Know Your Acids for Skincare

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Acids in skincare are unsung heroes.

They are the miracle tools used to chemically exfoliate, even skin tone, and fight acne, age spots, wrinkles, and scarring. It can seem overwhelming to know which skincare products containing acids are best, but knowing the specific uses for each can be helpful in choosing products that are best for your unique skin type. Some acids are more well known than others, but they each have an individual purpose depending on your skin’s different issues, and we’ll discover that now. 

 

Best for… Acid
acne-prone skin azelaic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid
mature skin glycolic acid, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, ferulic acid
fading pigmentation kojic acid, azelaic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, linoleic acid, ascorbic acid, ferulic acid

 

The Different Types of Acids and Their Uses

The acids listed below are the primary acids skincare specialists work with that have been well researched in skincare.  Keep in mind, acids are great for most people, but sensitive skin needs the selective de-squamatization delivered by enzymes, which are much gentler.

Azelaic Acid:  Treats acne, papulopustular rosacea, hyperpigmentation/melasma, and aging skin. This is an awesome, multifunctional acid. Usual use: 20% on leave-on products.

Ascorbic Acid: AKA vitamin C. Comes in many forms, some more stable than others. Great for anti-oxidant effects, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. We use primarily MAP (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) vit C due to its stability and gentleness. Use range is typically between 5 and 20% (the work of Sheldon Pinnell, MD, from Duke University)  He proposed the use of unstable L-ascorbic acid.  We use stable MAP Vit C, instead.

Citric Acid: The baby sister of ascorbic acid. Citric Acid is a wonderful product for treating several skin problems like mild acne, pigmentation, clogged pores, sun tanning, wrinkles, and dark spots. Lemons, oranges, and certain berries contain citric acid in large quantities. You can apply citric acid on the skin, in the form of peels, toners, scrubs, or masks. Use is typically 1-5%.

Ferulic Acid: ferulic acid. A plant-based, phenolic antioxidant that is found in bran, among other plants. Research has shown that it provides antioxidant benefits to the skin while enhancing the stability of topical applications of antioxidant vitamins C and E. It also helps defend skin against environmental assault. Use is typically 1%.

Glycolic Acid: Is the holy grail for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Products that contain Glycolic Acid are used often to treat scarring, skin discoloration, and signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. Use is typically between 5 and 35%.

Kojic Acid: is sometimes used in health and beauty products to lighten the skin. It may be used to treat skin conditions, such as sun damage, scars, and age spots. The science behind how kojic acid works as a lightening agent involves its effect on melanin production.

Lactic Acid: This is the hydrating acid that has many of the same effects as glycolic acid, but is milder for mature or sensitive skin. All alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate and improve skin texture, but lactic acid has an extra benefit you won’t get from its AHA cousins. Lactic acid helps improve the skin’s natural moisture factor, or the way the skin keeps itself hydrated. Basically, lactic acid helps to keep the skin moisturized and feeling less dry.

Malic Acid: Red wine contains antioxidants as well as malic acid, an alpha hydroxyacid. Both have scientific evidence showing they provide anti-aging and other skincare benefits. An antioxidant in wine, resveratrol, has been shown to be a very powerful antioxidant. It is a skin brightener.

Mandelic Acid: Softens and smoothes fine lines and roughness. It is derived from almonds. It is also an AHA. Mandelic acid is another alpha-hydroxy acid, one that’s derived from bitter almonds. Like glycolic acid, it’s an exfoliating agent that’s useful for preventing acne, treating sun damage, and evening out pigmentation. However, due to its larger molecular structure, it doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as glycolic acid, so it’s less irritating to the skin. For this reason, it’s commonly recommended in peels instead of glycolic acid, particularly for ethnic skin which is more prone to rebound pigmentation. Rebound pigmentation occurs when a resistance is built up to a particular substance due to excessive use. This causes the substance to not only be ineffective but often causes it to have the opposite of the intended effect.

Salicylic Acid: This is the only beta hydroxy acid and is used to treat acne and at lower doses, has anti-inflammatory effects. It is milder than AHA’s and helps keep pores clean. At concentrations above the usual 2%, salicylic acid has pronounced exfoliating and keratolytic effects that can soften calloused skin and corns.

