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What Are The Skin & Health Benefits Of Mangosteen?

Discovering the new Eminence Organics Mangosteen Lactic Collection can be a delight for the senses: Antioxidant-rich mangosteen infuses the creamy textures with pretty peach tints and a delicious, tangy scent. One hit of the exotic superfruit is a heady experience and there’s no coincidence that this superior key ingredient is called “The Queen Of Fruits.” Prized for its complex flavors and scents, the mangosteen also grants amazing health benefits and protects the skin. Here are all the reasons why you need to know more about this exquisite fruit:

HISTORY OF MANGOSTEEN

Although it sounds similar to the mango, the mangosteen is not, in fact, related at all. The size of a small apple, the mangosteen is covered in a purple, leathery rind which protects the sweet, white fruit inside. Discovered in South East Asia by 19th century European colonists, the mangosteen won its title of “The Queen Of Fruits” from Queen Victoria. Rumor has it that the Queen heard about this precious fruit, which was a delicious mix of “lychee, peach, strawberry and pineapple flavors” and declared that she would grant a knighthood to anyone who brought her one (National Geographic).

SKIN & HEALTH BENEFITS OF MANGOSTEEN

Not only can the mangosteen boast a royal connection, the fruit is also valued for its high antioxidant concentrations. Mangosteen juice is all the rage, and the much-touted health benefits of the fruit stem from  the type of antioxidant found in the fruit, especially in its rind. These antioxidants are categorized as rich and biologically active xanthones (Men’s Health). Recommended in multiple studies – including a study from the University of Illinois – xanthones are a focus for cancer treatment and prevention (Dr. Axe). Xanthones also protect against heart attacks and bolster the immune system. Besides its antioxidant value, mangosteen’s nutritional profile also provides additional health benefits by helping control blood sugar levels and aiding the digestive system.

For the skin, the mangosteen has traditionally been used for a number of conditions, including eczema. The all-important xanthones protect the skin in multiple ways with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. By capturing free radical compounds, they prevent environmental damage to the skin while anti-inflammatory benefits further protect skin cells from destruction. Besides using xanthones to defend the skin, the fruit also promotes microcirculation which improves the appearance of skin vitality and radiance.

EMINENCE ORGANICS MANGOSTEEN LACTIC COLLECTION

Harnessing the benefits of mangosteen, we are proud to launch the Mangosteen Lactic Collection this season. Formulated to address the root causes of dull and tired looking skin, the collection combines the superfruit with our proprietary Lactic Acid Complex. Together, Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing ConcentrateMangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser and our professional use only Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel 10% refine pores, gently exfoliate and treat the skin, unveiling a naturally luminous complexion.

Have you heard about the benefits of mangosteen? Let us know the comments below or tell us on social media

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

4 Natural Ways To Detox Your Skin Post-Summer

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Summer’s been a blast. You’ve enjoyed countless BBQs, sunny patio cocktails and late summer nights filled with friends, fun and delicious food. And although you’ve relished every second of your summertime pleasures, there’s no denying that your warm weather indulgences have taken their toll on your body (notably, your skin).

So before you slip into your forgiving fall scarves and cozy sweaters, we have a few tips for you to heal, repair and detox your body just in time for the change in seasons.

Below are 4 ways to detox and replenish after summer: detox_foods

1. EAT FOOD RICH IN DETOX PROPERTIES

One of the best ways to detox your body is through the food you eat. Introducing fresh fruits and veggies into your diet is a start but why not take it  a step further by selecting produce with high detoxification properties? Produce like cabbage, beets, dark leafy greens, apples, garlic and onions are known for their liver-cleansing properties. These detox foods will help clear and cleanse your system so you feel and look your best (PopSugar).

Healthy tip: Instead of buying your salad dressings – try making your own. Add extra flavor and zest to your salad dressing with a sprinkle of detox spices and herbs like turmeric, dill and ginger(Women’s Health).

Detox Recipe: For beautiful post-summer skin – try this Autumn Chopped Salad recipe.

2. BRING YOUR SKIN BACK TO BALANCE

Although you’ve given your skin a healthy dose of vitamin D this summer, you may also notice that your complexion has been subject to post-summer damage. Too much sun, excess humidity, and not enough sleep have given way to a few new breakouts and left your skin looking puffy, uneven and flaky.

