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Open up the page of any magazine and you will be face to face with the smoothest and most flawless skin ever. Models, actresses and celebrities alike seem to be immune to the common skin irritations that plague the rest of us. How do they do? Is it the hundreds on dollars they spend a year with stylists and dermatologists that keep them looking so young and beautiful? Maybe a little but in reality it is hundreds of hours air brushing out the flaws. Anyone can look perfect with the right technology.

So what are we to do when faced with this dousing of cold water that absolute perfection is not only unattainable, it’s unavoidable on the covers of magazines everywhere? How are average women (and men if you can believe it) ever supposed to feel good against such impossible standards? Is it completely hopeless?

Definitely not! While you may never achieve that silky smooth complexion all models seem to enjoy, you can have beautiful, toned skin that radiates your good health and happiness. Beautiful skin is clear, even and smooth. Even as we begin to age it is possible to beat the hands of time and keep your skin looking fabulous.

What is the reality?

The reality is that it is years of abuse to the face that is leading more and more women down the path of despair. Looking back over your younger years do you remember fabulous tans, lots of make up and never applying a drop or moisturizer? It is that sort of behavior that leads to premature wrinkles, clogged pores, uneven skin tones and sagging skin. Facial skin is perhaps the most delicate because it is much thinner than the skin on your back, hands, legs or chest. Because of this it is important to take care of your body, even when your young and can’t see the damage so easily and use proper preventative skin care products.

Your solution…?

If nothing else, try a Cosmeceuticals grade skin moisturizer to help smooth fine lines, clear skin and assist in fading uneven color. Cosmeceuticals are a great way to get a more effective result because they are one step below pharmaceutical level products (that require a doctor’s prescription to obtain). These products are specially designed with aging or mature skin as the target for treatment.

Eye crèmes are designed for the ultra sensitive issue surrounding the eye. Fine lines will begin to develop in this region in your early twenties as the result of squinting, sun damage or sleeping on your side/stomach. These crèmes will help to restore lost collagen and smooth the skin without causing irritation.

Perfection Crème is formulated for the face and hands and will not only hydrate the skin but help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while evening the skin tone. This is a wonderful choice for baby boomers looking for a simple moisturizer to add to their daily routine.

There are other simple tricks to looking your best like eating healthy, exercise and keeping a happy and stress free life. Believe it or not the health of your skin can be affected by everything you encounter! But just because you may have celebrated (or scorned) your last birthday because you turned 50, it doesn’t mean you have to act or look like your 50.

Here’s to looking your best at any age!


                 Coming home at the end of the day and taking a nice long, hot shower is a daily indulgence that anyone can appreciate. Nothing feels better than getting rid of the stress of the day and allowing the soothing feel of water to wash away your stresses and frustration. Before reaching for your favorite bar of soap however, have you considered the soothing effects of a high quality body scrub to do more than just cleanse your skin? Leave your shower feeling more than refreshed, leave it feeling revitalized and ready to go!

            A body scrub is one of those wonderful products that offer many benefits to the body, mind and soul. Although most people will use a standard bar soap for cleansing purposes and call it a day, they are not left with a truly satisfying experience. Remember that a shower or bath is a time to relax, allow the tension of the day to drift out of your muscles and ease your mind of stress.


            In the simplest form a body scrub uses a gentle abrasive texture to assist in the cleansing and exfoliation of the skin. Over time dead skin cells accumulate on the surface and leave the skin looking tired, uneven and sometimes dry or flaky. The texture will become rougher over time and eventually standard soap and water will no longer work their charm in making you feel truly clean when you emerge to face the world. Indeed, most bar soaps cannot truly penetrate the skin and offer deep clean and hydrating benefits that a simple body scrub can provide in one simple step.


            There are many types of body scrubs available that consist of varying textures and ingredients. Many day spas will include a body scrub with their services because the soothing scent and benefits to the skin will enhance the pampering experience they can offer to their clientele. Bringing that experience home can be a truly wonderful way to have a small luxury to look forward to after a long day and work, school or strenuous physical activity.

            Popular ingredients and bases for scrubs include salt, oil, sugar, herbal remedies and fruit blends. A good body scrub with have a slightly grainy texture and fragrance that is pleasant and soothing to the consumer. Remember that body scrubs are a total sensory experience and should be tailored to fit your individual needs and preferences.

            Body scrubs are not recommended for use if you have skin conditions such as sun damage (like burning) or sensitivity to topical products as the body scrub may worsen these conditions. Consult with a doctor and/or trained esthetician if you have any concerns regarding certain ingredients or health issues. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reactions such as itchiness, redness, rashes or discomfort during or after use.

            Take advantage of the simple pleasures in life and try incorporating a body scrub into your routine. Not only will your skin feel smooth and refreshed but hydrated and nourished to the deepest level. Create your own soothing spa experience at home and keep the “back from the spa” refreshed feeling all week long.

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Facial masques (sometimes referred to as masks) are the next big thing and should be added to your supply of beauty products and skin care routine as soon as possible. Great benefits like smoother skin and a healthier glow aside, did you know that by using the right kind of masque, you can reduce or get rid of many common skin problems. Imagine all that from one skin treatment applied anywhere from once a week to once a month!

