Your Beautiful Skin – Part 4: Moisturizing Ingredients

In our ongoing series of beauty tips, Paul Penders has lots of great advice about good skin and hair care to share on this blog. Do you have questions? Write to us at We love to hear from you!

How can we treat dry skin?

Prevent water loss as much as possible… and drink more water. Skin needs moisture to perform at its best. Water gives your skin what it needs from the inside.

Use a good moisturizer on your skin to seal in moisture. Good moisturizers will replace natural skin oils and provide a soothing protective film. They slow evaporation of the skin’s moisture thereby maintaining hydration and improving the appearance of dry and aging skin.

Balance your diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, the more the better, especially those with a high water content. It is also necessary to keep the body well hydrated by drinking plenty of pure clean water to ensure that skin receives enough moisture.

What are some of the top ingredients which can put moisture back into dry skin (inside and out)?

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera leaves contain a vast range of vitamins (including vitamin E), minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Aloe is a close match to skin’s pH balance, therefore the gel is able to moisturize beautifully and heal skin fast. Aloe Vera enhances the activity of fibroblasts whichare special cells found in skin that create collagen and elastin that give skin structure and make it supple.


Avocados are rich in minerals and high in vitamin A and B vitamins. They contain more protein than other fruits and their rich creamy oils make the perfect nourishment to maintain healthy skin andhair.

Coconut Water

Drinking coconut water enhances hydration and improves blood circulation which gives you a natural glow from the inside. When applied outside on the skin, coconut water helps create lysine, an important ingredient in the formation of collagen (a protein to connect body tissue in skin). This creates more skin elasticity. It also contains cytokines that promote cell division which helps to regulate how skin ages.

Olive oil

Olive oil contains lots of antioxidants. It can also soak up UV radiation and apparently is effective in decreasing the metabolic speed of the body. Olive oil is calming as well as curative for different kinds of skin.


We can’t say it too often. Consuming plain, pure water is the healthiest thing you can do for your skin.

All of these ingredients are nutritious and safe for your skin!

By Paul Penders

Based on an article published in Sisters Magazine, Malaysia

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Your Beautiful Skin, Part 3: Best Care for Skin

Exercise is an important part of your anti-aging skin care!

In our ongoing series of beauty tips, Paul Penders has lots of great advice about good skin and hair care to share on this blog. Do you have questions? Write to us at We love to hear from you!

Can you give us some advice on the best ways to take care of our skin?

Paul Penders says:

Try to use skin products which are designed for your skin type

Choose your skin products carefully. Some can be harmful so choose ones that are appropriate for your skin type: dry, mixed, oily. Natural cosmetics can be highly beneficial for the skin since most of them contain ingredients which are meant to offer the skin the moisture and nutrients it needs to give a healthy glow – without harmful additives.

Using moisturizing creams — especially after taking a bath or a shower — can prevent dry skin and help the skin to have a soft, glowing look.

Watch your water intake

Your skin needs water to remain hydrated and to maintain its healthy aspect and flexibility. Water helps combat skin dullness so try to drink about 8 glasses of water daily. Once you get used to drinking so much water, you will not only look better but feel better as well.

Do not neglect the importance of physical exercise

Exercising improves blood circulation, which will help your skin have a healthier glow as well as a tighter feeling. Firm skin creates a very sexy and appealing look. If you are not into doing a lot of exercise, then turn to massage, as they too can be highly beneficial for your body and mind.

Wash your face with cold water

Whenever you are looking tired, cold water helps stimulate blood circulation, which will help revive your skin. If you have puffy eyes, after cleansing your face, apply eye gel under your eyes, as this will help diminish puffiness.

Do pay attention to delicate skin

The skin on your neck is much more sensitive than the rest of your body. Try to avoid spritzing perfume on your neck as it can irritate skin and cause it to age faster.

The skin around the eyes is extra sensitive so use special eye creams for the eyes. When applying, use a patting motion, don’t rub.

Your hands need to receive an equal amount of care as they are always subjected to external damaging factors. Do moisturize your hands on a daily basis so they remain soft and beautiful as well.

By Paul Penders

Based on an article published in Sisters Magazine, Malaysia

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Your Beautiful Skin, Part 2: Causes of Skin Aging

Laugh and the world laughs with you! Frown and your face may wrinkle!

In our ongoing series of beauty tips, Paul Penders has lots of great advice about good skin and hair care to share on this blog. Do you have questions? Write to us at We love to hear from you!

What are some of the main causes of skin aging?

Paul Penders says:

Stress: Stress and worry can cause frowning — and over time, the muscles in the face actually get fixed in that pattern. Be aware of your stress levels. And don’t frown!

A beneficial anti-aging program should include meditation, yoga, gentle exercise or other relaxation techniques. Trying to keep stress in check will help one to look and feel younger.

Sun exposure: Sun exposure is aging to skin. Unprotected skin exposed to the sun becomes more mottled in appearance. Freckles can turn into brown sun spots. Skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance, and wrinkles and sagging of skin increases.

The risk of skin cancer is significantly increased by sun exposure. But the good news is that sun damage is avoidable, and if one starts early, one can improve the condition of sun damaged skin. See your health care provider to assess the amount of sun damage you may have, and to rule out possible skin cancers. He or she may be able to prescribe medication that can help to reduce existing sun damage.

If you want to avoid aging skin but don’t want to avoid the sun, make sure you use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Choose sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher, and use it all year-round, even on cloudy days. Clouds do not protect you from ultraviolet ray exposure. Also try always to wear head covering as much as possible.

Lack of exercise: Living a sedentary life contributes to aging skin, because exercise helps to tone your muscles and to get blood flowing. Exercise is an important part of every anti-aging skincare programme. Physical benefits of exercise will show on the face in a younger looking appearance. Having a bright smile and lots of energy will help one to feel younger at any age.

