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We can make it through the winter with our youth and beauty intact. We can create a safe haven for our skin, even in the drying indoor heat and harsh, outdoor weather. Here we go…winter-seasons

1) Cleansing~

Use a creamy, milky, oil-based, or gentle foaming cleanser that cleans deeply and that DOES NOT DRY OUT YOUR SKIN.

Need some cleanser options?  Here are three: Lemon ~Rosemary~ Cucumber

2) Exfoliating~

Gentle exfoliation is almost always helpful- just make sure that whatever you use to exfoliate DOES NOT DRY OUT YOUR SKIN. Most exfoliating products work best when used about 1 to 4 times per week after cleansing.

Need some exfoliating options? Here are three: masques ~ fine scrubs ~ powder scrubs

3) Hydrating~

Apply a hydrating product under your moisturizer. A hydrating mist and/or a hydrating serum will do nicely.

Need some hydration options?

Here are two serum options: hyaluronic serum ~ aloe vera

here are three mist/hydrosol options: rose~ emerald ~crystal radiance

4)Moisturizing~

Add a few drops of a good facial oil to your moisturizer, and apply over your hydrating product.

Need facial oil options? Here are three: goddess elixirs ~ bulgarian rose otto ~ nourishing

Need moisturizer options? Here are several: lush fruit ~ rose ~ radiant ~ antioxidant

5) Masque(ing)~

Apply a hydrating masque at least one time per week. (This does not have to be time-consuming or complicated- a masque can be worn while you are in the bath or shower. Details here.)

Need some masque options? Here are three: lush fruit and plant masques

6) Drink water. Warm water, cool water, water with a twist of lemon or a squeeze of fresh, ripe grapefruit, or poured over fresh cucumber slices or fresh mint leaves…just be sure to stay hydrated from the inside out as well as the outside in. (Why? Find out here.)

7) Keep caffeine, alcohol and sugar intake low. Your skin will give you a big thank you by looking clearer, smoother, perkier and more hydrated.

8) Believe it or not, getting enough sleep helps to keep your skin hydrated and youthful, too. (Read more here.)

9) Chapped winter lips? This can be fixed! Read how here.

10) Dry skin across your whole body? Follow the same protocol as for your face…Use a non-drying cleanser, a non-drying and gentle form of exfoliation, and apply a good hydrating product under your high quality moisturizer. You can even add several drops of a good body oil to your moisturizer to increase the lushness. Ta Da! Your dry skin is fixed.

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” ~Paul Theroux

 

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Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
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Here is some inspiration to keep up with your daily skin care (and other self care) when you don’t feel like it…

new room facialDerek Sivers wrote this on getting out of a bad place: “When I’m upset, I don’t feel like doing anything but wallowing in it. But despite feeling that way, I brush, floss, go to the gym, make healthy meals, take the kid out to play, do the dishes, clean the house, pick up clutter, vacuum, pay my bills, answer my emails, take my vitamins, do the laundry, play with the kid some more, brush and floss again, turn off the computer early, turn off the phone, and get to bed early. It’s so mundane, but it really helps to feel on top of things. Things in life well-sorted so I don’t need to worry about them.” (read the complete text here)

Keep up with all that is good for you, as best as you can, even when life goes awry. (For this is when you need your daily care most of all.)  Remove make-up before bed. Cleanse. Exfoliate. Hydrate. Moisturize. It can be simple. Don’t give up. Its a worthwhile practice. You are worth the effort. Taking care of your skin each day, and taking care of you,  is a way to acknowledge that all things (even bad times) eventually change and pass through, even if you don’t yet know when or how. Self care is a way of welcoming a fresh future for yourself, even if just in small, gentle, patient ways.

More inspiration…

Karen Eileen Gordon told me this: “It takes very little of doing the right thing to start to turn it all around.”

Rich Earth Philosophy: “Caring in an intelligent way for our physical beauty not only awakens a luminous complexion, it can illuminate our internal beauty as well. When we light up the truest, brightest parts of ourselves, we can share this brightness with those around us… and it can continue to glow.”

On healing yourself, Hala Khouri states: “Look at how helping others might somehow be connected to your own survival…You may notice how there’s no space for self-care, and that can provoke anxiety. So give yourself permission to take care of yourself.” (read complete text here)

After the terrorist attacks in France, Anne Lamott wrote this: “So after an appropriate time of being stunned, in despair, we show up. Maybe we ask God for help. We do the next right thing. We buy or cook a bunch of food for the local homeless. We return phone calls, library books, smiles. We make eye contact with others, and we go to the market and flirt with old or scary unusual people who seem lonely. This is a blessed sacrament. Tom Weston taught me decades ago that in the face of human tragedy, we go around the neighborhood and pick up litter, even though there will be more tomorrow. It is another blessed sacrament. We take the action and the insight will follow: that we are basically powerless, but we are not helpless.” (read the complete text here)

