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Best Peptide Skin Care Products & Treatments

Woman holding the marine peptide lip serum

Best Peptide Skin Care Products & Treatments

Written By (old):

Thea Christie

Wrinkles, fine lines, dry skin. It can be worrisome, or even alarming, when you notice changes in your skin, but peptide skin care products might just be the answer. Peptides may feel like a buzzword in skin care, but they’re so much more than that — they’re a reliable way to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for visibly smoother, plumper and youthful-looking skin. Let’s explore the effects of these ingredients, their benefits, as well as spa treatments with similar collagen-boosting effects.

What Are Peptides?  

Peptides are a vital active in skin care products, leaving skin looking plump and youthful. When applied to the face, peptides activate the production of protein (such as collagen) in the skin. Collagen is essential when it comes to improving our skin’s appearance. It acts as a building block for skin, bones, joints, teeth, muscles, joints and connective tissues, and gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, collagen production declines as we age, leaving the skin less youthful-looking. By including peptides in your skin care, you can dramatically improve the appearance of the tone and texture of your skin. 

Curious about the effectiveness of these ingredients? Let’s take a closer look at product options as well as spa treatments below. 

Best Peptide Skin Care For Smooth-Looking Skin

Now that you’re well-versed in the benefits of peptides and collagen, it’s time to explore skin care products that help your skin look healthy and strong. Here are a few of our tried-and-true favorites to enhance and protect the look of your skin.

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Marine Flower Peptide Lip Serum Marine Flower Peptide Serum

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Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream Marine Flower Peptide Concentrate

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The Marine Flower Peptide Collection 

The botanical peptides and algae extracts found in our Marine Flower Peptide Collection are designed to leave the skin looking firm and elastic. The Marine Flower Peptide Serum and Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream can be added to any skin care routine to deliver significantly smoother skin that looks truly ageless. This eye cream can be applied morning and night and will not only target the look of fine lines, but dark circles as well. According to Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar, the Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream and Marine Flower Peptide Serum both "refine pores and smooth the look of the complexion.” 

The Marine Flower Peptide Concentrate supports the benefits of the Marine Flower Peptide Serum by further increasing the appearance of skin firmness and targeting the visible signs of aging. This luxurious, lightweight gel gives your skin a revitalizing boost revealing more supple-looking skin. 94% of users noted smoother skin in just 4 weeks!

If you want your skin care to work while you sleep, the Marine Flower Peptide Night Cream is a velvety formula containing two unique plant peptide technologies. Within 4 weeks, an incredible 91% of the night cream users noted firmer skin. Like overnight magic, this rejuvenating cream locks in moisture and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles for fresh, hydrated, firmer-looking skin. 

Your lips may not be the first thing you think of when investing in skin care, but your pout is worth taking care of. Plump and smooth your lips with the Marine Flower Peptide Lip Serum. Formulated with marine flower and botanical hyaluronic acid, this silky serum improves the appearance of lines around the lips and surrounding area. It can be applied throughout the day or layered under lip balm or lipstick. Users of the lip serum reported a 37% reduction in the appearance of lip furrows.

Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System

The Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System includes three products, all containing our Peptide Illuminating Complex that uses botanical peptides derived from hibiscus seeds. Slough off dead skin cells with our Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant and Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator MA10 and lock in moisture with our Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. This blend of antioxidants and botanical peptides minimizes the appearance of aging and gives skin a firmer and smoother-looking appearance. 

Applying a thin layer of our Marine Flower Peptide Serum prior to our Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream each night is a powerful combo for skin that feels smooth and healthy. Our Eminence Organics Product Support Representatives explain that this serum will “also help treat redness from dry skin and improve the look of skin tone and texture overall.”

While the exfoliating treatment should be only used one to two times per week, the peptide cream can be used daily during your morning and night skin care routine. Also available for purchase on its own, the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream can be used by all skin types, including sensitive, to help battle the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

You can also receive the professional Arctic Berry Treatment by visiting your closest Eminence Organics spa. This professional peptide treatment will leave your skin looking smooth and radiant. A boosted version of the home care system, the pro treatment “features multiple acids to exfoliate the skin, allowing you to reap the maximum benefit from a unique botanical peptide complex.”

Citrus Lip Balm

If vertical lip lines are among your top skin care concerns, you can also pair the Marine Flower Peptide Lip Serum with our Citrus Lip Balm which contains botanical peptides derived from hibiscus seed, as well as shea butter and sunflower seed wax for deep hydration. With daily application for four weeks, lip lines will appear minimized and lips are left looking smooth and full. 

The Citrus Lip Balm is also part of our Lip Trio designed to erase the look of dryness from the lips, alongside the Lip Comfort Plumping Masque and Citrus Enzyme Lip Exfoliator. Keep reading to learn more about the Lip Comfort Plumping Masque.

Lip Comfort Plumping Masque   

As mentioned, you'll find the peptide-packed Lip Comfort Plumping Masque as a part of our Lip Trio. This deeply hydrating mask contains rich shea butter and avocado oil, as well as peptides, to encourage the appearance of firmer and softer-looking skin.

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Watch Natalie in this In The Mix video to learn more about peptide skin care products.

 

Spa Treatments For Smooth Skin

Skin care products containing peptides aren't the only solution for skin that looks strong and supple. Support your skin with collagen-boosting spa treatments; you can contact an authorized Eminence Organics spa near you to see what services they offer.

Microneedling

Microneedling (or collagen induction therapy) is designed to stimulate collagen production. This treatment creates thousands of microscopic punctures in the skin to induce wound-healing. These micro-injuries trigger the skin’s fibroblasts to synthesize new collagen and elastin. Stefanie Williams MD tells Get The Gloss: “Medical needling gives skin a gentle nudge to remind it to keep making fresh collagen. It’s a very natural regenerative treatment that helps the skin help itself.”

Laser Treatments

Fractionated lasers are another go-to. These work similarly to microneedling in that they cause tiny, controlled injuries that trigger the creation of new collagen. In this case, rather than using medical needles, the skin care professional will use resurfacing lasers to stimulate collagen production. Dr. Zeichner tells Harper’s Bazaar: “Lasers work by punching microscopic holes in the skin, creating a controlled burn and taking advantage of the skin’s ability to heal itself after wounds.”

Microcurrent Therapy

If your skin is in the early stages of the aging process, microcurrent treatments can be beneficial. This type of spa treatment is best for skin that is showing the earliest signs of aging, as it conditions the skin’s fibroblasts to function optimally and continue to produce healthy, high-quality collagen. In microcurrent therapy, two metal rods that conduct low-level electricity are drawn over the surface of the skin to stimulate and energize facial muscles.

