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During winter with barely a day of sunshine, or if there's any sunshine it's usually too mild to burn you, most of us pack away our sunscreen until summer rolls around again.
The harmful UVB rays that burn our skin during summer are locked out behind the clouds most days, unable to reach us.
What can still reach us through the clouds, through windows, and even through our clothing however is UVA rays.
In the same way that you may have heard that you can't get a sunburn through glass, yet are still able to see light pass through it, certain wavelengths can pass through some substances, yet not through others.
In the case of glass, lightwaves and UVA rays with their longer wavelengths are able to pass through, whilst UVB rays cannot.
Whilst you won't be suffering skin burns and discoloration during winter that UVB rays cause, you'll still be receiving the damage from UVA rays.
It's the UVA rays that penetrate deep down into your skin causing the appearance of premature aging and wrinkles.
So to prevent sun skin damage during winter, it might be worthwhile to keep applying sunscreen throughout winter.
The type of sunscreen matters however.
Some sunscreens only protect against UVB rays, so check the label to make sure UVA protection is included, or a sunscreen labelled 'broad spectrum' which covers both UVA & UVB ray protection.
If you're not spending much time outdoors during winter however, it may be best just to skip the sunscreen as you'll be missing out on Vitamin D- a Vitamin that roughly one third of us is deficient in.
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You may have had good skin habits throughout your life- from moisturising, leading a healthy lifestyle, and making sure to keep your skin away from the sun.
As you reach menopause however, the hormonal changes in your body can impact your skin far more quickly than even sun damage or smoking.
The reason for this is falling estrogen...
Produced by your ovaries, estrogen is the hormone that causes tissue to grow, and body fat to increase. It's also the hormone that aids in collagen production and elasticity, and peaks right before ovulation, giving the skin a temporary glow.
But as estrogen decreases, it takes your skin's elasticity along with it. As the overall level of estrogen decreases, the skin does not bounce back the same way it does during each menstrual cycle. Instead, collagen and elastin production decreases, which causes the skin to get drier and lose its elasticity.
So what can be done to mitigate the affects of estrogen loss?
1: Eat foods that mimic estrogen
Eating foods rich in phytoestrogens (a compound which mimics the way estrogen is used in the body) produces the same result as if you really had generated more estrogen- so eat extra of these:
-soy derived foods such as soy milk, tofu, and tempeh.
2: Increase moisture to plump the skin, and prevent moisture loss
With the loss of estrogen comes drier skin, so it should come as no surprise that we recommend upping your skin's moisture with a thicker and more oily moisturiser than you may have used in the past. This will both help seal your skin against moisture loss, hydrate your skin, and make it appear more plump and full.
For a thicker moisturiser, check out our Rich and Intensive Moisturiser with Manuka Honey!
3: Invest in a face cream that has ingredients that stimulate collagen.
Look for products that contain Retinol, or ingredients which contain Vitamin A (because this then converts to Retinol inside the body), Vitamin C, or ingredients containing peptides such as dairy derived products, grains, and soybeans.
Here's a few of our scientifically proven products that have shown to stimulate the production of fibroblast cells (the building block of collagen):
KD One's Rich & Intensive Moisturiser with UMF16+ Manuka Honey promoted the overall health of the human skin fibroblast cells in culture by stimulating their reproduction by up to 45%.
KD One's Eye Serum with Blackcurrant Seed Oil promoted the overall health of the human skin fibroblast cells in culture by stimulating their reproduction by up to 29%. It also stimulated the production of elastin when skin fibroblast cells were cultured. An increase in the elastin content will lead to an improvement in the elasticity of skin.
Vitamin C Serum
This serum in enriched with vitamin C, E & A, aloe vera, mamaku extract, hydraluronic acid, mamaku extract, carrot seed, Frankinsense, rosehip, evening primrose,rose geranium, neroli, lavender, orange, citrus seed extract
4: Massage your face
Stimulating the muscles around your face helps to provide more oxygen to the area via increased blood flow, which in turn is a natural way to increase collagen production.
You can either rub your facial muscles, or give them a light pinch to bring extra blood flow to the area.
