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What Is An Essence? The Skin Care Step You Didn’t Know You Needed

Kombucha Microbiome Balancing Essence

What Is An Essence? The Skin Care Step You Didn’t Know You Needed

Written By:

Alisha Whitley

If you’re a skin care aficionado, facial essences are probably already on your radar. A K-beauty staple, these lightweight elixirs are the backbone of every multi-step skin care routine - and for good reason. They’re a game-changer for any and every complexion. Read on to learn about the skin care step you didn’t know you needed.

What Is An Essence & What Does It Do?

As Eminence Organics International Trainer Brian Goodwin says, “The easiest way to think of an essence is as a primer that helps all of your other leave-on treatments work better.” Essences are often described as a cross between a toner and serum. These fast-absorbing liquids are slightly more viscous than a toner and contain a high concentration of actives like a serum. 

The easiest way to think of an essence is as a primer that helps all of your other leave-on treatments work better.

In a skin care routine, essences help maximize hydration and improve absorption of subsequent skin care products. Plus, they’re chock-full of beneficial ingredients that plump the skin and protect it against the drying effects of environmental stressors. Here is a closer look at the benefits of facial essences for the skin.

Add Hydration & Moisture

The key to a healthy complexion is a strong skin barrier. When the skin’s moisture barrier is protected and functioning optimally, it works to keep in beneficial hydration and keep out harmful environmental irritants that cause dryness and premature aging. Essences support healthy barrier function by replenishing the skin’s moisture levels and providing long-lasting hydration. 

K-beauty expert Alicia Yoon likens the skin to a sponge. When wet, it becomes more absorbent; when dry, it becomes cracked and brittle. She says: “When your skin is well-hydrated, it is healthier, stronger and functions better. Essences help your sponge-like skin fill up with necessary moisture for better skin health.” 

Plump Skin

With age, the skin begins to lose volume and fullness. As stores of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid decline (by up to 50% by age 40), once-plump skin can appear to deflate and sag. When the skin is hydrated and moisturized, it is stronger, more supple and — as Alicia says — has “happier, bouncier cells.” Essences contain humectants and emollients that draw in water, replenish moisture and in turn, give skin a plump and youthful appearance.

Protect Skin

Essences also contain antioxidant-rich ingredients that fight free radicals and protect skin from the harmful effects of the environment. Exposure to pollution, blue light and UV rays can cause damage to skin cells that presents as dryness, inflammation and the visible signs of aging. 

Prep Skin

By enhancing skin health and hydration, essences prime the skin to better absorb subsequent skin care products. When your skin is hydrated, it can more easily soak up the active ingredients in your serums, oils and concentrates. As The Zoe Report describes, “The water basically chauffeurs substances like glycerin and hyaluronic acid (humectants) or shea butter and squalane oil (emollients) down to the inner layer of the dermis. Then it evaporates, leaving the good stuff behind to do its job.” 

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of using a facial essence:

Does A Facial Essence Replace A Toner?

You may wonder if an essence can simply replace your favorite toner. Really, it is a separate step and your skin will benefit from both a toner and essence in your routine. Toning provides a base layer of hydration that refreshes and balances your skin, while applying an essence delivers additional moisture and preps your complexion for the skin care steps that follow. A facial essence typically feels more robust than a toner and contains active ingredients that protect the skin and minimize the visible signs of aging.

Do I Still Need A Serum?

So, if an essence is more viscous and contains a higher concentration of actives than a toner, can it replace a serum? Again, the answer is: not quite. An essence is a delivery mechanism for even more concentrated serums, oils and concentrates. With its lightweight texture, an essence can deeply penetrate the skin and deliver beneficial ingredients where they are needed most. Additionally, serums, oils and concentrates are typically developed to target specific concerns and conditions and therefore deserve their own special place in a skin care routine.

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When And How To Use An Essence

Now that you know that an essence is an additional step in your skin care routine, where does it fit? In general, we advise applying your skin care products in order of weight, starting with the lightest (your toner) and ending with the richest (your serum, oil or concentrate). Essences fit directly in the middle: They should be applied after toner and before your facial serums, moisturizer and SPF. 

Here is how to apply one properly:

  1. Use after cleansing and toning your skin.
  2. Shake a few drops of essence into your palm.
  3. Warm the product between your hands. 
  4. Gently press the essence into your skin (this minimizes friction and aids absorption).
  5. Follow the remaining steps in your skin care routine

Kombucha Microbiome Balancing Essence

You can easily add an essence to your routine with the Kombucha Microbiome Balancing Essence. This essence gently primes your skin and restores its natural balance. A blend of pre, pro* and postbiotics work in tandem to enhance luminosity, while key ingredients like white tea and jasmine flower improve the look of dry, dull skin for a healthy-looking glow.

Birch Water Purifying Essence

Our Birch Water Purifying Essence is a lightweight essence that contains purifying birch water, snow mushroom and reishi mushroom. These ingredients restore moisture levels, increase elasticity and improve barrier function. Skin is left replenished, rejuvenated and prepped to absorb the benefits of skin care treatments that follow.

Ready to add this step to your skin care routine? Experience our facial essences at an Eminence Organics Spa Partner near you.  

*Does not contain live probiotic cultures.

This article was originally written in September 2019.

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What Are The Benefits Of Pumpkin Face Masks?

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What Are The Benefits Of Pumpkin Face Masks?

Written By:

Jen Wynn

Not only does pumpkin pack a delicious and nutritious punch in your favorite recipes, it’s also a beauty-boosting superstar. Once you discover the benefits of pumpkin skin care products, they may quickly become your next favorite treatment. Read on to learn why a pumpkin face mask or peel is exactly what your skin needs, as well as which Eminence Organic Skin Care pumpkin products complement your skin care routines.

Benefits Of Pumpkin Skin Care | Benefits Of Pumpkin Face Masks | Top Pumpkin Picks | Holiday Skin Care Ritual Ideas 

Benefits Of Pumpkin In Skin Care

Often evoking memories of a tasty coffee, cake or pie, a luscious layer of pumpkin on the face not only smells heavenly, it also leaves your skin baby soft and silky smooth. Benefits range from adding nutrition and hydration to the skin and brightening the appearance of the skin. Pumpkin pulp and seed oil contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). These acids are key to a glowing and radiant complexion, helping with exfoliation, moisture retention and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Adding to this glowy goodness, pumpkin is also rich in antioxidants, specifically Vitamins A and C. As our Product Support Team explains, “Vitamins A and C help to defend against oxidative damage. Vitamin C is especially fabulous for treating and reducing the look of dark spots.”

5 Benefits Of Pumpkin Face Masks According To An Expert

You’re probably wondering why pumpkin is a sought-after ingredient and why estheticians might choose a pumpkin face mask in the treatment room. This humble orange squash has five key benefits:

  • Infuses the skin with bioflavonoids that aid in the absorption of skin-friendly vitamins
  • Deeply hydrates and plumps the skin
  • Stimulates collagen production to reduce appearance of fine lines
  • Provides antioxidant benefits, including protection from environmental stressors
  • Delivers beta carotene, amino acids and fruit enzymes to the skin

The benefits of pumpkin leave you with the complexion of your dreams year round, but this fall-favorite ingredient is especially helpful as the seasons change. Using this ingredient helps alleviate skin care woes such as dehydration and redness caused by dryness. 

