Product knowledge; Stop it! salve

DSC06019Stop it! is a creamy salve that stops skin irritation, prevents scarring and halts the formation of skin plaques associated with psoriasis & eczema.  This simple formula includes the natural anti-oxidant, anti-stress and moisture benefits from refined organic shea butter and shea oil.  Additionally included is cyclo-dimethicone, a non-toxic silicone that is used in the medical field as a barrier for the skin post surgery allowing it to heal from the inside out disallowing oxidation of the tissue which causes scabbing and scarring.  A dab of blue german chamomile balances the formula to add anti-inflamatory treatment.

I have custom-blended this salve for many of my psoriasis clients for some time now.  They have found that it cures their plaques all together and with continued use prevents them from reforming.  I am prone to rashes and find that this completely stops them.  An additional benefit I found recently it to use this as a preventative coating when I know I will be exposed to elements that can cause my rashes—when around paint fumes and when out-of-doors in brutal weather.  Andrea has found this works for her as well in this manner and has prevented her normal winter skin irritations.

This is a product that we all should have in our medicine cabinets for when ever we might have a skin emergency; a little goes a long way.

Weather alert; put on your layers (of skincare)!

DSC06182Just like we don vests, scarves and silk undergarments when the weather temps drop and the wind chill sets in, we need to add additional layers to the skin on our face for IT’S protection!  Cold temperatures coagulate our skin’s oil before it can get to the surface and wind plus dry interior environments causes the water in our skin to evaporate.  The loss of these which comprise the skin’s Hydro-Lipid Film that is part of our immune system, leaves the skin vulnerable to irritation, wind burns, rosacea break-outs and an uneven complexion.  SO, put on some extra layers to avoid this.

Here is how (see my personal routine at the end):

  1. Avoid foaming cleansers that might strip too much oil away.  Instead use creamy or oil cleansers this time of year face AND neck.
  2. When skin is still wet from cleaning apply a thin layer of a watery serum that’s purpose is to hydrate the skin over the whole face/neck.  Let soak in.
  3. Apply a thick lotion or cream over this to the entire face/neck.
  4. In many cases the skin may need even more so spot apply a few drops of a good skin oil to the cheeks and forehead.  Rosehip, sweet almond, argan…

My routine:

Your skin may need a different routine so if you need help please contact me!

Don’t rub it in and other winter moisturizing tips

spongesThose of us of a certain age (we know who we are) grew up with many skincare myths.  They still plague us (at least our memories are still good) and keep us from having the optimum results in skincare.  Let me debunk the 3 most common myths so you can increase the effectiveness of your moisturizers, save some wear & tear on your skin and have a more radiant complexion.

MYTH #1 – “Rub in your moisturizer until you can see it any more.”  Your poor face!  All that rubbing breaks down the under lying connective tissue accelerating the aging process and most of the product goes into your hands instead of your face.

  • Instead: “smooth” the product onto your face with gentle upwards sweeping motions. Apply eye products along the brow bone in the same direction as your eyebrow hair is growing continuing in a circle down around the top of the orbital bone underneath the eye.  Your skin will look wet or oiled-up but give it up to 10 minutes or so then it will naturally absorb into the skin filling it up.

MYTH #2 – “When your face feels dry apply a thick creme or oil (Coconut oil is trendy right now).”  This just greases up the skin and does not address the loss of moisture/water. Healthy skin is flushed with plenty of water from within balanced with a light protective coating of oil that holds that water in place.

  • Instead: when very dry, first drench the skin with a water-maintaining product such as Glow then apply heavier oil-rich products over that. Alternatively, thin aqueous products that contain some oil such as FruitCocktail can address both water & oil at the same time.  Envision a dry sponge; just oil laid on top will leave it still looking dimpled and feeling crusty but if it is wet first it will smooth out.

