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Meet Joan Kesman of Skin Care Plus

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joan Kesman.

Joan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In looking back on my life, I realize that I love helping people look good and feel good and I really enjoyed learning new things. So I went to cosmetology school to study hairstyling. After getting my license, a relative was leaving the business and asked if I wanted to take it over. What a great opportunity!

Of course, I said yes and most of the clients she had did stay with me. To further my skills, I took as many classes as I could. I made a friend at one of the classes and she asked if I wanted to take an anesthetic course. Well, she dropped out, and I liked it so much that I continued.

Now with an esthetic license, I started doing facials at a makeup salon but continued with hairstyling for awhile along with the facials. Then when I worked in a spa, I quit the hair business and just did facials. After a few years, I met up with an old friend and together we opened our own skin care salon.

She had to leave after a few years because of illness. I continued with the business, hiring estheticians and massage therapists. That was like babysitting and did not like that. So I decided to rent my other rooms. Esthetics led me to take many different courses throughout the years in other alternative modalities.

I wanted to incorporate more treatments into my business. Massage therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, energy healing modalities (Silva Method, Pranic Healing, Quantum Touch, Reiki, E.F.T., Psych-K, Sound Energy Therapy with Tuning Forks) are the ones I worked with for some time.

Today I do sound energy therapy with tuning forks and facials but the facial treatments are different today. I not only follow the scientific rule, “The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age, and the more you are prone to skin cancer” but I’ve incorporated the energy healing techniques into my facial treatments.

This helps people to relax even more so they can not only look good but also feel great! And you could have a tuning forks treatment too, and float out of here. Before you leave I will recommend Pevonia products for you to take home to help keep your skin healthier and happier.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Having your own business brings on challenges but having a partner brings on more challenges. Communication was the biggest part of the challenge. We both were used to doing things on our own and in our own way without consulting anyone.

Because of past experiences in our lives, we knew how to handle the situations with talking thus working things out. Our friendship became stronger and we are still friends today. The partnership did end after only about 5 years because she became quite ill and needed to leave the business.

It was a scary time. Would she be okay and would I be okay without her helping me in the business? Well, she was slowly getting better and is doing well today. I decided to hire other people to work for me since I had space to pay for. That was not working out as I had hoped. My next plan was to have independent contractors rent the spaces.

That worked out much better. They all were responsible and easy to work with and really nice people, but nothing lasts forever. Everybody seemed to leave about the time the economy bottomed out, 2008 and I was left with all the bills for space. Hard times for me too. Business was just not the same anymore. I looked for a year for independent contractors to rent the space from me and finally, I had two women who did.

Again I was lucky with two great women. In 2011, I decided it was time to move on. My daughters and grandchildren had moved from out of state to the St. Charles area and I wanted to be closer. So I moved myself and my business out to Geneva. It’s been difficult building the business back up out here.

Marketing is a lot different the past few years doing it with social media. I had built up the business in Westmont with 99% referrals. I said I love learning and I have learned so much through my life and am still learning. All this has made me a stronger, empathetic, and a calm and peaceful woman.

We’d love to hear more about your business.

Skin Care Plus is located in Geneva, Il. The setting is quiet and peaceful with scents from a diffusor when you walk in. First-time clients are given a form to fill out. From there and the consultation that follows, the client and I can figure out what their skin needs at this time.

At the end of the facial, I recommend Pevonia products to further help their skin which they can purchase from me. After many years of doing many different services, I now specialize in facial treatments, mainly for calming and antiaging, product consultations (recommending products for their face), and sound energy therapy using tuning forks.

The tuning forks treatment is the one energy healing treatment that relaxed me so much that I dozed off. First time ever with any treatment, so I was sold on that one to do for clients. Even clients who talk a lot, stop talking when I do the tuning forks on them. The facial treatments that I do are not aggressive treatments in that I do not tear down the skin with peels and such.

Been there, done that. I believe in helping to repair and build up the skin to make it look better and stay healthier. Peels and such make the skin thinner and more sensitive and in the long run, you will age faster. I always tell clients that before doing a facial for the first time. I do use glycolic or an alternative to a peel that is a more natural product for clients that need more.

