Botanical Masques for Self Care

If you are like me, your skin is missing your monthly facial. The added stress and a lack of routine from this pandemic can lead to increased acne, dryness, and an overall lackluster skin surface. As you try to establish a new normal for yourself, consider adding a face mask twice a week. Feeding your skin with high quality botanicals will keep your skin vibrant, and may even nudge you into feeling a little brighter on the inside too.

At Jessica’s Apothecary we stock 12 different masks! How would you choose the best one(s) for your home care routine? Allow me to present them to you by skin concern.

For dryness:
Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Eminence Organics Stone Crop Masque
Eminence Organics Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Eminence Organics Yellow Sweet Clover Anti-redness Masque
Glymed Plus Hydrating Enzyme Mask
Milk + Honey Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Dryness occurs due to a lack of oil in the skin. Some people say their skin is dry even when it is actually dehydrated, which is a lack of water. Dehydration can still have an underlying condition of excess oil production below the dryness. A mask can alleviate dryness but a consultation with your Esthetician can help get to the cause. Whether from a lack of oil or a lack of water any of these are a good choice. For dryness with some mild acne issues, choose the Strawberry Rhubarb. For dryness with hyperpigmentation choose the Stone Crop. For dryness due to a lack of oil choose the Bamboo Age Corrective or Yellow Sweet Clover. For dryness due to a lack of care and exfoliation, choose an enzyme mask. For double quarantine self care points (but who is counting?) double mask by first using an exfoliating mask, remove, and then apply a non-exfoliating mask to follow. This method allows for the second mask to penetrate more efficiently as the dead skin has been first removed.

For dullness:
Eminence Organics Eight Green Phyto Masque- HOT
Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Masque
Eminence Organics Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Glymed Plus Hydrating Enzyme Mask
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Milk + Honey Exfoliating Enzyme Masque

The skin appears dull usually because of a lack of cellular turnover. As we age our skins metabolism slows down. For the most dramatic increase in circulation try the Eight Greens HOT with Hungarian Paprika. Your skin will get very flushed and may utilize the increased oxygen for the next fews hours. The Firm Skin Acai is antioxidant rich and best for less sensitive skin. The Bamboo Age Corrective is more nourishing with shea butter, argan oil and stem cells. To differentiate between the 3 exfoliating masks listed, consider the Exfoliating Enzyme if your skin is sensitive, the Hydrating Enzyme if your skin is dehydrated and rough, the Anti-aging Exfoliant if you have acne or pigmentation.

For acne:
Eminence Organics Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque
Eminence Organics Eight Green Phyto Masque- HOT
Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Milk + Honey Charcoal Masque

Acne occurs in both oily and dry skin. To choose the right mask for your acne prone skin, consider these key features. Hands down the best acne fighting mask I have ever used is the Acne Advanced Clarifying. Not only can you mask your whole face with it once or twice per week, but you can spot treat and sleep with it on your pimples. The winning combination is sulfur (but you can barely smell it!), salicylic acid, and 3 different kinds of clay. If you have hormonal acne and your skin isn’t too sensitive, lean towards the Eight Greens HOT. For mild acne and some dryness the Strawberry Rhubarb has a touch of salicylic acid but is also rich in hyaluronic acid. The Anti-aging Exfoliant is the best all around exfoliant with lactic and glycolic acids, and salicylic acid to control breakouts. The Charcoal Masque draws out impurities and reduces oil production.

For redness/sensitivity:
Eminence Organics Yellow Sweet Clover Anti-reddness Masque
Milk + Honey Pink Clay Masque

The most gentle masks for our most sensitive skin types include the Yellow Sweet Clover for dry skin, and the Pink Clay for normal to oily skin. Neither will get to the cause of telangiectasia, or dilated blood vessels, but they will provide calming benefits.

For hyperpigmentation:
Eminence Organics Stone Crop Masque
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Eminence Organics Eight Green Phyto Masque- HOT

Pigmentation is best treated during a facial, however masks can provide assistance at home. The Stone Crop balances uneven skin tone and increases moisture content in the skin. The Anti-aging Exfoliant provides some brightening and lightening with fennel seed oil and lactic acid. The Eight Greens Phyto HOT delivers plant based estrogens to regulate hormonal acne and assist in oxygenation when attempting to lighten post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Best when followed up with a botanical lightener.

For fine Lines/elasticity:
Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Eminence Organics Bamboo Age Corrective Masque
Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Masque
Glymed Plus Hydrating Enzyme Mask
Glymed Plus Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque
Milk + Honey Exfoliating Enzyme Masque

The most effective ingredient found in home care products for fine lines and elasticity is glycolic acid, found in the Anti-aging Exfoliant Masque. Glycolic acid triggers fibroblasts in the Dermis to produce collagen. The Hydrating Enzyme and Exfoliating Enzyme Masques gently “digest” dead skin, creating a smoother appearance. The Firm Skin and Strawberry Rhubarb masques are loaded with hyaluronic acid which plump superficial lines. Choose Firm for skin that is normal to dry, and dull skin that is not very sensitive. Choose Strawberry Rhubarb for dry and slightly acne prone skin. The Bamboo Age Corrective contains Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells to promote elasticity and is in a shea butter and argan oil base for nourishing dry skin.

