Wellness

/Wellness

Phyto Oils and Their Skin Care Benefits

Phyto Oils and the Skin There has been much talk about Plant Oils or products known as Phyto Oils and their benefits to the skin. They help substitute our skin’s natural lipids without causing a greasy shine. They also give the skin an appearance of being dewy with a glow, creating a youthful looking skin. There are specific plant based ingredients that shield against the stresses of the environment, lock in moisture and smooth visible lines. Since Dermalogica has come out with the new Phyto Replenish Oil, I’d like to share with you the active ingredients, and the role these ingredients play in giving you a healthy looking skin. Camellia Japonica Derived from a small flowering tree in Korea and Japan. It is often called “rose of the winter.” This antioxidant oil stimulates collagen and strengthens the skin’s barrier function resulting in wrinkle reducing benefits. Tamanu Oil Native to the South Pacific Islands this phyto active oil is a potent antioxidant. It inhibits the breakdown of lipid rich cell membranes that occur from free radicals. This means your skin’s visual aging process will slow down with the use of this ingredient. Chia Seed Oil This ingredient helps to hydrate the surface of the skin, soothing dry itchy skin, while it delivers concentrated fatty acids. Orchid Flower Extract While it is locking in moisture and balancing the skin’s NMF or Natural Moisturizing Factor, it is also repairing and protecting the skin. Hyaluronic Acid Has anti-irritant properties while providing anti-oxidant and hydrating qualities. Sunflower Seed Oil Very high in Vitamin E and is key to preserving the skin’s protective barrier function. It is excellent at defending against free radical damage. Rice Bran Oil Known to brighten and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]