What is Blue Light and How To Protect Your Skin Against It

What is Blue Light and How To Protect Your Skin Against It

What is blue light?

Half of the light spectrum is made up of visible light, and the rest from ultraviolet rays (UVA & UVB) and infrared rays. Ultraviolet and infrared light are both invisible however, blue light is part of the visible light spectrum which has a particularly high energy range. This is often referred to as HEV – high energy visible light.

Smartphones, tablets and computer screens add to the blue light exposure to our skins. Not only do we get exposed to the light spectrum during the day, now we also are exposed while watching our favourite series on smart tv’s at night; we spend much time on our phones as well as joining online webinars and zoom meetings as many people now work from home more often.

Blue light

How does blue light damage the skin?

Due to the deeper penetrating wavelengths of blue light, they reach the deeper dermal layers where free radicals induce damage to cell structures and functions. Enzymes that break down our dermal structures – such as collagen and elastin – lead to the premature formation of deep wrinkles. Although deterioration of structural proteins like collagen is natural, oxidative stress caused by blue light accelerates the aging process and the development of several visible signs of aging.

sun skin damageMoreover, UVA, UVB and HEV Light can cause damage to skin cells leading to hyperpigmentation – a skin condition of discolouration which is prominent in a country such as South Africa. Blue light may contribute to conditions such as sun spots, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

How can I protect my skin against blue light and the light spectrum?

High-tech natural cosmetics Team Dr Joseph has the answer in two unique plant-based formulations.

What makes these products specialized against blue light?

Team Dr Joseph offers advanced protection against the light spectrum and at the same time enhances the ski’s resistance against photo-aging and photo-damage through plant-based functional ingredients.

A special and central functional ingredient of these sun care products is extracted from the blossoms of the summer lilac (buddleja). It not only protects the plant against UV and IRA but also offers the skin optimum protection against natural and artificial light.

Seabuckthorn is naturally high in vitamins C and E as well as flavonoids to protect the skin’s immune system while you enjoy your time indoors or outdoors.

What are the benefits of these sun care products?

  • Broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays
  • Also protects against artificial light (blue light from mobile phones, smart tv’s and tablets)
  • Light texture that absorbs super-fast and does not whiten (also a great option for African skins)
  • Formulated with cell-protecting and skin-smoothing active ingredients that can prevent premature skin aging and unwanted pigmentation
  • Provides the skin with additional moisture
  • With innovative and harmless sun filters
  • Also suitable for sensitive skin and children’s skin

Ditch Over Exfoliation

Ditch Over Exfoliation

Exfoliation is definitely a must-do step in everyone’s home care routine. There are so many benefits to exfoliating and the best part is that sloughing off dead skin immediately leads to an improved look and feel. If done correctly, make-up applies smoothly, active ingredients penetrate faster and overall, the skin’s radiance, tone and smoothness are enhanced. It can be a little bit ‘addictive’ as we want that feeling all the time.

It is therefore easy to be tricked into over exfoliation however, this is a step where one should often apply the concept of ‘less is more’. One needs to remember that the skin is an intelligent protective organ. Its purpose is to protect. Any damage to the protective functions of the skin can lead to the opposite of the desired effects we set out to achieve.

How to know if you over exfoliate?

Over exfoliating with physical exfoliators such as scrubs with granules can cause little tears in the skin barrier. This means the skin’s protective qualities have been reduced and no good can come of that. Moisture escapes and ultimately a loss of elasticity occurs. The skin will become rough, red with an increased tendency for inflammations and infections. And yes, it will make your breakouts and scarring worse. Over exfoliating with chemical exfoliators may cause skin thinning, premature aging, sensitivity, hyperpigmentation and severe dryness.

What’s the difference with QMS Exfoliators?

With QMS we believe in consistency over intensity. So, you can have your cake and eat it! Exfoliate often but with intelligently designed products. QMS incorporates a variety of natural fruit acids suitable for all skin types and ages. Not only are they perfectly balanced and effective; they are safe, easy to use while they also deliver maximum results in the shortest amount of time.

