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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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Facial Serums Make A Difference

Serums, Cleansers Critical To Healthy Skin

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In the past, I’ve talked about skin cleansers and toners. Cleansers are probably the most important product to use on your skin. If they are too acidic or too alkaline, they tear down the skin, making it irritated and more sensitive. Scrubs can cause the same type of skin damage.

The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you are prone to skin  cancer.

Your skin is a complex organ that serves as a protective barrier. It’s aging not only affects how old you look, but the thinning of the skin exposes you to infections and environmental chemicals and UV radiation.  So you need to know your cleanser. (You can bring it in and I can check it out for you. Know too, that Pevonia’s cleansers are the proper PH.)

Step #2 is skin toner. Toners balance the skin and they also remove tap residue. Depending on your water supply, this residue can cause breakout and problems on the skin.

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On to the third step in your home care routine which is a serum, (also called intensifiers, concentrates, elixirs, and boosters). Clients ask me if they really need a serum. The answer is YES.  The appropriate serum can make a dramatic difference on your face. It can make your skin look and feel younger, help tighten pores, calm redness, hydrate, diminish wrinkles, help acne, lighten, and more.  The best thing about specialized serums, is that they have powerful, concentrated, active ingredients that absorb quickly to deliver these ingredients.  The gel-like product is usually water based so it doesn’t clog your pores.

When you want to target specific skin concerns, serums are the way to go. Not only do they offer targeted results, but they strengthen your cells and give them nourishment and help repair. The one serum I like best, especially in the sun, is Vitamin C Concentrate by Pevonia. It helps prevent and repair sun damage.

These concentrates need to go on immediately after cleansing and toning. The skin needs to be very moist for the serum to be massaged gently (up and out movements) into the skin of the face, neck, and upper chest. If you don’t have toner, then leave your face moist with water (distilled water if possible). A creamy lotion or cream moisturizer over the top is usually recommended to keep serum from evaporating before it delivers its targeted ingredient.

Whatever your skin care concerns are, you can see faster results using the appropriate serum. Not all serums are created equal since manufacturing practices vary from brand to brand. Pevonia has my serums of choice because they are safe and effective.

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 Products Must Eliminate Microbeads

Illinois Bans Microbeads From Skin Care Products, Cosmetics

An outright ban on the common use of tiny plastic beads from products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people, a group of conservation scientists suggest in a new analysis. It also can help protect your skin and overall health.

These microbeads are one part of the microplastic problem in oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers, but are a special concern because in many products they are literally designed to be flushed down the drain. And even at conservative estimates, the collective total of microbeads being produced today is enormous.

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In an article just published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, scientists from seven institutions say that nontoxic and biodegradable alternatives exist for microbeads, which are used in hundreds of products as abrasive scrubbers, ranging from face washes, exfoliants to toothpaste. Around the size of a grain of sand, they can provide a gritty texture to products where that is needed.

“We’re facing a plastic crisis and don’t even know it,” said Stephanie Green, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow in the College of Science at Oregon State University, and co-author of this report.

“Part of this problem can now start with brushing your teeth in the morning,” she said. “Contaminants like these microbeads are not something our wastewater treatment plants were built to handle, and the overall amount of contamination is huge. The microbeads are very durable.”

In this analysis, and using extremely conservative methodology, the researchers estimated that 8 trillion microbeads per day are being emitted into aquatic habitats in the United States – enough to cover more than 300 tennis courts a day. But the other 99 percent of the microbeads – another 800 trillion – end up in sludge from sewage plants, which is often spread over areas of land. Many of those microbeads can then make their way into streams and oceans through runoff.

“Microbeads are just one of many types of microplastic found in aquatic habitats and in the gut content of wildlife,” said Chelsea Rochman, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California/Davis, and lead author on the analysis.

“We’ve demonstrated in previous studies that microplastic of the same type, size and shape as many microbeads can transfer contaminants to animals and cause toxic effects,” Rochman said. “We argue that the scientific evidence regarding microplastic supports legislation calling for a removal of plastic microbeads from personal care products.”

