Rethink Your Moisturizer

That light and creamy moisturizer you used all summer isn’t going to cut it when the weather is cold and dry and humidity levels are low. Find thcopper peptidee right moisturizer for your skin type and add a skin serum underneath for additional hydration. For example, if you have acne prone skin, try Bellanina Botanical Calendula Oil Free Crème using our Copper Peptide Serum as an additional hydrator underneath. For dry skin, you want to use a moisturizer with oils such as safflower or soybean.   Our Restorative Marine Moisturizer with soybean oil is tops for hydrating in the cold winter months.

 Rethink How You Bathe

Although it is tempting to take a long, hot shower or bath when it is chilly outside, it prevents your skin from retaining all of the moisture it needs. A hot shower or bath affects the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis which has cells called keratinocytes. These cells, loaded with keratin (also found in hair and nails), provide the body’s defense against the outside environment and help to provide the barrier to allow your skin to retain moisture. In addition, your body produces a thin layer of oil on the skin’s surface to help this moisture retention.

Here’s what happens. The heat from your shower or bath softens your skin’s oils. Just think of how butter reacts when it is heated. When you add soap to the equation, your skin’s oil barrier can get quickly stripped away. Without these oils, the moisture in your skin escapes, leading to dryness and itching. The longer and hotter the shower, the faster this process takes place and the more moisture you’re likely to lose.

So, keep your shower or baths as brief as possible with lukewarm water. Don’t rub, but pat yourself dry and be sure to apply your body/face moisturizers within a minute after bathing while your skin is still slightly damp.

Exfoliation Is Even More Important In The Winter

Let’s talk about why. Cold, dry air coupled with intermittent bursts of hot, dry air indoor heating sucks the moisture out of cells, leaving skin feeling tight, dull and sometimes flaky. Cell turnover doesn’t actually slow down during the winter months, however, the weather extremes between hot and cold cause skin cells to ‘die’ faster as they dehydrate. As we age, our rate of skin cell turnover is reduced making exfoliation even more important.

Very gentle, exfoliation twice a week will wash away these dead cells at the surface, to reveal smoother, younger looking skin. Also, exfoliators improve the effectiveness of moisturizers. Since you will be using even more monew_jojobacroppedisturizing lotions and creams in the winter, you’ll want to exfoliate to maximize their hydrating potential.

There are two main types of exfoliants: chemical and physical.  Our Cosmeceutical Glycolic Cleanser is an example of a chemical exfoliant that contain glycolic acid. Our Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser is a physical exfoliant that employs natural jojoba beads to “scrub” away the dead cells.  It is always important to apply moisturizing cream or lotion to the skin immediately after exfoliation for the maximum hydrating effect.

Don’t Forget Your Lips

Always use lip balm or petroleum jelly to both moisturize and create a protective barrier between your lips and the cold, dry winter air. airlipvibran-c balm when you are doing the rest of your skin care, make it part of your routine. If your lips are particularly chapped, you can make your own lip scrub to smooth aways the dead flaky skin. All you need to do is apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to your lips and then rub them with a little sugar or a soft toothbrush using circular motions. Remember to be gentle and that all of the flaky skin may not come off in one treatment! You can also use our Vibran C lip treatment with lots of Vitamin C to repair your chapped lips.

Give Your Feet A Good Night’s Rest

For dry, callused feet, gently buff away the calluses with a pumice stone or foot scrub before bed. Immediately apply a thick moisturizer while your feet are still damp and wear socks made of natural fabric overnight. If that doesn’t do the trick, then up your game with an over the counter cream containing glycolic acid or urea that will exfoliate as well as moisturize. If you do that for a month, you should see some great results!

 

Comedogenic vs. non-comedogenic oils

A comedo, the least severe form of acne, is the result of a clogged pore. Pores become clogged if there is too much sebum and too many dead skin cells. Bacteria can then get trapped inside the pores and multiply, causing swelling and redness. The result is a pimple or a comedo. If a pore gets clogged up and closes but bulges out from the skin, you’re left with a whitehead. If a pore gets clogged up but stays open, the top surface can darken and you’re left with a blackhead.

Comedogenic products are the ones that will result in clogged pores. Since we tend to blend ingredients to make up our massage oils, you can see which ones are more likely to cause acne in the chart below.

Comedongenic Ratings(causing acne)

This list of ingredients has been derived and compiled from various sources including the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.

0 – Will not Clog Pores

1 – Low

2 – Moderately Low

3 – Moderate

4 – Fairly High

5 – High

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Virgin vs. Fractionated Coconut Oil

How you use coconut oil, whether in its virgin or fractionated form, is dependent on your reason for using the oils. Generally, the virgin form is used for dry skin and various skin ailments. On the other hand, the primary use of fractionated coconut oil is in cosmetics, skin care products, perfumes and as a carrier oil. Both virgin and fractionated coconut oils have a long shelf life. Virgin coconut oil maintains its potency and freshness for two years. Fractionated coconut oil lasts indefinitely.