On healing from grief, Cheryl Strayed (“Sugar”) wrote this: “You go on by doing the best you can, you go on by being generous, you go on by being true, you go on by offering comfort to others who can’t go on, you go on by allowing the unbearable days to pass and allowing the pleasure in other days, you go on by finding a channel for your love and another for your rage.” (read the complete text here)

 

“I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.” ~Hillel the Elder

“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” ~ Thomas Moore

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Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
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THREE DO IT YOURSELF RECIPES…

 1) Make your own efficient make-up remover: Nothing Cleans Better Than Oilphytocleanseiii

(If DIY is just too much fuss for your crazy life, the Lemon Cleansing Milk and the Phyto Cleanse III are perfect for removing make up, and they both do a bang-up job as regular cleansers as well. Remember if you are wearing make-up to cleanse twice… once to remove the make-up and once to clean your skin. )

 

 

2) Make your own face mask: Coffee, Cocoa, Coconut Milk & Honey to Rejuvenate Nearly Any Skcoffee-beans-in Type
(Not up for finely grinding your own coffee beans or warming up the honey so it mixes in better? Or, need a mask that deeply hydrates, nourishes and rejuvenates without any fuss? Perhaps you need a luscious variety of masks to match your mood, as well as to keep your skin continually vitalized? Or what you really want is a mask that is detoxifying and firming? In all cases, you are covered right here and here)

 

Whatever face mask you use, it will work best for you if you apply it to your freshly cleansed and exfoliated skin. After removing your mask, follow with your regular regime…facial mist, serum, facial oil, moisturizerilike masks, whatever makes your skin sing…. Most masks can be used anywhere from about 4 times per week to 1 time per week. Even if you can only manage to mask once per month, it is still beneficial to do! Do it!)

 

3) Make your own aromatic facial mist: Tea, Mint, Rose…

(If DIY is just too time-consuming for your full life, or you need extra benefits from your facial mist thmint-teaat are difficult or impossible to obtain when you make it yourself, such as brightening your skin or infusing your skin with the deep hydration benefits of hyaluronic acid, then one of  these beauties is for you…This balancing hydrosol, this nourishing hydrosol, this brightening toner and these superior replenishing botanical mists offer beautiful benefits, work exceptionally well, and best of all, someone made them for you! Your facial mist will work best when it is applied to clean skin, and then followed by your serum, facial oil and/or moisturizer.)

 

BONUS DIY RECIPE~

Make your own simple, inexpensive, make-up brush cleaner: A little olive oil and a little liquid soap…

 

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marna

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Physiologically balanced mesenchymal stem cell frecklefacedcolorreducedtechnology… Your skin is going to love it.

Developed by physician scientists to be the most effective anti-aging skincare system available anywhere.

This fast and easy two-part system contains more active ingredients than any other product in the world. (You no longer need a basketful of serums, creams, lotions and ointments to look your best.)

The active ingredients are all here, starting with cutting-edge human adult stem cell technology that provides the very same pro-healing, anti-inflammatory bio-signals our bodies produce in abundance when we are young. AnteAGE has harnessed the power of cytokines to rekindle your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and look more youthful.

AnteAGE products have performed exceptionally well in clinical trials (resulting in reduced redness, reduced hyperpigmentation, refined pore size, improved moisture and hydration levels, reduced fine lines, reduced deep wrinkles, and improved over-all tone, firmness, and color). Read the trial participants’ comments as well as other users’ experiences here.

All AnteAGE skin care products are paraben and fragrance free, free of all animal ingredients, are not tested on animals, and come in recyclable packaging.

“AnteAGE was developed to help people look their beautiful best, no matter what their age.” ~John Sanderson, MD, George E. Taylor, MD, Jonathan R.T. Lakey, PhD (developers of Cellese Regenerative Therapeutics and AnteAGE)

AnteAGE available here.

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Mesenchymal Stem Cell Cytokines: Cytokines are best defined as signaling molecules produced by cells to “act” on other cells. They are important, natural biochemicals in the human body that can stimulate healing and signal the skin to behave (and ultimately appear) more youthfully.  In AnteAGE skin care products, the cytokines used originate from human, donated bone marrow from established medical centers. The cytokines are produced using proprietary methods of laboratory stem cell culture. Because only the cytokines are used, AnteAGE® contains no cells or cell parts in the final skin care products. Anti-AGE optimizes the mix of cytokines in the laboratory to maximally enhance their ability to beautify the appearance of skin with regular use. Clinical trials have resulted in reduced redness, reduced hyperpigmentation, reduced pore size, improved moisture and hydration levels, reduced fine lines, reduced deep wrinkles, and improved over-all tone, firmness, color and luminosity.

