Archive for August, 2015

Toniques-01

Cleansing, moisturizing and applying treatments are sufficient steps towards keeping your skin looking its best, right? Wrong. Although all of the above are fundamental to an effective skin care routine, applying a tonique to your skin every day is just as important.

Tonique, toner, mist – whatever term you use, we want to give a little love to this often underrated and misunderstood skin care staple.

From how to apply, to finding the right one for you – you’ll find the answers below to a few common tonique questions:

What are the benefits of using a tonique?

  • Helps balance the natural pH level of the skin
  • Infuses the skin with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (which help fight free-radical damage)
  • Adds instant hydration to the skin
  • Helps prep the skin to better absorb ingredients from further products and treatments

What’s the correct way to apply a tonique?

Apply one to two sprays of your toner (suited to your skin type) over the entire face and leave on. You can also spritz a few drops of the tonique on a cotton round and apply directly to your face.

How often should I apply a tonique?

Every day. Toners are normally applied as the second or third step of the beauty routine. If we’re speaking in terms of an at-home skin care routine, toners are applied to the skin after a cleanser and exfoliant and prior to applying a moisturizer. The beautiful thing about a toner is that it can also be applied to the skin anytime throughout the day. We recommend popping a toner in your bag or leaving one at your desk for instant hydration and an infusion of nutrients. A quick, refreshing spritz is all you need to bring your skin back to life during your busy day.

What tonique is best for me?

Toners are available for all skin types – so it’s best to select one that best addresses your skin concerns. According to Daily Makeover, it’s also important to select a toner with natural ingredients:

…[With] the wrong toner you could actually end up hurting your skin instead of helping it.…[With] the wrong toner you could actually end up hurting your skin instead of helping it. Many toners contain large amounts of alcohol (which can dry out the skin and cause it to flake or overproduce oil), added fragrances (which can irritate the skin), and other harmful ingredients”.

Oily skin:

Lime Refresh Tonique
This particular toner made the cut in Vogue Magazine’s “Best Toners for Oily Skin”.

In an interview with Vogue, celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas (whose clients include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rachel Weisz, and Julianne Moore) recommends a tonique with Vitamin C (like our Lime Refresh Tonique): “It can help mattify the skin, and I’m partial to any toner that can be sprayed—the ones that you wipe on tend to over-strip, therefore causing the production of more oil.”

Dry Skin:

Sweet Red Rose Tonique: Lemon tones and refreshes the skin while sweet red rose petals help revitalize and add moisture to dry and dehydrated skin types.

Aging Skin:

Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist: Coconut water and fragrant neroli provide deep hydration, while Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells help reduce visible signs of aging.

All skin types (including sensitive):

Soothing Chamomile Tonique: Natural herbs help restore and soothe the look of skin. This toner also doubles as a neutralizer to deactivate the skin after the use of peel products and treatments.

Still not sure that you’ve found the right tonique for you? Click here to see our full selection of toners, toniques & hydrating mists.

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

Coconut-01

Coconuts … they taste great and their delightfully exotic scent will send your mind drifting off to tropical destinations. But are their health and beauty benefits really worth all the hype? We think so, and that’s why we’re sharing our top 4 uses for coconuts – from your kitchen to your medicine cabinet and back again!

1. A Hair & Skin Treatment:

Coconuts boast healthy fatty acids, antioxidants and high levels of calcium, magnesium and other anti-aging nutrients that make them a definite go-to for healthy skin and hair (BBC Good Food). According to Composure Magazine, “applying coconut oil to your face/body everyday can make your skin look firmer and healthier”.

If you’re looking to add coconuts to your beauty routine – we’ve got it covered! Go nutty with our product range which includes the Coconut Age Corrective MoisturizerCoconut Firming Body Lotion, Coconut Sugar Scrub, and our Coconut Milk Cleanser.

Here’s what the press says about a few of their favorites:

Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer:

“It contains a Natural Retinol Alternative made with chicory root and tara tree gum, so it’s made especially for dry and aging skin, but even if your skin is sprightly and dewy, you can use the moisturizer as an preventative anti-aging cream at night… But really — the smell! I’ve started inhaling it at my desk.” – Yahoo Beauty

Coconut Firming Body Lotion:

“I’m a moisturizer slacker, but this lotion has a pump (key for laziness) and smells like coconuts from a far-off land (so I comply).” – Health & Beauty Editor Katherine Flemming, Elle Canada

Coconut oil can also do wonders for your gorgeous mane. Not only does coconut oil bring extra shine and hydration to your hair, it’s also loaded with protective, free-radical fighting antioxidants that help protect your locks from sun damage (Composure Magazine).

