How Stress Affects Your Skin Barrier + 4 Ways to Protect It

Learn how stress affects your skin and how to increase your skin’s natural resilience to stress with plant-based product recommendations.

Our skin is an intricate and astounding organ, protecting our bodies from harsh elements and pathogens every. single. moment. of every single day. And did you know that the everyday demands on our skin increase when we’re in a state of stress? If you are an empath or triggered by the violence that is rampant in our country, are a parent of a young child, fighting on the front lines to keep women’s rights protected, or living in support of a loved one with mental illness (as with me), you know stress. In this post, I’ll explain how stress, specifically psychological stress, affects your skin. I’ll also explore ways to protect and strengthen the skin’s barrier function with plant-based oils and antioxidants, and bring a little peace to your mind at the same time.

How the Skin Barrier Works

One of the skin’s main roles is to act as a barrier between our body and the rest of the world, keeping moisture in while protecting us from viruses, bacteria, and allergens. The skin barrier is in the skin’s outermost layer, the stratum corneum, one of several layers of cells and sebum (a mixture of lipids, wax esters, fats, and fatty acids) that make up the epidermis.

What degrades the skin’s barrier function? Many of us know about the damaging effects of UV light, pollution, excessive exfoliation, and harsh chemicals. But did you know that psychological stress causes inflammation that damages the skin too?

How Stress Affects Your Skin Barrier

A stressed-out state of mind can lead to increased inflammation and a slower natural healing response. How?

Stress activates two major neuronal pathways:

  • The sympathetic nervous system, which activates proinflammatory cytokines
  • The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which activates the release of cortisol

The Sympathetic Nervous System and Cytokines

The sympathetic nervous system is the fight-or-flight state that’s activated when we encounter dangerous or stressful situations. Our heart rate increases as cortisol boosts our alertness and energy levels. Cortisol also activates T helper cells to produce cytokines.

How stress affects your skin through cytokines: Cytokines are signaling proteins that, among other functions, spur inflammation. While inflammation is a natural part of the body’s healing process, it can cause damage over time. As demonstrated in this 2001 study, psychological stress degrades skin barrier function.

When the skin barrier is compromised, it no longer functions effectively. At a certain point, the barrier can no longer keep water from evaporating, which can lead to an excessive loss of moisture. The skin becomes dehydrated, which exacerbates inflammation and can lead to various dermatological disorders. This is one reason dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea, and allergic reactions tend to flare when we’re under stress.

Moreover, an immune system in a state of hypervigilance can lead to allergic reactions and itching, or flare ups with autoimmune skin conditions. These responses can further impair the skin’s ability to respond to environmental stressors, according to a 2018 study

Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis and Cortisol
The hypothalamus has links to both the nervous system and pituitary gland. When we’re in a state of acute stress, the hypothalamus sends signals via the pituitary gland for the adrenals to release cortisol.

In short bursts, cortisol reduces inflammation. But if levels remain high for an extended period, dysfunctional regulation leads to inflammation. (For more on the HPA Axis and how to balance cortisol levels with plant-based preparations, check out Aromatherapy & the Stress Response Cycle.)

How stress affects your skin through cortisol: Cortisol is released into the skin through an enzyme in keratinocyte skin cells. This process disturbs keratinocyte proliferation, leading to delayed wound healing, which is why stress is a major factor in slowed healing of acne lesions, dull or thick skin, and a dehydrated or rough skin surface  It also degrades fibroblasts, cells we love because they synthesize the collagen that gives our skin structure and a youthful appearance. 

How to Protect and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

If you skimmed through the scientific breakdown, we’ve finally reached the point of discussing the ways you can improve barrier function!

A great start to protecting and strengthening your skin barrier is to make sure you have healthy ways to process and release stress. Lifestyle practices like meditation and yoga can be helpful. In my NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family class, I also explored other aspects of self care that are very valuable, like expressing feelings, sharing your burdens, engaging in community, and seeking professional help.

Externally, you can improve your skin barrier function with lipid rich and anti-inflammatory skin care products. Here are four essential summer products I recommend to clients leading high-stress lives. Two of them actively nourish and support the skin barrier. The other two help prevent damage from stress.

Nourish and Support

Facial Recovery Oil from Eminence Organics
Healthy skin needs adequate linoleic acid to seal in moisture, according to Brian Goodwin, an international educator for Eminence Organics Skin Care. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that’s plentiful in many of my favorite plant-based oils. Sesame oil contains up to 45% linoleic acid, and olive oil up to 17%. Olive and sesame oils have been shown, in third party studies, to increase hydration in the skin up to 53% in 28 days. And if you’re acne prone, rest assured that the healthy fats in the Facial Recovery Oil plus the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree and clary sage essential oils will most likely improve your condition.

Restorative Mind-Body Massage Oil from Stony Creek Aromatics

Clinical evidence shows that the barrier function can be improved by inhaling essential oils with a sedative effect. I formulated the Restorative Mind-Body blend with rose, sandalwood, and lavender to do just that. The essential oils are in a base of nourishing plant oils — jojoba, apricot kernel, almond, and avocado — that support the skin barrier on their own. This may actually have some positive effects on your internal state, too. Evidence suggests that inflammation exacerbated by stress can cause feelings of malaise. Keeping the skin healthy may also keep our brains happy, and could be the start of a positive cycle. Restorative Mind-Body Massage Oil can be applied to the full body, excluding the face, every day on damp skin after bathing to ease stress. When applied mindfully and with deep breaths, you are supporting your skin barrier function and overall wellness of body and mind.

Prevent

Any kind of inflammation can disrupt the skin barrier, so our aim here is to protect against inflammation from oxidative stress and UV light. That way, our skin is less likely to sustain damage when psychological stress triggers inflammation, as explained above. In short, antioxidants and sun protection make our skin more resilient overall, which is why it’s doubly important to use them in the summer and in times of stress.

Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum from Eminence Organics

As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C protects against oxidative stress that can diminish skin barrier function at the cellular level. Because of its unique formulation, the vitamin C in this blend stays active on your skin for up to three days. It contains vitamin C “salt” (sodium ascorbyl phosphate), a stable compound that converts to vitamin C on contact with the skin to deliver maximum antioxidant protection. And the C sourced from lemon and grapefruit (L-ascorbic acid) is stabilized with plant-derived ferulic acid to help retain the antioxidant properties. Finally, research suggests that topical vitamin C is most effective when combined with vitamin E, which this formula does with vitamin E derived from avocados.

Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 from Eminence Organics

Finally, protect your hardworking skin from inflammation caused by UV damage with this all-natural, mineral-based sunscreen. It is made with cocoa seed extract and satsuma mandarin peel, with SPF 40 from zinc oxide. It also protects against blue light from screens, and is suitable for all skin types.

In Closing,

Our skin is always working to keep us in a state of balance, protecting us from pathogens, allergens, and exposure to the elements. As a vital part of our Earthly experience, it’s only natural that we’d want to show our skin plenty of love in return. No matter how stress affects your skin, you can increase your resilience to it with plant-based oils, antioxidants, and mineral-based sunscreen. You might even find that your new skin care rituals leave you more centered and less stressed — perhaps it’s the start of a whole new way of being.

For personalized recommendations on plant-based products that will keep your skin resilient as you meet the demands of your day, schedule a virtual consultation with Jessica. 

Food That’s Good for Your Skin: Fruits & Veggies Edition

This post highlights food that’s good for your skin, not just to eat but to put right on it! With explanations and product recommendations.

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Did you know the same plants that are good for your body are often good for your skin too — as in, to put directly on it? It’s true. So today I’m talking about fruits and veggies, food that’s good for your skin inside and out.

Citrus

Our skin loves having plenty of vitamin C. This antioxidant vitamin minimizes signs of aging by: 

  • protecting skin from damage caused by ultraviolet light
  • stimulating synthesis of collagen, the protein that keeps our skin firm and elastic
  • supporting the skin’s innate healing processes

But human bodies, amazing as they are, can’t create vitamin C themselves. We need to get it from outside sources. When it comes to topical application, one review of scientific research showed that the most effective formulas contain both vitamins C and E, plus a delivery vehicle.

Kale

You’ve probably heard that this power leaf is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. True. It’s high in vitamins A, K, and C, with additional B vitamins, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. 

And this mix of potent antioxidants and minerals is also great for skin maintenance and tone:

  • supporting the production of collagen, which begins to decline naturally after age 30
  • protecting elastin, part of the extracellular matrix that’s key to maintaining texture and tone
  • preventing free-radical damage

Try this: Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum from Eminence Organics

This expertly-crafted formula pairs vitamin C from lemon and grapefruit with vitamin E from avocado. It also contains vitamin C “salt” (sodium ascorbyl phosphate), a stable form of vitamin C that transforms into active vitamin C on contact with the skin. Kale extract brings an extra dose of antioxidants to protect elasticity and hydration for a healthy, more youthful glow. Speaking of kale and food that’s good for your skin …

Avocado 

The human body can produce almost every fatty acid it needs, except for two: linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid; and alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. While it’s great to eat foods rich in essential fatty acids, research suggests that our bodies can also absorb them through the skin. Avocado oil consists of 13% polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega 3 and omega 6. 

