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  • 3 Reasons to Get Regular Facials

    facial exercisesOne of the best ways to supplement your daily regimen of facial exercises is to get regular facials. It’s an excellent way to pamper yourself while treating your skin issues and fighting the signs of aging. Regular facials address breakouts, fight damage from the sun and free radicals, and impart a healthy, youthful glow. They’re great for men and women of all ages and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

    For best results, try to get a facial every month. We offer stem cell facials at our spa that provide astounding results for our wide-ranging clients. Other type of facials will yield excellent anti-aging benefits as well, so find something that works for you.

    Read on for three reasons to get regular facials.

    1. Your Skin Will Look Younger

    Facials help your skin look younger in several ways. They hydrate the skin cells, which plumps up the skin and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles. Facials also provide deeper exfoliation than you can achieve at home. This helps eliminate the dead skin cells that make skin look dull and clog pores, which leads to acne and breakouts. The level of exfoliation that facials provide also evens out skin tone and diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Some types of facials, such as our stem cell version, go a step further and boost collagen production to improve elasticity and combat sagging.

    2. Your Skin Will Glow

    There’s a reason why celebrities flock to get facials before red carpet events—that youthful glow. Facials boost circulation, which improves the flow of oxygen and essential nutrients to skin cells. This helps hydrate and plump up the cells while imparting a youthful glow. Improved circulation also promotes the renewal of skin cells.

    3. Facials are Good For Your Health

    Facials are an excellent way to indulge in a little me-time and reduce stress, which causes many skin and health issues. A good facial calms the senses and gives you a chance to relax while revitalizing your skin. It’s also provides the opportunity to address any issues you may be experiencing, from breakouts to dryness.

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  • 5 Benefits of Dry Brushing

    body sculptingDry brushing is an age old body sculpting technique that’s enjoying a new wave of popularity thanks to celebrity endorsements and social media. The simple practice is an excellent way to improve your appearance and overall well-being—and it only takes a few minutes per day. Your skin is your largest organ and should be given the same amount of care that you give the rest of your body. By adding dry brushing to your daily routine, you’ll enjoy everything from smooth, glowing skin to a boost in energy. It also significantly enhances the results of our No Lipo Lipo body sculpting method. All you need is one of the natural Sisal louffas we import from Germany, available for purchase by clicking here.

    Read on to discover five benefits of dry brushing that go more than just skin deep.

    1. Dry Brushing Boosts Circulation

    Dry brushing improves circulation and blood flow, which helps deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. Improved blood flow leads to a healthy, youthful glow and promotes the elimination of metabolic waste.

    2. Stimulates Lymphatic Drainage

    The lymphatic system is a major part of the immune system that eliminates cellular waste from the body. When it’s not functioning right, toxins can build up and cause inflammation. This can result in bloating, weight gain and illness. Dry brushing stimulates lymphatic drainage to boost the body’s detoxification process.

    3. Exfoliation

    Dry brushing sweeps away dead skin cells to reveal softer, smoother skin. Unlike some of the harsh exfoliating products on the market, this is one of the safest, most natural ways to exfoliate and unclog pores. With regular practice, you’ll experience less breakouts and your pores will appear more refined. The natural exfoliation also improves skin texture, prevents ingrown hairs and allows your skin to “breathe.”

    4. Reduction in the Appearance of Cellulite

    Many clients report that dry brushing helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. This is because it breaks down the fatty deposits in the connective tissue. Smoothing the skin also helps skin look firmer and tighter, so cellulite is less apparent. When performed in conjunction with our No Lipo Lipo body sculpting technique, the results are stellar.

    5. Dry Brushing Boosts Energy and Relieves Stress

    Our clients feel invigorated and report a boost in energy after dry brushing. This may be due to increased circulation or detoxification. Many also describe dry brushing as meditative—the simple act can reduce muscle tension, promote relaxation and relieve stress.