2. A thirst quencher:

Instead of reaching for a high-sugar, artificially flavored sports drink after a workout, consider choosing coconut water instead. Coconut water is 94% H20, low in calories and contains natural carbohydrates and easily digestible electrolytes that make for a quick recovery post sweat-session. In addition to being intensely hydrating, this naturally tasty beverage also contains a hearty dose of vitamins (C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6) and minerals including iron, potassium, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. (BBC Good Health.com).

3. A kitchen staple:

In addition to the fact that coconuts add a sweet, irresistible flavor to some of your favorite recipes (coconut curry, anyone?), this tropical fruit (yes, it’s a fruit, not a nut) has plenty of other convenient uses in the kitchen. Due to its high smoking point, coconut oil is a safe and healthy cooking oil (The Globe and Mail) and coconut milk serves as a great vegan-friendly and dairy-free alternative for those with lactose intolerance.

And just when you thought you’d heard it all – the new coconut trend comes in the form of vinegar. According to Well & Good, coconut vinegar is as delicious as it is nutritious and is packed amino acids, vitamins, fiber, and naturally occurring FOS (a prebiotic for digestive health).

4. A medicinal marvel:

Coconut oil has been used as a natural and effective medicinal treatment for thousands of years. Polynesian cultures used coconut oil as a central source and supply of essential fatty acids and for antibacterial protection at times when antibiotics were not available (How Stuff Works). The antibacterial properties of coconuts come from a fatty acid called monolaurin (also found in breast milk) which is recognized for protecting immune systems against bacteria and viruses (How Stuff Works).

In which ways do you incorporate coconuts into your health and beauty routine? Tell us in the comments below.

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

Back to School-01

Reality check: It’s mid-August which means we’re already neck-deep in Back To School season. Maybe you’re a student or maybe your college days are long behind you – either way, the post-Labour Day period is your chance to get schooled (get it?) on fall skin care. Here are 5 ways that you can kick off the Back To School season with top marks:

GET A POST-SUMMER FACIAL

Admit it, you probably abused your skin this summer. Too much time in the sun, harsh chlorine in swimming pools and air pollution? If you answered yes,yes and yes – your skin deserves post-summer restoration. Book a facial to recover the damage to your skin over the summer as well as to kickstart hydration for the cold weather season.

TACKLE PROBLEM SKIN

Hot weather, sweat and seasonal oily skin create a perfect storm of blemish-generating conditions. When the days start cooling down, it’s time to attack summertime problem skin – and there’s no better weapon than probiotics bacteria. Into The Gloss recommends our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and Clear Skin Probiotic Masque, both formulated for taming problem skin with the transforming powers of probiotics. After all, who wants to start the first day of school with a less-than-best complexion?

KEEP YOUR FACE CLEAN

During the summertime, you probably stripped down your makeup routine to the basics. Maybe you even braved the hot days makeup-free. When autumn arrives, you’ll probably return to wearing foundation as well as heavier layers of makeup. With more cosmetics on your skin during the coming fall season, now is the time to find the right cleanser and be prepared to keep your face clean. More than ever, the cleansing process is crucial for healthy skin.

DON’T FORGET THE LIPS

When temperatures drop, humidity dips as well. We remember to layer richer moisturizers on our face but what about the lips? Get to the head of the class by pampering our pucker – exfoliate away dry skin cells, hydrate with a lip masque and finish off with a sweep of our Citrus Lip Balm.

TRY A NEW ROUTINE

New weather conditions means new routines for the skin. With the change in season, this is the ideal time to rethink the daily and weekly routines for your skin. Are you ready for cold, dry weather? Now’s the time to consider stocking up on products that provide intense hydration and protection for the coming season.

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

VITAMIN C-01

Do you know Vitamin C best as those chewable orange tablets that we all pop like candy? Delicious pills aside, Vitamin C is also an incredibly effective nutrient in skin care. It battles wrinkles, heals skin, boosts collagen production and fights free radicals –  in other words, Vitamin C is an all-round savior for skin care. If you’re thinking of adding it to your regular routine, here’s a breakdown on how Vitamin C works for your skin:

COMBATS FREE RADICALS

Free radicals are those chemical particles that float around and damage your skin. As a potent antioxidant, Vitamin C helps foil free radicals and protects your skin from the breakdown caused by these destructive elements.

