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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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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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Protect Your Skin From Melanoma

Screen For Skin Cancer On Melanoma Monday

Melanoma is not the most common form of skin cancer, but it is the deadliest. One in 50 Americans will develop malignant melanoma and around 10,000 people will die from it this year. And it’s not just a disease that affects the elderly. In fact, melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer in young adults between the ages of 25 and 29.

The back is the most common site for malignant melanoma. It’s hard for us to detect since we can’t see areas near the spine and shoulder blades as well as other parts of our body. It’s also difficult to cover that area with sunscreen without asking for help. As such, melanoma on the back is typically diagnosed later, which makes treatment more challenging.

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Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk.

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like

Actinic Keratoses (AK). These dry, scaly patches or spots are precancerous growths.

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  • People who get AKs usually have fair skin.
  • Most people see their first AKs after 40 years of age because AKs tend to develop after years of sun exposure.
  • AKs usually form on the skin that gets lots of sun exposure, such as the head, neck, hands, and forearms.
  • Because an AK can progress to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), treatment is important.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). This is the most common type of skin cancer.
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  • BCCs frequently develop in people who have fair skin, yet they can occur in people with darker skin.
  • BCCs look like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin.
  • BCCs develop after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning.
  • BCC are common on the head, neck, and arms, yet can form anywhere on the body, including the chest, abdomen, and legs.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment for BCC is important. BCC can invade the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer.

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  • People who have light skin are most likely to develop SCC, yet they can develop in darker-skinned people.
  • SCC often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
  • SCC tend to form on skin that gets frequent sun exposure, such as the rim of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back. SCC can grow deep in the skin and cause damage and disfigurement. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent this and stop SCC from spreading to other areas of the body.

Melanoma. The deadliest form of skin cancer.
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  • Melanoma frequently develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
  • Knowing the warning signs of melanoma can help you with early detection.

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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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Chicago Spa Emphasizes Benefits Of Facials

Facials Help Maintain, Regenerate Skin Health

Facials provide an opportunity to work with a professional skin care specialist who will analyze your skin, hear your concerns and show you how to properly care for your skin based on your personal needs and skin condition. A facial can help promote the overall health of your skin, which includes:

  • Stimulating blood flow
  • Softening skin
  • Removing dead skin
  • Encouraging new skin growth
  • Restoring skin complexion
  • Treating acne
  • Relieving stress
  • Hydrating chronic dry skin
  • Cleansing and detoxification

Choosing the type of facial that you need is the first step. Some facial treatments offer a deep cleanse of the skin, while others provide moisture to skin cells. Some facials can specifically treat acne.

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The Key Benefits Of Facials

Cleansing: Facials will deep cleanse your skin. Removing toxins from pollution and our diet is essential for healthy skin. Facials can reduce an overabundance of sebum, which is a natural substance that moisturizes and lubricates our skin. Overproduction of sebum can cause skin problems, including blackheads and acne. Cleansing facials open the pores of the skin, remove dead skin and toxins from the face, and clean the surface of the skin through exfoliation that tightens and firms the skin. Steam treatments raise the temperature of the skin and soften the hardened oil in the pore, making it easier for extraction and deep pore cleansing.

Exfoliation: Exfoliation stimulates regeneration of skin cells, while removing dead, dry skin. Exfoliation also can break down stubborn marks on the skin. Exfoliation also allows the active ingredients in skin care products to absorb deeper within the skin for maximum benefit.

Increased Circulation: A facial massage helps increase microcirculation to bring new nutrients to skin cells. This gives your skin a healthy glow and pumps skin cells full of with vital nutrients and water, which reduces the appearance of wrinkled and dry skin. Nutrition, circulation and hydration are essential for youthful, healthy skin. A facial can help smooth fine lines, while promoting collagen production, which is essential to anti-aging and healthy skin.

Along with all of the skin benefits stated above, facials are incredibly relaxing and stress reducing and should be performed every 4-6 weeks. Facial treatments can help slow the aging process of our skin, while contributing to our overall health. Facials are not the silver-bullet solution, however. While highly beneficial, facials can’t overcome a the negative impacts of poor diet and a lack of exercise. Healthy skin is just part of your overall health.

