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    Ingredients to avoid - Hydroquinone

    Ingredients to avoid - Hydroquinone
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    When it comes to skin lightening, the industry ‘standard’ is an ingredient called hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a skin bleaching agent.Although the FDA had classified hydroquinone in 1982 as a safe...

    Why is the gut important to skin health?

    Why is the gut important to skin health?
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    Apart from the obvious role of gut health in energy and physical comfort, it plays another equally vital role – that of skin health.An effective digestive system which balances good...

    Tea for Skin Health?

    Tea for Skin Health?
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    Did you know that drinking tea can improve your skin health? Well maybe not any old tea, but certain types of tea can enhance your skin health from the inside,...

    Moisturising vs Hydrating - what's the difference anyway?

    Moisturising vs Hydrating - what's the difference anyway?
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    Did you know our skin contains both oil-loving and water-loving layers? This is why we need to understand the difference between ‘hydration’ and ‘moisturising’ in our skincare routine. The outer...

    Sleep & Youthful Skin

    Sleep & Youthful Skin
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    Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, getting enough sleep can really impact your health… including the youthful appearance of your skin! We all know what it’s like when we haven’t had enough sleep; those dreaded dark puffy circles under the old eyes, the short temper, the low energy. Yes, sleep can […]

    The eyes have it – wonderful cucumber!

    The eyes have it – wonderful cucumber!
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    Known for centuries to reduce eye puffiness, cucumber has so many health benefits for both skin and body. Let’s explore some of those benefits. Cucumis Sativus – the humble cucumber. High in fibre and super high in water content (about 96%), cucumber in the diet can help the digestive system work more efficiently, and….well….get things […]

    Keeping Age At Bay With Antioxidants

    Keeping Age At Bay With Antioxidants
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    While most of us may be able to imagine a day when we can look at ourselves in the mirror and proudly see our ‘happy lines’ as a reflection of a life filled with love and laughter, few of us want to exclaim “oh those deep furrows, wrinkles and sagging skin!” Let’s face it – there are lines […]

    Natural cleansing

    Natural cleansing
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    Walking down the supermarket aisle the other day, I decided to take a look at a cleansing product marketed by a global skincare brand. It was called “Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash with Aloe”. One would assume by the presence of aloe, that this product was in some way more ‘natural’ than others. So in the interest […]

    Manage eczema and psoriasis naturally

    Manage eczema and psoriasis naturally
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    No, this is not just a pretty flower I picked from my garden. It is Calendula officinalis, or the humble marigold. In the garden its bright and summery and pretty, but on your skin, it is a mircle healer. Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis (with which I myself suffer), are some of the most common skin conditions in the world, […]

    How Effective is Natural Sun Protection, really?

    How Effective is Natural Sun Protection, really?
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    In the almost four years since starting Rubifresh natural skincare, I have found that although there is a great interest in the idea of a natural sun screen, many Australians are sceptical about whether a natural product would be effective for our outdoors lifestyle in the intense Australian sun. The evidence seems conflicting, but like […]

    International Women’s Day – so what?

    International Women’s Day – so what?
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    Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. Why? Surely not because women are in any way superior to men. Nor do we celebrate that women can be just like men. We were created quite intentionally for a unique role. Women were not made inferior to men. Just different. When women lead, and people want to follow, it is precisely because […]

    Fresh is Best

    Fresh is Best
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    Just as fresh food is best for our bodies, so too are fresh ingredients best for our skin. But WHY? It is fairly well known that the fresher we eat our food (especially vitamin and mineral packed fruit & veg), the bigger the dose of those vits & minerals our bodies receive, and the better […]

    At last the tide is turning towards natural skincare!

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    Thanks to changes in technologies and attitudes, “Love the skin you’re in” is the latest catch cry of the beauty industry, according to Sarah Bristow, Beauty Directory. “The beauty world is moving away from elaborate cover-ups and cosmetic injections and into the skincare sector, focusing on improving the condition of the face itself” Sarah says. Well…it’s about […]

    BASIC POST-WORKOUT SKINCARE ROUTINES

    BASIC POST-WORKOUT SKINCARE ROUTINES
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    If exercise is good for us, we would assume it is good for our skin. However, if we do not replenish our skin post-exercise we risk minimising the effect of our exercise, and causing skin problems that could be prevented. With a few basic steps after our workout, we can ensure we match our skin-health […]

    Double Cleansing for the most amazingly fresh skin

    Double Cleansing for the most amazingly fresh skin
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    Despite what we are lead to believe about cleansing the skin, using natural vegetable and nut oils for cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Oil cleansing has been used in many countries as a recognised face cleansing method. Natural oils, when rubbed in, dissolve impurities, environmental ‘dirt’ and makeup, […]

    Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub Customer Review

    Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub Customer Review
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    Wow! I knew this product was good, but just see what our customers thought about Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub when we got 30 of them to independently review this product last month. Made on a moisturising base so it won’t dry your skin, this gentle face scrub contains over 90% organic ingredients, and is 100% […]

    Colonics for Beautiful Skin?

