4 ways to make your moisturizer better

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!

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RAO – the Must have Winter Skincare product

Cold, dry, winter weather is coming!  Prepare your skin with products from those who understand winter well – the Swiss!

The high altitude of the Swiss Alps has some of the most frigid and deadly winters in the world but also let skin care innovators to create leading moisturizers and skin care products to protect us from those extremes.  One of these products came from the First Lady of Swiss Skin care, Madame Spillmann, over 60 years ago!

RAO Essential Oil

RAO-New-Packaging-SmallRAO combines anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial and bactericidal properties of bergamot and lemon peel oil with the strength of orange essential oil to strengthen epidermis, to increase the cell hydration and to support cell regeneration. The composition is also design to obtain a crisp fresh scent.  Together these ingredients relax and restore the skin’s strength and vitality.

Formulated with Sesame Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citrus Fruit Oil, and Vitamin E, R.A.O. promotes moisture retention and acts as a barrier to harmful environmental irritants. The use of botanical, natural 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! Even 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.

From the GS Archives when RAO was introduced in the late 1940’s:

We needed a replenishing, regenerating oil for the “problem zones” such as the belly and the thighs (cellulite!), an oil to take care of sunburns on any part of the body, to counteract developing stretch marks in pregnant women, and to positively influence the natural healing process of scar tissue (after the wound had closed and healed).

In my youth we only knew of fruits like apples, pears, prunes, plums, apricots and peaches, and although the fantastic scent of oranges, lemon and other tropical fruits were known, we rarely had them on the table, maybe as a dessert on a very special occasion. The aroma of these fruits was truly inspiring to me.

I wanted to build this inspiring scent into the new oil: a combination of orange oil, lemon oil and bergamot oil (bergamot is a pear-shaped orange having a rind which yields an essential oil). My oil should have a natural fragrance like a dainty.

Furthermore, because at that time there were no “light” preparations to be found in any of the leading cosmetic brands, I wanted an oil that would be yielding and “go a long way” for the customer. Remember, these were the years of the 2nd World War, and precious raw materials would not be readily available on the market. The consumer did not have a lot of cash for luxury goods.

While the post-war world was believing more and more in modern technology and its achievement I deliberately turned to the past for answers. I wanted to rediscover the true values for lasting and sustained results. I looked to the Egyptians where natural cosmetics and herbal treatments had been eminently respected, and I found old formulas that gave me the basis for the modern preparation.

BENEFITS OF RAO:

• Helps to rejuvenate dry, damaged skin. • Aids in reducing the visible effects of burns, scars, and stretch marks. • Helps to reduce discomfort and redness caused from sunburn. • Provides additional protection from razor burns when applied before shaving • Helps soothe redness and swelling after laser treatments.

 

For more information about the RAO Essential Oil visit our website or call us – 1-800-282-3223.  Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

 

Anti-aging skincare with natural ingredients

 

We all want to look our best at every age but at what cost to the health of our skin?

There are creams, lotions and potions that claim to offer the seemingly impossible by defying gravity or turning back the clocks.  While most of these products promise you results, their actual effectiveness is short-lived.  Silicone is a great example of a product that can temporarily make your skin feel smooth, allow your makeup to look flawless and cause, sometimes irreversible, damage your skin at the same time.  Read more about why silicone is bad here.

Hydration and sun protection are two of the most important things we can do to help protect our skin from showing premature signs of aging, suffering from skin damage and protect against acne/breakouts.  Using products that contain healthy, high quality ingredients the key to which products you should use.

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

tamarindseedextractTamarind 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.

 

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 – 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.

Renaissance: Renewal (for your skin)

Renaissance: a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth; revival

Gerda Spillmann is dedicated to beautiful, healthy skin at any and all ages and stages of life.  If your skin has suffered damage, neglect or extreme changes then perhaps it is time for a Renaissance.

This nourishing line of Anti-Aging products from GS Products offers the skin the nutrition, hydration, and revitalizing effects necessary to enact change for the better within our skin.

