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Traveling for the Holidays

Our country just finished surviving “FrankenStorm” and most of the United States is bundling up for Winter.  Many of us are traveling today and the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend or we have company coming and the weekend will be packed and a little stressful.

Airline regulations about luggage have gotten even stricter and no one wants to pack and carry huge bags everywhere.  Then there is the problem of routine.  Perhaps at home you always cleanse, moisturize and use eye cream.  But in someone else’s house you have less privacy and probably less time.  It might be tempting to leave the skin care products out of the suitcase and just go without when visiting during the holidays.  Tempting but it really isn’t a good idea.  When we are traveling, we have less control over our environment than usual.  Our faces and bodies are subjected to more weather and wind and cold than they would be at home.  We are also subject to more stress during traveling and the discomfort of pressurized jet cabins or long car trips with the heater blowing right in your face.  There are skiing vacations, mugs of cider around a bonfire in a snowy field, walking through a frozen forest admiring the way the icicles hang from trees.

Cold weather, open fires, artificial heat can all dry your skin.

The best way to simplify is to look at the amount of time you will be away from home.  If it is just for a few days over the Thanksgiving weekend then it is simple.  Pack your most important lipstick and mascara, maybe a light powder-to-base, and your favorite moisturizer.  You can use wipes to remove makeup and exfoliating or deeper cleansing can wait until you are back in charge of your routine.  But the moisturizer is absolutely essential. And just because you’re on a mini-vacation, don’t forget to keep working on wrinkle reduction with a good peptide cream.

A good moisturizer not only returns hydration to dry and thirsty skin, it also creates a barrier protecting the skin from weather and the drying effects of artificial heat.  The moisturizer can be used just before bed and allowed to penetrate the skin thoroughly, with a light application first thing in the morning.  This will ensure that any base makeup you put on will go on more smoothly and reliably.  You will look radiant.  No hand lotion?  A scant amount of facial moisturizer can be blended in to the backs of the hands and the fingers to help your hands deal with the cold.

If you will be gone longer than a few days, a good cleanser and exfoliant should be packed along with the moisturizer.  You don’t need every skin care product you would use at home but skin needs two basic things to look great:

  • It needs to be clean
  • It needs good moisturization

As long as you take care of both, you will look wonderful for the holidays!  Not sure what moisturizers are the best?  Have a look at our selection of anti-aging, paraben-free moisturizers.

Luxuriate: Your Word for Today!

Oh, the joys of being very young.  You know, the age where someone puts you into the bath with your toys, dresses you in flannel pajamas, and tucks you in with a warm glass of milk while rubbing your back and maybe singing a lullaby.  We were taken care of like precious gems and then we took care of our children that way.

As we get older we have no one to do that for us – we have to pamper ourselves if we want pampering!  But we are busy.  We are so busy that we plan to do something nice for ourselves and then we get in a hurry and just don’t get around to it.  Sometimes the most we can do is grab a piece of chocolate on our way out the door or a glass of wine.

Well, stop that right now.   Pick an evening this week, or next week at the very latest.  Schedule nothing from 7:00 PM onward.  Eat light, a little fish or chicken and a salad or vegetable.  Then make yourself a Mango Madness Smoothie for a light dessert:

In a blender combine –

  • 1 peeled and chopped ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup of lowfat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey or other sweetener
  • 4 ripe strawberries

Blend until smooth and creamy!

Now, set that aside and pour yourself a bubble bath.  Make the water warm – not too hot- and use a foaming bath oil with NO SLS in it.  Get out your biggest, fluffiest towels, tie your hair on top of your head with a ribbon and put your Mango Madness Smoothie next to the tub.  Slide into the tub slowly and take a deep cleansing breath.  Believe it or not, this does not just make you feel wonderful.  A healthy meal, a warm bath, cleansing breaths all contribute to your general health including that of your skin.  And need I tell you how important being happy is to your well-being?  I didn’t think so.

