Skincare Routines for your Unique Skin Type

Skincare Routines for your Unique Skin Type

Our skin is unique and there are various internal and external factors that determines our skincare needs and desires. The appearance of our skin is not just based on genetics; never underestimate how emotional stress, environmental factors, our diet, and lifestyle can affect the condition of our skin.

As soon as you understand this philosophy, you can go onto the next step using products that respect your natural balance. Team Dr Joseph offers a new dimension in treatment and is redefining skincare. There are unlimited possibilities of product combination giving your skin everything it desires.

Characteristics of sensitive skin:

  • Sensitive skin reacts easily to products or the environment with redness and itching
  • Truly sensitive skin is often experienced from a young age
  • Thin skin with translucent capillaries
  • Psychological distress tends to affect the skin

Our Team recommends:

AM:

  1. Daily Cleansing Milk
  2. Daily Balancing Toner
  3. Daily Skin Calming Cream – sensitive skin with redness OR Gentle Couperose Cream – inflammatory skin conditions
  4. Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream SPF 30 OR Ultra-Light Sun Block SPF 50+

PM:

  1. Gentle Make-up Remover
  2. Daily Cleansing Milk
  3. Gentle Clarifying Enzyme Peel (1-2 times per month)
  4. Daily Balancing Toner
  5. Extra Sensitive Calming Serum
  6. Intense Skin Calming Mask (1-2 times per week)

Additional: Gentle Rose Toner to use throughout the day as a beautiful, soothing, and hydrating mist.

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Characteristics of dry and dehydrated skin:

  • Dry skin experiences itching, flaking and dullness
  • Dry skin does not produce enough oil
  • Dehydrated skin does not produce enough water
  • Cold weather and harsh conditions make the symptoms worse
  • Skin is often brittle, thin and responds easily with redness
  • Prone to wrinkles

Our Team recommends:

AM:

  1. Daily Cleansing Milk
  2. Daily Balancing Toner
  3. Daily Moisturizing Cream – dehydrated skin OR Ultra-Intense Moisturizing Cream – dry skin
  4. Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream SPF 30 OR Ultra-Light Sun Block SPF 50+

PM:

  1. Gentle Make-up Remover
  2. Daily Cleansing Milk
  3. Fruit Acid Peel (1-2 times per month)
  4. Daily Balancing Toner
  5. Ultra-Hydration Serum
  6. Intensive Moisturizing Mask (1-2 times per week)

Additional: Climate Defence Rich Cream is a nourishing cream for the optimal protection against wind and weather. Selective plant-based functional ingredients and precious ceramides sustainably improve the skin’s resistance to external stress factors. For extra care and protection.

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Characteristics of oily and combination skin:

  • Oily skin is caused by overactive oil glands
  • A shiny appearance enlarged pores and acne are primary concerns
  • Tendency for blemishes across the face, neck, and upper back
  • Large-pored skin texture

Our Team recommends:

AM:

  1. Purifying Cleansing Gel
  2. Deep Purifying Toner
  3. Daily Purifying Facial Cream
  4. Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream SPF 30 OR Ultra-Light Sun Block SPF 50+

PM:

  1. Gentle Make-up Remover
  2. Purifying Cleansing Gel
  3. Gentle Clarifying Enzyme Peel (1-2 times per month)
  4. Deep Purifying Toner
  5. Deep Purifying Serum
  6. Deep Purifying Facial Mask (1-2 times per week)

Additional: Soft Focus Pore Refining Cream has an instant mattifying effect. Functional ingredients provide optical skin smoothing, balance skin irregularities and transform the skin into a velvety, even canvas. Pore refining high tech functional ingredients from willowherb regulate the sebum production and vegetable hyaluronic acid provides an extra portion of moisture. For daily use for a flawless complexion.

