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Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

Skin Care Product Guide

Shopping for an anti-aging skin care products is a challenge. It can be difficult to know which skin care are best. These tips can help you shop with confidence.

Sunscreen and Moisturizer: Dermatologists agree that sunscreen and moisturizer are the two most-effective anti-aging products you can buy. Using these every day can make a noticeable difference. Sun protection helps to reduce signs of premature aging on your skin. It also allows your skin to repair and renew itself and reduces your risk for getting skin cancer. When shopping for sunscreen, select one that offers the following qualities:

  • Broad spectrum
  • SPF 30 (or higher)
  • Water resistance

An anti-aging moisturizer helps to minimize fine lines. It is so effective that moisturizer is the secret ingredient in many anti-aging products. Using a moisturizer with sunscreen is fine. Just be sure that the product offers broad-spectrum coverage and an SPF of 30 or higher. If you will spend time outdoors during the day, you should apply a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen every two hours while outdoors.

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Treat Your Top Skin Care Concern: Give sunscreen and moisturizer a few weeks to work. Then look at your skin. Is there still a sign of aging that bothers you?
Using several anti-aging products at the same time can irritate your skin. When you irritate your skin, signs of aging become more noticeable. By focusing on one concern, such as wrinkles or dark spots, you’ll get the best results. Look for a product that targets your concern. There are two reasons for this:

  • No product can treat all signs of skin aging.
  • Using more than one anti-aging product in a few days or weeks can irritate the skin, making you look older.

Buy Skin Care Products For Your Skin Type: Your sunscreen, moisturizer, and other anti-aging skin care products will work best if they are formulated for your skin type. If your skin tends to be oily, select a moisturizer made for oily skin. If you have sensitive skin, look for “sensitive skin” on the label. This is important because no one product works for everyone. Be sure to give products time to work. A moisturizer can plump up fine lines in a few days, but most products take at least 6 weeks to work. Sometimes it can take up to 3 months. Be patient and give the product time time to work. Be sure to continue using your skin care products, if you want to continue seeing results. People often stop using a skin care products once they see results.

Select Skin Care Products That Offer The Following Ingredients:

  • Hypoallergenic (The product can still cause an allergic reaction, but there is less risk);
  • Non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic (does not cause acne);
  • Natural ingredients (that you could actually eat); and
  • Consumer hotline (for questions).

Even hypoallergenic products can cause a skin reaction, so test them before applying them to your face. Apply a small amount to your inner forearm. Repeat this twice a day for 4 to 5 days. If your skin looks normal — free of redness, itch, and other reactions — you can apply it to your face and other skin. Stop using skin care products that sting, burn, or tingle. These sensations mean that the product irritates your skin. Irritated skin looks older. If you are using a product prescribed by your dermatologist, ask if this should be happening before you stop using it. Some prescription-strength products will burn or sting. Some products contain active ingredients that can cause problems if you apply more than directed. You could end up with clogged pores, blotchy skin, or excessively dry skin. Read the instructions, and use as directed.

Have Realistic Expectations: Exaggerated promises, such as look 10 years younger overnight or quickly reduces all signs of aging, are too good to be true. It’s important to remember that anti-aging skin care products deliver modest results. You cannot get the results of a facelift from a cream. “Clinically proven” means that the product was given to consumers to try. It does not mean the product underwent clinical trials and received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Select Products Within Your Price Range: It’s human nature to think that the more expensive the product, the better the results. Effective anti-aging products come in all price ranges.

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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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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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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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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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Chicago Skin Care Expert Offers Winter Tips

Natural Alternatives For Healthier Skin

As winter approaches, many of us live in climates that require lifestyle modifications. Shorter days and lower temperatures doesn’t have to mean bad news for your skin. We’re offering some food for thought on skin care that will help make this winter more interesting, while making your skin glow. If you have suggestions about your favorite natural alternatives to skin care and overall health, please pass them along and we will share them with our readers (and give you credit of course).

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Emu oil is one of those magical oils for the skin and your entire body. It’s a great moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. It’s also a skin rejuvenator.

Carrot juice really does add pigment to the skin, which means that it adds to your complexion.

Seaweed is an effective facial treatment. It helps detox and open the pores, while nourishing the skin.

Turmeric is a popular spice and a healthy addition to any diet. It boosts circulation and helps people of all ages fight acne.

Milk and honey baths are part of Cleopatra’s legend. Milk is a mild exfoliator and an effective cleanser. Of course, milk also has vitamin A  and vitamin D, which is absorbed by the skin. The mixture also makes your hair shine.

As you know, we always recommend natural alternatives to healthy skin care. Many skin care products can harm you and it’s advisable to have a personal skin analysis to make sure that you are using the best products and practices for your skin condition.

