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.

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.

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.

I Spy, with unwrinkled Eyes…

The skin around the eyes is usually one of the first places to show signs of ageing, stress and other skin problems. Here, we will cover commonly asked questions about eye skincare, good eye care habits and our professional recommendations.

FAQ about Eye Care:

Where should I apply my eye care product?

They have been specifically designed for the eye contour area. Can apply the product up to the lower lash line, in the grooves of crow’s feet and under to eyebrow to have a lifting effect. All other retail products, including serums & masks, need to be applied up to the bony areas of the eye socket.

How should I apply my eye care product?

You can apply a small pea size amount of the product in a gentle tapping movement around the eye contour area – up to the lower lash and just under the eyebrow, over the orbital bone. Use your middle finger with a gentle patter working outwards towards the temples.

Aren’t eye creams just more-expensive moisturizers in a smaller package?

The skin around the eyes are thinner and specialised products for the eye area will spread up and around the eye to where they are needed. Eye creams tend to have a lighter texture and is more easily absorbed by the skin. They also contain active ingredients aimed at the problems we see around the eye area.

The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show signs of aging and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also accelerate the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams are specially formulated to target these common concerns.

Why should eye care products not be applied on top of the eyelid?

The eyelids are fragile, and the skin is thinner than the rest of the face. The skin on the eyelids is the thinnest skin in the body and more prone to sensitivity. The eyelids also contain fewer oil glands. You should not apply products to the eyelids because it can run into your eyes and cause irritation, puffiness and redness.


Our retail solution with QMS Medicosmetics:


EpiGen Depuff Pollution Shield

Protective eye serum with Epigenetic peptide, depuffing actives and ceramic tool applicator. 96% of users noticed an improvement in the appearance of eyebags and dark circles after 2 weeks.

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Intensive Eye Care

Nourishing cream for the sensitive eye area. Intensive Eye Care is suitable for all skin types and conditions and highly recommended for sensitivity, sagging and signs of aging.

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Advanced Cellular Alpine

Intensive eye care with Alpine Rose stem cells. Suitable for all skin types and highly recommended for sunspots, age spots, dark spots and deep lines and wrinkles. Works well with Advanced Cellular Marine and Even Tone Serum for glycation and sunspots.

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Advanced Collagen Eye Lift

Triple acting eye mask containing pure collagen fibres, peptides and hyaluronic acid to renew the skin in 20mins. Push the liquid chamber firmly towards the mask. Apply the smooth side of each mask to the cleaned under-eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes. Remove excess material and pat gently into the skin. Finish off with Day or Night Collagen and preferred eye care.

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EXPERT ADVICE:

Make your own @home eye treatment: Mix 5ml of Hydrating Boost with 4 drops of Night Collagen on damp cotton wool to instantly revitalize tired eyes.


Our retail solution with Team Dr Joseph:


  • Remove eye and lip make-up gently with skin loving ingredients.
  • The area around the eyes need moisturizing products with highly efficient active ingredients.
  • Apply the eye cream with soft tapping’s.
  • The eye cream is lifting, tightening and plumping.
Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

Fragrant make-up remover made from plant oils for daily use. Apply to damp cotton wool pads to remove make-up from the face, eyes and lips.

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Daily Vitalizing Eye Treatment

Intensively moisturizing eye care with highly effective natural ingredients such as Adonsonia Lifting Complex which has a ‘face lift’ effect and is powerfully moisturizing.

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EXPERT ADVICE:

Make your own @home eye treatment: Spray our Gentle Rose Toner on damp cotton wool to instantly soothe and hydrate the eye area.


Our treatment solution with QMS Medicosmetics:


Eye Reviver Add-on Treatment:

Restoring tired and puffy eyes with our QMS Beauty Eye Spatulas. Provides complete rejuvenation and relaxation to the delicate eye area. Through intense hydration the eye area is left nourished, lifted and refreshed.

EpiGen Depuff Facial:

It works with a supercharged serum that helps to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, while defending the skin around the eyes from external aggressors and pollutants. Using the QMS ceramic tool to help boost the skin’s own detox system. This treatment contributes to a well-rested, youthful, and vibrant appearance of the eyes and leaves the client feeling relaxed and refreshed.

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What type of skin do I have?

There is no single factor that causes acne. Acne develops when the sebaceous (oil) glands are activated during puberty or due to other changes in hormone levels. Acne is most common among adolescents but affects people of all ages.

Sebum (oil) is a natural liquid, lubricating material that protects the skin. Acne is a condition that occurs when your follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. This results in inflammation and bacterial infestation of P. Acnes. Acne often causes whiteheads, blackheads and pimples, which typically occurs on the face, chest, upper back and shoulder. Signs and symptoms of acne differ according to the severity of the condition.

