Surgery can have quite a few risks and can be a nuisance because of the recovery times. To address this inconvenience, the skin care industry has been creating many products to provide more effective treatments that can be used at home. One such product is Argireline, which is an ingredient that is designed to work in much the same way as Botox. However, the main difference is that unlike Botox, which is injected by a doctor, Argireline is applied directly to the skin as a cream or serum.
How Argireline works is based on chemistry. Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can affect how cells in the body work. When Argireline is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body and the ingredient’s chemical composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force. This diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and can smooth out fine lines that appear with aging. This ingredient can be quite effective, and in some cases, users of Argireline can experience as much as a 30 percent reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
When choosing an Argireline product, you should know that products with a higher concentration of the drug will provide the most results. Most physicians recommend products with a concentration of 10 percent or higher. The highest concentration of Argireline in any product is 20 percent.
Argireline appears to be safe. According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, it is non-toxic orally and doesn’t cause skin irritation even at high doses. Unlike Botox injections, it doesn’t require a visit to dermatologist or other medical professional trained to do Botox injections. It can be safely used at home.
Skin will naturally shed billions of skin cells every day. It is said that 90% of household dust is made up of dead skin cells. As we age, this natural shedding slows or stops due to many factors such as sun damage, dry skin, oily skin, genetics, or skin disorders. The results of this are dull, dry or flaky skin, clogged pores, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Exfoliation is key in helping skin balance itself. Getting rid of skin cell build up can undo the effects experience by skin cell shedding slowdown.
Exfoliation helps your skin look younger, promote blood flow and circulation, promote collagen production, and improve skin health. But, with all the exfoliating products out there, how do we know which to use and which is appropriate for our skin type and need? To understand which to use we must understand how they work and what skin types and conditions are appropriate for each category.
As an esthetician, I’m always asked what the difference between AHA and BHA. Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA, are acids derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes etc. They work by melting the intercellular glue that holds our skin cells together. AHA are water loving and water soluble acids. The molecular structure is small. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content. They do not penetrate as deep as BHA. The effects are felt on the surface of the skin. AHA’s rejuvenate aging skin. On the other hand, BHA, Beta Hydroxy Acids, is oil loving acids. BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that’s clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the pore that contributes to acne. BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin. BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds. It is likely you’ll see less redness and a smoother, even skin with fewer breakouts.
Can they be used together? Yes but not necessary. If you decide to do this make sure you use them separately; one in the morning and one at night to prevent irritation.
Glycolic acid: derived from sugar cane
Lactic acid: derived from milk
Mandelic acid: derived from bitter almonds
Tartaric acid: derived from grapes
Malic acid: derived from apples and pears
Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits
***It is important to note that with today’s technology, most of these acids are derived synthetically today. This is to keep the acid stable, allow for use for those with allergies to natural substances, and control its strength***
Salicylic acid: derived from the Williow Bark Tree and others.
**This acid is dominantly used in skin care**
Citric acid: derived from citrus fruits and considered a cross over acid. It can be an AHA depending on its formulation.
It is strongly recommended to use SPF when using any of the above acids. Exfoliants can make skin photosensitive and sensitive in general. SPF will help in the prevention of hyperpigmentation etc.
General guidelines for usage:
You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
If you’re using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, consult with your doctor before applying either AHA or BHA.
Now, all that is left to do is to choose the best suited category for your skin and begin to exfoliate years away.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of charcoal? Maybe BBQ, water filter, or Santa’s naughty list, it is a whole lot more than that and in this blog I will tell you beauty secrets involving charcoal that may blow you away. It is the latest ingredient to take the beauty industry by storm. Activated charcoal is charcoal that’s been treated to increase its absorbency. The use of charcoal and health goes back hundreds of years. Missionaries use charcoal to treat tetanus, typhoid, cholera, dysphoria, hepatitis, pinkeye, diabetic ulcers, Candida, dysentery, gangrene and other ills. It’s been used in emergency rooms at hospitals to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. Charcoal works great on indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, morning sickness, to fight bacterial and viral infections. It works by attaching to toxins in the stomach and absorbing them before the bloodstream can. The theory behind activated charcoal in beauty products is similar: It’ll act like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. And the experts say that theory holds water. “When dirt and oil in your pores come in contact with the carbon, they stick to it and then get washed away when you rinse,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson.