In general, masks should be applied to clean, dry skin and left on for 10-15 minutes. I hope this helps you find the right masque for your mini facials at home. If you still have questions, you can email contact@jessicasapothecary.com to set up a free skin consultation on facetime or zoom. All Eminence and Glymed products can be purchased on our website. Milk + Honey can be ordered via email.

Drone Technology

Glymed Plus is offering us a brand new technology in skin care: DRONE TECHNOLOGY!  If it sounds like something from Star Wars, it is.  The dual encapsulated super peptide knows exactly where to go once it enters your skin.  It’s a targeted treatment with none of the negative side effects (skin thinning, sun sensitivity, drying effects) of its coveted colleages (like Retinoids).

The NEW Wrinkle Remedy promises softer, plumper skin in 6 days and a firmer face contour and relaxed wrinkles in 28 days.  How does this happen (read on)?  The super peptide in the Wrinkle Remedy formulation works on several levels:
  • Boosts the synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in the Dermis, offering immediate plumping (crows feet and lines around the lip)
  • Increases fibroblasts in the skin which stimulate glycosaminoglycan (GAG) cells to strengthen the Dermal/Epidermal Junction (replenishing skin volume and lifting jawline)
  • Interacts with neurotransmitter receptors to relax expression lines (“frown” or “11” lines)

The NEW Diamond Bright Skin Lightener uses cutting edge Drone Technology to brighten skin and lighten unwanted hyperpigmentation.  It promises skin lightening in 30 days by specifically targeting melanocytes in the Epidermis.  The Diamond Bright also reduces inflammation in the skin which contributes to hyperpigmentation. This formulation does not cause normal pigmentation to lighten, is safe for all skin Fitzpatrick’s types, is safe for pregnant and nursing women, and does not cause photo sensitivity.

I hope you enjoy hearing about new, exciting products and treatments and learning a little more about how skin works!  We all have a passion for it at the Apothecary and love to share it with you.

 

Pharmaceutical and Organic Peels

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Pharmaceutical Grade Peels

Don’t let the word “peel” scare you.  Fruit acids, acids from sugar cane, and pineapple enzymes are all considered peels.  A chemical peel is just a way of exfoliating skin off the surface by dissolving dead skin cells (verses a physical peel which uses beads and hulls to manually remove the skin).  Chemical peels range in concentration and depending on which acids are used, have different attributes.  Scroll down for more information on our new organic peels and what acids are used for different skin conditions.  For our October Special we are offering a Glymed Plus 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peel which consists of 15% Glycolic and 15% Lactic.  It is a 3.4 pH which means it will not dry your skin too much but, rather, is hydrating!  If you have never had a peel, we may just apply this one layer.  If you are ready to move on to treating hyperpigmentation and fine lines, we will apply the 2 leave-on peel layers at the end of the facial: the Glymed Plus 5 Berry Peel with 15% TCA and berries to lighten pigmentation (this one doesn’t make you peel), and the Glymed Plus Vitamin A Peel with 15% TCA and Vitamin A (which DOES make you peel).  As you can see this treatment is customized to your skin and what you want out of it.

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Organic Peels

The NEW Eminence Organics Exfoliating Peels have quickly found their way into our hearts (and our at home skin regimens).  There are 4 peels to choose from: Firm Skin, Bright Skin, Clear Skin, and Calm Skin.  They are ingenious because they pair acids that help each skin condition with botanicals to support each condition.

Directions for application:  Every other evening after cleansing, apply on face and neck using 2 pumps from the airless jar on cotton round (included), let absorb for 3 minutes, do not remove, apply eye cream, night serum, and night cream.

Firm Skin Exfoliating Peel– 4% Fruit acids (from lemon and passion fruit), Glycolic acid (from Naseberry), Tartaric acid (from grapes) and Lactic acid (from milk).  Botanicals include grapefruit, goji, acai, noni and sweat pea flower.  Good for fine lines.

Bright Skin Exfoliating Peel– 3% Azelaic acid (from grains), Lactic acid (from milk), and Mandelic acid (from almonds).  Botanicals include licorice, baobab, and daisy blossom.  Good for hyperpigmentation and fine lines.

Clear Skin Exfoliating Peel– 3% Azelaic acid (from grains), Salicylic acid (from willow bark), and Lactic acid (from milk).  Formulated with sulfur to help with oil control.  Botanicals include lilac, willow, and tomatoe extract.  Good for oil production and acne.

Calm Skin Exfoliating Peel– 1.5% Lactic acid (from milk) and Mandelic acid (from almonds).  Botanicals white genepi, chamomile, and arnica.  Good for Rosacea and sensitive skin.
Having trouble choosing?  Your Esthetician will choose for you!