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Winter Skin Care Tips: The Best Serums, Face Oils & Moisturizers

by: Thea Christie, December 1, 2020Updated on December 2, 2020

While a winter wonderland draws feelings of cozy comfort, it has the potential to wreak havoc on your skin. Icy temperatures and blustery winds bring dreaded side effects, depleting your skin’s moisture and leaving it dry and dull. To combat the cold, we have some essential winter skin care tips, including a winter-specific skin care routine. Plus, we’ve hand-picked a selection of Eminence Organic Skin Care products to soothe and repair even the driest winter skin.

Winter Skin Care: The Season’s Impact On Your Skin

It happens every year – winter descends and your skin recoils by turning dry, raw and dull. For several reasons, the cold season is often the worst time of year for your complexion. First, brutal winter weather whips around your skin, with chilling winds drawing moisture straight out. Second, we compensate for lower temperatures by cranking up the thermostat, which further strips moisture from your skin. Under dual attack, it’s no wonder your skin suffers during wintertime. 

The end result of winter conditions? Dull, dry skin. Without moisture, your skin may be more sensitive and reactive than normal. Even oilier skin types experience uncharacteristic dryness and flaking. To soothe your complexion, here are our suggestions for an Eminence Organics winter skin care routine. 

 How To Protect Your Skin During Winter

1. Use A Humidifier

Forced-air heaters blast away moisture during wintertime, stripping away important oils and leading to itchy skin. Try counteracting these drying effects by blowing a warm- or cool-mist humidifier instead. Re-introducing moisture into the air helps soothe and calm irritated skin.

2. Hot Showers And Baths Dry Out Your Skin

Hot baths and showers may warm you up during cold winter days, but hot water – especially on your face – will only dry out your skin. Extreme temperatures damage your skin’s moisture barrier, preventing it from locking in the moisture it needs to remain soft and smooth.

3. Fight Dry Skin Symptoms From The Inside

Who would have thought that you can tackle dry skin from the inside as well as out? WebMD states that food rich in healthy fats improves your skin’s moisture levels. After all, fatty acids like omega-3s help replenish your skin’s lipid barrier and protect against moisture loss. Chow down on fat-rich foods like flax, avocado, safflower oil and nuts, as well as fish like salmon and sardines.

A 6 Step Winter Skin Care Routine For Hydration

To tackle dull, winter skin, we’ve created a routine for all skin types that addresses wintertime issues. Follow these steps to return a radiant glow to your complexion:

1. Cleanse

With winter draining the moisture from your complexion, try adding an oil-based cleanser like our Stone Crop Cleansing Oil to your winter skin care routine. This type of cleanser is beneficial for all skin types (even oily!) due to its ability to draw out oil-based impurities like stubborn makeup. This cleanser also replenishes the skin with moisturizing ingredients like sunflower oil and jojoba oil. Use it alone or pair it with your favorite gel or cream-based cleanser in a double cleanse.

2. Tone

Another easy way to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months is to use a toner. You can think of a toner as the conditioner to your cleanse. It adds a base layer of hydration that keeps your skin soft and moisturized. Try our Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, featuring the unique qualities of the stone crop plant to hydrate, soothe and heal dry skin. Watch the video below to learn more about this skin-saving ingredient: 

3. Apply Essence

One of the best ways to replenish dry winter skin is to add an essence to your skin care routine. A facial essence is a lightweight fluid that is often described as a cross between a toner and a serum. Our Birch Water Purifying Essence deeply hydrates the skin and preps it to absorb the benefits of the skin care products that follow. 

4. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the best way to revive dull winter skin. However, it’s important to keep in mind that frigid temperatures and harsh winds can also make your skin more reactive. Fab Fit Fun recommends Calm Skin Chamomile Exfoliating Peel: “Thanks to Eminence‘s line of at-home exfoliating peels, your skin will look awesome. We love the Chamomile version, which soothes and renews even the most sensitive skin sans irritation and redness … And unlike some harsh formulas on the market, you can use this gentle one up to three times a week.”

5. Treat

Eminence Organics facial masks and facial oils are the perfect way to deliver an intense dose of nutrients and moisture to the skin. We recommend Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil, a facial treatment that blends results-oriented actives and ingredients for intense hydration and protection. It can be used morning and night, and is suitable for all skin types. 

6. Moisturize

And last, but definitely not least, moisturize. Even though the sun isn’t as strong during the colder months, sun damage can still occur. Our Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer includes deeply moisturizing coconut oil, shea butter and grape seed oil combined with Green Apple Stem Cell Technology that offers lasting age correction.  

The Best Moisturizers, Serums & Face Oils For Dry Winter Skin
 

Facial Recovery Oil

On the hunt for perfect products for winter skin care? Hydrate and heal dry skin with the precious herbs and oils in our award-winning Facial Recovery Oil. This luxurious facial oil is infused with clary sage oil, olive oil, sage leaf extract and ylang ylang to soothe and renew a dry complexion. Cameron Diaz is one of its many fans, saying: “A drop goes a long way to relieve any dryness in your skin… A drop on each cheek after your shower will do wonders.” Referred to as “liquid gold,” this precious oil is the key to keeping dry skin soft and supple during cold winter months.

Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm

If you suffer from dry skin in winter, give your skin an additional dose of moisture with the “solid gold” that is Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm. This revolutionary super balm harnesses the power of a Natural Repair Complex derived from rosehip and rosemary to replenish skin’s moisture and protect it from the effects of environmental stress. Use it as a spot treatment for pesky areas like knees and elbows, or as an ultra-rich face cream to repair and soothe dry winter skin.

Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator For Face & Body

If your skin is still feeling parched, Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator to your winter skin care routine. This lightweight face and body moisturizer can be layered underneath the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm to lock in moisture and repair dry winter skin. The cooling properties of camphor and menthol provide a refreshing sensation to rejuvenate skin that has been exposed to the elements.

