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Lauren Wilkerson

Lauren Wilkerson

Lauren Wilkerson is a licensed esthetician and skincare guru.  Being part of a company that offers natural skincare has always been a dream of hers and it came to fruition two years ago. Lauren enjoys educating clients on proper techniques, avoiding skincare pitfalls and finding natural solutions that are healthy and affordable.

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How to Treat Dry Skin

Before you can properly treat dry skin, you need to know what's causing it. Here are common reasons people experience dry, itchy skin along with some simple solutions.

Some people have a dry skin ‘type’ and will be more prone to dryness because of that. If you’d like to determine your skin type, click here. Another reason for dry skin is that it can be a condition of environmental factors such as heat, cold or wind. The last couple of ways you can develop dry skin is by using the wrong products for your skin type and there may be a lack of essential healthy fats in your diet. All of these factors can cause your skin to feel tight, look dull and become inflamed. This causes redness and irritation. The great news is when dry skin is treated correctly, it will be healthy without any negative side effects.

If you are born with dry skin (meaning you have little to no visible pores) maintaining a daily moisturizing skincare routine is essential. Dry skin produces little to no sebum, which acts as your skin’s physical protective barrier, allowing skin to become vulnerable. This can lead to chapped, red, sore, tight and uncomfortable skin. By having a moisturizing skincare routine every day you are adding that protective barrier back to your skin, leaving skin looking and feeling healthy. Lemongrass Spa Products provides excellent skincare products, such as gentle cleansers, like the Lavender Goat’s Milk Facial Soap, to avoid stripping the skin and powerful oils in both the Organic Anti Aging Serum and Green Tea Antioxidant Serum as well as the Gentle Face Crème and Face Crème with Botanicals to provide the protection it needs to look its best.    

Environmental factors and using incorrect products for your skin type are all considered conditions. This addresses everyone who does not have dry skin as his or her skin type but still experiences dryness. Unlike your skin type, which cannot be changed, conditions are things that can change daily and effect the way your skin appears. For instance, you could have an oily skin type but live somewhere with extreme heat or cold during certain times of the year. Due to these environmental factors, you could start having symptoms of dry skin. The treatment for dry skin is to apply the right kind of nourishing oil. To correct this condition, simply add Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum to your routine during the specific times you are experiencing these conditions. Skin might become dry while traveling on beach vacations, ski trips or sitting on an airplane. What you want to avoid if you experience dry skin (but do not have the dry skin type) is changing your entire routine. If you change your skincare routine over to products that are made for dry skin, which is a common tendency, eventually they start breaking out from adding and over-using too much oil to their daily routine. This is why making sure you are using the correct products for your skin type at all times instead of changing to a different skincare routine is important. This same method is also applied to dry skin that experiences breakouts. You do not want to change your skincare routine to one for oily/acne prone skin when you experience a couple blemishes. In the long run this will cause your skin to become even more imbalanced and stripped. You simply want to spot-treat the breakouts with either diluted Tea Tree Essential Oil or Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask . Making these simple changes can treat the different ways in which skin can become dry.  

Healthy eating and self care are the most important and effective ways to keep skin in its best condition. If your skin type is dry, consulting with a nutritionist about adding healthy fats into your diet can tremendously improve any type of skin problem. Also keep in mind that certain medications and hormone imbalances can also cause dry skin. If you feel like you are experiencing dry skin due to either one of these issues, I recommend consulting with your doctor.

