Archive for June, 2015

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You are what you eat. Not only is your skin affected by the products you put on your body, the condition of your skin is also a reflection of the food you put in your body.

Nobody enjoys waking up with a red, inflamed blemish (or two or three) on their face. The truth is, problem skin isn’t simply something that comes around during your teenage years. According to Glamour UK, “Around 20 per cent of women suffer from acne well into their 20s and 30s, which can be caused by anything from stress to hormone fluctuations and more”.

For those of you who experience frequent breakouts, why not try combining your skin-clarifying products with a clear skin diet?

To get you off to a good start, below are 4 nutrient-rich foods that give you glowing, flawless skin from the inside out:

1) Nuts & Seeds

Instead of reaching for a pack of salty, greasy potato chips – try snacking on almonds instead. Deficiencies in minerals such as zinc and selenium are often linked to problem skin. Nuts and seeds are a great source of minerals that many acne sufferers are lacking. Nuts also contain healthy fats and other nutrients such as Vitamin E, copper, magnesium, calcium and iron which are all essential to skin health and function (Glamour UK).

2) Leafy greens

There’s a reason why we pack our Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum and Masque with nutrient-rich, skin-loving leafy green ingredients like kale, spinach and broccoli sprouts. Kale, in particular, contains a full range of vitamins ( A, B complex, C, E & K), as well as potent levels of manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate and phosphorus (Glamour UK). So when it comes to glowing skin, we say “eat your greens, and wear them too!”

3) Sweet Potatoes

When you’re stressed, your hormone-regulating adrenal gland releases high levels of cortisone, and this imbalance of hormones can result in a nasty pimple or two. The solution? Combat stress and boost your mood by regulating your blood sugar levels. You can do this by eating complex carbohydrates (the healthy vitamin-packed kind) like sweet potatoes. This sweet, tasty alternative to the standard potato takes longer to digest resulting in a slower, sustained release of blood sugar levels over time (Glamour UK). Root vegetables including sweet potatoes and carrots also contain high levels of vitamin A which, when digested, can help improve skin circulation and oxygenation (Health Alicious).

4) Spices

Don’t just add spices to your food for flavor, start adding them your dinner plate for the sake of your skin! Spices contain all of the things that healthy skin craves: high levels of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and nutrients (Everyday Health).

Most of us think of fruits and vegetables as antioxidant sources, but surprisingly, herbs and spices pack the most punch” explains Jessica Crescenzi, founder of Beauty Guru NYC in an interview with Forbes.

What about spicing up your skin care routine? Try our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (Hot) which contains paprika, or our Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment which contains cinnamon & paprika.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

Read the health benefits of Garlic at https://www.healthambition.com/health-benefits-garlic/

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Cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturize…repeat. From washing your face to applying a moisturizer – your beauty routine can incorporate a number of must-do steps to help you achieve the look you want (and that doesn’t even include hair and wardrobe).

What if we told you that you could combine some of your skin care steps together – without skimping on results?

Lucky for you, we have 5 convenient products that make life easier, keep your skin looking great, and save you precious time.

1. Exfoliating Cleanser

Washing your face is a no-brainer, but when life gets busy, many of you might let exfoliation fall by the wayside. However, when it comes to bringing out your skin’s inner glow, exfoliation is vital. This step allows you to scrub away dead skin cells and dirt that can leave your complexion looking dull.

To enjoy the skin-glowing effects of exfoliation without adding another step to your beauty routine, try using an exfoliating cleanser. DaySpa Magazine recommends our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser, an antioxidant-rich face wash that works well with normal to combination skin types. If you’re more on the normal to dry side you might enjoy our Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser or our Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser.

2. Multi-use Cleanser

The experts at Skin Inc magazine recommend our Rice Milk 3 in 1 Cleansing Water which “…cleanses, tones and removes makeup while fighting free radical damage.”

Not only does the combination of three skin care steps into one product save time, it saves space! In addition to downsizing your powder room clutter, you’ll also save space in your luggage with this efficient and effective 3 in 1 travel beauty essential.