Have you ever received any of these collagen-enhancing treatments, or used peptide products in your skin care routine? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

What Causes Acne?

Woman looking in the mirror for acne

What Causes Acne?

Acne is not a one-size-fits-all condition. Depending on its cause, acne may manifest as occasional pimples or as a more chronic, lifelong issue. In fact, up to 80% of people will experience acne at some point in their lives. One of the best ways to combat acne is to address its root cause. Here are five common causes of acne, along with our tips for banishing breakouts for good.

What Causes Acne?

As International Trainer Brian Goodwin explains, acne is an inflammatory skin disease that’s caused by things like excess production of sebum, dead skin cells or harmful microbes colonizing the skin. To complicate the matter, you may be dealing with a combination of these issues. Let’s review these factors and discuss how they play a role in the emergence of breakouts, blemishes and more chronic acne: 

1. Clogged Pores

Every pimple begins the same way: with a clogged pore. Each of our pores is made up of a hair follicle containing a sebaceous (oil) gland which performs a key function for skin health. Sebaceous glands release sebum, a waxy, oily secretion that helps to lubricate and soften the skin’s surface. While this is necessary for keeping the skin properly balanced, there can be issues with this process. When sebum travels along the follicle towards the skin’s surface, it can get trapped by dead skin cells blocking its path. Acne occurs when oil and debris combine with trapped bacteria, causing the infection and inflammation that we call a breakout.

2. Excess Oil Production

Is your skin extra oily? Oily skin is thought to be caused by a genetic predisposition to overproduce the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Sebum, while often seen as an annoyance for oily skin types, plays a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier and protecting it from harmful environmental factors and microbes. However, when the skin produces too much oil, its pores enlarge and stretch in an attempt to contain the surplus. If excess oil becomes trapped, it can combine with the dead skin and bacteria that have settled inside the pore, causing breakouts. The severity of your acne breakouts can depend on your body’s propensity for excess oil production. 

3. Bacteria

Everyone has acne bacteria living on their skin, but not all acne bacteria trigger pimples. According to Medical News Today: “Research suggests that the severity and frequency of acne depend on the strain of bacteria.” The strain of bacteria that contributes to acne is called Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes. This bacteria is generally harmless, but under certain conditions (such as in a clogged pore, surrounded by oil and no air) can trigger an immune response that causes inflammation of the surrounding tissues.  

4. Hormones

Hormones influence acne at all ages, with hormonal fluctuations often increasing sebum production and leading to breakouts. Changes in the body’s androgen levels, which are common during puberty, menstrual cycles or pregnancy, can trigger acne. Typically, hormonal acne appears on the lower half of the face, such as along the chin and jawline. It’s no secret that many teens struggle with acne. Teen acne, a form of hormonal acne, is caused by changing hormones affecting sebum production. The key difference is that teen acne is closely associated with puberty and often clears up at the onset of adulthood, explains Brian. Acne that persists beyond the age of 25 is referred to as persistent acne. Teen acne can appear on the face, neck, chest and back, while adult acne is more often localized to the face.

As Brian explains, hormonal fluctuations can alter the balance of sebum's components, such as fatty acids and triglycerides. Additionally, hormones influence cellular turnover rates and the skin’s inflammatory response, leading to congested pores and potential infections.

5. Genetics

Unfortunately, your own unavoidable genetic makeup often comes into play when it comes to breakouts. Some people are genetically more prone to their sebaceous glands getting inflamed by hormones, oil and bacteria. The odds are that if one of your parents had moderate to severe acne, you are likely to experience symptoms as well.

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Acne Advanced 3-Step Treatment System Acne Advanced Cleansing Foam

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Acne Treatment Options

One of the best ways to tackle the causes of acne is through your skin care routine. To keep your skin clear and blemish-free, we recommend using our Acne Advanced 3-Step Treatment System. The products in this innovative collection are designed to treat acne and prevent future breakouts, with results in as little as 28 days. 

For best results, contact your favorite Eminence Organics Spa Partner for a consultation or an acne facial to get a routine tailored to your skin’s unique needs.

Do you suffer from acne? How has it affected you, and what has helped you find relief? We’d love to hear your story. Share it with us in the comments and join the conversation on social media.

Updated By

Thea Christie

How Eminence Organics Came To Vancouver, Canada

Boldijarre Koronczay

How Eminence Organics Came To Vancouver, Canada

Written By (old):

Alisha Whitley

Eminence Organic Skin Care has come a long way from our humble beginnings in Hungary. Since 1958, our mission to enhance your well-being naturally through extraordinary products and extraordinary service has taken us from the Hungarian countryside to Vancouver, Canada and beyond. Today, we have roots in Hungary at the Eminence Certified Organic Farm, a growing team at our central office in Vancouver and thousands of Spa Partners that carry our results-driven, organic products worldwide. Here is a brief look at our incredible journey.

Boldijarre Koronczay childhood photo

Eminence Organics President, Boldijarre Koronczay, as a child

 

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Eminence Organic Skin Care is based in Vancouver, Canada. Founded with Hungarian traditions in mind, our brand is led by brothers Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay

Eminence Organics began years ago with the organic ingredients and natural skin care techniques used for generations by Koronczay family estheticians. The defining experience that led Boldijarre and Attila to join their family in the skin care industry was an unlikely one. At the age of four, Boldijarre was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia and was given a 0.1% chance of survival. His mother and grandmother turned to organic nutrition to help his body heal. Incredibly, Boldijarre made a full recovery and since the brothers have been on a mission to share their appreciation for all things natural and organic.

Years after his recovery, Boldijarre followed in Koronczay family footsteps and became a trained esthetician with a passion for natural and organic ingredients. It was nine years before Eminence Organics took off in North America. Our operations in North America started small, with Boldijarre working at a local spa and sharing the skin care line with his private clients. Word of his organic facials and Hungarian-style massage techniques quickly spread, and he soon had a lengthy waitlist. With his background in engineering and logistics, Attila stepped in to oversee business operations, bringing Eminence Organics products from Hungary to North America. Today, Boldijarre is a spa industry icon with an unparalleled reputation as a Master Esthetician. He has been instrumental of the development of skin care products that have attracted A-list clientele, including Katherine HeiglLaura Dern and Kristen Bell

In 1996, with the goal of bringing organic skin care worldwide, he and Attila set their sights on Vancouver, Canada. Boldijarre says: “We particularly chose Vancouver due to the healthy lifestyle that the city could provide, as well as [it being] one of the greenest cities in North America … We were also looking for a place that had a mild climate all year long, due to having natural and heat-sensitive products.”