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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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Skin Mapping Helps Unmask Skin Conditions

What Acne Outbreaks Are Telling You

By Lauren Salapatek, Modern Magazine

Did you know that acne could be linked to health issues? According to traditional Chinese medicine, internal imbalances in our body can show up on our face. These issues can show up in the form of acne, dark circles or rashes.

Although western medical practitioners find little truth to face mapping, many Eastern medicine practitioners believe otherwise. “There are no medical studies to link facial mapping with specific breakout areas, but there may be factors you are overlooking,” says dermatologist Dr. Brian Russell.

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According to Chinese medicine,  the location of acne on your face can indicate the underlying cause. Here, MODERN has compiled our own face mapping guide which can help you diagnose your acne problems. If you’re an esthetician, you might find this very interesting.

UPPER FOREHEAD (Zone 1): You could be experiencing poor digestive health and/or your body may be having trouble digesting food, which can lead to a build-up of toxins.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System.
The Fix: Load up on antioxidant rich foods like berries, nuts and green tea.

LOWER FOREHEAD (Zone 2): Breakouts in this area of your face can be triggered by irregular sleep, stress, bad blood circulation or depression.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System
The Fix: Adults require 7-8 hours of sleep per day. However, the National Sleep Foundation says there is no “magic number” of hours. The number of hours needed varies across populations and the individual. Get more beauty sleep.

BETWEEN EYEBROWS (Zone 3): Pimples in this area can be a directly linked to consuming too much alcohol or a diet that’s high in fat. This area can also indicate a food allergy.
Associated with the: Liver.
The Fix: Cut down on the partying. Eat more fruit and leafy greens.

UNDER EYES (Zone 4): Dark circles in these areas is a sign of dehydration.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water for your skin.

NOSE (Zone 5): This area can tell you if you are experiencing too many fluctuations in blood pressure and stress.
Associated with the: Heart.
The Fix: Manage your blood pressure with a monitor.

RIGHT AND LEFT CHEEKS (Zone 6): Do you have lung allergies or smoke cigarettes? Those who smoke tend to have acne breakouts on the cheeks. Also, you may see broken capillaries in this area. Acne in the lower parts of your cheeks may suggest dental issues like Gingivitis.
Associated with the: Lungs/Respiratory System.
The Fix: Quit smoking.

SIDES OF CHIN (Zone 7): Hormonal changes and stress can leave this spot imbalanced. Breakouts occur on either side of your chin right around the time of your menstrual cycle. Interesting Fact (from laurenconrad.com) Breakouts in this area happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.
Associated with the: Reproductive organ or kidneys.

BOTTOM OF CHIN (Zone 8): This is a sign of digestive issues.
Associated with the:
Stomach.
The Fix:
Try adding more fiber to your diet or detoxing.

EARS (Zone 9): You could be experiencing dehydration which could be caused from too much salt and caffeine. If you drink too much soda, coffee or alcohol, this area can get affected.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water — limit your salt intake.

For more information about face mapping and other skin conditions, please contact us at Skin Care Plus. We are skin care experts who 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.

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Skin Toners Part Of Effective Skin Care

Toners Target Damaged Skin

We recently explained the importance of facial cleansing and skin cleansers. The next step in your skin care routine is a toner, also called clarifying lotion or freshener. They come with different ingredients for different skin conditions, such as humectants for dehydrated skin, calming agents for sensitive skin, antibacterials for acne skin, etc. Toners are water-based and help protect the skin after cleansing.

The most beneficial part of toners is that they fill in “hot spots” on your face. Most people have skin damage from stress, pollution, diet, and improper products. By using toner and filling in those spots, your product will be more effective. Another benefit is to help spread your serum over the skin for better absorption. Spray toners are popular and easier to use. Just a light spray, leave it on and apply serum. The use of a toner is recommended for all of the added benefits.

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Other Skin Care Tips

  • Astaxanthin–an antioxidant–is a potent anti-inflammatory that can positively impact your health. It also helps to prevent sunburn, and helps
    protect you from damaging effects of radiation. Great for summer sun. Hawaiian Asataxanthin is the best.
  • Hugs reduce your susceptibility to infections associated with stress. So hug someone today.
  • Night is when our skin is in renewal mode and most receptive to treatment. This is when your products work the best.

For a skin care consultation and evaluation via telephone, please contact us today. We can recommend natural products that will help you look and feel your best, while promoting anti-aging. If you live in the greater Chicago area, including Geneva, St. Charles and Wheaton, please visit us when possible.

