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Terri’s picks: Prana Chai!

I’ve been on the hunt to find the best leaf chai around, and I’ve finally found it!   A while back I decided to lower my coffee intake, and started ordering chai tea when I would go out to a café. I found the café quality chais were delicious, strong and hot (just how I […]

Posted on: 05-4-2017 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Foods to avoid for sensitive skin and rosacea

Skin irritation is characterised by redness, itching, burning or dryness and may be classified as either contact irritation, rosacea or an allergic response. Studies have proven there is a significant link between diet and inflammation. Whilst skin conditions such as rosacea may not be curable, it is best to avoid any foods or liquids that […]

Posted on: 11-28-2016 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Terri’s mega-healthy fruit and nut loaf

Last year I invested in a Panasonic Breadmaker (I have model SD 2501) so I could make healthy bread alternatives without the harmful additives. I’ve been perfecting my fruit and nut loaf ever since, and due to the influx of requests, I’m so excited to finally share the recipe with you. It’s filling, tasty, and […]

Posted on: 11-3-2016 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The Microbead Debate: Is there plastic in your cleanser?

Microbeads may be microscopic, but they are causing a stir in the beauty industry and creating serious problems for our aquatic environment. These tiny plastic beads serve no benefit to the skin and are used as cheap alternatives to effective mineral and plant based exfoliants. Many consumers may not even be aware that the products they […]

Posted on: 04-29-2016 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Uncategorized, Synergie Skin
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My seven-day escape to Gwinganna health retreat

After discovering the power of mindfulness last year, I made a conscious commitment to spend more time nurturing both my mind and body. This year I chose to head to the renowned Gwinganna, a serene spa resort in Queensland, which luckily for us Aussies, is right at our back door. Gwinganna is especially unique in […]

Posted on: 03-22-2016 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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What I learned from ‘An Evening with Oprah’

Image courtesy of Oprah.com A few weeks ago I attended ‘An Evening with Oprah’ in Melbourne and wow, what an incredible experience! What I love about Oprah is that she encourages people to honour their spirit and to be the very best version of themselves. It’s taken me a long time to get where I am […]

Posted on: 12-15-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Uncategorized, Synergie Skin
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My cleansing experience at The Pearl Laguna

When I first decided to visit The Pearl Laguna wellness retreat in California, my expectations were to learn basic yoga and meditation. Little did I know this retreat would offer so much more as I was about to embark on a journey focused on discovering the importance of ‘me’ time.  Amidst trying to juggle my […]

Posted on: 10-22-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Terri’s top 5 beauty tips for the neck & décolletage

  The skin of the neck and décolletage is thinner and more vulnerable to the ravages of ageing. The skin of the neck also has a different collagen content than that of the face. As we age, we tend to focus on the skin of the face and neglect this delicate area. The neck is […]

Posted on: 10-12-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Avoid mixing acids with retinoids and vitamin B3

Written by Terri Vinson (BSc.DipFormChem.DipEd.ASCC) Creating active cosmeceuticals is certainly so much more than throwing ingredients into a pot and mixing. Formulating is a complex exercise that requires a deep understanding of chemistry and the biology of human cells. Many formulators are not aware of the importance of not mixing acidic products (below around pH 3.5) […]

Posted on: 07-1-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Terri’s long haul travelling tips

  I do a lot of travelling with my business and it can really take its toll on my skin. Here are my top tips for long haul skin care. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of under 20%. This is significantly lower than normal land humidity of […]

Posted on: 04-24-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Concerns over acetone in skincare

  There has been some hype recently regarding skin care products containing the chemical acetone. Acetone is the most common ingredient used as nail polish remover. It is extremely cheap and abundant in the chemical industry. Even ‘medical grade’ acetone is simply acetone in a highly refined state. Acetone causes an inflammatory response as it directly compromises the […]

Posted on: 04-13-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Stay cool to keep melasma at bay

Did you know that high temperatures may trigger melanocyte activity and hyperpigmentation? Many of you suffering from persistent hyperpigmentation and melasma religiously follow instructions from your skin professional regarding sun avoidance, UV protection and cosmeceuticals designed to reduce uneven skin tone. However, the problem may spontaneously return for no apparent reason. It has been discovered […]

Posted on: 02-16-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The sugar epidemic

    Sugar is enemy number one when it comes to premature ageing and inflammation. In addition to a scientifically based daily skin care regimen, diet is extremely important in the fight against premature ageing, obesity and disease. A recent ‘Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’ study linked consuming high levels of sugar contributes to a higher […]

Posted on: 02-5-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Harnessing the power of ‘Clean Science’ in cosmeceutical formulations

  As a scientist I am aware of the power of laboratory created ingredients and the positive impact they can have on skin. There are also many natural product ranges on the market that are extremely nurturing but may not create the same level of biological impact. The secret to formulating in my opinion is […]

Posted on: 02-2-2015 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Essential Vitamins: supplements or serums?