While first navigating their entry into an international market, the Koronczay brothers worked minimum-wage jobs … Attila remembers: “We dealt with years of rejection while the market wasn’t ready to understand the benefits of organic. Even the spa industry wasn’t interested in organic products … My brother and I shared a sofa bed for almost a decade. But, we shared the same dream and same dedication to our ideas and to each other.

Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay

Brothers Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay

Why Does Eminence Organics Choose Natural Ingredients?

For us, organic is a way of life. Our products are free from harmful additives like parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, propylene glycol or sodium lauryl sulfate. From farm to skin, our products are certified cruelty free. We choose organic because we know that natural botanicals have the power to transform skin. To craft each cleanser, serum, moisturizer and masque, we choose to use the best ingredients available – which are organic! Studies have found that organic crops contain higher levels or essential nutrients, including vitamins and antioxidants. Eminence Organics has harnessed the power of these pure and potent ingredients in the luxurious Beyond Organic Collection, which is hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. This skin care collection includes products formulated with ingredients from Demeter International Certified Biodynamic® farms as well as products that are certified Biodynamic, like our Facial Recovery Oil. You can learn more about our Biodynamic ingredients here. Or, you can watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar as she shares the background of Biodynamic farming and our products that are Beyond Organic. 

 

What Does Organic Skin Care Mean?

Though you may be familiar with the term, you may be in the dark about what exactly organic means. Organic refers to agricultural practices that excludes the use of harmful, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers to maintain soil fertility and to produce higher-quality crops. Organic practices support the health of flora and fauna to protect biodiversity.

Organic practices prohibit:

  • Synthetic and/or toxic fertilizers and pesticides
  • Genetically modified (GMO) seeds
  • Artificial color, flavoring or preservatives
  • Hydroponics
  • Growth hormones and antibiotics

Instead, organic agriculture relies on:

  • Crop rotation
  • Green manure rich in nitrogen
  • Using beneficial insects or manual techniques to control pests

Where Is The Eminence Organic Farm?

Our award-winning and educational Eminence Certified Organic Farm is located in the Hungarian countryside. At the farm, visitors are transported to a simple way of life as they learn about traditional farming practices that honor our deep Hungarian roots. While exploring the landmark heritage farm, visitors can touch, walk amongst and even taste our collection of organic plants.

Since its inception, the Eminence Certified Organic Farm has been devoted to regenerative farming. We’re proud that we can transform eroded and polluted land into a lush landscape teeming with biodiversity! 

Whenever possible, we rely on regenerative agriculture, whether it’s the botanicals we choose for our products or the practices we employ on the Eminence Certified Organic Farm. These techniques result in richer soil, healthier water and increased biodiversity while combating climate change. We’re proud to do our part! 

Are Eminence Organics Products Made In Hungary?

Our central office is in Vancouver but we keep close ties to our Hungarian roots. At Eminence Organics, people often ask, “Is Eminence Organics really made in Hungary?" All of our products are, in fact, formulated in Hungary, where the majority are also manufactured then sent to Canada for hand pouring. Although a variety of our natural, organic and Biodynamic ingredients are globally sourced, the majority are still grown in Hungary.

What is Forests for the Future™?

Forests for the Future is our in-house charitable initiative focused on improving the environment. In partnership with Trees for the Future, Eminence Organics plants a tree for every retail product sold. As of 2024, we have planted 25 million trees in communities that need them most.

This program also trains farmers in the communities that we’ve served, giving them the tools they need to establish a reliable food source and increase their income. To increase regenerative agricultural practices worldwide, we train them to introduce forest gardens – an agricultural method that mimics natural biodiversity – to their farms. Together, we’ve been able to help communities in Kenya, Senegal, Guinea and beyond.

Eminence Organic Ingredients For Success

Boldijarre tells Dermascope: “Success is working all the time and making it look easy. It’s only through decades of hard work, late nights, sacrifices, uphill battles and hundreds of miles spent on the road each year that have made Eminence Organics into the global brand it is today.”

How long have you been a fan of Eminence Organics? Share your story with us in the comments below or learn more about our products at your nearest Eminence Organics Spa Partner. 

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Facial Recovery Oil Bearberry Eye Repair Cream

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How Eminence Came To Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada

How Eminence Came To Vancouver, Canada

Written By (old):

Alisha Whitley

Eminence Organics has come a long way from our humble beginnings in Hungary. Since 1958, our mission to enhance your well-being naturally through extraordinary products and extraordinary service has taken us from the Hungarian countryside to Vancouver, Canada and beyond. Today, we have roots in Hungary at the Eminence Certified Organic Farm, a growing team at our central office in Vancouver and thousands of spa partners that carry our results-driven, organic products worldwide. Here is a brief look at our incredible journey.

From Hungary With Love

Eminence Organic Skin Care began years ago with the organic ingredients and natural skin care techniques used for generations by Koronczay family estheticians. However, the defining experience that led Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay into the skin care industry was an unlikely one. At the age of four, Boldijarre was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia and was given a 0.1% chance of survival. His mother and grandmother turned to organic nutrition to help his body heal. Incredibly, Boldijarre made a full recovery and since, the brothers’ goal has been to enhance people’s well-being through organic nutrition and skin care.

Boldijarre and Attila Koronczay

The Move To Vancouver, Canada

Years after his recovery, Boldijarre followed in Koronczay family footsteps and became a trained esthetician with a passion for natural and organic ingredients. In 1996, with the goal of bringing organic skin care worldwide, he and Attila set their sights on Vancouver, Canada. Boldijarre says: “We particularly chose Vancouver due to the healthy lifestyle that the city could provide, as well as [it being] one of the greenest cities in North America… We were also looking for a place that had a mild climate all year long, due to having natural and heat-sensitive products.”

To begin, the Koronczay brothers worked minimum wage jobs and renovated apartments in exchange for rent. Attila remembers: “We dealt with years of rejection while the market wasn’t ready to understand the benefits of organic. Even the spa industry wasn’t interested in organic products… My brother and I shared a sofa bed for almost a decade. But, we shared the same dream and same dedication to our ideas and to each other.

A Global Brand

It was nine years before Eminence Organics took off in North America. The company started small, with Boldijarre working at a local spa and sharing the skin care line with his private clients. Word of his organic facials and Hungarian-style massage techniques quickly spread, and he soon had a lengthy waitlist. With his background in engineering and logistics, Attila stepped in to oversee business operations, bringing Eminence Organics products from Hungary to North America.

Today, Boldijarre is a spa industry icon with an unparalleled reputation as a Master Esthetician, developing skin care products that have attracted A-list clientele, including Katherine Heigl, Laura Dern and Kristen Bell. Attila continues to direct the day-to-day operations of the business, overseeing farm production, product development and manufacturing in Hungary.