Our Product Support Team sums this up perfectly, saying: "As the seasons change, our skin tends to suffer moisture loss and can use a boost in exfoliation. Whether it’s fine lines and wrinkles, post summer UV exposure, or the change in environment from central heating or air conditioning, the skin can usually use a little TLC, and pumpkin is here to help.”

With so many benefits, this multitasking ingredient is the perfect choice to incorporate into your daily routine for fall or any season. 

Top Pumpkin Picks

Adding the pumpkin ingredient into your skin care ritual is easy. Our options that feature this delightful ingredient range from at-home to in-spa treatments, ensuring your skin stays smooth and supple regardless of the treatment you choose.

Our Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque is one favorite that leaves the skin looking smooth and vibrant. This pumpkin-infused face mask helps restore natural moisture balance at home, with Vitamin E and omega 9 fatty acids. Additionally, this dreamy pumpkin puree reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For a real seasonal treat, we recommend blending a mixology of the Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque followed by the Stone Crop Masque. This combination is easy for you to mix at home.

Our award-winning Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 5% is an at-home exfoliating peel containing lactic and glycolic acids. This treatment refines and evens skin tone, including the look of dark spots, and provides gentle exfoliation without any irritation. This peel needs to be rinsed thoroughly after applying and neutralized with our Soothing Chamomile Tonique.

For those seeking a deeper exfoliation, you can visit your nearest Eminence Organic Spa where an esthetician can apply our concentrated Yam & Pumpkin Pro Enzyme Peel 20%. This peel accelerates the exfoliation process and removes dead skin cells to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

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Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque Stone Crop Masque

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Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 5% Soothing Chamomile Tonique

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Holiday Skin Care Ritual Ideas

Now that you're familiar with some of the most effective and divine-smelling pumpkin products on offer, we’ve gathered some routine ideas. 

1. Cleansing

Start off with the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser, a versatile product suitable for all skin types. This milky gel lightly lathers to slough off dead skin without manual exfoliation or over-stripping moisture from the skin. The Lactic Acid Complex and mangosteen in this cleanser work together to restore a smooth, radiant complexion. 

If your skin type is normal to dry skin, the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser is another great option. This cream cleanser blends hyaluronic acid and seabuckthorn oil to restore the appearance of elasticity to the skin and present a more youthful look.

2. Toning

For all skin types including dry and dehydrated, a spritz of the Stone Crop Hydrating Mist refreshes the skin. Once you cleanse the skin, apply one to two sprays onto the face and neck or apply with a cotton pad, avoiding the eye area.

For combination to normal skin types, the Mangosteen Revitalizing Mist is designed to balance the skin. It contains a refreshing combination of antioxidant-packed mangosteen, energizing ribose and pore-refining red clover.

3. Exfoliation

For at home, you can apply the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant with a few drops of water. Apply this to the face using gentle circular movements covering the face and neck, while avoiding the eye area. Then remove with a warm, wet towel. The dermafoliant will help to restore a smooth, radiant complexion. Please avoid this product if you have sensitive skin.

You can also apply the Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel 5% for a fall treat. This peel is ideal for those looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as brighten the complexion by removing dead skin cells.

Another at-home exfoliating option is the Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System. This three-step peel and peptide system contains the Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant, the Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 and the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. You'll notice your skin appearing more refined and smoothed over time.  

4. Facial Masks

Embrace the changing seasons with two masks inspired by fall ingredients. For all skin types, replenish the skin’s moisture and fight the visible signs of aging with Vitamin E, omega 9 nutrients and antioxidant-rich pumpkin in our Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque. Another popular option is the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque which combines citrus, leafy greens and avocado oil to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

After the mask step, you can peform some additional add-on neck, hand, foot and eye treatments. For example:

5. Body Care

Apply the Stone Crop Body Lotion. Massage it in and leave on.

6. Eye Care

Use the Snow Mushroom Moisture Cloud Eye Cream. Snow Mushroom is an ultra-hydrating super-humectant that pulls moisture into the skin so that it appears supple and plump. Apply to the entire eye area twice daily, patting gently with fingertips until it is fully absorbed. Leave on.

7. Essence

Gently press a few drops of the Birch Water Purifying Essence into the skin until fully absorbed. This is a beautiful, lightweight essence that helps restore moisture levels.

8. Serum And Facial Oil

Treat your skin with the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum (for all skin types) to target the visible signs of aging. Follow with the Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil to deeply hydrate the skin and deliver a firm, plump and lifted appearance. This oil is suited for normal to dry skin types.

9. Moisturizer

For combination to normal skin types, finish with our Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer as a moisturizing step. The deeply hydrating botanical hyaluronic acid and acai berry juice in this antioxidant-rich moisturizer give your skin the plumping it needs to look younger and wrinkle-free. Another great option for all skin types is the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream.

10. Sun Defense

For all skin types, you can apply an SPF sunscreen to finish and protect your skin. After the application of a peel treatment, skin will be more sensitive to the sun. A high SPF product is mandatory after treatment to help the skin heal. Wear protective clothing, stay indoors and limit sun exposure after each treatment and for a week afterwards.

11. Lip Care

Use the Lip Comfort Plumping Masque. This antioxidant, vitamin-rich and age-defying mask deeply hydrates and replenishes. Make sure to extend the application to the fine vertical lines around the mouth area as well as the marionette expression lines. 

12. Massage

For all skin types, apply the Linden Calendula Treatment (for the face) or apply a body lotion or body oil for body massage options. 

13. Finishing Eye Care

Apply a thin layer of the Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum to the eye area with light blending movements until absorbed. Leave on.

14. The Final Lip Care/Add-On Lip Treatment

Use our Citrus Lip Balm or the Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm SPF 15 to protect and finish your lips. The Citrus Lip Balm is a petroleum-free citrus treat for the lips with shea butter and sunflower seed oil, and the Rosehip & Lemongrass Lip Balm moisturizes and protects dry lips with an SPF factor of 15.

Which product is your Fall favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

This article was originally written in October 2021.

Updated By

Thea Christie

Microdermabrasion Guide For Spas

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion Guide For Spas

Written By:

Thea Christie

If Clients are asking for treatments that rejuvenate their skin, it may be time to add microdermabrasion to your list of skin care treatments. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive manual skin exfoliation treatment that is far lower risk than laser resurfacing or chemical peels. Recovery is much faster too. Read on to learn about the benefits of microdermabrasion and why you might consider including it into your spa menu. 

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Our skin is made up of the dermis (inner layer) and the epidermis (outer layer). The outer layer of the skin contains our concerns, like wrinkles, dark spots or dull texture. Microdermabrasion exfoliates the outer layer of the skin to reduce these skin issues and give us a brighter-looking complexion.

