Did You Know?

The following articles  provide some fun facts along with valuable information regarding skincare, our product line and the ingredients we choose.

Enjoy!

NEVER Go to Bed With Your Makeup On!

Let’s face it, all of us have slept in our makeup at one time or another.  It’s easy to believe that it’s just not that big a deal, right? WRONG! Your day old makeup, plus the sweat, oil & grime accumulated throughout the day is standing between you and a great complexion. It is also prematurely ageing your skin, making you look dull and tired – not beautiful! Which is why we wear makeup in the first place!


As much as we love our makeup, it doesn’t exactly love us back. There are a host of chemicals in our makeup that damage our skin over time. Did you know that most of the chemicals included in your makeup are branded as toxic and those that work with them are required to wear protective gear! Think about that for a second. Employees handling the chemicals we place directly on our skin are required to wear protective gear to work with them! Huh?  For this very reason, applying makup on a daily basis can actually deteriorate your skins overall health.

   

At night, your skin goes into repair mode — creating healthy cells, regenerating levels of collagen, and more. Removing makeup at night gives your skin the chance to breathe and recalibrate its moisture levels. When you sleep with makeup on your face, that layer of makeup is interrupting its normal skin-shedding routine, which may result in your skin looking dull and dry.


Some additional reasons to remove your makeup at night:

1.  It Will Make Your Pillow Dirty

Your makeup – especially your foundation, mascara and eye shadow – will rub off on your pillow as you lay your head against it all night. While a dirty pillow in itself is not harmful, the negative repercussions will occur when bacteria starts to fester in the dirtied parts of the fabric of your pillowcase. This bacteria will then get into your skin and hair when you go to bed next and will cause skin damage that can lead to acne, rashes, blisters and other allergic reactions.

2.  Your Pores Will Be Clogged

As you know, the skin is an organ, an organ that is porous and which needs to breathe. No matter how “advanced” and “anti-aging” your makeup is, it will still clog your pores to a great degree. If your pores are blocked, the sebum that is produced by your glands to wash out dirt from the pores gets trapped and causes pimples, pustules and boils. How do you avoid this from happening? Simply remove your makeup before going to bed!

3.  It’sReallyBad for Your Eyes

The skin around the eyes is the most delicate and the thinnest on the body; therefore, it is more vulnerable & dries out very easily. The earliest signs of wrinkles are usually seen in the development of crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes.

When you go to bed with your makeup on, it exacerbates this condition & considerably dries the skin around the eyes tremendously. 

4.  Sleeping in Makeup Causes Premature Aging

Women who sleep with their makeup are at higher risk of premature aging. Wrinkles, crow’s feet and laugh lines will show up much earlier than if you make it a habit to remove your makeup before going to bed. Following are the reasons why:

· Sleep is when your skin carries out repair work. Your skin cannot carry out this work during the day as your body’s resources are needed elsewhere. Leaving toxic, grimy makup on at night inhibits skins ability to repair and renew itself, thus making you look older.

· Regardless of brand or promises, leaving makeup on will dry out your skin considerably. Dryness is in itself one of the major causes of premature aging.

· During the day, dirt, pollution and a dozen other things are absorbed by the makeup on your skin. Free radicals – which cause skin cells to age early – are also caught in the makeup.  Leaving it on when you go to bed will give free radicals time to be absorbed into your skin causing damage. 

· Sleeping with your makeup on prevents your skin from getting the oxygen it needs to regenerate.

· It discolors the skin. Over time, even when makeup is taken off, it can become “stained” and uneven tone and discoloration…particularly around the lips and eyes.  This can add years to your face and make you look much older than you really are.  


Wow…almost makes you want to stop wearing makeup! But lets face it, makeup is just fun, and it makes us look so pretty! So, no, I cannot hypocritically advise you to give up your makeup; but please, please, please take the time to remove it before you go to bed…your skin will definitely thank you!


Cleansing your skin thoroughly with products that penetrate the dermal layers, and lift dirt and grime from pores, as with the oil cleansing method in our Rejuvenescence line, will help your skin perform at optimal levels maintaining a more youthful appearance…and yes…it will even improve the look of your makeup!


Happy Pampering!

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Are You Moisturizing All Wrong?

