6 Steps For Your Next At Home Facial Treatment

While we’re not advocates of cutting your own hair, you CAN give yourself some much-needed skin ‘self-care’ while sheltering in place. There’s no reason your face, skin, and nails can’t be glowing, soft, and beautiful. So, let’s do this!

Revitalize Your Face With a Facial!

You can easily pamper your face at home with your favorite Bee Natural skincare products. But, before you get started, you need to make a plan. Here’s the process we recommend: 

1. First Cleanse

Our pro tip is to do as estheticians do and start with a double-cleanse.  No, we don’t mean wash your face twice, either.  The first cleanse dissolves oil-soluble debris from the skin, without scrubbing.

Use either mild cleansing milk (non-foaming), or cleansing oil. Using the tips of your fingers and circular motions, massage into your entire face, neck, and decolletage. Use a warm, moist face cloth to gently remove the product from your skin.  

2. Second Cleanse

Use your normal foaming skin cleanser to thoroughly cleanse, again. This process removes water-soluble soil from the skin, as well as any residual cleanser from the first cleanse.

3. Exfoliate 

There are three ways you can exfoliate, especially important if your complexion is looking a bit dull.  We recommend fragile and/or sensitive skin to avoid mechanical ‘scrubs’ and rather, use either acid or enzymatic products.  Brighten skin and help your treatments better absorb.

Recommendations:  

  • Bee Naturals Facial Polish (mechanical exfoliator)  mix a small amount with plain yogurt or mashed avocado for a real treat)
  • Bee Naturals Fruit Acid AHA/BHA Exfoliating Creme (acid exfoliator) 
  • Bee Naturals Exfoliating Creme (enzymatic exfoliator)  apply a thin layer, leave on 15 min. Then rinse with cool water, or leave overnight for more enhanced effect)

4. Mask

Unless you have extremely oily, acne-prone skin with whiteheads and/or blackheads, you may not need to use a mask.  Clay masks do vary in their effect, some are more drying than others, so if your skin is dry or delicate, you may want to skip this step. For those who really need that extra deep clean, we recommend Bee Naturals Detox Mask.  Apply a thin layer to slightly damp skin and gently massage over the surface.  Let dry for only about 10 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Pro-Tip – Always use lukewarm water on your face; never hot or ice-cold, however, you can use an ice cube wrapped in gauze to reduce the inflammation of a major, tender pimple.  Hot water can increase capillary engorgement and/or redness is drying and can be a set-up for reactivity to facial care products.

5. Nourish And Treatments

Face dry, lackluster, and looking undernourished?  Try Bee Naturals Bio-Phyto with retinol and natural beta carotene.  Apply just a couple of this orange elixir to dry skin and massage in, thoroughly.  Then, blot off any excess before bed to avoid orange pillowcases. Want to help reduce signs of aging and bulletproof your skin from hyperpigmentation? Only a few drops of our Bee Naturals Ultra AA Serum with non-irritating MAP Vitamin C. Always apply in the AM, before moisturizer or makeup. Remember to apply to the neck and decolletage, too.

6. Moisturize

Moisturizing your skin is important to keep it soft and looking fresh! Bee Naturals Facial Nectar is a great lightweight all-purpose moisturizer for many skin types, except acne-prone. Oil and Acne prone skin calls for oil-free moisture from Bee Naturals Oil Free Moisturizing Serum and/or Oil-Free Night Repair Creme.

Pro-Tip – all skin needs a boost in the moisturizer department.  It’s what you use that makes all the difference.  Need help choosing which is best for you?  

Extremely Dry Skin will benefit most from our Queen Bee Facial Serum, Creme Luxe Intense Moisture. Oh, and don’t forget to slather your hands in rich hand cream to counter the drying effects of all this hand washing and hand sanitizer.  

Special Facial Treatment Options

If you deal with sensitive skin or other conditions, check out our tips below for the skin condition you are dealing with. 

Rosacea  

Try Bee Naturals CC Serum with chlorophyll and soothing chamomile extract to soothe, hydrate and calm.

Inflammation

Try Bee Naturals Inflammation Soothing Oil, particularly for those with inflammatory acne.  Yes, it’s an oil and no, it’s not comedogenic. 

Dehydrated skin

Give your face ‘a drink of waterbefore applying moisturizer to help it plump and help your moisturizer work better.  Try Bee Naturals Hydrating Facial Freshener or Calming Tonic for Sensitive Skin.

There, now don’t you feel better?!

Call (573) – 242 – 3475 or contact us for a personalized skincare consultation- we want to help!

How to Get Nourished, Hydrated Skin with Ceramides

One of the most essential parts of a woman’s skincare routine is to keep skin hydrated. Skin sheds cells that require repair to allow for more youthful skin cells to float to the surface. Three forms of Ceramides, Panthenol Vitamin B5, and Hyaluronic Acid are essential for hydrating the skin to create an effective moisture barrier for all skin types.

Every stage in life is important for proper skin hydration. Younger women typically have healthier skin, making this a crucial time to begin a proper regime for future protection. Middle-aged women are starting to see fine lines and wrinkles and an increase in dryness. Women with mature and aging skin continue to see an increase in dryness, along with flakiness as the sebaceous glands gradually lose their ability to keep skin hydrated.

How can you tell if your skin moisture barrier has been damaged or compromised?

