Monthly Archives: June 2015

Banish the Signs of Stress

Many women ask us about products meant to slow or stop the power aging has over our body and face.  Some of their complaints are the lines from the nose to the mouth, the lines across the forehead and right above the bridge of the nose, dark circles under the eyes. Really, a significant component in the visible signs of aging is stress.

In a very real manner, stress affects how your body (including your skin) feels and looks. Stress is the system that wakes you up in the very early hours of the morning and won’t let you go back to sleep. Stress is what you see when you glance at a mirror and realize you are frowning. There are stress hormones that come in to play when you go through a difficult time with your family or on the job. In many women’s lives stress is a daily fact of life, something that is almost unavoidable. The good news is that it is not unstoppable. There are thing you can do to help your body relax even if you cannot stop the source of the stress.

Laugh – Yes, that old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” is actually true. What can you do to keep some laughter in your life? Subscribe to a cartoon or joke of the day so it shows up in your inbox along with work and gives your mood a tiny lift. Get an app with amusing videos or jokes on your smart phone and use it when you have unavoidable down time like waiting at the dentist’s office.

Meditate – Of course we know you’re short of time and busy, busy, busy. Take ten minutes at night when you are lying down to sleep and follow a meditation meant for calming relaxation. What can that really do? It can change your pre-sleep thoughts and mood so that you sleep longer and more fully.

Exercise – If you can join a gym or a walking group, do so. Follow through and keep going regularly, your heart will thank you for it. If you don’t have the time or energy, just make a point of walking a little more and getting up from a seated position more often.   Walk over to a window and look out. Walk down a hallway and back.

Lastly, we have two products we recommend if the stress in your life is starting to show in your face. The first is Peptide6® to fight fine lines and wrinkles with the body’s own methods. The second is RefreshMe™ under-eye cream for dark circles. Both can help you look less stressed as you work on finding ways to relax more.

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Is Your Skin Ultra-Sensitive?

People come in all shapes, sizes, and sensitivities. Some people go camping and hike through the woods all weekend and come back with a healthy glow. Their best friend will come back with three distinct rashes, hives, and a sunburn on her forehead and shoulders. It’s normal to be anywhere at all on the spectrum. Additionally, if you have a skin condition such as rosacea, your skin may be even more prone to irritation.

So if you are the sensitive one you probably already know that so many things that are supposed to be good for you break you out. Here are just a few we can think of:

  • Many cleansers, especially those with SLS
  • Fragrances
  • Harsh chemicals like Acetone, Formaldehyde, Triclosans
  • Greasy formulas that block pores

Fortunately this is not the first time we’ve thought about this and we have a regimen just for you. First, our cleansers do not contain any of the above and they are also made without Parabens, phthalates, and animal testing. So try our mild Rose Hip Seed Oil cleanser. It is gentle enough to use daily, even if you have acne or rosacea!

For gentle exfoliating you will love our Oh, Honey!™  honey exfoliating scrub with amber beads. It lifts away dead skin cells without irritating the skin beneath!

For moisturizing and keeping your skin youthful and healthy, try our Peptide6® special formula anti-wrinkle cream and complete moisturizing facial cream. Peptide6 contains 6 active peptides to promote healing, renewal, and collagen production as well as hyaluronic acid for deep hydration. Your skin will love the effect and your friends will wonder what you are doing.

And, of course, don’t even think about going out in the sun without a full spectrum UVA and UVB sunblock like our ProtectMe™ non-talc sunscreen.

We’ve put all of our products for sensitive skin on a specially dedicated page to help you think about what you want to use and what other products might be useful. The page includes frequency of use and other info you may find helpful. We understand that you are sensitive, and we want to take the guesswork and trial and error out of taking care of your skin!

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I’ve Never Exfoliated – Should I?

facial_creamThe simple answer is, “Yes!” You should exfoliate on a regular basis for the healthiest and best looking skin you can have from head to toe. You don’t have to spend a lot of money at a medical spa having a chemical peel, or at a more “experiential” establishment having a special seaweed scrub. But you really should take the time to exfoliate. Let’s talk about the simplicity of exfoliating and the benefits.

First, if you use a loofah or other gently scrubbing body product on your skin when you shower you are already exfoliating. What the loofah does is very basic. It scrubs off both surface dirt and dead skin without using any chemicals or harsh abrasives. The result is easy to see. Dead skin and surface matter can dull and clog the pores of your skin. Lotions and moisturizers you apply may simply sink into the dead skin cells and never penetrate to the cells beneath. Cleansers was away some surface grime but do not take away much.

You know how bad dead skin can look if you’ve ever given your heels or elbows a serious inspection. A pumice stone or sugar scrub can help clean away much of that flaky skin and a good moisturizer will restore the suppleness and softness that you’d prefer to see. But that just takes care of your body. What about your face?

On your face a loofah would be too rough. You don’t want anything scraping at that delicate surface! So you use a basic exfoliating gel or exfoliating crystals to gently take away the dead skin from the top layer of your skin. Suddenly, your face feels cleaner and looks glowing and healthy! Your pores are open and your moisturizer soaks right in. Makeup goes on more easily. And best of all, the stimulation your skin receives promotes healing and renewal.

Two of our favorite exfoliating products are Microdermabrasion™ Exfoliating Cream with micro-crystals and Exfoliation Plus+™ with AHA fruit acid gel. Both thoroughly but gently clean your face and come with our famous 30-day moneyback guarantee! There’s no risk to try your first exfoliation and we believe you will be thrilled with the results.