Behind the Veil

The Velettà blog

The Best Diet for Stress

Are you stressed? You may be surprised to learn that what you choose to include in your diet can often make or break your stress levels. Read on to find out more

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Spotlight on Ingredients #6: Why We Don’t Use Propylene Glycol

Some skincare ingredients are better than others and some should be avoided. We take a look at Propylene Glycol and why we use an alternative ingredient. Read on to find out more.

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Should you Try an Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

An anti-inflammatory diet may be the key to improving your health and obtaining the clear, glowing skin you have always wanted. Interested in finding out more? Read on.

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Spotlight on Ingredients #5: Frankincense

Frankincense has a number of different health benefits, both topically and medicinally, it can help transform dry, problem skin into younger-looking skin. Want to know more? Read on.

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Spots and mature skin

No longer a teen but still getting spots? There are a variety of factors that may be at play. Read on find out more

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Do I really need prebiotics?

Prebiotics are essential for good gut health. They are a prerequisite for bacteria; without prebiotics, these live microorganisms will not flourish. Would you like to know how to add more prebiotics to your diet? Read on.

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Spotlight on ingredients #4: Argan Oil

Argan Oil is a very special ingredient. It's rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Read on to find out more. 

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How to eat less sugar

Are you eating more sugar than you feel is healthy? There are some very cogent reasons to decrease the amount of sugar you eat and we have some suggestions on how to make that happen. Read on to find out more.

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How do hormones affect skin?

Hormones play a significant role in the quality of our skin. What are they, what do they do and what can we do to support our skin? Read on to find out more

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Beauty from around the world

We love to learn about beauty rituals from around the world. We have compiled some of our favourites and are sure that there will be at least one that you will want to try. Read on to find out more

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We are a finalist in the Eco-Excellence Awards

It's not every day that a New Zealand brand is recognised by a United States based organisation. We are excited to announce that Velettà Rejuvenating Oil is a finalist in the Eco-Excellent Awards. Read on to find out more.

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Spotlight on ingredients #3: Should I be scared of SLS and SLES?

The internet is awash with claims that Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are carcinogens. Is this true? Are they safe to use? Read on to find out more. 

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Three recipes for great gut health

Good gut health is essential for good overall health. A good diet is a key component in the increase of good gut bacteria and a diverse gut microbiome. We have three recipes to get you started. They are filled with fibre and probiotics and prebiotic ingredients. Read on to find out more.

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What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a very common skin condition that can cripple self-confidence. Its cause is unknown and it cannot be cured, but you may be able to manage it and reduce its flare-ups. Read on to find out more.

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Is it when you eat not what you eat that is important?

Time restricted eating is more than just a fad. Research seems to suggest that when you eat is just as important as what you eat. Read on to find out more.

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How stress affects your skin

Have you thought that stress may be a factor in your skin acting up? You may be right. Read on to find out more.

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How exercise effects gut health.

It now appears that it is not just diet that affects gut health; exercise plays a role. Find out what exercise can do for your microbes.

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How to create the perfect base

Do you have trouble achieving a beautiful base for your make-up? We tell you everything you need to know about applying foundation to achieve flawless, glowing skin.

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Why use plant-based skincare?

Velettà’s four beautiful products rely on the magic of plants. Plants and the luxurious oils and essences derived from them clean, hydrate, tone, heal and lessen the signs of ageing. Read on to find out more.

 

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Why your skin hates alcohol

What is alcohol doing to your skin and is that tipple worth the effects? The answers may surprise you. Read on to find out more

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Summer Soups - the perfect lunch

Summer soups make the perfect lunch or light dinner. We share two of our favourites.

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How to fight free radicals

Free radicals are errant molecules that can do damage to your body and are a key component in the visible signs of ageing. You can take steps to prevent the increase of free radicals in the body. Read on to find out more.

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The perfect salad

Do you love salad but are not sure how to turn one into a magnificent meal? We have the "recipe" for the perfect, satisfying salad that is much more than a side dish.

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Gut health and diet

Gut health and skin health are linked. In fact, good health, in general, is predicated on a healthy gut microbiome. What is that you can do to optimise your gut microbiome and get the "glow of health"?

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Are you sensitive?

