Why? In the process of skin regeneration, skin cells move to the topmost layer of the skin and die off. Their accumulation leads to dull looking skin and clogged pores. Exfoliation helps the natural shedding process, and there are different ways to do that: physical or chemical. Physical exfoliation includes anything from using a wash cloth, brush (manual or electric) to scrubs and microdermabrasion. These physically remove dead skin cells in varying strength. Chemical exfoliation can be done with enzymes (think pineapple, pumpkin, papaya, ...), or Alpha - or Beta-Hydroxy-Acids (think glycolic, lactic, salicylic, ...). These dissolve the glue in between the dead cells, or help dissolve the keratin altogether. These can range fro...
Our age shows on our hands - just like anywhere else on our body. Exposure to the elements and sun, harsh products and manual work all manifest themselves especially on our hands. We are not saying, start behaving like a hand model. But whenever you put your serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, night cream, face-oil or other goodies on your face (neck and precious décolletage) simply massage any leftover residue into your hands. And let your hands speak to your age the same as your face.
Lately, a lot of people have been mentioning Witch Hazel to me. They are using it after they wash their face, or at night, or to treat razor burn, … and usually follow up with “So, is it good for you?” Let’s shed some light on this natural remedy:
A longtime staple of the beauty industry, witch hazel has gone in and out of favor over the years and is now hailed again as the hot “new” ingredient of 2019.
The witch hazel plants are flowering shrubs native to North America. Plant extracts can be used as an ointment; leaves, bark and twigs and can be processed into a liquid, commonly known as Witch Hazel.
Witch Hazel is anti-inflammatory, soothing and rich in anti-oxidants. Check, check, check for what we want in skincare.
Botanicals in skin care have been around as long as anyone can remember. Today, we can enhance their benefits through amazing technology such as stem cell extraction. Here we look at plants that have inherent characteristics that would be beneficial in skincare. One example is the beautiful Edelweiss flower. It growth in the harsh climatic conditions of the European Alps in high altitudes. It is such equipped with inherent protection from high-intensity UV rays. Edelweiss extract has a high concentration of flavonoids and phenolic acid that aid in fighting UV damage. Edelweiss stem cells have a high concentration of antioxidant properties, stimulate our own stem cells, and help in the production of hyaluronic acid and prevent co...
Willow bark form the White Willow Tree has been used for centuries to treat aches and pains. It contains a natural chemical called salicin that blocks specific hormones that regulate inflammation. Today, an oxidized version known as Salicylic Acid is a staple in acne fighting skincare. Why?
Acne primarily results from an overproduction of sebum (oil secreted from pores) paired with an abnormally high rate of desquamation (shedding of skin cells) in individuals that lack enzymes breaking down the cellular glue. The result are clogged pores, in which acne bacteria can grow.
Salicylic Acid is a lipophilic, or oil-soluble acid. This means it can break down sebum - the skin's own oils. It is also kreatolitic, meaning it can break down...
Research suggests that spending time in green spaces – parks, forests and mountains – and blue spaces – rivers, canals, lakes and coastline – reduces physical stress and enhances mental wellbeing. What better place to take care of yourself than beautiful Vermont? #unplugged 😘
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is an essential nutrient for the body. It stimulates production of immune system cells, and increases levels of circulating antibodies within the blood. It further helps to maintain blood vessel walls and thus prevents cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C also helps the body deal with stress. Ascorbic Acid aids the production of collagen, a protein that supports cell growth and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C helps the skin repair itself and thus aids the creation of scar tissue, as well as the diminishment of acne scars, and the treatment of hyper-pigmentation by slowing down the production of melanin.
A Powerful Antioxidant
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant: it slows the rat...
While we sleep our body regenerates - and so does our skin. That's why it makes sense to use richer products at night time, or even overnight masks. Try sleeping on your back to avoid pillow wrinkles ... and shoot for sweet dreams ⭐️🌝⭐️
When it comes to protection, your skin needs powerful allies. Its two best friends are sunscreen and antioxidants.
Antioxidants and Free Radicals
Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation (reactions promoted by oxygen, or free radicals). Free radicals are unstable molecules with an unpaired electron. They look to bond with other molecules destroying their health and creating new free radicals in the process. Poor nutrition, toxin exposure (pollutants or cigarette smoke) and other factors (for example UV rays) let free radicals wreak havoc in the body. The result: photo-aging of the skin, collagen damage, skin dryness, wrinkles, …
Antioxidants scavenge free radicals and donate their extra electron to neutralize them. Think...
One of the most common complaints we hear as estheticians is that clients become frustrated with their friend's skincare recommendations or the latest craze. Every skin is different and has different needs. What might feel wonderful and bring great results for one person, might not work for someone else at all. A proper skin analysis will determine your skin type, inform you about skin conditions, and leave you with professional recommendations on how to treat them. In order to see results, be a little patient. Our skin cells regenerate every 28 (they slow down with age) - so give a regiment about three months to see if it works for you. (Unless, of course, if you experience any adverse reactions due to for example allergies)