Your skin is a reflection of your inner world and wellbeing.
We want you to see the authentic beauty that is already in you.
Your skin is a reflection of your inner world and wellbeing.
When your mind, body and spirit are in balance, both your eyes and skin shine bright – and this has nothing to do with your age. Imperfections are always part of human life. However, skin problems can be valuable messengers from deep inside. We help you listen, understand and treat them in a holistic way.
Manual treatments include various types of facial massage that manipulate the connective tissue. The aim of such treatments is to relieve tension in the connective tissue and muscles; enhance the skin’s metabolism, lymphatic circulation and blood circulation; increase the elasticity and mobility of connective tissue, and improve its moisture content. There are numerous techniques, from very light lymphatic massage to manipulation of loose connective tissue, as well as deeper treatments. It is essential to understand that using force is not more effective, but rather the opposite is true: trying to release tension with force can backfire and cause more blockages. Therefore, it is useful to compare connective tissue manipulation to peeling an onion: something that is best done layer by layer.
Djusie facial massage is based on connective tissue manipulation. It differs from conventional facial massage in that the purpose is to move the skin, not move over the skin. The technique creates more space in the connective tissues, allowing the face to relax and receive a natural face lift. The technique also uses a combination of mechanical tension and compression that flushes the connective tissue, pushing the fluids in the intercellular matrix along so that the connective tissue is refilled with fresh fluid. In addition, the massage stimulates acupuncture points.
The fibroblast cells that produce the connective tissues, that is, collagen, elastin and intercellular material, respond to mechanical tension and compression. They need mechanical strain to ensure that they do not become dormant but remain active. Connective tissue manipulation is thus very effective in maintaining the well-being of facial connective tissue and ensuring vibrant facial skin. In addition, manipulation keeps the intercellular material elastic and flexible. Cellular metabolism takes place through the intercellular material and plays an important role as a lubricant between the different structures and layers of connective tissue. The intercellular material is thixotropic, which means that under static conditions it thickens and solidifies. When this happens, the moisture content of the connective tissues reduces, the metabolism of the cells slows down and the fluids remain in the space between the cells. As the moisture content of the connective tissues falls, their mobility suffers and they begin to stick together. Dry and tense connective tissues compress the blood and lymphatic vessels as well as nerves, which can cause various pains, dullness of the skin and swelling.
It is important to remember a few rules of thumb for effective connective tissue manipulation: the larger the blockages and tensions in the tissues, the lighter the touch must be. Concerning the rhythm of the massage, slowness increases its effectiveness, while speed reduces it. The more blocked the tissues, the slower the manipulation needs to be. The rule of thumb for rhythm is that the maximum speed is one centimetre per second.
In terms of Djusie products, there are two different facial massage rituals. A mini facial massage using the Liquid Silk cleansing oil should be performed every day. This prepares the skin to receive the skin care products, and also serves as part of an excellent daily routine to maintain the skin’s metabolism and prevent the formation of tension and blockages in the connective tissues. A more thorough facial massage using the Fruit Glaze facial oil can be performed a few (maybe three) times a week. Regularity is the key to visible results.
The characteristics of combination skin are a mixture of dry and oily areas of skin. The skin type behind combination skin is either dry or normal. The skin is usually dull, the T-zone is oily and has blackheads and impurities, and the skin can shine during the day. At the same time, however, the skin will feel tight in some areas, and dry or flaky spots may appear on the skin.
Skin care for combination skin
Cleanse combination skin in the mornings and evenings with cleansing oil. Soap, cleansing foams and gels should be avoided. After cleansing, the skin should be moisturised with an essence that contains mild acids. Acidic products revitalise the skin’s own production of moisturisers and balance the hydrolipidic membrane, allowing the skin to function better. They also ease dryness and reduce impurities. Finally, facial oil should be applied to the skin. This will strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and balance sebum secretion. A facial massage a few times a week will improve the metabolism of the skin and help to remove waste products, improving the colour of the skin and reducing impurities.