  • Redness or rosacea
  • Flakiness
  • Peeling
  • Dryness from a lack of natural oil
  • Tightness in the face
  • Looks dull and dry
  • Dehydration from a lack of moisture
  • Irritation
  • Sensitivity
  • Normal moisturizer just doesn’t seem to work

These are all signs that your moisture barrier is needing some assistance. 

Damage to the skin barrier can also happen during season changes, particularly in the fall and winter when humidity tends to drop.  Using skin care products that contain harsh ingredients or are abrasive can damage the moisture barrier. Too much exfoliation, using strong acne products, and even cleansing too frequently can damage the moisture barrier.

So how do we maintain hydrated skin? Some of the powerhouses of the ingredients in Restore II Hydrate include three forms of Ceramides, Panthenol Vitamin B5, and Hyaluronic Acid.

Significantly Increase Skin Hydration

Ceramides are waxy molecules that limit moisture loss. Ceramides are also known to be naturally occurring long chains of lipids (fats) found in our skins’ outer layers. Ceramides are necessary for water-retention and protecting the skins’ moisture barrier. Studies show that skin hydration is significantly increased with products that contain ceramides to mimic the skin’s own natural moisturizing system. 

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced in your body. It helps to retain water, keeping tissues lubricated. This ingredient helps your skin look and feel more supple. As women age, environmental conditions and nature take a toll on this chemical. The inclusion of it into Restore II Hydrate helps minimize damage and exposure. 

Panthenol Vitamin B5 helps bind to water, holding it to the skin for moisturizing purposes. This binding and holding of the water help to maintain softness and elasticity in your skin. The dual action of Panthenol Vitamin B5 helps to seal cracks in skin with the moisture that is being attracted and bound to it.

Nourish Your Skin

When skin is nourished with high-quality ingredients, hydration increases and gives skin a healthy, youthful glow. All three forms of Ceramides, Panthenol Vitamin B5, and Hyaluronic Acid are an essential part of your skincare as they work to nourish the skin, protecting the skin from signs of aging, irritation, and dehydration. The result is plumper, smoother, and firmer skin with fewer visible lines and wrinkles.

Create Youthful Skin From Within

The three forms of Ceramides, Panthenol Vitamin B5, and Hyaluronic Acid are natural components that are found within young, healthy skin. Younger women can still benefit from ceramide-containing skincare products as they help create a protective layer that helps prevent loss of moisture. They play an essential role in keeping the skin hydrated and protected and preventing premature signs of aging by improving skin elasticity.

Ingredients That Are Amazing for All Skin Types

Ceramides, Panthenol Vitamin B5, and Hyaluronic Acid levels found naturally in the skin start to decline as we get older. These ingredients are known to be anti-aging, “skin-replenishing”, and rejuvenating to aging skin. Since Ceramides, Panthenol Vitamin B5, and Hyaluronic Acid are naturally part of your skin, they are ideal for all skin types, including sensitive, oily, and breakout-prone skin. Ceramides, Panthenol Vitamin B5, and Hyaluronic Acid can even reduce facial skin inflammation, restoring the skin to its natural, healthy state.

Ultimate Protection Of The Skin’s Moisture Barrier

It’s important to protect your skin’s moisture barrier. This is the primary protection of the outer or upper layer of the face. It performs several functions, mainly to maintain moisture within the skin to keep it hydrated and plump. The moisture barrier also keeps dirt, toxins, and bacteria from clogging up pores and damaging your skin.

Clean Formula You Can Trust

Bee Naturals Hydrate II is formulated with the highest quality ingredients to promote healthy skin. Hydrate II has a specific, therapeutic purpose based on clients’ needs for a well-maintained moisture barrier. Purity, safety, and excellence is top priority.  Hydrate II provides the best that nature and science have to offer to create cleanly derived products for the face.

Be kind to your skin and pamper it with nourishing ingredients like the ones in our Restore II product or Pore Refining Serum.  Your skin will thank you for it!

Key Benefits of Niacinamide (Vit. B3)

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Is Niacinamide a Skincare Magic Bullet?

If you take a stroll down the skincare aisle at any big box store or even skincare specialty shops, you’ll see big, fancy labels touting the latest combination of vitamins for healthy skin.

Vitamins aren’t some super-secret scientific creation. The truth is, vitamins are basically the building blocks our bodies use every day to do what it needs to do.

Without even realizing it you are creating new skin cells, repairing bones, and growing muscle fibers.

If we didn’t have these building blocks, our bodies would soon stop functioning as intended, and we would start running into problems.

Vitamins are clearly critical when it comes to keeping our skin healthy. And as with many other things in life, healthy skin is happy skin.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) May Be the Key to Happy Healthy Skin

From charcoal masks and creams made from snail mucus to products infused with CBD, there’s a lot of natural skincare items out there making big promises but delivering little results.

So, it’s only natural to be wary of what you put on your body as well as what you spend your hard-earned money on.

However, the narrative is quite a bit different when it comes to vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide).

Niacinamide can ease dreaded dermatological conditions including dry, sagging skin, and sun damage.

The best part is it’s natural, safe, and scientifically proven to be one of the best skincare ingredients out there today.

Want to Keep Your Skin Firm and Moist Skin? Try Vitamin B3

Niacinamide delivers a big boost when it comes to keeping your skin firm and moist. This is one of the reasons we consider it to be as close to a magic bullet as the natural skincare industry is likely to get.

