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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 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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Marna Herrington
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If you are not keen on invasive, expensive treatments (like a neck lift, medical skin resurfacing, or fillers and Botox injections) is there anything that can be done for a wrinkling, creasing neck and décolleté?58

Yes. A lot.  You may be surprised at how much improvement you can accomplish on your own.

You Can….

1)        Sleep on your back. This is best way to avoid the creases that develop between your breasts when you always sleep on your side. (If you must sleep on your side, a pillow for your bust is essential.)

2)        Sleep with a firm, very flat pillow or else no pillow at all. This is the best way to avoid the creases that develop horizontally across your neck.  (Big, fat pillows can put your head and neck at angles that cause your skin to crease.)

3)        Do facial exercises. Focus diligently on the exercises for the neck. When done correctly and consistently, you will see improvements.

4)        Include your neck and décolleté in your daily and nightly skin care regime for your face. (This assumes you have a good home care regime for your face!) Everything from your…

…can be used with good results on your neck and décolleté. You don’t have to purchase and use separate products for your neck and décolleté to keep them in good shape, although you can. Make sure you have effective exfoliation, and ample hydration and moisture, and most of all use solid sun protection for all outdoor exposure.

5)        Get support from your regular facial treatments. Let your esthetician know you’d like to focus on your neck and décolleté as well when you get your facials. Treatments such as microdermabrasion, micro-needle therapy, peels, deep hydration and rejuvenation masques,  etc., can be a great help by boosting the results of all the work you are already doing on your own. At Rich Earth, the Dreaming Moon Facial and the Eternal Sky Facial both include treatments for the neck and décolleté.

6)        More tips from Wise Geek and Dr. Oz.

 

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~Pablo Picasso

 

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Facial Exercises- Why Do Them?

  1. They are an irreplaceable adjunct to your topical skin care regime. Your skin care products work from the outside in, and your facial exercises work from the inside out. Together, both give you a complete regime for a beautiful complexion.
  2. They stimulate circulation which can improve the color (pallor) of your complexion as well as decrease puffiness and dark circles.
  3. They can increase your skin’s firmness and smoothness by building and lifting the muscles beneath your  facial skin.
  4. They help to release chronically held facial tension.
  5. They help put the control of how you look in your own capable hands.
  6. Just like all forms of viable exercise, when you do them correctly and consistently, you see improvements.

I believe the easiest way to learn how to do facial exercises is to watch them being done by video or else with a well detailed and illustrated book. I’ll list several reputable options below. (Please note, I have no association with any of these programs and gain nothing by listing them here. My goal is to connect you with a good facial exercise program that works beautifully for you.)

Choose Your Facial Exercise Program:

There is a plethora of information on the benefits of facial exercises- much more than there is space to include here. However, here is what Dr. Serene Lim and  Tonya Zavasta and Carolyn Cleaves  and Fumiko Takatsu  and Carole Maggio have to say if you’d like to read more.

One of the greatest benefits of facial exercises, I believe,  is that they teach you how to work your facial muscles to maximum capacity, and then to release them fully to complete relaxation. This strengthens (and firms, lifts and builds) your facial muscles, which in turn lifts and firms the skin attached to the muscles.  It also helps you to release any chronically held tension in your face.

Practicing facial exercises is the opposite of unconsciously and chronically furrowing your brow, wrinkling your forehead, squinting your eyes, clenching your jaw or pursing your lips…where you use only a small part of your muscle’s strength capacity and almost never fully release it. This chronic, unconsciously held tension actually weakens your facial muscles, which hastens sagging and wrinkles.

I’m listing several facial exercises below just in case you’d like to get started right now. Remember, though, its probably easier to learn by watching a video or looking at illustrations (such as the options listed above), so don’t feel frustrated if these written instructions seem confusing, especially at first. As with most things, they gets easier the more you do them.

Tips For Doing These Facial Exercises:

  1. Begin by doing each exercise to a slow count to six. Then repeat each exercise ten times.
  2. Breathe in deeply and exhale fully while doing the exercises.
  3. Work to exertion, not to fatigue. Increase or decrease your repetitions to fit your own strength and stamina. Challenge yourself, but remember to leave enough “oomph” to do it all over again tomorrow. If you are doing the exercises correctly and  are working vigorously enough, your facial muscles will  probably feel a little bit sore for the first few days.
  4. Keep your face as relaxed as you can while exercising. For example, when you are exercising your mouth, relax your brows and forehead. When you are exercising your forehead, relax your mouth. Take care that you do not unconsciously clench your jaw. After you complete each exercise, fully relax your entire face. Breathe in deeply. Exhale fully.
  5. Do the exercises daily.

1 ) To Smooth and Lift the Brow Area
Place each pointer finger flat across your forehead, just above each eyebrow. Strongly raise your eyebrows while you firmly press down with your fingers. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

2 ) To Smooth the Area Between the Brows
a)     Place the middle fingertip of each hand in the center of each eyebrow. Pull the eyebrows  strongly apart with your fingertips, and at the same time frown  (move your eyebrows down and together) strongly. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.
b)     Place the middle fingertip of each hand in the center of each eyebrow. Push your eyebrows together with your fingertips and at the same time raise your eyebrows strongly. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

3 ) To Smooth Out Crow’s Feet
Place the ring and middle finger of each hand at the outer corners of your eyes. Pull the corners of your eyes toward the hairline, and at the same time squeeze your eyes strongly shut. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

4 ) To Lift the Under Eye Area and Reduce Under Eye Bags and Puffiness
Place the three center fingers of each hand directly underneath each eye. Pull down with your fingers, and at the same time tightly close your eyes. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

5) For Wide-Open Bright Eyes
a) Relax your face.  Look straight in front of you.  Open your eyelids as WIDE as you possibly can, hold for a slow count to six, then release.  Repeat 10 times.  Keep your forehead, and the rest of your face, fully relaxed.

b) Relax your face.  Look down by only moving your eyes down.  Keep your head level.  Open your eyelids as wide as you possibly can, while keeping your eyes gazing down.  Hold for a slow count to six, then release.  Repeat 10 times. Keep your forehead, and the rest of your face, fully relaxed.

6) For a Shapelier Nose
Place one finger under the tip of your nose.  Push your nose up with that finger, making a “piggy nose.”  Pull down with your upper lip to pull your nose tip back to its regular place, while still pressing up with your finger.  Hold for a slow count of six. Repeat 10 times.