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Characteristics of devitalized skin:

  1. Dull, sallow with a grey undertone
  2. Dark circles and puffiness around the eyes
  3. Smokers are more prone to devitalized skin because it produces free radicals, strips the skin of vitamins and oxygen
  4. Adequate sleep, regular fitness and a balanced diet is vital to revitalize the skin
  5. Skin texture is rough and scaly
  6. Skin can feel itchy, a little dry or stripped of moisture if using the incorrect cleanser and toner

Our Team recommends:

AM:

  1. Daily Cleansing Milk
  2. Daily Balancing Toner
  3. Daily Energizing Cream
  4. Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream SPF 30 OR Ultra-Light Sun Block SPF 50+

PM:

  1. Gentle Make-up Remover
  2. Daily Cleansing Milk
  3. Fruit Acid Peel (1-2 times per month)
  4. Daily Balancing Toner
  5. Intense Energizing Serum
  6. Intense Revitalizing Mask (1-2 times per week)

Additional: Neroli Flower Toner to use throughout the day as an energizing, revitalizing and hydrating mist.

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Characteristics of mature skin:

  • From the age of 35+ for mature skin
  • From the age of 25+ for premature aging, protection, and prevention
  • Dry skin with wrinkles caused by sun exposure, loss of collagen and decreased oil production
  • Signs include loss of elasticity, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone

Our Team recommends:

AM:

  1. Daily Cleansing Milk
  2. Daily Balancing Toner
  3. Daily Repair Well Aging Cream – premature aging (from the age of 25+) OR Ultra-Intense Hyaluronic Age Repair Cream – mature skin (from the age 35+)
  4. Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream SPF 30 OR Ultra-Light Sun Block SPF 50+

PM:

  1. Gentle Make-up Remover
  2. Daily Cleansing Milk
  3. Fruit Acid Peel (1-2 times per month)
  4. Daily Balancing Toner
  5. Supreme Repair Well Aging Serum – premature aging (from the age of 25+) OR Hyaluronic Age Repair Booster Serum – mature skin (from the age 35+)
  6. Intense Repair Well Aging Mask (1-2 times per week)
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Additional: Age Repair Miracle Drops is a highly concentrated face oil to offer an intensive treatment for demanding skin. The combination of antioxidant, moisturizing and firming plant oils provides a smooth, glowing, and velvety soft skin feeling. For daily use and an irresistible glow.

The goal of natural skincare is not just to make your skin look great for a short time, it is to nourish, feed and stimulate your skin cells for long-lasting healthy skin. Team Dr Joseph introduces a new technology of skincare combing nature with the latest scientific findings and high-tech delivery systems. Based both on the needs of your skin and scientific findings our personalized products start deep within the skin.

Natural ingredients have passed the test of time and proven their worth over the decades to result in beautiful, radiant skin. High-tech ensures modern client’s needs are satisfied with instant results, long-term results, and safety for everyone. The products are also formulated to target multiple skincare concerns and delivers ingredients at a cellular level safely and effectively. When you use Team Dr Joseph products you are quickly humbled by the soul and active ingredients used; a synergy of complexes working together in harmony to balance the skin, body, and mind.

Sustainable is the New Clean

Sustainable is the New Clean

For Team Dr Joseph, sustainability has always been one of their top priorities. Today, we are witnessing a shift towards a more sustainable future with joy. Many companies have to rethink and restructure their processes because their consumers are demanding more sustainable options. Team Dr Joseph made this decision 40 years ago and despite facing many critics they stuck to their philosophy and will continue to do so for the next 40 years, indifferent to trends.

Environmental awareness and sustainable thinking are two central aspects that shape the philosophy and culture of Team Dr Joseph from day one. As a certified organic cosmetic, Team Dr Joseph is subject to strict quality control and committed to an environmentally friendly production and manufacturing process. The formulation of natural products and the respect for the ingenuity of nature do not follow a trend but feed on Team Dr Joseph’s deeply rooted values.

What does true sustainability mean?

