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 were widespread millions of years ago. According to Wikipedia, the oldest discovery of an avocado pit was reported in the Coxcatlan Cave in the Tehuacán Valley of Puebla, Mexico, dating some 9,000 to 10,000 years ago.

Avocado is a popular food and a good source of potassium and healthy fats: raw avocado flesh is 73% water, 15% fat, 9% carbohydrates, and 2% protein. It is a rich source of B vitamins such as pantothenic acid, vitamin K, and moderate amounts of vitamin C and E and potassium. Avocados also contain phytosterols and carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin, polyphenols, tocopherols and other lipid-soluble bioactive, although their levels may vary.

Skin Care Benefits

Speaking of skin, a review published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences cites avocado oil as an excellent ingredient to enrich dry, damaged, or chapped skin and for faster wound repair. Studies also show that  avocado oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents that help keep skin firm, smooth and supple.

In human trials, a small study of 13 subjects, published in Dermatology, showed avocado oil successfully treated scaly, itchy, psoriatic skin in a moisturising cream containing both the oil and vitamin B12. After 12 weeks of use, the cream reportedly reduced symptoms of psoriasis as effectively as a conventional calcipotriol ointment while causing significantly less irritation.

Avocado oil contains a high percentage of Vit E which makes it very nourishing and moisturising.
This oil is also a source of oleic acid (fatty acid) which promotes collagen production – anti-ageing function.

You can find certified organic avocado oil in these Phyt’s products:

Phyt’s Laboratories utilises avocado fruit extract in the Phyt’Sublim range to promote anti-fatigue benefits in the eye contour area. The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate. It’s often the first part of your face that shows signs of ageing i.e. fine lines and dryness.
Here, the properties of avocado oil contained in these 2 Phyt’s eye products helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Combined with the synergy of other active ingredients, these 2 treatments act on microcirculation (to combat puffiness and dark circles), inhibiting inflammation markers.
Other benefits range from moisturising and softening dry skin to anti-wrinkle, emollient and skin protectant effects.

How to optimise the benefits of these 2 eye products?

Use them morning and evening. For optimum results, first, apply Serum Défroissant over the eye contour area (including the upper lids), then apply Soin Défatigant Yeux using the cooling massage head of the tube to help massage and decongest the skin.

Main Active Ingredients

  • Hyaluronic acid: hydrating agent derived from plant
  • Organic Avocado oil: nourishing and regenerating
  • Organic Aloe Vera: hydrating and soothing
  • Blend Phyto-Actif Regard: a mix of 5 organic plant extracts working in synergy to provide global care of eye contour area: Rowan sorb bud, Horse Chestnut, Arnica Montana, Centella Asiatica and Meadowsweet

 

 

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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 and may burn the skin. Like other citrus fruits, lemon contains psoralen. This natural active ingredient sensitizes the skin to UV-A light for around 24 hours after application. When applied directly to the skin, lemon can cause phytophotodermatitis (a type of contact dermatitis) and hyperpigmentation if exposed to the sun. So lemon, yes, but on your plate only!

Toothpaste

Toothpaste seems to be a well-known ingredient to treat pimples.

BUT: It may do more harm than good. This product can irritate and even burn the skin. Toothpaste has a high alkaline pH, while healthy skin has an acidic pH. On application, the skin becomes instantly dehydrated. Also, the bicarbonate contained in toothpaste weakens the skin barrier function, stimulating the development of bacteria on the skin surface.

Spices

Often used in DIY beauty treatments for a glowing skin.

BUT: Spices should be handled with care. Cinnamon, for example, can have nasty side effects on the skin, such as redness and irritation.
Another spice, Curcuma, can stain the skin yellow.

If you want to use spices in home-made cosmetics, be careful as they may irritate your skin and cause rashes.

Hot water

Hot steaming is well known to open pores for a thorough cleansing.

BUT: Hot water should not be used on the skin. Contrary to what we may think, hot water does not eliminate bacteria and impurities. All it may do is damage the hydrolipidic film of the skin and accelerate cutaneous ageing.

Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate is often used as an exfoliator.

BUT: It could be too abrasive and irritate the skin. Bicarbonate affects the skin pH level, and some people will react with skin rashes, redness and burning.

Sugar

This ingredient is often used as a body exfoliant.

BUT: Sugar is made of large crystals that can create small tears in the skin if used too often. It can be too harsh on the skin and cause irritation. Use it from time to time on body skin, but do not use it on the face as facial skin is more delicate.

 

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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 be fair to say that we take our feet for granted? Yet, without healthy feet, we would be very miserable.

With the warm season on the horizon, taking care of our feet is especially important; our feet are literally emerging from winter shoes, socks, tights and suddenly being exposed for the world to see.
The skin covering our feet is also an area where all the nerve endings are found, so making sure the skin covering these nerve endings is healthy makes a lot of sense.

Spending a few minutes everyday on foot care will keep your feet healthy, hydrated, and soft. 

Clean

It is essential to wash your feet well (don’t forget between your toes) and dry them completely (including between the toes). 

If you like soaking your feet, use lukewarm water with handful of unrefined salt (rich in minerals) and a few drops of PHYT’S NATURODERM (a blend of plant compounds known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties, such as Sage, Lemon, Lavender, Clove, Oregano). 

Moisturise and nourish

Squeeze the equivalent of a teaspoon of PHYT’S NOURISHING AND PROTECTING CREAM FOR THE FEET (Soin Pied Nutri-Réparateur) into the palm of your hand and warm up the product between your hands. Gently apply the product in circular motions starting at your ankles, then go over the top of the feet, then over each toe, and finally, very importantly, on the sole of the foot, insisting on rough areas such as the heel or the feet.

Erase

Once a week, eliminate dead cells with PHYT’S CONTACT+, our most gentle exfoliant that works like an eraser. 

This gentle scrub formulated with plant-based cells, ylang-ylang and cloves essential oils gently eliminates dead surface cells without damaging the skin’s natural protection. It helps to remove impurities, encourage oxygenation, and leaves the skin brightened and radiant.

If you have hard skin on your feet, soak them first to soften the skin then gently buff the hard areas with a pumice stone or foot file. Finish with a rich moisturiser.

Take care of your nails

After a winter in a restricted environment (shoes, tights, not much exposure to fresh air and sunlight), toenails are often weakened and looking devitalized. They can become brittle, break or split. 

Gently push back the cuticles all around your nails using a boxwood stick – don’t push too hard. Trim your nails with a clipper straight across then file them to smooth the edges (leave nails a little longer than the tips of your toes to avoid ingrown nails, and file them in the same direction – not back and forth).

If you feel that your nails are brittle and weak, use a tiny amount of any nourishing oil to massage your nails and nail contours. The oil will soften the cuticles and nourish the nails.  

If you want to apply a base and/or a varnish, remove the excess oil/cream from your nails with  polish remover on a cotton pad. If you have massaged your nails with oil, wait a few hours to give time to the oil to do its job.

What to remember from these tips?

We need to be aware of the importance of taking care of our feet. They are put to the test, either locked up in the winter in shoes, tights and socks or exposed to wind, heat, and dust in the summer. Keep them looking youthful and healthy by taking care of hard skin, by moisturising with rich nourishing creams to avoid dry thick skin.
And see a podiatrist if you experience pain in your feet, if you have ingrown or discoloured nails, or corns.

For a special treat, try a professional pedicure from time to time – but make sure you are going to a reputable therapist who uses sterilised instruments.

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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.

As you age, your skin thins and the fat in the back of your hands diminishes. The reduced volume and decreased elasticity produce translucent skin that wrinkles and develops age spots.

At the same time, our hands take some rough treatment. We expose them to the sun and other noxious elements more than any other part of the body. In the current pandemic climate, frequent washing in hot water removes the natural oils that lubricate your skin and protect against dry and cracked surfaces.

So, what should you do if you’ve noticed that your hands are looking older than you’d like?

