Best exfoliants to prepare your skin for winter

Autumn brings different colours to our life; the temperature becomes colder, the days grow shorter, and everything in nature seems to slow down. The most visible and universal sign that winter is upon us is that trees shed their leaves.

Skin is a biological system and its rhythm follows the seasons. Where most people find that summer skin glowed from natural sunlight and increased Vit D, they also report that autumn skin is often rougher and dryer. Autumn is an ideal time for adopting a gentle but thorough skin exfoliation routine.

For those unfamiliar with biological processes, here is a little bit of background on exfoliation. Your skin is continually producing new, healthy skin cells to replace the old, damaged and dead cells. As we age, the skin natural exfoliating process slows down, resulting in a rougher, dryer complexion. The good news is that with little effort, we can accelerate this natural biological process. We can help increase cellular turnover, which in turn will result in a glowing, younger-looking complexion.

Phyt’s face exfoliants are a gentle yet effective part of a healthy cleansing routine. They help free the upper skin layers from impurities and dead cells and help moisturisers or serums penetrate deeper for maximum effectiveness. Different skin types may require a different intensity in this mechanical exfoliation process, and that is possible thanks to 2 products: Gommage Contact+ and Activ’Peel Scrub.

PHYT’S EXFOLIANTS:

1 Gommage Contact+ – this exfoliant is particularly gentle. So gentle in fact that it can be used on all skin types but it is particularly recommended for dry skin or skin that is slightly sensitive. The main exfoliating ingredient is plant cellulose with added Ylang-Ylang and Clove essential oils.

ABOUT GOMMAGE CONTACT+

Gently removes impurities & dead skin cells. This creamy texture is applied like a mask: a thin layer that you let dry up for a few minutes before rubbing it away with small circular motions. The result: a smoother, brighter & refined complexion without stripping the skin.

Main active ingredients:
Exfoliating ingredient: Plant cellulose. This ingredient adheres to dead skin cells. When you rub the exfoliant away, the dead cells are lifted and removed. The pores are decongested & impurities are drawn out without causing irritation. Your complexion is smoother and brighter.

Ylang-Ylang essential oil – This oil is extracted from the flower of the Cananga tree. It aids in reducing inflammation and has antiseptic properties. It helps brighten the skin for a more radiant look.

Clove Oil – Extracted from dried flower buds of clove. This oil has potent antimicrobial properties. Eugenol, found in clove oil, has also rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which help increase blood flow to the skin and make it look radiant. It is known to lessen the effects of ageing, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and blemishes.

Sunflower oil: Oil extracted from the seeds of sunflowers. A great source of Vitamin E, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is useful for combating skincare issues like acne, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. Sunflower oil has also emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture.

2 – Activ’Peel – This exfoliant presents a different texture and is more like a gentle scrub. It can be used on all skin types and is particularly great for combination skin or those with a tendency to oily skin, or those who like to exfoliate under the shower. The main exfoliating ingredient is Bamboo extract with added Aloe Vera and Grapefruit, Rose Geranium and Lemon essential oils.

ABOUT ACTIV’PEEL SCRUB

A gentle exfoliant to remove impurities & dead skin cells. Best used under the shower as it needs to be applied on wet skin and removed with water. The result: a smoother, brighter & refined complexion.

Main active ingredients: 
Exfoliating ingredient: Bamboo extract. A finely powdered ingredient mixed with Aloe Vera leaf extract helps lift and remove impurities and dead skin cells. The pores are gently decongested for a smoother and brighter complexion.

Aloe Vera: Extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Barbadensis plant. Well-known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to help alleviate skin dryness and irritation. Aloe vera contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. Perfect ingredient to hydrate and soothe the skin.

Grapefruit and Lemon essential oils – These oils are extracted from the peel of the grapefruit and Lemon. They have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the management of oily skin issues. They are astringents and help minimise pore size. Also, perfect to brighten the skin for a more radiant look.

Rose Geranium Oil – Extracted from dried geranium flowers. Thanks to its qualities as an astringent and all-round healer, Geranium Essential Oil is a highly active anti-ageing ingredient with potent cellular regeneration properties. It is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial to help purify and soothe the skin.

Exfoliation is best done once or twice a week. There is no need for more as over-use of exfoliants can weaken or damage the skin’s barrier and cause sensitivity as well as increased sebum production. Finish your ritual with one of our moisturisers. For a more in-depth treatment, use a serum in combination with the moisturiser.

Enjoy the experience and feel confident about your skin feeling fresh, healthy and ready to meet the colder months ahead.

