Environmental Factors Influencing the Skin

Early on in my career as a young skin care therapist, I realized very quickly, that no product, pill or magic potion will ever stop the aging process all by itself. Nor will it get rid of your acne breakouts or be the complete answer to alleviate your skin sensitivity. Over the years, I learnt that one of the major culprits affecting the skin is the exposure to environmental factors. Today, as a skin care trainer and a brand educator, I am fascinated by the undeniable impact of the environment on all skin conditions. It is what will determine how fast you age; how well you age; the overall quality of your skin and, the effectiveness of the products you use.

Professional skin care brands such as QMS Medicosmetics has placed an important emphasis on protection against harsh environmental factors. In the field of skin care technology and scientific research, the latest findings lie in the science of epigenetics. In short, epigenetics is the science of how environmental factors influence our genes without changing the DNA sequencing. Genes can be switched “on” or “off”, leading to changes in the skin on the deepest cellular level.

Highly effective quality brands have their focus on protection against these factors as well as looking at innovative, advanced science to reverse existing damage.

Even though the science in this field is advancing, it is also important for each individual to be mindful of the factors that would influence their skin conditions. The goal is to minimize exposure to risk factors; use products to maximize protection and, if needed, include products that can effectively repair existing damage on the deepest cellular level.

Here are the main environmental factors that each person must be mindful of:

UV rays and the light spectrum:

Did you know that the sun is the number one cause of skin aging? Did you know that UVA rays can penetrate through clothing? The ultraviolet rays from the sun produce masses amounts of free radicals causing damage to cell membranes, cell functioning and DNA. The sun accelerates the appearance of multiple signs of aging. It causes dehydration, damage collagen fibres, accelerate wrinkle formation, leads to discolouration, and the list can go on.

Blue light from computer screens, tablets and smartphones is yet another culprit damaging the skin’s DNA. Even if you work indoors, daily protection against the full light spectrum is super important. Especially in South Africa where we are blessed with sunshine throughout the year, sun damage remains a major focus for consumers.

Today, we are lucky to have intelligent formulations that can protect against the full light spectrum and at the same time, act as a skin treatment – activating DNA protection and repair mechanisms in skin cells.

Pollution:

City living, urbanization, transport and industrialization in our modern times has increased the levels of air pollution. These microscopic pollutants not only sit on the surface of the skin damaging the protective barrier, but also enters our cells where they do harm to our cellular DNA.

QMS Epigen products are especially designed to help the skin’s detoxification process from these microscopic particles. At the same time, these super advanced intelligent formulations have the power to strengthen the skin against pollution and prevent environmental damage. The cell’s repair mechanisms are activated, and skin protection enhanced on a whole new level!

Climate:

Climates can be humid or dry, icy or extremely hot. These conditions will influence the skin’s protective barrier. Climatic conditions vary drastically between different regions and this will affect how you protect your skin.

With the change of seasons, you might also experience a change in your skin. I recommend changing your moisturizer to suit the climatic conditions. For instance, during the summer when the weather is warmer and more humid, you might opt for a light textured moisturizer and changing to a richer, more nourishing option during winter when the skin tends to get dry, tight and dull.

Changing moisturizer might also be of importance if you have moved to a new city or province.

An affordable and convenient add-on to your home care would be to include a skin-specific mask three times per week. This is especially necessary if you don’t have access to have your regular professional facial treatment.

Airconditioning & heaters:

Dehydration is characterized by tightness, fine lines, dullness and in extreme cases the skin will be sensitive and flaky. Indoor cooling and heating systems lead to increased risk of dehydration.

Look for ingredients such a hyaluronic acid, ceramides and sericin for a high-quality sealing effect that prevents trans-epidermal moisture loss.

Surface bacteria & airborne microbes:

Bacteria is everywhere but not all bacteria is bad or harmful. It is all about the balance of the good bacteria whose function it is to keep infections and inflammation in check. Highly effective formulations including probiotics enhance the good bacteria and in turn, reduce harmful bacteria that lead to acne breakouts.

It is advised to regularly exfoliate with AHA-based exfoliators that have an acidic pH to strengthen the acid mantle – the skin’s own defence mechanism to fight infection. Cleansers and toners must be pH balanced to also enhance the skin’s natural protective qualities.

Harsh topical chemicals:

There is a myriad of chemicals and certainly too many to mention in an article. The main culprits I look out for are soap, alcohol, mineral oils and petroleum by-products, sodium laurel sulphate, high levels of preservatives, synthetic perfumes and artificial colourants. These are known to strip the skin, cause irritations, allergies and overall have a negative impact the skin’s immune system.

If you are looking for clean, plant-based cosmetics, Team Dr Joseph combines 100% natural plant formulations with latest scientific findings. You will be amazed at the results!

Each and every skin is different, and every person has a unique set of circumstances. This is why we at Futurethis Consultancy believe in one on one consultation to advise a bespoke skincare routine. We are available for personal consultation at info@futurethis.co.za.

Pamper Party Tips

At this point, it is no exaggeration to say that we all are living in a time of uncertainty and unpredicted stress. It is easy to feel helpless which is why now, more than ever before, you need to practice taking care of yourself. Showing yourself a little TLC can do wonders for your mind and body. Set a day aside this weekend where it is all about you. Escape the world and forget about your responsibilities and indulge in your own personalised pamper session with Rites Skin Solution.

