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    The Top 5 Worst Things You’re Doing to Your Skin

    It’s 2016 - a new year and time to get into good habits, including those for your skin! We spoke with our educators and asked them to list the top 5 worst things that they often see.  Guilty of any of these? Read on to learn how to turn it around NOW!

    1. Exposing your skin to UV light.

    Whether its UV rays from the sun or a tanning salon (yikes!) this is perhaps the worst thing you can do to your skin. UV light exposure damages your skin’s collagen, causes premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (sun spots), and can lead to skin cancer. No matter what time of the year it is, facial protection is a MUST!

      2. Going to bed with makeup on.

      We all have busy lifestyles, but when it comes to your skin care routine, you cannot cut corners. Dedicate time to taking care of your skin and make sure you are cleansing your face every night. Especially if you are in your 20’s, a time where your skin’s natural renewal process is faster, it’s important you cleanse and exfoliate regularly to remove excess oil and dead skin cell build up. Oil + left over makeup = clogged pores and breakouts!

        3. Using soap to clean your face.

        While even the gentlest soap is okay to use on your body, washing your face with soap is not. Soap will not only dry out your skin but also will strip your skin’s protective barrier. This leads to skin dehydration and irritation in the long run. An appropriate cleanser, followed by a toner to rebalance your skin’s pH, should be used morning and night.

          4. Getting a facial only once a year.

          Getting regular facials, not facials once a year or “once in while” should be on your priority list for 2016. Even if you’re taking care of your skin properly at-home, it takes a skincare professional to give your skin a thorough examination to see what it really needs. Read more about why to get a facial.

            5. Over-exfoliating.

            The more the better concept is a misconception when it comes to skin exfoliation. Using scrubs, peels and exfoliating brushes every day can be very damaging to the skin. Over-exfoliating can even lead to breakouts! Although they are not as strong as acid-based facial peels, granular or natural forms of exfoliation are excellent ways to remove dead skin cells, and should be used 2-3 times a week.

              Winter Beauty: Our Favorite Beauty Products to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

              Now that we’re officially into winter, you want to make sure your skin is staying hydrated! Here’s a list of 3 of our favorite beauty products to help give you a fix of hydration – FAST.  

              1. A RICH MOISTURIZER

              Flaky skin isn’t fun, but is unfortunately one of side effects of winter. Now’s the time where a rich moisturizer comes in hand! As with your everyday skin care routine use a serum and follow with a moisturizer. But don’t leave your moisturizer at-home! Keep one with you so you can re-apply throughout the day if needed. Especially if anti-aging is your skin concern, a moisturizer packed with peptides, seaweed, shea, mango and cocoa butter, is going to help keep flakiness, fine lines, and wrinkles at bay!

              We recommend:  Triple Firming Cream

              2. NOURISHING HAND CREAM

              Dry hands are both uncomfortable feeling and uncomfortable to look at. Plus, cracked, dry cuticles can ruin a cute manicure! Keep a nourishing hand cream in your purse, at your desk, and in your car at all times, and apply to your hands and cuticles throughout the day.

              We recommend: Sea Spa Hand Cream

               

              3. NON-DRYING LIP GLOSS

              Dry, cracked lips aren’t a cute look or feeling either! Some your favorite lipsticks can contain waxes, alcohol, and fragrances that dry out your lips. Opt for a lip gloss with hydrating ingredients like Mafura Oil, Coconut Oil, and seaweed or apply it over some of those more-drying lip products if don’t have it in you to part ways.

              We recommend: Perfect Skin Conditioning Lip Gloss

               
                             
               
               
               
               
               

              Want more winter beauty tips? Click here!

              What other beauty products do you have on stand-by in the winter? Tell us in the comments below!

              How to Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles | Anti-Aging Beauty Tip

              Wouldn’t it be nice if we could snap our fingers and make lines and wrinkles disappear? While it might take more than that, there are some anti aging beauty tricks that can help - at least for one night! Watch to learn about quick fixes for lines and wrinkles from Licensed esthetician Natalie Fedorchenko.

              Vita Cura Opti-Lift Serum

              Algo Mist Hydrating Seaweed Facial Spray

              Have any other anti-aging beauty tips? Share with us in the comments below!

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              Spice Up Your Skin Care! Herbs and Spices For Healthier Skin

              You’ve probably gotten your dose at Thanksgiving, and you’ll probably find many of these at Christmas dinner too, but did you know that many herbs and spices can do some serious good for your skin as well? Read below!

              Rosemary

              Rich in iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants, Rosemary extract helps prevent aging and infections. It has the ability to stimulate cell growth to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rosemary extract is also known to help treat acne, improve skin complexion, reduce swelling and soothe the skin.

