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May is the time we want to see our clients transitioning to SUMMER PRODUCTS!  We have 4 helpful hints for your spring/summer home care regimen:

1. Add a sunscreen

Hopefully everyone is getting outside more often now so if you are not already using a sunscreen, now is the time to make that change.  Our Eminence Organics sunscreens are a moisturizer and sunscreen all in one!  Use alone or on top of a serum (we prefer the latter).

2. Lighten it up
As the humidity in the air increases (we are in Michigan here where winters are very dry and summers quite humid), your products do not need to be as rich and occlusive.  Lighten the lipid content in your cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.  Your Esthetician can help you make smart purchasing decisions.
3. Use your winter day cream as your night cream
One of our favorite tips to help you avoid buying a whole new summer regimen is to use your winter day cream (unless it has an SPF in it) as your night cream.  Even on those warm summer nights your skin’s oil production decreases by 50% so don’t forget to wash the day away and use a night cream.

 

4. Be less aggressive
Most people get enough sun exposure to warrant avoiding chemical peels, high percentage glycolic acid formulations, and strong vitamin A products in the summer.  Using such products makes your skin more vulnerable to the damaging rays of the sun.  Unless you are extremely diligent about protecting your skin from the sun consider using a gentle glycolic, mandelic acid, lactic acid, or enzymes instead.

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Glymed Plus is offering us a brand new technology in skin care: DRONE TECHNOLOGY!  If it sounds like something from Star Wars, it is.  The dual encapsulated super peptide knows exactly where to go once it enters your skin.  It’s a targeted treatment with none of the negative side effects (skin thinning, sun sensitivity, drying effects) of its coveted colleages (like Retinoids).
The NEW Wrinkle Remedy promises softer, plumper skin in 6 days and a firmer face contour and relaxed wrinkles in 28 days.  How does this happen (read on)?  The super peptide in the Wrinkle Remedy formulation works on several levels:
  • Boosts the synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in the Dermis, offering immediate plumping (crows feet and lines around the lip)
  • Increases fibroblasts in the skin which stimulate glycosaminoglycan (GAG) cells to strengthen the Dermal/Epidermal Junction (replenishing skin volume and lifting jawline)
  • Interacts with neurotransmitter receptors to relax expression lines (“frown” or “11” lines)

The NEW Diamond Bright Skin Lightener uses cutting edge Drone Technology to brighten skin and lighten unwanted hyperpigmentation.  It promises skin lightening in 30 days by specifically targeting melanocytes in the Epidermis.  The Diamond Bright also reduces inflammation in the skin which contributes to hyperpigmentation. This formulation does not cause normal pigmentation to lighten, is safe for all skin Fitzpatrick’s types, is safe for pregnant and nursing women, and does not cause photo sensitivity.

I hope you enjoy hearing about new, exciting products and treatments and learning a little more about how skin works!  We all have a passion for it at the Apothecary and love to share it with you.

 

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Oct 2015 Facial Peelv5

Pharmaceutical Grade Peels

Don’t let the word “peel” scare you.  Fruit acids, acids from sugar cane, and pineapple enzymes are all considered peels.  A chemical peel is just a way of exfoliating skin off the surface by dissolving dead skin cells (verses a physical peel which uses beads and hulls to manually remove the skin).  Chemical peels range in concentration and depending on which acids are used, have different attributes.  Scroll down for more information on our new organic peels and what acids are used for different skin conditions.  For our October Special we are offering a Glymed Plus 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peel which consists of 15% Glycolic and 15% Lactic.  It is a 3.4 pH which means it will not dry your skin too much but, rather, is hydrating!  If you have never had a peel, we may just apply this one layer.  If you are ready to move on to treating hyperpigmentation and fine lines, we will apply the 2 leave-on peel layers at the end of the facial: the Glymed Plus 5 Berry Peel with 15% TCA and berries to lighten pigmentation (this one doesn’t make you peel), and the Glymed Plus Vitamin A Peel with 15% TCA and Vitamin A (which DOES make you peel).  As you can see this treatment is customized to your skin and what you want out of it.

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Organic Peels

The NEW Eminence Organics Exfoliating Peels have quickly found their way into our hearts (and our at home skin regimens).  There are 4 peels to choose from: Firm Skin, Bright Skin, Clear Skin, and Calm Skin.  They are ingenious because they pair acids that help each skin condition with botanicals to support each condition.

Directions for application:  Every other evening after cleansing, apply on face and neck using 2 pumps from the airless jar on cotton round (included), let absorb for 3 minutes, do not remove, apply eye cream, night serum, and night cream.

Firm Skin Exfoliating Peel– 4% Fruit acids (from lemon and passion fruit), Glycolic acid (from Naseberry), Tartaric acid (from grapes) and Lactic acid (from milk).  Botanicals include grapefruit, goji, acai, noni and sweat pea flower.  Good for fine lines.

