Archive for November, 2015

5 Things-01

In the words of Eminence Organic President, Boldijarre Koronczay – “Love your skin. It lives, breathes and represents you”.

From your fingerprints, to the freckles on your nose and the dimples on your cheeks, your skin is a unique part of who you are. Although skin types vary from person to person, each and every one of us share commonalities when it comes to the purpose and function of this human organ we call “skin”. In addition to regulating your body temperature and protecting your internal organs from external elements, your skin also has many surprising qualities that you may not be aware of. To get you better acquainted with the “skin you’re in” we’ve decided to share 5 interesting facts about your skin (some of them may surprise you!).

1. It’s Your Largest Organ

That’s right – your skin is by far your body’s largest organ, making up at least 16 percent of your total body weight. That’s about 18.5 square feet of flesh! (Everyday Health).

2. It sheds cells at an alarming rate

Your skin sheds up to 50,000 cells every minute. This fact means that the layer of dust at home is not just made up of dirt, carpet and furniture particles, it also consists of (ick!) dead skin cells. If you thought that exfoliating was just for smooth, glowing skin, you’re wrong – you also want to scrub away all that dead skin before it turns into household dust!

3. It’s home to millions of bacteria

There are over 1,000 species of bacteria that grow on the average person’s skin (Stylecaster). Before you jump out of your chair and try to dust off the creepy crawlies, rest assured that the majority of these bacteria serve a very important purpose. These resident microorganisms are actually key players in promoting immunity and fighting against bad bacteria and other nasty invaders that come in contact with your skin (The Scientist).

4. It varies in thickness

Your skin varies in density and consistency from one body part to another. Your eye lids, for example, have the thinnest layer at about 0.05 millimeters, while the palms of your hands and soles of the feet have the thickest layer of skin, at approximately 1.5 millimeters (Huffington Post). Keep this fact in mind when selecting your skin care products – it’s important to specifically treat the eye area with gentle products that cater to this delicate region. It’s also vital to remember that the thinner the epidermis, the more susceptible it is to sun damage, so make sure you apply an SPF daily.

5. Fingerprints can wear over time

Disappearing fingerprints aren’t just a trick out of a spy movie. The reality is that fingerprints can literally wear away over time, most often in people who regularly work with abrasive materials (BBC News UK). Just ask a guitarist, carpenter or even your esthetician. After years of working with different types of exfoliants and peels, experienced facialists often experience inaccurate fingerprint readings due to the wearing away of the epidermal ridges on the finger pads.

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

Night Mask-01

Think about your nightly beauty routine. You slip into your PJs and brush your teeth. You cleanse, tone, moisturize and dab on a few drops of eye cream. And, once you’ve completed all of the above, you basically have it covered when it comes to a pre-bed beauty routine, right? Well, not necessarily. There’s always more you can do to make sure your skin gets the most out of your beauty sleep – and that’s where night masking comes in.

According to Canadian Living Magazine, the skin care industry has come a long way since the DIY mayonnaise-mask days of the 70s. With new advances in skin care technology, we’re seeing developments in night care products designed to work with your skin’s natural nightly rhythms to help repair and treat your complexion while you sleep (Canadian Living Magazine).

“Gone are the days of grandma’s beauty routines, where you’d give your hair 100 brushstrokes and put on your cold cream and towel,” comments our very own International Trainer, Katie Rattray, in an interview with Canadian Living Magazine. “Sleep masks take no longer to apply than night cream. As you snooze, your skin drinks in a potent cocktail of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and complexion-firming peptides. By morning, you’ll look fresh, hydrated and glowing.

One important thing to keep in mind is that, even if a product isn’t specifically called a “night masque”, it can still be used as an overnight treatment. When we talk Éminence Masques, there are a variety of options for overnight care. Below are three common skin concerns and night masques that can be used to help treat them:

Skin concern: Dehydrated skin
Night masque: Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Benefits: This masque works hard while you rest, as hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates and plumps the look of skin. Antioxidant-rich strawberries hold astringent properties which help remove impurities and shrink the appearance of pores.

