Lighten Dark Spots Naturally


Home remedies for age spots are not overnight successes, and if patience is not a virtue possessed then it may be best to visit your dermatologist for medical treatments.  Home remedies can take from six to eight weeks before results are noticeable.

 

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CITRUS
The simplest is applying a lemon slice directly on the spots you want lightened. Apply up to two times every day. Leave in place for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
A mixture of 1 tsp. each of orange and lime juice with 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar can be applied and rinsed the same way.
Citrus applications can dry and irritate your skin after prolonged use. It recommends a quality skin lotion after each rinse.
 Another common food equaling a lemon’s acidity is the red onion. One slice of red onion, rubbed into the skin daily is also touted with natural bleaching abilities for the skin.
 
NATURAL VITAMIN E
Natural Vitamin E consists of several compounds which include alpha, beta, delta, and gamma tocopherol. However, the most important ingredient is alpha-tocopherol due to its antioxidant properties. Alpha-tocopherol had been shown to reduce significantly the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, freckles and dark spots on the skin.

NUTGRASS ROOT

 It is a natural whitening ingredient that can brighten skin effectively by reducing melanin up to 40% without any harmful side effect. Clinical trials have shown that Extrapone nutgrass is effective in reducing freckles and dark spots due to its ability to inhibit the formation of the skin pigment melanin.
 
SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter, if applied in its natural form, on the affected skin area, can be very effective.  In addition to aiding in dark spot removal, shea butter also helps moisturize and hydrate the skin, rejuvenating and refreshing it.  ‘
 
BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk contains a natural bleach that will gradually fade the dark spots on your skin. Buttermilk helps your skin cells regenerate at a faster rate, helping replace the damaged cells in your dark spots and fading their color. Buy buttermilk at the grocery store, soak a cotton ball in the liquid and rub it on your dark spots. Hold the cotton ball on the dark spots for 10 minutes.
 
CHEMICAL PEELS
Try glycolic facials, which are offered by many spas and salons.  These facials help remove ark spots as glycolic acid is the main component used in these facials.  Glycolic acid helps in removing dead cells and the upper layer of the skin, thereby aiding in dark spot removal.  
 
ALPHA HYDROXY/RETINOL
Dermatologists often recommend applying a retinoid or retinol directly on age spots. A prescriptive retinoid is more effective and provides a faster result that the OTC retinol. The spots should diminish or even disappear in a few months.
 
An important drawback is that it also makes skin more susceptible to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which could make your age spots or scars darker. You must stay out of the sun while using lotions formulated with this ingredient to experience optimal fading of skin blemishes.
 
CHINESE HERBS
A natural remedy based on traditional Chinese herb lore is homemade ginsing and gotu kola cream. Mix 1/8 tsp. powdered ginseng root with 1/8 tsp. gotu kola. Moisten the blend with ginseng tea to form a paste. Apply directly on your pigmented spots, then rinse with cool water after 10 to 15 minutes. Use this preparation twice a day. Repeat until you see the degree of lightening you want.
 
Although home remedies are considered safe, there are side effects to be wary of as with any treatment. Natural acids from onion and lemon are completely safe for ingestion and topical application however when used for extended periods of time and in excess, skin burns can occur. Other factors to consider are over bleaching of your skin. This could leave age spots whiter than your other skin once treatment is complete.
 
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When life gives you lemons….Make skincare


61726_536479783049889_2104140934_nLemon is an amazing fruit. It is good for you on the inside and out. I had no idea that lemon could do so many great things to make my skin look and feel better. Check out these 8 ways lemon is truly a miracle fruit.

Fade age spots – Just apply straight lemon to the areas before bed and wash off in the morning with cool water. After a week or two, the lemon will have cleansed the skin and lighten the color. If you want an all over body treatment, just add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice to your bath and soak for 20 minutes.

For brighter, softer skin use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin.

Get Rid of Blackheads If you rub lemon juice on the area with your blackheads, it should make them disappear. Do this every night and rinse with cool water in the morning until blackheads are gone.

Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry thoroughly for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

As a toner for oily skin, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons vodka, 1 tablespoon distilled water, and 1 teaspoon witch hazel. Apply with cotton balls and rinse with cool water. If you store in the refrigerator, it should last up to a week.

To exfoliate dead skin cells rub a cut lemon dipped into a half-teaspoon of sugar over your face for a few minutes, or create a mild mixture by using lemon juice, sugar and a small amount of water. Do this once a week to help remove dead skin cells and refresh your skin.

