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    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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    The Best Ingredients for Sensitive Skin

    Last week we shared our list of what causes skin sensitivity! Aside from paying attention to habits that may be triggering your redness, inflammation and irritation, you should be looking for skin care ingredients that help target these symptoms! Below we share the best ingredients for sensitive skin and how they can help:

    Micro Silver

     

    Research has found that one possible cause of rosacea, a sensitive skin condition that results in in redness on the skin, are skin microbes that thrive on the skin. Micro Silver has been proven to be anti-microbial, reducing the bacteria in which microbes thrive. By reducing bacteria levels, this can help soothe inflamed and irritated skin, and reduce redness.

    Seaweed

     

    Additional research has found that one of the biggest aggravators to sensitive skin and rosacea is a reaction to free radicals. The most common of these are Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS) found in air pollution. Seaweeds are one of the richest sources of natural anti-oxidants to combat ROS, containing ingredients such as phlorotannins, sulfated polysaccarides, fucosterol and fucoxanthins.¹ Seaweeds also help deliver essential nutrients to the skin, as they contain 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 42 trace elements and minterals. The following are specific types of seaweeds which contain properties that are most beneficial to sensitive skin.

    Laminaria digitata: This brown seaweed is rich in anti-oxidants, helps hydrate and lock in moisture to the skin and provides anti-bacterial properties.

    Ulva compressa: This green seaweed has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, reduces the desquamation process of the skin and increases circulation.

    Ahnfeltia concinna: This red marine seaweed helps to soothe, hydrate and nourish skin.

    Ulva lactuca: This green seaweed is protein-rich, hydrating and nourishing, stimulates synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers, is anti-inflammatory and regenerative.

    Learn more about the skin care benefits of seaweed here.

     

    Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Ingredients

    Lastly, we share a list of natural anti-oxidants found in Mother Nature that can help calm conditions of sensitive skin as well.

    Quercetin

     

    A bioflavonoid found in apples, berries, parsley, onions, grapefruit and wine, this has both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, neutralizing free radicals and inhibiting UV irradiation-induced inflammatory response in skin cells.

    Rutin

     

    A potent anti-oxidant, this is a bioflavonoid found in high concentrations in citrus fruit, buckwheat, asparagus, rhubarb. It also helps modulate the breakdown of collagen and improves circulation.

    Mirabilis Jalapa Extract

     

    Also known as the “Marvel of Peru,” clinical studies show this alleviates skin discomfort, fades redness from skin sensitivity, strengthens and hydrates the epidermis.

    Organic Tumeric

    Traditionally used in Indian medicine, it’s a primary component of curcuminoids which exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties.

    Hyaluronic Acid

     

    Extremely moisturizing to the skin, it is a natural moisturizing polysaccharide present in the skin. This ingredient can hold 100X its weight in water, and has an important role in wound healing and tissue repair.

     

    Suffer from super sensitive skin? You can find these ingredients in our new Red-Out collection for hypersensitive skin and rosacea!

    Is it Okay to Get Waxed During Pregnancy?

    Waxing while pregnant, is it safe? Mom-to-be and licensed esthetician Lauren Streeter talks about waxing during pregnancy and if it's okay to get a bikini or Brazilian wax!

    **Repechage Vita Cura Nutri Oil**

    **Pregnant and have questions about your skin care or beauty routine? Leave them in the comments below!**

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    What Causes Skin Sensitivity?

    Is your skin looking red and inflamed or feeling irritated? If so, it falls into the sensitive skin category. Although genetics may to be blame, a lot of the sensitivity you may feel is actually as a result of external factors. Here’s a list of possible triggers.

    The Sun and Environmental Pollutants

    Besides sunburn, how do these create skin redness? Environmental pollutants from cars, smokestacks, smoking, and the sun create ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) which are one of the most common free radicals. Free radicals attack your skin cells’ DNA, leading to inflammation, redness, and irritation. **Always wear an environmental protection cream before stepping outside!**

    Over-Exfoliating

    The normal amount of times you should be exfoliating is 2-3 times a week. However, those with sensitive skin may need to exfoliate less. Overdoing it can damage the skin, leading to redness and inflammation, causing the skin to look like a bad sunburn. This is because the skin’s protective barrier may be disrupted, allowing for foreign invaders to enter the skin and irritate it. Some exfoliators or “scrubs” can be too rough, that they actually scratch the skin and cause microscopic tears leading to irritation and inflammation. Overusing acid-based exfoliators and even retinoids can also break down the skin’s barrier. This also applies to professional services, like strong chemical peels or microdermabrasion.

    Stress

    Add skin redness to your list of reasons why to stress less! Stress increases your heart rate, which in turn increase your blood flow and cause facial redness.  Stress also weakens the body’s natural defenses, which makes your skin more susceptible to free radical destruction.

