Take care of Your Skin these Holidays

Five tips for minimizing the effects of summer party fever!

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When it comes to summer holiday fun, festive holiday occasions are a highlight in everyone’s diary. Whether it be the office year-end bash or spending time with family, late nights and a change in routine; it can leave your skin feeling as drained as your body. To make sure that you make the most of your holidays while keeping your healthy complexion, here are some tips from OPTIPHI®:

 

  1. Don’t compromise on your skincare routine

Late nights might make you feel tempted to skip your regular skincare routine which can cause breakouts and leave your skin feeling dry. Make sure that you don’t compromise on cleansing and moisturizing your skin, no matter what!

 

  1. Keep your skin hydrated

Alcohol, smoking and environmental elements easily dehydrate your skin. When we over indulge our skin suffers. Make sure that you replenish your skin with vital moisture, vitamins and minerals. This helps to restore skin density, support the structure of the skin, promote elasticity, activate collagen and replenish lost moisture.

 

  1. Make sure you get enough sleep

Lack of sleep causes our bodies to release the stress hormone cortisol, which breaks down collagen. A lack in collagen adds to the loss of skin firmness and elasticity. It may also makes your face look sallow and causes dark circles around the eyes. To target puffiness, dark circles and aging around the eyes try OPTIPHI® Eyesigns Activegel

 

  1. Ease redness and keep your complexion looking radiant

Skin stressors can leave your skin looking red and feeling uncomfortable. Frequent dips into a chlorinated pool can cause skin inflammation – but by all means cool off and enjoy the Summer weather just be sure to apply your OPTIPHI® Rejuvenating Revitaliser to replenish and revitalise your skin.

 

  1. Don’t forget to wear sunblock

Not only does the sun dehydrate the skin, it is one of the major causes of hyperpigmentation and premature aging. Even if you don’t plan to spend much time in the sun or will only be outdoors in the late afternoon, it’s very important to wear a sunscreen, such as the Protect the Canvas, daily & continuously re-apply every 2-3 hours.

 

Keep your skin looking and feeling as happy as you do

OPTIPHI® encourages you to enjoy your summer holidays without incurring unnecessary skin damage. Apply these summer skincare tips with OPTIPHI®‘s comprehensive range of products.

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10 Tips to protect your skin, hair and body from the drying effects of wind

Don’t let the August winds leave your skin feeling dry

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With Spring just around the corner, the only thing standing between you and warmer weather is the August wind that has become synonymous with the last month of winter. Here are 10 tips to minimise the effects that wind has on your skin, hair and body:

  1. Wear a scarf or bandana – to prevent wind from drying out your skin use a scarf or bandana to protect as much of your face and neck as possible. Dehydrated skin feels tight and is more prone to the development of fine lines.
  2. Wear gloves and a hood – enlisting the help of additional clothing will help protect delicate skin from the drying effects of the wind.
  3. Stay out of the wind to avoid dust and allergies – the dust carried by wind not only blocks your pores, which can lead to breakouts, it can also cause uncomfortable allergies. Keep your skin clean and moisturised to avoid unwanted spots and keep your skin feeling hydrated and supple. If you suffer from allergies, there are really good antihistamines available that don’t cause drowsiness.
  4. Protect your eyes – protect your eyes from dust and the drying effects of the wind by wearing sunglasses. You can also apply artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to eliminate uncomfortable dry eyes.
  5. Don’t forget the sunblock – the sun’s rays are just as damaging no matter the season. Make sure to apply sunblock even if you feel cold.
  6. Moisturise more frequently – apply moisturiser to your skin more frequently, especially around the eyes. Buy a convenient travel size pack to carry in your handbag. And if necessary, try a stronger formulation to beat winter skin dehydration. Correctly formulated serums can have potent efficacy without causing skin breakouts.
  7. Apply lip balm – Lip balm will help prevent dry, chapped lips during windy conditions.
  8. Use a humidifier – to counteract the drying effect of the wind, use a humidifier indoors.
  9. Use a leave-in conditioner after you wash your hair – the wind can also dry out your hair and make it quite unruly.  Use clips, elastics, a scarf or headband to keep it tied back.
  10. Massage your scalp – this will help circulation to the head to ensure healthy growth and natural oil production to help protect your hair from the drying effects of the wind.

