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Foods That Promote Healthy Skin

Beat Dryness, Wrinkles With Nutrition

Give your topical creams some backup, and care for your face naturally. Nutritionist Dana James shared the good things to eat for a flawless complexion.

Papayas: They contain lots of vitamin C and serve as an exfoliant when applied topically. You will see several skincare products that contain papaya because of its numerous benefits to your skin.

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Avocados: A good source of biotin, avocados help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. When applied topically, they can hydrate parched skin. Create a moisturizing mask. Pit the fruit, puree the pulp, and pat it on your face. The oil acts as an emollient. It also contains beneficial vitamin E.

Green Tea: High on the list of skin-friendly beverages thanks to its impressive storehouse of polyphenols. Aim for four cups throughout your day.

Tomatoes: A German study found that lycopene-rich tomato paste helped participants prevent sunburn when they combined it with olive oil, daily for ten weeks. Besides being a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are considered a high-carotenoid fruit. These nutrients may help slow down cellular damage from free radicals.

Salmon: Salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity, so you’ll have fewer fine lines.

Eggs. Protein helps repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. Eggs, a complete source of protein, also contain biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.

Pomegranates: When applied topically, this antioxidant-rich fruit may help skin create more collagen, while speeding healing.

Walnuts: Looking to add Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet but not a fan of fish? Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which help put shine in your hair and aid in making skin smoother and younger looking.

Beans: Another protein source, legumes help repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. During digestion, protein breaks down into amino acids, the building blocks of cells. Amino acids help to speed the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen.

Skin Care Plus uses 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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Dry Skin Treatment Tips

Expert Advice On Treating Dry Skin

When it comes to preventing dry skin, many skin care experts rave about moisturizers with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), originally derived from milk, fruit, or sugarcane. Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids found in foods. Alpha hydroxy acids include citric acid (found in citrus fruits), glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), lactic acid(found in sour milk), malic acid (found in apples), tartaric acid (found in grapes), and others. Various alpha hydroxy acids are applied to the skin (used topically) for moisturizing and removing dead skin cells, for treating acne and improving the appearance of acne scars, for improving the appearance of photo-aged skin, and firming and smoothing skin.

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Alpha hydroxy acids are also used topically to treat extremely dry skin, an inherited disease marked by dry, scaly skin, and a condition that causes darkening of the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids seem to work by removing the top layers of dead skin cells. They can also increase the thickness of deeper layers of skin, promoting firmness.

“They remove dry, dead, crusty, scaly skin, and they trap moisture in your skin,” says Joan Kesman, owner of Skin Care Plus in geneva, Illinois. 
“Some over-the-counter AHA products are better than others.”

“There’s so much that women can do for dry skin,” Kesman said. “A new generation of moisturizers and skin products are available to help dry skin.”

More Tips On Treating Dry Skin

Milk. If your itchy winter dry skin is driving you crazy, pour milk into a bowl. Dip a washcloth or a piece of gauze in the cold milk, and apply it to your skin for five minutes. “Milk has anti-inflammatory properties that often take the itch away. Some milk contains lactic acid, which is beneficial to skin.

Grease. Watery, scented lotions are useless on dry skin. Use strong, thick creams or emollients.

Moisturize. The best time of all to oil or cream your face and body is after a bath or shower, while you’re still damp and your skin is plump with moisture. Moisturizing lotions are formulated to lock in moisture so that it doesn’t evaporate. First, soak in a lukewarm tub. Get out of the tub and pat yourself semi-dry, then apply a layer of oil. Leave it on overnight if possible. Often, the very driest of skin occurs on your heels, hands, and elbows. Seal them with grease, too.

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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Natural Anti-Aging Secrets

Chicago Spa Offers Seven Tips For Healthier Skin

Sesame Seed Oil: Massage organic sesame oil all over your body. Working it into the skin gets your blood circulating. Plus, the oil hydrates your skin, giving it a healthy glow. Then take a shower and rinse away dead skin cells.