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   My scientific based perspective for choosing between using vitamins directly on the skin (topically) compared to taking them as supplements (orally). Vitamin A Vitamin A (aka retinoids) are considered the gold standard in terms of skin care. Topical vitamin A is now used to treat over 125 […]

Posted on: 09-9-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Blackheads: getting to the pore of the problem

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC What are blackheads? A blackhead (also referred to as an open comedo) is an opening of the hair follicle with a blackened mass of oxidised oil covering the opening containing skin debris, oil and bacteria. A whitehead is an open comedo where the opening of the pore is closed […]

Posted on: 08-14-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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How to manage adult acne

  Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC What is the main reason for enlarged pores?   Enlarged pores occur for the following reasons: 1.   Hereditary: genetics and race plays a role in pore diameter. Generally Asian skin is prone to larger pores compared to Caucasian skin types. 2.   Excess oil and clogged […]

Posted on: 07-21-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Mineral Makeup: what you need to know

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   What is the fundamental difference between mineral and “traditional” makeup? Mineral makeup contains natural ingredients that, when formulated correctly, are good for your skin. High quality minerals generally offer superior visual results compared to traditional synthetic makeup – minus the ‘questionable’ ingredients.  Minerals gently adhere to the […]

Posted on: 07-16-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Head to toe Synergie tips to keep your winter skin looking fresh

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC When the climate is cooler, our blood vessels try to insulate us by becoming thinner and deeper in the skin to maintain blood temperature at around 37°C. This is why our skin looks paler in winter even without UV exposure.   Stay UV protected Even though UVB (burning) […]

Posted on: 06-26-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Skincare for sensitive skin

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC Many individuals are classified as having sensitive skin and may experience a skin reaction to a specific product or substance. If you have developed an irritation it may be classified as either a contact skin irritation or an actual allergic response. Individuals with rosacea (see my rosacea blog) […]

Posted on: 06-11-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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What is the difference between skin irritation and a skin allergy?

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC Often the visible symptoms of an allergic reaction and contact irritation are the same- itchy, red, swollen skin. While symptoms of an allergic reaction can appear in larger or specific areas of the body where the irritant has not had direct contact, symptoms of skin irritation is usually […]

Posted on: 06-10-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Safe skincare and makeup during pregnancy: the truth

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC Pregnancy is a time when many women focus more on the quality of products they use on their face and body. They are ultimately responsible for the safety of their unborn child and their choices are influenced by understanding exactly which ingredients are safe to use on the […]

Posted on: 06-3-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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What should you look for in a shampoo and conditioner?

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC The ideal shampoo and conditioner will treat the scalp and nourish hair from the roots. The actual hair is actually composed of dead matter. The only “living” portion of the hair is found deep within the follicle. Visible hair is called the hair shaft. The visible hair exhibits […]

Posted on: 06-3-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Mineral Makeup: Q&A with Terri Vinson

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC Mineral makeup has certainly revolutionised the cosmetic industry. The Australian mineral market is growing at a rate of 15% per year and is set to eclipse traditional makeup. As a cosmetic chemist and formulator of Australian mineral makeup I am passionate about minerals offering women the highest quality […]

Posted on: 06-3-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Detoxing your skin: the best way

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC What are some easy ways to purify your skin? Masks are a great home or clinical treatment. There are a number of marks on the market for specific skin concerns. Synergie Detox Mask is a powder containing volcanic mud (zeolite) and green tea designed to draw impurities from […]

Posted on: 06-3-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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What you need to know about peels

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   Chemical peels are a popular and valid form of skin therapy.  Chemical peels can be light and superficial performed by your skin therapist or deep and capable of causing dermal skin wounds. These peels must only be performed under expert medical supervision. Light superficial peels can be performed […]

Posted on: 03-4-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The importance of hydration.

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   We all know about how important it is to stay hydrated. However I want to debunk some old myths about hydration. Gone are the days where we are told to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day. There are substitutes for those who yawn at […]

Posted on: 02-19-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Benefits of a daily ‘caffeine fix’ for your skin.

