Summer Body Care…

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Your skin is your largest organ and has many important functions including protecting internal organs and systems, regulating body temperature and removing toxins.

Younger adults who experience minor injury will likely find that their skin recovers fairly quickly. However, with age, the skin becomes drier and more delicate. Thus, it is advisable to apply an appropriate moisturiser daily. During the warm summer months, be sure to use a cream-based moisturizer to help reduce water loss from the skin. TRUE elements® Moisturising Body Lotion 200 ml (#2046) is packed full of organic sea plant ingredients and shea butter to help maintain moisture and tone.

While the skin is made up of the same layers, it is very different depending on where on the body it is. For example, the skin on your face is different from the skin on your palms. A good skin care regime will go a long way in keeping your skin soft and supple. Look out for the return of Nikken’s TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream, in a bigger size – 75 ml.

Here are some tips for maintaining healthy looking skin:

1. Drink plenty of water. During the summer months, it is particularly important to hydrate your skin as sunshine, high temperatures and increased perspiration may all have a dehydrating effect.

2. Clean your skin from head to toe using a pH balanced shower gel to preserve the natural protective film (hydrolipidic film) that covers its entire surface. Its main function is to protect the skin against bacteria and at the same time it helps maintain its suppleness and retain moisture in the skin. Use the Nikken TRUE elements® Stimulating Shower Gel 200 ml (#2045), a pH balanced product that contains Brown Seaweeds and Marine Minerals to help maintain and preserve skins natural moisture.

3. Reduce stress and exercise more. Aerobic exercise can provide your body with a heavy dose of oxygenated blood. (This can help give your skin an instant glow for hours after a workout.) This is because the skin is filled with blood vessels that lie close to the surface. When you work out, the vessels dilate and give the skin a healthy, vibrant appearance.

4. Eat a healthy diet that includes many water-rich foods. What you eat reflects on your skin. Treat your skinkindly and optimise your nutritionby eating antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts and a varied and balanced diet. This can help towards providing optimal levels of the nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.

These are a few, of many ways, to help improve cellular hydration throughout your skin – and your entire body! Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare range1, certified by Ecocert2, may help you achieve just that!

Happy skin is a reflection of a healthy mind and a healthy body so look after it… all of it! Your body will thank you.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2vRVBXgQa0
  2. http://www.ecocert.com/en/

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Summer Hydration for Overall Health and Glowing Skin…

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Drinking plenty of water is extremely important, since between 50 % – 70 % of our body mass is composed of water, including skin, tissues, cells and organs1. When dehydration occurs, the body does not have enough water for its basic vital functions.

Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydrationmay include2:

  • Increased thirst with dry mouth
  • Unusual feelings of fatigue or sleepiness
  • Decrease or lack in urine output
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation

Symptoms of severe dehydration may include2:

  • Lightheadedness – that stops you from standing or walking normally
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fever
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Lethargy and/or confusion
  • Actually passing out or blacking out
  • Swollen hands, feet and legs

Our bodies lose water daily through perspiration, breathing and the entire digestive process. We naturally replenish these losses through the consumption of food and beverages, but depending on individual diets, may not hydrate enough. The Institute of Medicine advises men to drink 3 litres of water per day and for women, 2.2 litres.

During the summer months, we tend to perspire more and lose even more water. That means the skin is working harder and we need to replenish the body’s largest organ by drinking more water. Water not only keeps our skin hydrated but can also help skin stay soft and supple. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

Drinking enough water can help increase our metabolic rate, helping to improve the digestive system’s ability to flush toxins out of the body. Water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin so it’s important to hydrate the skin on the outside as well. That’s where a great facial moisturiser like TRUE elements®Nourishing Face Cream (# 2044) may help.  The Nourishing Face Cream contains hyaluronic acid, which can help to reinforce the skins natural process of storing moisture. Hyaluronic acid is believed to hold 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and helping store it there.

So we can see that staying hydrated is good for our overall health! Make sure you stay hydrated, even when out and about, with the PiMag® Water Bottle (#1375).  The PiMag® Water Bottle is refillable and contains a filter that helps purify tap water. The PiMag® Water Bottle is reusable – so you are also doing your bit for the environment.  The bottle is BPA free and fully biodegradable, meaning it will break down into natural biomass that contributes to the soils nutrients.

1. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-water-for-skin-hair-and-health/#gref

2. https://www.emedicinehealth.com/dehydration_in_adults/article_em.htm

Notes:

– The PiMag®Water Bottle Filter (#1376) is recommended to be changed every 3 months.

– Product codes are quoted in brackets.

