What is best for my skin sauna or steam room?

Who doesn’t like a nice steam experience? I know I do! While the warmth can provide relaxation, how does it affect the skin on the face? Does it provide any benefit? There are pros and cons for how either a steam room or a sauna can impact the skin. For certain skin types they can be good for the skin, but for other types of skin, it actually may be doing more harm than good. In this post, I’ll go into the details of all.

First, let’s start with steam.

What’s happening to the skin while in a steam room?

  • Humidity that is given off from the steam is providing water-based hydration to the top surface layers.
  • Since steam rooms typically have temperatures of around 110 degrees, it will help to increase the skins’ internal temperature causing a dilation of capillaries, which stimulates blood circulation. This will result in the skin appearing flushed and red in most skin types.

What are the benefits to the skin from a steam room?

Since humidity of a steam room is at 100%, it makes it quite hydrating to the skin. Skin cells are like fish and need water to live so steam can be very beneficial for keeping surface layers feeling moist and looking healthy—as long as when you leave the steam room you apply a protective moisturizer to the skin to keep the hydration sealed into the skin. Through a process called osmosis, the dry air (like when you walk about of the steam room, made worse in the winter) draws moisture from wherever it can get it and this includes your skin. So if a serum or cream isn’t applied topically within 60 seconds to keep the moisture in the skin, it will evaporate out and the skin will be more dehydrated than even before you went in the steam room.

Another benefit is that of increased circulation that comes with heat. It is through the blood that oxygen and nutrients feed the cells in both our skin and body which are absolutely essential for keeping the metabolism of the cells acting young and making the repair processes function efficiently. All of this slows down with age so I’m a real advocate of stimulating blood flow to the skin.

How can steam be bad for the skin?

The drawback of a steam room is the intense heat that it gives off. For certain skin conditions like rosacea, where the skin already has a red appearance and stimulates all too easily, steam will cause a further dilation in capillaries making the skin even redder. So for anyone with a lot of redness and visible capillary damage in their skin, a steam room would not be recommended to use on a regular basis. But the good news is, if you do want to enjoy a steam experience, you can always hold an ice-cold washcloth on your face while in the room to keep the internal face temperature regulated. You might also perform a post-steam ice-cold water splash on the face to constrict capillaries and cool down the skin.

Secondly, for those prone to melasma (dark brown patches on the skin from hormones), the heat may also increase the possibility of making discoloration more prominent since heat inflames the skin, raising the skin’s internal temperature and waking up melanin cells. The goal with any type of pigmentation is to calm over-active melanin cells with soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients like licorice and stable vitamin C and so unnecessarily creating more stimulation of melanin with heat is never a good idea. If you are someone prone to pigmentation and are trying to get it to fade, an important goal is to keep the temperature of the skin as cool as possible so this would mean avoiding being outdoors on extremely hot days, steam rooms, sauna, and hot yoga.

Does steam open up the pores?

As an Esthetician, I know that steam is considered an important step in a facial to warm up the skin, soften the debris within the pores to prepare for easier removal of blackheads and provide hydration. But heat doesn’t actually open up the pores so, in a steam room, there is no cleansing occurring in this way.

Let’s now talk about a sauna. 

What’s happening to the skin while in a sauna?

  • A sauna gives off dry heat and there is very little humidity given off from the water being poured onto the hot rocks or heater.
  • Since saunas typically have temperatures between 170-212 degrees, this will significantly raise the skins’ internal temperature causing a dilation of capillaries, which increases blood circulation. This will result in the skin getting flushed and red in most all skin types.

What are the benefits to the skin from going in a sauna?

A benefit is that of increased circulation that comes with heat. It is through the blood that oxygen and nutrients feed the cells in both our skin and body which are absolutely essential for keeping the metabolism of the cells acting young and making the repair processes function efficiently. All of this slows down with age so I’m a real advocate of stimulating blood flow to the skin.

How can a sauna be bad for the skin?

The drawback of a sauna is that temperatures are much hotter than in a steam room so while they can increase blood circulation and offer the benefits as mentioned above, someone with a lot of redness in their skin should avoid using a sauna altogether. It’s important to note that since heat rises, it won’t be as hot for any type of skin if you sit on one of the lower benches versus the top bench.

Also, saunas are a drier heat because the temperatures are between 170-212 degrees making a less humid environment, anywhere from 5-20%. While they will provide a little hydration to the skin, they are considerably less beneficial for hydration than a steam room. Similar to use with a steam room, always apply a moisturizer immediately on the skin afterward to keep the hydration in the skin and prevent evaporation when the air is dry.

For those prone to melasma (dark brown patches on the skin from hormones), the heat may also increase the possibility of making discoloration more prominent since heat inflames the skin, raising the skin’s internal temperature and waking up melanin cells. The goal with any type of pigmentation is to calm over-active melanin cells. If you are prone to pigmentation and are trying to get it to fade, an important goal is to keep the temperature of the skin as cool as possible so this would mean avoiding being outdoors on extremely hot days, steam rooms, saunas, and hot yoga.