10 Tips for Healthy Skin- By Eminence Organics

by: Alisha Whitley,

When it comes to health, mental and physical wellness are top of mind. You work out, eat clean and keep stress in check. But, what do you do for your skin? We’ve polled our experts for their advice; read on for their top tips for keeping your skin strong and healthy.

1. Drink Water- Drinking water may not directly impact your skin’s hydration levels, but it does benefit your largest organ indirectly. Your body requires proper hydration to carry out key functions that support healthy skin. When hydrated, it can move along beneficial fluids more effectively and flush unwanted toxins, helping to minimize inflammation and support your skin’s moisture barrier. Water is also essential to the production of structural proteins like collagen and elastin that keep your skin strong, plump and elastic. So, while eight glasses of water a day may not be the miracle cure you’re looking for, it does help you maintain a healthy, youthful looking complexion.There are several ways to ensure your body is getting the hydration it needs. In addition to drinking water, you can incorporate water-rich foods into your daily diet. Foods like cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon and strawberries are more than 90% water, making them excellent sources of hydration. Another great pick: celery. Wellness expert Genieve Burley tells us, “Celery contains super nutrients! … Juicing celery takes out the fibrous stalk and concentrates all the potent vitamins and minerals contained in celery. It is also an alkalizer, anti-inflammatory and all around miracle plant.”

2. Load Up On Antioxidants– It’s no secret that antioxidants are skin care superstars. But, what do they really do? In short: Antioxidants neutralize and protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive molecules that come from a variety of sources, including air pollutants, chemicals, UV rays and cigarette smoke. These atoms are missing an electron and, in an effort to stabilize, seek out other molecules to bind to. If this continues to happen, it triggers oxidative stress which plays a role in premature aging of the skin.

Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that fight free radicals by donating an electron, thereby reducing their reactivity and protecting the skin from damage. Your body produces antioxidants naturally, but you can also find them in everyday foods like berries and leafy greens, as well as surprising sources like coffee and popcorn. Here are some common antioxidants that are beneficial for your skin and the foods they can be found in:

  • Vitamin C: Most fruits and vegetables, especially berries, oranges and bell peppers
  • Vitamin A: Milk, butter and eggs
  • Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds and leafy greens
  • Beta-carotene: Brightly colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangoes and spinach
  • Lycopene: Red and pink fruits and vegetables like watermelon and tomatoes
  • Lutein: Leafy greens, corn, papaya and oranges
  • Anthocyanin: Purple-colored foods like blueberries, pomegranates and beets
  • Catechins: Green tea, dark chocolate, berries

3. Embrace Healthy Fats– Other key components of healthy skin are essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 (linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid). These healthy fats serve as the building blocks of healthy cell membranes and are an integral component of the skin’s moisture barrier. In addition to helping the skin retain moisture and absorb beneficial vitamins and minerals, a healthy lipid barrier keeps out irritants that can cause dryness and inflammation.

Unlike antioxidants, EFAs cannot be synthesized by the body and must be sourced from your diet or topical skin care. Here are some sources of these beneficial fats:

  • Omega-3: Salmon, mackerel, sardines, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, eggs
  • Omega-6: Soybean oil, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews

A non-essential fatty acid (“non-essential” in that your body can produce it on its own) is omega-9 (oleic acid). These highly occlusive oils are particularly beneficial for dry skin due to their ability to seal in moisture and soften skin. Sources of omega-9 include extra virgin olive oil, rosehip oil, avocados, nuts and sesame oil.

4. Limit Sun Exposure– One of the greatest threats to healthy skin is sun exposure. UV rays are the prime cause of melanoma, which the Skin Cancer Foundation cites as the most common – and most dangerous – form of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2019 alone, 96,480 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States. The course of action to minimize your risk of developing melanoma is to protect yourself from exposure to UV rays: Seek shade, apply SPF and wear protective clothing.

Sun exposure also contributes to premature skin aging. Boldijarre Koronczay, Eminence Organics President, says: “UVA rays destroy collagen, contribute to a lack of elasticity and tone and cause thicker looking skin.” Sun damage can cause the skin to take on a leathery appearance, punctuated by the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. Over time, age and liver spots also emerge due to sun damage that has accumulated over many years of exposure. In addition to protecting your skin with SPF, incorporate high quality after-care products into your routine to improve your chances of minimizing damage.

5. Curb Your Sugar Intake– Sugar is one of the worst offenders for aging your skin. Remember free radicals? In a process called glycation, sugar bonds with proteins to produce those same unstable molecules. Free radicals not only destroy collagen and elastin (structural proteins that keep your skin strong and supple) but also prevent your body from producing more. Without these essential building blocks, your skin loses its strength and elasticity, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to set in.

If you can’t fathom striking sweets from your diet, try swapping naughty for natural. Nike Trainer Betina Gozo suggests: “If you’re a gummy fiend like I am, switch out those cravings with something like berries, which are similar in size and sweetness to curb your cravings. If you are someone that loves chocolate, then make a smoothie with cacao or – my personal favorite – make “ice cream” with a frozen banana and add some dark chocolate chips!”

6. Limit Stress- From accelerating the aging process to increasing sensitivity and causing flare-ups, stress has an unfortunate way of showing up right where you don’t want it: on your skin. One way stress impacts your skin is by triggering the release of cortisol (aptly called the “stress hormone”). High cortisol levels accelerate the aging process by breaking down collagen and elastin; they also signal your skin to produce more oil, contributing to the development of acne. During times of stress, your body also releases inflammatory chemicals like interleukins as part of its fight or flight response. While inflammation is necessary to protect your health, it can exacerbate already uncomfortable skin conditions.