Water: Water is made of oxygen and hydrogen atoms. In skin care, it provides hydration to the skin as well as helps in the absorption of the entire product it is formulated in.

Essential Oils: Essential oils are natural, plant oils obtained by distillation. They are individually replete with beneficial properties such as anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory support, detoxifying support and antibacterial action.

Palmitoyl-Oligopeptide: a blend of palmitic fatty acid (abundant in palm oil and palm kernel oil) with amino acids, this cell communicating ingredient is associated with collagen production and the production of intercellular matrix substances (such as hyaluronic acid). It is rated “Best” by Paula’s Choice for effectiveness and safety.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B 3): contributes to the support of the skin’s barrier against pollutants and other irritants, encourages the production of natural emollients that can help the skin remain hydrated, preserves the levels of NADH and NADPH (two important enzymes) in the skin, supports the reduction of hyperpigmentation, redness, yellowing, and blotchy spots on the face, and helps in increasing elasticity.

Palmitoyl-Tetrapeptide-7: a regenerating peptide made of four amino acids that suppress the production of excess interleukins, the chemical messengers which trigger the body’s acute inflammatory response. Rated as 100% safe by Environmental Working Group and rated as “Best” on Paula’s Choice.

PPG-3 Benzyl Myristate: adds moisture and increases the spread-ability of a skin care product. Considered to be 100% safe by Cosmetics Database and found to carry no health concerns by Good Guide.

Dimethyl Isosorbide: effectively penetrates the skin and increases the absorption of all ingredients it is formulated with.  Studies have documented its ability to enhance the skin lightening, antioxidant and other skin properties of ferulic acid and its esters.  it also decreases the concentration of active ingredients required to produce optimal results. Regarded as safe by Truth In Aging.

Carnosine: Naturally occurring combination of two amino acids, Carosine works as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.  What makes it stand apart from other antioxidants is its potential ability to fight against not just oxidative damage done by free radicals, but also damage done by sugar-related glycation. Carnosine is generally regarded as safe, as it is naturally present in our bodies and we regularly ingest foods containing it.

Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis (True Myrtle) Leaf Extract: A modified extract from the leaves of the common myrtle tree, Myrtus communis, it functions as a skin protectant in skin care. This Botanically derived ingredient is generally considered to be mild and safe.

Maltodextrin: A binding agent (a polysaccharide and carbohydrate derived from rice, corn, or potato starch) that may increase the anti-aging properties of other ingredients when used in combination with them. Maltodextrin has received the “Generally Recognized as Safe” rating by the FDA.

Ilex Paraguariensis (Paraguay) Leaf (Yerba Mate) Extract: A rich source of vitamins, minerals, and 15 amino acids, it has significant antioxidant activity, and inhibits the formation of advanced glycation (AGEs), a breakdown in protein that contribute to skin wrinkling and sagging. Considered to be safe, and is on the FDA’s “Generally Regarded as Safe” list.

Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate: Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate is the ester of Cetearyl Alcohol (a straight-chain fatty alcohol) and 2-ethylhexanoic acid (octanoic acid- a branched-chain fatty acid with eight carbon atoms). In skin care it is used to soften the skin, working as an emollient and skin conditioner. Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) regards this ingredient as safe for use in skin care products.

Polyisobutene: Does not penetrate skin due to its large molecular size. Used to increase the thickness of lipid oil and act as a lubricant. Assessed to be safe for use by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert panel.

Phenoxyethanol (Preservative): Used to protect skin care products from harmful bacteria. Often found in organic skin care products because a very small amount is needed to be effective. Phenoxyethanol is considered one of the least irritating to use in formulations. It does not release formaldehyde. Phenoxyethanol is approved for worldwide use in all types of water-based cosmetics, up to a 1% concentration. The safety of phenoxyethanol has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel several times. This chemical occurs naturally in green tea. Rated “Good” by Paula’s Choice.

Capprylyl Glycol (Naturally Derived Preservative): A natural fatty acid found in palm and coconut oils, it acts as a humectant and skin conditioning agent that lends moisture and an emollient quality to skin care products. It also functions as a stabilizer and has been shown to increase the antimicrobial activity of other preservatives. It is Whole Foods Premium Body Care approved as well as regarded as safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel.

Polysorbate-20 (Plant Derived): serves as an emulsifying agent which binds oil and water. Some concerns have been raised that in the formulation process, polysoebate-20 can become contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. Dr. Sanders (one of the creators of AnteAGE) responds directly: “Our sources test and guarantee no such contamination. Polysorbate 20 is ubiquitous in the personal care industry with a very good safety track record.”

Chlorphenesin: used as a preservative, it prevents undesirable changes such as pH alterations and microorganism growth. The CIR Expert Panel reviewed the scientific data and concluded that this ingredient was safe as used in cosmetics and personal care products.

