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 every day carrying our weight, getting us from point a to b, hiking, running, wearing shoes that are too big/small/narrow/tight or just uncomfortable.

Self-care has lately become a big topic within humans regarding stress and ensuring that we get the time to recharge mentally and emotionally.

In this blog, we focus on our precious feet and ankles and suggest our favourite tips to nurture your feet in the comfort of your home:

Warm water & Epsom salt
Salt turns to magnesium and sulphate in the water, which can help with fungus, ingrown nails and soothe dry skin. Soaking your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes is enough to relax the muscles and loosen stiff joints. All you need is one cup of Epsom salt in warm water; You are ready for your mini at-home spa day! 

Elevate
After a day of hard work and running around, you will love this step. Elevating your feet helps decrease pain and swelling, take pressure off the veins, and improve blood flow back into the heart. All you need is 20 mins, lay down on your back in bed or on the couch and kick your feet up against the wall or use a couch pillow. As long as your ankles are at heart level or above, you let the magic happen, and the body does its thing.

Walk barefoot on grass or sand whenever you can
Walking barefoot on grass or sand is a beautiful way to ground and reconnect with yourself and mother nature. It also has different benefits, including better foot positioning when you walk, better balance, and better foot mechanics, which can help with hips, knees, and core movement. So next time you have an opportunity to walk across a field or on a beach, go ahead, feel the warmth of the sand or walk across that grass field.

Light exfoliation
Here is a perfect DIY spa treatment for the feet, which you can do when you shower or take a bath. Exfoliation improves blood circulation, which helps relieve aches, and it is also a great way to relax the mind and body while relieving stress. Your feet will also look great due to the exfoliation, which will have removed dry and dead skin cells.

Moisturising foot massage
There is nothing easier to do than a foot massage, and it is so incredibly relaxing. Try it anytime you find yourself relaxing, even when watching TV, taking 15 minutes to break from your daily routine or before bed. A foot massage can also be done while reading at your desk if you work from home.
Choose the most comfortable and relaxing position that does not cause any pain or discomfort. Taking one foot at a time with both hands, use your thumbs to apply pressure around the ankles, the arches, and the heels. Take each toe and move it circular, perhaps tugging at each toe gently.

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At Phyt’s, we love nourishing and protecting our feet with our 100% natural and certified organic Nourishing Foot Cream, rich in oils for soft and smooth skin. This specialised cream has a rich formula particularly recommended if your feet have dry, cracked skin.

Active ingredients:

  • Rapeseed and Sunflower oils: rich source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids; great to repair and nourish the skin
  • Beeswax: nourishing, smoothing
  • Argan oil: softening, repairing and protective
  • White clay: healing
  • Hemp oil: highly nourishing and repairing
  • Shea butter: outstanding repairing properties
  • Peppermint and Menthol: refreshing
  • Tea Tree essential oil: purifying

Directions:
Use morning and evening. Layer it on, with a thicker layer to the driest parts of the feet, then perform a gentle massage to let ingredients seek deep into the skin.

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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 Sensitivity 

The most common form of skin disruption is sensitivity when the skin becomes reactive (inflammation). Pollutants could also aggravate skin pathologies such as acne, eczema, psoriasis…

  • Dull complexion

Carbon monoxide asphyxiates cells and starves them of oxygen. It becomes harder for oxygen and nutrients to reach their destination. Cell metabolism slows down leading to a dull complexion…

  • Premature ageing of the skin

Pollution ages the skin and this link has been known since 2010. It shows the impact of fine particles on the formation of dark spots and wrinkles. 80 % of skin ageing could be due to the environment.

  • The skin barrier is damaged
    Pollution increases the formation of free radicals within the body. Those free radicals create an oxidative stress that causes cellular damage. Once damaged, the skin function is altered. The first sign of skin deterioration is dehydration.

 

How to protect your skin against the effects of pollution?

  • Thorough cleansing to remove particles that have accumulated on the skin
  • Strengthen and restore the skin barrier with specifically formulated products rich in antioxidants, hydrating and nourishing ingredients. 
  • Choose formulations with a high content of emollient to help restore the skin barrier function and to prevent the penetration of polluting agents. 
  • Boost cell renewal.
  • Use sun protection.