Our central office is in Vancouver but we keep close ties to our Hungarian roots. At Eminence, people often ask, “Is Eminence really made in Hungary?" All of our products are, in fact, formulated in Hungary, where the majority are also manufactured then sent to Canada for hand pouring. Although a variety of our natural, organic and Biodynamic® ingredients are globally sourced, the majority are still grown in Hungary.

Eminence Certified Organic Farm in Hungary

Ingredients For Success

At Eminence Organics, we are incredibly proud of how far we have come. The secret to success? Boldijarre tells Dermascope: “Success is working all the time and making it look easy. It’s only through decades of hard work, late nights, sacrifices, uphill battles and hundreds of miles spent on the road each year that have made Eminence into the global brand it is today.”

Watch this video to see some of the milestones that have marked our journey:

How long have you been a fan of Eminence Organics? We would love to hear how you were introduced to our skin care! Share your story with us in the comments below or join the conversation on social media.

Blockbuster Buzz: Eminence Organics on Location in Budapest

Boldijarre Koronczay with Dune cast

Blockbuster Buzz: Eminence Organics on Location in Budapest

Budapest, a city renowned for its stunning architecture and rich spa culture, has become a favored destination for Hollywood's blockbuster productions. Among the city’s many accolades, it now stands out as a backdrop for major films and TV series, bringing together the glamor of the silver screen and the luxury of world-class skin care. 

Eminence Organic Skin Care has proudly contributed to the beauty and wellness of cast members and makeup artists on set. From Academy Award-winning films like Poor Things to thrilling action movies such as Chief of Station and highly anticipated TV series like Dune: Prophecy, Eminence Organics products have graced the faces of Hollywood’s finest, all while capturing Budapest's rich history in beauty and skin care expertise.

Eminence Organics On The Set Of Chief of Station

The thrilling action film Chief of Station, filmed in Budapest, stars Golden Globe Award nominee Aaron Eckhart as a former CIA European Station Chief. The film follows his intense journey to uncover the truth behind his wife's death. Joined by co-stars Olga Kurylenko and Laetitia Eido, the movie delivers gripping espionage and action sequences, including fistfights, gun battles and car chases.

During the filming in Budapest, our products were used by makeup artists on the set. This ensured the stars had prepped skin before their intense shoots. 

Dune: Prophecy

The HBO Max series Dune: Prophecy delves into the origins of the Dune universe, set 10,000 years before the events in the movie series starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson. Budapest served as a key filming location. Much of the interior scenes were shot at Origo Studios, one of Europe’s largest film studios, which has hosted numerous blockbusters like Blade Runner 2049 and Atomic Blonde. The city's iconic landmarks, such as the Parliament Building and Fisherman's Bastion, provided stunning backdrops that seamlessly blended into the series' elaborate set designs.​ 

Budapest

Eminence Organics had the privilege of contributing to this production by providing our products to the makeup artists and cast members, including Mark Strong, Emily Watson and Olivia Williams. This ensured that the actors' skin was perfectly prepped for their scenes, maintaining their radiant appearance throughout the demanding filming schedule. 

Poor Things

During the filming in Budapest, Eminence Organics gifted our skin care products to the makeup artists and cast members on the set of the Academy Award-winning film Poor Things. The film received accolades for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, thanks to the expertise of award-winning makeup artist Nadia Stacey and her team, as well as a Best Actress award for Emma Stone. Namely, products were gifted to Oscar-winner Emma Stone and multi-time Oscar-nominee Mark Ruffalo

All The Light We Cannot See

The Netflix TV mini-series All the Light We Cannot See brings the acclaimed novel by Anthony Doerr to life. The story follows Marie-Laure, a blind French girl and Werner, a German soldier, whose paths cross amidst the turmoil of World War II. We gifted products to the makeup artists and cast members, including A-lister Mark Ruffalo. 

The Red Sparrow

The spy thriller Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence, prominently features Budapest's diverse and iconic locations. The film follows Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina turned Russian intelligence operative, as she navigates the dangerous world of espionage. During the production in Budapest, Eminence Organics provided our skin care products to Jennifer Lawrence, ensuring she maintained a flawless appearance on set. 

Key scenes were filmed at several notable sites in Budapest including Heroes' Square, with its grand statues and monuments, the opulent Boscolo Budapest Hotel and the historic Lotz Hall in the Book Café. Other significant locations included the Danubius Hotel Gellért and the Semmelweis University tower, each adding unique visual elements to the movie. 

Eminence Organics is proud to support the numerous cast members filming in Hungary, helping them maintain radiant and healthy skin throughout their demanding schedules. You can learn more by viewing our Celeb Love Page and see what many celebrities are saying. Or, explore our full range of products by visiting your nearest Eminence Organics Spa.

Foot Skin Care: Guide For Estheticians

Foot skin care

Foot Skin Care: Guide For Estheticians

Foot care is a vital, yet often neglected, aspect of skin care. From calluses to cracked heels, many clients experience foot issues that cause discomfort, pain and embarrassment. As an esthetician, you can offer specialized treatments that tackle these problems and boost your clients' confidence. This guide provides an in-depth look at essential techniques and skin care treatments for optimal foot care, focusing on exfoliation, moisturizing and massage.

Understanding Common Foot Skin Concerns

Foot problems are more common than many people realize and can significantly affect a client's quality of life. Here are some of the most prevalent issues:

Calluses

Calluses are thickened patches of skin that form due to continuous friction and pressure, typically from wearing ill-fitting shoes or standing for extended periods. Calluses can be painful and make walking uncomfortable, potentially leading to more serious problems if not properly managed​.

Dry, Flaky Skin

Feet are particularly prone to dryness, which can result in rough, flaky patches. Without proper care, this dryness can escalate to cracking and bleeding skin, increasing the risk of infection and causing significant pain during daily activities​.

Cracked Heels

Severe dryness can lead to deep fissures in the heels. These cracks are not only painful but can also become infected if not properly treated, significantly impacting mobility and overall comfort​.

What Services Can You Offer? Essential Foot Care Techniques

As a spa professional, providing foot care to your clients involves addressing these common issues with targeted treatments:

Exfoliation

Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and smooth rough areas, preventing the buildup of calluses. Using gentle scrubs or foot files during treatments can make a significant difference. 

Moisturizing

Keeping skin hydrated is essential to preventing dryness and cracking. After exfoliation, applying rich foot creams containing urea or lactic acid delivers deep hydration and helps maintain healthy skin.

