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Heart-Focused Breathing

Do you want to be more relaxed and at the same time have more energy?
The heart-focused breathing technique from the HeartMath Institute can help that through a breathing technique. The HeartMath Institute is a Center for research of the heart-brain connection and its communication to help us handle stress, have our heart, mind and emotions in alignment, and help to deepen our connection to ourselves and others.
Their breathing technique is simple and easy, yet powerful, and you can do it anytime, any place.  All you need to do is focus on your heart and imagine that you are breathing into your heart and out of your heart.  Breathe in for 5 or 6 seconds,slowly, deeply, smoothly, and evenly and then breathe out for 5 or 6 seconds,slowly, deeply, smoothly, and evenly.  If you choose, you can put your hand on your heart to help you focus better when breathing in slowly and breathing out slowly.  Do this for a few minutes, if you can.  Otherwise only a few breaths to start with and build from there.
That’s all you have to do, simple and easy, yet powerful.  So do this especially when you feel stressed, but also at the start of your day and end of your day.  Anytime you have a couple of minutes is a great time to do this.  I do this when doing facials and my sound therapy with the tuning forks, because I sense it helps clients feel more relaxed and balanced too.
If you want to experience being more peaceful, less rushed, and more alive, I highly recommend this technique.
To find out more about the HeartMath Institute, check out their website.
The research on the intelligence of the heart is really amazing stuff.  I will send more info soon.  And as always if you need more info on this or facials or sound therapy, just call, text, or email me.

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Sound Is Healing

I subscribe to Natural News and this video below was sent to me.  Check it out.  It’s only 1 minute.

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When I do my Sound Energy Therapy Treatment on clients, they always tell me how calm and relaxed they feel.  In fact, one client said they felt as though they were floating out of the session.  Sound is the new healing modality.  It reduces stress and creates a deep sense of peace to help you heal better and faster.
The tuning forks are tapped against a hockey puck to get the sound and placed on and over the energy centers of the body.  So the treatment is painless and balances out your body.
If you would like to feel the bliss, call for an appointment for the Sound Energy Therapy treatment now.

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I am giving a free mini Sound Energy Therapy treatment with a facial treatment at this time.  Just tell me you want to try it.

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Quiet The Mind

With all the chaos and noise in the world and life’s challenges, it’s difficult to quiet the mind and be clear and focused.  Everything moves so fast today and we are trying to keep up but that just causes more stress.  That stress causes more heath problems in the future.  We need to make time for quieting our mind and body and breathe (I mean really breathe, not our shallow breathing) and meditate.
Meditation is quieting your mind and breathing more deeply to start.  Many scientific studies have shown that meditation can lower blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels. Studies have also shown that it helps with brain function—helping us to react more calmly, be more focused, more relaxed so the body can heal, be able to release our fears and angers more easily and more.
 
Speaking of fears and anger, that’s how I started meditating years ago.  I needed something to help me through a rough time in my life and was on a mission to resolve it peacefully.  I started out just deep breathing slowly for a minute or so keeping my mind as empty as I could.  At one point, I took a class that had some ways to help with this.  The exercise I chose for me was:  Being in a mountain area, sitting on bench where there were trees and flowers and a bench facing a babbling brook.  The idea then was to put the thoughts that came up on the leaves in the water and let them float away.  Went on to longer meditation tapes.  My monkey chatter and my non-stop analytical mind was leaving me slowly.  Today, I can say I find it easy to meditate.  It was being consistent, doing it everyday, that helped me to be clear and focused and dissolve my anger and fears. So when someone says to me that they can’t sit and be quiet, I tell them my story.  I know it works.  You just start slow and build from there.
My facial treatments with energy healing modalities and/or sound energy therapy, using #tuningforks, can help you relax also.  And if you need help with deep breathing or meditation practices, I can help you with that too.
Use Skin Care Plus as a place to #quietthemind.
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Are You Using Diverted Products

Beware Of Counterfeit Skin Care Products


The other day a client called to ask why the product she just purchased from me was much cheaper online.  I explained to her about diverted product sold in “unauthorized places” and she did not know about this at all. Since it is a big problem for people like me and big companies, let me explain.  When products are much lower in cost than at reputable places, they are known as diverted products.
Buyer Beware. These products can be counterfeit, diluted and /or altered formulas, old or expired products that may not be safe to use.  There could be completely different ingredients in the product than on the label.  In fact there was an expose on a TV news program about Mac products that were sold in a shop in New York City.  They had the products tested and found that they were not Mac’s ingredients and had aluminum and barium and other toxic ingredients in them.  The packaging was Mac’s packaging.  No difference at all.  So people thought they were getting a Mac product at a great cheap price.  That’s your red flag right there.