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Clean Your Face Properly For Optimum Skin Health

Facial Cleansing Twice Per Day Promotes Healthy, Beautiful Skin

Cleansing your face is the first and most important step in your twice daily skin care routine. If the skin is not clean, your toners, serums and lotions or creams will not be effective. Also not cleansing appropriately will cause the skin to be rough feeling, congested, dull, dry, and age faster. So to have healthier, younger looking skin, you need to cleanse twice a day. Once in the morning is sufficient, but two times at night is necessary.

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A morning wash gets all of the dead skin cells that float around your room, other pollution in your house, and the skin care product you have on from the night before. It’s best to clean the face twice at night to really clear off the makeup, oil and perspiration that develops, and the toxins from the air. Even if you don’t wear makeup, cleanse your face twice at night.

To accomplish this you need a gentle cleanser that is still powerful enough to remove the collected debris. A professional cleanser is best. Most of them can take the eye makeup off too. And the disposable wipes are not a thorough enough cleansing. They are only good for a pre-cleanse. Soaps are a no-no also because they are too harsh and cause the skin to be dry and irritated. They can leave a film on the face, preventing absorption of your serums and creams.

Wet your hands and face with warm water. Apply cleanser to every area of the face and neck with your fingers, getting into every nook and cranny. Rewet your face and massage lightly for at least 30 seconds each time you wash, more can be better. This helps you to clean out the pores better and soften the residue. You can liken this to soaking your pots and pans. The soap softens the residue and makes for easier cleaning. Use a soft washcloth and warm water to remove all the cleanser. (A fresh washcloth needs to be used each time.) Then splash your face with warm water to be sure all the cleanser is off. You can pat dry lightly if you are not using a toner. Otherwise, leave you face damp for the next step.

Other Skin Care Tips

  • Going to bed with makeup on can age your skin up to seven times faster.
  • Cold water should never be used to wash your face. It blocks the skin from a proper cleanse and exfoliation because the pores are constricted.
  • Medicated lip balms that have camphor actually dry out your lips. No petroleum or mineral oil, they also dry your lips. Look for shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, aloe, vitamins A, D and E.

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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Detoxify Your Skin For A Brighter Complexion

Detoxing Slows Aging Process

You can improve the health of your skin with a simple weekend detox and a better diet. There are some quick and easy methods like massages and facials that flush out waste and toxins. Follow our step-by-step routine and wake up Monday morning with a fresh, radiant complexion.

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Day 1, EVENING

Clear the clutter. Simply straightening up the junk on your coffee table or doing a load of laundry will prepare you for the inner cleansing to come.

Stock the fridge. During your weekend detox, you want to fill your body with healthy foods such as fresh fruits (cranberries, apples, and grapes) and vegetables (broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes)—their antioxidants help repair, and prevent, damage to your skin—and lean protein (chicken, turkey, and tofu).

Also try dulse (dried seaweed). It can treat dark circles under the eyes. Dark and puffy circles can be the result of your body retaining too much water, or a sign that your kidneys are not functioning optimally. Your kidneys help balance fluids throughout your body, but when you consume too much salt this can cause water retention. Dulse is loaded with vitamin B and helps to balance electrolytes to keep your fluids and body in check.

Cabbage can help get rid of crow’s feet, which are a sign that you may have high cortisol levels. High cortisol can cause the skin to break down faster and wrinkles to appear. The adrenal gland is responsible for making cortisol. By incorporating anti-inflammatory and vitamin A-, C- and E-rich food like cabbage into your diet, you can help to lower cortisol levels, diminish crow’s feet, and prevent lines from forming in the first place. Try to choose purple cabbage because it has 6 to 8 times more vitamin C than green. Watercress is a beauty food that can tackle patchy and uneven skin tone, which is often a sign of poor circulation or not enough blood, oxygen and nutrients getting to the skin. Poor circulation is a big concern and can cause a number of health issues from hair loss to darkening of the skin.

Watercress has the ability to cleanse and oxygenate tissues for better blood flow and glowing skin. It has a high amount of iron, which helps your red blood cells carry more oxygen to the body and the skin. Additionally, it is rich in calcium and iodine, which can help prevent a dull complexion.