  • 5 Awesome Summer Beauty Tips

    facial exercisesSummer can bring on the beauty headaches, even if you use good skin care products and do facial exercises daily. Warm weather can melt your make up, cause breakouts and dehydrate your skin. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause sun damage such as hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles may pop up. Since summer is about enjoying beautiful weather and taking time off to relax, the last thing you want to do is worry about your looks. The good news is, we’ve got some summer-friendly beauty tips that will help you beat the heat and stay gorgeous while you’re doing it.

    1. Go Non-Comedogenic

    My skin care products are non-comedogenic, which means they are specifically formulated to avoid clogging your pores. Clogged pores lead to unsightly mishaps including breakouts, acne and irritation. Only use oil-free and non-comedogenic products this time of year so that your skin doesn’t have to battle perspiration and heavy cosmetics.

    2. Lighten Up

    Ditch your foundation and heavy makeup whenever possible this time of year, especially during the day. Your skin will benefit from having the chance to breathe. A little bit of bronzer, concealer or tinted moisturizer can do the trick. If you work out, try to go completely makeup-free since your skin will already be burdened with perspiration.

    3. Moisturize

    While you can opt for a lighter moisturizer this time of year, don’t skip it altogether. The elements can take a toll on your skin and make it dry and unhappy. A light moisturizer can protect it from pollution, moisture loss and drying agents including the sun, chlorine and salt water.

    4. Time Exfoliation Right

    Timing is everything when it comes to exfoliation. Newly exfoliated skin is more sensitive to the sun, so exfoliate at night or on days you won’t be outside.

    5. Don’t Overdo Bronzer

    Many make the mistake of treating bronzer like foundation and applying it everywhere. For a natural look, apply it to the apples of the cheek and lightly swipe it over your forehead. Don’t forget to blend—you don’t want swipes of bronzer to detract from your polished look.

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  • 4th of July Survival Tips

    facial exercisesJust when you thought you could take a break from your workouts, diet and facial exercises, this post caught your eye. The Fourth of July weekend is here and that means sun, fun and friends for most of us. Yet summer seems to be filled with all of the above so it’s important to make a plan. It’s possible to enjoy yourself in moderation and protect yourself from too much sun, carbs and calories.

    If you want to look your very best this weekend and beyond, read our tips for surviving the 4th of July without doing damage.

    Hydrate All Weekend

    Sometimes our posts sound like a broken record, but that is how important hydration is. You must stay hydrated all weekend to combat thirst, which is commonly mistaken for hunger, and to flush the toxins from your system. Proper hydration keeps you full so you don’t overeat and it plumps up our skin cells. When our cells are dehydrated, collagen breaks down and skin appears dull and saggy. Drink lemon water, green tea and add fruit to sparkling water to feel like you’re having a treat.

    Hit the Gym

    Make sure to follow your normal exercise regimen, even if you’re on vacation. Squeeze in some gym time or take a run in the neighborhood. Since you may be indulging more than normal, this will help offset extra calories you may consume. Get outside and join in some physical activity whenever you can—it’s an excellent way to bond with friends and boost endorphins.

    Track It

    To make sure you’re not in sedentary mode, use a FitBit or tracking app to ensure you’re taking lots of steps and burning calories.

    Overload on Sunscreen

    One product you can’t overdo is sunscreen, especially when you’ll be outdoors more than usual. Apply it at least 20 minutes before heading outside and re-apply every 90 minutes. Use it on your face and entire body to protect your skin from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays. A day of sunburn can undo some of the amazing results garnered from a daily practice of facial exercises.

    Treat Your Skin

    Since your skin will be on display at any events you plan to attend this weekend, do a mask such as Face Lift to Go to give you a healthy, radiant glow. Do your facial exercises, dry brushing and No Lipo Lipo as you normally would, even if you’re out of town. Those amazing Sisal Louffas barely take up any room in your suitcase so don’t leave yours at home. You can stream the Ultimate Facercise and No Lipo Lipo DVDs on Amazon Video so you don’t have to miss a beat.