Acne treatments work by reducing the production of oil, fighting bacterial infection and reducing inflammation to help prevent scarring. Search for power terms on goods such as antibacterial, germicidal, healing, repairing, protecting and mattifying on products.


Our solution for oily, combination and acne prone skin:


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Nature does not have any absolute definitions or strict categorizations. We all have more or less dominant characteristics. Our lifestyle, emotions, food, beverages and certain medications can affect our skin. The first step to proper skincare is understanding your unique skincare needs and using products that respect your natural balance.

Purifying Cleansing Gel: Refreshing cleansing gel with herbal active ingredients for a clear, deeply cleansed skin.

Deep Purifying Toner: Cleansing toner to balance skin pH and enhance skin purification. Containing natural anti-biotic effects of Usnea extract.

Daily Purifying Facial Cream: Purifying, light textured cream with astringent herbal ingredients and natural anti-biotic effects of Usnea extract.

Deep Purifying Serum: Intensive treatment serum with deeply penetrating power plant extracts that support the natural purifying and healing processes of the skin. Your skin can breathe freely again. For daily use. Suitable for oily, combination skin that is acne-prone and severely congested. Apply underneath a suitable moisturizer.

Deep Purifying Facial Mask: Purifying facial mask to improve rough facial texture and leaves the skin clean and pure. Application 1 – 2 per week. Leave for 12-15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.

Gentle Clarifying Enzyme Peel: Effective and gentle enzyme peeling with papaya and pineapple enzymes for deep cleansing and as ideal preparation for further skin care steps. Glycolic acid and cartilaginous seaweed also provide the skin with intensive moisture. For a pure, smooth and silky soft skin feeling. Apply 1 – 2 times a month. Leave for 4 – 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.

QMS MEDICOSMETICS

It can often be difficult to find versatile products suitable for combination skin types, but our range of collagens, cleansers and exfoliants are up to the task – boosting skin hydration and vitality without leaving any heavy residue behind.

Active Exfoliant 7% Sensitive: Gentle and effective peeling for sensitive and problematic skin. Synergy of powerful fruit acids, natural probiotics and an anti-inflammatory complex. Glycyrrhetic Acid and Bisabolol is protective, healing and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier. Apply once a day for 10 – 15 mins and remove with water. Tone and apply collagen.

Liquid Proteins: A lightweight moisturising fluid to firm and protect the skin. Designed to improve the skin’s own defences and strengthen the immune system, building a breathing protective shield against free radicals.

Redness Relief Complex: An advanced serum designed to help reduce redness, relieve skin irritation and restore the skin to its natural complexion. Provides specialised care needed to calm, strengthen and restore the natural, even radiance to the skin. Highly recommend for inflammatory acne.

Collagen Intravital Plus: Nutricosmetics is for anyone who wants to improve the wellbeing of their skin and is highly recommended for inflammatory acne. 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 don’t get in topical treatments. Take two capsules daily, one morning and one in the evening before eating.

Caring for Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin, the most common everyday concern experienced by many as the aging process unfolds. It is a topic which comes back again and again as people are looking for answers to alleviate the discomfort dehydration creates.

So why does the skin get dehydrated and what are main the factors that play a role?

Did you know that collagen plays a role in 60% of the skin’s moisturizing processes?

Unfortunately, from the age of 25 we start to lose collagen which then gradually diminishes as the aging process progresses. This affects the quantity and quality of the skin’s collagen. Let’s use the analogy of grapes and raisins. Think of a young skin filled with juicy, firm grapes. As the aging process unfolds, these grapes gradually turn into raisins. They lose their firmness, store less water and become soft and wrinkly. Now, we cannot pour water over a raisin and expect it to become a firm grape again And the same applies for our skin collagen. No matter how much water you drink, if the collagen is of a bad quality, the skin cannot retain water and you will notice this in the skin’s radiance – or lack thereof. Fine lines will appear and, skin tightness is ever present.

But how do we protect quality and quantity of collagen if we cannot stop the aging process? This brings me to my second point…

Protection against the sun and the environment…

Biological aging cannot be stopped. Not for anyone. But we can protect ourselves against those factors that accelerate and aggravate dehydration.

Imagine that you have a bunch of fresh grapes which you don’t get the chance to eat. If they continue to lie in the fruit basket, eventually they will start to resemble a raisin. Now, if we leave those grapes outside in the sun, they will become raisins in record time.

Protecting your skin against the sun is an absolute top priority for South Africans as we are lucky (or unlucky) to have sunshine all year round affecting the quality of our skin’s collagen.

In addition to the negative effects of the sun, there are microscopic particles from pollution that causes damage our cells and further aggravate dryness. Airconditioning is well known to encourage loss of moisture from the skin. People who spend their time in an airconditioned environment often complain about skin tightness and dullness.

Therefore, products that are highly concentrated with superior antioxidants protect your skin cells and keep the collagen in your skin of a high quality.