Phyt’s offers a complete range of certified organic skincare of natural origin

Phyt’s Multi-Vita Firming & Tensing Serum

A FEW FACTS ON SKIN AGEING 

A fact of life we can hardly ignore is that until science and technology allow us to do otherwise, as we grow older biologically so does the part of us most visible to the external world: our skin. As we move through time, our skin loses the vitality, energy and tonicity it once had. Despite billions of dollars invested in the quest for the eternal youth we have been able (yet) to stop the biological ageing process, however, from all the research and discoveries made along the way, we learned that there is one aspect of ageing we can influence with great success and it is extrinsic ageing.

Extrinsic ageing refers to all external factors that accelerate the natural ageing process: exposure to UV light on the one hand but lack of natural sunlight on the other side, tobacco, alcohol, hormonal deficiencies, diet, constant stress, lack of quality sleep, EMF and more… In fact, dermatologists estimate that 90% of cutaneous ageing is due to external factors that boost the production of free radicals – skin’s number one enemy.

A free radical is a molecule that has either gained or lost an electron, making it unstable and highly reactive. This molecule will then attempt to either steal or release an atom from or to another nearby molecule. This phenomenon creates a chain reaction known as oxidative stress. It can cause damages to the organism and skin tissue in particular. The body has its defensive system to neutralise damage linked to these free radicals. But over the years, this neutralising system becomes deficient: skin is left more vulnerable to external factors increasing the need for antioxidants.

As for ultraviolet rays, they are responsible for 80 % of skin ageing. Ultraviolet rays release their energy in the skin, creating free and harmful radicals. This oxidation alters cells and fibres. We believed for a long time that UVB rays alone were responsible for premature skin ageing with sunburns. We are realising now that UVA rays are more dangerous in the long-term. They penetrate more deeply in the skin, reaching the dermis where they weaken collagen and elastin fibres, provoking a loss of density and skin sagging. Ultraviolet radiations also increase the expression of enzymes that damage the collagen matrix. Unfortunately, these damages start from early childhood and accumulate with age.

Can we make our skin more resilient to these extrinsic factors and boost its ability to fight back while reducing the visible signs of biological ageing?
The good news is that yes, we CAN control many of these factors through smart, educated lifestyle changes. Better nutrition, exposure to natural sunlight, to fresh air, to nature, more and better sleep, physical exercises, mindfulness, meditation and other spiritual practices, all this will influence positively not only our psyche and how we age. Can we help our skin in the same way? Yes again.

At PHYT’S we’ve been focusing for over 45 years in the art and science of minimising the effect of extrinsic ageing on the skin. How do we do that? By removing the use of toxins and other harmful substances in our skincare range (professional and home care) and using expertly blended active ingredients to nourish and protect the skin so that it remains healthy and resilient to harmful environmental factors.

SERUM MULTI VITA was born out of a vision to bring a synergy of powerful natural ingredients to tackle the signs of extrinsic ageing successfully.

Multi Vita is an aqueous anti-ageing serum which has an instant firming and tensing action on the skin. It contains a cocktail of multivitamin active ingredients, including Cévéblé®, a patented complex of lipids extracted from wheat seeds that mimic the natural ceramides found in the skin.

Ceramides are critical for proper skin functions. They are the multilamellar lipid membranes that surround corneocytes (dead keratin-filled cells) in the outer layer of the skin. The role of ceramides is to prevent excessive water loss from the body and prevent the entrance of undesired substances from the environment. To ensure this protective function, the composition and organisation of the lipid membranes are highly specialised. The primary skin barrier lipids are ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol.

Phyt’s does not use synthetic ingredients, so Phyt’s Labs found a way to produce these ceramides out of the plant world, precisely out of wheat seeds. These specific ceramides are called ceramides glycosides.

As a complex, Cévéblé® helps diminish wrinkles and fine lines. It has a tensing, smoothing and anti-free radical effect making Serum Multi Vita so useful around the eyes area.
This ingredient alone reinforces the supporting tissue of the skin by slowing down the deterioration of elastic fibres and protecting collagen. The skin is firmer and more radiant, wrinkles are less visible and reducing in width, length and depth over time.

Multi Vita serum is best used at night, on a cleansed skin. Apply a few drops to the face and neck area. Once the Serum is fully absorbed in the skin and you feel your skin becoming tighter, apply one of PHYT’S Aromalliance Anti-Ageing cream (Absolue or Phytonagre).
Multi Vita can also be used as a one-month deep treatment, and in this case, apply twice a day (morning and evening).

Main Active Ingredients

Cévéblé®: contains anti-age ceramides. Helps to smooth lines and wrinkles
Carrot beta-carotene: accelerates cell renewal
Yeast: regenerating
Red seaweed: moisturising
Acerola Vitamin C/Vitamin E: antioxidants
Sunflower virgin oil: nourishing, maintains hydration
Gentian essential oil: toning, improve skin radiance
Lavandin essential oil: soothing

Phyt’s Treatment for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are quite a challenge to treat as they are a form of scar tissue. They occur when skin is abnormally stretched and expanded quicker than normal. When this happens, collagen and elastin fibres which are part of the skin’s support structure, break down or rupture, leaving “tears” in the dermis (the middle layer) of the skin. 