Tetrasodium EDTA: a chelating agent used in skin care products because of its ability to sequester metal ions and allow them to remain in formulas but lose their ability to react with other ingredients. (This ability allows it to not only soften water, but preserve formulas as well by improving its stability when it is exposed to air and prevent microbial growth.) There are no known side effects of tetrasodium EDTA. It is deemed safe to use as an additive to cosmetics so long as it is used in limited amounts set forth by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert panel.

Citric Acid (Naturally Derived): Citric Acid comes from citrus fruits through the fermentation of crude sugars. (It occurs naturally in coffee and peaches.) In its raw state, citric acid can adjust the pH of a skin care product, making it slightly more acidic which can help other ingredients function more optimally. Rated as “Good” by the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary from Paula’s Choice.

 

Accelerator ingredients~

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Cytokines: Cytokines are best defined as signaling molecules produced by cells to “act” on other cells. They are important, natural biochemicals in the human body that can stimulate healing and signal the skin to behave (and ultimately appear) more youthfully.  In AnteAGE skin care products, the cytokines used originate from human, donated bone marrow from established medical centers in Seattle. The cytokines are produced using proprietary methods of laboratory stem cell culture. Because only the cytokines are used, AnteAGE® contains no cells or cell parts in the final skin care products. Anti-AGE optimizes the mix of cytokines in the laboratory to maximally enhance their ability to beautify the appearance of skin with regular use. Clinical trials have resulted in reduced redness, reduced hyperpigmentation, reduced pore size, improved moisture and hydration levels, reduced fine lines, reduced deep wrinkles, and improved over-all tone, firmness, color and luminosity.

Water: Water is made of oxygen and hydrogen atoms. In skin care, it provides hydration to the skin as well as helps in the absorption of the entire product it is formulated in.

Glycerin (Plant Derived): present in all natural lipids, glycerin is a humectant, so readily draws moisture into the upper layers of the skin, as well as protects the skin from moisture loss. Rated “Best” by the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary from Paula’s Choice.

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate: Made of benzoic acid and long-chain (C12-15) alcohols, it serves as an antimicrobial, skin conditioning ingredient . Rated as low health concern by Environmental Working Group and rated “Good” by Paula’s Choice.

PPG-3 Benzyl Myristate: adds moisture and increases the spread-ability of a skin care product. Considered to be 100% safe by Cosmetics Database and found to carry no health concerns by Good Guide.

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil: Extracted from safflower seeds, safflower seed oil acts as a protective barrier in skin care products, helping to prevent water loss in skin. Safflower seed oil is rich in linoleic acid (almost 79 percent) which is an essential fatty acid that supports skin cell membrane integrity. (Linoleic acid is also an important carrier of vitamins A, D, K, and especially vitamin E. When linoleic acid is incorporated into sebum -the oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands which causes pores to become clogged – it reduces the risk of clogged pores.) The antioxidant properties of safflower seed oil help to treat damage and inflammation as well. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel concluded that safflower seed oil is safe as a cosmetic ingredient.

Alcohol: Fatty alcohol that acts as an emollient in skin care products. (This is not SD alcohol –also known as specifically denatured alcohol- that undiluted is drying to skin.) When fats and oils are chemically reduced, they become a group of less-dense alcohols called fatty alcohols that can have emollient properties and be used as humectants that help deliver ingredients into skin. Rated as having no health concerns by Good Guide.

Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived): Used for its stabilizing, emollient action in skin care, it is derived from vegetable sources and is rated with a low health concern by Environmental Working Group.

Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate): a natural skin conditioner and antioxidant. When used in appropriate amounts it is both healthful and helpful in skin care products. Tocopheryl acetate is FDA approved and has received its GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating.

Polysorbate-20 (Plant Derived): serves as an emulsifying agent which binds oil and water. Some concerns have been raised that in the formulation process, polysoebate-20 can become contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. Dr. Sanders (one of the creators of AnteAGE) responds directly: “Our sources test and guarantee no such contamination. Polysorbate 20 is ubiquitous in the personal care industry with a very good safety track record.”

Cetearyl Glucoside: Formed by the condensation of the fatty acid cetearyl alcohol with glucose. In skin care products, it helps skin to retain moisture. Generally, it is considered a mild ingredient not known to cause any irritation or sensitization on the skin.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester): An extremely stable form of Vitamin C that is fat soluable. Has been shown to improve healthy collagen production and reduce wrinkle depth, according to Dermatologic Surgery, March 2002, pages 231-236. Rated as “Best” by Paula’s Choice.

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil: Derived from the seeds within the Jojoba fruit, this oil (classified as a wax) is easily absorbed by the skin and is especially beneficial in treating inflamed and irritated skin conditions. It acts as a moisturizer and emollient in skin care products and improves suppleness of skin. It is rated safe by Environmental Working Group.