Breathe deeper. Take time to notice your breath. When the breath is shallow, it indicates the body is in contraction and tense.A great way to limit stress is to take pause. Genieve suggests beginning your day with grounding exercises like deep breathing and meditation: “Breathe deeper. Take time to notice your breath. When the breath is shallow, it indicates the body is in contraction and tense. Take time to notice your breath, increase the length of the inhale and exhale and watch how your body relaxes.” Betina also touts the benefits of a meditative practice: “A newer thing I took up just two years ago was meditation – it has been such a game changer for me. It has helped me stay more grounded, less reactive and just overall more present and happy!”

7. Exercise Regularly- Regular exercise can do wonders for maintaining and improving the health of your skin. A sweaty workout raises your heart rate and increases blood circulation, which is necessary to deliver oxygen and essential vitamins and nutrients to your cells. Exercising regularly can also counteract the aging process by reducing cortisol levels and activating the release of healing endorphins. Genieve says: “Moving your body is medicine. It allows for detoxification by flushing all of the organs, it increases respiration, it lubricates joints and strengthens muscles. Breathing and moving can help balance hormones and move waste stagnating in the intestines. All of this leads to healthier, happier skin.”

One thing to keep in mind: Always cleanse your skin after a workout. Sweating is your skin’s natural way of detoxing but without a proper wash, any toxins that have been released can seep back into your pores. Allow yourself extra time post-workout to rinse sweat and debris from your skin so it can experience the full benefit of your workout.

8. Try A Digital Detox– One of the recent top spa and wellness trends is to disconnect from your devices – especially before bed. Why? MindBodyGreen explains: “Shutting off electronics and light can help your body do what it needs to do in the evening: produce melatonin and wind down to go to sleep.” During REM sleep is the optimal time for your skin to repair and regenerate: Melatonin counteracts environmental damage, Human Growth Hormone accelerates cell regeneration and your body’s stem cells reproduce at a quicker rate.

Betina advises: “Stop scrolling on your phone or be on your computer at least 1 hour before bed.  In fact, if you can, try to avoid all screens once the sun goes down! Ok, let’s be real, that’s almost impossible, so I suggest wearing blue light blockers. This will not only help you from damaging your eyes from the light of the screens, but once the sun goes down, your body will want to produce melatonin, but won’t if you are being exposed to that blue light! Get the most out of your sleep by blocking that light or staying away from those screens.”

9. Get 8 Hours Of Sleep– Getting enough sleep is just as essential as disconnecting before bed. In fact, studies reveal that lack of sleep contributes to more fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and less elasticity. Genieve emphasizes: “Get more sleep! Getting less than 8 hours of sleep is so last year … The more sleep you get, the healthier you are. All the repair processes occur when your body is in deep sleep. It’s during this time that hormones and neurotransmitters are produced that create optimal health, fight off disease and work on epidermal tissue, muscles and joints.” By getting enough hours of sleep, you give your body enough time to perform the functions that keep your skin healthy.

The more sleep you get, the healthier you are.Experts also stress the importance of sleep quality. Michael Breus, Ph.D. and board-certified sleep specialist suggests keeping a consistent sleep-wake schedule to enhance your quality of sleep. He tells MindBodyGreen: “Each morning when you wake up at the same time, you get sunlight through your eyes, which helps reset your circadian rhythm. This reset impacts every organ system and every disease state. In addition, your brain then knows when to fall asleep and when to wake up, and this allows your sleep cycle to become more efficient, and increase deep sleep.”

10. Use Natural Skin Care- One of the best things you can do for your skin is to incorporate natural ingredients and products into your skin care routine. Choosing natural skin care ensures that you are not exposing your skin to harsh chemicals that can disrupt its moisture barrier and cause irritation and dryness. Additionally, natural, organic and Biodynamic® ingredients are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidant-rich ingredients that improve your skin’s health over time. Biodynamic crops alone have been found to contain up to 13% more potassium, 20% more sodium, 34% more iron and 47% more Vitamin C than conventionally grown ingredients.

At Eminence Organics, we keep your skin’s health top of mind. Our natural skin care is infused with fresh fruit pulps, plants and exotic spices that are sourced from organic and Biodynamic® farms worldwide. Choosing organic ingredients ensures that our products are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients and free of harmful chemicals like added parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate.

What To Expect When You Buy Eminence Organic Skin

What To Expect When You Buy Eminence Organic Skin

by: Jen Wynn, May 7, 2020 

When you’re looking to buy an Eminence Organic Skin Care product, you may not be aware that you’re taking home much more than a favorite new product. We are committed to ensuring that each item is a unique experience that transforms your skin, supports the environment and gives back to the global community. Read on to learn exactly what you can expect when you purchase an Eminence Organics product.

High Quality Ingredients

All of our products are proudly free of parabens, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum and other harsh cosmetic chemicals.With Eminence Organics, rest assured that you are purchasing a treatment containing only the best natural, organic and Biodynamic® ingredients to provide the healthiest and most effective results. All of our products are proudly free of parabens, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum and other harsh cosmetic chemicals.

Additionally, each product is handmade using hand-picked ingredients. During production, any severe heating or hydrogenating processes are avoided to ensure vitamins are captured in their all-natural base. This means our ingredients produce dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels impart the regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce. As noted by our Product Support Representative and Certified Esthetician Alicia Hawthorne:

“We are using ingredients like fresh fruit pulps, plants and spices like paprika for results driven, effective skin care. All Eminence products are most fresh in the first 12-15 months from the time of purchase – as long as they’re purchased through an authorized Eminence Organics distributor.

Products That Last

Despite being made with ingredients harvested at peak freshness, there is no need for concern that you will have to use up all of your product right away. When you buy Eminence Organics you are also buying a product that will last.

The ingredients used are extremely potent and a little product goes a long way. You may even prefer blending masks and moisturizers with water to lighten the application, further prolonging the life of your purchase. If you’re concerned about the product spoiling, don’t fret! Alicia also mentions:

“Products won’t necessarily go bad 12-15 months after you buy Eminence, rather this is when they’re the most fresh.”

