Posts Tagged ‘anti-ageing’

Rejuvenating Starter Kit containing Organic Eye Cream on Sale at www.amazon.co.uk

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Organic Apoteke’s rejuvenating starter kit contains all you need to get your skin glowing. An organic cotton toiletry bag holds the following 6 products.

  • Buttermilk Cleanser 15ml
  • Balancing Rose Toner 15ml
  • Rejuvenating Face Cream 15ml
  • Rasayana Rejuvenating Serum 5ml
  • Organic Eye Cream 5ml
  • Organic Rejuvenating Face Mask 5ml
Rejuvenating Starter Kit

Rejuvenating Starter Kit

This great kit gives you Organic Apoteke’s complete rejuvenating regime. Whether you are new to Organic Apoteke and would like to try the products or are an ardent fan and need smaller sizes to take on holiday. This kit is perfect for you. The kit gives you enough product for about 3 weeks. Each of these products have wonderful anti-aging benefits. However when used in combination optimal results are seen.

www.amazon.co.uk is launching the Organic Apoteke range by offering the Rejuvenating Starter Kit at £19.95.  It normally retails at £29.95. Click here to benefit from this offer.

PS: This kit also makes a wonderful gift. Whether you are looking for fantastic stocking stuffer on the cheap or that perfect beach bag cosmetic kit, this is perfect.

  • Share/Bookmark

Natural Skincare: Exfoliation as part of your Antiaging routine

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

What is exfoliation:
Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest outermost skin cells which are dead and in the process of flaking off. Exfoliation removes these cells evenly to allow for the newer skin cells to be revealed. While the skin naturally sheds skin cells, it can do so unevenly causing different problems for the skin and overall lack of luster and radiance. These dead skin cells can also interfere with the absorption of your facial treatments.

The skin cells that you see on the very surface were born approximately 30 days ago in the deeper dermal layer. They have been growing and working their way through the layers of the skin and becoming more keratin rich, thereby becoming more protective. The skin is continually shedding these cells …

Exfoliation as Part of Anti Aging Skin Care
As part of the natural aging process our cellular regeneration slows down and the shedding of dead skin cells tends to become uneven. This causes dullness and the appearance of dryness and wrinkles is more pronounced. These additional dead skin cells can also hinder the absorption of anti aging treatments to the deeper layers of the skin. Exfoliation helps to restore luminosity and luster as well as enhancing the penetration of anti aging treatments, making them far more effective.

Exfoliating Techniques and Products for Aging skin:
Exfoliating treatments come in a variety of strengths and range from over the counter products to professional services. Some off the shelf products that might exfoliate are: cleansers, masks, scrubs, peels. Professional treatments include facials, peels and microdermabrasion.

To scrub or not to scrub:
We are focusing mainly on facial skin and the question of whether to “scrub” is essential, because while the right type of exfoliation can benefit the health and beauty of your skin, the wrong product or technique can cause damage it and have unintended results. At Organic Apoteke we do not recommend any mechanical forms of exfoliation on the face unless performed by a professional (even then we suggest you proceed with caution).

Scrubbing the skin can cause minute tears, not visible to the eye which can do two things, cause dehydration and expose the skin to bacterial infection. It can also result in excessive thinning of the skin.

Organic Apoteke offers two products which exfoliate the skin in the correct way.  Buttermilk Cleanser, an organic facial cleanser that uses lactic acid from organic buttermilk to remove and prevent the build-up of dead cells, making it the perfect initial step  in anti aging skin care. And the Rejuvenating Face Mask a nourishing  organic face mask, which provides an  intensive weekly hydration which results in the removal of surface damaged cells , revealing healthy , radiant skin below

Did you find this helpful?

Do you have any questions?

  • Share/Bookmark

Matrixyl and Matrixyl 3000 | Synthetic versus natural peptides

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Matrixyl (Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3) was the first synthetic peptide type developed by the corporations Sederma SA and L’Oreal and patented in the USA by Proctor & Gamble. Lately, it has generated a lot of media buzz and is found in a variety of skin care formulas on the market. Sederma SA claims that Matrixyl is at least as effective against wrinkles as retinol (synthetic Vitamin A) but does not cause skin irritation, which is a common side-effect of retinoids.

