Skincare

The Future of Skin Care with Marine Ingredients

Since early civilizations, humankind from every culture returns to the ocean for balance and well being. Scientific research has recently proven that seawater can indeed restore balance to an organism, something that cannot be offered anyplace else. Ocean water can offer this to us because it has a nearly identical chemical composition and concentration of minerals and trace elements to that found in our blood plasma. The human body is depleted of vital minerals on a daily basis and requires replenishment of minerals and trace elements in order to maintain proper cell function. When cell function is out of balance, nutrients are not absorbed properly and our immune system may be compromised.  Understanding the unique nutrient composition of the ocean’s environment has been monumental for the skin care industry. Spa products that revolve around ocean based active ingredients bring the sea and it’s replenishing therapies into the spa and into your home.

Marine based ingredients offer multiple advantages to skin care; Re mineralizing the body with vital minerals and trace elements, detoxifying to expel metabolic waste, and assisting the skin to balance, repair and prevent aging. By simply adding a seawater concentrate to a hydrotherapy spa treatment (or your bath at home) you are recreating a sea environment which helps alleviate mental and physical fatigue, psoriasis, eczema, acne and dehydration. After just one bath or body wrap, you will notice a profound improvement with both physical and emotional well being, having flushed toxins and excess water retention out of the body. The use of marine based topical gels and creams also help minimize the appearance of cellulite, while firming and toning the epidermis, upper layers of the skin. This is all offered through different forms of sea algae plants and elements found in sea water.

It is important to do your research when choosing your products and treatments. Many cosmetic companies now offer algae and marine based products, yet the ingredients are not always active, and will not offer you the same results. Freeze drying methods will naturally preserve the active ingredients and ensure the properties are retained and the results are delivered. Location of harvesting is equally important, so that the product is not gathered from polluted waters or from inland algae farms. It is preferred to be from areas with large tidal fluctuations, such as the Brittany regions of France. Lastly, it is important that the manufacturer is not depleting the ocean of its resources and practices sustainable development.

Phytomer Corp on the Brittany coast of St. Malo, France has been the leader in researching and developing high quality marine based cosmetic products since the 1970’s. With annual government grants they are able to continue to patent ingredients and produce marine skin care which can successfully provide solutions to most skin care concerns. Marine biotechnology is providing the cosmetic industry with highly potent ingredients which cannot be acquired from any land based raw material and we hope for it to continue to be the future of skin care.

Skincare

Lightening Hyper-pigmented skin safely

Hyper-pigmentation is a complex process but advances in science offer those affected with unwanted “dark spots” a real solution to lightening skin safely. Hyper-pigmentation is an over production of melanin in a localized area(s) and can occur for several reasons. The simplest cause is over exposure to UV light.  However, for many it is due to a combination of hormonal imbalance and exposure to UV light.  Often in women it occurs during pregnancy when hormonal levels are elevated.  What’s interesting to know is hyper-pigmentation can also occur when an individual is exposed to high temperatures for long periods of time, like the heat levels in the dessert climates. Those who have no choice but to be outside in those temperatures have a very high probability of developing some hyper-pigmented areas.  This is because the proteins that are responsible for initiating the melanin in the first place stem from the blood, and high temperatures cause us to have higher blood pressure. Just think how red our face gets when we are over heated.

For darker skin types it can occur for the same reason but even more easily as their skin already has a greater amount of melanin production. There are other causes such as medication or injuries.  In some cases the hyper-pigment will subside during winter months when the skin is in less heat and UV light. For many others it does not fade.  For these individuals a short term and long term prevention treatment should be developed according to their exact causes and skin type.

The concern is an overuse of treatments such as lasers with little operator knowledge, or prescriptions which have been overly used, causing further damage to the skin.  It is best to start with a conservative approach that is a guaranteed safe. If desired, a person can always try more invasive treatments with some risks.