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil: Cold pressed from the tiny seeds of Limnanthes alba, which produces an oil with superb anti-oxidant properties and skin softening benefits with excellent oxidative stability. Regarded as safe for use by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel.

Essential Oils: Essential oils are natural, plant oils obtained by distillation. They are individually replete with beneficial properties such as anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory support, detoxifying support and antibacterial action.

Dimethyl Isosorbide: A high purity solvent and carrier that can enhance the delivery of other ingredients in a skin care formulation, enabling it to effectively reach the source of a skin disorder. This particular quality can be especially beneficial when feeding the skin with antioxidants. Generally regarded as safe (as stated on the Truth in Aging website).

Butylene Glycol: Acts as a humectant, helping skin to retain water. Butylene Glycol often gets a bad rap because it is confused with other glycols that can be harmful, such as ethylene glycol, sold commonly as car anti-freeze, or propylene glycol which has some toxicity when ingested in large doses and is a skin irritant. Butylene Glycol, however, has none of these qualities. Scientific studies have shown no harmful effects from Butylene Glycol at current levels and exposures, it has not been linked to any organ-specific toxicity and is not considered to be carcinogen. Rated as low concern from Environmental Working Group.

Polysorbate-60 (plant derived): serves as an emulsifying agent which binds oil and water. Is not considered to be an irritant. Polysorbate 60 is FDA and CIR approved.

Glyceryl Stearate (plant derived): is glycerin esterified with vegetable fatty acids, creating a plant-derived self-emulsifying solid emollient. It slows the loss of water by skin and protects skin from free radical damage. Glyceryl Stearate is approved by The Cosmetic Ingredient Review board and has received the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating from the FDA.

Lecithin: Phospholipid used as an emollient and water-binding agent in skin care products. Rated as “Best” by Paula’s Choice.

Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer: gelling agent that thickens, emulsifies, and stabilizes skin care products. There are no adverse side effects or warnings associated with Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer .

Soybean Glycerides: act as emollients and emulsifiers in skin care products. Rated as posing no health concerns by both Good Guide and Environmental Working Group.

Arachidyl Alcohol: Derived from peanuts, Arachidyl Alcohol acts as an emollient in skin care products. (This is not SD alcohol –also known as “specifically denatured” alcohol- that undiluted is drying to skin.) Rated as “Good” by Paula’s Choice.

Soy Isoflavones: Although further testing will be useful, initial results with soy isoflavones in skin care look promising, resulting in increased collagen and HA synthesis and appearing to rejuvenate the structure of mature skin. Rated as having no health concerns by the Environmental Working Group.

Phenoxyethanol: used as a preservative in skin care products. Considered to be one of the least irritating to use in skin care formulations, and it does not release formaldehyde. The safety of phenoxyethanol has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel several times. Also rated as low to moderate health concern by Environmental Working Group and given a “Good” rating by Paula’s Choice.

Hybrid Sunflower Oil: derived from the seeds of a hybrid strain of sunflower that contains predominantly oleic fatty acid as distinct from Sunflower Seed Oil, has the ability to help repair skin’s barrier and reduce inflammation. It is a rich source of fatty acids.

Shea Butter Fruit: rich in essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin, this skin super food is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. In skin care products it is known for deeply moisturizing and nourishing the skin without clogging pores. Regarded as safe for use in skin care products by EWG and Paula’s Choice.

Bisabolo: An anti-irritant that is typically extracted from chamomile. Rated as “Best” by Paula’s Choice.

Arbutin: Arbutin is extracted from the leaves of various types of plants, most notably the bearberry plant, but it is also present in cranberries, blueberries, and pear skins. Arbutin diminishes the production of pigment in cells (melanin), thereby preventing the formation of and reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation.  Topical application of arbutin produces less toxicity and irritation than phenol (hydroquinone). When arbutin is used topically there is little to no systemic absorption. Rated “best” by Paula’s Choice and rated as having no health concerns when used topically by EWG.

Caprylyl Glycol (Naturally Derived Preservative): from coconut oil, acts as moisturizer, stabilizer and antimicrobial enhancer in skin care products. Rated as having no health concerns when applied topically by EWG.

Behenyl Alcohol: a saturated fatty alcohol that acts as an emollient in skin care products. Rated as having no health concerns from EWG.

Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle Extract): in skincare, it is used primarily for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming properties. Rated as “Best” by Paula’s Choice.

Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract: Used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties, it also can soothe and moisturize skin. Rated as having no health concerns by EWG.

Camellia Oleifera (Organic Black Tea): extract of tea leaves, high antioxidant activity as well as anti-inflammatory benefits. No known concerns regarding safety.