Our online reviews echo our goal of creating long-lasting, effective products. On Facebook, along with a five star review, Jade Smith writes:

The best skin care products out there, worth every penny! Love how you have so many products to choose from, different varieties and how it lasts months with using everyday.

Also on Facebook,Jennifer Azzati Abjornson gives a five star review, sharing:

I just started at a spa a month ago. I love this line. I have tried and bought multiple products. It’s pricey but I don’t mind spending it because it lasts very long as a little goes a long way. I would highly recommend it.

Supporting Community And Environment

Not only will you see potent, effective results, but when you purchase Eminence Organics you are also supporting the community and environment. Josie Barton, Eminence Organics Product Support Representative and Certified Esthetician says:

“I have been a long time Eminence fan. I love that it’s a results-driven, organic line that I can trust. The products are fresh, fun, and ensure my skin feels and looks it’s healthiest! Aside from that, Eminence is a forward-thinking, environmentally-friendly company. I have always loved supporting this brand because I know my money is contributing to extraordinary causes.”

As a Certified B Corporation®, we are dedicated to meeting the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance. In partnership with Trees for the Future, every time you buy a product, a tree is planted in a developing country. Through this Forests for the Future program, we have successfully planted over ten million trees – and counting!

Additionally, a portion of every retail product sold is donated to our charity: The Eminence Kids Foundation. The Eminence Kids Foundation is dedicated to providing organic, locally sourced and nutrient-rich foods for seriously ill children as an essential part of their treatment. Through Eminence Kids we have been able to partner with six long term care organizations around the world who are dedicated to helping kids heal.

Learn more about our milestones, awards, charitable contributions, the Eminence Kids Foundation and how many trees we’ve planted in our video, Delivering Happiness – Company Achievements:

Professional Techniques

Not only will you find that our retail products are a luxury purchase you can feel good about, but supporting your local spa will introduce you to the sheer relaxation and healing only possible from professional techniques. We believe strongly in our partnership with spas and provide them with additional professional-use only products that will leave your skin glowing and fresh.

The certified estheticians at our partner spas receive training on the latest ingredients, special techniques and massage to ensure your treatments are an experience you will remember. We view our spas as a destination to transform your psychological and physiological well-being as well as a crucial step in your holistic skin care ritual.

Where Are Eminence Organics Products Made?

All of our products are formulated in Hungary, where the majority are also manufactured then sent to Canada for hand pouring. Although a variety of our natural, organic and  Biodynamic® ingredients are globally sourced, the majority are grown in Hungary.

 

Skin Care Routine For Your 40s - Time To Tighten And Firm0

by: Karen Young Chester, December 23, 2019 Updated on February 21, 2020

They say that forties are the new thirties – except when it comes to your skin care. It’s true that this decade brings more of the same changes that hit your skin 10 years ago – collagen loss, slowing cell turnover and dehydration. In your forties, however, you start to see more visible changes – especially in the structure of your skin. Here’s a rundown on what’s happening to your skin and the best skin care routine for your forties.

What Happens To Your Skin In Your 40s

With the loss of the structural support provided by important proteins, the skin begins to sag, and lines and wrinkles become more apparent.Collagen and elastin are important proteins that provide structure to your skin, keeping it firm, plump and youthful looking. Our body naturally produces collagen when we’re young but once we reach our forties, collagen production declines to such low levels, it makes a visible difference to your skin. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alana Henrikson explains that with less collagen in your forties, “this is the time when lines start to appear around your mouth.” With the loss of the structural support provided by important proteins, the skin begins to sag, and lines and wrinkles become more apparent.

Not only does the skin lose its elasticity, the subcutaneous fat under the skin melts away as we get older. Without the padding that keeps the cheeks high and plump, the skin tends to droop, and jowls make their first appearance. Keeping the skin firm and tight becomes priority number one during this decade.

As the years pass, you’ll notice your complexion becoming more dull. Starting in the thirties, cell turnover starts to slow down. Dead skin cells are shed less frequently, and fresh new skin cells are sluggish to reach the surface. The end result? A complexion that’s more dull than dazzling.

Not only does the skin surrender its natural radiance and elasticity, it also becomes dry. Continuing the process that started in your thirties, the skin produces less sebum, the oily waxy substance that moisturizes and protects the skin. With less of the body’s natural oils coating the skin, the complexion loses moisture easily, becoming both dry and dehydrated. Fine lines become more obvious, leaving the skin with more visible signs of aging.

Ingredients For Skin Care In Your 40s

To combat the acceleration in the appearance of aging during this decade, you’ll want to focus on specific skin care ingredients for your forties. Here are our top picks:

Botanical Peptides

Plant peptides are some of the most powerful ingredients to target the look of aging. A type of molecule that makes up proteins, a peptide can signal the body to create more collagen – a very useful function when your skin is rapidly losing this structural protein during this time of life.

Natural Retinol Alternative

Extracted from plants like chicory root and tara tree, Natural Retinol Alternative removes dead skin cells, tightens pores, smooths the skin, minimizes the look of lines and even fades the appearance of dark spots.Like conventional retinol, botanically-sourced retinol provides similar benefits in reducing the visible signs of aging. Extracted from plants like chicory root and tara tree, Natural Retinol Alternative removes dead skin cells, tightens pores, smooths the skin, minimizes the look of lines and even fades the appearance of dark spots. This catchall complex produces the same ageless results as retinol, without the occasional side effects of the conventional version.

Glycolic Acid

The most popular type of alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, is usually derived from sugar cane. It effectively exfoliates the skin, increasing cell turnover rate by breaking down the bonds between pore-clogging particles. It also smooths out the look of wrinkles, fades the appearance of dark spots and even prevents problem skin.