Seborrhea sicca or dry oily skin
The surface of dry oily skin is dry, tight and even scaly, despite the skin being heavily oily and makeup not adhering. The colour is dull, and the skin may also be sensitive. Dry oily skin is very similar to combination skin, but it has more impurities and blackheads, as well as milia. The surface of the skin may also be shield-like and thick due to moisture deprivation. Incorrect care of oily skin can lead to dry oily skin.
Skin care for dry oily skin
Cleanse dry oily skin in the mornings and evenings with a cleansing oil. Incorporate a facial massage into the cleansing routine to improve the skin’s metabolism. The skin should be moisturised with an essence containing mild acids to hydrate the skin, strengthen its protective barrier, brighten its tone and prevent the formation of impurities. Finally, a facial oil should be applied to the skin to balance sebum secretion, soothe inflammation and soften the skin. A facial massage a few times a week is an important part of the skin care routine, as this improves the skin’s metabolism and aids the removal of waste products, preventing the formation of impurities.
Skin sensitivity may manifest itself as redness, itchiness or a burning sensation. The symptoms can come and go, but sometimes the sensitivity can progress into inflammation, rash or inflamed pimples – and these we can call real skin problems.
Facial care for sensitive skin
Cleanse sensitive skin in the evenings with either cleansing oil or mild cleansing milk. If your skin is extremely sensitive, you can rinse your face in the mornings with plain water. The skin should be moisturised with an essence that soothes and reduces redness – the active ingredients of the essence will vary depending on individual needs because each sensitive skin is unique. Mild acids can balance some sensitive skin but irritate others. The aim is to first soothe the skin and prevent irritation and only then to strengthen it. It can sometimes it can take 2–3 months to soothe the skin. For a facial oil, you should choose a product made from genuine cold-pressed vegetable oils, as omega fatty acids soothe inflammation and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. The product may also contain soothing essential oils, but bear in mind that not all sensitive skins tolerate essential oils.
Djusie Acid Bloom Balancing Essence contains the perfect cocktail of gentle acids for daily use in the morning and evening. The product can be applied to the skin in 1–3 layers and is also suitable for the skin around the eyes. If you have not used acids on your skin before, you should accustom your skin gradually by starting with applying one layer in the evenings. The skin may turn red and feel slightly tingly, to begin with, but this sensation will quickly subside and your skin will get used to the acids within a couple of weeks. If your skin does not react at all, you can start using the product in the mornings and evenings. Acid Bloom contains plant-based gluconolactone, which is suitable even for sensitive skin, as well as apple cider vinegar and soothing Reishi mushroom, gotu kola, betaine and xylitol. Reishi brightens the skin colour, while gotu kola enhances collagen production. Acid Bloom will make your skin glow lusciously. Acid Bloom has an acid content of 4.2% and a pH of approximately 3.5.
Source: Jeffrey S. Dover & Murad Alam: Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology: Chemical Peels
Surface-active agent or surfactant
Surfactants reduce the surface tension of a product, affecting its spreadability, and help insoluble substances to dissolve in each other. Surfactants act as the emulsifier in an emulsion (e.g. a moisturiser), as well as the cleaning agent in a cleansing product, enabling the product to be rinsed off the skin. The ‘solubilisers’ used in toners containing essential oils to dissolve the oils in an otherwise aqueous product are also surfactants.
Dissolves other substances. The most common solvent is water (aqua), but natural cosmetics often also use floral waters, birch sap or aloe vera juice, which are also mainly water. In addition, plant-based propylene glycol (propylene glycol) may be used in natural cosmetics. A solvent is an essential substance in emulsions such as moisturiser, essence and serums containing water-soluble ingredients.
