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Men’s Skincare: Why & How in 4 Simple Steps

Men often have a different idea of skincare and take a different approach than women. They are still interested in how their skin looks or feels, but they typically don’t seem to be interested in the pampering side of a luxurious skincare routine. Encouraging the men in your life to keep up a skincare routine can be a little challenging. Here are a couple tips and tricks along with some excellent gift ideas to get them started.

Tip #1 - Keep it Simple

Don’t overwhelm him with a 5-step skincare routine. He will see taking care of his skin as a chore or just confusing, therefore, neglecting to do it all together. A simple bar of soap such as the Detoxifying Charcoal Face Bar Soap or Men’s Private Reserve Bar Soap, followed by a moisturizer like Men’s Essentials Aftershave Lotion or Men’s Private Reserve Hand & Body Lotion is an excellent skincare routine for most days.

Tip #2 - Multi-Purpose Products

Multi-use products are appealing to most men because it’s a one and done deal with their routine, so products that are designed to use for skin all over the body are perfect. Our Prebiotic 3-in-1 Wash in Men’s Essentials and Unscented can be used head to toe (hair, face and body). Men can also use Men’s Essentials Beard Oil as a multi-purpose product by adding a couple of drops into their Men’s Essentials After-Shave Lotion to help alleviate extra dry and tight skin.

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Spring at Lemongrass Spa

Snow is melting, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and we’re introducing a fresh new crop of spa luxuries. With our fresh, clean and natural mantra always at the forefront, we love offering products you request, and this year’s offerings are no exception.

Essential Oils

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Our wildly popular essential oil collection is expanding to include two of the most requested oils plus an invigorating new blend.

Certified Organic Sweet Orange Citrus essence, sweet smelling with a floral note, orange can be excellent to have on hand for diffusing. It’s a natural deodorizer and blends well with a variety of other oils. Sweet Orange is a must-have for those DIY household cleaners.

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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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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.

Dead Sea Facial Polish

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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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ABCs of a Spa Day

Indulge in a fresh, clean and natural spa treatment and feel the day melt away.

Aromatherapy Mists for a cheerful mood or calmer demeanor.

Babies need gentle pampering and our delicate lavender vanilla baby products are popular among new moms.

Cocoa butter and coconut oil combine to make skin softening massage bars. Lavender Vanilla can be used on pregnant tummies and Spearmint Eucalyptus for sore muscles. 

Diffuse an essential oil to set the tone of your spa party. Try Lavender for a calming experience or Peppermint for a refreshing fragrance. 

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Tips for Healthy Skin

Post-teen breakouts, dry patches and oil slicks … sometimes our skin plans it own agenda! Dermatologists and other skin care experts tell us the secret to glowing skin is eat right, stay hydrated and use the right products, but what does this mean for most of us?

Skin thrives on natural nutrients, but one of the largest threats to healthy skin is free radicals. Basically, free radicals are environmental factors negatively impacting the body’s molecular structure and function. On a molecular level, free radicals are atoms with an odd number of electrons, and they’re typically formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules, creating a “highly reactive” radical. Free radicals then cause damage and sometimes cell death. Antioxidants can help stop and repair damage before it occurs.

5 Essential Skin Nutrients

  • Vitamin CCollagen makes up approximately 70% of skin, and vitamin C helps to rebuild collagen. Excellent sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers and strawberries.
  • Beta-Carotene/Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E – one of the most widely used antioxidants, Vitamin E helps to reduce free radical damage. Foods high in vitamin E are olives, almonds, sunflower seeds and leafy greens
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – can reduce the appearance of fine lines and help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Try chia seeds, walnuts, flax seed and fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna.
  • ZincStudies have shown increasing zinc intake can greatly reduce the appearance of acne. Organ meats such as kidney and liver are the most absorbable sources, while high sources of zinc include red meat and lamb, kidney beans, seafood (especially shellfish) and spinach.

5 Steps for a Skincare Routine

  1. Weekly exfoliation with organic jojoba beads to renew skin’s glow. We offer options for normal and oily skin types.
  2. Weekly facial mask to draw out impurities and hydrate. Try Tea Tree & Citrus Facial Mask formulated with green clay for oily skin or Pomegranate Facial Mask for normal to dry skin.
  3. Twice daily cleansing with your favorite gel or bar soap. Tea Tree Face Soap, Gentle Cleansing GelGentle Cleansing Gel, Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap or Cleansing Gel with Tea Tree & Citrus
  4. Daily dose of nutrients with the Green Tea Antioxidant Serum or Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum.
  5. Restore moisture with the natural botanical blend of one of our face crèmes for normal, sensitive or oily skin types.

5 Final Tips

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Helpful "To Do’s" Before the "I Do’s"

It is countdown to wedding season and whether you are a guest, part of the wedding party or the bride to be, everyone wants to put their best pampered foot forward before walking down the aisle. Follow these head to toe tips before the "I do’s".

*3-6 months before the event, put your best face forward:

It is best to begin this early and continue the same routine until your event so that your skin has time to adapt to the products and wont react badly to something new being put into the routine. Use all of the same skin care products and makeup you will use on the day of the event.

*2 months before the event, say yes to the tresses:

If you haven’t already, begin using Lemongrass Spa’s Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner; there may be a detox period from the chemical laden shampoos and conditioners you’ve been using, but, I assure you, a couple of weeks with SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) free shampoo and botanical conditioner, your hair will feel lush and luxurious, ready for your up-do, down do or veil.

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