    Rubbing Your Skin

    We’ve advised before that this is one habit that leads to breakouts, but this is especially a no-no for sensitive skin! Rubbing can create a “rug burn effect” on your skin – the skin becomes injured, and as a result inflammation and irritation occur.

    The Weather

    In the colder months, sudden and extreme temperatures and going from a cold outside to a warm inside can cause the capillaries to dilate. Your skin can also become dry from the lack of humidity in the air. These effects can enhance the appearance of sensitive skin.

    Foods/Beverages: Spicy Foods, Hot Beverages, Dairy and Alcohol

    Facial flushing can happen after consuming spicy foods or hot beverages. The change happens from an increase in blood flow that causes your blood vessels to dilate. For sensitive skin conditions like rosacea, spicy or hot foods, dairy and alcohol are known triggers for flare-ups.

    Bleaches, Detergents or Soaps

    Bleaches and detergents in your laundry or cleaning products and soaps (bar soaps or hand soaps) are highly alkaline – meaning they have a high pH value between 9-13. A healthy pH for your skin is around 5.5. When such highly alkaline substances come into contact with your skin, two things occur: they irritate your skin and strip your skin’s protective barrier leaving it susceptible to further damage.

    Fragrances and Dyes

    Fragrances found in your perfume, bath or skin care products, and dyes in clothing, are very common skin irritants. This is because fragrances are often manufactured using irritating ingredients. These ingredients and dyes both strip your skin of its natural oils, which disrupts your skin’s barrier and creates irritation.

     

    If you experience facial redness, flushing, inflammation or irritation, be mindful of these factors that may be making your skin condition worse. More importantly, make the switch to skin care for sensitive skin and use it in your everyday beauty routine!

     

    Have any questions related to sensitive skin? Leave them for us in the comments below!

    Are You Multi-Masking?

    If not, you should.

    Let’s face it: different parts of your face have different concerns! And with summer basically over, now more than ever you should be using a face mask regularly! The question is, what type of mask? While there’s always your favorite face mask to have on hand, we break down common problems that can happen on select areas of our face and a mask that can be used to help treat them.

    T-Zone

    The Problem: Oiliness. Sensitive or dry cheeks, but an oily t-zone (nose, forehead and chin)? This is more common than you think, as this area tends to be oilier than other parts of the face.

    The Solution: To control oil in the T-Zone area, look for a mask with oil-controlling ingredients, such as oatmeal, Saccharina latissima, lemongrass oil (yes, an oil that helps control oil production!) and lily of the valley. 

     

    Cheeks & Chin

    The Problem: Anything goes in this area, including sensitivity, dryness, breakouts, uneven skin tone and oiliness!

    The Solution (Sensitivity): Cheeks, for some, is one area that tends to be sensitive, reactive and turn red easily. To treat this, incorporate a mask with olive oil and olive leaf extracts, along with seaweed - all natural ingredients that have a calming effect on the skin and provide essential vitamins and proteins revitalize stressed out skin.

    The Solution (Dryness): Cheeks that are super-dry? Give them a deep conditioning treatment with natural hydrating ingredients: Codium fragile subsp. Attanticum seaweed, a type of seaweed that is known to help increase moisture by 50% long term; Shea Butter, rich in Vitamins A and E to nourish the skin; Mango Seed butter, rich emollient high in various nutrients such as beta carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, calcium, and magnesium.

    The Solution (Breakouts): If random breakouts happen, give your skin a deep pore cleanse and don’t be afraid to spot treat! A sea-mud mask based on Ichthammol, used to absorb excess sebum and help cleanse the skin from bacteria, and Kaolin Clay, used for its oil absorbing properties can help clear breakouts.

    The Solution (Uneven skin tone): If you’ve had too much fun in the sun during the summer, you may be seeing dark spots on your face. If this is the case,, give your skin a spot treatment with a face mask for brightening that incorporates natural skin brightening ingredients. Ingredients like glycolic acid, kojic acid, and pelvetia seaweed extract are natural ingredients that help target skin discoloration.

     

    Eyes

    The Problem: Puffiness, bags, dark circles.

    The Solution: An eye mask or eye pads with seaweed, natural tea extracts, and cucumber, all of which have high anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and soothing properties, is going to help de-puff and soothe this area.

    Pregnant Skin | What Skin Care Ingredients are Safe and What to Avoid

    Licensed esthetician for over 10 years and mom-to-be Lauren Streeter discusses how to practice safe skin care during pregnancy and what skin care ingredients to avoid! Watch to find out from Lauren if the skin care you're using on your face is okay or if you need to re-evaluate the skin care you're using. AND, don't forget to tune into the next few weeks, as Lauren will share more pregnancy skin care tips

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care for breakouts: Repechage Hydra Medic Collection

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care for wrinkles: Repechage Opti-Firm Collection


    **Pregnant and have questions about your skin care or beauty routine? Leave them in the comments below!**
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