Not wearing face cream at all might be the first step to getting it wrong.

Some people just don't think wearing face cream is important so they choose to skip it. Others don't wear it because they have oily skin or breakouts and think that moisturizers exacerbate the problem. Then there are those who just simply forget to put it on entirely.


Did You Know:

Skin is 30 percent water and lipids. Wearing face cream is important because it helps to seal in moisture with emollient ingredients and can help draw in moisture from the air with humectant properties.


*Oily skin is actually a symptom of dehydrated skin.The skin will try to over-compensate dryness by producing more sebum.  Sebum is the waxy substance that helps keep skin protected and waterproof. Not wearing face cream because you confuse sebum with moisture or water content can keep you at risk for the negative and harmful effects of dry skin. That is why wearing a good face cream is all the more important for oily skin; it helps to slow oil production and keeps it hydrated! 


It may be surprising to know that how we use our moisturizer is just as important as the product itself. How much product is used, how it's applied and when can make a big difference on your skin!


The following are some helpful tips and guidelines to help you get the most from your skincare routine:


*Wash your hands to help reduce bacteria and contaminates that can get into your product. Clean hands can also limit the spread of said bacteria and pathogens on the skin.


*It is best to apply skincare on damp, rather than dry skin.  Humectants work to seal in moisture.  A lack of moisture inhibits their ability to work at optimal levels.


*Take a quarter-sized amount of cream and warm it in the hands. Spread it over the palms about two to three times. This helps give an even application when you put your hands to the face. Start at the cheeks before spreading cream to the forehead, chin and neck.Don’t forget the neck!  Remember to keep it light-handed and move in upward strokes. Be even gentler around the eye area.


Using more of a product doesn't provide more moisture; it merely provides more product than the skin can absorb & wastes valuable product.


*Additionally, skin cream alone may not be qualified to meet your skincare needs.  A layering approach is generally preferred. If you choose to bring your skincare routine to this next level, it is important to know what order to apply each product. When layering products, the general rule is to start with the lightest and work up to the heaviest in density.  Reasoning behind this is that second product applied has to have the ability to penetrate the first in order to benefit the skin. An example of proper order would be: Toner… Face Serum…Face Cream.


Happy Pampering!

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EXERCISE YOUR SKIN?

Consistency is the sister of success! 

Just like attending a gym once every other month will probably do little to help you achieve your fitness goals, inconsistent skincare is unlikely to get you the results desired.


Consistent, daily practice is essential to maintaining the condition of your skin. Daily cleansing both morning and night, coupled with a quality face cream designed to meet your personal needs, is essential for every skin type at every age, beginning in adolescence.  If you maintain this very simple routine, you're already way ahead of the game in defeating assaults that wreak havoc on our skin.  However, if you want truly exceptional results, regular facials should be part of your skincare regimen.


When it comes to skin maintenance and facial care, nothing can beat having regular facial treatments. This is because facial treatments deeply and thoroughly cleansing our skin along with many additional benefits  most people are not even aware of including the following:


Visible Wrinkle Reduction

Stripping off the top layer of skin will allow more evenly textured skin to come to the surface, causing fine lines and wrinkles to seem less prominent. An anti-aging facial can cause collagen production to kick up which restores skin cells further defending against wrinkles.


Increased Circulation

Masks containing clays and other rejuvenate ingredients, work to stimulate blood flow and draw out toxins from the skin. This is incredibly beneficial at halting free radicals and bringing blood rich in nutrients and healing agents to the surface of the skin.


Evens Skin Tone

If your skin has scars from surgeries, wrinkles, or sun spots, or even hyperpigmentation from prolonged use of makeup products can be greatly relieved by a good facial treatment. They can help even out your coloring so that such damage is not so noticeable. Plus, an evened skin tone can give you the freedom to breakup with your heavy foundation breaking the vicious cycle of makeup products that age our skin so that we need more makeup products!


Rejuvenated Appearance

Certain facial treatments are effective at increasing circulation and stimulating the production of collagen. Thus, helping to reveal new skin that looks and feels smoother and newer, more revitalized and refreshed.


Improves Effectiveness of Other Skincare Products

Facial treatments remove the dirt and oils that clog your pores. They also work to remove dead upper layers of skin; thereby, increasing the effectiveness of additional products such as  creams, serums, and lotions by allowing them to be more easily absorbed.


