Rejuvenating Treatments for Every Skin Type

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We’re kicking off the summer season with rejuvenating treatments for every skin type. Today on the blog, we’re giving an overview of the types of skin types so you can assess which type you have and focus on what you need to do to help reduce the appearance of aging.

Normal Skin – If your pores are small, your skin appears smooth, has a nice glow to it and is balanced between not too dry and not too oily, then you likely have normal skin. The purpose of anti-aging treatments with normal skin is to preserve the normalcy of the skin as long as possible. Avoid harsh chemicals that may lead to skin sensitivity, and be sure to use products with antioxidants like vitamin C and E to keep skin protected from free radicals.

Oily Skin – Oily skin typically has an oily sheen, enlarged pores, blackheads and/or pimples.  For oily skin types, serums can be preferred over heavier creams. Look for serums with vitamin C, as this powerful antioxidant goes to work on help brighten dull skin.  (Remember too that vitamin C is water-soluble, meaning that it will not stay in your bloodstream too long). Retinol is a great ingredient to use because it prevents pores from getting clogged from dead skin cells sticking to the skin’s surface. Vitamin B3, or niacinamide can also be used to improve skin’s elasticity while reducing the appearance of blotchy skin.

Combination Skin – This is when skin appears to be a combination of normal or dry in some areas and oily in others, such as across the forehead, nose and chin. You may need to use different products in the different regions of your skin: moisturizing for dry areas and products that absorb oil while avoiding clogged pores in the oily or acne prone areas of your face. Our Wonderland Organics Balance Serum is perfect for combination skin types: find it here.

Dry Skin – Dry skin types have pores that are almost invisible and a complexion that is dull, dry, rough and flaky. Fine lines and wrinkles really stand out with dry skin. Moisturizing is key for dry, aging skin. Look for serums and thick, moisturizing creams that contain peptides and collagen boosters, as these can hydrate deeper levels of skin, pushing them up and giving the skin a more plump appearance which naturally reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. For dry skin, we recommend products that contain hyaluronic acid.

Sensitive Skin – Sensitive skin has red or inflamed patches, can easily react to certain ingredients in skin care products, and can be itchy and dry. The key is to find gentle products that cleanse, tone and moisturize without causing a reaction. Avoid alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) as these can burn already sensitive skin. If you choose to use AHA’s, make sure to apply them at night since they tend to make your skin more photosensitive during the day. For sensitive skin types, look for products with herbal extracts and floral waters, and essential oils such as geranium or neroli.

Tailoring your skin care products to your specific skin type will help you reach your goals of a more youthful appearance. Since summertime is officially here, remember to apply sunscreen all over your face and body and to use UPF hats for the ultimate sun and skin protection! What are your favorite treatment products to use for rejuvenation? Let us know in the comments below!

Getting Rid of Those Winter Blues: How To Care For Dry Skin Naturally

Attributed to: Zima na Březině, ČR JKRiesová

Attributed to: Zima na Březině, ČR JKRiesová

Got those winter blues? The cold enhances dryness that affects us all throughout this season. It can be frustrating to deal with dry skin, especially when it comes to finding the right products or treatments to use. Have no fear: try these natural ingredients and tips to get softer skin.

Dry skin is caused by a lack of production of sebum, or oil, which is the skin’s natural moisturizer.  The lack of sebum decreases the skin’s ability to retain moisture, so dry skin is often dehydrated.

How do you know if you have dry skin?

  • It often appears delicate, with fine and small pores.
  • It can develop unsightly flaky or ashy patches that peel.
  • Can be triggered by menopause or other hormonal changes.
  • Needs plenty of moisturizers and protection.

What kind of ingredients should you choose in your skincare products to help the most with moisturizing? We list our top four types below.

1. Vegetable oils – Examples of vegetable oils that are beneficial to dry skin include:

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Wonderland Organics Indulge Lotion

  • Avocado Oil
  • Rice Bran oil
  • Argan oil
  • Olive oil
  • Rosehip seed oil
  • Coconut oil

2. Humectants – humectants attract moisture from the air, draw it to the skin and ‘lock’ the moisture in. Examples of humectants include:

  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Honey

3. Butters – these natural butters help to restore moisture and lay a protective barrier down on top of the skin to keep moisture from escaping.  Examples include:

  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter

4. Essential Oils – these are essences taken from plants, flowers, roots, trees spices, citrus fruits, etc.  Examples of essential oils used in products to make your skin silky smooth are:

  • Jasmine
  • Neroli (Orange Blossom)
  • Chamomile (both Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile)
  • Rose Otto
  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Geranium

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    Wonderland Organics Sublime Serum: organic lavender, geranium, and rose absolute

Though it can be difficult to find products that work effectively on dry skin, this article has provided a number of tips and natural ingredients to try in your efforts to combat ashy, flaky and dry skin.  Reading the ingredient listing on products or making your own skin care products to include the ingredients listed above may be an easy way to use natural ingredients to bring about the desired change in your dry skin.