If we think back to high school biology, we’ll remember our hair, nails, and skin are made of a combination of proteins. Keratin is the main protein in the outermost layer of our skin.

Niacinamide encourages our bodies to ramp up its production of protein especially keratin. It also rejuvenates our skin’s structure. A healthier structure helps to keep skin rigid and firm.

It also strengthens our skin’s moisture barrier. Ceramide is responsible for creating a barrier of fatty tissue (ceramide barrier) within the outermost layer of our skin that helps to keep our skin retain water and a moist, supple texture.

Fight Back against Sun Damage, Dark Spots, and Wrinkles

Sun damage, dark spots, and wrinkles, for many women these are the trifecta of terror when it comes to having skin that ages gracefully.

With the right knowledge and a little bit of persistence, you can fight back against these three troublemakers.

Sun Damage

The sun is essential to life. Without it our world would be icy and empty. On the other hand, catching too many UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin.

For many women, one of the most aggravating parts of aging is developing dark splotches on their skin. Most folks usually refer to these spots as “age spots” or “liver spots”.

These names are a bit of a skincare fib. They’re not directly related to age, and they actually have nothing to do with the liver.

As you can probably guess by now, these brown splotches are usually caused by too much sun exposure.

The bronze complexion many sun worshipers speak is not a sign of health and fitness. Actually, it means your skin has been damaged by the sun.

When skin cells absorb too many UV rays, they release melanin to try and fight back against the sun’s damage. It’s the melanin that causes our skin to develop that sought after and complexion.

However, the release of melanin is also responsible for the dark color and rough texture of age spots.

Undoing UV Damage

Research has shown niacinamide can repair skin cell DNA. This is a fancy way of saying it can undo the damage that leads to dark spots and discolored skin.

Rubbing on some niacinamide cream is not a get out of jail free card. Sunscreen is still a necessity. The old cliché holds true. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Wrinkles

It’s a safe bet that even as far back as the days when the ancient Greeks were using honey and olive oil to keep their skin looking good, there was an ambitious, ancient dermatologist trying to come up with a clever concoction to get rid of the wrinkles.

Thankfully, these days, we have something a little better than honey and olive oil. You guessed it, niacinamide.

Collagen is an essential protein whose job it is to help our skin maintain its elasticity and keep its natural ability to “bounce back” into shape.

Unfortunately, our collagen production drops off as we age. As we lose collagen, wrinkles slowly but surely began to pop up.

The bad news starts in our mid-20s and typically keeps getting worse all the way through menopause. Once we hit our mid-20s, we slowly begin to lose collagen.

Five years into menopause our collagen production declines by about 30%.

Fighting Wrinkles

We don’t throw up our hands, avoid the mirror as our wrinkles become more frequent and deeper year after year.

Niacinamide to the rescue. This little protein acts as a time machine for our skin. This fountain of youth increases collagen production. Studies have shown in as little as eight weeks, treatment with Niacinamide can create a noticeable difference in the appearance of wrinkles. In 12 weeks, many saw a significant increase in their skin’s elasticity, its ability to bounce back into shape.

Enjoy the Benefits of Younger Looking Skin

Niacinamide truly gives women the best of both worlds. We are able to enjoy the fruits of our wisdom experience while keeping our skin healthy and beautiful as we age.

Increasing firmness, reversing the sun damage, and undoing wrinkles, this amazing protein is the Trinity of healthy skin.

2020 has been a trying year for all of us. Reward yourself with the gift of youthful, beautiful, and healthy skin. Add skincare products with niacinamide to your daily routine!

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Products that contain NIACINAMIDE (Vit. B3)

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Understanding the Top 10 Anti-Aging Ingredients

Understanding the Top 10 Anti-Aging Ingredients in Skincare Products, and Why Using Them Will Help Keep Your Skin Healthy, Glowing and Beautiful at Any Age

Imagine if you could jump in a tiny box, click a button, and emerge 10 minutes later looking 10 years younger. Anti-aging ingredients are among the most searched and sought after for this reason alone — no one really wants to have ‘aged’ looking skin. And yes, there are some really effective skincare products out there, but keep in mind that nothing can totally turn back the hands of time. The good news? It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin.

If you’re younger, using these ingredients in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s can help prevent premature signs of aging, and have people raving about your beautiful skin when you’re in your 50’s, 60’s and 70’s! Remember that old saying: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? When it comes to investing in your skin, what you do now will save you a lot of angst and money down the road! 

Anti-Aging Ingredients to Look For and Why

#1 Niacinamide aka Vitamin B3

This skin vitamin has been shown to help fight free-radical damage to collagen, brighten dark spots and help manage acne and oily skin, Look for a serum or lotions that contain at least 6% and up to 20% to reap the benefits of this powerhouse that suitable for all skin types. Make sure you don’t mix this with an acidic serum as that can convert the niacinamide to nicotinic acid, which may be irritating to some complexions. 

Bee Naturals products that contain niacinamide: Oil Free Moisturizer, Queen Bee Facial Nectar, Foaming Face Wash, MelaClear Pigment Lightening Creme, Anti Aging Blemish Creme

#2 Retinol

No, we’re not talking about Retin-A and its derivatives. These are prescription strength, and frankly, often these powerful products prove to be too drying for many complexions. Rather, find a product that contains retinol, which is converted slowly to usable form.  Retinols, in general, are ‘gold standard’ for overall skin vibrancy and have an abundance of evidence to back their use.

