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September is A Funny Month

It’s true, isn’t it? September is the time of the year when summer vacation is over and boats get put in dry dock or detailed and trailered into the shelter. Late summer storms gather on the East coast, tornados in the Midwest, and El Nino in the West. If you have children at home it is that hectic time for back to school madness. New sports uniforms, band equpment, bus schedules, paper, pens and clothes, clothes, clothes. It is a time of traditional change when sweaters go to the cleaners to be fluffed up for the Fall chill and bathing suits and sandals go on the shelf.

This also might be the time of year when you switch your facial routine as well. Many people use a lighter daytime moisturizer during the summer. (Like our deliciously silky Mango Miracle day cream.) Or change out their super moisturizing night serum for a night repair cream that can withstand the effects of central heating on your face at night. Nocturne is perfect for that.

Finally, it is a great time to do a thorough cleansing or micro dermabrasion and start fresh on your skin care so that your skin does not dry out over the winter months. Our special Micro Dermabrasion cream is the simple answer to an expensive spa exfoliation treatment. Exfoliating crystals gently but thoroughly remove the top rough layer of dead skin cells and open your pores so they can breathe at last. The moisturizing cream penetrates into the fresh layer of skin cells and protects and moisturizes. The result is absolutely beautiful and smooth skin and a fresh clean feeling as you enjoy this transitional month. The microdermabrasion will take care of minor imperfections and color unevenness and help with blemishes as it diminishes fine lines on your forehead and around your mouth. You will feel the results immediately and will notice that moisturizer goes on and sinks in while makeup looks smoother and more natural.

Treat yourself to this spa-at-home exfoliating experience as an end of summer treat. You deserve it!

Mango Madness Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream

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Soap, Cleanser, What’s the Difference?

Oh, my goodness! Earlier this year we wrote a blog about using the correct cleanser for your face. That promptly precipitated an argument about “all soap being the same.” And that argument goes like this: All soap is a way of cleaning yourself and the different names and claims and prices on soap are just ways of charging you more money and making you buy ten different products when one would do.

After all, the logic goes, the same pretty soap sitting on the sink that you wash your hands with should be appropriate for your face, right? It’s still your skin it is cleaning.

If we lived in an ideal world, maybe. But we don’t and in our high-population, high-germ conscious world, the soap we use on our hands is generally a soft soap with some detergent or other surfactant for cleanliness coupled with an anti-bacterial agent. That antibacterial agent might be as simple as alcohol or as chemical as triclosan. So if it cleans, and it disinfects, and we trust it on our hands, why can’t we wash our face with it? Or with any other soap for that matter.

Sure you can. But here is where the problem comes in. First of all, hands handle all kinds of materials. They are our way of picking things up, cleaning things up, and they get exposed to printer toner, petroleum, surface dirt, ink from pens, correction fluid, and all kinds of substances that your face does not come into contact with. They also have skin that is less delicate than the skin on your face. So you may prefer to use a stronger soap on them than you want to use on your face just to get them clean.

handsThen, look at what they touch! They shake hands, pat dogs and cats, wash dishes, handle food preparation, come into contact with door knobs, restroom fixtures, and money. Hopefully, your face does not! That means you may prefer an alcohol or triclosan based antibacterial product to kill the germs. But you don’t want that on your face. Alcohol dries and depletes skin cells which hastens aging. Triclosans are a known toxin. In tiny amounts the triclosan does a great job of killing bacteria. But studies are now raising questions about the possible health hazards associated with it. Bottom line, do NOT put it on your face where more of it will be absorbed.

This probably does not answer the question fully of why there are so many products to clean so many things. But your face is the thing most people see first and remember you by. Let’s keep it clean AND healthy. Buy MangoMadnessSkinCare cleansers here.

Cleaning Your Skin – the Right Way!

There are so many products available these days to clean your skin with. Many people still use a plain bar of soap, others use a soft soap, a generation ago the thing to do was cleanse with cold cream or Noxema, and then there are all the facial cleansers and exfoliants on the market. How do you know what to use on your face?

First, let’s look at the terms:

  • Soap is defined as a salt of a fatty acid. That doesn’t sound appealing but basically it is vegetable or animal fat with an acidic or alkaline component. Soap used to be made by rendering animal fat and then mixing in lye in a concentration low enough not to burn you but high enough to break down soil.
  • Detergent is a preparation made from chemical surfactants. Surfactants break up fats and grease and “float them” away on the water molecules. Engine degreasers, dish detergent, and most shampoos fit into that category.
  • Cleansers can be anything you use to clean with. This covers scouring powders and gentle green tea preparations.