    Prepare Yourself

    Whether you’re dieting or trying to maintain results, it’s important to get in the right frame of mind. If you plan to have a cheat day, choose which it will be in advance. The last thing you want to do is allow things to turn into a cheat weekend, let alone a five day one. Don’t go anywhere on an empty stomach—if you do, chances are you will overeat. Have a protein or fiber-rich snack before you go anywhere and do not skip breakfast. If you plan to drink alcohol, set the boundaries in advance, such as one two white wine spritzers or one glass or Prosecco. Have a glass of water in between each cocktail to keep yourself hydrated.

  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Sunscreen

    facial exercisesIt’s surprising how many people do facial exercises and use pricey skin care products, yet don’t wear sunscreen. The sun’s dangerous ultraviolet UV rays can cause damage that is often beyond repair. Too much sun exposure leads to premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer.

    While the best way to avoid the aging effects of sun damage is to avoid exposure altogether, it’s not a realistic game plane. A powerful sunscreen, such as our Protective Sunblock SPF 30, must be your weapon of choice.

    Read on for some tips to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

    1. Apply SPF Sunscreen Every Day

    Whether you live in sunny southern California or rainy Seattle, daily sunscreen is a mandatory. Use a minimum of SPF 30 and wear it every single day, rain, snow or shine. If you are outside for extended periods of time (more than 75 minutes), generously re-apply your sunscreen several times.

    2. Don't Wait Until You're Outside

    It takes a least 20 minutes for your skin to properly absorb sunscreen and be completely protected. For best results, apply sunscreen a minimum of 20 minutes prior to exposure and before you get dressed. If you apply it with your clothes on, chances are you will miss critical areas.

    3. Apply Generously

    The old adage “less is more” does not apply when it comes to sunscreen. Since people are of all different sizes, there is no generic amount of sunscreen that works for everyone. The only rule that stands is that you can never apply too much. Use enough to provide even coverage all over your body—and then some. Our Protective Sunblock SPF 30 is lightweight and non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts no matter how much you use.

    4. Don’t Count on Makeup

    Many people make the mistake of using moisturizer or foundation with SPF in lieu of sunscreen. You can definitely use both for added protection, but never skip sunscreen altogether. These products must be used in conjunction with sunscreen to provide proper coverage.

    5. Keep it Fresh

    Sunscreens do expire, so don’t horde old bottles. Their active ingredients lose strength over time, rendering them ineffective. Bottles can also get contaminated when kept for too long. Buy new bottles every season to make sure your sunscreen is working.

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  • 5 Dietary Tips for Great Skin

    facial exercisesWhile facial exercises and skin care products keep your skin looking good from the outside, what you put inside your body can have just as much impact. It’s essential to maintain a healthy diet by eating antioxidant-rich food and avoiding certain dietary triggers. Read on for tips for perfecting your diet so you can enhance your skin care regimen and look your very best.

    1. Go Organic

    Choose organic meat, poultry and produce to avoid the growth hormones, steroids, pesticides and antibiotics that most traditionally grown produce contains.

    2. Eat as Much Organic Produce as Possible

    Produce is a fundamental part of a healthy diet that benefits your skin. Seek out colorful fruit and vegetables, especially those that contain high levels of antioxidants. For the best balance, try to fit in as much of the color spectrum as possible. Opt to consume more vegetables than fruit, as the latter has a higher sugar content.

    3. Cut Back on Dairy

    Much research has shown a strong correlation between dairy products and skin issues such as acne and aging. This is due to the hormones that make their way into cows’ milk. These hormones cause inflammation, cellular breakdown and increases oil production. Cut back and when you do partake, make sure you opt for organic, hormone-free products. Products such as coconut, almond or cashew milk make excellent dairy alternatives.

    4. Reduce Sodium Intake

    Too much sodium in your diet causes water retention, making it harder for your lymphatic system to flush away toxins. Excess sodium exacerbates acne as well, as it irritates the pores and again impedes the body’s natural removal of toxins.