Retinoids, including retinol speed cell-turnover, meaning that the skin will shed the upper skin cells more rapidly, thus aiding the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and acne. It is also believed that retinol helps increase collagen production, which aids in helping skin stay firm. Collagen production, unfortunately, decreases as we age.

No matter if you’re using a prescription-strength retinol product or over the counter, retinol products tend to cause some irritation and/or dryness when first used and you may experience some flakiness, stitching or redness, so start slowly, with less product, then gradually increase, over time and be sure to use a moisturizer over the treated area to help alleviate dryness and absolutely use sunscreen to protect the fresh skin revealed beneath. 

Bee Naturals Products that contain Retinol: Bio Phyto Nutrient Oil, Queen Bee Facial Nectar, Queen Bee Facial Serum

#3 Vitamin C and it’s trifecta companions, ferulic acid and vitamin E

Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, et. al., discovered the antioxidant power of Vitamin C on the skin and that the positive effects are potentiated by the addition of ferulic acid and Vitamin E.  This original cocktail is known for its skin lightening/brightening powers, ameliorating oxidative damage and also having a protective effect from cumulative UV radiation effects. It’s best to use a more stable form of Vitamin C known as either sodium ascorbyl phosphate or magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which are more stable against light and oxygen degradation and are more pH friendly to facial tissues.

Bee Naturals products that contain Vitamin C: Ultra AA Serum, Vitamin C CremeQueen Bee Facial Serum

Anti-Aging and Acids

Acids!!? On my face? Yes, these ingredients are the rock stars of facial ‘resurfacing’ or refinement.  Some use mechanical exfoliation, such as microdermabrasion or dermaplaning but these should generally be done by a professional and can be too irritating for fragile, sensitive skin. Rather, consider these ingredients that you can control.

#4 Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is the gold standard exfoliant and overall brightener in professional circles. It is one of the two major alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and can be found in many different products such as chemical peels, toners, creams, etc.  Its exfoliant actions dissolve the old skin cells away from the new, revealing fresh, bright, skin, minus, fine lines, dark spots, and blemish scars.

It’s available in various strengths and products, usually not stronger than 10% in over the counter products, which can be used several times a week but may go up to  70% in professional-grade peels used by physicians and estheticians.  These products are used under supervision and much less frequently.  There is ‘downtime’ associated with the use of these stronger peel type products.  It is imperative to wear sunscreen when using this product.

Bee Natural products that contain Glycolic Acid:  Clarifying Face Wash, Glycolic Renewal Creme, Fruit Acid AHA/BHA Exfoliating Creme, AHA Rejuvenate 15

#5 Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is the sole BHA, or beta hydroxy acid that is gentler than glycolic acid, and more specifically used in the treatment of acne. It too has exfoliating effects that are always helpful in softening the signs of fine lines and wrinkles and, since it is an oil-soluble ingredient, it’s especially helpful in keeping oil-filled pores clean – good especially if you’re prone to blackheads. Ditto on the sunscreen.

Bee Natural products that contain Salicylic Acid:  Clarifying Face Wash, Acne Clarifying Oil, Fruit Acid AHA/BHA Exfoliating Creme, Blemish RX Drying Lotion

#6 Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is another alpha hydroxy acid that can be combined with glycolic, or used alone. It has all the same characteristics as glycolic acid, but is generally a bit more gentle, and has ‘hydrating’ properties, making it a good choice for skin that is dull AND dry.  Again, as with all AHA’s and BHA’s new skin revealed when using these products is more susceptible to the sun, so be sure to wear at least SPF 25.

Bee Natural products that contain Lactic: Glycolic Renewal Creme, AHA Rejuvenate 15, Reconstructor Rx

#7 Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid has become almost a household word these days, but it is a terrific humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, making it look more plump, moist, and youthful. Hyaluronic acid along with glycerin is very common in skin care products and they typically are well tolerated in most skin types since they are hydrators, not exfoliators. If your skin tends to be chronically dehydrated, this is an ingredient to look for in products.

Bee Naturals Products that contain Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Serum, Hydrating Facial Freshener Hand & Body Nectar, Ultra AA Serum, CC Serum, Oil-Free Moisturizer, Rose Geranium Moisture Veil,  Oil Free Night Repair Creme, Queen Bee Ultimate Eye Serum, Rejuvenating Creme Cleanser, MelaClear Pigment Lightening Creme,

#8 Ceramides

Ceramides are one of several lipids or fatty acids that help hold your skin together- sort of like flexible mortar. Skin that is chronically dry and/or mature will benefit from using products that contain these ingredients.  They restore skin moisture by locking it into the skin, they protect the skin, help reduce inflammation and soften dry, dull skin. 

Bee Naturals Products that contain Ceramides. Pore Refining SerumRejuvenating Creme Cleanser, Tinted Facial Primer 25% Zinc Oxide

#9 Panthenol

Panthenol is vitamin B5 and like glycerin, honey, and hyaluronic acid, it has both humectant and moisturizing properties making it a great addition to skincare products for dry, dehydrated, and mature skin. Panthenol also has anti-inflammatory properties and may aid in wound healing.  Oh, and it’s good in hair care products, too.