You can have a significant impact on hand appearance with an easy but effective hand-care routine:

Step number 1: erase
The skin of the hands, exposed to cold, heat and external aggressions (dishes, cleaning products, etc.), is particularly vulnerable. For optimal care, eliminate dead cells with CONTACT+, our most gentle exfoliant that works like an eraser. 

This gentle scrub formulated with plant-based cells, ylang-ylang and cloves essential oils gently eliminates dead surface cells without damaging the skin’s natural protection. It helps to remove impurities, encourage oxygenation, and leaves the skin brightened and radiant.

Step number 2: hydrate
Keeping hands hydrated is the key to counteracting crepey skin. 

Ideally, you would apply a moisturising and repairing cream after each hand washing. Indeed, during washing, soap removes part of the hydrolipidic film. The downside of this frequent washing is that the skin is left bare, without natural protection for several hours.
You can counteract this by applying lotions or creams frequently throughout the day. Unfortunately, we do not necessarily have the time or the inclination to do it, but it is a worthwhile effort as it will help your skin retain its elasticity.

If you have a little time, use a thick layer of cream and use it as a mask by leaving it for several minutes. You can then spread the leftover over your arms.

Step number 3: take care of your nails
The nails are weakened by all the washing but also by the frequent use of sanitisers. They can become brittle, break or split.
Remember to moisturise them simultaneously as your hands, paying particular attention to the cuticles and massaging the nails.

Step number 4: go for a safe nail polish
Choose natural varnishes, which have been stripped of the 10 most controversial suspect ingredients. When removing, opt for a gentle, natural and acetone-free remover.
Regularly take a break of a few days between each application (of varnish) to allow your nails to breathe to stay healthy!

Step number 5: cover
Household products are harsh on the skin and nails, not to mention damaging your manicure. Wear rubber gloves when doing the dishes or cleaning.

In summer, remember to protect the skin of your hands from the sun to prevent pigmentation. Use sunscreen and reapply frequently.

In conclusion
Remember, your hands do betray your age!
A daily, easy, fast and effective routine using Phyt’s CREME MAINS ET ONGLES (Hands and Nails cream) will help you keep the skin of your hands soft and hydrated.
Thanks to its certified active organic ingredients, the cream can help you address in one single step the five strategies discussed above by preventing damaged, parched, wrinkled and chapped hands, keep your skin bright and soft and your nails strong and healthy.

Phyt’s Hand Cream Main active ingredients: Castor bean oil, Hazelnut oil, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Lavandin , Aloe Vera , Vit E, Petitgrain, Lemon.

 

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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 experiencing a reaction?

Thousands of Australians have “sensitive” skin, but the term concerning skin type is commonly misunder­stood, overused, and even confused with other similarly related issues like rosacea.

Because it is easy to misdiagnose, understanding the critical characte­ristics of sensitive skin and being able to differentiate between skin sensitivities and other issues is fundamental to creating an effective strategy to rebuild and strengthen the skin. With that in mind, let’s discuss a few of the attributes of sensitive skin.

Signs of Sensitive Skin

To a certain extent, skin has a degree of sensitivity. This is because the skin is a reactive mechanism that responds to various elements and disturbances inside and out. However, the level of reaction will help you pinpoint whether your skin is truly sensitive or not.

To start, sensitive skin tends to be thinner and more prone to fragile capillaries. It also easily reddens or develops a rash in response to an outside influence. All skin types react to external factors such as pollution, sun, wind and smoking. However, sensitive skin will overreact to these elements. In my experience, most sensitive skin is typically reacting to inferior ingredients or formulations in topicals, such as those containing dyes, preservatives or perfumes.

Reactions in sensitive skin will often show up as a flushing of the skin, redness or rash. It is not a chronic or progressive issue like rosacea. Instead, it is a reaction that typically subsides once the offending element has been eliminated and inflammation has subsided.

To get to the root of the issue, an in-depth skin evaluation is essential. The goal is to eliminate the possibility of rosacea, then determine what could be causing the reaction. For that, of course, a visit to your beauty therapist is essential. Your therapist is an expert in skin evaluation and will confirm the condition that is concerning you.

When do you experience sensitivities? Have you always been sensitive, or did this happen after an event (deep laser, severe burn)? Discuss your lifestyle (sleep, diet, stress level, etc.), use of any medications or supplements, the skin care products you are currently using and when you noticed a reaction.

If your skin is truly sensitive, how do you help restore it to optimum health?

The good news with sensitive skin is it can be strengthened over time and restored to a “normal” state. A combination of home care and professional treatments will be the key.

First, focus on rebuilding and strengthening

When it comes to rebuilding and strengthening compromised skin, there is not a one-size-fits-all remedy. It will require a personalised approach to fit your skin’s exact needs and will be determined based on the root cause of the reaction, the other characteristics of your skin, and your lifestyle.

With your beauty therapist:
Consider a series of treatments specially formulated for compromised, sensitive skin. These will strengthen skin integrity and desensitise it, bringing it to a less reactive state.

At home:
Remember that even the best regimen in the world won’t produce optimum results if you continue the activities causing the reaction.

Focus on reducing stress, getting adequate sleep and exercise, taking time to rejuvenate, eating life-giving foods and treating your skin with natural, certified organic ingredients. The goal is to reduce the overall stress to the skin and load it with antioxidants, nourishing vitamins, and anti-inflammatories. Also, be sure to eliminate all potential skin irritants— dyes, synthetic fragrances and parabens-remain cautious about using perfumes and opt for natural hair care products while your skin is in the healing stage.

In rebalancing the skin, plant-based ingredients are ideal powerhouse ingredients. Look for ingredients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and strengthening properties.

In response to the particular needs of sensitive skin, Phyt’s has developed a new range of products specifically designed for this skin type: SENSI PHYT’S. This range of products is formulated with ingredients such as:

  • Magnolia extract: soothes and reduces itching and tingling
  • Mirabilis extract: soothes, reduces redness due to irritation and weather conditions
  • Cotton flower extract: calms and soothes the skin
  • Sweet Almond oil: very rich in unsaturated fatty acids, in vitamins A, B and E. Softening and nourishing
  • Shea Butter: nourishes, softening and protecting
  • Aloe Vera extract: highly hydrating
  • Plant squalene: the main component of sebum and skin hydrolipidic film. In a skincare formulation, it helps prevent dehydration and restores skin softness and flexibility
  • Vitamin E of natural origin: antioxidant

The SENSI range, from a non-water-based 3-1 cleanser to moisturisers, is formulated to soothe and calm sensitive skin, using:

  • Hypoallergenic formulations
  • Gentle surfactants
  • Natural nutritive oils
  • Moisturising and emollient agents
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Free of: fragrance, alcohol, synthetic preservatives, synthetic colouring

The result is a range of products to soothe sensitive skin, protect it from external aggressions and restore the skin barrier function for increased softness and suppleness. 

Salon treatments and homecare products combined with lifestyle choices will support the healing and regeneration process of true sensitive skin.

 

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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 mean it does not suffer from the cold: some typical signs are visibly increased such as dryness, flaking, tightness, and at times, itchiness.

We’d like to share here a few secrets and tips.

First, dry skin is preventable

It is, in fact, possible to limit the damage of winter by adopting some good habits: cover yourself well when you go out, limit the temperature to 20 °C when staying inside and do not hesitate to humidify your rooms or office space as air conditioning tends to make the surrounding air very dry.

When it comes to food, we prioritise vitamin A: if cod liver brings back bad memories, know that it is also found in butter, eggs and meat. We also rely on omega-3 and 6 present in certain oil seeds such as walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts.

We obviously think about staying hydrated; you might find yourself less inclined to drink cold water during this season, so a trick is to add some warm water and a zest of lemon to make drinking water more friendly in a cold environment. You can also leave a bottle of water well in sight and get into the habit of pouring a glass of water every now and then until the bottle is empty. As long as you see it, you are unlikely to forget!