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Skin Detoxing with Activated Charcoal

Over the past couple of years, People have become more aware of what detoxing is and have found more helpful ways to aid their bodies in the process. Our bodies are naturally designed to detox, take in the good and eliminate the bad. The simple act of breathing in (bring in fresh oxygen) and breathing out (exhaling carbon dioxide) is detoxing. Since we now live in an overpolluted world from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the chemicals we put on our skin, sometimes our bodies become overloaded with toxins. When our bodies can not keep up with proper detoxing we start to suffer. Looking at this from the skin aspect you can suffer from conditions such as dark circles, acne, dullness, dehydration or even sallowness. There has been one ingredient effective at helping with the detoxing process, and it is activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent non-toxic substance. It is often given internally to people who suffer from poisoning because it has the ability to absorb the poison and safely eliminate it from the body. It works the exact same way for your skin. When using activated charcoal on your skin, it will draw pollution, chemicals and toxins off and safely eliminate them when you rinse with water. Below is a list of benefits that charcoal can have for your skin:

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Lemongrass Spa Products launched three new skincare products handcrafted with activated charcoal to help your skin detox. Incorporating these products into your skincare routine or using them all together once or twice a week, as a system will help liven up your skin. If you live in a city or suburb I would recommend using these more often as the exposure to pollution is much higher in those areas. Here are some ways you can incorporate each new product into your skincare to achieve healthier skin!

  • Detoxifying Charcoal Face Soap Replace the cleanser you use at night with this face soap. This will help detox from the environmental pollution your skin has absorbed throughout the day. Even if you work at home, stepping outside for a walk or running errands exposes you to pollution.
  • Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Polish Mixing activated charcoal with a gentle exfoliator is a double detox. Not only are you removing cell build up, but you’re also allowing the activated charcoal to work deeper when exfoliating. After you give this product a gentle scrub on your skin, allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes and let the activated charcoal absorb more before rinsing. Enhanced with acai berry and raspberry seed oil antioxidants, you’ll enjoy a subtle fruit essence upon application. This is perfect if you don’t have time to do a full-face mask or detox system. Include this once or twice a week into your routine.
  • Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Mask This is great to add to your routine when you have at least 10 minutes or more to allow it to work to its full capacity. If you chose to do your full detoxing routine once a week then apply this mask after you have used the Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Polish.

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Skincare Routine Using Essential Oils

Lemongrass Spa Products offers a variety of essential oils, with multiple uses and benefits to enrich and intensify your skincare routine. Below will explain what each essential oil is best used for and how to easily incorporate the into your everyday routine.

Essential Oils

  • Tea Tree helps combat acne.
  • Lavender helps decrease inflammation, irritation and redness.
  • Frankincense aids in reducing signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, lack of firmness and dull skin.
  • Lemongrass helps balance oil overproduced by the skin.
  • Geranium reduces the signs of aging and helps fight wrinkles.

How to Incorporate Essential Oils into Your Skin Care Routine

1) Add 1 drop of essential oil to 1 pump of Lemongrass Spa face crème, eye crème, serum or makeup primer.

2) Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to a warm washcloth or Lemongrass Spa’s Soft Boucle Facial Pads with Natural Cotton to improve your cleansing routine. If you like to steam your skin to cleanse your pores add 4-5 drops of essential oil per cup of water. This not only gives an aromatherapy effect but a deeper cleanse, too.

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Give the Gift of Healthy Skin

With the holiday season in full swing it’s important to take care of your skin. Festive parties and family gatherings require us to put our best face forward, and it all starts with a good skincare routine. Having a fresh, clean and natural skincare routine doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are three easy and quick (because who has a lot of time???) tips to get the best deals for those of us who are on a skincare budget.

Tip #1 Purchase skincare kits

Lemongrass Spa offers a variety of skincare kits ranging from a basic routine to a more advance routine. The best thing is they also offer them for a variety of different skin types! When you buy the face kits you are receiving full size products for an added discount then purchasing them individually. So to get the best bang for your buck I would advise in investing in a skin care kit! Another option is a Travel Face Care Kit; these trial sized kits make perfect stocking stuffers and are a great way for someone to try new products.

