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Morning Skin Care Routine, Why Do You Need A Morning Skin Care Routine?

A morning skin care routine is an essential part of maintaining healthy and youthful-looking skin. The routine should be tailored to your specific skin type and concerns, but generally, it should include four key steps: cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and sun…

A Morning Skin Care Routine For Every Skin Type

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A Morning Skin Care Routine For Every Skin Type

Written By:

Marle Tyrrell

If you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you already know what you do in the morning counts. Skin care is no different. Thankfully, if you have a jam-packed start to the day, your morning skin routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead, discover how easy it is to complete a simple skin care routine tailored for your skin type, all while your first cup of coffee brews.

Why Do You Need A Morning Skin Care Routine? | 4-Step Morning Routine | For Dry Skin | For Normal Skin | For Oily Skin For Combination Skin | For Sensitive Skin | For All Skin Types | Esthetician's Morning Routine

Why Do You Need A Morning Skin Care Routine?

An effective morning skin care routine removes dirt or oil that may have settled on the face through the night. It also preps the skin and creates a healthy skin barrier to protect you from any environmental stressors during the day ahead. Stressors include pollution, blue light and UV exposure. You’ll also want to choose products that replenish and strengthen the skin throughout the day. Keep reading to find out our recommended morning skin care routine for each skin type, as well as our esthetician’s must-have products for her morning routine. 

4-Step Morning Skin Care Routine

Before we dive into product recommendations for each skin type, here are the foundational four steps to follow.

Step 1: Cleansing

Using clean hands, start your morning by cleansing the skin. The best morning cleansers work to remove any dirt (especially anything that has transferred to your face from your pillowcase), sweat, residual makeup or skin care from the night before. You can select from an oil, gel, balm or cream cleanser depending on your skin concerns and skin type. 

Step 2: Toner

There are many reasons to use a morning toner. Toners offer replenishing benefits and add a barrier of protection and hydration throughout the day. Depending on your skin, you might choose one that increases hydration, reduces oil or removes dead skin. 

To use, apply the toner to a cotton pad to the face, lightly sweeping it across the skin. Alternatively, you can spritz your toner directly onto the skin. When selecting a toner, avoid a product with a high alcohol percentage that can irritate or dry out your skin. Instead, look for a toner with soothing ingredients that address your skin’s needs. 

Step 3: Moisturize

Seal the deal on your morning routine with a moisturizer to smooth the skin and protect the skin barrier. A strong skin barrier protects the skin from bacteria and other nasties that can lead to breakouts, dryness or irritation. The moisturizer you choose should also align with your skin type. For example, a dryer skin type might opt for a thick cream-based moisturizer that adds hydration, while an oily skin type may prefer a gel-based moisturizer that will hydrate without adding bulk or oil.

Step 4: SPF

The final step is applying an SPF to protect your face for the first few hours of the day. Ideally, reapply every few hours to continue to protect your skin from sun damage. Sweat, weather, touching your face, or even using your phone can all contribute to sunscreen losing its efficacy throughout your day. This step is key, even if you’re working inside (the sun’s UV rays can get through windows!) or if the weather is looking cloudy. Sunscreen is the best defense against the aging effects of the sun and using it regularly can lower your risk of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can protect you from UVA and UVB rays and aim for one that is at least SPF 30. We recommend reviewing our range of SPF moisturizers and sunscreens found here. 

Morning Skin Care Routines For Every Skin Type 

Morning Skin Routine For Dry Skin

Step 1: Cleanse and rehydrate your skin with the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser.

Step 2: As a further hydrating layer, follow with the refreshing Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist.

Step 3: Apply the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer to lock in moisture and provide hydration throughout the day.

Step 4: Use an SPF to shield yourself from harmful UV rays. We love the Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 for skin in need of hydration. 

Morning Skin Routine For Normal Skin

Step 1: Cleanse with the Stone Crop Gel Wash to remove any buildup, dirt or sweat from the night before.

Step 2: Follow with the replenishing Stone Crop Hydrating Mist to leave your skin feeling dewy and refreshed.

Step 3: Apply the Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer for the hydrating benefits of stone crop.

Step 4: Normal skin will benefit from Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 which improves the look of skin exposed to blue light stress and pollution.

Product picks first

Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer

Product picks second

Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser

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Morning Skin Routine For Oily Skin

Step 1: Use a gel-based cleanser such as the Citrus Exfoliating Wash to remove any oil or dirt that has built up overnight.

Step 2: Spritz with the Lime Refresh Tonique to add a boost of green tea and Vitamin C. These ingredients encourage a more youthful-looking complexion for oily skin. 

Step 3: Use the lightly moisturizing Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator, which provides hydration and leaves a fresh strawberry scent.

Step 4: Apply an SPF to protect your skin from the sun. The Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 40 protects and mattifies oily skin to keep the shine in check.

Morning Skin Routine For Combination Skin

Step 1: Cleanse with the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser to remove any surface buildup.

Step 2: Follow with the antioxidant-rich Mangosteen Revitalizing Mist.