A Fresh, Healthy Glow

Treatments with AHA’s, strip away the top layer of skin, which is full of dead skin cells, to improve its appearance. These treatments can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, and more, so that your skin becomes more luminous and healthy-looking.


Treating Yourself 

Last but not least, treating yourself to a facial, whether at home or at a spa, will boost your mood and make you feel beautiful. Having a little time for pampering yourself in a peaceful environment will definitely uplift your spirit and clear your mind. So take some time off and treat yourself! Check out our Rejuvenescence Face Mask…Chock full of incredible ingredients to renew your skin and pamper your soul!


Happy Pampering!

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WHY DO I NEED MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE?

The critical role it plays in our health and well being.

DID YOU KNOW?

Every cell in the body requires magnesium. As a result, an extensive list of undesirable symptoms may result from a magnesium deficiency. The mineral is a key player in nerve and muscle function, blood sugar and blood pressure regulation, energy production, and the manufacture of protein, bone and genetic material. Magnesium also serves an important role in women’s health. Adequate amounts are important for osteoporosis prevention and during pregnancy. 


It is noted that 60 percent of Americans consume less magnesium than the RDA. Long-term, inadequate intake of magnesium can gradually deplete body stores to dangerously low levels. However, since the decline is gradual, typical deficiency symptoms may go unnoticed. However, even without symptoms, chronically low magnesium levels can pose health risks. Low magnesium levels are associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome have high blood pressure, excess body weight around the middle, high cortisol levels associated with stress and heart disease and abnormal blood sugar and blood fat levels. These abnormalities increase their risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, cardiovascular disease and stroke.


The wide array of diseases and symptoms of magnesium deficiency have to do with the fact that approximately 99% of your body’s magnesium is located in bone, muscles, and soft tissue. The other 1% of magnesium is found in plasma and red blood cells. 

Additionally, since the body has little capacity to utilize magnesium through the blood system, supplements can cause a laxative effect further inhibiting optimum absorption. Topical (transdermal) magnesium therapy is a better option so the skin can absorb a high dose while regulating the intake of magnesium for considerable health benefits.


The top five benefits of using topical magnesium:


·  Topical magnesium increases relaxation

Magnesium is responsible for chemically activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This system serves to calm and relax you. In fact, magnesium halts the advancement of excitable molecules like adrenaline. From your muscles to your heart, to your brain, topical magnesium ensures your body creates the right chemical conditions to relax. For these reasons, magnesium is believed to be helpful to those suffering from anxiety.


·  Topical magnesium improves sleep

Insomnia is a problem that plagues most of us at one time or another.  Thankfully, topical magnesium can help. Magnesium is essential to the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptor function.  The GABA neurotransmitter is what signals the brain to turn off. With sufficient levels of magnesium in your system, your body understands how to sleep better. You’ll find it easier to fall asleep and maintain a more restful sleep too.


·  Topical magnesium relieves muscle aches

The topical application of magnesium may reduce muscle soreness and inflammation associated with overworked muscles. This is also due to its ability to trigger a relaxing effect in the body. Magnesium assists the body in flushing out lactic acid which can accumulate after intense exercise. Magnesium also works alongside calcium to relax nerves, therefore helping to ease the pain.


·  Topical magnesium increases energy

Feeling tired? Instead of turning to yet another caffeine hit, you’d be better off boosting your energy at a cellular level with topical magnesium. Magnesium is vital to the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which transports energy for metabolism and contributes to cell reproduction processes. Magnesium is what makes ATP biologically active.  Topical magnesium, therefore, allows your body to reach optimum energy levels.


·  Topical magnesium reduces eczema, psoriasis & acne breakouts

Stress & hormonal imbalances, major irritants to eczema, psoriasis & acne, can be kept in check with topical magnesium. Without adequate levels of magnesium, the body is more sensitive to stress. Higher levels of stress trigger further magnesium deficiency! AHHH! Topical magnesium works to control cortisol, the stress hormone, alleviating skin conditions that cause discomfort and irritants leading to acne and even prevent or reverse damage from aging and sun exposure!


NOT ALL MAGNESIUM CHOICES ARE CREATED EQUAL!

