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Benefits of Essential Oils

Benefits of Essential Oils For Skin This article published by The International Dermal Institute is one of my favorites regarding the benefits of essential oils. I use essential oils in my practice daily, and feel that it is an important element in giving a facial. Living in Los Angeles has its advantages compared to other parts of the country, but traffic and getting to an appointment on time can be somewhat challenging. Many of my clients arrive harried and stressed. One of the first things I do during the facial is apply a lavender based essential oil while steaming to relax the mind and body. I find that with the application of this essential oil the client is more receptive to relaxing and receiving all the benefits of the facial. We live such busy lives that at times it is difficult to stop, calm the mind, and quiet the body. During the facial I will also use different essential oils applied prior to the massage. If the skin is congested I will use oil with Ylang Ylang, sensitive skin oil with Lavender or stressed skin oil with Neroli. It is amazing to see the difference in a person’s energy once the oils have been applied. I have many a client fall asleep during the treatment. The oils also aid in helping to repair the skin’s texture. Various types of essential oils were used in China and India as well as ancient Egypt. Jasmine was used as an overall healing of the body. Rose was considered an antidepressant and Chamomile was given to treat colds, headaches and dizziness. In Chinese medicine today essential oils are commonly prescribed and used. In some parts of the world doctors [...]

Winter Skin Care Tips

The Best Winter Skin Care Tips & Advice In my practice I have many clients asking me if they should change their skin care routine or daily habits as the weather changes to the colder months. I do see a difference in my client’s skin since warm weather tends to make us sweat and secrete more oils. Colder weather leaves us feeling drier and lacking in moisture. Typically in the winter months we are living with heaters, which causes a lot more dehydration and overall discomfort. This not only includes the face but the body too. Making sure you use a heavier body cream just out of the shower while you are still damp, will prevent your skin from feeling itchy and looking dry. Another suggestion is to run a humidifier in the bedroom while sleeping which will combat that dry winter air. This particular article published by The International Dermal Institute addresses many of the concerns and questions that people have at this time of the year. I would like to add a few names of my favorite Dermalogica products that I recommend to use during these cold wintery months. When speaking of ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, one of my favorite products by Dermalogica is the Hydrating Booster. This booster can be added to any moisturizer, or applied directly to the skin as a base before applying any cream. It adds moisture without feeling oily. Using an exfoliant such as Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant (a type of cream mask that you remove) or the Daily Resurfacers (a cotton wipe on exfoliant that you leave on ) will remove dead skin cells and allow the newer skin cells to absorb your serums and creams [...]

Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond

Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond When in your sixties and above, it’s a great time to focus on strengthening, smoothing, brightening, and hydrating skin for a healthy and luminous appearance. You may notice that wrinkles are more deeply etched than in previous years, hyperpigmentation is especially prominent, a decreased protective barrier heightens sensitivity, and dryness and dehydration are enhanced. Collagen production has reduced by at least 30% so skin may grow a bit thinner, elasticity may further decrease, and broken capillaries and veins might intensify. Cancerous and precancerous lesions may also surface if they haven’t already, so really make it a priority to visit your dermatologist once a year for a full body skin scan. The Aging Process Skin aging occurs gradually from external factors such as UV exposure, as well as internal factors such as diet and genetics. These influences contribute to three biochemical reactions – Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) – all of which lead to wrinkles, discoloration, loss of skin tone and other signals associated with aging skin. Reactive Oxygen Species are harmful oxygen molecules created by UV rays and pollution. ROS attack and react with stable skin cell molecules, causing wrinkles by cross-linking collagen and elastin. The result? Skin is less able to repair itself. Matrix Metalloproteinases are enzymes activated by UV exposure or inflammation. MMPs contribute to the breakdown of collagen and inhibit new collagen from forming. Advanced Glycation End-products occur when glucose (sugar) – the same glucose that provides energy for our cells – reacts with proteins, including collagen. This response can contribute to loss of elasticity, wrinkles and lines, inflammation, inhibited cell growth, and accelerated [...]