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How To: Heal Dry, Cracked Cuticles

One of the worst winter skin issues that we all face is dry, cracked cuticles. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also be pretty painful. It’s also a total bummer for those of us who want show off our fierce manicures. But what causes our cuticles to become so dried out? Well, it actually stems from multiple factors. During the winter, cold weather coupled with dry indoor heat as well as several possible internal factors can contribute to your less-than-stellar nail beds. While may seem like a no-win situation, there are actually a few different ways to heal your dry cuticles.

  1. Hydrate – When it comes to solving a skin care issue, always make sure that your body is properly hydrated. If the body doesn’t have enough water or moisture, it can act out in many not-so-cute ways (read: cracked cuticles). So, in order to get the ball rolling, make sure that your drinking enough water to keep your body functioning at its highest level.
  2. Steam + Oil – The best time to apply your cuticle oil or treatment is after you shower. The steam and water help to soften the cuticles, which allows the nail oil to penetrate the skin even further.
  3. Avoid Cutting – As a standard rule of thumb (pardon the pun), cuticles don’t like to be cut. In fact, WebMd reported that cut cuticles are more likely to fracture and slip. Keep your cuticles looking and feeling their best by putting down the scissors.
  4. Use Coconut Oil – If you’re looking for a more natural way to soften and soothe your cuticles, then consider reaching for coconut oil. This natural moisturizer is perfect for restoring dry hands and parched nail beds, coconut oil can be found in our Elite Creme.

Shaving Just Got Better

Dry winter skin can make shaving drudgery.  Elite Therapeutics Premier Crème, based in Denver (where skin takes a major beating from altitude and cold), helps repair skin and is the perfect solution for healing skin after shaving.Elite Premier Crème was originally developed by radiation oncologist Dr. Kevin Schewe to repair his patients damaged skin from radiation.  The results were profound  and deemed beneficial for all.   If it can heal radically damaged skin from radiation, imagine how it moisturizes and repairs dry or sunburned winter skin!

Here is what makes it special: 

Sea Whip Extract:  A natural marine extract derived from a soft coral with tiny pores.  The extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that protects skin from the
signs of aging.  It is thought to reduce inflammation, redness, contributes to cellular repair, has pain reducing qualities, and is useful in treating sunburns (even in winter)

African Mongongo Oil: Comes from the fruit and nuts of the mongongo tree.  The oil from the nuts is cultivated and has hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties.

EUK-134: A super antioxidant, 1,000 times more potent than alpha lipoic acid, this highly purified antioxidant system is able to assimilate and neutralize the hydrogen peroxide released in the skin, preventing DNA damage.  It not only prevents damage done by exposure to the sun’s harmful UVB rays, but can also increase cell survival after the exposure occurs.  By replenishing the cell’s antioxidant defense, EUK-134 may be very efficient in the fight against both the short and long-term photo-aging from UVB radiation on the skin.  The most unique characteristic of EUK-134 is its ability to regenerate, so the more that you use it, your skin’s ability to fight free radical damage increases.

DMS – Derma Membrane Structure: A cream base which has been developed giving respect to the physiological needs of dry and sensitive skin.  DMS with its intrinsic hydration force and barrier activity strengthen the lipid barrier by bringing water inside, retaining it, and keeping the structure of the permeability barrier.

Bottom line- you’ll just like that your skin looks and feels better.

DIY: Winter Face Mask

Maybe all of the holiday shopping has your wallet on the lighter side or perhaps you’re up for some beauty experimenting. Either way, there are some multitasking edibles in your pantry or fridge that can be mixed together to create a super moisturizing face mask. Food for your face is no news flash, but finding an effective and easy-to-mix recipe can be tough. Given the time of year, we’ve rounded up DIY face masks that boost radiance and hydrate the skin — goodbye dull winter skin!  Whether it’s sweet like honey or on the savory (avocado!) side, check out these dry-skin-healing masks that you can make in the comfort of your home, on the cheap.

DIY Moisturizing Orange Face Mask

This five-part concoction exfoliates the skin and is basically a parfait — orange, yogurt, honey, oats and juice — that’s good enough to eat.

1. Combine three tablespoons of orange juice with half a cup of honey

2. Apply to the face and leave on for 30 minutes

3. Rinse with lukewarm water followed by cool water, then moisturize

Organic Banana Face Mask

Your skin will have a healthy glow after applying this tropical mask to your face. This recipe is designed for all skin types.