Here are a few tips for weekend fun…

  • Set the atmosphere with a candlelight, aroma burner and fresh flowers to create the perfect ambiance.
  • No party is complete without food. Keep the menu simple, light, and healthy. Our suggestions would be a salad, wrap, smoothie, or warm herbal drink infused with lemon.
  • Add 3 to 4 drop of pure Tea Tree essential oil to warm water and soak 3 compresses in the water.
  • Thoroughly cleanse your skin with our Foam Fighter foaming face wash. For oily and acne prone skin the best cleanser to use is a foaming cleanser to remove excess oil and dirt. Make sure to wash the T-zone and U-zone (around the jawline) as these areas tend to be oilier.
  • Place a warm compress soaked in Tea Tree essential oil over your skin and leave for 3 to 5 minutes to purify the skin, allow the pores to open and prepare your skin for further treatment.
  • Exfoliate with our Power Powder exfoliating powder. It is an oil-free formula that leaves the skin noticeably smoother, clearer, and more refined. Can leave the Power Powder to dry on the skin like a clay mask to draw out impurities from deep within your pores. Remove with a warm compress soaked in Tea Tree essential oil.
  • While the Power Powder is drying on the skin you can take this time to soak in a home-made bath soak with Epsom Salts. Epsom salt baths raise magnesium levels through the skin promoting healing and hydration. Epsom salt baths can also promote sleep and reduce stress.
      Home-made Epsom Salt bath soak recipe:

    • ½ cup of Epsom Salt (detoxifying, purifying, clarifying, calming).
    • ½ cup of Baking Soda (soothes irritated skin, anti-inflammatory, softening).
    • 3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (powerful antioxidant, nourishing, improves mood and supports the immune system).
    • 4 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (antibacterial, antiseptic, healing, purifying, deeply cleansing).
    • 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (promotes relaxation, sleep, and well-being, anti-inflammatory, healing).
  • After you have soaked up all the goodness you can tone with our Fresh Crusader toner face wipes to provide intensive cleaning for the T-zone and other problem areas. It helps to unclog the pores without over drying the skin and prevent blemishes.
  • Apply our Disappearing spot control gel to targeted area to unclog pores, visibly reduce blemishes, and helps prevent their re-appearance. It has been specially formulated to reduce the appearance of pimples, papules, pustules and help fade acne marks. Contains a unique blend of powerful ingredients that will help heal your skin quickly.
  • Complete your pamper session by massaging our Smart Hydrator repair moisturiser into the skin focusing on upward and outward movements. Our Smart Hydrator is a moisturizer for acne prone skin that is intensively hydrating, non-sticky, soothes irritation and redness, and helps to regain control over demanding blemish-prone skin. Your skin will feel smooth and supple after the first application. The active ingredients seep deep into the skin to produce new healthier skin cells, rather than excess oils.

It is possible to experience the luxury of a spa in the comfort of your own home! In our fast-paced stressful day to day world, a bit of self-love and care is essential to maintain good balance of the mind, body, and soul.

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Effects of Sugar on the Skin

It is no secret that sugar has undesirable effects on the body, but we often neglect to think how it may impact our skin. With the recent lockdown situation, we have all been spending lots of time at home and most probably eating too much sugary foods and home baked goodies. And on top of that, having more opportunities for indulging in wine, all the while feeling stressed out about what the future holds.

It is no wonder we reach for sugar in such stressful times, as sugar releases the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine gives us a feeling of pleasure and happiness, also reinforcing habitual behaviour as it provides a sense of achievement. It is what drives the addictiveness of sugar. It is often compared to having the same chemical processes as with illicit drugs.

Excessive sugar is a huge culprit in accelerating the aging process. It causes dehydration, aggravates inflammation, and overall leaves the skin looking dull and aged.

Sugar and Inflammation:

Taking into consideration that the skin is a protective organ, the immune system of the skin plays an integral role in how the skin looks and feels; how you will age and skin conditions you may be experiencing.

Inflammaging is a term use to describe chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation which overtime impairs the immune system and accelerating the aging process. When we eat excessive simple sugars, Insulin levels spike which subsequently increases inflammation in the body.

It is believed that our gut contains a large part of our immune cells that keep our bodies healthy, fighting viruses and bacteria that could make us sick. Excessive sugar throws the balance of good and bad bacteria out, encouraging growth of harmful bacteria. When this happens, digestive issues such as bloating, and constipation occur which in turn prevents us from proper elimination. Since your skin is the largest organ of the body – and also an organ of elimination – toxins will find its way out through the skin and suddenly, you might see an increase in acne breakouts or even flare ups of skin irritations such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

Sugar and Collagen:

Collagen is a structural protein which makes up about 70% of our skins. It is responsible for moisturizing processes and giving the skin a plump and firm structure. With the natural biological aging process, we gradually produce less collagen. This is why the skin loses its firmness and develops wrinkles. All signs of aging are as a result of loss of collagen. It is no surprise then that we must protect our skin’s collagen and in addition, stimulate the skin to produce more collagen.