    5. Cut Down on Sugar

    Excessive sugar intake leads to hormonal shifts and increased glycation. Glycation occurs when sugars affect fats and proteins abnormally, resulting in the production of harmful molecules called “advanced glycation end products.” These evil entities cause proteins like collagen and elastin to break down and grow stiff, weak and inelastic. The result is sagging skin with more wrinkles and less glow. Avoid this by reducing sugar intake as much as possible.

    Follow these tips to enhance the results of your regimen of skin care products and facial exercises. It’s okay to treat yourself every now and then, just be sure to do so in moderation.

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  • 3 Universal Hacks for Healthy Skin

    facial exercisesWhile each skin type requires different care, there are some standard practices such as wearing sunscreen and doing facial exercises that work across the board. However, it’s important to go beyond skin care products and think about your system as a whole. You need to focus just as much on how you take care of your insides as you do your skin’s outer layer. For healthy, happy skin, it’s important to address diet and exercise. Our skin is our body’s largest organ, so what you do and eat direct affects the way you look.

    1. Adequate Hydration

    Dehydration makes fine lines and wrinkles more prominent while giving the skin a dull, crepey appearance. To achieve glowing, healthy looking skin, you must drink adequate amounts of water and tea. Only drink alcohol in moderation and consume a glass of water in between each drink—and try not to have more than one libation if possible. Proper hydration will even out your skin tone and result in a smoother, more radiant appearance.

    2. Proper Nutrition

    A balanced, antioxidant-rich diet is also essential to healthy, well-nourished skin. Make sure to consume good amounts of healthy fats, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They help protect your skin’s moisture barrier, which thins as we age. This keeps toxins out while allowing water and important nutrients to enter cell membranes. The result is firmer, plumper looking skin. Also aim to eat lots of fresh produce, which contains collagen-boosting vitamins such as A and C and other potent antioxidants.

    3. Exercise

    Working out doesn’t just benefit our waistline, it helps us achieve healthier, more radiant skin. Exercise boosts circulation, which nourishes our skin cells and keeps them vital. Increased blood flow provides oxygen to our cells, while helping to flush toxins and cellular debris away from the skin. Working out also helps reduce stress, which can cause breakouts and the squinting that results in wrinkles and creases.

    Visit this link to find more ways to hack healthy skin and learn about Facercise, our system of facial exercises.

  • Summer Produce That Makes Your Skin Glow

    facial exercisesSummer is almost here and with it comes an array of produce that enhance results from facial exercises and more. Certain produce can protect your skin from sun damage, boost collagen production and give it a healthy glow. Our diets impact our bodies at the cellular level, so when you’re not consuming enough healthy food, it shows directly on your skin. If you want to protect it from UV damage from the inside out and give your bare skin that healthy, youthful glow, consume these examples of healthy summer produce for the duration of the season.

    Watermelon

    This juicy fruit is approximately 90 percent water, making it intensely hydrating. It’s also rich in vitamin C, which boosts collagen production, as well as thiamin and vitamin B6. Watermelon also contains one of the highest levels of lycopene than any other food, which helps fight damage from those scavengers we call free radicals.

    Berries

    Fresh berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and raspberries are packed with antioxidants that combat free radical damage and the sun’s dangerous rays, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. They’re also rich in fiber, which helps fill us up and promotes healthy digestion.

    Zucchini

    At only 20 calories per eight ounce serving, this unique veggie is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s got a high water content and is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as manganese, a nutrient that is essential to producing choline, the amino acid that boosts collagen production.

    Cantaloupe

    This sweet melon is another excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as E, K and the B vitamins, which help replenish and revitalize skin. It’s also packed with folic acid, which assists with skin cell regeneration.

    Citrus Fruit

    In general, citrus fruits provide lots of vitamin C as well as other important nutrients and antioxidants, so load up on lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges.

    Eat these great examples of beneficial summer produce and do your facial exercises daily to keep that youthful glow all summer long.