As you sip your smoothie, and then towel dry, don’t forget to moisturize after your bath.  An all-body moisturizer with shea butter and aloe vera is the best.  If it also has hyaluronic acid your skin is in for a treat.  Naturally we recommend Mango Madness Body Cream with Shea Butter for the most indulgent treatment you can offer your skin!

Stormy Weather

This week has been all about the “Frankenstorm,”  Sandy the Hurricane.   Extreme weather affects our energy bills, our driving, our very safety.  What many people do not realize is that extreme weather also affects our skin.

First, even on an overcast, stormy day, the sun’s rays reach your skin.  Because people do not think of that, they often fail to use a sun screen or sun block on wintery, rainy, or snowy days.  Reflected light from snow can burn and even on a cloudy day the light of the sun is shining on you.  If you are going outside do not forget your sunblock.

Second, wind and cold can chap and damage your lips and skin.  Your body needs protection from the temperature and the skin on your face and hands needs protection too.  Just as you put on the very warmest clothes you can find, you will have to take just as good care of your delicate skin.  Using a night cream that repairs your skin while you sleep is probably the most convenient way to keep your skin soft, smooth, and wrinkle-free.

Third, on cold days homes from Florida to Canada are heated and the air dries your skin.  Dry skin sags more, wrinkles more, has more surface dead skin cells and makes you look older.  Using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid or peptides every morning will protect your face from the drying effects of indoor heating.

It’s not complicated:  protect your skin with a good sunblock, moisturize every morning, and use a deep penetrating repair cream at night.  Your skin will thank you for it and you’ll be as radiant in January as you were in April or May!

Suggested products:   Protect Me™ Sunblock, Peptide 6™ wrinkle cream (builds collagen), Nocturne™ facial cream for nightly repair.

Are you moisturizing in the summer?

While it’s true that more moisturizers are purchased and used in the winter months when humidity is lower, and indoor heat makes the air even drier, it is just as important to use a good moisturizer in the summertime.

Why is this? There are two reasons you need to moisturize in the humid, summer months. One is because on those hot days, most of us are either in an air conditioned car, office or house.  Besides cooling, air conditioners also dry the air out. Dry air is the enemy of healthy skin and will make crow’s feet, lines and wrinkles more visible.

The second reason is that when it’s hot, our skin perspires to keep us cool by evaporation.  However, the moisture from perspiration is a saline (salty) solution, and salt dries out your skin as the perspiration evaporates. In addition, where you need the moisture isn’t on the outside of your skin, it is deep within the outer layer of skin.  On top of this, the strong summer sun will also dry out your skin. If you don’t have sufficient moisture in the deeper layers, you will not be maintaining optimum skin health, plus lines and wrinkles will be more apparent.

A good hyaluronic acid moisturizer, either as a serum or a cream, is best for your skin in the summer months.  So, moisturize all year around for healthy skin. And healthy skin is younger looking skin.

Skin care tip: moisturizers and all anti-aging skin care products perform much better if you prepare your skin first by exfoliating with a good glycolic acid wash.

Skin Care and Good Night’s Sleep

Not getting enough sleep means you’re going to feel sluggish during the day. It can also increase cortisol production, which can cause your body to hold on to more fat. Unfortunately, your waist isn’t the only part of your body where a lack of sleep can take a toll. If you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night or settling for just a few hours of sleep, it will show on your face. The negative effects not sleeping can have on your skin include:

Because those signs are exactly what you try to avoid by taking good care of your skin, the importance of getting a good night’s sleep can’t be emphasized enough. Since getting the quality and amount of sleep you want can be quite a challenge, here are the keys to making it happen:

Give Yourself Time: A common assumption is that you should be able to jump into bed and fall asleep within minutes. But if you talked to a sleep expert, they would tell you that being able to fall asleep in that manner means you’re actually sleep deprived. Because sleep isn’t something that’s supposed to come instantly, you need to give yourself time to relax and unwind. Even if it’s just for thirty minutes before bed, starting to unplug and not worry about things like work will help you when you actually do lay down in bed.