To make a lemon anti-wrinkle mask mix a teaspoon of honey, a few drops of lemon juice and a drop of sweet almond oil. Apply this mixture on the face and allow it to dry for 20 minutes and wash off.If your skin is sensitive to the citric acid in lemons, you can dilute the juice with some water. Using a cotton ball to apply is the best way. Try not to use lemon juice on your skin before any sun exposure since it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Source: Perfect Skin Magazine

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What is Sonophoresis?


 

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Get fast results, with Sonophoresis treatments!

Sonophoresis is a process that rapidly increases the absorption of topical compounds ~ driving them deep into the layers of the skin to target early signs of aging, dehydration, acne, photo damage, pigmentation and poor skin texture.

Sonophoresis stimulates the tissues of the skin, producing micro-capillary circulation created by sound waves up to 28,000 cycles per second, ensuring optimal delivery of moisture and nutrients. Sonophoresis can increase absorption up to 1000 times!

This treatment is comfortable and painless. Clients do not feel the sound wave vibrations.
Skin Care by Donna offers Sonophoresis / Ultrasound Product Infusion with the use of Vitamin C, Customized Topical Serums and moisturizers.

*A professional skincare consultation is required prior to this treatment.
We offers FREE consultations. Call us at 352-678-6043 or message us here!Ultrasonic-Facial-Treatment

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Acid Mantle? What is an Acid Mantle?


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Have you ever heard of an Acid Mantle?

Yes! You have one… and caring for it is critical for maintaining healthy, beautiful skin.

The Acid Mantle is a very thin layer, a barrier that lies on the surface of the skin. This acidic barrier is a mixture of sweat, sebum, oils and salt which is excreted naturally by our skin. The acid mantle naturally protects the skin by killing bacteria before it can get inside the skin. It also helps the skin hydrate and maintain it’s moisture.

The acidity of the acid mantle is measured by its pH. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. Healthy skin usually has a pH between 4 and 5.5. Skin pH can vary in different parts of the body.

It is very important not to strip the skin with harsh alkaline soaps / cleansers. Doing this will allow for bacteria to enter the skin ~ disturbing the acid mantle leads to skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, rosacea and acne.

Your dermatologist, Esthetician or even your local pharmacy can recommend skin care products that are pH balanced. At-home PH testing kits are also available.

Balance=Healthy, beautiful skin!

 

 

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10 Biggest Skin Care Mistakes from Dr. Leslie Baumann


 

 

Nobody’s perfect, and as diligent as you are about skincare, you may be unwittingly harming the health and appearance of your skin. By avoiding these 10 skin offenders, you can keep your skin looking its best for years to come.

 

1.      Using tanning beds. In case you haven’t heard, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified tanning beds as a known carcinogen (i.e. cancer-causer). And if you want to accelerate the formation of wrinkles and/or get skin cancer and unsightly brown spots, using a tanning bed is the best way to do it.

2.     Not using SPF daily. One unpublished study by Unilever showed that using just SPF 5 every day for five years prevented significant sun damage. Do yourself and your skin a favor and use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15. You’re moisturizing anyway, right? Most people do not apply enough sunscreen, so using an SPF of 15 should give you at least an SPF of 5.

3.     Getting too much sun. Ten to 15 minutes of unprotected sun a few times a week can help your body get its vitamin D fix, but if you’re sitting outside at Starbucks for an hour a day without sunscreen, your skin will remind you years from now.

4.     Using the wrong cleanser. As a Skin Type Solutions subscriber, you should know your skin type and use our website as a product resource. Do your skin a favor and check our suggestions for your specific skin type to make sure you’re not doing more harm than good.

5.     Not using a retinoid. What’s the best night cream to prevent aging? In my opinion, everyone over the age of 20 should be using a retinoid at night. This may help prevent aging and will smooth wrinkles you already have along with preventing acne and exfoliating the skin.

6.     Over-exfoliating. Your skin type dictates just how often you should exfoliate, so use SkinTypeSolutions.com for product suggestions and frequency recommendations.

7.     Using daytime moisturizer if you have oily skin. If you’re on the oily side, skip the moisturizer and go straight to the sunscreen. Sunscreens have hydrating ingredients and very oily types make their own fatty acids, so they don’t need a moisturizer. (If you have dry spots, apply moisturizer only to those areas.)

8.     Paying too much for skincare. Are expensive skincare products better? You don’t always get what you pay for. Check out this article to learn when to save and when to splurge on skin care products.

9.     Eating too much sugar. Too many sweets are bad for your waistline, and they accelerate aging of the skin as well. Sugar promotes a process called glycation, which causes collagen to become stiff and brittle. When the matrix of collagen within the skin begins to break down, the visible result is lines and wrinkles.

