Sea buckthorn has been used by herbalists for millennia. Extraction with pulp has only recently become available and seems to be taking the natural skincare industry by storm. Bio-active substances in the oil from the seed and pulp are now used in a variety of anti-aging products. Sea buckthorn is unique in that it significantly strengthens the wall of individual cells and capillaries, while softening the tissue of the skin. It has antifungal, anti-bacterial and antiinflammatory properties, while its oil is also good for acne sufferers. Products containing sea buckthorn promote cell tissue regeneration, thus aiding in the healing of wounds, and restoring skin tissue. But most of all, sea buckthorn is famous for its anti-wrinkle effect. Pigmentation can also be improved with time, thanks to its high dose of natural vitamin A.
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I personally believe that skincare today should be as simple as possible, yet offering a gorgeous home-spa experience. Don’t ‘over do’ and stress you skin too much, with too many products. Simplicity is bliss, and your skin will love it. Mette Picaut
Other than a great skincare regime, a few other things can aid in achieving glowing skin. The first step is relaxing. It’s definitely one of the best things, and a great beauty t i p to combat the ageing process. Purposeful relaxation or taking some ‘you time’ is really important. Yoga, Qi Gong, meditation, massage, acupuncture, and walking in nature will also help.
Your cleanser choice is essential; most cleansers today are cleaning off the skins natural protection, disturbing the balance. Our award-winning cleanser is so soft and has no sulphates or tensides; it just makes your skin velvety smooth and happy. We are very proud of the smart, organic formulation. It has to be used twice, ones to lift up the impurities with a very smart ‘fat dissolves fat-principle’” and a second time to clean off everything.
Get inspired by ancient Chinese tradition: try living as s u g g e s t e d in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). Live differently according to the four seasons; eat warm food in the winter and cold in the summer. Avoid ice in your water, especially during cold seasons. Good digestion is the secret for good health and beauty. Don’t eat really late at night if you want to look better for the next day, you will be less swollen and bloated the earlier you eat.
Eat a rich variety of ‘skin foods’. Eating avocado can hydrate your skin and soothe inflammation. Salmon, which is high in fatty acids, is also a skin saviour. The Omega 3 found in the fish keeps cell membranes healthy and reduces damaging inflammatory agents. Dark chocolate of the highest quality is also good, as long as it’s high in organic cacao. “Theobroma cacao” means “food of the gods”. Dark berries such as blueberries, acai berries etc. contain anthocyanins; the most powerful antioxidant of them all.
Love the sun and the light, but protect your skin from UV rays: apply high protection on the top of your cream, also in wintertime. Every famous American dermatologist writes about that as the No 1 Anti-age treatment. Vitamin A and C among other antioxidants are great protectors.
For oily skin moisturiser might be a little too much, but beauticians here in Sweden taught me that oily skin also needs fat. Picaut Precious Oil will balance the skin during wintertime, while in the summer months skin might be fine with only Hydrating Water as it contains close to 100% Aloe Vera, and witch-hazel, also fantastic for balancing oily skin. The lipo-peptides contained in Picaut Precious Oil are made by combining two peptides: palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapepide-7. Matrixyl 3000 works by stimulating the “matrix molecules” fibronectin a n d collagens 1, 3 and 4 to reduce wrinkles. Clinical trials have also found Matrixyl 3000 to be effective in decreasing wrinkle density by 33 percent, decreasing wrinkle volume by 23 percent and decreasing wrinkle depth by 20 percent.
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