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You could be harming your body by using these products, as they can not only be ineffective but dangerous too, resulting in irritation, infection, rashes, blisters, swelling, or even worse.
Diverted products may have been gathered from multiple places (a company’s dumpster for example) or stolen before being sold. They then put them on Amazon or Ebay for sale. The warehouses where they store them can be hot and humid or extremely cold, helping the product to lose its effectiveness and be a breeding ground for bacteria. Companies like Target, Walmart and drugstores have been known to sell diverted products also. Pevonia products are exclusively available through licensed and authorized industry professionals and Not available through mass market retailers.

Diverted product hurts me, an independent business, the professional manufacturer and you, too, the consumer who trusts a professional brand to deliver the highest quality ingredients and results.  When purchasing a diverted product , you are contributing to a major problem that affects you, the consumer, and the entire skincare industry.  If you decide to still buy from an unauthorized seller, think of your health and safety.  Would you purchase a medication online that is discounted to save a few dollars?  Your skin is the largest organ of your body and protects you and your insides.  Do you want to endanger its health with diverted products?  Buy safe from an authorized seller.

I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about this. This is not only a problem for the skin care industry but many others also.
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Massage Your Face

 

Massage Improves Skin Health

To get the results that you want from the products you are using, I have always advised clients to massage them into their skin. Massaging increases the effectiveness of the products, giving you better results than just applying them.  By doing this, you help to detox the skin by moving the blood and lymphatic fluids, giving your skin that glow. Other advantages of this treatment is helping to increase firmness, decrease wrinkles, hydrate, ease muscle tension, and relax the  nerves.
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Facial massage needs to be performed correctly so as not to overstretch the skin or damage it somehow.  The first thing is to always keep the skin moist with your product so you do not pull on it or drag it.  You need to be gliding over the skin.  As you can tell by the face above, the direction of the strokes are up and out. I always start at the neck, using both hands, doing a slapping stroke up to chin hand over hand.  Next, if you want, under jaw with a pinching motion.  Then the rest of the face is small circles gliding over skin in up and out movement.  Pressure is medium.  You can press a little and glide as long as your face is still wet with product. Do Not Pull Skin.

I recommend using your serum first and do a massage with that. When it starts drying, use toner to dampen. Then apply your cream and do the same massage. Spend about 2 to 5 minutes doing this treatment.

I do it at night which is best, because you repair at night and this helps even more.
Now a little trick that really works, any lines you have that you want softened, can be greatly improved.  Again make sure that the area you are working on is moist with product and toner if needed.  Put your finger on the start of the wrinkle and do small circles going up the line.  Pressure again is medium.
That trick I have told clients about and when they come in for their next facial, there is a difference.  It has to be done every day though.  Always remember when doing massage on the face, to always have it moist through the whole massage, never drag the skin, use a little more than light pressure, and always up and out with your strokes.
If you need any help with this, please call or text me and I will be happy to guide you.
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  • Over the counter products are not made for an individual’s skin concerns.  They are made to feel good, be easy to spread, and to smell good.  Professional products — Pevonia — use active ingredients coupled with a specialized delivery system that helps the skin regenerate and be healthy.
  • Skin irritation caused by dry air, temperature extremes (as we have now), sun, emotional stress, harsh ingredients in products, and strong exfoliants and peels when left untreated becomes inflammation that contributes to visible skin aging and skin diseases such as cancer.
  • Adding a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a pot of water or in a diffuser is great for loosening mucous.  It’s a strong antibacterial and also antiviral.

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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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Happiest Time of Year??

Merry Christmas
Well this is suppose to be the happiest time of year, but with all the upheaval in our lives and the world today, we are all more stressed out than ever.  According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, “Today, stress is responsible for up to 90% of doctor visits. Chemistry released into the blood by a brain experiencing stress shuts down the body’s maintenance-growth mechanisms, inhibits the immune system and produces emotional distress that adversely affects our behavior and consciousness. Fear, anxiety, sleeplessness, digestive, skin and nervous system disorders are currently responsible for manifesting a massive crisis in healthcare.”
My prescription for stress relief is an energy healing facial treatment and/or a sound energy healing  treatment. You can do both treatments at one time if you wish for a stronger relaxing effect.  Each treatment on its own will help you to look and feel healthier and younger. This will make for a merrier Christmas for all.
A gift certificate for family or friends will show them that you care enough about them and their well being.
Gift cards are available.  Just call or text, or email me.
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I have My Skin Buddy in stock for that special christmas present for someone.  This is a hand held tool that has a cleansing mode, ultrasonic mode (helps with product penetration), and LED light for wrinkles, acne, and redness.  Great for home use.
Here’s their website for more info.
If interested, call for your price.