QMS Exfoliators are, advanced, non-toxic and is safe enough to be used all year around – and even daily if you love to exfoliate.

QMS fruit acids may even be applied to the under-eye contours to target signs of aging. To make our fruit acids even better, the formulations are fortified with hyaluronic acid as well as pre-and probiotics to boost the skin’s microbiome.

Why fruit acids?

The short answer is that they deliver results and enhance the natural regeneration of the skin. They have multiple benefits all in one formulation. Fruit acids, also known as AHA’s, stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis in the skin thereby contributing to a firmer and plumper skin. They dissolve intercellular glue between dead skin cells and de-clog the skin to give a smooth, even skin texture -free from congestion and blemishes. Fruit acids brighten and lighten dull skin, not only from removing dead skin but enhancing oxygenation, improving circulation and detoxification.

Goodbye dull skin! Hello healthy glow!

Amazing new products from QMS – skin only gets better!

New Products and How To Use Them

QMS Medicosmetics provide targeted and scientifically proven treatments that visibly transform skin through delivering immediate and long-term results. Founded by doctors with a medical approach to skin, QMS is grounded in science and the brand has long been known for the pioneering approach to creating innovative products.

QMS combines the highest quality active ingredients with scientific formulations, to help change the structure and quality of your skin. We are experts in the science of skincare focusing on concerns of the modern client and lifestyle.

In our world, it is all about logic, not miracles. Here are our latest innovative products to keep your skin looking visibly radiant, youthful and healthy.

Collagen Recovery Day & Night Cream:

This is the ideal moisturizer for those in their menopausal years. Developed to target skin concerns relating to hormonal changes – in particular, the loss of oestrogen. This formulation includes skin identical collagen, slow release of super-hydrating hyaluronic acid which provides sustained moisture, all day and all night. In addition to that, cell stimulating growth factors and sources rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and flavonoids make this a superior anti-aging moisturizer which targets multiple advanced aging concerns in one. Suitable as a day and night cream.

TIP: We always recommend applying the QMS pioneering Day and Night Collagen Serums before applying this moisturizer for additional anti-aging power.

Collagen Concentrates:

  • Are you always feeling dry and dehydrated?
  • Is the winter weather causing tightness, dullness and visible fine lines?
  • Do you want a quick boost that gives your skin a quick and powerful plump-up and glow without changing your entire routine?

These super concentrates are for those with demanding dry and dehydrated skin.

They are formulated with double concentration of the NEOTEC A15 advanced synergistic complex of collagen and hyaluronic acid as well as a deep-acting skin-restructuring peptide complex. It packs a powerful firming and moisturizing result. Designed to be used for 7 days consecutively, morning and evening, ideally under your Day and Night Collagen Serums.

TIP: Enjoy a QMS Anti-aging facial treatment and then go home with this valuable spoil. Use it the day after the facial. Even your husband will notice the difference!

Advanced Collagen Serum in Oil:

In South Africa we often notice signs of premature skin aging due to our all-year beautiful sunshine weather. Advanced Collagen Serum in Oil is a lightweight, three phase nourishing oil designed to bring balance to the hydro-lipid levels in premature aging and demanding skins.

Its formulation combines the unique collagen serum with Bakuchiol oil – a safe, natural alternative to retinol – which has no side effects. Other natural sources of vitamin B, C, E and fruit acids provide a strong antioxidant effect, while it visible improves skin tone and elasticity.

TIP: This is a superior serum option for anyone looking for the ultimate in skin regeneration. It may be used all year around or, use it as a booster once or twice a year to reverse the undesired effects of the aging process.

Which ever collagen product you choose, your skin will benefit and your skin will visibly look and feel at its best. Should you wish to have a consultation to get the best advice, please get in touch with us for skin expert advice. We take into account your age, skin type, preferences and lifestyle to give you the most advanced bespoke skin regimen on the market today.


