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What To Do About Your Aging Neck

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What To Do About Your Aging Neck

Written By:

Alisha Whitley

We are all guilty of giving our face too much attention during our skin care routines. We carefully apply masks, serums and moisturizers to the space between our hairlines and our jawlines, neglecting the delicate skin around our necks. Not to be ignored, the neck has thinner, more fragile skin than the face, making it especially vulnerable to signs of aging like forming neck lines. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to hide and prevent the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around this delicate area.

How To Get Rid Of Neck Wrinkles

We already have a guide on developing silky skin and getting rid of wrinkles for your elbows, knees and hands. But what about the too-often neglected neck? Wrinkles or lines that crop up around our neck area are called "tech neck." Never fear, we’ve gathered some easy solutions for you to treat signs of aging around your neck. First up, gua sha techniques! 

Gua Sha For Neck and Face  

Gua sha is an amazing tool for sculpting your face and toning down the appearance of your neck wrinkles. Gua sha tools help to relieve neck and facial tension, reduce eye puffiness and improve lymphatic flow throughout the body. In other words, using gentle pressure to move waste fluids away from a tense area. If you have a gua sha tool, watch this demonstration video to learn how you can smooth the look of lines in the comfort of your own home.

You can also follow these steps:

  • Start by cleansing your face and neck
  • Apply 4 - 10 drops of your preferred facial oil
  • Scrape the tool up your neck on both sides
  • Then sweep from the middle of your chin up your jawline
  • After this sweep over your cheeks finishing at the hairline
  • Sweep over your eyebrow and up towards your hairline
  • Sweep from between the eyebrows up to the hairline
  • Finally, sweep from the middle of your forehead to the hairline
  • Repeat on the other side of your face
  • Make sure to sweep each area between 3 - 10 times before moving onto the next part of the face. Also, be sure to keep the tool flat against your face. If you feel it drag or pull on your skin, add more oil. 

Moisturize For Hydration

Hydration is key to preventing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We suggest using our Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck before turning in for the night. After cleansing, apply this luxurious night cream to the skin, starting from the collarbone and working your way to the jawline in fluid, upward motions. Enriched with monoi, argan oil and our exclusive Argan Stem Cell Complex, thhis deeply hydrating moisturizer nourishes and replenishes the skin overnight, leaving you with skin that appears smoother, softer and more youthful.

Give Your Skin An Instant Lift

Some days, your skin needs an extra boost. For results you can see instantly, we suggest using our Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream. Apply it under your usual daytime moisturizer to visibly tighten the skin in the neck and décolletage area in minutes. A blend of hibiscus and botanical hyaluronic acid enriches and hydrates the skin, while all-natural active ingredients like paprika and edelweiss revitalize and tighten sagging skin, smoothing away the appearance of wrinkles.



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Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream

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Stretch It Out

Stretch your neck daily to tighten weak muscles, stimulate blood circulation and allow greater oxygen flow and nourishment into your skin cells. Try these simple stretches to keep the skin around your neck looking smooth and wrinkle free:

  • Tilt your head back. Press the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth and swallow. Repeat with your head tilted to the right, then with your head tilted to the left.
  • Place your fingertips at the base of the neck and lightly pull the skin downwards while slowly tilting your head back. Hold for a few seconds, tilt your head back towards your chest and repeat.

Have you tried the Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser or the Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally written in September 2016.

Updated By

Thea Christie

3 Body Parts That Age Faster Than Your Face

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3 Body Parts That Age Faster Than Your Face

Written By:

Karen Young Chester

In most cases, when you fight the signs of aging, you begin by targeting the face. We think it’s time that you broaden your sights and include other parts of the body that can show years of damage just as quickly. Your elbows and knees are prone to looking dull and rough as you age, thanks to the thick buildup of dead skin on its surface. Your hands and chest area may lack the smoothness that you expect. But don’t concern yourself just yet. There are simple, super-effective tactics to target these areas with the right skin care ingredients. Here are three body areas that are often overlooked and can age even faster than your face — plus the best natural ingredients to look for in your skin care products.