Cut Caffeine: If you’re worried that sleeping well is going to require you to give up your favorite caffeinated beverage, you’ll be relieved to know that’s not the case. However, if you’re drinking caffeine throughout the day, you’re interfering with your sleep more than you realize. Although you may not feel it, caffeine stays in your system for significantly longer than most people assume. As a result, your best bet is to limit your caffeine consumption to before noon. This will ensure that your body has plenty of time to process the caffeine before it’s time for you to get in bed.

Exercise Earlier: Getting at least thirty minutes of exercise a day can make it much easier to drift off to sleep at night. The one catch to this recommendation is you don’t want to exercise right before bed. If you do, you’ll pump up your body to the point where it’s hard to relax. While working out in the morning provides additional benefits, exercising after work is also fine as long as you give yourself a window of at least four hours before going to bed.

Stick to a Schedule: If you commit to getting up and going to bed at the same time each day, you’ll find that your body begins to naturally adjust. When it comes to sticking to a consistent bedtime, it’s useful to establish a routine. To not only sleep well but also beautify your skin, you should make applying Nocturne Night Repair wrinkle cream part of this routine. Because this product is designed to provide deep moisture, it will work to reverse signs of aging as you rest.

Simple Tricks to Take Years Off Your Appearance

Although just about everyone would like to, it’s impossible to turn back the hands of time. However, what you can control is the impact that time has on your appearance. If you want to look younger, you may think you’re going to have to empty your bank account or endure painful procedures. While some people do take those approaches, the good news is there are other options. Not only are other options available, but some of the most effective are surprisingly simple. Let’s take a look at a few examples:

Get a Little Color: Everyone looks better when they’re tan. Because being tan is associated with being outdoors and active, it’s one of the best ways to reclaim your youthful appearance. However, the catch is the sun is actually the worst culprit when it comes to aging your appearance. While it can add color to your skin, it can also dry it out and destroy collagen and elasticity, leaving deep wrinkles. Since that’s exactly what you want to avoid, you won’t want to use natural or artificial sunlight for your color. Instead, use a quality self-tanning lotion to add color without causing any damage. And when you do go outside, make sure you protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunblock formulated without parabens.

Don’t Forget About the Rest of Your Body: Since you care about taking care of your appearance, chances are moisturizing is already part of the daily regime you follow for your face. While applying moisturizer may not seem like a significant action, the cumulative impact it can have over time can keep your skin looking much younger. Because moisturizing your skin is so effective, you should expand your routine to include other parts of your body like your hands and neck. One of the most common reasons that people feel older than they want is because they forget to show these areas the same care they give to their face. As a result, they’re still walking around with unwanted signs of aging. Luckily, it only takes a few extra minutes a day to resolve this issue.

Do an Instant Lift with Makeup: Your eyes are one of the first things people see when they look at you. Since your eyes can set the tone for the rest of your appearance, you don’t want them to appear droopy or tired. If you’re concerned that the only way to deal with sagging lids is to go under the knife, you’ll be relieved to learn that two simple makeup tips can work wonders for your eyes. The first is to use eyeliner to add definition. The other way to give your eyes more lift is to use an eyeshadow shade that falls in the medium to deep range of the color spectrum. By applying this type of eyeshadow in towards your eyelid’s crease, you will instantly minimize any visible droopiness.

Get Rid of Those Dark Circles: As many as 80-90% of people experience dark circles under their eyes at some point, and nothing can make you look tired and older when people look at your face. Use an under eye cream containing Vitamin K and Arnica Montana to freshen and brighten your eyes.

You’re only as old as you feel. By taking advantage of these simple tricks, you can enjoy looking and feeling younger on a daily basis!

