Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Skin Detox 101 : Everything You Need To Know

Skin Detox 101 : Everything You Need To Know

Fed up of skin that is blemished, dull, or dry looking? Wondering what you can do to boost the look and health of your skin? Adding detoxification practices to your skincare regime may be just the solution you are looking for. Keep reading to find out more about this subject. 

Toxins in the skin, and what to do about them 

The thought of congested and toxin ladened skin is not a pleasant one, particularly when we realize that skin in such a state can struggle to maintain balance and health. Indeed, such skin will act like a dirty canvas for most things you put on top of it, something that means getting it to absorb moisturizer, or even to look good with foundation over the tip can be a real challenge. Not to mention that clogged pores can seriously increase your chances of spots and breakouts. 

Fortunately, you can usually tell if your skin is congested and toxin ladened because it will show one or more of the following symptoms: sagging, wrinkles, oil, sensitivity, dryness, dullness, or uneven skin tone. If you do find that you are suffering from one of these issues, then it's probably time to start detoxing your skin, a process you can learn more about in the sections below. 

What is a skin detox?

Before we move on to the ways that you can detox your skin, let's take some time to define what the process of skin detoxification is. 

Put simply, a skin detox is a way of removing the toxins and impurities that linger in the skin, thereby freeing it up to function in the most effective way possible. Indeed, as the skin is an organ in our body, and the largest one to boot, taking some additional action to take care of it is vitally important. 

After all, our skin is not only an aesthetic concern but it is our first line of defense against issues such as infection, as well as being an essential part of healthy and effective temperature regulation. 

Unfortunately, in our modern lives, we are surrounded by all sorts of chemicals, pollutants, and contaminants that are bad for our skin. A situation that leads to all sorts of problems from sensitivity to clogging, which in turn makes it hard for the skin to do its job most effectively. 

The good news is that a decent skincare regimen can help to counter and minimize such skin issues. Although for it to be as effective as possible, regular detoxification needs to be a part of this process. 

What are the benefits of a skin detox?

The benefits of performing a skin detox are many and varied. Of course, the most important one by far is that by removing the things that are clogging and detoxifying your skin, you may make it so much easier for it to perform efficiently, which is vital to your overall health. 

The great news is that by regularly detoxifying your skin you can improve its aesthetic appearance too. You can even expect tighter and firmer skin after a detox, as well as cleaner and clearer skin too! 

How to do a skin detox?

Now you know what a skin detox is, as well as the benefits involved, we can move on to the methods you can use. There are many to consider as well, although doing them all at once maybe a bit much. 

Instead, read the list and descriptions below and decide on the change that will be easiest for you to make and start there, adding more as needed, and as you build confidence in your skin detox regime. 

Begin with proper hydration 

The first method of skin detoxification to consider is hydration. Indeed, there are two ways of ensuring that your kind is hydrated enough. 

The first is to drink more water, something that helps to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Yes, this means drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeinated, milky, and alcoholic beverages. Carbonated drinks are also a bad idea, as these tend to contain artificial sweeteners which can also be problematic for the body to process, and result in dehydration. 

The second is to use hydrating skin products like moisturizers and serums. Serums in particular can be very useful for this because their structure makes them very easy for your skin to absorb. They also come with a range of added ingredients that can help with other skin issues such as Hyaluronic Acid which hydrates and plumps, and Niacinamide which helps lessen the appearance of blemishes and uneven skin. The great thing is that the serum acts as a carrier for these other ingredients making it easier for them to be absorbed and get straight to work. 

Add toner to your regime 

The next way you can help detox your skin is to include toner into your daily skincare regime. Most people think that the only purpose of toner is to lessen the size of pores, however, this is not the case. Toner is also vital in the processes of balancing the PH levels of the skin, as well as making sure residues from the cleanser you use are fully removed and do not end up clogging your pores. 

Be sure to cleanse your skin twice 

You may think that cleansing your skin twice sounds a bit like overkill, however, there is more than one benefit to a more extended skincare routine. The first is that when cleansing twice you will do less damage to the skin because you won't have to press so hard to remove all the first and makeup on the very first go. Indeed, if you pick the right cleaner you can break down a great deal of the products on your face without having drag at your skin, something that can cause damage and sagging. 

Of course, the second benefit is that by cleansing twice you maximize your chances of removing all of the oil, makeup, and dirt that is present, thereby ensuring that your skin is as clean and uncongested as possible. 