Matrixyl 3000: This is a more recent peptide raw material marketed by Sederma. It is also a synthetic pentapeptide (Palmitoyl-Lys-Thr-Thr-Lys-Ser) which is said to act as cell messengers able to regulate the sequence of events required for skin repair (wound healing). Both Matrixyl and Matrixyl 3000 are claimed to work in this way.

So, is there any science behind the hype? Chemically speaking, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 (Pal-KTTKS) is a relatively small synthetic molecule. It consists of five amino acids linked together and attached to a fatty acid to enhance oil solubility for the sake of better skin penetration. It is structurally related to the precursor of collagen. Researchers found that when added to a culture of skin cells in a test tube, both Matrixyl and Matrixyl 3000 stimulated the synthesis of the key constituents of the skin matrix: collagen, elastin and glucosamnoglycans. How exactly they do this, remains unclear, although a number of theories exist.

Have they tested what happens to this synthetic peptide when it is metabolised within the body? Does it breakdown into its individual chemical components creating a toxic dump in the blood?

What are the long term effects?

Can synthetic chemical messengers that are put into the body stimulate tumor growth? Are we certain they don’t cause skin cancer?

Can the suppliers of the products containing Matrixyl and Matrixyl give us any answers? They have’nt as yet.

For centuries we have been eating fruit and vegetable high in amino acid and protein content. We understand how the amino acids from these natural sources are metabolised and excreted by the body. We know they are safe to use. Companies like Organic Apoteke have harvested this knowledge to create natural and organic amino acid and peptide complexes. Clinical and consumer studies show the efficacy of these natural, organic peptides which are similar if not greater than their synthetic alternatives. They too are shown to increase wound healing and decrease the depth and formation of wrinkles. And their safety profile is known.

Organic Apoteke is an organic skincare range. The Rasayana Rejuvenating Serum, Rejuvenating Face Cream, Rejuvenating Face Mask and Rejuvenating Eye Cream all utilise the natural amino acid and peptide complex that stimulates collagen synthesis.

  • Share/Bookmark

Natural Eye Care – Preventing Bags under the Eyes

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Skin loses some of its elasticity with age, and muscles within the eyelids lose tone causing what is known as bags under the eyes or puffiness. In addition fat can build up in the eyelid and fluids can accumulate and cause swelling. Puffiness around the eyes can also be caused by allergies or excessive salt consumption. Smoking as well can aggravate this problem.

Here are a few quick tips to help reduce under eye bags or puffiness.

Avoid drinking fluids before bed.

Avoid monosodium glutamate and reduce your salt intake.

Do not smoke and reduce second hand smoke.

Get plenty of sleep

Apply a chilled gel compress or a washcloth soaked in iced water over the eyes. Cold cucumber slices also work. The cold shrinks the swollen blood vessels.

For long term prevention, use eye creams that strengthen the skin and help build the collagen and elastin around the eye area. Eye creams containing bilberry help strengthen the blood vessels and tone veins which prevent puffiness.

Organic Apoteke sells an anti aging organic eye cream containing bilberry that targets under eye puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines.

  • Share/Bookmark

Younger-Looking Eyes: Anti Aging Eye Care

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
Organic Apoteke Rejuvenating Eye Cream

Organic Apoteke Rejuvenating Eye Cream

Have you ever bought a new anti aging eye cream that promises no wrinkles, bags and dark shadows, or puffiness, only to be disappointed by the total lack of results?  The delicate skin around your eyes is the first to show signs of aging, lack of sleep, and an unhealthy lifestyle, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is no miracle cure to repairing years of facial expression and bad habits.

Finding the right eye cream is essential to minimizing the aging factors around your sensitive eye area.  But a more holistic approach, taking into account your lifestyle and beauty routine, will bring you even better results.

Use our advice below to start making the most of one of your best assets – younger looking, sparkling eyes.

