Behind a Youthful Face!
While skincare is a key part of healthy, youthful looking skin there are some other really important, very accessible ways that enable women to look so much younger than their age.
Let's start with attitude! The way we see life - as either an exciting open journey or a closed book with ageing as a burden.
If we see life as an exciting journey we will endeavour to make every day an interesting step in that journey. We will be open to meeting new people and trying new things. We will take (calculated!) risks and our lives will continue to be an adventure.
We will not have thoughts about limitations but rather about possibilities. The look on our faces demonstrates which attitude we choose (and it is a choice!). No amount of cosmetics will hide that!
Secondly, healthy and youthful skin requires a healthy lifestyle.
This is much easier than it may seem. Daily exercise, healthy food, no smoking - how difficult is that really?
We have a choice to either treat our bodies as temples or amusement parlours!
We dont necessarily need to go to a gym - our homes can be our gyms and we can save money at the same time! This is as simple as walking every day wherever we can and doing some manual work (perhaps vacuuming the house, washing the car, gardening).
You may be thinking - I don't have time - but think about the things you do have time for like meeting with and talking to friends, going to the supermarket or fresh food store etc. We can actually choose to meet our friends for walks, instead of the coffee shop, and achieve two goals together. We can walk instead of driving to many places. We can adopt a policy of doing rather than watching others do!
In Australia the choices around healthy food are incredible - how hard is it to focus on fruit, vegetables, nuts, chicken, fish and meat in our shopping and avoid the sugar, filled packages?
None of the above are revolutionary ideas but they will contribute to healthier, more youthful skin.
One of my favourite thoughts is this - attributable to Opray Winfrey:
'The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change her/his future by merely changing her/his attitude!'
Skincare does not have to be complicated or expensive!
Many women we speak to are totally confused by what a good skincare regime means.
The good news is that it's actually quite uncomplicated - Cleanse, Exfoliate, Hydrate and Moisturize!
While it is very tempting for a skincare company to develop dozens of products, at griffin+row we have been determined to have only those products that are essential for an effective daily regime.
Here are some questions that we are often asked!
- Why doesn't griffin+row have an Eye Cream
As our moisturizer contains no harmful chemicals, it is so gentle on the skin that it can be used all over the face and neck, including around the eyes.
- What age group can use griffin+row?
As with healthy food, healthy skincare can be used by all ages. Just as fruit and vegetables are good for all ages, so are our products, which are based on plant extracts known for their antioxidant benefits. The only variation is that more mature skin can benefit from Enrich which is a more concentrated product than Nourish.
- Why doesn't griffin+row have a face mask?
You can see on our website under FAQ that griffin+row does have Face Mask routine, usingthe four products Cleanse, Exfoliate, Hydrate and Enrich.
- Should you exfoliate the skin every day?
With the griffin+row Exfoliate cloth, the gentleness of the organic cloth ensures that daily exfoliation is very beneficial ,sluffing off dead skin cells and ensuring that the fresh new cells come to the surface. This leaves the skin looking fresh and young.
- Can griffin+row be used on sensitive skin?
Yes, the fact that our range does not contain harmful chemicals means that even very sensitive skin can use griffin+row
- Is griffin+row allergy -free?
Actually there is no such thing as allergy free skincare or allergy free food! As we know people can have allergies to apples and oranges. So with skincare there will be someone somewhere who may have an allergy to even the most pure skincare products
We are really happy to answer your questions.
Please contact Marcia Griffin who has had more than 25 years experience in skincare!
How to take 10 years off your age (no surgery required!)
1. Exercise every day. Spend at least half an hour working out to keep your body firm and taut. Exercise benefits not only your figure, but reduces stress and focuses the mind. This is not optional!
2. Wear fashion that suits you, don't dress to suit fashion. Never choose your clothes based on the latest craze; select styles which enhance your best features. Forgo shapeless garments in favour of tailored pieces that glide over not grip your body.
3. Flaunt your assets with style! Allow for your hem to skim just over your knobbly knees and show off your calves (steer clear of full length garments as they can look frumpy). Same with your arms - three-quarter length shirts work a treat if your arms are not as firm as they used to be!
