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Top 10 Face & Body Exfoliators

- Monday, July 31, 2017

Top 10 Face & Body Exfoliants

       1.            Dermalogica – Daily Microfoliant®
Benefits: Brightens and smooths skin
This is a rice-based exfoliating powder that activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead skin cells.
       2.            Environ – Youth EssentiA Vita-peptide toner
Benefits: Anti-aging, Brightening and balances oil.
This toner helps to increase hydration and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, whilst peptides help to increase collagen and elastin production. It also contains powerful antioxidants to help purify the skin.  
       3.            Elemis – Frangipani Monoi Salt Body Scrub
Benefits: Exfoliates, Smooths and Softens
Mineral rich salts and hibiscus cleanse and exfoliate, whilst an infusion of exotic Tahitian Monoi Oil and Frangipani Flower seal in moisture.
       4.            Environ – AVST moisturising Toner
Benefits: Mild exfoliator, Evens skin tone, moisturising and hydrating.
This toner is a mild exfoliant containing lactic acid and anti-oxidants, which help to moisturise and hydrate the skin. The special ingredients work in synergy with other Environ products.
       5.            Decleor – Phytopeel
Benefits: Purifies and cleanses skin
A soft cream formula which exfoliates and smooths the epidermis. It gently absorbs and eliminates impurities, and does not contain exfoliating particles, the gentlest and most natural way to renew your skin
       6.            Dermalogica - Gentle Cream Exfoliatant
Benefits: Improves skin texture and smooths skin
Dramatically improves skin texture with two-in-one masque/exfoliation treatment. This non-abrasive formula contains Lactic acid and Hydroxy acid to help detach dead skin cells, increasing cell renewal while improving texture for dramatically smooth skin.
       7.            Elemis – Papaya Enzyme Peel
Benefits: Purifies, Revitalizes and Smooths.
This chemical exfoliator exfoliates and purifies tired, lacklustre skin. It is non-abrasive, leaving skin revitalized and radiant.
       8.            Decleor – 1000 grain body scrub
Benefits: Softer, Smoother and Refined Skin.
This indulgent body scrub helps provides velvety-smooth finish. Enriched with Grapefruit Essential Oil, which invigorates skin and a combination of Pearl Sugar, Argan Shell and Fruit Acids which help skin to feel softer, smoother and more refined.
       9.            Elemis – Gentle Rose Exfoliator
Benefits: Refines, Revitalises and brightens skin for a youthful, glowing completion.
   10.            Dermalogica – Exfoliating Face Brush
Benefits: Good for sensitive skin
This ultra-gentle brush works with your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser or Clean Bar to gently exfoliate dulling surface debris and impurities for effective cleansing.

Tags: exfoliation, skincare, facials, dull skin, skin, facial treatments, healthy skin

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What can I do about my dry, dehydrated skin?

- Monday, July 31, 2017
What can I do about my dry, dehydrated skin?

Dry, dehydrated skin can be temporary, or a lifelong concern.
Dry skin can be genetically determined, or can be a product of an increasingly stressful lifestyle coupled with continual exposure to sun, wind and chemicals in the environment. It can also be caused by improper products being used on the skin.
Dry or Dehydrated?
Dry skin generally refers to skin that is lacking in oil. Whereas, dehydrated skin is characterized by lack of moisture in the Stratum Corneum.
Oily skin can experience dehydration and as mentioned, dehydration is a lack of water not oil. This means the sebaceous oil activity can be normal or even overactive in dehydrated skin.
Both dry and dehydrated skin can experience:
Irritation, inflammation and itchiness.
A feeling of tightness or tautness
A look or feel of roughness
Slight to severe flaking and scaling
Fine lines, cracks that can sometimes bleed and severe redness.

One of the biggest consequences is an increase in sensitivity, as dryness and dehydration are precursors to sensitive skin.

The top three causes of dry, dehydrated skin.
Intrinsic Aging
Intrinsic aging is the normal process of physical change over time that’s more about genetics than lifestyle. (Lifestyle-induced aging is known as premature aging). Activity of the sebaceous glands responsible for oil secretions tend to decrease with age, and the skin’s natural hydrators decline over the years. Aging also may cause blood flow to the skin to decrease, causing a drop in sebum production.
Weather/Environmental Elements
Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from the skin, which is why sunburnt skin requires more moisturization than unexposed areas. Likewise, cold winds, air conditioning units, forced air heating and low temperatures can also dry out skin, contributing to premature aging.
The trend of fat-free diets can deprive our bodies of skin friendly Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). This deficiency can result in chronic itching, dryness, scaling, thinning and can lead to an imbalance in prostaglandins (chemical messengers that do many things, such as control inflammation).
Excess intake of alcoholic beverages and certain medication (such as nasal decongestants) can also contribute to dry skin.
Proper Treatment for Results
Professional skin treatments can deliver immediate relief to dry or dehydrated skin, while improving texture and tone.