Fish Oil: Anti-inflammatories are the best anti-agers out there. From improving heart and immune functions to helping hair grow and skin look supple, they truly do wonders. I take three 500 milligram capsules of omega-3 fish oil in the morning and at night. Look for labels that say, ‘molecularly distilled for purity,’ which means pesticide-free.

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Avoid White Sugar: The number-one ingredient that I avoid in my diet is processed sugar. The reason: It speeds up the aging process by binding to and eventually weakening the collagen in your skin, which can lead to premature wrinkles and sagging. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits every day.

Use White Sugar As An Exfoliant: Before you toss out that bag of white sugar, add it to your skin care arsenal. In the shower, lather your hands with a mild cleanser, add a handful of white sugar, and rub it all over your face and body. It makes your skin very smooth.

Treat Eyes With Extra Care: I treat the skin around my eyes separately. Face creams can be too irritating, but products made for this delicate area work wonders for smoothing fine lines.

Pamper Your Hands: Take care of your hands with the same routine used on your face. Exfoliate your hands and use a mask on them, too. Try an enzyme concentrate on your face and hands.

Give Your Skin Vitamins: Try an over-the-counter topical vitamin C cream with a 30 percent concentration. It’s a wonderful antioxidant that helps skin repair itself from sun damage. Another way to inject your skin with moisture and vitamin C is with bananas. Mash up a banana and apply it to your skin as a mask. Let it set just like a regular mask and wash it off after it drys.

Also, be sure to minimize your consumption of alcohol and tobacco. We also urge you to minimize your use of makeup. Although makeup might make you look happy and healthy, it can clog pores and inject toxins directly into your body.

Follow our blog for more natural skin care tips and trends. If you have secrets that you would like to share, please contact us. We will gladly share the best ideas in an upcoming post about healthy skin and anti-aging.

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Common Skin Care Mistakes

Chicago Skin Care Spa Emphasizes Personal, Natural Products

Whether you spend just 30 seconds every morning or have a dedicated pre-bedtime ritual, practically everyone has a skin care routine. And while we all have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of our complexion, we sometimes sabotage our skin without realizing it. Your daily habits make a major difference when it comes to preventing damage and premature aging. Renee Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician, shares the eight most common skincare mistakes.

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Leaving skin bare for more than 60 seconds after cleansing.

After cleansing, immediately apply an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. If you leave your skin bare for more than one minute, it will start to dehydrate as the dry air sucks moisture out of the skin. Perform your skin care routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. This will leave your skin protected, while eliminating the feeling of tight and dry skin.

Not using products formulated for your skin.

The reason you may not see improved results with your skin care products is that they aren’t suited for your skin’s unique needs. Find out what type of skin a product is formulated for. And if “all skin types” is the answer, proceed with caution.

If you’re truly looking for results, it’s imperative that you use products exclusively formulated for the unique needs of your skin.

Caring for your skin blemishes—the wrong way.

Most people will breakout at certain periods in their life, and where they often go wrong is how they treat a blemish once it appears—picking at it, applying spot treatments at the wrong phase of the breakout, and using the wrong treatments on the wrong kinds of blemishes. All of these will result in a blemish lasting longer and leaving a post-breakout red or dark scar than can linger for months. If it’s a pustular blemish, once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your finger and then apply a spot-drying treatment, which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any infection once the infection has been manually removed. If it’s a cystic blemish, which mainly occur in the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. This means no picking! Treat the cyst with Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment, which will help dissolve the infection while also preventing future cysts.

Overusing exfoliating products.

These days, when it comes to skincare products, if it’s not burning or stinging then people think it’s not working. In the quest to look younger and have smoother skin, people are doing too many aggressive exfoliating treatments that are actually injuring their skin. Too much exfoliation can cause a damaged moisture barrier, resulting in flaking, dehydration and inflammation, possible destruction of healthy cells, and a stimulation of melanin activity causing increased hyperpigmentation. Physical exfoliants such as facial scrubs (use ones with round grains) or facial brushes should be used no more than two or three times a week. Chemical exfoliants (including acid serums such as glycolic) should be used three nights on, three nights off.