Once formed stretch marks are very difficult to treat, so prevention is definitely better than cure.

The best way to prevent any stretch mark is to maintain or improve the elasticity of the skin so that the collagen and elastin fibres do not break.

Stretch marks creams are designed to improve firmness and skin elasticity. They also top up skin hydration levels and by applying these creams with a massage you increase blood circulation too. To resume, we need to help the skin help itself.

PHYT’S EXPERT VERGETURES

3-in-1 treatment formulated with active ingredients that work on the prevention of stretch marks: 

  • Boosts collagen synthesis
  • Keeps skin smooth and supple
  • Reduces emerging stretch marks

Let’s look more closely at the active ingredients:

Manilkara leaf extract: improves skin firmness, increases the skin’s regenerative and renewal process, stimulates collagen production, strengthens the skin extracellular matrix network.

Centella asiatica extract: rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals Centella improves circulation as well as the synthesis of collagen and skin tissue. It is especially beneficial for improving skin elasticity. It also boosts antioxidant activity at the site of wounds, speeds healing and helps prevent scarring such as stretch marks.

Alpha-bisabolol: an active component of chamomile; it has anti-inflammatory and healing properties

Aloe vera: healing, rejuvenating, hydrating – perfect to soften skin

Argan oil: rich in Vit A & E and essential fatty acids to encourage the growth of healthy skin cells, to nourish, to soften and to protect skin

Sunflower oil: rich in linoleic acid and omega 6, both of which are excellent at repairing skin, also in Vit A, E & D that are great at nourishing the skin

How to apply Expert Vergetures?

Thoroughly massage the cream into problem areas (hips, tummy, breasts) morning and evening.

Tips: Knead the skin to break the collagen fibres and force them to realign themselves. If your skin is dry, follow with a rich moisturiser to add more nourishment and hydration.

You will get better results if you use Expert Vergetures for 3 consecutive months. Lines will start to fade and the overall texture of the skin will change, becoming smoother and more supple to the touch.

 

Phyt’s Panacée for Mothers Day

This Mothers’ day will be very different from others. For those who might have become overnight teachers of home-schooled kids as well as working from home, celebrations will go ahead almost as normal.
For others with mothers living in a different state, this day of celebration might trigger a more acute sense of separation.

In today’s environment, anxiety shows up in many aspects of our daily lives and many of us are under a lot of stress. Stress deregulates the biological life cycle of cells. This behavioural dimension (the third dimension of ageing) has more effects on the skin of our face than genetic or environmental ageing. A high level of emotional stress ages us faster.
Self-care and self-nurturing become particularly important for helping us stay calmer in this unprecedented chaotic context. It also helps preserve our youthful look.

Self-isolation and social distancing will force us to think creatively how to celebrate that special day. If you are considering giving something that might help your mum enjoy a day of self-celebration and self-care, why not offer her  Phyt’s limited edition of Panacea gift set? The pack contains a jar of Panacée Cream and a Body Mist Spray infused with the same floral fragrance found in the cream.

Panacée Cream is a result-driven product that takes into account genetic and environmental ageing, as well as behavioural ageing. As an advanced multi-tasking and restructuring formula, Panacée helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet and heaviness around the eye. This breakthrough formula provides regenerative and restructuring active ingredients to help nourish, firm and smooth the skin. 

From the first few applications, lines are smoothed, the skin is plumped and durably moisturised; signs of fatigue are reduced. After 4 weeks, wrinkles are visibly reduced; the face recovers firmness, density and radiance. After 8 weeks, the skin is visibly more glowing.
Panacée can be used morning and evening.

The limited edition of Panacée Body Mist can also be sprayed on hair. It leaves a delicate floral scent on the skin and has moisturising properties. Free from heavy artificial fragrances and preservatives that can irritate sensitive skin and nose, this natural body mists contains instead floral and herbal extracts as well as essential oils to minimise the chance of sensitivity.

Which face cleanser is best for you?

Which face cleanser is the best for you?

Removing makeup, dirt, and grime from the day might not seem to be the most significant step in a skin-care routine, but it is actually the most important. Facial cleansing is not ‘just’ about removing particles from the skin, it is about preparing it for the products that follow – as a painter would work from a fresh canvas.  In the morning, cleansing allows toxins expelled overnight to be removed so that the skin benefits from your moisturising and protecting routine. At night, that same step helps the skin profits from serum and more nourishing products.