Bee Naturals Products that contain PanthenolRejuvenating Creme CleanserAnti Aging Blemish Creme, Oil Free Night Repair Creme Oil Free, MelaClear Pigment Lightening Creme,

#10 Sunscreen

Yes, we know you’re probably tired of hearing this, but you can’t worship the sun and have youthful, healthy skin.  Now, what you choose to use is another story altogether.  The debate rages about the relative benefits and potential hazards of chemical sunscreens too lengthy to go into here, but whatever you choose, use it or you’ll be inviting all those lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation right back to your face and breakdown of collagen. 

We prefer using products with zinc oxide in a finely milled form to provide non-toxic UVA and UVB sun protection. We do not sell an SPF rated sunscreen (due to high cost of lab testing to verify the rating claims), however, a good, non-chemical start for sun protection is our non-nano particle Tinted Facial Primer 25% Zinc Oxide. It can be used over your chosen sunscreen, or alone. 

More about zinc oxide:  What is Zinc Oxide Sunscreen?    EWG Sunscreens Wallet Guide Download

Final Thoughts

It’s important to stay educated. Have an understanding of what you’re putting on your face as well as why you’re doing it. Remember, too, that it’s never too late to start treating your skin well.  

 

Serums vs Moisturizers – What’s the Difference?

Serums and Moisturizers Explained

Serums are typically thinner and lighter than moisturizers and have a wide variety of functions. They usually don’t contain oils.  Typically, serums have active ingredients in them that penetrate deeply into your skin.

Moisturizers are thicker and creamier than serums. Serums are usually liquid or semi-liquid products, whereas moisturizers are usually in either a lotion or cream form.  These are emulsions (a mix of water and oils).

Serums can be water-based and can also be oil-based. Water-based serums should be applied directly to clean, slightly moist skin for the most effective delivery penetration of active ingredients and hydrating ingredients.

Bee Naturals Ultra AA Serum is a product that delivers water-soluble Vitamin C and other antioxidants deep within the skin. It also hydrates. Think of hydrating products as those that ‘give your skin a drink of water’.

Queen Bee Facial Serum is an oil-based serum that also delivers oil-soluble antioxidants to the skin but is oil-based and very moisturizing and lubricating.  This type of serum should be used after water-based serums are applied.

If water-based serums are applied after an oil-based serum or moisturizer, the water hydrating compounds and active ingredients can’t penetrate through the oil layer on the skin, because it creates a ‘barrier’ that water can’t penetrate.

How do I know which is which?

Look at the label!

If the product contains water in the list of ingredients, it is a water-soluble product and should be used before any oil containing products.

If it primarily contains oils, it is an oil-based product and should be applied after water-based serums.

So, in general, a hydrating water-based serum delivers moisture and active ingredients to your skin. Moisturizers, though they may be hydrating provide a lubricating, protective layer that prevents the evaporation of water (moisture) from your skin.

So then, now that we know some skin care basics, how do we best optimize the effects of our skincare products?

How to Best Use Skincare Products

  1. Make sure your skin is well cleansed – clean, but not stripped of all healthy oils.  This is accomplished in two ways:
  2. Use a gentle low foaming cleanser to thoroughly remove makeup and debris, but not so much as to ‘strip’ the skin to the point of squeaky clean. Gentle, gentle! Bee Naturals Queen Bee Cleansing Milk or Rose Geranium Foaming Facial Cleanser are good choices, or for very dry or nutrient-deprived skin, consider Rejuvenating Creme Cleanser.
  3. Ensure that your skin is adequately exfoliated, meaning that surface dead skin cells are removed.  Typically, use products that contain gentle acids such as those with glycolic acid, or lactic acid or gentle enzymes to remove surface dullness. Bee Naturals Enzyme Exfoliating Creme or AHA Rejuvenate 15 Creme used several times weekly to help with cell turn-over and allow vital ingredients to better penetrate the skin, where they’re needed. We recommend using a soft terry face cloth. Unless the skin is very soiled, we advise against the use of mechanical exfoliants (scrubs) If you are plagued with numerous blackheads, try using Bee Naturals Facial Polish periodically to help soften and remove excess debris.  It’s customizable and less likely to cause abrasions than some ‘scrubs’.
  4. Hydrate after cleansing with either Bee Naturals Hydrating Facial Freshener  or Calming Tonic prior to applying moisturizer, especially if you live in an arid or dry climate.
  5. If your skin is oily and/or acne-prone, the use of a hydrating, serum-weight moisturizer may be perfect for you. For example, Bee Naturals Oil-Free Moisturizer (a serum) may be all you need, or you can add our Oil Free Day Creme or Oil Free Night Repair Creme.
  6. If your skin is normal/combination, use a slightly heavier moisturizer, such as Queen Bee Facial Nectar or Rose Geranium Moisture Veil.  Both deliver nutrients, moisture, and lubrication to your skin.
  7. If your skin is dry, you may consider using Bee Naturals Creme Luxe Intense Moisture Creme or Queen Bee Facial Serum.

Special Concerns about excessively oily skin / acne:

Often those with excessively oily skin and/or acne believe that super-scrubbed skin is the only way to deal with these issues. While it is an understandable conclusion, it is also absolutely the incorrect approach. We often see clients that have oily skin and/or acne, but the surface of their skin is dehydrated and dry looking in appearance. If overly aggressive treatment is given to this skin type, the skin becomes so dry on the surface that the natural, necessary lubricating oils can’t make it to the surface where they are needed. Because of the surface dryness, this treatment further aggravates acne and oiliness and often contributes to whiteheads, blackheads, and additional acne. Often the skin will actually get oilier in response to this aggressive approach making matters worse for this skin situation. Moist Skin does not equate to Oily Skin.