Algae (Seaweed) Extract: vitamin-rich, mineral rich, amino-acid rich and anti-inflammatory. No known concerns regarding safety.

Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener): from the fermentation of sugar. Regarded as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful by EWG.

Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane): from the sugar cane plant, used in skin care for its moisturizing properties. Also a rich source of natural glycolic acids which help to expedite skin cell renewal. Regarded as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful by EWG.

Chlorphenesin: An alcohol that provides preservative benefits, such as maintaining the integrity of the pH. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel concluded it is safe to use in skin care at specified amounts.

Squalane (Plant Derived): usually sourced from wheat germ, rice bran or olives, it contains a botanical lipid that mirrors human lipids in molecular structure and weight, making it extremely compatible for all skin types. It provides rejuvenating benefits such as support for skin cell regeneration and oxygenation. Rated as “Best” by Paula’s Choice.

Retinol (Vitamin A): an extremely effective cell-communicating ingredient that can help to stimulate healthy skin cell activity, thereby helping to repair sun damage, lines, wrinkles, discolorations, etc. It is also a strong antioxidant. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated scientific data and concluded that Retinol is safe as a cosmetic ingredient.

Ubiquinone (Co-Enzyme Q-10): Vitamin that serves as an antioxidant and anti-irritant in skin care products. Rated as “Best” by Paula’s Choice.

Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5): used in skin care for its moisturizing properties and ability to speed healing. Panthenol is approved by the FDA and the CIR for use in cosmetics.

Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived): believed to be able to encourage the proliferation of skin cells, strengthen skin tissues , help to heal wounds and reduce the visible effects of aging, it is also provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Regarded as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful by EWG.

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Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract : A natural source of Vitamin C and antioxidant bioflavonoids. Protects skin against free radical damage. Used as an anti-inflammatory. (Lemon can be highly acidic, which can potentially be irritating to skin, so this ingredient must be formulated well within a product. AnteAGE uses a very small amount.)

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Neroli Orange) Fruit : from the fresh peel of the orange fruit. In skin care it offers a skin conditioning as well as toning benefit. Rated as low concern for safety by EWG.

Tetrasodium EDTA: works as a water softener and helps to prevent microbial growth in skin care products. Regarded as safe in cosmetic formulations by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel.

Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Juice: A rich source of various vitamins, trace elements, and amino acids. It has tonic and antiseptic properties and contains an anti-fungal constituent. It reduces skin inflammation and helps in removing dead skin cells. On the Generally Regarded As Safe list by the FDA.

Sodium Hyaluronate: Created by controlled bacterial fermentation to be a skin-identical match (ie, is identical to the hyaluronic acid naturally present in abundance in young skin), it helps to maintain and attract water within the extracellular matrix in skin. This hydrates the skin as well as increases its volume and density. This temporarily stabilizes the intercellular skin matrix—the structure that helps to keep skin firm. Rated as “best” by Paula’s Choice.

Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract: in skin care products, works to reduce UV induced inflammations, helps to reduce redness and irritation, and reduces free radical damage and collagen breakdown. On the FDA’s Generally Regarded As Safe list.

Arachidyl Glucoside: A mild emulsifying agent, made from the condensation of arachidyl alcohol and glucose. Rated as “Good” by Paula’s Choice.

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed
Extract: an antioxidant powerhouse and a natural antimicrobial. Regarded as a low health concern by EWG.

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract: Serves as an anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant in skin care products. Rated as “Good” by Paula’s Choice.

Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract: Rich in antioxidants including vitamin C, as well as tannins, which are natural plant chemicals that are anti-inflammatory. Regarded as safe by EWG.

Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) Extract: the entire plant is used to create this herbal remedy (the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers). It contains strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Considered to have a very low health concern by EWG (97% safe).

Thioctic Acid (a-Lipoic Acid): an antioxidant used in skin care because of its ability to scavenge free-radicals that lead to premature aging and wrinkling. It also readily transports through cellular membrane and helps to rejuvenate other antioxidants present. Considered a low hazard ingredient by the Cosmetics Database, which only notes slight concerns regarding organ system toxicity. No other studies were found that reported negative side effects after using solutions containing this ingredient when used as directed.

Sodium Hydroxide (pH Modifier): used to adjust the pH of skin care products, it is safe to use in specified doses. Sodium Hydroxide is FDA approved, and has received the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating.

 

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Awakening your best skin starts with these basics. (You can try to skip these basics, but if you do so regularly your skin will probably be several notches below its truest radiance):dewy leaves

If you regularly practice the above, then your skin is absolutely ready to keep moving up the path toward your best skin…

Ensure that you are regularly infusing your skin with skin care products rich in strong, regenerating ingredients, like:

These are the ingredients that are the anti-aging work horses for helping to regenerate collagen and elasticity as well as slow down the visible aging of your skin.