Just like you choose your skin care according to your skin type, you should select a facial cleanser that suits the needs of your skin.
Phyt’s offers a wide range of facial cleansers to let you choose the one most suited to your skin, and also the texture you like best, from gel, to milky or creamy. 

Lait Nettoyant – Creamy Cleansing Milk for dry skin
This creamy cleanser gently and effectively removes makeup and cleanses the skin leaving it smooth and soft. Use cotton pads to remove it (you do not need to use water).

Lait Hydro Nettoyant – Cleansing Milk for normal to combination skin
This water soluble light creamy cleanser dissolves make-up and cleanses the face leaving it soft, smooth and refreshed. Rinse off with water.

Gel Pureté Visage – Cleansing Gel for all skin types
Light gel cleanser that gently eliminates impurities and cleanses the skin, leaving it freshened, purified and radiant. Great for normal, combination or oily skin. Perfect if you prefer to wash your face while you shower.

Aromaclear Mousse Nettoyante Pureté – Cleansing Purifying Foam for oily skin prone to acne
Blemishes, excess sebum, shine are all characteristics of oily skin. Aromaclear Foaming Cleanser is a soap-free product that eliminates impurities and excess sebum gently. Purifying essential oils, gentle surfactants and natural astringents are at the heart of this formulation. Mousse Nettoyante Pureté is perfect if you have oily skin with blemishes, or tendency to acne. Needs to be rinsed off with water.   

Gelée Nettoyante Anti-Pollution – Anti-pollution Cleansing Gel
This gentle cleanser belongs to Phyt’s Anti-Pollution range. Its 3-step texture  turns from gel to oily emulsion on application, and finally to milk that needs to be rinsed off with water. The perfect tool to remove pollution particles from the skin.

Aqua Phyt’s Eau Micellaire – Micellar Water for Dehydrated Skin
Gentle 3-in-1 lotion to cleanse, hydrate and tone the skin at the same time – no need to rinse. Micelle molecules work together to attract impurities and make-up leaving the skin cleansed, hydrated and refreshed. 

Sensi Eau Lactée Apaisante – Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin
Another 3-in-1 micellar solution especially formulated for sensitive skin. With a texture halfway between milk and water, this hypoallergenic and fragrance-free cleanser-toner leaves the skin softer and smoother.

White Bio-Active Lotion Eclat – Micellar Water for Brightening Treatments
Micellar lotion to cleanse, tone and brighten the skin. It belongs to Phyt’s White Bio-Active range – a comprehensive series of products that should be used together to brighten the skin. 

Men’s Gel Nettoyant Désincrustant – Exfoliating Cleanser for Men
Formulated for men’s skin. A refreshing cleansing gel to eliminate impurities and limit the formation of ingrown hair thanks to exfoliating Bamboo extract. 

Men’s Gel Nettoyant Oxygénant – Oxygenating Cleansing Gel for Men
Very gentle cleanser formulated with refreshing and revitalising essential oils of Mint, Ginseng and Tea Tree. A boost for the skin!

One skin care product we tend to forget

Facial masks play an important role in the management of your skin. They are designed to complement the products you use daily, especially if your skin does not feel at its best.  

Masks can be used as an instant pick-up before going out or for targeted benefits since they are formulated with skin types in mind as well as a broad spectrum of concerns.
Since they are used occasionally, they are also cost-effective at enhancing your skincare routine.

PHYT’S MASKS
A facial mask is a skincare treatment formulated to target specific skin types and areas of concern. Masks are loaded with beneficial active ingredients and can vary in form, texture, concentration and results. For most of Phyt’s masks, the texture is usually thicker than a cream. This thickness creates a barrier between the skin and the elements, enhancing hydration and the penetration of active ingredients into the skin – that’s why you need to leave them on a little bit longer to do their job. 

MASK BENEFITS
A mask can be just a relaxing pampering experience, or a highly effective answer to specific skin concerns. When you select a mask, it’s best to look first at your skin type and what results you would like to achieve. You can use a mask as an instant pick-up or see it as part of a longer-term skincare routine for the health of your skin.

Most of PHYT’S skincare ranges include a mask. These masks have been designed to address and correct specific issues: lack of vitality, water loss, airborne pollution, lack of firmness, dull complexion, excess sebum or inflammation.
Masks complement and enhance the benefits of moisturising creams and serums and contribute to your overall skin health. They are formulated to work in synergy with other products of the same range.

SKIN TYPES AND PHYT’S MASKS
Oily skin will benefit from the Aromaclear mask formulated with Amber powder and charcoal for gentle exfoliation and to draw out impurities from pores.
Dehydrated skin should try the Aqua mask formulated with two different molecular weight hyaluronic acids to instantly boost the water content in the upper layers of the skin while significantly reducing water loss from its surface. Your skin will look plumper with less visible lines and wrinkles.

