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Winter has certainly overstayed its welcome and the cold temperatures are wrecking havoc on skin!
No doubt you are itching all over and itching for Spring like temps!
Are you experiencing itchy legs, itchy scalp, itchy arms and back? Do you feel like dipping yourself in a vat of lotion and oil?
Here are a few tips to relieve the itching and prevent you from becoming a red flaking mess from all of the scratching.
Begin at the ankles and work in gentle circles upwards towards the heart.
Do not use the dry brush on your face!
Great to perform this technique in the morning before a shower and in the evening before bed.
Avoid the use of traditional soap and liquid soaps with fragrance and harsh chemicals such as sodium laurel sulphate the chemicals are not only toxic to the body but also harmful to the environment.
Use a gentle body was that is free of artificial fragrance and SLS wash only the crevices! No need to wash your arms and legs daily with soap...seriously how dirty do these areas actually get?
Use a back brush in the shower to reach this area if you haven't already done so with the drybrush technique listed above.
When washing your hair, be sure to rinse well especially along the hairline. If not rinsed properly harsh chemicals in shampoo (again look for SLS free especially if you invest in colouring your hair) can over strip the scalp of natural oils creating a dry itchy and flaky scalp!
Moisturizers with fragrance, parabens and petro chemicals only hydrate topically and will not provide the skin with deep moisture it requires.
For more tips on dry brushing click here http://www.joyoushealth.ca/blog/2010/06/15/dry-skin-brushing-for-glow-immune-health/.
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Follow these tips and may dry skin be gone!
May we all be experiencing warm spring breezes and flowers blooming very very soon
While leather is a great look on the bike and even fashion, I am sure it isn’t a look you want for your skin. Follow these simple steps to protect your skin while out on the open road.
Know what you are using
By this I mean know the ingredients. Harsh chemicals and ingredients such as Hydroquinone,
Vitamin A or Retinoid’s can cause side effects such as pigmentation (dark spots on the skin).
These ingredients over time can thin the skin, reducing the natural barrier to protect you from the harmful UVA/UVB rays making you more susceptible to sun burn and sun damage.
· Practice Safe Sun
This is likely something you have all heard before but I can’t stress this enough! Wearing protective covering for your skin is like wearing protective covering for your body. Be sure to choose a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum coverage protecting you from both UVA rays (the ones that cause the damage) and UVB rays (the ones that cause the burn). Choose a natural based sun screen whenever possible as ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate have been linked to endocrine and reproductive issues. When choosing a sunscreen choose an SPF 30 as minimum coverage and be sure to reapply. Apply to full face, neck, ears and backs of the hands if you are not wearing gloves! Reapply sunscreen at each stop. Touch ups are EASY when you use a mineral powder with SPF! Not only will you be keeping harmful rays at bay you will look fresh faced as powder absorbs sweat! (See my pick below)
Although the sun does give a healthy dose of Vitamin D like all good things, moderation is key. Light coloured eyes are more sensitive to the light so be sure to choose a tint that prevents squinting!
Choose sunglasses that do not have metallic frames or metal nose pieces. The metal attracts the rays and this is one of the first places I see signs of aging in my clinic. Along the temples (arms of sunglasses are metal) around the brow and under eye area where the frames are. Sides of the nose as the nose pieces are often metal. Choose frames constructed of plastic or acrylic and choose larger frames to provide more protection. Choose sunglasses with minimum 400 UV protectant.
· Beauty Sleep
We all need beauty sleep! Your skin & your body enters natural repair mode while you sleep so a cleansing is a MUST every night but especially after a long ride. Cleansing will remove dirt and grime accumulated from the open road while keeping free radicals at bay. Use a gentle gel or milky cleanser and avoid harsh exfoliating cleansers as this can make the skin more susceptible to sunburn while on the road.
Hydration is key both internally and externally. Drink lots of H20 especially if alcohol and caffeine are consumed as for each one of these consumed you are at minus one water. Try to consume a minimum of 6-8 glasses a day. Add a slice of lemon to create a more alkaline effect on the body and boost the liver cleansing enzymes. This will also keep your skin glowing! Hydrate topically at bed time by applying a moisturizer for your skin type or sleep with a masque on to provide the skin with a boost of antioxidants and nutrients.
· My Open Road Essentials
Coconut Milk Cleanser or Stone Crop Gel Wash, Red Currant Moisturizer SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25, Bright Skin Masque, Sun Defense Mineral Stick SPF 30.
Mindy Biggar is a Facial and Skin Care Specialist and Co-owner of The Spa West 9th Street. The Spa West 9th Street is on Facebook & Twitter.
For more skin tips follow Mindy’s Blog at theowensoundspa.blogspot.com
Do not over cleanse
Few full post on our blog
Most misleading label claims in skin care
this term is used like a security blanket in the skin care industry in that consumers often believe should they purchase a product marked with this term they will not react. What the term really means is "less likely" to cause reaction. No product can guarantee that reaction will not occur as every individuals skin reacts differently to each ingredient. Much like food intolerance skin has an intolerance to some ingredients including natural product.