There are several face kits Lemongrass Spa offers: Basic #1 Dry or Sensitive Skin, Basic #2 Oily or Acne Prone Skin, Basic #3 Normal or Dry Skin, Basic #4 Oily or Acne Prone Skin, Ultimate for Normal or Dry Skin, Ultimate for Oily or Acne Prone, Ultimate with Prebiotics, Luxury System for Normal Skin, Luxury System for Dry Skin and Ultimate for Oily or Blemished Skin

Tip #2 Using skincare kits for multiple gifts

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Understanding and Treating Psoriasis and Eczema

Psoriasis and eczema are two common skin conditions frequently discussed in the skincare industry. Since the treatments for both of them are very similar, they seem to get linked together and talked about interchangeably. Even though psoriasis and eczema may have some similar remedies they are very different skin conditions. Knowing the difference between them will help further understand the best healings for both. Lemongrass Spa Products provides a variety of products that can help alleviate symptoms of both conditions.

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a hypersensitivity of the skin. This is strictly a topical condition. It is most common in babies as they are building their immune system and is a condition that is typically grown out of. However, there are certain cases where this sensitivity continues into adulthood. Certain dyes, fabrics, soaps and other allergies such as pets can trigger eczema. The skin may look red, inflamed, cracked, peeling or blistered. Since eczema is a form of skin irritation, it causes the skin to be extremely itchy; most treatments focus on soothing this extreme discomfort. When the dryness and itchiness are taken care of, the skin begins to heal. The best Lemongrass Spa product recommended for eczema would be Healing Elements Balm. The zinc oxide used in Healing Elements is extremely soothing and will help the itching and prevent further damage to the skin. Another recommendation to soothe eczema is to eliminate body care products that contain fragrance and limit the amount of ingredients in the products that you use. Lemongrass Spa Products provides a variety of fragrance-free products such as Unscented Body Icing and Unscented Prebiotic Hand Wash. If choosing to use essential oils, make sure they are extremely diluted and used in a base such as a balm or oil.

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of skin cells. Unlike eczema, this condition is triggered from inside the body. Psoriasis shares a lot of the same symptoms as eczema, however the main difference is the build up of white flaky cells that will appear on the skin that does not happen with eczema. At this current time there is no cure for psoriasis, but there have been some successful treatments. Because this condition is internal the best treatments for it are diet, stress control and prescriptions prescribed by your doctor. People have been extremely successful at keeping their condition under control with those three remedies. Using products that gently exfoliate the area to remove the cell build up along with treating the “soreness” of the skin that is often described by people who have this condition are helpful in treating psoriasis. After gently exfoliating the skin apply Lemongrass Spa’s Ultra Hydrating Body Crème to keep the new skin moisturized and soothed. Also using one of Lemongrass Spa’s balms such as the Peppermint Foot Balm can help ease the topical discomfort. Spraying Lemongrass’s Prebiotic Facial Mist on the area will help feed the good bacteria on the skin and keep it healthy as it heals.

Using the right skincare products on eczema and psoriasis play a huge role in helping them heal. Most of Lemongrass Spa’s products are safe to use on these conditions. When recommending products, stick with fragrance-free and a short ingredient list; this lessens the chance of any adverse reactions. Now having a better understanding of each condition, you can find the right products to sooth the irritation caused by these conditions.

Let me know in the comments what's helped provide relief for your psoirasis or eczema syptoms.

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Why Using Oil on Oily Skin Might Surprise You

Will using oil on my oily skin make it worse? Will it make my skin look greasy? Will it cause acne? Can I cleanse my skin with just oil? These are all concerns people with oily skin have when considering incorporating naturals oils into their skincare regimen and you’ll find them addressed below.Everyone with every skin type can benefit from using natural oil on their skin because it provides the most rapid results for hydrating and moisturizing.  Oils provide your skin with vitamins and omega’s, both of which help guard against aging and aid in healing a variety of skin issues.

