Spring Clean the Skin

It seems that Spring has *finally* arrived, summer isn’t too far away!  If your skin looks like it’s still in winter, it’s time for a Skin Cleanse.  Deep cleaning the skin helps to slough away dead skin cells that are hanging on (like extra weight from the holidays) and prepares the skin to readily accept the hydration you apply, allowing for radiant skin that helps you look younger!

Step 1: Deep Cleansing

Washing away the surface bacteria, oil and grime every day is critical to a good skincare routine.  But sometimes, we need to go deeper.  Thoroughly cleanse the skin with a powerful, but gentle cleanser.  Preferably a dual-action cleanser that will give you both the surface clean and has an exfoliator for pores and deep seated oil.  Once the skin is clean we like to use the TEI Spa Sonic Spatula with a lavender mist to further eradicate contaminants that may lead to breakouts or a dull appearance.

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Step 2: Ingredients Matter

Using cheap moisturizers puts cheap ingredients on your skin.  While not all cheap ingredients are necessarily bad, they can open the opportunity for bad things to happen to your skin.  Cosmetic grade products may contain upto 70% bacteria (gross!!); Pharmaceutical grade products are required by law to contain less than 1%.  Make sure you’re using a product that doesn’t have just 1 or 2 great ingredients, but all of them!

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Step 3: Layers

Two is better than 1.  No matter how amazing and effective your moisturizer might be, you’ll get the most functionality out of it by pairing it with an equally powerful serum. A great rule of thumb to follow; always apply the lightest products first.  By applying the targeted serum first, you allow the moisturizer to help lock in additional moisture. This is incredibly important for those with very dry and/or mature complexions!

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Step 4: Specialty Skincare

Are you particularly concerned about a specific area?  The fine lines around the eyes? Maybe the hyper-pigmentation on your cheeks?  Or the lines on your neck?  Adding a specialty cream to your skincare cocktail is recommended, even in our 20-30’s to help prevent the irreversible breakdown of collagen and elastin.  Be sure to pick a product that is developed for your skin type and avoid products with hydroquinone.

Step 5: Fiercely Protect

Sun block is a girls very best friend.  Men and Children too!  Protect your skin from ultraviolet rays that can cause discoloration and lead to skin cancer.  Free radicals attack your skin cells and lead to a breakdown in the skin, allowing the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles.  Remember to wear sunblock everyday, and reapply if you have continued outside sun exposure.

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3 steps to your best skin

There are so many companies that make promises their products just can’t keep.  So how do you reach your skin’s most beautiful potential?  It’s really pretty easy… 3 steps easy.

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Spring Break Skincare

Finally Spring Break has arrived!  All winter I have been looking forward to returning the beaches and warming up in the sunshine!  It’s also the first time my skin will be exposed to the great outdoors for any extended amount of time.  How do we protect our winter skin on these gorgeous sunny spring days?

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Best Facial Cleanser for all Skin Types

Peau de Fleurs Cleansing Mousse is an advanced Dual Action Anti-Aging Cleanser formulated with the highest Swiss standards and most effective, botanical ingredients.

Peau de Fleurs translates to mean the “Skin of Flowers”; delicate, beautiful and balanced.

This popular cleanser is ideal for normal-to-problematic skin types but is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.  PDF thoroughly cleanses while maintaining critical moisture content with natural moisturizers, allowing for a balanced pH for radiant, glowing skin.PDF Dual Action Cleanser Small Cleanse and gently exfoliate while helping to improve the health & appearance of your skin.

Formulated with only pharmaceutical grade ingredients, the Peau de Fleurs Cleanser washes away residual makeup, oil that may clog the pores, skin contaminants, and dead skin cells with a non-foaming formula and gentle exfoliation.   We recommend using it twice daily; once in the morning and again at night before applying your night creams. Extracts from natural sources such as the Comfrey plant and Tamarind Seed give this exceptional Swiss formula a renowned reputation for not just cleansing the skin but also for helping to improve skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness.