The two types of microdermabrasion include crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion. As Verywellhealth.com explains, crystal microdermabrasion is when microcrystals are used to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. Crystals are shot from a small tube onto the skin and then vacuumed back up. In comparison, diamond microdermabrasion uses a device with a diamond-coated wand to exfoliate before suctioning away dead cells from the surface of the skin. 

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimates that the procedure takes 20 minutes for the neck and 30–40 minutes for the face. Some even offer this treatment for the body, so the treatment times can vary. Microdermabrasion is usually performed in a series of six treatments, two to three weeks apart.

Either method of microdermabrasion should improve a Client’s skin so that it is smoother, with fewer acne scars and reduced wrinkles. Let’s dive deeper into the benefits.

Benefits Of Microdermabrasion

This quick and painless resurfacing treatment exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow and collagen growth. The increased blood flow carries more oxygen to the skin, creating a youthful-looking complexion. This treatment also helps to fade spots, fine lines and acne scars, with the effects lasting for a month. However, the results depend on the age of the Client and how well their skin reacts to the treatment.

Because microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment, there is no down-time needed for recovery. It’s considered very safe for the skin, face and body.

You can offer microdermabrasion to Clients that are concerned with:

  • Dark spots
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Dull complexion
  • Fine lines
  • Stretch marks

Who Should Not Get This Treatment?

Avoid microdermabrasion if the Client has irritated skin, acne or active breakouts. If the Client has had recent invasive procedures or cosmetic injectable treatments, it’s best to avoid this treatment.

How Much Should You Charge For Microdermabrasion?

How much should you charge from microdermabrasion? According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of microdermabrasion is $167 per treatment. Prices should be based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment and the type of microdermabrasion procedure performed.

What Is The Process Of A Microdermabrasion Treatment?

Step 1: Consultation

The first step in the process is to have a consultation with your Client to discuss their skin issues, previous skin treatments and the products they are using.

Step 2: Cleaning

The treatment must be performed on clean skin. Even if the Client has said they have cleansed, you can perform a cleanse when they arrive on their face to ensure all the dirt, grime and makeup have been removed properly.

Step 3: Eye Covering

Provide the Client with sunglasses to protect their eyes from bright lights during the process.

Step 4: Perform The Treatment 

The microdermabrasion hand-held device will remove the top layer of the skin and get rid of dead skin cells. Work in sections of the entire face, neck or other area being treated. This should help establish a health-looking complexion.

Step 5: Moisturizer

After treatment, the skin can appear red and irradiated. Apply a moisturizer to the Client’s skin to calm and protect the area. You can tailor this to their individual skin type too. 

Aftercare Instructions For Clients

  • Avoid waxing 48 hours before or seven days following a treatment. 
  • No laser hair removal/IPL treatments can be performed on the face or treated area.
  • After the treatment, do not use sun beds or swim in heavily chlorinated water for at least two weeks.
  • After the procedure, refrain from using irritating facial products like alpha hydroxy acids, retinoid products or fragranced creams and lotions.
  • Avoid chemical peel treatments a few weeks before and after treatment.
  • Common side effects include slight swelling, redness or sunburn-like symptoms that may last a few days. 

Are you adding microdermabrasion to your list of spa treatments? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

How Does Salicylic Acid Clear Acne?

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How Does Salicylic Acid Clear Acne?

Written By:

Alisha Whitley

When you think of acne treatments, odds are salicylic acid comes to mind. This beta-hydroxy acid has a long history of treating acne effectively, efficiently — and gently. By exfoliating skin, deep cleaning pores and preventing future breakouts, this superstar skin care ingredient does wonders for those suffering from acne. Salicylic acid helps clear acne and prevent future breakouts without irritation. Read on to discover how.

BHA

Unlike AHAs which are water soluble and work primarily on the skin’s surface, BHAs like salicylic acid are oil soluble. This characteristic allows them to penetrate below the skin’s surface and dive deep into your pores. According to ELLE, “not only do they exfoliate the top layer of skin, but they can penetrate blocked pores by making their way into the oil glands, dissolving the paste-like mixture of sebum and dead skin that can lead to spots.” By penetrating pores more deeply, BHAs are able to clear blockages as well as destroy acne-causing bacteria lingering within the pore.

Exfoliates Skin

One feature of acne-prone skin is that it doesn’t self-exfoliate efficiently. Women’s Health says that as a result, “dead skin clumps together instead of sloughing off — leading to more pimples and blackheads.” Salicylic acid counteracts this by dissolving the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. By removing and loosening the bonds between skin cells, salicylic acid helps skin shed its outer layer, clearing it of pore-clogging debris.

How salicylic acid exfoliates and unclogs pores

Deep Cleans Pores

In addition to exfoliating the skin’s surface, salicylic acid permeates the pore lining, working to clear the dead skin cells that have built up and caused congestion. According to Marie Claire, “The reason salicylic acid is able to give such a deep clean is because it can penetrate deep into the pore lining … It’s therefore able to exfoliate inside the pore as well as the surface of the skin, helping to clear congested skin.”

The reason salicylic acid is able to give such a deep clean is because it can penetrate deep into the pore lining.

Anti-Irritant

Whitney Bowe, MD tells Teen Vogue about salicylic acid: “This ingredient is unique because it's very effective at fighting acne, but it has a soothing, calming effect on skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of this ingredient are not surprising, given its close chemical relationship to one of the most well-known anti-inflammatory drugs available, acetylsalicylic acid (also known as aspirin!).” As an anti-irritant, salicylic acid is able to exfoliate and deep clean pores while also reducing redness and calming angry skin — two common acne-related issues.

Encapsulated salicylic acid

If you are prone to irritation, look for salicylic acid with a time-release encapsulated delivery system. The encapsulation helps the salicylic acid evenly deposit and slowly exfoliate skin over time, keeping the look of the complexion calm. The result: Skin is cleared quickly and effectively, without the look of irritation associated with other acne-fighting ingredients.

Prevents Future Breakouts

Not only does salicylic acid fight existing breakouts, it also prevents future ones from occurring. According to Vogue: “Because it is oil-soluble, BHA is great at clearing pores of sebum and dirt without manual exfoliation. As well as treating existing blemishes, it also helps to prevent future breakouts by neutralizing bacteria within the pores before it has the chance to develop into spots.” With regular use, adding salicylic acid to your skin care routine helps your skin become clear and remain breakout-free for longer.

The Best Products With Salicylic Acid

 

1. Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser 

Our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is crafted with yogurt, cucumber and tea tree oil to manage oily skin and mattify the complexion. It does so without stripping the skin of moisture. This cleanser also contains a Biocomplex2™ which is a booster of antioxidants that improves the appearance of vitality and radiance.