If you are wondering where to find high-quality skin care products that are rich with these ingredients, here are some options…

It is crucial to use products with these ingredients long term. It takes at the very least many weeks and more often many months for meaningful, worthwhile change to occur in your skin. Increasing collagen production to improve firmness and smoothness is an ongoing process. Don’t make the mistake of switching products too quickly and too often, assuming that if you did not see an immediate change that it must not be working.

Some skin care products will show a visible result more quickly (such as alphahydroxy acids applied to skin that needs exfoliation, or a hydrating product applied to dehydrated skin) but collagen production takes more time to manifest.

Also, ingredients that are adept at preventing and minimizing skin damage (like antioxidants) may not yield immediate visible results, but the long-term benefits of regular use will include keeping your skin younger-looking and in better shape for longer. This makes them indispensable.

Avoid At All Costs…

Occasionally you can get away with nearly anything and everything and your skin will recover. However, regularly imbibing (such as multiple times a day, more days than not) of any the following will start to age your skin much more rapidly than it is truly meant to age:

  • Drinking alcohol (more info here and here)
  • Smoking (more info here and here)
  • Eating sugary foods and drinks (more info here and here)
  • Drinking highly caffeinated drinks like coffee, “energy” drinks and soda pop (more info here and here)

 

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Looking for natural, long lasting hair removal that can lead to permanent hair reduction and is gentle on your skin? Check out sugaring….

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*SE Portland~http://www.sugarmedivision.com/index.html

 

“The human body is the best work of art.” ~ Jess C. Scott

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The first place to start improving the health of your skin is your diet.” ~Dr. Marcelle Pick

The old saying, “beautiful skin starts from within,” is true.nectarines

There is no skin care product in the world that can completely over-ride the effects of a poor diet on your complexion. Similar to how a chronic lack of adequate sleep ages your skin, chronically poor nutrition diminishes your glow.

When needed, nutritional supplements are a vital part of bringing out your brightest glow, but they can never replace eating healthy food each day.

There is an overwhelming amount of information about what we should or shouldn’t be eating, but the one place where even the most divergent diet philosophies coincide is here: eating plentiful amounts of a variety of fresh greens, veggies, roots, squash, berries and fruit each day is essential for basic health.

For your skin, a veggie-rich diet can help mitigating sun damage and premature aging. One study found that a high intake of vegetables, legumes and olive oil was protective against skin damage like wrinkling, while another study found that high intakes of vitamin C (abundant in dark, leafy greens and citrus fruits) and linolenic acid (abundant in walnuts and flax seeds) improved skin smoothness and moisture.

How can you get ample nutrition in your daily life?blackberries

Here are some options…

Juices~

Smoothies~

Soups~

Roasted Veggies~

Green, Fruit and Side Salads~sorrel-leaves

Hearty Salads~

More benefits of a veggie-rich diet for your skin here:

Related skin care tips here:

 

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“When we are careless with food we are careless with ourselves.” ~Vandana Shiva

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 “Anytime you’re ingesting something, you’re giving your body the building blocks it needs to manufacture tissues and hormones. If you drink tea every day, you can make all sorts of significant changes to your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being and energy.”  ~ Marcia Dixon

Skin and Tea ~asian-tea-set

One of my favorite skin care rituals to support healthy, luminous skin is to drink tea.

Green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea are technically the only “true teas” (as each one is made from the camellia sinensis plant).

Here are some of the beautiful things “true teas” do for your skin, and for your whole body, when you drink them:

  • Because true teas are astonishingly rich in antioxidants (even richer than many fruits and vegetables) they provide us with a natural, anti-aging tonic for sun damage, stress, and all forms of free-radical damage.
  • True teas support a healthy metabolism, can support healthy weight loss, and can help release water retention.
  • Even though true teas contain some degree of caffeine, they still contribute toward hydrating your body.
  • True teas even improve the health of your mouth by stopping the growth of cavity producing bacteria.

To maximize receiving the benefits of true teas, drink one to four cups in the morning or early afternoon each day.

Herbal and other teas, while they are not considered “true teas” also lavish your skin (and your whole body) in beautiful benefits. The French call these herbal infusions “tisanes”, which simply means dried flowers, fruits, herbs, or other plant material steeped in boiling water (with no actual tea leaves included). The benefits and variety of herbal infusions are nearly endless.