Occlusives are substances that form a thin film on the surface of the skin. This film protects the skin from water evaporation, cold temperatures and wind. Occlusives may be synthetic, such as mineral oil or synthetic fats, or natural vegetable waxes, such as cocoa butter, beeswax or shea butter. Vegetable waxes contain fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin, thus making them the most beneficial option.
Emulsion stabilisers ensure that the phases contained in an emulsion do not begin to separate from each other and that the composition of the product remains smooth. Examples of such substances are cetearyl alcohol and chelating agents such as sodium phytate and sodium gluconate. Chelating agents bind to and neutralise metal ions, which helps to maintain the product’s stable composition, that is, keep it smooth.
An emulsifier is a surfactant that causes two insoluble materials to combine with each other. It is a mandatory substance in an emulsion, such as moisturiser. Cleansing oil, which is rinsed off the skin with water, also contains an emulsifier. The emulsifiers used in natural cosmetics are always plant-based. Common emulsifiers include, for example, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, cetearyl alcohol, coco-glucoside, polyglyceryl-6 distearate and glyceryl stearate.
A gelling agent makes a liquid product gel-like. For example, gel serums, rich essences and micellar gel cleansers are aqueous liquid products that are thickened into a gel through the use of a gelling agent. Common gelling agents in natural cosmetics are gum arabic (acacia senegal gum) and xanthan gum (xanthan gum).
Products containing water are highly susceptible to the growth of harmful microbes and fungi, which is why such products must contain a preservative. In order to improve the shelf life, natural cosmetics use nature-identical substances, which are also used in the food industry. The most common preservatives include dehydroacetic acid, sodium dehydroacetate, sodium levunilate, sodium anisate, benzyl alcohol, benzoic acid, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Products that contain only oil-soluble substances do not need a preservative. However, many vegetable oils and essential oils are sensitive to oxidation, causing them to lose their potency. Oxidation can be prevented through the addition of antioxidants such as vitamin E.
Humectants are substances that moisturise the skin. When applied to the skin, they begin to absorb moisture from the environment, attaching it to the surface of the skin and thus improving the skin’s moisture balance. Some humectants are characterised by a slightly sticky or clammy composition. If humectants are used too much or in a very dry environment, they can absorb moisture from the skin and dry it out. Common humectants include glycerin, betaine, Sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and xylitol.
Viscosity modifiers are also called thickeners and may additionally have a stabilising effect on emulsions. Examples of viscosity modifiers include vegetable waxes, cetearyl alcohol and various gums, such as xanthan gum.
Substances that soften the skin are called emollients. They also have a moisturising effect as they prevent water from evaporating from the skin. Emollients can be natural, such as vegetable oils or esters produced by resolving vegetable oils and converting them into another substance, or synthetic, such as silicones or mineral oils. The most beneficial emollients for the skin are whole vegetable oils.
Fragrances can be either natural or synthetic. Only natural fragrances are allowed in natural cosmetics. These can be either whole essential oils or individual fragrance components isolated from the essential oils. Some fragrance components are classified as allergens, that is, the most common allergens are marked as such. If the whole essential oil or perfume mixture contains such components, they must be listed in the INCI list in accordance with EU cosmetics legislation. There are currently 26 substances classified as allergens, 16 of which are present in essential oils. If, for example, the product contains lavender essential oil, the fragrance component linalool must also be included in the list. The 16 substances classified as allergens in natural perfumes and essential oils are:
An example of a lotion INCI:
Djusie products do not contain any raw materials that are not necessary for the skin or the functioning of the product. The effectiveness of the products is based on the genuine benefits to skin care of ingredients, not how they feel on the skin. Therefore, Djusie’s products do not contain ester oils or isolated fragrance components; rather the oils used are always whole vegetable oils and the scents of the products come from genuine essential oils. For this reason, where products contain entirely water-soluble ingredients, such as Djusie’s Acid Bloom essence, it will smell of the active ingredients it contains. If essential oils had been added to it, the product would also have to contain a solubiliser, that is, a surfactant, which has no benefit for the skin.