In summary, from a hydration standpoint, both steam and saunas are beneficial but there are many topical products that can provide an easier and quicker way to hydrate thirsty skin cells if that’s the goal you’re going for.

I definitely recommend both steam rooms and a sauna for my clients who have skin types that could benefit from a boost of circulation. However, as I said previously, you can always put a cold washcloth over your face to prevent putting pressure on fragile capillaries.

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Can coffee be the ideal weight loss drink?

Could drinking coffee help with weight loss? To jump ahead, we’re excited to report that after speaking to a registered dietitian and a physician that it is possible. Which is good, considering our affinity for a cup (or three) of  Starbucks daily.

“The caffeine in coffee can help boost your metabolism in the short-term, is a stimulant that can help signal fat cells to break down fat. It can also help you eat less during mealtime by reducing the feelings of hunger.” But coffee drinkers may become less sensitive to the effects of caffeine with time.

So how should you drink your coffee, and just how much for it to be effective? Drink two to three cups before 3 p.m. and try to have it black (without milk, cream, or sugar). We recommend drinking it before a workout to help give you an energy boost. Skip the pre-workout drinks with tons of artificial sweeteners that have been shown to increase appetite and kill your flora (good bacteria). Have a cup of coffee before you exercise, as it will give you the energy you need and also improve fat burning when your body wants to burn fat most.

This is how it works, “Adiponectin is a hormone your body uses to burn fat, sugar, increase metabolism and suppress hunger. Coffee intake has been shown to increase this fat-burning hormone in women, especially in habitual daily coffee drinkers.” It’s important to note that too much coffee can increase stress hormones and weight retention in women. Keep your coffee intake to less than four cups (6 oz.) daily. Also bear in mind to avoid coffee if you experience PMS, bloating, or weight gain during your period. “Coffee can cause muscle cramping, can irritate your intestines, contributing to more bloating and inflammation.

For the purpose of weight loss try intermittent fasting and coffee is when you fast 12 to 16 plus hours, giving your gut a break and letting your body run on the stored fat and sugar. Having coffee during your fast will not only cut your hunger and cravings, but it will force your body to pull from those stubborn fat cells, especially if you have coffee during the last few hours of your fast. If dinner was at 8 p.m, then have your coffee when you wake up, and then wait two more hours before eating to let your body work on the fat burning process. This works best if you keep carbs intake low.

Have you tried drinking coffee before exercising? Did it give you a boost? Please share in the comments below!

What is Stem Cells Skin Care?

Stem cells are beneficial for the natural process of healing and regeneration. Stem cells are found in all living things and have the ability to turn into all different kinds of cells and help the body regenerate.

Naturally, your skin is already made of stem cells. As you age, you start to lose them, and by the time you hit 50, you’ve lost about 98 percent of them. Yikes! When you’re young, the average turnover for your skin is about 25 to 30 days. When we get older, the production slows down, the turnover can take up to 60 days. When it’s exposed to the elements longer, it loses that youthful vibrant look. That’s where products come in.

The stem-cell skin-care products contains the proteins and amino acids that the youthful cells secrete.

This is what your body recognizes and can use to help rejuvenate and repair cells, these are the natural body healers.

The cocktail of proteins and amino acids that are harvested from the actual stem cells themselves signal your own cells to produce more collagen and elastin and ultimately fire up the rejuvenation process. Say hello to the fountain of youth.

It’s important to note that stem-cell science is still in its infancy, and even though not all dermatologists are totally convinced that stem cells by themselves are miracle anti-aging, they do agree that these products are still packed with age-defying benefits.

I believe that these products are worth using primarily for their high concentration of antioxidants, which work to reverse UV-induced skin damage, and also for their potential to improve cell turnover and renewal.

How to treat Bacne?

Our backs has numerous sebaceous glands that secrete sebum. Sebum an oil that helps skin stay lubricated. Sometimes, hormonal changes can cause the gland to produce an excess of sebum, the oil will build up dead skin cells and bacteria in the back and clog the skin. A clogged follicle eventually breaks down and forms an acne with inflammation. It can affect any body part that has oil-secreting glands or hair follicles, including your back, chest, and shoulders.

What  causes back acne?

Sebum in excess increases the dead skin cells which cause acne on the back.

Dead skin cells are caught up in a follicle or a pore which creates brokage that will turn into a pimple or acne.

Sweating can make back acne worst. Take regular showers to prevent the attack of microbes or germs.

Lack of exfoliating and massaging the back to remove all the impurities in the skin. The impurities mix with the excessive oil creates skin eruptions on the back.

Poor diet that contains fried food, processed foods, or junk food, will cause skin eruptions.