Both omega 3 and 6:

Omega-6 fatty acids: 

Omega-3 fatty acids: 

Try this: Restorative Mind-Body Massage Oil from Stony Creek Aromatics

This soothing and deeply nourishing massage oil combines the protective and supportive benefits of avocado oil. In addition to the benefits of omega 3 and 6 listed above, the lipid profile of avocado oil increases the bioavailability of fat soluble vitamins and phytonutrients in any formula it’s part of. And thanks in part to the presence of phospholipids, avocado oil bonds with the surface of skin, locking moisture in and helping to regulate skin cell production. Food that’s good for your skin? Definitely. 

Radish & Broccoli Sprouts 

Much like a cleanse would likely include plenty of greens, you can detoxify your skin with microgreens. Broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, a lesser-known food that’s good for your skin. This phytochemical:

  • induces phase 2 enzymes to detoxify the skin
  • acts as an antioxidant
  • neutralizes free radicals to protect against photoaging 
  • helps maintain collagen 
  • decreases production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)

Broccoli and radish sprouts also contain vitamins A and C, protecting skin from UV damage and free radicals, stimulating collagen synthesis, supporting healing, and improving texture and tone by protecting elastin.

Try this: Lotus Detoxifying Overnight Treatment from Eminence Organics

This blend is named for exfoliating and hydrating lotus. But in the background, Eminence Organics’ detoxifying microgreens complex — a mix of broccoli, radish, clover, and Swiss cress sprouts — works to protect against environmental stressors and reduce the signs of aging for a dewy complexion by morning.

Berries 

Berries are packed with polyphenols, plant-based compounds that help the body defend against pathogens and ultraviolet radiation. The specific compounds vary from one berry to the next, but generally speaking they’re potent antioxidants that help skin recover from external stressors from harsh weather to blue light. 

A few highlights:

  • blueberries have astringent properties, tightening and toning the skin’s appearance
  • raspberries are high in antioxidants, protecting against visible signs of aging
  • blackberries also have astringent properties, tightening the appearance of pores

Try this: Blueberry Detox Peel from Eminence Organics

During the summer we take a break from our pharmaceutical grade TCA Peels, and we love to heat things up with the Blueberry Detox Peel with Hungarian Paprika. Book a facial to try this professional product we use for our clients. It also contains a blend of blueberry juice, raspberry juice, blackberry juice and pineapple extract that naturally exfoliates, cleanses the pores, and tones the skin. If you’re not in the Ann Arbor area, use Eminence Organics’ Spa Locator to find an authorized esthetician in your area.

Almonds 

One way the food we eat impacts our skin is through the gut-skin axis, or the gut microbiome. Acne, for instance, has been linked to diets rich in high-glycemic foods and low in plant fiber (processed and sugary foods). That’s likely because the gut microbiome — the ecosystem of beneficial microorganisms in our digestive tract — helps regulate inflammation in the gut and throughout the body. Although more research is needed to understand exactly how the gut and skin communicate, many cases of acne appear to involve an imbalance in intestinal bacteria and increased gut permeability. This imbalance can be corrected by the food we eat.

Probiotics have gotten a lot of attention for helping rebalance the gut with beneficial bacteria. But prebiotics, essentially what you’re feeding your gut microbiome, may play a more important role over time. Many plant-based foods contain prebiotic polysaccharides and fiber. Almonds are one to note. One study found increased populations of the beneficial bacteria Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus spp. in people who ate almonds and almond skins, versus a control group.

Applied directly to the skin, Almond oil has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic, and Greco-Persian medicine to soothe skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. It’s rich in antioxidant vitamin E giving this oil similar protective and inflammation-regulating properties to many of the foods highlighted in this post.

Perfect Pairing: The Feed Your Skin Collection

Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum +  Lotus Detoxifying Overnight Treatment: 

This radiance-boosting pairing includes an antioxidant serum and a detoxifying overnight treatment. They’re suitable for a wide variety of skin types and are two of my favorite items featuring food that’s good for your skin. Both products are from Eminence Organics, a skin care line that combines the latest in scientific findings with nature’s ancient wisdom to keep skin feeling and looking its healthiest. The entire line is made to the highest standards: organically sourced, cruelty-free, and never made with synthetic chemicals.

Purchase these products together as the Feed Your Skin Collection for $157, a savings of $27! 

In Closing,

For your best skin, there’s no substitute for eating an abundance of fruits and veggies. Beyond what we eat, though, high-quality skin care blends can draw on the wisdom of nature to bring our skin’s health to the next level — a little extra love from the plants. I hope this inspires you to revel in botanical luxury, whatever that means to you. I’m off to make myself a kale, microgreen, and avocado salad garnished with berries, citrus, and almonds … See you soon!

To find the best products for your skin type that help you meet the demands of your day, schedule a virtual consultation with Jessica.

Get Glowing: 5 Questions to Ask Your Esthetician

Consider asking your esthetician these questions to get the best results during a facial or skincare consultation!

You know how, during a facial, your esthetician gives your skin the exact treatment it needs to look its best? Well, what if you could get inside your esthetician’s head for a half hour, channeling that same expertise to inform your morning and evening skin care rituals? In truth, day-to-day skin care routines might matter more than facials — and that’s exactly why consultations were invented. So you can bring the knowledge that’s relevant to you out of the spa and into your home. After years of having these conversations with clients, I’ve crafted a list of questions to ask your esthetician that will help you get the most value from your facial when you decide to book.

5 Questions to Ask Your Esthetician

1. What’s my skin type?

Think you know your skin type? It’s still helpful to have a professional take a close look. Many people have mixed types and don’t know it. Plus, our skin’s needs change over time. Your esthetician’s trained eye might see signs of change you haven’t noticed yet.

For example, you may think you are dry when, in fact, your skin is actually dehydrated. It’s an important distinction because exfoliation is very beneficial to dry skin, but can be damaging to dehydrated skin. Dry skin lacks oil, while dehydrated skin lacks moisture. Dehydrated skin feels rough and flakey but can still produce oil underneath a dehydrated skin surface, often leaving clients confused as to how to address their needs.

2. What’s the best daily skincare routine for me?

Skin care recommendations from friends and influencers are powerfully persuasive. But what works for your friend or even your sister might not work for you. In fact, what worked for you in your 20s probably won’t in your 40s. And lifestyle changes — a career shift, for instance — can change your skin care needs if it means you’re spending more time outdoors or in front of a screen.

Part of aging gracefully is developing a skincare routine that works for: 

  • your skin type
  • your lifestyle
  • your environment, including climate
  • your concerns and goals 

This made my list of questions to ask your esthetician because a professional will have the objectivity and expertise to help you take a realistic look at your current products and routine and make adjustments that fit your life.

One example of a routine change based on lifestyle, is for someone with acne prone skin who also works out almost daily. Acne prone skin needs extra attention after sweating. The heat stress and bacteria can exacerbate unwanted lesions (i.e. pimples). I recommend using a salicylic acid product or a botanical astringent within 10 minutes of heavy exercise. Whether you work out in the morning, midday, or evening will affect the custom home care routine provided by your esthetician.

3. What results can I expect from this treatment?

Realistic expectations are key, and you’ll see different results from regular facials over time than you will from occasional, sporadic ones. I like to tell clients what benefits they can expect immediately and what effect treatments should have long term.

After one facial, the skin will have a luminous glow that comes from professional exfoliation, botanical anti-inflammatory ingredients, stimulating massage, and layers of hydration. Issues on the superficial layers of the skin, like soft lines around the eyes, will be plumped and diminished. Sagging skin will gain some tone and elasticity. Blackheads are extracted.

Some changes aren’t immediately visible, but are still a very effective part of the treatment. One example: Collagen and elastin production is increased in the process of receiving a facial, though they’ll take some time and continued attention to add density.

Another benefit that takes a while to set in is the stress relief you receive. Psychological stress increases cortisol levels and inflammation, damaging cells over time and weakening the skin’s resilience to environmental stressors. A high quality facial should deactivate your stress response, reducing the cortisol that causes inflammation in your skin and helping to strengthen the skin’s barrier function.

4. What products do you use on your skin?

Seeing how your esthetician puts knowledge into practice can make abstract concepts more tangible and give you insights into how products work together.

For instance, I give my routine a 180 from summer to winter, and I love coaching clients on how to switch their seasonal lineup without wasting a drop of the high-quality products they’ve already invested in.

How do we accomplish this? By moving our richer winter products to the evening for summer, and lightening up daytime products. Some winter products are set aside for next year, some get used up before the seasons change, and some get incorporated into their summer routine.

Here’s what I’ll be using this summer. This routine balances my skin care desires and goals: caring for my skin as it ages while minimizing hyperpigmentation and some mild acne.

These products are all from Eminence Organics. I use this line because it combines the intelligence of nature and the latest scientific findings to make botanical products that nourish my skin for a truly healthy glow. The ingredients are ethically grown organically on European farms and certified by Biokontroll Hungaria. The entire line is free of harsh chemicals.