Mature skin will experience a visibly improved tone and texture with the Aromalliance mask. This mask is formulated with nourishing Hazelnut oil, regenerating essential oils and plant extracts. End results: the skin is smoother, softer, plumper.

Extremely dry skin will benefit from the nourishing and soothing oils of Phyt’ssima comfort mask – a concoction of repairing Argan and Hemp oils.  This particular mask can also be used as an after-sun treatment.

– Those who live in polluted urban environments have not been forgotten and can restore radiance to their skin with Phyt’s Anti-Pollution Reviderm mask.

Skin sensitivity and redness due to inflammation can be visibly calmed down by Sensi hypoallergenic mask formulated with soothing ingredients.

– For dull skin with pigmentation try Phyt’s White Bio-Active mask which contains a patented blend of plant extracts and essential oils that work on restoring skin brightness and radiance.

– Finally, there is a mask specifically designed to refresh and tone eye contour affected by dark circles and puffiness: Phyt’Sublim Mask 

WHEN DO I USE A FACE MASK?
See masks as an opportunity to pamper yourself and give your skin a chance to restore itself. Apply your chosen mask once or twice a week while enjoying this time to relax and unwind – perfect if you find yourself stuck at home during a rainy day.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY A FACE MASK
For optimum results, any type of face mask should be applied to clean skin, so be sure to cleanse your skin first. You can use your fingers or a brush (you tend to use less product with a brush but some masks need to be applied thickly, so check the instructions).
Most of Phyt’s masks have to be left on for 10 to 15 minutes (do not leave them on for longer, just because they are 100% natural and organic does not mean that they are not very active) and leave the ingredients to work their magic.
All Phyt’s masks are best removed with a warm damp cloth (not hot) in gentle, circular motions, but they can also be rinsed off under the shower.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MASK WORK HARDER
Most of Phyt’s skincare ranges include a serum (powerful concentrate of active ingredients) – do not hesitate to use them under your mask to enhance results (in that case, apply the serum first) 

There is something both routine and ritualistic about applying a face mask. It can provide you with that extra skincare boost when your skin needs a little TLC. If you never seemed to make time to use face masks in the “good old days”, use your “stuck-at-home” time to treat yourself … your skin will love it.

Best Plant Oils to use for their anti-ageing properties

Phyt’s serums and moisturisers are formulated with plant oils that are well-known for their soothing, restorative and nourishing properties. Here are the main ones:

Sunflower oil:
Sunflower oil is a good choice for those with sensitivities and allergies. When applied, it forms a natural barrier on top of the skin that keeps moisture in. Sunflower oil is rich in linoleic acid, oleic and palmitic acids which make it a soothing oil. It is also high in antioxidants – especially vitamin E – and minerals that help the formation of new skin cells.

Wheat Germ oil:
Wheat germ oil has one of the highest Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) levels among all the vegetable oils. It is rich in fatty acids (linoleic, palmitic, oleic, linoleic or omega-3 and 6) and minerals. Fatty acids make this oil a very good moisturiser for dry and dehydrated skin. Vitamin E neutralises free radicals and prevent them damaging collagen and elastin. Vit E repairs and regenerates cells and skin tissues, helping the skin stay firm and elastic. This vitamin has also strong anti-inflammatory properties making it perfect for all skin conditions caused by inflammation (psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis etc.).

Hemp Oil:
Hemp oil is extracted from Hemp seeds. Its main benefits for the skin are hydration, suppleness, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing. This oil has a high content of fatty acid (60% of linoleic acid, Omega 6) that help reduce the loss of water from the skin. It does not clog the pores and can even re-balance oily skin. Hemp oil has also anti-inflammatory properties and it helps increase peripheral blood circulation.
Fatty acids contained in Hemp oil help repair the damages caused by free radicals. These acids are the building blocks of healthy cells membranes. They are essential for a healthy skin barrier which gives you a healthy youthful skin.
​Hemp oil penetrate the skin quickly and feels like a dry oil. It does not leave an oily film on the skin.

Hazelnut Oil:
An oil loaded with nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids that help hydrate, protect and nourish the skin. A high content of Vitamin E helps boost collagen production which improves elasticity. The skin looks smoother and fine lines are less visible.
Hazelnut oil contains tannins which have astringent properties to help dry oily skin. It is an oil that can be used on sensitive skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil:
Apricot kernel oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. A high content of omega-6 gamma linoleic acid gives this oil great moisturising properties.  Vitamins A and E help the regeneration of skin cells and collagen production. This oil leaves the skin feeling soft and replenished without feeling greasy. Nourishing Apricot kernel oil helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Argan Oil:
Argan oil is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the organ tree which is native to Morocco. Argan oil has a high content of fatty acids and vitamin E which can help strengthen tissues in skin and restore elasticity. It absorbs easily, is non greasy and non-irritating – great properties for a moisturiser.