7 ) To Lift and Sculpt the Cheeks
Place the three center fingers of each hand on the “apple” of each cheek. Press down firmly with your fingers, and at the same time raise your cheeks as hard as you can by smiling. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

8) For Toned Cheeks
Place your thumb on the inside of your cheek.  Place your pointer finger of the same hand on the outside of your cheek.  Your cheek is now held between your thumb and your forefinger.  Place your thumb and forefinger as close as you can to the hinge of your jaw.  Pull forward with your thumb and finger while you pull back with your cheek (it’s the same movement with your cheek as smiling hard.)  Hold for a slow count to six.  Repeat ten times.  Then repeat the whole exercise on the other side. ( Is this one hard to figure out?  Here is a video to a very similar exercise that works the same muscles: Video Example by Debra Crowley)

9 ) To Smooth and Firm the Mouth Area
Place the middle finger of each hand on either side of your lower lip. Strongly pull down with your fingers, exposing your lower teeth. At the same time, form a very firm pout with your lips, strongly pulling up against your fingers with your lower lip. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

10) To Encourage Shapely Lips
Press your lips together in a strong, straight, firm line,  forming an “mmmm” shape with your lips. (Do not tense your lips in such a way that creates wrinkles.) Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

11 ) To Firm the Chin Area
Place the three center fingers of one hand directly on the chin. Pull down strongly with your fingers, and at the same time curl your bottom lip up over your bottom teeth and pull up strongly with your chin and lower lip. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

12 ) To Smooth, Firm and Elongate the Neck
Lie face up on a bed. Hang your head over the edge. Press your tongue firmly to the roof of your mouth. Slowly raise your head to be in alignment with your body. Lower your head back down. Repeat. (For this exercise, do three sets of five instead of ten sets to the count of six.)

 

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Puffy face and eyes, dark circles, dry, flaky, irritated, red, blotchy skin?  These are some of the not so nice symptoms that seasonal allergies can bring to your complexion. (Ack.)

Depending on where you live and what you are sensitive to, allergies can potentially strike in the spring, summer, fall and winter. (Ack ack!)

You are not lost and alone in a sea of yucky symptoms, dear heart. Here is what you can do…

Skin Care:

Anti-inflammatory, hydrating skin care products are the key. Flavonoid-rich skin care products (flavonoids are antioxidants found abundantly in fruits and vegetables) are extremely helpful because they can help regulate histamine reactions-which will calm your visible allergy symptoms. You probably need some exfoliation as well but are too sensitive/irritated for most exfoliating products- so a gentle, hydrating exfoliating product is a must.

ilike organic skin care cleansing milks and moisturizers amply provide the needed hydration as well as an abundance of calming flavonoids.  The ilike Sulfuric Exfoliator and the Ultra Sensitive Exfoliating Mask and Scrub provide soothing, calming exfoliation and can even help to reduce redness. To quench extra dry skin, add several drops of a Suhka Goddess Elixir to your moisturizer before applying. Each Sukha oil blend is strongly anti-inflammatory, deeply moisturizing and rapidly healing.

Its worth noting that all of the Benedetta skin care products are inherently healing and calming. Benedetta’s “The” Eye Crème is even suitable for most all sensitive skin. Gently and consistently massaging it into the eye area each morning will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles (as well as wrinkles).

Each Night:

Shower before you get into bed. By the end of the day, you are probably covered in outdoor pollutants, pollens and other air born allergens. Don’t bring them to bed with you. Clean skin, clean hair, clean clothes, clean sheets and a clean pillowcase will ensure you are not inhaling intensive amounts of allergens all night long, too.

Fans in your open windows can increase the outdoor allergens you breathe by pulling them in from the outside, so only use fans in your window when you must.

Cool Mist Humidifiers help to reduce the allergens you breathe in while at home. (Water droplets bind to the allergens in the air, and they get heavy and fall to the floor before you can inhale them.) Consider one for your home- especially for your bedroom.

Air Purifiers (like a HEPA Air Filter) are known for removing spores and pollen from the air. Consider one for your home- especially for your bedroom.

Each Morning:

Do facial exercises and/or pressure points and/or facial massage . This will stimulate circulation, help to move fluids and stagnancy, and ultimately help to relieve puffiness and dark circles.

In addition, if you have a puffy face, press a cool compress (this can be as simple as a cool, moist, soft towel) to your entire face. Repeat several times. If you have puffy eyes, gently press chilled, moist tea bags to your eyes (chilled cucumber slices work as well) and leave in place for several minutes.

Drink water (room temperature, warm or hot) first thing in the morning. This is also helpful in moving stagnancy, which helps to diminish puffiness.

All the Time:

Boost your immune system.

Eat plentiful amounts of veggies and fruits- including raw (this will ensure you are eating lots of flavonoids, which will effectively inhibit histamine reactions, which will relieve your symptoms).

In addition to eating healing plant foods, there are several natural remedies in supplement form that are very helpful additions: quercetin (from apples and onions), bromelain (from pineapple) ephedra (an herb),as well as the old, familiar favorites echinacea, nettle and garlic. Here are some supplement formulations as well as teas you can check out with many of the above mentioned healers:

 

Use a Neti Pot. (Always with purified or distilled water and pure sea salt or other appropriate saline solution.) Once in the evening and once in the morning is recommended. This clears out allergens in your nasal passages, not to mention clears congestion, soothes irritated nasal passages and helps your nose to drain well. With regular use, you may find that not only do you breathe easier, but you no longer wake up with puffy eyes.

Eat local honey. While it is not yet completely understood why this works, it’s a pleasant, slow, easy remedy that many have had success with. Eat a small amount (a teaspoon or two) of local honey (from local bees) every day for a year or more. It can be eaten straight, or added to your tea, or smoothie, or warm cereal, or yogurt, or to whatever you like.  Be patient and be consistent. Slowly, your allergy symptoms should diminish.

Get some house plants. House plants are the absolute best way to improve the over-all air quality of your home. If you are sensitive too, or irritated by, other pollutants in addition to your seasonal allergies (such as the chemicals in carpets or in paint or by the car exhaust that drifts in your window) healthy house plants are just the ticket for you- and for everyone, really.  Here is a list of fifteen that improve indoor air quality better than anything else we know of. (At least one plant for every 100 square feet is recommended.)

Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

 

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Sources consulted in writing this blog:

http://www.healingwell.com/allergies/..%5Clibrary%5Callergies%5Csiegelmaier1.asp

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/conditions-diseases/10-all-natural-allergy-remedies-106253

http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/six-natural-allergy-remedies.aspx?PageId=4#ArticleContent

http://allergies.about.com/od/noseandsinusallergies/f/netipot.htm

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Okay Lovelies,

I was set to write a big blog all about dry brushing for the face, and then I came across this video…. It is a short and sweet demo of how to dry brush, and since it is always helpful to be able to see how something is done, I thought it would be quite simple and lovely to offer it here for your perusal…

Dry Brushing Your Face (video)

Dry brushing feels good, is good for you, helps you look better, and costs just a little. What’s not to love?


Here is a breakdown of the Benefits:

  • Increased exfoliation (Helps to create smoother, more refined skin);
  • Increased circulation (Brings more oxygen and nutrition directly to your facial skin, which helps to improve the color and over-all health of your complexion);
  • Increased lymphatic flow (Helps to move toxins out of the body, which can possibly decrease the likelihood of unpleasant events such as breakouts and puffiness);
  • Increased facial firmness (Using resistance helps to strengthen and build facial muscles, and your facial skin is directly attached to those muscles. Your skin will lift and firm right along with your muscles. Resistance also helps to protect your skin against any unintentional pulling while you dry brush).
  • Increased relaxation (Dry brushing is perfect to do before bed – or anytime. The firm, soothing strokes of dry brushing can release tension, and bring relief to muscles that are tight, stiff or tense.  It will also improve the appearance of your face ten-fold if you can learn to release that unconsciously held and chronic face/neck tension. Plus, dry brushing down the back of your neck feels delicious.)

Some additional tips to remember…

Resistance for Firmness ~
The woman in the video shows us a good example of using the resistance of her facial muscles against the movement of the brush to increase the firmness of her face. In addition to her example of using muscle resistance, you can also increase resistance by making a firm oval shape with your mouth, and pulling your lips firmly over your teeth while you dry brush. (You can even do this whenever you wash your face.)

Brush Tips ~
1.  Clean your dry brush (or mitt) with soap and water regularly;
2.  Use a brush (or mitt) that is gentle enough for the face and is well made, so no scratching can occur while you adjust the pressure of the brush to give yourself the maximum benefits. (Firm strokes work well. There is no need to press hard.)

When Should you Dry Brush Your Face?
In a perfect world, you would dry brush over basically clean skin, then cleanse it again when you are done to rinse away the dead skin cells, etc, that will be released during dry brushing. This may work by cleansing off your make-up in the evening, dry brushing your face, then doing your second cleanse after you complete your dry brushing. Or, if you’ve cleansed well the night before, you can dry brush first thing in the morning, then follow dry brushing with your normal morning cleanse.

How Often Can You Dry Brush?
Every day to 3 times per week is a good amount to aim for in order to reap the benefits.

When Not to Dry Brush ~
1.  Never dry brush over an active breakout;
2.  Never dry brush over any inflammatory conditions (eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, etc,.);
3.  Never dry brush over any active, communicable skin conditions (cold sores, fever blisters, etc,.).

Enjoy the gorgeous simplicity of this.

“The world is calling you to come play, to come risk, to let your heart burn with a passion that will make sense of your life. The world will speak to you as intimately as your mother did when you were a child, if you can allow the body to teach you its different way of listening.” ~ Philip Shepherd

Cheers!
Marna Herrington
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The Basic Skin Care Regime~

A simple, effective, consistent, home skin care regime will ward off all kinds of unfortunate complexion issues.

This basic regime can be your default setting.  It covers all of your bases, making sure you are meeting your skin’s basic needs for a healthy glow.


1) Cleanse every night before bed.
(Sick of clogged pores, large pores, blackheads and little breakouts? Tired of dull skin? Wish your complexion had more of a glow?  Cleansing every night before bed is the place to start.)

  • Use a cleanser that cleans deeply and thoroughly.
  •  Use a cleanser that leaves your skin hydrated, soft, supple and refreshed.
  • Never use a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling tight or dry.
  •  If you are wearing make-up, either use a good make-up remover first, or else cleanse your skin twice (once to remove the make-up and a second time to truly clean your skin).
    Spend one to three minutes  (or longer if you’d like) gently massaging your cleanser over your face, neck and décolleté.
  • Rinse your cleanser away completely. Use a wet wash cloth and also splash with water. Leave you skin fully clean.
  • Cleansers that won’t let you down are right here and here.

2) Exfoliate one to four times per week.(Wish you had smoother skin? Longing for a more porcelain texture? Good, regular exfoliation is your place to start.)

  • Always exfoliate right after cleansing.
    You can use a scrub or a peel or an exfoliating masque, or any combination thereof.
    A good exfoliating product will leave your skin smoother, softer and even healthier looking.
    Regular exfoliation is one of the fastest ways to bring an immediate improvement to how your skin looks. Find a good exfoliating product that works well for your skin, and that you adore, and use it regularly.
    Exfoliating products that won’t let you down are right here and here.

3) Apply a Hydrating Mist/Toner. (Wish your skin felt more hydrated? Looked “dewier”? Absorbed moisturizers better? Start with a good hydrating mist.) 

  • Because hydrating mists come in liquid form, they are easily absorbed into your skin.
  • When you apply a good hydrating mist first, it saturates and softens your skin, helping your serum and moisturizer to absorb better.
  • Good hydrating mists can also have specific benefits for your skin beyond just hydration, such as infusing your skin with vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Please don’t confuse a hydrating mist with an astringent. Astringents tend to be more drying and have a tightening effect on the skin, and are generally geared for oily, breakout-prone skin. Usually, astringents work best as spot treatments, if used at all.
  • Immediately apply your hydrating mist after cleansing or after cleansing and exfoliating, then immediately follow with your serum and moisturizer.
  • Hydrating mists that won’t let you down are right here and here and here.

4) Apply a good serum and/or facial oil. (Wish your complexion looked more radiant? Less red? More balanced? Less wrinkled?  More bright? Less blotchy? Completely luminous?  Start by choosing a good serum and/or facial oil.)

  • Good serums and facial oils  are action-packed skin care product created to “do” something. If you’d like to see improvements in your skin, this is not a step to miss.
  • Smooth or massage in your serum or facial oil while your your skin is still moist from your hydrating mist.
  • Good serums and facial oils that won’t let you down are right here and here and here and here.

5) Apply a good moisturizer. (Wish your skin was less dry?  Less oily? Softer? Healthier? The right moisturizer is the place to start.)

  • The right moisturizer for your skin will help with your skin’s over-all oil balance (such as  bring needed moisture to dry skin or help to balance oily skin.)
  • A good moisturizer will also keep your skin soft, nourished, and healthy. Some moisturizers are overflowing with benefits beyond that, like providing rich anti-oxidant nourishment.
  • Apply your moisturizer to your face, neck and décolleté while your skin is still moist from your serum/facial oil application.
  • Moisturizers that won’t let you down are right here and here and here.

