Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shine Bright with Summer Skin

It’s a heat wave and our faces are melting. Luckily we have some tips for you to beat the heat.

Did You Know….
  • You can make a tinted moisturizer by mixing a protective moisturizer and loose mineral powder. This is much lighter than layering products.
  • Use a clear mascara on extra hot days (and at the beach) to still thicken your lashes, but won’t produce color running and clumping.
  • Keep lips bare with a natural lipliner and gloss. This keeps your look fresh and summer ready.
  • If you want to stay in trend with the latest colors and fashion, adding a vibrant color eye pencil with a summer shimmer like gold, turquoise, or bronze. (sheer shimmer shadows work well too)
  • Highlight the lids and brow line with white pencil to brighten your face and make your eyes look bigger!

Chain Reaction addresses anti-aging with purposeful ingredients to deliver great results quickly by combating prematurely aged skin. When the cells are under-nourished and collagen production breaks down the cells need added support as collagen thrives in a water rich environment. This lightweight moisturizer combines a smart blend of peptides, anti-oxidants and O2 agents to quench and plump thirsty skin.  Peptides aid in collagen production while O2 enhancing ingredients assist to feed and revitalize sluggish skin.

To purchase Chain Reaction, Click Here.

With summer’s trendy colors like turquoise and gold, Intelligent-SkinSense has the perfect eyeliners for you to use!

 Limited Supply! $12 each. To order call, (215)230-8880

Along with our Face, we have to worry about our Body...

Statistics Say Nine Out of Ten Women Have Cellulite

Between the skin and muscle, fat is held together by collagen fibers. With age, gravity pulls down and creates a pressure that causes fibers to swell with fat and fluid. This action manifests as a dimpling now known as cellulite, which affects mostly all women.
Hormones affect cellulite, which can be aggravated by poor circulation. Hormonal issues also contribute to skin imbalances and to metabolic change. It is not uncommon for women to see a redistribution of fatty cells and this shows up mainly in the abdomen, hips and buttock area. While exercise and diet help to tone the skin, the skin needs to be stimulated from the outside to break down fatty deposits as well.

Women can expect that their skin will change during pre and post-menopausal years. This is mostly seen as a loss of elasticity. Primarily, this is due to a lack of water in cells and a breakdown of collagen. Collagen cannot thrive unless it is in a water-rich environment.

Lack of water, the breakdown of collagen, and inflammation are the leading causes of premature aging and are more prominent during the pre and post menopausal years. When it comes to cellulite, there are three key factors your must realize. You have to address the collagen; you have to reduce the fat, and you have to increase circulation.

To help improve the skin’s suppleness, proteins and oils are added to one’s skin care regime. Soy, flax, canola, and peptides are some examples that can help stimulate the production of collagen and restore the skin’s elasticity; as well as hormone balancing essential oils and herbs like; clary, sage, and hops.

Plants have estrogen-like hormones that are used in anti-aging skin preparations such as isoflavonoids, sterol glycosides, and licorice root. To create cellular respiration, Native American Indian and Brazilian herbs such as Guarana, Yucca Glauca, and Clintonia Borealis are added to aid the skin cells natural circulatory function.

There are four grades, ranging from zero to three: Grade zero is no visible cellulite. If you pinch the skin and see a cottage cheese type dimpling that's grade one. Grade two is if cellulite is visible on the legs of someone standing. Grade three is if you see cellulite when you look in the mirror or lie down. Each grade is harder and harder to treat, but each grade can improve.

When it comes to reducing the fat, we know the saying you are what you eat; and this is absolutely true! Your skin, the largest organ, is a reflection of how well your inner organs are functioning. Food offers vital nutrients that the body needs. Our choices are to fuel our body with healthy foods or fill it up with toxins. Many times the choice one makes is one of convenience rather than one that promotes wellness. When inflammation occurs in our body it is a sign that the inner plumbing system is clogged. The kidneys and liver are the body’s filters. 

Many delicious fruits and vegetables help to purify and cleanse these vital organs. Cucumbers are great for the kidney area. Chlorophyll rich greens like dandelion and arugula are wonderful for the liver. There are many recipes that not only taste great, but help the body to function more efficiently. Eating foods that nourish the body will reduce inflammation and cellulite. 