To reverse summer damage, we recommend bringing your complexion back to balance with Éminence products rich in detoxifying ingredients like citrus, leafy greens, spices (paprika) and charcoal. Below are a few product recommendations from consumer and industry publications:

Publication: Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (LNE) Magazine
Product: Balancing Masque Duo
Star Detox Ingredient: Charcoal
Activated charcoal…is highly porous and adsorptive, meaning it can attract and hold toxins”.

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Publication: Organic Spa Magazine
Product: Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum
Star Detox ingredient: Kale
“Kale is a must-have for your skin…thanks to lutein, which is converted to vitamin A, giving a collagen boost that helps ward off wrinkles, evens tone and keeps skin smooth and luminous.”

Publication: Palm Beach Illustrated
Product: Eight Greens Phyto Masque
Star Detox Ingredient: Whole plants & seeds
“We avoid chemicals in food, so why not in skin care? Go natural with Éminence Eight Greens Phyto Masque featuring [detoxing] whole plants and seeds.”

3. DRINK MORE WATER

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Sipping on frozen margaritas, cool wheat ales and chilled rosés are just a few of the ways that you satisfied your thirst this past summer. Although these tasty beverages are refreshing as they’re going down, the after-effects are not as pleasant. Not only is alcohol dehydrating, summer cocktails are often loaded with sugar and other additives that cause inflammation. To counteract the negative effects of alcohol, there’s a simple solution: drink more water. Take a break from cocktails and replace them with plenty of water (lemon water for the best results). Water hydrates your skin from the inside out while lemon juice helps with detoxification. This simple combo also helps alkalize your body and boosts digestion. (PopSugar).

For water that’s just as fancy as your favorite cocktail – try fruit-infused water recipes.

4. SWEAT IT OUT AND REST IT OUT

Exercise and sleep. These are two simple things that you can do to restore and detox your body post-summer. Exercise increases blood flow and allows you to sweat out toxins naturally, while a good sleep is critical to maintaining your body’s metabolic equilibrium (Daily Mail UK). According to Body Lab, “irregular or inadequate sleep can profoundly alter circadian rhythms and compromise or impede these important detoxification pathways in the liver”. The takeaway – fit in a solid sweat-sesh several times a week and at least 7-8 hours a sleep every night to keep your body’s natural detoxification systems operating at full capacity.

What healthy steps do you take to detox your body post-summer? Tell us in the comments below.

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

DIY: Lip Gloss

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Commercial lip gloss can contain artificial colors and fragrances which can be toxic to your health. Take the worry out of your lip gloss by making your own! These lip gloss sticks are easy and fun to make and can be customized with your favorite color and essential oils.

 

Ingredients:
1 gram white beeswax
3 grams Shea butter (or virgin coconut oil)
2 grams jojoba oil (or grape seed, Fractionated Coconut, or almond oil)
10 grams castor oil
1 gram vitamin E
7 drops of your favorite essential oil
Pigment, such as organic beet root powder or mineral makeup

 

Note: this is enough to fill two standard lip gloss tubes. You can find empty lip gloss tubes online and at local beauty stores.

 

Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients, except for essential oil, into a glass jar.
  2. Place jar in a saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water.
  3. Once melted, remove and let cool for 2 minutes.
  4. Add essential oils.

Note:

Start with a little and add more until you get desired color.

For color, add pigment and stir until combined.

Using a dropper, transfer into the lip gloss containers. If it starts to get too thick, place glass jar back in warm water to melt.

You’re done! Enjoy your moisturizing and natural lip gloss!

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

Spa Etiquette: Answers To Questions You’re Afraid To Ask

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If you only visit a spa a few times a year – or even if you’re a frequent spa-goer – you probably still have a few unanswered questions about “spa etiquette” that you need answers for. Feeling rusty on the usual codes of conduct at the spa but too embarrassed to clarify? Before you book your next facial, wax or massage appointment, read over these spa etiquette questions (and answers) that you’ve been too afraid to ask.

SHOULD YOU SHAVE BEFORE A SPA TREATMENT?
This is a very common question and the answer depends on the type of treatment you’ll be receiving. For example, it’s recommended that men shave the night or day before receiving a skin care treatment. For women, shaving before certain spa services could cause irritation. It’s always wise to inquire with the spa receptionist on what type of at-home prep is expected before you show up for your appointment.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE CAN I CANCEL MY SPA SERVICE?
Most spas have a 24 hours cancellation policy so if you need to cancel, make sure to notify your spa in advance, otherwise you might be charged a fee.