6) Apply a good sun protection product. (Want to avoid dark spots and premature lines/wrinkles/sagging? Apply good sun protection and you are off to a good start.)

  • Apply a good sun protection product as your final layer for all outdoor exposure in the daytime.
  • A sun protection product that won’t let you down is right here.

Just following the simple steps above each day and night will seriously help to keep your complexion in healthy shape. Ta Da!

(You can always add a good masque or two,  a great eye cream  or an alternate eye cream, and a plumping lip balm if you are excited to keep improving your complexion’s appearance.)


Cheers!
Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
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The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. This blog cannot substitute meeting in person  with a qualified esthetician for specific skin care  recommendations and accurate skin analysis.

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Did you accidently get too much sun?  Here’s what to do when you are in the throes of a painful, itchy sunburn…

1)  As soon as you get home, take a brief, warm (not hot) shower.  About 5 minutes or less should feel good.   Don’t use any products, especially not soap, and no scrubbing.  This is a simple, soothing, warm-water-gently-gliding-down-your-skin-shower.  The shower removes all sunscreen residue, etc., so your proceeding sunburn treatments can work better.

2)  Take a luke-warm to cool (not cold) bath.  About 10 to 30 minutes should  feel good.  Progressing from a warm shower to a cooler bath helps your body temperature to regulate.  (You don’t want to shock your body with a sudden jolt of extremely hot or extremely cold water.)  Add about ½ cup to 2 cups of any of the following to your bath if you’d like:

  • Oatmeal: will work to reduce the inflammation caused by your sunburn. You can use any type of organic rolled oats or even colloidal oatmeal. Avoid instant oatmeal or flavored oatmeal.
  • Baking soda: will add moisture to your parched skin and will cool your burn.
  • Corn starch: may soothe the intensity of the symptoms.
  • Epsom salt: acts as a soothing, mild disinfectant. You can dissolve the Epsom salt in a bowl of warm water and then add that to your bath, if your bath water is too cool to do the dissolving.
  • Vinegar (such as distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, wood-aged): is believed to help balance the skin’s pH factor, its acid/alkaline balance, which ultimately supports healing.
  • Chamomile tea, lavender tea, mint tea or any herbal tea: The natural tannins in herbal tea are believed to be supportive in your skin’s healing process.

When you are done with your bath, rinse off with cool water. Gently pat dry with a very soft towel. No rubbing.

3)  Mist your clean, sunburned skin generously with either of the two options below ~

  • Chilled vinegar (such as distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, wood aged): Vinegar is believed to have a balancing effect on your skin’s pH, which ultimately supports healing.  You can mist the vinegar on straight, or dilute the vinegar with pure water (about half and half of each).  The vinegar scent will completely dissipate in about an hour.
  • Chilled witch hazel: Witch hazel is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect that eases your symptoms.  You can mist the witch hazel on straight, or dilute the witch hazel with pure water (about half and half of each).

(If a chilled mist feels too shocking, room temperature or slightly cool works well, too.)

4)  Apply any of the following products liberally on all sunburned skin, directly following the misting step above:

  • Chilled aloe vera gel: the high water content helps to re-hydrate your parched skin while it promotes oxygen exchange and increased nutrient intake, which speeds your healing process.
  • Chilled plain, whole yogurt: the natural probiotics are believed to be beneficial to your skin, while the natural fat in whole yogurt is thought to have beneficial moisturizing qualities.
  • Chilled calamine lotion: Calamine lotion is primarily zinc, which is naturally healing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

(Place products in the fridge to chill before application if you’d like.  The coolness will probably feel wonderful on your sunburn, as well as increase the anti-inflammatory benefits.  However, if room temperature or just slightly cooled feels better to you, do that instead.  Anything that is icy cold will probably feel too shocking.)

5)  Over your product application, apply one of the of the following treatments* to all of your sunburned areas:

  • A cool compress made with mint tea (or any herbal tea); the natural tannins in herbal tea are believed to be very healing.
  • A cool compress made with whole milk; the higher fat content of whole milk is believed to have a soothing and moisturizing effect on your skin.
  • A cool compress made with pure water: Just the simple coolness of a moist compress will probably give you some relief.

(*Note: one simple way to make a compress is to take any clean, soft, cotton cloth, saturate it with whole milk, herbal tea or pure water, chill it completely -or just lightly- in the fridge, then apply it to your sunburned skin.)

Chilled, moist herbal tea bags can also be applied directly to sunburned skin.

6)  Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 as often as needed to keep skin continually moist, hydrated and pain and itch free.

7)  Drink plenty of water. Both internal and external hydration is crucial.  Sunburn symptoms will intensify and prolong if you are dehydrated.

8)  Make sure you are receiving plenty of essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and beta carotene through food and/or supplements.  (This nourishment is vital support for skin healing.) St. John’s Wort, Echinacea and zinc are also helpful healing supplements.

9)  As soon as the heat, pain and itch are relieved, immediately begin layering on any one or more of the following healing skin care products listed below.  This step is crucial and needs to be started as soon as possible ~ it can help your skin to heal much more quickly as well as mitigate the intensity of the free radical damage caused by the burn:

  • Aloe Vera Calming Gel by Epicuren (available at Rich Earth): This is the perfect thing to apply under any of the other products listed below, as well as on its own. Its hydrating strength is quite powerful, and the green tea and cucumber extracts added calm your skin and fight free radical damage.
  • Stonecrop Whipped Moisturizer by ilike organic skin care (available at Rich Earth): The stonecrop plant is a robust, succulent plant (like a cactus) so it strongly draws hydration into your skin.  Stonecrop is also soothing, calming and healing for hyperpigmentation damage.  It is a powerful skin regenerator and is a potent ally against free radical damage.
  • Zen Therapy Gel by DNA Health Institute (available at Rich Earth): This perfect gel infuses your skin with DMAE (a natural compound essential for proper cellular metabolism and collagen synthesis, which enhances the tightness and firmness of your skin, as well as speeds healing), polypeptides (complex protein molecules that increase cellular turnover rate, revealing healthier skin) hyaluronic acid (a co-factor to collagen and elastin synthesis) and the potent anti-inflammatory action of vitamin C, royal jelly, nettle, aloe vera and the profound moisturizing properties of jojoba seed oil.  It cools and soothes sunburned skin, as well as is a very beneficial treatment for loss of elasticity, dehydration and sun damage.
  • Propolis Lotion by Epicuren (available at Rich Earth): This silky lotion, made from bee propolis from the rainforests of Brazil, is overflowing with bioflavonoids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and trace elements.   It helps to boost the immunity of your skin and protect your skin from complications during healing.  It will accelerate your healing process and help your skin repair itself.
  • Calendula Cream by Jurlique: Although this one is not available at Rich Earth, calendula (from marigold) is a very strong skin healer and the potency of this product in healing sunburns is worth mentioning.

