November 23rd, 2014
With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll want to look your best! From work parties to family events, chances are you’ll be attending a variety of holiday get-togethers where all eyes will be on you. In addition to wearing your best little black dress and getting that perfect blowout, you’ll want your skin to be in top shape. Here are a few tips to get a holiday glow.
Exfoliate. Exfoliating works wonders on your skin by eliminating the dead, old damaged layers of skin and revealing new, smooth layers underneath. Use a gentle, yet effective exfoliating product like Shinso Glow to renew your skin. Shinso Glow includes fullerene, which penetrates the skin cells to detoxify and regenerate healthy skin cells and restore the skin’s natural functions, leaving skin plumper and more youthful. Shinso Glow also contains natural fruit and SOD, superoxide dismutase. SOD is a naturally occurring enzyme with important antioxidant and healing properties – a crucial defense for skin cells.
Fake a tan. The lack of sunlight and cold temperatures of winter leave most women with pale, naturally whiter skin. Don’t be tempted to hit the tanning bed, and instead fake a glow with the latest beauty products. Whether it’s a sunless tanner or just a few swipes of a golden-hued bronzer, it only takes a little makeup to give your skin a natural glow. And don’t forget your sunscreen on days spent outdoors!
Moisturize. With harsh winds, skin can get chapped and flaky, so moisturizing daily is key to supple skin. Foundation and concealers do not go on well when skin is dry, so proper moisturizing ensures a smooth application. The same goes for your lips- that holiday red shade of lipstick won’t work on chapped or flaky lips, so be sure to keep them extra-moisturized as well.
November 18th, 2014
As the seasons start to change and winter rolls in, our skin becomes drier and requires a lot more care. One of the culprits to bad skin during winter is the cool winds. Cold and strong wings cause chapped skin all over the body- including your face, lips and hands. In addition to treating already chapped skin, you can work to prevent it from happening with a few simple steps.
How to Soothe Already Chapped Skin
Moisturize. Apply a thick, unscented moisturizer all over the chapped areas, paying special attention to any area that is badly chapped or has cuts on it. Moisturizer that is applied directly to the skin will keep water from evaporating and give your skin a dewy appearance. Use a gentle moisturizer on delicate areas such as your face, and a thicker one on your hands.
Use mild soaps and products. Avoid anything with large or harsh exfoliating beads or ingredients- they will only further irritate the chapped skin. Look for natural products made for sensitive skin.
Use a humidifier. This will help keep the air in your home moist. Leave it on while you sleep- it will do wonders for chapped lips, especially.
How to Prevent Chapped Skin
Use sunscreen daily. Many people forget to use sunscreen in the winter since it’s hard to feel the warmth of the sun that summer gives so easily. But you can still damage your skin and get burnt, chapped skin from a day spent outdoors in the winter. If you often forget to apply sunscreen, choose a daily moisturizer with SPF mixed in already and apply it all over your face each morning.
Wear protective clothing. Always shield your face from the harsh cold and winds with proper outerwear, such as hats, earmuffs and hoods on coats. To prevent chapped hands, wear thick gloves or mittens. And don’t forget about your neck! A scarf will work wonders.
November 10th, 2014
For most skin issues, time is of the essence. Many treatments and ingredients take weeks to months to really start to work or show improvements. Fortunately there are a few things you can do or use that can help change your skin in a week or less. These simple changes, routines and products will help improve your skin with a fast turnaround time.
- Remove your makeup every night- no excuses. Let’s be honest- do you always remember to take off your makeup from the day before you head to bed? Chances are there is a night or two when you slack off due to laziness, and those one or two missed nights of cleansing can really take a toll on your skin. To prevent breakouts and keep your pillow clean, use a makeup removing wipe and gentle cleanser before bed. If you can, remove your makeup right after work/any night events, so your skin will have even more time to recover.
- Eat properly and drink enough water. A few days of eating greasy foods and skimping on water will take a toll on your skin and everyone will know what you’ve been up to. So do a mini detox by eating plenty of health foods such as fruits, vegetables and nuts and make sure you are properly hydrated.
- Use spot treatments for problem areas. By following the steps above, your overall skin will start to look and feel better. But for problem areas, you’ll need to use a strong spot treatment for them. If you have acne or occasional pimples, look for an acne spot treatment that says it will deliver results within a week. For redness or sensitive skin, find a calming moisturizer and avoid and foundation or concealer with harsh ingredients.
November 5th, 2014
Enzymes are described as a substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. They are chemicals that work to speed up the rate of chemical reactions in biological processes.
Enzymes are chemicals that speed up the rate of chemical reactions without being consumed in the reaction themselves. They’re incredibly useful in biological processes because they can make a reaction that normally requires that dangerously-high temperatures occur at normal body temperatures. In the food industry, enzymes are used to help ripen fruits, tenderize meats and produce things like wine and cheese.
How Are Enzymes Used in Skincare?
Enzymes are used mainly in two processes: anti-inflammation and exfoliation. In exfoliation, enzymes are generally gentler than other scrubs or microdermabrasion procedures. The layers of skin you want to exfoliate (the upper layers) are made of dean skin cells, and the enzymes work to break down that skin protien, which results in smoother and younger-looking skin. Enzymes exfoliate and replenish without feeling like you’re exfoliating- a win-win. Since enzymes are gentle, they work well for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Enzymes also work to protect skin against oxidative damage (sun, pollution, etc.) You’ll find them in sunscreens, moisturizers, peels and various treatments. Enzymes are said to work to brighten skin as well.
November 4th, 2014
Dermatologist Dr. Paul Cohen recently stopped by a Canadian morning television show to share tips on how to care for skin during cancer treatments and the do’s and don’ts of taking care of your skin. Among the products he highlighted was Shinso Essence. Below is an overview of all the helpful tips Dr. Cohen touched on during the 5-minute segment.
- Two of the most common changes in the skin during and after cancer treatments are rashes and sun sensitivity.
- While you’re undergoing cancer therapy, it’s crucial to soothe, heal and protect your skin.
- A large concern of those undergoing cancer treatments is dehydration. Patients often ask what the best moisturizer out there is. Look for products with natural moisturizing ingredients, such as oatmeal.
- Avoid products with fragrance or perfume, since the overpowering scents could cause nausea or make it worse.
- For itchy skin or rashes, use cortisone cream to soothe the skin.
- Always apply a sunscreen- look for hypoallergenic versions to avoid any irritations to the skin.
- Shinso products- especially Essence- are like a “facelift in a bottle”. Dr. Cohen praises the products created by a “Japanese rocket scientist” for their face-lifting properties. All Shinso products are also made without parabens or harsh chemicals.
- Stay away from any irritants when using makeup or other beauty products.
You can view the video here: http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=478471&playlistId=1.2076720&binId=1.815911&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1