Category Archives: Skin Care

Causes and Solutions for Acne

Acne causes and solutions are trending right now, so I compiled a list of causes and things we can do to help treat and prevent acne.

Acne can start in our teens but for some it can stay with us as we become adults. Even in our 20s onwards we can still have some form of acne or a recurrence.

Acne Contributing Factors

There are a number of contributing factors that can cause acne including but not limited to.

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sleep
  • Pollution
  • Hormones
  • Cosmetics

Things that we use on a daily basis like cell phones or even our very own cosmetics (acne cosmetica) can help cause acne. Cell phones can carry thousands of baterica that can affect acne prone skin and any skin or hair care product that can build up in hair follicles and block pores can cause acne.

What Can I Do?

  • Cleanse your face at least twice a day. Once in the morning then in the evening.
  • Exfoliate dead skin cells from your face
  • Get Your “Beauty” Sleep
  • Keep bacteria laden things like cell phones away from your face.
  • Clean any electronic devices that you use on or around your face and wash hands.
  • Don’t touch your face except when cleansing
  • Get a good skin care regimen
  • Look for products that are oil-free and non-acnegenic for cleaning or treating your face
  • Wash cosmetic applicators with an antimicrobial soap regularly to get rid of bacteria
  • Never share makeup with another person.

Acne Products that Help

  • Antibiotics
  • benzoyl peroxide
  • alpha and beta hydroxy acids
  • Retina A
  • Accutane

Hope this helps! Please comment.

Algenist™ – The Next Level of Skincare Technology

I found some interesting news you’ll want to hear on a fascinating new product.

In San Francisco, California, Solazyme (a renewable oil and bioproducts company) biotechnology scientists were working on developing microalgae-based renewable energy solutions, and they made an unexpected discovery. After studying thousands of microalgae strains for renewable energy solutions they found a powerful compound responsible for regenerating and protecting the microalgae cell called Alguronic Acid.

Alguronic Acid is an algae extract with major anti-aging benefits for the skin are similar to those provided to microalgae cells – protection and regeneration. Just as it gives microalgae cells the ability to protect and regenerate themselves in harsh environmental conditions, Alguronic Acid can also provide those same benefits to the skin, including increasing skin smoothness, decreasing fine lines, and minimizing wrinkles after several weeks of use.1

Read the post Algenist Amazing Results for more information about Algenist results and how it can help protect against malignant melanoma and other skin cancers.

Algenist Product Line

Alguronic Acid is the main active ingredient in the advanced skincare brand Algenist™. Beginning in March 2011, Algenist will be available in the U.S through global multimedia retailer QVC®, and in over 800 Sephora stores in seven countries throughout Europe and in the US before expanding to Asia and the Middle East.

Reported Anti-Aging Results 

In comparison testing, Alguronic Acid outperformed other well-known active antiaging ingredients, demonstrating superior antiaging benefits. Average results measured following an in vitro test with Alguronic Acid:

  • 55% increase in cellular regeneration
  • 32% increase in elastin synthesis
  • 26% decrease in melanin production

A third-party consumer use study of 100 women using the Concentrated Reconstructing Serum twice daily reported:

  • Skin density an elasticity is restored in 86% of subjects.
  • Skin radiance boosted in 93% of subjects.

Within 4 weeks using daily:

  • Deep wrinkles are minimized in 78% of subjects.
  • Skin is noticeably tightened and lifted in 81% of subjects.

Before and After Results

Algenist Product Line

Algenist Product Reviews

Fast results!

From: Doreen
This is the best product I have ever used! I saw results within just a few days – something that has never happened before. I can’t recommend this highly enough. My skin is tighter, smoother and brighter.

Fantastic results

From: Sophia
I have been using the serum for aprox. 2 weeks and see fantastic results.. Specially with firmness.. Looking forward to looking better and better

Fantastico

From: Maria
Uso o algenist à 2 semanas e só posso dizer uma coisa….. Fantastico… cumprem com o que prometem, alias supera as minhas espectativas. Parabéns!

AWESOME

From: Manny
This is the best serum i have ever used and i have used many. I have never witnessed such smoothness and clarity to my skin in using a product for such a short time. Combined with the cream it is a magical duo and you guys should be commended for your research and development standards. Keep up the great work and for anyone that is on the fence regarding these products dont be.

AMAZING

From: Amy
This is by far the best product I have ever put on my skin-and I have tried everything

I LOVE IT!!

From: Angela

This is the most wonderful serum!! I am 50 years old and I have always had dull, wrinkled and acne prone skin until now!! ALGENIST gives my skin such a healthy glow!! Thanks So Very Much!!


FANTASTIC!!

From: Susan
The Concentrated Reconstructing Serum is FANTASTIC!! I have noticed a change in my skin in the first week!