The scientific rule that I follow is “The more you irritate the skin, the more you become inflamed, the faster you age, and the more you are prone to skin cancer”. Different modalities are used during a facial, such as LED light therapy (anti-aging, healing, calming, helps acne, and more), Ultra High Frequency (helps acne, healing, helps scar, antiaging, and more), High Frequency (kills acne bacteria).

Ultrasonic (helps product penetration). To help the skin repair even better and faster, healing energy modalities are used during the facial. A mini sound therapy treatment can be added to the facial for added relaxation. The Pevonia product I use and sell is safe, effective, and results oriented with the latest ingredients for all the skin’s needs. The ingredients are natural and organic.

What were you like growing up?
Being the oldest child, I was responsible, quiet, conscientious, curious, neat, serious. My Mom and Dad worked so I had to take care of my youngest sister. I cooked and cleaned. I was a serious person who had to do everything well. I couldn’t call my childhood as carefree. I was able to play baseball and ride my bike.

In high school, I had a nice group of friends that I biked with and played tennis. I liked school and was an honor roll student. I obeyed the rules most of the time and if I didn’t, nobody knew it. My mom and dad were strict so you didn’t argue with them at all.

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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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Should You Massage Your Face??

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.
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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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.
  630-655-3345      or    Send me an email

 

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
                                                                    Specials
Receive a facial treatment before Dec. 30th, 2017and receive a Free mini Sound Energy
Therapy Treatment with my 4 new tuning forks.  15 minutes added to facial.  $25 gift to you.
Call for price on My Skin Buddy
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Why Get Monthly Facials

 Facials Part Of Healthy Skin Care

                                               
Professional facials are way beyond pampering.  They are essential for repairing skin issues to keep the face looking younger.
Normally your skin cells turnover approximately every 30 days but as we move on in life this process slows down which causes aging. Exposure to elements on a daily basis–sun, wind, cold, heat, pollution, stress, etc. also elicits more aging, sensitivity, dehydration, and more. Monthly facial treatments will assist to reverse this damage by repairing the skin’s barrier, adding moisture, reducing sensitivity, calming redness, firming and toning, reducing lines, wrinkles and even breakouts.

The facial starts with a skin analysis, then a deep cleansing and extraction for clear, smooth skin.  Next, based on your skin analysis, a massage and mask, LED light therapy or other modality for anti-aging or acne.    

 
My treatments include a neck/shoulder massage and head massage. I also incorporate energy healing modalities for further relaxation. The touch that you receive is proven to assist in strengthening your immune system and to reduce stress levels. This will allow a more youthful, healthier looking face and body.     
 
Your face is what people see first, so take care of it with a professional facial treatment NOW.  Remember also that your home care routine is very important between facials to continue overall skincare improvement.  I use the Pevonia product line.  It is safe and effective in keeping your skin young and healthy. 
 
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The LED light therapy facial is on special now through Oct. 21, 2017.  LED light therapy helps with all skin conditions.  Check out specials on this site.
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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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Transform Your Face

Transform Your Face With LED


How we look to the world is essentially defined by the beauty of our skin. Is your skin lucid, glowing, and younger looking? The answer to helping your skin to be younger looking and healthy is LED light therapy.  This is skin rejuvenation from within, working from the inside out.

Light therapy is not invasive and no pain involved.  So the treatment follows the scientific inflammation cascade, “The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age, and the more you are prone to skin cancer”. No Inflammation with LED, only helping with repair and building of the skin.

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Here’s what it does help: softens lines and folds, increases firmness and moisture, collagen production, better blood circulation,minimize pores, promote faster healing,  reduce broken capillaries,  reduce pigmentation, skin to look radiant, reduce redness, acne, and more.  It’s great for antiaging and acne both.  At the same time, the Light helps to relax you, so it is stress relieving along with all the healing properties.

The Greeks back in 1500 BC first recorded the healing properties of light to restore health.  Of course the technology wasn’t there yet until 1903 AD.  Dr. Niels Finsen, Danish physician, demonstrated the beneficial effects of various wavelengths of light to treat TB. Now it is used in dermatology, neurology, physiotherapy and more. Years of research have shown that light therapy has a powerful therapeutic benefit to living tissue.