This revolutionary new cleanser is perfect for people who need quality skin care in as few steps as possible. Tamarind Seed Extract has been found to exceed Hyaluronic Acid in laboratory tests for skin moisturization and decreasing fine line depth, for skin that appears smooth.  Tamarind Seed Extract is naturally rich in skin health boosting nutrients and has been found to include many important anti-aging factors including Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Sugar Enzymes, Citric Bitartrate and Collagen Fibers.

Proven to be hypoallergenic, the Peau de Fleurs Cleansing Mousse helps to tighten the skin while delivering nutrition, aiding in hydration while leaving behind clean skin with a glowing and a youthful radiance.

Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free, Animal Testing Free. All GS Products have received the Swiss Crossbow of Excellence and are Dermatologist recommended.

For more information please visit our website, send us an email, join us on Facebook or give us a call. WWW.GERDASPILLMANN.COM or 1-800-282-3223.

Sweet Stocking Stuffer! Organic Apple Facial Scrub

Almost 70 years ago Madame Spillmann begin teaching women how to take better care of their skin.  She explained that our epidermis is like an apple. To have a beautiful exterior flesh, we must first have healthy, hydrated underlying layers. 

While we still embrace her theory and apply it to our skin care products we’ve been able to harness new technology and ingredients to take the Apple to a whole new level!  Organically grown Swiss Apples are famous for their natural ability to heal their skin while still growing on the trees and can delay withering.  GS Products has harnessed the unparalleled power of these Uttwiler Spatlauber Apples, a rare 18th century apple tree, grown in Switzerland.Swiss Apple Facial Scrub

The GS Swiss Apple Facial Scrub uses these amazing apples and combine them with polished Bamboo to give both AHA and gentle physical exfoliation on the skin.  This combination allows for a fresh, clear complexion to shine like a perfectly ripe apple!

For a very limited time during this Holiday Season you can get your own Swiss Apple Facial Scrub for 50% off.  Visit http://www.GerdaSpillmann.com or call us at 1-800-282-3223.

Peau de Fleurs – Dual Action Facial Cleanser

 Peau de Fleurs Mousse – an advanced Dual Action Anti-Aging Cleanser

Cleanse and exfoliate while helping to improve the health & appearance of your skin

Peau de Fleurs means the “Skin of Flowers”; delicate, beautiful and balanced.

This popular cleanser is ideal for normal-to-problematic skin types that thoroughly cleanses while maintaining critical moisture content with natural moisturizers, allowing for a balanced pH for radiant, glowing skin.PDF Dual Action Cleanser Small

Formulated with only 100% pharmaceutical grade ingredients, the Peau de Fleurs Cleanser cleanses away residual makeup, oil that may clog the pores, skin contaminants, and dead skin cells with a non-foaming formula and gentle exfoliation.   We recommend using it twice daily; once in the morning and again at night before applying your night creams.

Extracts from natural sources such as the Comfrey plant and Tamarind Seed give this exceptional Swiss formula a renowned reputation for not just cleansing the skin but also for significantly improving skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness. This revolutionary new cleanser is perfect for people who need quality skin care in as few steps as possible.

Tamarind Seed Extract has been found to exceed Hyaluronic Acid in laboratory tests for skin moisturization and decreasing fine line depth, for skin that appears smooth.  Tamarind Seed Extract is naturally rich in skin health boosting nutrients and has been found to include many important anti-aging factors including Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Sugar Enzymes, Citric Bitartrate and Collagen Fibers.

Proven to be hypoallergenic, the new Peau de Fleurs Cleanser helps to tighten the skin while delivering nutrition, aiding in hydration while leaving behind clean skin with a glowing and a youthful radiance.

Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free, Animal Testing Free. All GS Products have received the Swiss Crossbow of Excellence, FDA approval and are Dermatologist recommended.

For more information please visit our website, send an email, join us on Facebook or give us a call.

WWW.GERDASPILLMANN.COM or 1-800-282-3223.