Holistic Lifestyle Habits Tips

Holistic Lifestyle Habits Tips

There has been a tremendous spike in holistic trends and sustainable living over the past few years.

According to the Global Wellness Summit 2020, the global health and wellness market – which refer to the wellbeing of body, mind and soul – reached a value of US$3.31 Billion in 2020.

Topics such as meditation and mindfulness, sustainable packaging and the health of our oceans are now commonly discussed on social media – compared to just a few years ago. More and more research on these topics is underway as consumers want to be educated and are willing to make real lifestyle changes.

The benefits of holistic living are numerous. Reduced stress levels and better overall stress management is a huge driving factor. Less stress means more joy, and more joy means more happiness. With a happier life, aging is slowed down, and risk of illness and disease minimized.

So, what does a holistic lifestyle look like and how can you add more holism to your own life? Firstly, holism is to bring a balance between body, mind, emotions and spirit. It is the realization that all these parts form part of one bigger picture; that they are interconnected as one influences the other. A holistic life is more than choosing natural products, natural skin care or natural medicine. It involves a deeper introspection to know what feels intuitively right for oneself.

Here are a few holistic ways in which you can bring balance to your life and live more holistically:

Mindfulness and meditation

Probably one of the most important aspects of holistic lifestyle is the ability to bring stillness to the mind. Especially in today’s world where we are bombarded by information and knowledge which ultimately leads to an overactive mind. Being in the ‘here and now’ help us to tap into universal consciousness and intelligence so that we could be guided intuitively to what is right for us. Meditation allows us to become aware of the overactive mind, our thoughts and how those thoughts affect our emotions and life. Mindfulness helps us to remain grounded and connected to ourselves in order to move with the ebbs and flows of life.

Create healthy habits

Here we need to look at the different aspects of the self – body, mind and spirit – and find healthy ways to create balance between all aspects. A healthy morning routine is always a good start to any day. You could bring in a few minutes of meditation, an exercise routine, planning your day (as to not get distracted unnecessarily), and perhaps a gratitude practice.

In a holistic lifestyle, success is achieved from consistency and not intensity. So, let go of the need to ‘punish’ yourself and do the best you can with what you have.

Include intentional choices for your day such as indulging in self-love practices such as positive affirmations, healthy dietary choices, or even something as simple as a 5 minute me-time tea break during a busy day.

Choosing sustainable and natural products, foods and medicines

The concept of ‘prevention is better than cure’ is the basis of this wellness tip. Much of our chronic lifestyle diseases, stress and weight issues are caused by our hectic schedules, sedentary lifestyles and ever-growing need for instant results and convenient options. As a result, we are unaware of what we put on and into our bodies and how that may affect our health and happiness. We can prevent much of this imbalance by simply choosing different options as consumers.

Try a natural remedy before grabbing for the regular OTC medication. Consider the mental and emotions causes of your dis-ease. (This is not to say that you should not visit a medical professional. Always consult a doctor for any prolonged or sudden health changes).

Cook your own food and know what you are consuming and how much. Eat mindfully – for example, don’t eat on the go but instead take time to nourish your body, mind and soul.

Perhaps try an energy healing session such as reiki or reflexology or go for a regular massage. Where possible, select natural and organic selfcare products free from synthetic chemicals. Be mindful of plastics and select environmentally friendly packaging as much as possible.

In conclusion, there is no one way to live holistically but there are several ways in which to take steps to a more holistic lifestyle. Start with one or two simple things that is achievable and start from there. Be kind and compassionate to yourself, your fellow humans and to our mother earth as you learn, grow and evolve. Remember life is to be enjoyed and shared.

QMS Superior Results-Driven Facial Treatments

QMS Superior Results-Driven Facial Treatments

Facials are an important aspect of skin care and for aging beautifully. Anyone who is serious about their skin or use professional skin care products, is advised to visit a professional skin expert to guide them through their skin needs. Professional product ranges are specialized and concentrated. They have the ability to visibly enhance the appearance of your skin. Therefore, a skilled therapist is there to guide and advise you on when and how to make changes in order to get the desired results – and best value for money!