Tartaric Acid: is naturally found in grapes and bananas, and when applied topically it can smooth the skin, enhancing your skin’s natural glow. Champagne, which is derived from grapes, is an easily available source of tartaric acid, and this detoxifying treatment is a great choice for a light alpha hydroxy mask.

The Three Main Types of Exfoliation

Many skincare experts recommend exfoliating the skin two to three times a week to tackle deep dirt and oil buildup, reduce dullness, and sweep away dead skin cells. Exfoliation promotes healthy cell turnover as they buff away the dead skin. There are three main types of exfoliation, and each has its benefits. 

Mechanical – scrubs anything that is abrasive from mildly to extremely harsh. The mechanical exfoliation uses a product like a scrub to physically remove the skin cells by buffing them away. 

Chemical – acids, primarily, which break down the keratin bonds of skin proteins (keratolytic) which reveals fresher, softer skin beneath.  This is primarily the AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids).

Remember, all clients who are treated with or use products containing AHA’s must be instructed to use sunscreen, or they will do further damage to their skin with UV exposure, thus defeating the purpose.

Enzymatic – these enzymes are very specific in what they break down, which is only dead skin cells, not live cells, thus making them more gentle and appropriate for those with sensitive skin.

Be Sure to Consult a Skin Care Specialist

When working with skincare acids and exfoliation, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable skincare specialist. They’ve been trained to help assist their clients in achieving their skincare goals in the safest way possible. We love to answer any questions our customers may have, so please feel free to give us a call or email and we’ll be sure to help you with your skincare routine![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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Dimethicone: Everything You Need To Know

When you think of a good skin moisturizer, you think of a product that makes your skin soft, smooth, hydrated, and fresh without leaving a sticky residue. When skin care products are formulated, certain products help create specific desired qualities. Dimethicone (a form of silicone) is often used as it gives a silky texture to products, helps keep skin properly hydrated, and provides a natural barrier on the skin. It’s a great addition to many skin care products, as it provides many benefits without many drawbacks. 

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone (polydimethylsiloxane) is described as a synthetic polymer of silicon and an emollient that works to improve the softness of the skin. It seals the spaces between the superficial dead cells of the epidermis layer of the skin. The molecules of silicone-based polymers are too large to penetrate the skin’s barrier and leave behind a silky barrier. Since it doesn’t mix with the sebum of your skin, it is often used in products designed for the skin like moisturizers, creams, primers, and lotions. 

Benefits of Using Dimethicone in Skin Care Productsnatural 4701296 640

Using dimethicone as an ingredient in skin care products can improve the efficacy, feel, and longevity of the other ingredients. It has been used as an ingredient in many different skin and hair care products for many years. Why would we want to use dimethicone in skin care products?

  • Seals in moisture: Dimethicone forms a physical barrier on the skin that helps keep in hydration and keep out outside irritants and moisture. It also helps provide protection against transepidermal water loss, which can lead to inflammation of the skin. 
  • Won’t clog pores and cause breakouts: Despite it being occlusive (meaning it seals in hydration while keeping the irritants out), it is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. Because of these qualities, it’s commonly used in oil-free formulas to provide long-lasting moisture without clogging pores and causing breakouts. 
  • Creates a silky feel on the skin: The main reason dimethicone is used in skin care product formulations is to provide a silky smooth finish to topical creams and lotions. It allows a product to have a light texture and non-greasy feel that spreads quickly, easily, and evenly on the skin. 
  • Controls skin’s shine: While it provides a barrier on the skin, it still allows the skin to sweat and also controls the shine of an oily complexion. 
  • Make skin’s appearance smoother: Mattifying silicones can blur light, often giving the skin an airbrushed look. 
  • Has Emollient Qualities: An emollient works to smooth and soften the skin but has a lighter, less greasy finish than other skin care ingredients, making it a great choice for all skin types
  • Protects the Skin: Dimethicone can act as a physical barrier on the skin, keeping pollutants and irritants off of the skin. 
  • Smooths Texture: Not only can it fill in fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also create a smooth skin surface, making it a great choice to use in primers. 
  • Give longwear properties to makeup: Dimethicone can give longwear properties to lipsticks and makeup, while keeping them flexible enough to not crack. 

