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Give Your Skin A Boost With Vitamin C

Skin Benefits From Healthy Immune System

By Joan Kesman, Skin Care Plus, the best facials and natural skin care products in Chicago, Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles and beyond.

You probably have noticed that vitamin C gets a lot of attention as being nothing short of miraculous for your health. Can this powerful antioxidant really benefit your skin?

Almost 20 years ago, a Duke University scholar published a groundbreaking paper that showed how a form of vitamin C called L-ascorbic acid reduced UVB damage when applied to the backs of hairless pigs. This evidence suggested that photo-damage or “sun spots” could be repaired with topical use of vitamin C—and that was big news for anyone concerned with signs of aging. Research has since proven the benefits, stability issues, and usage requirements for vitamin C. Further research continued to show vitamin C’s positive effect on skin.

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“Citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C, which the body needs to produce collagen,” says Joan Kesman, owner of Skin Care Plus. “Collagen is a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. The body produces collagen to help nourish your skin and repair itself. Bioflavonoids, also from citrus fruit, protect the skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.”

Here’s what vitamin C can do for your skin:

  • Protect skin cells and skin’s support structure from UV-related damage;
  • Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin;
  • Strengthen skin’s barrier response;
  • Reduce inflammation;
  • Promote collagen production;
  • Enhance effectiveness of peels and microdermabrasion;
  • Lessen hyperpigmentation (at levels of 3 percent or greater); and
  • Boost the efficacy of sunscreen.

To supplement your diet, topical vitamin C also can benefit your skin. However, as widely used as vitamin C is in cosmetics and lotions now, it can be confusing because there are many forms. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The forms of vitamin C that are proven most stable and effective are: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
  • Regardless of marketing hype – there is no one “best” form of topical vitamin C.
  • A proven range for vitamin C efficacy is between 0.3 percent and 10 percent.
  • All antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. If a product containing antioxidants does not come in airtight, opaque packaging, don’t buy it.

In addition to vitamin C, beta-carotene promotes cell turnover and the sweet potato is an excellent source of this nutrient. Cell turnover is when dead cells shed, making way for new cells. Beta-carotene also helps balance the skin’s pH levels. Finally, it prevents the skin from drying out and flaking by keeping it well oiled.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes; it’s the chemical responsible for its red color. Lycopene protects the skin from damage caused by direct exposure to sunlight. It’s suggested that to increase the absorption rate of lycopene, tomatoes should be eaten with olive oil.

Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale contain lutein, which helps protect the skin from developing inflammation or wrinkles caused by sun exposure. Wild salmon contains astaxanthin that may help stop free radicals from damaging the body’s cell membranes and DNA and fostering healthy skin.

“Ideally, we should eat the foods that naturally contain these compounds as opposed to taking supplements,” says Kesman.

Find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Making Natural Body Lotion Is Good For You

 Natural Skin Care Products Easy To Make

Lotion is a top offender for beauty products. The skin is the biggest organ in the body, and many chemicals can be absorbed by the skin and stored in fat tissue. If you’re tired of all the chemicals and fragrances added to most store-bought creams and lotions, consider making your own—it isn’t difficult.

Natural Substitutes: The best natural lotion I have found so far is just pure organic Coconut Oil. It is able to penetrate the skin and the medium chain fatty acids help with wrinkles, dry skin, and other skin problems and since it is naturally antibacterial, it won’t cause breakouts. There are also countless ways to combine coconut oil with other oils, butters, essential oils and herbs to create solutions for your specific skin. I frequently make my own and give them as gifts to friends and family members who seem to love them.

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If you can, I recommend that you keep an old blender, a small- to medium-size glass bowl, and a spatula that you use solely for making natural aromatherapy products. While you can use your kitchen blender, the beeswax found in natural creams can leave a residue on the blender and utensils used. Here’s what you’ll need:

3/4 cup of pure oil (I like sweet almond oil since it absorbs well and doesn’t leave a greasy film.
1 cup of pure water (or use rose water)
2 Tablespoons of shaved beeswax (be sure to avoid other types of wax since they are made of petroleum byproducts)
30 drops of essential oils (like lavender, ylang ylang, bergamot, or other oil. Make sure you avoid “fragrance oil” since it is synthetic. Lavender is a great one to start with since it is aromatic but also soothes sunburns, other types of burns, and is healing for most skin types).
a glass jar or small glass jars for storing the lotion

Making The Lotion: Pour the oil into a Pyrex measuring cup and add the shaved beeswax. Set it in a saucepan of water that reaches about halfway up the side of the Pyrex container. Heat over the stove until the beeswax dissolves and remove from the stove immediately. Allow to cool for a minute or two but not longer than that since the beeswax will begin to harden.

Pour the water into your blender and begin blending it on high speed with the lid on (with a hole left in the lid for pouring the beeswax-oil mixture). Slowly pour the oil-beeswax mixture into the water. It will begin to emulsify as you continue pouring the oil. It normally begins to thicken after about three-quarters of the oil has been incorporated. Continue adding the oil until you’ve incorporated all of it into the water.

Add the drops of essential oils you’ve selected. Blend them into the lotion. Pour the lotion into the glass jars you’ve selected for storing the cream. Use the spatula to remove any remaining lotion from the blender. The lotion lasts for about 6 months and is best kept at cool temperatures to prolong shelf life. You can store it in the fridge if you choose to keep it fresh.

For more information about personal and natural skin care, including the best facials in the greater Chicago area (including, Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Wheaton), contact Joan Kesman at Skin Care Plus.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Spa Announces Personalized, Natural Skin Care

Order Natural, Personal Skin Care Products Online, By Phone

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website! Skin Care Plus in Geneva, Illinois offers personalized and natural skin care using energy healing modalities during the treatments, to help you renew your body, mind and spirit so you look younger, more relaxed and refreshed.

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Joan Kesman’s facial spa treatments lift from the inside out. Facial treatments (anti-aging, acne, lightening, an alternative to chemical peels, LED light therapy treatments, and more), using natural and organic products for safe, effective results. Body treatments also available.

Order your personal and natural skin care products online or by phone.

Geneva Skin care and facial

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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