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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…

Use skin care products that have strong regenerating ingredients (vitamin C, vitamin A, peptides, sodium hyaluronate {hyaluronic acid}, CoQ10, green and black teas) in your morning and evening skin care regime. These are the ingredients are the anti-aging work horses for helping to regenerate collagen and elasticity as well as slow down the visible aging of your skin. (Stem cells also belong in this category, but they must be well-formulated to be effective so not all stem cell skin care products are equal. I’ll share more info about this soon.)

Here are some options for high-quality skin care products with strong regenerating ingredients:

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 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.

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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Marna Herrington
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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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This particular season can be a bit of a challenge for skin care. Not only are we all prone to drier, more dehydrated skin due to the lack of humidity outdoors and the artbare-japanese-raisin-tree-and blue skyificial heating indoors, in addition our budgets can get pinched trying to cover all of the holiday this-and-thats, making it harder to keep our skin supplied with all the good skin care products its craving.

Even if you run out of your favorite skin care products at an inopportune time, or are having a budget short fall and can’t replenish your supplies just yet (and even though nothing can truly take the place of your regular, antioxidant-rich, peptide-rich, hyaluronic acid-rich skin care products) things don’t have to go to hell in a hand basket for your complexion in the interim!  You don’t have to resort to inappropriate products (like using your shower gel or bar soap for washing your face) or resort to using nothing at all.  You can still meet your skin’s basic needs in the most simple and economic way, keeping your complexion in good shape until you are stocked up again with your regular, rock-star skin care products.

Remember, this regime can’t truly replace your regular skin care products in terms of anti-aging support, etc., but it can definitely ward off skin problems that crop up when your regular regime is not followed…

Good Skin on the Cheap Regime~

1) Keep up your cleansing regime before bed each night. It can be as simple as taking a small dollop of a high-quality oil (grapeseed, hemp seed, jojoba, hazelnut, argan, sesame, etc,.) and gently massaging it over your skin for about 1 to 3 minutes.  Remove the oil completely with a wet wash cloth when you are done cleansing. This can work both as a make-up remover and as a cleanser for your skin.  Heavier oils, such as coconut oil, are generally not recommended for skin that is break-out prone or prone to clogging.

2) After cleansing, keep up your exfoliation regime (exfoliating about 1 to 4 times per week). To do this, you can simply add about  1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to your dollop of cleansing oil and gently massage this over your damp skin for a minute or two. Rinse completely clean with a wet wash cloth. (Please note, some sensitive skin types may not do well with any type of a physical scrub, including this one.)

3) Keep your skin hydrated from the top down. One simple way to do this is to apply a high-quality aloe vera gel under your moisturizer. (Aloe is extremely water-rich and hydrating.)

4) Apply a good moisturizer while your skin is still damp from the aloe. This could be as simple as smoothing a few drops of a high-quality oil over your skin. (Consider a light application of hemp seed oil or jojoba oil for skin prone to clogging. For sensitive skin, consider grapeseed oil.  Drier skin not prone to clogging may enjoy  a richer oil like coconut oil. Shea butter is also an option.)

5) For the daytime, always finish with a layer of a good sun protection product. There is no substitute for this one!

Please note that this skin care regime is meant to keep your skin in good stead while you are in a pinch, but it is not meant to be a long-term replacement for more complete skin care, such as a hayluronic acid-rich masque, an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, a rejuvenating exfoliating product, a complete, well-formulated facial oil that includes deeply nourishing ingredients, a deep-pore cleaning cleanser, etc,. Paula from Paula’s Choice has this to say specifically about single oils: “…helpful for boosting moisture to skin, but they are rather ‘one note’ on their own; that is, they lack the complete picture of antioxidants, skin-repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients necessary to keep skin younger-looking…”

Please also note that oil cleansers and moisturizers generally work well for most skin types, however if you are highly prone to clogging and breaking out, an immediate shift to a straight oil cleanser or moisturizer may not be your cup of tea.

Most of all, remember that if you run out of your regular, fabulous skin care products and can’t replace them right away, there is much you can do to keep your skin in really good shape in the interim!

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.”  ~Natalie Babbitt

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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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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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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. 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 Carol Maggio and Dr.Oz have to say about them.

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.

Complimentary Exercises to Go with Your Regular Facial Exercise Regime:

I’m listing several facial exercises below just in case you’d like to get started right now. These exercises can work effectively as a helpful addition to whichever facial exercise regime you choose to do regularly, but they can’t replace a  complete facial exercise regime (like one of the options listed above).  Remember, though, its usually easier to learn by watching a video 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  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 one to two times per day.

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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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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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.

The ilike organic skin care cleansing milk and moisturizers amply provide the needed hydration as well as an abundance of calming flavonoids.  The ilike Sulfuric Exfoliator provides 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  and/or lymph drainage and/or a combination. 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 and leave them there for several minutes.  Lovely Portland acupuncturist Elie Cole says that chrysanthemum tea bags works especially well.  Chilled cucumber slices also work.

Drink water (room temperature, warm or hot) first thing in the morning. This is also helpful in moving stagnancy, which helps to diminish puffiness. Dr. Edythe Vickers advises to drink satiating water when you are struggling with allergies, as ample hydration is a good natural antihistamine.

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  inhibit histamine reactions, which can help 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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Why Dry Brush Your Face~

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

How To Dry Brush Your Face~

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The Benefits of Dry Brushing Your Face~

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.

Tips For Doing It Right~

  • 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 Care:

Clean your dry brush (or mitt) with soap and water regularly. Make sure its fully dry before the next use.

  • Choice of Brush:

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 Your Face?
Every day to 3 times per week is a good amount to aim for in order to reap the benefits.

Caution!

  • Never dry brush over an active breakout;
  • Never dry brush over any inflammatory conditions (eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, etc,.);
  • Never dry brush over any active, communicable skin conditions (cold sores, fever blisters, etc,.).

Enjoy the gorgeous simplicity of this.

Cheers!
Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
www.RichEarthOrganicSpa.com
Love Your Beautiful Skin

“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

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, and cannot take the place of an in-person consultation with a qualified esthetician. 

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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 your 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 (usually 1 to 4 times per week works best).
    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 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
www.RichEarthOrganicSpa.com
(503) 729-5261
Love Your Beautiful Skin

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” ~Jacques Maritain

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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