Archive for July, 2015

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You’ll think about aging skin when you’re actually old, right? Wrong. The right time to consider the needs of aging skin is now, no matter what your age. By your 30s, you’re already losing one percent of the collagen in your skin per year (MarieClaire). Even in your 20s, your skin is no longer retaining as much water and is showing signs of sun damage. Red alert – even though it’s never too late to prevent further signs of aging skin, it’s time to take action immediately.

Here are 5 ways to prevent aging skin now and how to protect against future damage:

1. PROTECT WITH SPF

This is the number one preventative measure to defend your skin against aging skin problems like fine lines, wrinkle depth and of course photo aging. Although a bronzed tan may look appealing, it’s crucial to remember that any suntan means skin damage has occurred. Our Red Currant Protective Moisturizer has SPF 30 to help protect your skin against damage from sun rays.

2. DE-STRESS

When you lead a high-intensity lifestyle, you often look older than you actually are. Make sure to take time in your day to step away and have a few moments for yourself, whether it’s going for a walk or to your favorite yoga class. Our Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque is great for your five minutes of down time – if that’s all you have – and is perfect for people on the go. In addition to our Youth Shield powerhouse complex, the masque contains a natural AHA cocktail derived from a blend of pineapple, lemon, passionfruit and grape which exfoliates your skin to reveal a radiant glow.

3. USE ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that protect our cells from the damage caused by free radicals – the leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles. Made from red currant, elderflower and magnolia bark, our Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex is a proprietary formula loaded with antioxidant-rich ingredients. Unlike most of our products which target the look of aging, our Youth Shield Collection focuses on protecting and maintaining skin before it’s affected by the signs of aging. 

4.  REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When skin comes into contact with aggressors such as pollutants, irritants and UV damage, it responds with inflammation as though it were fighting an infection. Inflammatory responses cause unnecessary tissue damage which ultimately leads to signs of aging. Again, our Youth Shield Collection is the solution in this case. The magnolia bark ingredient in the Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex inhibits signs of inflammation and thereby, delays the look of aging.

5. KEEP HYDRATED

Here’s an anti-aging tip: drinking water keeps your skin youthful. Maintaining hydration actually reduces the look of lines which could be caused by dehydration. So why not kick back and quaff a summertime drink? Prevent the look of aging skin and try refreshing drinks like this antioxidant-infused Elderflower Spritzer or our own fruit-infused water recipes.

Need one last tip to fight the early signs of aging? Try our Youth Shield Starter Set – this set contains our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser, Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque, Red Currant Balancing Concentrate and Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF30 all in one.

This post was written by Alicia Hawthorne from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

20 Jul 2015

6 Summer Travel Tips

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In the words of George Gershwin, it’s summertime and the livin’s easy. Except, that is, if you’re embarking on the not-so-easy ordeal of vacation travel. Feel your blood pressure rising as you begin your summertime itinerary? Here are six travel tips to regain that relaxed vibe even when you’re jetting off to exotic locales:

1. ROLL DON’T FOLD

If the clothes you pack into your luggage look like complicated fabric origami, you’re doing it wrong! The best way to prevent wrinkles is to roll, not fold, your clothes. After all, no folds = no lines creased into the fabric. Here’s a bonus on this travel packing tip: Rolls of clothing are also efficient on space so you’re not only travelling wrinkle-free, you’re also maximizing the amount of clothes you’re taking. (Life Hacker).

2. PACK STARTER SETS

There’s nothing more messy than squirting all your regular-sized toiletries into mini bottles. And why bother when you can pack an Éminence starter set which comes in travel size containers? Just throw in one of these sleek travel bags pre-filled with your favorite skin routine and you are set to go.

3. MASQUE & MOISTURIZE

Air travel tip: cabin air is extremely drying on the skin so make sure that you’re hydrating as soon as you step on that plane. Drink lots of water and moisturize your skin deeply. We recommend our rich Linden Calendula Treatment which can be used as a full masque while onboard or left on as a heavy moisturizer. Either way, this treatment protects your complexion from the dehydrating effects of air travel.

4. USE HIDDEN SPACE

One of our favorite travel tips and tricks is to use the empty space inside your packed shoes. Stuff a couple of rolled up socks or perhaps a tube of shampoo – any small sized items can be slipped into your shoes to maximize your total packing space. Bonus tip: Put your shoes into an old hotel shower cap first to keep the inside of your luggage clean (Cosmopolitan).

5. DE-SHINE YOUR FACE

No time to squeeze into the airplane washroom for a last-minute grooming session? Pack our Green Tea & Hemp Blotting Tissues to remove the oil from your face without even getting up from your seat. With these handy blotting tissues, you can arrive at your destination, looking polished and feeling refreshed.

