INGREDIENT GLOSSARY: 10 ingredients you definitely want in your skincare and why

Probiotics, Essential Oils, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, AHA’s, BHA’s, Clay, Charcoal, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Acai, Elastin, Retinol, Caviar, Aloe Vera, Green Tea …The list of “hero” ingredients is endless. But what exactly are the benefits of these ingredients and why do we need them in our skincare?

Pevonia Organic Skincare Australia - Skincare IngredientsTo save all the confusion and prevent you spending hours trolling the internet for answers, we asked skincare expert and Pevonia Australia’s Director of Education, Liane Scior for the low down on her top 10 skincare ingredients (let’s face it without a little help, figuring out which “youth-enhancing” products to buy is enough to give us wrinkles!)

“There are so many skincare products to choose from nowadays, all promising an array of solutions for our skin but without understanding the key ingredients and how they’ll benefit our individual needs, purchasing products can be a minefield,” said Scior.

“It’s important to firstly work out what you really want from your skincare, for example whether it be luminosity, lesser wrinkles, smaller pores, a clear complexion….then read the benefits of these ingredients and understand if they are for you. Understanding ingredients will not only help you find the right skincare choices, it’ll also save time, money and potentially unwanted breakouts, reactions or simply just a lack of results”.

AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

Derived from plant and fruit sugars (glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids) AHA’s break down the glue that holds dead skin cells together allowing for fresh, new skin to come through. The gentle acids exfoliate skin, while offering a multitude of other benefits such an evening out skin tone, helping to fade pigmentation and age spots, hydrating the skin and providing an overall brighter complexion.

AHA based skincare products are great for those who have a preference for a gentler exfoliation as they are free from beads and grains found in other exfoliators. Also good for those with dull, ageing and sun damaged skin.

Try: Renewing Glycocides Cream

BHA’s (Beta Hydroxy Acids)

BHA’s are oil soluble mild acids (salicylic acid) that penetrate pores deeply to unclog, clean and clear oil, dirt, pollution and dead skin cells.

BHA based skincare products are perfect for people dealing with blackheads, congested skin, breakouts and acne

Try: Spot Treatment

Collagen

Collagen is technically a protein. It actually occurs naturally in our bodies giving our skin strength and elasticity and working to replace dead skin cells. However as we age, our natural Collagen levels begin to decline which is why we need a little help by applying it topically through skincare.

Collagen is re-absorbable, which means it can be broken down, reabsorbed into the skin and used to boost your skin’s natural Collagen production processes, leaving you with a plump, refreshed complexion the natural way.

Collagen based skincare products are perfect for those looking to counteract the first signs of aging.

Try: Age Correction Intensifier Collagen & My-Oxy Caviar

Retinol

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. It has been proven to boost collagen and elastin production, and energise and speed cell turnover making them function like the cells of a child! Using a well-formulated and stable product with retinol will also visibly reduce the appearance of sun damage, brown spots, lines, wrinkles and large pores.

Retinol based products are perfect for those with sun damaged, dull and discoloured complexion. Also good for those suffering from blemished skin as it can reduce pore size and acne or simply aging skin.

Try: Micro Retinol Essential Moisturiser

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in skin, a component of the body’s connective tissues.

As we age, the environment and lifestyle choices destroy hyaluronic acid in our skin, in turn our skin loses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the visible loss of firmness and plumpness. Hyaluronic acid when applied topically through skincare has the ability to replenish moisture (that is crucial to having younger-looking, supple skin) as well as revitalise the skin’s outer layers, so they look and feel plumper, smoother and softer. Hyaluronic based products are also known to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Try: Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream

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(Plant) Stem Cells

Plant stem cells are undifferentiated cells taken from the stem of a plant. Like human stem cells, they have the ability to self-renew and when applied topically to the skin, help protect the human skin stem cells from damage and deterioration as well as stimulate better cell turnover, leading to more youthful skin cells at the surface of the skin.

Products that contain plant stem cells can help keep skin looking young by fighting off wrinkles, protecting against sun damage and reducing inflammation.

Try: Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Serum

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant which helps boost collagen production while treating photo-damage. Not only does it penetrate the skin to fight free radical damage caused by the environment it also helps fade pigmentation and repair tired, lacklustre skin visibly boosting skin brightness and luminosity.

Vitamin C based products are perfect for those with dull, devitalised, pigmented and aging skin.

Try: “C” Complexe

Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that normally reside in our bodies and in our skin. Due to sickness, toxicity, the use of antibiotics, and other external factors, our good bacteria diminishes.

Topical probiotics help deliver a dose of good bacteria directly to our skin, restoring radiance and balance. Some topical probiotics are recommended for mature skin because of their ability to regenerate as well as protect the skin by retaining moisture, healing wounds, and increasing collagen and elastin production for anti-aging effects. They are also an effective anti-inflammatory which means they bring calm to the skin soothing redness and irritation.

Products formulated with probiotics are great for anyone wanting to restore balance and radiance to the skin. Also perfect for those wanting to counteract large pores, uneven texture, oil excess, aging and dehydration.

