Bye Bye Microbeads

Microbeads are now a thing of the past. Once advertised as a great way to mechanically exfoliate your skin, research from Oregon State University has found them to negatively affect the environment. Once microbeads have worked to remove your dead skin cells, they don’t dissolve, and as they float away through your plumbing, they move along out to the ocean where sea life consume them. Microbeads then become a part of the food chain when we eat fish and other sea creatures who ingest the beads. This is something I really don’t want to think about too long. You, either?

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/30178/20150918/8-trillion-tiny-microbeads-enter-water-sources-each-day-scientists.htm

Now there is a ban on products containing microbeads, which leads all of us regular mechanical exfoliators to proclaim “now what will we do?”

I have a great remedy, even better than microbeads, and it’s been around a long, long time – think even your great, great grandmother used it! It’s granulated sugar. Yes, sugar.

Sugar scrubs and sugaring have been shown to be excellent exfoliators, and as lovely as massaging sugar over our skin sounds, it is wonderful in case some slips into your mouth (versus a microbead!). The most wonderful thing I love about the effectiveness of a sugar scrub, besides that it really does move the old skin cells along beautifully, preventing ingrown hairs and giving a much smoother shaving experience, is that is melts as you massage it into your skin. No more fish ingesting beads!

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Apriori Beauty’s Sugar Beet Crystal Scrub!

I love the Sugar Beet Crystal and Enzyme Activated Scrub from Apriori Beauty. Great for your face and body. Very, very gritty, giving you an excellent exfoliation, and dissolves as you continue to massage it around.

Testimonial:

The Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is my little heaven in a bottle! I have found that when I exfoliate correctly and hydrate my skin with the nutrients in the entire Celloxylin line, my skin is finally normalized. I received a facial the other day and the therapist must have asked me four times, “What products do you use?” I am so happy with my results..!

Vibrant Summer Skin

Tips for Vibrant Summer Skin by Candy Dye

I highly recommend exfoliating consistently in the summer to nourish your skin, which just as important as exfoliating to keep your skin hydrated in winter. Exfoliating in the summer helps to prevent dry, damaged skin due to rising heat temps and exposure to sun. [Read more…]

Stimulate Smooth Summer Skin

Did you know that it’s suggested to exfoliate your skin more consistently in the summer as opposed to winter?

Exfoliating helps to prevent dry, damaged skin due to rising heat temps and exposure to sun. As we age, our skin’s natural skin turnover process slows significantly, resulting in the build-up of dry, dead skin cells that can cause blemishes, age spots, and an overall dull appearance.

Exfoliation is the process of using mechanical or chemical means to promote skin cell shedding from the top layer of skin, the epidermis. Despite the fact that skin exfoliation is extremely beneficial, it is an often overlooked part of a healthy skin care regimen. This summer, incorporate the Celloxylin® Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub into your skin routine.

Celloxylin® Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub

Celloxylin® Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub

I LOVE this gentle, cooling scrub which effectively removes dead surface skin cells, leaving my skin visibly smooth and protected by all the nutrients it provides.  This Sugar Cyrstal Scrub encourages healthy skin cell turnover to help prevent dull, damaged-looking skin. [Read more…]

What Do You Do If You’ve Over Exfoliated?

As you age, your rate of dead skin cell turnover slows down and your skin thins. Exfoliation is a must, to keep those dead skin cells moving, providing better absorption of your moisturizers and nutrient serums. At the same time you are walking a fine line of balancing the right amount of exfoliation while protecting your skin’s protective barrier covering.

Mechanical exfoliation is achieved through substances such as walnut shell, sea salts or other forms of “grit” that will massage or rub the dead skin cells off. Chemical exfoliation is accomplished through an acid or a combination of acids that reduce the skin’s pH enough to remove the “glue” that holds the dead skin cell to the skin’s surface.

Overuse of either or both, together with fragile skin, or a sensitive skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, can set your skin up for signs of irritation and inflammation as well as redness, itching, swelling, scabbing, infection and scarring. [Read more…]

Know Your Skin Care Acids

Most anti-aging skin care products today contain a variety of acids, meant to continuously get rid of dead skin cells for a fresher skin appearance. I personally like to have a treatment product that does an intense exfoliation on an occasional basis, and my daily skin care to be filled with ingredients that nourish and hydrate my skin all day long.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are highly effective anti-aging ingredients, clinically proven to reduce the signs of photoaging. When applied topically, AHA’s and BHA’s are known to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, elasticity, and hydration, and reduce hyper-pigmentation.