Dimethicone is also very unreactive with other ingredients and causes a smooth glide to the formulation. They are also vegan and cruelty-free. In skin care products, silicones are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and non-irritating. They can also be used in sunscreens to help them stay on better. 

Is Dimethicone Bad for Skin?

Dimethicone is a synthetic product and oftentimes is used in place of more natural ingredients like plant oils or butters. That fact shouldn’t scare you though; naturally occurring oils can sometimes be worse for skin and actually clog pores more than a synthetic product. They also have a higher chance of being allergenic to some people. In general, dimethicone is a pretty neutral substance and most people are able to use products containing it without it causing irritation to their skin.   

Drawbacks of Dimethicone 

The biggest drawbacks of dimethicone are often the negative myths about it. The myths include the idea that silicones cause acne, are bad for sensitive skin, are toxic, and suffocate the skin. Dimethicone and other silicones have been extensively studied and have been proven to be very safe and actually beneficial to the skin.  

How to Use Products Containing Dimethicone

In general, products containing dimethicone are believed to be safe for everyday use. How often and the order in which you apply your skin care products depends on what the specific products are. For instance, if you’re using it in a primer or moisturizer, it’s best to apply to fresh, clean, and damp skin. Using the product after showering is a great time to ensure you reap the most benefits of the product. Since it is occlusive, you should use your water-based products first, then apply the product containing dimethicone to optimize the absorption of products and seal them into the skin. 

Dimethicone is Safe for All Skin Types

Overall, dimethicone is a pretty neutral silicone that has been used for many years in skin care, hair care, and personal care products. Even though it is a synthetic product, it has been proven to provide many different positive benefits when used in conjunction with other ingredients in skin care products. It’s hard to find another product that is non-irritating, unreactive, and hypoallergenic. All skin types, even sensitive skin types can use products containing dimethicone with no problem. In fact, most people are able to apply undiluted silicones directly to their skin without experiencing any issues. They also haven’t been linked to any hormone disruptions or long term health effects. With all these benefits, it’s hard to ignore this key ingredient in many skin care products.

Top 5 Benefits of CoQ10 in Skincare 

If you’ve ever taken the time to read ingredients in anti-aging beauty products, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a common ingredient. It can be found in toners, moisturizers, and eye creams, because of the effectiveness of reducing the appearance of fine lines. 

What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 is a nutrient that occurs naturally in the body, but production slows down as you age. It’s also a nutrient that is found in foods like tuna, salmon, liver, and whole grains. 

The coenzyme is vital for energy production to help skin regenerate and repair itself. Since your skin is constantly exposed to environmental factors that can cause damage, your body needs the building blocks necessary to repair itself. 

What are the Benefits of CoQ10 in Skincare and Why is it Important?

Products like our new serum, Restore III has CoQ10 as one of the main ingredients, because of the anti-aging benefits it has on the skin. Here are the top benefits of this ingredient: 

1. Helps Skin Repair and Regenerate

In order for your skin to repair itself and regenerate, it needs the energy to carry out that natural function. 

2. Creates a Radiant Complexion 

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Youthful, radiant skin tends to have a higher level of Q10. This higher level allows your skin to regenerate faster, creating a radiant complexion. The reason that your skin tends to look duller and more tired as you age is that your body doesn’t produce as much of this nutrient, making the regeneration process slower. 

3. Reduces Sun Damage to Skin

Studies have shown that CoQ10 has antioxidant properties that allow the skin to fight against free radicals from sun exposure that cause damage. The antioxidant properties of this nutrient are also why people take it as a supplement for overall health. 

4. Helps The Body Produce Collagen 

Collagen represents roughly ⅓ of all proteins in your body and it is necessary to maintain skin elasticity as well as increase cell regeneration. CoQ10 helps the body produce the necessary collagen it needs to support healthy skin.

5. Can Help to Reduce the Fine Lines

Since this nutrient is needed to give skin the energy to regenerate and helps with collagen production, it can be highly effective at reducing fine lines. 

Who Benefits From Using CoQ10?

Anyone that has skin can benefit from using CoQ10! No matter what age you are, your body needs the necessary building blocks to function properly. You shouldn’t wait until your skin starts losing its natural coenzyme Q10 production to give it the resources to replenish it. Instead, using anti-aging beauty products now is beneficial.  

What Other Ingredients Go Well With CoQ10?