(Keep your sunburned skin continually saturated with one or more of the above products, both day and night, until all signs of the burn are completely gone.)

11) Keep your sunburned skin completely covered and out of sun exposure until you are fully healed.  If this is not practical (like if your face is sunburned) keep your skin thoroughly covered with zinc sun protection the entire time you are outdoors.  Zinc will not only protect you from further sun damage, it will help your skin to heal as well.   Two exceptional healing options are:

  • Zenbiotic Sun Protect and Moisturizer: (Available at Rich Earth) A Broad-spectrum SPF 30 zinc oxide moisturizer, crafted with the fresh, organic inner leaf gel from the aloe vera plant and the antioxidant strength of grape seeds.  Overflowing with vitamins A, B, C, E and amino acids, it provides succulent moisture to protect against dehydration and heat. A quenching, nutrition-packed, light-weight cream.
  • Epicuren Zinc Sunscreen: (Available at Rich Earth) A Broad-spectrum SPF 20 zinc moisturizer, replete with the unparalleled benefits of the Epicuren Enzymes (these phenomenal enzymes are rich in B vitamins and collagen amino acids to strengthen and rejuvenate your skin) as well as aloe and rose oil to lightly moisturize; A nourishing powerhouse for your complexion.

What Else Can Bring Relief To the Discomfort a Sunburn?

  • Add about 20 or so drops of Calendula, Chamomile or Lavender essential oil to a cool bath.  Soak for 10 to 30 minutes.
  • Grate and chill a fresh potato.  Apply directly to your sunburned skin.
  • Grate and chill a fresh cucumber.  Apply directly to your sunburned skin.

(I’ve listed many options, as one treatment may bring more relief than another for your particular skin.  And also, if you are in the midst of a painful sunburn, running to the store may not be an option, so hopefully there are enough choices here that you’ll have a few of these items already on hand.)

What Not To Put On Your Sunburn:

  • Avoid all products containing SD Alcohol and Benzocaine on a sunburn.  SD Alcohol will probably just intensify your skin’s dryness, and Benzocaine (although it is present in some “sun burn treatment” products) may irritate your skin.  Benzocaine should never be applied to children under the age of two without professional medical supervision.
  • Do not put Baby Oil, Vaseline (or any petroleum product), cooking oil or butter on your sunburn.  These products tend to hold the heat of your sunburn in, as well as your sweat, and decrease your skin’s natural ability to excrete toxins and intake oxygen.  This actually slows your skin’s healing process and possibly intensifies the symptoms that you feel.

Seek Medical Care for Your Sunburn If:
• Your sunburn is severe, covers a large portion of your body, and blisters;
• Your sunburn is accompanied by a high fever, extreme pain, nausea or a rash;
• Your sunburn doesn’t respond to at-home care within a few days.

Remember that Sunburns are Serious:
The National Institute of Health provides the below information. This is good to know:

  • A sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body’s protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin.  (There is no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Unprotected sun exposure causes premature aging of the skin.)
  • While the symptoms of a sunburn are usually temporary (such as red skin that is painful to the touch), the skin damage is often permanent and can have serious, long-term health effects, including skin cancer.  By the time the skin starts to become painful and red, the damage has been done.  The pain is worst between 6 and 48 hours after sun exposure.
  • Sun exposure can cause first and second degree burns.
  • In severe sunburns, blistering of the skin may occur.  Deaths have resulted from acute sun exposure.
  • Skin cancer usually appears in adulthood, but is caused by sun exposure and sunburns that began as early as childhood.  You can help prevent skin cancer by protecting your skin and your children’s skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
  • Infants and children are especially sensitive to the burning effects of the sun.
  • The sun’s rays are strongest during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The sun’s rays are also stronger at higher altitudes and lower latitudes (closer to the tropics).  Reflection off water, as well as sand or snow, can intensify the sun’s burning rays.
  • Sun lamps and tanning beds can cause severe sunburn.
  • Some medications (such as the antibiotic doxycycline) can make you more susceptible to sunburn.

Prevention is the Key:
Once you’ve suffered through the misery of a sunburn, you know you never want to go through that again. (I’m also pretty sure you don’t want to give yourself early wrinkles, sagging and mottled, liver-spotted skin either, so…)
Here are a few key tips to remember:

  • Apply your sun protection product liberally at least once every hour and a half and more often if your skin burns extremely easily.
  • No sun protection product can block out all harmful UV rays completely.  You must periodically seek shade and the indoors, as well as re-apply your sun protection product.
  • Remember that you can still get a sunburn even when the sky seems cloudy.

Cheers!

Marna Herrington
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Skin Care Therapist
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Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Spa understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

Sources consulted in writing this blog:

http://botanical.com/site/by_you/acandee_burns.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003227.htm

http://kidshealth.org/teen/safety/first_aid/sunburn.html

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“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”
~Dr. Georgiana Donadio

First thing first:

  1. Supplements can benefit you greatly, but only when they fortify a good diet. They can never take the place of a good diet.
  2. It’s usually best to work with a great healthcare practitioner (a highly qualified naturopathic doctor, etc.,) in order to make sure you are taking the best supplements, in the right quantities, for the correct duration of time, all specifically for you, in order to create the best results.
  3. The following list is by no means a complete list of every nutrient that impacts your skin, but it is a very robust start for powering up you own skin health and integrity.

That being said, check out what these amazing little beauties can do for you and your complexion…

For Smoother and Firmer Skin ~
One of the best ways to improve both the firmness and the texture of your skin is by enhancing collagen production. There are great ways to do this at Rich Earth from the outside in, but you can do this from the inside out, too, and doing both together is a huge win/win for your complexion.

Amino Acids: Lysine, proline and glysine are amino acids that form the building blocks that create protein, and protein is what the collagen in your skin is made of. (Vitamin C is an essential co-factor in this formation process, and must be present in adequate amounts in order for the amino acids to do their job.)  Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means you must obtain it through food and/or supplements, while theoretically your body can produce proline and glysine on its own- however, if you have digestive issues or other health concerns, your body may need extra support in obtaining these amino acids, too.  (As a side note, lysine specifically is an extremely helpful alibi in helping cold sores to heal more quickly and, in some cases, helping to heal breakout-prone skin.)

