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.
So, do LED light treatments really 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.]]>
Vitamin B complex is water soluble and can’t be stored by the body. We have to incorporate daily sources of vitamin B in order to have an optimal skin care and health benefits. There are many types of vitamin B that comes from different sources that is good for skin care. For a healthy skin make sure you are getting vitamin B through your diet and your skin care regimen.
Vitamin B1 Thiamine has powerful anti-aging properties and helps increase circulation to reduce toxins for a healthy glowing skin. B1 protects your skin from free radicals, wrinkles and age spots. Natural sources you can include in your diet are spinach, legumes, sesame seeds, and pork. Vitamin B1 deficiency can affect the skin and cause hyper sensitivity that leads to redness, dry skin and acne.
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin maintains the growth of tissues for a healthy cell turn over. Revitalizes the skin and prevent breakouts. Natural sources are milk, whole grain, green leafy vegetables and eggs.
Vitamin B3 Niacin helps maintains the condition of the skin. B3 helps many problematic skin issues like rosacea, eczema, wrinkles and hyper pigmentation. It Great sources of B3 are fish, meat and mushrooms. When B3 is applied topically will reduce fine lines making the skin feel soft and smooth to the touch.
Vitamin B5 Panthothenic acid helps the skin retain moisture, reduce oil and prevents acne. The skin stays hydrated making it appear plumper and healthier. B5 is found in peanuts, avocados and tomatoes.
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine promotes the formation of red blood cells to repair skin cells and regulates hormone that prevents acne breakouts. B6 rich foods are fruits, shell fish and nuts.
Vitamin B7 Biotin protects your skin from acne rashes and dermatitis. Food that contains high sources of B7 is cauliflower, chicken and yeast.
Vitamin B9 Folic Acid contains antioxidants that reduce levels of oxidative stress and free radicals. Helps eliminate toxins from the body reducing acne break outs. Please consume garbanzo and lentils in moderation.
Incorporating skin care products containing vitamin B can assure your daily need of this essential vitamin.
Combining all of this will greatly improve your overall health and beauty. Please let us know if you noticed a difference in your skin and health by trying these tips and leave us a comment.]]>
Many women often believe that wearing foundation daily clogs the pores and suffocates the skin and it’s good to let the skin breathe. Sound like you? Continue reading.
Is foundation bad for your skin?
In my profession as an esthetician, my #1 goal is to get my client’s skin clear and be free of blemishes and brown spots so they don’t feel as though they have to hide under makeup. However, I actually encourage all of my clients to never let their skin be bare and some sort of foundation or powder makeup should always be on the skin, day in and day out. Let me explain.
Why you should ALWAYS wear foundation
First, foundation makeup can come in the form of a moisturizing cream (if your skin is dry and more mature), an oil-free liquid (if your skin is combination to normal) or a powder (if your skin is oily and acne prone). As long as you’re using makeup that’s appropriate for your skin type, you shouldn’t find that it clogs your pores.
Second, when it comes to makeup suffocating the skin and preventing it from “breathing,” the skin does not respirate as our lungs do. So there’s no worry there!
Foundation forms a protective barrier on your skin
The truth is, makeup (appropriate for your skin type) offers a much-needed barrier against harmful UV rays. This serves as an additional barrier, above and beyond your daily sunscreen. (You should always wear sunscreen as your daily moisturizer).
With the warmer weather, it’s liberating to ditch the heavy foundations and allow the skin to breathe.
The sun’s UV rays are the #1 cause of skin aging. The top cause is not genetics, smoking, or even really age! The sun is the skin’s WORST enemy. Therefore, foundation makeup or powder will act as an insurance policy to ensure your skin is adequately protected.
Safeguard your skin from harmful UV rays
If your makeup or powder doesn’t indicate an SPF number on the tube or bottle, it’s important to know that you’re still getting protection from daylight. This simply means that your product wasn’t FDA-approved as an official sunscreen. However, most makeup today contains titanium dioxide, which is a proven UV-protective ingredient. Based on these benefits, this is why you really should be using it.
For me, I will wear a mineral powder on my casual days. On days when I’m working and more in the public eye, I’ll use a regular foundation. Either way, I always have something layered on my skin over my sunscreen. Please do your skin a favor and start wearing makeup NOW. It will help your skin age in a smart and healthy way. Remember, it’s much easier to prevent wrinkles then it is to get rid of them once they appear.
Dry skin around your eyes not only feels uncomfortable, it’s also especially noticeable. Wrinkles and dark circles become more prominent. Dry skin around the eyes can happen no matter your age or skin type, so let’s explore why this happens and, more important, what you can do about it!
The primary reason the eye area can be dry is that it has very few active oil glands, so it doesn’t have any natural ability to keep skin moist and glowing.
Using drying cleansers or drying makeup removers over the eye area depletes what little moisture you have around the eye area, causing extreme dryness, especially if you’re using these kinds of products daily.
Using skincare products with sensitizing ingredients, especially fragrance (synthetic or natural) will aggravate skin on the face, but especially the skin around the eye area.
Makeup products that are difficult to take off and require a lot of effort to remove can be hard on the delicate skin of the eye area, causing dryness and redness.
Sun damage is another major reason skin around the eyes can become dry, look more wrinkled, and make dark circles appear more obvious.
Some medical conditions can be a source of eye-area dryness. If you notice that the dryness around your eyes is chronic and recurring, it could be the result of an underlying health issue, so consulting your physician would be best.
The first and most important step in taking care of dry skin around your eyes is to use gentle, soothing skincare products, especially cleansers and makeup remover
A well-formulated moisturizer for the eye area is fundamental to having smooth, hydrated, brighter skin. As shocking as it might sound, these essential products for the eye area don’t necessarily have to be labeled as “eye creams.” Regardless of the name on the label, the product must provide essential ingredients that calm, replenish, hydrate, and brighten plus antioxidants to fight environmental damage,
This cream mask for the eyes reduces puffiness, relaxes and soothes. For daytime, our Swiss Zell is ideal due to its smoothing, lightweight texture and ability to work well under sunscreen and makeup.
Last, it’s imperative to keep in mind that because most eye gels don’t provide sun protection, your morning eye-care routine should conclude with application of a broad-spectrum SPF product to guard against sun exposure—after all, that’s what causes fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin texture.]]>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]]>
“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!]]>
Ways to use Cinnamon:
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.]]>
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.
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.]]>
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