Call or text or email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a joyful holiday!!
Love and joy  Joan Kesman
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Sun Is Beneficial To Skin

Skin Benefits From The Sun

By Dr. Michael Murray

This time of year, everyone wants to be outside. It feels so good to have the warm sun on our bare skin. If you haven’t heard that being out in the sun, unprotected by sunscreen, puts you at risk for wrinkles (at best) and skin cancer (at worst) then you’ve probably been living under a rock!

However, while most people are aware of the dangers of too much sun, many don’t realize that sunlight confers enormous health benefits as well. Keeping in mind that you need to protect your skin with a high-quality sunscreen when you go outdoors, let’s look at some of the surprising benefits of sunlight.

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Sunlight may help prevent cancer. It’s not just plants that metabolize sunlight. Humans do, too. Through a complex process, our bodies turn sunlight into life-giving vitamin D.

The connection between vitamin D deficiency and cancer was first made by Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a vitamin D deficiency, played a role.

Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60 percent drop in the risk of developing any form of cancer.

Sunlight is beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.
Clinical research has shown that exposure to full-spectrum light throughout the day coupled with darkness at night can help improve some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease—reducing agitation, increasing sleep efficiency, decreasing nighttime wakefulness and decreasing nighttime activity in these patients.

Sunlight may lower risk for multiple sclerosis.
MS is more common in populations that live farther from the equator. People who move from a low-risk area to a high-risk area before the age of 15 acquire a higher risk of developing MS, whereas those who make the same move after adolescence retain a lower risk. These observations suggest that environmental exposure, and in particular, early sunlight exposure (which is correlated with vitamin D levels) in the first two decades of life, influences the risk of developing MS.

Related to this finding, several European population studies observed that there is a lower risk of MS for births occurring after October and a higher risk for MS for births occurring after May. This suggests that maternal levels of vitamin D during the third trimester of pregnancy may influence risk of MS.

Sunlight helps heal psoriasis.
Exposure to sunlight is extremely beneficial for individuals with psoriasis. In one study, an outdoor four-week sunbathing therapy was shown to promote significant clearance of psoriatic symptoms in 84 percent of subjects.

Sunlight can ease mild depression.
There has been a lot of research on the link between sunlight and mood. One solid study found that sunlight actually increases levels of a natural antidepressant in the brain. On sunny days, the brain produces more of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin than on darker days.

Sunlight contributes to bone health in older adults.
It is well known that vitamin D stimulates the absorption of bone-strengthening calcium. The process of vitamin D manufacture begins when sunlight changes the 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin into vitamin D3. Emerging research is showing a direct correlation between both bone density and blood levels of vitamin D3. Higher blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a lower rate of fractures of virtually all types; lower blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a higher rate of fractures of all types.

Sunlight can improve sleep quality.
When sunlight hits your eyes, your optic nerve sends a message to the gland in the brain that produces melatonin (a hormone that helps you sleep); the gland decreases its secretions of melatonin until the sun goes down again. In other words, exposure to sunlight during the day increases the natural production of melatonin at night. Low levels of melatonin production are linked to poor sleep quality, especially in older adults.

Skincare News via http://www.care2.com/greenliving/author/drmurray

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The Difference Between Hydrating and Moisturizing Your Skin

Skincare Tips Promote Anti-Aging

Editor’s Note: The following article explains the difference between adding water to the skin (hydrating) and using a barrier on the skin (moisturizing). Toners are more for skin balancing and helping product to absorb better.  They do have hydrating qualities depending on the ingredients but serums are the very best products for hydrating.  Pevonia has safe and effective hydrating serums such as Timeless Repair Serum with caviar and pearl extract, Elastin Intensifier, and Collagen Intensifier.

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By Jane Kolade, November 05, 2016, via HEALTH

I keep getting inquiries as the difference between moisturizing and hydrating. It’s an interesting question since both words are often used interchangeably, and it would seem they are the same. But are they? Well, not really. You see hydrating products are formulated to increase water content to plump up the skin while moisturizing products keep the skin soft and pliable by preventing water content in the skin from evaporating. But I thought I’ll discuss a little more here and to begin, let’s look at what exactly is moisturizing and hydrating.