Avocado oil:
Another oil with a high content of omega-3 fatty acid, vitamins A, D and E. These compounds make it a wonderful moisturising agent.
Avocado oil is also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. They help soothing inflammation such sun damage and age spots, as well as skin condition such as eczema.

Evening Primrose oil:
A cold-pressed oil extracted from the seed of Evening Primrose flower. The main chemical compounds of this oil are fatty acids (omega-6 and 9), palmitic acid and stearic acid. Omega-6 and 9 have anti-inflammatory properties. They are nourishing and soothing. Palmitic acid has emollient properties to soften the skin. Stearic acid s also a softening agent.
Evening Primrose oil shows soothing and moisturising properties. It enhances elasticity of the skin as well as its texture.

Chemical Drift, Airborne Pollution and Your Skin

In our current context, we are witnessing the resurgence of chemical sprays used in our living environment and daily. When chemicals are used in that way, droplets are produced that can remain suspended in air and can often be carried by wind away from the target area. This is known as ‘spray drift’.

In an open environment, the likelihood of these droplets reaching our skin is remote. In a closed environment such as public transport, office spaces, shops, schools and even our home, these droplets can affect our skin.

Other contributing factors are currently increasing skin exposure to harmful substances. Excessive hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers, frequent exposure to chemical sprays in the workplace, but also public transports, cafes and even in places where you are not anticipating chemicals like day-spas and wellness centres. All of these, on their own or synergetically, can change the integrity or function of the skin.

Since there is a clear correlation between spikes in air pollution and increases in the number of people suffering from skin problems such as acne, hives and eczema, the unusual amount of airborne chemicals we will be exposed to over the next few months is not something we should ignore if we want to keep our skin looking young and healthy.

How to protect your skin from these chemical drifts?

Skin is supported and maintain healthy by a balanced diet and dietary supplements if required. It is protected by adopting a thorough daily cleansing routine. In recent years, products have been developed specifically to remove toxins from the skin surface then preventing re-adhesion of airborne pollutants. A morning and evening routine using Phyt’s Anti-Pollution Cleansing Gel will remove toxins and other chemical particles from your skin. This The three-step galenic absorbs and removes the microscopic particles that accumulated during the day and restores radiance to the skin. Upon application, the gel becomes an oily emulsion that binds to impurities. Add water to transform this oily substance into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin’s surface. Once the cleansing step is complete, the skin is soft to the touch, looking healthy and radiant.

Active ingredients: Marine Oligosaccharide: anti-pollution, anti-adhesion and anti-free radical. | Aloe Vera* and Aloe Vera beads: hydrating |Brown Algae extract: increases oxygenation and cell energy synthesis | Acerola*: for radiant complexion | Plankton extract: boosts cell renewal | Avocado*, Sunflower* and Olive* oils: preserve skin moisture | Hemp* oil: rich in Vitamin E, chlorophyll and fatty acids, help cell renewal | Vitamin E and extract of Rosemary* leaves: antioxidant | Chlorophyll of natural origin: stimulates oxygenation.

Skin and the Microbiome

We typically think of skin only as it relates to beauty — but it’s actually essential to our overall health, too. After all, it’s the largest organ in the body and the primary interface between us and pretty much everything outside of us.

Our skin is also home to a vast array of microbes, and research is just now beginning to piece together the vital role they play in our health.

Microbiome: What is it?

The microbiome is a term that refers to the collection of microorg­anisms in a particular environment, such as in the body or on the skin. Microbiomes are specialized and vary according to factors like pH and moisture in the host. These microorg­anisms, often referred to as bugs or flora, perform essential roles; from aiding the absorption of certain nutrients to providing immunity and even balancing mental health. Learning to nourish and live in harmony with the bugs in our microbiome is a critical component to maintaining healthy skin.

Skin and the microbiome

Most people think the helpful bacteria that reside in our bodies are mainly in the gastroin­testinal (GI) tract. However, our skin is also covered with them. The skin supports a delicate ecosystem of microorg­anisms, including yeast and bacteria.

In fact, one square inch of skin holds up to 500 million microorg­anisms. As much as it may disturb us to think of our skin as being covered with tiny bugs, we should be happy to have them on board. They provide immunity and protect our skin from unwanted harmful bacteria and other invading pathogens.

There are several different microbiome locations throughout the body, and recent research suggests they are all connected and communicate with each other.

As most nutritionists and skin care professionals are aware, gut health is often reflected in the skin.