Day

  • Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel
    Lactic and mandelic acids gently exfoliate dead skin cells while licorice root, African potato, and tara tree brighten the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
  • Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum
    This award-winning serum nourishes and hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes with neroli oil, coconut water, and green apple stem cell technology.
  • Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum
    In this formula, vitamin C salts convert to vitamin C on contact with the skin, minimizing degradation of antioxidants before use. (How cool is that?) And vitamin E from avocado nourishes and protects the skin.
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Concentrate (launching this month!)
    Botanically-sourced hyaluronic acid meets vitamin-rich strawberries and rhubarb in this skin-plumping and nourishing blend.
  • Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer
    This moisturizer is great for summer. Succulent stone crop cools sun-exposed skin and brings regenerative properties to support healing and rejuvenation throughout the day.
  • Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40
    Lilikoi (passion fruit) seed oil moisturizes while cocoa seed extract, satsuma mandarin peel, and mineral-based SPF 40 protect the skin from sunlight, blue light from screens, and pollution.

Night

  • Firm Skin Acai Cleanser
    Antioxidant-rich acai berries, sea buckthorn oil, and hyaluronic acid from marshmallow plants, revitalize mature skin at the end of a summer day.
  • Birch Water Purifying Essence
    Nutrient-rich birch water purifies the skin while botanical collagen increases elasticity and improves barrier function, helping the skin retain the benefits of subsequent products.
  • Eight Greens Youth Serum
    Concentrated whole plant yucca, chasteberry, and flax seed extract tighten and brighten skin with phytoestrogens, omega-3s, and antioxidants.
  • Facial Recovery Oil
    Calm, balance, and hydrate with ylang ylang, clary sage, and olive oils. Antioxidant sage leaf extract rejuvenates and tones.
  • Marine Flower Peptide Night Cream
    Peptides inhibit aging, and applying them to the skin ensures your body has the materials it needs to make collagen, keeping your skin plumper, firmer, and more radiant. Eminence sources its bioactive peptides from marine algae!

5. What’s the best way to pamper my skin between facials?

Last but not least, this is one of my favorite questions to ask your esthetician because it shines in a one-on-one format. We’re used to seeing messages that imply one product can work wonders for everyone. Not true.

Some people may benefit from a super-hydrating mask. Others may need a peel. Results can even be influenced by the other products you’re using. Ask your esthetician how you can further your skincare goals on those days when you have a bit more time to spare.

In Closing,

A facial doubles as an opportunity to chat with your esthetician, whose trained eye can pick up signs you’ve missed or lifestyle details that reveal a skin care need. This is skin care gold, saving time and money ill spent on products that aren’t right for you.

However, digesting the wealth of information your esthetician can provide takes time. Consider asking just one of these questions with every appointment. We want to ensure that you also get the benefits of relaxation that come with your treatment! (More on those rejuvenating benefits and how to get them here: The Science of a Relaxing Facial.)

Live in the Ann Arbor area and want the skin-toning benefits of regular facials from an experienced esthetician with personalized skin care tips on the side? Book a facial at Jessica’s Apothecary & Spa.

Think you’re ready for the full download? Book a virtual skin care consultation with me today. We’ll take a closer look at your skin type and the elements your skin is up against daily. I’ll also recommend revitalizing, plant-based products for your skin. Schedule a virtual consultation with Jessica to receive custom, personalized responses to each of these questions, and more.

Get the Best Benefits of Exfoliation for Your Skin Type

Discover the best exfoliation routine and natural products for your skin type: dry, sensitive, mature, oily, acne-prone, and more.

You’ve heard that exfoliation leaves skin rejuvenated and radiant. But everyone’s skin is different, and everyone’s skin changes over time. Are you getting the maximum benefits of exfoliation for your skin type?

Done right, exfoliation can help correct imbalances in the skin, whether it’s oily, dry, acne prone, hyperpigmented, sensitive, or mature. As an esthetician working with every skin type, I’ve seen that the rejuvenating benefits of exfoliation apply to virtually everyone. My clients see best results when their product choices and rituals align with their skin type and age.

Below, I’ll touch on the general benefits of exfoliation and offer suggestions for organic products to complement your skin type. At the end, I’ll highlight a cleanser + peel pairing that’s beneficial for a range of skin types — and I’m offering special pricing when you purchase them together!

Benefits of Exfoliation 

First, a refresher on the benefits of exfoliation:

  • Removes dead, dry, and dull skin cells from the outer layers of the skin, resulting in a brighter complexion.
  • Helps moisturizers work more effectively and penetrate deeper.
  • Draws out impurities, unclogging pores.
  • Minimizes signs of aging.
  • Increases cellular metabolism.

Exfoliation and Skin Type 

Now for the lowdown on which type of exfoliants will work best for your skin type and why, along with loose recommendations for how often to use them. If you have an esthetician, ask their advice on what timeline would best suit you. (Or schedule a virtual skin consultation with me and we can discuss it.) As a general rule, however, in the early spring, plan to exfoliate every other day.

Dry or Mature Skin

Dry and mature skin have similar needs, and see similar benefits from exfoliation.

Dry skin is a skin type indicated by small pores, a dull complexion, and less elasticity. This might sound counterintuitive, but exfoliation can be great for dry skin. It allows the fatty acids in your serum or moisturizer to penetrate the skin’s visible surface and nourish cells beneath, firming skin from its deepest layers. Because dry skin produces relatively little oil, exfoliation is best done with a hydrating acid. Look for lactic acid or glycolic acid in the ingredients. These natural acids are considered “chemical exfoliants” because they exfoliate without abrasion.

Mature skin has similar needs to dry skin. While you’ll want to avoid physical exfoliants, you can still experience the benefits of exfoliation from a plant-derived chemical exfoliant. Glycolic acid (GA) is the go-to for most skin over 40 (that number could be higher or lower depending on genetics and lifestyle). This water-soluble alpha hydroxy acid triggers fibroblasts in the skin’s lower layer to produce collagen, the protein that keeps skin structured and elastic. GA is also hydrating and stimulates cellular metabolism.

Try this: Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel

This firming peel hydrates skin deeply while exfoliating with glycolic acid for collagen production and lactic acid for intense hydration. The formula is packed with natural antioxidants from acai berry, grapefruit, and goji. Regular use of this peel will visibly increase skin’s firmness, restore its elasticity and reveal a smoother, softer, younger looking complexion. Wipe on, leave on. Use up to three times per week. Note: Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun while using this product. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure.

Note: Dry and mature skin types are not the same as dehydrated skin, which feels rough and chapped, sometimes flakey. If your skin is dehydrated, don’t exfoliate. Instead, nourish the skin with hydrating products until the skin barrier is healthy enough for exfoliation.

Oily Skin

Oily skin also benefits greatly from exfoliation, which can remove excess oil along with dead skin cells. Here, you’ll want to look for a gentle scrub known as a physical exfoliant, which helps break down oil.

Try this: Charcoal Exfoliating Cleanser

This exfoliating cleanser uses charcoal to draw dirt and oil from pores as the exfoliating lather washes away impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil, leaving you with a balanced complexion. Start every other day and work up to daily if your skin responds well.

Acne-Prone Skin

To see the benefits of exfoliation for acne-prone skin, I recommend salicylic acid. This naturally-occurring acid is found in willow bark and strawberries, and helps manage bacteria as it removes dead skin cells and prevents the formation of comedones. It’s safe for many different skin types because it can self-neutralize. It also reduces inflammation, helping minimize the appearance of blemishes.

Try this: Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

Add this powder to your favorite cleanser for an exfoliating boost that reveals a brighter, radiant complexion. Strawberries contain natural salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells, and lactic acid adds a hydrating exfoliation. Rice powder gently buffs and absorbs excess oil. Finally, rhubarb infuses the skin with antioxidants. Start with every other day and work up to daily if your skin responds well.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin needs the gentlest exfoliants, whether chemical or physical. I recommend a formula with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) in a cream base, which buffers them. AHAs are naturally-occuring acids that gently dissolve dead skin. If you choose to use a physical scrub, use a light touch. It shouldn’t leave your skin feeling raw or irritated.

Try This: Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser

This is the most gentle exfoliating cleanser we have, and the only one that I recommend to clients with dermatitis. The AHAs come from lemon, passion fruit, grape, and pineapple extracts The olive seeds are finely ground and not overly abrasive. Monoi itself is a fragrant Tahitian oil that hydrates and firms the skin. Start with once per week and work up to using it daily if your skin seems happy.

Hyperpigmented Skin

Hyperpigmented skin is a patch of skin that’s darker, and not accompanied by irritation. When exfoliating, we want to combine the acids that exfoliate with acids that brighten and help reduce hyperpigmentation. For instance, combining lactic acid with mandelic acid.

Try This: Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel

This award-winning natural peel combines exfoliating lactic acid with brightening mandelic acid. daisy blossom, and extracts of African potato and tara tree lighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Wipe on, leave on. Start with once per week and work up to as many as three exfoliating treatments per week. Note: Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun while using this product, so use sunscreen and limit sun exposure.