Step 3: Finish with the hydrating but lightly moisturizing Mangosteen Gel Moisturizer.

Step 4: Use an SPF to defend your complexion from harmful UV rays. The Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 40 balances both dryness and oil while brightening up the appearance of dark spots. 

Morning Skin Routine for Sensitive Skin

Step 1: Begin your routine with the Lemon Grass Cleanser to refresh and cleanse the skin.

Step 2: Spritz with the Hawthorne Tonique. With hawthorn, chamomile and marjoram, this tonique helps the skin look calm.

Step 3: Apply a layer of Apricot Calendula Nourishing Cream to soften and smooth the skin without the risk of irritation. 

Step 4: Protect your skin from the sun by applying an SPF daily. Reduce dry patches with a replenishing SPF like our Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40.

Morning Skin Care Routine For All Skin Types

Step 1: Start your routine by cleansing with the Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser, a cleanser that balances the microbiome and reveals a healthy-looking glow. 

Step 2: Follow with a spritz of the Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist. Neroli oil provides refreshing and hydrating benefits. 

Step 3: Moisturize with the replenishing Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. This cream is formulated to reveal radiant-looking skin with our Peptide Illuminating Complex, an antioxidant-rich combination of yellow plum extract, gardenia and hibiscus seed botanical peptides. 

Step 4: Use an SPF to block your skin from the sun's radiation. There are many great options, but with its blue-light protection, the Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 is ideal for all skin types.  

An Esthetician's Morning Skin Care Routine

Our Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie Pergar, is ready to pull back the curtain and unveil her own morning skin care routine. Watch Natalie as she discusses her favorite natural products that she uses daily.

Do you have any favorite products in your morning routine? We’d love to hear about them. Let us know in the comments below or on our social media.

Beauty Buzzwords: 10 Terms You Need To Know

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Beauty Buzzwords: 10 Terms You Need To Know

Written By:

James Shaw

Body second

With new terminology added to our beauty lexicons every year, it can be challenging to keep up with the latest terms. That’s why we’ve created this quick guide to explain some of the jargon you might come across in skin care videos, magazines or blogs. We’re covering 10 beauty buzzwords, including popular treatments, skin care science basics and viral trends you may want to try once you have a better understanding of what they are. 

10 Beauty Buzzwords

1. Slugging

This unfortunately-named trend became popular online in 2022, but “slugging” isn’t actually a new concept. It’s been around for many years, only gaining recognition recently due to the social media app TikTok. Slugging involves applying a thick occlusive layer at the end of your nighttime routine and leaving it on while you sleep. 

People with dry skin benefit from slugging the most as the occlusive layer seals in hydration and prevents moisture loss. Those with oily or problem skin may want to try slugging occasionally or avoid it altogether, as it could increase breakouts for this skin type.

Many online videos about slugging suggest using a petroleum-based product like Vaseline. For a cleaner, petroleum-free alternative, we suggest trying a rich lipid balm such as the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm. Watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar in this In The Mix video as she investigates the slugging skin care trend and provides recommended products. 

2. Skinimalism

In an ideal world, we would all have time to apply a robust, multi-step skin care routine every morning and night. Realistically, however, there are many situations where we might be running short on time and need to focus on just the essentials. Enter skinimalism, the practice of simplifying one’s routine into a few quick steps using multi-tasking products. we recommend that even the most basic routine should include at least three essential steps: cleanser, eye cream and moisturizer. Additionally, we suggest finishing with an SPF in the morning. For more information, read more about the best simple skin care routines for each skin type.

3. Gua Sha

Gua sha tools can now be found in many spas and skin care stores around the world. You may be surprised to know that this tool has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries for its blood circulation-boosting properties. Besides increasing lymphatic flow, gua sha massage can improve the visible signs of aging, decrease inflammation and sculpt the face. It works by breaking up facia adhesions, also known as scar tissue adhesions, which releases tension and improves blood flow.

Traditionally, gua sha tools were made from jade, but today they can be constructed from many different materials, including rose quartz and aventurine. Regardless of material, a gua sha tool should be comfortable to hold with angles that correspond to the natural shape of the face.

If this de-puffing, contouring device sounds like something you’d like to try, watch our gua sha demonstration video or learn how to use gua sha for the body.

4. Skin Cycling

Skin cycling is a skin care hack that went viral on social media. This method requires you to switch up your skin care routine over the course of four days to “cycle” through different effective, yet intensive, products. Typically, the first day involves using an exfoliant, followed by conventional retinol on the second day. The next two days are “rest days,” when you can add a replenishing serum, mask and moisturizer to your routine. Skin cycling helps you establish a consistent routine, while minimizing reactivity to conventional retinol and exfoliation — ideal for sensitive skin.

At Eminence Organics, we use a Natural Retinol Alternative instead of conventional retinol. Made from potent botanicals, it mimics the benefits of conventional retinol without any of the harmful side effects. If you’re using a product containing Natural Retinol Alternative (like the Bamboo Firming Fluid) rather than a conventional retinol product, skin cycling isn’t necessary because no rest time is required between uses. 