Elbows & Knees

The skin around your joints is subject to constant bending and stretching that eventually leaves it loose and downright droopy. Unlike your face, the skin elsewhere on the body gets less attention until later on in life. Suddenly, you’ll notice the crepey, dry skin and loss of collagen on your elbows and knees. In addition to dryness and years of active use, these areas tend to be exposed to the sun and other external factors during the summer months, resulting in skin damage. The skin might become dry in texture and sometimes saggy. 

Our Solution:

Your current skin care routine may not be enough to revitalize knee wrinkles or the cracked, sandpaper-y elbows most of us have. If you’re wondering how to make elbows and knees look younger, here are some of the best skin care ingredients to look for:

  • Coconut water is a moisturizing and toning ingredient that is a source of Vitamin C, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
  • Coconut milk is moisturizing and nourishing, and softens the look of skin.
  • Argan oil is rich in antioxidants and smooths and moisturizes the look of the skin.
  • Shea butter is a moisturizer that is high in triglycerides and fatty acids. This emollient moisturizing ingredient helps to revitalize and repair the skin.
  • Grape seed oil is an antioxidant that combats wrinkles and fine lines.

Our Coconut Firming Body Lotion contains coconut, shea butter and grape seed oil, which leaves your skin looking tight and firm, while providing deep and lasting hydration.  

We also recommend the Monoi Night Body Cream, which takes advantage of your body’s overnight repair process with its exclusive Argan Stem Cell Complex. This complex contains argan stem cells and nutmeg seed, known to be rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids and polyphenols which helps visibly firm and tighten the look of healthy skin. This ultra-rich night body cream leaves the skin on the elbows and knees feeling firmer, denser and smoother by morning. 

Chest & Neck

It’s a fact: over time, skin begins to wrinkle. And with age, the decrease in production of collagen and elastin means that skin loses its ability to bounce back and hold its shape. Since the skin along the chest and neck is especially thin, the pull of gravity quickly reveals signs of age as the skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Certain habits, like smoking, can also prematurely wrinkle the skin on the chest, neck or any part of your skin.

Our Solution:

Hydration is very effective in preventing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As previously mentioned, shea butter, argan oil and grape seed oil are moisturizing and hydrating ingredients that nourish all areas of the skin including your neck and chest. Evening primrose oil is a high-performing moisturizing ingredient while jojoba oil supports and hydrates the skin.

Moisturizing night creams are an essential part of a hydrating skin care routine. During the night, the skin is known to be in recovery mode, and it is the ideal time, especially for mature skin, to use rich creams with a higher concentration of ingredients to help boost hydration and reawaken dry-looking skin. 

Our Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face and Neck works on your skin in the chest and neck area overnight, nourishing, replenishing and reducing signs of wrinkles. This rich cream includes an Argan Stem Cell Complex to tighten and firm the skin. It also contains a Natural Retinol Alternative. This is a unique ingredient that offers visible immediate and long-term improvement of aging skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

During the day, you can turn to the Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream. The Advanced Instant Lift fX formulation gives an immediate look of firmness to the neck and chest wrinkles, leaving it looking rejuvenated and tightened. Your chest's skin is thinner compared to the rest of your body, so when applying neck cream, extend the product down to your chest to ensure this delicate area is also moisturized.

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Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck Monoi Age Corrective Night Body Cream

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Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream

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Your Hands

Skin is affected by two factors, namely, our age and sun exposure. The skin across the body is composed of the epidermis (the outermost layer), the dermis (middle layer) and the subcutis (bottom layer). The dermis supports the structure of the skin, consisting of collagen, elastin and other fibers, which gives your skin that smooth, bouncy appearance. 

Irritatingly, no body part is more telling than your hands since wrinkles and age spots tend to appear here quickly as you age. Speaking to, board-certified dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, MD, FAAD, says: “Hormonal changes result in a loss of skin elasticity and volume loss on the backs of our hands. These changes cause the crepey appearance of skin and also make the veins very prominent.” 

Specifically, it’s the gradual loss of oil glands in this area that results in hands becoming dry and wrinkled with age. In addition to natural aging, your hands are exposed most of the time, leading to sun damage — the biggest culprit in premature aging.  

Our Solution:

Boost hydration and protect the skin by applying a sunscreen that contains hydrating ingredients. Key ingredients to look for include:

  • Zinc oxide is a natural mineral that blocks UV rays to protect skin.
  • Aloe vera is a moisturizer and soothes dry skin, alleviating the appearance of damage from sun exposure, while also hydrating and softening the look of the skin.

