Beauty, Health, Nails, Skin Care

Winter is a magical time of year—who doesn’t want to snuggle up on the couch in some cozy pyjamas with some hot cocoa and Netflix? Unfortunately, winter also tends to wreak havoc on your skin. What can we do about excessive dryness?

General Tips
The first step towards healthy skin is hydration, and that means drinking enough water each day. How much is right for you? That is dependent on your body, but the recommendation of eight 8-oz glasses of water per day is a good start! Being dehydrated not only causes dry skin, but it also depletes energy levels and limits the body’s ability to function internally.

Wearing appropriate clothing for the cold can also help combat dryness. If the winter wind is leaving you dry and cracking, make sure you layer up with gloves, scarves, and thick socks outside, and try wearing slippers or socks in your home. Heated homes are generally dry in the winter, and bare feet can easily dry out.

Hands and Feet
Everyone has experienfarm_house_logoced that moment where you step outside into the cold and every ounce of hand lotion you used earlier is just completely rendered useless, or when you head to bed and your heels snag on the sheets. Dryness can cause painful cracking on knuckles, heels, and around nails, and those cracks can take weeks to heal!

Of course, the first step toward hydration in hands and feet is a manicure and pedicure. Soaking the feet helps loosen dry skin on the heels and other pressure points, which makes removal much easier. A gentle exfoliation with a scrub leaves skin smoother, and finishing with a shea butter balm massage locks in the moisture barrier you need to keep your skin hydrated. You can follow this up with at-home care as well! Farmhouse Fresh carries shea butter lotions and balms, scrubs, and oils in a variety of delectable scents that are sure to keep your skin soft and your wallet happy. All of Farmhouse Fresh products are cruelty-free, and many are gluten-free and vegan as well!L-farmhouse-organics

 

 

Face
Facial moisturizers are a one-size-fits-all kind of product, right? Wrong. It is essential to choose a facial care regimen that works for your skin type.EMINENCE STONE CROP WHIP
Every person’s face is different, and there is a massive range of products out there that may or may not be right for you! Luckily, Eminence Organics skin care products can address a variety of issues without being overwhelming. Is your face extra dry? Try the Stonecrop Whip Moisturizer for lightweight yet effective hydration. Are you worried about wrinkles? Try the Monoi Night Cream for a boost of moisture while your skin regenerates at night. Do you have sensitive skin that reacts to changes in your environment or new products? The Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer may be right for you! The best way to choose a new face product, however, is to speak with an esthetician. Our esthetics team is trained to help work with your skin to balance out the issues you may be experiencing. Our range of facial services can pinpoint the troubles you may be having, and we can recommend the best products to keep your face happy and healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

A winter wonderland does not need to mean torture for your skin. Treat yourself to some essential self-care this winter and see what a difference the right services and products can do for you! Your skin will thank you.

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: A Facial Worthy of Fall

Fall is here and that means it is officially pumpkin time! To celebrate autumn we are featuring a Pumpkin Spice Facial that’s sure to get you into the season and looking radiant!

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Our Pumpkin Spice seasonal facial features Farmhouse Fresh’s Splendid Dirt Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin puree. Invigorating for both the skin and the senses, this yogurt based mud mask will improve even the most red and blotchy skin. Enzymes from the pumpkin puree impart instant radiance in the skin and active yogurt cultures help to deep clean pores, making them appear smaller and improving the look of broken capillaries.

Even the oiliest, most congested skin will feel flawless after this facial. And the best part? It just takes 30 minutes, making it perfect for the lunch break pick me-up!

Come in and experience a Pumpkin Spice Seasonal Facial while they last!

Call our Front Desk staff today to book an appointment with one of our talented estheticians.

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Getting the Facts Straight on SPF

It may not feel like it, thanks to cold temperatures and cloudy days, but the Sun’s UV rays are just as damaging in the winter as they are in the summer. This is especially true for those of us that enjoy winter sports and are spending a good chunk of the day outside. Not one of those people? Well, you still need SPF: simply driving in the car, standing by a window, or taking a quick walk down the street exposes you to those harmful rays.

 

The Vitamin D Debate

Many people don’t wear sunscreen because they argue that the average human doesn’t get enough Vitamin D. People from ages 1 to 70 should be getting 600 IU of Vitamin D a day, while those over 70 should step it up to 800 IU a day. While this may differ from many reports you’ve read, the Institute of Medicine found that the majority of Americans are getting the dosage of Vitamin D they need, even while using sunscreen. However, if you are concerned about your vitamin d intake, the skin cancer foundation recommends getting 5-10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure 2-3 times a week. Then, after that allotted time slather on the SPF! If you’re still worried about how much Vitamin D you’re taking in you can always add a Vitamin D supplement into your diet to make-up the difference. There are also plenty of foods that are chock full of Vitamin D such as fatty fish (tuna, mackerel, and salmon,) foods fortified with Vitamin D, cheese, and egg yolks.

 

Why SPF Matters

Today it’s hard to do anything without hearing that scary ‘C’ word: cancer. Skin cancer is a type that doesn’t get quite as much focus, but it should: “there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.” (American Cancer Society, 2015.) While many of these cases are not fatal and can easily be removed, it’s still concerning. Here are just a few more facts regarding skin cancer thanks to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • “One in five American’s will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.”
  • Basal Cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, though rarely fatal, can becoming disfiguring.
  • Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, with 1 person dying from it every hour
  • “1 in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime”
  • “On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.”
  • “More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the US each year are linked to indoor tanning…”
  • “More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer from smoking”
  • “One indoor tanning session increases users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%”
  • “More than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the Sun.”
  • “People who use sunscreen daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.” (Skin Cancer Facts, 2015.)

 

Types of SPF

The days of greasy, thick white sunscreen are long gone. While there are still many sunscreens that are like this, we now have many other options available for every possible skin type.

  • Chemical Sunscreen: Chemical sunscreens allow the Sun’s rays to enter the skin, which is then converted to heat energy and released from the skin. Chemical sunscreens are great for people who are concerned with their sunscreen giving them a white appearance. Chemical sunscreens are not good for everyone though: because chemical sunscreens generate heat those with extra sensitive skin may find this exacerbates their problems. Chemical sunscreens can also start to create a burning sensation as you sweat. If this type sounds right for you, look for active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.
  • Physical Sunscreen: Physical sunscreens use minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically block the Sun’s rays from ever entering the skin. This is great because there is very little heating of the skin, making physical sunscreens an ideal match for people with sensitive skin. One thing to watch out for with physical sunscreens is, because they form a physical barrier, they can sometimes impart a white sheen to the face. Also, some formulas can feel a little greasy compared to their chemical counterparts. However, this is quickly fixed by powder SPFs, such as Jane Iredale’s Powder Me SPF, which comes in both translucent and tanned. This skin cancer foundation recommended product has a sun protection factor of 30 and is even water resistant for up to 40 minutes!

 

Everyone knows a tan looks beautiful, but healthy skin is so much more beautiful. No tan is worth the damaging effects of the Sun, so take charge of your health and apply some SPF today.

 

 

 

 

 

References

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.       http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-044552.pdf. Accessed January 9, 2016.

Skin Cancer Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved January 2, 2016, from http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts

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