Dull Skin

Wondering where your glow went? Dull skin can be one of the first signs of aging, as the rate of natural exfoliation decreases. Awaken the skin with a warming exfoliant that also increases circulation. Bonus points if it draws out impurities with clay or charcoal.

Try This: Turmeric Energizing Treatment

This golden powder revitalizes skin with turmeric, zeolite, and kaolin clay. Turmeric is an ancient beauty secret and potent antioxidant that brightens skin and reduces puffiness. Zeolite exfoliates and brings literal heat to this formula. Kaolin clay gently draws impurities from pores, deeply cleaning and softening skin without stripping moisture. The treatment activates as you add water, transforming into a warming mousse. Try it once per week and add an additional weekly treatment if needed.

Perfect Pairing: The Gentle Exfoliation Collection

Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser + Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel: I chose this pairing because it combines a manual scrub and a gentle chemical exfoliant. It’s gentle and hydrating for the transitions our skin faces, and beneficial for any skin type — even sensitive and mature. (Head back to the highlights under Sensitive Skin and Mature Skin to discover how these plant-based formulas work their magic.) Both products are from Eminence Organics, a skin care line that combines the best of cutting-edge science and nature’s wisdom for botanical products that get results. They’re cruelty-free and made with zero harsh chemicals.

Purchase these two products together as the Gentle Exfoliation Collection for a special savings! 

How to use this collection 

  • Start every morning by cleansing with the Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser. 
  • Apply on dry skin and emulsify with wet fingertips. 
  • Splash with tepid water to remove. 
  • Pat dry. 
  • Every other morning, wipe the skin with Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel, using the cotton round provided. 
  • Finish with serum, eye cream, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Purchase the Gentle Exfoliation Collection for $103 (a special savings of $18).

In Closing,

You don’t have to give up exfoliation because of the season — whether that means winter or, more poetically, a season of your life. The benefits of exfoliation apply to every skin type, as long as your skin care practice aligns with your environment, age, and the needs of your skin. 

If you’d like a personalized recommendation for how often to exfoliate and which products would be best for you, schedule a consultation with me today. We’ll take a closer look at your skin type and the elements your skin is up against daily. I’ll also recommend rejuvenating, plant-based products for your skin.

Schedule a virtual consultation with Jessica for specialized skin care recommendations. 

Dermatitis, Eczema, and What You Need to Know About the Skin Microbiome

Learn how the skin’s microbiome relates to dermatitis and eczema, plus receive best-care tips.

Itchy, red, inflamed skin isn’t exactly welcome anywhere on our bodies. But for most of us, the face is probably one of the last places we’d pick if given a choice. Alas, several clients have told me they’re experiencing dermatitis on their faces this winter. I love that I get to tell them there’s good news: research on the skin microbiome over the last 15 years has brought us new insights into the microscopic causes of dermatitis and eczema. And in response to this research, soothing plant-based face creams and oils can promote repair of this important barrier.

The topic of the skin microbiome is a big one. In this post, I’ll keep my focus on dermatitis and eczema — especially on the face — and share practical tips for how to avoid damage and promote repair.

The Skin Microbiome — What Is It?

The word “microbiome” translates to a “large community of small life.” So the skin microbiome is the ecosystem of tiny organisms residing on our skin. Mostly bacteria, but also fungi and viruses.

Like the beneficial microorganisms in our gut, microbes on the skin help protect against pathogens that could otherwise cause imbalance and bring disease. Beneficial microbes on the skin also appear to “educate” the immune system about threats and help break down natural substances on the skin’s surface. 

What Happens When the Skin Microbiome is Disturbed?

When the barrier created by the skin microbiome is disturbed, there’s a breech in the protective system. Your body becomes more vulnerable to disease — on the skin and elsewhere.

Let’s look at the most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis. Two studies from 2017 showed that an imbalance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria contributed to skin inflammation in flare ups of atopic dermatitis. The findings also suggest that a barrier of diverse beneficial skin-dwelling microbiota can indeed protect against pathogens.

Aside from pathogens, a disrupted skin barrier is more susceptible to dehydration because moisture escapes the body more readily. Dehydrated skin, in turn, is more susceptible to inflammation and disease, creating a downward spiral. 

What Causes Disruption of the Skin Microbiome?

As I’ve noted in previous posts, skin is our first line of defense against irritants, pathogens, and environmental stressors. Skin is a beautifully complex layering of lipids, fatty acids, wax esters, and cells that keep moisture in and pathogens out.

uv disrupts skin microbiome

What disrupts the balance:

  • UV exposure 
  • Pollution
  • Excessive exfoliation
  • Harsh cleansers
  • Psychological stress
  • Long-term use of steroid creams (while steroids can help relieve the discomfort and itching from irritated skin, they don’t solve the underlying problem, and long-term use of steroids is not recommended for a healthy skin barrier.)

In cases involving a genetic predisposition, the condition may worsen in response to: 

  • Food allergies
  • Skin infections
  • Irritating clothes or chemicals
  • Change in climate

Genetic predisposition? Yes, a gene mutation has been found to play a causal role in atopic dermatitis (the most common type of eczema). People with mutations in the gene coding for filaggrin, a binding protein in skin, are more likely to experience dry and irritated skin. Nearly 50% of severe cases of eczema appear to have at least one mutated filaggrin gene. 

How To Support the Skin Microbiome and Barrier Repair

Now for the good news. Plant oils can promote repair of the skin microbiome! Focusing on repair of the skin barrier allows the skin to use its own healthy bacteria, antimicrobial strains like Staphylococcus epidermis and S. hominis, to fight the atopic dermatitis.

“Plant oils are now being increasingly recognized for their effects on both skin diseases and the restoration of cutaneous homeostasis,” wrote the researchers behind a 2018 data review

After studying 19 oils — from common oils like coconut and olive to the rarer rosehip oil — they concluded that the constituents of plant oils (triglycerides, phospholipids, FFAs, phenolic compounds, and antioxidants) may act synergistically to:

  • promote skin barrier homeostasis
  • neutralize free radicals that cause oxidative stress
  • reduce inflammation
  • promote healthy microbial balance
  • support natural wound healing

Highlight: Virgin Coconut Oil

In a 2014 study of children with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis, virgin coconut oil applied to the skin decreased the severity of the disease and improved barrier function. Coconut oil also protected the skin from minor UV radiation, and the group treated with coconut oil showed lower levels of inflammation after exposure to UVB radiation.

Coconut oil is packed with monolaurin, which makes up nearly 50% of coconut’s fat content. This compound has been shown to help dissolve the lipid membrane of bacteria known to cause skin problems, including Propionibacterium acnes (linked to acne) and Staphylococcus aureus (linked to dermatitis and eczema). 

Because harsh cleansers can disrupt the skin barrier, I often recommend Eminence Organics’ Coconut Milk Cleanser to clients with irritated skin. One of its key ingredients is virgin coconut oil. This gentle cleanser was created to comfort dry, irritated skin while correcting irritation at its source — the skin microbiome.

Coconut Milk Cleanser
Camellia Glow for skin microbiome

Highlight: Camellia Oil

Here, the emphasis is on hydration and fostering resilience. Rich in oleic fatty acid (omega-9), camellia oil is highly transdermal — able to penetrate the skin’s outer layers, hydrating deeply. It also delivers vitamins A, B, D, E, and omega-3 — antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals — to the lower layers of the skin. Deep absorption also means camellia oil won’t leave skin feeling greasy or block pores. 

Because a disrupted skin barrier allows moisture to escape more readily, and dehydrated skin is more susceptible to inflammation and disease, I recommend Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil to clients experiencing dermatitis and eczema. It deeply moisturizes and nourishes with oil distilled from cold-pressed camellia seeds. 

With deeply penetrating oils such as camellia oil, biologists behind a 2020 data review recommended sealing the skin after use with coconut or shea butter. (I recommend two of my favorite moisturizers for eczema and dermatitis below.)

Perfect Pairing: The Nourishing Microbiome Collection

Coconut Milk Cleanser + Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil: Using the two products in this collection, morning and night during the winter, will best serve to repair the skin barrier function. Both products are from Eminence Organics, a skin care line with plant-derived, science-backed ingredients that get results. All Eminence products are grown and harvested using regenerative, organic farming methods. They’re also cruelty-free and made without harsh chemicals.

Purchase these two products together as the Nourishing Microbiome Collection for a special savings! 

Skin Microbiome perfect pairing

How to use the Nourishing Microbiome Collection

  • On dry skin, using clean hands, apply one pump of Coconut Milk Cleanser. Emulsify with wet finger tips and massage gently in circles for a minute or two. 
  • Remove cleanser with tepid water (not a washcloth), and gently towel dry. 
  • Next, apply a pea size of the Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil
  • Apply a moisturizer containing shea butter on top of the face oil. For morning or daytime use, I recommend the Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer, which contains shea butter as a key ingredient.  Or, for a nighttime skin ritual on top of the face oil, I love the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm. This contains Eminence Organics’ proprietary Natural Repair Complex, which uses rosehip and rosemary extracts to repair and calm dry skin as you sleep. 
  • When experiencing active atopic dermatitis, avoid exfoliation, including scrubs, synthetic retinoids, and alpha hydroxy acids. 
  • Pro-tip: Clients can still receive facials but, as the esthetician, avoid exfoliation.