The A&B’s of Hydroxy Acids

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are organic acids found naturally in plants (Glycolic Acid) or sour milk (Lactic Acid). They may also be produced synthetically for use in cosmetic applications.  They are widely known for their ability to improve the appearance and texture of aging skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and scarring.  When topically applied, AHA’s work on both the dermis, and epidermis to improve skin health and appearance.
  • On the surface, AHA’s help dissolve the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, encouraging skin cell sloughing, from the epidermis and reducing the build up of dry, dead skin cells (a process known as keratinization).  Moving deeper into the dermis, AHA’s effectively reduce the signs of photoaging  by improving the quality of elastin fibers, increasing collagen density, and increasing dermal thickness.
  • In other words, the acids work to cause the sloughing off of dead skin cells, which helps promote the elasticity and firmness of your skin.  It also helps to keep it from thinning and becoming translucent, where you can visibly see blood vessels by encouraging the thickness of your skin.
  • AHA’s also make the skin more receptive to moisturization from topically applied products.  Because their small molecular size allows for increased skin penetration, Glycolic and Lactic Acids are the most effective and commonly used AHAs.  Other AHA’s used in skin care formulations include Malic Acid, Citric Acid and Tartaric Acid.

Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

  • Similar to AHA’s, BHA’s are organic acids that are commonly used in skin care preparations to treat the signs of aging, acne, and psoriasis through chemical exfoliation.  When applied topically, they are also known to support improved skin barrier function, increase skin thickness, and promote collagen synthesis.
  • Unlike AHA’s, BHA’s are lipid rather than water soluble, allowing them to penetrate the skin through follicles and aid exfoliation within pores.  This property makes BHA’s particularly useful in the treatment of oily skin, or for those suffering from clogged pores and acne.
  • BHA’s also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that make them effective in addressing common dermatological problems. The most commonly used BHA is Salicylic Acid.

What Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and Beta-Hydroxy Acids should you be looking for in your exfoliation products?

Skin aging – characterized by wrinkles, sagging, hyperpigmentation and dryness – is a major dermatological concern, and there is a growing demand for products that provide anti-aging benefits.

I would like to introduce you to an acid peel which has the following ingredients and works this way:

  • AHA’s and BHA’s~ Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid reduce the effects of photoaging by promoting exfoliation and improving skin structure and function.
  • Glycolic Acid ~ an AHA derived from sugar cane. Due to its small molecular size, Glycolic Acid has an excellent ability to penetrate skin where it both promotes exfoliation in the epidermis and improves skin function in the dermis.
  • Lactic Acid ~ an AHA that is slightly milder than Glycolic Acid.  Similar to Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface.  It also helps reduce the signs of environmental aging, hyperpigmentation and scarring.
  • Encapsulated Salicylic Acid ~ an oil soluble BHA that promotes healthy skin cell shedding inside of pores.  The unique encapsulation process is a FIRST IN THE INDUSTRY! Encapsulation allows for both effective delivery of high levels of Salicylic Acid, and continued release throughout the day.  Exfoliation improves skin appearance, while the anti-inflammatory calms and protects.
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine ~ a stable form of Glucosamine, N-Acetyl Glucosamine is an integral part of the connective tissue that holds cells together and supports cell membrane structure.  Both gentle and effective, Glucosamine acts on the desmosomal linkages that hold skin together directly without damaging them.  This results in an improved ability for skin to shed dead skin cells. Studies have also shown that N-Acetyl Glucosamine is effective at inhibiting melanin production, thus reducing hyperpigmentation via topical use.
  • Aloe Vera and Cucumber Extracts ~ Soothes and protects skin to prevent long-term irritation.

This innovative, new product is the Celloxylin MD 20Ex Acid Peel. This peel allows you to have the ability to address the visible signs of aging without the cost or risk associated with professional acid peel treatments. Using the highest active levels possible without a prescription, Apriori Beauty has created a highly potent, proprietary 20%acid complex to produce immediate, visible results in the comfort of your home!

I met a woman the other day who was fanning her face as she was working, because she was feeling the burning effects of the acid peel she had received the day before. She was so relieved when I told her about the new in-home peel – she won’t be burning anymore and she will save a lot of money with the 20Ex Acid Peel!

Another note is from my personal esthetician. If you are using products that cause you skin’s pH to be in the higher end (8-11), your face will feel more burning when the peel brings the pH down to 3.6.  If you are using products that maintain your skin’s natural pH of around 5.5, your will feel very little or nothing (like me!) when your peel brings it down to 3.6. Using pH correct products not only protect the skin’s acid mantle, it also promotes your skin’s  protective barrier immune function. That’s a another post to come!

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