    Colonics for Beautiful Skin?
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    OK, I must admit to drawing the line on healthy skin WAY before colonics! Call me a prude, call me scared….call me what you will, but don’t call me to book me in for a colonic! However, there is a school of thought about the healthy skin benefits of colonics. So read on….taken directly from […]

    Slowing down the aging process with antioxidants

    Slowing down the aging process with antioxidants
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    We’ve probably all heard of free radicals and their harmful effects on the body’s aging process, but what does it really mean and how can we prevent the damage? Free radicals are damaged cells which are released when oxygen is processed by the body in the natural process called oxidation (the same occurs when you […]

    Terrific Tea Tree

    Terrific Tea Tree
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    Tea Tree oil has long been used as a natural antiseptic, but is gathering interest due to some new research that highlights additional benefits. Pure tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree plant (not the tea plant…though it was used by 18th century sailors to make tea that smelled like nutmeg). […]

    Exfoliation without the drying

    Exfoliation without the drying
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    In our 4 year journey to understanding beauty, skin, and all things natural, we have discovered many amazing things about how to optimise the beauty that nature gave us. Things about our skin, about ingredients, and many other fascinating aspects of beauty and skincare. One of the stand-outs is the impact exfoliation has on the […]

    Skin Lightening with Licorice

    Skin Lightening with Licorice
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    We all know how YUMMY licorice is to eat (not too much guys, it will give you the runs!), but did you know that licorice root has been used for centuries for it’s amazing nutritional and medicinal benefits? It has been reported to be commonly used in the treatment of asthma, athlete’s foot, body odour, […]

    TUESDAY TIPS – the wonder of OATS

    TUESDAY TIPS – the wonder of OATS
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    When money’s tight, or time is short and you want a little pamper, try nourishing oats straight out of your pantry. Oats and oatmeal are soothing to all skin types, and will settle most skin irritations. The goodness penetrates deeply into pores, cleansing excessive cell build up and clogged pores. Oats contain an antioxidant called […]

    The Truth about Coconuts

    The Truth about Coconuts
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    Coconut oil was once considered a baddie due to its high percentage of saturated fat. In recent years, evidence has emerged to show not only that saturated fats are not the baddie they once were thought to be, but the unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil actually have powerful medicinal properties, due to […]

    Awesome Avocado

    Awesome Avocado
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    It’s been called the world’s most perfect food – the awesome avocado. Originally from Mexico, this superfruit has now been well researched, and linked with the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions. We also love it for its amazing skin benefits! The Avocado fruit is high in […]

    Olive Oil for Cleansing

    Olive Oil for Cleansing
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    Did you know that the very best form of cleansing is based on a staple ingredient in our pantries? Despite what we are lead to believe about cleansing the skin, using natural vegetable and nut oils for cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin, and Olive oil is a […]

    The Magic of Chamomile

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    If someone asked you the question – “what is chamomile good for?”, you’d probably say that it is good for relaxing you before bed. You would, of course, be correct, but do you know why, and did you know that it’s benefits go way beyond bringing on sleep? It’s powerful benefits have encouraged us at […]

    What is that ingredient anyway?

    What is that ingredient anyway?
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    WELCOME TO FESTIVAL OF FRESH 2014! TO ANSWER THE SPECIAL QUESTION FOR A CHANCE TO WIN SOME BEAUTIFUL (FREE) PRODUCT, GO TO THE CONTACT US TAB ON OUR WEBSITE. When we set out to develop our range of natural skincare products (find us at http://www.rubifresh.com.au), we not only committed to exclude any ingredients […]

    Beauty in Vulnerability

    Beauty in Vulnerability
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    I don’t normally do book reviews…and I haven’t even finished this book, but I attended a conference and heard Brene Brown speak. Her TED    talks have aparently gone bananas all around the world. Worth a look. WHY HERE ON RUBIWOMEN? Brene talks about vulnerability….not the kind of vulnerability we typically think of (ie vulnerability […]