Addressing Specific Issues

For calluses and cracked heels, use specialized treatments to alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications. Regular use of a pumice stone and applying thick, reparative creams can make a significant difference.

A Guide for Foot Treatments

Whether your clients are dealing with cracked heels, callused feet or simply need a rejuvenating foot treatment, this guide will help you prepare and provide the best care possible for their feet.

1. Preparation

Before beginning the foot treatment, ensure all necessary products and tools are within reach. Prepare a comfortable area for the client to relax and soak their feet.

2. Foot Soak

Begin the treatment with a foot soak. Fill a basin with warm water and add in a product that is suitable for the foot soak. Epsom salt is a good choice for most clients, but you can also choose a targeted product to address specific needs.

Have the client soak their feet for 10-15 minutes to soften the skin and make it easier for product absorption.

3. Exfoliating Foot Scrub

After soaking, gently dry the client’s feet with a towel. You may want to leave the feet slightly damp depending on the exfoliant you’ve selected.

Next, it’s time for exfoliation. Apply a physical scrub such as the Coconut Sugar Scrub to the feet and gently massage in circular motions, focusing on rough areas. This scrub is particularly effective for dry skin as it contains coconut oil, which offers the skin a hydrating feel, as well as natural sugar cane crystals, which contain natural alpha hydroxy acid for exfoliation.

Finish the exfoliation by rinsing off your chosen scrub with warm water. Pat the feet dry.

4. Callus Removal

It’s time to buff the calluses to create smooth-looking skin. Use a foot file or callus remover to gently buff away thickened skin on the heels and other rough areas.

Ensure to be gentle and avoid over-buffing to prevent irritation.

5. Paraffin Wax Treatment

After callus removal, you can move onto the paraffin wax treatment. Start by melting the paraffin wax in a paraffin bath until it reaches a liquid state.

Carefully dip the client’s feet into the warm wax, coating them evenly. Allow the wax to harden slightly before wrapping the feet in plastic wrap or a plastic bag. Cover with a warm towel and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove the wax by peeling it off gently.

6. Moisturize The Feet

Our Eminence Organics Product Support Representatives recommend applying the nourishing Apricot Body Oil to the feet, massaging it in to hydrate and improve the appearance of dry skin. This oil is chock full of vitamins A, B and C to soften the skin, while the Biocomplex2™, an antioxidant booster that transforms skin so that it’s strengthened and resilient. 

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Coconut Sugar Scrub Apricot Body Oil

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7. Apply A Body Wrap

Next you want to body wrap the feet in a treatment. This process will allow for the retention of heat and moisture, meaning that ingredients penetrate more deeply into the skin, leaving the skin softer, more hydrated-looking and better exfoliated.

First, apply Mango Enzyme Body Wrap to the feet, ensuring full coverage and then wrap the feet in a hot, dry towel. Leave the wrap on for 10-15 minutes, allowing the enzymes to work on the skin. After 10-15 minutes, remove the wrap and gently rinse the feet with warm water.

8. Finish with Lotion

Apply a lotion such as the Mangosteen Body Lotion to the feet, massaging thoroughly to lock in moisture and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. The Mangosteen Body Lotion is formulated with a unique lactic acid complex designed to gently resurface to reveal bright, radiant-looking skin.

By incorporating these foot care techniques into your practice, you can address your clients' feet issues effectively and improve their overall foot health. Educate your clients on the benefits of regular foot care, tailor their treatments and provide them with high-quality products to ensure lasting results. Your expertise can help your clients leave feeling more comfortable and confident, ready to take on the world with healthy, beautiful feet year 'round.

Are you interested in expanding your spa’s service menu with these treatments? Share your experiences in the comments below and join the conversation on social media. You can also find out how to become an Eminence Organics Spa Partner here.

How To Improve Skin Texture

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How To Improve Skin Texture

We’re all after skin with a smooth surface, but the reality is that most of us experience uneven skin texture. This common concern can affect all skin types and often presents as a flaky, rough or bumpy complexion. Whether due to acne, aging or pore size, texture issues can leave skin looking flat, dull and less youthful. Here’s our guide to what causes uneven skin texture and how to fix it.

Uneven Skin Texture Causes

Causes of uneven skin texture

Over your lifetime, your skin will go through many changes that affect and alter its surface. These are the most common causes of uneven skin texture:

1. Dryness

Dryness is a common cause of uneven skin texture. Dry skin is characterized by an inadequate supply of oils and lipids, which lubricate the skin and keep its moisture barrier intact. Lacking sufficient moisture, dry skin has difficulty turning over and properly shedding its cells. This causes dead skin cells to build up on the skin’s surface, making it appear rough, flaky and dull.

Smoothing dry skin is as simple as mastering two steps in your skin care routine: exfoliating and moisturizing. Regular exfoliation with a physical or chemical exfoliant sloughs dead cells from the skin’s surface and clears the way for healthy cells hidden beneath. Follow up with a moisturizer that is rich in triglycerides and fatty acids; these beneficial ingredients not only replenish moisture, they also strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier. Together, these steps keep skin soft, smooth and supple for longer.

2. Acne

The most prominent symptom of acne is the change it makes to the skin’s surface. From small raised bumps to large inflamed comedones, all types of blemishes can cause a bumpy and irregular skin texture. Depending on the severity of your acne, these could be isolated to one area or cover your entire complexion.

Acne is triggered by a mix of factors, including excess oil, bacteria, hormones and genetics. One feature of acne-prone skin is that it doesn’t turn over efficiently; pores become congested and the combination of oil, dead skin and bacteria leads to breakouts. Salicylic acid has a long history of treating acne effectively and efficiently. This gentle BHA clears blocked pores, calms angry skin and prevents future breakouts. With regular use, it contributes to a smoother, more even complexion.


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3. Acne Scarring

If you’re prone to picking and popping, acne scars may emerge on your complexion. As blemishes heal, your skin elicits an inflammatory response to repair the damaged tissue. This disrupts the production and structure of collagen, causing indented scars to sink into the skin. These typically present as ice pick, boxcar and/or rolling scars that disrupt an otherwise smooth surface.

Acne scarring

You can improve the look of acne scars with a two-pronged approach that both resurfaces and plumps your skin’s texture. Look for natural exfoliators like rice flour and lactic acid (an AHA) to refine your skin’s surface as well as ingredients like Vitamin C and botanical hyaluronic acid to improve elasticity and plump your complexion.


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4. Fine Lines & Wrinkles

As you age, your skin’s stores of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid deplete. Additionally, skin cell turnover slows and your complexion becomes increasingly dry and rough. Without sufficient structural support, your skin may develop a variety of wrinkles, from crow’s feet and laugh lines to crepey skin and gravitational folds. Each of these affects your skin’s texture, causing its surface to wrinkle and crease.