Virgin coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil has the taste and scent of coconuts. It is used for cooking and in skin and hair care products. Virgin coconut oil is oilier (more comedogenic) than fractionated coconut oil and can clog pores with continuous use. Virgin coconut oil maintains its potency and freshness for two years A solid when cool, this oil is produced by using fresh coconuts and separating out the coconut oil in one of two ways:

  • Dry method – The coconuts are quick dried and the oil is pressed out mechanically. This is the most common method used to produce the coconut oil found in most stores.
  • Wet method (wet-milling) – This is a more complicated method where the “coconut milk” is produced by pressing the coconuts. The oil is then separated from the liquid in several ways. The virgin coconut oil from our oil uses the centrifuge method. Other methods include boiling, enzymes, refrigeration and fermentation.

Fractionated coconut oil

Fractionated coconut oil has had the long chain triglycerides removed and is made by a process of hydrolysis and steam distillation. This makes the oil less oily (less comedogenic) than virgin coconut oil and generally better for use in skin care products. Fractionated coconut oil has a higher concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid which means it is a better antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant. Unlike virgin coconut oil, it remains a liquid when cold, has very little scent and lasts indefinitely. This oil can be found in soaps, skin care products, as a carrier oil for essential oils and herbal extracts, massage oils and hair care products.

 

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Beyond a caring touch, how you interact with your clients is key to generating repeat business, referrals and add-on sales! Do you carefully plan each customer experience?  Chances are your focus is primarily on the massage itself and not on your conversation with your client which can make the difference between an average experience and a great one.  Conveying your caring and concern about your clients’ well-being will generate both repeat visits and referrals.  So take a cue from other businesses and don’t leave anything to chance. Many companies script their employee/customer interactions. For example, you might hear “would you like to try our new mocha latte today?” in your local cafe. Although you are not selling coffee, you are in essence “selling” a wellness experience and can create your own scripts to follow depending on each customer’s need.

For example, you are always concerned that your clients receive the helpful benefits of the massage you give them so why not let them know how they can extend those benefits when they go home.

“You can extend the benefits of your massage today by…….”

Another key message is to let your client know that they may experience some discomfort a day after the massage and what they can do to manage it.

“Although everyone reacts differently, it is normal to feel some discomfort after your massage. It can be like a workout at the gym for some muscles. Also, massage increases the blood flow and releases built up toxins into your blood stream. If you feel any discomfort, I recommend you……..”
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You may opt to retail foam rollers, massage balls, creams, Bellanina Spa Mineral Bath etc. to recommend to your clients as a way to stretch and soothe at home. This is not hard-core selling, it is simply suggesting ways to help.

“Many of my clients have had success with this foam roller in helping them stretch at home. Let me show you how it works.”

Lastly, always have a script to book your client’s next appointment.

“Would you like to make your next appointment today or do you want me to call you to book one later?”

In addition to your hands-on work with them, scripting is a great way to make sure you verbally communicate that you care for your clients health and well-being.  Having your own standard phrases for your key messages will ensure you are consistent and thoughtful in your communications with your clients.  Create the scripts that will work for you, write them down and use them every time.

Did you know that your most important cosmetic is water? That’s right, the most essential nutrient our skin needs is inexpensive and right at our fingertips and all of the creams, lotions and serums we have in our cosmetic bags aren’t going to have their intended affect if we don’t get enough of it.

Water makes up 50 to 70 percent of the body’s overall composition.waterfall

Blood 83% water
Heart 79% water
Muscle 76% water
Brain 75% water
Skin 72% water
Bone 22% water

 

Water  performs many functions in the body. Inside our cells, it provides the medium in which necessary chemical reactions occur. It is the basis of our internal transport systems, the blood and the lymph. Water is essential in regulating the body’s temperature. It aids in waste removal and lubricates our joints.

Although our skin is the largest organ, the water we intake reaches all of the other organs we have first. When we don’t drink enough water, our skin becomes dehydrated resulting in dry, tight, flaky skin with a dull tone.

It is important to keep the skin hydrated. To keep the skin smooth and bright, experts say to drink at least six 8 ounce glasses of water a day or more if you are sweating or exercising. If you aren’t drinking enough water, give your kidneys and digestive system a chance to adjust by adding increments of 8 ounces a day at a time. If you think water is too bland, spice it up by adding a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint or fresh fruit that has been frozen into an ice cube.

