Hydration and Moisturization: We Need Both for Healthy Skin…

Our skin is composed of 64% water, so keeping it hydrated is necessary for Active Wellness. The word “hydration” is connected to water. Hydrating the skin therefore means increasing its water content. Hydrated skin is smooth, glowing and has an even tone. When skin is dehydrated, it can appear flaky, dull and dry. However, people often tend to confuse dehydrated skin with dry skin. Although used synonymously, there is an underlying difference between the two. Dehydrated skin lacks water, whereas dry skin lacks a fair amount of sebum, which is the oil secreted by the sebaceous glands present in the skin.

How can we tell the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? The two have notably different indicators. Dry skin may present as itchy, red, flaky and irritated, while dehydrated skin may show up as dull, wrinkly, lined, puffiness and shadows around the eyes, dry mouth and increased sensitivity.1

There are ways to hydrate the skin but there are also ways to moisturize it. Hydration and moisturization actually involve two separate processes. Hydration of the skin occurs when we add water to it. It temporarily fills skin cells to give it a fuller feel. It’s temporary because skin releases water when there is nothing to help retain it – the most obvious way is through perspiration but exposure to wind, sun and other elements expedite the discharge of water.

Drinking a lot of water, in and of itself, cannot help hydrate skin unless you are actually dehydrated. Those who stay hydrated cannot drink copious amounts to help improve skin’s texture or radiance. Skin is actually the last part of the body that water reaches, as it flows to all the other organs first. However, drinking ample amounts of water does help rid the body and skin of toxins.

Moisturization is a necessary partner for hydration, because it involves adding ingredients into the skin to help prevent water loss. When moisture is retained by the skin, it enables skin’s natural ability to renew and repair to occur, improving texture and overall skin health.

Retaining the moisture in the skin is a complex science, but dermatologists generally agree that hyaluronic acid, glycerine, urea, ceramides and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E are among the most beneficial ingredients to add into creams and serums. These ingredients come in many variations and may be known by other “INCI”(International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient) names; for example, tocopherol, sodium hyaluronate, ascorbic acid, lipids from oils and seaweeds and so forth.

The TRUE elements® Marine Organic Skincare range takes moisturization to a high level with its emphasis on sustainably farmed seaweeds that contain naturally-occurring antioxidants, beneficial acids, salts and oils. You can feel secure knowing that all TRUE elements® skincare products are COSMOS Organic certified by EcoCert, pH balanced and naturally fragranced. The range does not contain parabens, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, phthalates, EDTA, GMO ingredients or synthetic colouring.

Combining hydration, by drinking enough PiMag® water, and moisturization, by using TRUE elements® Marine Organic skincare, is a bona fide way to maintain high energy levels and vibrant-looking skin.

This month, we are celebrating World Water Day 2022 with state-of-the-art PiMag® Water products at great prices!

BUY ONE, GET ONE HALF PRICE ON:

PiMag® Water Bottle (#88464) – made of 100% recyclable bio green materials.

PiMag MicroJet Shower System (#88465) – cleaner water for softer, cleaner skin.

1. https://skinkraft.com/blogs/articles/how-to-hydrate-your-skin

24th March 2022

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Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible…

World Water Day is celebrated globally once a year to consciously recognize the importance of providing affordable, lasting access to safe water. It became a United Nations observance day in 1993 to focus attention on the global water crisis. Now World Water Day takes place on the 22nd March every year.

The theme for World Water Day 2022 is “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible.” World Water Day draws attention to water scarcity globally and every year, the theme is based on an important aspect of water. Groundwater is important around the world because it is the most abundant source of freshwater on earth.1 It is water that is located beneath the earth’s surface in the pores and crevices of rocks and soil. These layers of soil, sand, rock and gravel that contain usable quantities of groundwater are called aquifers.

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. In the driest parts of the world, it may be the only water people have. Almost all of the freshwater in the world is groundwater, supporting drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry and ecosystems. In many places, human activities over-use and pollute groundwater. In other places, we simply do not know how much water is down there, which means we could be failing to harness a potentially vital water resource.2

Accounting for about 97% of non-frozen fresh water on earth, groundwater is an important natural resource that contributes to human development. Approximately 50% of the world’s population drinks ground water daily, and it is critical for sustaining rural populations that are located away from surface water and infrastructure with manmade plumbing.3

Groundwater is a vital resource that provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide, about 40% of water for irrigated agriculture and about one third of water required for industry. Despite these impressive facts and figures, invisible groundwater is out of sight and out of mind for most people. Human activities, including population and economic growth, as well as climate variability, are rapidly increasing the pressure on groundwater resources. Serious depletion and pollution problems are reported for many parts of the world.4

The assessment of global groundwater resources is one of the core activities of The International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre. (IGRAC) is a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) center that works under the auspices of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and is supported by the Government of The Netherlands. IGRAC facilitates and promotes global sharing of information and knowledge. about groundwater.