Get sweaty 

There are few things better for your skin than working up a good sweat. Indeed, sweating means that the impurities and toxins in the skin are being flushed out. 

Of course, once you have worked up a sweat it's important to clean your skin thoroughly and wash away these toxins. Also, where possible try and avoid heavy exercise with a full face of makeup, as it can work against the sweating process and cause clogged pores. 

Get a good night’s rest 


It's well known that the body needs the right amount of sleep each night to detoxify and repair its organs. However, what many of us forget is that the skin is also an organ, and that means the amount and the quality of sleep we get affects how healthy it is. 

To that end, 7 ½ to 8 hours sleep a night is recommended to aid the skins’ detoxification process. Oh, and as a bonus, you can expect your skin to look brighter, fresher, and have fewer dark circles when you get a good night's sleep too

Cut out smoking and drinking alcohol

If you truly want to do a favor for your skin, then cutting out alcohol and smoking is the best course of action. The reason for this is that alcohol is known to dehydrate the skin, while smoking has been proven to damage elastin and collagen in the skin, thereby causing an acceleration of aging. 

Feed your body to feed your skin 

No one’s diet is perfect and we will all eat a cupcake or donut from time to time. However, too much-refined sugar and fat can play havoc with the health of our skin. Instead, we should be focusing on fiber, water, and nutrition-packed fruit and vegetables wherever possible. 

Get a treatment

You can also help to detoxify your skin by getting skin treatments. One of the most popular of these are facials which are designed to clean out pores and encourage the detoxification process. 

It's not only facials that can do wonders for your skin either, after all, but your skin also covers your entire body! That is why opting for a whole-body treatment like a therapeutic massage can be hugely beneficial too. Especially if it's one like a Herbal Poultice Body Treatment which is designed to detoxify and relieve stress, both things that will help you maximize the health of your skin. 


Last of all, for maximum skin health, consider exfoliating regularly. Although regularly does not mean every day. Indeed, many people exfoliate way too much, and their skin suffers from it. Indeed, because exfoliation essentially strips the top layer of dead skin and dirt, over-exfoliating means the skin doesn't have enough opportunity to repair, something that can leave it looking damaged and dry and more susceptible to infection

Final thoughts 

If you want to look healthy and glowing, you need to care for your skin on the inside as well as the outside. Happily, by including detoxification practices into your skincare regime you will be able to maximize your skin’s potential for health and beauty. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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Review: DERMA E Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Paste

(product photo courtesy of www.dermae.com

4 oz./113g $13.95

June is Pride month. DERMA E celebrates the diversity of the LGTBQ+ community. In this vein, I have a selection of DERMA E products that will help your skin look better quicker and give you glowing looking skin. Have pride in your skin. Have pride in your life. 

One of these products is DERMA E Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Paste. This product is a light exfoliant that helps to get rid of dead skin cells and uneven skin tone, revealing a more beautiful, radiant complexion. The paste is a multi-tasking, skin-brightening, antioxidant-rich facial cleanser and mask which gently cleanses and exfoliates impurities to reveal soft, smooth skin, It contains ingredients such as Golden Turmeric (reduces the appearance of blemishes, calms skin and enhances the skin's natural glow) and Ancient Rice (gently removes dirt, brightens skin and exfoliates dead skin cells while nourishing the skin). Glycerin is also included, which is a humectant that helps to keep skin nourished no matter what skin type you have. Bentonite is a clay that purifies the skin and gets rid of dead skin cells, congestion and oil. Panthenol (also known as ProVitamin B3) provides soothing moisture to the skin. Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) is an antioxidant that soothes the skin and provides moisture. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) is an antioxidant that helps even out the skin tone, as mentioned above. Echinacea root extract helps to boost skin's moisturizing properties by increasing epidermal lipids, ceramides and cholesterol. These keep the protective outer layer of the skin strong, meaning less moisture is able to escape over time. 

This product can be used two ways, as a cleanser or a mask. To use as a cleanser, gently lather over a dampened face and neck, then rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry. Use in the morning and evening. It is gentle enough for daily use. As a mask, you will see more intense results. Apply generously to face, hands and other areas. Leave on for 3-5 minutes until dry and rinse off by moistening and massaging to activate exfoliants. Pat dry. 