10.Not getting a full-body skin exam every year. Think of this as a birthday present for your birthday suit—especially if you’ve had two or more bad sunburns in your lifetime. Find a dermatologist at http://www.aad.org.

via Skin Type Solutions.

6 Easy New Year’s Resolutions for Your Skin


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1.  Never skip your skin routine at night.  It is critical to remove all traces of dirt, debris and makeup each night.  Look for a cleanser that also removes your makeup.

2.  Schedule regular facials.  Monthly facials deep clean your skin, prevent signs of aging, and improve imperfections.  Commit to following your home care recommendations as well for maximum benefits.

3.  If you’re over 35…..add an anti-aging serum to your routine. The active ingredients in a serum will bring anti-oxidants to the skin and stimulate cell renewal.  Prevention is always easier than repair.
4.  Commit to using sunscreen daily.  Everyday. And reapply as directed.
5.  If you wear foundation…..add a primer.  Primer will provide a smooth canvas for better makeup application.  Applying primer also locks in your serum and moisturizer so they work more effectively.
6.  Always follow directions on your skin care exactly.  Use the recommended amounts…don’t skimp or you will not receive the true benefits of your products.  Leaving a product on longer than instructed does not make it work better.
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Winter Skin Care


winter skinWith the drop in temperature, your skin also starts to get dry and rough.  Just like your wardrobe, your skin care needs to adapt to the colder temperatures and drier air as well.  Here are some basic tips to keep your skin soft and hydrated during the winter months.

Drink plenty of water: It is important to stay hydrated during the winters. Usually you tend to get dehydrated during the colder months due to the lack of moisture in the air. Not only does it keep you hydrated but it also keeps your skin glowing and healthy.

Get a facial: Getting a facial during the winters is a great way to clear out your skin. As the climate changes, your skin also start showing a change in terms of getting dry and dehydrated. A facial ensures that your skin gets its dose of moisture and does not start peeling off.

Stay away from petroleum: Your skin and your lips tend to become extremely dry during the winters. Do not neglect your lips. Keep a lip balm with you and keep applying it as and when your lips become dry. But stay away from petroleum. It tends to clog the pores in your lips and skin and makes it hard for the moisture to seep in.

Remember to apply a sunscreenDo not forget to apply a sunscreen before stepping out into the sun during the colder months. During the winter, the UV rays of the sun tend to affect your skin all the more, making it more susceptible to damage.

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How to Treat Blackheads


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Blackheads, or open comedones look like black bumps or plugs and are caused by excess skin oil that accumulates in the sebaceous glands’ ducts. Sebum (secretion of the sebaceous glands) and keratin (specific substance found in the dead outer skin tissue) are collected in pores and oxidized (that’s why they look blackish in color). However, when you extract the blackhead it can appear to be yellow or brown.

It’s much easier to prevent blackheads than to treat them. Here are some tips:
  • Keep your skin clean and breathing. Wash your face regularly with a gentle exfoliating  scrub that contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid does wonders in preventing and getting rid of blackheads, acne and pimples.
  • Don’t be overzealous with your make-up, especially if you can see the first signs of skin’s problem!
  • Use products specifically for oily skin. Remember, excess oil is the cause of blackheads! Improper products will clog pores and only contribute to blackheads.
  • Wash your face with a good organic acne cleanser twice a day.
  • Make a habit of applying an oil-absorbing clay facial mask once a week. It is very effective as it penetrates into pores, absorbs excess skin oil and unclogs pores.
  • Launder your pillowcase at least once every week.
Do you already suffer from blackheads?  Try the following……
  1. Do not squeeze!!
  2. Wash your face with a good acne cleanser and scrub it properly.
  3. Make a warm water compress to the area affected with blackheads for 15-20 minutes to open the pores. You can also fill a container with hot water and lean over it for the same time (15 minutes). The steam will open your pores.
  4. Dry your face with a clean fresh towel. Now when your skin is dry and pores open, the blackheads are closer to the surface of your skin. This is the best time to apply an oil absorbing facial mask.
  5. Take some green clay and add rose water. Mix the substance until smooth and apply onto your nose. The mask provides a stunning effect in removing blackheads as well as unclogging the pores. Leave the mask until it is firm to the touch, and then wash it off with warm water. You can also try a honey mask- just warm some honey, apply it on your nose for ten minutes or so and then wash it off.
  6. Once your skin is clean and breathing,  and your pores are open, use a specially formulated blackhead cleanser on your face to get rid of extra blackheads.
  7. Wash your face with cold water to close the pores. Apply a quality oil-free non-comedogenic moisturizer.

Come by the spa and check out our organic products and treatments to help you address all your complexion concerns.  We offer complimentary consultations to determine the best treatments for you!

 

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