Eating high glycemic foods such as cakes, chocolates, sugary drinks and wine, increase the breakdown of collagen in a process called glycation. Sugars bind to the collagen and elastin fibres making them stiff and brittle. This gives the appearance of criss-cross wrinkles and an overall aged look.

Sugar and Dehydration:

Sugar also dehydrates the body and the skin. The excess sugar eventually filters through the kidneys leading you to urinate more frequently. With increased urination, dehydration occurs. Dehydration is never a good thing since all living cells – including those in your skin – requires water for metabolism.

Another way in which the skin becomes dehydrated is through the loss of moisture from the skin. Due to inflammaging effect of sugar and the breakdown of the skin’s immune system, moisture loss is increased, leading to fine lines, tightness and dullness.

Natural Sugars:

Not all sugars are bad and a moderate intake of naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates are necessary for healthy cellular functions. These sugars come with fibre and other naturally occurring phyto-chemicals that assists in gradual sugar metabolism, helping to prevent detrimental insulin spikes. Still, any food containing high amounts of sugar should be eaten in moderation with a maximum of 6 teaspoons as part of your daily dietary allowance.

Tips to reduce sugar intake:

  • Avoid added sugar in tea and coffee
  • Learn to read labels to avoid added sugar in foods such as cereals, bread and packaged foods
  • Completely eliminate sugary soft drinks and juices
  • Increase protein rich foods
  • Increase fresh foods rich in fibre
  • Add good fats with omega 3, 6 & 9
  • Add a probiotic supplement for healthy gut bacteria
  • Increase water intake t a minimum of 2 litres a day
  • Drink Skinny Green Tea
  • Prioritize quality in your sleeping patterns
  • Manage stress levels
  • Live an active lifestyle as it helps to be mindful of what we choose to eat and at the same time, assists with stress management – often a cause of reaching for sugary snacks. Not only that, but it is key in lowering excess blood sugar levels and burning glycogen stored in the liver.

If you have seen the effects of premature aging in the form of criss-cross winkles, dehydration, inflammation or suffer with acne prone skin, contact us for a one on one professional consultation. Our expertise in skin analysis, product ingredients and scientific developments can help you see real results. info@futurethis.co.za

Glowing skin is 7 easy steps away with this easy DYI facial!

STEP 1: Cleanse

It is important to consider when, how often and what type of face wash to use to effectively cleanse the skin. Always wash your face before bedtime and never skip the AM cleanse. Use lukewarm water to wash your face and do not turn the water temperature up too high – hot water is no friend to your skin! For oily and acne prone skin the best cleanser to use is a foaming cleanser to remove excess oil and dirt. Make sure to wash the T-zone and U-zone (around the jawline) as these areas tend to be oilier.

What to use: Foam Fighter – Foaming Face Wash
Daily foaming cleanser for gentle yet effective cleansing to remove impurities, surface oil and make-up. It is antibacterial and non-comedogenic.

STEP 2: Exfoliate

How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type. For oily and acne prone skin we recommend exfoliating 2 – 3 times a week. Do not over exfoliate your skin as it can lead to tiny micro tears, inflammation, and infection. Cleanse the skin first to remove dirt, oil, and unwanted debris. This will prepare the skin for more effective exfoliation and deeper cleanse.

What to use: Power Powder – Exfoliating Powder
Powder scrub that unclogs pores and refines the skin texture while reducing blackheads and blemishes. It is an oil-free formula that leaves the skin noticeably smoother, clearer, and more refined.

Power tip: Can leave the Power Powder to dry on the skin like a clay mask to draw out impurities from deep within your pores.

STEP 3: Tone

What is standing between you and clearer skin could be the absence of just one product! Toners are most helpful for oily and acne-prone skin. Use one wipe after cleansing the face, or during the day to remove excess dirt and oil.

What to use: Fresh Crusader – Toner Face Wipes
Toner wipes clears the skin and provides intensive cleaning for the T-zone and other problem areas. It helps to unclog the pores without over drying the skin and prevent blemishes.

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STEP 4: Targeted Treatment

Apply the targeted treatment at night and by morning your breakout will be less noticeable. Apply a small amount of gel directly to a blemish with clean hands or an earbud.

What to use: Disappearing Act – Spot Control Gel
Targeted treatment that helps to unclog pores, visibly reduce blemishes, and helps prevent their re-appearance. It has been specially formulated to reduce the appearance of pimples, papules, pustules and help fade acne marks. Contains a unique blend of powerful ingredients that will help heal your skin quickly.

STEP 5: Moisturise

The best moisturiser for oily skin is lightweight, fast absorbing and mattifying to the skin. It is important to use a moisturiser with a broad-spectrum SPF during the day to protect your skin from the sun. One bad sunburn in your lifetime can increase your risk of developing sun damage later in life. Prevention is better than cure and your future self will thank you for being skin smart!

What to use AM: Control Freak – SPF30 Moisturiser
Provides weightless protection that helps keep your skin matte, reduce blemishes, soothes the skin, and protects against harmful UV rays from the sun. Reduces oil production without clogging pores leaving the skin noticeably clearer and smoother. Do not fall into the trap of not moisturizing because you think you do not need more hydration. Hydration is a key factor in normalizing the skin and balancing oil production.

