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Curiosity Gap Spotlight: Ra Oils & interview with the founder Frida Jonsdottir

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From cynic to fan: Jade Beauty Head Massage Tool from Hayou Method

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Spotlight on Hair: Grow Strong Duo from Mauli Rituals

Hair is such a defining part of us that when the hairline starts reseading or hair starts to fall out, we panic. Sadly factors like pollution, increased stress, tragic events and passing of time only contribute to our hair going from glossy and lush to sparse, as does our failure to look after the health of our scalp. You only need to compare your teen pictures to the pictures of you now to really notice a marked difference. While your diet, DNA and medical history play an important role in the health and ‘look’ of the hair, the products that you use to look after it, as well as your scalp’s ‘state’ can contribute to an improvement. The people of India, according to Mauli Rituals co-founder Bittu Kaushal, have always used pure herbal shampoos, conditioners and treatments oils to nourish the scalp. So newly launched duo, Mauli Rituals Grow Strong Shampoo and Conditioner,  was developed to give you a helping hand in improving the health of your scalp and hair. All you need to do is to take action and be patient, as change, like improvement, take time.

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The benefits of plants: Saskia Flower Essences

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Autumn Mist: a new launch from Dafna’s Personal Skincare

As summer seems to be deeper embedded in our minds and autumn settles in comfortably behind our windows, Dafna’s Personal Skincare launched a facial mist that promises to be skin ‘pro-active’, bringing multiple benefits with its every drop. You might not consider a face mist to be an essential part of your skincare routine, but depending on ingredients, it can offer multiple positives, like extra hydration, balancing the skin or brightening & exfoliating it.

Dafna, brand’s founder, created an ‘Active Mist’ because she wanted to offer women a product that is easy to use, will hydrate and refresh the skin, whatever time of the year, as well as help fight photo-ageing process. Why ‘Active’ was one of the first questions that I posed to Dafna and her reply made sense, as well as made me smile, as soon as I read it: ‘it actually must work on your skin and not just provide a watery aroma’. An active woman and her active skincare makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

‘I love mists in the daily routine’ Dafna Shaham, founder of Dafna’s Personal Skincare

Being an entrepreneur and a mother helps Dafna in her creative process, because she wants her products to help other women look and feel good, at different times of their lives, no matter how busy their schedule is. Incorporating natural scents into her products is also important, as it affects our moods. Dafna’s own brief during creative process for this face care product was as follows: ‘I wanted a mist that hydrates and combats  oxidation, something that makes our skin age prematurely. Like with other products that I crafted for my line, they are the foundation for my skincare. If you want good skin, you need to address those two factors. I find that most mists don’t really hydrate and the main reason is that just water isn’t hydrating enough. What your skin needs is a combination of oils and water, so by adding oil (a tiny amount that you don’t even feel) into the mist, it works wonders on how the mist is absorbed and hydrates the skin.’

Ingredient Insights:

One of the unique characters of this mist is the use of biotechnological advance of MelaCare (dry oil), which combined with plant extracts chosen for their specific qualities, helps make your skin look more toned & fresh, something that a woman of any age wants.

A mixture of oils from three medicinal plants (Camelia Japonica,Oxalis triangular and Eremanthus erythropappus), were chosen for their anti-inflammatory, soothing and anti-oxidant benefits. MelaCare-oil inhibits melanin synthesis and with regular use you can expect to see improvement in the evenness of the skin tone and signs of photo-ageing. Tip: It’s worth doing a Vista machine analysis before starting to use the mist and then repeating it six or eights weeks after and compare the results.

Calendula: calms and repairs the skin (Ayurvedic ingredient, good for Vata & Pitta types).

Figs Juice: Greek figs provide hydration, comfort and coolness (Ayurvedic ingredient, good for Vata & Pitta).

Geranium and Sweet Orange Essential Oils: contribute to emotional balance, helps reduce anxiety, relieve tension and irritability, as well as help balance the skin.

Full List of Ingredients: Aqua, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Eremanthus Erythropappus Branch/Leaf Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Ficus Carica Fruit Juice, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Oxalis Triangularis Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Silica, Maltodextrin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potasium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol.

I was interested to also get Dafna’s perspective on the need (or not?) of incorporating mists into our daily skincare routine and she thinks that ‘they only add to it. It’s not as if a mist is ‘a must’, like a cleanser, serum or moisturiser, but it makes the entire daily skincare routine ‘complete’. Instead of using water in the routine, you re-charge between the steps with a mist, which is much more delicate for the skin. Also I find mists to add a special glow, like the fine tuning that makes it more magical, enjoyable’.

How to Use

This mist can be used in two ways. As a Toner, when you spray it on a cotton ball or pad and then massage the face and neck with you (extend it, reaching behind the ears and getting read of the perfume residue that might build up over time on your skin, if that’s where you spray it normally). Then follow it with your usual face serum or moisturiser. As a Mist, spray it over your face and neck whenever you feel like it and don’t forget to take deeper breaths, inhaling the benefits of the natural essential oils aroma that brings comfort and freshness, as well as some balance into the moment in time.

According to Dafna, she is ‘addicted to this mist…even I didn’t think I will use it as much as I do…and I use it like 4-5 times a day! Of course in my morning routines, but also 2-3 times a day to refresh my skin, to give it a beautiful glow, freshness, hydration’. Even before Dafna shared this, I started doing the same – first in the morning, even though I normally don’t mist my face during my morning skincare routine. Then I started taking it with me and putting it on my desk, when I type and research for a prolonged period of time. Switching off for five minutes, misting my face, closing my eyes and taking deeper breaths allows me to re-focus the mind, switch a perspective or just slow down and empty my mind, not dissimilar to having a cup of coffee or tea – and who is to say you can’t do both, be it at home or in the office?

The mist itself is somewhere in-between very fine and medium-sized in terms of the droplets that settle on your face and it feels very comforting just misting it all over – a little ritual that allows you to focus on your breath and just ‘be’, something that allows us to remind ourselves how good life is or to help us shift something negative or sad that has been preoccupying the mind. It makes my skin feel fresher, whether I do it after cleansing and before applying the serum/oil or moisturiser or when applying it on top of my make-up before leaving home. When I mist my face (liberally .) at my desk, my skin feels more awake and so do my senses, something that I really welcome, as I do spend a lot of time, like I am sure many of you, in front of my laptop.

For me skincare is also not just something that I need in order to look after my skin and give it what it deserves. It is also an opportunity to slow down, even if only for a couple of minutes, appreciate the fact that I am a woman and be grateful for all the good things that there are in our world, before moving ahead to solve the problems that we all face, big or small, in our daily lives.

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