We recommend our Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30, not just for all-over body use, but also to improve the visible signs of aging on your hands. As well as aloe vera and zinc oxide, this organic formula contains lilikoi (passion fruit) seed oil, which offers Vitamin C and antioxidants to help with the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The inclusion of raspberry seed oil provides your complexion with another skin-repairing ingredient, one which harnesses antioxidants to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This mineral sunscreen is non-greasy and water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Plus, it’s highly effective for outdoor activities like swimming and high-performance sports. 

For more information about targeting the signs of aging from head to toe, visit our Spa Locator to find your nearest Eminence Organics Spa Partner.

This article was originally written in November 2016.

Updated By

Thea Christie

Ultimate Guide To Aging Skin

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Ultimate Guide To Aging Skin

Written By:

Alisha Whitley

With age comes experience, wisdom and beauty. We’ve entered a new age of skin care that celebrates the aging process and embraces the changes it brings. Instead of concentrating on anti-aging, it’s time to focus on keeping your skin healthy and radiant, no matter your age. Read on for our guide to aging gracefully. 

How Skin Ages | Signs Of Aging | How To Age Gracefully

How Skin Ages

Just like the rest of the body, our skin gets older with time. For some, the aging process is slow and steady, while for others it can accelerate at a quick pace. The rate of skin aging differs from person to person and depends on a variety of factors including genetics, lifestyle and exposure to environmental stressors. 

Two Aging Processes

As we get older, our bodies naturally start to age. This process, also referred to as intrinsic aging, is a continual process by which our cellular and biological functions slow. With time, the skin’s strong and flexible matrix begins to weaken and hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen naturally deplete. 

Our bodies are also subject to extrinsic aging caused by exposure to environmental stressors. These include lifestyle choices like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise as well as external factors like pollution, blue light radiation and UV rays from the sun. Intrinsic aging accounts for only 10 percent of skin changes; the remaining 90 percent is caused by these external influences which accelerate the aging process.

biological vs environmental aging infographic

Free Radicals

How does environmental aging happen? Pollution, blue light and UV rays expose skin to free radicals. Heidi Waldorf MD likens these highly reactive molecules to “anti-oxygen bombs that trigger inflammation and cascades of damage”. Unchecked, free radicals cause oxidative stress that damages the skin, degrades its structural proteins and leads to premature aging. 


When the skin is repeatedly exposed to free radicals, a process called inflammaging can kick in. According to our Product Support Representatives: “Inflammaging is a term used to describe aging induced by chronic, persistent, underlying inflammation that ultimately exhausts the skin’s defense system. This weakens skin structure, results in the degradation of collagen and elastin and impairs the skin’s barrier function.” 

Signs Of Aging

As we age, it’s normal for our years to begin to show on our faces. Here are a few signs of aging that develop due to the loss of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin over time.

Fine Lines And Wrinkles

Hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin are what keeps the skin plump, firm and elastic. They give skin the density and bounce typical of a youthful complexion. As they degrade, the skin loses moisture, structural support and elasticity. It can’t bounce back from repetitive motions (like frowning and smiling) and begins to fold in on itself, causing creasing in the form of fine lines and wrinkles (hello, forehead lines).

Sagging Skin

As it loses strength, the skin also has greater difficulty defying the pull of gravity. Our skin starts to slacken and hang more loosely, especially around the lower face and neck. Eminence Organics International Trainer Brian Goodwin explains: “When the foundation slips, we see jowls form, loosening of the tissue around the eyes and an overall drooped appearance for the entire face.”

When the foundation slips, we see jowls form, loosening of the tissue around the eyes and an overall drooped appearance for the entire face.


Another sign of aging skin is hyperpigmentation in the form of sun and age spots. In aging skin, these dark spots are typically brought on by years of sun exposure. When faced with UV rays, the skin protects itself by triggering the production of a pigment called melanin. As time passes and the skin’s melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin) are stimulated over and over, they start to overproduce and cause deposits of pigment on the skin’s surface.

How To Age Gracefully And Maintain Healthy Skin

While you can’t turn back the hands of time, you can make simple changes that ease the aging process. There are several ways to keep aging skin in good shape, including adopting a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and using results-oriented skin care.