Sensitive skin is frustrating and widespread, over 50% of women have had sensitive skin at one time or another. What is it, how does it happen and what can be done?

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Skin - everything you wanted to know about the Epidermis

The Epidermis is the top layer of our skin and is hugely important as it keeps moisture in and bacteria, allergens and irritants out.  The road to amazing skin starts with understanding how to keep your Epidermis happy.

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Is the SPF in my makeup enough?

A new study shows that it is foolish to rely on the sunscreen in your foundation or moisturiser. Read on to find out more.

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Spotlight on ingredients #2: Parabens

Are parabens safe? Should we be worried or are those that are against them simply alarmists?

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Can anything be done about adult acne?

We think that our skin will be blemish free once we leave behind our teenage years and embark on adulthood. But for many of us, this is far from true, adult acne is increasingly common.  

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Out damn age spot!

Age spots are harmless, but as they are commonly associated with ageing, they can make you look or feel older. Today we ask whether they can be prevented and for those of us with age spots, what can we do about them.

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It's all about the eyes

Bright, shining eyes radiate good health. We have a host of tips, tricks and suggestions to help you maintain good eye health and make your eyes look beautiful. 

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Spotlight on ingredients #1

Velettà believes that there are certain ingredients that have no place in any skin care formulation and others that have no place in Velettà's products. This is the first in our "Spotlight on ingredients" series.

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Pigment bothering you?

Many people develop discolouration on their skin. Hyperpigmentation can occur because of a range of factors from acne scarring to hormonal changes (pregnancy is a common one), a genetic predisposition to overexposure to the sun. Unfortunately, no matter what the cause, as we age pigmentation becomes more obvious because of daily UV exposure. But can we do anything about it? 

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You are what you eat

What you eat makes a big difference to the quality and condition of your skin. But what should you eat? We have some suggestions for dietary additions that will make your skin glow.

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Spotlight on avocado oil

Avocado oil is a key ingredient in Velettà's daily skincare range. It has amazing moisturising properties, triggers collagen production, protects the skin from UV rays and is anti-inflammatory.

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Dry skin, no problem!

What is the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? One is a skin type and one is a skin condition. Neither should stop you from having glowing, beautiful skin. 

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How to choose the perfect red lipstick

Red lipstick always exudes classic beauty; however, the perfect red lipstick can prove elusive because with so many finishes, undertones and opaqueness’ it can be hard to work out which is the most flattering.

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Why facial massage should be part of your skincare regime

It only takes a few minutes twice a day to give your skin the gift of facial massage. Once you have been through the 10-steps a few times it will become automatic and you will reap the rewards of this luxurious self-care ritual.

 

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Is sugar ruining my skin?

Sugar may not be ruining your skin but it has been said that giving up sugar could make you look younger by ten years.

 

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Exfoliation - the key to fresh, young skin

It is important to exfoliate. Why? Fresh skin cells are produced in the skin’s deepest layer and take approximately 28 days to make it to the surface of the skin before falling off as dead skin. Unfortunately, as you get older, this process takes longer and so you need to exfoliate in order to see fresh, new younger skin.

 

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It's all about the skin barrier...

The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin’s surface. It consists of cells and lipids (these are fats). It is the skin barrier which prevents water and nutrients from evaporating from the skin while also shielding the skin from pollutants and bacteria by producing antimicrobial peptides and proteins.

The strength of the skin barrier and how well it protects the skin from the external environment is known as the skin barrier function.

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Cleansing with oil, are you mad?

I used to think that to really clean my skin, I needed to use foaming cleansers and harsh astringents; that in order for my skin to be free of dirt, it needed to feel tight.

I was so wrong.

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Being inclusive

I love how a range of brands are becoming more inclusive, recognising that their customers are not as homogenous as traditional advertisers would have us believe.

It is exciting that we now have labels that produce plus size ranges alongside beauty companies that cater to a diverse range of skin tones and ethnicities. 

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The beginning

Velettà Skincare blossomed from a tiny idea to a plan and then became a business, with a brand and products and customers. It hasn’t all been plain sailing (and it has taken an age) but it has been fantastic to learn new things and to work with people who are really good at what they do. 

 

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