While Epsom salt is the popular choice for transdermal usage, Epsom salts are made with magnesium sulfate. A better choice for transdermal application by far is magnesium chloride.


MAGNESIUM SULFATE Vs. MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

 Magnesium chloride is a most important and vital mineral required for life. Without magnesium chloride, the human body would be unable to maintain fluids in blood vessels, conduct nerve transmissions, move muscles, or maintain proper kidney function. 


Magnesium chloride is more easily absorbed and utilized by the body making it more bioavailable and able to be utilized by the body. Whereas, magnesium sulfate is not as easily absorbed and utilized in the body; and is therefore, more rapidly excreted through the kidneys explaining why results don’t last long, and more amounts are needed for desired effects.  Magnesium chloride is also the best choice due to its lower tissue toxicity as compared to magnesium sulfate.


*Buyers Beware!

Additionally, not all magnesium chloride is equal! The fact is, it is simply no longer possible to naturally harvest a pure magnesium chloride from modern bodies of water due to their contamination of Mercury, Lead, Arsenic & Flouride.  Amazingly, in the late 1990's, a rare and pristine source of this prized magnesium was located in an ancient geological formation.  The source is the ancient Zechstein Seabed.  Some 250 million years ago, this miraculous seabed was a concentrated inland salt-water sea. This preserved the seabed from contamination caused by modern industrialization and pollutants. This is, to date, the only location where perfectly preserved resources of pure magnesium chloride exist.  You may find less expensive magnesium creams and oils, but if they do not specify Zechstein Magnesium Chloride, chances are, it's a poor substitute.


Furthermore, if you see the version "Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate (MCH)", note that this  is actually a chemically produced version that's created in a lab.  While this version may be free from contaminants, it is also devoid of the  90+ trace minerals found in the natural form.  There's reason to believe these trace minerals are active contributors and play a large part in why natural magnesium chloride is so beneficial to our health and well being. 


Therefore, while it may be tempting to grab the least expensive supplement, spray or cream; or just run out to the drugstore and buy epsom salts for your nightly soak, magnesium bath flakes and magnesium oil produced with Zechstein Magnesium Chloride are, in my opinion, the only true choice for meeting your body’s needs.


Pure Zechstein Magnesium Chloride is a major player in many of our products, including, or course, our bath soaks, magnesium body butter and even our face creams and masks! 


Happy Pampering!

-Darlene

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BUBBLE BATHS!

The history & benefits of a hot bath

I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath, but I can’t think of one. –Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar 


DID YOU KNOW?

Hot baths are one of the most ancient forms of physical therapy on the planet!


Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was the first to detail the benefits of sea water to cure various ailments. He counseled fellow healers to immerse patients with aching muscles and arthritis in sea water. The ancient Greeks continued this form of therapy by soaking in sea water hot tubs and heated seaweed bath's.  They used sea water pools for hydrotherapy and elimination of toxins from the body.


Then there were the Romans, who raised bathing to a high art. Roman citizens would linger for hours in communal hot baths and built lavish baths wherever they found natural hot springs.


In 1753, Charles Russe published “The Uses of Sea Water”, where he discussed seawaters various therapeudic properties. This led to the first French marine hospital opened in 1861. Then in 1899 Louis Bagot began using bath therapy treatments at the Institute Marin de Rockroum. This was the first true Thalassotherapy clinic in Europe.


Scientists and researchers continue to document the healing powers of salt baths to this very day! ... But let them tell us something we don’t already know!!


A hot bath is liquid psychotherapy. It is peaceful and soothing. Once you’ve started a bath, chances are you may feel insulated from troubles — you know you’ll have to pay attention to the world soon enough, but not just now.  There is actually scientific evidence to support the accuracy of this. A study preformed in 2002 at the University of Wolverhampton found that a daily bath significantly improved the mood and optimism of participants.  This was attributed to a combination of bodily comfort, warmth, isolation, and body positioning. A hot bath at the end of the day can provide a host of physical and psychological benefits, including the following:

*A good night's sleep

A good night’s sleep is known to support immune system strength and aid in pain recovery.  A heated bath before bedtime is apparently a good way to ensure that you drift off to the Land of Nod with greater ease.  A drop in body temperature at night signals that the body is preparing to start producing melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. A Hot bath can kick-start this downward shift by artificially heating us up and then returning us to the cooler climate of our bedroom. However, it is important to avoid overheating yourself or you may actually get revved up instead of chilled out.