One way to smooth fine lines and wrinkles is to use skin care formulated with peptides. Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar tells us these complex molecules “trigger the body’s own natural processes to rebuild the longer chain proteins” like collagen and elastin. In stimulating collagen and elastin production, peptides diminish the look of wrinkles and promote firmer, more resilient skin. 

5. Milia

Do you have tiny white bumps around your eye area They could be milia. Often mistaken for acne, these small cysts are actually filled with keratin, a type of protein that is found in skin tissue, hair and nail cells. When keratin builds up, it can become trapped and form small cysts just below the skin’s surface. Milia typically appear in clusters around the eye area but can also emerge on the cheeks and forehead.

While milia will often clear up on their own, persistent cases may require extraction by a licensed professional. It may be tempting to attack milia at home but picking and popping can lead to inflammation, infections and scarring (which will only exacerbate uneven skin texture). A licensed esthetician will use a small blade or needle to make a tiny incision in each milium and release the blockage of keratin.

6. Large Pores

Skin with large pores can take on an orange peel-like pitted texture. Pore size is determined by genetics, but they can become enlarged due to congestion and the aging process. When oil and dirt clog your pores, the diameter of the opening actually expands. As you age and your skin becomes less elastic, it loses the ability to “bounce back,” and pores become even more prominent.

Skin with large pores

For this type of uneven skin texture, you want to clear congestion and improve elasticity. Chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) dissolve the “glue” that holds dead skin cells on the skin’s surface and helps to keep pores clean. Follow up with a Natural Retinol Alternative that firms and tightens skin without the irritation of a chemical retinoid. According to Natalie, another way to improve skin texture and dull skin is with an at-home facial. Watch this In The Mix to learn more. 

Professional Skin Texture Treatments

In addition to your home care routine, there are several professional-grade treatments that can improve uneven skin texture. If you struggle with acne or skin sensitivity, we recommend consulting with your esthetician before booking a treatment.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a type of physical exfoliation that uses a specialized device to buff away the surface layer of the skin. As dead skin is cleared away, this process reveals new skin cells that look and feel smoother.

Professional Peels

Professional peels are a more powerful and concentrated version of your at-home exfoliant. They deliver a high percentage of active ingredients to break the bonds that hold dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. These peels typically employ fruit acids such as papaya or pineapple which, in addition to exfoliating skin, are rich antioxidants that minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is another professional treatment that can retexture skin. In this procedure, a medical-grade scalpel is scraped across the surface of the skin to remove a superficial layer of dead skin cells. This offers an immediate brightening and smoothing effect for dull, textured skin.

The Bottom Line

As we've seen, achieving smooth, even skin texture is a common goal, but many factors can cause unevenness, from dryness and acne to aging and large pores. By understanding the root causes and implementing a targeted skin care routine, you can improve your skin’s texture and appearance. Regular exfoliation and moisturizing, along with the use of specific ingredients like salicylic acid, peptides and AHAs, can make a significant difference. For persistent issues, professional treatments such as microdermabrasion, peels, and dermaplaning offer advanced solutions which you can find at a spa. 

Looking for even more solutions to smooth your skin’s texture? Visit an Eminence Organics Spa Partner to receive personalized product recommendations from a licensed esthetician.

I Tried Gua Sha For My Puffy Eyes And Here’s What Happened

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I Tried Gua Sha For My Puffy Eyes And Here’s What Happened

My undereyes have been puffy for as long as I can remember. As far back as high school, I would apply frozen spoons or cucumber slices to the area hoping to shrink the bags. Since then, I’ve tried to eradicate them with lotions, potions, concealers, lasers and even had my own plasma injected into the area. And while I’ve had some luck camouflaging those pesky, puffy pouches, nothing has worked as a long-term solution. Enter: gua sha, the ancient technique that’s been practiced for centuries. Always eager to try anything in the name of beauty, I decided to stop sleeping on this trend and give it a try. 

Why Using Gua Sha Can Treat Puffy Eyes

Like with a lot of skin issues, there can be many factors that contribute to puffiness under the eyes. Some of the most common culprits include allergies, genetics, aging, lack of sleep and lifestyle factors like smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming too much salt. While some of these causes can be controlled (or at least mitigated), others are just a fact of life. Sometimes the puffiness under the eye is the result of fluid retention, but it can also be caused by fat deposits under or around the eye — which can be a lot harder to treat. Lucky for me, my puffiness is a fluid issue, which makes me a good candidate for this gua sha technique.

By now, you’re probably well aware of the ancient Chinese therapeutic method of gua sha. It’s known to have several health and beauty benefits — from naturally lifting the face to reducing the look of cellulite and even scalp massage. When it comes to the issue of puffy eyes, gua sha is said to improve lymphatic flow and reduce puffiness under and around the eyes by moving the stagnant fluid out of the area. As I mentioned, I have dealt with puffy eyes since I was a teenager, so I was determined to give this method a try. See below for my results!

Treating My Puffy Eyes

I attribute my issues to a few things, namely genetics (thanks, Mom!), food allergies and a (self-diagnosed) sluggish lymphatic system. Lucky for me, salt doesn’t make them worse, because I’m not sure even vanity could curb my sushi addiction. I also tell myself that a little caffeine and a couple of cocktails aren’t exacerbating things. Maybe I’m in denial but I’d rather try less extreme solutions than cutting out all of my small vices. 

Because the level of puffiness fluctuates based on a few lifestyle factors and seems to be more about water retention than anything else, my esthetician recommended trying gua sha at home to help move the stagnant fluid from the area to flush it out of my system. She performed it on me during a facial and talked me through the process so I could repeat it on myself in between spa appointments.

My At-Home Gua Sha Routine 

I’ve tried using a gua sha tool on my face in the past to lift the look of my cheeks and help define my jawline. I have noticed small, temporary improvements to the look of those areas, but nothing permanent. Like with a lot of facial massage techniques, the results tend to only last for a few hours. I love to perform them before a big event where I want to look my best, but I’ve never been good about keeping up with the practice on a regular and consistent schedule. This time I committed to trying it for 30 days in hopes of creating a daily habit that might garner longer-lasting results. I followed the steps outlined here and have added a few extra tips that helped amp up my results: 

Start with a cold gua sha tool, straight out of the freezer. This cold therapy hack helps lessen inflammation and swelling by reducing blood flow to the area. And it just feels so good. 