Nature’s foundation is based on the law of efficiency and sustainability. Wastefulness is alien to nature and our guide to sustainability can be found in the genius of nature that thrives again and again. True sustainability should be an ethos that means being aware of the consequences of one’s actions, acting accordingly, the ability to adapt and always questioning growth for quality.

What is Team Dr Joseph doing?

  • We procure our plant ingredients from where they are native and prefer wild growth collections and free-growing plants, as these have an immense concentration of functional ingredients and thus offer the skin a broad spectrum of effects.
  • Our packaging consists mainly of glass, wood, HDPE and already recycled plastic produced with solar energy.
  • Our cardboard boxes are primarily printed in Italy on FSC-certified paper.
  • We obtain our cardboard packaging from the surrounding area. These are naturally recyclable.
  • We strictly reject animal testing. Our products are not available in any country that requires animal testing.
  • We do not use any synthetic fragrances and dyes, paraffins, parabens or silicones for our products.
  • Our packaging material consists exclusively of paper – even the glue used to seal the boxes is made of potato starch.
  • Our products are loaded with valuable ingredients for healthy and beautiful skin.
  • Adding products that replace the use of disposables – our Reusable Bamboo Pads.
  • 100% carbon neutral.
  • Support and initiate local projects that contribute to sustainability.
  • Responsible approach to nature.
  • Earth First Zero Waste body care – packaging-free, 0% plastic, handmade, 100% natural and sustainable, organic, zero waste body products.

We all know that our planet is not doing well. And it has for a while. We should not only think about its health but start contributing to it. Because in the end, it is the many small steps that decide the future of our planet. Our future. And as Jane Goodall, said: “Everything you do makes a difference. And you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

What can you do?

  • Plant a tree.
  • Use paper less and recycle more.
  • Use canvas bags instead of plastic.
  • Start a compost pile or bin.
  • Replace your old bulb with a compact fluorescent light.
  • Choose cloth over paper towels.
  • Unplug appliances when they are not being used.
  • Wash all possible clothes on cold.
  • Reduce water waste.
  • Reduce meat consumption.
  • Clean up rivers and coasts.
  • Use resources sparingly, with respect for future generations.
  • Invest in natural, organic, and eco-friendly products.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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

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

What is blue light?

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

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

Blue light

How does blue light damage the skin?

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

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

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

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

What makes these products specialized against blue light?

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

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

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

What are the benefits of these sun care products?

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

Holistic Lifestyle Habits Tips

Holistic Lifestyle Habits Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mindfulness and meditation

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

Create healthy habits

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

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

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

Choosing sustainable and natural products, foods and medicines

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

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

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

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

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

Mindfulness In Your Skin Care Routine

Mindfulness In Your Skin Care Routine

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, how do we apply mindfulness in skincare?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Perfect Device

The Perfect Device

For Team Dr Joseph, nature is one of the greatest sources of inspiration and they have exceeded in developing a new category of skincare that achieves symbiosis between ancient expertise and modern technology.

Our high-tech, organic certified and 100% natural product line and The Perfect Device form a synergistic collaboration to give your skin a revolutionary feeling of wellbeing. Extend your treatment experience for an even more visual effect with the innovative ultrasonic peeling and the ultrasonic repair and lift application. This synergistic interaction treats your skin, bringing it to a new level, and fosters its natural function and beauty.

HOW IT WORKS

The Perfect Device uses low frequency ultrasound in combination with Team Dr Joseph skin care products. The ultrasonic frequencies allow the natural high-tech active ingredients to safely penetrate even the deepest layers of the skin. Collagen and elastin synthesis is gently stimulated. This means: The active ingredients can reach their full potential and the deep skin layers will tighten to a maximum. The effect of the ultrasonic frequencies immediately shows in visibly smoother and tighter skin. This technique can be used all year round and for every skin type, even sensitive and problematic skin.