Not wearing enough sunscreen.

The number one reason why your skin will age prematurely is from sunlight, daylight and UV rays—period. And 78% of those rays come from incidental exposure. These are all the times when you don’t think you’re getting the damaging rays, like driving in the car, sitting in your home or office near windows, or walking outside on a cloudy winter day when people don’t feel like they need sun protection. If you want to prevent wrinkles, wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out, is a must.

Using alcohol-based toners or skipping them entirely.

Toners are an important step in a skin care regimen and should be used daily. The mistake people make if they are actually using one is it’s often loaded with alcohol, which will only dehydrate the skin and cause an increase in dull cell buildup. If you’re not using one, it’s usually because you notice that it leaves the skin feeling dry, so you’ll skip it completely and miss out on important skin benefits. Alcohol-free toners should be used after every cleansing because they give your skin a drink of moisture when left damp on the skin before applying moisturizer, they remove drying chlorines and minerals found in tap water, and because damp skin is 10 times more permeable than dry skin. When left damp they can carry the active ingredients of your serum and moisturizer deeper within the skin.

Washing your skin with bar soap.

If you wash with a bar of soap, you immediately strip your skin of all its water, which instantly creates dead skin cell buildup. Then you have to quickly put moisturizer on to put back exactly what you just took out. The binders that hold a bar of soap together have a high pH balance, making it too drying for most skin types. But they also reverse the benefits from any exfoliants that you’re using (AHA’s, BHA’s and facial scrubs) since those are intended to remove dry skin cells. Bar soaps are a no-no, so look for mild, sulfate-free, soap-free gel cleansers.
Overusing moisturizer.

Adding multiple coats of moisturizer to alleviate dry skin is not the same as switching to a creamier consistency. Using thicker coats of moisturizer will only result in clogged pores and a waste of skin care product.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/celiashatzman/2014/08/21/8-common-skincare-mistakes/

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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Snails Apply New Facial Technique

Exfoliation With Mother Nature

Have you heard about the latest craze in Japan–snail facials? Check out this YouTube video for the latest, strangest facial treatment and see what you think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCNiptZXRqA

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Would you do this?  I personally like a hands-on facial (meaning a human’s hands) that is relaxing and at the same time addresses your personal skin care needs.  That’s what I do here at Skin Care Plus. If you want my type of facial,  just call 630 845 3223 to make an appointment.

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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Facials Important To Comprehensive Skin Care

Chicago Skin Care Expert Explains Benefits Of Facial Treatment

Do you take care of your hands and feet with manicures and pedicures but neglect your face, your face that people see first? Well it’s time to have a personalized facial that not only keeps your skin healthy and glowing but your body, mind and spirit relaxed and calm. Facials need to be performed about every 4 to 8 weeks depending on your skin’s needs.

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This time of year your skin tends to be more dry and needs more hydrating and lubricating. Exfoliation is necessary first to remove the dead cell buildup which can make the face look dry and wrinkly. Removing this buildup will also allow for better penetration of products. There is a fine line in exfoliating. Too much exfoliating can make the skin more thin and sensitive and make it age faster, too little won’t take the dead cells off well enough.

The facial treatment incorporates this with enzymes or glycolic acid, along with face massage and masks or LED (light) therapy or radio frequency.  Various products with safe, effective ingredients are used to help repair the lipid barrier that holds the moisture to protect the face from the elements.  They also hydrate, lubricate and can help with rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, acne, congestion, and more, keeping the skin clear, healthy, glowing and younger looking.

Your home care routine is very important too, and lower end products are not the answer. Many skin care products don’t have the adequate percentages of the ingredients necessary for healthy skin.

Many skin care products have irritating or carcinogenic ingredients in them. You can be assured that the skin care lines that I carry are safe and effective. I have had a lot of training about facial treatments and the what to look for and be aware of in skin care, so I can advise you as to what your skin needs.

Product consultations are available free with a product purchase. We only recommend skin care products with natural, non-toxic ingredients. Skin Care Plus uses and recommends 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, Wheaton and St. Charles.

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