Bright Skin Exfoliating Peel– 3% Azelaic acid (from grains), Lactic acid (from milk), and Mandelic acid (from almonds).  Botanicals include licorice, baobab, and daisy blossom.  Good for hyperpigmentation and fine lines.

Clear Skin Exfoliating Peel– 3% Azelaic acid (from grains), Salicylic acid (from willow bark), and Lactic acid (from milk).  Formulated with sulfur to help with oil control.  Botanicals include lilac, willow, and tomatoe extract.  Good for oil production and acne.

Calm Skin Exfoliating Peel– 1.5% Lactic acid (from milk) and Mandelic acid (from almonds).  Botanicals white genepi, chamomile, and arnica.  Good for Rosacea and sensitive skin.
Having trouble choosing?  Your Esthetician will choose for you!

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Spring is upon us, but here in Michigan we are still experiencing the effects of dry, winter skin.  The surface of the skin shows dehydration in the form of flakiness, lines, or a rough, chapped texture.  Even redness and acne is exacerbated by dehydration.  A common mistake people make is thinking that if they have oily or acne prone skin that they need to “dry” it out and in their attempt to reduce oil, they strip water from the surface.  The presence of oil and the presence of water on the surface of the skin are two separate issues, but oil and water work together in balance to form a protective barrier.  So, if the skin is oily it can still be dehydrated (lacking water).  Oily skin needs to be protected with a less occlusive barrier while truly dry (lacking oil) skin needs to be protected in the winter with a highly occlusive day cream.  Protective day and night creams help PREVENT dry, flaky skin but let’s talk about how to TREAT it.

During the winter and moving into spring, enzymes are most effective at removing dead and dry skin.  Enzymes are made up of long strands that actively digest dead skin cells on the surface without penetrating deeply and causing irritation.  This is important because skin that is prone to harsh Michigan winters need gentle exfoliation rather than deeply penetrating exfoliation (like the kind the skin receives when using Glycolic Acid which causes cell division.  Cell division is good because it encourages cellular regeneration but most people need to nourish their skin and be on a dedicated, supportive home regimen before using Glycolic in the winter.  More on cellular regeneration WITHOUT the cell division with the use of Oxygen products as you read on).

This March we have created a facial just for early spring.  If you have been feeling dry all winter our March Special will offer relief.  After enzymes exfoliate, breathe new life into your skin with oxygen from the Nasturtium plant.  The NEW Oxygen Treatment Cream by Glymed Plus treats your skin to oxygenation!   All cells are under some kind of stress and can benefit from oxygen, especially this new Oxygen Treatment Cream which has numerous benefits:

1. Cell turnover.  The Oxygen Treatment Cream rejuvenates skin cells without the use of exfoliants, retinoids, or acids.  THE RESULT is softer skin and reduced wrinkles.

2. Detoxification.  The Nasturtium plant (flower, leaf, and stem) gives off oxygen which gets into the follicle and has an antimicrobial and antifungal effect that is more gentle than Benzoyl Peroxide.  THE RESULT is a reduction in acne and blackheads.

3.  Lightening and Brightening.  The Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) in this formulation has strong antioxidant properties.  It also aids in collagen synthesis and protection and is enormously beneficial to the eye area.  THE RESULT is brighter, firmer skin.
Treating your skin to enzymes and oxygen are a smart way to keep your skin healthy and in balance!

by Glymed Plus

Hydrating Enzyme Mask by Glymed Plus

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Oxygen Treatment Cream by Glymed Plus

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As if there weren’t enough products in the Eminence Organics line, this spring Eminence has outdone itself with their new Age Corrective Night products.  For the first time, active ingredients are able to effect the Dermis and Subcutaneous layer of the skin to dramatically soften deep lines on the face.

Age Corrective Night

Three cheers for Argan Nuts and Nutmeg Seeds!  Argan Stem Cells trigger fibroblasts in the Dermis causing an increase in collagen, the fibers that support your skin.  Going deeper is Macelignan, the active ingredient extracted from the Nutmeg Seed.  It works on Adipose tissue by stimulating by stimulating receptors to keep your skin “squishy like a baby”, according to Eminence International trainer, Jude.

FDA tests have proved that the “Anti-Aging Stem Cell Complex” in the Age Corrective Night line decrease wrinkle depth by 26% and increase skin density by 13% in just 2 months.

These products are formulated for night because the skin’s regenerative properties are strongest then.  At night skin’s metabolic rate increases, circulation increases, oil production drops 2 times lower than during the day, and water loss occurs.  Some skin care lines believe you should let the skin breath at night.  We believe you should FEED the skin at night.

