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If you have acne or problem skin you may have a love-hate relationship with SPF. Traditionally, sunscreen doesn’t have the best reputation for treating problem skin types as it can feel irritating, greasy and pore clogging. However, skipping an SPF altogether also isn’t the best choice. Unfiltered UV rays can aggravate sensitive pimples, increase the appearance of blackheads and cause more harm than good. Not sure what to do? We’re here to help. Read on for our breakdown on why sunscreens can make acne worse and how you can ensure your skin is protected.
Does Sunscreen Cause Acne?
While sunscreen doesn’t necessarily cause acne, just like any other skin cream, certain formulations may contain pore-clogging oils and silicones. If you have problem skin in the first place, these ingredients can trap pollution and bacteria on the skin, leading to more pimples, irritation and milia. If your skin is also sensitive and/or reactive, chemical formulations can sometimes lead to tight, red skin as UV-absorbing ingredients are also taken into the skin.
Aggravating both sensitivity and breakouts even further, many traditionally-formulated mineral and chemical sunscreens just don’t allow the skin to breathe. While this means that nothing can get in (sun rays are blocked), nothing gets out either and heat is effectively trapped against the surface of the skin. This heat creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and inflammation, potentially leading to further breakouts.
Can People With Acne Wear Sunscreen?
Despite the fact that certain sunscreen formulations can aggravate acne, it is crucial to wear SPF daily. While there is some truth to the old adage that UV rays can help clear acne, doctors do not use or recommend UV rays as a treatment as the dangers far outweigh the benefits. Instead, dermatologists or spa professionals use modern light treatment for acne, beaming red and blue light waves over the skin to kill acne-causing bacteria.
As many acne-fighting treatments contain exfoliating agents that make the skin more sensitive to light, hyperpigmentation and burning are serious concerns. Especially if you have a darker complexion, this can lead to sunburn and even permanent discoloration. Of course, it is important to remember that, for anyone and everyone, the negative effects of UV exposure include DNA damage, skin cancer, loss of collagen and wrinkles as well. With this in mind, not only can people with acne wear sunscreen, but they should wear sunscreen.
What Sunscreen Should I Wear?
If sunscreen can cause your blemishes to worsen, but not wearing it can permanently damage your skin, what are you supposed to do? The key is looking for specific ingredients that will let your skin breathe while also protecting from the sun’s harmful rays. Many dermatologists and estheticians suggest seeking mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Because these minerals allow the skin to breathe, the skin is able to stay cooler, making it less prone to inflammation and breakouts.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are minerals that reflect the sun’s rays away from the skin. As the names imply, zinc oxide comes from zinc and titanium dioxide from titanium. The reason these ingredients are so often recommended for problem and sensitive skin types is that they are non-comedogenic (will not clog pores) and hypoallergenic. Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar explains: “Because these minerals allow the skin to breathe, the skin is able to stay cooler, making it less prone to inflammation and breakouts.”
The key to these ingredients working so well is that the particles are small enough to blend into the skin without feeling heavy but not so small that they can travel into the skin. If you’re looking for a line of products encompassing these features, we recommend our Lilikoi Mineral Defense Collection. This collection uses a combination of finely ground, non-nano zinc and titanium dioxide to provide lightweight, mineral sun protection.
As Natalie explains: “Lilikoi Mineral Defense products are suitable for all skin types, provide broad-spectrum sun protection and allow the skin to breathe.” Additional benefits of the collection? The key ingredient in all three products, lilikoi, is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, niacin and riboflavin. These ingredients can help treat and prevent the look of hyperpigmentation and leave the skin looking nourished.
Our Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sports Sunscreen SPF 30 is formulated for both face and body and is excellent when the summer heat is in full effect. Extremely lightweight, this sunscreen is also water resistant and reef safe. The sheer formulation makes it a perfect choice for head to toe protection at the lake or beach and safe to use over body acne as well.
Not only is the Lilikoi Mineral Defense Collection a great option for people with problem skin, but it is also a great choice for all skin types and anyone interested in an all-mineral SPF formulation. Do you have problem skin and struggle to find an effective SPF? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.
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How To Reduce The Look Of Melasma Or "Pregnancy Mask"
Are you a mom-to-be? With pregnancy comes plenty of change, particularly in the look and feel of your skin. If the “pregnancy glow” you were promised is overshadowed by pigmentation, you’re not alone. As many as 70% of women experience darkening around the upper lip, cheeks and forehead during pregnancy. Read on to learn more about melasma and what you can do to minimize its appearance.
What Is Melasma?
The patches of discoloration that appear during pregnancy are known as melasma or "mask of pregnancy". Most commonly, dark patches will appear on the cheeks, upper lip or forehead. In some women, these splashes of pigment will be light and barely visible; in others, they will be darker and more prominent. For most, melasma will emerge early on in pregnancy and fade after delivery.
Common signs of melasma are brown or gray-colored splotches that are darker than your usual skin color. Unlike age spots and freckles, patches of melasma tend to be large and symmetrical (you’ll experience similar splashes of color on either side of your face). This type of discoloration typically appears in these areas:
Bridge of the nose
What Causes It?
Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a direct result of hormonal changes during pregnancy. When pregnancy hormones spike, they stimulate melanogenesis - the production of melanin. Melanin is the substance that gives our hair, eyes and skin their color; as its production increases, existing freckles and moles become more pronounced and new dark spots and patches emerge.