Since the skin is made up mostly of water, and cells need to be hydrated, it is always a good choice to load up on water rich fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruit juices first thing in the morning are refreshing and help to give the organs energy and hydration. Eating salads loaded with greens and nuts fuel the body with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Soups that are comforting, filling and nutritious are great meals themselves or starters to a meal. Here are some of my favorite age rebelling concoctions:

If you do not have time to cook or prepare any recipes, Intelligent-SkinSense also supplies a tea that helps cleanse the body of toxins and excess water. Opportuni-T Spa-T is refreshing fruit blend providing a natural way to cleanse the skin from the inside. The tea may be served hot or cold and enjoyed daily. 

To purchase Opportuni-T,click here.

DIY, Free Tips to Reduce Cellulite:
Tip 1: In spas across the world, healing therapies begin with water. Using water to renew the body is as good today as ever before. And it is easy. Just fill your tub with warm to hot water, add in a cup of Epsom salts and bathe until you work up a sweat. Then wash your body down with a washcloth dipped in cool water from the faucet. This is what holistic therapists call “contrast therapy”.  An additional benefit of bathing is the thermal effect, which stimulates production of the anti-stress hormone. A cold rinse after the warm bath stimulates blood flow and the lymphatic system.
Intelligent-SkinSense Bath Pick: Diva Soak astringent minerals and herbs induce perspiration to release toxins.

Tip 2: Exfoliate use a towel to exfoliate dead skin cells and invigorate the skin. Take the opposite corners of a bath towel and hold firmly in your hands. Use the middle section of the towel to sweep back and forth on the skin. Work front and back from the ankles up to the chest. You have removed dead skin cells and helped to further enhance your circulation.

Dimples Be Gone

Centers around the world advertise for procedures to eliminate cellulite. Unfortunately, Many people do not have the money or time for this. Avoid the spa treatments and time-consuming laser sessions! Intelligent-SkinSense offers a solution for this. With the Cellaction™ Body Firming System, you are supplied with three products that bring the spa home to you. In as little as five minutes per day, you can work towards clearer, smoother, and firmer skin.
The Cellaction Body Firming System includes 3 products that intelligently work to diminish cellulite and firm flaccid skin. It works by aiding the body to release toxins, reduce water retention and therefore skin puffiness and to protect the skin to keep the elasticity strong. The kit contains TriDermislide, Even Out, and Cellaction Contour Gel.

Step 1- Prepare Tri-Dermislide
A tri-functioning tool that massages your skin, while awakening your circulatory system,. Relieves puffy skin, smooths fine lines and dimpled skin and exfoliates dead skin cells on face, eyes, décolleté, and body. Tri-Dermislide™ is made with three exfoliating silicone prong slopes to work the face, neck, and body. It is so multi-faceted that skin puffiness is reduced on the face, under the eyes, and the dimpled skin on the body. The vibrating-massage function relaxes muscle tension, expedites the removal of skin toxins, and exfoliates dead skin cells.
***Tri-Dermislide is perfect to use with Step 2 & 3.

Step 2- Cleanse with Even Out
Skin that is out of balance is more sensitive and easily aggravated by climate changes, exercise, medications or hormonal conditions. This detergent-free, herbal, skin wash calms skin prone to flare-ups. Formulated with soothing and antiseptic extracts that are known to relieve discomfort due to inflammation, itching and skin irritations. Even Out removes impurities and restores balance to the skin.

Step 3 - Contour and Enhance Circulation
Cellaction Contour Gel uses a patented ingredient Pronalen™ Anticellulite HSC  (complex of plant origin). This treats cellulite with iodinated plant glycoproteins. In a vivo ultrasound study participants using a cream containing Pronalen™ at 10%, showed reduction in appearance of cellulite in three weeks. Additionally the organic aloe base softens the skin and keeps the elasticity strong.
ISScription: The contour gel is best used on warm skin so right after a bath or shower is ideal. Apply Cellaction Contour Gel to the entire body.

To purchase The Cellaction Body Firming System, Click Here.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer Lovin' Skin Toners

Summer Lovin’ Skin Toners
Watch Intelligent-SkinSense creator Marlene Katz discuss at home care.