3. Find heels that compliment your outfit. Not all heels are created equal; specific heights suit specific silhouettes. For example, stilettos compliment outfits that elongate your body such as pants and ankle straps make petite women appear shorter.
4. Choose colours wisely. Select colours that enable you to add bright accessories and pieces without looking gaudy. Shy away from large prints - they look dowdy! Remember the darker the colour the slimmer you will look and you can always brighten and lighten with scarves and jewellery.
5. It's all about the hair. Wear hair at a length(just above shoulder length) that is feminine; boy short cuts are really ageing as is waist length over 35! Fringes and layers around the face can hide a multitude of ageing signs, as does a good warm colour. With age lighter hair is softer and more forgiving. Steer clear of jet black locks as they add years to the face.
6. Use make-up sparingly. Use make up with discretion to enhance your best facial features. Less is definitely more in this instance; thin lips, for example, need light colours. The basic rule of thumb when applying make-up is that if you want to enhance a feature use a lighter colour, if you want to reduce feature use a darker colour.
7. Skincare is paramount. Consider a daily skincare routine as important as a healthy diet and your minimum half hour of exercise! It is never too late to invest in a good regime and begin to wear sunscreen! Make sure your products are free from harmful chemicals as they could in fact age the skin and do more damage than good.
9. Update your perfume. Perfume is seasonal and transitional - your signature scent that you've worn 20 years ago may not still be fresh today. Avoid heavy and musky scents like roses and lavender and opt for "youthful" spritzes like orange and honey.
10. Confidence is the key. A great attitude, a warm smile and a positive approach to life speak volumes and the lines that form from smiling are very much less ageing than frown lines.
Have a beautiful New Year!
Recently I attended an event where a young journalist gave a stunning speech about freedom of the press. At the end of her speech I congratulated her on both her speech and how beautifully she presented herself. She was well groomed and well dressed. She looked surprised and I said to her" its wonderful when women are both intelligent and beautifully presented."
I realize that in Australia we do not compliment each other enough, but when we do the effect is fantastic. We all love to be paid a genuine compliment on our achievements and/or appearance.
I think we should always encourage women to be their best in every way-in the achievement of what we set out to do and in looking our best.
I notice how many Australian women in powerful roles in business and politics seem to want to look like men-chopped hair, masculine looking suits and a distinct disregard for their femininity.
Its ok to be feminine and achievement oriented!!
Julie Bishop is a great example of a highly successful woman who also takes great pride in her fitness, clothes and grooming. She is a great role model for younger women who can feel that it is ok to enjoy clothes, cosmetics and of course skincare!!!
So another year has come to an end and a new one about to start-have a Beautiful Year.
Enjoy your femininity and I wish you success and happiness in all that you commit to in 2014!
No such thing as instant success!
Everyday we read magazines,watch TV and tune into the internet and we see companies promising instant success.
It may be weight loss,fitness or skincare.
The message is always the same-just pay us and you will achieve your goal!
The reality is that if we want to lose weight we need to eat the right food and exercise daily.
If we want to be fit,it will simply not be enough to lie on a machine that exercises the body,we need to exercise by walking,gym work,jogging or playing sport.
No skincare products will turn back the clock twenty years instantly!!
For great skin we need a daily regime, using products free from harmful chemicals and with ingredients that help the skin regenerate and heal. We need to eat well,exercise and have a positive attitude.
Spending a fortune on any of the above will not guarantee success.
With more than twenty years in the skincare industry I can assure you that nothing works better for your skin than this simple mantra
- Daily skincare morning and night-Cleanse,Exfoliate,Hydrate and Moisturize
- Daily exercise to facilitate good blood circulation which nourishes the new skin cells
- ( Remember the skin has its own fantastic cell renewal system
that needs extra help as we get older!)
- A healthy diet full of fruit,vegetables,protein and some carbs!
- Its all about balance and discipline!!
Skincare like food is a health item not a fashion item
Take care of what you eat and put on your skin!
Watch out for harmful chemicals in your skincare-this was a clear message on Today Tonight July 15, 2013
At griffin+row we have always promoted the fact that skincare is about healthcare.
Skincare is not a fashion item.