1. Mash one half of a banana

2. Mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey

3. Apply to the face and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes

4. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturize

Ingredient Profile: Mongongo Oil

Meet The Super Oil That’s Better Than Coconut

The oil is derived from the fruit of the manketti tree (which has the ability to thrive in extreme weather conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa) and has been used for centuries in skin care, the egg-shaped fruit is not only extremely nutritious but it has many useful properties as a super emollient and protectant for both skin and hair. Each seed contains a good amount of vitamin E (an antioxidant that helps stave off skin damage and signs of aging), as well as nutrients like calcium, copper, and zinc.

Mongongo oil is also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are known to remain on the skin longer than saturated fatty acids (think coconut oil) or monounsaturated oils (jojoba and almond oils). The fatty acids deliver a protective, emollient layer on the surface of the skin and act as a barrier to prevent moisture from escaping through the pores. These fatty acids can retain moisture and keep the skin glowing, while smoothing out rough texture and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Fountain of youth, is that you?

Mongongo oil is also a gamechangers for hair. It has sun protection, strong antioxidants, and the minerals are fortifying to the the hair and scalp. It’s loaded with vitamins, nutrients, fatty acids, and proteins, which are essential for hair growth, health, and vitality.

Basically, adding it to your skin and hair routine is a no-brainer and lucky for you it is in EVERY single product in the Elite Therapeutics line, you’re welcome.

Taking Care of Sensitive Baby Skin

With the store shelves overflowing with different formulations and brands, choosing the right product to meet your little one’s needs can be tricky. And it becomes even more complicated when you factor in that infant skin is easily irritated by fragrances, dyes, and other ingredients in skin-care products and the environment. A good rule of thumb is that ointments are more hydrating than creams, which are more hydrating than lotions. To find the perfect moisturizer to keep your baby’s skin soft and rash-free, try out one of these baby lube picks:

Protect Against: Chapped Lips

Babies’ lips are always wet thanks to drooling, lip-licking, and drippy noses, and that moisture can break down the protective top layer of skin. This leaves lips vulnerable to cold, windy air.

Skin Saver: Apply a thin layer of lip treatment to create a barrier against the elements and to moisturize already-chapped lips.

Protect Against: Rough, Red Cheeks

Chapped skin, which gets peely and even cracked, usually strikes the face, bottom, or spots where skin rubs, like the folds at the wrists.

Skin Saver: Using a thick moisturizer such as Eucerin, Aquaphor, or Elite Crème on your baby’s cheeks (or other problem areas) will add to his natural barrier and help treat any skin that’s already chapped.

Protect Against: Dry Skin

Red, flaky skin can appear anywhere on your baby’s body, especially on his face. It’s particularly common during the winter because cold air doesn’t carry as much moisture as warm air.

Skin Saver: It’s fine to bathe your baby every day; just don’t use water that’s too warm. Avoid washes that contains fragrance or alcohol, make sure you smooth a nonperfumed moisturizer such as on skin within two minutes of getting out of the bath.

DIY: Holiday Facial Mask

blog-imageWith the holidays around the corner, I start to think about all the holiday treats I will enjoy, like pecan pie and snicker doodles… my mouth is already watering! It’s common knowledge that yummy treats such as those benefit our taste buds, but, did you know that you can use the ingredients of your favorite sweets to create a luxurious skin mask that has numerous health benefits? You might even have all the ingredients in your home right now.

This DIY cinnamon, nutmeg, honey mask is perfect for a quick pick me up for your skin between any medical or cosmetic treatments. It’s very simple to make, just mix the three ingredients into a paste then apply to your face. It will exfoliate and brighten your complexion and we all want to look merry and bright this season, right?

Recipe

  1. 1 tsp cinnamon
  2. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  3. 2 tbl raw honey

Instructions

Place ingredients for face mask in small mixing bowl. Stir ingredients to form a paste, then scoop paste and gently rub the mask in a circular motion onto your face. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then rinse off. This mask should only be used once a week, but the effect will be amazing.

Each ingredient in this mask offers unique skin-health benefits that will help maintain your skin between treatments. Plus people have used these ingredients for hundreds of years, so you can guarantee that although they are common, they are safe and effective!