Doesn’t drinking more water cause bloating and water retention? Exactly the opposite, by helping to rid the body of any excess sodium, drinking more water actually results in less water retention. If you drink too little water, the body will hold on to it, resulting in more fluid retention.

Besides drinking water, you also get water from many of the foods you eat. About 80% of our water comes from drinking beverages and 20% from eating foods. Although all beverages count toward our daily water intake, the best is calorie and sodium free water.   Please note that alcohol is a dehydrator. If you want to partake, try drinking one glass of water for each alcoholic beverage to counterbalance the dehydrating effect.

In addition to drinking enough water, hydrate your skin by:

  1. Applying a moisturizer within minutes of bathing as this allows better absorption. Try our Bellanina Botanical Moisturizer with hyaluronic acid
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    Botanical Moisturizer

    which attracts and hold water to the skin.

  2. Serums containing hyaluronic acid such as Copper Peptide Hydrating Serum or Hydra Gel.

We experience smooth and evenly toned skin in our youth.  Our faces have not been overly subjected to the harsh rays of the sun and enviornment.  As we go through life our complexion pays the price of living on Planet Earth, usually in the form of age spots, broken capillaries, large pores, hyper-pigmentation and loss of collagen and elastin.  And ultimately, that beautiful skin may look dull, lack luster and wrinkled.

There are many ingredients on the market today that can counteract the ravages of heredity and copper peptideenvironmental damage.  One of the most effective is ingredient is the peptide.  In the 1990’s, scientists harnessed the power of these tiny amino-acid bonds in the lab, to include them in products that, when applied to the skin, send messages to damaged or weakened skin and help repair cells and boost the production of collagen.  Peptides help produce the collagen and elastin that keeps her skin looking supple, which declines as we age.

Peptides, a type of amino acid, are naturally found in the skin.  They encourage the production of collagen and elastin to maintain healthy skin cells and give a plumper, more elastic look because they can dictate to skin cells how to repair themselves and function properly. Think of peptides as collagen-stimulators and skin problem-solvers without the need for injury or inflammation.

Since the aging process causes a natural decline of peptides in the skin, synthetic versions found in serums and creams help strengthen collagen and elastin levels. The smaller the chain of peptides in a product, the more impact there is on collagen production because collagen is made of proteins that are bonded together with peptides. Using peptides on the skin makes the skin think it is experiencing a breakdown of collagen internally and therefore prompts the body to make more collagen.

Copper Peptide:  Thirty years ago, scientists discovered that a naturally occurring peptide bound to copper could speed up healing and help repair tissue after surgery. And since wrinkles and sun damage can be considered injuries to the skin’s structure, they could be especially useful for treating signs of aging. 

Researchers confirmed that copper peptides ramp up collagen production in the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Since then, many manufacturers have formulated anti-aging products that follow suit. 

The medicinal properties of copper peptides can be especially useful after dermatological treatments such as laser resurfacing and chemical peels, which are basically, controlled skin injuries.  Also, after a searing sunburn, copper peptide works great to repair the ‘burned’ skin. Copper Peptide stimulates your body’s own natural production of collagen, especially after being ‘wounded’.  A reminder:  When using Copper Peptide, do not use Vitamin C at the same time.  They seem to counteract the effects of the other.

Over time the skin will start to look more plump, brighter, tighter and smoother, which is a direct result of the increase in collagen. But beware: This doesn’t happen overnight and can take at a while to see a difference in the skin.  A rule of thumb is to use at least two bottles worth of a product on a daily basis before you make a judgment as to its’ efficacy.

When you couple potent product ingredients like peptides, with the toning and tightening effects of a Bellanina Facelift Massage, the results are far reaching!

 

 

By Nina Howard

 Most of the country has been ringing in the New Year with sub-zero temperatures and piling layers of clothes onto very dry skin.   My life is no exception.

When I was applying my moisturizer this morning it was -5 degrees outside.  I noticed drninay patches on my cheeks.  Since I walk my dog 4 times a day, there is no escaping winter chafing unless I dress with a niqab or ski mask.  With this severe weather to add to the ‘normal’ winter harshness, I decided it was time to change my skin care regiment to support my skin in the harsh winter weather.

First, I set my bottle of Honeylift Massage Lotion on my vanity to remind myself to add this to my daily routine.  Since Honeylift is so hydrating, I recommend that you ‘wear’ it for a few minutes and then begin your tapotement technique.   A few minutes of wearing the Honeylift followed by a couple of minutes of tapping will give your skin’s immune system a boost while hydrating your skin cells.  A great time for this routine is while preparing for bedtime.