Keep your skin hydrated with OPTIPHI®

OPTIPHI® products are formulated using state-of-the-art scientific principles, comprehensive research and thorough testing to ensure a superior product offering.  To make sure that your skin is in the best possible hands during the dry, windy weather click here to find your closest OPTIPHI® stockist.

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Five Common Causes of Breakouts

Avoid breakouts with these fabulous skincare tips…

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We all know that sinking feeling when you suddenly feel like your 16-year-old self again – suffering from an embarrassing breakout on the day you are due to give your quarterly presentation.

Breakouts can be avoided by using correct, scientifically proven skincare products, supplied and applied by trained skincare professionals. However, your day-to-day habits have an effect on your skin and body health…

Here are five common causes of breakouts:

  1. Check your medicine cabinet – there are many common medications that can cause or trigger breakouts, including birth control tablets.
  2. Clean your equipment – make-up brushes are constantly collecting leftover makeup and gathering bacteria and yeast, which can cause acne.
  3. Touching your face – make sure that you don’t transfer unwanted bacteria and dust from your hands or mobile phone. Keep anything that comes into contact with your face as clean as possible.
  4. The best skincare products – preferably, you should use skincare products recommended by trained professionals. This will ensure that your beauty products aren’t your worst enemy.
  5. Cleanse, Moisturize and Exfoliate – having a reliable skincare regime will ensure that your skin looks its best.

Choosing the Best Possible  Skincare Products to Avoid Breakouts

OPTIPHI® applies state-of-the-art scientific principles, comprehensive research and thorough testing to ensure our products offer cutting-edge solutions f healthier, younger looking skin.  Make sure that you enlist the advice of a trained skincare professional to select the best products suited to your specific skin needs. Choosing the wrong products or having treatments administered by poorly trained technicians definitely spells disaster. To make sure that your skin is in the best possible hands click here to find your closest OPTIPHI® stockist.

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Care, Prepare and Protect your Canvas

Daily Skincare Tips for Healthy Skin

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The majority of women apply make-up daily. Whether it is to feel more confident, cover up the odd blemish or perhaps to cover up the evidence of the previous night’s over indulgences – it is a common step in our daily skincare routine. Keep make-up to a minimum to get a natural look and avoid potentially harmful effects like drying, clogging pores or even causing uncomfortable allergic reactions.

How can OPTIPHI® help?

Applying make-up to a beautiful, freshly prepared canvas can make all the difference. Enhancing your daily skincare routine with OPTIPHI® products can combat any negative effects that wearing make-up may have on your skin.

CARE FOR YOUR CANVAS:

  1. Wash your face Twice a Day

Use delicate OPTIPHI® Cleansers daily for clean, calm and smooth skin. The Classic Pure Cleansing Wash has a calming effect on the skin whilst providing deep, pore cleansing. It also balances the pH level of your skin barrier, extinguishing the need for a toner!

  1. Regular Gentle Exfoliation

Enhance your cleansing process with the OPTIPHI® Muslin Cloth. This skincare addition will improve skin texture by gently exfoliating the dead superficial layer of the epidermis. Removing these stubborn dead skin cells will reveal your younger looking skin, leaving a refreshed and revitalized impression.

  1. Moisturize. Moisturize

After cleansing and gently exfoliating, it is critical to replenish your skin with vital moisture, vitamins and minerals. A moisturizer with an SPF is excellent at keeping your skin hydrated as well as providing some protection from the sun.

Now, being informed; make the best of your healthy skin habits to protect and prepare your face before applying makeup!

PROTECT YOUR CANVAS:

Fight photo-aging with OPTIPHI ® Protect the Canvas SPF30, Your all-in-one UV protection to assist anti-aging:

  • Mitofin – Delays cellular senescence and reduces signs of photo-aging
  • Protects against UV induced DNA damage
  • pH 5.5 maintains optimal barrier function
  • Protects against oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals
  • Does not leave a white residue common with SPF use
  • Broad acting UV filter protects against UVA &UVB rays

PREPARE YOUR CANVAS:

Protective barrier and foundation primer:

  • Vitamin E – improves elasticity and smoothness of the skin
  • Provides a physical protective barrier to the skin surface, locking in moisture
  • Combats persistent shine, while providing a matte long-lasting appearance
  • Minimizes the visible appearance of fine lines and pores upon application
  • For smoother make-up application.