3. Sun Defense Minerals

Speaking of perfect travel companions, our Sun Defense Minerals is just that. The natural minerals found in this product provide a beautiful flawless coverage along with water-resistant sun protection in SPF 30. It also comes in a travel size tube with an easy-to-use brush which means 5-stars for convenience. This product also doubles as a bronzer if you go for a darker shade such as Sun Defense Minerals – Cinnamon Bronzer.

4. Tinted Moisturizer

Most commonly known as BB creams, tinted moisturizers hold multiple beauty functions – packing a primer, moisturizer, foundation and sunblock all in one bottle.  In addition to leaving you with a sheer, natural finish, tinted moisturizers like our Vanilla Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25 is infused with antioxidants and SPF 25 to protect against sun damage and help fight signs of aging.

5. Colored Lip Gloss

For many of you, lip gloss was probably the first cosmetic purchase your mom let you buy in your pre-teen years but even in adulthood, this beauty staple never goes out of style. A little bit of color on the lips instantly refreshes your look as well as leaving your lips moisturized and nourished. We recommend Éminence Organic Kiss Lip Gloss in Plum Kiss, Strawberry Kiss or Spice Kiss.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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We all know the usual suspects for antioxidant sources: everyone touts the anti-aging benefits of colorful fruits like pomegranates and berries, as well as leafy greens such as kale. These sources are indeed full of antioxidants – amazing substances that stop free radicals from wreaking aging cellular damage on our bodies and skin. Even more astonishing, though, is the fact that antioxidants show up in more places than you expect. Not only can you find antioxidants in ordinary houseplants for topical applications, they pop up in surprising foods that you eat every day.

1. COFFEE

Take another sip from that cup of joe. Coffee contains an antioxidant called chlorgenic acid which helps with your “bad” cholesterol levels and protects your skin cells (Stylecraze).

2. RED CURRANT

The main ingredient in our new Youth Shield Starter Set (including our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser, Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque, Red Currant Balancing Concentrate and Red Currant Protective Moisturizer), this small berry is a source of the antioxidant called lycopene. A powerful antioxidant, lycopene in red currants reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles (Huffington Post).

3. POPCORN

Here’s another reason to supersize your popcorn at the cinema: that bucket is packed with antioxidant polyphenols. In fact, popcorn contains a higher concentration of polyphenols than fruits and vegetables. One serving of popcorn contains 300 mg of polyphenols compared to one serving of fruit which racks up only 160 mg (Science Daily).  If you hold off on the butter-flavored topping, you have a snack that’s healthier than you would have thought.

4. EGGS

Scrambled, poached or sunny side up? Any way you serve them, eggs are full of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that protect against UV damage that leads to lines and age spots (Today).

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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Who doesn’t love the beautiful scent and warm ambience of a burning candle?

We have a simple DIY project that involves making your own all-natural soy candles with nothing but a few glass jars, soy wax flakes, essential oils and candle wicks…

In keeping with our green values, we reused empty jars from our Biodynamic® products for this DIY project because – let’s be honest – they’re too pretty to simply throw away.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Soy wax flakes
  • Candle wicks
  • Empty glass jars (we used Éminence glass jars from our Biodynamic® Collection). Mason jars are also a great option.
  • Essential oils (we used lavender & citronella)
  • Dried lavender/herbs (optional)
  • A hot glue gun (glue dots are another option and they’re available at most craft supply stores)
  • Metal saucepan
  • A glass measuring cup (or another heat-safe container for pouring)
  • Strips of cardboard/reinforced paper
  • Scissors
  • Wooden spoon

THE STEPS:

  1. Use a hot glue gun to glue the candle wicks to the bottom of your glass jars. Once in place, cut the wicks to size.
  2. Heat the soy flakes on stove top on low heat. Stir intermittently. Make sure not to leave the melting wax unattended.
  3. Once the wax has melted completely, remove the saucepan from stove. Be careful not to overheat.
  4. Transfer a portion of melted wax into the glass measuring cup.
  5. Add 4-5 drops of essential oil (depending on how strong you would like the scent to be). Mix through with a wooden spoon. *You also have the option to add dried herbs to the hot wax mixture at this step. For our mason jar candle, we added dried lavender.
  6. Slowly pour wax into glass jars (up to approximately 5mm from the top).
  7. Continue steps 4-6 until all of the melted wax has been used.
  8. Lay candles on a flat surface and let them cool for several hours before burning. Once the candles have cooled, you may also want to trim the wicks as needed.