Eat foods high in folate (Vitamin B9). A deficiency in folic acid, which is common in women who are pregnant or on birth control, has been linked to the development of melasma. Add citrus fruits, legumes, leafy greens and whole grain breads and cereals to your diet. You can also talk to your physician about taking a folic acid supplement.
Avoid Sun Exposure
Sun exposure can worsen melasma. Limit time spent in the sun and take necessary precautions, including covering exposed areas and applying an SPF with UVA and UVB protection. Instead of a chemical sunscreen, choose a mineral sunscreen that blocks, rather than absorbs, light and heat. Dermatologist Alison Sutton tells Today’s Parent: "Less light exposure will hopefully lead to less melasma, fewer flare-ups and lighter hyper-pigmentation."
Less light exposure will hopefully lead to less melasma, fewer flare-ups and lighter hyper-pigmentation.
Topical Skin Care
Many dermatologists will prescribe bleaching agents, such as hydroquinone, to lighten the dark spots caused by melasma. This chemical compound inhibits the function of tyrosinase, the enzyme that signals the production of melanin in the skin’s melanocytes. By doing so, it reduces melanin production and fades hyperpigmentation. However, the safety and side effects of hydroquinone remain questionable; the chemical has been linked to several skin irritations as well as cases of over-lightening, resulting in white “halo” spots. For a safer option, swap out hydroquinone for natural alternatives.
Skin Care For Melasma
Melasma is stubborn, but targeted skin care products can minimize its appearance. Watch this video for Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar’s advice:
How To Get Rid Of The Look Of Melasma | Eminence Organics - YouTube
Eight Greens Collection
Skin that suffers from melasma often reacts well to phytoestrogens in skin care. These plant-based compounds have a chemical structure similar to estrogen, enabling them to interact with estrogen receptors in cells. But, not all phytoestrogens work the same: Some block estrogen’s effects, while others amplify it. In treating melasma, phytoestrogens act as tyrosinase inhibitors and suppress melanin production, thereby minimizing the look of dark spots and pigmentation.
You can also minimize melasma with natural skin brighteners. Our Bright Skin Collection is a full routine that includes a blend of natural ingredients that provide similar results to hydroquinone without the potentially negative effects. Here’s how each one diminishes the look of dark spots:
Bearberry Extract: Contains a natural form of hydroquinone and arbutin as melanin-inhibitors
Licorice Root: Contains liquiritin and glabridin which disrupt melanin creation
Tara Tree & African Potato: Reduce tyrosinase activity and hinder its development
Skin Care During Pregnancy: Suggestions For Expectant Moms
Figuring out your skin care routine any time can be overwhelming, but skin care during pregnancy? This introduces a whole new set of concerns. During pregnancy your skin can change in several ways, and can behave completely differently than when you are not pregnant. Read on for our recommendations, and keep in mind to always consult your physician before using new skin care products or professional treatments while pregnant.
The First Trimester: Supple, Hydrated Skin
As your bundle of joy begins to grow in the first trimester, the skin around the stomach area expands, often causing stretch marks. While not everyone develops these tiger stripe-like scars, the American Academy of Dermatologypoints out: “Fluctuating hormone levels seem to play a role. You may also have a higher risk if people in your family get stretch marks.” In addition to how they look, this stretching of the skin can feel incredibly itchy, tight and all around uncomfortable.
Fluctuating hormone levels seem to play a role. You may also have a higher risk if people in your family get stretch marks.
One of the most effective ways to relieve stretch marks is by hydrating the skin. Make sure skin is in its best shape by drinking plenty of water and using rich and moisturizing products on your tummy area. A favorite Eminence Organics product to help ease the feel of stretching skin is our Apricot Body Oil. This award-winning product uses grapeseed, jojoba, apricot kernel extract and seabuckthorn oils to deeply nourish and replenish the skin with moisture. For the ultimate hydration treatment, mix a few drops of the oil with our Coconut Firming Body Lotion. Not only will this minimize the look of stretch marks, but this comforting combo will hydrate and keep the skin feeling elastic, soothing any dry, itchy skin.
Dry skin doesn’t necessarily stop at the stomach though. Certified Esthetician and Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne shares: “Hormone changes can also cause the face to become dry, losing moisture and oil, which in turn can cause the skin to feel itchy, red and irritated.” To help combat this, Alicia recommends gentle, oil-based cleansing with a product like our Stone Crop Cleansing Oil and a soothing facial oil like our Rosehip Triple C & E Firming Oil. For a lighter application that helps minimize transepidermal water loss (TEWL), our Lotus Detoxifying Overnight Treatment contains unique melt-in spheres that release jojoba oil on application, leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and dewy.
The Second & Third Trimester: Aromatherapy
A lingering feeling of nausea and changes in mood and sleep patterns are just a few things to “expect while you’re expecting.” Essential oils and herbs are a natural solution to address all of these issues and more. According to Fit Pregnancy, "in the second and third trimesters, some essential oils are safe to use, as your baby is more developed”. These oils include lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang which can calm the mind, relax the body and aid in sleep. As with any of our recommendations, please check in with your doctor before trying aromatherapy at home while pregnant. As pregnancy symptoms and sensitivities vary from person to person, it’s important to always stay safe.
In the second and third trimesters, some essential oils are safe to use, as your baby is more developed.
Incorporating these gentle scents into skin care is an easy and mild way to incorporate aromatherapy into regular life. Two fantastic choices are our Soothing Chamomile Tonique and our Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate. A quick spritz of the Soothing Chamomile Tonique will calm and de-stress. Gentle enough for pregnant and nursing mothers, this product soothes the senses and nourishes the skin with calming ingredients like lavender, chamomile and aloe. Our Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate adds a beautifully lightweight dose of moisture with soothing lavender and shea butter to replenish the appearance of skin.