In addition to CoQ10, other ingredients can be mixed with it to create an even more effective formula. BeeNaturals Restore III beauty serum is made with CoQ10 and these two additional ingredients: 

Vitamin C

Studies have shown that using a topical form of Vitamin C can help reduce the effects of photoaging. This is damage to skin that has been caused by sunlight and ultraviolet light. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production in the body, which is necessary to reduce the effects of aging. 

Retinol

Just like CoQ10, retinol works to prevent damage from free-radicals. So why would you use both of these ingredients if they do both address damage from free-radicals? Because retinol is known to help breakdown fat-soluble CoQ10. This means that it will be absorbed into the skin faster and therefore, more effective. 

When CoQ10, Retinol, and Vitamin C are used in beauty serum, like Restore III, it can help your skin to have the energy needed to regenerate, reduce the visible signs of fine lines, and produce a healthier-looking complexion. 

Learn more:

Understanding the Top 10 Anti-Aging Ingredients

Differences Between Peeper Keeper and Eye Serum?

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We’ve had a lot of questions about our Eye Formulas, including what are the differences between Peeper Keeper and Eye Serum Products.

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First of all, let’s talk about the Original Formula of Peeper Keeper

Peeper Keeper original formula is a VERY rich product that doesn’t contain any specific anti-aging peptides or ingredients that would reduce puffiness, dark circles or wrinkles per se, (only soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles due to the moisturizing effect).

We’ve heard some comments that the original formula is too greasy. Well, it’s a deeply moisturizing product that is formulated specifically for dryness around the eye area.

If that’s not your thing, then we do have a series of eye products that are formulated to address SPECIFIC eye concerns, such as dark circles, puffiness, and more. You may be much happier with one of these depending on your specific needs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Here’s the breakdown of each product and it’s “Super Powers.”

After you read each description, the ingredients list, and how those ingredients “work” toward a solution, it will be easier to see which one, or combination of several, are right for you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Peeper Keeper Products

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Peeper Keeper original formula –

Rich, deeply emollient balm formulated to moisturizer and lubricate dry, crepey skin. Nothing more, nothing less. No peptides for dark circles or wrinkles or puffiness. It’s a great little multi-tasking product – brows, lips, chapped nose, cuticles, etc.[/vc_column_text][dt_default_button link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beenaturals.com%2Fproduct%2Fface%2Feye-care%2Fqueen-bee-peeper-keeper-eye-balm%2F|title:Queen%20Bee%20Peeper%20Keeper%20Eye%20Balm||”]Buy Now[/dt_default_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”94306″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Peeper Keeper Riche –

A water based cream that is lightweight (not greasy) that contains marigold extract (cornflower) and one anti-aging peptide, so it soothes, lightly moisturizes and addresses fine lines.[/vc_column_text][dt_default_button link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beenaturals.com%2Fproduct%2Fface%2Feye-care%2Fpeeper-keeper-bright-eyes-riche%2F|title:Queen%20Bee%20Peeper%20Keeper%20Eye%20Balm||”]Buy Now[/dt_default_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”8692″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Peeper Keeper Bright Eyes –

A water based cream that is lightweight and is specifically formulated with caffeine to aid in the reduction of puffiness due to fluid retention (not fatty eye bags). No peptides.[/vc_column_text][dt_default_button link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beenaturals.com%2Fproduct%2Fface%2Feye-care%2Fpeeper-keeper-bright-eyes-firming-creme%2F|title:Queen%20Bee%20Peeper%20Keeper%20Eye%20Balm||”]Buy Now[/dt_default_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Eye Serum Products

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Essential Eye Serum –

Product is elegantly packaged and provides a host of benefits at an affordable price point. It contains 2 peptides (one for wrinkles and one for puffiness) and dark circle reduction in a serum product this is a lightweight. 15 ml size (1/2 oz).[/vc_column_text][dt_default_button link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beenaturals.com%2Fproduct%2Fnew%2Fessential-eye-serum%2F|title:Queen%20Bee%20Peeper%20Keeper%20Eye%20Balm||”]Buy Now[/dt_default_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”96680″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Ultimate Eye Serum –

The holy grail of peptide products for puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles. It’s a lightweight serum that is lightly moisturizing. It contains three peptides, hence the highest cost of the five products. Two sizes.[/vc_column_text][dt_default_button link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beenaturals.com%2Fproduct%2Fface%2Fserum%2Fultimate-eye-serum%2F|title:Queen%20Bee%20Peeper%20Keeper%20Eye%20Balm||”]Buy Now[/dt_default_button][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]

An Interview with Esthetician Julie Bilyeu (Part 2 of 2)

What are some of the most common skin issues you have noticed in your clients? 