Fortunately, much research has been dedicated to understanding the biological phases of how this occurs and how active ingredients can inhibit and lighten the unnatural darkened pigment.  Even more exciting is the breakthroughs in DNA cellular repair. This helps the skin to react properly and offers more “anti-aging” benefits beyond just hyper-pigment.  The key is finding a facility that really understands the conditions on all skin types and has the expertise to develop a customized program

Our first defense is using a UVA & UVB broad-spectrum protection.  This means both physical chemical blocks are blended for maximum protection of damaging UV rays.  Constant Re-applying is important but only practical if one is outside during a recreational activity.  For a typical day that might involve driving kids to and from school, health club, trip to the food market or a drive to the office, the key is layering, just like keeping warm in the winter.

There are so many choices; unfortunately the vast majority of over the counter cosmetic creams can’t deliver the same results as higher quality ingredients. So, ask questions and be sure and select an expert!

Skincare, Spa Treatments

Dry Brushing: Benefits and Techniques

Interesting Facts:

  • The skin is the largest and most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day.
  • The skin eliminates over one pound of waste products each day for the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands.
  • The skin receives one third of all the blood circulated through the body.
  • The skin is the last organ to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency.

Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands and transportation systems including the skin, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and mucous membranes. Dry brushing stimulates the organs of detoxification to function more efficiently which has a myriad of benefits for the body:

1) Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing them nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood, so you can see how important this is.

2) Dry brushing removes dead skin layers. Dry skin brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cellular renewal. Dry skin can be a sign of detoxification; therefore it’s good to keep the process going by removing the dead skin daily. If this does not occur regularly, a buildup of dead skin cells and lead to eczema, psoriasis and dandruff, in addition to blocking the skin’s regular excretions like sweat.

3) Dry brushing strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing may reduce duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It helps support the immune system during treatments for cancer and other chronic illnesses (but always check with your health care provider). By stimulating the lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into the organs of detoxification, we can purify the entire system. After several days of dry brushing, sometimes you may notice a gelatinous mucoid material in your stools. This is a normal sign that the intestinal tract is renewing itself.

4) Dry brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands, thus helping all of the body systems perform at peak efficiency. The skin is your body’s largest organ. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. So, give your kidneys a break—keep your skin clean and rejuvenated. Bathe daily and dry brush beforehand to help stimulate blood flow to the surface so toxins can more readily escape.

5) Dry brushing tones the muscles. Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. It also helps mobilize fat and helps to even distribution of fat deposits. This is a great technique for those with limited mobility.

6) Dry brushing stimulates circulation. Our skin breathes! However for most people this vital route of detoxification is operating far below its capacity because it is clogged with dead skin cells and the un-removed waste excreted through perspiration. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that helps you to feel energized and invigorated. By activating the circulation you also help prevent varicose veins.

7) Dry brushing increases skin functions. Dry brushing helps your skin respire by eliminating clogged pores. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health. When you brush, the pores of your skin open allowing your skin to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. Clogged pores are not just a cosmetic concern. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health.

8) Dry brushing helps reduce cellulite. Improving cellulite is one of the main reasons people look into dry brushing. Toxins are often trapped in the subcutaneous later of fat cells just beneath the skin which contributes to cellulite (in addition to other health concerns). Cellulite is unattractive but also very difficult to affect. Dry brushing is a cheap and non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your skin in addition to the many health benefits it provides.

How to Dry Brush:

Always dry brush your dry body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result of the brushing action. The brush should be dry and your skin should be dry.

Ideally you want to brush from toes to neck because most of the lymph in your body drains to a central area near your collar bone.

The entire body should be brushed, including your back, but skip the face and scalp. Use long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction to help drain the lymph back towards your heart.
Note: Stroking away from your heart can put extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and over time may lead to ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

  • Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet. Don’t overdo it, remember this is not tile or grout but a living organ!
  • Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 10 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day can be beneficial.
  • Avoid sensitive areas like bruises and anywhere the skin is broken, such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts or infections. Also never brush an area affected by poison oak, poison ivy or sun burn.
  • For added benefit: Finish up with your regular shower and end with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with either hot or cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the epidermis. Or try a bath with Epsom salts or mineral-rich salts which also help encourage detoxification.
  • After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as jojoba, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter.
  • Tap your brush over a trashcan to shake off dead skin cells. Each person should have their own dry brush, just like a toothbrush! Keep your brush in a dry area away from steam and potential mildew. If you do wash your brush with soap and warm water, rinse well and make sure it is thoroughly dried in a sunny area before use.
  • Some people have more sensitive skin so dry brushing may feel uncomfortable at first but your skin will adjust. Other people find it invigorating and love it from day one.