(3rd July)

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Men’s health…

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Everyone knows the importance of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a busy schedule, you may find it hard to make time for regular exercise or find yourself eating a lot of takeout and junk food. But you can’t afford to be passive about your health.

Diet, exercise, sleep and stress management all count towards optimising men’s health at any age. Here are some key tips which could help towards men’s overall health and wellbeing.

Stay fit

There are some basic but very important things men should do regularly to stay in good health. Start exercising! Men (and all adults) need at least two-and-a-half hours a week of moderate – intensive aerobic activity, like a brisk walk. Plus, strength training at least twice a week, that helps work all major muscle groups.

Eat right

Consuming a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are important in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other significant health issues. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Experts recommend eating a balanced diet, which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.

A UK study1 suggested that a high intake of plant foods, particularly tomato products, may benefit men’s health. Tomatoes are well known for containing lycopene, which is an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes and certain other fruits their colour. Lycopene2 is an antioxidant that also protects our body cells from oxidants that have been linked to cancer. Two capsules of Nikken’s Kasai® for Men provide 6mg of high- quality lycopene, together with powdered garlic and pumpkin seed; this variety of Kasai® is designed to help contribute to men’s overall wellbeing.

Stick to a sleep schedule

Good “sleep hygiene” (things that promote regular, sound sleep) can help men lead healthier happier lives.

Look after your skin

Given today’s busy lifestyle, adequate skin care is just as important for men as for women. Environmental factors, as well as constant shaving, makes men’s skin sensitive and prone to skin conditions such as acne, dehydrated skin, dullness and shaving ingrowths. Nikken’s TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare offers all the products necessary for a good skincare regime. Not just for women, but for men too! The TRUE elements® Youth Active Serum contains Ulva algae which helps natural cellular renewal plus hyaluronic acid, known to helpstimulate collagen synthesis which may help improve skins overall appearance.

  1. http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2014/07/12/1055-9965.EPI-14-0322
  2. http://www.britishtomatoes.co.uk/health-nutrition/miracle-fruit-report/ 

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Natures Secret Gift for Skin – Organic Skincare Science

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Our skin is more than just an outer covering; it is the main defence against external injury. It is a living, breathing organ, the largest in the body. Much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body.

Choosing certified organic skincare can help give reassurance that the product is rich in ‘natural’ ingredients without the synthetic chemicals. The body cannot easily recognise and process synthetic chemicals and these ‘foreign’ substances, can sometimes accumulate in the tissues with the potential over time to cause an allergic skin reaction – such as contact dermatitis, eczema or breakouts.

It’s as important to decrease the toxic load on the skin as choosing a healthy (and organic!) diet. Using organic products also means that you are helping to support the sustainability of our environment.

Nikkens TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range has been certified organic by ECOCERT, meaning the products have met strict standards set for its specified category.  This is a distinction that very few products – even those labelled as “organic” – can claim.

More facts about the TRUE elements range…

  • The ECOCERT certified TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is also vegan

ECOCERT1 are the certification body for our skincare range and were the first certification body to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics. They look at the use of ingredients derived from renewable sources and the environmentally friendly manufacturing process, as well as requiring 95% of the total ingredients to come from natural origin.

Vegan products are free from animal derived compounds (including milk, honey and beeswax) –  the TRUE elements® range does not contain any ingredients from animals at all so is suitable for use by vegans.

  • We use sustainably sourced seaweed

In France, where our skincare range is manufactured, the French government and     various other organizations manage the seaweed industry. They commit each year on quantities to harvest, the geographical place to harvest, sizes to cut and number of licenses for harvesters.

Everything is under control by satellite through the different Research Centers such as IFREMER2. They control the water quality and all the resources.

  • We use sustainably sourced Palm Oil

Our suppliers are certified with“Green Palm Sustainability”certificates.

  • We advise a ‘period after opening’ time so you know when your product is still in its optimum.

In Europe, cosmetic products with a lifespan of more than 30 months must show a ‘period after opening’ (POA) time. That is the time when the product will remain in optimum performance after the consumer has used the product for the first time. See the jar symbol with the ‘time’ in months shown inside.

  • No Bunny logo needed

In Europe it’s forbidden by law to test products on animals and that’s why we do not need to apply the ‘Bunny logo’ anymore.

  • Recycle your jars and tubes…

You can recycle your empty packaging at home in the suitable recyclable container.