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid

When your skin is feeling parched, botanical hyaluronic acid is the thirst-quenching ingredient that it’s looking for. Deeply hydrating, botanical hyaluronic acid replenishes the skin with moisture, smoothing out the skin and minimizing the look of fine lines.

 

Best Skin Care Routine For Your 40s

Using the most potent ingredients that nature provides, here’s the skin care routine we suggest to tackle the issues of middle-aged skin straight on, with perfect solutions for those in their 40s:

  • Cleanse – Choose a cleanser that not only removes impurities but firms the skin. Look for botanical hyaluronic acid, which not only hydrates, but also leaves the skin looking plump with fewer visible lines and wrinkles.
  • Toner – Complete the cleansing process with a toner that includes a Natural Retinol Alternative. Formulated with this natural ingredient that mimics the effectiveness of retinol without the side effects, a toner with a Natural Retinol Alternative fights the visible signs of aging, appearing to lift and tighten the skin.
  • Exfoliate – Lift away dead skin cells with an exfoliant like the Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel.  Formulated with glycolic acid –  the magic ingredient for the forties age group – this type of exfoliating peel revitalizes mature skin. Glycolic acid, as well as lactic acid, rejuvenates, balances and smooths away the look of wrinkles.
  • Treat – Check the ingredients list for a serum that contains botanical peptides. This skin care essential gives a boost to mature skin types, helping the skin look more elastic with fewer visible signs of aging.
  • Moisturize – A high-quality moisturizer is another vehicle for delivering botanical peptides to the skin. Double the impact with a peptide-packed moisturizer and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. During the day, switch to or layer on an SPF moisturizer as well. A moisturizer with both UVA and UVB protection shields your skin from the aging, damaging effects of the sun.
  • Night cream – To combat the dryness of mature skin, invest in a good night cream. Since skin repairs itself while you sleep, a night cream works wonders while you catch 40 winks. Look for a night cream with additional oils, especially jojoba and grape seed oils.
  • Eye cream – Don’t forget the part of your face with the most delicate skin. Choose an eye cream that hydrates the eye area with hyaluronic acid and botanical peptides for bright eyes that look revitalized.

Find out more about recommended products to build into your forties skin care routine at Hair Therapy Salon & Day Spa.

 

 

Are You Layering Your Skin Care Routine In The Right Order?

by: Laura Leiva, July 30, 2020 Updated on August 5, 2020

Serum, moisturizer, toner, facial oil – there are so many beneficial ingredients to incorporate into a skin care regimen, but as you look at the assortment of products in front of you, there might be one pressing question on your mind: What’s the best order for my skin care routine?

Maybe you purchased a new product and don’t know where it fits into your current routine – especially if it’s something you’ve never tried before like a facial oil or an essence. Perhaps you’re building a skin care routine from scratch and struggling to organize multiple products in a logical way.  It’s time to set your apprehension aside: Here’s our comprehensive guide to ordering your skin care routine, the best way.

Layering products in the correct order determines how effectively they absorb into the skin.

Because of different purposes and formulations of products, applying ingredients in a certain order is recommended. Alicia HawthorneEminence Organics Product Support Representative, advises: “Layering products in the correct order determines how effectively they absorb into the skin.” When investing in skin care products, you definitely want to make the most of the ingredients and not have them go to waste!

Why It Matters To Apply Skin Care Products In The Right Order

The skin’s natural response is to act as a barrier, protecting your body from the external world and only allowing a small percentage of ingredients through. When it comes to skin care, though, we want beneficial ingredients to penetrate various layers of skin. Using products in the correct order allows this penetration to occur.

Rules To Follow For Your Skin Care Steps

While it might seem complicated to figure out, layering skin care products in the right order is a lot easier than you might think, especially when you consider the different formulas in a routine. “As a general rule, the order in which you apply your skin care products should begin with the lightest to the richest consistency,” Alicia explains.

Besides the consistency rule, consider the function of each product. Certain skin care products prep the skin for a routine, helping subsequent steps absorb better and balance out the skin for a glowing, healthy complexion. You’ll want to follow with potent ingredients – like those found in serums – to penetrate the skin so they have more time to absorb and go to work repairing cells. Finish with products that seal in all those actives – after all, applying barrier products too early in the routine makes it difficult for ingredients to penetrate the skin.

How To Layer Your Skin Care Products In The Right Order

Here’s the recommended order to incorporate into your daily routine:

1. Toner

One of the most commonly skipped steps, toner should be featured in every skin care routine! Often packed full of antioxidants and hydration, a toner, hydrating mist or tonique follows cleansing and conditions the skin. Boldijarre Koronczay, president of Eminence Organic Skin Care, says it best. “Toners are essential to reveal fresh, revitalized looking skin all year long, set mineral makeup, balance the pH level of the skin after cleansing or to calm the skin after an invigorating workout.”

Moisten a cotton round with your favorite Eminence Organics toner and gently swipe it over the face and neck area.

2. Essence

Applying an essence is a must to add hydration and prepare the skin for the next steps in your routine.  A lightweight formula that boosts the skin’s ability to retain moisture, an essence enhances ingredient absorption – perfect when you want to get the most benefit out of your routine.

“As a rule of thumb, apply an essence after you cleanse and tone and before your serum.  I recommend using it morning and night as part of your daily skin care routine, and you could even splash it on throughout the day to freshen up,“ recommends Natalie Pergar, Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer.

After toning, shake a few drops of essence into the palms of your hands, warm the product in your hands and gently press into your skin.

3. Serum, Concentrate, Facial Oil

After prepping your skin with your toner and essence, apply potent and nutrient-dense serums or concentrates. Serums are often rich in antioxidants so it makes sense that you want them to be absorbed fully. Also, if you need to target or address specific skin concerns, applying a concentrate or serum at this point of the routine is recommended for best results.