Stress produces cortisol and causes excessive sebum or oil on the skin’s surface.

How to treat back acne fast?

Cleansing Regime

Clean your back with a brush everyday. Once a month get a professional back scrub at a spa. During summer bring an extra shirt to change to avoid excessive sweat mixed with the oil secreted by the gland. Take shower quickly when you have a chance to avoid excess oil in your back.

Tea tree oil is fragrant essential oil with strong antibacterial properties that can clear back acne quickly. You can use shower gel with tea tree oil.

Sandalwood has antibacterial properties that fight acne-causing bacteria, exfoliate the skin, soothe sunburn, remove suntan, and reduce signs of aging. They are available in soaps and shower gels.

Himalayan epson salt is an incredibly powerful acne medication that works by cleansing the cells and killing bacteria while also promoting healthy pH levels in the skin. This ingredient is available in bath bombs and shower gels.

Follow one of these back care ingredients for few months to see if it works for your skin type.

Gifts for Mom’s beautiful smile is priceless

Gifts for Mom beautiful smile is priceless

Mothers are modern day superwoman with the power to create life. Their unconditional love surpasses all the obstacles. They have so much responsibility and often forget to make time for themselves. Remind them that now is time to pamper themselves. Mother’s day is a thoughtful way to show our love and appreciation.

Sleepless nights and stress can take a toll on her skin specially around the eyes. Pamper her with the luxurious smooth eye cream to reverse the signs of aging.

SwissZell Eye Cream

Switzerland newly formulated instant Eye Wrinkle Defense Cream helps you look younger and wrinkle free. This unique formula contains active ingredients that instantly tenses up and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. They target the delicate eye area and fight the tiredness responsible for dark circles and puffiness. They help illuminate the eye contour area by enhancing moisturization and promoting skin firmness.
 
Applying this unique formulated cream will help smooth fine lines leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. It delivers anti-wrinkle and firming action for the delicate skin around the eyes. It helps against the signs of aging and at the same time keeping your skin around the eyes moisturized. The skin is visibly younger instantly and it is paraben free. The cream is lightweight to wear under makeup and it is perfect for a night out or a full day at work.
 
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Benefits of LED light skin care treatments

The use of LED light treatments on skin has become quite popular over the past few years. It is safe and clinically proven to improve the skin texture and solve many skin problems.

Does it work?

To many people, yes it works and they see results within just 2 or 3 days after the treatment. They usually get their treatments in spas where they will use 4 different types of LED light for the treatment. Different LED lights will have different wavelengths which will have different functions. Blue is for destroying acne and bacteria, amber is to build new collagen and elastin, infrared is to accelerate skin recovery, and red (most popular) is to reduce inflammation and promote circulation.

Why use LED light and what do they do to your skin?

Some people would fear that using LED light would have the opposite effect and damage their skin. The truth is, LED light is very safe if you know how to use it properly. The risk is very little (if any), and has no side effects. It helps to penetrate your skin products deep into your skin without any pain. It also speeds up the effects of your skincare products making you see the results quicker.

Red LED light is most popular among home users. It easily penetrates the skin, boosts circulation and bringing more blood and nutrients to the treated areas. It also helps stimulating collagen and elastin, and repairing damaged cells. The deep penetration is beneficial in treating skin problems such as wrinkles and fine lines, blemishes and redness, age spots and hyperpigmentation and acne scars. It is great for anti-aging and suitable for all skin types.

Red LED light devices can easily be found in the market and also safe to use at home.

Skin Care Benefits of Pearls

 

Pearl facials is the luxury beauty standard only available in spas for quite some time. The benefits are quite remarkable and many people prefer jewel based beauty products.

Pearl for skin has been used since ancient times only available for royalties in Asia and now its sought after for the pearly complexion in many Asian cosmetics industries nowadays.

Benefits of pearl powder

These precious jewelry items contain high concentration of calcium, magnesium, amino acids and antioxidants. These antioxidants help neutralize any free radicals, and prevent premature aging. Amino acids brightens, hydrates the skin, and rebuilds collagen. Pearls contain a protein called conchiolin, this substance lightens skin by reducing skin’s pigmentation. This protein inhibits an enzyme that produce melanin.

  • Reduces dark spots and brighten the skin
  • Increase the skin healthy glow
  • Moisturizes and renew the skin cells
  • Exfoliates the skin for a smooth complexion

As women age, their skin loses the ability to retain water and pearls has optimal hydration properties to prevent trans-epidermal water loss.

Beautifying healing properties of Roses

Roses has a wide variety of colors and sizes which are widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. In ancient times roses were used by royalty to make rose water, perfume, scented oils, medicinal balm and luxurious aromatic bath. Rose oil was extremely expensive to make since it took a massive amount of roses to make few drops of oil and was only available for the rich. Roses beautiful colors and sophisticated aroma evoked many meaningful significance in many societies. Its wide range of valuable beneficial properties for skincare made roses the symbol of beauty all over the world.