QMS Medicosmetics’ unique facial treatments have been scientifically perfected through many years of expert experience, clinical research and passionate dedication to deliver the perfect facial. There is a perfect balance between quality ingredients, the most advanced transdermal carriers and a luxury experience.

The bespoke facials can be uniquely adapted to suit each individual skin and client preferences. There are a variety of treatments on offer intended to deliver immediate and long-term results that not only makes your skin look plump and radiant, but also enhance the health and vitality of your skin.

As we move into winter, the most common skin changes include a dull, devitalized complexion, dryness and dehydration which often also leads to enhanced sensitivity. Read below our top 4 facial treatments for winter time.

1. Collagen Rejuvenation Treatment:

A firm favourite amongst mature clients who need nourishment for dry, devitalized and wrinkled skins and is highly recommended if you feel more sensitive during winter months. A double exfoliation removes build-up of dead skin that makes the skin appear dull and make it feel rough and dry. QMS super moisturizing collagen serums is readily absorbed into the skin while and skin strengthening botox-like mask firms and calms the skin. It also incorporates a built-in eye treatment and luxurious massage to leave the skin plump, radiant, smooth and supple and super moisturized.

2. SK-Alpha Treatment:

If you feel as though you just cannot get enough of a glow, try this facial. It is popular for those clients who have been using QMS for a while and who love an intensive stimulating treatment. The warming effect makes this delicious option for the winter months. The micro-circulation is boosted with its unique thermal-active mask and massage to boost your skins radiance and enhance the re-uptake of active ingredients in the home care routine. In addition, it has a detoxifying, firming and moisturizing effect. A cool mask assists with calming skin redness before you leave. The skin looks and feels alive, smooth and with that youthful glow we all love!

3. Pure Oxygen:

Breath new life into your skin with this advance signature facial developed to stimulate cell regeneration and oxygenation at a deep level. 95% pure oxygen is used to channel highly concentrated hyaluronic acid serum into the deep skin layers for the ultimate skin boost. The improved oxygen supply encourages circulation, metabolism and cell regeneration. This facial is suitable for all skin types and available at selected salons and spas in South Africa.

4. Pigment Corrector Treatment:

There is never a better time for treating pigmentation than during the winter. Whether your pigmentation is as a result of sun damage, pregnancy or is a pigmented scar, this facial is specialized to target the skin’s pigment cells. The discolouration is lightened and brightened while the skin’s protective functions are strengthened. We recommend this facial as a course of treatment for best results.

No matter your skin age, type or concern, QMS has the solution to satisfy your needs. Browse our stockists to find a location near you.

Mindfulness In Your Skin Care Routine

Mindfulness In Your Skin Care Routine

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams you will always look lovely” – Roald Dahl

When it comes to self-care, we often have negative self-talk during our daily routines. This may include thoughts of not being good enough or beautiful enough. We find fault with our skins and become overly critical of our flaws, comparing ourselves to others or even unconsciously striving for unrealistic perfectionism. Beauty is more than the physical efforts we put in. It starts in the mind.

Mindfulness is a form of meditation whereby one becomes aware of the breath and surroundings, while inhaling and exhaling with deep intention. Mindfulness is to simply be consciously aware of the present moment and all that comes with it.

While becoming aware of one’s breath, the mind is able to slow down. It is easier to become aware of one’s thoughts – which are often compared to a monkey jumping from one tree to the next. It has been said that 70% of human thinking is negative. That is a whole lot of unnecessary negative taking over your mind! With mindful breathing, when we stop to watch our thoughts, we will notice that the thoughts themselves are random; while some thoughts are on repeat, and others can simply not be believed.

Meditation and mindfulness are wonderful ways to become aware of our thoughts and allow them to just come and go – like a visitor in a guesthouse. Welcome them without judgment and then let them go with gratitude. We could also consciously decide what thoughts we would like to keep and which we want to release. Some thoughts can be replaced from a negative one to perhaps a positive affirmation or, a compliment to oneself or, to think about what to be grateful for instead. This way we are contributing to a more positive outlook about ourselves and ultimately also support and sustain the earth.