What to use PM: Smart Hydrator – Repair Moisturiser
A moisturizer for acne prone skin that is intensively hydrating, non-sticky, soothes irritation and redness, and helps to regain control over demanding blemish-prone skin. Your skin will feel smooth and supple after the first application. The active ingredients seep deep into the skin to produce new heathier skin cells, rather than excess oils.

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RITES spot control gel

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RITES spf30 moisturiser

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RITES repair moisturiser

STEP 6: Lip Care

Apply a thick layer of lip balm in the evening before you go to bed for intensive moisturisation. Your luscious lips will thank you in the morning! The ideal lip balm should not be sticky and should provide the same smooth texture every time you apply it.

What to use: Smooth Operator – Lip Balm
A unisex lip balm to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures, sun, and wind have a drying effect on our lips. A lip balm shields your lips from these elements and ensures that they remain kissable throughout the day.

STEP 7: Treatment from Inside

Using the correct skincare routine and supplement will leave your skin clearer and glowing from within! Your body needs a balanced supply of nutrients to stay health and your skin, which is the largest organ in the human body, is no different. A skin-friendly supplement helps to contribute to healthy skin and provides a 360-degree approach to skincare delivering targeted nutrients to the skin that we do not get in topical treatments and nourishing foods.

What to use: Vitality Champion – Skincare Supplement
Powerful supplement packed with skincare nutrients to reduce inflammation associated with acne and pimple-prone skin. The formulation targets the four main causes of problematic skin: excessive oiliness, inflammation, bacterial overgrowth, and poor skin health.

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Nutricosmetics

Do skincare supplements really work?

YES! Using the correct skincare supplement will leave your skin clearer and glowing from within! Your body needs a balanced supply of nutrients to stay healthy and your skin, which is the largest organ in the human body, is no different. A skin-friendly supplement provides a 360-degree approach to skincare delivering targeted nutrients to the skin that we do not get in topical treatments.

People benefit from supplements because of the variation in genetics, exposure to environmental factors, free radical damage from oxidative stress, exposure to the sun, medical conditions and overall lifestyle choices. The process of aging and skin damage can be slowed down and even reversed through the appropriate use of skincare supplements.

What are nutricosmetics?

Nutricosmetics (nutrients + cosmetic) are products and ingredients that act as nutritional supplements to care for the skin, nails and hair. They work from the inside to promote beauty from within. Topical cosmetics target the outer layers of the skin and nutricosmetics target the deeper layers (heart of the skin). Nutricosmetics does not replace topical products; they complement and enhance the effects of topical cosmetics. Nutricosmetics offer a deep and focused action through micro-encapsulation, micro-fragmentation and bio-assimilation to delivery results where the skin needs it.

Why should some supplements be taken on an empty stomach?

Some supplements such as QMS Collagen Intravital Plus and RITES Vitality Champion has faster and better absorption of nutrients when taken on an empty stomach. That means taking them first thing in the morning, 30 minutes prior to eating, or two hours after a meal. Nutrients in the supplements pass through the stomach into the small intestine. Majority of nutrient absorption happens in the small intestine. From there these nutrients are transported via the blood circulation to the cells and tissues where they have a beneficial effect.

What are the benefits of using Collagen Intravital Plus?

QMS Collagen Intravital PlusWith Collagen Intravital Plus Nutricosmetics, Dr Schulte’s research into orthomolecular therapy for skin lead him to develop a nutritional supplement to provide alternative therapy of healthy skin. The supplement aims to build on the idea to create an optimum nutritional environment for the skin as deficiencies could lead to accelerated skin damage. Providing a supplement with the optimum concentration of necessary active ingredients could reverse existing signs of skin damage.

  • Overall improved skin quality
  • Protect the skin from the negative impact of the sun and environmental factors
  • Prevents premature photo-induced skin aging
  • Plumping fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin hydration, suppleness and radiance
  • Strengthens the skin’s immune system
  • Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves irregular pigmentation and uneven skin colour
  • Refines skin texture and normalize sebum production
  • Treats and prevents scarring
  • Refines pore sizes and smooths skin texture
  • Suitable for all skin types

What are the benefits of using Vitality Champion?

RITES Vitality ChampionPowerful supplement packed with skincare nutrients to reduce inflammation associated with acne and pimple-prone skin. The formulation targets the four main causes of problematic skin: excessive oiliness, inflammation, bacterial overgrowth and poor skin health.

  • Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and helps prevent acne.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and promotes the healing of damaged skin.
  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and protects the skin from damage.
  • Vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A work synergistically in the body to further enhance each one’s effectiveness.
  • Zinc prevents acne and regulates the function of the skin oil glands.
  • Selenium works with Vitamin E as a powerful antioxidant to protect the skin from damage.
  • Grape seed and pine bark are sources of the antioxidant oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC) and assist in preventing skin inflammation and damage.
  • Primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which assists with the regulation of sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone.

We believe in feeding your body (and skin) for optimal health. Skin care starts from within and what you put into your body matters and shows up on your skin. Introducing a skincare supplement with the optimum concentration of vitamins, minerals and nutrients can reverse skin damage, protect your skin and improve skin conditions.

*Supplements serve to compliment skin treatments but should not replace a healthy and balanced diet.

