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Kosmea say no to microbeads

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles used in body care products that act as exfoliants, or abrasives. Microbeads do not disintegrate and end up in our waterways contaminating water for fish and other marine life.

Microbeads can be made of different types of plastic including polyethylene, nylon, polypropylene, and polyethylene terephthalate to name a few. These microbeads are usually around 2-5 millimetres in size, however they can be so small that they are invisible to the naked eye. Numerous products contain these microbeads such as body washes, cleansers, face masks and scrubs, and toothpastes.

These microbeads cannot be filtered out of our water and end up in our waterways and oceans where they are consumed by marine life. Microbeads can cause animals serious harm, and they can even end up in our food chain if we eat animals that have ingested the plastic microbeads!

Image courtesy of www.beatthemicrobead.org

As we believe in using all natural ingredients, and no nasties, Kosmea have never used microbeads in any of our products and instead use natural ingredients as exfoliants such as crushed chamomile flowers and ground rosehips. Our Daily Facial Exfoliant contains these natural ingredients along with kaolin clay and rice flour to help draw out skin impurities and improve skin clarity.

Always be careful to check ingredients in your skincare products and be mindful of harmful ingredients and the impact they have not only on ourselves, but the environment as well.

See more about microbeads here:

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Acne – How can Rosehip Oil help?

What is acne?

Acne is a disease of the sebaceous hair follicle that afflicts most people during teenage years. There are several different types of acne including blackheads, white heads (comedones), pimples (papules), pustules and cysts.

What causes acne?

Acne is directly related to the production of hormones within the body that cause the over-stimulation of the sebaceous glands. Under normal circumstances, sebum travels up the hair follicle and onto the surface of the skin. With acne, sebum becomes trapped with the hair follicle along with dead skin cells, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Chemicals produced by the bacteria cause inflammation of the follicle and the surrounding skin. Acne is a vicious circle – picking and squeezing can spread infection and cause severe scarring.

How can Rosehip Oil help?

It can be tempting for acne sufferers to scrub the skin several times a day to remove excess oil; however, this can actually intensify the problem. Our skin is designed to compensate for the removal of the oil by producing more and more, resulting in recurring infection and more acne.

The best solution is to cleanse gently, without stripping the skin, and to maintain the skin’s balance. After cleansing, Kosmea’s Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil can be applied to damp skin both morning and night.

Why add oil to oily skin?

The essential fatty acids combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of rose hip oil will help to prevent infection and reduce over-stimulation of the sebaceous glands. Over time, Kosmea’s Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil helps to repair the damaged skin and prevent acne scarring.

Before and After Rose Hip Oil Before and After using Certified Organic Rosehip Oil on acne for 4 weeks.

 

Recommended Kosmea products

Clarifying Facial WashDaily Facial ExfoliantCertified Organic Rose Hip Oil and Hydrating Rosewater Mist to cleanse, purify and prevent your skin from break-outs.

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Superfoods for Healthy Skin

Our diet has a big impact on the appearance of our skin and overall body health. Incorporating superfoods into our meals can be valuable for maintaining healthy looking skin from the inside out, and creating a healthy lifestyle long term.

Superfoods are foods packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Here are some top superfoods the Kosmea team loves.

Avocado

Avocado’s contain a good source of biotin and omega-9’s to help prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. Avocado is great on toast, added to a salad or in sushi.

Blueberries

Blueberries are full of antioxidants which can help slow down the effects of ageing. Have blueberries as a mid-morning snack, or add them to porridge, or yoghurt for breakfast.

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Walnuts

A rich source of Omega-3s and Vitamin E, walnuts will put a shine in your hair and a glow in your skin. Eating a handful as a snack or adding to a dessert is a yummy way of adding them to your food.

Apples

Apples contain free radical fighting antioxidants and Vitamin C which help to speed up the skins cell production and fight skin ageing. Snack on an apple when hungry, or add it to a healthy juice.

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Salmon

This superfood contains Omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin – a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity, so you’ll have fewer fine lines. Try grilling, or baking wild salmon with a side of asparagus, or adding it to a salad or risotto.

Spinach

Most green vegetables are fantastic for your health, spinach is packed full of multiple vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and those all-important omega-3 fatty acids. Add spinach to your sandwich for lunch, or have it sautéed with eggs for a filling breakfast.

Garlic

Garlic has great antibacterial properties and promotes a boost in immunity. A healthy body means healthy skin, add garlic to recipes such as stir-fry, salad dressings, chicken dishes, and when roasting vegetables.