During this period, we also suggest you drink herbal teas especially those that  will also help prevent colds and sore throats (Liquorice, Marshmallow Root, Slippery elm, Green Tea).
Soups and broths are another to hydrate your body – and to keep warm…

Our next tip? Dry skin can be treated effectively

If you are a frequent user of body scrub, we suggest reducing their use to once a week: it is true that the skin flakes more in winter, but increasing how often you use a scrub will not help. On the contrary, this would tend to make it dryer and irritate it further.

More surprising and more challenging: abandon long hot baths. This is because prolonged time in warm water removes the skin’s protective layers and increases dryness. Choose instead a lukewarm shower using gentle organic shower gels or, if you prefer, cold processed soaps.
In cold processed soap, the ingredients are not heated, which allows them to conserve their beneficial and natural properties. The skin retains its hydrolipidic film after having been washed, which gives it extra hydration and protection. This is a real advantage when we don’t have enough time to put on body lotions after a shower!

Phyt’s Laboratories have concocted an exceptional nourishing range for the body, 100% natural and certified organic, of course. There is a solution for each winter skin type:

  • For the least affected skin, you can choose between our Velvety Cinnamon Moisturiser with subtle spicy touches and our Douceur Fleurie moisturiser with the delicious scent of jasmine.
  • For dryer skin, Phyt’s offers a Nourishing Body Cream rich in pure hazelnut, sunflower and sesame oils blended with shea butter for skin in need of more nourishment.
    Special: use our coupon code BODYCREAM10 to get 10% off the price of this body moisturiser – valid until 10 August 2021 or while stock lasts.
  • Particularly good for very dry body skin, there is Phyt’s Extra Rich Body Cream (Soin Corps Nutrition Extrème) formulated with extra nourishing ingredients your skin craves.

 

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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 Health Benefits

The properties of Evening Primrose Oil, and its beneficial effects on general wellbeing, are well documented. It has been shown, in multiple studies, to help with PMS symptoms, like headaches and cramps, and relieve symptoms of menopause when ingested.

The omega-6 fatty acid in the oil can help combat bloating, acne and irritability.

And it can also help increase fertility, reduce or relieve diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis symptoms.

Evening Primrose Oil on Skin

Health benefits aside, Evening Primrose is an absolute marvel for the skin.

The majority of evening primrose oil consists of glycerides such as linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid.
These fatty acids work to effectively penetrate the skin surface and modulate its top surface layers make-up. By doing so, evening primrose oil was found to stabilise the top layers of the epidermis, causing an increase in water retention and an improvement in overall moisture levels.
As a result of improved skin barrier function, evening primrose oil can also help induce a soothing effect for dry, uncomfortable skin.

Studies published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science have shown that evening primrose oil helps with ageing effects on skin and even functional and structural changes in skin tissues, including redness, firmness, roughness, and fatigue resistance.

It is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin where the fatty acids reduce irritation and actively help skin cells to repair themselves. An anti-ageing ingredient of choice for mature skin and skin affected by menopause.

Menopause can bring some noticeable changes to the skin and hair. As hormone levels plummet, the skin can become dry, slack, and thin. With proper skin care and products, you can lessen these effects.

To get maximum impact on the skin, Phyt’s Laboratories have combined Evening Primrose with Borage Seed Oil (Borago Officinalis), Soya, Sage, Vanilla and Natural Vitamin E to create Phytonagre  a 100% natural certified organic moisturiser which leaves mature and menopausal skin healthier and instantly brightened and gorgeous.

 

Discover Phytonagre face moisturiser here 

 

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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 is silicon?

Silicon dioxide, also known as silica, is a naturally found mineral in both the Earth’s crust and our bodies. It is made up of silicon and oxygen.

Silica can take on many forms and uses. Not only is it present in the body and many food sources, but it is also found in rocks and used in a variety of manufacturing and industrial areas.

Silica can be derived from bamboo, which is the mineral’s most abundant plant-based source. It is also available in a variety of plants and foods, albeit in smaller amounts.

This trace mineral works to maintain healthy connective tissue production in the body—influencing the health of everything from bones and tendons to hair and skin. Silica is one of the most significant collagen components necessary for smooth, solid, and supple connective tissue. Silica helps rebuild connective tissue after collagen has been damaged.

It also helps maintain adequate mineral levels in the body, which also affects hormone balance. And, it helps your body absorb calcium, leading to healthier and stronger bones.

When we are young, our bodies contain higher amounts of silica, but this mineral is reduced as we age. The older we get, the lower the amount of silica our bodies can retain, which is why supplementation may be necessary.

How does it help the skin?

  •   Silica aids skin elasticity. That is why skincare products use it to strengthen, tighten, and tone the skin. If you’re deficient in elastin, silica will help combat skin sagging.
  •    Silica is a natural absorbent that removes bacteria and dirt from your skin. It doesn’t matter if you have a tough stain or debris; this mineral will absorb the dirt that clogs your pores and thoroughly clean your skin.
  •   Silica does beyond cleansing dirt; it also exfoliates. Thanks to the abrasive nature, this element can give your body a thorough and gentle scrub. With that, you will remove dead cells and come out with dewy and young skin.

That said, let’s talk about silicone before we highlight which of the two is best for skincare.

What you should know about Silicone

The first thing you should know about silicone is its source. Unlike silicon, it does not exist naturally. Instead, it is a product of scientific processes.

While silicon combines with oxygen, silicone is a combination of much more elements. How so?
For specifics, silicone is a product of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and silicon. For that reason, silicone is distinct and different from its natural alternatives.

In any case, silicone is equally beneficial. It is used in the medical fields for surgery and in construction niches for adhesives and insulation materials.

Furthermore, silicone is also popular in the beauty and care industry. For a start, it is suitable for hair and as a result, silicone is the mainstay in conditioners, shampoos, shower gels, and other hair products. But that’s not all.

Silicone also prevents sweat when used in body care products. Plus, it makes products feel silky, and it enhances their fragrance. In summary, it is an effective ingredient of antiperspirants and deodorants.

So, what do you think? Don’t you find it confusing that both silicon and silicone helps the skin? 


Which Should You Use For Your Skin? Silicon Or Silicone?

Short answer: pick silicon (silica) over silicone since it is natural, sustainable with no residual effects.

But here is a longer answer:

Pick Silicon because it is safe and natural.

These are a few points that we don’t really like about silicone:

– Silicone, primarily dimethicone, adds layers over your skin and that interferes with your natural body processes. Specifically, you won’t sweat like you ought to because your pores have a film over them.

Silicone also catalyses the ageing process. When you don’t sweat and shed old cells, your wrinkles will become more apparent, and the lines will spread sooner than normal. It might also lead to increased breakouts.

Silicone promotes irritations. The antiperspirant layers on your skin lock your sweat as well as bacteria and other debris. In the long run, all those imprisoned dirt will escalate into skin irritations.

Silicone is a synthetic ingredient. As a result, it won’t decay naturally. Besides its energy-intense production, the waste can cause all sorts of environmental issues.

Overall, silicone is a beneficial compound, but just not for your skin. While it is  necessary to manufacture medical apparatus like prosthetics, silicone might spell doom for your skincare routines.

Our advice for you is to avoid silicone in your beauty products. Unfortunately, you might not even see “silicone” in the list of ingredients of your creams and lotions. If that case, look out for these tags:

  •   Amodimethicone
  •   Cyclomethicone
  •   Cyclopentasiloxane
  •   Dimethicone
  •   Dimethiconol
  •   Methicone
  •   Polydimethylsiloxane
  •   Trimethicone
  •   Trimethylsilylamodimethicone

Once you find the listed elements on your skincare products, know that it contains silicone.
We equally understand that the “list of silicone synonyms” is quite long. In that case, look out for suffixes such as “cone,” “conol,” and “siloxane.”

Verdict

Skincare products containing silica are the perfect fit for your skin because it is natural and sustainable.  