Do I have sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin can be affected by a variety of emotional and environmental factors. From change of season, climate, detergents, dust and even stress. The most important thing is to protect and strengthen the skin from irritation. Managing sensitive skin is an ongoing process. There is no miracle or overnight treatment, but with the right products and lifestyle you can effectively manage sensitivity.

What is the difference between sensitive, reactive and sensitized skin?

Sensitive skin: Truly sensitive skin is a skin type. It is genetic, meaning you are born with this skin type and it cannot change. Truly sensitive skin types may have allergies to food, dust, pollen and animals. They may also have a genetic predisposition to inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Truly sensitive skin is more common in lighter skin tones and affect more than 50% of people.

Sensitive skin is always red, warm to the touch, prone to little red splotches that do not seem to go away – especially around the nose, cheeks and chin. These are known as dilated blood capillaries. Sensitive skin is a manageable but not curable.

Reactive skin is a skin condition and aggravated by external environmental factors (sun, pollution, toxins, waste products, temperature changes) and harsh products or internal factors such as stress, medications and hormonal changes. Reactive skin is a result of poor barrier function (skin’s protective layer). The skin will respond easily with redness, but it will flare up and go down.

Sensitized or intolerant skin is associated with pricking, tightness and redness. The skin cannot tolerate the application of the products which are normally well tolerated. Sensitized skin can happen to anyone, regardless of skin type, skin colour or skin condition. Sensitized skin is not something you are born with and it can be reversed.

Inflammatory skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis and Acne is associated with redness, heat, pain, swelling, throbbing and oozing. The major difference between sensitive and inflamed skin is swelling.

Factors that aggravate sensitive skin:

  • Sun exposure
  • Exposure to air pollution
  • Frequent changes in temperature
  • Cold, harsh weather
  • Very hot water
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress and late nights
  • Chlorine in swimming pools
  • Hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle or pregnancy
  • Dry skin
  • Dehydration
  • Wrong cosmetic products with harsh ingredients
  • Over exfoliation and excessive cleansing
  • Smoking, alcohol, caffeine
  • Stress (emotional, physical, environmental)

Common signs of sensitive skin:

  • Tingling, stinging, prickling, or burning
  • Warm to the touch
  • Often feels tight and uncomfortable
  • Is sometimes sore or sensitive to touch
  • Needs extra hydration in winter
  • Flushes easily after a spicy meal or drinking alcohol
  • Dries out during flights
  • Has patches of redness that may or may not fade
  • Has areas of uneven texture, with dryness and flakiness
  • The skin tends to be thinner and more translucent
  • Becomes itchy or develops a rash after contact with irritants
  • Turns red and dries out after a hot shower or bath

With sensitized skin, these symptoms go away once the skin has repaired itself. With naturally sensitive skin, these symptoms are often ongoing.

How to strengthen your skin:

  • Avoid excessive cleansing with water and soap.
  • Avoid harsh products, irritant chemicals and strong perfumes.
  • Avoid cleansing with excessively hot water, steam or high heat.
  • Do not over exfoliate.
  • Avoid excessive cleansing with water and soap.
  • Avoid harsh products, irritant chemicals and strong perfumes.
  • Avoid cleansing with excessively hot water, steam or high heat.
  • Do not over exfoliate.

Our Recommendations the RITES Way:

Smart Hydrator – Repair Moisturiser
A moisturizer that is intensively hydrating, non-sticky, soothes irritation and redness, and helps to regain control over demanding skin. Your skin will feel smooth and supple after the first application. The active ingredients seep deep into the skin to produce new heathier skin cells.

Control Freak – SPF30 Moisturiser
Provides weightless protection that helps keep your skin matte, reduce blemishes, soothes the skin and protects against harmful UV rays from the sun. Leaves the skin noticeably clearer and smoother. Hydration is a key factor in strengthening and protecting the skin.

Smooth Operator – Lip Balm
A unisex lip balm to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures, sun and wind have a drying effect on our lips. A lip balm shields your lips from these elements and ensures that they remain kissable throughout the day.

Vitality Champion – Skincare Supplement
Powerful supplement packed with skincare nutrients to reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system of the skin and repair any damage to the skin. The formulation targets the overall health of the skin and provides the skin will all the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally.

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RITES repair moisturiser

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RITES spf30 moisturiser

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RITES lip balm

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RITES vita skin capsules

How to take care of wrinkled skin

How to take care of wrinkled skin

Ah wrinkles, they seem to appear overnight. One moment you are wrinkle free and the next they seem to pop up out of nowhere.

Usually around the age of 40, women notice a loss of skin firmness and tone. This then often leads to desperation in achieving fast and drastic results, and quick fixes or extreme treatments become an obsession. But the skin is a protective organ. It has its own intelligence, so any extreme treatment or superficial quick fix just won’t give lasting or comprehensive results.

When it comes to wrinkles, the key is collagen – this includes anything that can support, activate and protect the skin’s collagen. This is because collagen contributes to 70% of the skin’s structure. Collagen gives the skin firmness, volume and plays such an important role in the skin’s moisturizing processes. It is by far the most important structure of the skin. However, at the young age of 25 we already start to lose collagen gradually. By 35, the rate at which the skin loses collagen starts to exceed the rate at which collagen synthesis takes place and then, the various signs of aging seem to appear overnight.