Vitamin C: Without sufficient vitamin C, collagen breaks down.  Collagen synthesis is a complex and specific process and Vitamin C plays a key role.  (As a side note, vitamin C can also be helpful in preventing discoloration of the skin and have an over-all brightening effect on your complexion.)

Minerals: Iron is a co-factor along with Vitamin C in the creation of collagen, while copper and zinc are important for the formation of collagen fibers. Deficiencies of these minerals can lead to skin structure breakdown.  Silica boosts the elasticity of your skin, while mineral copper facilitates collagen production and magnesium facilitates healthy cellular functions over-all, making these minerals so important as well.

Glucosamine: This building block for your connective tissue stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid within your body.  Glucosamine is believed to not only speed wound healing, but to be able to increase the hydration of your skin and decrease wrinkles at the same time. Parsley and spinach are two foods that help your body to produce its own glucosamine. Glucosamine supplements are also available in vegetarian form. (Most standard forms of glucosamine supplements come from shellfish- something to be aware of if you have shellfish allergies.)

For Deep, Radiant Skin Heath ~
Great, topical skin care products can go a long way in bringing out the glow in your complexion, but if you want to kick your skin’s health and appearance up a notch, there is just no ignoring the impact of nourishing your skin well from the inside out.

Co-enzyme Q10: Similar to a vitamin, Co-enzyme Q10 has several crucial roles in cellular health.  First, it is one of the essential components in the biochemical process that produces biological energy (ATP) inside the cells.  ATP is crucial for thriving, healthy cellular function. Second, CoQ10 is an exceptional antioxidant, helping to protect your skin from the damaging and aging effects of free-radicals.  Third, CoQ10 supports vital enzyme activity such as digestion and structure support.  Our levels of CoQ10 start to diminish around the age of thirty, so it is important to replenish it early in life.

Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3, 6 and 9 are key fats that lubricate and keep skin supple, which greatly improves dry skin as well as all skin texture.  They also aid in the production of hormones that improve skin health and help to combat the inflammatory damage caused by free radicals–one of the culprits of wrinkles and blotchiness.   Omega 7, found in sea buckthorn, is a strong, moisturizing emollient that can support the regeneration of tissues.

Selenium:
This mineral antioxidant helps safeguard the skin from sun damage (selenium has even been shown to reduce sun damage) and delays aging by protecting skin quality and elasticity.  Food sources include Brazil nuts, tuna, and wheat germ as well as (when needed) supplements.

Royal Jelly: A substance made by worker honey bees to nourish the queen bee of the hive.  This potent nectar gives the queen greater longevity and fertility.  When taken internally as a supplement by humans, royal jelly can help calm inflammation, speed wound healing, provide dense nutrition, improve immune function and help to regulate hormonal balance ~ all of which have a positive impact on your skin. (Generally not for those with allergies or sensitivities to bee products, black poplar or poplar buds, or if you are pregnant or nursing, unless instructed by your physician.)

Propolis: Bees collect this substance from tree barks and leaf buds, using it to keep their hive hygienic as well as to reinforce the hive.  It contains powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties when taken as a supplement, as well as provides a high anti-oxidant content.  There are strong indications that propolis is helpful in healing eczema and break-outs, as well as being beneficial to over-all skin health. (Generally not for those with allergies or sensitivities to bee products, black poplar or poplar buds, or if you are pregnant or nursing, unless instructed by your physician.)

Vitamin E: This antioxidant is one of the most powerful, bioactive antioxidant among all vitamins.  It is fat-soluble, so it gives you much longer-lasting protection against free-radical damage.  Supplying your skin with enough vitamin E can even reduce the appearance of age spots.

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 helps your skin by reducing the amount of homocysteines in your blood. Homocysteines affect both your circulation system and endocrine system. Elevated levels of this compound cause cholesterol to form plaque, which impairs your blood flow.  High homocysteines levels also trigger a stress response, which can cause acne breakouts and other inflammatory reactions like hives.  Vitamin B6 encourages better oxygenation of your skin cells and reduces your cells’ exposure to stress damage.

Folate: Folate has the same stress reducing function as vitamin B6 and can also promote better oxygenation for your cells.  Folate heightens your red blood cell production.   A higher concentration of red blood cells means more oxygen can be delivered to your skin and other tissues.  An abundance of oxygen encourages faster skin regeneration, improves nutrition intake and tends to improve over-all skin color.

Pantothenic Acid: This vitamin (also called B5) can be quite useful in helping to heal breakouts, dermatitis and skin allergies.  It helps your body break down fat and regulates the oil production of your sebaceous glands.  Pantothenic acid can also reduce your pore size and improve your skin tone.

Cheers!

Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Spa
Skin Care Therapist
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“You can’t enjoy life if you’re not nourishing your body.” ~ Tracey Gold

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates

“Love is something that grows, that comes from nourishment; it builds.” ~ Gisele Bundchen

“For this generation, ours,… the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.” ~ Jimmy Carter

Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Spa understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is always advisable to check with your health care practitioner before beginning a new health care regime, such as diet change or supplements.

Sources consulted in writing this blog:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/428024-amino-acids-to-produce-collagen/

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5082023_health-benefits-magnesium.html

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/tc/coenzyme-q10-topic-overview

http://www.newchapter.com/targeted-herbal-formulas/supercritical-omega-7

http://www.livestrong.com/article/499744-selenium-for-skin-problems/#ixzz1vYLUZ0Uy

http://www.askwomennet.com/collagen-stimulation.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/5-vitamins-good-for-skin-care/

http://www.naturalnews.com/021773.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/123573-royal-jelly-benefits-skin/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/424636-benefit-of-propolis/

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One of the most economical, safe, and pleasurable treatments for improving skin tone and reducing cellulite is massage.  (I know it sounds too good to be true, but I am not making this up!)

Perhaps the reason why this method has not gained more notice is because it is too time-consuming and expensive to visit a massage therapist daily to receive a good anti-cellulite massage.  But nevertheless, it is still true that specific, vigorous massage stimulates circulation, improves lymph flow, and helps to move stagnant fat deposits.   Each of these actions diminishes cellulite and gives you smoother, lovelier skin across your whole body.

Want to know the most fabulous secret about anti-cellulite massage?  You can actually do it on yourself at home. (I am not making this up either!)  This is a huge time-saver and money-saver, and it means you really can do the massage daily, which increases the effectiveness by a ton.