Green Tea

Green Tea contains antioxidants and polyphenols which can assist with anti-ageing and help eliminate free radicals. The team at Kosmea are big fans of green tea and are always sipping on a cup at their desk!

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes are helpful in assisting anti-ageing as they contain the antioxidant lycopene. Try a tomato soup for the winter, or a tomato based pasta sauce.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes can be added to your meals as a mashed side dish, roasted with herbs, or baked as fries. They are full of beta-carotene another anti-oxidant that joins the fight against anti-ageing.

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Double Cleansing – Why you should be doing it

At Kosmea we always recommend double cleansing at night to our customers. Double cleansing is the act of cleansing twice in a row. This action is an important step in all night time skincare routines particularly if you wear makeup.

Throughout the day your skin is exposed to all different environmental elements such as air pollution, dirt, and oils from the hands touching the face. If you are wondering why your skin isn’t at its best it may be down to this one simple, but crucial step in your skincare regime.

The first cleanse is required to remove any makeup, SPF, sweat and dirt from the skin on the face and neck. The second cleanse is to give skin a deeper down clean and make sure all traces of anything you were wearing on the face are removed. The second cleanse helps the products you use after cleansing to work more effectively as they are not having to work through other products remaining on the surface of the skin.

Double cleansing is a very important step that is sometimes skipped by many people who then go onto rub grime and dirt, around the face when applying, an oil, serum, or moisturiser which can result in breakouts and unhappy skin.

“The first cleanse is cleaning product from the skin, whereas the second cleanse is cleaning the skin itself.”

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We recommend cleansing with either our Purifying Cream Cleanser, or Clarifying Facial Wash twice and removing the product from your skin with our Five-Minute Facial Muslin Cloth. This will prepare skin for application of our Certified Organic Rosehip Oil so that your skin can repair overnight.

If you don’t already double cleanse, now is the time to start and your skin will love you for it!

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2017 www.beautyheaven.com.au Glosscar Awards

Thank you to the team at www.beautyheaven.com.au for awarding our Rose Glow Body Mist with a 2017 Glosscar Award for Best New Body Treatment!

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The Glosscar Awards are voted for by members of the beauty heaven community and Kosmea have taken out a top position in the Body and Health Category.

Thank you to all who voted for our new product, we are thrilled it has been received so well by our customers after only being available for a few short months!

The body mist offers hydrating and firming properties from ingredients including Gotu Kola, and Pure Rose Flower Water. Take a look at the Rose Glow Body Mist here.

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The best care for your Muslin Cloth

The Five Minute Facial™ Muslin Cloth is a fantastic product to add to your skincare regime. They are great for gentle exfoliating, steaming the skin, and giving the skin a thorough clean. If you’ve incorporated our muslin cloth into your skin care routine, here are some tips for taking the greatest care of it.

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To get the best out of your muslin cloth, hand wash regularly using a mild detergent. To maintain the cloth’s softness, shake well before hanging out to dry. The cloth can also be put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.

We recommend changing the cloth as often as possible, daily is best, otherwise every couple of days. Rinse the cloth thoroughly after use with hot water and hang somewhere where it can dry out such as hanging on a hook in the bathroom, or over a tap.

Making sure the cloth is dry between uses helps to prevent the spread and growth of bacteria on the cloth. This is particularly important for acne prone skin.

Follow these simple steps and you will have your muslin cloth for years to come!

Watch how to use the Five Minute Facial™ Muslin Cloth below

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Our Facial Cleansing Wipes are a Winner!

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SA Style magazine have just released their latest issue complete with the 2017 Beauty Awards where Kosmea have taken out first place in the skin care category.

Our Facial Cleansing Wipes won 1st place for Best Face Wipes! The team at Kosmea always get very excited when one of our products wins an award as we love sharing award-winning products with our customers. The Facial Cleansing Wipes are eco-friendly and contain our 100% Certified Organic Rosehip Oil as an ingredient.

Many thanks to SA Style for loving our wipes as much as we do. We are very grateful for the recognition from our fellow South Aussies.

You can purchase the Facial Cleansing Wipes here.

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20 ways to use Rosehip Oil

Rosehip Oil is one of the most versatile skin care products that can help with almost any skin concern you might have. Here is a list of 20 ways you might not have thought to use your Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil.

1. Face oil

Apply 2-3 drops of Rosehip Oil onto damp skin of the face morning and night to repair skin and give it a healthy glow.

2. Scars

Here are some before and afters of customer using rosehip oil for the treatment of scars

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3. Face massage oil

Rosehip Oil is a great oil to use for a facial massage.

4. Cracked heels

This fantastic review proves how well rosehip oil can work on cracked heels!