 

All Phyt’s skin care are certified organic and formulated with ingredients of natural origin. Phyt’s Reviderm Anti-Pollution is our best organic skin care formulation for urban skin because:

 

  • it provides natural antioxidants (marine oligosaccharide, plant-derived Vit E, rosemary leaves)
  • it boost cells renewal (brown algae, plankton extract)
  • it hydrates the skin (aloe vera)
  • it increases oxygenation of the skin for a brighter complexion (pink pepper, plant chlorophyll)
  • it reduces the adhesion of free particles to the skin (marine oligosaccharide)
  • it protects the skin (rice extract, avocado oil, hazelnut oil)


A professional Anti-Pollution Facial Treatment is also available from one of Phyt’s stockists (check here for a list of our stockists).
Enjoy 1 hour of result-based facial combining relaxation and outstanding results. Your complexion will look more luminous and smoother.

 

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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.

Autumn and the colder season are perfect opportunities to slow down and give yourself some TLC. We have all heard a lot about the benefit of taking time out to manage stress in recent times. Keeping your skin in top shape with an at-home facial massage is a great starting point that will go a long way in helping you keep a youthful and healthy glow. Taking care of your skin is also self-care.

How does self-care help boost collagen?

It has to do with the powerful but damaging connection between stress, inflammation and free radicals. As we move through life, collagen naturally breaks down; in addition to biological age, our metabolism starts producing an abundance of free radicals (collagen arch-enemy). 

Free radicals are formed naturally in the body due to metabolism (oxidation). They can also be formed through external factors like smoking, stress and pollutants, which further diminish the body’s ability to produce its intrinsic collagen. 

That’s where antioxidants come in.

Free radicals are strongly attracted to proteins, collagen and elastin, attacking them without restrain and causing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a real problem because once collagen and elastin cells are damaged, nearby cells become vulnerable, and here you have the chain reaction that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. 

Preventing collagen loss with natural antioxidants

While the collagen breakdown may seem inevitable, there are things we can do to slow down the breakdown process:

  • Consuming a rainbow of fruits and veggies can provide antioxidants that fight free radical activity from within.
  • Focusing on foods particularly rich in vitamin C and amino acids will double the benefits to your skin by increasing collagen and hyaluronic acid levels. Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and strawberries.
  • Skin needling, a popular go-to solution, stimulates collagen growth by prodding the skin’s dermis layer.
  • Bringing essential oils and other natural plant compounds into your environment. They can boost collagen production and restore elasticity by going deep beneath the skin’s surface, encouraging the production of new skin cells.

Our favourite collagen-boosting natural essential and plant oils:

Since collagen fibres are damaged by inflammation, the first step in your self-care routine would be to incorporate some of the essential oils studied for their abilities to reduce inflammation or support detoxification to your environment. Here we have among others:

  • Lavender 
  • Thyme
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Eucalyptus
  • Juniper
  • Orange
  • Sage


Many essential oils have also been recognized as natural antioxidants. By reducing the adverse action of free radicals, these oils help boost collagen production. Consider including some of these oils in your self-care practice:

  • Carrot
  • Geranium
  • Sandalwood
  • Rose
  • Frankincense
  • Eucalyptus
  • Star anise
  • Chamomile
  • Edelweiss
  • Tarragon
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass 

What about collagen-boosting plant oils and extracts in skincare?

Skin cells are like bricks held together by a mortar made from lipids, and plant oils are fantastic at replacing and repairing the lipid layer to make it stronger and more supple. Here are our all-time favourites:

  • Aloe vera
  • Vit E
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rosehip oil 
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Para cress extract

When practising self-care at home, try using skincare products that blend synergistically essential oils with botanical extracts to powerfully boost collagen production within your skin.
Knowing these ingredients will eventually make their way into your bodies, you also want to use products that are free from pesticides and any chemicals. 

In our Phyt’s retail range, such synergy of collagen-boosting natural compounds (often certified organic) is found in higher concentrations in the Aromalliance range formulated for mature skin:

  • Phytonagre treatment cream with vanilla extract, evening primrose oil, lavender oil, and natural Vit E.
  • Anti-Ageing Night Cream (Riche Nuit) with lavender oil, geranium oil, rosemary oil, ylang-ylang oil, and natural Vit E. 
  • Eye & Lip Cream (Fluide Contour) with wheat germ oil, lavender oil, ylang-ylang oil, Lemongrass oil, and chamomile.
  • Absolue treatment cream with wheat germ oil, Lavender oil, orange oil, rosemary oil, thyme oil, lemon oil, tarragon oil, ylang-ylang oil, sage oil, and natural Vit E.  
  • Nourishing and Smoothing Serum (Sérum Anti-Rides) with wheat germ oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, and natural Vit E.
  • Firming & Tensing Serum (Serum Multi-Vita) with lavender oil, wheat germ oil, carrot oil, lemon oil, and natural Vit E.