Purchase the Nourishing Microbiome Collection here. 

In Closing,

Aside from itchy discomfort (which is bad enough), dermatitis and eczema on the face is likely a sign that our skin microbiome is out of balance. I’m grateful for recent research shedding light on the unseen causes of these skin irritations, and glad that I can offer clients plant-based, science-backed solutions that balance microbiota, replenish moisture, and support repair of the skin barrier at its source.

If you think your skin microbiome may be out of balance, then schedule a consultation with me today. We’ll take a closer look at your specific case, and I’ll recommend the best products for you during this season of life.

Schedule a virtual consultation, here. 

Jessica Goneia meets with clients during a virtual skincare consultation

The Science of a Relaxing Facial

Learn the science behind a relaxing facial, including pressure points, aromatics, my go-to products, and more.

It’s not uncommon as I’m wrapping up a facial for a blissed-out client, to hear the question, “Why are facials so relaxing?” It’s really no mystery. In fact, there’s a science to it. I’ve learned through experience and research that a relaxing facial requires understanding the body as an interconnected system, and putting that information to work with my hands — and the power of plants. Below, I’m sharing four ways I turn that knowledge into action, along with a few of my favorite botanical oils and creams that can help you take a facial to the next level of bliss whether you’re working with clients or treating yourself to a facial at home.

1. Vagus nerve

What it is: The vagus nerve connects the brainstem to the body, acting as a link between the brain and the heart, lungs, and other organs. It’s part of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the automatic processes we don’t have to think about, like breathing, digestion, and heart rate. Specifically, it’s part of the parasympathetic side of the autonomic nervous system, helping to decrease blood pressure and heart rate, bringing the body out of tension and into a calm, relaxed state.

Why it’s important for a relaxing facial: “Vagus” means “wandering” in Latin,” because this long nerve meanders from the brain through the neck, into the chest and abdomen.

My facials include a neck and shoulder massage that stimulates the vagus nerve, prompting the parasympathetic nervous system to lower blood pressure and deepen the breath, initiating a cycle of further relaxation. My favorite blend for this part of the facial is Stony Creek Aromatics Mind-Body Massage Oil, which I created especially for this purpose. The blend contains calm-promoting lavender, mood-lifting sweet orange, rose otto to regulate cortisol, sandalwood to slow the stress response, and patchouli to help clear a cloudy mind. It’s applied to the neck and shoulders, and it’s key to my recipe for a relaxing facial.

Many thanks to Elaine Economou at MOVE Wellness, for pointing out how valuable the vagus nerve is to a relaxing facial.

2. Pressure points

What they are: Pressure points are specific areas on your body that connect with larger systems, or energy channels, throughout the body. These were developed by the longstanding system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and are built on the same foundational knowledge as acupuncture: the idea that a blocked channel can create pain or discomfort. Stimulating these points on the body stimulates the larger internal system, directing the body’s innate healing forces to where they are needed.

Why it’s important for a relaxing facial: Pressure points are found throughout the body, but those on the face — especially those along the center of the face — are believed by proponents of acupressure and acupuncture to:

  • restore focus
  • promote calm
  • reduce anxiety
  • improve sleep

I like to enhance the relaxing effects of pressure points near the eyes — there’s one between the eyebrows and another at each of the temples — with Eminence Organics’ Lavender Eye Cream. This is an age-corrective cream formulated with leading-edge botanical science. Soothing and calming lavender is its star ingredient. It replenishes moisture as we work with pressure points, and relieves minor skin irritations. Both lavender and evening primrose bring aromatic benefits (more on that below), while Eminence’s unique anti-aging stem cell complex rejuvenates skin and leaves my clients’ skin radiant.

3. Energy meridians

What they are: The pressure points mentioned above lie along energy meridians, channels through which Qi (life energy) flows. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these meridians link external points on the face, hands, and feet to internal organs — heart, lungs, bladder, intestines, kidneys, stomach, liver, and spleen — meaning a facial massage can stimulate and help balance the body’s internal systems. In Western medicine, energy meridians might be explained as the workings of the peripheral and central nervous systems, but these are really two completely different approaches to thinking about the body and its systems.

Why it’s important for a relaxing facial: Like acupoints, we can use knowledge of the meridians along the face to promote balance in the body as a whole. I love to use Eminence Organics’ Lavender Concentrate when I’m working with facial meridians. Like the eye cream above, this age-corrective formula is based on the latest research in plant-based skin care. It moisturizes and soothes as we move stagnant lymph fluid and blood, removing toxins and increasing circulation. This has benefits for the skin itself, and is another way a relaxing facial supports relaxation and balance throughout the body.  

4. Aromatics

What they are: Aromatics are highly scented plant extracts, typically sourced from fragrant herbs. You might be familiar with the term “aromatics” from its use in the kitchen. These plants are used in aromatherapy too, typically in the form of essential oils. The same volatile oils that hold the plant’s scent often possess constituents that benefit our skin and can even impact mood. 

Why it’s important for a relaxing facial: Different plant constituents have different effects, but my focus during a facial is typically on utilizing aromatics to relieve stress and reset the brain and body equilibrium. Lavandula angustifolia (common lavender) has a soothing and toning effect on the nerves largely due to its high linalool content. Research suggests the scent alone can alleviate tension and stress, and support healthy sleep. All of the products mentioned above — Stony Creek Aromatics Mind-Body Massage Oil, Lavender Eye Cream, Lavender Concentrate — employ the benefits of lavender as an aromatic in a relaxing facial. 

Perfect Pairing

Lavender Eye Cream + Lavender Concentrate: If you love lavender, you’ll love this collection, containing an eye cream and serum. Experience the relaxing power of lavender, with the added benefit of age-corrective skin care. Both products are from Eminence Organics, a skin care line that combines the best of nature and science for pure, plant-based products that get results. As part of your evening ritual, after cleansing, apply a lentil size amount of the Lavender Age Corrective Eye Cream to the entire eye area. Next, apply three pumps of the Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate to the entire face and neck. Finish with your favorite moisturizer.

Purchase the Lavender Love Collection for $117 (a savings of $21).

In Closing,

A relaxing facial is as much of a science as an art, and with a little knowledge and practice you can put these four factors to work for yourself.  Whether your giving yourself an at-home facial or you’re an esthetician in a spa setting, high-quality herbal preparations will help you take this experience from “nice” to “bliss.” You might want to get ready for that question: “What makes a facial sooooo relaxing?”

Gifting for others (or yourself)?

Schedule a facial or purchase a gift certificate to treat a loved one to a facial — or send the link to a loved one as an idea for a gift you’d be sure to use. 😉

Five Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Skin

Learn why rosehip oil is incredible for the skin, including its ability to slow signs of aging, reduce inflammation, and more!

When we think of a rose, most of us will envision a flower. But on some rose varieties, including the wild rose species of Rosa canina, the flower begets a small fruit. Called a “rosehip” it’s akin to a crabapple in shape, with a tart flavor. From the seeds of this fruit comes rosehip oil, a valuable, nutritive oil that can help protect skin from exposure to the elements. Below, I share five benefits of rosehip oil for skin, and how it’s used for protection and repair in three incredible products. 

Rosehip oil is pressed from rosehips, the fruit of roses.(If you’re as impressed with rosehip oil as I am, then be sure to check out the Rosehip Repair Collection for a special price on two of my favorite Eminence Organics products with rosehip oil!)

Five Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Skin 

  1. Promotes skin hydration and elasticity

Rosehip oil has high concentrations of essential fatty acids, according to a 2017 review of scientific literature. Notably, linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid). These promote hydration and elasticity, improving skin’s moisture and tone. Although rosehip oil is appropriate for any season, it can really shine in winter, keeping skin hydrated in spite of dry air.

  1. Prevents damage from environmental stressors

Rosehip oil also has high concentrations of fat-soluble antioxidants, which benefit skin by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are an unavoidable byproduct of normal cellular processes, but the body creates more during encounters with environmental stressors like ultraviolet light and pollution. Within the body, free radicals scavenge electrons from other molecules, damaging cells and DNA in the process. Coming to the rescue, antioxidants readily offer electrons to balance free radicals, preventing oxidative damage (hence the name, “antioxidant”). So when the tocopherols and carotenoids in rosehip oil meet the skin’s lipid layer, it’s a wellness party for your cells that can help prevent damage from exposure to environmental stressors. 

  1. Protects from inflammation

Because free radicals cause damage that triggers the body’s inflammatory response (a natural part of the healing process, but is also the cause of many skin disorders), the neutralizing effect of antioxidants prevents the need for inflammation. So one of the benefits of rosehip oil, with its combination of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants, is that it offers strong protection against both oxidative stress and inflammation.

  1. Supports wound healing

A 2019 scientific study demonstrated that rosehip oil significantly promoted wound healing and effectively improved the appearance of scars. The study’s authors speculated that it might work by speeding a cellular response that supports the growth of new tissue and slows a different cellular process that can contribute to abnormal scarring.