New Year, New Skincare Resolutions

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What were your resolutions this year?  Did taking better care of yourself make the list?  Our outward appearance show us signs of our internal health.

 

Some outward signs to be watchful for include:

Circular skin discolorations

Any area of the skin that dramatically changes colors in a short period of time can be a cause of concern.  From easily bruising to Velvet Plaque these can be serious signs of internal imbalance and you should speak with your primary care doctor about your concerns as soon as possible.

Flushing or skin redness

If your skin has started to appear more flushed, have a red cast or even appear to have a rash you could be seeing initial signs of Rosacea, Dermatitis or even Lupus.  If you have this skin concern, immediately seek help from a doctor.

Raised bumps or scaly skin

If you have raised, bumpy skin that appears reddish or purple in color this could be a  sign of Hepatitis C.  Other bumps, often found on the hands, can be an indicator of cancer.  Try not to scratch these areas even if they are itchy and immediately seek medical help.

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What about less serious skin conditions like acne, dry skin or even premature aging?  These can all be helped with a great skin care routine!  In 3 easy steps you can create a routine that your skin will thank you for!

1. Cleanse/Tone & Exfoliate

2. Hydrate all of the skin’s layers

3. Protect from UVA/UVB and environmental irritants

Gerda Spillmann has made it easy to start the year right with a skin care routine by providing Swiss Skin Care Kits.  6 Kits available, one for every type of skin condition, routine and personal needs.  Check them out here.

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How do you protect the skin?  Bio-Fond Foundation Makeup!  This skin care makeup not only helps your skin to look it’s very best but also hydrates the skin, protects against irritants and gives you physical sun block protection (no added chemicals).  Available in 20 different colors!  Call us for samples or questions at 1-800-282-3223 or purchase the Bio-Fond Foundation on our website.

Information in this post should no way be taken as medical advice.  If you have concerns or questions about potential health issues or risks please seek out your physician or doctor.

When should I start to care about skin care?

When is the perfect time to start to be concerned about skin care?  This is a great question we hear all the time.  The most basic answer is that you should always be concerned about skin care, starting very young.  Moisture content and sun block are the most important aspects to skin care throughout our lives.

Children do not need to think much about skin care unless it’s about sun block.  Please apply sun block constantly and consistently to the children in your life – just a few sunburns before the age of 18 can lead to skin cancer.   An anti-bacterial cleanser is also recommended to keep the skin clear and healthy with pre-adolescents.

In your teen years you should start using a light moisturizer twice a day to keep the skin soft, protected and hydrated.  Often times skin that is dehydrated and dry can lead to breakouts and redness, nothing a teenager wants to deal with!  A skin care regimen mantra for a 20-something should be Cleanse & Protect!

Into our 20’s is when we should start adding regimen specific products and treatments.  Including an anti-aging product with anti-oxidants is a great way to maintain healthy skin and protect against free radicals that can cause damage we may see on the skin later on.  Exfoliation is another key way to improve our appearance by removing dead skin cells and deep cleansing the pores.  Use a makeup that is non-comedogenic, protects against UVA and UVB and hydrates the skin; Bio-Fond Foundation Makeup has been doing this for almost 70 years!Skincare Kits with Quote

At age 30 we should really have a great skin care routine that includes a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and an anti-aging product.  Using a moisturizer that has rich emollients with penetrating hydration is key, this absorbs deep into the skin allowing collagen and elastin to remain healthy.  Serum and condition specific treatments are also ideal to apply to give our skin essential nutrients to continue maintaining a healthy appearance and youthful glow!  Need to get started?  Check out these skin care kits.

By age 40 our skin begins to change and our regimen should change to keep up.  Start using a moisturizer with anti-aging properties in addition to natural emollients to maintain healthy skin and help reverse any signs of aging that may have started to creep up on you.  Exfoliation 2-3 times a week, toning after cleansing and age serums should all be a part of your routine as well!