Phyt’s offers another powerful range formulated to fight the signs of ageing with ingredients that promote collagen growth: the Panacée range.
The range offers two powerful wrinkles treatment creams for the face:

  • Panacée Facial Cream with edelweiss extract, rosemary oil, aloe vera leaf extract, brown seaweed extract, rye extract, and paracress extract.
  • Panacée Eye Contour Cream with lavender water, rye extract, edelweiss extract, and paracress extract.

Phyt’s has a choice of facial products that can help the skin’s natural ageing process by delivering natural ingredients to the skin; ingredients that will help the skin repair and renew itself for a radiant, smoother look.

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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 answers would be correct.

Human body tissue is another way of describing how our cells are grouped according to specific structures and functions that make up our organs and other body parts:

  • Muscle tissue is found throughout the body, even in organs such as the heart. 
  • Epithelial tissue covers and protects our bodies and the lining of some organs in the form of skin. 
  • Connective tissue, which can be found filling the spaces in our body, holds our parts together and provides support. 
  • Nervous tissue transmits signals from nerves to the spinal cord and brain using our five senses.

Collagen is secreted by various cells but mainly by connective tissue cells.


What exactly is collagen?

Collagen is a complex, insoluble, and fibrous protein that makes up one-third of the protein in the human body.
There are at least 16 different types of collagen, each with different structures and functions.
But 80 to 90% of them belong to the first three types, known as Type 1, 2 and 3.

Collagen is found in the extracellular matrix and presents as a tightly knit network of macromolecules that determines the physical properties of body tissues. A macromolecule is a molecule containing a large number of atoms.

In most collagens, the molecules are packed together to form long, thin fibrils. These fibrils act as supporting structures and anchor cells to each other, giving the skin strength and elasticity.
Type 1 collagen fibrils are particularly capable of being stretched and, Gram-for-gram, is stronger than steel.

Some collagens act as protective coverings for delicate organs in the body, such as the kidneys.

In the dermis – the middle layer of skin – collagen helps form a fibrous network of fibroblasts, upon which new cells can grow. It also plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells.|

Collagen, ageing and the skin
With age, the body produces less collagen and the structural integrity of the skin declines.
Women experience a dramatic reduction in collagen synthesis after menopause. By the age of 60, a considerable decline in collagen production is expected.
Wrinkles form, and joint cartilage weakens.

Clinical usages of collagen
Collagen is resorbable. It means it can be broken down, converted, and absorbed back into the body. It can also be formed into compacted solids or lattice-like gels.

Its diverse range of functions, and the fact that it is naturally occurring, make it clinically versatile and suitable for various medical purposes.

For medical and cosmetic use, Collagen can originate from humans, cows, pigs, or sheep.

Skin fillers
Fillers containing collagen can be used cosmetically to remove lines and wrinkles from the face and improve scars.

These fillers are sourced from humans and cows. It is wise to undergo skin tests before using collagen from cows to avoid aggravating any potential allergies.

Collagen can fill relatively superficial volumes, and more extensive gaps are usually filled with fat, silicone, or implants.

Wound dressing
Collagen can help heal wounds by attracting new skin cells to the wound site, and it promotes healing and provides a platform for new tissue growth.

Guided tissue regeneration
Collagen-based membranes have been used in periodontal and implant therapy to promote the growth of specific types of cells.

In oral surgery, collagen barriers can prevent fast-growing cells around the gum from migrating to a wound in a tooth. In doing so, it preserves a space where tooth cells have the chance to regenerate.

Collagen-based membranes can aid healing in these cases, and they are resorbable, so this barrier does not need to be surgically removed after the primary operation.

Ways to maintain or replenish collagen in the skin tissues

Skin revitalisation
Many products containing collagen, including creams and powders, claim to revitalise the skin by increasing collagen levels within the body. However, this is unlikely as collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin. Any benefit is probably due to the moisturising effects of these products.