  1. Slows visible signs of aging

The benefits of rosehip oil cascade from skin’s health to its appearance. As mentioned previously, antioxidant tocopherols, carotenoids, and vitamin C in rosehip oil neutralize free radicals, preventing damage to cell structure and DNA. Because cell damage and inflammation both speed aging, antioxidant-rich rosehip oil prevents damage at the molecular level and creates the conditions for repair, slowing the effects of aging on skin.

Special thanks to Jade Shutes, director of education for the School for Aromatic Studies, for pointing me in the direction of the 2017 review of scientific literature linked in numbers 1 and 3 above. Jade is a former president of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, and my go-to for information on fatty oils. Her class, Aromatic Studies Monograph Database includes invaluable research on fatty oils (aka carrier oils).

Rosehip Oil in Action: Protection and Repair for Skin

The three products below leverage the benefits of rosehip oil for skin. They were formulated to enhance repair and regeneration at the cellular level, and offer hydration and protection. (The Rosehip Repair Collection includes the first two. The third is a bonus recommendation for our 20 to 30-year-old clients.) All three products are from Eminence Organics, a skincare line with uncompromising standards for quality, ethical production, and results. 

Rosehip Triple C & E Firming Oil

Appropriate for use with all skin types, Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil hydrates deeply to plump the skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. The ingredients in this science-backed firming blend combine to tone and protect skin, increasing resilience to the elements. 

As the name suggests, rosehip oil is a star in this blend. It’s rich in vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene — antioxidants that neutralize damaging free radicals, promoting repair at the cellular level. 

Rosemary leaf extract and vitamin C bring a double dose of goodness to the dermis, the layer beneath the visible epidermis that gives skin strength and flexibility. Eminence Organics’ rosemary leaf extract is a patented, organic formulation designed to: 

  • fight glycation (damage to cells caused by sugar molecules that can speed the aging process) and 
  • promote the production of collagen and elastin 

And while most skin products with vitamin C can’t penetrate the skin’s lipid matrix — they’re water soluble — Eminence’s oil-soluble vitamin C is absorbed into the dermis, delivering antioxidant protection to the cells that produce collagen and elastin.

This firming formula also employs jojoba oil to nourish sebum on the skin’s surface, and sea buckthorn oil brings an additional wealth of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids.

To use, apply 2-3 drops of oil to your face and neck with circular motions once nightly. Alternatively, use 6-7 drops and give yourself a gua sha facial massage. Leave on. Follow with the application of the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm (below) for ultimate protection or the Rosehip Whip Moisturizer (also below) for a lighter application. 

Purchase the Rosehip Triple C & E Firming Oil here.

Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm

Whether you’re up against drying wind, sun, or moisture-sapping winter air, this any-season balm is here for your skin. The benefits of rosehip oil shine in this blend, bringing essential fatty acids, and antioxidant vitamins C, E, and beta carotene to improve skin’s moisture, tone, and texture. 

Wax esters — jojoba esters, green wattle flower wax, sunflower seed wax — are also stars in this blend. Along with oil, wax esters are part of what make up your skin’s sebum. Waxes and oils are both lipids, have hydrophobic properties, provide antibacterial protection, and protect the skin against TWEL, or Transepidermal Water Loss.

Rosehip makes a second appearance in the balm as part of Eminence Organics’ signature Natural Repair Complex. Made from rosehip and rosemary, Natural Repair Complex speeds recovery of dry skin and protects from further drying. And the evolutionary wisdom of a cactus — prickly pear stem is rich in flavones, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals — brings soothing moisture while helping skin stay firm.

For ultimate protection against bacteria and moisture loss, use with the Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil. Apply the oil first, then the balm on top. This is most effective as part of your evening skin care routine, as the body naturally seeks to repair damages from the day while you sleep.

You can also use Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm as a spot treatment anywhere on your body, (nostrils during cold and flu season, elbows, cuticles). Or on top of moisturizer before heading out for a winter activity, like skiing, to protect skin from further dryness.

Purchase the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm here.

Want the firming oil AND the repair balm? Purchase the Rosehip Repair Collection for $157 (a savings of $27). Note: The bundle does not include the moisturizer below.

Rosehip Whip Moisturizer

Rosehip and carrot combine forces in this whip to tone, soothe, and moisturize. Formulated for youthful, oily, or sensitive skin, Rosehip Whip Moisturizer uses rosehip extract to hydrate and improves tone and appearance. Of course, it’s also a rich source of antioxidant vitamin C.

Lemon, also high in vitamin C, assists in preventing oxidative damage, working to tone skin and reduce visible signs of aging. The whip also contains Eminence Organics’ unique BioComplex: a booster of antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to minimize wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of skin.

To use, apply a layer of moisturizer over the entire face and neck. Leave on. Rosehip Whip Moisturizer is best for youthful, oily, and sensitive skin types.

In closing,

Exposure to environmental stressors — whether sun, pollution, or cold, dry air — is an unavoidable part of life. But skin that’s nourished with plant-based antioxidants and essential fatty acids can meet the elements with resilience, minimizing damage and supporting recovery. One of the top benefits of rosehip oil, then, is that it’s on our side in the quest to enjoy an active life and feel great in our skin.

 

Steps in a Facial: Tips from a Botanical Skin Care Specialist

Learn the 11 steps that Jessica follows during facials, plus product recommendations for at-home facial products!

Most of us book an appointment for a facial thinking about the clear, radiant complexion we’ll have in the days and weeks that follow. But a facial can be a restorative and relaxing ritual in itself. Especially when it includes cleansers and masques with botanical ingredients, plus a calming facial massage and stress-relieving aromatherapy. 

Below, I’m sharing the steps in a facial I follow for clients who come to my day spa. 

This botanically-infused experience leaves them glowing for days. And with the right products, you can replicate much of the process at home. Read to the end for product recommendations for at-home facials, including special pricing on the collection I’ve curated for you!

Step 1: Evaluate

At our spa, we do a short intake consultation to best understand each client’s unique skin concerns and the reason for their visit. At home, you can think about the goals for your facial as you review the products you have on hand. Hydration and exfoliation consistently come up in conversations with my clients, so those were top of the list when I crafted the product recommendations at the end of this post.

Step 2: Cleanse

The initial cleanse prepares the skin for the coming steps in a facial by removing any surface-level impurities. Even at this stage, the facial can be as much about restoration as purification. I use products that gently cleanse with plant-derived ingredients while revitalizing skin with antioxidants. Just the right amount of pressure stimulates circulation without stressing the skin.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is a two-part process, revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion. A scrub, like rice powder or olive seeds, polishes the skin while acids work to dissolve dead skin. A formulation using plant-derived acids, like glycolic and lactic, will take a deeper dive to assist the skin in its natural renewal process, without causing unnecessary irritation.

Step 4: Extract

Comedones are impurities within pores that give skin a rough texture. Typically, they’re caused by dead skin cells, excess oil, or bacteria. They can be open (blackheads), closed (whiteheads), or flesh colored. If needed, we’ll remove them at this stage. Even though this is one of the signature steps in a facial, not everyone’s skin requires extraction.

Step 5: Facial Massage

After the previous step, a facial massage feels divine. It also increases circulation, tones facial muscles, and calms the central nervous system. (Keep your eye out for a post in the coming months on the science behind a relaxing facial!)

Step 6: Masque

Corrective masques for your face and lips can draw out impurities, soften the appearance of large pores, deeply hydrate, tone and firm, or plump fine lines.. Products like the Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque (profiled below) use plant-based extracts to deliver moisture on a cellular level and improve skin barrier function, boosting tone and elasticity. Look for a masque that also nourishes and protects skin, revealing a firmer complexion and boosting resilience to the stresses our skin encounters on a daily basis. 

While we wait for the masque to set, I give my clients a shoulder massage with stress-relieving aromatherapy.

Step 7: Tone

Here we want to tone the skin with a tonique, or tonic. Look for one that restores moisture and nourishes the skin. This is also a great place to include ingredients like antioxidants to fight oxidative damage, and plant extracts to revitalize the skin. Toning is one of the essential steps in a facial that will help the skin absorb and retain the benefits of the steps to come. 

Step 8: Serum

At this stage your skin is ready to drink in some serious goodness. Serums are easily-absorbed solutions that deliver moisture and nutrients at a cellular level. Different formulas address different concerns, and a serum could be rich in botanical lighteners,  collagen, or hyaluronic acid, to name a few possibilities. In general, they’re meant to moisturize, brighten, and firm the skin, leaving it truly healthy and glowing. 

Step 9: Moisturizer

Moisturizers are meant to be a moisture shield, occluding the skin at the precise level you need for your skin type. It can also serve to calm, firm, brighten, or increase the skin’s resiliency. Like serums, different formulas will aim for slightly different results, but all will work to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Step 10: Scalp Massage

One of the final steps in a facial, an invigorating scalp massage relieves tension in muscles near the hairline, behind the ears, and in the neck. In addition to feeling amazing, the massage increases blood flow to the scalp and may even stimulate hair growth. Mostly, it’s a perfect way to end the session.