  1. Will using oil on oily skin make it worse? No. People with an oily skin type have larger pores, which produces more oil (click here to read my blog on how to determine your skin type). The problem with people who have oily skin is their want to strip or remove all of the oil off their skin. They either contribute excess oil production to causing acne (which it does not), or they don’t want to look “shiny”. When they do this they cause their skin to overcompensate and produce even more oil. When you put oil on oily skin it tricks your skin into thinking it has enough oil on it and does not need to produce anymore. Over time your skin will stop overcompensating and balance out.
  2. Will using oil make my skin look greasy? No. When using the right oil for your skin type and the correct amount your skin should absorb most of the oil, leaving no greasy residue and just a healthy glow! The key to using oil is the ‘less is more’ approach. Unless you are using it to cleanse the skin, you should only use a tiny amount. Also, the type of oil you are using on your skin will help with how your skin will absorb it.
  3. Will using oils cause acne? It is possible. Oils do have a comedogenic (pore clogging) rating from high to low. The oils itself do not cause acne, but if you are using an oil with a high comedogenic rating and have large pores, it could clog them and cause breakouts. Before using oils, research the best oils for your skin type. This will eliminate any unwanted breakouts. When you find the correct oils they can actually help heal acne and clear the skin.
  4. Can I cleanse my skin with just oil? Yes! This is the best example of like attracting like. When you are removing makeup, dirt and excess oil, it is beneficial to use a product that will attach itself to these impurities. Oil will attach to them, and then when you remove the oil everything else will remove with it. If you are also having trouble with cleansers stripping your skin, I would suggest massaging a little bit of oil on your skin before cleansing. This will create a protective barrier and ensure your skin won’t become stripped along with deep cleaning the makeup and dirt out of the pores.

Lemongrass Spa Products offer a variety of different types of oils. The Organic Anti-Aging Oil Serum is rich in vitamins B, C and E that helps guard against free radicals and boost luminosity. The Baby Massage Oil and Coconut Crème Massage Oil are great in place of or addition to moisturizers for an extra hydration boost. The new Men’s Essentials Beard Oil is excellent for conditioning men’s facial hair and skin, while reducing itchiness or irritations associated with hair growth. Last is the Organic Eye Makeup Remover, which replenishes the skin with nutrients and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Enjoy using and incorporating these oils into your daily skincare routine!

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What is the Difference Between Prebiotic Skincare and Traditional Skincare?

During the skincare roundtable expo held at this year’s Lemongrass Spa Products Convention we addressed a myriad of questions. One of the most popular discussions centered around the use of Prebiotics versus Traditional skincare; both of which Lemongrass Spa offers to customers. The difference between the two is significant and boils down to the philosophy and approach in how skin is treated. This article details those philosophies and who benefits the most from each one.

The traditional three-step skincare regime has been around for a long time. Cleanse, tone and moisturize was and still is taught as the best way to take care of your skin. Alkaline cleansers would remove the dirt and oil from the skin, acidic toners would bring the skin back to its normal pH and moisturizers would replenish all the hydration that was lost during the cleansing and toning process. Since skincare is ever evolving, most companies have replaced their harsh cleansers with pH balanced ones, eliminating the need for toners and replacing them with facial mists followed by serums, concentrates and anti-aging moisturizers. I know women who perform an elaborate seven-step skin care routine every night before bed and swear by it. The results they receive are beautiful healthy skin, so it would be hard to convince them to change their routine. Since the three-step skincare routine is the most widely excepted way skincare has been taught, most women are equipped with this basic knowledge. It might be a little hard to for some to feel their skincare needs are being met with only using two facial products that feed the good bacteria on the skin, and that is ok. I always asked my clients two questions: what is your current skincare routine, and what are your skincare goals. If their answer to the first question is anything with a three-step skincare regime or higher I would introduce them to our traditional skincare line and then look at their skincare goals to chose the specific products. Unless you are wanting to reduce skincare steps, time or ingredients, I would recommend the traditional method. I would also recommend this method to women that are highly into anti-aging products and ingredients.