Again in the 1960’s more was found and NASA began using it, then units were made for the facial room.  NASA’s research found that LED’s that produced near-infrared light were shown to stimulate the basic energy in the cells five times more than normal.

So what is LED light therapy?  It’s pulsed light that stimulates and regenerates skin cells and promotes healing using specific light frequencies.  The spectrum is between infra-red and ultra-violet. The light is converted to an electrical energy wave. Because we are electrical energy also, this wave creates more energy for cell division for rebuilding. So you achieve skin rejuvenation from within.

Even after one treatment you can tell a change in your face.  For the best results it is recommended to have at least 1 treatment a week or, even better, 2 treatments a week for 6 to 8 weeks, depending on your skin. I will do a deep cleansing before the light and a mask after at the time of the 1st and 6th treatments.  The treatments in between will be a quick cleanse and just the light after.

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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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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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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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Is Your Sunscreen Toxic

 Some Sunscreens Can Damage Your Skin, Fail To Block Harmful Rays

The sun is out and summer is here.  The last few days have been beautiful for getting out, but at the same time that sun causes damage to our skin and can age us faster.  Facial treatments will help prevent that by repairing, calming and hydrating the face slowing down the aging process.  The newest and best treatment I have is LED light therapy.  Just purchased a new one that has new technology to further enhance your skin.  Check for info below and call for your appointment now at 630 655 3345.

 Yes, we do need that sun that helps your body create Vitamin D.  It is recommended that you sit in the sun for about 15 to 45 minutes depending on how light or dark you are to get your needed dose.  Many ailments we have can be from a lack of this supplement.  Some experts believe that excessive use of sunscreen is also the cause of Vitamin D deficiency.

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I, personally, do not use sunscreens.  I had a bad experience with it years ago when it became popular.  It burned my face.  I was on the golf course and used my water bottle to wash it off and still had to wash it off more at the nearest restroom.  I do take precautions with the sun.  My main to go product is Pevonia’s Vitamin C Complex for my face, to help prevent sun damage.  Using Vitamin C Complex at night helps to reverse  sun damage.  If I am going to be out for quite awhile, I take a powerful antioxidant Bio Astin Hawaiian Astaxanthin 12 mg before going into the sun, to help prevent sunburn.  When I’m out at my grandson’s baseball games, I further protect myself by wearing clothing that covers me more, wear sunglasses, and sit under trees when they are around.

Most sunscreens have toxic synthetic chemicals that are irritating to the skin such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, benzophenones,octyl methoxycinnamate, and more.  These ingredients can increase your risk of skin cancer and because of the irritation factor, it does increase aging of the skin.  Remember the Scientific Rule which states: The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age, and the more you are prone to skin cancer.  It’s also recommended that you DO NOT use spray sunscreens because of the risk to your lungs.If you burn easily, you might need to use a sunscreen.  Look for a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide based formula that acts as a physical barrier. They just sit on the surface of the skin.  There is much controversy about using non-nanotech or nanotech formulas.  You choose.  A safe one that I use and my family uses is Dr. Mercola SPF 50 sunscreen.  Can be purchased on his website.

If you want to read more, check out these 2 sites: sunscreen ingredients Best and Worst Sunscreens

This is my new LED light therapy unit.  Phototherapy is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties.  It can increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, decrease wrinkles, improve texture, tone, and clarity, ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and spasms and kill acne bacteria and much more.  Also helps with rosacea and redness.  So with the summer sun, if you get sunburn the LED light therapy can help to heal that faster.

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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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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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Prevent, Treat Wrinkles On Your Face

Wrinkles Form As Our Skin Ages

Everyone gets wrinkles on their skin. Wrinkles form as the skin ages and its underlying structure begins to break down. Environmental factors such as sun exposure and personal habits such as smoking can hasten this process and contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Habitual facial expressions can also cause wrinkles, as well as deeper lines such as smile and frown lines.

Wrinkles are a sign that the skin has lost elasticity due to age, exposure to the wind or sun, an unhealthy diet, smoking, or any combination of these factors. Sun damage, in particular, causes premature wrinkles. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can penetrate the skin and damage the underlying collagen and other support structures.