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  • 3 Pillowcases for Improving Beauty Sleep

    facial exercisesWhen we’re awake, we can do facial exercises and use skin care products to combat aging and look our best. Yet the work doesn’t stop there—beauty sleep helps our skin repair and rejuvenate. However, if we don’t sleep in the optimal position—on our backs—sleep can wreak havoc. This can appear in the form of deep creases and lines caused by the position you sleep in and the wrong type of pillowcases. Frizzy hair and breakage is another casualty of what should be beauty sleep. Since we spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, shouldn’t we make the most of this precious time?

    Until now, the majority of pillowcases were made of cotton. Since it is naturally absorbent, cotton actually draws moisture away from the skin. So all those expensive products actually get absorbed by the pillowcase while your skin just gets drier. The good news is, there is a bevy of pillowcases that target our beauty concerns and help you wake up looking fresh and dewier than before.

    1. Silk Pillowcases

    A longstanding favorite of the beauty community is the silk pillowcase. Unlike those made of cotton, silk pillowcases help your skin retain its moisture and prevent the sleep lines that result in permanent wrinkles over time. Silk is naturally cool, so you’ll perspire less, which helps those with oily skin avoid breakouts. It is also softer on your hair so there will be no friction to cause breakage or split ends.

    2. Satin Pillowcases

    The benefits of satin are very similar to those of silk. Unlike cotton, which pulls and doesn’t let your skin slide as you move in your sleep, satin allows it to move. Like silk, satin helps skin retain moisture and doesn’t absorb the products you apply before bed. Since satin is so smooth, it doesn’t cause hair breakage or split ends.

    3. Copper-Infused Pillowcases

    A new type of pillowcase on the market is Iluminage's copper-infused model. It’s made from polyester entwined with copper fibers that have been shown to boost the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Studies show that you should see more radiant skin and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles after four weeks of use.

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  • 5 Aging Mistakes to Avoid

    facial exercisesWhen you do facial exercises religiously and follow a strict skin care regimen, you expect to look as good as possible. While this is what should happen, you could easily make mistakes that make you age faster than your years. If you’re not seeing the results you want, it’s probably time to re-evaluate your habits, the foods you eat and the position you sleep in. Read on to learn about some of the most common mistakes that age us and even add years to our faces.

    1. Excessive Sugar Consumption

    A sweet tooth doesn’t just affect your waistline, it can age your skin and cause breakouts. When you eat sweets, or simple carbs that convert to glucose in your system, the sugar molecules attach themselves to your skin’s collagen fibers. Known as glycation, this process causes the fibers to become inflexible and pull at the skin. This results in sagging skin, puffiness, enlarged pores, dark under eye circles, a loss of facial contours and diminished radiance. Skip dessert and simple carbs as much as possible to maintain a youthful glow.

    2. Forgetting to Remove Makeup

    No matter how tired you are, it’s critical to remove your makeup every single night. Sleeping with makeup on clogs your pores and causes breakouts, while cheating your skin of its nightly chance to repair itself. During REM sleep, your skin builds collagen and tries to repair damage; if you’ve got makeup on, it cannot do either.

    3. Over-exfoliating

    Exfoliation is key for shedding the dead skin cells that clog pores and give your skin a dull, dry appearance. It also stimulates the production of new cells. However, too much exfoliation causes inflammation, which accelerates aging. Ask your dermatologist or esthetician to recommend a gentle scrub that is ideal for your skin.

    4. Sleeping the Wrong Way

    The best position to sleep in is on your back, as it prevents those deep wrinkles and creases we get from smashing our face into a pillow. It also helps prevent sagging and wrinkles on your décolletage. The best anti-aging practice includes sleeping on a silk or copper-infused pillowcase to help keep hair and skin smooth.

    5. Cutting Out Fat

    Forget about those old school low-fat and non-fat diets; fat has made a serious comeback and never should have left. Omega 3 fatty acids are absolutely essential for fighting wrinkles and maintaining plump, supple skin. They also combat inflammation and free radical damage. Avocados, nuts and oily fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids.

    Stop making these mistakes and focus on making your skin its healthiest best. Click through for information about Facercise, our life changing system of facial exercises.

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