During And After Pregnancy: Clear, Smooth Skin
Hormonal acne can be extremely frustrating to deal with since it fluctuates throughout pregnancy as well as after giving birth and breastfeeding. During pregnancy, the “pregnancy hormones” HCG and progesterone increase the number of oil glands in your face. While this leads to that beautiful “pregnancy glow”, the excess oil can clog the pores, leading to a surge of hormonal breakouts. On top of that, after giving birth, estrogen levels drop and testosterone levels increase, which can also lead to excessive pimples as the body tries to regulate itself.
I recommend treating these hormonal breakouts with products that can assist with stabilizing the excessive oil production that can occur during pregnancy.
Alicia says: “I recommend treating these hormonal breakouts with products that can assist with stabilizing the excessive oil production that can occur during pregnancy.” With the inclusion of yucca extract containing phytoestrogens, Alicia recommends our Eight Greens Collection. Not only beneficial for improving the look of hormonal blemishes, these products have anti-aging benefits as they help skin feel more firm.
Applying one to two drops of our Eight Greens Youth Serum to the face will assist in absorbing excess oil, improving the appearance of hormonal breakouts as well as keeping skin feeling young and smooth. Our Eight Greens Whip Moisturizer helps to balance as well as calm any red, dry skin. Last but not least, our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (Not Hot) is an amazing weekly treatment for pregnant and nursing moms alike. Applying a thin layer of this gel mask all over the face is a dream for dry, sensitive and problem skin types. Skin is left looking bright, clear and glowing without any of the spiciness found in our Eight Greens Phyto Masque (Hot).
If this article inspired you to pick up a thoughtful skin care gift or to book an Eminence Organics treatment for an expectant mom (or yourself)? Visit our spa locator to find an Eminence Organics partner spa in your area.
Any additional tips or tricks for skin care during pregnancy? Any firsthand experience you’d love to share? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.
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When helping clients determine the best professional treatment plan for their unique needs, you may find that they can’t describe what they’re looking for or, conversely, understand what you’re recommending. To help bridge this gap in understanding, we’ve put together this primer that lays out some commonly questioned professional skin care terms.
When it comes to defining the various nuances of professional skin care, there are several main categories that questions tend to fall under:
The People: “What is the difference between an esthetician, aesthetician and a dermatologist? And which one do I need to see?”
The Process: “What is a facial and how is it different than a treatment?”
The Techniques: “What is lymphatic drainage? How is it different from acupressure?”
The Treatments: “What is a cold laser? Or a HydraFacial?”
To help define some of the most often-asked key terms, we went to Eminence Organics Product Support Representative and Certified Esthetician, Josie Barton. Josie helped provide these quick definitions that lay everything out in simple terms.
When it comes to professional treatments, there are generally three main professionals that clients are familiar with:
An esthetician is someone certified to perform manicures, pedicures, waxing, tinting, facials and body treatments (scrubs, wraps), with in-depth knowledge of skin and nails as well as their common issues. Estheticians can work at salons, spas, medi-spas and can also work as makeup artists or as a medical esthetician at a plastic surgery or dermatology office.
Sometimes there is confusion between the terms “esthetician” and “aesthetician.” While both are skin care specialists, often aesthetician refers to a medical esthetician only, as in a skin care specialist focused in clinical work.
Simply put, a facialist is a person who performs facials. Depending on where someone lives, a facialist can be the same thing as an esthetician. For example, in Canada, a facialist is a certified esthetician.
Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with skin, nails, hair and their various diseases. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist is a specialist doctor that manages diseases as well as cosmetic problems with skin, hair and nails. Typically, a dermatologist diagnoses skin conditions, prescribes medications or performs surgeries and cosmetic procedures whereas an esthetician analyzes the skin and provides facials, body treatments and custom skin care.
While there are multiple steps to a professional treatment, the following processes can often be a bit confusing to a first-time client:
A facial is an esthetic service designed to fully cleanse the face, neck and décolleté using products customized to address the specific needs of the skin. The goal of a facial is to enhance and maintain the overall health of the skin.
A treatment can refer to the actual service itself (e.g. facial treatment) or the inclusion of a specific treatment such as microdermabrasion or a body wrap.
An assessment or consultation is the first step of a facial. This process lets the esthetician review the client’s skin, discuss their current skin care routine, address concerns and any issues they are looking to target. The esthetician can then customize the facial to the client and make accurate recommendations for home care.
Many clients may have heard of certain techniques but aren’t sure how to book them, where to book them or who can perform them. Here are some of the most commonly questioned techniques used to improve skin and muscle concerns:
Massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Depending on the legislation in a particular area, massage may either be performed by estheticians and therapists or by licensed or registered massage therapists.
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage technique that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues, and encouraging this movement helps “depuff” the skin.
An alternative medicine technique involving pressing specific points on the body to relieve symptoms such as pain or nausea. This technique is performed in a spa setting or wellness clinic by a licensed practitioner known as an “acupressure practitioner” or by a massage therapist who has gained their acupressure license.
An alternative medicine technique that stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones – through the insertion of needles into specific points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing. Acupuncture is not performed by estheticians or massage therapists but often through licensed acupuncturists, naturopaths or medical doctors.
