Applying moisturizer or creams seems like a common sense detail, right? We put a bit on our hands, rub it on our faces and go about our day. This lassiez-faire attitude can lead to using your products ineffectively. If you’re going to buy a quality moisturizer, make it work for you!
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.
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”
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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?”
We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that. ~Philip Pullman, Northern Lights
Winter is a beautiful time of year. Unfortunately my skin doesn’t have the same attitude about the cold temperatures and biting wind. The constant fluctuation between the cold outdoors and the dry, warm heat of the indoors deals havoc on our skin. To combat these conditions we have 3 ways to feed, heal and deeply nourish the skin.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
“Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration” –Kenneth Ellner, Dermatologist, WebMD
Water is essential for your complexion and your health, make sure you are getting the recommended 5-8 glasses per day. Remember, alcohol depletes the water in your body, so if you imbibe this holiday season, drink even more water!
Lipids perform by locking natural moisture into the skin. Lipids work best when applied soon after soaking, bathing, or showering. At this time, your skin will retain some of the moisture from the water, and a lipid-based moisturizer will provide a barrier to excessive moisture loss.
Areas of the body should be treated differently, the thin, sensitive skin around your eyes is not the same as your legs because of tissue and fat layers that lie underneath. Get specialized nourishing products to really focus on your problem areas. Our favorite for the eyes and face are found here. A great recommendation for the body is this one.
Starting from the inside, out we need to provide our bodies with vitamins that will amp our skin’s ability to renew itself with protective antioxidant vitamins, and restore moisture for fewer fine lines or damaged skin. Omega 3’s, Avocado oils and Vitamin C infuse needed nutrients into the skin allowing for radiant, glowing skin all winter long. 2-3 times a week boost the health of your skin with a night-time treatment of RAO essential oil that will help to restore much needed hydration to the skin.
3 Amazing, Botanical based Anti-Aging ingredients for healthy, youthful skin
Gerda Spillmann uses pharmaceutical grade ingredients because this level of quality is par with medical grade products but doesn’t require a license to use, making it powerful, effective and user-friendly. GS has been devoted to using natural, botanical ingredients since the company was started in 1944. These three ingredients can be found in our line of Anti-Aging products that will help to renew the appearance of your skin, allowing for a healthy and more youthful appearance.
One of our favorite ingredients is Swiss Edelweiss for its powerful anti-oxidant, free radical reducing powers. Growing naturally at high altitude this iconic Swiss flower has adapted over thousands of years to thrive against the punishing, harsh rays of the sun and little oxygen.
Have you tried one of our anti-aging products with Proline Amino Acids? This patented blend of Amino Acids, the building blocks of cells, helps to strengthen, renew and revitalize the skin’s appearance in a natural, healthy way – with long-term benefits and results.
Tamarind Seed Extract is becoming more popular in the skin care industry and GS Products was one of the first to begin using this amazing ingredient! More hydrating than Hyaluronic Acid and 4 (four!) times more effective than Vitamin C. Tamarind Seed Extract has been found to include many important anti-aging factors including Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Sugar Enzymes, Citric Bitartrate and Collagen Fibers. Tamarind Seed extract in the GS formulas has been proven to be hypoallergenic and ideal for all skin types.
Tamarind Seed Extract has been found to include many important anti-aging factors including Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Sugar Enzymes, Citric Bitartrate and Collagen Fibers.
Visit our website to try your new favorite Swiss Skincare products at www.GerdaSpillmann.com, call us for free samples at 1-800-282-3223 or join us on Facebook & Twitter.
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. 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.