4 Signs Your Skin Is Dehydrated & How To Fix It

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As we “spring” into a new season, you may notice subtle differences in your skin’s moisture level and texture. Winter’s harsh winds and lack of humidity have depleted the moisture from your epidermis, leaving it flaky, dull and more sensitive than normal. If this sounds a little bit like the state of your complexion right now, it could mean that your skin is dehydrated.

Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin

Before finding a solution to your dehydrated complexion, here’s a quick lesson on the difference between “dry” and “dehydrated” skin:

Dry skin is classified as a skin type and is inherited through your genetics. A dry skin type is predisposed to inadequate production of the skin’s natural oils (SkinInc). Dry skin can also be connected to hormonal imbalances or an underactive thyroid which can further inhibit the production of sebum, producing a complexion that is dry and lackluster in appearance (YouBeauty).

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin is often caused by external elements (weather), unhealthy diet (lack of fresh produce) and lifestyle choices (consumption of alcohol or caffeine). All of these factors deplete the skin’s water content, resulting in a less supple appearance (YouBeauty). The important takeaway is that dehydration is a lack of water, not oil, so even oily skin types can be dehydrated (dermalinstitute.com).

Even though dehydrated skin can be uncomfortable, it’s often temporary and can be relieved with a combination of skin treatments and a healthy lifestyle. Below are 4 signs of dehydrated skin and how you can return your complexion to its natural glow.

1. Itchy Skin

Have you ever returned from a ski vacation or a day at the beach and felt an unrelenting need to scratch? External elements like wind and extreme temperatures changes can zap the moisture from the outer layer of your skin, causing an itchy, irritated sensation. Treating your skin with products that contain jojoba oil is a quick way to soothe irritation and return your complexion’s natural moisture balance. Celebrity facialist and Éminence fan Joanna Vargas touts the hydrating benefits of jojoba oil since it “will not cause breakouts because it closely mimics the skin’s natural oils.” Treat your skin once or twice a week with our Yellow Sweet Clover Anti-Redness Masque which contains jojoba oil to nourish and hydrate, as well as healing stone crop to cool and ease irritation.

2. Increased Sensitivity

One of the biggest consequences of dehydrated skin is an increase in sensitivity. According to the International Dermal Institute, “dryness and dehydration are precursors to sensitized skin”.  When you’re suffering from skin sensitivities brought on by dehydration, we suggest using gentle products that are free of harsh fragrances and additives. It’s also important to refrain from retinols or stimulating products or peels until the sensitivities have subsided. We recommend easing reactive and dehydrated skin with our Facial Recovery Oil. This gentle facial oil from our Biodynamic® line is created from nourishing oils that soothe and renew irritated skin.

3. Dull Skin

Take a quick look in the mirror, does your skin have an overall dull, tired appearance with flaky spots and dark circles under your eyes? Despite the fact that you may need a little extra shut-eye, these are all telltale signs of a dehydrated complexion. Exfoliation is a no-fail way to brighten your dull dehydrated complexion. Opt for a gentle and natural exfoliant like our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant that uses rice and chickpea flour to gently buff away flakes and dead skin. For the eye area, our Wild Plum Eye Cream helps reduce the appearance of dark circles.

4. Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Gently pinch the skin on the cheek. If it looks like you have fine lines, you are dehydratedGently pinch the skin on the cheek. If it looks like you have fine lines, you are dehydrated,” recommends skin care expert Joanna Vargas. She also suggests looking for fine lines around your eyes and flakes on your forehead—additional signs that your skin could use some more water (xovain.com). The ingredient hyaluronic acid is extremely effective in retaining the skin’s hydration. Our Firm Skin Targeted Treatment contains this deeply hydrating miracle ingredient, a natural substance derived from the marshmallow plant that plumps the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s also important to remember that, in combination with a healthy skin care routine, healthy lifestyle choices are essential for treating dehydrated skin. Simply lifestyle choices like drinking plenty of water, reducing alcohol and coffee consumption and increasing your intake of water-rich fruits and veggies (celery, cucumber and watermelon) will drastically help improve your skin’s hydration levels (Health.com).