Overuse of moisturizers can contribute to dead skin cells build up, clogged pores and a lacklustre appearance. Professional exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and debris, helping to bring newer cells to the surface while prepping skin for subsequent production application.

Galvanic current is a professional device that helps drive nourishing, hydrating and replenishing ingredients deep into the layers of the epidermis, where dry, dehydrated skin starts.

At home, we recommend:

Do not use hot water when cleansing
Perform gentle, upwards circles with hands when cleansing, applying moisturizer or SPF etc.
Steer clear of products with artificial fragrances, colour and S.D alcohol.
Be aware of hormones, stress and alcohol and nicotine intake, as these will affect dryness of skin.


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How can I calm my sensitive skin?

- Friday, July 28, 2017

Sensitive, red, irritated skin is a frustrating disruption to everyday life. You’re not alone: up to 90% of the population perceive their own skin as sensitive. But, do you really have sensitive skin? Or is your skin sensitized, meaning the itching, redness and sensitivity is a result of environmental assault? Take a look at the differences between these two conditions that share similar results.

Sensitive skin...

Those who have very fair skin and are usually of Northern European ancestry have a genetic predisposition towards sensitive skin. This could be caused by the lower amount of pigment and thinner epidermal layer, allowing for easier access of potential irritating ingredients.

People with sensitive skin have more histamine readily produced in the body. The result is a more hypersensitive skin, waiting to react at any opportunity.

Versus sensitized skin.

Sensitized skin isn’t caused by a genetic predisposition. It can affect anyone, any age, of any race who is exposed to environmental assaults.

And what do they have in common.

Symptoms and triggers are the same for these condition, as both experience itching, burning, dryness, flushing and stinging.

Sensitive and sensitized skins suffer from weakened lipid barrier that’s unable to shield against assaults that increase moisture loss and skin dehydration. Dehydrated skin cells function poorly and skin’s immunity weakens creating a high risk for skin diseases (rosacea, eczema, psoriasis) and infection from irritants that contribute to skin sensitization.

What Causes Sensitized Skin?

Below are the most common factors relating to sensitized skin.

Environmental Assault
The fastest rising factor contributing to sensitized skin is environmental assault. This can be in the form of UV light, pollution, or even extreme weather. All these cause dryness, making skin more prone to sensitization.
A sharp decline in Stratum Corneum lipids as we age mean our skin will almost certainly be dry and/or dehydrated by the time we turn forty. This leaves skin defenceless against environmental assaults that damage our skin.

Diet drinks and fat-free foods could leave you without the skin-friendly Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that our skin needs. This can contribute to conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dandruff.

Smoking drains the skin of vitamins A and C and constricts blood vessels – meaning smoking is somewhat like suffocating skin from inside.

Excessive intake of alcoholic beverages and certain medication can trigger dry, sensitive skin.

The loss of existing sebum is commonly caused by excessive bathing, showering, scrubbing or use of harsh soaps. Shaving without a protective medium can also weaken skin’s barrier function.

What is the best treatment for sensitive skin?
A combined effort of the right products, the right treatments and awareness of inflammation and redness triggers will help manage your skin condition.

At home: when cleansing avoid very hot water as this may aggravate the skin further. Avoid the use of artificial fragrance or colours, artificial sweeteners, even spices can make skin flush. Avoid the use of products containing AHAs and BHAs as these can irritate sensitive skins further.

Take note of hormonal shifts, physical exertion, even alcohol and tobacco consumption as potential inflammatory triggers.

Products that we recommend for sensitive and sensitized skins:
Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser - Helps combat skin sensitivity caused by exposure to pollution, harsh climate, irritating cosmetic products and other environmental influences. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.
Barrier Repair - Help fortify sensitized skin and a damaged barrier with this velvety, anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer. Use after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress.
RAD SPF15 – Contains titanium dioxide to increase UV ray reflection, anti-oxidant to protect skin against free-radical damage, chemical free and water resistant.
Colostrum Gel – Contains colostrum to promote growth factors to thicken skin, supports the skins immunity, heals and soothes and is an anti-inflammatory. Good for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin.

Treatment Recommended for sensitive skin:
HydraBoost Facial Treatment – The perfect antidote for dry and sensitive skin, this intensive treatment deeply hydrates whilst plumping and firming the skin. Based on Hyaluronic Acid, which hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, it helps to reduce fine lines caused by dehydration and increase the plumpness of the dermis, resulting in moisturised, glowing skin.




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