Skin Exfoliating 101

Although skin seems like one cohesive unit, we know it’s actually composed of millions of individual cells. As a result of this composition, old skin cells are constantly dying. While that may sound like a major problem, the good news is there are new cells to take their place. However, just because skin cells die does not mean that they magically disappear. If you’re wondering why some people have such a dull looking skin complexion, it’s very likely because their old cells are still hanging around. And besides causing a dull and rough texture, dead skin cells can sometimes block your pores, leading to acne. Exfoliation products will help keep your pores open to prevent clogging and associated problems.

Since an excessively thick layer of dead skin cells is the last thing you want for your own face, you’ll be relieved to learn that exfoliation can take care of this issue.

The other important benefit of exfoliation is that by removing some of the dead skin cell layer at the surface, the wrinkle cream, moisturizing face cream or other skin care products you apply afterward will be more efficiently and completely absorbed.

Simply put, if you want skin that is clear and vibrant, proper exfoliation needs to be part of your skin care routine. Here’s exactly what you need to know about exfoliating your skin.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Proper exfoliation is a vital part of keeping your skin clear and vibrant. However, one of the most common mistakes people make is assuming that if exfoliating is good, then doing it as often as possible is even better. The problem with exfoliating too often is it can turn this process from something that is very beneficial to an activity that actually irritates your skin.

If you want to reap all the benefits that exfoliation has to offer without worrying about irritating your skin, be sure to limit this activity to 2-3 times a week, depending on your tolerance level. If you have sensitive skin, you will probably want to avoid exfoliating more than twice a week.

Exfoliation Is Not Just For Your Face

When most people think of exfoliation, they think of their face. While it is a great way to keep your face looking its best, that doesn’t mean your face is the only part of your body that you can exfoliate. If you want to have radiant skin from head to toe, exfoliation will deliver this result for you. While you can safely exfoliate any area of skin on your body, the one thing you need to keep in mind is facial and body exfoliators are two very different products. Since you don’t want to risk a very unpleasant experience, be sure to only use each type of product on the intended area of your body.

Complement with a Cleanser and Moisturizer

You’ll get the best results from exfoliating when you prep and finish your skin in the right way. Even though exfoliation is a cleansing process, that doesn’t mean you want to jump right into doing it to dirty skin. Since the strength of exfoliation is its ability to work on the deeper levels of your skin, you want to clear the surface by using a quality general cleanser.

And because exfoliation does work so well, the other step you want to remember is to use a paraben free moisturizer after you finish exfoliating. This simple additional step will allow you to enjoy everything exfoliation has to offer without worrying about drying out your skin.

What Can a Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer Do for Your Skin?

Dry skin is one of the primary enemies of a healthy and attractive complexion. When skin doesn’t have enough moisture, it can look older and more worn out. Moisture is one of the main components that adds suppleness and resiliency to your skin. Because proper hydration is a vital part of beautiful skin, it’s important to learn why skin dries out, as well as whether or not there’s anything you can do about it.

What Causes Dry Skin?

There are quite a few issues that can contribute to dry skin. Washing habits are the most common culprit. While it’s obviously important to stay clean, most people don’t realize that their vigorous scrubbing can actually take a toll on their skin. And if you add a harsh soap or long showers with hot water to the mix, there’s even more of an opportunity for your skin to be robbed of moisture. Other causes of dry skin include:

  • Dry Air: If you live in a region with dry air or an arid climate, it can definitely have a negative impact on your skin.
  • Natural Aging: If you don’t take any preventive action, getting older means your skin will get drier.
  • Not Enough Water: It’s important to maximize the amount of water you drink and minimize your consumption of coffee and alcohol.

How Can You Improve Dry Skin?

The good news is dry skin isn’t a permanent condition. In fact, it’s fairly easy to remedy this issue. The key to getting the skin you want is to add a quality moisturizer to your skincare routine. While you can improve your skin by changing any habits that are contributing to its dryness, the reason you want to use a moisturizer is because it will have the most dramatic effect on improving the look and feel of your skin.

Should You Use a Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer?