2. Acne Advance Clarifying Hydrator

The Acne Advanced Clarifying Hydrator is an ultra-lightweight mattifying lotion containing salicylic acid to reduce blemishes and breakouts. This hydrator gives you a more even-looking complexion and improves the appearance of acne-related scarring. You can also find this hydrator as part of our Acne Advance 3-Step Treatment System, which treats acne in 28* days. 

3. Clear Skin Willow Bark Exfoliating Peel

The Clear Skin Willow Bark Exfoliating Peel helps to treat problem skin with breakouts and blemishes. Gentle salicylic acid removes surface impurities and dirt, helping clear your complexion. This peel also features willow bark which calms the look of skin, and lilac and azelaic acid which reduce the appearance of redness. 

4. Clear Skin Probiotic Masque

The Clear Skin Probiotic Masque helps problem skin thanks to cucumber, refining yoghurt and salicylic acid. This rich mask also leaves the skin feeling soft and noticeably smoother while reducing the appearance of pores. 

Experience the benefits of salicylic acid with the above products, or in a professional acne facial at your favorite Eminence Organics Spa Partner

*In vivo clinical study results, based on application of the complete system for 28 days.

This article was originally written in September 2018.

Updated By

Thea Christie

Probiotic Skin Care: What Is It And Why You Should Use It

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Probiotic Skin Care: What Is It And Why You Should Use It

Written By:

Jen Okhiria

When it comes to health and wellness, probiotics pop up in all sorts of unexpected places. Perhaps most unexpected? As a skin care ingredient. While we may know that probiotics are beneficial for gut health, probiotics are good for the skin too. So, how do they help your skin anyway? Read on to learn everything you need to know about probiotic skin care, sources of best probiotics for the skin, and why you need it in your routine.

What Are Probiotics? | Are Probiotics Good For You? | Three Sources Of Probiotics An Esthetician’s Advice

What Are Probiotics?

In short, probiotics are “good bacteria” that are crucial to balancing the “bad bacteria” in the body. As stated by WebMD: “Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system.” Probiotics are considered beneficial as they can help repopulate good bacteria that may be lost due to diet, medication or certain health conditions. The balance of good bacteria to bad can have an impact on the health of your skin.

Common sources of probiotics are fermented foods, with yogurt being one of the most well known, but also including sauerkraut, miso, kombucha and even pickles! Typically, when discussing the benefits of probiotics, we are referring to the gut flora which consists of hundreds of microorganisms that ensure your metabolic activities remain healthy and effective. However, probiotics can also be used to help heal skin conditions.

Are Probiotics Good For You?

To put it simply, probiotics are microorganisms that help promote good health, especially in your digestive system. In addition to improving digestion, they promote healthy blood sugar and hormone levels, assist in regulating your metabolism and give your immunity a boost. Probiotics also pack a punch in skin care. The American Academy of Dermatology states, "[Probiotics] have been shown to help with clearer skin, decreased skin sensitivity, redness and inflammation ... You may also see a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and increased elasticity.”

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Three Sources Of Probiotics

These friendly bacteria occur naturally in your digestive tract, but can also be found in a variety of foods, supplements and even in skin care products. If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the health and beauty benefits of probiotics, here are three sources:

1. Probiotic Supplements

Due to the rising popularity of probiotics as a health product, supplements are easy to find — and are a convenient way to get your "good bacteria." You can find these supplements in health food stores, drug stores and even grocery stores. 

Interesting fact: A healthy intestinal tract hosts over 100 trillion friendly bacteria. In order to keep these microorganisms topped up, an effective supplemental dose of beneficial bacteria should include at least 5-30 billion viable bacteria a day.

2. Probiotics In Food

If supplements aren’t your thing, you may want to consider incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet. Foods like kombucha drinks, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and miso are all packed with healthy bacteria. 

Interesting fact: Sauerkraut is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, but might also help with reducing allergy symptoms. In addition, this pickled cabbage is rich in Vitamins B, A, E and C.

3. Probiotics In Skin Care

While dietary probiotics have been found to help balance certain gut issues, scientific studies support that they can be beneficial for the skin as well. Specifically, probiotic-rich products are believed to balance the microbiome on the skin.

As International Educator Brian Goodwin explains: “The skin’s surface is home to a delicate balance of microorganisms, like bacteria and other microbes. This mix of living organisms is known as the microbiome," which defends the skin from environmental stressors and harm. But if good organisms are outnumbered by harmful bacteria, the microbiome falls out of balance. This can disrupt skin barrier function, leaving your skin vulnerable to dehydration or irritation. 

Topical probiotics can help balance the bacteria associated with conditions such as acne and eczema. Acne has been shown to be one of the most promising conditions to treat with topical probiotics because bacterial imbalance and inflammation contribute to certain types of acne. Applying probiotics for acneic areas can help soothe any flare-ups as well as normalize the skin’s natural bacterial and moisture balance, helping it to “reset.”

While there are many DIY recipes for probiotic face masks, as always, we do not recommend creating your own kitchen concoctions. This is because applying products to your skin that are intended for food consumption often vary wildly in their levels of beneficial ingredients and concentrations. For example, many probiotic foods contain ingredients like lemon and vinegar. While acids can be skin-friendly, the types of acids in foods have the potential to irritate the skin and cause extreme photosensitivity and even serious chemical burns. Especially if you are dealing with a skin condition such as acne or eczema where the skin can already feel raw and sore, please avoid homemade solutions. Instead, look for professional probiotic skin care products that meet industry-wide safety requirements. 

Probiotic skin care products are most effective when they can be massaged in or left on to absorb into the skin. This allows the probiotics to positively impact the moisture barrier and balance the skin. Depending on your skin type and concerns, you may not need probiotics for every step of your skin care routine and may prefer to incorporate it only into a few areas. For example, if you have a dry skin type and are dealing with some eczema or the odd blemish, using a probiotic face mask once a week is an excellent option. If you are an oily skin type trying to manage more frequent blemishes, incorporating probiotics in your daily cleansing and moisturizing — as well as a weekly face mask — helps to balance the bad bacteria that may be contributing to breakouts.

In terms of product recommendations, our Kombucha Microbiome Collection is formulated with pre, pro* and postbiotics to maintain your skin’s natural microbiome. This collection is also formulated with kombucha, white tea, ginger and jasmine which comforts the skin and helps you achieve a luminous, healthy-looking glow. 

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Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser Kombucha Microbiome Leave-On Masque

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An Esthetician’s Advice

For more recommendations, we asked Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar to share her thoughts on probiotic skin care. 

Natalie shared with us some amazing home care recommendations on how to use probiotic skin care. Some of our favorite takeaways:

  • Probiotics come from nature and help balance good and bad bacteria in the body.
  • Probiotics can come from a supplement or fermented foods but can also be found in skin care products to balance the skin’s microbiome.
  • In skin care, this good and bad bacteria balance impacts the moisture barrier of the skin.
  • Because 60% of our skin is water, we want to ensure our skin stays healthy with balanced hydration levels.

Do you swear by incorporating probiotics into your diet? We would love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or join the conversation on social media.