Beets can help brighten dull eyes and flush your lymphatic system. Flushing out your lymphatic system can help bring youthfulness back by clearing cloudiness and whitening the whites of your eyes. Beets are high in iron and contain the antioxidant betacyanin, which supports liver and lymphatic health. Beets are a beauty food because they are a natural colon cleanser that can remove toxins and congestion from the body, including in the capillaries traveling to the eye. They can also increase oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent.

Cilantro is a beauty food that helps to remove heavy metals from your system that enlarge fat cells. These toxins can increase the appearance of cellulite on your body.

Oat groats, not to be confused with oatmeal, are whole grains that are the most natural and unprocessed form of oats. They are high in fiber, which is key in a long-term anti-cellulite program.

Citrus fruit provides a boost of vitamin C, which can help to repair skin collagen and prevent cellulite from being so visible. The best time to eat citrus fruit in order to get the best results is in the morning on an empty stomach.

Walnut meat makes your skin more supple and beautiful, while lubricating your joints and strengthening your cell membranes against oxidative damage. Walnuts themselves are filled with healthy omega-3s, which can help to strengthen your skin and make it more resilient. Walnut meat can also tackle issues like age spots, sagging skin and thinning hair that can significantly add years to your appearance.

Sunflower seed butter is another beauty fat that helps to eliminate the free radicals that cause cellular damage, which can lead to age spots. Sunflower seeds are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which can help to eliminate preexisting age spots and also prevent them from forming. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and all refined and processed foods, including sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy and gluten.

Purge your products. To give your skin time to rebalance, put away everything except your cleanser, day lotion, and night cream.

Day 2, MORNING

Drink warm tea. Look for blends that include nettle, ginger, or burdock, dandelion, or sarsaparilla root—herbs and flowers known to calm inflammation and improve liver and kidney function. These teas help eliminate puffiness around the eyes and decongest your skin. says Tierney P. Salter, a medical herbalist.

AFTERNOON

Give yourself a massage. Purge toxins by manually moving lymph through the lymphatic system. Concentrate on massaging the neck, armpits, stomach, groin, and behind the knees (where there are many lymph nodes).

EVENING

Fake a facial at home. Pour hot water into a small bowl and add a few drops of a citrus essential oil. Soak a hand towel in the water, then wring out and drape over your face. Lie down for ten minutes and let the steam open your pores, prepping your skin for the detoxifying mask that follows. Look for masks made with clay, which absorbs excess oil and pulls toxins and impurities out, while adding in necessary minerals.

Day 3, MORNING

Scrub your body. Stimulate your senses with sloughing in the shower. Exfoliate with a product that contains coffee to remove dead, dulling skin cells, boost circulation, and pump toxins from the body.

AFTERNOON
Sweat it out. Light exercise—a brisk walk, jumping rope, yoga—helps eliminate toxins from your body. “The deep breathing of yoga stimulates the lymphatic system. It also brings cleansing oxygen into the body with each inhale, and expels waste on each exhale.

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EVENING
Apply a mask. At the end of your detox, spread a few tablespoons of raw honey over your face. Next, apply cucumber slices on top of the honey then lie down. Cover your face with a warm, damp washcloth to allow the honey, to seal in moisture. Honey’s anti–inflammatory properties also help reduce irritation and redness. Cucumbers, which act as diuretics, will further flush out excess fluid and relieve remaining puffiness.

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Avoid Toxic Skin Care Products

Health, Beauty More Than Skin Deep

Some companies put ingredients in skin care products that can cause cancer or that are associated with developmental problems. Many cosmetics ingredients penetrate the skin. People ingest ingredients used on lips and hands, while we inhale sprays and powders. When risky and unstudied chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high for you and your family.

When you know what’s in the skin care and beauty products that you use, you can protect yourself, while reforming the marketplace. You’ll find product and ingredient safety ratings, health information about cosmetics ingredients and smart shopping tips that you can trust.

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Protect Your Children From Harmful Skin Care Products

Pound for pound, kids are exposed to more contaminants in air, water, food, and personal care products than adults. Immature organ systems are often less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Subtle damage to developing bodies may lead to disease later in life.

 

Parents can make healthy choices by using fewer personal care products for their children, ignoring ad hype and following these guidelines.

Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye make-up, body wash and lotions. Knowing which ones are healthy and which ones aren’t is very important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.

To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.

Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, and always checking the ingredients for toxins.

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