Wonderful product!

From: Karen
I’m sold! I believe it is the combination of both your moisturizer and serum together. Truly the perfect team. The serum is a wonderful product to maintain healthy beautiful skin. Thank you.

Reviews from Algenist.com

Algenist Concentrated Serum, 1 fl. oz.

Buy Algenist Concentrated Serum 1fl. oz. QVC.com

 

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References

Solazyme : http://www.solazyme.com

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alguronic_acid

Ariel Schwartz (2011-03-07). “How an Algae Biofuel Company Ended Up in the Cosmetics Business”.

All Natural Honey Pedicure

Did you know stress can actually show up in our feet? Our feet are in need of some major pampering on a regular basis. This natural regime is the perfect remedy for removing some of those toxins, and giving your feet the attention they so much deserve.

Honey is used as an ingredient in each of the following steps. Be sure to look for honey that is locally produced and organic. (If you are vegan, you can leave out the honey or go for some organic agave nectar.)

All-natural detox:

  • 2 bags of black tea (look for fair-trade brands in stores)
  • Teaspoon of honey
  • Teaspoon of lemon
  • Bucket of warm/hot water

Soak your feet in the mixture for at least ten minutes. Be sure to use a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Proceed to the next step.

Foot scrub:

  • ½ cup of Hawaiian sea salt (or any sea salt will do)
  • Teaspoon of honey
  • Three tablespoons of coconut oil (or any oil)

After combining these ingredients, massage onto your feet, paying extra attention to achy spots. While you’re at it, massage into your hands as well. Rinse off with warm water.

Moisturizing salve:

  • A tablespoon or two of honey (look at the farmers markets for the best deals)
  • A teaspoon or two of coconut oil (sweet almond oil would as well)

Stir together the above ingredients in a bowl. Place the bowl in a larger vat of warm water to heat the honey/oil mixture as you detox and scrub. Slather onto your feet and read a magazine for 10-15 minutes. You can wrap those puppies up in saran wrap or old socks for an extra touch. When the time is up, rinse off thoroughly with warm water and your favorite gentle organic soap.

Moisturize those deserving feet with shea butter and slip into some fuzzy slippers. Enjoy!


 


Tips for Healthy Skin

Let’s look at some easy ways to look younger, slow the aging process, get help for dry skin, skin elasticity and skin protection.

Keeping in mind the words all natural.

The best ingredients for your skin are the simplest ones.

Look for basic ingredients on labels such as water, glycerin, herbal extracts, plant oils, and beeswax….just to name a few.

Healthy Skin Care

Help for Dry Skin

We cannot stress enough how important drinking lots of water is for the health and beauty of our skin and the entire body.

8 glasses a day at least, just for regular maintenance, more during times of strenuous exercise.

Vitamin E is very important for helping dry skin.  It can be taken as capsules to help from the inside and used as rich emollient cream to smooth on the skin to help on the outside.

Other helpful supplements to increase moisture include Flaxseed Oil, Omega 3 and Primrose Oil.

All beneficial and nutricious for our skin.

Try moisturizing facial masks with nourishing ingredients especially for dry skin.

An easy mask to try is the Peach Mask. Mash a fresh peach, mix with just enough warm olive oil to form a spreadable paste.  Smooth on clean wet skin, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.  Afterwards use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

Improve Elasticity

Hydrate…hydrate…hydrate…and moisturize!!!   Skin elasticity increases with the increase of hydration within the layers of skin.  This can be achieved by taking in lots of water and applying moisturizer to the skin in the form of moisturizing masks and just our everyday moisturizer we apply just before makeup.

Also, as previously mentioned for dry skin, taking supplements is an easy way to improve elasticity in the form of Flaxseed Oil, Omega 3 and Primrose Oil.

Importance of Exfoliation

Removing the oldest dead skin cells is the reason and process of all facials.  This removal unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and reduces acne breakouts. To achieve exfoliation,  abrasives for the skin include sugar or salt crystals, crushed almonds, oatmeal, cornmeal and micro-bead facial scrubs to mention a few.  These ingredients can be made into cleansing facial scrubs.

Dry brushing is another effective method to help improve your skins health and appearance.

Skin Protection

Here’s a few important skin tips to protect skin and keep it looking younger and healthier.

1. Limit sun exposure which causes many types of aging skin damage:

  • age spots
  • wrinkles
  • freckles
  • skin cancer
  • benign growths

Stay indoors when the sun is most intense, usually between 10am and 3pm.  Apply sunscreen regularly.

2. Stay hydrated. Keeping skin moist is essential to protect skin.  Drink lots of water, use moisturizer according to your skin type. Take warm showers and baths for 15 minutes.  Hot water removes moisture from our skin.