Step 11: Look Forward

During our wrap-up consultation, I recommend the best home care routine for each client’s needs and lifestyle. You can recreate this at home with a mental review of how the facial went, and identifying what you’d like to focus on for maintenance until your next facial.

Expert Hands

A few features of the facials I do for clients either require training or must be done on an individual basis: 

  • Aroma Point Therapy, a method that combines the philosophies of aromatherapy and acupuncture
  • Energy meridian massage
  • Attention to individual skin concerns like dryness, a disrupted barrier, acne, excess oil, rosacea and telangiectasia, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and other skin disorders.

For a restorative facial from a botanical skin care specialist, schedule a facial with me today.

P.S. Want to do your own facial at home? Purchase this special collection bundle for savings (see products below).

At-Home Facial Collection


As I was putting together this specially priced collection for at-home facials, I looked for three products that would work together in an alchemical way to elevate exfoliation and hydration. This power trio covers the basic steps in a facial, and because all three work well for a variety of skin types, the collection can be woven into any skin care regimen. 

You can buy each of the below products individually, or you can purchase them together for a combined price of $128 (a savings of $42).

The products are made by Eminence Organic Skin Care, a high-quality botanical brand with wholehearted standards from formulation to sourcing. Their products combine science-backed, plant-based skin care with biodynamic (beyond organic) farming methods.

Note: If you get a restorative facial at my studio we may or may not use these particular products, depending on the needs of your skin at the time. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

This exfoliator uses strawberry and rhubarb to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion. Natural salicylic acid in strawberries gently exfoliates, removing impurities. It also has astringent properties that tighten pores. Rhubarb brings antioxidants to the formula, helping to prevent oxidative damage that leads to the appearance of wrinkles.

Rice powder and chickpea flour absorb oil and smooth skin texture. Heilmoor clay draws out impurities and softens the skin. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant also contains BioComplex, a mix of antioxidants including coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid that prevent damage at the cellular level, minimizing wrinkles and improving the appearance of skin.

To use, dispense a dime-sized amount into your palm and add a half teaspoon of water, or your facial cleanser. Rub your hands together to create a creamy paste and apply it to your face using circular motions, avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. Gently massage the paste into your skin, then rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry.

Purchase the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant here.

Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque

Deeply hydrate, purify, and tighten the appearance of your skin with this depuffing mask. Snow mushroom hydrates and improves skin barrier function, boosting elasticity. And reishi mushroom offers polysaccharides that help plump cells by binding to water. Birch water nourishes, purifies and hydrates the skin, leaving it toned and tightened. Paracress extract elevates the appearance of skin density, revealing a firmer complexion at any age. Caffeine also helps revitalize the skin’s appearance.

To use, mix a small amount of the product with a few drops of water in your hand. Apply the mixture evenly over your face, including the eye area, neck, and décolleté if you wish. Allow to dry for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, use a face cloth if desired. Use 1-2 times per week, or as often as needed.

Purchase the Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque here.

Birch Water Purifying Essence

Replenish skin and restores moisture levels. Nutrient-rich birch water purifies and hydrates the skin while botanically-sourced collagen increases structure and elasticity. Snow mushroom brings additional hydration and antioxidants to increase elasticity and improve skin barrier function. And polysaccharides in reishi mushrooms boost hydration while antioxidants reduce puffiness. The Birch Water Purifying Essence tones while preparing skin to absorb and retain the benefits of any serums or moisturizers you use next. 

To use, dispense a small amount of the product in your hands or on a cotton

 pad and pat onto cleansed and toned skin. Leave on.

Purchase the Birch Water Purifying Essence here.

Purchase the At-Home Facial Collection for a special price of $128, here.

 

30 or Older? Plant-Based Peptides for Skin Can Help You Age Radiantly

Explore the benefits of plant-based peptides for the skin + product recommendations to age beautifully.

 

Fine lines and wrinkles are inevitable as we age, but the first time we see them on our own face it can come as a shock. In a culture that celebrates youth, it may be an unwelcome surprise. But we can help shift that culture by giving our skin appropriate care as it matures — it’s one way to show the world we’re worthy of top-notch treatment no matter our age. In this post, I’ll explore three products with plant-based peptides for skin at 30+ and two more as a bonus for those on the cusp of 50. But first, I’ll explain how peptides can help your skin continue to glow naturally — revealing your radiance at any age.

(If you love this post, make sure to check out our Plumping Peptide Collection, which combines three of the products for a special savings of $53!)

Tapping Into The Benefits of Peptides For Skin

Peptides are the amino acids that combine to make proteins in your skin. You’ve heard of collagen? Well, that’s made of polypeptide chains. (If you aren’t familiar with collagen, I’ll do a quick review below.) 

Studies have demonstrated that peptides provide numerous benefits for the skin.  These benefits include:

  • The inhibition of aging-related enzymes, including elastase, collagenase, tyrosinase, and hyaluronidase
  • Antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory actions
  • Protection against damage when applied topically or ingested

By applying peptides to the skin, you ensure your body has the materials it needs to make collagen, keeping your skin plumper, firmer, and more radiant. And you get some added protection from the daily damage of inflammation and oxidative stress. 

Collagen: Structural Support Stronger Than Steel

Collagen creates structural support throughout your body. Gram for gram, the collagen in your skin, tendons, and bones — Type I collagen — is stronger than steel. Without it, blood vessels, tendons, and skin would be very fragile. 

Your body makes its own collagen, but production decreases as we age. That’s one of the reasons our skin gets wrinkles. Collagen density begins to decline around age 30, at a rate of 1-1.5% each year. We do have some control over that loss by protecting against damage that degrades collagen. And certain products, such as those with peptides, can support collagen production.

Why Marine Algae?

With protein content of up to 47% of their dry weight, marine algae are gaining recognition as a sustainable source of bioactive peptides

Algae are rich in proteins, amino acids, vitamins A, B, and C, and elements including copper, iron and zinc. All of those components aid hydration, firming, and luminance. Many species also contain compounds that protect skin and, in turn, keep it looking youthful. 

Exposed to sunlight all day, marine algae have had to evolve innate protections against damage from UV light. Those compounds — a range of pigments, polysaccharides, phenol, lipids, and proteins — have been shown to protect our skin from oxidative damage as well. 

A review of scientific studies found that algal extracts have the following actions:

  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-pigmentation (evening dark patches of skin)
  • anti-aging
  • anticancer

Algae’s antioxidants play an underlying role in all of the above. That’s because UV-induced oxidative stress contributes to inflammation, melanin-pigment production, aging, and DNA damage that can lead to cancer. By neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative damage — especially the accumulation of reactive oxidants, sometimes called reactive oxygen species or ROS — we prevent the eventual repercussions of it too.  

Brown and red algae have, thus far, shown the greatest potential for human use. That said, most algae possess similarly beneficial compounds. 

Age-Corrective Solutions For Skin

The products I recommend below incorporate the benefits of collagen, algae, and peptides for skin. They are geared towards those 30+ who want to slow down the loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid. (Three are part of a collection with special pricing, and the last two are bonus mentions.)

Is anyone else getting the idea that these

products would be a great alternative to botox and fillers? There’s no shame in choosing those options but I have committed to an all natural route. I’m thrilled with the Marine Flower Peptide collection for that reason!

Speaking of which, all of the products are from Eminence Organics’ Marine Flower Peptide Collection. This skin care line has uncompromising standards for quality, effectiveness, and ethical production. 

Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream 

This rich eye cream reduces visible signs of aging, hydrating the delicate skin around your eyes to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles.

The formula contains botanical peptides derived from rice protein, and red algae extract with vitamins, minerals, and amino-acids. Botanical hyaluronic acid from beet root smooths and plumps skin, preventing water loss to help maintain long-lasting hydration and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

The eye cream also contains Eminence Organic’s unique Smart Collagen+ Complex, blending:

  • Botanical collagen from yeast, which has a smaller molecular structure than animal-derived collagen, making it more recognizable to skin
  • Marine algae to increase firmness and bring long-lasting hydration
  • Bulbine leaf, which activates type 1 collagen, according to Eminence

For best results, apply to the entire eye area twice daily, patting gently with fingertips until fully absorbed. Leave on.

Purchase the Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream here.

Marine Flower Peptide Concentrate

This cream gel acts as a plumper and filler, thanks to the brown algae. Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight formula helps skin look firm and targets visible signs of aging, giving a revitalizing boost that reveals smooth, more supple-looking skin. 

It contains botanical peptides from rice protein to reduce the appearance of fine lines and leave the skin looking energized, and blue-green algae extract, a natural retinol alternative that reduces the appearance of wrinkles without harmful side effects. Finally brown algae extract (from Pelvetia canaliculata) lends skin a firm, supple appearance.

To use, apply 2-3 pumps to cleansed skin once or twice daily. Temporary, mild tingly is normal. Leave on. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Purchase the Marine Flower Peptide Concentrate here.

Marine Flower Peptide Lip Serum

Like the concentrate, the lip serum plumps and fills with the help of brown algae (Padina Pavonica this time). Reach for this silky serum to reveal smoother, plumper-looking lips while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the lips and surrounding area. 