Climate fluctuations are responsible for more skin concerns then many of us realize.  While I treat clients with different skin types and concerns across the board, the shifting of climates, like moving to a new place or the changing of seasons, is a general issue uniting all of them.

A particular cleanser they would use in the spring and summer may be too stripping in the dryer, colder months.  I see a lot of redness and inflammation because of it.

Facial-Polish-645235061725I also see a lot of pore congestion, and dull, sallow skin due to lack of proper exfoliation. I personally recommend monthly professional exfoliation treatments, like microdermabrasions or peels, in addition to Bee Naturals’ Facial Polish 1-3 times per week at home depending on the skin type. For lax skin, in need of more advanced rejuvenation/tightening we are excited to announce we now offer microneedling treatments.

Is there anything you feel like you are constantly having to remind your clients about their skin?

It’s amazing to find out how many people only cleanse once a day, often with an improper cleanser.  Adding to matters, many are unaware of how to properly condition and protect the skin, following cleansing.  Yes, we all have busy lives, but it’s an important part of taking care of ourselves to take care of our face. It four simple steps, TWICE A DAY (AM & PM):

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Moisturize
  4. Protect

What was the best piece of advice someone ever gave you on how to maintain a healthy complexion?

To cleanse twice a day, following the steps mentioned in the previous question, and that getting professional treatments are a necessity, not just a luxury!  It is recommended to start facial treatments in your mid 20’s, or early 30’s, but it is never too late to start.

Out of all the services you offer, which one gets you the most excited? rejuvapen

Microneedling by far! It’s an amazing treatment that offers the most improvement in skin tightness and texture by triggering your body’s natural ability to heal itself.  The triggering of this process stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers to add volume, plump and smooth out the skin’s texture. It’s a great alternative for those not interested in dermal fillers.

What treatment options do you offer that fall into the realm of medical esthetics?

  1. Rejuvapen Microneedling Treatments
  2. The Perfect Derma (medical grade peel)
  3. Diamond Microdermabrasions
  4. Fillers & Botox Injectables (preformed by our registered aesthetic nurse, Krista Stoll)

Skin care professionals are constantly stressing the importance of getting facials regularly, and many of us assume this is just a marketing ploy to get us to spend more money.  What do you have to say to all those skeptics out there?

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m confident in saying that I have yet to do a treatment where the client didn’t see a difference. There is only so much one can do at home on their own. An effective, professional exfoliation treatment and steam really helps to brighten, tone and decongest the pores for a smother, more refined texture.

 

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An Interview with Esthetician Julie Bilyeu (Part 1 of 2)

What prompted you to become an esthetician?  What kind of training and past work experience do you have in the field?

I started working in the beauty industry as a receptionist back in 2000 at a spa here in St. Louis. While working the front desk, I sat back and watched the estheticians form relationships and a sense of trust with their clients which I admired. I communicated with the estheticians often and “picked their brains,” in regards to their treatments.  Skin care has always been something that I was into keeping up with.  I always watched my mother do her Noxema masks. I integrated these rituals into my own daily life as a young girl, and they eventually became my own routine as a young woman. It wasn’t until February 2008 after the birth of my second child, that it was time to chase my dreams.

I decided that I wanted to start helping others with what I had learned over the years, and be able to perform my own treatments.  So, I went to Xenon International Academy, and graduated in May 2008, at the top of my class, and obtained my Estheticians License.  I have worked in salons, spas, and medical spas, performing a wide array of treatments.  These included, IPL laser hair removal, photofacial, skin tightening and high frequency laser treatments, peels (medical and natural enzyme), microdermabrasions, waxing, and dermaplaning.  I am also trained in microneedling, the newest, innovative anti aging treatment.  I performed these services at a medical spa outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.