Written by Terri Vinson (BSc. DipEd ASCC) Caffeine as a topical ingredient is being acclaimed by dermatologists for its positive impact on skin. Caffeine is an anti-inflammatory and is able to constrict blood vessels. It is used in skin care products  to minimize the appearance of facial redness and may be of benefit to those […]

Posted on: 02-19-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Exfoliation: what, why and when?

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   Exfoliation is the removal of dead surface skin cells that cling to the skin’s outermost surface and become trapped in the pores. Exfoliation is a vital, natural process when it comes to the health of our skin. Our skin is designed to exfoliate naturally. In fact, we […]

Posted on: 02-10-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Can your skin be oily and dry at the same time?

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   Yes! It is possible to have both oily and dehydrated skin. Many oily skin types can be producing oil in the pores, but by dry n the skin surface. Dry, flaky skin can also result from overuse of high concentration surface exfoliants that are addressing blocked pores. However, […]

Posted on: 02-5-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The 8 Week Clear Skin Challenge: teen challenge to combat typical adolescent acne and breakouts!

For the next 8 weeks, Melbourne-based Geena will ditch over-the counter products and use Synergie products exclusively to discover healthy, clear skin. Clear skin starts from the inside out – and for this reason she will also take on board Terri’s tips for diet and exercise. Geena is 18 years old and has recently completed […]

Posted on: 01-29-2014 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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SPF is booming!

SPF makeup and skincare market is booming! Consumers are now realising that sunscreen is truly the best investment in anti-ageing skincare. Click to read more…

Posted on: 11-15-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The Anti-Wrinkle Diet

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC There are critical dietary factors that are scientifically proven to affect the way we age. Genetics, UV damage and smoking all accelerate ageing. However, current research has now proven that glucose and fructose present in common foods we consume daily, directly affects the collagen and elastin proteins in […]

Posted on: 11-1-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Managing Acne with Diet

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC Acne is a controllable but not a curable disease. Only the body can cure itself of acne by reaching a natural hormonal balance. However, we can help this to occur more rapidly and reduce the severity of acne with good dietary management coupled with a well-managed skin care […]

Posted on: 10-9-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The Great Stem Cell & Growth Factor Debate

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC Is stem cell and growth factor technology the key to the fountain of youth? Sounds like sci-fi in a jar but hundreds of skin care companies are espousing the virtues of stem cells as the answer to youthful skin. So what exactly is all the buzz about and do they […]

Posted on: 09-27-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Australian leads the way in market growth of skincare

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   Australian leads the way in market growth of skincare The Australian skincare market is forecast to increase at a compound annual growth of 2.51% over the next five years. This represents an increasing from a valuation of around AUD $1.32 billion in 2012 to reach a total […]

Posted on: 09-13-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin

Reversing biological ageing with Chinese herbs

A recent segment in Today Tonight, August 9 2013, mentioned that there is a new cosmeceutical ingredient TA65, an enzyme that replenishes telomeres, can reverse skin ageing. This Chinese herbal extract is reputedly able to give the telomere a longer life span. The telomere is a small piece of DNA at the end of our […]

Posted on: 09-5-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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SEED: Peptides

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC Peptides are extremely important biological molecules. So, what are peptides? Quite simply peptides are composed of amino acids (basic building blocks of proteins) joined together by special covalent bonds. Peptides are considered ‘pieces of protein’ range from one amino acid  to over 50 amino acids. They are responsible […]

Posted on: 08-29-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Terri’s ‘Protect Change Nurture Superjuice’

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC   I have been experimenting with different ‘superfood’ ingredients and have tried to create a vitality drink with amazing health benefits that actually tastes good. I think I’ve done it! Skin health is really about combining good nutrition with an effective skincare regimen and a healthy lifestyle. This […]

Posted on: 08-28-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Terri’s Great Skin Salad Dressing recipe

We all know the benefits of flax seed oil for providing vital omega fatty acids. All these ingredients are great for general health and specifically reduce inflammation and body acid levels. Ensure you use this dressing within a week as it is best eaten fresh. Enjoy! 100 ml Flax seed oil (Melrose Organic is a […]

Posted on: 08-14-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Teenagers at risk: hormone disrupting ingredients

Written by Terri Vinson BSc. DipEd. ASCC I am concerned with the scientific data indicating that hormone disrupting chemicals are finding their way from cosmetics and skin care into the systems of teenage girls. Following blood and urine analysis of 20 teenagers, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) discovered 16 chemicals including phthalates and triclosan that […]

Posted on: 08-1-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Moisturisers Versus Serums

Golden Rules for use of serums and moisturisers!