Silica contained in Phyt’s Fluide Contour for the eye and lip contours will help rebuild and keep tissues toned. Daily application of Fluide Contour will provide a lifting and tightening effect on the skin surrounding the eyes and the lips while keeping it hydrated and healthy, giving it more bounce and elasticity.

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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, UV rays, and weather conditions. These external aggressions on your skin lead very often to the formation of pigmentation and dullness.

Bringing back radiance to your skin start with gentle cleansing and exfoliation to eliminate impurities and dead skin cells, and to help penetration of the active ingredients found in the products that you will use during the day/night.

Your routine should include a day cream and a night cream for hydration, nourishment, and treatment of brown spots.

Phyt’s Bio-Active Brightening range has been designed to bring you the necessary products for radiant results. This range is not just about brightening: you will also get hydration and ingredients that help create a more even skin tone and softer skin.
The range includes 5 products that work together for best results. They all contain the same plant extracts complex that helps restore radiance. 

These are some of the benefits you will get from Bio-Active Brightening range:

Brown spots will be less visible

Bio-Active Brightening Day Cream works around a patented complex of plant extracts and essential oils, which help reduce melanin production. Used every day, with Bio-Active Brightening  Night Cream, your brown spots will fade, and your skin tone will look more even.

It fights off dullness

Another property of the Bio-Active Brightening range is to give back radiance to your skin thanks to Acerola extract which works as a gentle natural exfoliant and brightening ingredient.
Bio-Active Gommage Exfoliator will help eliminate dead skin cells gently for maximum radiance.

It slows down early signs of ageing

With time comes a day when wrinkles and saggy skin become more visible. The use of day and night creams that contain nourishing and regenerating oils help us enjoy younger-looking skin longer when compared to individuals who do not have a sound skincare routine. 

You will have a softer skin

A well-nourished and moisturised skin feels softer with a smoother texture. 

How to best use Phyt’s Bio-Active Brightening products?

It is simple and easy to maximize the benefits of the active ingredients found in the Bio-Active Brightening skincare:

Final thoughts:

The Bio-Active Brightening moisturisers are non-comedogenic (they do not clog pores) and are quickly absorbed. They are suitable for all skin types. 

Phyt’s Bio-Active Brightening range is the ideal all-around self-care solution to bring back radiance to your skin for a glowing healthy skin. 

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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 is this a luxury? And who says only women deserve clear and beautiful skin? Why can’t men have facials? No rules state that facials are taboo for men. 

So back to the question, do men need facials?

Yes, men need facials just as much as women. Men’s skin is slightly different from women’s skin, which means that men have skin concerns that women don’t typically have to deal with. 

Chances are that a lot of men do not understand what facials are about. So, what is a facial treatment?

A facial will start with a skin consultation where your skin will be analysed and when you can voice your concerns. 

The first step of the facial will be the deep cleansing of your skin, including exfoliation and removing blackheads if necessary. This is followed by a relaxing massage, then a mask is applied to treat whatever skin concern/condition you may have, following which, a moisturiser is applied to complete the facial. 

Now that you understand what facial entails, let’s see why facials are essential to keep your skin in top healthy condition.

Three Reasons Men Need Facials

1- Deep cleansing of your skin

The cleansing step is not just about removing impurities from your skin. The exfoliation step goes deeper and removes dead skin cells. 

If you have blackheads, your therapist can extract them through manual extraction or by using a gentle peel.

Some men have issues with ingrown hair, and microdermabrasion might help hair come out. 

2- Pore unclogging & reduction

Men have more testosterone than women. And they should because the hormone is primarily male. Testosterone stimulation means thicker, tougher skin with larger pore, and unfortunately, it also means more active sebaceous glands leading to oilier skin.

Now, combine the oil production with large pores, and you have more chances to get blackheads, clogged pores, and even pimples.

Fortunately, facials can help with the pores and oil. How?

First, facials unclog your pores. In other words, your skin will be free of dirt and impurities. As a result, you will be less likely to have issues like breakouts, pimples, and ingrown hair.

3- Self-esteem boost

After a facial, your skin will look fresher, younger and you will feel more relaxed.

Overall, your skin will attain a new level of glow and appearance. Who would not feel a boost of confidence with such radiant and healthy skin? 

Furthermore, by having facials, you will learn a lot about skincare from the therapist who is doing your facial. In particular, you will learn:

  •   how to care for your skin
  • diverse facial treatments that you may have to treat specific skin conditions
  •   how to use skincare products and differentiate which is best for your skin

In the end, your skin is the first thing people see about you, and you should know everything you can to keep it healthy. Having facials is one way to go about that!

How often should men get facials?

A facial once every 4 to 6 weeks should suffice to see and keep the best results. 

At least, try to have one at the change of each season to keep your skin in good condition.

 

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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 or microscopic and can either have a unicellular or multicellular cell structure.
Although there is no specific estimation on the number of algae in the entire world, there exist over 320,500 identified species.

Seaweeds are plant-like organisms that attach themselves to rocks and other hard substances in an aquatic environment. They belong to the algae family.
They have been useful to humankind mainly for food, industrial products, medicinal uses, and even fertilisers.
Seaweeds belong to three different groups with more than 10,000 species namely, brown algae, green algae, and red algae. While green algae are common in freshwater and terrestrial situations, red and brown algae are common in marine environments.

What about phytoplankton

All algae are phytoplankton but not all phytoplankton are algae. Phytoplankton are free floating, photosynthetic microorganisms found in lakes, streams, oceans. They include algae, cyanobacteria, protists, and diatoms.
Phytoplankton forms the base of the marine food chain. Without it, over time, marine life would cease to exist. Because of their predominance in the oceans, they are the world’s biggest carbon sink. That is, they take in CO2 and give out oxygen during photosynthesis. It has been estimated that up to 75% of the world’s oxygen comes from phytoplankton. 

More on algae 

There are four types of Algae:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Brown

Each has its own powerful properties.

Types of Algae

 

Brown algae (chrommophyceae). Contains high levels of iodine (Iodine is an important mineral for healthy hair growth) and a good source of Vitamin C and E. Brown algae have a tightening effect which helps improve skin firmness. They also stimulate the synthesis of collagen.

Green Algae (chlorophycea). Contains large amounts of Vitamin C and Magnesium.

Red Algae (rhodophyceae) .Contains Beta Carotene and Protein.

Blue Algae (cyanophyceae). This type of algae contains many B. Vitamins, along with Amino Acids, polyunsaturated fats, Calcium and Protein.


Properties and Uses

Not only do Algae have some wonderful protective properties, they are also extremely moisturising. They work as a natural humectant providing a reserve of water in the tissues, locking water in the upper layers of the skin to keep it supple and hydrated. They have a real affinity with the skin.
In cosmetics, they can help to regulate moisture balance in the different layers of the epidermis (our outer layer of skin).

Algae have a high content of antioxidants useful to fight free radicals and oxidative stress that lead to skin ageing. Combined with anti-inflammation properties, they are perfect to fight skin ageing and also the negative effects of pollution on the skin.

Algae provides the skin with minerals and trace elements, essential nutrients that help our skin maintain and reinforce its natural functions.
The amino acid content of green algae is very similar to the human collagen.

Finally algae brighten the skin by reducing the activity of the process that causes pigmentation.


Key Minerals

Magnesium: Relaxes the body, soothes, calms and desensitises the skin.

Potassium: Purifying, potassium helps to push fluids and toxins out of the skin’s cells.

Sodium: It draws moisture into the cells, keeping skin soft and supple.

Calcium: This mineral found in Algae, helps to promote collagen and elastin production.

Iodine: Detoxifies and increases the body’s metabolism and stimulates cellular renewal.

Bromide: Relaxes and soothes the skin tissues.

With all these skin loving benefits, it is no wonder that Algae prove to be a popular ingredient in many of our skin care applications.