5.  Chemical Peels

While the words “chemical” and “peel” might evoke imagery of harsh ingredients and blotchy skin, this is not an accurate depiction of the type of chemical peels you can find at an Eminence Organics spa. In fact, all our peels are made with natural ingredients, and many are suitable for all skin types. 

A chemical peel is any skin care product that contains exfoliating chemicals and is applied topically. One popular group of chemicals used in peels is alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like the mandelic acid used in our Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel. Chemical peels have many benefits, including high active ingredient content and faster cell turnover so that you see results quickly.

6. Skin Microbiome

If you’ve tried any products from our Kombucha Microbiome Collection, you may know that these products are formulated to balance and restore your skin’s microbiome. But what exactly is the skin’s microbiome? Incredibly, the microbiome is a thriving ecosystem of beneficial microorganisms living on your face! The skin’s microbiome plays an important role in supporting the skin barrier. However, it can easily become compromised by exposure to environmental stressors like pollution and UV rays, as well as lifestyle factors such as over-cleansing, stress and poor sleep. To maintain a healthy microbiome, we suggest choosing skin care products that contain pre, pro and postbiotics.

7. Clean Beauty

Clean beauty is a term used to describe products that are free from toxic ingredients and synthetic chemicals such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates (SLSs) or phthalates. Clean beauty consumers also tend to choose products that are cruelty-free and sustainably made. It’s best to think of clean beauty as a movement that begins with the wish to become mindful about what we put on our skin, for our own health as well as the Earth’s.

8. Biodynamic®

Biodynamic® farming is a process that yields the most pure, potent ingredients, safe for our skin and the planet. Crops are grown in rhythm with the moon phases and ocean tides, to be harvested during their most nutrient-rich state. The Biodynamic® farm itself is viewed as a self-sustaining, living organism where all its needs are provided from within.

Both organic and Biodynamic® agriculture emphasize soil health and prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals, but the latter goes a step further. Biodynamic® farmers use a variety of regenerative agricultural techniques including crop rotation, composting, interplanting and seed saving to ensure a farm’s health and longevity. Notably, our Beyond Organic Collection features Demeter-certified Biodynamic® ingredients that are hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.

9. Double Cleansing

Double cleansing is a common beauty term originating in South Korea. It refers to the method of using two cleansers to ensure that your skin is perfectly cleansed and ready for the next steps in your routine. Washing your face twice may seem redundant, but using two different kinds of cleansers allows you to cleanse your face of makeup, sebum and a buildup of oil. Start with an oil-based cleanser, such as the Stone Crop Cleansing Oil, which will remove makeup and other debris. Next, use a gel, foam or cream cleanser like the Coconut Milk Cleanser to wash away any residual surface impurities.

10. Transepidermal Water Loss

If you’ve ever researched solutions for dry or dehydrated skin, you’ve likely come across the term, transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This process occurs when water passes from the dermis (middle layer of the skin) through the epidermis (outer layer) and evaporates through the skin barrier, leaving the skin dehydrated. Our Marine Flower Peptide Collection is specifically formulated to combat TEWL with deeply hydrating ingredients. You can learn more about transepidermal water loss here.

Have you tried any of these trends at home or any of the professional treatments listed above? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Acne Face Map: What Are Your Breakouts Telling You?

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Acne Face Map: What Are Your Breakouts Telling You?

Written By:

Alisha Whitley 

Acne Face Map | Hairline | Nose | Cheeks | Forehead | Chin And Jaw | Ways To Treat Your Acne | Ways To Prevent Your Acne | Our Product Choices

Breakouts are a bummer. We all know the feeling (shock, despair, even awe) of spotting an angry zit on an otherwise flawless complexion. Before you raise your fists to the sky and desperately demand, “Why me?!” take a breath. There is more to breakouts than meets the eye — and where they appear on your face can be the key to stopping them for good. Here is your guide to using a face map to decode what your breakouts are telling you.

How To Understand An Acne Face Map

acne face map

Wondering what your breakouts are telling you? You can get breakouts along your hairline, nose, cheeks, forehead, chin and jaw. Various causes can trigger breakouts in different areas of your face. The Acne Face Map shows you the cause of each breakout zone and also provides some tips on what you can do to minimize their appearance. Keep reading to learn about the different areas you can break out in.

Different Areas Of The Acne Face Map

Hairline: Beauty Product Buildup

Breakouts along the hairline are often due to beauty product buildup. Known as “pomade acne,” the oils and chemicals in shampoo and makeup residue can accumulate on the skin’s surface, sinking into and clogging pores. The most obvious culprit is wearing headbands, bandanas, hats, or beanies, all of which can trap makeup, shampoo residue and oil beneath the skin’s surface. Breakouts around the hairline can also be due to hormones (puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy). Sometimes washing your face too frequently or “too aggressively” may dry out the skin, disrupt the skin barrier and trigger excess oil production. 