*Does not contain live probiotic cultures.

This article was originally written in April 2019.

Updated By

Thea Christie

Under The Microscope: What Are Pre, Pro And Postbiotics?

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Under The Microscope: What Are Pre, Pro And Postbiotics?

Written By:

Thea Christie

If you’re dealing with dry, irritated, dull or red skin, then choosing probiotic, prebiotic and postbiotic-based skin care is a great way to support the skin barrier and the health of your skin microbiome. These symptoms may be a result of an unbalanced skin microbiome and a compromised skin barrier. Read on to learn about the difference between pre, pro and postbiotics and why these ingredients may improve your skin’s health and luminosity.
 

What's the difference between pre, pro & postbiotics?

The Difference Between Prebiotics, Probiotics And Postbiotics

Before we dive into the lengthy definition, you can sum up the differences in one sentence: Prebiotics feed probiotics which, in turn, produce postbiotics. Confusing? Let’s unpack that concept a little bit more. 

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are substances (dietary fibers) that fuel the good bacteria on your skin’s surface. These dietary fibers are naturally found in high-fiber foods like yams, asparagus, bananas and apples. For the digestive system, you may be aware that prebiotics are sometimes referred to as “intestinal fertilizers” for probiotics, which promote good bacteria in your gut. 

Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that support the skin’s moisture barrier function and work to overthrow any unfriendly bacteria. Probiotics can be found in supplements or from certain fermented foods. But probiotics can also be found in skin care products to balance the skin’s microbiome. Usually, when looking at the benefits of probiotics, experts are referring to the gut flora that ensure your metabolic activities are healthy. However, probiotics can also help with skin symptoms such as dull, dry, itchy or red skin. 

When applied topically, probiotics work together with prebiotics to support the function of the skin barrier and to visibly renew the skin. Probiotics support skin barrier health and provide a defense against environmental stressors such as UV rays and pollution or lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet. 

Postbiotics

Probiotic bacteria produce postbiotics after they consume prebiotics (fiber). Postbiotics are the compounds or metabolites that are left behind, according to Harvard Health.

You can read a detailed account about the different sources of probiotics in food in this guide, but some foods that can boost the concentration of postbiotics in your gut include:

  • Sourdough bread
  • Miso soup
  • Soft cheeses
  • Kefir
  • Yogurt
  • Buttermilk
  • Pickles
  • Tempeh
  • Sauerkraut

And when applied to the skin, postbiotics reveal a smooth, radiant glow. Let's explore pre, pro* and postbiotic skin care next.

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Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser Kombucha Microbiome Luminosity Serum

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What Is Biotic Skin Care?

Biotic skin care helps to maintain a balanced microbiome, which is the collection of microorganisms and good bacteria that live on your skin. It’s also designed to nourish the microbiome so that the skin barrier remains intact and clear of harmful bacteria. Biotic skin care also contains pre, pro and postbiotics, ingredients that support the microbiome. 

Our products in the Kombucha Microbiome Collection are formulated with pre, pro* and postbiotics to comfort the skin and support the microbiome’s natural balance. This collection also visibly replenishes the moisture barrier to reveal an even and healthy-looking complexion. It’s important to note that this collection does not contain live probiotic cultures; rather it contains a probiotic lysate ferment. Translation? Probiotic lysates are the remnants of formerly live probiotic bacteria. These lysates are essential in supporting and balancing the skin environment, and they enhance the function of the skin’s moisture barrier by repairing skin and maintaining skin health. 

You can find the following ingredients in various products within the the Kombucha Microbiome Collection: 

  • Probiotic (lactococcus ferment lysate)*: Supports and balances the skin microbiome, enhances the function of the skin moisture barrier to repair dry skin and maintain healthy-looking skin.
  • Prebiotic: Fuel that is utilized by microorganisms, resulting in a balanced skin microbiome.
  • Kombucha ferment (Postbiotic): Derived from fermenting black tea, this superfood is rich in postbiotics that visibly refresh and renew the skin.
  • White tea: Rich in antioxidants, helps maintain healthy-looking skin, combats the appearance of skin dullness and encourages glow.
  • Jasmine flower: Relieves redness and soothes dry skin resulting in an even skin tone.

Watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar answer your questions about pre, pro* and postbiotics and the Kombucha Microbiome Collection.

Are you considering using skin care with prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics? We would love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or join the conversation on social media.

*Does not contain live probiotic cultures.

Kombucha Skin Care For Luminous Skin

kombucha microbiome collection

Kombucha Skin Care For Luminous Skin

Written By:

Thea Christie

If you’re noticing breakouts, dry patches, dull skin or redness, your skin microbiome could be to blame. After all, a microbiome that's out of balance compromises the skin barrier which, in turn, results in a struggling complexion. So, what exactly is the skin microbiome? This invisible layer of billions of living microorganisms is instrumental in protecting your skin barrier and contributing to skin health. Read on to find out how you can take care of this important living community and which products help it thrive.

Kombucha Microbiome Collection: The Key To Luminosity 

Compromised skin appears dull, dry, red and reactive. It is often a result of environmental stressors (UV, pollution, climate) and lifestyle factors (sleep, stress, diet). Overcleansing and stripping the skin of its natural oils can also compromise the skin barrier, making your skin susceptible to irritation.

The key to a healthy skin microbiome is maintaining a balance of both good and bad bacteria. So, when it comes to skin’s microbiome, how do we achieve the right balance? A daily regimen containing probiotic skin care products helps restore and maintain the equilibrium between bacteria living on the skin. Additionally, using probiotics topically can help protect the moisture barrier of the skin, helping it stay healthy with balanced hydration levels. 

Our Kombucha Microbiome Collection contains four products that are formulated to comfort the skin and support the microbiome’s natural balance. The collection visibly replenishes and supports the moisture barrier with pre, pro* and postbiotics to reveal an even and healthy-looking complexion. 

This collection:

  • Aids the skin’s natural repair processes
  • Helps the skin to appear more luminous and healthy
  • Support the skin’s natural microbiome
  • Replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier

Watch our Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie Pergar, explain how to use the Kombucha Microbiome Collection and how to balance the skin microbiome.

Key Ingredients In The Kombucha Microbiome Collection

Formulated with kombucha, gentle botanicals and pre, pro* and postbiotics, the Kombucha Microbiome Collection is designed to balance the skin microbiome for a healthy-looking glow. Key ingredients in this collection include:

Pre, Pro* And Postbiotics

Pre, pro* and postbiotics help maintain the skin’s natural balance. Prebiotics are fuel for the good bacteria on your skin’s surface. They give probiotics energy and allow your microbiome to flourish. Probiotics are good bacteria that support the skin’s moisture barrier. Small but mighty,  probiotics* work on the skin’s surface to visibly renew your complexion. Postbiotics are metabolites left behind by probiotics that leave skin looking refreshed. 

Kombucha

Kombucha ferment is derived from fermenting black tea. There are many kombucha benefits for the skin. This superfood is rich in postbiotics and nourishes the skin microbiota, improving the appearance of skin smoothness, luminosity and radiance.