3. Use gentle skin care.  Nothing too abrasive for your skin type.  The exfoliating process should be gentle and nourishing and products used should be mild not irritating for sensitive skin.

Try some gentle and nourishing Natural Skin Care Recipes.

4. Pay special attention to moles, freckles and growths.  See your doctor if you notice any changes.  Prompt attention can usually reduce any associated problems.

Final note:  Taking good care of our skin from the outside and nourishing from the inside, skin protection is easy.  Love, protect and care for the skin we’re in!!

Dry Brushing Skin Massage and Exfoliation

Is your aging skin becoming rough and dry?

Naturally as we age it becomes more difficult for our skin to produce protective fibrous proteins or retain moisture, and our skin begins to become rough and dry from the natural process of uneven skin erosion.

The process of dry brush exfoliation removes the rough and dry outer layer of skin to reveal new younger skin.

Dry brushing helps your skin by uncloging pores alowing your skin to breath, thus increasing your skins ability to absorb vital nutrients and flush out harmful toxins – this helps increase your skins ability to begin producing more new skin cells.

This practice of massaging and exfoliating the skin will help improve your skins health and overall appearance.

In addition to exfoliating your dead skin cells and removing barriers to toxin excretion, dry brushing is also wonderful for lymph vessels and capillaries.

Dry brushing should be done using strokes that go towards the heart, aiding in the body’s blood circulation.

This is why many dry brushing enthusiasts feel so refreshed and invigorated after a brushing session, because their circulation improves.

Starting out gently is advised and then as you get used to the practice you can brush more vigorously.

Dry brushing also massages the lymph nodes and gets them functioning as well. Our lymph nodes are responsible for filtering and removing invading organisms and abnormal cells as part of our immune system.

Massaging them to encourage better functionality can have a big impact on our health and our ability to keep from getting sick.

Dry Brush Selection

You will need to select a good brush that will gently brush and massage your skin. A good dry brush for exfoliation and massaging can run anywhere from a few dollars upwards too $250 for electric brushes like the CLARISONIC Plus.

Brushes with long handles are the best since you will be exfoliating all of your body including hard to reach places like your back.

Dry Brushing Easy Steps

Dry brush exfoliation involves taking a soft bristled brush, similar to what you use on your hair except with a long handle, and brushing it across your whole body in a massage like fashion. There are also special gloves that can be used to dry brush.

The best time to dry brush is usually before you shower and while your skin is dry (hence dry brushing).

Our bodies form a new top layer of skin every 24 hours or so.

Dry brushing helps to shred off the skin’s topmost layer allowing the softer, smoother, skin below to surface and breath.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Make sure your skin is dry and stand in shower with water off.
  2. Starting with your feet use small gentle circular movements and brush upwards moving towards your heart. Make sure to avoid any skin sores, open wounds or rashes.
  3. Brush one leg at a time gently moving upwards in small circular movements. Avoid sensitive places like your genitalia.
  4. Once you have completed both legs, brush the fingertips of each arm. Again small cirular movements and brush up your arms towards your heart.
  5. Begin brushing your lower back and brush towards your stomach. Then brush upwards towards your heart.
  6. Starting at your stomach brush upwards towards your heart. Avoid sensitive areas like your breast or nipples.
  7. When finished shower as normal.

Dry Brushing Tips

  • Start out softly at first to avoid soreness and gradually apply more pressure over time.
  • Be careful not to brush over open wounds and cuts or rashes.
  • Use brush strokes that go towards the heart. The exception to this is when you are brushing over the stomach, when you should brush in a clockwise fashion to aid digestion.
  • Wash your dry brush after every use to wash off dead skin cells.
  • Brush when the skin is dry and then shower afterwards to wash off any remaining dead skin cells.
  • Use natural bristles if possible and brushes made with sustainable materials such as ethically harvested wood or bamboo.
  • If your skin is dry, rub in natural oils like Jojoba afterwards. It will soften the skin and it won’t clog pores.
  • Brush once or twice a week for best results.

Facial Masks – A very effective glowing skin care treatment

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The skin we have consists of numerous layers and our age establishes our unique needs.

There are various kinds of skin that include oily, combination skin or dry, and different requirements including moisturizing, washing, or exfoliating.

It’s crucial that you condition, clean and treat your skin.

The main reason to employ a facial mask is to eliminate the dead skin cells that accumulate and generate a barrier to the exterior surface area.

Use a face mask to make your skin look better but also improve it’s health.

Some benefits derived from this treatment include hydrating and flushing out accumulated toxins.  With the dead skin cells removed the moisturizer you use will be absorbed more deeply into the layers giving better results.

Vitamins for Your skin

Vitamin A, Vitamin B-Complex and Vitamin E are all very important.