Prebiotics are fairly new in skincare, but as we learn more about the skin biome, prebiotics are becoming more popular and are starting to show up in mainstream products. Most people are aware of the benefits of probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that you take to help aid in digestion and keep the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Since probiotics put good bacteria into the body it can also help clear certain skin conditions that are caused by an imbalanced diet. You want to keep the good bacteria healthy in your body in order to help fight off certain digestive and skin issues and that is where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria. When you are providing good bacteria the proper nutrients, it thrives and keeps the bad bacteria in check. So when you incorporate ingredients like sea kelp and coconut oil (used in our prebiotic line) they feed the good bacteria on the skin. When you use any of our prebiotic cleansers (Prebiotic Facial Wash and Prebiotic Body Wash) you are not cleansing away both good and bad bacteria, but simply feeding the good bacteria. This method can help with so many skin conditions that are caused by a bacterial imbalance. Acne, rosacea, eczema, sensitive are just a few of the skin conditions that really benefit from prebiotics. If you are looking to heal these certain skin conditions and are willing to try something new, then the prebiotic line would be the way to go. The prebiotic line is also great for people who do not have a skincare routine and want something simple to start with, looking to save money (there are only two products to buy), looking for a minimal ingredient list (there are only 6 or 7 ingredients in both washes) and simply someone who does not have a lot of time to spend on a skincare routine.           

With the knowledge of how both types are skincare work, you are able to decide which way is best for. As more innovated methods are developed education is key to helping you meet your skincare needs.

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Eight Questions and Answers About our NEW Ocean Friendly Sunscreen Lotion

Earlier this year we unveiled our new Ocean Friendly Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, that features an 100% all-natural unscented formula that is safe to use on body and face, goes on clear, and helps keep skin hydrated. While reading through our Lemongrass Spa Family Room on Facebook I noticed many inquiries and discussions regarding this new product. Below are the most popular questions asked, along with additional beneficial information to know.

Does our sunscreen protect against both UVA and UVB rays?

Yes, our sunscreen and its active ingredients, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, are all broad spectrum. This means that they protect against UVA rays (the harmful rays that cause aging) and UVB rays (the harmful rays that cause the skin to burn).

Is it possible to still burn with our sunscreen?

Like with any sunscreen, if it is not applied and used correctly, then it is possible to burn. Applying incorrectly can even cause for the sunscreen to be completely ineffective. When in doubt always wear protective clothing such as hats or shirts. Continue reading below for instructions on how to apply and reapply sunscreen appropriately.

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Skincare Tips for Men

Men’s grooming and maintenance habits are not always at the top of the list to talk about when discussing elaborate skincare routines. However, when I was in school, a teacher made a statement that has made a huge impact on how I view skincare as a whole. She stated that “Skin is skin is skin.” Meaning whether you are male or female, oily or dry, or all types of different skin tones, all skin needs basic care and can benefit from a daily routine.  It ensures the skin stays healthy, nourished and youthful. Men’s skin experiences issues such as irritation from shaving, acne, dry or oiliness and also aging. Below is a four-step simple skincare routine geared towards men using products from our Men’s Essentials and Private Reserve collections. Our Private Reserve line is scented with notes of sandalwood and musk using safe phthalate free fragrance. The Men’s Essential line is an all essential oils blend of spruce, birch and sandalwood. You can share this information with any man in your life when gifting him any of our men’s products.

Step One

Cleanse the skin with either our Men’s Essentials Cleansing Gel or Private Reserve Bar Soap. The cleansing gel soothes and calms irritated skin, but is good for all skin types, and the Private Reserve Bar Soap is an all in one cleanser for face and body.

Step Two

If you are planning to shave, apply our Men’s Essentials Shaving Crème formulated with shea butter and aloe for the smoothest shaving experience.