Nose: Bacteria And Buildup Of Excess Oil

Are you getting breakouts on your nose? The nose typically has larger pores compared to other areas on the face. A larger pore size makes the pores more susceptible to a buildup of excess oil. When combined with bacteria, this combination of factors could lead to acne flare ups, explains our Product Support Representatives. According to one dermatological study, stress may be another factor contributing to breakouts, not just on the nose, but in general. The study found a “significant association between stress and severity of acne,” especially in males. 

Cheeks: Cell Phone And Pillowcase

If spots are showing up on your cheeks, your cell phone and pillowcase may be to blame. Your phone accumulates plenty of bad-for-your-skin bacteria during the day, and wiping it down is a must, even if it looks clean. Your pillowcase is an equal haven for bacteria, so changing your pillowcases as often as you can may help reduce breakouts. 

Forehead: Unhealthy Eating And Stress

Are pimples popping up on your forehead? Unhealthy eating and stress are probable offenders. In face mapping, your forehead is linked to your digestive and nervous systems, making it susceptible to diet and stress-related breakouts. Another reason for forehead pimples? Bangs covering your forehead. If your hair is often oily, it could rub against the skin, causing skin irritation and spots. 

Chin And Jaw: Hormones

According to face mapping, hormones could be the cause of blemishes along your chin and jawline. Hormonal acne is caused by an excess of hormones due to menstruation, pregnancy and increased androgen levels. These fluctuations result in inflammation, excessive oil production, clogged skin cells and bacteria production. While it tends to appear in the T-zone during puberty, hormonal acne typically forms along the chin and jawline in adults. 

Product picks first

Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque

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Ways To Treat Your Acne

While there are ingredients that are broadly beneficial for those dealing with acne, you can also create a ritual where you target your breakouts based on where they crop up. For the particularly pesky forehead area, apply our Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum. Formulated with willow bark, horsetail and walnut leaf, this serum improves the appearance of breakouts by providing gentle exfoliation and promoting the look of elasticity. It also provides antioxidants via a Biocomplex2™ to help the skin appear revitalized for a clearer-looking complexion. The Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum can also treat the nose area. 

Keep your nose clearer with the Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque, a two-in-one mask and spot treatment that contains exfoliating benefits to improve clogged pores. The Clear Skin Willow Bark Exfoliating Peel can also target the nose thanks to lactic acid and salicylic acid, which are gentle exfoliants that accelerate the removal of dead skin cells to clear the skin’s surface.

It’s important to double cleanse to keep your entire face clean and ensure that you’re thoroughly removing all makeup, oil and grime — this is particularly crucial along your cheeks as well as the skin around the hairline. Remove your makeup with the Stone Crop Cleansing Oil. Then cleanse on a deeper scale with your favorite Eminence Organics cleanser. Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar recommends the Acne Advanced Cleansing Foam which feels super hydrating and cleanses impurities without leaving the skin feeling tight and dry. This double cleansing method will help you remove every last bit of residue from your skin's pores.

Target the skin on your chin and jaw with our Eight Greens Collection, which is infused with whole plants and seeds that are naturally high in phytoestrogens and antioxidants to improve the look of problem skin. Learn more about face mapping and other useful products in this In The Mix video.

Ways To Prevent Your Acne

Those pesky forehead pimples can be alleviated by eating less sugar and fewer processed foods, drinking plenty of water and getting between seven to nine hours of sleep.  Along that vein, to prevent acne on your chin and jaw, Health magazine suggests eliminating dairy and adding probiotics to your diet to calm inflammation and limit your intake of pimple-producing hormones. 

To prevent acne on your hairline, we recommend adding a double cleanse to your skin care routine with the products listed above. In addition to switching to natural shampoos and conditioners, you should also refrain from wearing headbands or hats, where possible. 

To keep your cheeks clear, change your habits around your mobile phone and pillow cases. As well as choosing natural fabrics, launder pillowcases every two to three days to keep them — and your skin — clean. Dr. David E. Bank says: "Pillowcases can cause “acne mechanica,” a type of acne that is the result of materials touching your face." Over time, dirt and oil transfer to your skin, clogging pores and causing blemishes. If you always have your phone pressed to your face, sanitize your phone to keep it clear of bacteria, makeup and dirt. You may also want to consider purchasing extra pillowcases for days when you don’t have time for laundry. Also, minimize skin-to-phone contact by wearing Bluetooth earbuds. 

Do you have any experience with face mapping? We’d love to hear if it helped you identify the underlying causes of your breakouts. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or join the conversation on social media.

This article was originally written in May 2018. 

Updated By

Thea Christie

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Every Occasion

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Every Occasion

Written By:

Thea Christie

Date Night | Galentine’s Day (And Palentine's Day) | Self Care Treatments An Esthetician’s Valentine’s Skin Care Routine

With Valentine’s Day around the corner (and celebrations for Galentine’s and Palentine's too), it’s time to turn up the indulgence. We’ve gathered the best skin care gifts that are ideal for celebrating the most heartfelt day of the year. Whether you’re going on a date night or celebrating with friends, here's how to make the occasion special. 

