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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

  • vitamin C
  • vitamin A
  • peptides
  • sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid)
  • coQ10
  • stem cells (must be well-formulated and from a viable source to be effective- not all stem cell skin care products are equal)
  • green tea (black and white tea, too)

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

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

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

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

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

Avoid At All Costs…

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

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

 

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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 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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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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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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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!
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“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

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