*Note that our Indulge Lotion contains organic olive oil, rosehip seed oil, and coconut oil, while our Sublime, Balance and Soothe facial oil serums include organic argan and olive oil. 

Tips:

  • Bathe less often: sometimes bathing every other day can alleviate dry skin.
  • Use warm instead of hot water in the shower or bath.
  • Use mild cleansers instead of harsh, drying ‘detergent bars’.
  • Use moisturizers regularly.
  • Try making a simple honey facial mask once per week to gently exfoliate flaky skin while also moisturizing.

Do you have any tips for helping with dryer skin types? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Easy Steps for an Essential Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

5 Steps to Anti-Aging RoutineWhat better way to start the new year than to take the time to love your skin? Mature skin needs a specific skin care regimen that not only covers the basic cleansing, toning and moisturizing requirements, but also specifically targets the telltale signs of aging. However, we also believe in prevention. Since the age of 20, we’ve been on this anti-aging regimen, in hopes of delaying the wrinkles as long as possible. Following this routine isn’t just to minimize the signs of aging, but it will help your skin look well-groomed and glowing! We need consistent efforts  in order to see the best results, so be sure to follow this routine each day.

The important thing to remember is to use the lightest product first, and the heaviest product last. With each step, use a gentle touch, and apply in an upward and outward direction. Facial skin is much thinner than the skin elsewhere on our bodies. You don’t want to help gravity along by pulling or tugging downward on your skin, as it won’t bounce back. Don’t forget to use all of these steps on your neck as well.

1. Select a gentle cleanser that is made for your skin type that cleans away dirt, sweat, and makeup without stripping your skin of natural oils. It’s not as important to search for anti-aging specific cleansers, as they are just rinsed off of your face, and do not penetrate the skin. Massage gently into skin and rinse off with warm water. Gently pat the skin dry.

2. Use an antioxidant toner applied to a cotton ball to gently swipe across your face to remove any makeup or dirt that the cleanser missed. This balances the pH in your skin and leaves it as a clean canvas, ready for the products to be applied. On evenings that we’re too tired to use a cleanser, we love using makeup wipes instead! We love organic hydrosols, especially ones that are perfect for your skin type. Have normal skin? Rose hydrosol is perfect. For oily and combination skin, we suggest lime or geranium hydrosols.

3. Now that your face is refreshed and clean, apply a facial serum. This is the product that should be packed with antioxidants, peptides, vitamins and other age-fighting ingredients. Serums with these ingredients penetrate deeply into the skin and will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two elements critical to building a string support foundation for the skin.

4. If you’re using targeted treatments for fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, apply these now!

5. Finally, select a moisturizer for your skin type. Personally, we love using facial oils, as they’re effective for most skin types. Check out our Soothe or Sublime Oil Serums for normal skin types, or our Balance Oil Serum for oily and combination skin types. They’ve got antioxidants like d-alpha tocopherol, pomegranate seed oil, argan oil, and much more. Pump a small amount, and massage into your face and neck using gentle, upward strokes.

Follow this routine twice a day with quality products, and you’ll soon be on your way to feeling the difference that a quality age fighting skin care routine can bring.

What is your current skincare routine like? Let us know in the comments below!

 

7 Ways to Combat Winter Dryness

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It’s that time of year where we’re gearing up for the holiday season, and dreaming of the fantastic feasts yet to come. However, one of the downsides of colder seasons has to be the dryness that negatively impacts our skin. Have no fear, we’ve rounded up our favorite winter beauty tips, from DIY ideas to diffusers below!

DIY Lip Scrub: Here’s a simple scrub to moisturize dry lips, and there’s only two ingredients! Use organic honey and turbinado sugar (We like Sugar in the Raw, available at Safeway). Mix together, apply to your lips for 15-20 minutes, and gently wipe off. We know, it’ll be hard to resist licking this yummy goodness as you wait.

Hair Mask: Bummed out by frizz and dry hair? We love applying a hair mask once a week when the weather becomes cool. We use a mixture of organic coconut oil and argan oil. Massage your choice of organic oil into your scalp, concentrating on your ends. Our secret? Putting on a shower cap, and exercising for 30 minutes. By the time that we’re done with a workout, the hair mask is ready, and it’s easy to wash off in the shower. If you love DIY ideas, be sure to check out our face masks here!

Moisturize: We adore carrier oils in the winter, especially organic coconut oil and jojoba oil. After showering, we advise applying it all over, concentrating on dry spots. To help with dry heels, apply to your feet, and wear socks as you sleep!

Wonderland Organics Sublime Serum

Wonderland Organics Sublime Serum

Facial Oil: We find that the face area is especially prone to dryness. Moisturize with an organic hydrosol or toner: we love spritizing it on, breathing in deeply for aromatherapy purposes. After toning, we use our favorite facial oil to seal in moisture. Love the scent of lavender? Try the Wonderland Organics Soothe Serum. If you’re a fan of rose, try our Sublime Serum!