So, let’s take a look at what it does for skin. Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne. Charcoal is not metabolized, adsorbed or absorbed by the body, but it can be used to treat some poisonous bites and disinfect some wounds. Activated charcoal powder is proven to adsorb thousands of times its own mass in harmful substances, which makes it a popular ingredient in facial masks. It will help with eczema, psoriasis, and many other skin conditions because of its amazing absorbency and purifying effects. It helps prevent cellular damage. It treats body odor. This magic ingredient is found in many soap bars, beauty masques, and facial cleansers. Also, you will see this ingredient in many home remedies and recipes.
Activated charcoal can be used to whiten your teeth. The micro-porous charcoal grabs all the plaque and grime on your teeth. It has been used for hundreds of years for this purpose and yields amazing results without sensitivity or the high cost of professional whitening products. In addition, it really helps with bad breath and gingivitis.
It can be used for total body detox. Charcoal has an impressive and time-tested record as a treatment for a variety of ailments. Current scientific research has confirmed the validity of most ancient uses of charcoal, as well as pioneering new applications. It has been shown that activated charcoal can…
Fall and winter are saying hello while our skin is screaming “I’m dry”. Make your skin smooth as butta! Bliss Brilliant Butters are a spa-powered trio of fabulously fragranced body butters that will quench your skins thirst. These body butters have an amazing scent and make a perfect gift. They are suited for all skin types.
The set includes:
lemon+sage body butter 6.7 oz: Marvelously moisturizing, our famous, fabulous, fresh-citrus scented body butter is so incredibly effective that a single squeeze can make rough and scaly skin ‘history’.
grapefruit+aloe body butter 6.7 oz: Boasting the same formula used in our spa’s famous massages, this deeply nourishing body butter features sodium hyaluronate for long-lasting hydration and the invigorating scent of fresh aloe and sun-kissed pink grapefruit.
blood orange+white pepper body butter 6.7 oz: This energizing citrus scent blends bright blood orange and spicy white pepper top notes with nuances of coriander and white musk (and was inspired by a cocktail our scent specialist sipped).
There are tons of excellent products out there that are rich in Vitamin C. This vitamin is essential in improving elasticity in the skin and boosting the production of collagen. Hyperpigmentation, (also known as sun spots or age spots) can also reduce while future damage is prevented. Anyone that is ever exposed to the sun can benefit from using a product with vitamin C. Of course we all fall under that category. So why are so many people not including this ingredient in their regimen?
Many may not yet be informed of its wonderful benefits. Some would say that cost is the factor. Others would say they just do not have the time to add yet another product to their already seemingly long regimen. CosMedix, a plant based ingredient focused company, has made incorporating a vitamin C very easy. Their product, CosMedix Pure C , is a powdered crystal form of 100% pure L-ascorbic acid —the only form of vitamin C readily absorbed by the skin. With this product, you can simply mix the crystals into any cosmetic cream or serum that you already have. (Do not use water) You place your desired cream or serum in the palm of your hand and add about six shakes, or a pea size amount of Pure C on top of it. Mix the products together and apply to your face and neck both morning and evening. Pure C will give the products you already own a performance enhancing boost!
Jane Iredale is not your typical make up. It is an extension of skin care. I have always wondered why some women spend all this time and money making sure their skin regimen is ideal for their skin but the makeup ingredients are not always as important. With Jane Iredale you do not have to compromise the coverage or the beautiful make up products. This line is recommended to patients by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and skin care professionals.
Jane Iredales line avoids harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance, and chemical sunscreens wherever it is possible. Make up can also cause acne. Most cosmetics contain certain oils that will cause or worsen acne. The type of acne that is caused from makeup is referred to as acne cosmetic. It is characterized by blocked pores and reddened bumps. Acne cosmetica occurs when oils from the makeup product collect and clog your pores.