These can be derived from fruit and can help in rejuvenating the skin.  Fruits contain natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) which claim to be helpful in the reduction of wrinkles or the signs of aging, and improve the overall look and feel of the skin.

Make Your Own Facial Masks

You can create easy-to-make facial masks with a few items easily found in our kitchen.

Making your own masks at home is a great way to save money and use natural products to enhance your skins health and beauty.

These masks can be re-vitalizing, rejuvenating or refreshing and are best applied once or twice a week. Masks are usually left on for 20 minutes or less and rinsed off with warm water.  After rinsing it’s best to apply a good moisturizer that’s suitable for your skin type.

The Naturally Skinsational Recipe eBook is full of great skin rejuvenating recipes for facial masks with ingredients readily available in our kitchens.

Popular Ingredients used in Facial Masks

  • yogurt
  • oatmeal
  • honey
  • fruits
  • avocado
  • eggs
  • milk
  • olive oil
  • chocolate.

And that’s just for starters!

There’s recipes for every kind of mask you can imagine.  Something suitable for any of your concerns.  There are some hydrating masks made with anything from glycerin to aromatherapy oils.

Masks made from Green Tea help to calm irritated skin.

The below glowing facial masks are creamy and usually made with clay or mud.  Each having its own unique benefits.  There are several different ingredients which can be used for these glowing facial masks but for right now we’ll explain the two most popular.

Clay Based Facial Masks

These are usually thicker in consistency and will dry to pull out impurities from the pores and remove excess oil.  They’ll also be helpful in reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.

  • Best for oily skin
  • Best for combination skin
  • Mud based masks

Dead Sea Mud Masks

Dead Sea mud masks are fortified by using a high content of Dead Sea Minerals.  It detoxifies and purifies the epidermis and contracts the pores of the skin.  It’s heavy cleaning actions clears the skin’s clogged pores.  It eliminates inactive skin cells, induces the the circulation of blood within your facial area and delivers much needed oxygen and plenty of other vital nutrients for the pores and skin.

Its extremely stimulating and rejuvenating all of which will firm up your skin.

You’ll want to use on neck and face region for optimum benefits.

Utilizing a mud mask once weekly to moisturize and tone is an excellent method to promote healthy and balanced skin.

  • Oily skin – use up to 3 times per week
  • Normal skin – use up to twice a week
  • Dry skin – use only once per week

So, if you havn’t been using facial masks, you’ve been missing out on a very effective glowing skin care treatment.

Try a few of our DIY Facial Masks to discover how great your skin can look and feel and enjoy the benefits of the various effects that facial masks can give you!

Naturally Skinsational – Rejuvenating Skin Care Recipes

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Naturally Skinsational recipe ebook 

The Naturally Skinsational recipe ebook provides a wonderful selection of homemade natural skin care recipes for facial treatments that have been formulated especially for the rejuvenating needs of aging skin with simple, common ingredients right from the kitchen.

Naturally Skinsational revolutionizes facial rejuvenation representing the next generation of natural skin care treatments which are found right in any kitchen cupboard. This Recipe eBook is literally overflowing with quick and easy natural skin care recipes formulated specifically to address aging skin concerns.

Did you know that over 80% of current medicines are based upon properties found in nature? The powerful medicinal attributes of herbs have long been known by herbalists as evidenced through centuries of herbal lore. With pressure from consumers and advocates for all natural products, cosmeceutical companies have begun to focus more attention on utilizing natural ingredients in their beauty and skin care product development.

Naturally Skinsational provides consumers with a wonderful alternative to effectively treat the needs of their aging skin. Consumers now have a choice. They can either stand forlornly in front of expansive department store displays of anti-aging skin care products not knowing which one will actually have an impact in addressing their facial rejuvenation desires or they can march right into their own kitchen to whip together a wonderfully fresh anti-aging skin care treatment.

The Skin Care e-Learning and Resource Center’s Natural Skin Care Recipes site first introduced homemade skin care recipes that focused on the rejuvenating properties of natural ingredients. By unlocking the mystery of herbal attributes, Naturally Skinsational combines the rejuvenating properties of natural ingredients together into recipes that effectively treat a range of aging skin care issues.

The e-book is also full of fascinating “Skinsational Tips” along with the expansive array of over 150 rejuvenating skin care recipes that include masks, peels, toners, moisturizers, spritzers, steams, under eye treatments and even special occasion facial treatments that feature enticing recipes such as “The Love Scrub” or “Boo Berry Peel”. The e-book reaches it finale with a comprehensive glossary on the rejuvenating attributes of an extensive listing of natural ingredients.

The Naturally Skinsational Recipe eBook is truly an exceptional and absolutely enjoyable, from beginning to end, natural skin care recipe ebook.

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