While the number of non-invasive treatments available on the market feels almost infinite, there are some common buzzed-about options that can sound overwhelming to first time clients. Here are our quick explanations:
A stimulating treatment is any service that stimulates the skin either through heat, cold, massage or active ingredients, resulting in skin regeneration and renewal. Stimulating treatments are great for all skin types to increase blood flow to the skin.
A microcurrent treatment uses two metal rods that conduct electricity over the surface of the skin. The electrical current runs through the skin and facial muscles to improve skin tone. This treatment is a fantastic choice for anyone and can improve the look of everything from breakouts to wrinkles.
Microdermabrasion is a form of physical exfoliation using a specialized device to blast away the surface layers of the skin. Common devices used for this treatment include a diamond-tipped handpiece, a crystal-emitting handpiece and hydradermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is typically not recommended for those with acne, rosacea or other skin irritations or inflammatory conditions.
A HydraFacial MD device is needed for this treatment to be called a “HydraFacial,” and it is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, a HydraFacial is recommended for those with acne and/or inflammation as the products used with the machine can be customized.
A Venus Freeze treatment is also known as a “non-surgical face-lift” because it smooths wrinkles and tightens skin. There is no actual freezing involved as nothing about the treatment is cold. Instead, a registered Venus Freeze device combines multi-polar radio frequency and pulsed magnetic fields to firm the skin. This treatment is a good option for those looking to tackle the visible signs of aging.
Cryotherapy Or “Frotox”
The Cryo Facial is a cryogenic treatment that is performed by what is considered a "cryo probe," which beams vaporized liquid nitrogen across the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. This is truly a cold treatment, stimulating collagen production through the increase in microcirculation. This treatment is recommended for those looking to detox, firm and rejuvenate the skin but is not always recommended for those with a darker skin tone as it can potentially lead to discoloration.
A cold laser treatment uses technology combining healing light, micro-stimulation, oxygen and lymphatic drainage. Unlike other lasers, there is no heat as the light beams are “low-intensity,” meaning they will not heat the body tissue. This completely painless treatment can be customized to address many different issues from acne to wrinkles.
Does this guide help simplify any terminology that overwhelms your clients? What other terms would you like to see included? Let us know in the comments below or on social media, we would love to hear from you!
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No one knows your skin better than you do, but are you truly BFFs or just passing acquaintances? Whether you find your skin as predictable as your best friend or unknowable as a perfect stranger, figuring out what you’re dealing with is the first step to understanding your complexion. Read on to find out more about your skin type, and how to identify it with an easy test.
Your skin type is something that you’re born with and purely determined by your genes. Even when you alter factors like diet or environment, your skin type always stays the same. This important categorization for your skin - whether it’s a dry, oily or another skin type - never changes throughout your life.
Knowing your skin type is essential for healthy, beautiful skin and helps you decide on the right skin care routines and products. Although it's best to visit an Eminence Organics spa so an esthetician can professionally diagnose your skin, we also have this simple three-step test that you can do at home to reveal your skin type now. After all, identifying your skin type is the most essential stage to deciphering your skin and finding out what it needs to look its best.
Three-Step Skin Type Test
Step One: Cleanse And Wait
Wash your face with your favorite cleanser, and refrain from applying any product for at least an hour. Take notice of how your skin is feeling. Is it tight? Normal or comfortable? Or is it comfortable in the T-zone only and tight on the cheeks?
Step Two: Blot Skin
Take a clean piece of tissue or blotting paper and gently dab on T-zone areas such as the nose, forehead and cheeks.
Step Three: Diagnose The Results
How does your skin feel?
A. Comfortable all over with no residue on tissue
B. Comfortable with residue on tissue
C. Comfortable in the T-zone, tight on your cheeks and residue on the tissue
D. Tight with no residue on tissue
E. Tight, itchy and inflamed. Tissue may or may not have residue
Read below and find out how your answer indicates your specific skin type.
A - Normal Skin
Congratulations! You’re lucky enough to have a normal skin type which means that your skin is healthy and perfectly balanced. Your complexion looks evenly hydrated with balanced oil levels and uniform texture.
A combination skin type can be the trickiest one to treat. With oil glands that are active in the forehead, nose and chin areas of the T-zone and less active everywhere else, combination skin is a complexion with a split personality.
If you have dry skin, your complexion doesn’t produce enough lipids to moisturize and protect your skin. It will often feel tight, uncomfortable and even flaky in areas of the skin. Although dry skin has small pores, fine lines and wrinkles are also more obvious.
Find out more about dry skin, and watch the video below for a full skin care routine that targets dull, dry skin.
How To Fix Dull, Dry Skin | Eminence Organics - YouTube
E - Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can produce a range of different symptoms but most commonly, it appears red and irritated. Reacting to factors like lifestyle choices, chemical ingredients or environmental stressors, sensitive skin responds negatively to irritations.
Knowing your skin type is important because types and conditions are often mistaken for each other. Whether your issue is actually due to your skin type or, in fact, a disorder or product misuse, getting to the bottom of your skin problem is essential. Here are three common areas of confusion:
Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin, a condition, is often mistaken for dry skin, a skin type. However, dehydration refers to a lack of water in the skin whereas dry skin is actually a lack of lipids. Of course, the skin type and condition can be related: The lack of a lipid barrier in dry skin often allows water to leave the skin, leaving it dehydrated.
In general, though, dehydration and dryness are two separate categories. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition that can be fixed by topical skin care treatments and lifestyle changes that helps the skin stay hydrated, including a better diet and a more humid environment. Dry skin, on the other hand, is permanent although it can be improved with skin care products and treatments.