Choosing an eye cream

  • Avoid the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) found in many anti aging eye creams as these strip away the top layer of the skin, making it more delicate and vulnerable to the sun and other toxins.  An organic eye cream is good choice as organic skin care tends to be purer and contains no alcohol, parabens or petrochemicals.
  • Use products that are able to penetrate into the dermal layer of the skin as it is in this layer that the new cells, that produce younger-looking skin, are created.
  • Look for organic eye creams containing bilberry and eyebright.   These ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness, strengthen blood vessels and act as a vein tonic.  They can help rebuild the delicate capillaries in the eye area and help to minimise dark circles, puffiness and bags.
  • Make sure your eye cream has a peptide complex, but be cautious about synthetic peptide complexes.

Beauty routine

  • Do not rub or apply pressure to the eye area as this will cause the small capillaries to burst, causing dark circles.
  • A smooth eye cream that glides on is best. If you use a stiff product make sure to dab it on. Take care not to “drag” the cream around your eye, as stretching this delicate skin can do more harm than good.
  • Make sure to use an eye cream year round.
  • For puffy eyes, try a cold or iced compress (cucumber can also work).  The cold helps to shrink swollen blood vessels.

Lifestyle

  • Avoid smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Limit consumption of caffeine and alcohol as they cause dehyration, making skin more vulnerable to wrinkles.
  • Eat a well balanced diet to keep your eyes healthy.  Green vegetables, raw cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, squash and sunflower seeds all provide valuable nutrients.
  • Avoid excessive salt as it leads to fluid retention and puffy eyes.
  • Get plenty of sleep and sleep with your head in a raised position to encourage fluid to drain away.

Organic Apoteke offers award-winning certified organic skin care, including an anti aging organic eye cream containing bilberry extract, eye bright extract and a smoothing natural peptide complex.

  • Share/Bookmark

Wrinkle Reduction and Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Collagen Chain: Gives skin its structure and stability

Collagen Chain: Gives skin its structure and stability

Why does skin start to look less radiant, dryer and more lined as we age? What are the causes?

As we grow older the subcutaneous fatty layer that lies under the skin becomes thinner, we often notice this in teenagers when we say they have lost their puppy fat. As we grow older we lose more and more of the fatty layer which nourishes the skin.  Skin cells in youth are tightly packed together, but due to environmental and dietary effects as we age, the spaces between cells can become larger; larger spaces increases water loss through the skin, something known as TEWL (Tran Epidermal Water Loss). TEWL is aggravated by skincare products that contain high amounts of alcohol; alcohol is a great steriliser, but increases water loss.

Furthermore collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin starts to break down because the body absorbs less of this from our diet as we age. All of the above conditions cause the skin to appear less radiant more lined and dehydrated.

What are the appropriate skincare products to use to help these 3 areas? Here’s what you should be looking for, illustrated by a selection from our own range of all-natural products:

  • Deep moisturising with alcohol free products will help prevent dryness and skin will appear more radiant. Alcohol dehydrates the superficial skin cells, thus causing them to become less plump; this increases the spaces between them allowing essential water (moisture) to be lost and also toxic ingredients to enter. Organic Apoteke products are alcohol free.
  • Gentle exfoliating with a mild abrasive-free cleanser will get rid of dead skin cells; hence skin will appear more radiant.
  • Using a skin firming, anti-oxidant rich serum will help reduce the appearance of lines.

What ingredients should you be looking for to tackle these 3 areas?

A hugely important factor is how easily the treatment is absorbed into the skin. Oil and wax based products are not easily absorbed and just lay on the surface of the skin. It is a common misconception that anti-aging skin care products need to be thick, rich and oily to nourish the skin; they actually have to be light and easily absorbed, so they reach the parts of the skin that need it.

Ingredients good for smoothing lines and wrinkles:

Summary

Look for products and treatments that don’t themselves add problems – alcohol-free products and treatments are good.

Look for light, penetrating cosmetics, not thick waxy treatments.

  • Share/Bookmark