To me this cleanser/mask does a great job of helping to cleanse the skin, even out skin tone and decongest the skin.  I find that this is not an everyday cleanser. I prefer it for an alternative cleanser on days when I need some extraneous exfoliation and evening out of my skin tone. I like this cleanser and would not have tired it had it not been for Pride Month. So, there is that. It works great and makes skin feel soft and smooth, look brighter after several uses. DERMA E is proven clean beauty. 

DERMA E Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Paste retails for $13.95 and is available on  www.dermae.com and exclusively at www.ulta.com and ULTA Stores. Like Derma E on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/dermaenaturalskincare; Follow Derma E on Twitter: @derma_e; Subscribe to Derma E on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/DermaEBodycare; Follow Derma E on Instagram:http://instagram.com/dermae# and Follow Derma E on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/dermae/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Review: ELEMIS Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter

 (product photo courtesy of us.elemis.com)

3.0 fl.oz./90mL $38.00

I don't normally use cleansing butters in the summer. Usually I find them heavy and and I am fighting off acne lesions. However, I received this product in my BoxyCharm Luxe box for June and absolutely loved it. I wanted to review it and let you know you much I loved it. This is the best cleansing butter I have ever used. 

ELEMIS Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter is a glow-getting facial cleanser that removes every last trace of makeup, daily pollutants and grime to reveal a healthy-looking radiance. It contains a unique blend of fermented Pumpkin enzymes and Acerola Cherry (naturally rich in AHAs) that help to brighten skin. Mango Butter and Chia Seed Oil (rich in omega fatty acids) nourish and hydrate the skin. This brightening, buttery formula can be used as a daily cleanser, a deep conditioning mask or as a hydrating makeup remover for the eyes and face. The fermented nature of the pumpkin increases the availability of its nutrients, which is a bi-product of Pumpkin harvesting. It contains AHAs and natural enzymes to help the skin's natural cellular renewal process and to gently smooth away dull skin, revealing a glowing complexion. The extract of fermented Acerola Cherry is there to increase the availability of the natural compounds that help nourish and hydrate the skin. Known to be high in antioxidants, it also helps boost the appearance of a revitalized look in the skin. Mango Butter is obtained from Mango Seeds and is loaded with omega and fatty acids. it leaves skin feeling cleansed and refreshed while contributing to its rich and cushiony texture. The soothing fermented Rice Water helps to viably calm the complexion, leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft while promoting the look of skin clarity, Glycerin and Tocopherol are also included  to add moisture to the product and to the skin. 

Elemis tested this cleansing butter on 129 people over 2 weeks in 2019. Here are the results of that trial:
  • 93% agreed this product did not leave their face feeling dry or stripped.
  • 95% agreed this product helped remove their makeup effectively.
  • 95% agreed this product left their skin smooth when used as a deep mask
How To Use This Product: To use as a makeup remover, apply to a cotton pad and wipe gently over the face and eyes, To use as a daily cleanser, massage a coin-sized amount onto dry skin and rinse off with with warm water. To use as a deep cleansing mask, apply a thin layer to the face and for for 1 minute before rinsing.

I love this cleansing butter and found that it effectively removes makeup instantly and immediately, I didn't even have to double cleanse afterward because all traces of my makeup had been removed, This is highly unusual for a cleansing butter. Also, even though it has AHAs, it can be used on the eye area without any fear of stinging. I love how well it removes makeup without leaving any residue on the face, after leaving it on the skin for a few seconds and then massaging ti around, start cleansing the skin by splashing warm water on the skin to remove the cleansing balm. Then when makeup is completely removed, rinse face in slightly warm water to soothe the skin, Skin will be soft and makeup free. I think from now on I will be a convert to a cleansing balm. They aren't as difficult as I thought they would be, 

ELEMIS Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter retails for $38.00 and and can be purchased online at www.elemis.com/us. It can also be pucharchased wherever Elemis is carried. Like Elemis on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elemis; Follow Elemis on Twitter: @elemis; Follow Elemis on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/elemisltd/ and Follow Elemis on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elemis/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Review: NEOSTRATA Illuminating Serum

(product photo courtesy of www.neotstrata.com

1 fl.oz./30mL $82.00 $61.50

I suffer from hyperpigmentation due to several years of UVA radiation sun exposure. I just wrote in yesterday's blog post about how UVA radiation causes photo damage and hyperpigmentation. This was literally caused by everyday sun exposure due to a lack of sunscreen on my very fair skin. I also have sun damage due to years of sun burn and to UVB sun exposure. My fair skin cannot stand to be in the sun for more than a few minutes before I experience erythema (redness). So now I try to treat the hyperpigmentation with ingredients that work to lighten it up as well as possible. 