Nutmeg

Nutmeg on your skin helps in two main ways. First the ground nutmeg will exfoliate your skin by removing the top layer of dead skin to reveal a new layer of healthy, fresh skin. The exfoliation properties will also help lessen black heads and will reduce the signs of acne scars! Nutmeg is also an anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and inflammation. This is a great ingredient to help with your winter dry, inversion-abused skin.

Cinnamon 

Besides smelling wonderful, cinnamon is a powerful spice for your skin. Cinnamon is an antiseptic that kills the germs on your face, which in turn reduces pimples and acne. It also helps to bring blood to the surface of your face, leaving the face looking youthful and bright.

Honey

Not only can honey sweeten up your breakfast; it can improve your skin too. Honey is antibacterial, which kills bacteria on your face, reducing and preventing pimples. Who doesn’t want that? Honey is also full of anti-aging antioxidants that help to leave the skin looking youthful. Lastly, honey is moisturizing, leaving your skin feeling smooth and radiant.

Ingredient Profile: Manuka Honey

blog-imageNot just good to eat, from the nectar of the native New Zealand Manuka flowers, Manuka Honey is a miracle beauty and skincare ingredient.

“Honey.” This one sweet word can serve as a term of endearment, conjure the taste of divine nectar on your tongue, and describe a very potent medicine—but not all honey is the same. You’ve probably heard of Manuka honey, but do you know what makes it different and why it has become all the rage in the world of healing and wellness? It may be trendy stuff, but there’s impressive and emerging science behind it. Here’s what you should know about Manuka honey:

What is it?

Manuka honey is produced by bees that feed on the manuka shrub of New Zealand’s remote North Island. Though all raw, unheated honeys have health benefits, manuka has been found to have higher therapeutic properties than other varieties.

What does it do?

Heals acne: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey reduces redness and heals congested or inflamed skin and eczema. Additionally, Manuka oxygenates pores to draw out bacteria, drastically improving acne-prone areas.

Repairs skin: Manuka promotes skin regeneration, repairs cellular damage and lessens scarring.

Hydrates: When applied to your skin, manuka will hold in moisture and absorb moisture from the air for a dewy, glowing complexion.

Anti-aging: Because of its moisturizing properties, manuka retains moisture without making skin oily, the first step in wrinkle-free skin. It also inhibits MMP, a group of enzymes that destroy collagen.

How should I use it?

Cleanser: Add a few drops of hot water to a quarter-sized dollop of manuka and cleanse massage around your entire face for three minutes (make sure you’re not wearing any makeup). Gently wipe off with a washcloth or sponge for extra exfoliation.

Dark spot treatment: To fade acne scars, brighten and resurface the skin, mix a quarter-sized dollop of manuka, fresh-squeezed lemon and a teaspoon of organic cane sugar. Massage mask into steamed skin and allow the mixture to work its magic for 20 minutes. Rinse and close pores with cool water.

It’s Back! [and better than ever]

blog-imageWe were out of stock, but good news…our most popular product is here!  Elite Premier Crème does it all, from a hydrating facial moisturizer to hard-working skin treatment, you are about to fall in love all over again.

What It Is
Even though we are more than excited to get our winter wardrobes back out, the transitional weather can be brutal. If your skin is looking for some much-
needed TLC, Elite Therapeutics has your back. Potent and primed to deliver immediate results, this rich crème gets right to work on dry, damaged, and aging skin to treat, heal, and nourish.

What It’s Good For
Something of a skincare catchall, not only is it the very best facial moisturizer, this crème
works wonders on sunburn, scars, and other skin irritation. Apply three to four times daily  for best results on targeted areas.

How To Use It
Apply morning (can be used under makeup as a primer!) and evening. Don’t forget to shake to make sure you get the most out of the essential oils.

To prevent or treat radiation skin reactions, apply to affected area(s) of concern 3–4 times daily. For protective/ preventive use, apply product three hours prior to radiation treatment to ensure proper absorption.

Relax & Refresh: DIY Spa Night

blog-imageSometimes life can get a little a crazy, staying centered and blissful is paramount to my well-being, so I’ve become somewhat of a self-care master.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a luxurious spa day where I can relax, unwind and feel divinely pampered. But real life and budgets often get in the way of of high-end resorts, which is why this DIY spa night is perfect! It’s just enough to keep you feeling amazing, refreshed and relaxed all week long.