Combination Skin Vs. Seborrheic Dermatitis Or Eczema
A very common skin disorder, seborrheic dermatitis - or eczema - displays symptoms that look like a combination of dry and oily skin. Alongside the greasiness caused by overactive oil glands and a type of fungus which encourages the skin to produce even more oil, the skin also manages to look flaky and red at the same time which can be mistaken for dryness. According to Elle, this oily, scaly mess can look like a combination skin type but is actually just another skin problem that requires a very different treatment.
Sensitive Skin Vs. Wrong Products
If your skin is red and raw, it’s sensitive, right? Well, sometimes your skin acts irritated not because it’s a sensitive skin type but because you’re using the wrong products or treatments. The two most common situations are overzealous exfoliation and overuse of acne products. If you’re a fan of retinols, microdermabrasions or peels, excessive use or the wrong products can leave your skin in a state that mimics sensitive skin. Likewise, if you’re battling acne, products that are too powerful or used too often can fool you into believing that you have a sensitive skin type.
Now that you’ve taken the test and discovered your skin type, explore our product recommender for Eminence Organics products that work best for your skin type. Or visit an Eminence Organics partner spa near you for an assessment and customized recommendations from a trained esthetician. Was your true skin type a surprise? Let us know in the comments or connect with us on social media.
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Normal skin is best defined as what it is not: neither oily nor dry, rarely sensitive and not particularly problematic. With such a complexion, you may be inclined to just let it be. Why mess with perfection, right? Wrong. Even normal skin needs a bit of love and attention. Read on to learn all about your normal skin type and how to care for it properly.
What Is “Normal” Skin?
Skin is generally classified as “normal” if it isn’t overly oily or dry and doesn’t face any persistent skin concerns or conditions. This well-balanced skin type has even levels of moisture and hydration, uniform texture and no obvious problem areas (in other words, you’ve hit the skin care jackpot). That said, normal skin can experience slight variations in oiliness and dryness - and even the occasional breakout - when exposed to environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution.
Normal skin characteristics include:
Balanced oil production
Barely visible pores
Minor breakouts (if any)
Even skin tone
How To Care For Normal Skin
Normal skin may not have obvious problems, but it still requires proper care to stay healthy and youthful. Caring for normal skin takes a three-pronged approach: Treat immediate issues, maintain your skin’s health and protect your skin from future damage.
Treat your skin according to its needs of the moment. You can make minor adjustments to your skin care routine to tackle intermittent dryness or oiliness as well as target the odd dark spot or blemish. Feeling dry? Swap your lightweight moisturizer for a richer formula. Blemish emerging? Add a spot treatment to your nightly routine. Pick products that you can easily incorporate into your skin care routine so you can make these quick game-time decisions.
No immediate skin concerns or conditions to address? You’re not off the hook - yet. Even normal skin requires proper care to maintain its healthy glow. Consider oral hygiene: You may have a perfect set of teeth, but you still have to brush and floss daily as well as make routine trips to the dentist to keep your chompers strong and healthy. The same goes for skin care!
Key to keeping up your skin’s health is protecting it from drying environmental stressors. UV rays, blue light radiation and pollution expose skin to free radicals - unstable and highly reactive molecules that damage otherwise healthy cells. Over time, cumulative exposure leads to premature skin aging and the development of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. You can protect your skin by minimizing exposure, adjusting your lifestyle habits and adding SPF and antioxidant-rich products to your skin care routine.
Normal Skin Care Routine
Part of keeping normal skin strong and healthy is choosing the right products. Here is what Eminence Organics Product Support Representative and Certified Esthetician Alicia Hawthorne recommends for a normal skin care routine:
For normal skin, Alicia says that “choosing a cleanser is more to do with preference because a normal skin type can do well with a gel, cream or oil cleanser.” Her picks are:
Gel Cleanser: Stone Crop Gel Wash
This gentle gel cleanser washes away impurities without stripping the skin of moisture. Stone crop, chamomile and shea butter combine to hydrate, brighten and balance the complexion.
Cream Cleanser: Lemon Cleanser
If your normal skin experiences the odd bout of dryness, try a cream cleanser. Our Lemon Cleanser includes lemon and herb oils to hydrate, tone and soften skin.
Oil Cleanser: Stone Crop Cleansing Oil
For a normal-to-oily complexion, try an oil-based cleanser like Eminence Organics Stone Crop Cleansing Oil. This non-greasy cleansing oil lifts away impurities and excess oil for a fresh complexion. Watch this video to learn how to add a cleansing oil to your skin care routine:
How To Wash Your Face With An Oil Cleanser | Eminence Organics - YouTube
Cleansing and toning work together like shampoo and conditioner: Toning completes the cleansing process by providing hydration, moisture and essential nutrients to keep your skin as healthy as possible. For normal skin, try a hydrating facial mist that will keep skin fresh and dewy all day long.
Antioxidants are essential for protecting your skin from the inflammation and damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. You can protect your complexion from the appearance of drying environmental stress by adding an antioxidant-rich serum to your daily skin care routine. Alicia’s pick: Eminence Organics Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum.
All skin types require moisture to stay soft, supple and protected. Moisturizing supports the skin’s natural lipid barrier, helping it to better retain moisture and repel external irritants and stressors. Again, the consistency you choose comes down to preference:
Light: Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 32
For a lightweight option with added sun defense, try our Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 32. In addition to providing broad-spectrum protection, this SPF moisturizer balances oil and minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Medium: Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream
If you prefer a medium consistency, reach for the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. This daily moisturizer features an exclusive Peptide Illuminating Complex to smooth wrinkles and firm skin.