PROMISING RESULTS

  • Immediate and long-term benefits.
  • Deep cleansing and exfoliation.
  • Reduction of skin impurities and blemishes.
  • Accelerates healing and repair for the skin.
  • Refines skin conditions.
  • Revitalizing for demanding skin.
  • Energizing for dull and tired skin.
  • Excellent for smokers and sun damaged skin.
  • Increases skin metabolism (stimulates nutrient and oxygen supply).
  • Hydrating and antiseptic.

TREATMENTS

Ultrasonic Facial Lift – 50 min (Express ultrasonic firming facial)

Supreme Ultrasonic Facial Lift – 80 min (Luxurious lifting program)

The premium class of ultrasonic lifting! Experience an entirely new procedure for a rejuvenated and flawless appearance. This intensive treatment uses an entirely new procedure to make the face look plumper, fresher, and youthfully firm. Ultrasound frequencies bring natural active ingredients safely into deeper skin layers so that the potential of the active ingredients can fully unfold. The skin is strengthened to the maximum in the deeper layers. Depending on the condition of the skin, the treatment is individually adapted to your needs.

We recommend booking the treatments as a set to maintain the results and the wow-effect as long as possible.

Experience our unique treatments yourself. Click here to view all our partnering Team Dr Joseph salons and spas nationwide.

Best Products for African Skin

Best Products for African Skin

Our ethnic origins influence the structure and appearance of our skin. When used in the context of skin, the term ethnicity also refers to the different environmental and cultural factors that impact on skin health and appearance. How we treat and care for skin and the products that we use should reflect these differences.

African skin comprises a large portion of the world population. Therefore, it is important to understand the unique structural and functional differences among ethnicities to adequately treat the skin imbalances and signs of aging.

Characteristics of African Skin:

The most significant reported imbalances of African skin are pigmentation, oil production, barrier function and how the skin ages.

OIL PRODUCTION

Oil glands in African skin is larger and more numerous. They may open directly onto the skin’s surface and their secretion is richer in fats. Therefore, the skin has a shiny appearance and is velvet to the touch. The larger the oil glands, the greater the oil production. As such, many people with darker skin have oily and acne prone skin.

TDJ Products: Purifying Cleansing Gel, Deep Purifying Toner, Daily Purifying Facial Cream, Deep Purifying Serum and Deep Purifying Facial Mask.

PIGMENT

African skin and darker skin tones have the same number of melanocytes (cells that produce pigment) present but contain more melanosomes (cells that store pigment) and they are four times larger. The benefits of melanin-rich skin are plentiful, such as natural protection against the visible signs of UV damage and premature aging. Age spots are more visible on Caucasian and Asian skin than on darker skin types, but darker skins are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (e.g., post acne scarring).

TDJ Products: Fruit Acid Peel and Your Daily High Protection Sun Cream SPF30.

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AGING

People of African descent are renowned for having skin that does not appear to age. Darker skins are less prone to develop symptoms of skin aging because the skin’s elastic fibres are less degraded over time and collagen fibres are more numerous and denser. As a result, it is considered that a darker skin will take 10 more years to age than a Caucasian skin.

Individuals with darker skin are overall thought to have firmer and smoother skin than individuals with lighter skin of the same age; however, aging does occur in regard to mottled pigmentation, fine lines, soft tissue jowling and skin laxity due to the weight and thickness of African skin.

TDJ Products: Ultra Intense Hyaluronic Age Repair Cream, Hyaluronic Age Repair Booster Serum, and Intense Hyaluronic Lip Treatment.

BARRIER FUNCTION

The uppermost layer of your skin, your skin barrier is your first line of defence against bacteria and environmental stressors like harmful UV rays, pollution, and toxins. When weakened, it is easier for irritants to penetrate your skin. Your skin also becomes more prone to inflammation and sensitivity.

