The best Makeup Primer

What is a makeup primer and why do I need to use one?  Do ingredients really matter?  Whether you wear full coverage makeup or simple, barely-there color, makeup primer is an important player in your beauty routine.

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Skincare for Men

Men are becoming increasingly more and more aware of their skincare needs.  While shaving has been an issue for most of their lives, men neglect the important part of hydrating and nourishing the skin to keep them looking their very best.

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Skinfood; skin cravings decoded

Is your skin flaking? Breaking out?  Red and patchy?  It’s a cry for help from your complexion and we’re here to help you decode what you need to make peace with your skin.  Continue reading “Skinfood; skin cravings decoded”

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.

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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How do Amino Acids help your skin?

Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life. When proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are left. So what do they do in our skincare products? Continue reading “How do Amino Acids help your skin?”

RAO: Facial Oil for dry skin

Do you have dry, cracked or damaged skin?  Maybe the cold temperatures this year are effecting your skin more than ever?  Use RAO (Renaissancob deoe Active Oil) to give your skin immediate relief with long-lasting results.

This dry face oil allows the unique blend of 100% highly refined essential oils; Sesame Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citrus Fruit Oil, and Vitamin E, to promote moisture retention and act as a barrier against dryness and harmful environmental irritants.

 

RAO-New-Packaging-SmallThe use of organic, botanical essential oils allows R.A.O. to be a non-greasy, fast absorbing formula that will not leave your skin feeling heavy or oily. Individuals with severely dry, mature or damaged skin can begin to see a balanced, moisturizing effect on their skin after just the first application. It also helps to reduce discomfort & redness from sunburn, treatments, or shaving-for men & women! Especially great for sensitive skin!

Daily use of the R.A.O. and circular massage can also help to soothe away acne scars, burns, stretch marks and deep cracks in the heels or elbows by sealing in moisture, preventing any further loss of critical hydration necessary for the skin to regenerate itself.

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3 skin care resolutions

It’s the time of year again!  Will you be making any New Year’s Resolutions?  Are you particularly focused on being healthier? Or improving your outward appearance?  If you are, you should adopt these New Year Skin Care Resolutions.

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#1 – Hydrate

This is a topic that really gets repeated a lot.  It’s quoted so often sometimes we forget to really add it to our repertoire, to engage in hydrating actively.  There is a good reason however that everyone harps on hydration – it matters.  Keeping our bodies properly hydrated helps not only to flush toxins, balance our brains, but it also helps keep our skin blemish free, plump and soft and allows the skin to do it’s primary job- to protect us.  This is an great guide from WebMd to help us discover just how much water we should be drinking daily – click here.

#2 – Moisturize twice daily

Moisturizing the skin not only feels good, it does face cream cover girlgood.  By adding lipids, emollients and nutrients to the outer layers of our skin we can help to boost the defensive layer that keeps free radicals, extreme weather/elements and even some bacteria or germs out of our bodies.  Moisturizing the face & body twice a day is crucial to preventing premature aging and dry skin.  Apply in the morning, after cleansing but before makeup.  Apply in the evening as the very last thing before you drift off in slumber.

#3 – Protection

Sahara dlx croppedSkin protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays is critically important.  Free radicals that skate around on the surface of the skin can not only cause irreversible damage and/or cancer, but can also lead to dry, flaky skin that isn’t pretty to look at.  Biofond Foundation Makeup has a physical sun block protection (not an added chemical) that protects your skin all day long.

Best way to apply anti-aging moisturizers

Topical products like anti-aging moisturizers and creams can help our skin to be healthier and appear more flawless and even.  Before you apply any makeup you should be helping to nourish and maintain the biggest organ in your body, the skin!200503985-001

Nature has a thing with circles – have you noticed?  “From flowers, to fruits, and even the plants of our solar system there is symmetry and circular form.”  Applying this theory to your topical skin care applications is a philosophy that Madame Spillmann began teaching her clients in Switzerland over 70 years ago.  Circular massage provides warmth and increases blood flow to the skin helping to achieve a proper pH balance, moisture and overall healthy skin.

Start by dabbing a small sized amount of product onto to the middle of the woman-applying-hand-cream-winterforehead, rubbing gently in a clockwise motion and gradually expanding the diameter of your circle until you have allowed the skin to absorb all of the product.  Next, following the clockwise circle, apply more product to the apple of your cheek, followed by the chin and next the other cheek.  Use circular massage on your neck, arms and legs as well.  Remember to gently massage the skin, pressing too hard or deep can cause redness and irritation.

Physical benefits to the skin from circular massage include:

  • Stimulation of the skin and muscles beneath the skin
  • Skin respiration improvement
  • Skin tissue can be strengthened
  • Skin tension and elasticity recovery
  • Improved blood flow to the skin
  • Natural cleansing, exfoliation of dead skin cells

8 botanical reasons to try the new Swiss Brightening Cream

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NEW – Swiss Brightening Cream is an advanced Anti-Aging moisturizer with 8 botanical extracts that help to revitalize the appearance of your skin, even out skin tone, diminish age spots and promote a balanced pH. 

The unique concentrated ingredients of 8 Swiss plant extracts work day and night to help break the cycle of negative environmental influences and irritation that can lead to hyperpigmentation and sun damage.  The result is a more balanced, hydrated and healthy skin complexion.

Formulated with Gigawhite, a plant-derived, preservative-free skin lightener used as an alternative to hydroquinone. Gigawhite has been proven in scientific lab studies to have a significant skin brightening effect with regular topical use. It was additionally shown to reduce the color and size of age spots in a twelve week in-vivo study.

After 12 weeks of treatment a 28.6% decrease in color of the age spots was observed, while size decreased by 8.6%.

The NEW GS SWISS BRIGHTENING CREAM includes 8 Botanical Flower Extract Picture smallIngredients grown and cultivated exclusively in the alpine elevations of Switzerland: Mallow Extract, Peppermint, Primula (Cowslip), Lady’s Mantel, Speedwell Herb, Balm Mint, Yarrow and Swiss Edelweiss.    In addition to these Swiss ingredients the Brightening Cream also includes Tamarind Seed Extract, Jojoba, Avocado Fruit Extract, Sunflower Seed extract and Licorice Root.

Gigawhite skin whitening results were evaluated after 3 months (12 weeks) of continued, consistent use by visual evaluation and objective color measurement.  Substantial changes were observed after just six weeks of treatment, with scores showing a lightening of 12.2%.  After three months even more whitening is observed with a decrease in spot darkness of 24%.

Gigawhite combined with the potent power of Swiss Edelweiss (twice as effective as Tamarind-SeedsVitamin C) and Tamarind Seed Extract, the GS Swiss Brightening Cream, is a silky, powerful and lightweight cream that not only helps to visibly lighten age spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation but also works effectively to combat premature signs of aging, sagging skin and promotes a healthy, balanced pH for glowing, younger looking skin.

Leave us a message or call us if you have questions or want to get started with your own Brightening Cream right away – 1-800-282-3223.  Visit our website at www.GerdaSpillmann.com  Or email us at Info@GSskincare.com.  You can always join us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest too.