Exploring, protecting and sustainably using groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population. The 2022 World Water Day spotlights groundwater as an invisible yet valuable resource, and strives to enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration to increase awareness of the importance of taking care of our groundwater.

Water is Life and Nikken is doing its part to help people access clean water for Active Wellness – not only for drinking, but also for bathing. From the 17th March, we are focusing on celebrating World Water Day by offering you state-of-the-art PiMag® products at great prices!

BUY ONE, GET ONE HALF PRICE ON:

PiMag® Water Bottle (#88464), made of 100% recyclable bio green materials.

PiMag MicroJet® Shower System (#88465) that helps neutralize chemicals.

1,3. https://www.un-igrac.org/resource/transboundary-aquifers-world-map-2021

2.  https://www.worldwaterday.org/

4. https://www.un-igrac.org/news/groundwater-making-invisible-visible-theme-world-water-day-2022

17th March 2022

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Resolve to Reuse, Reduce & Recycle to Restore our Oceans…

As members of the Global Wellness Community, each of us is aware of plastic waste. Fortunately, we are capable of decreasing our personal plastic waste. If each one of us is committed to less consumption of plastic packaging, imagine the cumulative outcome for the world! One of the simplest ways is to stop buying and drinking water sold in plastic bottles. Here’s why that is so important.

One component of ocean pollution that’s especially threatening to not only ocean life forms but human life, is micro-plastics. When plastic pollution enters the ocean, large pieces are broken down over time by exposure to sea elements and become tiny particles. These particles, the estimated size of a 5mm sesame seed, break loose from the large “waste patch” and spread throughout the ocean.

Depending on its density, some sink, some float and some just hover in the water column. Because the plastic resembles food, it is eaten by a huge range of animals throughout the food chain, including fish, birds, turtles, whales and even microscopic plankton, eventually working their way up to humans.1

Micro-plastics are extremely difficult to clean out of the ocean, and since they are so tiny, they travel far and wide, basically making their way to every ocean in the world. This is why most ocean anti-pollution projects, such as The Ocean Cleanup, focus on removing larger pieces of waste, before they can degrade.2

Remarkably, in 2019 a then 18-year-old named Fionn Ferreira, invented an effective new method for removing micro-plastics from the oceans. Ferreira was kayaking along the coast in Ballydehob, his hometown in West Cork, Ireland, when he came upon a rock coated in oil. Ferreira noticed that small bits of plastic were sticking to the oil-coated-rock. “In chemistry, like attracts like,” Ferreira noted. He decided to combine vegetable oil and magnetite powder to create a nontoxic ferrofluid, a “magnetic liquid,” or liquid that acts as a carrier for tiny magnetic particles- since ferrofluids and plastics attract when in the presence of water. Ferreira would add his ferrofluid to water samples full of micro-plastics, then remove the ferrofluid using a magnet, taking the micro-plastics with it. After hundreds of tests, Ferreira’s ferrofluid was able to successfully remove at least 87% of micro-plastics from the water samples.3

Since then, while pursuing a Chemistry degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Fionn has established a company focused on micro-plastic removal technology. Early tests on ferrofluids as a tool for cleaning up oil spills have been promising, but Ferreira believes that the only true way to solve the massive problem of ocean pollution is to change our consumption habits.3

Fionn is part of the new generation of scientists that has never known life without plastic pollution. He and other innovative young scientists, such as Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao who developed bacterium to transform plastic into carbon dioxide and water, are committed to restoring our oceans. 

The PiMag Waterfall® and PiMag® Water Bottle are durable filtration systems that can help us reuse, reduce and recycle. 4 The filters are recyclable and help decrease our carbon footprint.

For the remainder of January, you can take advantage of our special offers that give you an extra FREE filter cartridge when you purchase a PiMag Waterfall® (#88460), a PiMag® Water Bottle (#88461) or a PiMag® Microjet Shower System (#88462).

Let Nikken take care of remembering to send your replacement filters to you. Add your future replacement Filters to a Wellness Subscription and as a thank you for your loyalty you’ll save 10%! Wellness Subscriptions can be set up every month/quarter.