Fall In Love With These Date Night Gift Ideas

Our Product Support Representatives recommend prepping for the most romantic night of the year with the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser, formulated with lactic acid to bring back that glow. A quick cleanse will refresh your skin, and the sweet scent of mangosteen will set the mood.

Next, spoil your sweetheart with the best-selling Apricot Body Oil, a gift that’s sure to heat up your date night. This aromatic oil can be used for body massage as well as all-over moisturization to deliver the skin a dose of hydration. A few drops will leave the skin feeling irresistibly soft and smooth. 

The Citrus Lip Balm is designed to give both you and your partner a perfect pout and irresistibly kissable lips. This miniature-sized lip balm also contains botanical peptides that give you plump-looking lips and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The lips are left feeling smooth and moisturized thanks to shea butter and sunflower seed oil, which is rich in Vitamins A, D and E.

For the ultimate in luxury gift-giving, surprise your beloved with our Facial Recovery Oil, also known as "liquid gold." Made with Biodynamic® ingredients, this hydrating oil helps to make the skin appear smoother, softer and more even.

Product picks first

Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser Citrus Lip Balm

Product picks second

Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck Firm Skin Acai Cleanser

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Galentine’s and Palentine's Day: Gift Your Friends With Good Skin 

Sometimes Valentine’s Day just doesn’t cut it and we choose to celebrate our BFFs instead. Start off by spoiling your friends with the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser, a wash that reinvigorates the complexion thanks to the antioxidant-rich Biocomplex2™. This cream cleanser also consists of acai berry juice, blueberry juice and seabuckthorn to improve the look of elasticity and youthfulness in the skin. The Bamboo Firming Fluid is another option to gift your best pals. This formula contains a Natural Retinol Alternative that smooths the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

If your friends tend to have dry skin, they may appreciate the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer. This creamy moisturizer, enriched with coconut, grape seed oil and shea butter, leaves the skin hydrated and smooth. Its formula, which includes a Natural Retinol Alternative complex, helps to firm and plump the skin with each use. Plus, the light coconut scent transforms the skin care routine into a tropical experience."

Finally, we recommend gifting a luminous, silky-looking complexion with the Turmeric Energizing Treatment. Formulated with turmeric, citrine gemstones and zeolite, this powder-to-mousse formula works as an exfoliant, a warming powder and a mask that awakens the skin and draws out impurities. 

One customer, Daisy D., had this to say about the Turmeric Energizing Treatment: “My treat every week! I absolutely love this treatment! It helps target all my problems while meeting my exfoliating needs … Obsessed!”

Indulge In Self Care Treatments For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be about spoiling somebody else. Why not pamper yourself and feel beautiful in your own skin this Valentine's Day? Start your day with the fresh scent of the luxurious Stone Crop Gel Wash. This gentle cleanser washes away impurities and minimizes the appearance of breakouts while helping to improve the look of a dry complexion. Like other succulents, stone crop is a powerhouse in skin care. This classic ingredient brightens the look of the skin, replenishes moisture and minimizes redness due to dryness. You may also enjoy the refreshing Stone Crop Hydrating Mist. When your skin feels like it's lacking moisture, a few sprays of this mist will help your skin look dewy and hydrated. 

A day of self pampering wouldn’t be complete without a mask. Our Product Support Representatives recommend the creamy-gel Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque. This antioxidant-rich mask contains leafy greens (kale, spinach and broccoli sprouts) to improve the look of skin elasticity. Avocado oil plus stabilized Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) both help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You will also love pampering yourself with the Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream For Face & Neck. This rich cream is particularly helpful if you have dry skin and require hydrating ingredients such as shea butter and argan oil. 

For soft, radiant skin this Valentine’s Day, try the Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil. This replenishing face oil melts into the skin to provide you with a rejuvenated and softened complexion. Camellia oil is a highly moisturizing ingredient while marula oil and hemp seed oil are particularly beneficial if your skin looks dull or fatigued. 

Once you’ve taken care of your skin, you can also add some wellness activities into the mix. Consider an aromatherapy shower by placing miniature washcloths in your shower and spraying them with your favorite essential oils. Make the room steamy by letting the water run for ten minutes or so and then you can enjoy your at-home aromatherapy “spa.” 

Alternatively, you can decrease stress through meditation. Meditation lowers cortisol levels, relieving stress, improving your mood and providing you with a greater sense of calm and tranquility. 

An Esthetician’s Valentine’s Skin Care Routine

Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar has come up with her own favorite Valentine's Day skin care routine, which highlights the indulgent Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque and Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator.

"Though the classic combination of chocolates and strawberries is often thought of as a Valentine’s Day treat to eat, these ingredients can also work wonders for the skin when applied topically!" says Natalie. "The powerful antioxidants and vitamins found in Eminence’s Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque target and treat [visible] signs of aging ... and dullness, while the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator rehydrates and plumps the skin to reveal a natural, radiant glow."

Step 1: Cleanse with the Coconut Milk Cleanser or Firm Skin Acai Cleanser.

Step 2: Exfoliate by mixing in the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant with either cleanser. 