Apply your serum or concentrate into the palms of your hands and then pat gently into your face and neck. You could also follow up with a facial oil to seal in those active ingredients and boost hydration before moving on in your skin care routine. Here’s an important tip from Boldijarre when using a facial oil: “Place three to four drops of the oil in your palm and gently rub hands together to warm the oil without ‘bruising’ it. Then, press the oil into the skin with an open palm.”

4. Moisturizer

Even if your skin is oily, a hydrating moisturizer is essential to lock in moisture and protect it against the barrage of conditions it experiences day and night! Moisturizers help support the natural skin barrier and will keep your complexion strong and healthy.

For best results, you can apply your favorite moisturizer after serums or facial oil while the skin is still damp. This helps lock in moisture and those nutrient-rich ingredients you just applied to the skin.

5. Eye Cream

This delicate area is often left behind in a skin care routine – but it’s the area of your face where signs of aging show up first! Apply a hydrating eye cream over your moisturizer and pat it gently into the area around the eye socket, targeting fine lines or crow’s feet, as well as the undereye area.

6. SPF (Daytime)

For a daytime skin care routine, sunscreen should be the last step (don’t forget it!). Physical and mineral sunscreens block harmful UV rays from penetrating the skin and causing age-accelerating damage. For daytime use, it’s a good idea to find a moisturizer that contains sunscreen.

7. Night Cream (Evening)

If you’re not ending your day with a overnight face mask, a rich and hydrating cream is the perfect last step for a nighttime skin care routine. What’s the difference between a moisturizer and night cream? These specially-formulated products are thicker and heavier than everyday moisturizer, allowing them to really go to work sealing in serums and protecting the skin during sleeping hours to prevent moisture loss. Skin works its hardest at night while we sleep, rejuvenating and repairing cells, which is why using a night cream packed with botanical oils and extracts is highly recommended.

Applying products in the right skin care order is important, but knowing when to apply them is just as essential. While many like to complete their skin care routine and head straight to bed, we recommend waiting about 20 to 30 minutes. A short period before bedtime allows the products to penetrate, so you don’t end up with more night cream on your sheets than your face!

Want to build a skin care routine or need help fitting the right skin care products into your routine? Get in touch with your favorite Eminence Organics spa partner to learn more about the different types of skin care products available.

4 Fall Skin Care Ingredients You Can't Live Without

 

by: Christie Pike, October 6, 2015  Updated on October 8, 2018

When the seasons change, so does your skin. Now that October is in full swing, it’s time to repair your skin from last summer’s sun damage, and to address new skin issues that are associated with seasonal change.

By selecting the right skin care ingredients this fall, you can successfully manage uneven, dehydrated and lackluster skin that’s often characteristic of the cooler autumn months. Below are 4 autumn-themed product ingredients that address all these issues (and more) to give you a flawless fall complexion:

1. Pumpkins

Pumpkins are rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidants which can do wonderful things for your skinLike clockwork every fall, the pumpkin obsession begins – from pumpkin lattes to pumpkin pies, everyone wants a piece of this seasonal treat. But what if we told you that pumpkins can do much more than tantalize your taste buds? Pumpkins are rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidants which can do wonderful things for your skin.

For pumpkin-perfect moistureBest Health Magazine recommends our Limited Edition Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque – “…soothe, nourish and, as [the] name implies, super-moisturize.” The pumpkin puree of nutrient-rich goodness in this masque is especially beneficial during the dry fall months when there’s less humidity and moisture in the air.

2. Yams

Why not take the beauty benefits of pumpkin to the next level by adding yams to the mix? Yams have been used in Asian traditional medicine centuries due to their tremendous healing powers. This root vegetable contain allantoin, a cell proliferate that helps the healing process when applied topically on ulcers, boils and other skin conditions (StyleCraze.com).

For the perfect fall pairing of ingredients, Examiner recommends our Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 5%. They love it so much that they’ve named it their favorite peel in their Best in Beauty Awards 2015:

As the perfect addition to any skin care regimen, this face peel does many great things for the skin. In fact, it can correct various skin issues such as depigmentation and sun damage“As the perfect addition to any skin care regimen, this face peel does many great things for the skin. In fact, it can correct various skin issues such as depigmentation and sun damage. And whether you suffer from acne or have once suffered from acne, you can also benefit from using this organic face peel.” – Sarah Afshar, Pittsburgh Beauty Examiner (beauty blogger and former makeup artist and beauty advisor).

3. Licorice Root

Fall is the perfect time to correct any sun damage that occurred during the summer months. Licorice root, which is found in our Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel, helps brighten the appearance of uneven or sun damaged skin for a more youthful appearance. This results-oriented peel uses licorice root and our Natural Hydroquinone Alternative to brighten the appearance of dark spots, while lactic and mandelic acids gently exfoliate dead skin cells. We recommend following this treatment (and all exfoliating treatments) with an SPF product like our Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30.

4. Cranberries

In addition to adding bursts of flavor to food, this tiny berry adds impressive beauty benefits when used as a skin care ingredient. Cranberries are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They’re also rich in phytochemicals with potent anti-inflammatory properties that are extremely effective in fighting the inflammation caused by problem skin (Livestrong). Take advantage of the beauty benefits of cranberries with our Limited Edition Cranberry Pomegranate Masque.

Are you curious about what other products can benefit your skin this autumn? See our selection of Fall skin care products that are specifically selected to treat, repair and address seasonal changes in the skin.

 

Fall Skin Care Tips: The Best Skin Care Routine For Fall

The end of summer is (regrettably) fast approaching, which means it’s time to switch up your Eminence Organics skin care routine for fall. The change in seasons can wreak havoc on your complexion, leaving it feeling dull, dry and dehydrated. To ease the transition, we’ve hand-picked a variety of Eminence Organic Skin Care products for your fall skin care routine. Designed to revive and replenish your complexion, these picks will keep you glowing all season long.