1. https://www.good.is/articles/end-plastic-pollution-pick-it-up-bin-it-take-three-for-the-sea   

2, 3. https://www.good.is/microplastics-magnet-removal

4. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/11/18/reduce-reuse-recycle/

20th January 2022

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Reconnect with Mother Nature…

Nature is a wonderful place to transform, awaken and often help find a boost in creativity. It’s important that we make an effort to reconnect with nature for our overall health and wellbeing. 

Throughout history, people have grounded themselves in nature. That is, they have found peace and tranquillity in their surroundings. Native Americans for example, believe that they are a part of nature and not separate from it, as many people might experience today.

Even if you already go outside every day, you can still find new ways to reconnect with Mother Nature and maybe you can also help make a positive impact on the environment. When we combine our small, everyday actions, we can make a more connected and healthier world for ourselves and future generations. This might be the start of a new nature-focused routine that can last a lifetime…

Help plant a new life… There is no better way to honour Mother Nature than to plant new life such as a tree, flowers, a vegetable garden, etc. Or join others in volunteering actions to tidy up a community garden or plant new trees and flower beds in the local neighbourhood. Emerging ourselves in the Wellness Community spirit can offer us a chance to not only socialise and meet new people, but most importantly reconnect with Mother Nature whilst having fun.

Make contact with the Earth… Taking our shoes and socks off whilst outside and sinking our feet in the ground beneath us gives us the feeling of being grounded.1 Going out in nature and revelling in its beauty, its stillness and its wisdom allows us to recharge and become more recentred.

Unplug from Technology… Smartphones, tablets and computers to name a few, are a huge part of modern life, but sometimes it’s necessary to unplug to give ourselves the space to really connect to what matters most. According to research from Rescue Timemost people, on average, spend 3 hours and 15 minutes on their phones. If you unplug from technology, think of all the free time you’ll have! You’ll also be doing your bit for Mother Nature – as you reduce your energy consumption and shrink your carbon footprint.

Take your daily activities outside… Exercising outdoors carries many benefits both physically and mentally. Yet another great way to reconnect with Mother Nature. Meeting a friend? Go for outdoor activities such as a picnic or a walk in the park.  

Bring Mother Nature Indoors… There are a few ways to bring nature indoors such as getting some house plants and keeping windows open if weather permits. This will help cleanse the energy in the house, giving it a more relaxing and natural atmosphere.

Reduce Plastic Usage… When plastic isn’t recycled it can release toxic chemicals into the air we breathe as well as nearby water sources. This can create a variety of health problems for both humans and animals. Plastic is everywhere and sometimes unavoidable, but there are ways to reduce plastic usage. Some of these ways include, using a recyclable and reusable water bottle such as the PiMag® Water Bottle, avoiding items sold in plastic containers, bringing your own mug to a coffee shop and not using plastic utensils and straws. The PiMag® Water Bottle is environmentally responsible in many ways. For example, the biodegradable bottle shell (containing no BPA or other potentially harmful compounds) eventually breaks down into natural soil nutrients. With a replaceable filter cartridge, the PiMag® Water Bottle eliminates the need to purchase bottle water thereby helping to reduce plastic usage and your carbon footprint. 

To help you reduce plastic usage and enjoy clean, freshly filtered PiMag® water, Nikken is offering great SAVINGS OF 20% on selected PiMag® Water products until the 17th April 2021. Discover more at: www.nikken.com/eu/

Reconnecting with Mother Nature doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a week camping and hiking to the top of a mountain. Nature is a place to connect to your true self so whatever it may be, go outside and start reconnecting to Mother Nature! 

  1. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/connect-with-mother-nature/
  2. https://blog.rescuetime.com/screen-time-stats-2018/

6th April 2021

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The Importance of drinking Filtered Water…

Water is life and clean water is crucial for Active Wellness. We need water to survive as our bodies are made up of 70% water, which is bound in our cell membranes. Water is more important than food – we can go up to a month without food, but can only survive a week without water. 

Drinking clean, pure water is so important. If water is not treated, filtered or purified, it can make us unwell. These days, we have advanced water technology, such as water filtration systems at our finger tips. However, ‘filtered’ tap water is still better than standard tap water and bottled water. Let’s take a look at the benefits of water filtration and using water filters.

Cost effective… Using water filters to filter tap water is much cheaper than buying bottled water. It’s also more eco-friendly because of less plastic being used. By having a water filtration system in your home, you could be saving yourself a considerable amount of money and you will be drinking higher quality water that has been filtered accordingly.

Care for the environment… Bottled water is a source of pollution, as it takes the plastic bottle 450 years1 to degrade. By filtering tap water in your home, you will be helping the environment. And for those of us who have easy access to drinkable water, now more than ever it’s our responsibility to help decrease our plastic waste and carry refillable water bottles everywhere instead of single-use bottled water. With Nikken’s eco-friendly PiMag® Water Bottle, you’re not only getting clean PiMag® water, you are also helping to decrease plastic waste and your personal carbon footprint!