Ready to pamper yourself? Here you go!

1. Clear your calendar.

First things first, put the spa night in your calendar, clear your appointments and if you’re feeling any guilt about making this time for yourself, remember that putting yourself first is healthy.

2. Set the scene.

Light some candles, get fresh flowers and dim the lights to create a serene, relaxing environment in your home. Clean up any clutter and make sure you’re in a totally zen space.

3. Make yourself some a nice pitcher of spa water.

For me, one of the most memorable parts of the spa experience is the delicious water they always have waiting for you. So before you even get started, make yourself a decadent pitcher of refreshing water. Simply fill a nice pitcher with water and add sliced cucumbers, fresh mint and slices of lemon. It’s the perfect refreshment to go with all the steaming we’re going to do in the bath!

4. Now get in the tub.

Draw yourself a nice hot bath with lavender epsom salts. This will help move toxins out of your body while also letting the lavender relax you and help open your heart.

5. Time for a face mask.

Simply mash an avocado and put it on your face for 10-15 minutes while soaking in the bath. Add some cucumber slices over your eyes to really recreate a fancy spa experience. This will really help your skin glow and stay moist. Use our gentle Face & Body Wash to refresh skin and finish with a hydrating moisturizer.

9. Drink up!

Enjoy more of your spa water after your bath to rehydrate! Climb into bed with a good book or whip up my favorite mocktail using fresh grapefruit juice, a little grapefruit pulp and sparkling water for a festive and delicious treat to wind down your night.

10. Sleep like a baby.

Now that you’re pampered and relax, it’s time for some shut eye. You’ll wake up the next day with glowing skin, bright eyes, a clear head and feeling like a million bucks.

You’ll never regret giving yourself a spa night to relax, unwind and recuperate. Self-care is an essential part of living a blissful life, processing different changes and keeping ourselves happy, healthy and radiant.

Top Vitamin E Foods, for Radiant Skin

Eat Your Way to Better Health by Knowing Where You’ll Get the Most Bang for Your Bite.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is found in every single one of our products and it is essential for maintaining healthy, youthful skin.  Here are a list of foods that can be incorporated in your diet to make sure your skin stays as radiant as you do!

 

Nuts and seeds:

  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts

Leafy greens:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard

Certain vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

Oils such as:

  • Wheat germ oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Canola oil
  • Corn oil

Exotic fruits:

  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Avocado

Transitioning Your Skin to Fall

blog-imageNow that fall is just around the corner, it’s time to not only shake up your wardrobe, but also your skin care routine. During the hot summer months, our skin care revolved around sun protection and oil control but now that the crisp, cool autumn air is approaching, it’s time to change gears and think about keeping your skin soft and moisturized. Note: This is not an excuse to stop wearing sunscreen; this is simply a change in priorities.

To help you enter into fall with beauty and grace, we have put together a list of products that will keep your skin velvety smooth all season long.

  • Face & Body Wash:  With less heat and humidity in the fall, we need to switch to a cleanser that is super hydrating and gentle. Look no further!
  • Elite Crème:  Now that summer is coming to a close, we’re seeing the results of all that sun exposure. Time to try and repair that damage with a moisturizing and nourishing skin creme.
  • Lip Balm:  Nails feeling brittle?  Who knew our favorite lip product could also transition to a soothing and healing nail and cuticle treatment, apply before bed and by morning you will be manicure ready.

What You Should Know: Skin Cancer (5 of 5)

blog-image[This is post five of five of our Skin Cancer series, be sure to check out all of our posts!]

  1. Consider the Skin Cancer Foundation approach that discourages the tanned look altogether. The foundation encourages consumers, especially young women, to “go with their own glow” and enjoy their natural skin tone. The thinking is that if fewer people give in to the temptation to tan, regardless of their method, the bronzed look will eventually go out of style. The scary fact is that 2.3 million teens visit tanning salons every year. Most states have passed laws to keep teens off those ultraviolet-emitting beds, but changing young minds about what is attractive may be the best long-term strategy.
  2. A simple rule for identifying problem moles is with an acronym: ABCDE. A stands for asymmetry – if half of a mole looks different from the other half, there could be a problem. B stands for border – if the mole’s edge looks ragged or jagged, it might be dangerous. C encourages us to look at color – variations in color might be a bad sign. D is for diameter – if a mole is larger than a pencil eraser, it is time for the dermatologist, although melanomas can be even smaller. E equals evolving – a mole that changes in size, color or shape deserves another look.