So what do we want to use on our skin, especially the face? First, avoid bar soap and detergents. Read the label and skip anything with Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. That is a detergent and a known irritant.

Choose something light, with gentle botanical or fruit extracts, and mild enough to use daily. A great example would be our Rose Hip Seed Oil Facial Cleanser. It is mild enough to be used daily and effective enough to help with acne and other blemishes. It is so gentle it is recommended for people with rosacea or other skin irritations.

Remove makeup with a wipe and then wash the face clean with the Rose Hip Seed Oil, finishing with a good overnight moisturizer or peptide cream to fight wrinkles. Your face will love it! Are you ready to start? You can buy our gentle facial cleanser right here!

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Skin Like A Teenager, With Acne

Women in their thirties and forties always wish they had skin like a dewy-eyed teen – all radiant and smooth with a porcelain clarity to it. But no one wishes they had skin like a teen with acne, and yet that is exactly what happens to some women as they reach menopause or pre-menopause. The same hormones that made teen faces break out in white heads, black heads and blotches are back again in full force making your emotions run amok and your skin erupt nightly. What can you do?

The most important thing to do is keep your hands away from your face. Just like when your Mom told you not to make it worse by scratching or picking. But there is another reason too, hands have oils and salt on them and you do not want to add to the skin issues on your face or spread any bacteria. So to start with, wash your face twice each day very gently. A light cleanser like our Rose Hip Seed Oil cleanser is gentle enough to use on skin with active breakouts but thorough enough to leave skin clean and pores unclogged. Use it twice a day, just after rising and just before bed and that will be a great start.

This wonderful cleanser delivers Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Omega 3, 6, and 9, along with beta-carotene and lycopene to ward off free radicals as it washes away surface grime.

Don’t stop there. Your next step is to use a retinol-based moisturizer to get the maximum amount of healing Vitamin A to your beautiful skin. Renew Youth works to promote healing and minimize skin damage so your skin looks better and breakouts heal more quickly. Putting a light layer on after cleansing can make makeup go on more smoothly and result in a more beautiful you with or without a little blemish.

You can try these products with confidence due to our amazing money-back guarantee and you won’t wait long because we ship everything quickly!

Try Rose Hip Oil Cleanser 
Try Renew Youth Retinol Cream with Vitamin A

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A Merry Mango Holiday

What does your face want for Christmas?  Well, we asked your face and this is what it told us:

  • Lots of fresh water to counteract the artificial heat.
  • Moderate eating and drinking.
  • A gentle cleansing scrub.
  • A high-powered moisturizer with peptides.

We heard what your face was saying and we’d like to make some recommendations based on that wish list.  First, there is nothing more important than drinking plenty of water.  It is easy in the hustle and bustle of the holidays to find yourself skipping your normal healthy routine.  But holidays can be stressful and some of the parts of your routine can help you handle stress.  Drinking water is one of them.  Water helps your body process out impurities and bad food choices so make a mental note or set your smartphone to remind you to have a big glass of water at least twice a day.

Moderate eating and drinking seems impossible during the holidays but sometimes you can make healthful choices especially if you are the hostess or are asked to bring a dish to someone’s home.  How about a delightful Mango Trifle instead of a heavy fruitcake?  Whip a little pure light whipping cream with a little bit of yogurt and layer with fresh mango slices.  Garnish with a sprinkle of eggnog, some sliced almonds, or some cranberries and you have something absolutely beautiful and beautifully healthy!  Don’t worry that people will object to eating something that is good for them.  Many people will thank you.

The next request:  a gentle cleansing scrub, is an easy one.  We have several depending on your skin type and you can decide what your best option is.  But do take the time to do a little cleansing and exfoliating.  During the winter there are many environmental elements that your skin has to face that are different from the rest of the year.  Extremes of heat and cold, wind, and wood smoke are only a sampling of the factors your skin encounters.  Gently exfoliating opens those pores up, removes the grime and grit and dead skin.  Then beautiful fresh skin emerges and you look radiant!  Our best cleansers and scrubs.

Finally, just what Dr. Oz ordered, a good peptide-based moisturizer.  We have just the thing for your thirsty facial skin.  Our Peptide 6 wrinkle-fighting cream restores and helps your skin replenish the natural collagen that makes skin so smooth and wrinkle-free.

We hope this helps you decide what to buy your beautiful skin this Holiday Season.  Please don’t ask us what to get your nephew, Bobby!