First, you might notice small fine lines. Then fine lines are accompanied by wrinkles. As you grow older, a variety of different wrinkles appear. Horizontal lines on your forehead becomes deeper and deeper. Criss cross wrinkles appear on your cheeks. By the time we reach menopause, the aging seemed to have multiplied, and a quick fix won’t have the result you wish to see.

Wrinkle formation is a progressive and complex process. There is not one single factor that leads to the formation of wrinkles. Several biological processes, environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors play a role. While we cannot stop the aging process or change our genetic background, we can do something about the aggressive environmental factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis. We can make lifestyle choices that will support your skin (and our overall health) and slow down development of signs of aging.

So, what can you do about your winkles?

Like I have mentioned above, there is no quick fix or one magical answer that will get rid of your wrinkles overnight. Likewise, there is no one secret to stop the aging process either. We need to look at and respect the skin as an organ that forms part of our body as a whole. For example, there is no point in investing money in your skin care routine if the overall health is ignored.

Like Dr Erich Schulte’s famous quote goes:

“logic not miracles”

Based on this logic, here are my advice for tackling wrinkles:

  1. Stimulate your cell metabolism and circulation with exercise. No cell in the body – including the cells in the deeper dermal layers that make collagen – can live without oxygen. And as you age, oxygen supply to your skin gets less and less. Up to 50% of blood circulation to the skin can be lost over the age of 50. So, get the blood pumping. You will notice an instant glow on your skin and your whole body will love you for it! Remember to stay hydrated too.
  1. Nourish your skin from within. Nutricosmetics is a wonderful way to supplement your skin when life gets too busy to eat well. We all strive to eat well but let’s face it – in the real world we sometimes get too busy to cook. Often, we are just not in the mood to eat what we know we should eat. Although supplements do not replace a balanced diet, they can contribute to preventing and reversing wrinkles. With nutricosmetics, beneficial ingredients can be delivered via the blood circulation to deep layers of the skin where topical products cannot reach.
  2. Protect your skin from the sun and the environment. In South Africa, this is an absolute must. Spending your money on expensive serums and treatments without sun protection is yet another example of “expecting a miracle”. The sun is the number one accelerator of skin aging. Invest in an advanced sun protection product and be consistent your application of it. Indoors or outdoors, winter or summer; make sure this is a priority in your homecare routine. Luckily, with both Team Dr Joseph and QMS sun protection product, wrinkle formation is targeted at a cellular level. They are non-greasy and applies easily with no oily shine or irritating ingredients.
QMS Collagen Intravital Plus

Contains all the necessary vitamins minerals, antioxidants your skin needs for health and vitality. QMS unique natural soluble collagen gives it an added advantage for wrinkles.

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QMS Cellular Sun Shield SPF50++++

With a skin identical DNA repair enzyme, this sunscreen not only provides the best UV protection on the market but also counteracts skin damage caused by UV rays.

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TDJ Your Daily Sun Protection SPF30

This sunscreen gives a cellular protection and is free from harsh chemical ingredients AND fits in with those looking for natural formulations. Also suitable for African skins and darker complexions who often find sunscreens to leave a grey finish. Don’t worry, this one gives a healthy glow and has super light texture for a silky finish.

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  1. Use an AHA based exfoliation at least 3 times a week. AHAs or fruit acids, not only rids the skin from dull dead cells, but they can also stimulate your skin to make collagen and elastin. So, while you are improving the skin’s texture and colour, you are also giving yourself an anti-aging boost and ensuring a better penetration of serums and moisturizers. See and feel the difference immediately!
QMS Active Exfoliant 11%

Get that instant glow, a smooth texture and an antiaging boost all in one. Intensively stimulates the microcirculation and will also boost the oxygen supply to the skin.

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TDJ Fruit Acid Peel

A natural and organic exfoliation, gentle yet effective. This exfoliation also combines natural hyaluronic acid for a hydrating and anti-aging result.

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  1. Use antioxidant rich moisturizers and serums that protect your skin cells. They provide much needed support against the aggressive external factors like free radicals from pollution, UV rays, stress and, medications to name a few. Ingredients such as resveratrol, vitamin C and A acts as both antioxidant and collagen stimulating actives. If you are investing in a quality brand, this would be already included in all product formulations.
All QMS Collagen Serums

Have a 12hour effect and is proven to get rid of existing wrinkles. Clinical studies proved a massive 48% reduction in all signs of aging after only 12 weeks!

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TDJ Well Aging Range

Is a compact yet comprehensive range targeting all signs of aging with organic plant actives combined with the latest technological breakthroughs for long term skin health – including wrinkle busting ingredients.

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  1. DIY facial: do-it-yourself facial once a week at home. Especially if you are unable to go for a facial treatment or, if you have a demanding lifestyle and skin.

A simple routine that you can do with both QMS or TDJ is:

  • Cleanse thoroughly
  • Exfoliate with an AHA based exfoliator for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly
  • Tone with cottonwool pads and pat the skin dry
  • Serum application and allow a minute or two for it to penetrate
  • Mask application for 15 minutes. There are some amazing masks with Botox-like effects with visible results. Some masks may be applied overnight or rinse off. Read the product instructions before use.
  • Apply your day/night moisturizer (if you are sleeping with the mask, this would be your moisturizer and not need to reapply again.