Skin concern: Problem skin
Night masque: Clear Skin Probiotic Masque
Benefits: This masque contains an abundance of clarifying and calming ingredients like cooling cucumber which gently tones and revitalizes your skin while you sleep. Ingredients like tea tree, yogurt and kaolin clay exfoliate and refine your complexion so you wake up with a clear and radiant appearance.

Skin Concern: Aging skin
Night masque: Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Benefits: As you doze off at night, you can rest assured that this masque will do its job. This potent masque features a blend of our Natural Retinol Alternative, Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells and a BioComplex™ blend of vitamins which are the ultimate heroes for fighting signs of aging.

Quick tip: When night masking, make sure to cover your pillow with a towel or double up on your pillow case to protect your bedsheets from unwanted product stains.

One final take-away: When it comes to night masking, “the creamier the consistency, the better” says our Product Support Representative, Alicia Hawthorne. Our cream based masques tend to better absorb into the skin where nutrients and other potent and antioxidant-rich ingredients can penetrate deeper, for better results.

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

7 Mistakes-01

Take a look at your skin, a really close look. Are your pores thoroughly cleaned out? Have you truly removed every speck of makeup? Probably not – because most people don’t wash their face correctly. Here are seven pitfalls to avoid when you wash with your favorite cleanser:

1.YOU HAVE DIRTY HANDS.

You’re cleaning your face but your hands are covered in bacteria? No-no number one is germ-laden hands – make sure you wash them thoroughly with soap before touching your face.

2. YOU’RE SCRUBBING TOO HARD.

We know you want your face clean but scrubbing vigorously is the wrong way to do it. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, scrubbing irritates the skin. To clean your face gently and naturally, just massage cleanser into your face with fingertips in a circular motion.

3. YOU DON’T RINSE WELL ENOUGH.

After you’ve thoroughly applied the cleanser, you want to make sure that you rinse fully and remove all traces from your skin. After all, without a good rinse, residue of cleanser and impurities will build up on the skin surface. Don’t neglect your neck, hairline, jawline and nose – these are the areas most often overlooked.

Although hot water feels good, heat dries out the skin and affects your skin’s natural, protective oils

4. YOU USE THE WRONG WATER TEMPERATURE.

Turn down the heat on your rinse. Although hot water feels good, heat dries out the skin and affects your skin’s natural, protective oils (Women’s Health). Stick to lukewarm water to cleanse your face effectively.

5. YOU RUB YOUR FACE DRY WITH A TOWEL.

Just as scrubbing irritates the face, rubbing with a towel is also harsh on the skin. Treat your complexion gently and use your towel to dab skin dry rather than using tugging or pulling motions.

6. YOU DON’T USE A TONIQUE OR TONER.

Why do you need to use a toner? A thorough swipe with a cotton-soaked toner is a great way to remove the last traces of grime and makeup from your face. Plus the toner returns your skin to its natural pH balance so it’s thoroughly prepared for the next steps in your skin care routine (Allure).

7. YOU DON’T MOISTURIZE RIGHT AWAY.

Your washing routine should always end with a hydrating dose from your moisturizer. Don’t wait – apply your moisturizer right away for easy blending with damp skin and also to seal the moisture in.

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

Skin Care-01

These days, people are leaving bread off their dinner tables, abandoning breakfast cereal and ignoring their pasta urges. What’s behind this wide-spread rejection of some of our most beloved carbs? Like the popularity of the vegan lifestyle, the trend is huge for avoiding wheat and gluten.  Gluten free foods, bread, and recipes are taking off, and lifestyle choices not only affect diets but are also expanding to areas as varied as skin care, laundry detergent, and even gluten-free vacations.

So what exactly is this terrifying substance and why do some people avoid it? Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other cereal grains which causes intestinal inflammation in people with celiac disease. Even for people without celiac disease, some suffer from wheat sensitivity that causes upset stomachs, abdominal pains and bloating (WebMD).