Day spas have been using masques for years as a gentle way to exfoliate, cleanse and “detoxify” the face, but did you know that face masques have actually been in most cultures for centuries? The use of a masque (facial and full body) is an age old tradition that was used for everything from spiritual rituals to healing. Back then and today a masque can be used to draw out undesirable qualities from the body and help to restore the skin to its natural beauty.
Most masques available will be applied directly to the face and need time to “dry” before removal. During this time your masque will be cleansing and exfoliating the skin to remove dead skin cells and debris. Different oils and extracts will penetrate the skin during this time to improve hydration and tone. Masques intended to treat skin conditions such as acne will help to clear and minimize the pores.
The type of masque you should use depends entirely on your individual skin type and needs. Most masques will indicate if they are meant to treat a specific skin condition such as dryness, oily, acne or sensitive skin. If you have special concerns regarding your skin, consult with a dermatologist or esthetician to find an appropriate mask.
When used regularly masques will help to keep your skin clear, tighten and improve texture and may reduce premature wrinkles. Follow all directions carefully and discontinue use immediately if you develop any adverse reactions such as redness or itching.

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Developing and maintaining a facial skin care routine is a wonderful way to take steps towards a life of beautiful and healthy skin. Did you know that over time the accumulation of dead skin, grime and impurities as well as exposure to sun and other natural elements can take a drastic toll on your skins health? While your skin is designed to protect your body, it needs to be protected as well. By incorporating a few simple steps into your morning or nightly routine, you can banish away the detrimental effects of the environment and the natural aging process simply and effectively.

Remember that your skin, especially your face, is constantly exposed to elements you may not even be aware are around you. Even something as simple as the wind on your face or rubbing your fingers over your skin will leave tiny particles of dirt and grime behind. Your skin has pores that can become filled with these particles and slowly become clogged with oils that will lead to acne, white heads, black heads and other skin problems. The accumulation of dead skin cells that have not been removed will build up over time and begin forming wrinkles and prevent healthy new cells from reaching the surface. By ignoring your skin, you are setting the stage for a lifelong battle with the look and feel of your face and body.

A simple skin care routine is simple to establish and can be custom tailored to your particular needs. Understanding your skin type is the first step followed by identifying any specific problem areas. There are five common types of skin:

1) Normal
2) Oily
3) Dry
4) Combination (a mixture of two or more of the previous three)
5) Sensitive (may not respond well to more aggressive treatments)

Common problems associated with a lack of good skin care include the previously mentioned issues such as acne (caused by build of grime and clogged pores), premature or deep wrinkles from sun exposure or the accumulation of dead skin or discoloration or hyper pigmentation (moles, freckles, uneven color and tone). More serious problems can develop if healthy skin cannot properly grow and mature including certain types of cancer.

After you have identified what type of skin you have and any specific issues you may want to correct, it is time to develop your routine. Most daily skin care treatments can be done daily or every other day (cleanse, tone, moisturize). More intensive treatments such as masques or exfoliation may only be done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Corrective treatments can range in duration and frequency and individual product directions should be followed carefully.

Step One: Cleanser (Daily)
The first and most basic step should be to truly clean your face (and not with just soap and water). A basic cleanser (they are available for all skin types) will remove excess oils and dirt from the pores by penetrating the skin more deeply. Most cleansers are rubbed in a circular motion around the skin and then rinsed off with warm water.

Step Two: Exfoliate (Daily or Every Other Day)
Remember when we said that by removing dead skin you can allow new skin cells to develop? This is where this step comes in handy. Exfoliants range from gentle in texture (small and grainy like sand) to more intensive treatments with larger particles that are closer to salt crystals. If you are unsure of what type is best for your skin, consult with an esthetician or dermatologist for more advice.

Step Three: Tone (Daily or Every Other Day)
After cleansing the skin and exfoliating it is important to make sure that all the excess grime has been removed. After exfoliating the pores, toner can reach further and remove any residual impurities that may remain. It will also help to restore the natural ph balance of the skin.

Step Four: Correct (As Directed)
Blemish repair, hyper pigmentation treatment, anti wrinkle or deep exfoliation would fall into this step as needed. These treatments are very specific to your skin and will help to combat any existing conditions.

Step Five: Moisturize (Daily)
Moisture, moisture, moisture! This cannot be repeated enough when it comes to proper skin care. Even if your skin is naturally oily in nature it will still need a light (oil free) moisturizer to maintain a hydrated and healthy appearance. Dry skin will use more intensive moisturizers while sensitive skin may require special products without harsh chemical additives. Pay attention to any reactions such as redness, dryness or rash, when using any product and discontinue immediately if any problems arise.

Step Six: Protect (As Needed)
If you are going out during the day (even in the winter) it is important to prevent damage before it starts by using a strong sun block. We recommend the use of at least an SPF 30 or higher and reapplying often throughout the day or after any activities such as swimming. Advanced protection is available for the face, lips and body in several strengths and types.

Take control of your skin today and start a daily routine that will help to improve the texture, smoothness and tone of your skin from day one. Problematic skin doesn’t need to be a losing battle if you are ready to take matters into your own hands and commit to a simple plan to keep your skin looking its best. Most daily routines can be completed within ten minutes and will significantly improve your skin’s health and appearance quickly and effectively.

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