Look after your skin with optiphi®

We have a large selection of products to choose from. As the weather changes from autumn to winter, make sure that your daily skincare routine adapts to guarantee healthier, more beautiful skin all year round!

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Dehydrated Skin vs. Dry Skin

How does dehydration effect your skin cells?

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Dry skin and dehydrated skin is not the same thing, but both will leave your skin feeling uncomfortable. They contribute to premature aging and a dull complexion! Get the correct and optimal results from your current skincare regime by treating both dehydration and dry skin correctly..

 What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a skin type that is often a result of genetics. However, it can also be caused by factors like a hormone imbalances or an underactive thyroid, both of which should be investigated by your doctor.

 What is dehydrated skin?

Our skin is made up of three layers of skin cells with the top layer (your epiderims) being coated with an acidic mix of oily lipids and waxes made up of sebum and sweat. This layer protects the skin by retaining moisture and preventing bacteria from entering the skin. When this protective layer is damaged – moisture escapes, leaving our skin feeling dry. The way that this protective layer is damaged is what differentiates dry skin from dehydrated skin.

 Good Skincare Habits

Boost the effects of your skincare products with these healthy skincare habits-avoid dehydration:

  • Drink enough water and stick to a healthy diet
  • Don’t cut corners when it’s comes to your skincare routine
  • Make sure you remove makeup before you go to bed
  • Avoid scolding hot showers
  • Eliminate bad habits like smoking and consuming too much alcohol
  • Make sure you use sunblock DAILY…

OPTIPHI® Classic Dermal Restoration Moisturizers

For complete dermal vitality, the OPTIPHI® Restore Therapy moisturizer is formulated to refurbish skin density, support the structure of the skin, promote elasticity, activate collagen synthesis and replenish lost moisture. For the same benefits with a sun protection factor, try our Complete Therapy for daytime use.

 Why OPTIPHI®

OPTIPHI® products are scientifically formulated using carefully selected actives with clinically proven efficacy. When you make OPTIPHI® part of your skincare routine, you can rest assured that you are giving your skin the very best care.

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Get moving & grooving!

Here are some great tips to get your body moving

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The health benefits of exercise have been proven over and over again. Not only can it make you feel better and give your more energy, regular exercise can help you lose weight and even extend your lifespan.

 

Exercise is fun

Added to the health benefits of exercise are the mental and emotional benefits:

  • Make new friends – Starting a new sport or joining a sports club is a great way to make new friends. It’s so much easier to meet people when you have things in common or share goals like building fitness and/or competing in a race.
  • Boost your confidence and well-being – the moment you realise that exercise is paying off, you will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and pride.
  • Endurance – the endurance of the human body and mind will amaze you. You will learn about your inner strengths and how to overcome weaknesses. This will help you in every aspect of your life.
  • Stay busy – exercise keeps you mind and body busy. This helps to stay positive, sleep well & have fun all day, every day.

 

Choosing the right exercise for you

While some people love their local gym others long for the outdoors. Here are some tips to help you find an activity that you love:

  • Past experience – you can pick up where you left off in a sport that you enjoyed at school or in the past.
  • Local is lekker – it’s much easier to take up physical activity close to home or the office because it makes it easier to keep it up. Speak to your neighbours and colleagues. There might be a runner’s group close by, a cycle team from your office or a gym in the office park.
  • Join a friend – sometimes it’s as easy as joining a friend on a Sunday morning for a cycle or a friend who belongs to a tennis club.
  • Couples who train together stay together – training with your partner is an excellent way to spend time together.

OPTIPHI® encourages you to get active, not only because of the emotional and physical benefits but because you won’t recognize yourself as your fitness and endurance grows. Much like flawless skin, fitness will make you feel great!

Remember, just because you are training doesn’t mean your skin can’t look absolutely stunning. A daily moisturizer is essential to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. OPTIPHI® gives you the choice of five to choose from.

Also the OPTIPHI® Protect the Canvas offers a facial SPF 30 to ensure you keep your skin protected from the aging effects of the sun.

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Seven essential skincare tips for Valentine’s Day

Show your skin LOVE this Valentine’s Day with OPTIPHI® and these fabulous skin and body tips:

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Simple tips for skin radiance with OPTIPHI® will prepare you to step out in style to enjoy a romantic evening with your Valentine knowing that your skin is looking fabulous!

