Archive for January, 2017

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According to a number of studies, over 50% of adults categorize their skin as sensitive ¹, but the term “sensitive skin” means different things for everyone. In an article from the Expert Review of Dermatology, sensitive or reactive skin is defined as: “the occurrence of abnormal stinging, burning, pain, [itching] and tingling sensations in response to multiple factors, which may be physical, chemical, psychological or hormonal.”²

Skin sensitivity can be an isolated occurrence or an ongoing issue caused by conditions such as rosacea or eczema. Regardless of the root cause, we all have sensitive skin at one point or another; many of us may even find winter weather to be the main case of this issue. Whether you suffer from chronic skin sensitivity or experience infrequent or seasonal irritation, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the likelihood of an abnormal skin reaction. 

Sun Protection

Almost every dermatologist will tell you the best thing you can do for your skin is to apply sunscreen. This is even more true for those with sensitive skin, which may react more to external triggers like sun and heat. Additionally, Titanium Dioxide, used in physical sunscreens, helps calm inflammation and is listed in the FDA monograph as one of the purest and most effective active ingredients for sun protection.

Shop Wisely

When shopping for new skin care and cosmetics, the back of the box is your best friend. You want to avoid ingredients that will make your skin react like artificial perfumes, dyes, harsh chemicals and parabens.

Cleanse with Care

Regardless of your skin type, over-exfoliating and over-cleansing can cause skin irritation. You want to treat your skin with kindness as you would the rest of your body, so here are some cleansing tips to remember:

  • Wash your face and body with lukewarm water, as opposed to steaming hot, which can dry out your skin and create redness that is difficult to calm.
  • Use gentle exfoliators and cleansers. Your face wash  should be effective enough to remove makeup and dirt, without stripping the oils from your skin or forcing you to scrub hard.
  • Exfoliate, at most, three days per week.
  • When you’re done washing your face, blot the skin dry (don’t rub) and immediately apply moisturizer for maximum absorption.

Test It Out

When considering new skin care products, always do a patch test before diving in head first. This precautionary test should be done at least 24 hours prior to full application. If your skin is very reactive, you may want to patch test it for as long as a week. To do so, apply a small amount of product to an area around the size of a dime. The location of the test depends on what you are testing for; do it behind the ear to test for an allergic reaction or on your most sensitive area to test for irritation.

Feed Your Skin

They say “you are what you eat” for a reason. Skin sensitivity is not only about what goes on your skin; it’s also about what you put in your body. Depending on your sensitivity triggers, there are certain foods your doctor may recommend you avoid. But, overall, you should treat your food like you would your skin care. Try to stay away from overly processed foods with a lot of artificial ingredients. You can also help you skin stay hydrated by drinking water; if you feel thirsty, your skin feels the same way.

RESOURCES

¹ Ständer, S., Schneider, S. W., Weishaupt, C., Luger, T. A., & Misery, L. (2009). Putative neuronal mechanisms of sensitive skin. Experimental Dermatology,18(5), 417-423.
² Misery, L. (2013). Sensitive Skin. Expert Review of Dermatology, 8(6), 631-637.

This post was written by Chelsea Simmons from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here

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If you follow our blog, you’ll know that we created a new 30 day habit for you to start off the year with the best skin ever (remember Part 1 here?). Now that you’re in the swing of things, we’ll take you through the rest of your 30 day plan for gorgeous, flawless skin. Stick to our organic skin care recommendations and prepare to behold your skin achieving next-level radiance:

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DAY 17
Apply an exfoliating peel to renew your skin surface with gentle acids. Our VitaSkin™ Exfoliating Peels are effective but gentle peels that can be used up to three times a week.

DAY 18
Use an eyecream today and every day. The delicate skin around your eyes needs daily care since it is the first area to show signs of dryness and aging.Nourish and hydrate the eye area daily with a moisturizer like Bearberry Eye Repair Cream.

DAY 19
Use a toner after cleansing to remove all traces of impurities and return your skin to its normal pH balance. Don’t know which toner to use? Explore our wide selection of toniques and mists for your particular skin type and read this blog post for tips.

DAY 20
Eat dark leafy greens today and regularly. Load up on kale, broccoli, chard and other greens that are full of antioxidants to help repair and renew your skin (TotalBeauty).

DAY 21
Use a night cream before you sleep. Ingredients are absorbed more readily into the skin overnight, hydration is more effective, and night creams tend to contain more actives. Review our night care products to find the right cream for your skin type.

DAY 22
Spray tonique throughout the day to hydrate. Instead of messing up your makeup during the day with a moisturizer or cream, try a tonique or mist to add moisture. The Stone Crop Hydrating Mist is a popular choice that can be used for all skin types.