Sunscreen: Yes, you read that correctly. The sun still impacts our skin, even when it is hidden behind clouds in the colder seasons. Instead of foundation, we actually suggest using a tinted zinc oxide sunscreen for SPF coverage.We also like using lip balm with SPF 15 (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide!)

Diffuser: We love our Muji travel-sized diffuser, as it can be used for aromatherapy, and can add moisture to your environment. Plus, the LED light emits a soft glow that adds to the comfort of your home. If you’re searching for an uplifting mood enhancer, we suggest adding a few drops of organic orange essential oil (found at Whole Foods) and distilled water.

What are some of your favorite beauty tips that you love during the winter? Let us know in the comments below!

 

What’s One of the Biggest Factors of Aging?

environmental-effects-agingHi everyone! Sorry about the lack of updates on the blog: technical difficulties have finally been fixed, and we are back! Today, we’re examining one of the largest effects on aging: our environment.

The environment in which we live and work in has a considerable effect on the condition of your skin (and other aspects of your health) that determines how well you will age. As the sun and the weather causes damage, it also tends to make us age faster than someone who is protected from the elements. During the Face and Body Conference, we saw a photo of a woman who had a desk job for 30 years that had sunlight streaming in from the right side of her face. Examining her at age 60 now, the left side of her face was noticeably younger than her right side. That’s why we highly recommend using sunscreen every day, even if you work indoors.

If you live or work in a highly polluted environment, or one where you’re exposed to secondhand smoke, this can also cause a variety of skin problems. Your skin can become clogged, which leads to breakouts and makes your skin appear dull. If you’re in Asian countries where there are plenty of factories, we suggest using reusable masks, to protect yourself against the smog and overall pollution. For actual smokers, the poor circulation that comes from smoking can lead to blotchy, uneven skin, among other complications. This is especially true because you purse your lips with cigarettes, which causes wrinkles around your mouth.

Living in a sunny climate may give us copious amounts of vitamin D, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can dry out the skin, which makes it appear leathery and dry. This type of skin often looks much older than it actually is.  We’ve all seen people who worship the sun, and spend too much time outside without sunscreen and UV protection clothing or hats. They tend to look old and wrinkly much earlier, and this alone is all the more reason to remain hydrated and use sunscreen and moisturizers to protect the skin against aging.

For those of us who live in colder climates and spend more time indoors, you’ll be less likely to have leathery skin, unless you visit tanning beds. However, indoor air can be quite dry, which may lead to dry, itchy skin. Thus, it’s important to stay hydrated and moisturized in colder temperatures. This is especially true when you head outside, where cold temperatures and wind can lead to chapped, dry skin and lips.

Regardless of the type of environment in which you live and work, be sure to take good care of your skin by eating well and drinking a lot of water. The short version to combat the effects on environment:

  • Avoid excessive UV ray exposure
  • Use reusable masks when faced with severe pollution
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid areas where there’s secondhand smoke
  • Cleanse and tone your skin with gentle products (we suggest using our three facial serums)
  • Use a moisturizer specific to your skin type

Now that it’s getting colder, ours is becoming dry. How has your skin changed due to your environment?

 

DIY Masks Perfect for Sweater Weather

Sweater weather has finally arrived! Now that it’s getting colder,  it’s time to raid our kitchen cabinets to make simple yet luxurious masks. When we started out with R&D for Wonderland Organics, the best part was using ingredients found right at home. It was easy using oats, honey, mashed up bananas, coconut oil, and even cocoa powder for fantastic results. (Of course, the best part was setting aside some of the ingredients to eat for later.)

In honor of the new season, we’ve rounded up some amazingly simple DIY masks found from around the web!

 

Image courtesy of Tiffany Ap/ http://www.stylish-chatterboxing.com/2013/11/soft-as-marshmallow.html

Image courtesy of Tiffany Ap/ http://www.stylish-chatterboxing.com/2013/11/soft-as-marshmallow.html

This is a great mask from Tiffany Ap! What you need:

  •  3 tbsp oats 
  • honey
  • warm water
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Image courtesy of Crunchy Betty/ http://www.crunchybetty.com/mocha-frappucino-mask-coffee-cocoa-and-honey-facial-mask

This mocha frappuccino mask is incredibly fun! What you need:

  • 2 tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp milk

 

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This fun mask is courtesy of About Style! This is great for a sunburned face, or as a great moisturizing mask.

What you need:

  • 1 tbsp organic yogurt
  • 1 tsp organic honey
  • a few drops of organic aloe vera (optional for sunburn) 

For more fun DIY spa ideas, try our mini-spa here!

Have you tried any of these masks, or making your own? Let us know in the comments below!