The skin barrier in darker skin has been shown to be stronger when exposed to external stressors. Darker skin also has the highest oil content of all ethnicities but has the lowest ceramide levels. Ceramides are an important component of the skin for protection. They play an important role in the barrier function of the skin and hydration. If the ceramides in the skin are reduced, more water can evaporate from the skin. Thus, darker skin is more prone to trans-epidermal water loss because of their low ceramide levels.

TDJ Products: Climate Defence Rich Cream (dry-African skin) and Soft-Focus Pore Refining Cream (oily-African skin).

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There are noticeable differences between darker and lighter skins in relation to how they react to the sun, pigmentation disorders, irritation, and inflammation. Treatment for African skin should complement these changes according to the client’s skin type and condition.

The Difference between Vegan and Natural Skincare

The Difference between Vegan and Natural Skincare

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

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

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

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

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

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Cellulite and how to control it the Team Dr Joseph way

Cellulite and how to control it the Team Dr Joseph way

Cellulite causes that dimple-looking fat on your thighs, hips, butt, and belly! It is a condition that affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men. Cellulite is much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat cells, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men’s and women’s skin.

From 25 to 35 is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite. It is tough to get rid of, especially because it can be a result of the genetic card that we were dealt with. But there are ways to prevent it, slow it down and improve the appearance. The best option to reduce the appearance of cellulite is exercise, and, if needed, weight loss. Firming and toning muscles will in turn tighten the skin, giving the illusion that cellulite is less noticeable!

How to control cellulite:

Exercise
Building lean muscle in the targeted areas will decrease the appearance of cellulite in a significant way. We recommend squats, lunges, hamstring curls and single leg deadlifts. Having more muscle makes your skin look smoother and firmer. Replacing fat with muscle can also make cellulite less noticeable.

Diet
Eating a lot of refined and processed foods encourages cellulite to form. It is important to eat a diet of rich in nutrient-dense, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and fibre to leave your skin glowing from within. Experts have concluded that eating a healthy diet can decrease fluid retention and improve the overall health and appearance of skin.

Movement
Do not sit or stand in the same position for a long time as it can affect the natural rhythm and flow of blood circulation. Get moving and boost circulation and detoxification. Changing position will also reduce the risk of developing varicose veins.

Hydration
Since the human body is composed of about 60 percent water, it makes perfect sense that dehydration plays a big role in cellulite build-up under the skin. Not getting enough water can cause toxic accumulation in fat cells that is difficult for the body to metabolize and contributes to the cottage cheese texture of cellulite. Drinking plenty of water can help aid your body in metabolising fat, ridding itself of toxins and strengthen the skin.

Anti-cellulite ritual with Team Dr Joseph

Exfoliate with TDJ Alpine Herbs Exfoliating Body Scrub

Exfoliating vigorously on a regular basis can have a major impact on burning away cellulite on your thighs. Strong strokes on your thighs can aid with getting rid of unwanted toxins, accumulation of fluids and stimulate the metabolism of fat.

TDJ Alpine Herbs Exfoliating Body Scrub cleanses the skin with gentle apricot kernel crystals, deeply detoxes the skin, helps to stimulate micro circulation, and makes the skin appear clearer and brighter. The exfoliation perfectly prepares the skin for treatments to follow.

Massage with TDJ Body Shape Cellulite Cream

The benefits of a great massage are endless! Massage helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite by stimulating circulation and draining excess fluids. Our revolutionary TDJ Body Shape Cellulite Cream has a high concentration of functional ingredients that helps to counteract the appearance of the cellulite. Selective extracts from sundew, ivy, sandalwood, and cypress are giving a firm, smooth and toned skin feeling.

Cellulite creams improve the appearance of cellulite by addressing three treatable components of cellulite: collagen stimulation, fat reduction and increasing circulation.

It is not always possible to prevent cellulite but maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise may help diminish the appearance of cellulite. Maintaining hydration (drinking plenty of fluids) and smoking cessation may also make cellulite less noticeable. This lifestyle has other beneficial effects such as improved mood, increased energy, and well-being.