Today Tonight Channel 7 July 15 www.yahoo7.com.au/todaytonight segment gave us some very interesting facts:
- The average woman applies over 500 chemicals to her body every day
- We absorb these chemicals into our system,
- What we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in our bodies
- These harmful chemicals are responsible for the rise in allergies,redness,angry skin and even cancer
- Over a year we absorb up to 2 kilos of these chemicals into our bodies
- Consumers are becoming more conscious and seeking natural products
This is the griffin+row message - treat your skin like you would any other organ in your body with care and using products without harmful chemicals.
Our products are free from harmful chemical and are based on plant extracts known for their health giving properties: http://griffinandrow.com.au/natural_skin_care
Taking care of your skin in Winter!
We think that Summer is a hard time for our skin but actually the cold and drying winds of Winter are equally harsh.
The good news is that there are many things we can do to take care of our skin in winter:-
- Protect your neck and lower face with a warm scarf.This year there are some wonderful circular scarves which are perfect for playing sport and giving your neck great protection.
- Take extra care with Hydrating your skin and use the most nourishing moisturizer-in our griffin+row range you might change to Enrich for the Winter months.
- Take care of your diet and don't fall for the quick warm up of junk food-go for healthy soups,green vegetables winter fruits
- As heating can dehydrate your skin,use your Hydrate during the day to refresh and revitalize your skin.
- Do the griffin+row face mask-at least once a week
- Protect your hands by wearing gloves and use Enrich on your hands as a really effective protective cream.
- Dont let the cold hold you back from exercising.Exercise daily to help blood circulation which enhances skin cell renewal (cover up when outside in the cold wind)
- Make sure that you maintain your twice daily morning and night routine-its vital all year round!
A Tribute to Mothers for Mothers Day from griffin+row
The role that mothers play in our community is extraordinary and rarely acknowledged:
- They set the standards (and are the role models) for the next generation
- They often have 2 full time jobs -mothering and a paid job!
- They juggle many management roles- house,work and family.
- They generally put themselves last
- They are unsung heroines
Pregnancy and skincare.
Recently we were asked at griffin+row if our range was suitable for pregnant women.
As our products are free from harmful chemicals and are based on the concept of using only daily essentials -our range is very suitable for pregnant women.
griffin+row has been designed to give maximum skincare for minimum effort.
We know women are time poor,juggling children,work and life generally.
griffin+row reflects the belief of many dermatologists that we do need to do something to our skin everyday -but we do not need complicated regimes or products that are simply designed to increase the sales of a brand.
That is why we are focussed only on the steps we need to slow down skin ageing-Cleanse,Exfoliate,Hydrate and Moisturize
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You are our inspiration at griffin+row!
It is really great to hear from happy customers as you are the people we are inspired by!!
Thanks Joan for your comments below
Just emailing to thank you for the quick delivery of your wonderful products. It's such a seamless process to order online. They arrive quickly and are simply divine.
Easy steps for Sensitive skin care
If you have really sensitive skin and are worried about trying new skincare products here are some tips:
- Try only one product at a time-changing skincare is like changing your diet-do it slowly!
- Start with the cleanser.
- When you start using a new moisturizer or hydrate try on the back of your neck and wait to see if there is redness or any reaction.
- Remember that you only need to use small quantities of product,your skin can only absorb so much.
If you would like to receive special offers for sensitive skin please click here and you will receive details of all griffin+row offers.
griffin+row is suitable for sensitive skin.
Can any skincare be allergy -free?
It is almost impossible to say that any skincare can be allergy free because we can have allergies to even the purest ingredients.
We can say however that taking out harmful chemicals reduces the likelihood of a skin reaction.
If you would like to receive special griffin+row offers which are very suitable for sensitive skin,please click here and join our mailing list.
Skincare is a health care matter not a fashion item
Can we stop skin ageing?
As I speak to many women about their skincare concerns there seem to be 3 big questions!
Can we stop skin ageing?
Of course this is the biggest question of all and the answer is that while we can't totally stop skin ageing we can do a lot to slow it down and that is what we need to focus on.
On mission at griffin+row
I want to say thank you to our loyal customers and also to say how much I appreciate your love of our products!
Thank you for the calls and emails regarding product availability, you will notice that we are now in more and more pharmacies, in order to ensure that you have easier access to the range.
I was looking the other day at our original mission statement and the thinking behind griffin+row
I thought you might like to see that we remain on mission!
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