Summer months bring heat, sweat, sun damage, and over oily skin.  Luckily there are products for each of those problems. One that helps, is a toner. Understanding how toners work and knowing what ingredients are included in some toners is essential for achieving a healthy, radiant glow.  You will also find that applying a toner can be the perfect addition to your summer skincare routine and help to balance your skin.
Toners can be used after cleansing the skin. Before cleansers were water-soluble and gentle on the skin, toners were created as a way to restore skin's pH balance after using harsh bar soaps or bar type cleanser because those types of cleansers raise the skin's natural pH to a level that is not healthy or safe for your skin. Now, cleansers are pH balanced.
What your skin needs daily is a range of ingredients that restore and repair its surface. That is why most of us have many products and a daily regime for each season. Ingredients in most skin toners are so natural that our skin will absorb the minerals and oils safely. The right toner can give your skin a healthy dose of what it needs to look younger, fresher, and smoother, right after cleansing and throughout the day.

Toners can fall into three categories. It is important depending on your skin type, to chose the correct one.  To be safe though, use a water-based toner in the summer. With the heat and sun, our skin needs to stay hydrated.

1.     Alcohol-based formulas: often include astringent agents. Toners with alcohol and astringent ingredients can cause photosensitivity and irritation.
2.     Water and glycerin or glycol-based formulas with fragrant extracts: such as rose water or citrus fruits. These types of toners often are labeled fresheners or clarifiers.
3.     Water-based formulas: loaded with beneficial ingredients such as skin-repairing substancesantioxidants, and cell-communicating ingredients

If you are uncertain about which you would get or prefer to make a toner yourself, here are some recipes for you based off skin type.

Benefits of Using a Toner in Summer Months

1. They give your skin moisture when left damp on the skin before applying moisturizer.
2. They remove drying chlorine and minerals found in tap water and pools.
3. They balance the pH in the skin.
4. They can enhance the results of your skin care program.
5. They support your skin’s protective barrier.
6. They remove excess oils.
Intelligent-SkinSense provides a natural toning mist that is easy to use and great to use on the go. Saturation™ Toning Mist helps guard against the harsh effects of pollution, keeps the skin supple, refreshed and moist throughout the day and sets make-up all while it re-hydrates the skin. This antioxidant “cocktail” that infuses the skin with aromatic oils and vitamins to combat free radical damage so you can simply spray your way to a glowing complexion whenever and wherever you go!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Exfoliating for Warmer Months

Spring is here and summer will be fast approaching.  It’s the time for hemlines to shrink, sleeves to disappear, and shoes to become minimal (if not non-existent). Springtime is the perfect time to refresh your skin.  How do you take that step you ask? By Exfoliating! Exfoliating your skin is an easy and important step in keeping your skin healthy and summer ready!

Why is Exfoliating Important?
Regular exfoliation helps create a radiant, smooth complexion. While our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells, the process can slow down as we age or even if we are sick. Dead cells will build up and cause skin imperfections if we do not assist in the exfoliation process. When dead cells accumulate, dullness and uneven skin are a common result.
The solution for this is to regularly exfoliate. Your skin will absorb products better, look smoother, and appear brightness and glow.

Benefits of Exfoliating
  • Smoother, softer skin
  • Increase in circulation
  • Fewer ingrown hairs (great for showing off skin!)
  • Balanced, brightened skin tone

Important Facts to Remember While Exfoliating
  • Always be gentle! Just because you use a scrub, doesn’t mean you need to scrub.
  • Any kind of exfoliation thins your skin, so be sure to moisturize and protect your skin.
  • The face, neck, and chest require gentler exfoliation than other areas of the body.
  • Wash your hands! You do not want to touch fresh skin with oil, dirt-ridden hands.

We Can’t Forget to Mention Exfoliating Brushes!
Brushes can be an excellent tool to use when you are exfoliating. They aid in the process and depending on the material they are made of or how they are made, can have additional benefits.

Our Recommendation:
Intelligent-SkinSense offers a new silicone sonic massage brush, Tri-Dermislide™.

It is a tri-functioning tool that massages your skin, while awakening your circulatory system, relieving puffy skin, and exfoliating dead skin cells.  