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A change of season usually brings with it a changes in our skin. And when it comes to the Summer to Autumn transition, skin dryness and breakouts are the two we typically see. Why? Your natural facial oils that were with you over summer are still around, but the cooler autumn air dries your skin creating dead skin buildup, and this can also trap oil under your skin's surface resulting in breakouts. All of this is going on whilst you also need to deliver more moisture to your skin.
This is why is pays to make tweaks to your skincare routine as the seasons change.
You don't need to overhaul your skincare routine entirely, but you do need to make some minor tweaks to your regimen to ensure that skin stays healthy during this seasonal change. Here's how to make the transition from summer to fall flawlessly...
The first thing you need to do for glowing autumn skin is to make sure those extra dead skin cells you're accumulating are being brushed off. You don't want to overdo it however with anything too harsh and scratchy or you could end up removing your skins natural barrier against moisture loss- making your skin even drier.
So stick to one with soft or small exfoliating beads such as our Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub containing soft Jojoba beads.
Up your moisture.
This can be a bit of a catch 22 as you try avoid breakouts from whatever oil may be getting trapped under your skin from the excess dead cells sitting on top, whilst simultaneously trying to add more moisture.
The key is in getting the right balance of moisture that soaks into your skin, and moisture that sits on top creating a barrier to prevent moisture loss.
Typically alcohol free toners & serums help hydrate your skin deeper down, with moisturisers and oils helping form a skin barrier- although the latter also gets partially absorbed into your skin.
Depending on your natural skin type in terms of moisture levels, here's our rough guide on what kind of hydrating products we'd recommend during Autumn:
Oily skin: Toner with a serum or light moisturiser.
Normal skin: Just a moisturiser should do the trick.Dry skin: Toner with a regular thickness moisturiser, with a thicker moisuriser when the temperatures start to plummet further nearer to Winter.
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If you have ever perused our product selection, and the ingredients list, you may be surprised to find a lot of ingredients you've already heard of- kiwifruit, manuka honey, and ginger to name a few.
No miracle magic ingredients, no secret wonder formulations. No exotic ingredients from far flung parts of the planet (we use mostly local, and native NZ ingredients).
But our products have undergone rigorous scientific testing, to which we passed with flying colours:
-Clinical tests of KD One Skinclear prove its anti-oxidant effect on inflammation is up to 100%.
-Clinical tests of KD One's Peppermint Shampoo have proved that this product can relieve scalp inflammation by up to 94%
-KD ONE Cool Balm has been clinically tested to prove that inflammation associated with joint problems can be reduced by 81% using this product.
We've also had comments such as this, which confirm what the tests have found:
"I have been using KD One products for many years now. The Active Recovery Rub is amazing for anyone with Fibromyalgia, it takes the pain away instantly and this is why I use it".
For any sceptics out there who may be wondering how it's possible to get results like this from what you may think are such everyday ingredients, and even outperform purpose built ingredients manufactured in the lab- consider this:
Many plants that we are able to eat, have actually been designed over years of evolution to be eaten. It's in some plants best interest evolutionary speaking to nourish us and keep us alive- as we in turn help keep them alive.
In the case of fruit that we eat, we get nourishment and vitamins to keep us healthy, and in exchange we help to disperse their seeds. The better able a plant can nourish us, the more chances a plant variety has in replicating itself.
It's the symbiotic relationship we have with nature, that has been refined over millions of years of evolution. So if you factor in millions of years of plant iterations, with the most vitamin packed plant varieties being able to prosper more than the less vitamin producing varieties, then I think it's not too much of a stretch to believe that these plant based ingredients are pretty darn good for us.
But of course, just because something is natural, this doesn't automatically mean it's going to be good for us.
There are many more plant varieties that are poisonous than there are edible ones.
It is theorised that this is because not all plant species have been evolutionarily designed to have their seeds dispersed the same way. It wouldn't be beneficial for every plant species to do so as their seeds would have to compete for resources. Or in other cases, it would be more beneficial for some animals to eat to you than others.