Healthy Lifestyle

One of the best ways to minimize the visible signs of inflammaging is to cut down on stress. According to the Huffington Post, studies show that people with high levels of stress have shorter telomeres, which are located at the tips of DNA chromosomes causing cells to die or become damaged more quickly. Adopting healthy habits like regular exercise, meditation and a sleep schedule can help ease stress and by extension, slow premature aging. 

Balanced Diet

Another way to help your skin age gracefully is to adjust your diet. Sugar, salt and alcohol are key culprits of premature aging and can easily be cut down. Swap in antioxidant-rich foods such as berries and leafy greens to assist your body in fighting free radicals. And, (surprise!) drink plenty of H2O to keep your skin (and body) hydrated and healthy.

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Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser

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Use A Nighttime Skin Care Routine

Did you know that your skin undergoes its most intensive repair process at night? Surprisingly, one way to wake up to smooth-looking skin is by establishing a nighttime routine. That's because during sleep, skin has the chance to counteract the environmental influences from the day. Our bodies are in repair mode while we sleep so getting a good night’s rest is imperative to achieving skin that looks and feels healthy.

In addition, our skin experiences transepidermal water loss (TWL) overnight that can weaken its protective hydrolipid barrier. Night treatments provide the opportunity to deliver moisturizing ingredients topically on the skin to prevent water loss from happening and effectively deliver the product benefits. Treating your skin to nourishing, hydrating products at night is ideal as it has been shown that oil production is two times lower than during the day.

Some of our Monoi Age Corrective products feature an exclusive Argan Stem Cell Complex that unites with antioxidant-rich monoi. The ingredients in this collection work to visibly firm, hydrate and nourish all skin types.

Brian suggests using the Monoi Age Corrective Collection in your nighttime regimen for any skin type: “The skin is more receptive to absorbing ingredients at night, when the epidermis becomes more penetrable. This factor makes it even more paramount to incorporate hydrating ingredients and protective oils into nighttime routines.”

Use Specific Skin Care ingredients

You can also minimize the visible signs of aging with topical skin care. Applying skin care products that restore moisture, deliver antioxidant-rich ingredients and promote health are key to keeping skin youthful. Here are a few ingredients to look for when you’re selecting products for your skin care routine:

Use Face Sculpting Tools 

Does face contouring really work? Absolutely, and we have an in depth tutorial on how to use face sculpting tools that leave the skin looking dazzling and depuffed. Watch our Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie Pergar, as she shows you how to contour your face using ice globes, and find out which products you need for the most effective routine. Let us know if you notice a difference!

Ready to age gracefully? 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.

This article was originally written in October 2019.

Updated By

Thea Christie

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Monoi

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Monoi

Written By:

Alisha Whitley

Tahitian for “scented oil,” monoi – pronounced “mah-noy” – is a fragrant elixir made from coconut oil and tiare flowers (also known as Tahitian gardenias). While only recently building buzz in beauty circles, this hot ingredient has been a South Pacific beauty staple for centuries. Eminence Organics recognized the nourishing benefits of monoi, formulating part of its Age Corrective Collection with this unique oil. Read on to uncover three health and beauty benefits of monoi, the history of tahitian monoi, as well as our skin care tips for adding this unique ingredient to your skin care routine.

What Is Monoi? | Monoi's History | Health And Beauty Benefits Of Monoi | How To Add Monoi Into Your Skin Care Routine

woman holding tiare flower

What Is Monoi?

Monoi oil is an ancient preparation made by steeping tiare flower buds or petals in coconut oil. This fragrant oil has roots in islands throughout the South Pacific, including Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands. Here’s how the Institut du Monoi describes the production process: “Coconuts of the Cocos nucifera variety must be grown on coral soil and harvested at a mature stage. Tiare flowers (Gardenia Taitensis), handpicked as buds, must be used within 24 hours of harvesting. According to local tradition, the maceration must last a minimum of 10 days and requires at least ten Tiare flowers per liter of refined oil.” The process of making monoi oil has been passed down by generations of South Pacific healers. This oil is held to rigorous standards of production, designed to protect the cultural heritage of monoi blossoms. 