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Benefits of Exfoliation

Exfoliation is one the easiest steps you can add to your skincare routine to see immediate results; it instantly brightens and evens out your complexion, giving you a more youthful appearance. There are three different forms of exfoliation. The first two are chemical and enzymatic exfoliation. The third is manual, which is the category Lemongrass Spa Facial Polish and Microdermabrasion Crème fall under. Manual exfoliation is the process of using ingredients such as pumice, walnut shells, salt, sugar or even jojoba beads to manually buff away dead skin cells. Manual exfoliation can also mean using different types of materials such as washcloths, sponges or boucle pads to physically eliminate dead skin.

Exfoliating products have recently been in the spotlight due to the negative impact of toxic ingredients such as microplastic beads are having on the environment. Microplastic beads are used for exfoliation , and these beads are not biodegradable or environmentally friendly. They wash down the drain and into waterways, and biologists are finding these beads in fish and other marine animals and are documenting the negative impact on our ecosystems. Lemongrass Spa uses one hundred percent natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly exfoliating ingredients in their body and facial polishes and Microdermabrasion Crème. We also offer a cotton boucle pad to use with our cleansing gels or soaps as another form of exfoliation. During the months of June and July enjoy one of our three exfoliating facial products below at Buy One, Get One Half Off!

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Soften age spots and smooth fine lines with deep exfoliating, volcanic microcrystals suspended in a conditioning crème. Gently polish skin at home once or twice per week. This is a gentle alternative to chemical peels and harsh resurfacing. Enhanced with green tea, chamomile, licorice root and sunflower seed oil for added nutrients and anti-aging properties. Not recommended for extra-sensitive or thinning skin.

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Five Steps to Summer Ready Skin

You’ve booked your tickets to that summer getaway but before you leave town, you realize that your skin isn’t beach ready! Here are five easy steps to glowing arms, legs and even feet!

  1. Use our Body Polish before you remove unwanted hair to prepare skin for the smoothest shave. The polish will remove any dull skin and hydrate with its natural oils leaving you with a healthy summer glow. To subtly enhance your skin’s color and add a touch of sparkle and shine, follow with one of our Bronzing Butters in two seasonal scents, Coconut Cream and Mandarin Orange.
  2. During outdoor summer activities don’t forget to apply one of our Lemongrass Spa sunscreens to shield your skin from sun damaging rays. Help protect the environment with our Ocean Friendly Sunscreen SPF 30. The Sunscreen Sport Stick SPF 30 is easy for traveling or touch ups through out the day. The Tinted Sunscreen Sport Stick SPF 30 or BB Crème is easy to wear with our Sheer Minerals Makeup for extra protection for everyday use. For the safest sunscreens on the market, including Lemongrass Spa’s Ocean Friendly and Sport Stick, check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 Guide to sunscreens. 
  3. If you have experienced too much sun, place our Hand and Body Lotion, Body Icing or Ultra Hydrating Body Crème in the refrigerator before applying. This will not only moisturize sun-damaged skin, but also soothe and cool down the burn. You can even add a couple drops of our certified organic Peppermint Essential Oil to the lotion to help draw the heat out of sunburned skin. Another Lemongrass Spa product that is refreshing to place in the fridge is the Hydrating Body Spritz. Misting the refreshing spritz on the go or after a day of outdoor adventures is another great way to cool down.
  4. Beach walks, flip flips, sandals and being barefoot can take a toll on your feet during warm weather months. Our Complete Cucumber or Herbal Foot Care Kits are the perfect answers for feet in need of some attention. For deep moisturizing, places socks over your feet for a couple hours or over night after using the foot balms. While getting your feet sandal-ready, consider blessing a deserving service member stationed overseas with a foot spa by purchasing a Freedom Feet Foot Kit; click here to learn more about the Freedom Feet program.
  5. These are some other important tips that are often overlooked to keep your skin summer ready. Your underarm area can be very sensitive especially if you are shaving more often. Our new all Natural Deodorant Paste and Deodorant Spray are gentle on skin and will help keep odor away. We also have a Natural Deodorant Stick for those who like a more traditional deodorant. The last summer skin tip is to wear a bug spray. There is nothing worse then having itchy bug bites during the summer. Take Bug-a-Boo Insect Repellent with you to all your outdoor activates to keep those pests away. If you happen to get a bite, place our Healing Elements Balm on it as soon as possible to help soothe the itch and irritation.