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Even though microbeads are just one part of the larger concern about plastic debris that end up in oceans and other aquatic habitat, they are also one of the most controllable. With growing awareness of this problem, a number of companies have committed to stop using microbeads in their cosmetics, shampoos, toothpastes and skin care products, and several states have already regulated or banned the products.

The researchers point out in their analysis, however, that some bans have included loopholes using strategic wording. Many microbeads are used in personal care products that are not “rinse off,” such as deodorants and cleaners. And some regulations use the term “biodegradable” to specify what products are allowed – but some microbeads can biodegrade just slightly, which may allow their continued use.

If legislation is sought, “new wording should ensure that a material that is persistent, bioaccumulative, or toxic is not added to products designed to go down the drain,” the researchers wrote in their report.

“The probability of risk from microbead pollution is high, while the solution to this problem is simple,” they concluded.

Skin Care News via: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/sep/ban-microbeads-offers-best-chance-protect-oceans-aquatic-species

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Personal Skin Care With DNA Analysis

Chicago Spa Has Always Promoted Personal Skin Care

Skin Care Plus has always touted the importance of personal and natural skin care products. A company in London, however, uses a high-tech process, including DNA analysis, to prescribe skin care products that match your genetics, chemistry and skin care needs.

The skin care company is called GeneU. The London-based clinic adds a sample of your saliva to a small microchip. The test is complete in just 30 minutes. It analyzes two genes–one that regulates how fast your body degrades collagen and the other deciphers your predisposition to antioxidant protection and anti-aging.

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Results are entered into a computer, which recommends two of the company’s 18 skin care serums that best fit your needs. The cost is about $940 (including the test and a two-week supply of skin care serum).

“For us it’s about giving people the right concentrations that their skin can metabolize,” said Christofer Toumazou, the company’s founder and a professor at Imperial College London. “We all know that science and technology have radically reshaped many aspects of our daily lives over the last 20 years. GENEU is at the forefront of the next wave of skin health. One that brings medical and technological expertise to everyone’s individual healthcare and beauty needs in radically new ways.”

Double-blind clinical trials over 18 months suggest that GeneU reduces fine lines and wrinkles by up to 30 percent in 12 weeks, Dr. Toumazou said. The results have not yet been published.

GeneU isn’t the only company offering skin care tailored to genetics. SkinShift in Austin, Tex., outsources its $99 DNA test, then suggests some combination drawn from an available pool of four serums and five nutritional supplements. None cost more than $75.

Skin Care Plus doesn’t make any judgements of these companies, but we do find it interesting that the theme of personal skin care continues to gain traction. We support that revolution completely. Be sure to tell your friends, family and co-workers that we offer free personal skin care analysis (by phone or in-person) as part of our personal and natural skin care consultation and treatment. We ship products to customers around the world. We also offer the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Wheaton.

Skin Care News via http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/fashion/using-dna-tests-to-personalize-skin-care.html?_r=0

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Demand For Natural, Organic Skin Care Products Rising

Skin Care Products With Harmful Chemicals Pushed Aside

The U.S. skin care industry should reach an estimated $12.2 billion by 2018. The major driver of growth in the skin care industry is the rising demand for natural and organic skin care products. Growing concern for health and safety, consumer awareness about synthetic chemicals, and rising green consciousness drove the demand for organic and natural skin care products. Another key driver of growth in the skin care industry is increased demand of anti-aging products.

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Skin care manufacturers recognized that valuable opportunities exist in the skincare industry. Skincare product manufacturers are continuously adopting new strategies to gain market share and one of the opportunities for multifunctional skin care products remains high.

Market analysts predict that the biggest challenge for manufacturers is to provide good quality products at low-cost. Consumers have become price conscious, but they don’t want to compromise on quality. The study explains that consumers use skin care products for long-term application effect, safety concerns and even eco-friendliness. Consumers with high incomes are increasingly buying premium products, responding to the improving economy and skin care product innovations.