6. BRUSH ON YOUR TAN

If you’re landing at a sunny locale, add a bit of instant color (and protect your skin) with a sweep of our Sun Defense Minerals. Conveniently packaged with its own brush, this bronzer just needs a quick click to deliver a dose of natural mineral powder. In slim packaging and easy to use, our Sun Defense Minerals are the perfect solution for travel.

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

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There’s still time before autumn arrives and takes away this wonderful summer weather. If you’re thinking that you haven’t taken advantage of this summer and really enjoyed yourself, then this list is for you. We have three summer activities that are not only fun, but will keep that body of yours strong and healthy.

1. Swimming

Swimming is somewhat of a normal summer activity, but it’s benefit to your body is immense. If done on a regular basis, swimming can improve the health of your heart along with your endurance. What makes it shine above the rest of the activities is that on top of the other benefits, this full body exercise will even build your muscles.  Swimming is in a league of it’s own.

2. Hiking

Hiking is a relaxing activity that you can enjoy with a group of friends. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the overwhelmingly hot city life and get outdoors in the woods and get some cool fresh air. What’s more, hiking exercises almost every part of your body. It exercises your body and your mind, improves the health of your heart and lungs, and burns nearly 400 calories an hour.

3. Cycling

Cycling is usually done for leisure and many times we forget that we are working out. However 30 minutes of cycling daily has shown to give benefits to cardiovascular health. It can lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol and increase insulin sensitivity. The best part is it doesn’t feel like exercise at all, cycling is easily one of the most fun and relaxing activities you can do this summer, and it can be enjoyed with the whole family!

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No matter what you call them – pimples, zits, blemishes or breakouts –  the one thing we can all agree on is that any instance of acne has got to go!

But even before you reach for your skin care products, you want to identify the type of acne you’re dealing with to make sure you’re using the most effective treatment to clear your complexion.

While it’s not the most glamorous explanation (WARNING: do not read during your lunch hour), we’re here to help you identify two different types of acne and how they differ in treatment.

Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne, diagnosed by large, red and painful breakouts found deep in the skin. This type of acne doesn’t show up like a normal pimple that comes to a head. Instead, cysts are produced. Picking at these cysts will only cause more irritation and more pain and they don’t heal without treatment. In fact, the longer you wait to treat cystic acne, the more at risk you are of scarring the skin. Typical affected areas include the face (predominantly the T-Zone), chest, back, upper arms and shoulders.

Though cystic acne can appear at any age, it most commonly occurs in the teen years during hormonal changes when an overproduction of sebum occurs. It can also be brought on by a poor diet that includes an excess of dairy.

Our recommendation? Treat cystic acne with regular, gentle exfoliation and use products that wash away bacteria, clear your pores and reduce inflammation. If the problem seems to reoccur, consider consulting with a dermatologist (Teen Vogue).

When it comes to skin clarifying products, we recommend our Clear Skin Starter Set which contains our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer, Clear Skin Probiotic Masque and Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum. Ingredients like cooling cucumber and clarifying tea tree oil will leave your complexion with a clear and refined appearance.

Hormonal Acne

For both men and women, hormone levels fluctuate with aging. As men get older, skin changes due to a drop in testosterone. For women, testosterone levels creep up after menopause and stimulate excess pore-clogging oils as well as those pesky little pimples. Hormones also rise and dip on a monthly basis for women – leading to bumps that appear on the jawline, chin and neck as dictated by the menstrual cycle.

Another major cause of hormonal changes? Stress. Testosterone levels shoot up when planning for a wedding, worrying about an upcoming exam, or even fighting with your partner, and this change can be to blame for turning your complexion from matte to shiny.

Our recommendation? Maintain a proper, hygienic skin care routine, eat your greens and try to avoid unnecessary stress (if possible). If you’re not interested in doctor-prescribed medications, try herbal remedies to help get your hormones in check. You may also consider a visit to your OB-GYN, who may be better suited to diagnose your specific needs rather than a dermatologist (MindBodyGreen).

Finally, we also recommend our Eight Greens Starter Set which contains our Stone Crop Gel WashEight Greens Phyto MasqueEight Greens Phyto Masque – HotEight Greens Youth Serum and Eight Greens Whip Moisturizer. Powered by plant-based estrogens, our Eight Greens products are formulated to target problem skin.

Not all acne is created equal

Now that you know how to identify different types of acne, you must also understand that they’re not mutually exclusive. Not all acne is categorized solely as cystic or hormonal; sometimes it’s a combination of the two and therefore needs to be treated simultaneously, but always gently and with the proper method of treatment.

Regardless of your type of problem skin, there are different ways to tackle it – including these 4 specific dos and don’ts, and adding probiotics to your diet.

This post was written by Jennifer Kerstens from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

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