Filtration removes impurities and sediments… Filtration helps to remove water impurities and contaminants such as chlorine and heavy metals. At the same time, water filters help to retain important minerals such as magnesium, calcium and zinc. They could help protect you from toxins and ensure that you consume healthy minerals. Nikken’s PiMag Waterfall® is designed to produce water with added minerals, in a pH range of 8.5-9.5. Ionized water decreases oxidation-reduction potential (ORP). A high ORP contributes to unwanted oxidative decomposition. Ionized PiMag® water from the Waterfall can help offset the oxidizing effect of many elements of the modern diet and environment which can help slow down cellular destruction.

Water Filtration can help boost your health… Water filtration systems can be good for your health. The benefits are ten-fold, with skin hydration, nutrient absorption, weight loss, detoxification, digestion. Drinking pure water helps to support the immune system and mental health function.2 Filtered water can also bring added benefits when taking a shower, if you use the PiMag® Microjet Shower System. It uses a reduction/oxidation process to neutralize chlorine ions and injects air into the shower stream to increase the electronegative potential of the water for more effective filtration. 

Water is Life and Nikken is offering clean, filtered PiMag® water – not only for drinking, but also for bathing. From 22nd March until the 17th April 2021, you can enjoy great savings of 20% on selected state-of-the-art PiMag® water products. Discover more at www.nikken.com/eu/.

  1. https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/resources/timeline-decomposition/
  2. https://nikkeneurope.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/drink-water-to-improve-well-being/

22nd March 2021

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The surprising benefits of taking a shower…

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Whether you use your shower to kick-start your morning and get yourself feeling ready for the day ahead or to unwind in the evening, it can bring feelings of refreshment and relaxation.

Your daily shower can do more for your wellbeing than simply make you feel better. Different water temperatures are thought to bring us slightly different benefits too:

Benefits of hot showers –

– Can help reduce cold symptoms. A nice warm shower could help your cold, as the steam vapours help moisturise and decongest your nasal passages when inhaled.

– Good for muscles. A hot shower can be beneficial to your muscles after a tough long workout. It helps with your recovery as it relieves tension in stiff muscles.

 – Help to relieve aches and pains. The warmth of a hot shower stimulates circulation, loosening joints and tissues.

– Help cleanse your pores. Blocked pores are the leading cause of spots, particularly on the face. When you have a hot shower, these are opened up, giving you the chance to wipe away any blockages when you cleanse.

Benefits of cold showers –

– Cold showers can help improve facial complexion. Cold water helps to constrict blood vessels to temporarily tighten pores and reduce redness. According to the National Sleep Foundation1, washing your face before bed helps reduce breakouts improving your moisturiser’s efficiency and helps to prevent wrinkles. This may not be exclusive to showering but doing them together is much easier.

– May help to reduce stress levels. If you find yourself stressing about the overwhelming number of things you have to do that day, then taking a morning shower could be a great way to alleviate that feeling.

– Help improve circulation. One study has found that taking a cold shower after exercise may improve general hydration by cooling down the body. As blood travels away from the skin, blood vessels in deeper body tissues dilate. This improves circulation in the deeper tissues2.

Whichever temperature you choose to take your shower in, choose the right shower system for you. With Nikken’s PiMag® MicroJet Shower System (#1466) water passes through a filter – showering down clean, chlorine free PiMag® water to refresh and reenergise your whole body whilst helping to reduce water-born dirt, sediments and odours.

1. https://sleep.org/articles/washing-your-face-before-bed/
2. https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/ijspp/14/7/article-p1006.xml

1st June 2020

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The value of water…

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Whilst planet Earth is primarily covered in water, only 3% of it is fresh! Yet this 3% provides the worlds drinking water and delivers food through fishing and crop irrigation, along with many other key functions. The world’s water supply is a major concern and it’s not just plants and animals that are at risk.  Issues of water scarcity and poor water quality could have serious social and economic consequences too.1

Life is full of things we can’t control, but there are conscious decisions we can make and follow through on. Living with Active Wellness is within our personal control and drinking PiMag® filtered water is a positive step towards Active Wellness.