Where to Start:

•  Begin by dry brushing.  Use firm, brisk strokes moving towards the heart.  Aim for between 30 to 70 strokes per body part. (Click here for all the details on how to dry brush.)
•  Shower or bathe.
•  Right after your shower or bath, towel off and begin your anti-cellulite massage.

Anti-Cellulite Massage:

1) Lift one arm straight up toward the sky. Bend that arm in half so your elbow is now pointing towards the sky.  Rest your hand of that same arm on the back of your shoulder.  Use the knuckles of your other hand to firmly and briskly stroke from your pointed-up elbow towards your armpit.   Do at least 40 to 80 strokes. Repeat with the other arm.

2) Press firm, strong, clock-wise strokes around your belly button with your knuckles.  Do 40 to 80 circles.

3) Starting with your calves, press your knuckles firmly against your skin and stroke towards your heart. Do at least 40 to 80 firm, brisk strokes.   Continue on with your thighs, buttocks, hips, belly, waist and arms.  Do at least 40 to 80 firm, brisk, knuckle-strokes per body part.  Use both hands whenever possible.

4) Starting with your calves, make small circles on your skin with your knuckles. Press firmly. Repeat multiple times. continue pressing firm circles with your knuckles up your thighs, buttocks, hips, belly, waist and arms. Use both hands whenever possible.

5) Starting with your calves, squeeze, pull and press your skin as if you were kneading bread dough, then gently and rapidly “pinch” your skin, pulling your skin lightly away from your body.  Continue on with your thighs, buttocks, hips, belly, waist and arms.  Do at least 40 to 80 kneads and pinches per body part.  Use both hands whenever possible.

6) Starting with your legs, finish the massage with broad, long, relaxing, luxurious strokes towards your heart.  Use the palms and fingers of your flat hands.  Stroke your whole legs, whole torso, and whole arms. At least 20 to 40 strokes per body part.  Use both hands whenever possible.

Massage Tips:

1) Use a great body moisturizer or body oil to do this massage with.  Apply just enough for your hands to glide easily across your skin, but not so much that your skin is slippery and your knuckles can’t get any traction.  High-quality body creams and oils not only improve the texture of your skin, some of them can even help to diminish cellulite, too (like this one or this one).

2) Don’t forget to include every part of you in your anti-cellulite massage… like your inner thighs, the backs of your thighs, the tops of your thighs, your outer thighs, the backs of your calves, etc…Don’t miss anything.

3) Do the massage daily. Or as often as you can.  Your persistence and focused energy will pay off.

4) Do what you can. This massage gets easier and faster the more you do it.  Start with fewer repetitions or fewer days per week if you need to, until you build your stamina and the whole routine becomes do-able.

5) Give yourself a jump-start. Need some inspiration and immediate gratification?  Receive the Lush Botanical Body Wrap at Rich Earth. This stimulates healthy circulation, healthy lymph flow and the release of excess weight retention in a deeply relaxing, rejuvenating way.  You will be primed, ready and inspired to continue on successfully with your anti-cellulite massage at home.

6) More massage options  and a video of a cellulite reducing massage here.

Massage Caution:

1) You may notice some bruising at first- this is actually quite normal.  We tend to bruise more easily in places where circulation is weak… which is exactly where cellulite and poor skin texture show up. Improving our circulation not only improves how our skin looks, it improves our health as well.

2) If stimulating circulation or performing a vigorous massage on yourself could be less than optimal for your particular state of health, check with your healthcare practitioner before beginning.

Other Tips for Success:

•  Drink two to four (or more) cups of high-quality green tea and/or white tea per day.
•  Drink enough high-quality water each day so that your urine is generally clear to  very pale in color.
•  Eat plentiful amounts of greens, vegetables and fruits, along with high-quality protein each day.  High-quality fats (in amounts best for you) are important, too.
•  Go easy on flour products, processed foods, high sodium foods and sugary foods, most especially in the hours before bed.
•  Find releasing motion you love (dance, yoga, hiking, walking, biking, swimming, something else fabulous) and give yourself the gift of doing it often.  Each day if you can.

More tips from Sarah Chapman and Dr. Oz .

21peace and cheers,

Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
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Why is my skin looking worse this year than last?
We can always increase the rate that our skin cells renew through exfoliation.   However, if the new cells replacing the old cells are not nourished and healthy, they are not going to look much better.

If the skin cells beneath the surface of the skin are weak and malnourished (due to a lack of adequate feeding from the body’s own nutrients and a lack of sufficient topical nourishment) they are not able to fight mutations and wrinkles when they emerge on the surface of the skin. As the new, undernourished cells emerge around an existing scar or wrinkle or discoloration, they will simply take on the same deterioration of the skin cell they are replacing.

Robert Heiman, the Creator, Founder and CEO of Epicuren breaks this phenomenon down for us: “All cells have memory specific to their type and function.  Cells copy each other, which is why the memory of each cell must be changed to a healthier state.  If this change does not take place, cell memory continues to decline.  This is the main reason why scars don’t diminish.”

That is also one big reason why other skin deterioration (like premature lines, wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, enlarged pores, etc.) remains present and gets  worse.

On the other hand, if the new skin cells replacing the old skin cells are deeply nourished, they in turn become vibrantly healthy and function at their peak performance levels, able to overcome mutations and degradation. This allows you to rewrite the future of your complexion. Fully nourished and effectively fueled skin cells (accomplished by nourishing the body internally as well as nourishing the skin topically) improve the metabolism and memory of each cell. This literally changes how you look.


How can skin cell function (memory) be improved topically?
The best way is to work with your skin’s natural physiology to stimulate beneficial change.

Epicuren’s proprietary enzyme solution activates your skin cells to self-rejuvenate by profoundly nourishing the cells and stimulating the skin’s healthiest chemical reactions.  This is sort of like giving your skin cells an incredibly healthy, rejuvenating daily work out regime to strengthen and improve them.

Through this rejuvenating action, your skin cells’ rate of healthy metabolism (taking in nutrients and oxygen and eliminating toxins, among other crucial actions) increases and improves.  This improves cellular memory- which ultimately improves how your skin looks. Epicuren’s enzyme solution acts as the catalyst that stimulates this beneficial cellular change.

Other enzymes (like pineapple or papaya enzymes) cannot improve cellular metabolism because your skin cannot recognize them as familiar.  Epicuren’s enzyme solution (niacin, biotic and riboflavin) was formulated to be a skin-specific enzyme that your own skin cells can recognize and benefit from.