MYTH #3 -“You do not need a night creme because when left alone your skin will make its own oil at night”.  There is truth to this because naturally healthy functioning oil glands do self-moisturize.  HOWEVER, if you your face is over age 40, have sun damage, are out-of-doors a lot, live in a cold climate with dry heat inside, have had chemotherapy or radiation treatments, have had gastric by-pass, lap-band or colectomy surgeries, are on a low-fat or non-fat diet you need to use moisturizers at night to maintain the water content in the skin because it cannot maintain itself with these conditions.

Remember, letting your skin dry out only for a while will let skin cells collapse allowing age to set in.

If you need help with a moisturizing routine, please contact me for your own skin consultation.

 

Pumpkin and Maple masques; cold weather skincare

pumpkin maples

In the cool weather we are attracted to eating all those spicy, golden hued foods.  There is a reason for that; spices warm up the body and the beta-carotene that makes that golden color strengthens our inner workings.  And so it is with the care of the skin; warming it up in cool weather helps it to stay strong and less dry.  Just in time and just released for the season are my two at-home facial masques that enliven the skin for the coming months of cold.

Pumpkin masque photo

The Pumpkin Creme Masque is an at-home “peel” that dissolves the build-up of dead skin cells while moisturizing & warming the functions of the skin to energize natural cell renewal.  How does it do this?  Pumpkin contains natural enzymes that recognize protein and consume it (ever notice how smooth your hands are after carving a jack-o-lantern?).  Concentrated organic pumpkin puree targets dead skin cells to dissolve them leaving the skin super-smooth and ready for action.  A blend of alpha-hydroxy fruit acids – glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric from grapes, lemons, passionfruit and pineapple –  work at loosening the dead cells first by dissolving the glue that holds them to the skin.  Sugary triglycerides extracted from coconut and palm kernel oils sooth and moisturize the skin while organic essential oil of cinnamon and extracts from autumn spices stimulate blood flow and warm the skin.  Moisturized well afterwards, the skin just glows!  See an at-home facial protocol at the end of this post.

maple masque dual imageMaple Jolt Masque energizes the skin to renew itself, softens the appearance of age and increases hydration.  How does it do this?  Maple syrup contains natural enzymes that, when applied to the skin, soften the upper layer “plumping” the skin to receive the benefits of additional ingredients.  This masque contains concentrated maple enzymes to triple up on the work.  Extracts of coffee and cacao (chocolate) are blended in to stimulate blood flow; more rapidly circulating blood carries oxygen to the skin and healing nutrients through the tissue that helps delay age and fight off environmental damage.  Also included are Glycoproteins, a combination of amino acids and peptides derived from yeast, that boast the oxygen content in the skin as well as energizing new cell production by enhancing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the skin’s natural get-up-n-go electrical charge.  Additionally the GPs are moisturizing along with Beta-glucan, a sugary substance extracted from mushrooms.  Applied to clean skin and left in place for 10 minutes, this is a delicious and calorie-free cold weather treat!

AT-HOME FACIAL:

  1. Cleanse skin well using the cleanser suited to your skin type; Purify Frothing Cleanser, Bio-Tanical Conditioning Cleanser or the EmolUlite Lipid Cleanse.
  2. Smooth on a light layer of Pumpkin Creme Masque avoiding the eye area and lips.  For sensitive skins leave on no longer than 5 minutes.  For other skin types, up to 10 minutes.  Splash off rinsing completely.
  3. While skin is still damp, smooth on a medium-thin layer of Maple Jolt Masque.  Leave in place up to 15 minutes.  NOTE: this masque is enhanced by wearing in a steamy environment; reclining in a bath, wear in the shower or put your face over a bowl of hot, steaming water.  Splash off.
  4. Moisturize immediately while skin is still damp.  Suggestion:  Use a pumps worth of Glow followed by your moisturizer of choice.  WOWWIE!

NOTE:  it is normal for the skin to redden a bit or a lot with either of these masques as they stimulate the flow of blood-which is the point!  Redness will disappear within 1 hour.