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Youthful Skin is Here

Pressure from society to look as young as possible can sometimes be daunting and unavoidable, but the most important thing we should be focusing on instead, is our health.
Do you always wish you could have perfectly radiant and youthful looking skin? Well, now you can have it by following these few simple rules we’re about to provide for you. Skin care is an essential part of a woman’s everyday routine, and our rules for healthy skin will surely help you achieve that glow you’ve been striving for.   What sets this routine apart from all of the other ones is that it doesn’t include injections or BOTOX in order for you to look beautiful.

You are what you eat!

You’ve probably heard this saying many times before, but maybe it’s time to take it seriously. A diet full of whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains is going to help you keep your skin looking youthful and radiant. Vitamins A, C, and B are very important for our skin and hair, so implement those in your everyday diet.
Also, Omega fatty acids help our skin to receive beneficial nutrients which can make you look younger and vibrant, without the need to get  injections. 

Read the labels

Labels on makeup products and skin care products are there for a reason. How many times have you tried a new product on your face, without reading its content? If the answer is often, then you should stop doing this ASAP. Get to know your skin type and adjust your skin care accordingly. This means if you have oily skin, avoid using heavy products and look for oil-free or gel-based moisturizers and if your skin is dry, then you should definitely go with products that offer exceptional hydration.
Another helpful tip is to avoid products that contain SD alcohol in them because they will dry out your skin and make it look dull over time.

Moisturizing is the way to go

Youthful skin looks fresh and vivacious, and to achieve this look you need to moisturize your skin daily. Don’t confuse moisturizing products with oily ones, and don’t run away from them if your skin is oily. Oily skin also needs hydration, and there are many products on the market that will offer you oil-free skin care and won’t make your skin look greasy.  It should also be noted that oily skin should be treated with products that use the right kind of natural oils like jojoba and grapeseed.  If you deprive oily skin completely from oils, your skin will just produce even more oil to compensate for that loss.  Moisturizing is an essential part of your skincare regimen after cleansing and toning and to replenish after heightened sun exposure. However, it’s all about finding the right moisturizer for your skin type.

Exercise daily

Don’t be turned off by the “daily” part because you don’t have to go and run a marathon everyday, but do few simple exercises to get your body moving. This not only benefits you physically, but it will also benefit your skin. Even though the skin is our outside shield, it still reacts to the things that are happening inside our body. When we exercise, our body releases toxins by way of our skin and we also produce endorphins, that in turn, make our skin tone look healthy and vibrant naturally. So get up from your seat, and start implementing more exercises in your daily routine, to get that beautiful and youthful looking skin.
Written by,
Clara Smart
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BLOGGER CHALLENGE!

beauty bloggerWe’re inviting beauty & Health/Wellness bloggers with at least 1000+ Instagram followers to experience a 2+ week free trial of Formula H2R Resurfacing Night Cream!….PLUS 2 free 5ml samples of our daily moisturizers!
 Bloggers who complete our interactive challenge are automatically entered to win 1 free bottle of Skinnocence Oil Envy Facial Oil (custom blended for your skin type!)     PLUS   Two (2) Instagram reposts!

We’ll be choosing 2 winners!

To get your free 1 oz trial and 5 ml samples shipped (free of charge)  – please private msg Skinnocence via Instagram.  We’ll need your shipping address and your agreement to the terms provided below.
Contact us NOW to experience true INSIDE-OUT Beauty!

Requirements to enter to win the free bottle of oil envy.

Use Formula H2R Resurfacing Night Cream exclusively at night after cleansing skin for at least 1 full week AND complete a short 2 sentence minimum social media + personal blog shout out/review of Formula H2R accompanied by the product image (will be provided by Skinnocence) to enter to win your free bottle of Oil Envy blended for your skin type shipped to you at no charge PLUS   2 Instagram Reposts of your choice.  
We’ll pick our preferred 2 winners!

 

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Why Natural Skincare is an Important and Growing Movement

 

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It’s About Health and the Environment, not Superficial Fixes.

