Australian women should consider a beauty regime which includes Vitamin C to protect against the specific ravages of the harsh climate Down Under, according to a Brisbane-based skincare and wellness company.
Not only is the vitamin commonly found in citrus fruits good for internal immunity, but it is critical for an external “glow”, Boutique Botanicals Managing Director Michael Lewis says.
“Vitamin C is really good at bringing out and evening out your complexion and sun damage, particularly in Australia,” he says.
“It can help if you get out in the sun and are prone to freckles and pigmentation, as well as liver spots, redness and blotchiness.
“It is good for health and healing but also good for the skin and complexion.”
Are there different types of Vitamin C?
Michael says while ascorbic acid found in many Vitamin C tablets is great for internal health, it is unstable, which means it degrades and neutralises within a couple of weeks, particularly when used in skincare products.
“It is very difficult to make and bring to market. A lot of serums containing ascorbic acid may be within their use-by date but they’ve lost their zing,” he says.
“We use the stabilised form of Vitamin C. Our Renew Vitamin C Natural Face Cleanser is based on castile soap which is a vegetarian-based soap.”
Michael, who established his company three years ago after friends and family encouraged him to sell moisturiser he had made as a hobby, says Boutique Botanicals has a wide range of products from men’s skincare, the entry-level Renew, to the top-of-the-line Marine Collagen range, under the philosophy of “inspired by nature, empowered by science.”
The Renew Vitamin C Natural Face Cleanser – is based on natural castile soap with Vitamin C, glycerine and extracts of cucumber and aloe vera aimed at gently cleansing the skin while not disrupting the skin’s natural balance.
“The difference between our products and others is our small-batch manufacturing process,” he says.
“We generally do no more than 36 to 48 batches which are heated up, emulsified and cooled down in 10 minutes and then add the active ingredients.
“Other companies use commercial-scale production. In the commercial process it would take several hours to heat up and cool down. They use 5000 litre batches and even with the best care and intention in the world, the ingredients will degrade.
“By using a small manufacturing process the inherent goodness of ingredients is maintained.”
Preservatives versus natural ingredients
Michael compares the preservatives used by large skincare manufacturers to the natural ingredients and process in his products as “like a Big Mac burger that still hasn’t got mould on it 10 years later.”
“We use a natural preservative in all of our products,” he says.
“Everything you buy in a shop has preservatives in it. They look nice, they smell nice, they feel nice but they don’t do anything for you.
“It’s like that white bread addiction we got into. When did everyone think that was better for you than freshly-baked bread from the baker?”
What is the difference between using Vitamin C internally and externally?
Michael says realistically, people should consider taking Vitamin C tablets as well as applying a cream.
“It is not an ‘or’ proposition, it is an ‘and’ proposition. Vitamin C internally is part of the metabolic process and bolsters the immune system but doesn’t necessarily work on shifting the complexion because that is the top of the dermal layer. You wouldn’t eat sunscreen and expect to stop getting burned,” he says.
Why should you use face cleanser?
Some lucky people are fortunate to not have to use any facial products, but they are in the minority particularly as they age, according to Michael.
“Some people just rinse their face with cold water and then put on rosehip oil and that blows me away. A lot of people don’t cleanse and probably don’t tone. When you are younger it is not as important but as you get older, soaps and harsh cleansers are just too harsh.
“A lot of people over-cleanse, over-exfoliate and over-scrub. It is horses for courses and about your skin type. Our product is a really lovely natural cleanser that you can use twice a day.”
The 5 steps to an optimum skincare regime
In a nutshell, Michael says people should exfoliate, cleanse, tone, apply serum and moisturise.
“That’s the ant’s pants. For the more mature customer, exfoliation is something you should do once or twice a week maximum. Toning is to actually close up the pores particularly if you are putting on sunscreen or makeup. Always use your serum before your moisturiser as it pushes water, peptides and other anti-ageing products into the skin. Moisturiser has oil which will create a barrier so do it last.”
Michael says swapping skincare products is fine, particularly if you have “multiple boxes you want to tick in terms of skincare objectives.”
“There is not one magic formula or bottle you can apply. Mixing and matching gives your routine a lot of flexiblity.”
Why should we use skincare as we age?
The brutally honest answer, according to Michael, may surprise you.
“In one word: vanity. There are lots of really wrinkled people who live to old age. Using skincare won’t make you physically younger. While vanity may seem flippant and narcissistic, it’s how you look and feel that impacts on your health. If you look after your skin and feel good, you’ll probably have a happier life.”
Looking for beautiful hands to match your glowing skin? Boutique Botanicals has lovely hand lotions such as this Spiced Geranium Nourishing Hand Lotion 70ml