What sets Bee Natural apart from other natural skin care lines? cosmetic chemistry illustration

The use of game changing natural ingredients and Barbara’s exceptional understanding of cosmetic chemistry are what set Bee Naturals above the rest. Her 20 years as a nurse can be seen in her scientifically sound product formulations.  Many people don’t realize how important chemistry is when it comes to creating effective products.  Effectiveness goes well beyond simply combining a bunch of powerful ingredients, and it is refreshing to find a natural skin care company that understands this.

Based on your experiences with clients, how would you compare the effectiveness of natural products, like Bee Naturals, with conventional products lines, such as SkinCeuticles?

In Arizona, I was used to working with very high end “stem cell” products, that helped regenerate collagen and elastin fibers.  However, they were extremely chemical laden, and came with a heftier price tag than Bee Naturals.  I have noticed positive changes in my own skin with Bee Naturals, and my clients truly enjoy the natural, relaxing, therapeutic and noticeable results for their skin care concerns.  Bee Naturals products are mild, yet effective, natural and anti inflammatory.  I am an “ingredient guru” and do a lot of research on the effectiveness of certain ingredients for professional, as well as home care treatments for skin conditions.  I believe that these products treat the “root cause” and help heal skin conditions, rather than just masking the issues with chemicals for an instantly gratifying effect, without long lasting benefits.

 

What are some of your favorite Bee Naturals products?

ultra-AA-SerumI’m really into those geared towards anti-aging, so I would have to say the AA Serum which contains maximum levels of antioxidants-C, E, B5 and Hyaluronic acid, and has done wonders for the sun damage I got while living in Arizona for 3 years, and keeps on preventing further damage. Anti-Aging-Blemish-Creme

I also love the Anti-Aging Blemish Crème, which contains some of my favorite ingredients, such as, sugar cane extract, glycolic acid, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid.  I have seen major changes in my own skin and my clients’.

Benefits of Peptides in Skin Care

Peptides are found in many effective anti-aging skin care products.  While there is no singular, miracle ingredient that will give you those instant, youthful results we all wish for, peptides are an extremely important ingredient to look for in your wrinkle fighting creams, serums, and under eye products.

What are Peptides?

Peptides are formed by chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of skin proteins.  When peptides are created by a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. Forming peptides from a short chain of amino acids allows them to penetrate the outer layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to remind them how to function properly.

The most infamous protein naturally found in the skin that diminishes naturally as we age, is collagen.  Making up 75% of our skin, collagen is responsible for maintaining that thick, supple, taut appearance.  As such it is such a large molecule, collagen cannot not penetrate the skin when applied to the skin in the form of a cream or serum, making peptides a great alternative.  Peptides are blessed with the ability to signal cells to make more collagen and repair damaged cell structures.

Do I Look Younger Yet?!

The amount of time needed to see the results of a peptide formulated product depends largely on your skin’s specific situation and type.  I know its hard to read, but the key to achieving the desired results of these products is patience.  Be religious about applying your products.  Most of time, noticeable results will become apparent at least a month of routine application.  For some, results can take up to three months.  But do not let this deter you!

Remember to keep in mind that different product consistencies work differently, even if the ingredients are exactly the same.  While peptide creams are beneficial for the skin, they may be too heavy.  A cream’s thick consistency may diminish the effectiveness of active ingredients, as they cannot fully penetrate the skin.  Serums, however, allow the peptides and other active ingredients to penetrate the skin more quickly, producing more meaningful results.  Try incorporating a peptide cream and serum into your daily routine to achieve more noticeable results.

Bee Naturals Products with Peptides:

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Queen Bee Ultimate Eye Serum infused with peptides

Bee Naturals’ Queen Bee Ultimate Eye Serum is formulated with three different strands of peptides that encourage a dramatic reduction in dark under eye circles, puffiness and fine lines.  The information below highlights each strand’s characteristics, as well as instances in which the ingredients have been proven effective:

Haloxyl™:  This peptide helps dramatically lighten dark under eye circles by targeting the area’s thinning skin and hemoglobin degradation.  A 2007 study applied 2% Haloxyl underneath the eyes of 22 females over the course of 56 days.  The study revealed a 60% reduction in dark under eye circles.