Rich: Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer
For a richer cream, Alicia recommends our Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer. It is infused with coconut oil and water, a Natural Retinol Alternative and PhytoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells to firm, plump and tighten skin.
5. Eye Cream
Last but not least, eye cream. Alicia tells us: “Everyone should be wearing an eye cream! The Wild Plum Eye Cream would be a fabulous choice for normal skin. It is rich in Vitamin K (from iron-rich wild plum) to reduce the look of dark circles.”
Do you have a “normal” complexion? We’d love to hear how you care for your skin’s needs! Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.
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Ultimate Guide For Dry Skin: Causes, Treatment and Skin Care Routine
Does your skin feel rough and flaky year-round? Everyone’s skin goes through occasional bouts of dryness, but a more persistent struggle may be a symptom of your skin type. Read on to learn more about dry skin and find our recommendations to reduce and relieve dryness.
What Causes Skin Dryness?
Like all skin types, dry skin is genetic. It is characterized by an inadequate supply of sebum (which keeps skin lubricated) and lipids (which keep the skin’s moisture barrier intact). Without these essential materials, the skin loses its ability to produce and retain sufficient moisture. On the surface, this deficiency presents as dry, flaky skin and a lackluster complexion.
Skin also becomes thinner and drier with age. Over time, the skin’s stores of hyaluronic acid diminish as a result of the body’s natural aging processes. This naturally-occurring substance, which attracts and retains moisture, is crucial for keeping skin soft and supple.
As hyaluronic acid depletes, the skin loses its ability to hold on to hydration and becomes more dry and brittle.
Dry skin is often confused with dehydration, but they are really quite different. While dehydration is preventable and easily treated, dry skin is a skin type that requires ongoing care to maintain. You may be stuck with dry skin, but the right skin care routine can make a world of difference.
Dry Skin: Signs & Symptoms
A dry skin type comes with the following signs and symptoms:
Tightness, especially after cleansing
A dull, lackluster appearance
Barely visible pores
Flaking, scaling or peeling
Fine lines, particularly around the eyes and lips
A tendency toward redness and itching
How To Treat Dry Skin
Dry skin can be exacerbated by external factors like hormones, environmental stress and seasonal changes. Here are some easy ways to keep dry skin soft and supple.
Moisturizers are a no-brainer for dry skin care. Oil-based ointments, creams and lotions that are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) compensate for dry skin’s lack of oil and lipids. They lubricate the skin’s surface as well as fortify the skin’s moisture barrier, helping to replenish and seal in much-needed moisture.
Pro Tip: Apply moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp to lock in extra hydration.
2. Watch Your Water Temperature
Extreme temperatures can exacerbate an already dry complexion by stripping the skin of essential oils. Joshua Zeichner, M.D., tells SELF: “The water in your shower should be the temperature of what you would imagine a heated pool to be - approximately 84 degrees F.” If hot showers are non-negotiable, limit them to no more than ten minutes to keep dry skin protected.
The water in your shower should be the temperature of what you would imagine a heated pool to be - approximately 84 degrees F.
3. Use Gentle Ingredients
Like extreme temperatures, harsh cosmetic ingredients can impact the skin’s moisture barrier, causing dryness and irritation. To protect your skin, avoid products that include chemical ingredients like parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, propylene glycol or sodium lauryl sulfate.
4. Protect Your Skin in Winter
Dry winter air also adds to skin dryness. During winter months, there is less moisture in the air, which causes the moisture in your skin to evaporate more quickly. To compensate, Harvard Health recommends using a humidifier and setting it to around 60%, which is sufficient to replenish lost moisture in your skin’s top layer.
5. Adjust Your Diet
You can enhance your skin’s ability to retain moisture by adding healthy fats to your diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 oils support skin health by fighting inflammation and bolstering the skin’s moisture barrier. Foods to add to your grocery list include salmon, flaxseed, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
Dry Skin Care Routine
One of the best ways to tackle dry skin is to tailor your skin care routine to include moisture-rich products that replenish and repair. We recommend the following routine to heal and soothe dry skin.
First, remove impurities with a gentle, oil-based cleanser. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne recommends Wildflower Cleansing Balm. Formulated with poppy seed oil and elderflower, this transformative gel balm replenishes lost moisture as well as relieves redness due to dryness.
Think of toner as the “conditioner” to your cleanser. A product like our Stone Crop Hydrating Mist includes conditioning ingredients like stone crop, lavender and jasmine to restore moisture and nourish dry skin.
When it comes to choosing an oil, concentrate or serum for dry skin, Alicia recommends reaching for a product that is rich in both fatty acids and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Her suggestion is Facial Recovery Oil, which includes calming and nourishing oils that are healing for dry skin.
Choose an oil-rich cream that will replenish moisture and repair your skin’s lipid barrier. Our Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer includes deeply moisturizing coconut oil and shea butter. Shea butter, in particular, is an excellent emollient for the skin; it is high in triglycerides and fatty acids which help restore and retain moisture.
Probiotic Skin Care: What Is It And Should You Be Using It?
When it comes to health and wellness, probiotics pop up in all sorts of unexpected places. Perhaps most unexpected? As a skin care ingredient. While we know that probiotics are beneficial for gut health, is it true that they are beneficial for skin health? How do probiotics help your skin anyway? Read on to learn everything you need to know about probiotic skin care, and why you need it in your routine.