We understand that all skins are different. For a personalized and in-depth approach to your skin’s needs, get in touch with us on info@futurethis.co.za.

Lines of our Lives

Laugh lines, worry lines, crow’s feet…
No matter what you call them, we all know them as WRINKLES!

We spend our lives warding off wrinkles, but the bottom line is that we are all going to experience wrinkles at some point in our lives. It is a natural part of aging. There are some who embrace their laugh lines and eye crinkles; but want to iron out their worry lines. Although we can’t map out where wrinkles might appear; we can change the story that they tell and fend off unwelcome wrinkles.

Unravelling Wrinkles

Types of wrinkles:

  • Forehead lines: run horizontally across the top of the T-zone.
  • Worry lines: create an “eleven” between the brows.
  • Bunnies: across the bridge of the nose horizontally between the eyes.
  • Crow’s feet: radiate from the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Laugh lines: also called nasolabial folds, create parenthesis around the upper lip.
  • Lip lines: form vertical hatches around the perimeter of the mouth.
  • Marionette lines: frame the chin vertically, and as the cheeks droop, jowl wrinkles form.

Three categories of wrinkles:

Dynamic wrinkles. These develop from repeated facial movements. The most common locations for dynamic wrinkles are between the eyebrows, forehead wrinkles, and on the cheeks near the outer corners of the eyes, referred to as ‘crow’s feet’.

Static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are caused by damage to the skin from sun, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition, or from prolonged dynamic wrinkling.

Wrinkle folds: These result from a loss of elasticity and the takeover of gravity. Identified by vertical lines.

How to fend off the folds:

Protect and repair

Arm yourself with a sun cream to protect against harmful UV rays and oxidative stress. Our Cellular Sun Shield SPF50 PA++++ provides sun protection with balanced UVA/UVB defence and innovative DNA-repair complex to protect against premature aging and sun induced pigmentation. It has been tested in extreme locations (mountains and tropics) and is safe for all skin types and conditions.

Make healthy lifestyle choices

Eat a healthy diet; Reduce sugar intake; Stay hydrated; Lower alcohol consumption; Don’t smoke; Exercise; Rest up; Reduce stress.

Choose products by wrinkle category

‘Botox-like’ effect products for dynamic wrinkles:

Static Wrinkles
Density Structure: Treatment moisturizer for stagnant lines and wrinkles. Highly recommended for glycation (criss-cross lines), sun damaged skin, menopausal skin and mature skin. Liquid Protein can be applied over this treatment for added moisture and deep hydration.

Wrinkle Folds
Advanced Ion Equalizing System: 2-step night routine to boosts the skin’s regeneration process at night. It has a ‘face lift effect’ and provides the ultimate lifting and tightening results. Highly recommended for sagging, vertical lines, loss of firmness, more damaged and mature skin.

Lip Line Corrector
A lightweight serum exclusively formulated to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the upper lip area. It has a 3-phase lifting effect for the deepest plumping effect. For best results it needs to be applied regularly and consistently and you will see results within 4 – 8 weeks!

Adjust crease-causing habits

Don’t squish your face into your pillow. Stop resting your chin, cheeks, or forehead in your hands. Avoid rubbing your eyes. Reduce squinting or furrowing your brow.

Protect the skin from within

Collagen Intravital Plus is uniquely formulated to target skin regeneration from within. Regular use helps to protect the skin from environmental damage and fights signs of aging. Ensures an improved overall skin quality and a general feeling of well-being.

To ‘prevent rather than treat’ is your best bet if you want to guard your skin against wrinkles. Don’t wait until you start seeing little lines appear to start incorporating antiaging products in your skincare regime. Incorporate youth boosting formulas to slow down aging and fend off the folds.

Pigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is probably the number one skin concern of many South African’s today. It affects all skin types But, with this skin condition, there is no quick fix or easy answers. The reason for this is that there exists more than one type of pigmentation, each one influenced and caused by many factors.

In this blog, I aim to educate you about some major types of pigmentation and provide you with realistic and honest advice on how to achieve true, long lasting results. I am writing this from my own personal experience as this is my major skin priority and one that I have spent many years trying to understand. I am happy to report that I have seen the most remarkable results using QMS for my pigmentation!

The most honest advice I can give anyone today is that pigmentation is manageable but not curable. Although you will most likely not get rid of your problem 100%, the good news is that pigmentation is treatable, and with the right advice in homecare, professional treatments and – very importantly – lifestyle choices, you will see successful results long term.

Figuring out your major form of pigmentation

  1. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

    Simply put, this is a darkening of the skin following inflammation or trauma. Skin’s with a naturally darker pigment might find that after an acne breakout, (you know, those annoying pimples caused by stress or hormones), often leave a pigmented scar after healing has occurred. The skin is a protective organ. If it has experienced trauma and it knows that it has strength in its pigment, it will activate the melanocytes and melanin synthesis will be increased. Combine this with the sunny South African weather and what you get is pigmentation.