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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Common Skin Care Mistakes

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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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Coconut Oil As Skin Care Treatment

Topical And Ingested Applications Benefit Your Skin

Coconut oil commonly gets mentioned as the latest super-good-for-you miracle product. As you may already know, it’s for many good reasons.

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Coconut oil is better than the average face moisturizer and body lotion: “Commercial moisturizers contain lots of water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. Also, many commercial brands of moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It’s also great for shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair.

Tip: Apply as you would your normal moisturizer. While it tends to have a greasier consistency (at first), it’s fantastic at absorbing quickly into skin. A spoonful is enough to hydrate your entire body; swap it in for your current lotion.

What to look out for when purchasing your first jar: “Look for extra virgin, that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized. Organic will ensure 100 percent non-GMO, which is also preferable. Coconut oil is best consumed in moderation, in its virgin or unprocessed form. It is vital that we consume coconut oil in a totally unrefined state. If it has been refined in some way, which could include processes such as bleaching or deodorizing, it becomes much harder on our liver.

How to properly store: “You don’t have to refrigerate it. I keep some next to my bed, and also a separate bottle in the kitchen in the cupboard. If you store below 76 degrees Fahrenheit it will solidify, and above that temperature it will liquefy.”

It’s also a fantastic cooking ingredient: “If there is a dish that you would like to cook with a small amount of oil, coconut oil is a great choice because it has a lower smoke point than other oils. In other words, because it is nearly a completely saturated fat, it is much less susceptible to heat-induced damage and will stay stable at higher temperatures. It’s also great in baking. While coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is cholesterol free and trans-fatty acid free and has actually been shown to help lower cholesterol levels due to its ability to stimulate thyroid function.

Tip: Supermodel Miranda Kerr is a big fan of coconut oil, and adds it to her salads and in her green tea. She sees the effects by way of shiny hair and breakout-free skin.

Coconut oil’s origins: “In parts of the world, using coconut oil on your hair and skin has been an ancient practice. When I started traveling to Asia, I would buy coconut oil in little markets in Thailand and the Philippines and the women selling it to me would always point to my hair and rub my forearm, to indicate where to use it.”

Bonus health benefits that we probably don’t even know about: “Virgin coconut oil is composed of medium-chain-length fatty acids, or triglycerides MCTs, which are shown to have many health benefits, including raising the body’s metabolism, and acting as an antiviral and antibacterial agent.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/coconut-oil-benefits_n_1625631.html

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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Argan Oil A Great Skin Treatment

Oil Known As Liquid Gold

By Jayme Barrett
I first discovered argan oil, referred to as “liquid gold” in 2008 when I was visiting my soon-to-be husband in Morocco. He gave me a bottle as a gift and I was immediately amazed with how it moisturized, hydrated and softened my skin, body and hair.
I was familiar with the hair brand “Moroccan Oil” but knew it was filled with silicone, artificial preservatives, dyes, fragrance and contained little actual argan oil. I wanted to see where organic argan oil came from, so we visited many argan oil cooperatives in the region. Argan oil is produced from an Argan nut coming from Argan tree, which only grows in Southwestern Morocco. In 1998, the Argan forest in Morocco was designated a UNESCO protected biosphere so argan oil is sustainable.
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If you want to de-clutter your cabinet and simplify your beauty routine, argan oil can become your go-to beauty elixir from head-to-toe. It’s chockfull of essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote your overall health by moisturizing, softening as well as protecting your face and hair from sun damage – without harmful toxins and Parabens.

Below are 10 ways to use organic argan oil in your daily life:
1. Face Moisturizer – After cleansing morning and/or night, massage a few drops of argan oil directly onto your face and neck. Since argan is considered a dry oil, it absorbs quickly and is not greasy. If you want to use it as a serum, apply your night cream after the oil absorbs into the skin.
2. Hydrating Toner – Add a few drops of argan oil to your favorite facial toner to hydrate and tone simultaneously. You can make your own toner by adding a few drops of argan oil to Rose or Orange Blossom water.
3. Rejuvenating & Brightening Face Mask – Add a few drops of argan oil to your store-bought mask. Alternatively, make your own mask by mixing 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 teaspoons of Greek-style yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of argan oil in a bowl. Apply on a clean, dry face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
4. Exfoliating Lip Scrub and Moisturizer – To smooth and moisturize your lips, add a few drops of argan oil and vanilla extract to fine brown sugar. Lightly massage into lips using circular motion and rinse off.
5. Face Glow – Add a drop or two of argan oil to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer for a dewy, luminous glow.
6. Leave-on Conditioner – After the shower, while your hair is still wet, add a few drops of argan oil to your hair, ends and scalp to hydrate and moisturize. It’s especially nourishing if your hair is dry from daily use of a blow dryer, straight-iron or curling iron.
7. Hair Styling Shine – When your hair is dry, use as a styling product by adding a few drops of argan oil to the palms of your hand. Rub your hands together and run your fingers through your hair to create shine and tame frizz. You only need a small amount. It lasts a long time.
8. Overnight Hair Treatment – Massage a generous amount of argan oil into your hair, ends and scalp. Wrap your hair and leave it on while you sleep. In the morning, wash your hair and you’ll have luminous, soft locks.
9. Cuticle and Heel Softener – Massage a few drops of argan oil into your cuticles to soften, moisturize and encourage nail growth. Use as an overnight treatment to nourish cracked heels by working a good amount into your feet and toes. Cover with socks and wake up to supple feet.
10. Body and Bath Oil – Add a few drops of argan oil directly onto your skin, into the bath or body lotion. It’s safe to use on a baby and to help minimize stretch marks on a pregnant belly too.