One product that I tried recently is NEOSTRATA's Illuminating Serum. It contains NeoGlucosamine, a gentle exfoliant that helps to lighten dark patches. Other ingredients it contains are 4% Niacinamide, Resorcinal and Licorice Root. Niaciamide works very well to lighten up hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone and redness. So does  Resorcinal and Licorice Root. Often Niacinamide is included in 2% level. This serum contains twice that amount. This serum also contains botanical ingredients like Orange Fruit Extract, Jasmine Extract, Plumeria Extract and Apple Extract. 

Using fingertips, apply serum twice daily to cleansed skin. Can be smoothed all over the face and neck. Limit sun exposure during and after use to prevent darkening from reoccurring.

Below is a video of showing how to apply the Illuminating Serum:

Here are photos of my skin before and after use of the serum:

before Illuminating Serum

after Illuminating Serum

You will notice that my skin is less red and has recovered from some of the hyperpigmentation that was on my face. There is a definite difference. It shows that a higher dose of 4% of Niacinamide makes a huge difference in your skin. Use of the Resorcinol and Licorice Root, as well as the NeoGlucosamine helps in addition to the the Niacinamide. I do think the Niacinamide makes the biggest difference though, 

Currently the NEOSTRATA Illuminating Serum is selling for $61.50 (originally $82.00) and can be purchased online at www.neostrata.comLike NeoStrata on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/NeoStrataCompany; Follow NeoStrata on Twitter:@neostrataskin; Follow NeoStrata on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/neostrata/; Follow Exuviance on Instagram: https://instagram.com/exuviance/; Follow NeoStrata on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf_jdb_vpqIWkgUcNRHIWIA.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Which Sunscreen Is Right For You: Chemical or Mineral?

Which Sunscreen Is Right For You: Chemical or Mineral? 

It is summer and time for people to really ramp up the use of sunscreen. Not that you shouldn't be using sunscreen everyday anyway. But what kind of sunscreen should you be using? There are two kinds available: chemical and mineral. The main difference between the two is that chemical sunscreens absorb sunlight and mineral sunscreens reflect sunlight from the body. Here I will discuss chemical and mineral sunscreens so you can make the decision as to which one is right for you. It is very important to wear sunscreen during the summer, actually use it everyday of the year. As long as the sun's rays are shining you are being exposed to UV radiation and therefore can develop skin cancer. UV stands for ultraviolet radiation and are the rays the sun gives off. 

What you need to consider when you choose a sunscreen is whether or not it protects against UVA or UVB rays. The difference between the two is significant. Both cause significant sun damage to the skin. However, UVA rays cause dark spots, premature aging (photo aging) and UVA can even penetrate glass and cause damage to the skin. UVB rays cause sunburn and skin cancer. They actually damage the DNA of the skin cells and change them, thus causing the cancerous cells to form. The easiest way to remember is UVA=aging. UVB=burn. 

Skin cancer is a huge problem and 1 in 5 will get it in their lifetime. I am only 50 years old and have already had skin cancer twice now. At age 40 and 48. I had two basal cell carcinomas. One small one on my nose and a larger one on my arm. I was lucky I caught them early. Because I am very, very fair I am at the highest risk for skin cancer. I make sure to wear sunscreen daily, even in the house. 

You need to make sure your sunscreen is broad spectrum. It must protect against both UVA and UVB rays. This way your sunscreen is protecting your skin against aging and cancer. And it should be at least a SPF30 or higher. 

Chemical sunscreens are the kind that contain ingredients like avobenzone, octisalate, homosalate, oxybenzone and octocrylene. Avobenzone is not broad spectrum. Neither is homosalate. Oxybenzone is predominately broad spectrum, as is  octocrylene. There are other chemical ingredients but these are the ones that are used the most often. Oxybenzone is not used as much these days because it has been deemed not "reef safe". It causes coral bleaching and disrupts coral reproduction. Sales of oxybezone sunscreen have been banned in Hawaii. As I mentioned above, chemical sunscreens absorb the sun's rays but that makes no difference in how they function and interact on the body. 