What Are Probiotics?
In short, probiotics are “good bacteria” that are crucial to balancing the “bad bacteria” in the body. As stated byWebMD: “Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system.” Probiotics are considered beneficial as they can help repopulate good bacteria that may be lost due to diet, medication or certain health conditions leading to more bad bacteria than good.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system.
Common sources of probiotics are fermented foods, with yogurt being one of the most well known, but also including sauerkraut, miso, kombucha and even pickles! Typically when discussing the benefits of probiotics, we are referring to the gut flora which consists of hundreds of microorganisms to ensure your metabolic activities remain healthy and effective. However, probiotics can also be used to help heal skin conditions.
Can Probiotics Help Your Skin?
While dietary probiotics have been found to help balance certain gut issues, scientific studies support that probiotics can be beneficial for the skin as well. Not only can a healthy gut improve inflammatory skin conditions, but topical probiotics can help balance the bacteria associated with conditions such as acne and eczema. Acne has been shown to be one of the most promising conditions to treat with topical probiotics because bacterial imbalance and inflammation contribute to certain types of acne. Applying probiotics to areas affected with such conditions can help soothe any flare-ups as well as normalize the skin’s natural bacterial and moisture balance, helping it to “reset.”
How Should I Use Probiotics On My Skin?
While there are many DIY recipes for probiotic face masks, as always, we do not recommend creating your own kitchen concoctions. This is because applying products to your skin that are intended for food consumption often vary wildly in their levels of beneficial ingredients. For example, many probiotic foods contain ingredients like lemon and vinegar. While in principle, acids are skin-friendly, these types of acids in foods have the potential to irritate the skin and cause extreme photosensitivity and even serious chemical burns. Especially if you are dealing with a skin condition such as acne or eczema where the skin can already feel raw and sore, please avoid homemade solutions and instead, look for professional probiotic skin care products that meet industry-wide safety requirements.
Probiotic skin care products are most effective when they can be massaged in or left on to absorb into the skin. This allows the probiotics to positively impact the moisture barrier and balance the skin. Depending on your skin type and concerns, you may not need probiotics for every step of your skin care routine and may prefer to incorporate it only into a few areas. For example, if you have a dry skin type and are dealing with some eczema or the odd blemish, using a probiotic face mask once a week is an excellent option. If you are an oily skin type trying to manage more frequent blemishes, incorporating probiotics in your daily cleansing and moisturizing - as well as a weekly face mask - is an excellent way to help your skin balance the bad bacteria that may be contributing to breakouts.
An Esthetician’s Advice
For more recommendations, we asked Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar to share her thoughts on probiotic skin care for a recent In The Mix video.
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Natalie shares some amazing home care recommendations on how to use probiotic skin care. Some of our favorite takeaways:
Probiotics come from nature and help balance good and bad bacteria in the body.
Probiotics can come from a supplement or fermented foods but can also be found in skin care products.
In skin care, this good and bad bacteria balance impacts the moisture barrier of the skin.
Because 60% of our skin is water, we want to ensure our skin stays healthy with balanced hydration levels.
All skin types and all skin conditions can use the Eminence Organics Clear Skin probiotic products.
The Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is amazing for combination to oily skin types, with a gentle foaming action that provides a super clean, pore tightening effect.
The Clear Skin Probiotic Masque works wonderfully applied straight on the skin for those with a combination to oily skin type, and is fantastic blended with a bit of water or our Stone Crop Masque for those with a normal to dry skin type.
The Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer can be applied over a serum for those with a combination to oily skin type and applied as a serum - under your moisturizer - for those with a normal to dry skin type.
With Natalie’s amazing tips and explanations we hope you feel confident in trying out probiotic skin care. Are you already using the Eminence Organics Clear Skin probiotic products? Do you swear by incorporating probiotics into your diet? We would love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts on probiotics in the comments or join in the conversation on social media.
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Chemical Vs. Mineral Sunscreen: What’s The Difference?
You need daily sun protection to keep your skin healthy and youthful. But, which type of sunscreen should you choose? Sun protection generally falls into one of two categories: chemical and physical (mineral). Read on to learn the difference, and discover the benefits of switching to a mineral sunscreen.
Chemical Vs. Physical (Mineral) Sunscreen
Sunscreen is essential to keep skin protected from the dangers of sun exposure, including sunburn, sun damage and melanoma. It’s also beneficial in minimizing the aging effects of UV rays, such as fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin and hyperpigmentation.
The two categories of sunscreen are chemical and physical. While both provide protection, chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen differ in their active ingredients as well as the way they protect against UV exposure. Here, we’ve compiled the key points you need to know about each type.
Chemical sunscreens are often referred to as “absorbers.” Their active ingredients are organic (carbon-based) compounds that absorb UV rays. Through a chemical reaction, these compounds convert UV rays into heat, then release that heat from the skin.
Physical sunscreens are “reflectors." Their active ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which act as physical blockers. These minerals form a protective barrier on the skin and reflect harmful UV rays before they make contact with the skin’s surface.
What Is Zinc Oxide?
Mineral sunscreens typically employ zinc oxide as a physical blocker of UV rays. Yes, the same zinc your parents slathered over your nose and cheeks in the eighties. Zinc oxide has come a long way since, and can now be found in lightweight, layerable formulas that provide the same sun protection without the white cast. Here’s a look at zinc oxide’s many benefits for the skin.