 

SKIN TIP 1. AVOID the Dreaded Breakout

Try our Set the Canvas  Primer to  smooth your skin, and hold your make-up on Date Night . It creates a protective barrier and acts as a foundation primer to minimise the appearance of fine lines, pores and blemishes. Simply apply before your foundation for even, flawless skin.

 

SKIN TIP 2. Don’t be caught Redfaced

Have your OPTIPHI® Skin Rejuvenation Treatment done three days before Valentine’s Day so that your skin is at its best. Formulated to reduce the signs of aging and to promote well hydrated optimal skin, it continues to work on your skin for three days after the treatment.

 

SKIN TIP 3.  Be a Smooth Operator

Hydrated skin looks smoother, so much more vibrant and less lined. Drink plenty of water and use a good moisturizer as part of your skincare routine. The OPTIPHI® Restore Therapy Moisturizer is formulated to restore skin density, support the structure of the skin, promote elasticity, activate collagen and replenish lost moisture.

 

SKIN TIP 4. Embrace those Luscious Curves

As we know, date night means that you will want to feel your best. You’ll love your curves with OPTIPHI® Cellulite Therapy. Formulated to take care of those unsightly “lumps” by addressing cellulite – this product will also boost cell function, improve circulation and stimulate molecular mechanisms. This will leave you feeling confident and sexy.

 

SKIN TIP 5. Silky Skin Saver!

There is no need to feel self-conscious about stretch marks with OPTIPHI® Stretchmark Therapy. It works to prevent stretch marks by increasing skin elasticity and firmness. Improved cellular activity also helps to repair and restore skin to its original state.  You can use this in conjunction with the Cellulite Therapy or alone to make your skin feel ultra-silky.

 

SKIN TIP 6. Get that Sensual Glow

Boost your “in-love” glow with OPTIPHI® Body-Foliant. A new innovative at home Body Peel to rid your skin of its rough texture – the dual-action chemical and enzymatic body exfoliation formula will leave your skin looking radiant.

 

SKIN TIP 7. The Soft Touch

OPTIPHI® Curve Body Lotion is a luxurious moisturizing lotion that replenishes your skin’s moisture for immediate and long-term skin hydration.

 There is no better feeling than being in love and having beautiful skin! OPTIPHI® is designed for your unique skin needs, and is the perfect solution to radiant looking skin. Love your OPTIPHI® Body Curves!

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New You – Skin Resolutions!

Here is to beautiful, healthy skin in 2015

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Each year we all make resolutions to begin the next stage of our lives in the most positive way. This year we are asking – why not kick off the 2015 with some motivating skin care resolutions?
Here are 4 resolutions that will ensure you have radiant, younger looking, skin in 2015:

 

  1. Wear Sunscreen!

Everyday – not just when you feel like it!

Not only does the sun dehydrate your skin, it is one of the major causes of melanin over production, which results in increased pigmentation.

Ensure that you choose a moisturizer with a sun protection factor such as the OPTIPHI® Classic Complete Therapy for daily moisturization.

Alternatively, the OPTIPHI Protect The Canvas can be applied on top of your moisturizer. .

If you plan to spend time outdoors, ensure that you  regularly apply an adequate SPF factor  sunscreen. Avoid premature aging caused by sun damage with OPTIPHI®.

 

  1. Cleanse your skin DAY and NIGHT…Do not neglect your daily regime!

Use the OPTIPHI® Classic Pure Cleansing Wash daily for clean, calm and smooth skin. Alternatively, Our Facial Cleanser has a calming effect on the skin whilst providing deep dermal cleansing. It balances the pH levels of your skin barrier and is suitable for all skin types.

 

  1. Regular Exfoliation!

Removing stubborn ,dead skin cells will reveal skin that looks young, refreshed and revitalized. The OPTIPHI® Muslin Cloth gently exfoliates the skin to improve skin texture by removing the superficial layer of cells through gentle mechanical exfoliation..
Boost your regular exfoliation with an optiphi® Peel, for fast skin changing lasting results.

 

  1. Hydrate your thristy skin!

As skin ages and is exposed to the elements, it becomes dehydrated, which makes it necessary for the moisture to be replenished. This speeds up the aging process resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. OPTIPHI® is formulated to replenish your skin with vital moisture, vitamins and minerals. This helps to restore skin density, support the structure of the skin, promote elasticity, activate collagen and replenish lost moisture.