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Skin Care Important To Men

Male Market Growing Faster Than Women’s

The new face of Asia may be Shum Pak-hin’s. Every morning, Mr. Shum puts on a gel mask and then applies a day cream, a sunblock and sometimes a bit of eyeliner. At night, the 21-year-old Hong Kong native uses eye make-up remover, cleanses his skin and then applies an anti-age serum. The routine isn’t cheap: He spends about 3,000 Hong Kong dollars (US$387) a month on skin care and cosmetics. His biggest splurge: a HK$2,000 whitening cream by La Prairie.

“My skin ages very easily, much more than others,” says Mr. Shum. “This isn’t just for girls. Boys want to feel good, too.”

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Mr. Shum and a growing number of men like him are making Asia one of the fastest growing markets for men’s skin care. The region accounts for US$2.1 billion, or 64%, of the $3.3 billion spent globally in 2013 on such items as male skin creams, lotions and whiteners, according to data compiled in April by Euromonitor, a market-research firm.

That amount dwarfs the $286.4 million spent by North American men and the $682.9 million used by Western European males on the same products. China, including Hong Kong, is the largest market for men’s skin care, at $974.8 million, an amount that’s forecast to grow to $1.2 billion this year. In second place is South Korea, which spent $635 million.

“This is where the market’s development is happening. It’s very concentrated in Asia,” says Nicole Tyrimou, a beauty analyst for Euromonitor in London.

Men are still far from rivaling women—the women’s skin-care market is valued at more than 30 times the men’s at $107.6 billion. But men’s skin-care products are growing at a much faster pace, 9.4% compared with 4.8% for women’s skin care.

And as men have only recently considered buying items like serums and deep-cleansing moisturizing soap, beauty companies see much more potential for expansion among males, compared with the mature women’s skin-care market.

The most enthusiastic adoption, by far, is in South Korea, where male celebrities, like singer and actor Rain, have long endorsed skin care in billboards and television ads, paving the way for broader acceptance. South Korean men spent US$25.30 per capita on skin care in 2013—more than three times second-place Denmark. Asian countries account for five of the top 10 countries in per capita spending.

“There is a wider idea of skin care being effeminate in many countries, but in Korea this doesn’t seem to be the case,” says Simon Duffy, co-founder of the U.K. brand Bulldog, which started selling its line in Korean stores last year.

Some retail experts attribute Asian men’s relative affinity for skin care to simply following the lead of the women around them. “If your mother has a nine-step skin routine, which happens a lot in Korea, you’re going to do five,” says Ms. Tyrimou.

Like Asian women, Asian men are interested in whitening creams to lighten their skin’s color.

Alexis Perakis -Velat, vice president for Asia Pacific at L’Oréal SA, believes climate is a large factor in the growing male beauty trend because much of China and Korea has cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers. “When you live in central China in winter, you’re happy to put a good hydrating cream on your skin,” says Mr. Perakis-Valat. The executive added the men’s beauty market in China is growing two to three times faster than the overall global beauty market for men.

Some brands say more work still needs to be done to make men’s skin care seem less feminine—especially at the department stores and drugstores where it’s generally sold.

“The main obstacle is that department stores are not really a masculine environment,” says Laurent Lautier, president of Asia Pacific at Clarins.

But back in Hong Kong, Mr. Shum, who also writes a beauty blog, says he doesn’t view skin care as a women’s preserve. He says he became interested in men’s skin care at the age of 17 after watching a male friend demonstrate his own routine.

“Before our generation, men hated skin care and didn’t want to do it,” he says. “But the culture is different now.”

Source: http://online.wsj.com/articles/in-asia-mens-skin-care-takes-off-1401320768

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