I love the rosehip oil……Silly me, suffered for 12 months with dry cracked heels. It culminated over the Christmas/new year break where I couldn’t walk without severe pain! Now I use Kosmea pure oil if I am unfortunate enough to get sun burn (I don’t do well in the sun), but I completely forgot about it when it came to my heels. Oh how I suffered….then I had a brainwave, and finally used my last drops of Kosmea Pure Oil……well literally within 12 hours I could walk pain-free again. So I began to use it twice daily after washing my feet….soon I was able to use a pumice stone as well. Within a week I had lovely smooth heels again. Now it is part of my daily routine – pumice stone in the shower, followed by some Kosmea Pure Oil – lovely smooth feet! – Gillian

5. Hair serum for dry and split ends

Apply a pea sized amount of the oil to the ends of hair and work through for smooth hair.

6. Mix with foundation

Follow the likes of beauty blogger xosharonnoelle on Youtube and add a few drops of rose hip oil to your foundation for a dewy complexion.

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7. Dry elbows

Rosehip oil is great treatment oil for applying to specifically dry areas of the body such as elbows.

8. Use it on your pets

The oil can be applied to pets such as dogs and horses on open wounds, or after surgeries to heal the skin. Here are the wonderful results from one of our customers

I have applied the Kosmea Rosehip Oil on my horses leg to stimulate hair growth and reduce scarring; and this is the brilliant result  – Karen

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9. Mix with moisturiser

A couple of drops of oil can be added to any moisturiser for an extra dose of moisture and skin healing benefits.

10. Cradle Cap

Rosehip Oil can help with healing cradle cap on babies.

11. Balance out acne prone skin

Rosehip Oil will help skin with acne as it should help to bring natural oils back into balance and will also help heal any acne scarring.

12. Lip oil

For extremely dry lips rosehip oil can be applied directly onto the lips as a luxurios hydrating treatment.

13. Hydrate skin during a long flight

Long haul flights usually result in very dry skin. Applying rosehip oil throughout the flight will assist skin in staying hydrated and healthy.

14. Hands

Apply rosehip oil onto hands for softer skin with less age spots

15. Burns and sunburn

Rose Hip Oil can soothe burns and Kosmea’s Vitamin A content is the highest on the market making it the best quality oil for repairing damaged skin.

16. Nail and cuticle oil

Massage the oil into nails and cuticles to keep them nourished and to stimulate growth.

17. Eye makeup remover

The oil can also be used as a gentle, non-irritating makeup remover around the eyes.

18. Salad Dressing

Yes that’s correct! Our Rosehip Oil is so natural it can actually be eaten! You can simply drop a pipet into your mouth to receive the benefits of rose hip oil from the inside out, or add to a salad dressing, or smoothie.

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19. Soothe nipples during breastfeeding

As the oil is safe to be consumed it is safe for mothers to use on their nipples when feeding their babies if they are suffering from dry, or cracked nipples.

20. Grazes and cuts

A great skin healer for grazes or cuts. Perfect for applying on any wounds on small children as it will not irritate or sting their skin.

We would love to hear others way you have benefited from using Kosmea Rosehip Oil!

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Rose Hip Oil Vinaigrette

An easy and tasty addition to any salad! Enjoy this salad dressing over a green leafy salad, or even a roast vegetable salad.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 x drops Kosmea’s Rose Hip Oil
  • 3 – 4 x tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 x cup water
  • 2 x tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ x tsp. yellow mustard powder
  • 1 x tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ x bunch fresh basil chopped finely
  • ½ x bunch fresh oregano chopped finely
  • 2 x grinds fresh ground black pepper

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well

2. Make salad of your choice to accompany vinaigrette – we made a simple rocket, cucumber and shaved parmesan salad

3. Pour over salad or have on the table for people to add to their taste

4. Impress and enjoy with friends at a BBQ or family gathering!

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Dark Chocolate & Rose Smoothie

A healthy sweet treat to enjoy for breakfast or dessert that also gives you a dose of essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 x drops Kosmea’s Rose Hip Oil
  • 1 x ripe, frozen, sliced banana
  • 100ml x coconut water
  • 2 x tbsp. frozen raspberries
  • ½ x tbsp. vanilla powder
  • 2 tbsp. cacao powder

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and set blender speed on high

2. Blend until smooth

3. Pour into bowl and top with your choice of toppings

4. Hop back into bed and consume!

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The toppings we chose are:

  • Granola Clusters
  • Raspberry dark chocolate
  • Fresh strawberries and raspberries
  • Rose petals

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