If you want to get the best results from the moisturizer you use, you should choose one that features hyaluronic acid. At first, the idea of using a moisturizer with an acid as its primary ingredient seems counter intuitive. However, the reason a premium hyaluronic moisturizer works so well is because it doesn’t function in the typical way that most people assume when they think of acid.

Instead, this anti-aging skin care ingredient is capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water! It does this by attracting moisture and then retaining it. By using this type of moisturizer on your face, you get to take advantage of hyaluronic acid’s magnet-like attraction of water. This pull and hold action will prevent moisture from constantly being stripped away from your skin.

If you’re wondering how a hyaluronic acid cream compares to other products on the market, the answer is that it is superior. With many moisturizing creams, all you get is a product that mimics the feel of moisture on your skin. But thanks to the properties of hyaluronic acid, it can actually bring moisture to your skin and keep it there.

Dry Skin 101 – Learn What Causes It and How to Deal With It

Dry skin not only makes you feel self-conscious, it’s also very uncomfortable. No one wants to spend all day scratching their skin or be kept up at night because it’s so itchy.

Although dry skin may just seem like a significant inconvenience, it can actually be a very serious problem. If dry skin is allowed to get to the point of extensive dryness or dehydration, it can inhibit your skin’s ability to protect your body from environmental toxins and germs.

Fortunately, you don’t have to let dry skin get to this point. By learning what causes this condition and the most effective ways to deal with it, you’ll be able to keep your skin in great shape.

What Causes Dry Skin?

There are quite a few potential causes of dry skin. The best way to pinpoint what’s causing your dry skin is to group the causes in several primary categories.

The first category is your environment. Harsh weather during the winter is a leading cause of dry skin. The intense indoor heat produced by furnaces is also a common cause of this condition.

The second category is the products you use. When your skin is in good shape, it’s protected by a layer of fatty oils. These oils are responsible for keeping moisture in your skin. However, if you start using a product that’s too harsh on your skin, it’s going to strip away these oils and make it impossible for your skin to retain moisture. Even a shower that’s too hot can remove these oils.

Soap is a product that commonly strips away these important skin oils and leaves people with dry skin. In addition to shower soap, dry hands are often the result of frequently washing dishes with soap that’s too harsh. Detergents are another product that can cause dry skin. Washing your clothes with a detergent that’s not sensitive enough means your skin will be continually irritated throughout the day.

Medical conditions are the other category of causes. In addition to actual skin conditions, problems like diabetes, hypothyroidism or malnutrition can all cause dry skin. Certain medications can cause your skin to dry out.

What’s the Best Way to Deal with Dry Skin?

If you discover that a product you’re using is irritating your skin, replace it with a more sensitive option. While this can reduce dry skin’s severity, most people who struggle with this condition need an ongoing routine to keep their skin in the best shape possible.

Using a paraben free skin moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is the most effective way to deal with dry skin. The best face creams for moisturizing and smoothing your skin contain hyaluronic acid. When you hydrate your skin with this type of face cream, not only will you be able to keep it from drying out, but you will also benefit from a noticeable reduction in wrinkles.

Although having dry skin can be frustrating, the good news is you can fix this problem by adopting a daily moisturizing routine!

Daylight Savings and Skin Care Savings Time

This Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 AM, Daylight Savings time ends, but your chance for savings on anti-aging skin care does not end, because we have a special Skincare Savings promotion for you!

Remember, as we “Fall Back” an hour with our clocks, the Fall weather means drier air indoors and out, so you need to be sure your skin is getting enough moisture. We recommend a good hyaluronic acid moisturizer.  Because it holds 1,000X its weight in water, hyaluronic acid (HA) is the best moisturizer available. And because of its smaller molecule size, HA doesn’t just sit on the surface of your skin, it also penetrates more deeply, where it pulls in moisture. This skin care product not only hydrates your skin, but also gives you a welcome “plumping” effect that will lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Enjoy your younger looking skin, not to mention an extra hour of sleep!