I apply Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream to the area under my eye and my eyelid. It’s a lightweight eye cream that contains ingredients like caffeine that reduces the look of puffiness, plus ice wine and green algae that tighten the appearance of skin. It’s also cool and soothing upon application and provides just the right amount of slip to allow the gua sha to glide along the delicate eye area without tugging the skin. As an employee of Eminence Organic Skin Care, I’ve tried a lot of their eye products, and have been a fan of this cream on its own, so adding the gua sha to the mix takes it to the next level for me. I dab it on the eye area from the outside of the eye in, and then up and along the brow bone. 

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Side note: When using the gua sha at night, I use the Lavender Night Eye Cream. It’s a richer cream and I love the way it softens, moisturizes and revitalizes the look of the area while I sleep. Another favorite is the Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream. It’s super hydrating and I’ve noticed that it helps with the look of puffiness, even when I’m not using the gua sha. Day or night, I sometimes also add a couple of drops of the Facial Recovery Oil into the mix. It’s so luxurious, deeply nourishing and smells amazing. 

My Results

After four weeks of using the gua sha technique once a day, either at night or in the morning, I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with the results. I’ve definitely noticed a reduction in the puffiness around my eyes, as well as some other benefits. The area is brighter and I look more awake, even after a late night or a less-than-restful sleep. Because I combined the daily gua sha ritual with some of my favorite Eminence Organics’ eye creams and was so committed to using them every single day, I’ve noticed a difference in the way that delicate skin looks. It appears tighter and the fine lines and wrinkles that I’m used to seeing are less noticeable. I think the combination of the gua sha massage and the eye creams really took my results to the next level. 

Will the results last? Like with a lot of skin care practices, consistency is key. Because I committed to the process and made the time every day, I saw a positive change. But, let’s be real, sometimes life gets in the way. There were mornings when I was rushing to get out the door and had to promise myself I would make time before bed. Some nights I really had to force myself to spend the extra five minutes on my skin care routine. But the results I was seeing were noticeable enough to keep me on track. Will this level of commitment continue? I’d like to think so, but we’ll see. 

Do you want to target puffiness under and around your eye area Visit an Eminence Organics Spa Partner near you to find out what products will address your issues. 

What Are Enzymes & Why Do You Need Them In Your Skin Care?

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What Are Enzymes & Why Do You Need Them In Your Skin Care?

If you're looking for a gentle yet effective way to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin, enzymes might be your new best friend. These natural proteins, commonly derived from fruits like papaya, pineapple and kiwi, help accelerate the skin's natural exfoliation process without the harshness of traditional scrubs or chemical exfoliants. Enzyme-based masks and treatments are available both for exclusive in-spa services and for home-use. In a spa, they can be used at higher concentrations and to target your specific concerns. At home, you can incorporate enzymes to prolong your fresh-from-the-spa glow.

Let's explore how enzymes work in skin care and why they have become a favorite among beauty enthusiasts.

Discovering Superfood Enzymes: What Are They?

Fruit and plant enzymes can help you achieve a more refined complexion, whether experienced in spa treatments or through our home care rituals. Enzyme treatments often encompass a holistic approach to skin care. They not only exfoliate but can also provide hydration, nourishment and antioxidant protection, contributing to overall skin health. Our skin is primarily composed of a protein called keratin. As we age, decreased cellular turnover causes the top layer of our epidermis (the stratum corneum) to thicken, resulting in a buildup of dead skin cells. This buildup can make our complexion appear dull. 

Fortunately, enzymes can help address this issue. Enzymes derived from superfoods like pineapple, kiwi and papaya are among the gentlest forms of exfoliation, making them ideal for sensitive skin. These proteins also support the skin's natural renewal process by acting as catalysts that accelerate biological processes, enhancing the skin’s natural exfoliation. Enzyme exfoliators gently dissolve the bonds holding dead cells to the skin, which in turn prevents clogged pores and addresses issues like an uneven skin tone, the appearance of dark spots and the telltale signs of aging. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits. 

The Benefits Of Enzymatic Exfoliation

Enzymatic exfoliation promotes the look of bright, smooth and refreshed skin. Since enzymes provide a gentle exfoliation on the superficial layer of skin, enzyme exfoliation very rarely has any side effects and is widely recommended by skin care professionals for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Here are some of the other key benefits for your skin: 

Natural Exfoliation

Enzyme exfoliators offer an alternative to traditional physical and chemical exfoliants. Enzyme exfoliators help to accelerate cell turnover, which removes dead skin cells that make the complexion look dull. This process reveals brighter, fresher skin underneath and helps to even out skin tone. 

Gentle for Sensitive Skin

Enzymes are generally milder on the skin compared to some chemical exfoliants like lactic acid and glycolic acid, both of which are part of the AHA family. While AHAs and BHAs are effective exfoliants, they can cause irritation and increase sensitivity. In contrast, enzymes provide gentle exfoliation without causing irritation or redness, making them suitable for sensitive or reactive skin types. 

Brightening & Radiance

Enzymes like papain can promote a brightening of the skin by removing dull surface cells. The exfoliation enzymes also allow for deeper penetration of subsequent products, including ones made with radiance-enhancing antioxidants.

Customized Exfoliation

Different enzymes target specific types of skin concerns. For instance, papain and bromelain are excellent choices for gentle exfoliation, while lipase can help control excess oil. This allows for more personalized skin care routines and in-spa treatments.

Improved Appearance Of Skin Texture

By dissolving the bonds between dead skin cells, enzyme exfoliators smooth out the skin's surface, reducing the appearance of fine lines and improving texture. This gentle exfoliation results in softer, smoother skin without the harshness of physical scrubs.

Reduction In The Look Of Dark Spots

Enzyme exfoliators are effective in reducing the look of dark spots. They work by accelerating the turnover of pigmented cells, leading to a more uniform skin tone and diminished appearance of discoloration​.

Sources of Enzymes in Skin Care

Enzymes used in skin care are often derived from fruits and vegetables. For optimal results, look for enzyme exfoliators containing various fruit enzymes (like actinidin, bromelain, papain) and plant-based enzymes (like lipase). Each offers unique benefits while promoting the emergence of newer skin cells. You can find them in superfoods such as:

Kiwi (Actinidin Enzyme)

Actinidin is an enzyme derived from kiwi fruit that helps to exfoliate the upper layer of the skin and remove dead skin cells to promote a smoother complexion without irritation. 

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Pineapple (Bromelain Enzyme)

Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, is ideal for sensitive, irritated or rosacea-prone skin due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties. This makes the skin appear calmer and more even-toned. Pineapple is also a rich source of vitamin C, an antioxidant which improves the look of elasticity and youthfulness in the skin. 