 How to Dry Brush (Easy, Fast Instructions):

  • Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
  • Continue brushing up your legs.
  • Proceed to your hands and arms.
  • Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
  • Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
  • Use light pressure on the breasts and any other sensitive areas.
  • Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.
Skincare

Skin Care Not Working?

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Here are 3 ways to help your products work better.

  1. Exfoliate – Your dead skin cells are your enemy. They’re a barrier for absorption.
  2. Store your products properly – Antioxidants and plant
    extracts need to be stored in a cool dark place
  3. If products aren’t working don’t throw them out –  Scale down and only use a few for a month to see what happens
Skincare, Winter skin

How to Have Super Soft Hands Overnight

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Taking care of your hands during winter months is essential. The winter heaters in your house, your car or even putting your winter gloves on and off can deplete hydration levels and make the skin dry and itchy.

Scrubbing and exfoliating your hands will help remove dead skin cells. It’s important to consistently moisturize your hands both day and night. Remember to put an SPF on your hands when you are going to be outdoors.

Before you go to bed moisturize your  hands and cuticles. Wear cotton gloves or mittens to bed.  This will force your skin to absorb into your skin.

Skincare, Spa Specials, Spa Treatments

Perfect Pout

CINNAMON POUT

If you are going to pout because it’s cold outside, you’ll want your lips looking good. : {}

Soak cinnamon sticks in olive oil for a couple weeks and you have your very own, homemade cinnamon lip plumper! Rub the cinnamon stick on your lips before applying your lipstick. The cinnamon mildly disturbs the skin on your lips causing them to swell and redden.

Make sure to apply a conditioning balm after your treatment to create a fuller, plumper look. Now your ready to pucker up!

Skincare

Holiday Skin Stress

Venus Treatment

Shopping. Cooking. Cleaning. Celebrating. It’s the holidays, replete with food, drinks, and too much to do on too little sleep, all taking place during a sometimes harsh, wintry weather season. The end result: Just when you want to look sparkly and terrific, your skin gets the holiday blues. From dark, puffy circles under the eyes to a decidedly “green in the gills” complexion, and zits when you least expect them, for many women seasonal skin problems can abound.

The good news: Not only are there things you can do right now to ensure your “angelic” glow during this season, there are also some cosmetic tricks and tips to keep your holiday glow going clear into the New Year.

If you think you’re going to be partying a lot, start ahead of time to make your skin look healthier. Venus Freeze treatments and Vita-Brite Peels can help do that, but so can topical creams,
particularly serums containing vitamin C. What can also help: Increasing the moisture level in your skin starting as early in the season as possible. A lot of skin stress that appears during the holiday season, including dark circles, can be the result of a lack of moisture,
particularly if you live in a colder climate and are exposed to indoor heating. Once you begin drinking alcohol, you add to the dryness. One way around the problem is to trade up to a richer, more emollient moisturizer, beginning right at the start of the season. Come in to consult for a new product.

The better shape your skin is in as the holiday season starts, the better you will look throughout the season.

Massage Therapy, Pedicure, Skincare, Spa Specials, Spa Treatments

The Cranberry is a Health and Beauty Powerhouse!

cranberries-1329499-640x480Cranberries may be a perennial source of debate at Thanksgiving dinner but in the skincare community, the verdict is clear: cranberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants, so don’t hold back when they come around the table this year. Cranberries are actually a type of acidic berries that are rich in vitamin C and believed to contain excellent infection fighting properties. A source of phytochemicals known as condensed tannins, these berries are a powerful antioxidant and natural antiseptic with an anti-inflammatory effect. So eat your cranberries!

Enjoy this month’s cranberry treatments by going to our specials page at Margots.com.

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