  1. http://www.ecocert.com/en/natural-and-organic-cosmetics
  2. https://wwz.ifremer.fr/en/The-Institute
  3. http://www.greenpalm.org

(21st May)

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Autumn Skincare Tips

Autumn Skincare blog headingAutumn is an ideal time to correct any summer skin damage that may have occurred and to prepare for winter. Here are some tips on how you could help maintain a hydrated complexion during the autumn and winter months.

  1. Choose a scrub/exfoliant that sloughs off dead skin but is gentle and helps stimulate natural oil production. Use True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Radiance Scrub, once or twice a week to buff the skin. This gentle facial scrub may help remove dead skin cells and may allow the seaweed extracts to help boost hydration and energise the skin.
  2. Use a gentle cleanser such as True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Velvet Cleansing Milk. It’s free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, artificial colouring and preservatives. It provides gentle cleansing, that works with your natural pH balance to nourish the skin while removing impurities.
  3. True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Nutritional Mask contains aloe vera to moisturise the epidermis, and hyaluronic acid plumps from the inside out, stimulating the synthesis of collagen which may help the skin appear firmer and smoother.
  4. As the air becomes drier, be sure to use a moisturiser to help reduce water loss from the skin. True elements® Marine Organic Skincare, Nourishing Face Cream is specifically formulated to moisturise the upper epidermis and to help soften and smooth the skin.

At the very heart of Nikken’s TRUE elements® skincare range is a synergic blend of organic seaweeds and coastline plants, making our formulas unique.

Don’t forget that skincare can make a thoughtful Christmas present, so if you are not treating yourself, why not treat a friend or family member to luxurious True elements® Marine Organic Skincare?

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Certified by EcoCert – TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare

TE Eco Cert blog 25th SeptWhen a product is certified by EcoCert, it means the item has met the strict standards set for its specific category. EcoCert is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists (those who study the science and technology of producing and using plants) who were aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and the importance of recognising those committed to sustainable development in production.

Product categories open for certification include natural and organic cosmetics, natural and organic home perfumes, natural cleaning products, fair trade, ecological outdoor areas, organic textiles, eco-sustainable golf course, reforestation and solidarity, organic and ecological spa, ecological and recycled textiles, climate commitment and biodiversity commitment.

EcoCert has invested more than 10 years in a harmonisation project for cosmetic standards with European partners, BDIH (Germany), the Soil Association (UK), ICEA (Italy) and COSMEBIO (France). EcoCert has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.

In the EU, EcoCert is accredited by the Cofrac (French Accreditation Committee). In the USA, EcoCert is accredited by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) for the National Organic Program (NOP) and in Japan; EcoCert is accredited by the MAFF (Agricultural Department) for the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS)

Companies voluntarily request EcoCert certification to prove:

  • Control and traceability throughout the supply chain.
  • Commitment to environmental protection.
  • Integrity of raw materials and ingredients.
  • High standards within the specific industry such as food or cosmetics.

TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare is certified by EcoCert, a distinction that very few products — even those labelled as “organic” — can claim. True Elements® Skincare products are derived from various seaweeds and are abundant in natural minerals that are well absorbed by skin. The entire premium skincare range is formulated with a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to offer remarkable benefits.

Install confidence in your customer’s skincare selection by telling them about the EcoCert logo and what it means.

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Happy Feet

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We often hear the phrase ‘I’ve been on my feet all day’. This can be true for many of us, be it because of work, chasing after children all day, running errands or countless other day-to-day activities that can all take their toll on our feet.

Women in particular can be guilty of choosing fashion over function or comfort when it comes to footwear. Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.

Research from The College of Podiatry shows that nine in 10 of us experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly. Podiatrist Lorraine Jones says: “What this research shows is that a huge amount of people are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet.

She adds: “Your feet shouldn’t hurt on a daily basis. If you are experiencing discomfort it is usually because you aren’t wearing the right footwear. “[1]

There are certain things that we can do at home to make a real difference to our feet. Keeping feet clean and applying moisturiser morning and evening, may help keep feet soft and prevent a build up of hard skin. True elements® Hand & Foot Cream may help to soothe dry hands and feet, protecting and nourishing straight after application. It contains Shea butter, which is known to nourish skin and the seaweed extract chondrus, which has moisturisation properties.

As well as keeping hands and feet moisturised, wearing comfortable, well fitting shoes as often as possible can help relieve aching feet. Kenko mSteps® and Kenko mStrides® slip into your shoes and utilises Nikken’s DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology. Kenko mSteps® feature relaxing massage nodes on one side, inspired by reflexology practices, they may provide a massage effect that could help the whole body feel good from the feet upwards.

TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream (#2053) is currently on offer saving 50% until 31st August.

Discover more about these products here:

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[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Healthyfeet.aspx