This line will not only make your skin look wonderful, but it is actually good for your skin. This is the first make up line that that includes skincare benefits in their formulations. When looking for a great make up product it is not only about what looks best on the skin. Products that have the great coverage are usually the most likely to clog your pores. In result you will find yourself using more make up to cover the imperfections that you have created. This will not be the case in this line and you will not be compromising in the look you want to achieve with your make up. Jane Iredale gives you everything you want out of a cosmetic line and your skin will thank you.
Pamper your skin and bring the spa experience to you! These little purple pods and the super soft brush provided will give your bathroom a spa like ambiance and aroma. Your skin is left supple, smooth and oil free. The Velvety smooth texture provides a cooling sensation to the skin without the tightness of traditional clay masks. Buh Bye redness, and sayonara oil! A great winter mask for dry, combo, and sensitive skin types with enlarged pores, blackheads or occasional breakouts present. If you’re looking for a luxurious spa like mask, look no further, WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud mask is it!
Suggested usage: 1-2 times a week, brush onto a clean face avoiding the eye area, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and follow with serum and moisturizer.
Do you have sensitive skin? You are not alone. 51% of American women perceive their skin as sensitive–and now NYC dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, has created a peel specifically for you. No matter how sensitive your complexion is, you need to exfoliate and nourish to improve the effects of the rest of your skincare routine, and achieve radiant skin.
The Alpha Beta® Ultra Gentle Daily Peel is vegan, cruelty-free and formulated without parabens. It contains three gentle acids, anti-agers and soothing botanicals to exfoliate and nourish fragile skin and combat the three most common signs of aging: uneven skin tone & texture, fine lines & wrinkles and enlarged pores.
Step 1 is packed with rejuvenating powerful yet gentle exfoliating acids. Step 2 controls the alpha hydroxy acid activity and delivers antiaging actives, nourishing and soothing skin, keeping it balanced, soft and luminous. The addition of calming, hydrating ingredients including colloidal oatmeal comfort and protect delicate skin.
How to use it: Once a day, massage step 1 pad on to clean, dry skin until pad feels dry. Wait two minutes then follow with step 2 pad.
Do not rinse after either step or apply products containing alcohol.
Make sure to use sunscreen daily to help prevent photo-aging.
As our peel family continues to expand, this is a how to choose the best fit for you:
Even though summer is over, it is always important to apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Harmful UVA sun rays are every bit as dangerous in the fall as the summer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80% of the UVA rays can penetrate skin even in cloudy weather. Sun damage is easier to prevent than correct so make sure to wear sunscreen every day!
Don’t forget, all year round it’s important to advocate the 4 rules for sun safety: Seek shade from 10AM – 2PM, wear the right amount of sunscreen (1 ounce to cover your body), reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and get annual skin checks. Become an advocate for sun safety and sun protection.
For sunscreens that you will love this fall and all year long try these gorgeous go-tos:
Offers UVA/UVB protection plus instant visible blurring effect on signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles and pores) with its unique mattifying texture. For everyday use with or without make-up. Paraben-free, Fragrance-free. Non-acnegenic, Non-comedogenic.
Daily UVA/UVB oil-absorbing protective base with a matte finish. This mattifying 100% physical sunscreen is formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*) to provide high broad spectrum UV protection. Formulated with translucent color spheres to provide universal tint for all skin tones and repel oil to minimize sebum appearance. Great for face, neck and chest.
These are both great options for those with normal to oily skin looking for a sunscreen with secondary benefits.
If you are a fan of Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals but just wished it had more coverage, your wish has been granted! This Beauty Balm has all the benefits of Jane’s 12 times micronized, or ground down, pure minerals in a liquid with medium to full coverage.
Foundation that acts like a treatment. It gently exfoliates, diminishes wrinkles, won’t clog pores, and soothes skin, all while moisturizing. And it’s great for all skin types.
You’ll love the glow you get using this foundation. Start your layering right with