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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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ImageAfter a family vacation to Alabama and Florida, I have compiled a list of what I now covet as my VACATION ESSENTIALS!

1. Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Body SPF 32
This product is easily my number 1 pick!  My whole family loved it.  I was prepared with my California Baby Sunscreen that I have used for the past 5 years but I ended up using this one exclusively.  It rubs in really well and Simon loves the vanilla scent.  I used it on my kids face and body.  My husband and I used it on our whole body (see face product next).  I kept one in the beach bag and one in the car and applied it as hand and body lotion the entire trip.

2. Eminence Organics Bright Skin Moisturizer with SPF 30
Both my husband and I used this product on our faces every day.  It is the perfect moisturizer for normal to combination skin even in the humid southern climate.  The stone crop plant in the product lightens pigmentation naturally.

3. Apivita Exfoliating Face Cream with Olive and Lavender
When vacation includes camping, hiking, or beaching nothing makes the skin feel fresher than this product.  The combination of olive seeds, salicylic acid, lavender and grape seed oil deep cleanse and cool the skin.  It eliminates “summer bumps” that sometimes occur on my skin when I am traveling.  I recommend using this every morning while on vacation.

4. Glymed Plus Mega-Purifying Cleanser
Skin always needs balance and this creamy cleanser is my staple.  Use every night to break down dirt and oil that builds up on your skin, without stripping your skin of its natural moisture.  The lavender is cooling for sun exposed skin.

5. Jessica’s Apothecary Coconut Lime Whip

After every shower applying Jessica’s own Coconut Lime Whip is vacation in itself.  With organic, unrefined coconut oil and essential oils of lime, bergamot and grapefruit this whip smells like key lime pie!  Coconut is the most cooling oil available, and rich in essential fatty acids.  Your skin needs it!

6. Eminence Organics Aloe Mint Hydrating Cream Gel-Body
For the record I did not get burned on my vacation.  I reapplied diligently and am proud of it!  There was a member of my family that did not reapply.  I won’t mention names.  Playing in the ocean got the best of him.  Applying this aloe gel cooled the skin and prevented peeling.6.  There are 3 night time moisturizers that all make the list.  I used all 3.  Take your pick:

Eminence Organics Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate
This is the night moisturizer I ended up using most of the vacation.  The Argan Oil was just the right amount of nourishment for the skin without being too oily.  And again, Lavender is the best ingredient for after sun.
Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer
I always have this product on hand in the event of breakouts or “summer bumps”.  For acne or oily skin this is essential.
Glymed Plus Intense Peptide Skin Recovery Complex
Addressing fine lines and wrinkles is still a priority while I am on vacation!  I used this as a serum under my sunscreen but you can also use it as a night time moisturizer.  In addition to 5 Peptides that reduce wrinkle depth, this product contains sea whip to help reduce inflammation, licorice and bearberry to lighten pigmentation, ceramides to improve hydration, and vitamin E to fight free radicals.  Last on the list but probably the most potent, comprehensive skin care product in our Apothecary.
I hope you find this information helpful.  As always let us know if you have any questions.

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This summer your skin will not forgive you if you don’t add at least 1 coconut product to your regimen.  These warm, sunny spring days are just the beginning.  Coconut is the queen of cooling, and its oil, water, and “milk” provide a plethora of benefits.  Coconuts are high in free-radical fighting antioxidants so the damage caused by the sun (and harsh chemical sunscreens) can start to be mended with coconut.

Coconut Oil (the result of the crushed and pressed fruit) provides nourishing fatty acids to the skin that protect it from moisture loss.  It contains 3 fatty acids- Capric, Caprylic, Lauric- that provide antimicrobial and disinfectant properties.  It is also high in skin healing Vitamin E.

Coconut Oil can be found in: Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser, Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, Coconut Cream Masque, Bamboo Firming Fluid.

Coconut Water (the juice on the inside of the coconut shell) is high in Vitamin C, toning to oily skin, hydrating to dry skin, and rich in plant hormones called Cytokinins, which strengthen connective tissue and keep the skin elastic.  Coconut Water is also an aide in combating acne because it is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and may promote scar healing.

Coconut Water can be found in: Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, Bamboo Firming Fluid, Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist, Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum, and Coconut Firming Body Lotion.

Coconut Milk (the liquid that comes out of the grated meat of the fruit) is high is fatty acids that can soothe the symptoms of many skin issues, includes eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  Coconut Milk moisturizes the skin and cools it after sun exposure.

Coconut Milk can be found in: Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser, Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist, Coconut Cream Masque, and Coconut Firming Body Lotion.

The skin experts at Jessica’s Skin & Body specialize in matching the right level of fats and water in a product to the needs of your skin.  No matter how dry or oily your skin, there is a coconut product that is right for you.

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Who knew I would need to post about sunscreens this early in the year!  But YES it is time for sunscreen.  If you are not already in the habit of using sunscreen all year long now is the time to SPRING into your new regimen.

The most important question you need to ask when choosing a sunscreen is not the number associated with the product (15, 30, 45 etc.) but rather whether the sunscreen is a chemical or physical barrier.  Chemical sunscreens (like Benzophenone and Octinoxate) neutralize UV rays.  Physical sunscreens (like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) are minerals that provide a barrier against UV rays.  Your skin type is an important factor in deciding what kind of sunscreen product to use.  If there is any sensitivity or inflammation in the skin the physical barrier is a must!  The reason being, it blocks the rays and keeps HEAT out of the skin.  Chemical sunscreens, while neutralizing rays, traps heat in the skin.  Fine for normal to oily skin with no sensitivity issues but a disaster for inflammed, sensitive skin.

Next, ask yourself what NUMBER SPF you should use.  Did you know that higher numbers don’t protect you more?  They just protect you longer.  The number just means how much longer you can stay in the sun without burning compared to if you were not wearing sunscreen.  I found this handy equation on http://www.howstuffworks.com:

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time

Lastly, don’t forget to make sure the product says Broad Spectrum!  We don’t want protection for the UVB (B for Burning) rays and no protection from the UVA (A for Aging) rays!

Jessica’s Skin & Body Apothecary stocks both kinds of sunscreen to suite your needs.  Choose from the following sunscreens that are so lovely they make you want to wear them.  Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and moisturizer all in ONE!

Glymed Photo Age Gel 15 ($35.50 for 4 oz.) 

Glymed Photo Age Gel 30 ($48 for 4 oz.) 

Glymed Photo Age Cream 15 ($34 for 2 oz.) 

Glymed Photo Age Cream 30 ($58.50 for 1.6 oz.) 

“What is the difference between Gels and Creams?”

Glymed Gel sunscreens are oil-free and use chemical barriers against the sun, leaving a light-weight finish that many people prefer, especially oily skin types.  Plus, they smell like cherries!

Glymed Cream sunscreens are primarily titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, leaving a thick physical barrier against the sun.  There is a whiteish cast to the skin for a couple minutes, but then it absorbs.  The Cream 30 is also loaded in antioxidants!

I gave you a lot to think about but I hope it helps you choose!

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