The most concentrated skin care products available with the Epicuren enzyme solution:

Enzyme Skin Conditioner: Invigorating enzyme activator.  Maximizes the skin’s ability to drink in the benefits of the Enzyme Concentrate.

Enzyme Concentrate: The essential crux of the invigorating enzyme system.  This intensive enzyme concentrate is packed with vitamins and protein nutrients.  Improves the appearance of skin elasticity, color, tone and overall health.

Enzyme Gel Plus: Seals in the intensive benefits of the Enzyme Concentrate, as well as works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Protein Mist: Gently stimulates the beneficial enzyme activity of the Conditioner, Concentrate and Gel Plus within the skin.  Skin can be re-misted with Protein Mist throughout the day to reinvigorate the potency of the beneficial enzymes.  Protein Mist can also be misted into hair to increase its health and sheen.

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Increasing skin cell health with the DNA Health Institute’s Cryo-Lift Stick:

Cryo-Lift Stick: Contains vital nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, and growth factors, which are naturally in the exact percentages to effectively communicate with your skin for proper cell communication, improved cellular memory, and ultimately profoundly healthy cell renewal.  By being skin-tissue specific, there is a matching of biological functions.  That is one of the reasons why the Cryo-Lift Stick is so effective at correcting and re-educating your skin cells.  By introducing a product that functions at the same cellular level as your skin, a natural communication pathway is already established.  Since human skin is already familiar with these communication patterns, it recognizes the information and effectively utilizes the resources provided.  Your skin is “in tune” with the components of the Cryo-Lift Stick and draws from these resources to repair, heal and rejuvenate itself.  This activity will help repair free radical damage, create moisture reserves, activate protein synthesis to promote collagen and elastin production (which helps to smooth and firm the skin) and helps to improve over-all color.   The Cryo-Lift Stick provide the dynamic skin rejuvenating benefits of inter-cellular communication, helping to deliver the corrective properties that influences how your skin will look both now and in the future.

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Both the benefits of the Epicuren enzyme products and the DNA Health Institute’s Cryo-Lift Stick will be intensified ten-fold by using them with the Derma Roller.
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How can skin cell function be improved from the inside out?
…Your skin really can look better than ever — no matter how old you are — once you recognize that what happens on the inside, on both a physical and emotional front, truly does show up on the outside. That’s because the aging you see in your skin is biological, not chronological, and can be delayed or even reversed with a holistic, natural approach that includes optimal diet, lifestyle and product choices.” ~ Dr. Marcelle Pick

Healing Chronic Inflammation~
According to Dr. Marcelle Pick in her essay on healthy aging, healing inflammation is the vital key in maintaining health and youth. Her ideas are outlined below:

Chronic, low-grade inflammation has been linked to premature aging. It has also been linked to acne, dermatitis and rosacea.

Chronic undiagnosed food sensitivities, poor diet, stress, hormonal imbalance, toxic overload and a sedentary lifestyle weaken your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight inflammation on the inside.  On the outside, sun exposure, weather, pollution, bacteria and environmental toxins trigger an immune response that ultimately weakens collagen, dilates surface blood capillaries and clogs pores.

How this manifests in your skin is individual to you, but for most of us it appears as uneven skin tone, sporadic or chronic breakouts and, of course, premature aging.

This is cellular, or biological, aging, not chronological aging. It means that the DNA inside a healthy cell has become fragmented or shortened, which affects the mitochondria inside the cell.

Mitochondria are the fuel factories in our cells that convert the food we eat into energy. When mitochondria malfunction, the cell dies. How well we age, including our vulnerability to disease, is due in part to how healthy our mitochondria are.

What causes mitochondria to self-destruct? One convincing theory is the presence of systemic inflammation.”  ~Dr. Marcelle Pick

If you would like a beautiful burst of knowledge and inspiration on how to have healthy mitochondria, click here.

A very common cause of inflammation is too much sugar. This type of inflammation causes a related action in the body called glycation, which causes a cross-linking action to occur in collagen protein, which ultimately creates premature wrinkles on your skin.
(To read more about glycation, click here and scroll to the “Wrinkles Form While You Eat Sugar” section.)

Free radicals also cause and increase inflammation.

Free radicals are highly unstable oxygen molecules that ultimately set off an inter-cellular inflammatory response.  Some common sources of free radicals are the sun (according to Dr. Pick just five minutes of unprotected sun exposure causes rapid and heavy-duty damage to the collagen layer of the skin) as well as pollution, heavy metal and prescription drug overload, a poor diet including too much sugar and trans fats, undiagnosed food sensitivities or food irritants and smoking (one cigarette creates billions of free radicals).

It is impossible not to have exposure to free radicals.  However, they can be rendered harmless.  How?  With anti-oxidants.  Our bodies rely on antioxidant-rich nutrients (found significantly in leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, berries, green tea, white tea, supplements and other sources) to quench inflammation.

Some major anti-oxidants are:
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Coenzyme Q-10, Alpha-lipoic acid, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Carotenoids, Flavonoids, Selenium.

When our bodies don’t receive ample anti-oxidants, free-radicals cause profound damage to our collagen and elastin, which is the protein that keeps skin firm and smooth.

The first place to start improving the health of your skin is your diet. Following a cleansing, anti-inflammatory diet…will help you understand how powerfully your diet relates to the condition of your skin.~Dr. Pick

To read more about free radicals, click here and scroll to the “Wrinkles Form While You are Exposed to Free Radical Damage” section.


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Emotions and Skin

…Your feelings can be as inflammatory as dietary and environmental factors.”
~ Dr. Pick

Stress perception involves the brain, and your skin is mediated by your brain. When your brain sends out a stress signal, your skin responds by activating the immune cells. If the stress signal is ongoing, as in chronic stress, the immune cells over-produce and inflammation is the result. Chronic inflammation is one of the ways the degradation of aging can begin. (Chronic inflammation can also induce atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea.) For more information on emotions and the skin, click here.

As we learn more about the powerful connection between our emotions and how our skin looks, perhaps stress-relieving alternative techniques such as biofeedback and meditation will be used as often as we use creams and pills to treat chronic skin disorders. ~ Dr. Pick

“One of the most effective stress-relief tools we have is meditation. When we meditate, our breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormone levels fall. In terms of aging, the most significant conclusion is that the hormonal imbalance associated with stress- and known to speed up the aging process- is reversed. Beyond these significant health benefits, the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of calm and inner peace it brings to your daily life.” ~ Deepak Chopra

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Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Spa
Skin Care Therapist
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Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Spa understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

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