*Note of Caution – Pregnant woman should not bathe at temperatures above 100 deg. F.

*Alleviates Cold Symptoms

Although a hot bath can't make the common cold vanish, submerging in hot water targets two different elements of cold-management: steam therapy and overall body temperature.  Inhaling steam is an excellent remedy for cold-induced misery. It clears out the nasal passages while reducing inflammation. Studies have shown that elevated body temperatures actually help the immune system fight infections. 

*Relief of Chronic Pain

If you're a sufferer of chronic pain related to arthritis, fibromyalgia, or muscular lower back issues, hot baths are the way to go!  Scientific discoveries have shown that saltwater baths reduce swelling in cells by dehydrating them, and can continue to inhibit the inflammation that causes such serious pain. 

*Relief of Muscle Aches and Pains

Similar to the reasons listed above, a hot saltwater bath can provide significant relief to sore, tired and aching muscles.  The heated salts not only reduce inflammation, but also act to relieve trapped lactic acid from muscles. 


O.K…Now that we’ve adequately given you a plethora of rationalities to indulge in a self-rejuvenating, private “me” time bath,Please check out our line of Bubbling Bath Soaks! Each soak is created with ingredients designed to soothe the skin, replace lost minerals, quench dehydrated skin and provide an overall sense of utter and sheer joy and relaxation! You deserve it!


   Happy Pampering!

   -Darlene

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Fun Facts about Carrier Oils

DID YOU KNOW?

Carrier Oils:  What are they and why are they essential for every skin type?


Carrier oils are vegetable oils derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or nuts.


Carrier oils are emollients that work to seal in the existing water in the skin. This is why it is recommended to apply moisturizer within 3 minutes after washing. 


Carrier oils contain different molecules with adapted properties providing each with different therapeutic traits and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil depends on the benefits being sought. This is why it’s important to know your skin type and choose appropriately.  The wrong carrier oil could merely exacerbate your problems, while the right carrier oil can provide a host of benefits, including the following:

 

· Help to clear your skin of various problems such as acne, eczema and signs of aging.

· Leave your skin smooth, hydrated and healthy.

· Balance sebum production.

· Provide essential nutrients to help restore the protective barrier of the skin.

· Replace the dirty, pore-clogging sebum with healthy, clarifying and moisture rich emollients. 

· Provide antibacterial benefits, protecting the skin from bacteria and germs

· Some even work as a natural sunscreen!


 In addition to all the perks listed above, carrier oils play an important role in diluting essential oils and “carrying” them into the dermal layers where they can work their magic! Why then, can’t we just apply the essential oils directly to our skin? Good question!  If applied to the skin undiluted, essential oils can cause severe irritation, redness, burning or other reactions. Carrier oils dilute essential oils, making them safe for topical application.


*Note to Oily/Acne-Prone Skin Sufferers:

I realize that, if you suffer from oily skin, it may be completely counterintuitive to put even more oil on your skin!  However, the hard, cold facts are that the acne-forming oil produced by your skin is very different from the natural oils found in carrier oils. With acne, a sticky oil called sebum is responsible for clogging pores with dead skin cells and other debris. Studies show that people suffering from acne have low levels of Linoleic Acid (an essential polyunsaturated fat).  Low levels of this fat signals the skin to produce more oil in the form of sebum, resulting in clogged pores! (Viscous cycle!!) The fatty acids in natural oils (specifically those high in Linoleic Acids), not only tell the skin to stop producing sebum, but they actually help dissolve existing sebum; thereby, producing cleaner skin and helping to clear up acne.  This is why, even oils with a high comedogenic rate such as coconut oil, can actually benefit acne-prone skin since it has a high linoleic to oleic ratio.


Comedogenic Rating:

The comedogenic rating refers to a scale of 0-5 showing the pore-clogging potential of a butter, wax or carrier oil...0 being non-comedogenic and 5 being highly comedogenic. All skin types benefit from a low comedogenic rating of 2 or below, but this is especially important for acne sufferers. 

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