What You Should Know: Skin Cancer (4 of 5)

[This is post four of five of our Skin Cancer series, be sure to check out our first post and stay tuned for more to come.]

  1. Spray-tanning and self-tanning do not provide protection from the sun. Remember to continue using normal sunscreens after a self-tan or spray-tan session, unless the manufacturer specifically states that adequate sunscreen is formulated into the tanning product. Spray tanning and self-tanning technology continues to improve, especially when it comes to eliminating fabric stains and odors. While many people were turned off by these “side effects” when sunless tanning was in its infancy, recent developments have all but eliminated these concerns.
  2. Patient embarrassment plays an inhibiting role when it comes to the recommended annual full-body skin care screening. Some physicians have time constraints in their practices that make such screenings impractical. Patients may feel caught off guard if they weren’t planning to undress at a particular appointment. While family physicians are more likely to have patients disrobe for other medical concerns, dermatologists are often not used to suggesting that patients undress. A dermatologist may see a patient for just an isolated wart or skin tag and attend to that, skipping the full-body screen. There’s a familiarity factor, too—patients see their family doctors several times a year, where they may rarely visit a dermatologist.

What You Should Know: Skin Cancer (3 of 5)

Blog Image[This is post three of five of our Skin Cancer series, be sure to check out our first post and stay tuned for more to come.]

  1. While the tanning-bed industry argues that getting a base tan helps prevent a subsequent sunburn, it’s just not so. Sunburns are a bad thing, but so is the ultraviolet exposure of the tanning bed. Pre-tanning accomplishes nothing except harm. The tanning industry also encourages use of tanning beds to improve consumers’ vitamin D levels, as sun exposure helps the body produce this important vitamin. Most people get a sufficient dosage of vitamin D through everyday sun exposure like getting in and out of cars, or from foods and nutritional supplements. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies tanning beds in the highest cancer risk category that exists, describing the beds as “carcinogenic to humans.”
  2. Some consumers apply more sunscreen than usual on especially hot days, but high temperatures don’t increase harmful sun exposure. You can encourage clients to think light, not heat. People also skip the sun protection when it’s cloudy outside, but harmful rays can also penetrate clouds. It’s easy to be a bit stingy with the sunscreen and this increases risk. A golf-ball sized glop of product should be applied 20 minutes before going outside so protective agents have time to activate. Make sure your clients understand they need to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after being in the water or sweating.

What You Should Know: Skin Cancer (2 of 5)

Blog Image[This is post two of five of our Skin Cancer series, be sure to check out our first post and stay tuned for more to come.]

  1. Did you know Australians develop more cancers on the right side of the body, while Americans develop more skin cancers on the left side of the body? It all has to do with the added sun exposure from driving that affects arms, ears and the face. Since Australians drive on the right side of the road, their cancer risk to the right side of the body is just the opposite of that in the U.S. While car windows screen out significant ultraviolet rays, driving with a window open defeats this.
  2. While cancers most often appear on body parts that are exposed to the sun, it is erroneous to conclude that clothing and regular sunglasses provide adequate protection for skin and eyes. Skin cancer and its precursors can turn up in some of the oddest places, including between toes, under toenails and fingernails, on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Perhaps people are confused about the protection clothing offers – or does not offer. Some apparel manufacturers are taking pains to build sun protection into their fabrics. Manufacturers also have created laundry additives offering a measure of protection when added to the wash cycle.

 

What You Should Know: Skin Cancer (1 of 5)

Blog ImageBeauty and health grow more interrelated with each passing day as consumers recognize that no amount of makeup or plastic surgery can replace their health and the natural glow that comes from conscientious grooming, good posture and self-confidence. As a radiation oncologist for more than 25 years, I have seen the traumatic impact to the skin, scalp and hair that comes with skin cancer treatments. I would not wish the side effects from radiation therapy and chemotherapy on anyone. While a patient’s primary concern is to treat the cancer, the damage to appearance and self-confidence that comes with treatment does not help the positive outlook that may promote recovery.