Papaya (Papain Enzyme)

Papaya enzyme, derived from papaya, is beneficial for acne-prone skin. it breaks down dead cells inside the pores, helping to clear trapped congestion under the skin. This enzymatic action not only reduces the formation of blackheads and whiteheads but also promotes a clearer and more refined complexion.

Fermented Plant Sugars (Lipase Enzyme)

Lipase, an enzyme used for oil control, is sourced from fermented plant sugars. This enzyme is used to break down oil. 

For a skin care routine tailored to your unique skin type and concerns, book a consultation with a licensed esthetician at an Eminence Organics Spa Partner near you.

Skin Redness: Why Is My Skin So Blotchy?

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Skin Redness: Why Is My Skin So Blotchy?

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Jen Okhiria

Whether due to a change in environment, stress or an allergic reaction, skin redness can pop up when you least expect it. If you’ve ever woken up with a blotchy complexion, you’ve probably experience confusion and frustrated, wondering how to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms. Learn what may be causing you to see red and how you can go about improving the look of skin redness. 

What Causes Skin Redness?

If skin redness appears suddenly, continues to spread, will not fade and/or is extremely painful, the most important thing to do is seek out medical advice. It is possible that this could be a sign of a more serious condition, infection or allergic reaction, and it is crucial to rule out these possibilities before treating the skin. 

If medical conditions are excluded, book a consultation with an esthetician to develop the best treatment plan. Redness is caused by inflammation and is often connected to common issues like sensitivity, exposure to outdoor elements and/or rosacea. Because these causes can present in the skin in similar ways, seeking a professional opinion is crucial in developing a plan that will effectively target your specific cause of redness. 

Closeup of red, sensitive skin

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a common skin type that is different from sensitized skin (a temporary condition). Sensitive skin types react to stimuli that typically don’t bother other skin types such as fragrance, physical exfoliation, certain acids or heat. These stimuli can trigger inflammation and irritation in sensitive skin, leading to a blotchy complexion, rashes or bumps. Closeup of skin that is red from environmental stress

Outdoor Environment

If your skin turns red while you’re enjoying the outdoors, you’re likely to lay the blame on sunburn. However, the sun isn’t the only element that can cause your skin to turn red.  Exposure to other environmental factors like cold temperatures, strong winds, heavy rain, pollution and allergens (like pollen or grass) can also leave your skin feeling red, itchy and raw. If you have a sensitive or dry skin type in the first place, this exposure will leave the skin even more inflamed and out of balance. Closeup of cheek with rosacea

Rosacea

Probably the most common skin condition associated with redness is rosacea. The Eminence Organics Product Support Team says: “Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin disorder that mainly affects skin on the face, causing redness around the nose, chin, forehead and cheeks primarily.” Rosacea is a chronic skin condition with four main forms: erythemato-telangiectatic, papulo-pustular, phymatous and ocular rosacea. Erythemato-telangiectatic rosacea can also include uncomfortable swelling and roughness. Papulo-pustular rosacea can be mistaken for acne as pustules on the cheeks are a common symptom. Phymatous rosacea is common on the nose and causes the skin to thicken. Ocular rosacea affects both the skin and eyes causing the eyes to be consistently uncomfortable.

What Should I Avoid?

To improve the look of redness, dermatologists advise against using products with strong detergents or fragrances that strip the skin’s moisture barrier. Avoiding harmful irritants like added parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate are a good first step in getting rid of redness. Our Product Support Team also shares that anyone dealing with skin redness should avoid:

  • Salicylic acid in high amounts
  • Prescription retinol
  • Hydroquinone
  • Alcohols
  • Washing the face with hot water
  • Hot showers/baths

In addition to skin care, lifestyle choices and prioritizing wellness can also help treat skin redness. What triggers your redness? Is it certain foods, alcohol, weather or lack of sleep? Keep note of these through a journal or app to take control of your skin condition. 

Ingredients That Help Red Skin

While many ingredients are touted as “curing” red skin, it is important to stay informed. Nothing truly “cures” redness, but there are calming ingredients to look which include:

  • Azelaic acid 
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Flax/Linden seed extract
  • Clary sage
  • Arnica
  • Aloe
  • Rosehip
  • Calendula oil
  • Echinacea

Having the assistance of a professional is important when treating redness. While the aforementioned ingredients are fantastic options, your skin is unique to you. Having a licensed esthetician diagnose your needs and sensitivities will ensure you do not aggravate your symptoms further, worsening your flare-ups. Eminence Organics skin redness infographic

Calming Organic Skin Care Routine

If your redness is due to dryness, our Calm Skin Chamomile Collection is a fantastic option. Gentle and suitable for sensitive skin types, this collection contains ingredients like azelaic acid, chamomile and aloe vera. The Calm Skin Starter Set includes a one month's supply of products to cleanse, treat, moisturize and revitalize your skin and can be found at your favorite Eminence Organics authorized spa. 

  1. Cleanse: Begin by removing impurities with the Calm Skin Chamomile Cleanser. This creamy cleanser will leave skin feeling soft and supple. Ruby Rose is a fan, telling Grazie Magazine and Byrdie that it is one of her organic skin care essentials.
  2. Tone: Complete your cleansing with a gentle spritz of our Hawthorn Tonique. This mist will leave the skin looking revitalized and reduce any feelings of discomfort.
  3. Exfoliate: Skip abrasive facial scrubs and renew skin gently with the lactic and mandelic acids in our award-winning Calm Skin Chamomile Exfoliating Peel. While this product can be used up to three times per week, try just once a week to start and slowly build up over time (or as directed by your esthetician).
  4. Mask: Soothe dry skin with our Calm Skin Arnica Masque. This gentle treatment blends calendula oil, ivy, shea butter and arnica to soothe and moisturize dry skin. Use once or twice a week or as directed by your esthetician.
  5. Serum: Hydrate and revitalize your skin with Eminence Organics Calm Skin Arnica Booster-Serum. Dita Von Teese is a fan of this arnica, chamomile and lavender-infused serum, saying it is “amazing.”
  6. Moisturize: Finish your routine with our rich and creamy Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer. The ingredients in this gentle moisturizer leave the skin feeling beautifully soft and hydrated.
  7. Pro Tip: Nourish: For times when the skin is excessively dry or raw feeling, reach for our Facial Recovery Oil. It can offer relief for redness from dry skin and, like all Eminence Organics products, contains clean, organic ingredients.
  8. Pro Tip: In the morning, do not forget an SPF, such as all-mineral formulation to protect from drying environmental stressors as well as the sun's harsh rays.

No matter the cause of your skin redness, don't fret! With the help of your esthetician, there is a way to manage and treat chronic redness with a smoother, more even complexion in your future. Do you have any tips for managing redness? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on social media. 

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