Step 1 – Renaissance Age Serum

Renaissance Age SerumThis silky, light-weight serum works quickly to improve skin texture by aiding in production of collagen; limiting the loss of collagen; eliminating free-radicals; aids the skin in creating new, healthy cells and retaining skin’s essential hydration. Proven to be highly effective in Swiss laboratory studies, high performing Amino Acids and Tamarind Seed Extract, help to quickly repair irritated or damaged skin. Tamarind Seed Extract significantly improves skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness. In a recent study, this extract was found to outperform Hyaluronic Acid. Naturally grown Swiss Edelweiss has been established as a significant free-radical reducer, preventing further damage to the skin. These ingredients effectively work with the skin to give both immediate and long-lasting anti-aging effects.

Step 2 – Renaissance Active Oil (RAO)

RAO-New-Packaging-SmallA subtle blend of 100% highly refined essential oils with a natural citrus scent, this oil helps to rejuvenate dry, damaged skin and reduces the visible effects of burns, scar tissue and stretch marks. R.A.O. will infuse the skin with deep hydration and helps to boost elasticity, softening fine lines and wrinkles.  The essential oil extracts absorb quickly giving the skin a renewed feeling of vitality.

It also helps to reduce discomfort and redness from sunburn, laser treatments or shaving.

 

Step 3- Renaissance ProAge

Gerda Spillmann RenProAgeThe newest product in the Gerda Spillmann line of Swiss products, the Renaissance Pro Age is a decadent 24-hour cream quickly absorbs to help dry and damaged skin feel revived and look more youthful by hydrating and repairing the skin’s cells. Extracts of Wild Yam, Lemon, Cucumber and Avocado combine with the potent power of Amino Acids to effectively fight against aging and damaged skin while nourishing and protecting the epidermis. Swiss Edelweiss works to eliminate free-radicals, caused by UV exposure, environmental irritants and even the natural process of aging, protecting against further damage. Renaissance Pro Age helps to reduce the breakdown of essential collagen in the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin and gives you a natural, healthy and youthful glow.

*this is a repost of an earlier blog article
 

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Should I wear a makeup primer?

Make-up primer is ideal for most skin types; primer helps your makeup application last longer and remain natural looking.  Preferably use a water based primer which will work naturally with your skin; Silicone primers sit on top of the skin and can cause irritation, prevent the skin from breathing, and trap dangerous bacteria.Hydro_Pearls

GS has brought to the you the Hydro Pearls Makeup Primer which is ideal for all skin types – including problematic and sensitive skin.  Hydro Pearls is a light weight, fast absorbing, non-greasy, pharmaceutical grade formula that helps to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines while giving the skin a more flawless canvas upon which to apply your make-up.  This water based formula is not just a primer, but also protects the skin from environmental irritants and replaces day-to-day moisture loss.

Formulated with the highest quality 100% pharmaceutical grade ingredients including Wheat Germ Extract (helps to heal the skin with Vit D and E), Rice Germ Extract (aids the skin in absorbing and maintaining moisture), and Azulene (extract from Chamomile).  “Azulene exhibits dramatic anti-inflammatory effects and showed significant antioxidant protection.  It may also…help to prevent skin blemishes from developing and will help stop deterioration of skin cells that leads to wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation.” – Barbara Griggs, author of “The Green Witch – A Modern Woman’s Herbal” and Green Pharmacy.

Makeup artists coast-to-coast and around-the-world use the Hydro Pearls to give instant radiance and healthy glow to their clients skin.  Hydro Pearls is ideal for you to use every day but is so exceptional that it is used on High Definition tv and movie sets as well.

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Cream to Powder Makeup with Sun Protection

Does my Bio Fond Foundation have protection against the damaging UVA and UVB rays from the sun?  YES. Bio-Fond Deluxe

Bio Fond Foundation is formulated with Titanium Dioxide that gives you physical block protection.  What is physical sun block protection? And why is it different from a chemical sunscreen?

Physical Sun Block Protection

Chemical Sunscreen

Works by deflecting and/or blocking the sun’s rays.

Work by absorbing the sun’s rays and may cause free radicals which can damage the skin

Starts protecting immediately after application

Must wait 20 minutes after application before protection is effective

Cosmetic grade Titanium Dioxide could break out some skin types; GS uses only Pharmaceutical Grade which is non-comedogenic

May have unstable particles allowing for disintegration of the products

FDA approved and will not cause free radicals

Tend to be more irritating, can burn the eyes and more likely to cause allergic reactions

To learn more about the difference between Cosmetic Grade and Pharmaceutical Grade quality read this.