Phyt’s products with algae
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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. We believe eating these fruits will contribute immensely to the overall effectiveness of your skincare aids.

But before we delve into the list, what are the benefits of eating fruits?

Why Should You Eat Fruits?

 

Fruits Let You Stay Hydrated

One of the reasons you develop wrinkles fast is how soon your skin becomes dry. It starts once the water leaves the surface – the itching and sweat also commence.

Unfortunately, the more water you lose, the more wrinkles you tend to develop. Naturally, the solution, and the best of such, is to drink enough water. But just how much can you take?

The chances are that you don’t even enjoy plain and tasteless liquids to start. If that’s you, don’t worry; take fruits!

Fruits are delightful sources of water, and that qualifies them as perfect aids to keep your body hydrated. For example, apples contain up to 86% water, and watermelons have higher percentages at 92%.

In essence, taking any fruit can help you to meet daily water intake requirements. When you do, you will have flushed and flawless skin.

Fruits Keep Diseases At Bay

Besides containing a great degree of water, fruits, especially the ripe kinds, also have numerous antioxidants. The best part, each fruit contains a unique range of antioxidants that are good for your body.

Perhaps you are wondering how all that reduces the risk of diseases. Let’s explain!

Antioxidants are bio-chemicals that combine and neutralise dangerous elements in the body known as free radicals. The said radicals are unstable in nature and are often the agents of body ailments – especially cancers.

In summary, when you eat lots of fruits often, you will automatically equip your body with a rich supply of antioxidants. With such aids, you will spend less money and time visiting the sickbed.

Fruits Contain Dietary Fibres

If you have ever thought of weight loss, it is high time you stocked your fruit storage. Unlike carb meals, fruits are rich in fibre content.

Thanks to that, fruits aid digestion and help you burn your foods fast. Besides, fibres are low-calorie nutrients that also fit your fitness plan.

Besides weight loss, the fibre in fruits helps your heart. It does that by reducing the cholesterol in your blood and circulatory system as a whole.

Now, you understand the benefits of eating fruits, let’s help you handpick the best ones for your skin. Have a look!

7 Skin-friendly Fruits That Will Complement Your Skincare

 

Avocados

One of our top picks is avocados. These delightful fruits help to improve the moisture of the skin. But that’s not all.

Avocados contain healthy fats that help to make the skin flexible and supple. And the best part: this fruit has a UV-protection feature – thanks to its Vitamin C and E.

In essence, eating avocados will protect your skincare oils from the harshness of the sun. That means you will suffer no water loss or wrinkles.

Cucumber

This fruit, like avocados, is another rich source of Vitamin C. In addition to C, cucumber also contains Vitamin K. And with those two nutrients, you can expect glowing skin soon.

Besides vitamins, cucumbers contain lots of water. Thanks to that, your skin will stay hydrated and flushed.

Overall, you will suffer fewer wrinkles and fine lines when you eat cucumber frequently. While you are at it, you can use the fruit to reduce the dark circles around your eyes.

Lemon

If you are familiar with skincare ingredients, you will know that lemons are one of the mainstays. You will find extracts of this fruit in products ranging from creams to even lotions.

That said, lemon is quite popular with skin faithful, and it is all down to its Vitamin C content. With the compound, this fruit reduces instances of scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Overall, the nutrients in lemons shade your skin from the harsh rays of the sun. By doing so, the fruit is a perfect aid to reduce wrinkles and preserve your skin’s tone.

Oranges

Besides being tasty, oranges are delightful sources of fibre. They aid digestion and reduce the risk of heart complications.

Furthermore, oranges contain beta carotene. The said component is a convertible that changes to Vitamin A once it gets to the body.

The beauty of beta carotene surpasses its provitamin A functions. This compound acts as a sunblock and prevents dehydration. Also, it adds a shade of orange to your skin.

Overall, your skin will appear young, fresh, and bright. And isn’t that what you have always wanted!

Pineapples

If you want a chewable fruit that also doubles as a skincare aid, try pineapples. These fruits are very rich in essential nutrients. Some of such nutrients include Vitamin A, C and K.

Besides the vitamins, pineapples contain an anti-inflammatory compound known as bromelain. Beautifully, bromelain also has some healing properties.

In essence, pineapples will not only protect your skin but also repair its wound. That way, you will reduce dark spots and have a clean body.

Red Grapes

Another exciting fruit you should consider for your skin is the red grape. This delight is particularly effective against aging. How?

Red grapes contain a multifunctional compound known as resveratrol. With that, this fruit reduces the effects of aging.

In the process of reducing aging, resveratrol also combats the free radicals in your body. By doing that, the chemical compound limits the likeliness of diseases.

Watermelon

Our list is not complete without the succulent, cholesterol-free, fat-free and tasty watermelon. And as you can tell from the name, this fruit contains enormous water content.

So, you have found an alternative to drinking several gallons of water daily. But still drink water!

Besides water, watermelon contains dietary fibre that will reduce constipation and clogs from your skin. Combine the two effects, and you will soon reach a fresh and supple body.

Furthermore, watermelon contains four vitamins: A, B1, BY, and C. With those compounds, know that the fruit will protect your skin from UV rays.

Lastly, watermelons contain a compound known as Lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that combats tissue-damaging free radicals in your body. You can say that it also aids skin longevity.

 

So, that marks the end of our skin-friendly fruit list. We will advise you to stock your fridge with our recommendations.

But, remember that fruits alone can’t get you fast results. That said, you will need to buy safe skincare products like the ones we have here at Phyt’s.

So, go through our collection and see which one fits your needs!

 

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Acne

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 affects everyone, not just teenagers. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by things like poor hygiene or greasy food. These elements can undoubtedly exacerbate acne but are not the root cause.

First, let’s begin with understanding acne itself. Acne is an inherited disorder of the pore. Acne-prone pores shed five times more dead skin cells than an average pore, which results in retention hyperkeratosis. 
Not only do skin cells or keratinocytes shed at an accelerated rate, but these keratinocytes are also mingling with excess oil that is common within the acne-prone pore. This interaction produces a sticky consistency that is difficult for the skin to shed properly. This abnormal shedding clogs the pores ultimately leads to the formation of micro-comedones under the skin.

Moisture is Key
Because the most common approach to clearing acne is using dry, harsh products, it is commonly believed that acne needs to be ‘dried out.’
In fact, drying the skin out to clear up acne will actively work against achieving healthy, clear skin.

Optimal skin health requires a healthy barrier, with or without acne. A compromised barrier can lead to even more skin issues. With that said, adequate moisturisation and hydration are necessary for acneic skin to balance out active ingredients and allow the skin to repair itself.

Taking a Holistic Approach
The unfortunate reality of acne is that many people have been prescribed medications like antibiotics, isotretinoin, adapalene, spironolactone—the list goes on of drugs that may clear acne, but only for a limited time.
Topical and oral antibiotics, for instance, can provide clear skin while they are being used, but most people experience moderate to severe breakouts once they have discontinued use.
Probiotics are a recommended supplement to help balance the effects the antibiotics have had on an acne client’s system.
These drugs are not long-term solutions for acne because they come with a laundry list of unsavoury side effects and contribute to poor skin health and health in general. Prescription drugs are simply a temporary fix, which can be even more frustrating than the acne itself.

When people seek a solution for acne, they often focus on the surface level, which is entirely understandable. While acne is a skin condition, it is affected by internal factors of the body.

Diet
Though acne cannot be cured, it can be controlled through targeted skincare and lifestyle adjustments. Acne can be managed with thoughtful dietary choices.

First, it’s important to note that moderation is vital. Cutting back or limiting the intake of triggering food is recommended; remember that we’re all human! Indulging every now and then is fine as long as it’s not a regular practice.

Take note that acne triggers can be particular to each person, so we recommend keeping a food journal to keep track of and eventually rule out certain foods.