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Moisturizing makes skin soft and smooth. Moisturizing aims to form a barrier film on the skin’s surface to prevent moisture loss. This makes the skin feel softer and smoother. Moisturizers generally work in two ways with two types of ingredients. First, you have the humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, sorbitol, propylene glycol, lactic acid, and colloidal oatmeal, which work by attracting water molecules to the skin. And second are emollients, like sweet almond oil, apricot oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter, which work by softening skin and forming a protective layer on top, to prevent water loss by coating the skin with an oil-based substance to trap moisture in. Generally, the drier your skin, the thicker the moisturizer you need as they can help banish dry patches, flakiness and even fine lines. And in theory, a moisturizer should protect your skin from water loss until you wash your face but we know this does not always happen for various reasons, one of which is environmental pollution.
Hydrating makes skin plump and supple.
The upper layers on the epidermis needs a supply of water to make sure they are kept plump and smooth. Hence, hydrating facial products are designed for this purpose to increase the water content of the skin. They usually contain occlusive agents that keep moisture from leaving the skin and humectants that attract more moisture to the skin. So in a sense, hydrating products are often said to be moisturizing as well. However, to me, hydrating means the actual replenishment of moisture or water to skin cells. Therefore, you should replenish moisture to your skin first before you have your moisturizing skincare products applied.

Your skin needs to be hydrated and moisturized.
Going by the structure of our skin, we need both hydrating and moisturizing products applied on our skin. However, does this necessarily mean you need to apply two different products? Well, not so because many moisturizers these days are designed to be water-based, containing mostly water-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid with some oil. But say if your skin is very dry, it would be better to use two products, such as a hydrating toner or hydrating serum followed by a richer moisturizer.

Skincare Tip: Apply moisturizer to increase hydrating benefits.
Personally, I only use a hydrating toner prior to using my facial oil and moisturizer. I always ensure that I apply the products while my skin is still damp. You might like to know that applying moisturizer to a damp face helps to lock in the water from the upper layers of the skin, and prevents evaporation. The moisturizer will also help seal the hydrating benefits from the toner deep into the skin.

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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Skin Care Expert Emphasizes Hydration

Hydration Helps Avoid Wrinkled Skin

Drinking plenty of water daily is important for overall good health. But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? Water gives your skin a radiant, healthy, younger- looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever. I say, water helps hydrate and detox, so indulge.

The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.

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If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Skin is made up of three layers — the outer layer (epidermis), the underlying skin (dermis) and the subcutaneous fat tissue. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water, skin will lose elasticity and feel rough.

As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. I advise clients to apply a hydrating moisturizer within immediately after leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and open to better absorption than after you cool down.

Of course, part of the equation is to drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin health, but it can’t hurt. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results.

Other Tips For Dry Skin:

  • Avoid exposure to dry air
  • Avoid prolonged contact with hot or chlorinated water
  • Use a gentle cleanser instead of soap
  • Avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol
  • Minimize dehydrating fluids with alcohol and caffeine
  • Moisturize immediately after a bath or shower and regularly throughout the day
  • Use a humidifier
  • Wear a scarf and gloves when going out in cold weather

Of course, all moisturizers are not created equal. We carry a few products that we recommend highly because they are natural and effective. Just give us a call and we can discuss your needs and make a better recommendation to prevent and treat your dry skin.

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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Change Your Thoughts To Change Your Life

Inner Peace Promotes Wellness

The world is going through chaotic changes right now, changes that need to happen since we are in the age of peace, the age of Aquarius. That peace starts with us and our thoughts and beliefs. Is your mind cluttered with fears and anger, a lot of negative beliefs? What you think, affects how you feel physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your fear-based and limiting negative thoughts, can actually cause illness in the body and mind.  Science now knows there is a mind/body connection.

A great book to read about this is “The Biology Of Belief” by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. A quote of his from the book—“Beliefs and thoughts alter cells in your body”. And how do we change our thoughts and beliefs? For a long time it was thought that just thinking and expressing positive affirmations would change all that. It might help some but not enough. A quote again from Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. that explains it best.

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“Our thoughts are mainly controlled by our subconscious, which is largely formed before the age of 6, and you cannot change the subconscious mind by just thinking about it. That’s why the power of positive thinking will not work for most people. The subconscious mind is like a tape player. Until you change the tape, it will not change.”

According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, the fastest and easiest way to change the subconscious is using Psych-K techniques.  This psychological process helps you to communicate directly with your subconscious mind so you can discover your programmed hidden beliefs that could be sabotaging your peace and success.  Psych-K is whole brain integration, a way to work with the conscious and subconscious together.  Studies indicate that 95% of our consciousness is actually in the subconscious. To learn more about Psych-K and the founder Robert Williams, M.A, check out this you tube link.  visit Psych-K       

I have taken the classes and used the Psych-K modalities for years now and have undergone a lot
of changes for the better. It helped me to let go of many of my struggles. I feel peaceful and calm
because of it. It’s a technique that I highly recommend to change those self-sabotaging beliefs thus
changing your life. Please give me a call and I will tell you more.

Skin Care Tips

  • Diet coke causes inflammation in the body. It tends to stiffen the body so you can’t move well.
  • High salt diet can cause acne and clogging in the skin.
  • A zinc deficiency can be the cause of your skin problems

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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