Bio Fond Foundation was first created almost 70 years ago by Madame Gerda Spillmann. who was a young Swiss entrepreneur way ahead of her time.  While on a personal mission to find the very best in skin care to diminish the appearance of chicken pox marks and cover them up she formulated the best in cream to powder foundation, which is still true today.  Bio Fond Foundation is created with a natural mineral clay base and is available in 21 different colors.

For more information check out our website or call us at 1-800-282-3223.

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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

New ERC TubeGenerally, you want to apply your products according to their density – lightest (serum) first and thickest (creams) last.

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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RAO Essential Oil is in Dermascope Magazine!

Dermascope April2013 RAO FeatureBe sure you pick up a copy of Dermascope and then your very own RAO Oil too.

You will love RAO’s essential oil blend that leaves your skin super hydrated and deeply nourished without a greasy or slick feeling.  Formulated with 100% pharmaceutical grade Sesame Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citrus Fruit Oil, and Vitamin E.  The unique and concentrated formula not only helps to keep skin healthy but also reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks and sunburns!

PS – it’s great for post-shave without the burn of typical aftershaves.

Here are some other reviews for Gerda Spillmann’s RAO

“My name is Pam T. and I recently under went an optional maintenance procedure, also know as a good old fashion facelift/chin tuck.  For my recovery I relied on R.A.O to promote healing and as an effective topical pain reliever.  My scaring and bruising was minimal.  My doctor was very impressed with the accelerated healing and recovery I encountered using R.A.O.”

Dermascope April2013 RAO Feature CROP

“I am 64 years old and have been using Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care for ten years.  I had breast cancer and received radiation therapy causing third degree burns.  I used R.A.O on the discolored breast area for two months and the pigment on my breast is back to normal and the discoloration is gone.  I have recommended Gerda Spillmann products to other breast cancer survivors, all have reported great results.  I have received many thanks for recommending this product.”

Get your own RAO on our website or email us if you have any questions.  RAO-New-Packaging-SmallAs with all other Gerda Spillmann products this is 100% Pharmaceutical Grade, Animal Cruelty Free and guaranteed with the Swiss Cross Bow of Excellence.

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Essential Oil blend for scars, stretch marks, and dry skin

This remarkable combination of 100% pharmaceutical grade ingredients includes a blend of highly refined and highest quality essential oils with a refreshing, natural citrus scent.  Formulated with Sesame Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citrus Fruit Oil, and Vitamin E the R.A.O. promotes moisture retention and acts as a barrier to harmful environmental irritants.  The use of 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 the very first application.

“I am 64 years old and have been using Gerda Spillmann Swiss Skin Care for ten years.  I had breast cancer and received radiation therapy causing third degree burns.  I used R.A.O on the discolored breast area for two months and the pigment on my breast is back to normal and the discoloration is gone.  I have recommended Gerda Spillmann products to other breast cancer survivors, all have reported great results.  I have received many thanks for recommending this product.”

Renaissance Active Oil is packaged in advanced recyclable plastic to give relief to the user and to the environment which can be returned to any recycling facility. This sealed pump will maintain an air-tight seal to keep R.A.O. from being contaminated with other products, dirty applicators or impure airborne particles.

BENEFITS OF RAO:

Helps to rejuvenate dry, damaged skin.

Aids in reducing the visible effects of burns, scars, and stretch marks.

Helps to reduce discomfort and redness caused from sunburn.

Provides additional protection from razor burns when applied before shaving.

Helps soothe redness and swelling after laser treatments.

R.A.O. has given many clients their confidence back after suffering varying skin conditions from pregnancy stretch marks to chemotherapy treatments.  The high quality, soothing ingredients of R.A.O. help to rejuvenate dry and damaged skin while reducing the visible effects of burns, scar tissue, and stretch marks.

“My name is Pam T. and I recently under went an optional maintenance procedure, also know as a good old fashion facelift/chin tuck.  For my recovery I relied on R.A.O to promote healing and as an effective topical pain reliever.  My scaring and bruising was minimal.  My doctor was very impressed with the accelerated healing and recovery I encountered using R.A.O.”

For more information about RAO or to order yours visit our website.  Or give us a call – 1.800.282.3223.  You can also check us out on Facebook.  Or send us an email – Info@GSskincare.com.  Questions can also be left here on the blog.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!