Ginger Root

Ginger root is an antioxidant that invigorates the appearance of skin.

Jasmine Flower

Jasmine flower is a botanical that nourishes the skin, relieves the look of redness and soothes dryness.

White Tea

Rich in antioxidants, white tea helps maintain healthy-looking skin and combats dullness, encouraging a glow.

Supporting Botanical Extracts

The botanical extracts in thai collection help minimize redness in the skin and are rich in antioxidants to add protection from environmental stressors. 

Now that you’re familiar with the key ingredients, here is a breakdown of each product in the collection.

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Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser Kombucha Microbiome Balancing Essence

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Kombucha Microbiome Leave-On Masque Kombucha Microbiome Luminosity Serum

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The Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser

The microbiome is the first line of defense in protecting the skin barrier. But using a harsh cleanser can strip the skin and leave your healthy microbiome compromised. Using a gentle cleanser like the Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser is ideal for your skin barrier as it removes impurities from the skin without drying it out. Kombucha, white tea and jasmine leave your skin feeling refreshed and balanced while the inclusion of pre, pro* and postbiotics also balance the skin microbiome to maintain the health of the skin barrier. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

How To Use

Simply pump a small amount into the palm of your hand, applying it to the skin and massaging in with a circular motion. You can apply this product to your face and neck. Then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Kombucha Microbiome Balancing Essence

Has your skin lost its natural radiance? If you have a compromised skin barrier, you may notice skin luminosity decreasing. After cleansing, you can apply the Kombucha Microbiome Balancing Essence which is formulated with pre, pro* and postbiotics to enhance the skin’s luminosity. This essence primes the skin for all the products to follow in your skin care routine. In addition, the formula also contains white tea and jasmine flower to soothe dry skin and create a healthy-looking glow.

How To Use

After cleansing, dispense a small amount of the essence into your hands or on a cotton pad. Apply by pressing it into the skin until fully absorbed and leave it on. 

Kombucha Microbiome Leave-On Masque

Apply the Kombucha Microbiome Leave-On Masque to strengthen the skin barrier and soothe and repair dry skin. You’ll love the rich, creamy texture formulated with pre, pro* and postbiotics as well as ginger to lock in moisture. Ideal for all skin types, this mask provides both soothes and hydrates a dry complexion and also helps your skin to appear visibly renewed, hydrated and healthy looking.

How To Use

The Kombucha Microbiome Leave-On Masque is a no-rinse mask so you can leave it on! Apply the mask to the entire face, neck and décolleté areas evenly and gently massage until absorbed. If you prefer, you can wipe the mask off after ten minutes, or you can leave it on all day or night. Use it three times a week or as needed. 

Kombucha Microbiome Luminosity Serum

Further illuminate dull skin with the lightweight Kombucha Microbiome Luminosity Serum. Rich in pre, pro* and postbiotics, this serum is designed to even out skin tone and boost luminosity. Kombucha, white tea, ginger and jasmine combine with microbiome-friendly pre, pro* and postbiotics to unveil a renewed, illuminated complexion. Enjoy a blend of renewing kombucha and white tea to visibly refresh and renew the skin. Use daily for a smooth, luminous, healthy-looking complexion. This serum is suitable for all skin types.

How To Use

Apply two to three drops on the skin and allow 30 seconds for the product to sink in. Leave on and apply other serums if desired.

*Does not contain live probiotic cultures.

Shop the Kombucha Microbiome Collection for visibly renewed, luminous skin.

Are You Applying The Right Amount of Skin Care Product?

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Are You Applying The Right Amount of Skin Care Product?

Written By:

Alisha Whitley

When it comes to your skin care, size matters  and applying a drop versus a dollop can make all the difference in the effectiveness of your routine. Apply too little product and you may miss out on its full benefits; apply too much and you risk irritating and overloading the skin. The trick is to find a happy medium. Read on for our guide to applying your skin care products properly.

Cleanser | Toner | Essence Exfoliant | Face Masks & Treatments | Serum, Oil Or Concentrate | Moisturizer For Face Vs Body | Eye Cream | SPF | When To Apply Skin Care

How Much Product To Use (And How To Apply It)

One of the most common skin care mistakes is applying too much product. When applying professional skin care products in particular, it’s important to keep in mind that they are highly concentrated. This means that you need to use even less to experience their full benefits. Follow this guide for application quantities that are just right:

Are you applying the right amount of product?

Cleanser

Blueberry-sized amount

Over time, using too much cleanser (or washing too frequently) can compromise your skin’s moisture barrier. This jeopardizes its natural ability to keep your skin hydrated and balanced, leaving you with a dry and irritated complexion. On the other hand, using too little face wash can impede a thorough cleanse. When dirt and debris are left behind, pores can become clogged, potentially causing breakouts

We recommend using half a pump or squeeze of your favorite cleanser to clear buildup and keep the skin’s moisture barrier intact. Follow our cleansing tips and be gentle with your skin! Use lukewarm water and avoid rubbing your skin too vigorously.

Toner 

3 spritzes

Toners complete the cleansing process and prep your skin for the rest of your routine. These fast-absorbing mists remove lingering impurities and replenish the skin with essential moisture and hydration. Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar calls toning the “conditioning” step of your skin care routine: It balances your complexion and provides a base layer of hydration. This helps your skin to better absorb the subsequent skin care products in your routine.

Toners should be used morning and night, immediately after cleansing. Apply three spritzes of toner directly onto the skin — or, moisten a cotton pad and gently sweep the toner across your face and neck. Pro Tip: Apply toner while your skin is still slightly damp — this helps its active ingredients absorb more efficiently.

Essence

A large blueberry-sized amount

You can use an essence after cleansing and toning, and also before finishing products. Essences help to prime your skin for all of the additional products to follow. Filled with beneficial ingredients, essences are designed to help skin appear more hydrated and smooth. For example, you can apply the Kombucha Microbiome Balancing Essence which is formulated with pre, pro* and postbiotics to enhance the skin’s luminosity. Dispense a large blueberry-sized amount of essence into your hands or on a cotton pad. Apply by pressing it into the skin until fully absorbed and leave it on.

Exfoliant

Raspberry-sized amount

Exfoliating regularly is an essential part of a healthy skin care routine. While your skin turns over naturally, it can get bogged down by a buildup of oil, dead skin and impurities on its surface. Exfoliation helps boost skin cell turnover by sloughing away dead skin and clearing the way for new skin cells to rise to the surface. 

While we agree that exfoliation plays a major role in skin health, it can be easy to overdo it. Exfoliating too often  or with abrasive products  can cause more harm than good. To gently and effectively exfoliate your skin, we recommend the following:

  • Powder Exfoliant: For a powder exfoliant like our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, dispense one to two shakes into the palm of your hand for a raspberry sized amount. Add a few drops of water and gently massage the paste into your skin. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Exfoliating Peel: Dispense a raspberry-sized amount (or one to two pumps) of exfoliating solution onto a cotton round. Apply in circular motions covering the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on. 