Step 1: Cleanse

Wash away impurities, slough off surface debris and tighten your skin’s appearance with Eminence Organics Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser. This multi-action exfoliating cleanser is infused with natural fruit extracts to gently remove dead skin cells and fragrant monoi to deeply hydrate. A Natural Retinol Alternative combines with Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells to tighten and lift for a firmer, more youthful-looking complexion.

Step 2: Tone

Energize your complexion with our Red Currant Mattifying Mist. This award winning toner features Eminence Organic Skin Care’s exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex to hydrate, invigorate and promote the look of elasticity. Skin appears mattified, refreshed and perfectly radiant.

Step 3: Mask

Embrace the changing seasons with two masks inspired by autumnal ingredients. Replenish your skin’s moisture and fight the visible signs of aging with Vitamin E, Omega 9 nutrients and antioxidant-rich pumpkin in Eminence Organics Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque. Our Cranberry Pomegranate Masque is loaded with whole fruits, seeds and juice to revitalize your skin’s appearance and enhance your natural glow.

Step 4: Treat

Treat your skin to an Eminence Organics layering trio. Layer Eminence Organics Citrus & Kale Potent C+E SerumMarine Flower Peptide Serum and Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil to target the visible signs of aging. Combined, these premium oils and serums fight the signs of aging, smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles and deeply hydrate the skin to deliver a firm, plump and lifted appearance.

Step 5: Moisturize

Finish your fall skin care routine with our Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer. The deeply hydrating botanical hyaluronic acid and regenerating acai berry juice in this antioxidant-rich moisturizer gives your skin the plumping it needs to look younger and wrinkle-free.

Why A Pumpkin Face Mask Is Exactly What Your Skin Needs

 

by: Jen Wynn, September 6, 2018Updated on October 4, 2019

Not only does pumpkin pack a delicious and nutritious punch in your favorite recipes, pumpkin face masks could be your favorite skin care treatment too. With benefits that range from increasing moisture levels to brightening skin tone, pumpkin is a beauty-boosting superstar. Read on to learn why a pumpkin face mask is exactly what your skin needs as well as which Eminence Organics pumpkin products will complement your skin care routine.

Benefits Of Pumpkin In Skin Care

Often evoking memories of a tasty coffee cake or pie, spreading on a luscious layer of pumpkin face mask not only smells heavenly, it also leaves your skin baby soft and silky smooth. This is because pumpkin pulp and pumpkin seed oil contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs).

Vitamin A and C help to defend against oxidative damage. Vitamin C is especially fabulous for treating and reducing the look of dark spotsWe’ve identified before that AHAs are key to a glowing and radiant complexion, helping with exfoliation, moisture retention and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Adding to this glow-y goodness, pumpkin is also rich in antioxidants, and Vitamins A and C. As Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne explains, “Vitamin A and C help to defend against oxidative damage. Vitamin C is especially fabulous for treating and reducing the look of dark spots.”

What The Experts Say About Pumpkin Face Masks

As a licensed esthetician, Alicia offers expert insight on why pumpkin is such a sought-after ingredient and why estheticians might choose a pumpkin face mask in the treatment room. Alicia shared that this humble orange squash has five incredible benefits:

  1. Infuses the skin with bioflavonoids
  2. Deeply hydrates and plumps the skin
  3. Stimulates collagen production
  4. Provides antioxidant and age-defying benefits
  5. Delivers beta carotene, amino acids and fruit enzymes to the skin

The benefits of pumpkin leave you with the complexion of your dreams year round, but this fall-favorite ingredient is especially helpful as the seasons change. Using pumpkin products allows estheticians to help alleviate skin care woes such as dehydration and redness caused by dryness. Alicia sums this up perfectly, saying: “As the seasons change, our skin tends to suffer moisture loss and can use a boost in exfoliation. Whether it’s fine lines and wrinkles, post summer UV exposure, or the change in environment from central heating or air, the skin can usually use a little TLC and pumpkin is here to help.”

How The Environment Ages Your Skin

by: Alisha Whitley, March 14, 2019

Aging is inevitable. As we get older, our bodies’ natural aging processes kick in, causing the skin to sag and fine lines and wrinkles to set in. It’s a fact of life. But, did you know that time only accounts for 10% of skin changes? The remaining 90% is caused by external influences that accelerate the aging process. Read on to learn about three sources of environmental aging and how you can protect your skin from damage.

Intrinsic Vs. Extrinsic Aging

Skin aging is caused by two distinct processes: intrinsic and extrinsic aging.

Intrinsic Aging

Intrinsic aging is the natural and continual aging process by which cellular and biological functions slow. Over time, the skin’s strong, fibrous and elastic matrix begins to weaken, inhibiting skin cell turnover and contributing to hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen depletion. As these essential materials diminish, the skin loses the strength and resilience associated with a healthy and youthful complexion.

Extrinsic Aging

While intrinsic aging is unavoidable, extrinsic aging is more easily preventable. It is caused by a set of external factors that accelerate the aging process, including lifestyle choices like smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise, as well as environmental stressors like pollution, blue light radiation and UV exposure. These sources expose the skin to free radicals and oxidative stress which damage its structural proteins and cause it to age prematurely.

Sources Of Environmental Aging

There are three main environmental factors that contribute to premature skin aging: pollution, blue light and UV exposure. Here is a closer look at each one.

Pollution

One of the major threats to healthy and youthful skin is air pollution. Urban living puts us in direct contact with particulate matter (PM), a complex mixture of harmful contaminants that wreak havoc on our complexions. Evidence increasingly shows a connection between long-term PM exposure and premature aging; in fact, studies have shown that a greater degree of PM exposure is associated with a larger number of dark spots and more pronounced nasolabial folds (smile lines).