Over age 50 the key to soft, wrinkle free skin is all in the moisturizers, the protection and your genetics.  Your regimen at this age should look something like this: Cleanser, Toner, Anti-Aging Serum, moisture treatment, anti-aging moisturizer and physical sun block protection.

Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care & Cosmetics has been leading the way in great skin care for almost 70 years – to get started on a skin care regimen at any age check out these skin care kits.  Still have questions?  Call our staff at 1-800-282-3223.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

If at any age you begin to have drastic skin changes, develop skin conditions (like Rosacea or Psoriasis), or feel that you need additional help you should consult an Esthetician or Dermatologist and follow their instructions.

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3 (easy) steps for beautiful skin

Having and using a skincare regimen is vitally important for healthy skin and to help defy signs of aging.  A balanced PH, regular but gentle exfoliation, and hydration/moisturization of the skin will keep your skin glowing and youthful.

To develop your own skin care regimen follow these 3 easy steps.  To read this in PDF Form click here: 3 Steps to Perfect Skin 2013

 

Step 1: Cleanse & PurifyNew PDF Cleanser

Mild yet through cleansing not only washes away impurities from the skin but also gives the pores deep clarifying treatment to break down excess skin oils and flush out bacteria.  Peau de Fleurs Cleansing Mousse also has gentle, evanesce exfoliating beads to slough away dead skin cells that can contribute to a dull, ashy complexion.

Step 2: Specialty Treatments and Nourishing Care

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A: Intensive care & renewal with specialty products.   Anti-Aging Serum, Eye Care products and healing oils should be the first layers on the skin to benefit the deepest layers of the skin. Allow for these products to fully absorb before applying creams and moisturizers.

B: Hydrate and nourish the skin with care products for specific skin types, skin conditions and season.  We recommend the following:

Mature Skin: Renaissance Pro Age

Sensitive or Combination Skin: Prestige Cell

Dry Skin: Skinfood Extra Riche

Normal Skin: Skinfood Ultra Vital

Step 3: Protect against moisture loss, environmental pollutants and signs of aging.

Apply a hydrating base primer layer to keep the skin soft, protect it from environmental pollutants and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.  Then Bio-Fond Deluxeapply a foundation with physical block protection from UVA and UVB rays and helps prevent moisture loss and lasts all day without touch-ups. Bio Fond Foundation is available in 21 colors and 2 convenient sizes.

 

GS has been the authoritative figure in exceptional Swiss Skin Care products for almost 70 years.  We formulate and manufacture our products with only 100% pharmaceutical grade ingredients, using the best natural sourced plants available and have received not only FDA approval but also the Swiss Cross Bow of Excellence for our products. Animal Cruelty Free now and always.

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Do you need a skin care routine?

Consistency is important when you consider the health of your skin.  Regular cleansing, moisturizing and protection allow the skin to regulate oil production, eliminate bacteria and minimize breakouts and sensitivity.

We will talk more later about the critically important 3 step process but today let’s focus on the first two steps – Cleanse & Protect.

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Cleanse – Throughly washing the face has the obvious reasons that you should do it twice a day – to wash away bacteria, toxins or germs, and remove any makeup.  There are also less obvious reasons that cleansing is so important – eliminating the build up of oil and dirt and gently exfoliating dead skin cells that may leave your appearance dull.  Washing at night helps to create a fresh canvas to allow your other skin care products to penetrate more deeply and be more effective while your skin works through its natural rejuvenation product at night.

Protect – Protecting the skin throughout the day helps to prevent water loss from the skin, helps to shield the skin from damaging environmental irritants and pollutants and maintains a balanced level of pH.  A well protected epidermis will lead to younger, more radiant skin throughout your lifetime.

To help with these two important steps GS Products has created the must have Essential Care Kit with the Peau de Fleurs Mousse and Skinfood Ultra Vital.  Together these two items help to create a routine that should be done every morning and night and can be used with any skin care type (normal, combination, dry or mature).  You should follow these with a specialty moisturizer or skin care product that you can find here (the third step).

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