Tripeptide-5:   What makes this smaller chain of amino acids such a prized anti-aging ingredient is its highly bioactive nature.  This characteristic means the peptide can deeply penetrate the skin, where it is able to increase collagen production and healthy tissue growth by instructing existing skin cells to behave like they did your 20’s.  Clinical studies have revealed the ingredients skin firming capabilities when used consistently.

Soy-rice Peptides:  This highly active complex is derived from yeast protein typically used to address dark circles, puffiness and fine lines surrounding the eyes.  Clinical research has shown a significant reduction of such concerns by 35% after consistent application after 8 weeks.  Such successful results are attributed to the ingredient’s ability to improve microcirculation, stimulate collagen and elastin, and reduce the effect of free radicals on the skin.

The Battle Against Blemishes, Oil and Acne, Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed the frustrations felt by those plagued with acne. Unfortunately, acne is an unforgiving issue that does not discriminate when it comes to your age. Recognizing that blemishes can threaten our skin at any stage of life, Bee Naturals has created a line of products to arm you in your battle. As promised, this section of the article will take a closer look at some of the active ingredients that make these products successful.

Anti-Aging Cream for Acne Prone Skin:

Moisture. As we age, we cannot seem to get enough of it. For this reason, many of us turn to a heavy-duty anti-aging product, formulated with every hydrating ingredient under the sun, hoping we will wake up the next morning with a supple, dewy, glowing complexion. Then, there are those of us who are aging and have come to terms with it, but their skin is living in a state of denial. This is a product for skin going through a midlife crisis. It is aging, but wants to break out in an attempt to relive its teenage years.

This cream uses Caprylic Capric Triglycerides to deliver aging skin with the nutrients it needs, without being too suffocating. At first glance, this tongue twister may look unnatural, but it is an ester derived from Coconut Oil. The ingredient has a dry, silky texture, full of skin loving fatty acids from the coconut that gently moisturize the skin. Sugar Cane Extract and Lactic Acid are Alpha Hydroxy Acids that have been added to the formula to aid in exfoliation. These two are equipped to tackle fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting collagen in the deep layers of the skin.

Blemish RX:

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This little glass bottle is for 911 skin emergencies. Because it is formulated with so many powerhouse ingredients, only a little is needed and the bottle is sure to last you a while. Out of all the ingredients, Calamine is one that stands out from the rest. This pink powder is known for soothing skin irritations of all sorts. The ingredient’s claim to fame dates as far back as the 19th century when its anti-itch properties were first discovered. Calamine eliminates itchiness by absorbing fluids in the skin that are causing the irritation. Similarly, when applied topically over blemishes, Calamine works to draw the bacteria out of the clogged pores, drying up the area. As an anti-inflammatory, Calamine also reduces the redness often associated with acne.

Sulphur is the leading ingredient in the Blemish RX formula, which seems appropriate, as it is one of the most abundant minerals in our bodies. Often referred to as, “the beauty mineral,” Sulphur encourages the shedding of dead skin cells responsible for breakouts. Like Calamine, it clarifies the skin, absorbing excess oil and minimizing redness.

Blemish/Acne Cleansing Bar:

 It is hard to find acne-fighting products that do not leave you overly dry and irritated. This soap-free bar thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it of all its healthy oils. The Activated Charcoal in this product’s formula is responsible for its unique gray color and intriguing appeal. The ingredient is currently getting a lot of attention in the natural skin care arena, giving other ingredients a run for their money. Created by adding oxygen to charcoal, Activated Charcoal absorbs 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. This is why the ingredient is often incorporated into the manufacturing of water filters. Its purifying qualities work in the same way for our skin, drawing impurities out of our pores.

Allantoin is used in the formula to help soothe, heal, and protect the skin. The ingredient is a chemical compound naturally occurring in most animals and plants. It is an incredibly versatile chemical and praised for its abilities to smooth the skin texture, diminish the appearance of acne scars, and stimulate new cell growth. Allantoin is the perfect ingredient for sensitive, dry, acne prone skin types.

The Importance of Regular Facials

Unfortunately, getting a facial is commonly seen as something you do only when you want to treat yourself, or as a luxury service whose benefits are reserved for only the rich and famous who can afford it. Lets face it; they can be a bit pricey. But take a moment to consider where your money is spent instead. Are facials really more expensive in the long run?