Skin Care Plus plus offers only natural and organic skin care products. We also offer the best facial in Chicago. We proudly serve the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles. We also offer tele-consulting and we can ship products to you anywhere in the world.

Skin Care Research via http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/h6db6r/us_skincare

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U.S. Skin Care Industry Will Top $12.2 Billion By 2018

Natural, Organic Skin Care Products In High Demand

The major driver of the skin care industry is the rising concern and demand for natural and organic skin care products. Growing concern for health and safety, consumer awareness about synthetic chemicals, and rising green consciousness drove the demand for organic and natural skin care products. Another key driver of the skin care industry is increased demand of anti-aging products. This market is benefited by high disposable income of the baby boomers group.

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Skin care manufacturers recognized that valuable opportunities exist in the skin care industry. Skin care product manufacturers are continuously adopting new strategies to gain market share. One of the keys areas for growth involves multifunctional skin care products.

The Market Research Report analysts advise that the biggest challenge the industry faces is to provide good quality products at low cost. Consumers have become price conscious, but at the same time do not want to compromise on quality. Hence it is crucial for the manufacturers to maintain a balance between price and quality. Continuous innovation has also become a challenge for the players in the industry. Regular innovation of products is very important for companies to sustain their successful position in the market.

The study also highlights key drivers of growth in the skin care industry. Consumers use skin care products for long-term application effect, safety concerns and even eco-friendliness, which will certainly be a major skincare trend in the future. Consumers with high incomes are increasingly buying premium products, responding to the improving economy and product innovations from premium skin care manufacturers.

Some of the features of US Skin Care Industry 2013-2018: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis include:

  •  Analysis of competitive intensity of the industry based on Porter’s Five Forces model which helps to understand the competitive position of industry players
  • US Skin Care market intelligence with special emphasis on facial care, body and hand care, depilatories, and sun care markets
  • Skin Care Market Size trend (2007-2012) and forecast (2013-2018) with demographic factor analysis are useful to make major investment decisions in region
  • Profitability and Cost Structure Trend Analysis (2007-2012) of US Skin Care market provides the clear picture of market to the investor
  • Competitive Landscape, emerging trend, market drivers and growth opportunity analysis provided helps to ascertain a sound investment decision

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tgcmgb/us_skincare

Learn 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 Reduces Risk Of Skin Cancer

Skin Care Experts Explain The Importance Of Natural Products

Caring for your skin should be one of your top priorities because your skin is the largest organ on your body. Wrinkles and lines are a natural part of aging, but proper care can delay and minimize their emergence.

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If you take good care of your skin, you can look younger without much extra effort. You also want to make sure that you follow a healthy diet. A diet that is rich in vitamins, A, C, E and K will help reduce the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that accelerate the aging process. If you smoke, then you should consider quitting for many reasons. Smoking promotes the formation of wrinkles and fine lines across most of your body.

These are all cosmetic reasons to take good care of your body and skin. However, cancer prevention is another reason to be diligent. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that two million people in America are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Approximately 20 percent of the American population will develop skin cancer at some point. Many people who have skin cancer find that their overall health quickly deteriorates because the cancer can very easily spread to other parts of the body.

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While there is no 100 percent full-proof way to prevent skin cancer, you can greatly reduce your chances of developing it by taking good care of your skin. Make sure that you apply sunscreen when you are going out in the sun. The sunscreen will help protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Studies have shown that people who have multiple sunburns are more likely to develop skin cancer.

The importance of keeping your skin healthy cannot be reiterated enough. It is the largest organ on your body, so it requires special care. Taking care of your skin will help you look younger and maintain overall health. If you ever notice new spots on your body, don’t delay–have them looked at as soon as possible to catch cancers early, which leads to more treatment options and better outcomes.