  1.  Skin cancer affects men more than women, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.Because they are more likely to have occupational exposure to the sun, men over 40 acquire more sun exposure over time. This could change as more women enter occupations traditionally held by men, but sun exposure is definitely not a place where women want to achieve equality! Despite these higher rates in men, melanoma is the most frequent cancer of all cancers
    in women aged 25 to 29, probably because of (ultraviolet) tanning. Research also shows men simply take sun protection less seriously than women do, in part because sun-protection products are more frequently advertised in women’s magazines.
  2. Geography and race play a role in rates of skin cancer. Australians have higher skin cancer rates, for example, than Europeans do because of Australia’s continental location below the equator and its proximity to a hole in the ozone layer. The Australian government launched a public education campaign in 1980 to encourage smart sun protection. The rate of new cases in Australia is beginning to drop. Race has a role. Melanoma is less common in African-Americans, Asians and Latinos, yet these populations experience more deaths because their skin cancers are detected far later in the disease process.

Routine: Dry Skin

Blog ImageStruggling with flakiness, rough patches, and all-around redness? Follow below for general dry skincare guidelines (avoid harsh ingredients, take shorter showers) and how to create a basic skincare routine, starting with a moisturizing cleanser, hydrating serum, creamy moisturizer, and restorative mud mask.

Cleanser

Choose a rich, creamy formula, and smooth it on with a wet washcloth to exfoliate gently. If your skin is extremely dry, cleanse only at night. In the morning, just splash your face with warm water.

Day Lotion

It’s a myth that by age 18 you’ve done all the skin damage you can. To stave off further wrinkles and spots, every day apply a cream with a humectant, like ceramides, plus sunscreen.

Serum (Coming Soon!)

An antioxidant serum, layered underneath day cream, will give you anti-aging benefits while also providing extra moisture.

Troubleshooter

Even with a moisture-packed regimen, this skin type loses water. Compensate with a weekly hydrating mask. Use one you remove with a washcloth (peel-offs can dry).

Anti-Aging: Fill your plate the right way!

Blog ImageVitamin E — When cooking, use vitamin E rich oils like olive oil and walnut oil.

Vitamin A — Fill your plate with bright colored vegetables, like carrots and pumpkin, to give your skin a boost this winter.

Vitamin C — Did you know broccoli contains high levels of vitamin C?  While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time, so eat up!

Flavonoids — Flavonoids are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage (hello, fewer wrinkles) fight free radicals and increase blood flow for a healthy glow.

Skin Care Routine: Anti-aging

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When your skin concerns include fine lines, dark spots, and dullness, it’s time to swap your go-to products for ones formulated specifically for mature skin. An anti-aging routine isn’t about stopping the aging process; instead, it’s about treating the visible side effects of growing older and keeping your skin healthy with products that speed up the cell turnover process and prevent additional damage from the sun, environmental factors, and stress.

Here is a smart anti-aging skincare routine.

  1. Wash and exfoliate. This should do done in the morning and at night, wash with a gentle cleanser.
  2. Treat your eyes. Apply an eye cream by gently patting the product into your skin. When products are naturally warmed by your skin they can travel so do not apply too close to your eyes to avoid any irritation.
  3. Pump on serum.
  4. Moisturize, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid to increase moisture levels and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  5. Apply SPF as a finishing touch!

Pulp Fiction? Here’s the Truth About Bergamot

It’s widely celebrated for a distinctive flavor and therapeutic scent, but this zesty Italian orange is also a powerful skincare secret—Step away from the Earl Grey and prepare to discover the other side of bergamot.

What It Is?  As an ingredient in food and skincare, “bergamot” usually refers to the oil derived from the rind of the bergamot orange.

Where Does It Comes From?  More than 80 percent of bergamot oranges hail from the Calabria region of Italy.

What It’s Good For?  Something of a skincare catchall, bergamot has been touted for the treatment of acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, and even psoriasis. The citrus is perhaps most celebrated (and trusted) in the realm of aromatherapy, where it is used for stress relief. In some studies, it has even mimicked the calming effect of anti-anxiety medications…no  prescription required.

How Does It Works?  A host of active chemicals makes bergamot a natural astringent and antiseptic, which proves valuable in shaving soaps and skincare. It also stimulates regeneration to heal acne and scars, and wards off infection and fungus. These complexion-boosting properties, paired with a naturally calming scent, make bergamot a smart additional to any sink ledge.