A staggering amount of pollution, dirt, grime, and dead skin accumulates on the face. This build up is an unavoidable fact of life. We can do the best we can to keep the skin clean, but it is not always enough. Many advocates compare getting a facial to going to the dentist. We brush our teeth, floss when we remember, and still acknowledge the importance of going to the dentist for a regular deep clean. Keeping up with dentist appointments saves us a lot of money down the road. A root canal is hundreds of dollars more than a regular cleaning. Like our teeth, the skin needs to be evaluated and cleansed by a trained professional every so often to maintain a healthy complexion. An esthetician should be seen as the dentist for our skin. Getting facials on a regular basis, even once every few months or year, will save you from needless spending in the future.

How can facials save you money?

Tinted MoisturizerMakeup and Skincare Products: After receiving a facial, makeup goes on more smoothly and evenly. You may be surprised at how little, if any, is needed. In terms of skincare products, a facial will help make sure you are getting your money’s worth. An esthetician deeply cleanses and exfoliates the face, allowing all your products to fully absorb and do their jobs properly. Having your skin examined by a professional can also teach you a lot about what products are appropriate for your skin type.

Anti-aging Treatments: Facials are the best anti-aging treatment around. Treating yourself to a facial every so often will decrease your chances of having to dish out money for expensive procedures and injections. Facials improve the skin’s tone, texture, and elasticity by counteracting the damaging effects of air pollution and sun exposure.

Other Benefits of Facials…

Refreshed and Relaxed Skin: With each facial, a facial massage is often incorporated. The massage alone works wonders on tired, wrinkled skin. An esthetician is trained on how to appropriately massage the face. Believe or not, certain areas of the face need to be massaged in different ways. If done incorrectly, a massage can do more harm than good, and lead to sagging skin. The massage also encourages lymphatic drainage as it flushes out toxins while promoting circulation.

Skin Cell Renewal: One of the most important steps of a facial is exfoliation. Having your skin exfoliated by a professional often means getting microdermabrasion or having a fruit acid peel to help remove dead skin. This part of the facial process helps jump start cell turnover, encouraging the growth of new, healthy cells. Regular exfoliation by a professional will work wonders are those looking to diminish the appearance of acne scars.

Noticeable and Instant Results: The best part about getting a facial is that the results are instant. Rarely do you come across a skin treatment or product that lives up to your high expectations. After just one facial, you will see an immediate improvement in the appearance of your skin.

Book An Appointment

Bee Naturals in our Maplewood Missouri location offers a wide variety of facial services customized to fit the needs of your skin type. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Peeper Keeper Eye Balm: Understanding the Ingredients

Bee Naturals customers often boast of the Peeper’s Keeper Eye Balm’s protective and moisturizing qualities, as well as its ability to minimize the appearance of fine lines. While the product is formulated to address concerns in the eye area, many have found it to benefit chapped lips and cuticles. To uncover the secrets behind this top seller’s success, look no further than its list of natural ingredients. Here are a few of the eye balm’s true heroes:

 Olive Oil: Olive Oil has a molecular structure similar to that of the natural oils produced by our skin. This structure enables the oil to exercise its heavy-duty moisturizing powers without being overbearing on the skin, making it perfect for the sensitive tissue under the eyes.

 Unbleached Beeswax: Unbleached Beeswax is the ingredient that gives the Peeper Keeper its balm consistency. By forming a protective barrier, Beeswax helps defend the fragile skin from environmental damage brought on by the sun or severe weather conditions.

Rice Bran Oil: Rice Bran Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm irritated skin. Like Beeswax, this oil helps protect the skin from sun damage, and other external threats such as air pollution.

 Avocado Oil: Avocado Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, minerals, protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and beta-carotene. This oil has the ability to increase cellular regeneration, making it perfect for the thinning skin underneath the eyes.

 Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Meadowfoam Seed Oil is rich in Vitamins C and A and works wonders on aging, tired skin. The oil’s superior oxidative stability allows it withstand high temperatures and the presence of oxygen without going rancid, leaving all its vitamins and nutrients intact.

 Carrot Seed Essential Oil: Carrot Seed Essential Oil stimulates blood circulation that can decrease the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. As a strong antiseptic, this ingredient has been known to fight rashes, dermatitis, and other skin problems. The oil enhances the effectiveness of other ingredients in the eye balm.