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The best way to prevent premature wrinkles is by maintaining good skin health. This includes practicing good nutrition, keeping the skin clean and moisturized, and avoiding things that can damage the skin, such as sun exposure and smoking. Good nutrition is essential to keeping skin healthy. A well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants is essential for good skin health.

Hygiene and hydration are also keys to maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Keeping the skin clean and well moisturized will help keep it supple and prevent wrinkles. Dirty skin is more vulnerable to infection and irritation. Over-use of cosmetics and similar products can damage the skin and aggravate existing skin conditions such as rashes, infections, and acne.

There are many behavior patterns associated with premature wrinkles. The most avoidable of these is smoking. Smoking can negatively affect skin health, leading to damage and infection. When a person smokes, the blood vessels constrict, which restricts blood flow to the extremities as well as the skin. Because the blood carries oxygen and other nutrients to the skin, this process deprives the skin of needed chemical compounds. Environmental pollutants such as automobile emissions have a similar effect. Wrinkles can also be the result if exposure to sun, wind, and other environmental conditions. Regular moisturizing, daily sunscreen application, and appropriate clothing choices are the best ways to address these risks.

Wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging. However, with good nutrition, proper skin care, and advanced wrinkle treatments available from a qualified cosmetic dermatologist, wrinkles can be diminished and even eliminated. Effective wrinkle treatment and wrinkle removal procedures performed by an expert cosmetic dermatologist can enhance skin health and maintain the skin’s aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Effective solutions for wrinkle treatment and removal provided by a cosmetic dermatologist include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and IPL™ Photofacial. Through different means, these procedures remove damaged and dead outer layers of skin to reveal new, healthy skin and enhance the production of collagen. Chemical peels use an acid solution to essentially “burn” away the upper layers of skin. In a microdermabrasion treatment, the dermatologist uses a spray of fine crystals to remove outer layers of skin. Laser resurfacing and IPL™ Photofacial involve the use of intense light rays to break up and remove dead and damaged skin layers. After these treatments, wrinkles are eliminated or reduced, and the skin appears much younger and healthier.

BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers are also effective for wrinkle treatment and removal. They can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and injectable fillers can be used to enhance facial features and address structural inconsistencies. Although there are exceptions, injectables generally provide aesthetic enhancement for a few months before requiring touchup treatments. The most common injectables are:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are the most popular cosmetic enhancement treatment in the United States. In a BOTOX® treatment, injection of tiny amounts of botulinum toxin type A temporarily immobilizes muscles in the face that are responsible for wrinkles.
  • Collagen: Collagen is particularly effective for temporary wrinkle treatment and removal. Collagen can be used to fill in wrinkled areas of the skin, making it appear flatter and smoother. Collagen injections can also be used in a number of other applications, such as sculpting lips and filling in scars.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: Restylane® is an example of a hyaluronic acid gel that can be used to augment and smooth the skin, making it very effective for wrinkle treatment. Hyaluronic acid fillers have the advantage that they are less prone to provoking allergic reactions than some other injectable fillers.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers: Radiesse® and other calcium hydroxlapatite fillers trigger the production of natural collagen by the body. This provides wrinkle-removal effects that are especially long-lasting.
  • Fat Transfer: A fat transfer procedure involves removing fat from one part of the body, cleaning and filtering it, and then injecting it into another part of the body to treat wrinkles. This approach uses a substance from the patient’s own body, which has the advantage of added safety and compatibility.

The most dramatic methods for wrinkle treatment and removal are facial plastic surgery procedures such as a face lift, brow lift, and eye lift These procedures are popular and can effectively address wrinkles on the face with long-lasting results. Facial plastic surgery procedures tighten the facial skin and remove excess skin and fat from specific areas of the face, making the skin appear tighter and smoother. They are often performed in conjunction with cosmetic dermatology procedures to exfoliate the skin. Facial implant surgery can also be used to address wrinkles and improve the contours of the face. Popular options include cheek augmentation and chin augmentation. The neck lift is popular with patients who have excess skin folds and wrinkles around the jaw and neckline. The procedure is often performed to augment a face lift or other facial plastic surgery procedure.

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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