The tiare plant thrives in a warm, tropical climate with partial to full sun and frequent watering. The beautiful buds bloom from March to November and are typically harvested at dusk. Each year, 110 million tiare flowers are harvested in French Polynesia alone. Similarly, coconut palms flourish in warm climates with an abundance of both sunlight and rainfall. These hardy plants also thrive in the sandy soils found along coastlines, meaning the islands of the South Pacific are ideal for their growth. 

Monoi’s History

While its origins aren’t entirely clear, monoi has been used by Pacific Islanders for over 2000 years, giving it significant cultural meaning throughout the region. Traditionally, this lightweight, amber-colored oil liquid has been used in religious ceremonies to purify sacred objects, as a medicinal remedy to alleviate common ailments and as a multi-purpose beauty ingredient to soften skin and hair. 

Monoi’s key ingredients play a vital role in various Polynesian cultures and the tiare flowers are seen throughout the region's mythology. According to Tahitian legend, this flower was created by Atea, the Oceanic God of Creation, and Tane, the God of Beauty. Additionally, these beautiful blossoms are considered to be a symbol of the region’s people and cultures. 

Like the monoi blossom, coconut plays a significant role in South Pacific culture and the people rely on it as a source of food, oil, wood and fiber. Coconut has also been a part of the region’s lore, notably in the legend of Sina and the eel, which explains the origin of the first coconut tree. Versions of this legend are told through Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and by the Māori in New Zealand.   

Health and Beauty Benefits of Monoi Oil

What makes this ingredient so unique? Here are three primary health and beauty benefits of monoi oil for your skin, hair and health:

1. Deeply Hydrates Your Skin And Hair

Monoi is a soothing and protective oil that deeply hydrates skin without stripping it of its natural oils. The people of the South Pacific have long used monoi oil as a full-body moisturizer to protect their skin against harsh environmental stressors like the intense tropical sun and drying salt water of their environment.  

Thanks to Vitamin E, Monoi helps stop protein loss in the hair, preventing breakage and reducing split ends  Dr. Whitney Bowe tells Huffington Post Style: “Monoi oil contains coconut oil, which has been shown to have tremendous moisturizing benefits for the skin and hair. The essential fatty acids in coconut oil, like lauric acid, may repair hair damage and increase shine.”

2. Delays Signs Of Aging

There’s a reason that South Pacific cultures have passed on their monoi beauty secrets from generation to generation. Monoi not only adds luster to your locks, it nurtures your skin to minimize the visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. As monoi’s base is coconut oil, this incredible superfood is packed with antioxidants like Vitamin E and ferulic acid. In fact, Vitamin E and ferulic acid help to neutralize the effects of free radical damage. Many environmental stressors like UV rays, heat and sunlight all expose skin to free radicals, which cause fine lines and wrinkles

3. Soothes And Repairs Dry Skin

One of the major benefits of monoi oil is the soothing effect it has on reactive and chronically dry skin. This multi-purpose oil has been traditionally used in Polynesian medicine to soothe dry, flaky skin linked to sensitivity and specific conditions. It's more typically used as a full-body moisturizer to protect skin against the drying effects of intense tropical sun, harsh winds and saltwater. According to, “Monoi oil can also act as an anti-inflammatory that can reduce symptoms from known skin conditions, including eczema and contact dermatitis.” The tiare flowers used in monoi contain high levels of methyl salicylate and lauric acid, ingredients known for soothing and restorative properties. 

How To Add Monoi into Your Skin Care Routine

At Eminence Organics, we use monoi in our Age Corrective Collection to deeply hydrate skin, improve the look of firmness and delay the visible signs of aging. This exotic ingredient is essential to our Monoi Age Corrective products as it helps nourish dry skin and return much-needed moisture to mature skin. 

Brian Goodwin, International Educator at Eminence Organic Skin Care, suggests using the Monoi Age Corrective Collection in your nighttime regimen: “The skin is more receptive to absorbing ingredients at night, when the epidermis becomes more penetrable. This factor makes it even more paramount to incorporate hydrating ingredients and protective oils into nighttime routines.”

Here are a few skin care products that incorporate this luxurious ingredient:

Have you tried skin care products with monoi? If not, experience these ultra hydrating monoi-infused products and different treatments at an Eminence Organics Spa Partner near you. We’d love to hear from you! Ask us your questions about this ingredient in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.

This article was originally written in June 2015.

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Thea Christie

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