My journey to creating a natural skincare line was not a decision rooted in vanity.  It was not  about vanishing wrinkles or trying to thwart the inevitable aging of my skin, though that is just one small part of all of this.  I got in this for many different reasons stemming from personal needs to the desire to be environmentally responsible.   I always suffered from very sensitive, blemish prone skin my entire life.  Friends and acquaintances seem surprised when I tell them this but I always had to work really hard at it in order to have clear skin and to be happy with what I saw in the mirror.  I recall many days when I didn’t want to leave my house due to a break out.  I remember purposefully waking up early to wash and conceal my blemishes before my significant other woke up. If I skipped just one face cleansing, it was inevitable I’d break out in some way, shape or form the next day. I was a slave to my skin and I was too embarrassed to talk about it because I felt it would make me look overly vain or self-conscious. I ended up marrying someone who also has a skin condition and subsequently, it turns out that our two children also have very sensitive, reactive skin. Skinnocence, first and foremost grew out of a very personal need to find natural remedies for myself and my family when all the commercial store-bought products I tried just didn’t seem to produce truly healthy looking skin. 
After insurmountable research and self-educating, I also uncovered the dirty truth about the cosmetic and personal care industry and the amount of plastics and petroleum used to make so many of the products we buy at our local drug stores and retail chains.  We’re talking about synthetic polymers like Polyethylene Glycol or PEG’s and silicones like Dimethicone that are heavily and almost exclusively used by most skincare manufacturers for the simple fact that they are extremely cheap.  PEG’s and Silicones are just the tip of the ice berg and there are so many more offenders on the list. Furthermore, manufacturers that use plastics don’t shy away from overtly marking up the cost of their products even though 95% of their ingredients are abundantly synthetic and far less expensive than their natural counterparts.  What’s more alarming is that PEG’s and other petroleum-based ingredients are known to be contaminated with carcinogens and other endocrine and reproductive disrupters. This is the first major problem with plastics in our personal care.
The second major problem with plastics in personal care is that they are not biodegradable and extremely harmful to the environment.  A study conducted in 2008 revealed that Marine litter is now 60-80 percent plastic, reaching 90-95 percent in some areas. Plastics are also known to absorb additional pollutants, creating unknown health hazards. Run off containing these ingredients end up in our water ways and contain harmful contaminates that are detrimental to eco-systems.
The third problem with plastics in our skin and personal care products is that they are short-term  skin conditioning agents that end up doing our skin a disservice in the long-term.  Ingredients like Dimethicone create a superficial protective cap on top of our skin.  Proponents might tell you that it helps lock moisture in and protects your skin from environmental aggressors but with long-term use; day after day – that protective seal accumulates, becoming thicker and thicker. This build up makes it harder for skin to absorb vital nutrients and can actually make your skin look duller over time. In the long-term, it prevents your skin from naturally breathing and from releasing toxins.  Eventually, your skin is systematically trained to rely on these ingredients to thrive instead of thriving on it’s own, which is what our skin should be able to do. 
I had a real issue with these facts once I began researching the cosmetic industry and learning about ingredients.  I was even more frustrated at the rampant “Greenwashing” that skin and personal care brands committed in an attempt to appeal to the growing natural movement by consumers.  I found it offensive that consumers are continually duped into thinking they are buying a natural non-toxic product when in fact, they are not.  I realized it is up to us to be educated consumers since we cannot rely on most of these companies to do the right thing.
So where was I before I began experimenting with natural skincare?  I was using Cetaphil for well over 15 years.  Manufactured by Galderma, Cetaphil is widely pushed and recommended product by dermatologist such as mine when I was a teenager.  It did help keep major break outs at bay in the beginning but I still experienced random skin sensitivities and blemishes despite trying a myriad of other expensive commercial skincare products over the years with little success. As I reached my mid 30’s, I also started to notice how generally dull and uneven my skin looked and I realized I needed a change. 
Once I ditched all the chemically and synthetically loaded skincare,  my skin issues gradually started to disappear.  When I stopped using body washes with sulfates and other harsh ingredients, I stopped experiencing all my weird and random skin sensitivities.  I was amazed at how different my facial skin felt after I started experimenting with natural ingredients.  I also noticed  a dramatic shift in skin tone.  
In addition, my two children and husband have also benefited from Skinnocence’s natural remedies which could not make me any more happy. We’re excited to be developing a 3-step skincare regimen to naturally treat specific skin conditions that will hit the market soon.  Check out the before and after results at the end of this article. 
Now don’t get me wrong, age prevention is definitely a component of Skinnocence but it’s more about getting that healthy youthful glow from the inside out by  using natural ingredients that feed the skin and body holistically at a long-term cellular level – instead of treating the skin a the topical short-term level like many commercial mass marketed skincare tends to do.  I’ll also keep it real by telling you that there really is no cream in existence that will completely get rid of your wrinkles.  Quality skincare can reduce and improve the appearance of wrinkles, but unless you’re getting injectables (which come with their own risks) –  well formulated skincare will result in a glowing balanced and healthy skin tone while smoothing the surface of your skin so that it looks soft and radiant – thus, reducing the appearance of those pesky wrinkles. Of course, the earlier you start an effective skincare regimen, the better.  Diet and lifestyle also plays an enormous role in the health and appearance of your skin and is the first and most important step to getting that glow.  As someone who likes a good party, I find that a quality  skincare regimen can make me feel just a little bit better the day after a big night out.  Nevertheless, we must come to terms with our aging selves and learn to see the beauty in it. They don’t call them “fine”lines for nothing.     