Mindfulness can be applied at any moment, anywhere and for any length of time. Even one minute of mindfulness can be beneficial. It is from this one moment of mindfulness that more consciousness will grow. You can sit and do work mindfully, walk mindfully and even do your skincare routine mindfully.

So, how do we apply mindfulness in skincare?

Skin care is a sensory experience. This is a great place to start your daily mindful skin care routine. During every step of your routine, become aware of texture, fragrances, aesthetics, sounds and tastes.

First, slow down by taking a few deep breaths. The more you focus on your breath, the deeper the breath will naturally become slower and the mind will automatically slow down too. The body has its own intuitive intelligence to create balance and equilibrium. All we have to do is to trust it and go with the flow.

Then, become aware of the quality of your thoughts. Set your intention on love and acceptance of yourself, of gratitude or, set a positive affirmation about what you love about yourself. This could be anything you wish it to be.

During cleansing, remain focused on your breath, surroundings and intention. As you do so, become aware of your senses. What is the temperature of the water like and how does it make your skin feel? What is the texture of your skin like? How does the product feel as you rub it onto your hands? What colours do you see and what fragrances do you smell? Is there perhaps a natural fragrance you can identify? Move your attention to all the little details and try to be as detailed as possible. Can you feel any impurities, negative energy and the day’s stresses being washed off? Notice how you feel before and after this step.

When applying a toner, a serum, a moisturizer or a mask, take note of your facial features and take care to feel your skin, your bone structure, the muscle tonicity, skin texture, temperature and overall feel under your palms and finger tips.

Become aware of how you are applying the product and the direction you apply it with. We always advise applying products in a slow, upward and outward manner. Doing things slowly increases the awareness.

What is the texture of the product like? If you have invested in luxury cosmetics, the textures are especially delicious and the packing beautiful and practical. It is a really lovely way to enjoy your products and appreciate the money you have spent on yourself. Smell the purity of the natural actives and know that you have selected only that which is for the health of your skin and free of any harmful materials. If using organic products, consider the positive impact you left on our planet.

Feel the sensations on your skin – is it tingling, soothing, firming, revitalizing or thirst quenching? How does your skin look before and after the application? Notice the packaging, the material it is made of, the colours, the consistencies of the different products and how they spread over the skin.

By staying mindful, you can intensity the effect of the products you apply and also have a positive outlook about your own beauty from within. Remind yourself with “I AM…” positive affirmations about your true beauty and intentions.

After a while of doing this consistently, you will notice how you intuitively know what your skin wants and needs. Love your skin and your skin will love you back. As you practice self-care with mindfulness, over time, you will notice changes in your life and on your skin. You will enjoy spoiling yourself but much more importantly, enhance the health of the skin and of the mind. This is a step closer to true holistic skin care while completely loving your skin and bringing value to the time you spend on yourself.

The Difference between Vegan and Natural Skincare

The Difference between Vegan and Natural Skincare

There is much hype and focus on vegan products recently with many people opting to live a more vegan friendly lifestyle. Consumers are demanding products that do not harm or exploit animals and we agree 100%!

But there is also confusion about what vegan and natural cosmetics mean respectively. And considering this, I would like to clarify and highlight a few aspects for you to consider. This will allow you, the consumer, to ask the right questions and therefore be able to make educated decisions about your skin care products.