If you’re sensitive to wheat in your diet, you may already be thinking about avoiding gluten in your skin care as well. Although the jury is still out on whether gluten can be absorbed through the surface of your skin, there are still many unresolved mysteries about wheat sensitivity, including a statistically-proven increase in celiac disease in the last half-century. With gluten-shunning as a popular lifestyle choice, we’re here to support with many gluten-free, natural skin care products for your skin. Feel reassured that you are treating the largest organ in your body – your skin – with the same attention that you give your daily diet. Please note that if you are showing sensitivity or reactions to your skin due to your diet or any product that you’re using on your skin, we advise you to see a doctor first before making any major changes to your lifestyle.

Ready to embrace gluten free choices for your skin? Here’s a gluten free daily skin care routine that works for all skin types:

CLEANSE:

Not only is the Stone Crop Gel Wash gluten free, the cleanser effectively lifts impurities gently enough for all types of skin including sensitive skin.

EXFOLIATE:

One of our most popular exfoliators, our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant removes dead skin cells and promotes a bright and radiant complexion.

TONE:

Another fan favorite, our Stone Crop Hydrating Mist revitalizes and balances your skin, leaving your complexion smooth and moisturized.

MOISTURIZE:

Complete your daily routine with elements of chamomile, arnica and rosemary. Our Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer hydrates the skin, leaving a soft and smooth finish.

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

Exfoliation-01

We all know that exfoliation is an essential part of achieving healthy, glowing skin, especially in your late twenties and thirties when your skin renewal process begins to slow.

Through exfoliation, you’re removing the dull surface layers of dead skin cells to reveal the new, younger skin underneath. The depth of the exfoliation depends on the type of treatment you receive. The important thing to remember is that regardless of what type of exfoliation you go for, there are several key steps that you need to follow to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.

Before you go skin deep, make sure you read the below dos and don’ts of exfoliation treatments:

Do: Determine your skin type

To get the most out of exfoliation, and to avoid any unpleasant side effects, it’s vital that you’re familiar with your skin type.

Remember that a “skin type” is different than a “skin concern”. Skin types are classified as Normal/Oily/Dry/Combination/Sensitive, whereas skin concerns are conditions that you want to treat and can include blemishes, wrinkles and sun damage.

Scenario: Your skin is prone to irritation and redness and you have a few dark spots on your face due to sun damage.

Skin care analysis: Your skin type is most likely “sensitive” and the skin concern that you want to target are the dark spots (uneven skin tone).

Don’t: Exfoliate irritated skin

Whether it’s a sunburn or a skin reaction caused by another product, if you’re experiencing any type of irritation, it’s always best to avoid exfoliation. In this case, scrubbing away at your skin could cause more harm than good. We recommend holding off on any type of treatment until your skin has completely recovered.

Do: Follow exfoliation with SPF

When it comes to your daily skin care routine, sun protection is a must. Once you’ve buffed away the dull layers of your skin, your complexion immediately becomes more sensitive. After exfoliation, your skin is more susceptible to damage from the sun or other environmental elements, which means it’s even more crucial to apply an SPF moisturizer.

Don’t: Use synthetic exfoliants

Not only can synthetic exfoliants like plastic microbeads harm your skin, they can also cause intense damage to our environment. Opt for products that use natural and organic alternatives to plastic microbeads. For example, our Pear & Poppyseed Microderm Polisher uses ground poppy seeds and fine walnuts, and our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser uses ground olive seeds to gently remove dead skin from the skin’s surface.

Do: Use caution when combining exfoliation treatments

Although some exfoliation treatments work well together, there are some combinations that should be avoided.

When using retinol treatments for example, it’s recommended that you use caution when undergoing additional exfoliation procedures such as waxing eyebrows, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments (SheKnows.com). This also applies to over the counter medications. To be safe, it’s always best to consult your physician before undergoing any intensive exfoliation treatments.

Although retinol treatments should be avoided when using our VitaSkin™ Exfoliating Peels, other treatments like our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant and our Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 5% can actually boost results when used prior to the exfoliating peels.

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

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