With these five steps your skin will be ready for warm weather! We hope that you take Lemongrass Spa with you throughout all your summer activities. Have a happy, healthy and safe skin summer!

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Phthalate-Free Fragrance

People are more aware now than ever of what ingredients are being put onto their skin. There are so many harmful chemicals found in everyday products, such as sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals and fragrances. One of the ingredients that raises the most questions and concerns are phthalates.

“What are phthalates?” Phthalates are found in many scented and cosmetic products, such as perfumes, lotions, creams, powders, deodorants, nail polish and hair spray. They help stabilize the fragrance, increase spreadability and enhance absorption. This causes the chemicals to be absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream. The many types of phthalates include DBP, DEP, DEHP, BzBP and DMP, but don’t bother memorizing them because they will usually appear under the name “fragrance” or “parfum” on labels. Unless the label specifically states “no synthetic fragrance”, “scented with only essential oils”, or the product specifically claims to be phthalate-free then it is possible that at least one of the phthalates listed above is included.

“Why are phthalates bad for you?” The dictionary definition of a phthalate is “a salt or ester of phthalic acid that is commonly used as plasticizers in PVC; when ingested they can cause kidney and liver damage.” Based on this definition it is clear to see why people would be hesitant in using products containing phthalates. Research has also proven that phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and can cause an array of problems from infertility to genital birth defects and possible carcinogens. There are still unknown side effects being tested as a result of these concerns.

Considering the new information about adverse health effects, Lemongrass Spa Products decided to switch all their fragranced items over to phthalate-free versions in 2008 and has since been an entirely phthalate-free company. When enjoying our scented products, such as Hydrating Body Mist, Body Icing and Hand and Body Lotion, we can assure you that we are using reputable essential oils and phthalate–free fragrances, keeping you and your family’s health and safety in mind.

Click here to read the Top 10 Ingredients to Avoid.

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How to Determine Your Skin Type and Choose the Right Products for Your Skin

Determining your skin type is simple but very important when figuring out what products to use and how to treat your skin. Knowing your skin type and conditions allows you to create your own skincare routine based on your skin’s personal needs. Keep in mind that our skin changes daily, seasonally, yearly and so on. It is always beneficial to evaluate where your skin is from time to time and make sure you are taking care of it properly. This will help lessen the frequency of skin problems. If your skin is not in the condition you would like it to be in, use the information below as a guide to help you.

There are four different skin types, normal, oily, dry and combination. The way you figure out what type of skin you have is your pore size. Do not look at any other skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, redness, and sensitivity. I will be going over those shortly. Normal skin, which is the ideal skin type, means you can see your pores, but they are not enlarged. If you are up close in a mirror and can see your pores, take a couple steps back and see if you can still see them. If you can’t, you have normal skin. If you step back from the mirror and can still see your pores, you have enlarged pores which means you have oily skin. If you can’t see any pores at all on your skin, then your skin type is dry. The most common skin type is combination, meaning that you have two different pore sizes on your face. Most people have a larger pore size in their T -zone (chin, nose and forehead) and that is why you see skin care companies market to combination/oily and combination/dry skin types; they gear their ingredients towards being beneficial for all skin types.

Contrary to what most people believe, you cannot change your pore size. Your pore size is genetic and it can change over time, but topical ingredients will not change the actual size. There are certain ingredients and precautions you can take to make them appear smaller and keep them clear, but the size you are born with is what you have to work with. Keep in mind that each skin type has its own battles (even dry and normal). Large pores, when kept clear, can produce enough oils on your skin to keep you looking youthful longer. There are pros and cons to every skin type, but accepting what you have and working with it is what will help you achieve your best skin.