We’re happy to share even more exciting results from Skinnocence!

 

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Before and after results of using Skinnocence Butt & Cut cream on a chronic scaly skin condition my son was experiencing.

 

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Before and after results from using HERO by Skinnocence Sensitive Skin Regimen to treat Sebhorrheic Dermatitis.

 

 

We hope you found this post insightful.

NOW GET YOUR GLOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moore CJ, “Synthetic polymers in the marine environment: a rapidly increasing, long-term threat.” Environ Res. 2008 Oct;108(2):131-9, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18949831.

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FUN WITH LIPOSOMES

Skinnocence is now harnessing the power of Liposome Delivery Systems In Our Products.
RECENT RESEARCH HAS MANY COSMETIC ENGINEERS AND SKINCARE SPECIALISTS EXCITED AND WE ARE TOO!

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Liposomes were originally developed to transport drugs through the body to treat cancer and other diseases, but skincare companies have begun using Liposomes because of their unique ability to provide cells with critical nutrients and the nourishment necessary to promote collagen production. Liposomes are able to capture and deliver active anti-aging ingredients through the layers of skin right down to the cellular level where they can be most productive, according to the Skin Care Resource Center. They deliver nutrients directly to aging cells and have been shown to improve skin hydration, reduce fine lines, diminish wrinkles and improve texture.

Formula H2R, B4 Love Potion, Rose Otto Ultra, Omega 36 Elixir, Bright Enzyme Serum and Land 2 Sea Detox now include a Liposomal Antioxidant system with Alpha Lipoic Acid and CoEnzymeQ10.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), considered the “perfect” anti-oxidant, functions as an important factor in the energy cycle, or enzymatic process of all living cells. When tissues have sufficient Alpha Lipoic Acid it acts as a powerful biological anti-oxidant that protects the tissues from free radical damage.  Furthermore, it is 400 times stronger in anti-oxidants than vitamins E and C combined!
When applied topically in a lotion, it can greatly decrease under eye circles and puffiness.  ALA will also reduce swelling and puffiness in the face. It’s anti-inflammatory effects reduce redness and blotchiness, resulting in an evening out of skin tone, often making foundation unnecessary. ALA will shrink pore size and impart a healthy radiance to the skin.  It has been widely recognized as an essential ingredient to look for by renown dermatologists and has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show numerous times. 
Ubiquinone (CoQ10) is another superstar for skin where it functions as one of the most powerful anti-aging actives due to it’s protection of the skin from lipid peroxidation.  As we age natural levels of Ubiquinone (CoQ10) in our bodies decline leaving the skin prone to free radical damage and the tell tale signs of aging skin.  Sufficient Ubiquinone (CoQ10) levels are crucial to collagen production and elasticity.  Ubiquinone (CoQ10) is well known to be one of the best natural anti-oxidants in the fight against the key signs of aging skin, especially dark spots and wrinkles. 
Our Liposomal Encapsulated ALC and CoQ10 ensures delivery of these key anti-aging actives to targeted deeper layers of the skin.
Omega 36 Elixir now includes a Liposomal Vitamin C system                                                              
Vitamin C Actives are one of the best ingredients that we can use for anti-aging and anti-oxidant products.  They are known to brighten and even skin tone, fade dark spots and protect from sun damage.  The drawback regarding most Vitamin C serums is the quick oxidation rate if not properly stored or handled, which lowers efficacy.  In reality, most vitamin C serums mass produced most likely arrive to consumers already compromised.
Our liposome encapsulated Vitamin C offers a dramatically more stabilized Vitamin C in which oxidation is no longer an issue.  The added benefit is the delivery enhancement uses a much smaller molecule which can penetrate the top, dead, layer of skin while also delivering the vitamin C to the deeper tissues where you can really gain the benefits of the Vitamin C at a cellular level.
Lastly, DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a new ingredient we’re very excited about. According to Dr. Nicolas Perricone, “DMAE is a nutritional substance that is a powerful anti-inflammatory and membrane stabilizer.  DMAE is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract and tighten under the skin. Therefore, it can help maintain muscle tone in the face and body as we age, helping to prevent both sagging and drooping of the muscles under skin. In fact, it is not wrinkles that are the greatest culprit in giving the face an aged appearance – it is the loss of anatomical position that results in the sagging and drooping of the underlying muscles.”
When a generous amount of DMAE is applied topically, some users have reported it as having an almost immediate lifting of the face.  Even a pea-sized amount in a lotion applied to the face can result in a firmer, smoother complexion after only 20 minutes! It is an excellent component to a skincare regimen and helps skin regain health and radiance.  It can easily be dissolved in water and sprayed onto the face, thighs and legs to smooth out skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and even cellulite. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about these claims so I tried it myself by dissolving about a teaspoon of DMAE in an ounce of purified water. I misted a generous amount onto my face (right after cleansing) and let it soak in and dry naturally.  My skin really did look more alive and smoother after about 30 minutes.  There was a noticeable difference!
 DMAE is completely safe and a naturally occuring substance in our bodies.  It’s been featured as an essential ingredient for aging skin on the Dr. Oz show. 
DMAE is now in all of our moisturizers (Formula H2R, B4 Love, Rose Otto Ultra as well as Bright Enzyme and Land 2 Sea Serums and our Skin Win body lotions.  