The new Water Pack, launched as part of the Wellness Home Packs range on 1st August, can help address the maintenance of an Active Wellness lifestyle in light of the worlds increasing water concern. Each Water Pack contains advanced water filtration products including:

  • PiMag WaterFall® System plus Filter Pack
  • PiMag® Water Bottle plus two Bottle Filter Packs
  • PiMag® MicroJet Shower plus Filter Replacement

Purchasing the Wellness Home Water Pack is a major step towards helping improve the water quality in your home, plus you’ll save 10% more than on individual product purchases.  The PiMag® MicroJet Shower and the PiMag Waterfall® both provide a means towards improved drinking and bathing water, but what happens when you leave home?

The reusable Nikken PiMag® Water Bottle, with filter, enables you to drink PiMag® water wherever you are. The bottle is made from BPA free resin and is fully biodegradable, breaking down into natural biomass that contributes to the soils nutrients.

Whoever is concerned about living well will want a Water Pack. Share It with everyone.

Summer Dash: If you successfully completed the Summer Dash (by achieving 500 PPV in July), you qualify to purchase and/or sell any of the new Wellness Home Packs and receive free shipping for the entire month of August (Terms & Conditions apply, visit the Virtual Office or ask Customer Services for details).

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/blogs/sustainability-works/posts/the-value-of-water

Water Pack (#88320)
PiMag Waterfall® (#1384)
PiMag® MicroJet Shower (#1466)
PiMag® Water Bottle (#11375)

Note: The bottle is to be used with potable, municipally treated water. Do not try to use it to filter water from streams, rivers etc.

7th August 2018

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Summer Hair Care…

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Most people spend more time outdoors during the summer months. Hair can become damaged from being exposed to sun, wind and chlorine. Effective hair care requires a good shampoo and conditioner, but what about the water used to wash it?

Unfiltered water generally contains sediment, minerals and chemicals (such as chlorine) purported to clean the water system that is installed in each home. None of these are helpful in maintaining clean hair and a healthy scalp. What could make a huge difference is the PiMag MicroJet® Shower System (#1466). You would normally think of water filters only in terms of clean drinking water, but the PiMag MicroJet® Shower System (#1466) could effectively help in reducing chlorine exposure and makes shower water comparable in quality to filtered drinking water.

Depending on your natural hair colour, ongoing chlorine exposure may transform it to various shades of yellow, green or blue also drying it out. Chlorine also tends to fade hair dye and highlights, increasing the cost of colour maintenance. It’s so much more cost-effective and practical to install the PiMag MicroJet® Shower System, which is far superior to other chlorine-reduction systems.

Here are the benefits of Nikken’s PiMag MicroJet® Shower System:

1. Most chlorine-reduction shower filters trap part of the chlorine or add other chemicals to counteract it. Nikken’s PiMag MicroJet® uses a reduction/oxidation process to convert free-radical chlorine ions to neutral chlorides. In addition, the Nikken Magnetic Technology helps condition the water without the use of salt or other chemical additives. The magnetic field assists in reducing clumping to reduce in turn, mineral buildup.

2. Even more effective filtration is achieved by the patent-pending Air-Induction Technology, which injects air into the shower stream to create a higher air-to-water ratio. The result is a water stream that is less viscous and has less surface tension so it passes through the nozzle with decreased resistance, which helps maintain water pressure without requiring a higher flow rate.

3. The PiMag MicroJet® nozzle releases streams of microbubbles within the water flow, producing an effective cleansing action that penetrates surface buildup of dirt and helps moisturize skin and scalp so they feel fresh and soft.

Useful Active Wellness hair care tips:

1. Once you have washed your hair, try rinsing it out with cold water. The cold temperature constricts hair cuticles and makes the strands smoother and more reflective. It also prevents dirt from accumulating on the scalp and helps strength hair. The cold water rinse may leave your hair looking glossier and shinier.

2. Before swimming, wet your hair with cold water so that it has already absorbed clean water and will then soak up less of the salt or chlorinated water. (Chlorine and salt water make hair frizzy.)

3. After swimming, if you stay out in the sun or delay going to the shower, coat your hair with TRUE elements® Conditioner, as it might help prevent damage.

4. Use TRUE elements® Shampoo and Conditioner regularly all year round and wash more frequently during summer months. Non-irritating to sensitive skin, the TRUE elements® Hair Care range does NOT contain commonly used chemical ingredients found in many name brands.

5. Bring the TRUE Elements® Shampoo and Conditioner with you to the gym, the pool, and the beach.

6. Drink lots of water. Dehydration has a direct impact on hair growth, and lack of hydration produces dry and brittle hair. It also may decrease the rate of growth.

Take advantage of our Haircare Special Offer!

9th July – 31st August

Receive a FREE TRUE elements® Conditioner when purchasing a TRUE elements® Shampoo! Offer code #88037

(10th July)

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