Mineral sunscreens contain the ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Although they used to be thick and heavy, the molecules have been modified and are now much smaller. It is much easier to wear mineral sunscreens than it used to be, The molecules are not large and thick as they once were, leaving the skin thick and white. They now come in better formulas that do not leave any trace on the skin at all. Mineral sunscreens are naturally broad spectrum and often come in higher SPF levels. While these do have a distinctive texture and are still somewhat thicker than chemical sunscreens, they do tend to feel a little bit more greasy than regular sunscreen. 

So the question remains, which one is right for you? It depends on if you have an allergy to chemical sunscreens or not. If you are, by all means choose the mineral over nothing. They really have changed! Next, choose by skin type. If you have oily skin or combination skin, choose a chemical sunscreen. These work well with oilier skin types. If you have drier skin or normal skin, chose a mineral one, these work well with drier skins and especially sensitive skins. 

Brands that I really like are Supergoop, Neutrogena, Aveeno and Banana Boat. All of these brands make both chemical and mineral sunscreens. Some of them even make tinted sunscreen that you can wear instead of foundation. I implore you to wear sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, Even during the winter, Trust me, as someone who is 50 years old I have massive sun damage due to not wearing sunscreen and due to sun burns from when I was younger. Once the damage is done there is nothing you can do to reverse it. Sun damage (photo aging) causes broken capillaries and hyperpigmentation. Whereas sun burn causes skin cancer. Tanning causes photo aging too, It is a source of UVA radiation. There is not any good sun exposure. 

In conclusion I would like to say that chemical and mineral sunscreens are a matter of choice, they are very important. Choose according to the texture you want and whether or not you want something heavier or light on your skin. Make sure it is a broad spectrum coverage sunscreen. They can be had at any price, from $8-$45. The quality is not dependent on price. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

How To Get The Perfect Dewy And Clear Skin In Summer 2021

How To Get The Perfect Dewy And Clear Skin In Summer 2021

Does the approaching of summer scare you regarding your skin? While most people will wait for summer to unwind and put on their favorite colored clothes, others have their hopes and dreams of having beautiful skin crushed.  Others will rely on air conditioners, affecting body hydration, flawless hair, and smooth skin. If you have been passing through the mentioned inconveniences, it is time to sign a relief as there is a solution. This article highlights some tips to get the perfect and clear skin during this summer. Here are the ways.

Follow the cleanse, tone, moisture routine

During summer, the skin pores tend to enlarge to enable the skin to breathe and let the body cool down. The pores get clogged with excessive sweat and dirt particles, making your skin have cracks and blackheads. With simple cleaning, toning, and moisturizing, your skin will look clear and dewy as it will trap no sweat or dirt particles. This procedure mainly depends on the type of skin.  You can get a gentle cleaner, together with a toner and moisturizer, and then follow it up with a mild exfoliator to get rid of the dead skin cells. You can do this at least once a week. 


While this is an obvious tip for anyone who wants to have better skin, many people ignore it.  Conforming to this beauty and skin specialist in Werribee, hydrating your body is the easiest and least expensive way of maintaining your skin dewy and clear.  You only need to take large amounts of water to make your skin glow.  What does water do? Besides cooling your system in hot weather, water helps to cleanse it. Hydrating your body will leave you with glowing skin in summer and other days of the year. You can supplement this with skincare ingredients such as aqua, glycerin, and ceramides. 

Use waterproof and lightweight makeup

One way of maintaining your skin dewy and clear during summer is to use waterproof and lightweight makeup. With the heat, no one likes to have melting oil and foundation that damages the skin. You have to choose light makeup that's sun-friendly and one that won't leave you with patches on your skin when it melts. During summer, you can ditch your expensive liquid foundations and go for powder makeups that do not react with heat.  You can also use light creams or both and see which one works best for your skin.

Do not leave your sunscreen

Many people will also neglect their sunscreen, hoping there will be no damage to their skin.  A scorching sun will damage your skin. It will cause sunburns, dark spots, and pigmentation. In worse conditions, it might lead to skin cancer. If you are stepping out during summer, it is important to apply one on visible parts to protect your skin from the UV rays. It is important to choose the best sunscreen formula that will go well with your skin.

While these methods help develop dewy, clear skin, it is also important to visit skin and beauty therapists to have your skin checked, especially during summer. The experts will let you know your skin condition and advise the best products or practices to make your skin glow.

Until Next Time~

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