The skin surrounding the eye area is very delicate. The Tri-Dermislide's half moon shaped tip is designed to softly and accurately massage the eye area. The half moon tip is also ideal to work the smaller grooves of the face: around the mouth, the brow furrows, along the nose area, and the sides of the nostrils. For the larger areas of the face, and on the neck area, use the smaller prongs that are directly under the half moon tip.

It is so multi-faceted that skin puffiness is reduced on the face, under the eyes, and the dimpled skin on the body. The vibrating-massage function relaxes muscle tension, expedites the removal of skin toxins, and exfoliates dead skin cells.

Tri-Dermislide™ is available for $68.00 @ www.shop.intelligentskinsense.com

Ingredients in Exfoliators

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are nontoxic, naturally occurring substances occurring substances found in a variety of fruits; such as grape wine, sour milk, apples, and sugar cane. The most common Alpha Hydroxy Acids are Lactic acid and Glycolic acid.  There are also Citric, Malic, and Tartaric.

The main benefit of an alpha hydroxy acid is its ability to exfoliate the skin. They essentially remove the “glue” from the upper layer of skin that holds onto the old, dead skin cells. This leaves skin smoother and healthier. They also increase the rate of skin cell production and shedding. Alpha Hydroxy Acids also stimulate the growth of elastin and collagen. Prolonged use improves dry skin, age spots, oily acne prone skin, and decreases fine lines and wrinkles.

The most popular and commonly used exfoliating enzymes are naturally derived from pineapple, papaya and pumpkin. The enzymes in these foods are so readily available that you could mix an exfoliating mask in your kitchen from mashed fruit.

Enzyme exfoliants are known for their ability to gently break down the bonds holding dead cells onto skin, accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process. As a bonus, enzymes also strengthen healthy skin with natural antioxidant vitamins as they exfoliate. Pumpkin protease, for example, contains vitamin A, while pineapple bromelain contains vitamin C. An advantage to using an exfoliant that doesn’t scrub or rely on acids to peel is less chance for irritation; meaning enzyme exfoliants may be a great way for people for sensitive skin and can’t apply AHA’s to exfoliate.

Home Exfoliation

You have products in your personal bathroom and kitchen that can be used to exfoliate. Here are some easy recipes that you could try today.

Coffee, Sugar, and Lavender
This scrub exfoliates, stimulates, and calms the skin. Plus the scent helps relax you. Grab 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 5 drops of lavender essential oil.  Mix this up and gentle massage on body. This scrub is great for legs!

Honey and Oatmeal
A honey and oatmeal exfoliator sounds good enough to eat and works great on skin. It is also safe enough to use on your face. Mix a 1/4 cup of oatmeal, a 1/4 cup water, and 2 teaspoons of honey. (For a better texture, run oatmeal through a grinder or blender before mixed)

Baking Soda and Cleanser
This may be the easiest of all ways to exfoliate AND the safest for your face. Just by adding a little baking soda to your cleanser, you create a paste that can be used with your hands or a brush.

Here is a video from Intelligent-SkinSense creator about finding the perfect cleanser:

Signs that You May be Over-Exfoliating

When you exfoliate away the skin’s protective layer, you end up with dehydrated and inflamed skin.  Signs that you are over-exfoliating:
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Tightness
  • Excessive dryness
  • Flaking/Peeling skin
  • Discomfort
When these issues occur, decrease frequency and possibly the strength of the exfoliator you are using.

If you are worried that you may be damaging your skin or if you are unsure of how to proper exfoliate, perhaps you would be more comfortable seeking out a professional. There are estheticians all over that are willing to help you prepare for summer and keep your skin looking good.

You Don’t’ Need to Get Your Hands Dirty

Professional Service: Microdermabrasion

This professional service is the fast and effective method for deep skin exfoliation.  Microdermabrasion is beneficial on recent scars, acne marking, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. The method combines a vacuum suction with a fine diamond tip attachment to remove superficial layers of dead skin cells. A soothing post treatment serum and a specialized masque calms the skin to reduce redness so that this treatment can be done on a lunch break.

Don't forget to treat your inside as well as your outside! Here is a recipe for a tasty juice that can also help cleanse!