DAY 23
Use serum regularly to target specific issues with your skin. Because serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients, adding them to your routine will be the most effective type of product in tackling skin issues. Explore our array of serums, oils and concentrates.

DAY 24
Don’t forget your neck and chest area. The skin here tends to be thin and shows the first signs of aging. One fantastic product that’s formulated for these often-neglected areas is our Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face and Neck.

DAY 25
Eat watermelon or tomatoes today. These fruits are powered by lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces UV damage to the skin and protects against the visible signs of aging (Daily Mail).

DAY 26
Use a humidifier. Especially during dry winter months, a humidifier will help your skin retain moisture and stay healthy.

DAY 27
Try a facial oil for hydration. Using an oil in addition to, or instead of, a moisturizer can provide an extra source of hydration and also help balance oil production in your skin. Our new Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is an innovative facial oil that treats signs of aging, hydrates deeply and is suitable for all skin types.

DAY 28
Exercise regularly. Physical activity increases circulation which helps nourish skin cells all over the body, including the face (WebMD).

DAY 29
Wash your pillowcase today and at least once a week. Bacteria stays on the fabric and can transfer to your face easily if bed linens aren’t kept clean.

DAY 30
Treat puffy eyes with cucumber slices and our Cucumber Eye Gel. A few minutes with the cooling effects of cucumber slices and a soothing application of our eye gel will revive eyes and reduce puffiness quickly.

Have you been following our 30 day habit for your best skin? Let us know in the comments below.

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

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They say it can take 30 days to create a new habit and what better time than the first 30 days of 2017 to re-plan your skin care routine and achieve your best skin? For the next month, try out our 30 daily tips and incorporate them into your regular routine. Although these tips are just a limited selection of recommendations,  you’ll find these suggestions – and our natural, organic and Biodynamic® skin care – will optimize your complexion and bring out your inner goddess.

Here are the first 16 tips to kick off the month – check back with us next week to complete the 30 day habit!

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DAY 1
Go dairy and sugar free today. Especially if you’re recovering from an indulgent holiday diet, you’ll want to reduce your intake of these types of food. Studies now show a definite link between consuming dairy and high-sugar foods with problem skin (Skin Inc).

DAY 2
Wear moisturizer with sunscreen today and everyday. Did you know that UV rays are responsible for 80% of all signs of aging skin (Daily Mail)? Try one of our favorites, the Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF30 and screen your complexion from the visible signs of aging.

DAY 3
Drink 8 glasses of water today and everyday. Water hydrates your skin and helps clear toxins from the body.

DAY 4
Clean your makeup brushes today and at least once a week with our Natural Brush Cleaner. Keep your skin in its best shape by avoiding bacteria which can be spread by dirty makeup applicators.

DAY 5
Treat age spots and other hyperpigmentation issues. Stop ignoring uneven pigmentation on your skin and brighten your look with our Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum.

DAY 6
Exfoliate today and at least twice a week. Sloughing off dead skin cells will brighten up the look of your complexion and prevent clogged pores. Try our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant which can be used for all skin types.

DAY 7
Book a facial at an authorized Éminence spa. Take your skin to the next level with regular treatments at a spa with estheticians who are trained in Éminence techniques and products.

DAY 8
Massage your skin lightly when cleansing. Instead of rinsing straight away, massage lightly with fingertips to increase circulation at the skin’s surface.

DAY 9
Go without makeup today. Give your skin a chance to rest and breathe freely without cosmetics for at least one day on a regular basis.

DAY 10
Drink a cup of green tea. Packed with healthy antioxidants, green tea combats free radicals that age the skin and body.

DAY 11
Mask today and at least once a week. Facial masks can add hydration, balance skin, pull out impurities and replenish nutrients. Explore our masques and treatments for one that’s right for your skin type.

DAY 12
Exfoliate your lips. Is your pucker feeling rough and scaly? Try the Citrus Enzyme Lip Exfoliator in our Lip Trio Kit to refine and smooth the lip area with fruit enzymes.

DAY 13
Apply body lotion after your shower everyday. Maximize hydration by locking in a layer of moisture immediately with a moisturizer like our Coconut Firming Body Lotion.

DAY 14
Wear sunglasses. When you reduce the number of times you squint and frown due to bright daylight, you diminish the fine lines and crow’s feet that develop around your eyes.

DAY 15
Get your beauty sleep. Target dark undereye circles and puffy eyes by getting a full night’s sleep and look refreshed the next morning.

DAY 16
Wipe down your cellphone. Do you know how many germs live on your cellphone which transfer to your face when you answer a call? Clean your phone regularly and promote healthy, bacteria-free skin.