With these basic skin care steps in mind, consider incorporating one of our many specialty cremes to your regimen if you have particular skin issues.

CC Serum for those with redness or rosacea.

Vitamin C Creme for mature, sun-damaged skin that is aged and dry or may be showing signs of sun damage.

Anti-Aging Blemish Cream for those that still suffer from occasional acne, but are also concerned with signs of aging.

Glycolic Renewal is a gentle, but effective exfoliating creme that helps brighten the complexion and helps your products absorb better.

Fruit Acid AHA/BHA Exfoliating Creme for those who need a bit more powerful exfoliating and brightening power or have occasional acne. Gentle salicylic acid helps here in addition to mixed AHA fruit acids.

Hyaluronic Serum for those who need extra hydration, prior to applying moisturizer.

Pore Refining Serum for those who have enlarged pores due to aging and loss of collagen… It’s hydrating, too!

Hydrating vs Moisturizing Skin Care

Difference between Hydrating and Moisturizing Skin

Many see “hydration” and “moisture” as interchangeable words that describe the same thing, believing a skin hydrator is the same as a moisturizer. This is a common misconception and an easy mistake to make. In reality, these are two very different types of products specifically formulated to serve a different specific purpose for your skin. Believe it or not, hydrator and moisturizer are not just synonyms written on product labels as part of a clever marketing scheme to make you buy more than you really need.

Skin Moisturizers

A moisturizer’s main responsibility is to reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) by forming a barrier over the skin’s surface.  These types of products work to retain any moisture remaining present on your skin at the time of application. By forming a protective seal on the skin’s surface, moisturizers reduce the risk of evaporation of your existing skin moisture throughout the day.

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Queen Bee Facial Nectar

Healthy, normal skin is able to produce lipid cells. These cells trigger the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from moisture loss, communicating to our sebaceous (oil producing) glands to produce more oil (or sebum).

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Evaporation of water from the skin

People having a deficient lipid barrier will often suffer from dry skin conditions. Unable to coat the skin’s surface with the appropriate amount of sebum, this causes a loss of hydration.  A moisturizer is formulated to aid in correcting the lipid barrier so that the skin is able to regain its healthy moisture balance.  The key word here is “aid,” as these products are only a part of a solution. They are not a fix-all to every skin condition on their own.

Skin Hydrators

While moisturizers are formulated to seal moisture into the skin, hydrating products are designed to increase the water content of the skin.  This is typically achieved by utilizing the powers of various hygroscopic (Hygroscopic substances have the ability to attract water from its surroundings through absorption or adsorption) ingredients, like humectants (Humectants absorb water from the air and bind it to the skin, facilitating hydration). Glycerinhoney and hyaluronic acid are great examples of humectants.

queen bee facial freshener (alcohol-free)

Queen Bee Facial Freshener (alcohol-free)

Some moisturizers are infused with hydrating ingredients, like those mentioned above, but are not always able to penetrate skin as deeply. As previously stated, moisturizers function to prevent water loss by forming a barrier over the skin, primarily through a mixture of occlusive (barrier forming substances) and emollient (aid skin smoothness, and sometimes enhance barrier strength) ingredients. Humectants can function within a moisturizer’s formula, but depending on your skin’s need, may not supply your skin with a sufficient amount of hydration.

Long Story Short…Remember to apply hydrating products first and a moisturizer second.

This way, you are adding moisture to your skin, and then ensuring it remains throughout your day. If you have dry skin and are only using a moisturizer, chances are you are feeling the need to apply it multiple times throughout the day. While the moisturizing ingredients may appear to have helped smooth those dry flaky spots, they are not fixing the root of your skin’s condition. Moisturizers are only masking the issue at hand.

You can increase the water content of your skin by incorporating a hydrator into your daily routine!  Not only will this practice help your skin regain its proper moisture balance, it will also increase the effectiveness of your moisturizer.  Hydrating ingredients make your skin more receptive to absorbing all the beneficial ingredients offered by your moisturizer.  A little will go a long way when your moisturizer becomes more powerful by applying the products in the right order. This gives you the added bonus of saving money in addition to having healthy, moist skin!

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Beat the Itch: 4 Ways to Avoid Dry Skin in Winter

Here’s how I know it’s winter.

After my nightly soak in the tub, my legs dry out quickly. I sense myself starting to get what I call “lizard skin:” that scratchy, itchy feeling accompanied by the suspicion that my skin has suddenly become a size too small.

Do you know that feeling?

During the warm months, when the indoor relative humidity hovers between 55% and 80%, our skin has most of the moisture it needs. Not only that, we sweat more in the summer, which keeps our pores open. The natural oils that keep our skin looking plump and youthful flow freely thanks to the heat.

Freezing temperatures and forced heat change everything for our skin. If you’re in an arid climate already (like the American Southwest), it’s even worse!

As the founder of BeeNaturals (and someone with admittedly great skin for a 62-year-old!), people ask me about my winter skincare routine all the time. They expect something complicated and are surprised to learn how little I actually do.