For instance, foods high in saturated fat, trans fat and sugar cause inflammation in the body and therefore cause inflammation in the skin. Another concern is the over-consumption of omega-6 fatty acids like corn, safflower, soybean, and sunflower oils—olive oil and coconut oil are great healthy alternatives.
Iodides, which are found in things as simple as table salt to various soy products like tofu and seaweed, are some of the most pervasive acne triggers. Instead, opt for acne-safe sea salt, non-iodized salt or Celtic salt. Shellfish and seaweed should be consumed in moderation, as they are rich in iodine.

A well-known and equally triggering acne enemy are dairy products. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt can exacerbate breakouts. Think of dairy consumption as an internal domino-effect: the high glycemic index of dairy triggers an increased insulin level and the release of the IGF-1 hormone. The triggering of this growth hormone can have effects on sebum and skin cell production.
Other ingredients like peanut butter (opt for almond or other nut butter) and organ meats are high in androgens and create a similar problem.
The diet of an acne-prone individual should be as anti-inflammatory as possible, rich in antioxidants (think dark leafy greens) and essential fatty acids (salmon, white fish, and pharmaceutical grade omega-3 supplements).

It may also be advantageous to see a functional medicine doctor or holistic nutritionist who can determine if any hormonal or nutritional imbalances are perpetuating acne.
There are several preventative measures acne-prone people can take in their everyday life to avoid worsening or causing breakouts. One of the most common household items that can contribute to acne flare-ups is laundry products. Free and clear laundry detergents are best for acne-prone people as fragrance and dyes are known skin irritants. Dryer sheets leave a waxy residue on the fabric that can irritate skin and potentially clog pores. A good idea is to swap pillowcases every day to avoid sleeping on bacteria and dead skin cells that can contribute to breakouts.

The new approach to acne is not just results-driven but an entirely sustainable method to promote healthy skin from the inside out.

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Aromaclear Exfoliating & Purifying Mask to win the battle with large pores and shiny skin…

Products made with charcoal are popping everywhere, and it is no surprise. Charcoal is an efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable ingredient. It is the best ally of skin affected by large pores and excessive shine.

Charcoal is not just a trend
Although cosmetics manufacturers seem to have discovered this ingredient, it’s important to remember that charcoal powder has been used since ancient time for a range of purposes in everyday life. Charcoal is obtained from the calcination of plant materials (mainly wood) or animals (bones). Carbonisation at high temperature changes the configuration of these materials creating a sponge-like structure full of tiny holes. These holes, created by heat, will have multiple practical uses thanks to their absorption power: water filtration, odour absorption or dyes removal. 

Charcoal properties
In cosmetics, the absorption power of charcoal is very efficient at purifying and detoxifying the skin. Charcoal can work wonders to absorb toxins, heavy metals and some bacteria. It can also suck up the excess of sebum produced by oily skin which makes it an excellent ingredient for oily and acne prone skin types.
The purifying properties of charcoal can help shrink pores and leave the skin refined and feeling revitalised.

Phyt’s Aromaclear Exfoliating Mask
The charcoal used in Masque Gommant is obtained from a Japanese oak tree (Ubame Oak) and is called Binchotan charcoal. It has a micro-porous structure and is well known for its purity and finesse. The cosmetic quality and efficiency of this ingredient have been recognised by COSMOS and received their organic certification.

Phyt’s Aromaclear Masque Gommant is a 2 in 1 non-drying creamy formulation that combines the benefit of a mask and an exfoliator with three natural clays, charcoal and purifying essential oils. This facial mask has a triple action on the skin:

  • Exfoliation with crushed amber powder 
  • Absorption of impurities and sebaceous secretions thanks to 3 types of clay (white, yellow and green) combined with vegetable charcoal 
  • Purifying with essential oils (Lavandin, Tea Tree, Rosemary)

It will absorb impurities and excess sebum while reducing the size of visible pores. Blemishes are reduced, skin is radiant and mattified and pores instantly tightened.

Proven efficiency:

  • Healthier skin, refined texture: 100%
  • Absorbed excess sebum, mattified skin: 95%
  • Unclogged pores: 91%

How to use:
Once to twice a week, apply to cleansed skin (avoid the eye contour area). Leave on for 10 minutes then emulsify the mask with water and perform small ascending circles with the tips of your fingers to exfoliate the skin.
Remove the mask thoroughly with warm water. Pat skin dry, then follow with one of the moisturisers of the Aromaclear range.

 

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Heading not oils

Nut oils

Most of us know that nuts as food are healthy to add to our diets. In the cosmetic industry, we now see many oils extracted from nuts appearing in skin care formulas.
In recent years, products containing active ingredients extracted from nuts have become, at times, controversial due to the possibility of allergies.
Individuals who have severe nut allergies have to be particularly careful at identifying nut oils when they are listed under their INCI or botanical name. 

Here are a few of the nut oils you are likely to find in skin care products, and their properties:

Sweet Almond

Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil is anti-inflammatory, which will help various skin types and conditions. The high amount of fatty acid content and retinoids in sweet almond oil may help dissolve excess oil on the skin and reduce acne’s appearance and help with cell turnover.
The vitamin E content in this oil can help with scarring and reducing skin damage from UV exposure. Last, but not least, studies are starting to show that sweet almond oil may help prevent and reduce stretch marks and help people with eczema psoriasis.

Horse Chestnut

Many parts of the tree that provide Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) is used, including leaves, bark and seeds. Horse chestnut extract used topically improves circulation and strengthens the connective tissue around the capillary system. This ingredient’s saponins are anti-inflammatory and help inhibit the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in the skin.

Macadamia

Macadamia integrifolia (macadamia) nut oil is sourced from the macadamia nut pulp and then pressed into a rich elixir. It is excellent for most skin types and rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin, a potent anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin, and it will help improve mature skin by targeting fine lines and wrinkles.
Besides oils like jojoba and squalene, macadamia nut oil is the closest to the naturally occurring sebum found in your skin. It will absorb easily in the skin, and those with acne need not worry as this oil will not clog pores.

Walnuts

Walnut infused products can provide positive benefits for the skin. Juglans regia (walnut) is known for its high levels of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Walnut-infused products can effectively fight acne-causing bacteria and other infections that trigger eczema and rosacea type skin conditions. They also contain vitamins B5 and E, which hold excellent brightening, skin texture, and pore-tightening properties.

Shea

Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) is fat that is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. Shea butter is classified as a tree nut product, but it is low in the proteins that trigger allergies, unlike others. It is highly moisturising, as these benefits are tied to shea butter’s fatty acid content, which includes linoleic, oleic, stearic and palmitic acids. Shea butter also has antioxidant, anti-ageing, free-radical fighting and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a winner for many professional skin care products.

Argan

Argania Spinosa (argan) oil is nutrient-dense, but it is not a heavy oil that clogs pores. It helps soothe inflammation and may help modulate oil production in the skin. This oil is anti-inflammatory and will help calm and heal the skin while also providing a barrier to strengthening it. This nut-derived oil is full of vitamin E and fatty acids, which boost moisture levels and improve skin texture.


Hazelnut

A remarkable amount of research has been performed on the nutritional and physicochemical characteristics of Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed oil. Hazelnut oil consists of more than 90% unsaturated fatty acids, mainly oleic (80%) and linoleic (6%–12%) acids. These fatty acids work together with Vitamin E (α-tocopherol) – also found in Hazelnut oil – to increase hydration in the skin’s outermost layers. Vitamin E also helps improve elasticity by keeping the skin hydrated.
Hazelnut oil is also rich in antioxidants called tannins that can help balance oily skin, cleanse, shrink pores and remove bacteria.

Brazil nut

Bertholletia excels (Brazil) nut oil is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B6, B12, C, and D, magnesium, calcium and iron. Brazil nut oil also has fatty acids, protein, fibre, copper, thiamine and antioxidants. Anti free-radicals, moisturising, improving elasticity and promoting cellular repair/growth, the oil is now becoming more popular as  an option in professional skincare products.