Alcohol use: A limited amount of red wine can be beneficial to many. However too much alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin’s surface where these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken blood vessels on the skin’s surface.

Cigarette smoke: Whether you smoke, or even when you spend time with a smoker, cigarette smoke is damaging and aging to your skin. Research has shown that exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases skin wrinkles and dryness. This is partly due to the fact that smoking depletes your body of Vitamin C which is a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist.

Lack of sleep: Too little sleep makes one look and feel tired. One of the first places a lack of sleep shows up is on the face, with dark circles and bags under the eyes and sagging skin. Lack of sleep is also a factor in memory loss and symptoms of depression that include low interest in daily activities and negative thinking. Most adults function best with 8 hours sleep.

There’s a lot one can do to look their best at any age. Taking good care of yourself is a most important step in any anti-aging skincare program.


To keep your skin looking its best, try Paul Penders line of skincare products including our popular Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner.

By Paul Penders
Based on an article published in Sisters Magazine, Malaysia

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Part 2: A Blogger fights Ageing — the Adventure Continues…

Do you know…what moisturizers do?

Oh, these last hot days of summer! Days when we crave moisture — the splash of a fountain that refreshes as you walk by, a plunge into a pool, a long cool drink of water… Your body thirsts for moisture in summer heat – and unless you live in the tropics — you can look forward to the long dry months of winter as well.

I’ve just come indoors from gardening, feeling all hot and sweaty. I shower off and pass by the mirror. Shockingly, instead of looking refreshed, the skin on my neck and face looks wrinkly; the creases and age lines much deeper than they were this morning. I’m all wet but my skin looks dry – how can this be? Is it the sun? I’d carefully smoothed on an SPF sunscreen but still my skin looks a bit sun-damaged. Must be the soap. Being dirty, I’d washed with an antibacterial product which seems to have sucked the last bit of moisture out of my skin.

Quickly, I head to the assortment of Paul Penders products that I have lined up on the dresser. There’s one called ‘Hydrating Control Serum.’ Hydrating – that must mean it adds water to the skin. Yes, just what I need! I dab the white cream on – and the results are instantaneous! My skin instantly looks normal again! What’s in this ‘magic cream’ anyway?

I look up the product on which lists all the ingredients in detail. The two main active ingredients listed are Cocos nucifera (Coconut) extract and Caprylic/Capric triglycerides. I don’t really know what caprylic means (have to look that one up) but I love coconut in all its many forms! Now I can personally recommend it:

Coconut oil is great for your skin.

I have embarked on an adventure – ‘traveling’ through the product line and trying to learn more about their ingredients and formulas. I’m no scientist but I know what “feels” good. So often I just grab the nearest product rather than spending time to research and make an informed decision about whether it will be good for my body.

Getting moisture into skin by using a “moisturizer” is a case in point.

I tend to have dry skin, especially now as I start to see signs of “mature skin.” In the past, I usually rushed to the nearest tube or bottle whenever my skin felt dry. But now I’ve started a morning and evening “Skin Care Regime.”

Each morning, I apply A.M. Moisturizer which is a light cream which contains lavender and aloe vera extracts, and fine calendula and flaxseed oils. I like the light fragrance of lavender – there’s something both calm but energizing about it.

Before bed, it’s time to get more serious with the P.M. Moisturizer, a lotion that’s concocted with avocado and cranberry, as well as the seed oil from the jojoba plant that survives in the most desert conditions. This product has won awards in the U.K. two years running.

I apply the P.M. Moisturizer to my face and hands and wherever my skin feels dry. It feels really nice on my feet – especially if I can get someone to give me a foot massage…

I slather on creams, gels or lotions at other times of the day. They make me feel better – but what do they actually do? How do they work? Which ones should I use? Here’s what I’ve learned:

An “occlusive” moisturizer acts like another coat for your skin – especially useful if you will be out in the wind or strong sun.

On dry days – whether the weather is hot or cold – you will want a “humectant” to draw water from the air onto your skin.

If you have stressed your body in some way, through poor diet, lack of exercise, accident or illness, or simply working too hard, your skin will show it. To restore its natural balance, look for “restorative” products that provide vitamins, minerals, amino-lipids and other skin-healthy ingredients.

All three of the products described here act as occlusives and humectants. With the addition of Paul Penders exclusive Organic LevensESSENTIE Gold® and other ingredients, they all also act as “restoratives” to support your skin’s natural health and most beautiful appearance.

By Teviot Fairservis.


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An encouragement to wake up

After we have tested this product, we say… please.. DO try Paul Penders Hydrating Control Serum (HCS) at home, will you? Because it is a real savior when your face is in trouble!

The tube contains a creamy serum with a surprising effect! Your skin will feel soft and smooth, and it seems like your face is being ‘tight up’ a little. You’re now ready to face the outside world all bright and shiny!
Hydrating Control Serum provides your skin with her need for hydration and attends her natural resilience, softness and radiant complexion.
The purely natural ingredients of this serum richly provide your skin with the right vitamins, ceramides, liposomes and powerful anti-oxidants to prevent the early signs of aging and simultaneously encourage the production of healthy chloroplasts.
Hydrating Control Serum is preferably used underneath your day moisturizer as it increases the activity of the moisturizer in that way.
The special LevensESSENTIE Gold® certified organic herbs, as well as plants extracts are for women who believe that nature provides the best ingredients to keep their skin healthy.

But also to people who believe that their choice for honest natural products give a fair chance to nature, because these specific choices defines the future of our earth’s children as well.
Author: Maureen (Translation testimonial from Beauty Journal in Europe)