I’ll list some favorites here:glass-cup-with-tea-

Dandelion~ liver-cleansing, helps to reduce fluid retention, and supports healthy digestion

Rosehip~ rich source of vitamin C, flavoinoids, and lycopene (essential antioxidants)

Rooibos~ helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, rich in vitamins and minerals, and an anti-oxidant powerhouse

Peppermint~ relieves bloating, clears congestion, and helps to induce a sense of calm

Ginger~ supports healthy digestion and boosts your immune system

Chamomile~ reduces anxiety, supports restful sleep and boosts your immune system

Hibiscus~ helps to lower blood pressure and supports weight management

Parsley ~ liver and kidney detoxifier and strong source of vitamins A and C

To reap the full benefits of tisanes, drink one to four (or more if you’d like) cups per day. Since they are caffeine free they can be enjoyed at almost any time, day or night, but since they so often encourage relaxation I love to drink them in the late afternoon and evening.

To receive the medicinal properties, as well as to create a delicious tea, you must prepare your tea well. (Improperly brewed tea tastes awful and likely has no medicinal benefits.) The brewing tips  below are from Adgio Teas and the Rare Tea Company:

How to Brew a Great Cup of Tea~

1)      Use water that tastes good. If your water tastes funny, so will your tea. (Tea know-it-alls report that extremely hard water will make an astringent, harsh cup of tea, and water that is too soft will make a weak, muddy cup of tea. Good water will have around 150 parts per million (PPM) of balanced mineral content. Putting tap water through a simple carbon filter water pitcher is one easy way to get good water for tea.)

2)      Use fresh water for each pot or cup of tea- don’t reheat the same water. (Boiling water releases oxygen. Tea know-it-alls call reheated, previously boiled water “dead water” and believe that it won’t make the best tea.)

3)      About one teaspoon of loose tea leaves per 8 ounces of water is a good ratio for a cup of tea.

4)      Use  just under boiling water when making black tea, dark oolong tea and most herbal teas (these teas need the heat to help release their medicinal properties).

5)      When steeping green tea, green oolong tea and white tea, use slightly cooler water. About 180 degrees, or allow boiling water to sit for five minutes before steeping. (These teas are more delicate, and water that is too hot will damage them and make them bitter.)

6)      Steep your tea for as long as is recommended on your tea package! Over-steeped tea tastes foul and bitter and will have deaden medicinal benefits, while under-steeped tea tastes weak and bland and will not allow the medicinal benefits to be amply released. (In general, green teas and light oolong teas steep for 1 to 3 minutes, black teas steep for 2 to 5 minutes, white teas and dark oolong teas steep for 30 seconds to 5 minutes, and herbal teas for 5 to 15 minutes.)

7)      Fully cover your tea cup or tea pot while steeping. (This ensures the medicinal benefits of the tea remain intact, as well as enhances flavor.)

8)      Tea-know-it-alls inform us that commercial tea bag are not recommended. Not only are they known for poor-quality tea, they don’t provide enough space for steeping tea leaves to expand. (Tea leaves unfurl as they steep, and can expand up to five times their size. Tea balls or infuser baskets that are spacious work great.)

9)      Environmental-know-it-alls inform us that well-known commercial tea brands (like Lipton) have been found to be laced with toxic pesticides when independently tested. The best way to ensure that your tea is toxic pesticide free is to buy organic.

More Benefits of Drinking Tea:

 

“I put hibiscus flower in every cup of tea I have. It’s sweet, sexy, and cleansing.”~ Mario Batali

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ~ Henry James

“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.” ~ Alice Walker

“One day I decided to try to have a complete day without tea. I was quite shaken. I was quite disturbed.” ~ Morrisey

“Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.” ~ T’ien Yiheng

 

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Make-Up and SPF Powders~

Looking for makeup that won’t aggravate your break-out prone or sensitive skin? Looking for an SPF powder to enhance your sun protection lotion or to have on hand for easy re-application? Here are several options for your perusal…

 

 

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Daily Treatments for Your Eyes That You Can Do at Home~126

The following videos show you how you can reduce lines, dark circles and puffiness around your eyes as well as how to encourage brighter, more widely opened eyes. Most of these pressure points, massages, and exercises can be done while you are applying a good eye cream in the morning (like this one or this one  or one of these) or else while you are removing your eye make-up in the evening (I like to recommended using this).

Eye Lid Lift Exercises by Dr. Serene Lim (to lift the upper eye lid)

Eye Acupressure Points by Dr. Serene Lim (to release tension and stimulate healthy circulation)

Anti-aging Massage for Eyes (to decrease puffiness and dark circles and to  help work in your eye cream effectively)

Lymph Drainage and Eye Massage (to relieve sinus pressure, to support healthy lymph flow, and to help work your eye cream in effectively)

Brow Massage (to decrease vertical lines between the brows)

Eye Massage with Dr. Grace Tan (to create bright, healthy eyes)

One final tip: If you use a micro-needle roller regularly at home, be sure to include rolling over your eyebrows as well as under your eyes and your temple area. This will help to keep the entire eye area smooth and taunt. (More info about micro-needle rolling here.)

 

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