IS IT OK TO REQUEST A MALE OR FEMALE THERAPIST?
If you have a preference for a male or female therapist – then simply ask! This is a common request that can be made when you book your original appointment.

HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
The rule of punctuality might seem simple, but arriving on-time actually sets the scene for a relaxing spa experience. Arriving at least 15 minutes early allows you to sit back and unwind while you quietly sip on a cup of herbal tea, fill out the necessary paperwork and change into a spa robe if needed. Many spas also offer the use of their sauna and other complimentary amenities to their guests and arriving early to your appointment allows you to take advantage of those fancy spa perks.

IS IT OK TO USE MY CELL PHONE WHILE AT THE SPA?
There’s nothing more jarring than hearing a cell phone ring as you try to enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. Be considerate of your own spa experience as well as the experience of other guests by turning off your cell phone. Remember that you’re there to relax and unwind, and so are others around you.

WILL I BE NAKED DURING THE TREATMENT?
This is probably the most common question that spa-goers are afraid to ask, but don’t be. Your therapist will make you feel comfortable and will give you instructions about what you should expect when it comes to undressing. If the treatment requires you to remove your clothing, your therapist will leave the room so you can do so privately. As a general rule, most treatments require that you are draped and most spas will provide a robe in the change room. You can often wear underwear during a massage, but for most body and massage treatments you might also be required to disrobe completely. If you’re not sure what to expect – just ask!

IS IT RUDE TO SPEAK UP DURING MY SPA TREATMENT?
Your therapist’s role is to create the most enjoyable experience possible, so it’s important to speak up if you have any questions or concerns. Before the treatment begins, make the spa staff aware if you’re pregnant, nursing or if you have any allergies or medical conditions. It’s also important to let your therapist know when you feel uncomfortable at any time during your spa service. Whether it’s the pressure of the massage, room temperature, or even if you prefer more quiet time with less chit chat, make your therapist aware. You’re paying for a service and your esthetician will be more than happy to accommodate your needs.

SHOULD I LEAVE A TIP?
In most cases, tipping is discretionary, but not mandatory. When it comes to tipping your therapist, a 15-20% gratuity is standard in North America and always appreciated, especially when you receive exceptional service.

Have we inspired you to book your next spa appointment? You can book online or by calling 7189216100

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

6 On-the-Go Makeup Essentials

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If you’re anything like us, you would need rolling luggage to carry all of your makeup with you on-the-go. Instead of playing the constant traveler, try paring your makeup bag down to these six essential items:

Powder Foundation + Travel Brush: Powder foundation (like PurePressed Base or Amazing Base) is extremely versatile and can be used as a foundation, concealer or even finishing powder. Ours even contain SPF to protect from the sun. Keep the inside of your bag clean by bringing a travel foundation brush that’s either retractable or can be filled with the loose powder.

Cream Blush: A cream blush stick makes reapplication easy. You can apply it with your finger, so there’s no need for a blush brush!

One or Two Lip Products: We know how easy it is to carry a collection of lip products for every occasion, but that can weigh down your bag. Lighten the load by only bringing the lipstick or lip gloss used in your makeup look that day, and swap out the products each day or so.

Liquid Eye Shadow: If you usually touch up your eye shadow midday, toss a creamy, liquid eye shadow in your bag. Use the built-in brush for easy application and to cut down on the number of brushes you have to carry.

Brown Eyeliner: A brown eye pencil can be used in a number of different ways. Apply it over your current eyeliner (black or brown) to touch up your look after a long day work or use it as an eyebrow pencil to define your brows before you go out.

Want to know what Jane carries in her tote? Here are the products she always has in her bag during the summer:

Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush filled with Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder
Clarity In Touch Cream Blush
Champagne Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow
Nectar PureGloss Lip Gloss
Terra Cotta Lip Pencil

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

You can find their blog here

5 Products for Beach-ready Makeup

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When you’re heading to the shore, it’s important to have makeup that is versatile and fits in beach bag. You want to look natural, as if you aren’t wearing any makeup, but still feel confident that you look your best. For an effortless no makeup, makeup look, all you need is five products, a couple of brushes/tools and your fingers:

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Mineral Foundation
(Alternate Uses: Concealer and SPF)
Great mineral foundations, like our PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, can be used as both a foundation and a concealer. It also contains broad spectrum SPF to protect you from harmful UV rays and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes!