Watch this guide to exfoliating for more tips from Natalie:

Face Masks & Treatments

Cherry-sized amount for the face and neck

Masking is one of the best ways to give your skin an immediate boost. Face masks contain concentrated amounts of vitamins and nutrient-rich ingredients that are delivered under occlusion which helps them to absorb more efficiently. There is a mask for every skin type and skin concern. All skin types benefit from hydration and the Strawberry Rhubarb Masque does just that. It contains a Botanical Hyaluronic Acid Complex that is deeply hydrating and smoothes and plumps skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When it comes to applying a face mask, less is more. Natalie recommends applying a pantyhose-thin layer over the entire face or neck. Simply emulsify a cherry-sized amount of mask in your hand with a few drops of water. Apply evenly and allow it to dry for five to ten minutes. Gently remove with lukewarm water.

Serum, Oil Or Concentrate

Pea-sized amount or about 2-3 drops

When it comes to oils, serums and concentrates, a little goes a long way. These potent formulas contain concentrated amounts of active ingredients that boost the skin’s overall health and target specific skin concerns and conditions. They can be used separately, or layered to enhance their benefits and tackle multiple problems at once. 

Because they are so highly concentrated, you only need a small amount of oil, serum or concentrate to experience its full benefits. For a serum or oil, we recommend pressing three drops into clean skin. One powerful hydrator for your skin is the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum. Apply a thin layer over the entire face, or apply to the areas you wish to target one to three times per day for a youthful-looking glow. 

For concentrates like our Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate or Bamboo Firming Fluid (which have a lotion-like texture), even less is more. Apply just one to two pumps for optimal results.

Moisturizer For Face Vs Body

Blueberry-sized for the face
Cherry-sized amount for the body

We’re all guilty of being a bit heavy-handed when it comes to applying moisturizers, but more isn’t necessarily better. Applying too much moisturizer can actually limit the skin’s ability to properly absorb its beneficial ingredients and cause product to accumulate on its surface. The result: Congested pores and lackluster skin. 

For your face skin care routine, get the most out of your moisturizer, apply a blueberry-sized amount to your face, neck and decolletage. Use gentle, upward-sweeping motions, starting from your chest and moving towards your hairline. This action stimulates circulation and gives your skin a health-looking glow. You may enjoy the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator, a light-weight vegan gel cream that transforms the look of a dull complexion into a youthful-looking glow.

When it comes to body care, you can apply a cherry-sized amount of moisturizer to improve dryness anywhere on your body. Slather it on your legs, arms, hands, neck, elbows, stomach — you get the idea! The Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Body Lotion is a delicious choice and infuses the skin with immediate head-to-toe hydration thanks to aloe, panthenol and a Botanical Hyaluronic Acid Complex that hydrates and preserves moisture in the skin.

Eye Cream

Grain of rice amount for each eye

The eye area is the thinnest and most fragile part of your face. For this reason, it can quickly display dryness, dark circles, puffiness and the visible signs of aging. Packed with vitamins and nutrient-rich ingredients, eye creams moisturize and soothe dry skin as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles under eyes

This delicate area needs to be treated with care. When applying eye creams, a pea-sized amount is plenty for the entire eye area. We recommend dispensing one pump of your favorite eye cream and gently patting it into the skin around both eyes, taking care to avoid pulling and stretching. 

Watch this video from Natalie to learn the proper technique:

SPF

Pea-sized amount

Applying sunscreen is non-negotiable: Sufficient sun protection is key to protecting your skin from irreversible sun damage. Whether you choose a physical (mineral) or chemical sunscreen, this is an essential skin care step that shields skin from the drying and aging effects of UV exposure. But how much sun protection is enough? A pea-sized amount of our all-mineral SPF moisturizers covers both face and neck.

When To Apply Skin Care

When you apply your skin care is just as important as the amount of product you use. While most skin care products should be applied both morning and night, there are weekly and monthly treatments that you can add to enhance your daily skin care routine. Here’s our guide for what to apply when:  

Daily (Morning And Night)

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum/Oil/Concentrate
  • Moisturizer
  • Eye Cream
  • SPF

Weekly (1-2 Times)

  • Exfoliate (after toning)
  • Mask (after toning and/or exfoliating)

Monthly/Seasonally

  • Professional treatments

Find the right products for your skin care routine at an Eminence Organics Spa Partner — Use our Spa Locator to find a spa near you.

*Does not contain live probiotic cultures.

This article was originally written in October 2016.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Body Lotion Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

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Thea Christie

The Best Illuminating Moisturizer For Radiant Skin

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The Best Illuminating Moisturizer For Radiant Skin

Written By:

Thea Christie

Has your skin lost its natural radiance? Are you noticing a dry, lackluster complexion? The right illuminating moisturizer can help enliven and rejuvenate dull-looking skin, and help return its natural glow — particularly moisturizers that contain powerful antioxidants and peptides. Read on to learn how to get back your radiant skin and discover our recommendation for the best illuminating moisturizer you can find on the market. 

Radiance Skin Care: Why Has My Skin Lost Its Glow?

From your environment to lifestyle choices, there are many factors that can lead to your skin losing its natural radiance, including:

  • Lifestyle, including smoking and lack of sleep
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • The natural aging process
  • Build-up of dead skin cells
  • Sun damage

Over time our skin can become weathered from diet, sleep, smoking or seasonal changes. Skin dryness can also make your skin appear dull. Dry skin means a lack of moisture in the skin, causing the skin to lose its plumpness. 

This additional fact may not be surprising, but as your skin ages, less collagen is produced and the cell turnover rate slows down. With decreased collagen production comes a loss of skin elasticity, plumpness and vibrancy. 

A dull complexion can also be caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, which fail to reflect light so that you no longer have that youthful and radiant glow. 

Lastly, excessive sun exposure may lead to sunburn and therefore dull, saggy or wrinkled skin. UV rays damage the skin's collagen, reducing elasticity and creating fine lines, wrinkles, redness and a thickened skin texture. Thankfully, the right moisturizing and exfoliating products can hydrate as well as gently remove dead skin cells to reveal more vibrant skin. Keep reading to find out what skin care products we recommend.

Product picks first

Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System

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What Is The Best Illuminating Moisturizer?

Moisturizing is an important step as it protects the skin barrier, helping the skin better withstand negative effects from daily life. Environmental stressors like pollution, weather or diet and smoking habits can stress out the skin, so we need to give it the best defense. 

If your skin is looking lackluster, our Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream is designed to bring a lively glow back to your complexion. This moisturizer contains antioxidant-rich arctic plants and berries, specifically cloudberry seed, arctic roseroot, arctic meadowsweet and juniper sprouts. These botanicals protect against the visible signs of aging. Lingonberry seed oil is also in the formula, which replenishes moisture as it contains essential vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids. 