Without a strong and secure structure, skin loses its density and bounce; it begins to loosen and sag and deep lines and wrinkles start to set in.How does this happen? Well, these minute particles expose the skin to free radicals that actively break down hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. When these become weakened, they lose the ability to keep skin hydrated, firm and elastic. Without a strong and secure structure, skin loses its density and bounce; it begins to loosen and sag and deep lines and wrinkles start to set in.

Blue Light

With the increasing adoption of new technology, blue light has become another factor to consider in skin aging. Blue light emits from many sources, including the sun, our cellphones, computers, TVs and even lightbulbs. According to Eminence Organics International Trainer Brian Goodwin, we are typically exposed to blue light for six hours a day; over time, this daily exposure compounds and poses a serious threat to skin health.

Blue light’s short wavelength is associated with higher energy output and a greater potential for damage. In 2010, research by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found more pigment, redness and swelling in skin exposed to blue light from the sun than skin exposed to similar levels of UVA rays. In addition to triggering inflammation and redness, blue light stimulates the production of free radicals (which we know are major culprits of premature skin aging).

UV Exposure

Sun exposure plays perhaps the biggest role in aging our complexions. The sun has several different types of rays (including blue light) but those that cause the most concern are UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin’s layers, exposing otherwise healthy skin to damaging free radicals. Eminence Organics President Boldijarre Koronczay tells us:

UVA rays are the #1 cause of aging. They destroy collagen, contribute to a lack of elasticity and tone and cause thicker looking skin – what I call “alligator skin”.

UVB rays, on the other hand, penetrate only the skin’s outermost layer where they interact with melanocytes (the cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation). Melanocytes are your first line of protection against sun damage; when they are exposed to the sun, they release melanin. This protective pigment absorbs UV rays and shields the skin’s deeper layers from damage. However, overexposure can lead to an overproduction of melanin, which presents as sun spots and uneven skin tone.

Defend your skin from environmental stressors with Eminence Organic Skin Care’s new Lilikoi Mineral Defense Collection! Lilikoi is a tropical ‘superfruit’ that is packed with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A,C riboflavin and niacin. This antioxidant rich powerhouse helps to combat free radical damage.

Pro Tips For Your Hair Care
How To Care For Your Winter Hair- Innersense Organic Hair Care

Winter is here! Cold weather and the use of indoor heating increases, this season often times will create dry, brittle hair.  Especially those with fine hair, the effects of winter can come with hair dryness and ultimately breakage.  Indoor heat during the winters months can actually be more damaging than the hot summer sun.

To alleviate the harsh winter conditions on hair, Joanne Starkman, founder of Innersense Organic Beauty offers five proactive tips to keep your hair healthy and conditioned.  As a hair stylist herself, she has over 20 years experience and first-hand knowledge of optimal ingredients to help you combat the effect of winter having researched many for Innersense Organic Beauty products.  Here are five simple tips Joanne offers to keep your hair healthy this winter:

1 Use Products Rich in Emollient Oils:  Hair care products rich in emollient oils bring natural hydration and moisture to the hair. Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner is a “must have”, especially during these winter months, regardless of hair texture.  Everyone’s hair can benefit from Sweet Spirit. This lightweight product, rich in aloe Vera and eucalyptus, leaves the hair supple and shiny.

2 Discover Shea Butter and Orange Oil For Curly Hair: Quiet Calm Curl Control is best for curly hair and also can be applied to any texture hair in the proper amount. Quite Calm Curl Control boasts both shea butter and orange oil, and will transform any head of dry locks into a garden of beauty.

3 Check on your Scalp:  Remember to check in with your scalp as winter can cause dry skin and dandruff. Harmonic Healing Oil is the perfect product for skin, scalp and hair. Use just a few drops of this rich blend of Tamanu, jojoba and noroli oils along with soothing lavender for a fabulous scalp massage.  It can also be smoothed over the hair just before a blow dry.

4 Drink more water:  It sounds simple yet true, one must stay hydrated especially when it is cold and dry outside. By drinking plenty of water your skin will plump and supple and in turn your hair follicles will be well nourished. I like to think of water as natures best beauty elixir.

5 Stay Away from Toxic Products: Hair care products that contain silicones, resins and plastics are ingredients that only coat the hair.  Over time, they increase hair dryness and breakage.

Thanks to Joanne, you now have the secrets to keeping your hair healthy this season!  Do you have any healthy hair tips for winter?  We’d love to know your secrets, too. Drop us a line!

3 Secrets To Clean, Healthy, Beautiful Hair- Innersense Organic Hair Care

Everyone has a vision of their perfect hair: 
Gorgeously kinky or superbly straight, luxuriously flowing or cutely cropped, beautifully natural or courageously colored.
But when your hair is dry, damaged or dull, it can feel like perfection is completely out of reach.
How do you go from the hair you have to the hair you love? We have the secret to getting it right!

1. The Right Ingredients


Most people know to avoid sulfates—the detergents that make shampoo lather. But conventional shampoos contain other synthetic ingredients that coat your hair to make it look shiny while causing dryness and damage underneath. That’s why our shampoos are formulated from a rich, concentrated combination of Certified Organic plant ingredients like coconut, avocado and shea butter. These healthy ingredients leave hair clean, residue-free and naturally shiny and voluminous.

2. The Right Products 

 

Ever feel like finding a new haircare regimen that works for you is harder than finding a needle in a haystack? Skip the guesswork with our easy-fill recommendation form. Just tell us about your hair’s texture, health, heat and chemical exposure, and we’ll send you our customized recommendations to help you fall in love with your hair again.

3. The Right Expectations

When you’ve spent a lifetime using conventional hair products, adjusting to organic haircare can take some time. Your hair may feel a bit heavy or oily for the first week or two as your hair and scalp transition to its natural state, free of synthetics and build up. This is completely normal—healing decades of hair damage doesn’t happen instantly!

 

 

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