Try: Age Correction Micro Pores Bio-Active Mask

Elastin

Elastin is a highly elastic protein in connective tissue that gives skin its flexibility. It is a crucial factor in ensuring we maintain a youthful appearance. Also when applied topically it helps skin retain moisture.

Our bodies start to produce less and less of the protein as we get older. As skin loses elasticity it starts to show signs of aging – sagging and wrinkling.

Products formulated with elastin are great for those with skin sagging and loss of elasticity. They deliver repairing and tightening benefits, visibly firming the skin.

Try: Age Correction Firming Marine Elastin Cream

Vitamin E

An antioxidant that protects skin effectively against free radical damage which plays a large part in the aging of our skin!

By blocking free radicals, products formulated with Vitamin E can reduce the signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots in turn prolonging youthful looking skin.

Try: Vitaminic Concentrate

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Do you suffer from facial redness? Lifestyle tips for sensitive skin

Does your skin react to everything and anything? Are you prone to breakouts? Do you find you get easily flushed especially in hot or cold temperatures? Do you have broken capillaries or suffer from sensitive skin irritation and inflammation?

If you’ve answered yes to any or all of the above, we feel you, and so do millions of others!

Pevonia on Facial Redness Sensitive Skin

Unfortunately any number of things can contribute to skin sensitivity some of which are out of our control – genetics, the environment, the weather, our hormones, the water – but by following these 10 simple lifestyle tips we promise they can make a huge difference to not only your complexion but your confidence too!

  1. Say no to hot water

Try not to wash your face with hot water. This will not only cause your skin to feel flushed and in turn aggravated. The hot water also strips your skin of the healthy oils which we desperately need.

Luke warm water will be your friend.

  1. Get your sensitive skin care routine down pat

I know you’re on the search for that perfect product, the one that is right for your sensitive skin but don’t continually trial product after product back to back. This will aggravate your skin and mess with its natural pH balance. Try to stick to one skincare regime using the same range. Keep things simple.

Try; Pevonia’s RS2 range, specifically created to alleviate rosacea symptoms, or as a preventative for those with sensitive skin, the range – cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser – effectively relieve discomfort by strengthening capillaries, soothing, hydrating and rendering skin evenly toned and visibly calmed.

Pevonia RS2 - Rosacea Sensitive Skin

  1. Go natural

Using natural skincare will not only improve the health of your skin but also contribute to a safer environment. Try to opt for natural skincare products containing soothing, calming and nurturing ingredients such as chamomile, calendula, aloe, lavender and propolis. These will help overcome skin sensitivities.

Try;

Pevonia Soothing Propolis Concentrate

Pevonia RS2 Care Cream

Pevonia Soothing Sensitive Skin Cleanser

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  1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

Ensure you moisturise every single day, morning and night. Moisturising helps to lock in water and prevents sensitive skin from drying gut.

Try; Pevonia Soothing Sensitive Skin CreamSoothing Sensitive Skin Cream Lavandou Care

  1. Don’t over expose yourself to the sun

This can damage your already sensitive skin by making it more prone to flare ups. Also keep reactions at bay by opting for a fragrance-free, natural sunscreen. Best to wear a hat too!

  1. Red wine can be the enemy (eek)

If you’re like me you’ll love a glass of wine in the evenings, but try to steer clear of red. Why red you say? Red wine promotes the opening of blood vessels in the skin and is a histamine releaser which causes redness and flushing, it also deprives the skin of vital vitamins.

  1. Hydration is key

Drink plenty of water. Water not only rehydrates you but also flushes away toxins and replenishes skin tissue. Drinking enough water can fight off skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and rosacea all common skin sensitivities.

  1. We are what we eat

Eat lots of green leafy vegetables and foods rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids. Foods rich with Vitamin C and E are beneficial for the skin as they not only serve as excellent antioxidants they also promote a healthy immune system. Think broccoli, kale, spinach, avocados, fish, nuts, seeds, blueberries, strawberries…the list goes on.

  1. Always remove makeup before going to bed

Sleeping with a face full of makeup can and will result in skin irritability and breakouts. Makeup not only traps dead skin cells it also blocks our pores and when pores are blocked the skin can’t breathe and therefore regenerate!

  1. Sleep more, stress less

Of course this is easier said than done! Especially if you have children, work long hours or generally have a lot going on in your life. But…if it’s possible to put your head down even half an hour earlier at night it’ll make all the difference and allow your skin to repair and regenerate and your brain to recharge!

Valentine’s Day Skincare: How to get gorgeous skin – today!

Valentine’s Day Skincare: How to get gorgeous skin – today!

Whether you are a Valentine’s Day believer or not, today does provide a good excuse to shower your partner – or better still yourself – with some love…and pampering!

Unlike a box of chocolates that could pack on the kilos (eek) or a bunch of flowers that’ll wilt away in a matter of days, beauty products will last a whole lot longer and offer a multitude of benefits!

Here is our top tips to showering yourself (and your skin!) with love this Valentine’s Day:

GET YOUR GLOW ON

Let’s face it, we all want that “just had a facial” glow and what better way to achieve it than a powerhouse duo such as the Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and Youth Renew Tinted Moisturiser. Rich in chamomile, calendula, natural jojoba, marine collagen and vitamin C, they work in tandem to polish away dulling skin and restore radiance and instant luminosity!