When gut flora is out of balance, people experience allergies, acne, rashes and increased symptoms of rosacea and psoriasis, all signs of underlying inflammation.

Similarly, when the skin is stripped of its healthy flora through aggressive treatments or the use of harsh chemicals, the same manifest­ations result.

The microbiome runs deep

Once upon a time, we thought that our microbiome only existed on the surface of the skin and that the deeper dermal layers were sterile. We now know that’s not true. Scientists identified bacteria colonies all the way down to the subcutaneous fat layer! While more research is needed, it appears that it’s here that the most intimate communication between the microbiome and our immune system takes place.

From what we can tell, a healthy skin microbiome protects against infection in much the same way a good gut microbiome does, by crowding out the overgrowth of pathogenic organisms.

How to nurture and keep your skin microbiome healthy

You’re probably familiar with the idea that excess cleanliness and loads of antibiotics and other medications can damage the gut microbiome and could increase the risk of allergy and autoimmunity, among other issues. This is called the “hygiene hypothesis,” and there’s a lot of research to support this important concept.

Ditto for the skin microbiome. Excess use of antimicrobial hand sanitizers, soaps and skincare products loaded with harmful chemicals and/or synthetics ingredients (microbiome does NOT recognize synthetic ingredients) contribute to skin dysbiosis.

An imbalanced microbiome, or skin dysbiosis, is associated with many diseases, including psoriasis, allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis, acne, poor wound healing, skin ulcers, dandruff, yeast and fungal infections, rosacea, and accelerated skin aging.

Plus, anything damaging to your gut microbiome or immune system will likely also influence happening to the skin.

The skin microbiome prefers a relatively acidic environment (pH around 5.0), which also inhibits the growth of pathogens.

The skin microbiome also aids in wound healing, limits exposure to allergens and UV radiation, minimizes oxidative damage and keeps the skin plump and moist.

Keep the critters happy with skincare that is 100% of natural origin, Certified Organic, researched and developed by established experts in the field of biologically active natural cosmetics.

PHYT’S Laboratories have over 50 years of proven expertise and leadership in that field.

Meet Phyt’s – Travelling with Organic Cosmetics

Skincare has evolved more in the past ten years than it has in over a hundred years. Women just like you from all around the world are becoming more and more aware of the real dangers of big-brand skincare products, packed with junk you can’t pronounce, and your body can’t process.

Unfortunately, millions of women worldwide inadvertently smother themselves with poison daily. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and naturally absorbs whatever you put on it. Studies reveal startling evidence that various cosmetics, shampoos, sunscreens, face-washes, lotions, and more contain ingredients which have been linked to things like hormonal disruptions and even cancer.

 What skincare ingredients should you avoid?

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • BHA
  • Oxybenzone
  • Aminophenol
  • Diaminobenzene
  • Phenylenediamine (Coal Tar)
  • Triclosan
  • Triclocarban
  • Parabens
  • Retinol Palmitate
  • Retinyl Acetate
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Retinol and Retinoic Acid
  • Toluene
  • Formaldehyde

 Take a look at the skincare products you use daily. If you see any of the above ingredients listed, it’s time to make a change for your health, now and in the future.

 Introducing Phyt’s, Reimagining Female Skincare

Established in France in ‘72, Phyt’s is one of the world’s most cherished natural and organic skincare brands. Phyt’s is unafraid to think differently in a world where poison is openly accepted in the products we put on our skin daily. Developed by Jean-Paul Llopart, a biologist and Naturopath, and Rosanne Verlé, a beautician, Phyt’s formulates a range of skincare products that are free from preservatives. Today, Phyt’s Australia (born in 2003), is upholding the 50-year-old legacy by using mother nature’s deliciously nutritious menu to feed the world’s skin.

The Phyt’s Travel Kit: Bio-Active Skincare Done Right

Created with the busy modern-day female in mind, the Phyt’s Skincare Travel Kit is light, natural, and organic, with five certified organic treatments for the face and body. This incredibly practical and space-saving kit can be taken anywhere, slipping into your suitcase like magic. Perfect for any trip, the Phyt’s Travel Kit makes it easy to maintain the skincare routine you know and love, whether you’re comfy at home or exploring the pyramids of Egypt.

 

Energising Shower Gel: Stimulate every cell with mother nature’s most deliciously nutritious menu of skin-loving ingredients.

 

Radiant and Soft Shampoo: Replenish, rebalance, and renew, without irritating the scalp.

 

Body Moisturizer: Indulge in a nutritious blend of hazelnut, sunflower oil, lavender essential oil, and natural fragrances. Enjoy quick absorption and 53% more hydration.

 

Make-up Remover: Wipe the day away with a creamy formulation that rinses off with soap and water. Won’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy.