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

Spring Ready Skin: Detox Your Complexion Like A Celeb

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Many of you may have started 2016 with an ambitious number of new year’s resolutions: Eat more veggies, exercise daily, mask weekly and learn a new language … Sound familiar? Kudos to those of you who managed to stick to your new habits, but don’t feel ashamed if you’ve gone a little off track.

Spring is just around the corner, and as the next season approaches, it’s the ideal time to set new goals.  If your intention is a healthier you this spring, then why not start with a detox plan? We’re not referring to “extreme” diet restrictions, but simple changes that can create massive improvements to your overall health and wellbeing.

We’re sure that Hollywood knows detox best, so here are 3 celeb-approved detox tips to a healthier & happier season ahead.

1. Bring Digestion Back to Balance with Fiber, Probiotics & Water

The first step to your spring detox is getting your digestion back in check. A properly functioning digestive system means that your body absorbs nutrients and expels toxins. The solution to balancing your digestive tract is simple: water, fiber and probiotics – all three help promote friendly bacteria in the colon and flush the system of toxins. While healthy bacteria work from the inside out to clear your complexion, they also have a number of benefits as a skin care ingredient. InStyle Magazine raves about our Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer:

“For soothing hydration that also keeps acne under control, check out this ultralight moisturizer formulated with tea-tree oil, shea butter, willow-bark extract, and probiotics.”

Celeb Detox Tip: Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese tells Vogue Magazine that she credits her beautiful skin to both genetics, healthy habits and natural lifestyle choices. This burlesque beauty starts every morning with a large glass of water. She then follows with her breakfast of choice, a fiber-packed smoothie – “I have a green smoothie, which is 70 percent green and 30 percent fruit, as advised in Kimberly Snyder’s book Beauty Detox Foods”. She also stays clear of toxins when it comes to her beauty routine – “I’m getting great results from the natural Éminence line. It makes me feel good to be using fewer (possibly toxic) products!” comments Dita in an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine.

2. Spice Up Your Food & Skin Care

In addition to being jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants, spices like turmeric, paprika and ginger have anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties. Turmeric, for example, is known for  protecting the liver against toxic damage and even helps regenerate damaged liver cells (Bodyandsoul.com.au). To receive these spicy detox benefits, try adding a little zest to your soups and smoothies, or even try spicing up your skin care routine. For the skin-rejuvenating benefits of paprika try our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (Hot) and our Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment, and for a touch of turmeric, try our new VitaSkin™ Bright Skin Targeted Treatment.

Celeb Detox Tip: Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton, a timeless beauty and Éminence fan, also swears by the inflammation-reducing, beauty-boosting benefits of turmeric: “I’ll use those moisturizers with a little color in them, then I’ll add a few drops of turmeric powder, which is naturally anti-inflammatory and gives a slight sun-kissed look.

A couple of Thandie’s Éminence favorites include our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant and our Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum. 

3. Lower Your Sugar Intake

Fructose can be extremely damaging to your liver. If consumed in excess, an over indulgence of sugar can cause non-alcohol fatty liver disease which disrupts the body’s natural metabolic and detoxification process, not to mention the effects of aging on the skin (bodyandsoul.com.au). Moral of the story? By limiting or reducing your sugar intake entirely, you’re giving your liver a fighting chance at removing toxins from the body. The result? Improved health and a glowing complexion.

Read about how you can protect against glycation damage and reduce the aging effects of sugar on your skin with our Rosehip Triple C+ E Firming Oil.

Celeb Detox Tip: Madonna

The one and only Madonna is well aware of the benefits of a sugar-free diet. When this ageless beauty is ready for a detox, she’s been known to follow a macrobiotic diet. This meal plan involves removing meat, dairy, sweeteners and sugar from the diet (Daily Mail UK). When it comes to her skin care, Madonna also opts for natural, toxin-free products. Her Éminence favorites include our Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser, Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum and Coconut Sugar Scrub.

