The Manuka Essentials Journal

The Ultimate Guide to Care For Mature Skin

The Ultimate Guide to Care For Mature Skin

What happens to our skin when we age? It really depends on the usual factors: diet, lifestyle, exposure to the sun, stress, obesity - even the way we sleep.  Our skin gets rougher, losing its elastin and collagen which is why it begins to get looser, the epidermis thins and skin becomes weaker and more susceptible to damage.  Increased and prolonged exposure to UV light is the key culprit in damaging our elastin. These fibers break down, unable to bounce back if stretched. A loss of fat in our cheeks, temple, nose and around our eyes also adds to this...

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The Ultimate Guide to Care For Acne-Prone Skin

The Ultimate Guide to Care For Acne-Prone Skin

What causes acne? The pores in our skin are crucial for maintaining a healthy complexion. We have two different types: oil pores and sweat pores, connected to those types of glands. We need our pores to release the naturally occurring oil sebum, which keeps our skin moisturised and protected, as well as releasing sweat to cool us down.  Problems arise when these pores get blocked. They might be blocked by dead skin cells, by heavy products, and any other contaminants that come into contact with our skin throughout the day. Essentially, all acne starts with blocked pores. Pimples are caused...

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Woman face with combination skin

The Ultimate Guide to Care For Combination Skin

What is combination skin? If your skin is dry or oily, your skincare needs may be relatively straight forward. When you have a combination of both however, not so much. And it’s extremely common, says Ranella Hirsch, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Oily skin is caused by excess sebum production, your skin’s naturally occurring oil, which can come about for a number of reasons, explored in more depth here. Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the epidermis, which can also be caused by numerous factors which we dive into...

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The Ultimate Guide to Care For Oily Skin

The Ultimate Guide to Care For Oily Skin

Oh, oily skin. Perhaps the trickiest of all skin types to manage. Why? Because it’s truly all about balance. Like with all skin types, oily skin takes patience to understand and learn how to manage. It may change with your age, the seasons and your skincare regimen, so in turn, your approach will need to evolve too.  Every one of us has oil on our skin, but some just can’t seem to keep it under control. Taking that time in the morning and/or evening to check in with your skin is particularly important for those with noticeably oilier complexions, so...

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The Ultimate Guide to Care For Dry Skin

The Ultimate Guide to Care For Dry Skin

Dry skin can be incredibly uncomfortable, unpleasant and difficult to manage. Whether it’s something you were born with, deal with seasonally or occasionally, finding the right products to help can be daunting.  The best way to care for your dry skin is by understanding what's causing it. Skincare routines are a great opportunity to take a moment from our busy lives to notice any changes. When we start keeping tabs on our skin, we can narrow down what might be impacting its health.  In this guide, we break down some common causes of dry skin and share our tips on keeping...

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The Ultimate Guide To Care For Normal Skin

The Ultimate Guide To Care For Normal Skin

Did you know that our skin is the largest organ in our body, and that it is just as complex as the heart, lungs and other vital organs? Our skin can change with the seasons, our environment, the products we use and the food we eat. The best way to ensure we take good care of our skin is to understand what makes it tick and what is happening beneath the surface, and that’s where understanding the needs of our specific skin type comes in handy. We are all unique, our skincare needs will be different and getting the right...

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