 

Step #5: Body Milk: Rescue the skin from dehydration with nourishing, antioxidizing ingredients that deeply penetrate the skin.

To learn more about Phyt’s holistic approach to skincare, visit Phyts.com.au today.

How Important Are Facials To Maintaining Healthy And Vibrant Skin

It is said that you should get a facial once every month. This regime is important if you wish to maintain a fresh, natural, healthy looking skin. If you feel lazy in conducting the entire process of facial, you can always go to a spa or beauty salon and have a relaxing facial done. It is also important to note that you don’t just go for any kind of facial. It is preferred that you get a facial from products that contain Hyaluronic acid and Chlorophyll. You will find it much effective in keeping your skin hydrated while leaving your beautiful skin to glow. Here are some reasons as to why facials are important for maintaining healthy and vibrant skin:

Slows Down The Aging Process

As each day passes by, we get older and it shows on our skin. With regular facials from a spa that uses natural skincare products containing Hyaluronic acid and Chlorophyll, you will notice a vast difference in your skin. Your dark spots and wrinkles will greatly diminish and your body will boost collagen production.

Helps To Exfoliate The Skin

One of the things organic facials do is exfoliate your skin and remove all the dead skin cells. You are left with a fresh and glowing skin. When you exfoliate your skin regularly, you encourage the turnover of new cells, which helps clear up acne and reduce the fine lines on your skin.

Promotes Relaxation

Life today is very much hectic. In times like these, having a relaxing and natural skincare facial is just the thing to help you distract yourself from the stress in your life. Getting an hour of facial will help you relax and stay at peace so you can escape from it all. Not only does a good facial help you look good but also help you feel great. The massage is just what you need to help you relax and get in a peaceful state of mind.

Facial treatments not only relax you but also stimulate lymphatic drainage. Doing so, it removes the toxins out of your body and encourages healthy blood circulation so you are left with a healthy looking skin.

Skin Rejuvenation

The process of an organic facial treatment results in skin rejuvenation. It could be better said, renewed, fresh skin. A facial improves the look of the skin and gives it a healthy glow. It also gives a balanced complexion. You may not instantly see the results, but eventually, your skin gets restored.

Deep Cleansing

Washing your face with your facewash is not enough to keep all the oil buildup, dirt, and toxins removed from your skin. You need a better and deeper method of cleansing that will thoroughly remove all the germs and bacteria that could lead to skin issues. A good exfoliator will do away with all the dead skin cells right from your skin and clear your pores so the Hyaluronic acid and Chlorophyll organic skincare products are fully absorbed in your skin to make it look and feel smoother and softer.

The Link Between Internet Marketing and Your Success In Business

In times of today when you talk about achieving success in your business, it is imperative to understand that internet marketing is the key to achieving success. To market and promote your product or service, you need the strength and support of internet marketing.

If you are considering about venturing in a new sort of business, or you are looking for ways to enhance the business standing of your spa, you should consider about incorporating internet marketing practices in your business. You offer so many services and products such as organic makeup, natural makeup, organic skincare, natural skincare products containing Hyaluronic acid and Chlorophyll, so you want your customers to know all about your offerings and how it can give them a natural and healthy looking skin. Through internet marketing, you can grow and achieve success in your spa business.

Here is what internet marketing can do or your business.

Improve Your Business’s Visibility

We now live in a digitalized age where anything and everything can be easily done from the net. Customers want things to be done in just a few clicks of the mouse. The internet has played a role in tremendously changing our lives. Being an entrepreneur and a spa owner, you have to be aware of this change and form your existence on the internet. In doing so, you will develop the visibility of your spa and increase your clientele. You can proudly show how your services using natural skincare and organic skincare products can give the clients a beautiful skin.

Help You Give Updates To Your Clients

With social media marketing, it is not difficult for spa owners to connect with their targeted and regular customers. Internet marketing can be used to update clients regarding your new or latest natural skincare products that now contain Hyaluronic acid and Chlorophyll. Since you are now connected with your clients through internet marketing, you just need to maximize your presence by publicizing your upcoming products or services.

You get An Edge Over Your Customer

Nowadays, customers have no issues in accessing and learning all about the wide range of products offered by a spa business. It is extremely vital for any business to give a healthy competition to their competitors. The best way in doing so is to employ the medium of internet marketing effectually, and use it as a way to differentiate the services of your spa from your competitors. If you offer organic skincare products that contain Hyaluronic acid and Chlorophyll, this will serve as your strong point and you should use it as your strength when employing internet marketing strategies.

In this day and age, it is not just enough that you offer a differentiated product or service. You also have to formulate strategies so as to inform and update your clients about the natural skincare products they are searching for. Internet marketing allows you to deliver your message to your targeted audience, while giving your competitors a tough time.