Invest in a deeply moisturizing facial mask…

Masks are often underestimated and under used. They provide your skin with an instant boost and they often have more than one benefit. For example, in addition to the hydration you want, the right mask can bring major anti-aging results, decongest the skin from impurities and energize tired skins. On top of that, they can save you time and money when you don’t have a chance to go for a facial.

And, last but not least, upgrade your cleansing and toning routine.

It is simple and often the most affordable way to boost the skin’s moisture content. Harsh cleansers may strip the skin of the valuable protective oils. As you go about your day, the skin then has a diminished protection and you lose moisture from the skin.

Since there are so many different product options on the market, I would strongly advise you speak to a skin care professional to make sure you are spending your money on the right products for you. Get in touch with us at info@futurethis.co.za so that we can refer you to a knowledgeable and passionate therapist who you can trust.

In the meantime, these products are suitable for all skin types and will definitely give radiance, suppleness and get rid of those unwanted lines!


We recommend the following products:


QMS Collagen Serums

Containing 70% natural soluble collagen – are unique in that they can boost the skin’s hydration by 210% in only 4 weeks! With 3-fold hyaluronic acid complex, you are sure to get that moisture levels up immediately.

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TDJ Ultra Hydration Serum

A completely plant-based organic option and gives 90% instant hydration. With natural hyaluronic acid and figure hydration extract, this serum is a light and powerful collagen stimulating serum.

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QMS Deep Gentle Cleansing &
Hydrating Boost Mist

Intensive cleansing and hydration, this super combination boosts the skin’s barrier protection to prevent moisture loss.

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TDJ Daily Cleansing Milk &
Balancing Toner

With cell activating plant ingredients, it deeply cleanses while keeping the skin soft and supple. It also ensures deep penetration of plant actives afterwards.

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QMS Hydrofoam Mask

A firm favourite amongst QMS lovers because it doubles up as a moisturizer and a mask. Herbal oils from shea butter and jojoba is combined with a radiance-boosting vitamin complex for all skin types. Great value for money!

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TDJ Moisturizing Mask

Organic plant actives instantly soften and, hyaluronic acid leaves your skin supple and smooth in 15 minutes. It is gentle yet active. Say goodbye to that tight feeling and aging fine lines.

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The Millennial Man’s Guide to Great Skin

Good skincare is one of the most powerful tools we have against most of the common issues men face on their faces: acne, wrinkles, even sun damage. And in both the short and long term, it could mean the difference between someone saying,

“Wow, you look great!”

as opposed to,

“Oh, have you been getting enough sleep?”

Effective skincare takes more than just washing your face with whatever soap you have lying around and hoping for the best. It’s like anything worthwhile: it takes commitment, consistency, and care, not to mention a healthy amount of experimentation till you find the right products for you.

Building a skincare routine from ground zero takes only a few simple steps, and you’d be surprised by how much of a difference you’ll see after just a few weeks of following them. Here it is, all laid out for you (or your man) because chances are, once you see your face after a few weeks of proper skincare, you won’t ever want to go back.

For young Millennial men, the best defence is a good offense. The smart way to prevent wrinkles and stay looking youthful is to follow a basic skin care routine and to attack daily environmental stressors with our QMS EpiGen range.

Millennial men are breaking social norms and rewriting all the rules; a greater proportion of men are buying and using skincare products than ever before. Once almost exclusively marketed at women; skincare products are now focusing on men to make them feel more self-assured than ever before.

We suggest our EpiGen range for the modern man. EpiGen is taken from the word ‘epigenetics’ which is a science we are using in skincare. It is a way in which we can access the skin’s DNA and reformat any environmental factors that have influenced the skin. Our EpiGen range is an anti-pollution system of skincare promoting youthful radiance. It is highly recommended for men who leave an active lifestyle, enjoy spending time outdoors and live in Urban areas.

QMS EpiGen RangeEpiGen Pollution Detox Serum: Anti-pollution serum for the day to promote youthful radiance. Epigenetic science this advanced serum is specifically designed to defend the skin from the damaging effects of external stressors such as UV light and environmental damages of skin aging. Suitable for all skin types.

EpiGen Pollution Rescue Mask: Luxurious foam mask that can help restore and protect the skin’s appearance from pollution damage, promoting a revitalised look. Foam mask with Epigenetic technologies and advanced active ingredients that can help restore and protect the skin’s appearance from free radicals. Suitable for all skin types.

EpiGen Depuff Pollution Shied Eye Serum: Protective eye serum with Epigenetic peptide, depuffing actives and a cool tip ceramic applicator for an awakened, youthful look.

This collection is designed to combat tired and dull skin as a result of pollution, damage from UV rays, visible light, oxidative stress and other aggressors that cause epigenetic changes. This set is perfect for restoring youthful radiance to your skin.