 

 

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The Benefits of Sea Salt for our Skin

It may be a dietary no-no for most people, but throughout my adventures in natural skincare, perhaps the most random, yet possibly most exciting discovery I’ve come across is the amazing benefits of  sea salt for your skin.  
sea saltMy husband suffers from Sebhorreic Dermatitis (SD) and as someone who has struggled with problem skin, mild on and off Perioral Dermatitis (PD) and has dealt with weird skin sensitivities her whole life, I can testify that Sea Salt has been a complete game changer for the Skinnocence family.  I experimented with a plethora of natural cures for my husbands Dermatitis.  From herbal ingredients like tumeric, arnica montana and olive leaf to oils like Borage, Evening Primrose and various ayurvedic oils; nothing seemed to truly calm his redness and inflammation.  Then I started reading about others who swear by Sea Salt to naturally treat their PD & SD so I tried it and I was amazed with the results. 
Sea Salt, especially Dead Sea Salt helps to deeply cleanse your pores, balances oil production and sterilizes skin from bacteria that instigates acne and other skin conditions. 
Sea Salt is made by taking water from oceans or saline lakes and letting the water evaporate leaving only the salts behind.  Regular table salt is heavily processed to produce clean salt. Dead Sea Salt is a mineral enriched salt full of magnesium and calcium which improves hydration and the protective barrier function of the skin.  
Other benefits of sea salt, is that it helps to detox skin, improves the appearance of wrinkles, and surprisingly has a unique ability to attract and hold water. Sodium Hyluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) is technically a salt and a very important active used in most anti-aging moisturizers because it increases the capacity of skin to hold in water and can have an almost immediate plumping effect.  If you’ve ever taken a bath and noticed that your skin wrinkles and prunes up afterwards, try taking a sea salt bath and notice how that doesn’t happen! 
If you are dealing with a chronic skin condition like SD, PD or even eczema, give Dead Sea Salt a try. It’s insanely easy to do. We use THIS Israeli Dead Sea Salt which can be found in our Toner collection.   
Mix 1 teaspoon of Dead Sea Salt with 4 ounces of distilled or purified water in a small spray bottle until the salt is completely dissolved.  Mist onto your freshly clean, dry face (before moisturizing) or mist a generous amount onto a cotton swap and dab onto the affected areas on your face and body.  It might sting mildly and even burn slightly, but don’t let this scare you away. In fact, if there is no mild stinging sensation, you might want to try dissolving a little more salt until it does.  Let it dry for about 10-15 minutes and then apply your moisturizer.
 If you suffer from SD or PD, we’ve learned through research that products with oils actually exasperate and further spread these forms of dermatitis so look for oil-free creams and moisturizers with Shea butter instead such as PANACEA which is now an oil-free treatment that uses shea butter, dead sea salt and extracts of Borage, Olive Leaf and Sea buckthorn.  
 As for my husband?, his red spots almost disappear entirely 20 minutes after applying the salt mixture to his face.  In fact, the Dead sea salt treatment seems to control his SD so well that he’s been able to completely go off his exorbitantly expensive prescription medication!  His current regimen includes cleansing with a mild Manuka honey and Aloe cleanser that also contains dead sea salt.  (Coming soon with our new Nekid Minimalist line for sensitive skin launching in a few months). He then applies a Dead Sea Salt and purified water mixture to his most affected areas and follows up with Panacea 20 minutes later. 
We hope you find this Skin-E Tip helpful!
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