You see this with Chilli- which are only spicy to mammals. Birds however don't find chillies spicy (how someone can determine what a bird can taste is beyond me, but I'll go with it for now).
Perhaps this is natures attempt to deter mammals from eating chillies, and this is no coincidence. Why? Well, for a start, mammals could fully digest the seeds- and killing them in the process, while in birds, the lighter digestive process leaves the seeds more pieced together.There's also a big difference between the travel differences between birds and many mammals- as most can't fly.
Being able to have your seeds dispersed further could have been advantageous if there were conditions in the local area that could have wiped you out- a drought for instance that would leave most plants struggling for water to survive. A mammal on foot may not have the ability to travel far enough to get the seeds to safety as well as a bird.
And it's not just chillies. There are also many berries that birds eat which are poisonous to us.
And you may also note that not many of these poisonous plant based materials make it into our products either.
Another thing we consider in our products is our ingredients' source and method of production. Even when using the same type of natural ingredient, they're not all created equal.
I was reminded the other day of this when someone was telling me about some wild grapes they had eaten. That they tasted nothing like those found in the supermarket bred for mass production.
These wild grapes had particularly tangy skins, and the flesh was full of flavour- unlike the supermarket varieties which taste rather bland and watery by comparison.
While the modern practises of selective breeding aren't all bad- it's enabled us to be able to feed more people on a larger scale, there's also a few side effects.
When it comes to selective breeding with the intention of creating produce for mass production and profits, you're going to select plant characteristics which achieve these aims- and may not select for other aspects such as nutritional value.
Over the years since selective breeding has become mainstream, the fresh fruit and veg that we eat has become larger- typically with more water content, and the flavours have become more sugary.- with fruit often having a higher fructose content than their wild varieties.
Selective breeding has of course being going on ever since humans stopped foraging, and started farming, but this has been sped up as mass production has become the norm, with traits often being selected for longer shelf life, or beauty.
Studies over the last 20 years show that much of our produce is low in phytonutrients when compared to wild varieties- which are the compounds that help reduce many of our modern diseases such as cancer, diabetes, & dementia. And this phytonutrient stripping goes back to when we stopped foraging, and started farming.
Sure, our foraging ancestors didn't live as long as we do now, but growing evidence suggests that they were much less likely to die from degenerative diseases- even those few who managed to live to an old age.
One of the main reasons for this is because we've selected out fruit and veggies with bitter tastes- the vital nutrients that come from produce with these tastes has been filtered out.
Which is why we select our ingredients with the highest certified grade in terms of vitamin and nutritional value, and not just the stock standard varieties that you may come across in the shops.
So that's why our not so miracle ingredients really are miraculous!
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As you may or may not already know, our products have recently gone through some rigorous Scientific testing.
And given our Active Recovery Rub has been on the market for over 10 years, we've known for a while just how well this gem of a product works- but now we know exactly how well.
After extensive scientific testing, it was found that our Active Recovery Rub had up to 90% reduction effect on inflammation.
As this product ( http://www.kdone.co.nz/shop-product/soothing-products/recovery-rub-and-foot-balm-100ml ) was intentionally formulated to aid in the recovery of tired inflamed muscles- for use especially after a vigorous workout- we can't say we were too surprised with the results.
When we recently announced our great news on Facebook, we were blown away with the response from our community who have used our products over the years who not only reported feeling more soothed muscles after a bout of exercise, but also a big reduction in pain from other conditions caused by inflammation such as Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia.
Here's what a couple of them had to say!:
"This Recovery Rub is amazing. I use it daily and would totally recommend it to anyone. Thanks for making a product that helps relieve my Fibromyalgia pain. I had tried many products but nothing worked until I tried this, so very happy to give you this praise as it is well deserved"
"Couldn't manage without this thanks for putting me onto this- have bought some for my Mum's arthritis as well"
With all natural active ingredients which include Arnica, Ginger, Rosemary, and Clove Bud, we are so pleased to see results that rival and exceed what can be achieved with lab-created synthetic solutions.
Because as we've believed for a long time- nature really is the best healer!
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