Posted on: 06-19-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Nanos are not ‘No No’s’

There has been a lot of media hype surrounding the use of nano-particles in sunscreens and skin care products and consumers have been totally mislead into believing that nano-particles are dangerous and toxic if applied to the skin…

Posted on: 05-30-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Get the Marilyn Monroe Look

Synergie is not just sun protective makeup that’s good for you; it can create that WOW factor too!

Posted on: 05-25-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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SEED: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is in my opinion an essential part of cosmeceutical skin care. I consider Vitamin C as the great skin ‘Fortifier’. However we must note, not all Vitamin C is created equal!

Posted on: 05-16-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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SEED: Vitamin B

B3 FORMULATED CORRECTLY has evolved into one of the most effective topicals. The wide range of positive effects on skin make Vitamin B3 the essential skin ‘multi-tasker’ – so, how does this essential ingredient adhere to my SEED RULE?

Posted on: 05-8-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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SEED: Vitamin A

Vitamin A is considered to be the ultimate cosmeceutical for almost all skin types. It has been used to address visible ageing for the last twenty years and is used to address over 125 skin disorders including acne, psoriasis, pigmentation and sun damage…

Posted on: 05-1-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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What does SEED stand for?

My SEED principle summarises and highlights what I base my formulating principles on, and what you, my valued clients should base your purchasing decisions on. Whether you purchase Synergie or another brand of skincare products, I hope that these posts help you make informed choices.

Posted on: 04-17-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Terri’s SEED Principle – An Introduction

What are cosmeceuticals? What are the essential cosmeceuticals?
Over the following series I will discuss the most important ingredients currently used in skin care as well as what is in store for you in the future.

Posted on: 04-11-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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UV what? The term ‘Broad Spectrum’ defined

Ever wonder what the term ‘Broad Spectrum’ means?

Posted on: 04-2-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Synthetic versus Natural fragrance

Synthetic versus Natural fragrance – the choices

Posted on: 03-27-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Collagen Supplements

Do we really need collagen supplements?

Posted on: 03-8-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Terri’s Philosophy

My fundamental philosophy ‘Protect, Change and Nurture’ is truly my mantra when it comes to formulating… what does this mean?

Posted on: 02-28-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The Right Makeup For Your Skin

When it comes to leaving the house, we are always thinking about the way our skin looks. We may be able to dress well and put our hair up, but our skin is much harder to change. Synergie Minerals is here to help your natural skin look flawless every time you venture out into the scary world …guilt free!

Posted on: 01-30-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Eat Well for Great Skin

‘You are what you eat’ is not just a flippant expression. A combination of healthy eating, exercise and premium cosmeceuticals is your best insurance policy to great skin.

Posted on: 01-17-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Can You Shrink Pores?

With constant exposure to flawless, airbrushed celebrities it’s no wonder I am asked for advice on treating enlarged pores.

Posted on: 01-7-2013 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Beating Skin Redness

Nobody likes blushing uncontrollably under the mistletoe so let’s talk about rosacea.

Posted on: 12-17-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Pigmentation

Pigmentation can be controlled only if you truly understand exactly which type of pigmentation you are treating…

Posted on: 11-28-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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10 tips for controlling acne

Acne cannot be cured but it can be controlled until hormones regulate to normal levels…

Posted on: 11-24-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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8 tips to glowing summer skin!

The harsh UV rays and heat of summer sun can leave your body dry, damaged and in need of replenishment. The skin is your body’s first line of defence against the harsh external elements so it is important to keep it protected and hydrated. You also will be showing more of it in summer so here are my top tips for great summer skin.

Posted on: 11-14-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Skincare Essentials

Women are constantly given incorrect information about just what constitutes good skin care.

Posted on: 11-10-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Choosing a Sunscreen

What is the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens?

Posted on: 11-1-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Antioxidants Reversing Skin Ageing

Antioxidants are crucial to our long term anti-ageing routine and we must look at supplementing our antioxidant reserves.

Posted on: 10-29-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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The Importance of Exfoliation

Exfoliation is an important part of your skin regime, particularly for sun damage and acne.

Posted on: 10-28-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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Don’t over-estimate SPF rating!

It amazes me that consumers are so focused on the SPF rating on their sunscreen. SPF is only half of the solution to sun protection!

Posted on: 09-1-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin
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How to treat Rosacea

Rosacea is an extremely common condition affecting a huge sector of the population. This condition is particularly prevalent with Caucasians of English, Scottish and Irish origin. However it may also affect skins of other ethnicity.

Posted on: 08-8-2012 Posted In: Terri's Blogs, Synergie Skin

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