Step 3: Mix the Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque and Strawberry Rhubarb Masque together and apply. 

Step 4: After your masking step, follow up with a serum and hydrator. Natalie recommends the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator.

Bonus Step: For an extra luxurious step, follow up with Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil.

How do you plan to indulge for Valentine’s Day? Are any of these Valentine's Day gifts on your wishlist? Tell us in the comments below or on social media.

 

8 Trending Skin Care ingredients

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8 Trending Skin Care ingredients

Written By:

Laura Leiva

With a new year comes new beauty trends and ingredients. But how do you know which skin care ingredients are effective and which are just a passing fad? We’re looking at eight trending ingredients to explain what they are, why they are a beauty trend and how they could benefit your skin’s health.

Benefits Of 8 Trendy Skin Care Ingredients

Whether you’re looking for a retinol alternative or need something to combat skin concerns without harming your skin barrier, here are some ingredients to consider:

1. Ceramides

Ceramide skin care is a powerful addition to any routine as it strengthens and nourishes the skin barrier. Ceramides, also known as lipids or fats, act as a glue that keeps skin cells together, healthy and intact. The connection between these cells creates a natural skin barrier to keep moisture in and environmental pollutants and sun exposure out. When the skin barrier is weakened or damaged, it leads to visible signs of aging, sensitivity and a dull complexion. However, restoring lipids to your skin boosts hydration, which in turn improves the skin’s appearance in softness and suppleness. 

2. Peptides

Collagen is responsible for keeping skin youthful and supple, but as skin ages, collagen production naturally slows and causes the skin to become thinner and more delicate. Visible signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles or decreased elasticity, are more likely to appear with decreased collagen production. This is where peptides come in — peptides act as a signal within skin cells to produce new collagen for your skin. Applying skin care ingredients with peptides signals to the cells to make new collagen, which in turn promotes a firmer and healthier-looking complexion. 

3. Rosehip Oil

Sealing in moisture and protecting the skin barrier are just two ways to nourish the skin and keep signs of aging at bay. Rosehip oil is a trending beauty ingredient for good reason: it contains a high concentration of antioxidant-rich lipids as well as Vitamin C, Vitamins E and A and linoleic acid. Together, these skin-boosting ingredients boost hydration levels, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and may even brighten skin tone.

Eminence Organics Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil

4. Probiotics

We know that probiotics are good for gut health, but did you know they are beneficial for the skin, too? In the same way these live microorganisms work internally to keep the digestive tract functioning and improving overall health, probiotic-rich ingredients in skin care (applied topically) are helpful in clearing the appearance of the complexion. A dose of probiotic skin care can balance bacterial levels and return the skin to a luminous appearance.

5. Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often touted as a powerhouse in any skin care routine. Why? It’s a potent antioxidant that helps protect skin against free radical damage while targeting fine lines and wrinkles. Even though Vitamin C is necessary for repair and collagen production, Vitamin C cannot be naturally produced or stored by our bodies. We can only reap the benefits of Vitamin C by ingesting it or by applying it topically in skin care. You can find Vitamin C in citrus fruits, such as oranges and leafy greens, such as kale or tomatoes, to name a few. For your skin care, you can find Vitamin C in a range of serums, masks, oils and toniques. Watch this In The Mix video with Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie to learn how to integrate Vitamin C into your daily skin care routine.

6. Bakuchiol

One of the newer trending skin care ingredients, bakuchiol is an effective and natural alternative to retinol. Retinol is touted as an ingredient that reduces visible signs of aging, but for many, it causes increased irritation, excessive dryness or enhanced sun sensitivity. Bakuchiol offers the same results as retinol, without the harsh side effects or concerns. 

Bakuchiol products minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting a glowing-looking complexion. You can use this ingredient if you want to incorporate a retinol alternative into your skin care routine or want to start with a retinol-like step.

7. Niacinamide

A form of Vitamin B3, niacinamide is an antioxidant that boosts the cell repair process and helps the skin barrier retain moisture. The anti-inflammatory properties of niacinamide make it a good option for those dealing with skin concerns, such as acne. As a support to the skin barrier, niacinamide's skin benefits include a minimized appearance of dark spots and enlarged pores, as well as an improved skin texture. Niacinamide is especially beneficial for those with sensitive or dry skin. Alternatives such as salicylic acid might be too drying or irritating. 

8. Snow Mushroom Extract (Tremella)

Known scientifically as tremella fuciformis, snow mushroom might be new to some, but has been used in eastern medicine for generations. Like hyaluronic acid, snow mushroom is also an intensely hydrating ingredient that attracts moisture to skin cells. Snow mushrooms are known as a humectant and a super-hydrator, pulling moisture back into the skin.

Are you ready to incorporate some trending skin care ingredients into your routine? Let us know in the comments below what you plan on adding!