Why roses became the epitome of beauty?

The beautifying healing properties of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial combination eliminates free radicals and slow down the aging process with a sweet relaxing therapeutic aroma.

Citronellol is a natural colorless oily liquid with a floral smell of rose. Mainly used as a fragrance ingredient in skin care products formulation of lotions, cleansing products, hair care, lipsticks, moisturizers, perfumes and colognes. Its permeable and versatile astringent properties can help clear pores and reduce body smells by flushing out toxins from the body. The key ingredient to minimize the size of pores to achieve smooth and flawless dewy skin. This potent yet gentle component is ideal for all skin types to tighten capillaries, reduces redness and blotchy skin.

Geraniol a natural component of rose essential oils with a sweet rose like aroma. The therapeutic attributes of geraniol include anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They help healing scars, cuts and wounds.This combination is ideal for people with oily and acne prone skin types. These beautiful flowers have the power to heal and restore your skin.

Rose extract

Rose extract condition the skin with high concentrations of vitamin C to stimulate collagen production. Contains vitamin E to moisturize, brighten and protect skin from trans-epidermal water loss. This ingredient helps your skin hydrated throughout the day and fight skin dullness.

Grow longer fuller eyelashes

Longer, Sexier & Fuller Eyelashes!

Sometimes we wonder why our lashes are so thin and short while others are naturally blesses with beautiful ones. Its about what you eat, a daily diet high in protein and essential fatty acids to have beautiful lashes.

The most effective way to improve eyelashes is to focus on the inside out nutrition rich in protein and vitamins like fish, eggs, beans and soy protein, which will help your eyelashes to grow.

Vitamin B-3, (niacin) increases cellular reproduction and  metabolize keratin that promotes hair growth. Foods rich in vitamin B-3 are salmon, chicken, tuna, anchovies, sunflower seeds, peanuts, mushrooms, asparagus, avocado and green peas.

Vitamin H (biotin) promote eyelash growth, increasing blood flow to your hair follicles, and aids the absorption of essential fats, amino acids and carbohydrates that stimulate and maintain healthy eyelashes. Foods rich in vitamin H are milk, soybeans, bananas, mushrooms, sweet potato, sardines, eggs, walnuts, and meat.

Rub castor, jojoba oil and olive onto your lashes before bedtime. Take off all of your eye makeup, wash your face then dampen a cotton swab with the oil mix. Close your eyes and dab it onto your lashes before going to sleep for the night. Rinse your eyes with water if the oil get into your eyes. It takes 3 months to see dramatic results.

HOW TO RECOVER FROM WINTER DRY SKIN

Cold weather is rough on the skin. Extremely cold temperatures and low humidity levels creates dry air that draws moisture away from the skin. Harsh winter winds and dry indoor heat dries the skin to the point of cracking and bleeding. During the cold dry months irritate many skin conditions. Its essential to keep the skin moisture with the following tips.

Buy humidifier

During winter time the heating systems can dry out the air evaporating the moisture from the skin. A humidifier increases the moisture in the air to keep the skin moisture.

Bathing in warm water and shed the old skin

Warm water wont dry your skin as much as hot water. Use exfoliating shower gel leaves your skin feeling comfortable and silky smooth, and brings you an immediate sensation of purity and well-being. Exfoliate the dry dead skin to have a radiant skin complexion.

Moisturizers

Pick ultra hydrating moisturizers during winter to counter the harsh environment and protect the skin better.

Body moisturizer

After taking a shower apply body milk which helps improve synthesis of extracellular collagen, bringing a silky, hydrated and flexible skin.

Face skincare

Cleansing milk hydrates and softens dry dull skin and helps with the elimination of dead cells.

Intensive repair serums can renews skin texture with peptides.

SwissZell Eye cream supercharged with peptides and protein that renews skin’s surface over time and reduces puffiness by massaging onto the skin. Highly nutritious protein due to its aminoacid content. Nourishes skin and promote younger looking skin through naturally replenished collagen and elastin fibers. Smooth the appearance of wrinkles; support skin renewal and immune function of the skin.

Moisturizing cream have soothing, nourishing and balancing effects on the skin of the face which becomes soft, fresh and well hydrated.

Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before before heading out because during winter can also damage your skin.

Stay hydrated

During dry winter time is essential to drink at least 8 cusps of water a day to stay hydrated in a cellular lever.

Certain food can be quite hydrating

Hydrate dry skin from the inside out with foods. Foods with high water content with boost of vitamins can help the body adjust to harsh weather blues. Most hydrating food are: watermelon, cantaloupe, pear, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and bell peppers.

If you follow most of these tips you will soon have a smoother skin to welcome spring.

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