The vegan certificate guarantees the exclusion of all animal products and animal testing. Some animal derived ingredients include collagen, gelatine, carmine, cholesterol, honey and beeswax. Although it is true that the cosmetic industry has a history of exploiting animals for their ingredients, more and more regulations have been put in place to restrict the harm to animals. Vegan trends and increase of veganism globally have led to the assumption that all animal derived ingredients are ‘bad’ or ‘harmful’ and likewise, that all vegan products are therefore natural. This is not the case as Fabian Franz from Team Dr Joseph explains: “Beeswax, for instance, is not allowed in vegan cosmetics. Nevertheless, it has an excellent protective and soothing effect on the skin. Besides, during the extraction from sustainable cultivation, bees will not come to any harm.” He further explains: “On the other hand, the “vegan” certificate says nothing about the components themselves. Something called “vegan” may contain synthetic ingredients, pesticides, hormones, and other additives” says Fabian Franz.

At Futurethis, we agree wholeheartedly with sustainable sourcing and production of cosmetics. We strive to offer ecologically friendly and sustainable brands to our consumers. But we also believe that results, safety and quality are of paramount importance too. A combination of all these factors is what makes up a success story. We recommend careful inspection of labels if you are looking for natural products free from harmful ingredients and concentrated with high quality results-driven formulations.

Team Dr Joseph HighTech Natural Cosmetics are completely natural and, apart from the sustainable honey and beeswax in a few products, the range’s core ethics are rooted in plant-based ingredients, holism and innovative science. With each product you get quality natural formulations, a lower carbon footprint to benefit all on our planet and still get the results you want.

Team Dr Joseph Range

Skin Types: Male Skin

Skin Types: Male Skin

SKIN CARE TIP FOR MALE SKINS: Skin care does not have to be complicated or ‘fluffy’. Approach skin care with logic and consider the health of your largest organ as priority.

Male skin, typically have these issues:

  • Premature skin aging due to lack of quality skin care (or complete lack of skin care).
  • Large pores and rough skin texture, often with congestion over the nose.
  • Razor burn and ingrown hair.
  • Redness and sensitivity.
  • Oiliness.

RECOMMENDED QMS PRODUCTS FOR MEN: Epigen Pollution Detox Cleansing Gel, Gentle Exfoliating Daily Lotion (All Skin Types), Epigen Pollution Defense Day & Night Gel Cream and Cellular Sun Shield SPF50 Sunscreen Lotion.

What results can you expect after using these products?

  • The skin is protected from negative environmental factors – because these accelerate your aging process!
  • High-tech scientific breakthroughs incorporated in advanced skincare means that you can even reverse existing signs of damage and aging. Expect a more youthful and fresh appearance.
  • Regular BHA is easy to use and with regular exfoliation, the skin is decongested and texture is smooth and clear.
  • Give your skin the necessary protection and soothing by applying protective moisturizer afterwards.
  • Exfoliate regularly to reduce ingrown hairs and deal with the scarring.
  • Oiliness occurs due to dehydration. Use a lightweight moisturizer to super hydrated the skin without a greasy feeling.
  • With daily sun protection, skin redness will be reduced, pigmented spots minimized and aging slowed down.
  • Choose Cellular Sun Shield SPF50 for non-irritating superior sunscreen with effective anti-aging results.

Skin Types: Sensitive Skin

Skin Types: Sensitive Skin

SKIN CARE TIP FOR SENSITIVE SKINS: Keep your skin care routine simple yet effective. Best results will be seen with consistency over a prolonged period.

Sensitive skin types, typically have these issues:

  • Usually pale and translucent in appearance.
  • Can easily develop dilated capillaries.
  • Gets easily irritated with harsh topical products.
  • Easily aggravated in harsh climates – wind, sun and cold.
  • Reddens easily and redness may be constant.
  • Prone to itching, burning and flaking.

RECOMMENDED QMS PRODUCTS: Gentle Exfoliant Daily Lotion Sensitive, Deep Gentle Cleanser, Redness Relief Complex Day & Night Serum and Day Collagen Sensitive Serum and Night Collagen Sensitive Serum.

What results can you expect after using these products?

  • Usually pale and translucent in appearance.
  • Can easily develop dilated capillaries.
  • Gets easily irritated with harsh topical products.
  • Easily aggravated in harsh climates – wind, sun and cold.
  • Reddens easily and redness may be constant.
  • Prone to itching, burning and flaking.