Mineral Vs. Chemical Sunscreen: The Best Choice According To Derms

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Mineral Vs. Chemical Sunscreen: The Best Choice According To Derms

Written By:

Alisha Whitley

You need daily sun protection to keep your skin healthy and looking youthful. But, which type of sunscreen should you choose? Sun protection generally falls into one of two categories: chemical and mineral (physical). While both provide sun protection, chemical sunscreens and mineral sunscreens differ in their active ingredients and in how they protect against UV exposure. Read on to learn the difference and discover the benefits of using mineral sunscreen.

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Mineral Vs. Chemical Sunscreen: The Key Difference

Chemical Sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential for keeping the skin protected from the dangers of sun exposure, including sunburn, sun damage and melanoma. It’s also beneficial in minimizing the aging effects of UV rays, such as fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and rough skin. 

There are two types of sunscreens to choose from — mineral and chemical sunscreen. While they both protect your skin from the sun’s powerful rays, they provide protection in different ways. Chemical sunscreens are often referred to as “absorbers.” Their active ingredients are organic (carbon-based) compounds that absorb UV rays. Through a chemical reaction, these chemical compounds convert UV rays into heat, then release that heat from the skin. 

Chemical sunscreens include one or more of the following ingredients: 

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Avobenzone
  • Ooctisalate 
  • Homosalate

While these active ingredients successfully dissipate UV rays, these chemicals end up getting absorbed into your skin. In comparison, mineral sunscreens block the sun from your skin.

Mineral Sunscreen

Mineral sunscreens, known as “reflectors,” act as physical blockers that manually reflect and bounce UV rays off of the skin. Mineral sunscreens are formulated with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the two main active ingredients. These active ingredients form a protective barrier on the skin, which allows the harmful UV rays to be reflected before they make contact with the skin’s surface. Since mineral sunscreens physically defend the skin from the sun’s rays, they provide immediate sun protection upon application. There’s no need to wait indoors for the product to fully absorb. 

While great for all skin types, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Markowitz shares with Glamour that mineral sunscreens are especially well suited to those with acne-prone or sensitive skin. Mineral formulas sit on top of the skin, rather than getting absorbed, so the formula is less likely to clog pores or irritate. Mineral sunscreens are also reef-safe, but we’ll explore the benefits in greater detail below. 

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The Key Difference For Sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens and chemical sunscreens defend your skin against harmful UV rays differently. Mineral sunscreens’ active ingredients — zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — act like a protective shield on top of the surface of your skin. Chemical sunscreens on the other hand absorb into the skin and then absorb and convert UV rays. 

For some, the absorption of active ingredients from chemical sunscreen has raised alarm bells; a recent study found that certain active ingredients used in chemical sunscreens can be absorbed into the bloodstream in as little as one use. These ingredients included oxybenzone and avobenzone. In a press release, the FDA’s Director Dr. Janet Woodcock says that while the study showed evidence of some active ingredient absorption, “the fact that an ingredient is absorbed through the skin and into the body does not mean the ingredient is unsafe." More research is needed. In comparison, the zinc oxide and titanium oxide used in mineral sunscreens are two ingredients that are recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

If you’d prefer to take a precautionary approach when choosing a sunscreen, consider using mineral sunscreens as they create a physical shield on your skin instead. 

Another main point of difference is the time it takes for each product to start working. Since chemical sunscreens are absorbed, they generally take 20 to 30 minutes to become effective. In comparison, mineral sunscreens protect your skin right away upon application. Let’s further explore the surprising benefits of mineral sunscreen that you may not know about. 

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Mineral Sunscreen Benefits

If you aren’t yet convinced by the benefits of mineral sunscreens, here are a few more reasons to add them to your daily skin care routine. 

Reef-Friendly

Mineral sunscreens are friendlier for the environment. You may not be aware, but the chemical ingredients (organic, carbon-based compounds) found in chemical sunscreens can devastate the ecosystems found in our ocean’s coral reefs. That is, even in low concentrations. Mineral sunscreens are the preferred choice for beachgoers and destination travelers because they avoid these harmful chemicals. Put simply, mineral sunscreens help keep marine life happy and healthy!

Suitable For All Skin Types

Mineral sunscreens are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. With their anti-inflammatory properties, they are gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types. And, they are free of pore-clogging silicones, making them a better option for those prone to blemishes. Some formulas are also made with dry, combo and normal skin types in mind. Regardless of your skin type, there’s a mineral SPF that’s perfectly suited to your unique skin.

Broad Spectrum UV Protection

Mineral sunscreens reflect both UVB and UVA rays from the skin’s surface. UVB rays cause sunburn and uncomfortable symptoms such as redness, dryness and itchiness. UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are responsible for premature aging and play a key role in the development of melanoma (a type of skin cancer).

Our Dermatologist-Suggested Mineral Sunscreen

Some dermatologists lean towards mineral sunscreens considering that FDA is conducting further research on the absorption of chemical sunscreen ingredients. However, “The most important factor is that you will use the SPF regularly,” dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo, MD, tells Glamour. If you don’t like the texture or smell, you won’t end up using it regardless of whether it's mineral or chemical. 