    Foot fetish

    Foot fetish
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    OK, confession time. I do not have a foot fetish….but I am fascinated by feet (nice ones, that is). My own feet get little care in the usual course of life, but today I gave them a bit of loving. I booked in for an express pedicure, using a gift voucher from my lovely brother-in-law….2 […]

    Cruelty Free

    Cruelty Free
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    For those of us who care whether our cosmetics/skincare products are tested on animals, this is worth a read. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/top-cosmetics-brands-lying-to-customers-about-animal-testing/story-fncynkc6-1226635671839?sv=f13a6c6961a9791c9add20b4c066b2fe Rubifresh products are not tested on animals, and our suppliers inform us that the practice of testing ingredients on animals is slowly but surely being stamped out. Check out our range of all natural skincare at […]

    “Our deepest fe…

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    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” Nelson Mandela At the start of a new year, as kids start heading back to school, and the holiday glow starts to […]

    Secrets to Beauty – Audrey Hepburn

    Secrets to Beauty – Audrey Hepburn
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    For attractive lips, speak words of kindness… For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone… People, even more than […]

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – goodness of goat’s milk

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – goodness of goat’s milk
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    Yum! Goat’s Milk! One of the most gentle conditioning and moisturizing ingredients you could put on your skin….and available from the supermarket or health food store. Goat’s milk has smaller protein molecules, making it easily and quickly absorbed, and imparting a beautiful silky feel to the skin. It is not too alkaline and not too […]

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – awesome avocado

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – awesome avocado
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    Like most natural oils, Avocado oil has a structure close to human sebum. It therefore allows the skin to breathe, and to balance itself better than chemical ingredients or synthetic oils. Avocado oil is a full bodied, light green oil, rich in nutritive and conditioning components Vit A, B1, B2, D and E. It also […]

    TUESDAY TIPS – hungry for hydration

    TUESDAY TIPS – hungry for hydration
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    I love water! I love drinking it. I love my showers (really hot in winter!). I love swimming in it. I’ve always loved running under the sprinkler (though I did break my nose doing this when I was a kid). I love the rain…..and I know my skin loves water too. Hydration is one of […]

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – the magic of aloe vera

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – the magic of aloe vera
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    OK so Aloe Vera is not exactly a pantry ingredient, but it commonly grows in pots and gardens, and it’s gel can be applied to the skin straight from the leaf. Aloe has been used since ancient Egyptian times as a first aid remedy for wounds and skin irritations, and as a skin rejuvenator. It […]

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – be thrifty with OATS

    THRIFTY THURSDAY – be thrifty with OATS
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    When money’s tight, or time is short and you want a little pamper, try nourishing oats straight out of your pantry. Oats and oatmeal are soothing to all skin types, and will settle most skin irritations. The goodness penetrates deeply into pores, cleansing excessive cell build up and clogged pores. Oats contain an antioxidant called […]

    7 TIPS FOR GREAT SKIN

    7 TIPS FOR GREAT SKIN
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    When we think of caring for our skin, it is easy to focus on it’s role in communicating our age. Let’s face it, none of us wants to look older than we are! The skin’s role is multi-faceted, providing sensory inputs, emotional expressions, and the more functional roles of protecting us from nasties getting into […]

    Toxic Ingredients to avoid in your skincare

    Toxic Ingredients to avoid in your skincare
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    Aluminium Hydrochloride – linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminium compounds are neurotoxic to humans Benzalkonium Chloride – immune system, lung and skin toxicant; can trigger asthma; restricted in China and Japan Benzyl Alcohol – strong neurotoxicant; can cause allergic reaction in lungs & itching, burning, blistering of skin; causes liver damage in animals […]

    Oil Cleansing the most effective

    Oil Cleansing the most effective
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    Despite what we are lead to believe about cleansing the skin, using natural vegetable and nut oils for cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Oil  cleansing has been used in many countries for centuries as a recognised face cleansing method. Natural oils, when rubbed in, dissolve impurities, environmental […]

    Inspired Beauty

    Inspired Beauty
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    Ironically, just as I launched my new skincare brand Rubifresh last week I was sick as a dog…looking and feeling rotten! Not feeling very beautiful at all! So this week I decided to write about Inspired Beauty. The kind of beauty that comes from an inspirational story, attitude or lifestyle, rather than the more classical physical […]

    The Journey Begins

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    This marks the beginning of a journey…a quest really. A quest to unlock the secrets to living a life of real beauty. Not the kind of beauty that makes it hard to move your face (come on, we all know someone these days with that kind of face!), but rather a beauty that radiates from a […]

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