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

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This doTERRA On Guard hand cleansing spray is an easy and convenient way to clean your hands. Keep a bottle in your purse, car, or office for any time you need it.
 
Ingredients:
4 ounce spray bottle, glass
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
20 drops doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend
Water
 

Directions:

  1. In spray bottle, combine aloe vera and doTERRA On Guard.
  2. Fill the rest of bottle with water. Shake until combined.
  3. To use, spray on hands and rub together.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.
You can find their blog here

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We love a yummy cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night, which is exactly what inspired this beautiful makeup look packed with pretty shades inspired by our favorite winter drinks. Keep reading for tips on how you can get the look. Plus, click the model image to try it on in our makeover room!

 

Start by applying your shade of PurePressed Base using the Handi Brush. Spritz with your favorite Hydration Spray.

Gently pat Cappuccino PurePressed Eye Shadow onto your entire eyelid using the Eye Shader Brush.

Apply Dark Suede PurePressed Eye Shadow in your crease using the Crease Brush and blend into the outer corner of your eyelid.

Apply Champagne PurePressed Eye Shadow to your brow bone using the Eye Contour Brush.

Line your top lash line and outer 3/4 of your bottom lash line with Espresso Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner using the Bent Liner Brush.

Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner followed by Jet Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your lashes.

Apply Mocha PurePressed Blush to the apples of your cheeks using the White Fan Brush.

Finish your look with Iced Mocha PureGloss Lip Gloss.

This post was written by Joanna from the Jane Iredale Makeup Blog

You can find their blog here

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As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, we tend to spend more time indoors – and that’s exactly where nasty germs and airborne illnesses thrive. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to stay healthy this cold and flu season.

Here are 5 simple (immune boosting and germ fighting) tips to stay cold and flu free this winter:

1. Fight cold and flu viruses with Vitamin-C rich foods

Vitamin-C is our cold and flu fighting hero. Fresh, organic, fruits and veggies give us the nutrients we need to keep our immune system strong and healthy. Citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers and fresh green veggies (spinach, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts) are all excellent sources of Vitamin-C. If you want to take your Vitamin-C intake to the next level, why not try some of our Vitamin-C rich products.

2. Wash away cold and flu causing germs

One simple step that we can all take to stay germ free is to wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Can’t find a sink? Then try a hand cleanser. We recommend our Tea Tree & Mint Hand Cleanser – our chemical-free (and refreshing) alternative to a hand sanitizer.

3. Get plenty of immune boosting rest and relaxation

Sleep allows our body, to rest, recover and recharge, so it’s important to make sure that we get enough of it. When it comes to keeping our immune system strong, reducing our stress levels is equally important as getting enough sleep. Stress can cause havoc on our immune system and can hinder our body’s natural defense mechanisms. What’s our favorite way to relax on a cool winter night? Add a few drops of our Apricot Body Oil to a warm bath and let the exotic, fruity aromas take you away to a state of ultimate relaxation.

4. Make clean, fresh air a part of day

With colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, it can be difficult to make outdoor activity a priority. Recycled air harbors cold and flu viruses so it’s important to expose ourselves to fresh, clean air as much as possible. If you can’t get outside, try opening your windows (on warmer winter days) to let fresh air in, and stale air out.

5. Boost your immune system with exercise

We all know that exercise is good for us, but what many of us may don’t realize is that regular physical activity can help boost our immune system. When we exercise, we release toxins (through our sweat) and we also heat up our body temperature which in turn boosts our body’s natural virus-fighting ability.

Here’s to a happy and healthy winter!

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

peppermint-chocolatesIngredients:
1½ cup organic coconut oil
¼ cup raw honey
3 drops Peppermint essential oil
1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 candy cane, crushed
Directions:

Whip solid coconut oil, raw honey, and Peppermint essential oil together with hand mixer. The whipped filling should be white and fluffy when complete.

Refrigerate whipped filling for about five minutes.

Use a small scoop or measuring spoon to make small mounds of mint filling. Press down with spoon or finger to make a flat shape.

Place each piece on sheet of parchment paper on top of cookie sheet. Return mints to freezer until ready to coat with chocolate.

In small saucepan or double boiler, gently melt chocolate chips over low heat.

Take mints out of freezer. Use fork to dip each piece in melted chocolate. Place on top of cooling rack.

For holiday fun, sprinkle with crushed candy cane immediately after coating.

Put chocolates back in freezer to cool until hardened. Serve chocolates immediately or store in refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.

This post was written by the Doterra Blog.

You can find their blog <a href=”http://doterra.com/US/en/blog/diy” target=”_blank”>here</a>

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