Once you have determined your skin type, the next step is to look at what conditions you have. The most common skin conditions are acne, hyperpigmentation, skin texture, redness, sensitivity, scarring, wrinkles and fine lines. There are many companies that gear entire skin care lines towards these conditions. The easiest way to determine whether or not you need an entire line based on your condition is how much of your face it covers. If the condition covers the majority of your skin, I advise you to treat the condition first. I will use acne as an example. If acne is covering the majority of your face, then I would suggest using an acne line first. Most companies build their lines to work together and are more effective when used together. For instance an acne line may have a cleanser with tea tree oil in it to treat the acne and a skin lightener in the face crème to help with scars. Once that line has helped clear your skin and acne is no longer a condition (or covering the majority of the your face) go back to using skincare products for your skin type and spot treat if necessary. The most common mistake I see people make is they have one or two blemishes which leads them to think they have oily acne prone skin, therefore use an entire acne line. Their skin then becomes dry and irritated, normally causing the problem to get worse because they went about treating their skin wrong. You don’t have to have oily skin to have acne; this is why it is very important to know your skin type first. If you only have a couple of blemishes and the condition is not covering the majority of your skin, I advise using the skincare line based on your skin type and just spot treat for the condition; this way the majority of your skin stays balanced. You can, however, treat different conditions at the same time. If you have a couple lines on your forehead and some acne on your chin, go ahead and use a skincare line based on your skin type, and use a treatment for wrinkles on your forehead and a different treatment for acne on your chin.

By plugging in different skin conditions and types to the scenario above you should be able to come to a pretty clear conclusion on how to go about treating your skin. When in doubt always ask an esthetician or dermatologist to help guide you in the right direction.

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5 Skincare Myths Answered

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. Now that we are all settling back into our routines, most of us are setting out to achieve our New Year’s resolutions. Whether it is to be more fit, find more time for yourself or eat healthier one of the easiest resolutions you can achieve is better skin!

Since there are many skincare myths, sometimes it can discourage people from starting a great skincare routine. Below I am going to answer some of the most common myths to help put your mind at ease.

Myth #1 You should only use oil-free products on oily skin.

It is now known that using oil on oily skin can help bring balance to the skin. People who have oily skin tend to strip it of all its natural oils and in return the skin overcompensates and produces more oil. This can be a tough cycle to break. If you are dealing with oily skin it is acceptable to use an oil-free product during the day and use oil at night. During the day you can obtain the benefits of matte skin by using an oil-free moisturizer and at night you can focus on rebalancing your skin with oil. Grape seed and jojoba oil are great for oily skin and those emollients are in our Tea Tree Face Crème.

Myth #2 Skin should be “squeaky-clean” or “tight” after washing.

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Transitioning to a New Skin Care Regimen

Most people are hesitant when changing their skincare routine. Whether their current one is working or not, they fear that changing their products will have a negative impact on their skin. The truth is implementing different skincare products and ingredients into your routine are beneficial. Just like a personal trainer advises their clients to rotate their workouts so your muscles don’t become complacent, estheticians advise their clients to change their skincare routine. This allows the skin to receive different benefits from new products. Your skin is consistently changing and your skincare should be adjusting to reflect your skins current needs.

If you are making the decision to try natural products for the first time, or you are switching over your skincare products from summer to autumn, you might experience a transition phase known as skin detoxing. Detoxing can have some not so pleasant side effects and appear in several different ways depending on your skin type. The most common symptoms of skin detoxing are acne, redness, skin sensitivity, excessive oil production, or lack of oil production. This period could last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on the type of change you are making. Keep in mind if you are changing over to natural products for the first time this period may last a little longer.

            Below are Lemongrass Products that can help each detox symptom your skin may experience. They may not cure them 100%; however they will act as an aid until your skin adjusts.

Acne

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