I don’t believe complicated routines are the secret to beautiful skin. In fact, if the advice we give (and the products we use) set too high a bar, low-maintenance people like me would never even try.

Taking care of your skin should be simple and achievable. Here are four straightforward ways to keep your skin moisturized, happy, and beautiful all winter long.

How to Avoid Dry Skin in Winter

Winter Skin Tip #1: Stay Hydrated

We all know, but forget, that our skin is the largest organ of our body. Drinking plenty of liquids will help the organ called “skin” stay hydrated.

This is less difficult during the summer when the heat makes us crave more water. In winter, however, the feeling of thirst is much less pronounced, so we must be intentional. Whatever you have to do to ensure you follow the 8 × 8 rule (eight ounces of water eight times a day), make sure to do it.

The good news is this: hot drinks with caffeine, including coffee and tea, count toward your daily fluid intake. Though there was concern caffeine caused dehydration, recent studies have shown this to be largely untrue.

Warning: this does not extend to sugary or alcoholic drinks (more on this later).

Winter Skin Tip #2: Use a Humidifier

Because forced heat dries out our homes, many people install whole-house humidifiers. They can be helpful, but they’re not always necessary. Here are some ways to humidify your home that won’t require such a substantial investment.

  1. Fill your stockpot with water (or even stock!) and let it simmer all day long.
  2. Do you take baths instead of showers? When you’re done, don’t pull the plug. Let the steam from the hot water fill your home for a couple of hours.
  3. Hang your clothes out to dry on a line rather than putting them in the drier. The heat from the drier is, of course, dry. Letting the water evaporate from your clothes will fill your home with more humidity.
  4. Use a hot-steam vaporizer rather than a humidifier. They’re inexpensive and put steam into the air rather than mist. Steam feels warmer on the skin. It also helps your sinuses, plumps your skin, and reduces itchiness. Unlike more expensive humidifiers, the boiling temperatures kill bacteria, and you can use water from the tap.

Winter Skin Tip #3: Switch to a Gentler Skin Cleanser

I first discovered soap-making through a wonderful old book called Soap: Making it, Enjoying It by Ann Bramson. I still have it and would recommend it to anyone who wanted to make soap themselves.

However, one of my takeaways from the book was this: there’s no such thing as “natural soap.” Soap — whether it is made in your kitchen or a laboratory — is the result of a chemical reaction called “saponification.”

Saponification occurs when you mix sodium or potassium hydroxide (lye) with triglycerides (animal fats or vegetable oils). Heat them, and you get something completely new — soap.

However, soap made through the traditional process can dry out your skin. It’s not bad — it’s just not ideal during winter.

Most store-bought soap is made from a chemical called Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), which has a few benefits. It doesn’t react to hard water, doesn’t leave a bathtub ring, and in effect, makes water wetter. It combines with the water to wash dirt off of your skin.

However, SLS can work a little too well and assault your skin in the process. It produces some great suds, but sudsiness does not equal clean. Rather, that “clean feeling” you get as a result of all those suds is actually the feeling of your skin being stripped of natural oils.

In several of the BeeNaturals Soaps, we use decyl glucoside, a detergent widely recognized as being healthful to skin and kind to the environment. I recommend these gentle soaps during the winter. You can view our offerings here.

Winter Skin Tip #4: Moisturize

Nearly every dermatologist agrees on this: To keep your skin hydrated, moisturize within three minutes of getting out of the tub or shower.

The reason is simple. Your skin is at its most hydrated just after the shower. Your pores are open and receptive, as well. As long as you don’t dry off too thoroughly, you’ll keep your skin hydrated by moisturizing immediately.

If you’re prone to dry skin, choose a heavier, more occlusive (moisture-sealing) cream. Though there are some people whose skin doesn’t dry out in winter (and some who break out when they use heavy creams), most of us need something substantial and even a little greasy during the winter. 

Some people are afraid “occlusive” creams smother your skin. This isn’t true! 

What’s true is this: occlusive moisturizers prevent TEWL, aka Trans-Dermal Water Loss, by holding the water against your skin.

(We’ll list our favorite winter moisturizers below.)

4 Bonus Tips!

The four biggest enemies of our skin are UV radiation, smoke, alcohol, and sugar. Though we deal with these all year long, here’s how they can sneak up on us during the winter months:

  • UV Radiation — Many of us stop using sunscreen in the winter. Don’t! The sun still shines in the winter, even if it’s less intense. And if it snows, look out — 80% of the UV radiation from the sun gets reflected directly off that bright white surface.
  • Smoke — Since autumn and winter are cozier with fireplaces, campfires, and bonfires, try not to overdo it. Smoke can aggravate your skin, especially if you’re prone to dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne. And, of course, it goes without saying that smoke from tobacco products is terrible for your skin.
  • Alcohol — If you’re headed to a holiday party and intend on drinking alcohol, remember that alcohol dehydrates (it’s an exception to our “drink lots of liquids” rule). Make sure to drink lots of hydrating liquids before, during, and after the event.
  • SugarSugar causes the destruction of collagen in your skin. Though I’m not a “sugar-Nazi,” there’s a price to pay for too much sugar in your diet. As with alcohol, moderation is key. Sugar causes glycation, which in excess can lead to AGE’s

Keep Your Skin Happy This Winter

At BeeNaturals, we believe in combining the best science and nature have to offer! These products, formulated to moisturize dry skin any time of the year, offer the best of both worlds:

  • Bath and Body Oil: Lightweight, yet helps hold moisture in the skin. Perfect to use after a bath or shower, from head to toe.
  • Hand and Body Nectar: Our original ultra-rich lotion for hands and body. Best for those who prefer a richer product.  A little goes a long way.
  • Glow Body Butter: Ultra-rich and thick with cocoa and shea butters.  It forms a semi-occlusive barrier on the skin to seal in precious moisture while leaving the skin moist, well-lubricated, and glowing.  A little goes a long way.
  • Ultra-Rich Hand Creme: With protective zinc oxide and rich butters and oils, it’s extremely concentrated. Here, less is more.  Put it to the test on the most chapped, irritated of hands for rapid relief. This creme can resist several hand washing cycles before reapplication is necessary. Our Luscious Lemon and Buttercream fragrance is a fan favorite.
  • Sweet Tease Sweet Orange-Lavender Body Souffle: Shea butter melts into the dryest, flakiest skin like a cloud, but don’t let the light texture fool you. Our souffle is extremely concentrated and provides slowly absorbed emollience that will leave your skin like silk.  Luscious sweet orange and soothing lavender essential oils can help balance your mood.
  • Hydra72H Body Lotion with macadamia and avocado oils is thick and rich, like a cream, but goes on like a feather and is absorbed almost immediately, creating a non-greasy, long lasting moisture reservoir. The key ingredient, Saccharide Isomerate from Switzerland is a deeply moisturizing, plant-derived ingredient which is similar to the carbohydrate complex found in human skin. Provides deep hydration & creates a moisture reservoir that lasts for 72 hours. A sprinkle of lemon essential oil will help chase away those winter blues.
  • Ultimate Foot Creme is rich with cocoa butter, beeswax, and botanical oils to soften and pamper dry, cracked, and rough feet.  Contains anti-fungal tea tree oil, myrrh and propolis. We love talking to people about their skin! If you’re unsure which of these is right for you, drop us a line or drop by the store for a free consultation.

Understanding Micellar Cleansing Water & it’s Rising Fame

Micellar cleansing products have certainly made a wave in the beauty industry over the past few years, and its popularity continues to grow as more and more customers catch wind of its remarkable and diverse benefits.  For me, it was one of those products I put off trying out until recently, and now, have become completely obsessed.  This seems to be the case for many customers I have spoken with, and perhaps the reason for the product’s dismissal at first glance lies in the title.  For most, “micellar,” is not exactly a word thrown about in casual conversation.  I, for one, had no clue what micellar water involved, aside from it being a facial cleanser, which I only knew from its label.

However, after a little research on micelles and testing Bee Naturals’ Micellar Cleansing Water out for myself, I found its categorization of simply being another cleanser to be far too humble for all it can accomplish.  Micellar water’s abilities stretch well beyond being just another cleanser.  

What makes micellar cleansing water so appealing?

  • Effectively removes stubborn makeup, such as, waterproof mascara, without leaving behind an oily film on the skin like most removers.
  • Made up of gentle ingredients that are great for hydrating and cleansing those with dry or sensitive skin.
  • No water or rinsing required, leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and clean, rather than tight and dry (also makes it great for camping or vacationing where water is not readily available).
  • Calms inflammation.
  • Balances the PH of the skin, increasing the effectiveness and absorption of products applied directly after its use, such as, serums and moisturizers (some may find their skin is hydrated enough from the micellar water).
  • As a successful makeup remover, cleanser and hydrator, the product can easily cut your skin care routine in half.

What is a micelle? 

Micelles are spherical clusters of surfactant molecules suspended in a liquid solution.  Each surfactant molecule has a water loving end (hydrophilic) and an oil loving/water hating end (hydrophobic).  When a bunch of surfactants are thrown into a water solution, they begin to group themselves into little balls (micelles).  The water loving tails of each surfactant face outward, closer to the rest of the water in the formula, while the oil loving heads gather in the middle of the spheres, getting as far away from the water as they can.

When applied to the skin, or a cotton pad, the ball shaped cluster splits open, allowing the oil loving middle to feed of the dirt, oil and makeup that has accumulated on the skin.  micelleMicelles lift and encapsulate impurities from the surface of the skin.  From here, they are easily wiped away, without rubbing or rinsing, using gentle swipes with a cotton pad.  The lack of rinsing and rubbing allows micellar solutions to thoroughly cleanse, without disrupting the physiological balance of the skin, making its formulation a less harsh alternative to other cleansing methods.

Fun Fact = Micellar cleansing waters may sound unfamiliar, its actually nothing new, formulated by a French woman to combat the notoriously harsh water that plagued her city during a time that lacked appropriate plumbing in the 90’s.

 Other Ingredients…

  1. Water: As the first, and most important ingredient, water makes up a large portion of the formula.  Deionized water is ideal, as its ultra-purified, making it ideal for the skin.
  1. Humectants: These are the ingredients that attract and hold moisture to the skin, giving it that soft, supple, hydrated feel after cleansing.  For a micellar formula, they have the added bonus of enhancing the surfactants ability to dissolve makeup and impurities.
  1. Mild Surfactants: Mild non-foaming surfactants are used to be less irritating and drying.

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.

 

*To see a full list of our spa services, or to book your appointment, click here!

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’.