Keeps Skin Cool
Unlike chemical sunscreens which trap UV rays and convert them to heat, zinc oxide keeps the skin cool and allows it to breathe. It reflects the heat and energy of the sun’s rays away from the skin, thereby reducing its temperature. For this reason, mineral sunscreen is particularly beneficial in minimizing skin inflammation and redness associated with acne, rosacea and skin sensitivity.
Provides Mineral Sun Protection
While zinc itself can be found in nature, zinc oxide is created by combining the mineral zinc with oxygen molecules. When these two elements are vaporized and condensed, they form a fine powder that sits on top of the skin and provides a protective barrier against UVA and UVB rays. In addition to being a physical blocker, zinc oxide acts as a mirror to reflect UV rays before they can penetrate the skin’s surface.
Supports Collagen Production
UV exposure is the leading cause of premature aging. Sun damage exposes the skin to free radicals which break down and destroy collagen, a protein that is essential for keeping skin toned, plump and elastic. Zinc serves as a co-factor in collagen synthesis by activating the protein collagenase. This protein triggers collagen production in order to build and repair connective tissue (like your skin).
If you aren’t yet convinced by zinc’s superpowers, here are a few more reasons to add a mineral sunscreen to your daily routine.
Suitable For All Skin Types
Mineral sunscreens are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. With their anti-inflammatory properties, they are gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types. And, they are free of pore-clogging silicones, making them a better option for those prone to blemishes.
Mineral sunscreens are also reef-safe; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide do not pose a threat to our planet’s delicate coral reefs. They are an ideal, environmentally-friendly choice for beachgoers and destination travelers who visit oceanside resorts.
Broad Spectrum Protection
Mineral sunscreens reflect both UVB and UVA rays from the skin’s surface. UVB rays cause sunburn and uncomfortable symptoms such as redness, dryness and itchiness. UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are responsible for premature aging and play a key role in the development of melanoma.
The Best Skin Care Products That Experts Can’t Live Without
Karen Young Chester
When experts in the skin care industry recognize our mission to produce extraordinary products, we can only say this: We are honored. In the past few months, we have won accolades ranging from the Beauty Shortlist Awards in the UK to the NewBeauty Magazine Awards. Here’s a rundown on the skin care products that are attracting these top honors and why they’re winning.
NewBeauty Magazine’s Beauty Choice Awards singled out the Acne Advanced Foaming Cleanser for special mention. Winning the coveted title of Best Skin Care Product For Acne, our Acne Advanced Foaming Cleanser is a unique liquid-to-foam cleanser that provides lightweight cleansing action, preventing acne breakouts and clearing blocked pores. Cleansing the skin perfectly without overdrying, this product leaves your complexion clean and clear.
Best Face Exfoliator
Looking to uncover a bright and glowing complexion? We have the best skin care products for exfoliation, as approved by international industry awards.
Perennial favorite Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant won in the most recent Spa & Wellness Mexicaribe Product Awards for Best Exfoliator. This fine scrub includes rice powder which absorbs oil while lactic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells. Infused with delicious-smelling strawberries and rhubarb, this exfoliant leaves the skin polished and smooth.
If you’re looking for a two-in-one exfoliant and cleanser, the UK-based Beauty Shortlist Awards named our Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser as the Best Exfoliating Cleanser. This milky gel cleanser is packed with AHAs which slough off dead skin cells without manual exfoliation. The Lactic Acid Complex in the formulation removes surface buildup, only leaving smooth and radiant skin behind.
Best Body Lotion and Body Oil
Hydrate from head to toe with our body care products, recently voted as the best of the best by skin care experts. Industry professionals selected our Stone Crop Body Lotion as their favorite body lotion in the Dermascope Aestheticians’ Choice Awards - and we’re absolutely thrilled! Formulated with stone crop, this lotion helps reduce the appearance of age spots and skin blotches,resulting in visible improvements with regular use.
If you’re looking for a richer body product, you’ll love our Apricot Body Oil, recently selected as Best Massage Oil in the DAYSPA 2019 Professionals Choice Awards. Luscious in scent and texture, this oil brings a soft and supple texture to the skin.
Best Facial Oils
Whatever your skin type, facial oils are essential for adding nutrition to the skin while sealing in moisture. Loaded with benefits for the complexion, our Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil and Facial Recovery Oil won over expert judges for two different awards in 2019. Winning the LNE & Spa’s Best Product Award for Best Facial Oil, the Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil blends rosehip, jojoba and seabuckthorn oils into a treatment that provides intense hydration and protection. After use, dry skin is soothed and the complexion looks firm and plumped.
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Our Facial Recovery Oil also earned kudos - the product won big with the Beauty Shortlist Awards where it was named an “Editor’s Choice” product. A cult favorite, with fans that include Cameron Diaz, Facial Recovery Oil hydrates and tones in multiple ways. From treating signs of aging in the neck area to the look of uneven skin tone, this award-winning facial oil works wonders for all skin types. Watch our In The Mix video above for more tips on enjoying our multi-use Facial Recovery Oil.
Best Brand Educator
We’re incredibly proud of our staff as well as our products, and this year, we were thrilled when the Dermascope Aestheticians' Choice Awards voted our International Trainer, Brian Goodwin, as Best Brand Educator. A Master Medical Esthetician, Master Herbalist and Consultant with over fourteen years of experience, Brian specializes in trainings that are passionate, fun and educational. As an Eminence Organic trainer, he has educated and consulted for over 2000 distinguished spas.