Such treatments are also not classified as drugs, so any claims regarding their efficacy do not need to be scientifically proven. Caution is advised when using these products.

A healthful diet can help the body produce collagen. Nutrients that may support collagen formation include:

  •   Proline: in egg whites, meat, cheese, soy, and cabbage.
  •   Anthocyanidins: in blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries.
  •   Vitamin C: in oranges, strawberries, peppers, and broccoli.
  •   Copper: in shellfish, nuts, red meat, and some drinking water.
  •   Vitamin A: occurring in animal-derived foods and plant foods as beta-carotene.

Use antioxidants topically
To boost your body’s collagen production, reach for skincare products with antioxidant ingredients. A popular choice is retinol, which prevents collagen breakdown and stimulates fibroblasts. However, retinol should be used mindfully. If overused, it can cause skin sensitivity by disrupting the invisible barrier on the top of our skin.

Other significant antioxidants include vitamins C and E, which work best together. Vitamin C regenerates vitamin E, while vitamin E returns the favour by increasing the stability of Vitamin C.

To keep your skin healthy and protect our ecosystem, the best is to look for skincare formulated from 100% natural ingredients and certified organic when possible. The antioxidant extracted from Mother Nature herself will support the production of healthy fibroblast and slow down the breakdown of collagen within your skin. 

A great strategy is also to be well aware of what damages collagen in the first place. Once you know the cause of those damages, you can avoid or remove these elements from your life and practice the wise adage that prevention is better than cure.

What damages collagen?

Some factors can deplete collagen levels within the body, and avoiding them could keep the skin healthy for longer: 

  • High sugar consumption: A high-sugar diet increases the rate of glycation, a process where blood sugars attach to proteins to form new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

AGEs damage nearby proteins and make collagen dry, brittle, and weak.

  • Smoking: Many chemicals in tobacco smoke damage collagen and elastin in the skin.
    Nicotine also narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, and this compromises skin health by reducing the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin.
  • Sunlight: Ultraviolet rays in sunlight cause collagen to break down more rapidly, damaging collagen fibres and causing abnormal elastin to build up.
    The UV rays damage the collagen in the dermis, and the skin rebuilds incorrectly, forming wrinkles.
  • Autoimmune disorders: Some autoimmune disorders cause antibodies to target collagen.
    Genetic changes can affect the extracellular matrix, and the produced collagen can be lower, or it may be dysfunctional mutated collagen.

Avoiding tobacco and excess sun exposure together with a healthful dietary and exercise regime can help reduce visible ageing and protect collagen, keeping the skin, bones, muscles, and joints healthy for longer.

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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 oily! Made with essential oils with disinfecting, purifying and rebalancing properties, oily serums can effectively treat oily skin prone to acne.  
It’s perfectly understandable to be a little apprehensive about using oily products on skin that’s already oily. But there’s no need for concern, as oils won’t stimulate sebum production when they contain the right, targeted active ingredients!  

Phyt’s have developed a complete range formulated to meet the specific needs of young or mature acne-prone oily skin: Aromaclear. The range assists in effectively removing excess sebum, regulating sebum production, eliminating blemishes, and purifying and mattifying young or mature skin texture.

In this range, the Purifying Serum is the key product to fight the problems associated with too much sebum: enlarged pores, blackheads, breakouts, acne…
Serum Purifiant (purifying serum) is a potent essential oils concentrate that helps purify and rebalance the skin. It also works at reducing blemishes and tightening pores.

The formulation has a base of moisturising vegetable oils chosen for their affinity with oily skin and to help keep the skin moisturised – because hydration is important, even for oily skin! These oils are moisturising because they create a barrier on top of the skin that helps keep water in the tissues.

Oils also work as carriers to the blend of essential oils contained in the treatment serum. These oils have been selected for their potency in purifying and rebalancing the skin (Thyme, Camphor, Cypress, Lemon, Clove) and also for their regenerating power (Rosemary, Lavender).
Serum Purifiant is a treatment serum best used at night, on its own.

Aromaclear range also includes a cleanser,  2 moisturisers and a mask. The moisturisers are perfect for the day; they penetrate easily into the skin, leaving it purified and moisturised – and with a matt finish!

EXPERIENCE A HEALTHY, CLEAN AND CLEAR  SKIN NOW WITH PHYT’S AROMACLEAR TREATMENT SKINCARE.

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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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