In addition to the brown algae extract, this formula derives its peptides for skin from rice protein to reduce the appearance of fine lines and leave lips looking energized. Botanical collagen from yeast helps give skin structure, working in tandem with the botanical hyaluronic acid, which binds to water to smooth and plump the skin. Brown algae extract (from Padina pavonica) helps the skin look firm, elastic, and hydrated.

To use, dispense a small amount of product and use the oval tip applicator to massage the serum into lips and surrounding area. Leave on, and reapply as often as needed. You can wear this on its own or under a lip balm or lipstick.

Purchase the Marine Flower Peptide Lip Serum here.

Want all three of these incredible products? Purchase the Plumping Peptide Collection for $161  (Special savings of $53.)

For Radiant Skin at 50 and Beyond

While the collection above is for those 30 and older, the two products below were formulated for clients age 50 and older who may already be experiencing a loss of collagen in the form of deep lines and wrinkles.

Marine Flower Peptide Night Cream 

This rich, velvety overnight essential is formulated specifically for delicate, crepey skin. Lock in moisture and smooth, hydrate, and tone while you sleep. Botanical peptides from rice protein and from the superfood sacha inchi give skin a firmer, lifted appearance, minimizing wrinkles. Blue-green algae extract acts as a natural retinoid-alternative to further minimize the look of wrinkles.

For best results, apply a layer over the entire face, neck and décolleté area and leave on. For extra hydration at night, apply a light layer of the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm on top.

Purchase the Marine Flower Peptide Night Cream here.

Marine Flower Peptide Serum 

A client favorite, this potent gel serum delivers concentrated plant peptides and botanicals to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for visibly smoother, plumper and more youthful-looking skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, but was formulated for aging skin, with Smart Collagen+ Complex to rejuvenate the complexion while unique algae extracts increase firmness and provide long-lasting hydration.

Smart Collagen+ Complex contains:

  • Botanical collagen from yeast, which has a smaller molecular structure than animal-derived collagen, making it more recognizable to skin
  • Marine algae to increase firmness and bring long-lasting hydration
  • Bulbine leaf, which activates type 1 collagen, according to Eminence

The formula also features botanical peptides from rice protein, blue-green

 algae extract as a natural retinoid-alternative that reduces the look of wrinkles, and nutrient-rich red algae extract, packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino-acids to reduce visible signs of aging.

To use, apply a thin layer over the entire face on clean, dry skin. Layer a lipid-rich serum, if desired, and moisturizer on top.

Purchase the Marine Flower Peptide Serum here. 

In Closing,

 

We can’t stop time. But we can age with radiance, allowing our nourished skin to glow even as we grow older. These carefully formulated skin care products — backed by science showing the benefits of peptides for skin — can help you look radiant at every age.

Wondering which product to try first? 

Book a virtual skin care consultation with botanical skin care specialist Jessica Goneia. Jessica is a knowledgeable guide who can offer recommendations specific to your skin type and the environmental stressors you face day to day. She’ll follow up with samples delivered to your mailbox! 

Request a virtual skin care consultation.

5 Best Natural Skin Care Products: From Summer to Fall

These are Jessica’s five favorite natural skin care products for the transition from summer to fall — all from Eminence Organics.

 

We’ve featured many amazing natural skin care products on this blog over the last year. With fall around the corner, I wanted to highlight five client favorites that will help skin recover from any damage that occurred over the summer and transition seamlessly into your autumn and winter skin care routine. I always like to help you shop smart so there’s no need to worry that you have products sitting unused.

Bamboo Firming Fluid

As the name suggests, the Bamboo Firming Fluid helps achieve tighter-looking skin. It’s great for normal to dry skin, and especially mature skin. The product’s namesake, bamboo, brings antioxidants, proteins, and vitamins to the mix — nourishing skin as the retinol alternative tightens.

The plant-based Natural Retinol Alternative supports aging skin with benefits similar to retinol (a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A):

  • Increases skin healing
  • Promotes healthy cell function
  • Smooths uneven skin texture
  • Minimizes fine lines & wrinkles
  • Keeps skin firm and plump

All this, without the unwanted effects reported with regular retinol use — redness, irritation, UV sensitivity, peeling, and itching.

Eminence Organics’ Natural Retinol Alternative Complex uses a blend of chicory root and tara tree extract and was developed by scientists from Pfizer. Chicory root increases cellular turnover with oligosaccharides that stimulate skin cells’ healing response, helping your skin shed dead layers more efficiently and replace them with healthy new cells. This process activates collagen and elastin production to soften fine lines. Mixed with tara tree extract, this Natural Retinol Alternative increases collagen levels by 25% in just 6 days!

Order Bamboo Firming Fluid, here.

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Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serumnatural skin care products

This extra-strength brightening serum from Eminence Organics is great for hyperpigmented skin (skin that looks darker than the skin around it, typically on the forehead, cheeks, neck, above the upper lip, and on the backs of the hands). It contains all natural skin care products.

Licorice extract contains liquiritin, a compound that helps disperse and remove melanin in the skin. It can help prevent new dark spots from forming, while fading existing ones. Licorice also contains antioxidant-rich compounds that benefit the skin. And it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce swelling and redness. 

Eminence Organics’ Natural Hydroquinone Alternative is made from African potato and tara tree. It offers the same skin-lightening properties as over-the-counter hydroquinone without the safety concerns, and it’s safe for all skin colors.

This serum also has lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. It’s a common ingredient in products to treat hyperpigmentation and age spots, and it’s gentler than many other acids used in skin-care products. 

The Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum also contains a trademarked concentration of “GigaWhite” that’s derived from well-researched plant extracts to brighten skin, including mallow, peppermint, primrose, lady’s mantle, and more. This serum is a Tyrosinase inhibitor, which means it blocks the enzyme that destroys healthy melanin production.

Purchase the Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum.

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Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil

 

There’s talk of regular mask wearing again, with new variants of COVID spreading and a new school year upon us. 

While there are steps you can take to avoid breakouts, you could follow every recommendation and still get maskne. To prevent it, pay special attention to exfoliation and hydration.

Cue Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil, one of my favorite natural skin care products for deep hydration. The main ingredient, camellia oil, is pressed from the seeds of Camellia oleifera, better known as the plant that gives us tea. The precious oil is prized around the world for being highly moisturizing, revitalizing, and rejuvenating.

natural skin care productsThis luscious, solid face oil also includes crushed pink tourmaline, a gemstone that encourages positive thoughts. 

Another prized ingredient in this moisturizing blend is marula oil, which contains up to 60% more antioxidants than Argan oil. It also has antimicrobial properties, making it a perfect option for anyone dealing with maskne. Marula oil is rich in fatty acids and combats visible signs of aging due to drying environmental stressors.

The final ingredient in this luscious formula is hemp seed oil that’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants and can improve the appearance of aging.

Add our Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil to your Skincare Routine!

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Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel 

This Eminence Organics exfoliating peel gets its name from acai berry juice, rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamins to improve skin tone. Best for normal to dry or mature skin types, this firming solution will hydrate as it exfoliates, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Supporting ingredients include: 

  • Grapefruit, packed with antioxidants and vitamin C to tone the skin.
  • Goji, a source of antioxidants and carotenoids. 
  • Lactic and glycolic acids, gentle and rejuvenating exfoliants that bring firmer looking skin.
  • Noni fruit reduces the look of inflammation and the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Sweet pea to improve skin elasticity and firmness.

Regular use of this peel will visibly increase skin’s firmness, restore its elasticity and reveal a smoother, softer, younger looking complexion.

Please note: Although this peel features natural skin care products, after using it skin will be more sensitive to the sun. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product.

Order the Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel.

Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

Natural skin care products

Astringent strawberries gently exfoliate with naturally occurring salicylic acid, while rhubarb nourishes with antioxidant-rich vitamins. 

Hyaluronic acid from marshmallow plant extract binds moisture at the molecular level to smooth and plump the skin, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in tissue throughout the body, and is quite gentle on the skin. A quick review of its benefits:

  • Maintains hydration levels, giving skin a naturally radiant glow.
  • Protects against fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Supports the repair and regeneration of skin cells.
  • Helps maintain healthy stem cells.

​​Although our bodies produce their own hyaluronan, adding natural skin care products with hyaluronic acid to your routine can amplify its complexion-improving benefits. Our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid as we age, and the molecule is also degraded by exposure to UVB rays. A topical solution can help keep skin looking youthful, and may even help speed recovery from breakouts.

Finally, shea butter seals in moisture with its triglycerides and fatty acids, softening and soothing the skin.

Purchase the Strawberry Rhubarb Masque.

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In Closing,

Late summer is a great time to help skin recover from seasonal stressors, whether that was a bit too much sun or a mask-related breakout. These natural skin care products will also transition well into fall and winter skin care routines, so you can continue to use them as the seasons shift. 

Shop all Eminence Organics products, here. 

Eliminate the guesswork with personalized skin care recommendations.

Discover the path to your best skin with a one-on-one consultation. Licensed Esthetician Jessica Goneia is a knowledgeable guide who can offer recommendations specific to your skin type and the environmental stressors you face day to day.

Schedule your virtual skin care consultation today!