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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Healthier Skin Is Just A Phone Call Away

Our Experts Are A Phone Call Away

Radiant and flawless skin is what everyone wants. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced world, finding the time to take care of your skin is easier said than done. That’s why we frequently post tips and options that our clients can easily fit into their lifestyle. Plus, we help clients around the world with simple phone consultations to understand the problems, challenges and environments that our clients are balancing on a daily basis.

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“It’s amazing what we can learn over the phone when a person has an issue or concern,” said Joan Kesman, founder of Skin Care Plus in Geneva. “People know their bodies and lives better than anyone, so when they have an issue with their skin, they are able to describe it in impeccable detail, which makes it easy to offer advice and product recommendations over the phone. It saves everyone time and money, while addresssing the issue before it escalates.”

To help you get through your busy day with a glowing smile on your face, here are some skin care tips to help you look and feel your best:

Avoid Skin Irritants

Avoid Harmful Products

Discard Old Products

Apply Skin Toner

Exfoliate and Hydrate

Minimize Sun Exposure

Minimize Makeup

Get Your Beauty Sleep

These are just a few simple skin care tips that can make a big difference in your health and happiness.

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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Geneva Skin Care Expert Offers Personal, Natural Care

Skin Absorbs Most Toxins

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

Our spa is all about personal and natural skin care. Why should you care? Just like our fingerprints, everyone’s overall skin condition, complexion and chemistry is different. Combine that with age-related factors and dietary factors, allergies and sensitivities, and there is not a silver bullet or a one-size-fits-all remedy that we can pull off the shelf and apply like tonic water. A personal evaluation and a personal approach makes a noticeable difference quickly.

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Secondly, the natural aspect of skin care is equally important. Remember, our skin is the largest organ of the body. It absorbs everything applied–good and bad. Some products are questionable. Some are outright toxic and carcinogenic. An alarming amount of skin care products contain petroleum byproducts, such as parabens (a group of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries to extend the shelf life of products). They have been linked to cancer, and may have an estrogenic effect. These chemicals can be found in face and body moisturizers, body wash, and cleansers.

Bad skin care products can cause pores to become clogged and circulation impaired. So, age, race, diet, stress, place of residence and work (toxins), and hereditary factors all can play a role in skin condition, anti-aging and the personal treatment necessary to achieve optimum health. Start a personal skin care plan today with a personal consultation and recommendation. You will look and feel your best.

Remember, the most beneficial skin care products come from nature, not a lab, oil field, or animal. If it belongs in your kitchen, it belongs on and in your body. Question anything that contains animal-based ingredients.

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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Can Some Cosmetics and Skin Care Products Transmit Disease?

Animal-Based Skin Care Products Carry Unnecessary Risks

Why are women dying from Alzheimer’s at a higher rate than men? Could it be that our cosmetic procedures and products are prion pathways? Doctors say “yes.” Other risky cosmetic procedures involve facial injections for filling wrinkles or plumping skin. Zyderm and Zyplast, for example, are promoted as premium collagen from cattle, “a soft tissue dermal filler made from purified cow skin used to fill wrinkles, lines and scars on the face.” If these factories ever process contaminated material, all future supplies will become contaminated. Since we don’t test cattle comprehensively for prion disease, it’s impossible to quantify the risk factor. It’s also impossible to eliminate that risk factor from the law of probabilities.

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Some ingredient code words to watch for on soaps, cleansers, skin lotions, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products include, stearic acid, myristic, lauric, oleic, palmitic acids, collagen and glycerin. Some of the safest products are made by Alba Botanical, Dr. Bronner’s and NOW Foods. Skin is the body’s largest living, breathing organ. What we feed our skin and scalp gets absorbed directly into the body. The proximity of the brain to our scalps, faces, eyes, lips and mouth, demands scrutiny of the chemicals that we pour on our heads and shoulders. When in doubt, make homemade lotions with ingredients that you know and trust. Several recipes are available online.

To find out more about the importance of 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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