What to do with the candles once your project is complete? We suggest applying your favorite Éminence masque, running a warm bath and lighting your DIY soy candles. Relax and enjoy the zen of your own at-home spa retreat.

Visit The Green Spa & Wellness Center for all your Eminence Products and Services!

Have you tried this DIY project? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Good skincare habits will contribute to healthier looking skin in our older years. However, bad skincare habits can lead to blackheads and pimples, problems that you would assume to be only for teenagers. Habits can only take you so far, and sometimes you need a boost to get your body to cooperate. That’s why we have two special skincare events this month to bring out that beauty in you no matter what your habits are, good or bad.

SKINCARE NIGHT: Experience THE HYDRA LIFT EYE TREATMENT

This event introduces a new technology called the Hydradermie Eye lift. Its effects are magical. This treatment works on the muscle tissue under your skin to lift the eye area, brows, eliminate puffiness, reduce lines, wrinkles, and even dark circles. Nearly every skin issue based around the eyes  is dealt with, making this the undisputed all in one treatment for your eyes. If you’ve been having trouble with issues or dark circles under your eyes, this is the event to come to. Join us this Friday, June 12th, at 2 in the afternoon for only $30. We promise that this event will be worth your time and money. Your skin is worth it.

Skincare Launch Event: Wear Your Greens Organic Skincare Collection

We’re starting a new event this month and introducing our new collection of Organig Skincare called: Wear Your Greens. One of the key aspects of this collection is that it prevents breakouts. Not only that, the power of super charged greens negates hormonal imbalances by normalizing your oil gland production, while increasing hydration and elasticity. The prevention of future breakouts is priceless, and most important of all this event is FREE. We want you to reap the benefits at no cost to yourself, all you have to do is show up. This event starts on Thursday, June 18th, at 6PM. Space is limited because it’s a free event so RSVP in advance, you won’t regret it!

eminence weddingBlue skies, warm breezes and the scent of flowers in full bloom . . . These three things can only mean one thing: summer is on its way. Summer is also an indication that another kind of season is quickly approaching … wedding season!

If you’re a blushing bride-to-be, a member of the bridal party or an eager wedding guest – you all deserve to look your best on that special day of matrimonial bliss.

To help your skin transition beautifully into the season ahead, we have 5 wedding beauty tips to keep your skin looking “happily ever after”:

1. KEEP BREAKOUTS AT BAY:

Nobody wants an unwanted guest on their wedding day, especially one that pops up on your face.

To keep your skin clear, radiant and blemish-free, The Knot recommends our Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum: “You want a treatment that calms inflammation and heals the skin quickly,” says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon.

2. CALM INFLAMMATION & EASE WEDDING DAY JITTERS:

The best way to truly enjoy wedding festivities is to keep calm – easier said than done, right? Anxiety and tension can show on your face and have a negative effect on the look of your skin, especially for more sensitive and reactive skin types.

Inflammation is the cause of many skin conditions and disorders, so keeping the skin cool and calm is fundamental in reducing red, blotchy patches as well as the effects of aging,Inflammation is the cause of many skin conditions and disorders, so keeping the skin cool and calm is fundamental in reducing red, blotchy patches as well as the effects of aging,” says celebrity facialist Cherry Woods in an interview withWedding Ideas Magazine. To keep your skin looking calm, Cherry suggests ourSoothing Chamomile Tonique. The herbs in this tonique will restore balance to your skin as well as your state of mind. The delicate scent of chamomile, after all, is a known herbal remedy for calming anxiety.

To help bring your body and mind into a deeper state of pre-wedding zen, Wedding Ideas Magazine also suggests making “lifestlye changes to reduce inflammation, starting with reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake.”

3. REDUCE PUFFINESS AROUND THE EYES:

Even after a few nights of missed sleep, your skin will start to look sallow with increased puffiness around the eye areaWe know this is cliché – but “beauty sleep” is vital when it comes to looking your best. Even after a few nights of missed sleep, your skin will start to look sallow with increased puffiness around the eye area. Over time, chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines and dark circles under the eyes (WebMd).

To combat the look of tired, puffy eyes, we recommend our Cucumber Eye Gel. This eye treatment contains refreshing cucumber and active herbal ingredients that help soothe the delicate skin around your eye area and reduce the look of puffiness.

4. PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH SPF:

When it comes to summer weddings – there’s no escape from harmful UV rays. Even on a cloudy day – ultraviolet light can still do damage to your skin. Most unprotected skin types can burn in minutes, especially when the UV Index Scale is high (HowStuffWorks).

For bronzing, foundation and SPF protection all-in-one, Madelyn Chung, Style Editor for Huffington Post Canadarecommends our Sun Defense Minerals:

“This natural mineral powder is a great way for touch-ups throughout the day, especially if you’re wearing makeup. It’s hypoallergenic, non-pore clogging and works well to calm red or blotchy skin. Bonus: It also doubles as a bronzer”.

5. GIVE YOURSELF KISSABLE LIPS:

And last but not least, what about that perfect wedding day pucker? For the brides out there – you want your first kiss as a married couple to be a memorable one.

For soft, supple lips, The Fabulous Report recommends our Citrus Lip Balm with its “touch of peppermint oil that produces an ever so slight tingly sensation when applied. Sunflower seed oil, which is rich in vitamins, promotes a supple look and feel on the pout.”

For extra hydration and a pop of color, our Organic Kiss Lip Gloss can do the trick. This antioxidant-rich lip gloss is available in three different colors (Strawberry KissPlum Kiss & Spice Kiss) and can be layered on top of our Citrus Lip Balm for extra-soft, extra-kissable lips!

Do you have any wedding day beauty tips to share with us? Tell us in the comments below.

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MAY 20, 2015

Written By: 

Christie Pike
2 Jun 2015

COOLA SUN CARE

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The beach can be a place of solace and serenity, which is why most people run to it every Summer. To silence our thoughts in deep meditation while hearing crashing waves by the shore, to stretch our body in yoga poses underneath the natural light of the sun, or to read a good book on a beach blanket without interruption, are amongst the few reasons our bare feet anticipate our arrival amidst the soft sand.

But even if you’re one of those people who prefer to hide beneath shade because of the power of the scorching Sun, there’s a new organic sun care line called COOLA, that will protect and prevent you from receiving sunburns, age spots, and skin wrinkling. What’s even better is that some of the COOLA products exude sweet, tropical fragrances in Coconut, Pina Colada, Citrus Mimosa, and Fresh Mango scents – to name a few.

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Although we love the glowing beauty of a suntan, we all know that mother nature is nothing to fool with.

To get the most out of your Summer, choose either a spray bottle or lotion for your face, lip and body (containing an SPF 20, 30, 35 or 50) so that you can comfortably relax during these extended Summer days.

When visiting the Green Spa, make sure to inquire our staff about the various options we carry. Summer takes too long to come and leaves sooner than we want. So reap the benefits of this Season and allow the warmth, beauty and vitality of the sunshine to give you a boost of natural joy!

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With only a few weeks until the official start of summer, the countdown is ON. If you haven’t planned your summer skin prep yet, now is the time to shed that scaly winter skin and tackle “bacne” (and yes, that word means exactly what you think it does: acne that plagues your back and other body parts).

Here are 3 ways your skin isn’t ready and how to solve your summer skin problems

1) You have an unsightly case of “bacne”.

Get skin ready for swimwear season by targeting problem-prone areas. After a long winter confined by pore-clogging clothes, your skin needs special attention for those breakout-sensitive areas – especially the back. We recommend our Herbal Spot Serum for your summer skin problems – this treatment addresses the appearance of problem skin and diminishes the look of redness.

2) Your skin is dull and scaly.

It’s time to slough off that lackluster layer of dead skin cells to reveal smooth and glowing summer skin. Browse here for our selection of sugar scrubs, specially formulated for full-body exfoliation. From our antioxidant-rich Blueberry Soy Sugar Scrub to the hydrating Coconut Sugar Scrub, get ready to uncover beautifully polished skin.

3) Your skin is dry and flaky.

The final step for your summer skin care routine is intense hydration, counteracting seasonal weather with its increasingly long, dry days. After exfoliating, your skin will be prepped and ready to soak in moisture for a revitalized appearance. Try our Coconut Firming Body Lotion which hydrates deeply while leaving skin tight and firm.

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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