We recommend:
Vogue calls out our Lime Refresh Tonique as a “gentle mist containing Vitamin C”. Lime juice in this energizing toner is powered by antioxidants that defend the skin from free radical attacks.

FIGHTS WRINKLES

In 2007, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that middle-aged women who consumed more Vitamin C appeared to have fewer lines and wrinkles, and less dry skin (Women’s Health). Ensuring that you get enough Vitamin C in your diet could mean less laugh lines to frown about.

We recommend:
Balancing Masque Duo. The moisturizing Pomelo Cheek Treatment is packed with Vitamin C to help fight the signs of aging

HEALS SKIN

Your body uses Vitamin C to replace damaged tissue with scar tissue and help wounds heal properly (Live Strong). It even helps in reversing sun damage, an added benefit during these hot summer months (WebMD). Make sure that you get enough of this healing vitamin so the health of your skin is kept in peak condition all year round.

We recommend:
Jasmine Tangerine Age-Defying Night Cream. Essence of Vitamin C-infused sweet tangerine helps the repair of fragile skin overnight.

INCREASES COLLAGEN PRODUCTION

Skin stays youthful and elastic because of the protein collagen within the structure of the epidermis. Applying Vitamin C actually encourages the body to create more collagen, leading to skin that looks younger and tighter.

We recommend:
Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum. This powerful serum delivers a shot of Vitamin C to the skin so the complexion appears firmer and plumped.

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

CELLULITE-01

Orange peel thighs. Cottage cheese tush. Lumpy mattress. Raise your hand if these words cross your mind when you survey your backside. We’ll be honest, there are no sure-fire solutions for how to get rid of cellulite. However, we do have a few tips on reducing the appearance of this cosmetic problem. Read on to find out more about cellulite and how to diminish the look of it on your body this summer.

First of all, what exactly is cellulite? Simply put, it’s an accumulation of regular fat deposits pushing up through layers of connective tissue under the skin. The problem is partly the amount of fat but also the weakness of the connective tissue holding down the fat. Strengthening the connective tissue and reducing the amount of fat pushing up are actions that can help smooth out the skin.

Since connective tissue is made from the protein collagen, increasing collagen production is a crucial step for reducing the look of cellulite.

1. INCREASE COLLAGEN

Since connective tissue is made from the protein collagen, increasing collagen production is a crucial step for reducing the look of cellulite. Good circulation and healthy lymphatic drainage also help nourish collagen creation so it’s essential to look for beauty products that boost these processes. By improving these internal systems and increasing collagen production, your skin’s quality and appearance will be enhanced positively.

2. LOSE BODY FAT

Although cellulite affects almost all women regardless of weight, reducing the underlying fat deposits helps with the appearance of cellulite. By cutting down the amount of fat pushing up towards the skin, this step could get rid of some of the characteristic lumpiness.

3. WEAR UNRESTRICTIVE UNDERWEAR

Really? Yes, really. According to osteopathic physician Lionel Bissoon, the elastic in your underpants reduces circulation and lymph drainage, making the problem with cellulite much worse. Scientific American states that cellulite only became a problem in modern times when women started wearing close-fitting underwear, unlike the loose long undergarments from the 1920s and earlier. Just a coincidence or cause-and-effect? Who knows but it may be time to bring bloomers back in style.

4. INCREASE ELASTICITY

Our Herbal Cellulite Treatment strengthens and boosts the elasticity in your skin through moisturization. With a stronger and more elastic epidermis, the look of cellulite decreases and skin appears smoother and firmer. A professional-use product only, our Herbal Cellulite Treatment can be applied by a qualified esthetician at one of our spas and greatly improve the look of cellulite. Other products that help with the appearance of cellulite include our Cinnamon Paprika Body Lotion and Coconut Firming Body Lotion.

5. MUSCLE TONING

It’s simple – tone up the underlying muscles in problem areas and this step will tighten the look of your skin. By strengthening muscles underneath the skin, the epidermis ends up looking more taut. With a tighter-looking exterior, the surface of the skin appears smoother and diminishes the obvious look of cellulite.

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

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