Opens and Closes Pores
This one makes me angry and laugh at the same time.
If consumers would only understand that pores are not like doors, they do not open and close.
What you are treating is the tissue surrounding the pore. When product is rich in filler such as petroleum this can cause asphyxiation of the pore.
Should the filler remain in the pore it can cause the pore walls to stretch and become enlarged. Fillers will also create a build up on the skin much like floor wax.
The other hand of this is that products suggest that they will open the pore to remove the congestion within the pore. Again, the pore itself is not opening, products that will dissolve the cellular debris will soften the tissue surrounding the pore allowing for the congestion to be released.
The key word to look for on labels where companies are claiming natural ingredients is "CONTAINS". A product with the word contains natural ingredients means that the product is only partially natural and the natural ingredient used is often water. The remaining ingredients are often harsh chemicals, preservatives and synthetic ingredients to which there is nothing natural about them.
This misleading term I have listed purposely after natural as any product claiming to be natural with the words fragrance on the label is misleading the consumer. Any product using the word fragrance, parfume or perfume is a synthetic ingredient and often associated with up to 300 different chemicals in the fragrance component alone.
This one has created the most buzz over the years as still there is very little FDA regulation on this label claim.
Again, key word is CONTAINS! The company can label a product organic if it contains an organic component. However, the remaining ingredients can again be harsh chemicals, preservatives and synthetic ingredients.
My advise here is read the labels, check the companies websites and look for the words CERTIFIED Organics.
The word “organic” should not be used unless the product ingredients as well as the manufacturing process are certified as organic by recognized certifying agency.
Some of the most reputable are USDA (American with looser organic certification then Europe), Demeter International and Biokontroll both European with strict regulation for certification
Ingredients that should raise a red flag
This is one of the most useful guides I have come across listing the dirty dozen ingredients to avoid in skin care. Care of the David Suzuki Foundation
With the skin being the largest organ in the body it only makes sense that if you are not eating a healthy diet your skin will send you the message.
With the start of a new year in full swing paying more attention to what you eat and detoxifying the body will not only pay off for your digestion, energy levels and overall health it will also payoff in your complexion.
If you are experiencing redness, sensitivity in the cheek areas, breakouts in the forehead region it may be time to do a detox.
Now I am not talking about going on a fast or drinking only juice, or popping all kinds of nasty tasting supplements,( I LOVE food and I could not survive this practice!.)
I am talking about eating REAL food! Simple as that!
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above
Limiting, cutting back or avoiding all together for a minimum of 7-10 days the following from your diet, will show radiant changes in your complexion
What to avoid
What to include
For those of you serious about detoxing I highly recommend Holistic Nutritionist Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health
Visit her website www.joyoushealth.ca and sign up for her fantastically inspiring 10 Day Detox program or visit just for her many healthy and delicious recipes!
I would love to see your before and after pics of your complexions! send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers! (That is with my mug full of warm lemon water)
I am sure you are all beginning to see the effects of season change in your skin.
I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss many myths that surround skin care and hope that these points will make your transition from Summer to Fall/Winter less stressful on your skin.
Here are a few points to get you started
Treat your largest organ well and it will reward you with thanks everyday you look in the mirror!
Sorry it has been awhile since my last post. The Summer Season at The Spa West 9th Street was a VERY busy one.
Back to routine and structure!!!
I wanted to touch on the subject of cost when purchasing a skin care product or regime.
Many people have the misconception that purchasing from a spa or specialty boutique can mean it will be expensive.
I want to share with you that this is not the truth. In fact, choosing a quality based product can be inexpensive when you factor in amount used and how long it will last.
For example, if you are using a concentrated formula and you are following the directions provided to you in the long run you will be SAVING money.
Let me use cleanser as an example, A cleanser that is free of harmful surfectants, and sodium laureth sulfate will get the job done more effectively using less product. One pump of a quality concentrated product averaging an 8oz size should last you between 6-8 months at a cost of $45. This works out to be less then $8 per month. Now lets factor a less expensive product, same size that lasts only about a month or two and costs on average of $8-$10. Not only will this product cost you approximately $10 per month but you also have to replace it more frequently therefore more trips to the store! Factor in cost of transportation or put a value on your time to walk to the store (high fives to those who are walking) and you have already spent more then purchasing a quality product.
A full skin care regime does NOT need to cost hundreds of dollars And YES I am in business and said those words. Remember my first priority as a skin care professional is the health and wellness of the skin, and creating a regime within the clients time and financial budget.
(See my blog post on why visit a skin professional)
Just because the product is expensive does NOT mean it works more effectively then a less expensive version.
In my 16 years as a spa professional I have sampled, purchased and used many different product lines and it goes without saying that sometimes "less is best". That goes for amount used and amount paid!
*** My cost evaluations were based on the products that I am most familiar with.
Mindy Biggar is co-owner of The Spa West 9th Street.