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

Give Your Skin (& Your Mood) A Boost With These Tropical Ingredients

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March is officially here but as the last weeks of winter drag on and on, we question when spring will ever arrive. We get it – snow, rain and lack of vitamin D are bound to get you down. As you countdown to spring, some of you may opt for a sunny vacation to lift your woeful winter spirits. But if that’s not in your budget this March break, you can always trick your senses into thinking you’re poolside with a Pina Colada. We suggest boosting your mood (and your complexion) with Éminence products that feature vacation-inspired ingredients like coconut, monoi, and vanilla.

According to Psychology Today – “scents can have positive effects on mood, stress reduction, sleep enhancement and self-confidence“. With science on our side, here’s our selection of exotic-scented products to help you get through the last weeks of winter with a smile on your face.

Coconuts

There’s something about the fragrance of coconut that immediately transports you to the beach. Even without the warm ocean breeze flowing through your hair, you can still enjoy the delightful aroma of coconut. In addition to the fact that they smell delicious, coconuts also deliver huge benefits to the skin. Packed full of healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, you can find this anti-aging ingredient in an impressive number of our products including our Coconut Firming Body Lotion, Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, and our Coconut Cream Masque – just to name a few.

Monoi

You might recognize the name “monoi” from some of our best sellers including our Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck and our Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser. The word monoi simply means “scented oil” and is made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil – talk about a tropical oasis for your senses! When combined, coconut oil and Tahitian gardenias create an exotically fragrant combo that works wonders for your complexion.

Try this Monoi inspired mixology that combines our Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser with our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (HOT).

Vanilla

There’s a good chance this familiar, yet exotic scent gives you a sense of comfort and nostalgia because vanilla is often associated with food (mmmm … vanilla ice cream). While scientific studies prove that the scent of vanilla soothes anxiety and depression, there’s additional evidence that vanilla essence is extremely effective in treating a variety of skin conditions and concerns including signs of aging and acne. Vanilla has antiseptic properties and is an excellent source of B-vitamins which play an important role in the maintenance of healthy skin (StyleCraze). You can enjoy the scent and skin benefits of vanilla in a variety of our products including our Tropical Vanilla Body SPF 32 & our Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32.

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

Go Gold campaign is a great success for Frankie’s Mission

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For the childhood cancer awareness foundation Frankie’s Mission, named after the son of founder Camille Loccisano, 2016 is already shaping up to be a promising year.

To kick the year off, the organization gathered at the Green Spa and Wellness Center, which presented the group with a check for $1,000 to aid families coping with pediatric cancer. The donation was a result of Frankie’s Mission’s September, 2015, Go Gold campaign, meant to engage local businesses, residents, educational institutions and groups in the organization’s cause during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.

From Park Slope to Bensonhurst, gold ribbons were pinned in honor of those coping with pediatric cancer and their families. ALC Italian Grocery, Beyond Dance, Body Reserve of Park Slope, the Book Mark Shoppe, C-Gal Jewelers, Charmed of Third Avenue, Investors Bank, Kaleidoscope Toy Store, Lighthouse Diner, Norma’s Craft Store, Rocco’s Calamari, Sarta Realty, Pollina Pharmacy and PigGuyNYC are just a few of the businesses that took part in the pin-up campaign. As a result a significant amount of money was raised.

“It was wonderful seeing our avenue go gold thanks to all our wonderful merchants and our community,” said Dominic Sarta, owner of Sarta Realty and president of the Thirteenth Avenue Merchants Association, expressing his hope that the contributions and awareness continue throughout the year and aren’t confined to September.

This is the second year that the Green Spa got involved with the Go Gold campaign. Creating a unique month long menu, owners Maria Ingardia and Sheila Brody embraced the concept by providing gold-themed treatments for interested clients. All proceeds were given to Frankie’s Mission and its family support program.

Loccisano, founder of Frankie’s Mission, said she was, “Grateful for everyone that helped go gold on so many different levels. Green Spa did it in the creative sense, and families put gold ribbons on their door. That’s what gets the conversation going; people will ask why it’s there.”

Loccisano also expressed her appreciation for the efforts of local not-for-profit Bay Ridge Cares, which kicked off the Go Gold Bay Ridge campaign in 2014.

This article was posted by Christopher Malone from Home Reporter
You can find the article here.