Treat yourself to the Perfect Couples Face Gift Set

Pevonia Valentine's Day Gift - Face Set

A SPA TREAT FOR YOUR SKIN

Who doesn’t want soft, glowing skin on Valentine’s Day and every day of the week? You can indulge yourself and see the results immediately with Pevonia Silky Skin Body Scrub and Dry Oil Body Moisturiser – your go-to spa experience at home. Firstly apply the scrub to remove unwanted, dry, dead skin cells then spray your entire body with the amazing scent of Lavender & Chamomile – Dry Oil Body Moisturiser indulges your skin in aromatic glory without an oily or greasy feeling. Immediately absorbed, it revitalizes and nourishes every inch of skin rendering your body silky-soft with a radiant, healthy glow.

Treat yourself to the Perfect Couples Body Gift Set

Pevonia Valentine's Day Gift - Body Set

IN-SPA INDULGENCE

Why not truly spoilt yourself on Valentine’s Day by booking a last-minute in-spa treatment?Whether it be a relaxing body treatment or a results-driven facial, we have you covered. Contact your nearest salon or spa today http://www.pevonia.com.au/find_spa.php

Is stress making us look older?

Pevonia Lessens StressWithout a doubt, and you probably don’t need a blog post to tell you this, stress is written all over our faces! You can see it in your skin tone, texture, elasticity and the absence of a youthful glow.

It would be easy to say, “stress less” but we know that’s easier said than done! However, if we understand why stress affects our skin as well as change a few habits, we will be able to manage the stress and in turn look a whole lot younger!

Dark Circles

When we are stressed our blood flow increases and the fragile capillaries beneath our eyes become engorged so dark circles become more obvious. Drinking more water can help, getting more sleep will certainly improve things, while gently massaging a good eye cream or gel to the delicate eye zone will to help increase blood flow. Apply a soothing eye gel around the eyes and slide your middle and ring finger around the orbital bone (slide outwards on the brow and inwards beneath the eye). We recommend Pevonia C Evolutive Eye Gel, the ginkgo biloba, this helps increase the circulation while soothing and hydrating the eye contour.

Mini-menopause

When we are stressed our body creates cortisol, which can lead to a drop in Oestrogen, much like it does when we are in menopause. Less Oestrogen means less collagen and less moisture. Nourish your skin from within with hydrating food such as fish, nuts, avocado, sweet potato, olive oil and cucumbers to name a few. And “up the hydration” with products rich in collagen and hyaluronic acid. We recommend Pevonia Power Repair Line for bringing back the bounce and youthfulness of dehydrated skin.

Wrinkles

As our hydration levels decrease our collagen and elastin production decreases. The skin cells that form these vital proteins take a siesta and meanwhile our expressions seem to become indelibly etched into our faces. Maintaining hydration is key but to restore the damage already caused it might be time to get out the big guns and reboot the skin cells which have become lazy. We recommend Pevonia Micro-Retinol line to help rejuvenate the skin from within.

Pevonia Organic Skincare Australia - micro retinol - anti stressItching, flaking and hives

Stress leads to inflammation which may lead to rashes, rosacea, eczema flare ups and changes in skin moisture. It’s vital to maintain your skin’s barrier function with filmogenic products that trap moisture and to reduce inflammation in the skin. Take cooler showers and baths, avoid synthetics in warm weather and apply soothing products such as Pevonia Propolis Concentrate and Reactive Cream which provide both anti-inflammatory properties as well as restoring your protective acid mantle.

A Heavy Jaw

Grinding teeth and clenching of the jaw are common symptoms of stress. Unfortunately, these habits can cause the jaw muscles to work overtime. This can result not only in damaged teeth, but also a heavier than usual jawline, as the muscles become larger with the grinding action. Be mindful of this habit by relaxing the jaw whenever you think of it, and massage the jawline every evening while cleansing your skin and applying your moisturiser. Take time out to completely relax with a warm bath, a short nap or just doing something that distracts you from over-thinking! Even though you might only be able to spare 10 minutes your body trains itself to be more relaxed over time and will thank you.

Pevonia Organic Skincare Australia - bath - anti stressHair Loss

Stress can cause sudden hair loss by literally flipping the switch on the hair follicle’s growth stage from an active to a resting phase. Once the follicle enters this resting phase prematurely, it stays there for about three months, after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. Avoid over-styling hair and using too many heat appliances. We recommend a weekly hair mask using the Micro-Emulsion Massage Oil Anti-Stress. This not only helps stimulate a healthy scalp, but leaves hair soft and conditioned too.

Adult Acne

Acne isn’t just for hormonal-crazed teenagers. Many adults can’t seem to outgrow it because of stress hormones. Cleanse your skin thoroughly every morning and evening and exfoliate every couple of days to keep skin clear and pure, we recommend Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser for mild breakouts or the Clarifyl Line for more serious adult acne. It purifies, calms inflammation and deals with pesky breakouts pronto.

Clearly there is a connection between how we look and how we feel and think. The good news is that we can get to the root cause of our stress and manage it!