Dr. Hooman Khorasani, MD, a quadruple board-certified dermatologic and skin cancer surgeon in New York City “loves” when people use mineral sunscreen. “I recommend mineral sunscreen to patients that have inflammation of the skin, sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, or have had an energy-based procedure in the office," says Dr. Khorasani. “Mineral sunscreens reflect UV rays, and therefore, do not absorb heat in the skin like chemical blockers do. Overall, mineral sunscreens are more gentle on the skin and the environment.”

At Eminence Organics, we offer mineral sports sunscreens as well as mineral SPF 40 moisturizers that are free of harmful ingredients. They use non-nano zinc oxide as safer options for the skin and for the environment. Keep reading to learn more about each sunscreen and SPF moisturizer option. 

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What Is Zinc Oxide?

Mineral sunscreens typically employ zinc oxide as a physical sun blocker of UV rays. Yes, the same zinc your parents slathered over your nose and cheeks in the ‘80s. Zinc oxide has come a long way since and can now be found in lightweight, layerable formulas that provide the same sun protection but with a natural-looking finish. Here’s a look at zinc oxide’s many benefits for the skin.

Zinc Oxide Keeps Skin Cool

Unlike chemical sunscreens which trap UV rays and convert them to heat, zinc oxide keeps the skin cool and allows it to breathe. It reflects the heat and energy of the sun’s UV rays away from the skin, thereby maintaining the temperature of the skin. For this reason, mineral sunscreen is particularly beneficial in minimizing the appearance of skin inflammation and redness associated with acne, rosacea and skin sensitivity.

Zinc Oxide Provides Physical Sun Protection

While zinc itself can be found in nature, zinc oxide is actually created by combining the mineral zinc with oxygen molecules. When these two elements are vaporized and condensed, they form a fine powder that sits on top of the skin and provides a protective barrier against UVA and UVB rays. In addition to providing a physical barrier, zinc oxide acts as a mirror to reflect UV rays before they can penetrate the skin’s surface.

Supports Collagen Production

UV exposure is the leading cause of premature aging. Sun damage exposes the skin to harmful free radicals that break down and destroy collagen, a protein that is essential for keeping skin toned, plump and elastic. Zinc serves as a co-factor in collagen synthesis by activating the protein collagenase. This protein triggers collagen production in order to build and repair connective tissue like your skin.

Benefits Breakout-Prone Skin

Zinc oxide is also beneficial in treating breakout-prone complexions. Studies show that zinc effectively reduces the appearance of skin inflammation, inhibits the growth of pimple-causing bacteria and regulates sebaceous gland activity. It also has astringent properties which tightens the appearance of pores and minimizes the look of an uneven skin texture. 

Which All-Mineral Sunscreen Is Right For You? 

Defending your skin against sun damage is one of the most effective ways to slow the visible signs of aging and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Now that you know the benefits of using all-mineral sunscreens, let's explore our all-mineral SPF moisturizers and our mineral sunscreen.

Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 40

This mattifying daily moisturizer is complete with a Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex and SPF 40 all-mineral protection. This SPF moisturizer offers sun protection and helps with the appearance of wrinkles. Red currant is a source of Vitamin C, an antioxidant with additional bioflavonoids that helps improve the look of fine lines. 

 

Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40

This all-in-one lightweight daily moisturizer is formulated with cocoa seed extract, satsuma mandarin peel and SPF 40 all-mineral protection. If you’re concerned with exposure to blue light from sitting in front of electronic devices all day, then this moisturizer is for you. This sunscreen is specifically formulated to improve the appearance of skin exposed to blue light stress and pollution. Cocoa seed extract contains a blend of cocoa peptides, saccharides and polyphenols to help improve the appearance of the skin.

As well as improving the visible effects of blue light exposure, this SPF moisturizer provides indoor and outdoor protection from UVA and UVB rays and environmental pollution. Active ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide form a barrier against UV rays to keep your skin looking healthy and smooth.

Product picks first

Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40

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Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 40 Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30

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Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40

Sometimes scents can transport us to a dream destination, and the Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 does just that with its fresh, tropical scent. A must have for your beach bag, this all-mineral sunscreen is formulated with vanilla, shea butter and SPF 40 all-mineral sun protection to revitalize the appearance of the skin. Shea butter is a hydrating ingredient that is high in triglycerides and fatty acids, making the cream an effective emollient for skin that needs a moisturizing boost. 

Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 40

This daily moisturizer contains a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative and SPF 40 all-mineral protection, including a formula that targets the appearance of dark spots. The Natural Hydroquinone Alternative helps improve the look of dark spots for a smooth, even-looking complexion. Watch this video to find out more about our all-mineral SPF moisturizers and how to apply them:

Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sports Sunscreen SPF 30

In addition to our SPF moisturizers, we also recommend our Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 for protection from head to toe. This easy-to-apply sport formulation for face and body is non-greasy and water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Will you be adding mineral or chemical sunscreen to your skin care routine? Tell us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media. Experience our all mineral SPF moisturizers and Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 at an Eminence Organics Spa Partner near you.

This article was originally written in April 2019.

Updated By

Thea Christie

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