But the real superstar ingredient is the Peptide Illuminating Complex. It contains hibiscus seed botanical peptides, gardenia stem cells and yellow plum extract and helps to minimize the signs of aging. This lightweight yet ultra-hydrating cream can be used as a moisturizer and applied twice daily. 

The Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating Collection 

You’ve discovered the best illuminating moisturizer, but for even more radiance for you to explore! This cream can be used as part of our three-step treatment — the Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating Collection. This collection not only includes the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream, but also adds the Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant and Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 into the mix. Our peel and peptide system is designed to renew the skin via gentle exfoliation, removing dead cells that would otherwise build up and make your complexion look dull. By gently resurfacing your skin, exfoliation can rekindle the skin's natural glow, while also minimizing the appearance of pores. All three products contain the Peptide Illuminating Complex with botanical peptides derived from hibiscus seeds. 

This collection:

  • Restores the look of radiance 
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces the appearance of dark spots
  • Improves dullness 

How To Apply This Illuminating Collection In 3 Steps

So, how should you use this treatment? Follow the steps below to refresh your glow.

Step 1: Exfoliate  – Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant

Please note: Steps 1 and 2 can be used once or twice per week.

Gently scrub the Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant over your face for 1-3 minutes and leave on. Avoid the eye area. You may feel a tingly or warm feeling during application. Do not remove, leave the Enzyme Exfoliant on your face and move onto step 2. 

Step 2: Activate – Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10

Please note: Steps 1 and 2 can be used once or twice per week.

Next, smooth 1-2 drops of the Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 over your skin. Repeat this step if desired and leave on for up to 5 minutes. Avoiding the eye area, apply the product to your face starting with the forehead, then cheeks, before finishing with the jaw and finally upper lip and surrounding areas until the entire face is treated. Gently scrub the skin in a circular motion for 1-3 minutes. You may feel a tingly or warm feeling during application. Once the 5 minutes are up, thoroughly remove all product with a warm, damp towel. In case of excessive stinging or irritation, remove product immediately using a warm, damp towel.

Step 3: Illuminate – Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream

Apply a thin layer of the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream to the face, neck and décolleté and massage lightly into the skin until absorbed. Leave on. For a lighter application, emulsify a small amount of moisturizer in your hand with a few drops of water. And for extra hydration, apply a thicker layer onto dry areas of the skin.

For more product ideas for a brighter-looking complexion, watch our In The Mix video with Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar who has some tips to brighten dull skin.

When you try out the Arctic Peptide Berry Radiance Cream, let us know the results in the comments below or on social media!

How to Use Rosehip Oil On Your Face Properly

Rosehip oil

How to Use Rosehip Oil On Your Face Properly

Written By:

Thea Christie

Rosehip oil: It’s the ingredient on everyone’s lips and is also featured in our best selling Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil. This superfood ingredient contains powerhouse nutrients like Vitamin C, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Rosehip oil is known to help brighten the appearance of dark spots, scars and fine lines while also providing moisture. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of rosehip oil, as well as how you can apply our Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil for great results. 

What Is Rosehip Oil? | Is Rosehip Oil Safe? | Spotlight: Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil Key Ingredients And Benefits | Results | How To Use

What Is Rosehip Oil?

Oils are ultra-rich and contain high concentrations of beneficial, antioxidant-rich lipids that work to restore the skin barrier and seal in moisture. In particular, rosehip oil is derived from the seeds of rosehip flowers using a cold extraction process. According to WebMD, rosehip oil is derived from the fruit and seeds of the “wild rose bush,” mostly grown in the Andes Mountains, which run along South America's west. However, they’re also grown in Africa and Europe. You can find many different species of rosehips, but in skin care, most rosehip oil products come from the Rosa canina L. species.

So, why the hype around rosehip oil? It is a known source of retinoic acid (natural precursor to Vitamin A), which helps lessen the appearance of redness in the skin, but that’s just the beginning. 

Defends Against Free Radical Damage

Rosehip oil contains Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that defends your skin against free radical damage. Free radical damage is when your skin cells are exposed to an array of environmental and lifestyle factors such as sunburn, smoking or pollution. 

Smooths The Look Of Wrinkles

In addition to Vitamin C, rosehip oil contains Vitamins E and A, plus omega fatty acids, which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These antioxidants and fatty acids improve skin tone and the look of elasticity too for a firmer-looking complexion.

Provides Hydration

Rosehip oil also contains linoleic and linolenic acid, which deeply hydrate the skin and give it a plump and smooth-looking appearance. 

If you’re interested in using other skin care oils such as jojoba or seabuckthorn, you can read about other beauty oil options in this guide.

Is Rosehip Oil Safe To Use?

Rosehip oil is widely considered safe for topical use. Like applying any new product, apply a small amount as a patch test on a tiny area of your skin before using it on larger areas. This way you can check that you don’t have an adverse reaction. 

Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil

Spotlight: Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil 

Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil is an effective facial treatment created with a blend of results-oriented actives and ingredients to offer intense yet lightweight hydration and protection. Designed as a complementary product to the Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, this facial oil fights the signs of aging, smooths wrinkles and deeply hydrates. 

The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil delivers an added boost of Vitamins C and E to protect against the visible signs of aging. Skin looks noticeably firmer with a visible increase in elasticity and moisture levels. Suitable for all skin types, this non-irritating, non-greasy facial oil improves the look of skin with rosehip oil, seabuckthorn oil, rosemary leaf extract and milk thistle. Vitamins A, C and E provide the skin with a firmer-looking appearance as well as increased hydration, which help to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

This effective oil can be used on its own as a moisturizer or layered on top of other oils and serums.

Product picks first

Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum

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Key Ingredients And Benefits 

Key ingredients include: 

  • Rosehip oil: Rich in Vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and essential fatty acids that improve skin’s moisture, tone and texture.
  • Jojoba oil: Helps with sebum issues, increases hydration and soothes dry skin.
  • Seabuckthorn oil: A superfruit packed full of powerful antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids that promote skin hydration and elasticity while also helping problem skin.
  • Rosemary leaf extract: Conditions and smooths the appearance of the skin.
  • Milk thistle: Contains silymarin, a polyphenol that maintains hydration and prevents the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. 

Results Of The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil

  • Improves redness due to dryness
  • Skin is hydrated
  • The visible signs of aging are reduced and further signs are prevented
  • Targets visible signs of aging caused by chemical and environmental stressors

How To Use Rosehip Oil On The Face

Wondering how to use rosehip oil on the face? Start by cleansing your skin to remove all grime, dirt, sebum and makeup. Then apply a thin layer of oil (two to three drops) to the face and neck with circular motions. Leave the product on. You can apply it once or twice daily. This light consistency oil also pairs well with our other serums and oils for additional benefits and protection. You are welcome to follow this step with a moisturizer if you need. 

According to our Product Support Representatives, you can also combine our Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil with some of our other serums and oils. These include our Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum and Facial Recovery Oil.

Are you ready to try the Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil for firmer, younger-looking skin? Let us know in the comments below if you've ever used rosehip oil before!