Cashew

Anacardium occidentale (cashew) oil contains vitamin E, which will help with anti-ageing. Research shows this oil can help with eczema and acne, as it contains linoleic acid that reduces inflammation in those with these skin conditions. Applying cashew nut oil or cashew shell oil can also help with warts and rashes, as it is antimicrobial.

Tamanu oil

Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil is extracted from the Laurelwood tree. It is rich in fatty acids, which will lock in moisture by acting as a barrier to the skin. This antioxidant-rich oil is also anti-inflammatory to benefit sensitive skin as well as help wound healing. Tamanu oil is also said to alleviate pain and can be used topically to relieve the pain caused by cold sores, shingles and sciatica.

If you are allergic to nuts, you may want to avoid products that are formulated with the oil extracted from those nuts. 

In doubt, stay cautious and always double check  

 

 

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13 Micro Habits for Happy and Healthy Skin

Not enough time for a full-scale routine? You can adopt micro-habits that take very little time each day and are easily doable for a healthy skin.
Taken individually, none of them will trigger an instant wow factor, but practiced in the context of other activities, these micro-habits will help your skin dealing with daily stressors a little bit every day, and this will add up over time.

  1. Splash cold water on your skin when rinsing-off cleansing products in the morning

Wash your face with lukewarm water first to remove any makeup and pollutants from the day, then end with a cold-water rinse to tighten pores and promote blood circulation. Rinsing with cold water affects the skin in many positive ways. Acne prevention, for instance, is one of those potential benefits. That’s because hot water strips the oils from your skin triggering your oil glands to produce even more sebum. In this case, cold water can do a great job of regulating oil levels.

Cold water may also be better for specific skin conditions, such as rosacea (make sure the water is not freezing cold). Hot water causes blood vessels to dilate more, making your skin appear redder. Cold water is also great at closing pores and reducing puffiness.

  1. Feed your skin with healthy food

Every time you go shopping, buy a fruit or vegetable you haven’t tried before. Your skin is your largest organ. Skincare protects it from external factors, but what feeds your skin cells comes from the food you eat. The human body is designed for various nutritional sources, and your skin needs various sources to obtain the nutritional elements it requires to stay healthy. Modern supermarkets have a wide variety of fresh food available, so it’s easy to grab a new one on top of your usual shop each time.

  1. Add the cost of process food you buy to your beauty products expenses

Work out how many ingredients, additives, artificial colouring, or flavouring ingredients will end up as blemishes; replace this processed food with spray-free or whole organic food if you decide to buy.

  1. Turn down the blue light on your computer.

If you’re serious about preventing premature ageing, experts say protection from UVA and UVB rays is no longer enough. Blue light emitted from our digital devices can penetrate deeper into the skin than UVA and UVB light. Blue light can penetrate our dermis to the level where you find collagen and elastin. The results are a loss of firmness and an increase in visible lines. 

  1. Put your phone on airplane mode in another room before going to sleep

Notifications and an endless stream of messages at night mess with our body clock, plus waking up with a need to check your phone instantly screams addiction. A messed-up body clocked soon becomes a messed-up skin. Taking care of your skin can start as simply as putting your phone on airplane mode in another room.

  1. Discard products that are out of date or those with expiry date far away in the future

If they are manufactured to last so long, what can be in them? Chemical preservative of course! Best to leave them where they are, in the jar rather than on your skin.
On your product packaging, you should see a little logo representing a jar and a number. The number will tell you the ideal time frame under which your product needs to be used. The higher the number, the more preservative ingredients would be found in the formula. The lower the number, the less preservatives it contains and the better for a healthy skin.

  1. Eat mindfully

Beauty comes from the inside. The connection between nutrition and skin condition, or rather, the effect of nutrition on skin ageing, has been an exciting research field. Not only for scientists but also a common field of interest for humans throughout the years, from ancient times to nowadays.

What we know today is that digestion begins in the mouth, where food is mashed by chewing and chemically softened by the enzymes present in the saliva. The food then passes down the oesophagus to the stomach, where it is broken down by acidic gastric juices. The resulting mixture then moves into the small intestine, combined with bile acids and enzymes. About 75% of nutrient absorption happens at this stage. Eating mindfully will help you maintain your skin’s health and integrity, and there is no cost involved in that habit.

  1. Drink water before you eat and in between meals

The adult human body is 60% water, and your blood is 90% water. Drinking water benefits the whole body in a million ways.
From flushing out toxins to preventing acne and giving you glowing skin, water is a miracle drink! When you drink enough water, the cells in every part of your body get hydrated through the blood.
Increasing your water intake during the day guarantees your skin gets hydrated while impurities and toxins get flushed out at the cellular level.

9. Wear sunscreen whenever in the sun for long periods.

Even when it’s cold or cloudy, UV rays from the sun can still do their damage. The easiest way might seem to be picking up a moisturiser that includes a sun protection factor of at least 30, but this is one instance where the easiest solution might not be the best. Please refer to our blog on a particular ingredient that proves to be harmful  (put the link here) and decide for yourself.

  1. Take vitamin D in winter

Vitamin D comes from sunlight naturally and helps regulate the immune system.
If you live in a country with a cold and dark winter, you are probably vitamin D deficient. You might also be deficient if you spend your life avoiding the sun following cosmetic procedures, injectables etc. Take vitamin D supplements.

  1. Make the time spent looking after your skin mindful rituals

Give yourself the time to enjoy your daily skincare and makeup routine and make them mindful rituals. Spend some time reflecting on what your skin is beyond its outer appearances. When you think about it, the role and influence of your skin on our overall health are mind-boggling. This micro-habit is to acknowledge skin as mindfully as you can.

  1. Breathe and exhale your way to glowing skin

We rarely breathe as deeply as we should. Just as the mind and gut are connected, the mind and skin also share a deep link.

Our breath is a powerful (and underrated) tool when it comes to changing your physical, emotional and mental state. The benefits of breathing correctly can help promote calmness, detoxify the body, stimulate the lymphatic system, foster happiness and more.

It should come as no surprise, then, that good breathing habits will also nurture beautiful skin.

  1. Bedtime

Lie on your back and let your head and shoulders hang off the bed for a couple of minutes (don’t do it if you have neck issues). This slight stretch before going to sleep helps open up the chest and get the blood flowing to the heart and brain. It feels good too!

Choose the habits you are confident you can adopt easily, and it will work for you. By doing so, your skin will reflect their combined benefits quite quickly. Expect to be surprised!

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Sunscreen – Why you should avoid Octocrylene

Sunscreen – Why you should avoid Octocrylene

It has been recently shown that Octocrylene, a UV filter found in sun protection products and anti ageing products, evolves into a harmful component once the products are open.

Octocrylene was previously accused of being harmful to marine life, especially corals. Some manufacturers have consequently withdrawn it from their sunscreens for environmental reasons but many have not, at least not yet. 

Now, a new in-depth study on this synthetic UV filter shows that Octocrylene, in some sun protection and anti ageing creams, degrades after some times into benzophenone – an endocrine disruptor, also suspected of being carcinogen.

What is interesting is that Benzophenone is not initially present in these products. It appears following the transformation of a specific sun filter found in many cosmetics (moisturisers, self-tanners, shampoos, etc.): octocrylene.

The researchers have shown that once the products are opened, it quickly turns into benzophenone.

The scientists involved analysed fifteen sunscreen and anti ageing creams purchased in France and The United States (you can find more about these in their report, published on Monday, March 8, in Chemical Research in Toxicology, a specialized journal of the American Society of Chemistry – see link at the end of this blog).

The products purchased have undergone an accelerated ageing process validated in the United States and equivalent to one year spent at room temperature. Then, they were analysed using a high-performance mass spectrometer.
Initially, there is very little benzophenone in the products. But gradually, with the ageing of the product, the increase in benzophenone exceeded 100%, and even reached 200% for some products.
According to the researchers, it is the first time that this transformation of octocrylene to benzophenone has been shown. 