              Sage

              Sage extract is obtained by extraction from the flowering plant Salvia Officinalis, a small evergreen perennial native to the Mediterranean region. It is known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties, Sage leaf extract has the ability to protect the skin from free radicals and reverse the signs of aging. The regulation of sebum production in oily skin has also been associated with Sage leaf extract.

              Basil

              Essential oils from Basil are used for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties.

              Chamomile

              The presence of flavonoid, apigenin, and essential oil compounds, such as bisabolol and chamazulene make Chamomile extract an effective anti-inflammatory agent. Studies have shown that Chamomile contains antioxidant, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties that help protect the skin from infection and speed up healing.

              Vanilla

              Vanilla is a naturally occurring compound found in vegetable oils, and is a natural anti-oxidant valued for its skin soothing and regenerating properties.

              Licorice

              The ingredient known for skin lightening benefits of the plant is Glabridin. Glabridin inhibits pigmentation by preventing tyrosinase activity without cytotoxicity. Also provides strong anti-inflammatory properties.

              Lemon Balm

              Rich in caffeic and rosmarinic acids, both powerful anti-oxidants, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract (also known as Melissa officinalis) is a plant belonging to the mint family that is known to trigger a healthy immune response and strengthen cell walls. It is also known for calming the skin and treating inflammation.

              Lemongrass

              Cleansing and purifying for the skin, the oil from lemongrass is used for its excellent antiseptic properties on the skin. It also helps normalize oil production and reduce breakouts.

              Lavender

              The essential oil of lavender is used for its aromatherapy and calming properties. It is also effective in treating acne, dermatitis and oily skin problems, as it is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory ingredient.

              Rooibos

              Rooibos has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging properties. Rooibos Tea is known to protect the skin against oxidative stress, making it a great anti-aging ingredient as well.

               

              So even though you may be getting a heavy dose of herbs and spices through holiday meals or pumpkin spice lattes, don’t forget to also look for them in your skin care!

              How to Prevent Turkey Neck

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              The only one that should have to deal with turkey neck this Thanksgiving is the Butterball in your dining room table! No one should have to deal with “turkey neck” - the sagging, discolored skin that forms in your neck area. Although it comes about in your early forties, and is more noticeable around menopause, there are things you can be doing now to prevent it!

              Diet

              A big contributor to sagging skin in the neck area is weight gain or weight gain followed by extreme loss. It’s okay to cheat on Thanksgiving and around the holidays, but from day-to-day, a healthy diet/exercise ritual should be maintained to keep a healthy body fat ratio.  The American Council of Exercise recommends the following body-fat percentage for men and women:

              Percent Body Fat Norms
              for Men and Women

              Description

              Women

              Men

              Essential Fat

              10-13%

              2-5%

              Athletes

              14-20%

              6-13%

              Fitness

              21-24%

              14-17%

              Acceptable

              25-31%

              18-24%

              Obesity

              >32%

              >25%

              (From the American Council of Exercise)

              If you fall in between these recommendations, you’re less likely to have excess skin sagging.

              Protection

              As you know, providing your face with SPF protection is going to help prevent early skin aging in the form of wrinkles and dark spots. The key is to remember to bring this protection down to your neck and also your décolleté area each and every time you apply your protection! Skin on these areas is thinner than on your face, meaning light can cause collage in your skin to break down, making neck skin more susceptible to wrinkles and damage from the sun.

              Hydration – Serum + Moisturizer

              You should also be applying your face serum and moisturizer on your neck as well! Skin that is dehydrated or dry (we’ll be discussing the difference between the two next week) is more susceptible to early aging – so don’t forget to layer both products onto to your neck area. Remember, no matter how well you’re taking care of your face, if your neck is not treated – you’re not fooling anyone of your age! Watch how to give yourself a facial massage on your face, neck and décolleté, your nighttime moisturizer.

              And for those who are experiencing turkey neck, you should start to follow the tips mentioned! For skin hydration, try using an anti-aging serum and anti-aging moisturizer  with peptides to help firm the skin and reduce the appearance of your wrinkles. You can also seek a little help through your makeup – a slightly dark foundation or powder can be applied under your chin area. This helps create the illusion of a slimmer jawline.

               

              Have any other tips to help prevent the dreaded turkey neck? Experiencing turkey neck and found a regimen that is helping your skin? Share with us all in the comments below!

              How Use Night Cream / Anti-Aging Facial Massage | Skin Care Routine

              Licensed esthetician Lauren Streeter discusses the purpose of a night cream, how a night cream differs from  moisturizer, and shows how to do an anti-aging facial massage with your night cream!  

              Have any questions about your skin care routine? Leave them for us in the comments below!

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