Secondly, with the dry patches, I will add Glycolic Toner 10% for 3 or 4 straight days to give my skin a chance to do deeper exfoliation.  I typically use Glycolic Toner only 2 or 3 days straight every week or two to help to slough my dead skin and then I polish off the loosened dead skin cells with Salicylic Enzyme Exfoliant.  I don’t go overboard on Glycolic but find that using it for a few consecutive days and then buffing the dead skin off with an exfoliant scrub is like getting a light peel without any downside.

Remember to apply ample amounts of moisturizer to your skin including your neck.   For these winter months, it is wise to go one step heavier for daily moisturizer.  I will set aside my Botanical Moisturizer for a richer (more emollient) one.  Restorative Marine Moisturizer will work better for my normal skin than my usual Botanical Moisturizer or Alpha Lipoic Perfection Crème which I use in the summer.

To add one more tidbit of information, I will switch to  Bellanina Cosmeceutical Copper Peptide as my anti-aging serum.  The Bellanina Cosmeceutical Copper Peptide has CoQ10 and Hyaluronic Acid which helps to repair environmental damage.  It is excellent to use after exfoliation and very hydrating as well as firming.  Don’t forget to apply Bellanina Hand & Body Crème to your entire body.  There is nothing worse than the stinging, itching feeling on your legs and body from ultra dry skin.

When you follow through in your own life with amazing home care, it is easy to share the positive results you are achieving with your clients.  Now is the perfect time to focus your Bellanina business on solutions that will help your clients look good and feel good, every day!

Do you know the difference between natural, organic and synthetic ingredients?

Organic refers to how a plant is grown.  Organic plants are grown without using chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or toxic substances.  To make an organic claim, a company must have specific information regarding organic content levels by percentage in order to get a certification stamp.  The FDA has specific regulations concerning the term “organic” for food products and product labels.  However, the FDA regulates the use of organic ingredients in food products only.  Since water is usually the main ingredient in cosmetic and skin care products, and other active ingredients are used, it is virtually impossible to label any skin care product 100% organic.

 It is worth noting that there are no federal guidelines as yet for the use and proclamation of organically derived ingredients in cosmetic products.  The claims relevant to organic ingredients in a cosmetic formulation can be a marketing strategy to draw consumer attention, although many reputable companies will list the percentages of organic ingredients in their products.

 NSF/ANSI (National Sanitation Foundation/American National Standards Institute) defines labeling and marketing requirements for personal care products that contains organic ingredients.  The voluntary standard allows the “contains organic ingredients” designation for products with organic content of 70% or more to comply with the standard.

 Natural skin care carries a different slant.  The natural label has become ubiquitous. The Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients (Wiley 2010) defines a natural product as “a product that is derived from plant, animal or microbial sources, primarily through physical processing, sometimes facilitated by simple chemical reactions such as acidification, basification, ion exchange, hydrolysis and salt formation as well as microbial fermentation”. The government does not regulate the use of the word “natural” on products, except for poultry and other meats.

 Natural skin care infers using naturally derived ingredients (such as herbs, roots, essential oils and flowers) combined with naturally occurring carrier agents, preservatives, surfactants, humectants, and emulsifiers. The classic definition of natural skin care is based on using botanically sourced ingredients currently existing in or formed by nature, without the use of synthetic “chemicals” and manufactured in such a way to preserve the integrity of the ingredients. It is important to note that the word “chemical” has been misappropriated and maligned as synonymous with “poison”. It is not. Everything we eat, drink, drive, play with and live in is made of chemicals! Both natural and synthetic chemicals are essential for life, as we know it.

 Synthetic

The word synthetic conjures up a sort of ‘Frankenstein’ approach to products. We like images of fields of flowers and herbs wafting in the wind and hand picked to be the basis of our products. But organic chemistry is the science of creating, in a lab, substances or ingredients that minimally, contain carbon and hydrogen, and which molecularly match those from nature in every way, In other words, they are nature-identical.

It is hard to visualize how a natural botanical developed in a lab could possibly match a natural botanical pulled from the dirt. Synthetic ingredients can match natural ingredients in every way. You can’t tell the difference! Based on science, the body does not recognize any difference between a truly natural ingredient and a synthetic, or lab-derived, natural ingredient. Is it socially wrong to use synthetic ingredients that are nature-identical but uses petro based carbon sources? Well, the answer may lie in the amount of natural botanicals required worldwide for all the topical products and dietary supplements. Hopefully, the move towards ‘green chemistry’ will achieve a better outcome of petro-based carbon sources and bio-based (plant) carbon sources.

 In 2014, Bellanina Institute plans to bring more information to you which will “demystify” the industry of skin and body care product ingredients so that you will know what you are putting on yours and your client’s skin.  Information is knowledge, as they say!  The issue is to sort through the maize of information as well as to decipher fact from fiction.  It is a daunting task!

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