Stressing that this substance is readily absorbed through the skin, the researchers believe that products containing octocrylene, and therefore contaminated with benzophenone, can pose a threat to health and the environment.
These same scientists are now calling for a ban of octocrylene from personal care products. 

Conclusion: if you are using skincare products with octocrylene, it is not good keeping them for too long once you’ve opened them.

For sunscreen products, consider adopting creams/lotions that act as a barrier because they sit on top of your skin and do not penetrate it. Those products are formulated with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide particles.

Phyt’s sells only certified organic cosmetics. They do not use octocrylene in their sunscreen products  – or any other products; this ingredient is forbidden in manufacturing certified organic products.

Phyt’s focus is, and always has been, on ingredients that are essentially barriers, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide rather than UV-absorbing chemicals.
As a barrier, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide do not go through the skin and bloodstream but reflect the UV away from the skin.

Remember also that, once opened, organic cosmetics should not be kept for too long (look at the back of the products – on the packaging or the products themselves – for a small symbol of an open jar. There is a number inside the jar followed by the letter M: that’s the number of months the products can last once opened).
Note: Phyt’s use only non-nano zinc and titanium particles in their sun protection creams.

Source: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00461

 

 

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“Made in France” – Why is this label still so attractive?

In the beauty industry, the label “Made in France” evokes quality, efficiency, and trust. Why is that so? 

In the world of fashion, beauty and cosmetics, the label “Made in France” conjures glamour, elegance, and sophistication. But the attraction for French skincare goes further than that. It’s about centuries-old wisdom in selecting ingredients, blending know-how, time-tested experience in manufacturing and today, more crucial than ever, about safety.
France has one of the most stringent regulations and product safety requirements. 

For centuries, the French have always been very fond of natural products. Ancient wild wisdom on the therapeutic use of essential oils, plant and herbs extracts have been running deep in the French psyche. They gave birth to numerous legends of ‘beauty or youth elixirs’ concocted in the minds of traditional medicine men and women. These experts would eventually become our modern herbalists, naturopaths, aromatherapists.

Phyt’s Laboratories emerged on the shoulders of this historical background. Its flagship formulations were born from herbalists’ minds and naturopaths interested in skin health above and beyond the notion of beauty.
More precisely, beauty and nature were necessary partners to achieve visible and sustainable results while respecting the earth and the environment that surround us.
Creme Absolue is a perfect example of a cream that was formulated almost 50 year ago and is still one of the best selling Phyt’s moisturiser.

Expertise is one thing, but it needs to sustain the passing of time. The focus must remain on constant innovation, cutting-edge results, and real customer experience. Phyt’s Crème Panacée is the epitome of what can be achieved in the quest for a global, do-it-all well-ageing movement.

French people have a long relationship with natural ingredients. Because our understanding of skin as a living system evolved so dramatically in recent years, synthetic ingredients are becoming less attractive to the educated and health-conscious consumer.
Essential oils molecules and plant extracts in their purest form are more in line with customers expectations.
Here too, Phyt’s “Made in France” know-how and expertise helped create high performance skin serums that deliver efficient and proven results with each drop.

In this fast growing ‘organic’ skincare scene, the “Made in France” label delivers a promise: quality, expertise, safety and a little bit of a dream in every tube, jar or ampoule. Quality research produces quality products!

If you are looking for efficient, safe skincare to keep your skin healthy, you can trust Made-in-France Phyt’s products and treatments.

 

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Ampoules: small in size, big on results!

Glass ampoules are the star packaging of professional products used in Phyt’s facial treatments.

Ampoules (sometimes called phials) are small sealed glass (or plastic) containers, mostly used to protect liquid or solution from air and contaminants in pharmaceutical, personal care and cosmetic industries. Usually, ampoules carry around 2 to 5 ml of product. Traditionally, they are made of glass and, for the environment’s sake, this is the material we prefer.

Inspired by the pharmaceutical industry, European skincare manufacturers have used single-dose ampoules to safeguard beauty serums for decades.

The major drawback for manufacturers is the cost involved in glass packaging: once filled with products, ampoules must be sealed by melting the thin ends with an open flame. Breakage on production lines happens and products contaminated with small pieces of glass have to be discarded; handling and storage require specific care and equipment, etc. 

So, why is this type of packaging becoming so popular for beauty serums – and why Phyt’s chose them for their professional treatments over other types of packaging?

Glass ampoules are sealed with flames; exposure to a flame allows for the oxygen present in the ampoule to burn, thus leaving a product safe from oxidation for as long as the ampoule remains sealed. This type of packaging guarantees the stability of the formula and its potency. Because the products  do not come into contact with air, the ingredients’ performance is not affected.

For a beauty therapist, using cosmetics in ampoules is also more hygienic than continuously dipping hands into containers. 

The main drivers in the popularity of glass ampoules are:

  • Consumers greater awareness about health hazards in a pandemic environment
  • The willingness for manufacturers to reassure stockists and clients alike about the safety of their products
  • The worldwide move away from plastic
  • The commitment of cosmetic manufacturers to eliminate as much plastic from their products and packaging

Because glass is so fragile, people are rightfully wary of the hazards of handling glass and treat ampoules with caution; a challenge PHYT’S avoided totally by keeping the use of glass ampoules for professional treatments only.

Phyt’s facial treatments come in single-treatment kits made of several ampoules. The kits themselves are made of recycled and recyclable material, preventing breakage furthermore.
The content of each ampoule has been carefully measured to be used only during the course of a treatment to ensure freshness and potency of the formula.
Aestheticians trained in Phyt’s treatments are skilled at safely and correctly extract products from their glass packaging. 

If many cosmetic companies use glass ampoules to pack serums, Phyt’s uses ampoules for all the products needed for a facial treatment – from the cleansing milk to the moisturiser used to complete each facial.
This guarantees a safe, potent, germs and bacterial-free therapy from the beginning to the end of the facial.
And, let’s not forget the delicious immersion in delightful essential oils and plant aromatics that diffuse their aroma all around, providing a relaxing and multi-sensorial experience.

There is an intimate and unique connection to Mother Nature when you realise that, from the moment active ingredients were sealed into their glass container until their release onto your skin, no-one has touched the product that is being applied to your skin…

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How to get that perfect pout?

The skin on our lips (in the redder area) is much thinner than the skin on the other parts of our body (in that redder part of the lips, the skin is made up of three to five cellular layers, compared to the skin on the rest of the face which is typically arranged in 16 cellular layers).
Because of this thinness, they quickly get dehydrated, cracked and chapped – a condition that even the most glamorous lipstick will not help.  

Why is this happening, and what is the solution?
The red part of our lips does not have hair follicles and oil glands, and no ability to create the sun-filtering natural melanin. Therefore, the lips do not have the protection offered by sweat and body oil. This is why they dry out faster and can become chapped.

We usually associate dry lips with winters and the colder climates when the cold dry air outside and heated environment inside dehydrate our skin. Summer too can be an issue with exposure to the drying effect of the sun, sea or swimming pool, and air-conditioning.

Other factors could also increase dryness: the things we do without a second thought like licking our lips when they feel dry or when we feel thirsty. Licking our lips might provide relief for a few minutes but then we will notice how quickly they feel tight and dry again!
What about hot showers we take every day and brushing our teeth? We never think of these things as damaging the integrity of our lips’ skin, but they do, and daily…

With lips, prevention is the best action to take to get healthy-looking kissable lips. Lip balms are designed to nourish and soothe dry lips.

Phyt’s Soin Confort des Lèvres (Beauty & Lip Protection) is a soothing and intensely nourishing formula of certified organic Avocado oil, Argan oil, Shea Butter, Coconut oil and plant-derived Vit E. All ingredients are of natural origin and the balm is certified organic.
Phyt’s lip treatment balm helps preserve the youth and beauty of lips without damage to your health. Convenient size easy to carry around.
Use it and enjoy that perfect pout! 

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