    Another example is the development of pigmentation in men who shave regularly. If the shaving is aggressive or any irritation is experienced afterwards, he may develop pigmentation.

    Also, take caution if you have a darker skin when you consider active aesthetic treatments such as laser and peels. Your post treatment care is where the success lies. Less is more. Protection and repair with high quality topical anti-inflammatories are extremely important as this will prevent inflammations turn into pigmentation.

    If this is your major type of pigmentation, look at Collagen Intravital Plus. Boost your skin’s immunity with anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and multiple vitamins and minerals. Drink 2 capsules daily and target both inflammation and hyperpigmentation. Active Exfoliant Resurfacing Fluid 7% is a gentle AHA peeling that will help you on so many levels. It is a must-have for all forms of pigmentation.

  2. Sun damage and sun spots

    Fair skins in South Africa are most at risk for developing sun spots – also known as age spots. Progressive development often occurs over the age of 40. But we tend to see this at a younger age in our country.

    Clients who develop these spots will often comment and say: “but I am never outdoors and I always use a sunscreen”. The truth is continuous exposure to UV rays throughout life causes damage to our skin’s memory – the cellular DNA. And, most of us have had sun burn at some point in our lives. Your skin remembers this in its DNA.

    When we are young, we have all the necessary enzymes and repair processes in our skins that can counteract the UV damage. But, as you age, these processes are negatively affected, and skin damage appear.

    If this is your major form of pigmentation, use Cellular Sun Shield SPF50++++. Not only is this a superior protection against the full light spectrum, but it contains a DNA repair enzyme to boost your skin’s defence mechanisms against UV rays. It will even out pigmentation and boost the skin’s immune system.

    Epigen Daily Detox Serum which incorporates latest scientific research into epigenetics and how the environment affects our DNA, can effectively strengthen the skin against environmental factors and target deep seated sun damage.

  3. Hormonal pigmentation

    This is almost always the trickiest form of pigmentation to treat as the major culprit is from hormonal origin.

    All women are subject to develop hormonal pigmentation during pregnancy and with the use of contraceptive medication. It is true that some are more prone to developing this while others will not. The hormones influence the skin by making it more sensitive to UV rays. Once exposed to UV rays, the melanocytes are activated to produce increased amounts of melanin. Unfortunately, in an uneven and irregular fashion. If possible, stop or change the form of contraception. And in the case where this is not possible, the focus needs to be on strengthening and protecting the skin.

    I would recommend a product containing tyrosinase inhibitors. Tyrosinase is an enzyme that activates the melanocyte to produce melanin when exposed to UV rays. A tyrosinase inhibitor will intercept this process and thereby reducing the synthesis of melanin, improving the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Even Tone Serum contains highly concentrated tyrosinase inhibitors that at the same time, strengthen the skin’s protective functions.

    Use the Cellular Sun Shield SPF50++++ as this too increase the skin’s immune system and contributes to even pigment production. And lastly, Collagen Intravital Plus will prevent the pigmentation from settling in the deep layers while also complimenting any topical treatment.

What do I need to do to achieve real results?

If hyperpigmentation is your major skin concern, and you want to see long term results that last, there are two very important points I would like to highlight. These factors will play a role no matter what you choose to treat your pigmentation with. It is because the skin condition that is hyperpigmentation requires this, not the ingredients or the brands, but the skin itself. They are:

  • Commitment

    This means accepting personal responsibility to do what is necessary to achieve these results. You need to commit to this for the long run. This means also accepting that quick fixes are out of the question. And if you are in this for the long haul, you will have to look at committing to the lifestyle choices that only you can make too. A few examples that come to mind: Committing to use the home care products, every day; Arriving for your professional treatments; Not spending time outdoors without sun protection; Looking at factors that affect your skin in general; and sticking to your routine by being disciplined.

    As a professional skin care advisor, I can tell you what to do, I can do your treatments successfully however, only you can ensure that consistency takes priority. Only you have the power in making informed decisions in your every-day life. You might be spending the money and expecting results, but only with consistency and comprehensive focus will one achieve the desired results.

  • Investment

    Treating pigmentation is a long-term investment. There is no way around this fact. This is relevant no matter what treatment choice you go for; or what brand you select to use. You will be required to invest in highly concentrated products and maintain this over a period of time. You will simply waste your money if you buy on price rather than value. Or worse, spend money on treatments and gaining no results if they are not complimented with the correct and relevant home care products. I like to look at this this way: If you go for a professional treatment of 1 hour once a month, you are doing 12 hours of treatment in a year. It is simply not realistic to expect results with 12 hours of treatment a year! On the other hand, if you invest in a 1 hour treatment every month and then back it up by using active products every day, you are then complimenting your professional investment and continuously treating our skin 365 days a year. This is what delivers realistic results and prevent you from wasting your time and money.

    This does not mean that you have to buy all the products at once. You can only stick to it if what you are using is also sustainable. Don’t feel overwhelmed. Speak to a professional and let them advise you according to your budget and lifestyle.

    In addition to this, make sure you use products and treatments of the same brand. Looking at ingredients alone will not deliver the best results. Synergy of products are of utmost importance and this is often overlooked (or underestimated).

Contact us directly on info@futurethis.co.za for advice or for a recommendation to a skin care therapist you can trust.