In addition to Argan Stem Cells and Macelignan, this line feeds your skin with:

Evening Primrose Oil (rich in Omega 6)

Argan Oil (rich in Vitamin E & Fatty Acids)

Shea Butter (rich in Vitamins A & E)

Calendula (nature’s neosporin, anti-inflammatory)

Monoi Flower infused in Coconut Oil (supportive to connective tissues)

Hyaluronic Acid (from the Marshmallow root)

Grapeseed Oil (smallest molecular structure= great absorption rate)

Did you know…

Eminence sources its Argan Oil from female owned coopertives  in Morocco.

GOATS LOVE ARGAN NUTS!  Simply google “Goats Argan” to see the lengths they go to for these nuts.

Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate, Lavender Age Corrective Night Eye Cream, and Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck are now available in our store!

Good night!

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Master Esthetics Elite

Master Esthetics Elite

Glymed’s “Physicians Elite” skin care line, originally created to prepare the skin for advanced peels and surgery, has been reformulated and is now available to us as the “Master Esthetics Elite” line.Our Estheticians have spent the last month testing the limits of their skin.  We have been pushing the peeling power of Glymed’s new AHA products and learning how to balance them.

Why would we want to use acids on our skin?   AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) stimulate 3 important things:

1. GAG cells

2. Fibroblasts

3. Basal Cell Turnover

GAG cells produce Hyaluronic Acid (HA).  HA is essential in the formation of healthy skin tissue.   It controls inflammation, promotes wound healing, facilitates cell migration, acts as an antioxidant, and can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.  Simply said, HA makes the skin supple.

Fibroblasts in the Dermis are triggered by AHA’s.  (Retinoids also trigger fibroblasts but that is another story.)  Fibroblasts are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin fibers.  These protein fibers provide strength for the skin.  A wrinkle is an area on the skin with broken down collagen and elastin fibers.

Basal Cell Turnover is our skin’s metabolism.  The migration of fresh skin cells from the basal layer in the epidermis happens at a fast rate when we are young and slows down as we age.  AHA’s increase metabolism and keep the skin young.

The Master Esthetics Elite line consists of the following treatment and balancing products (now available):

Treat-

Gentle Facial Wash– 15% Glycolic at 3.0 pH

Use daily for signs of aging, acne, and blackheads.

Treatment Cream– 30% Glycolic at 3.0 pH

Use as a night cream for signs of aging.

AHA Accelerator– 12.5% Glycolic, 12.5% Lactic at 3.0 pH

Use as a night serum for signs of aging and for controlling breakouts.

Balance-

Vitamin C Cleanser– for irritated, dry, or rosacea skin.

Vitamin C Serum– high concentration of Magnesium  Ascorbyl Phosphate, controls post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin C Cream–  occlusive serum, rich in antioxidants, controls inflammation.

A balance product must always be used with a treatment product.  The more active your product, the more balance your skin needs.  Our Estheticians can coach you on how to ween up to these products and how to balance the activity on your skin so that your end result is a brighter, smoother complexion.

If you are at all considering getting more active with these treatment products in your regimen, the first step is to receive our 1 Hour Facial with AHA Peel or AHA Quick Peel.

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If you haven’t adjusted your skin care home regimen for winter you may be feeling a bit dry right about now.  Forced air heat, cold outdoor air, and lack of humidity all contribute to moisture loss on the surface of the skin.

The surface of the skin has a balance of water and oil that can easily be thrown off by environmental culprits.  Add to the mix bar soap, aggressive foaming cleansers, harsh acne ingredients, and even plain water to “wash” your face and the balance can really go off kilter.  Dry, tight, chapped, and flaky skin can result.

When the surface of the skin experiences even the slightest of these conditions, the underlying support of collagen and elastin starts to break down and early signs of aging occur.   Many of the lines people see forming on their face from ages 30-50 have more to do with dehydration than from the natural aging process.  That means they are preventable, not with drinking more water (which would help in other ways) but with proper care of the skin.

The skin needs GOOD FATS to protect itself from moisturize loss, especially in the winter.  Ingredients to look for are Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, all plant oils, ceramides, and squalane.  (Our favorite GO-TO products are Glymed’s Cell Protection Serum, Glymed’s Vitamin E Sensual Cream, Eminence’s Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, and Apivita’s Queen Bee Moisturizer with Royal Jelly.)

We have designed a Winter Facial Special to give you the gentle exfoliation and rebalancing your skin needs!  Under steam, a 5% Lactic Acid will be used along with Pumpkin Enzymes to slough off dead skin.  Lactic is the most hydrating of all the acids so it’s perfect for winter.  And enzymes, because of their long molecular chain, do not penetrate deep or cause irritation.   You will be treated to a luxurious facial massage and then your finishing products will be customized to provide you with the right balance to WINTERIZE your skin!

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