 

There is no better feeling than having radiant skin! OPTIPHI® is designed to address your unique skin needs, and is the perfect solution to healthy, balanced, refined and radiant looking skin. With OPTIPHI it’s easy to keep your skin looking it best in 2015!

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Look your best from every angle!

Don’t let summer holidays ruin your complexion

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With summer holidays just around the corner we are all looking forward to good times with friends and family. Be it enjoying the sunshine or taking in the sunset and fun after dark your skin still needs attention. With all these celebrations come “selfies” and pictures to record special memories. Don’t let the skin stressors that come with these festivities ruin your complexion.

 

Here are five skin stressors to avoid these holidays, to look your best from every angle:

 

  1. Sun exposure – by now everyone knows about sun damage and how it drastically speeds up the aging process. Make sure that you apply sunblock when you go outdoors and use a moisturiser with added sunblock.The OPTIPHI® Protect the Canvas includes an SPF 30 for everyday use.

For complete dermal vitality, the OPTIPHI® Restore Therapy moisturizer is formulated to refurbish skin density, support the structure of the skin, promote elasticity, activate collagen and replenish lost moisture. For the same benefits with a sun protection factor – try our Complete Therapy for daytime use.

 

TIP: Reapply your sun protection regularly throughout the day

  1. Dehydration – Exposure to the elements and not drinking enough water can lead to dry skin. Don’t forget the golden rule – hydration is the foundation of beautiful skin. Make sure that you use a good moisturiser and drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated.OPTPHI® offers various moisturizes to suit all skin types and conditions.
  2. Alcohol – Apart from the toxins in alcohol that make us look dreadful when we overdo it, alcohol is also very dehydrating. Make sure that you keep hydrated and use a good moisturiser to keep skin in healthy conditions.

 

TIP: Drinking plenty of water also helps with over-eating during the holidays too.

  1. Not getting enough sleep – when we are sleep deprived our bodies release the stress hormone cortisol that breaks down collagen, which is critical for firm and elastic skin.
    Another negative is the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. OPTIPHI® offers Eyesigns active gel to help should the festivities go long into the night.
  2. Healthy skin equals healthy complexion – holidays are filled with lazy days and a break from daily chores. Don’t cut corners over the holidays and neglect your skin. Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise – the secret to beautiful skin: Use OPTIPHI® cleanser daily for clean, calm and smooth skin; use the OPTIPHI® Muslin Cloth to gently exfoliate your skin; and finish with OPTIPHI® Classic Moisturizers or the OPTIPHI® Active Moisture Control Light.. the choice is yours.

 

There is no better feeling during summer holidays than making special memories and maintaining beautiful skin! Ensure your skin is always healthy to look your best every day. OPTIPHI® is designed to suit your unique skin needs, and is the perfect holiday solution to healthy, balanced, refined and radiant looking skin.

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Keep your skin plump and moist with OPTIPHI® Classic Dermal Restoration Moisturizer

Good hydration is the foundation of Healthy Skin

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Keeping your skin hydrated is critical to having beautiful, healthy skin. After cleansing and gentle exfoliation, applying a moisturiser ensures that essential moisture is replenished and the epidermal barrier is restored to reduce further water loss. This keeps skin cells turgid so that they stay healthy and hydrated.

 

Choose a moisturiser that ensures:

  • Skin stays hydrated
  • Maintains skin barrier function to prevent water loss
  • Optimal enzyme functioning
  • Reduce skin inflammation
  • Keeps skin pH 5.5 – inhibits growth of harmful bacteria
  • Restores collagen and elastin to boost skin structural integrity
  • Maintains healthy skin and works to halt the ageing process

 

OPTIPHI® Classic Dermal Restoration Moisturizers

For complete dermal vitality, the OPTIPHI® Restore Therapy moisturizer is formulated to refurbish skin density, support the structure of the skin, promote elasticity, activate collagen and replenish lost moisture. For the same benefits with a sun protection factor – try our Complete Therapy for daytime use.

 

Why OPTIPHI®

OPTIPHI® products are formulated using are carefully selected actives with clinically proven efficacy. Quality and consistency are key to OPTIPHI®, so rest assured that you are using the ultimate skin care products.

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