Peach Eye Shadow & Cream Eye Shadow
(Alternate Uses: Highlighter, Blush and Lip Color)
Select a peach and a cream eye shadow with a little shimmer (we suggest our PurePressed Eye Shadow in Peach Sherbet and Cream). You can use the two colors in multiple ways; in addition to adding color to your eye lids, they quadruple as a highlighter, blush and lip color!.

Pencil Eyeliner
(Alternate Use: Brow Pencil)
A natural brown eyeliner, like our Basic Brown Eye Pencil, is great for lining your eyes, but if you’re a brunette, you could also get away with using it as an eyebrow pencil. If you have lighter hair, we recommend using a lighter colored eyeliner, like taupe.

 Lip Balm
(Alternate Use: SPF)
Lip Balm is the best finishing touch to any look. It moisturizes your lips for a supple pout, and if you use our LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15, you also get the added bonus of sun protection!

Follow the below steps to learn how to get the perfect, natural beach makeup look in 10 easy steps:

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  1. First, use your Retractable Handi Brush to apply your foundation.
  2. Then, use a Flocked Sponge to layer foundation over any areas that may need a little extra concealing.
  3. Using your ring finger apply the cream eye shadow to the lid of your eye and as a highlighter on your brow bone.
  4. Next, use your finger again to apply the peach shade to the outer corners of your eyes and into the crease.
  5. Starting from the inner corner of your eye and working your way out to a slight wing, line your upper lash line with your Brown Eye Pencil.
  6. Also, use the eye pencil to define your brows by filling in your eyebrows using small, hair-like strokes.
  7. With your index and middle finger, lightly swipe the cream eye shadow on your cheek bone as a highlighter.
  8. Then, with the same two fingers, apply the peach shade to the apples of your cheek with light strokes.
  9. Dab the peach shade onto your lips using your middle finger for a soft pop of color.
  10. Finish your look with a swipe of lip balm on your lips.

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

You can find their blog here

 

 

 

How you can afford celebrity beauty secrets!

You may not be able to have a vegan chef follow you around like Beyonce. Or have a ‘glam squad’ on-demand like Kim K for make-up, but you can have the most important thing. Great skin care.

 

1.Microdermabrasion

It’s not pricy if you compare its long-lasting affects on the skin. “Microdermabrasion is a miracle,” said Gwyneth Paltrow, a huge fan of the treatment. Standard microderm treatments blast the skin, removing the dead skin, and sometimes if the client gets them too often can cause the skin to be paper thin. Not a great thing when it comes to sun exposure. We took the microderm to the next level with our all natural ORGANIC COTTON MICRODERM. Paltrow is a big advocate for wellness  and organic treatments and it shows. She’s in her early 40’s and her microbiotic diet and organic skincare makes her glow, inside and out!

 

Micro derm is realistic because you only need to get it a few times a year. We’re offering $20 off all skincare treatments of $95 or more throughout March, so get you derm on!

2. Micro Electrical Current Facials!

Written about in ELLE MAGAZINE , micro electrical current is another celeb fave we also do at The Green Spa. Lauded as “the new botox” it’s the use of electrical current to stimulate facial muscles. It’s been around for centuries, but now just catching heat. It doesn’t hurt, just feels like a buzzing sensation on your face and the next day, you’ve got yourself some star gazing skin.

3. Makeup who?

Another trend we talked about in our Oscar’s blog post is “the no makeup look.” Outside of the red carpet, it’s favored by Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow  and something we at The Green Spa have been advocating for years with our all natural mineral makeup. We feel so strongly about natural makeup, we only carry the ‘green’ lines  like Eminence and Jane Iredale. This month we’re hosting a number of teen makeup events this to teach young people to start using natural makeup early. Tips include: embrace using lip color a shade darker than your natural, and pick one area on your face you’d like to highlight. If you’re a fan of your cheekbones, use a natural color blush along your cheekbone and a highlighter directly above where you applied the blush on the harder part of your face. You won’t need much more. If you’re a fan of your eyes, mix and match natural earth tones for shadows using brushes you’ve invested in. Add some mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Again, you don’t need makeup anywhere else if you’ve flaunted chief asset. Pick a feature and go, you natural beauty, you!

And remember, always wear a broad spectrum sunblock with SPF 30.

Here’s Jen with the ‘no makeup look’.