

Why do you need a nourishing body moisturiser?

Our face represents about 10% of the skin of our body. We take great care of the skin of our face, mainly because it is exposed and is the first thing people see about us. But what about the rest of our body – the other 90% of our skin? Doesn’t it deserve the same […]

Happy Feet with Phyt’s…

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more than they do of their feet. But the feet are an essential aspect of our bodies and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. Our feet and ankles work hard […]

What happens to the skin in a polluted environment?

Ambient air contains a range of pollutants that affect us directly. When we breathe, exposure to these air pollutants gives rise to oxidative stress within the lungs.  Some pollution particles in the air around us are 20 times smaller than the skin pores. Pollution affects our skin and contribute to issues such as:    Skin […]

Collagen Boosters

In our previous blog, we explored how and why collagen is such an essential compound for the efficient functioning of our body, and in particular in our skin. Along with its partner elastin, collagen helps reduce wrinkles, keeps the skin from sagging, and increases blood circulation to the skin. It gives the skin elasticity and firmness. […]

Collagen. Why do you hear so much about it?

Where do you find collagen? If you were to try to explain to someone what your body is made of, you might say two arms, two legs, feet and hands, a head and a torso. Or, you might go to the other extreme and say that you are made up of billions of cells. Both […]

Oil to treat acne – is that possible?

Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, giving the face a shiny appearance. Pores are usually larger, and as sebum builds up, the pores become clogged, leading to blemishes, spots and blackheads. Formulas with botanical oils offer a natural way to get oily skin back to good health, even if it’s […]

Avocado Oil: Nature’s most ancient health and beauty secret

There’s more to dark green, lumpy avocado than meets the eye. Well-known to ancient civilisations, this wonder fruit offers nutrition, health and beauty benefits wrapped up in one neat green package. Avocado (Persea Americana or gratissima), also known as alligator pear, is believed to have originated in southern Mexico, although fossil evidence suggests similar species […]

8 Ingredients that could be problematic for your skin

Raw egg Used as a skin tensor in home-made cosmetic treatments. BUT: Applied directly to the skin, a raw egg may contain salmonella. These bacteria could cause a skin infection later. It’s rare but not impossible. Lemon Well known for its brightening effect on the skin or to treat acne. BUT: This fruit is acidic […]

Give your feet the care they need

Most of us have a skincare regimen for our faces, but we often forget about our hands and feet. Last week, we looked at how to keep your hands youthful, and this week we will focus on how to give your feet the special attention they deserve. Your feet… a subject in itself. Would it […]

Why you should use hand cream

Most of us have a skincare regimen for our faces, but we often forget about our hands. Our hands have been through a rough year of constant washing and lots of alcohol-based sanitisers, and considering the work they do each day, it’s no wonder they seem to age faster than the rest of our bodies. […]

Is it truly sensitive skin?

Many people visit their beauty therapist, stating sensitive skin as their main skin concern. They think they have sensitive skin because skincare or household products coming into contact with their skin cause stinging, burning, itchiness, redness, or tightness. But is that truly “sensitive” skin these individuals refer to, or could it be their skin just […]

PHYT’S Body Moisturisers

The winter season is here, and dry skin is back. You are taking good care of your face and have gone back to your hydrating masks and protective moisturisers, but have you thought about taking care of your body? Just because most of your body is protected by layers upon layers of clothing does not […]

Understanding the Properties of Evening Primrose

Apart from having a wonderfully evocative name, Primrose Seed Oil (Oenothera Biennis) is a humble oil that has become a staple of cosmetics because of its various beneficial properties on health and wellbeing. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose flower, a very dainty yellow flower in spring and summer. General […]

Silicon Vs. Silicone – Which one is best for your skin?

You have probably found one of these two compounds listed as an active ingredient in skin and hair products; both are beneficial and have a wide range of applications, but one might hamper your skin health in the long run. Which one? But first, what is silicon and silicone? Are they even different? What exactly […]

How to get a radiant glowing skin?

Getting skin that looks as if you were fresh off a holiday involves time and practice – and it starts with taking the time to care for your skin with a daily routine.  During the day, when you are outside, it is inevitable that your skin is exposed to external aggressions such as air pollution, […]

Do men need facials?

If you were asked, you would probably say facial treatments are luxuries that suit only women. We hate to break it to you, but that opinion is amiss, and here is why: Facials are multi-step skin treatments designed to prevent premature skin ageing or treat skin conditions such as sensitivity, dryness, oiliness, acne, etc. How […]

The mighty power of marine ingredients in skincare products

Seaweeds and algae are major organisms in the aquatic ecosystem. Although commonly interchanged, these two may be similar in some ways but have major differences. Algae are chlorophyll-containing organisms commonly found in marine and freshwater habitats. They are the most primitive organisms on earth, with fossils, dating back to three billion years. They can be macroscopic […]

7 Fruits That Will Complement Your Skincare Routine

Beyond your skincare products and routine, what you eat also affects your skin – and overall health. So, to get a wholesome result from your therapies and time, it is best that you make the most of nutrition. For that reason, we have itemised 7 fruits containing essential nutrients that will further improve your skin. […]


Acne is a skin condition that has been experienced by countless generations with seemingly countless approaches to its treatment. Why try ancient poultices or harsh detergent-like cleansers when there is now a holistic approach to acne treatments that not only clears the skin but improves overall skin health. It is important to note that acne […]