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5 Anti-Aging Ingredients You Should be Using

Nature offers a bounty of botanicals to nourish, heal and thrive. We’re constantly reminded the importance of fueling our bodies with proteins, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to maintain health, and what we feed our bodies effects the appearance of our skin. Aging is an integral part of life, but feeding the skin directly plays a key role in reducing the visible signs of aging in the skin.

Free radicals are produced through both natural processes and environmental stimulus and cause cells to breakdown over time, leading to signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Antioxidants are anti-aging heroes sent to destroy free radicals and maintain skin’s elasticity, boost natural skin regeneration and reduce the signs of aging.

Here is a list of anti-aging superstars you should be using daily:

Argan Oil

Packed with vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil works to improve texture by strengthening the bonding structures in skin, and improves appearance by fading dark spots. Argan oil seals in moisture, balances oil production and won’t clog pores.

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A Case for Makeup

Many celebrities and “well-knowns” are ditching the makeup for an all-natural, no makeup look and being quite public about it. Defying what they call a skewed “public standard of beauty”. There is even a hashtag created for this movement: #nomakeup

I have encountered women who say, “I don’t wear makeup, I’m beautiful just the way I am!“ and to that I say, “Yes, you are!” But for me, and so many others I know, we love our makeup! Its fun, its transformative and in a way, a very personal art form! I like the concept of contours and highlights; putting light-catching shimmer here and there, playing with eye shadow that makes the color of my eyes look more intense and endlessly practicing, and to date, failing with winged eyeliner. Rather than being a conformist act of masking who I really am, or an insecurity with my naked face, I regard it as a personal expression, like a tattoo, only washable. I am totally intrigued by women who can chisel a cheekbone out of nothing but the color brown. That’s an ART! But many in the #nomakeup movement would translate this as not loving what you were given. I respectfully beg to differ. I confess I do appreciate hiding behind a little concealer when I have a break out (usually before family pictures or some sort of social soiree). Is this because I do not love myself? Is it because I am trying to aspire to an unattainable standard of beauty? No, it is because I am not fond of the angry, red third eye in the middle of my forehead. That is all.

Culturally and historically, men and women have done makeup or face painting for centuries for beauty, celebration, war, religion, to ward off diseases and protect from the sun. By the time Queen Cleopatra came to power in the 1st century BC, Egyptian women had at their disposal a whole array of cosmetics, all of which were made from rocks, minerals and plants in the region. Cleopatra used bright green and a deep blue eye shadow with gold-colored pyrite flecks. She darkened her eyebrows and lengthened her eyelashes. She used red ochre, a type of clay colored red by iron oxide for blush and lipstick.

The #nomakeup naturalist may claim the toxic brew of chemicals women put on their face as reasoning for their stance. Legitimate! But with Sheer Minerals by Lemongrass Spa, you need not worry.

I hardly think the use of makeup or lack thereof is worthy of a “movement”. My idea of a movement would be to accept all translations of beauty. If your look is a swipe of lip balm and a ponytail, you go girl! If you pile on eyeliner, practice on your wings or paint on a precise 40’s era red lip, fabulous!! Most of what brings out beauty comes from the inside out. With Lemongrass Spa and Sheer Minerals, you can paint your gorgeous palette safely and naturally to your hearts content or, if you prefer, simply moisturize and go! As I like to say, makeup doesn’t make a woman beautiful, the woman makes the makeup beautiful. #Idefinemybeauty #SheermineralsbyLG

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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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Year in Review 2016

2016 was brimming with hot new products, savvy new events, social media parties and more followers than ever. Take a road trip down memory lane as we celebrate our 2016 Year In Review!

Products

You’ll find products most admired by customers in the Top 20 Products of the Year photo, featured above. Topping the list again this year are the Healing Elements Balms, soap bars including Tea Tree, Oatmeal Milk & Honey, Lavender Goat's Milk and Frosted Cranberry; BB Crème makeup and loose mineral Foundation and Matte Black Organic Mascara; plus a variety of body care and skincare products people use everyday.

The introduction of innovative new products is one of the key elements in engaging our customers and creating excitement for our sales consultants. In the spring, we released refreshing new Strawberry Lemonade and it was a huge hit with a wide variety of people of all ages. As part of our commitment in offering safer alternatives to families we unveiled a brand-new Deodorant Spray and Paste Deodorant utilizing certified organic essential oils, baking soda and odor-fighting ingredients. New Prebiotic Hand Wash was introduced to help provide a safe solution to harsh sanitizers and dish soap at the kitchen sink.

In the fall our ‘Products with a Purpose’ initiative propelled sales upward with the popularity of Soothing and Recovery Balms. These purposeful balms infused with botanicals and essential oil blends help reduce common muscle soreness, body pain and fatigue with all-natural ingredients. For the men, we added a popular Beard Oil that doubles as a hair serum for the ladies and for nursing moms, we introduced Organic Nursing Balm for healing delicate skin. To complement the addition of a few new essential oils we added a chic new Welcome Home Diffuser for large living areas and Wall Diffuser for small spaces like hallways and restrooms. We launched a revolutionary Prebiotic 3-in-1 Wash in both Unscented or Men’s Essentials scent. This organic, GMO-free product works on a molecular level by stimulating good microorganisms on the skin and promoting collagen production. It serves as a shampoo, body wash and facial wash in the shower. An exotic new floral scent, Midnight Orchid, was introduced and quickly became a customer favorite among women. For the holiday season we introduced new Snickerdoodle products and brought back perennial picks: Candy Cane and Frosted Cranberry.

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If you weren’t already completely convinced that 2017 is the year of Lemongrass Spa, take a look at Pantone’s Color of the Year!! 

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Can you even?? It is absolutely perfect! Green is a color that represents balance and harmony. It is said to create equilibrium between the head and the heart. It’s the color of growth and rebirth. It represents newness, freshness, love of nature and prosperity. It is such a beautiful, ripe green you can almost SMELL it! I cannot think of a better color to represent Lemongrass Spa AND the year 2017! Bravo, Pantone!

You may wonder what importance the Pantone Color of the Year has and why I would even bother to write an article about it. Well, If you want to know what color you will see dominating your favorite department store racks, accessory shelves, shoe stores and even home furnishings department, it will likely be the Pantone Color of the Year. Or, as we saw last year, colors (2) of the year.

To better understand the influence of Pantone and color in general, their website states: “Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.”

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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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Making Seasons Bright with these Black Friday Specials

What would it be like to have all your holiday shopping done in less than fifteen minutes, from the comfort of your own home? This year Lemongrass Spa is making that dream a reality with our Black Friday Specials! You’ll avoid the crowds plus save on gas and shipping because for the first time ever, Lemongrass Spa is offering free shipping on two new limite edition gift collections. Enjoy the season of faith with your loved ones without the stress of multiple mall trips or last minute big-box adventures.

Pull up a chair, grab a cup of hot cocoa and start checking names off Santa’s list!

Early Bird Bonus

Our gift to you! Receive a trial sized Nourishing Lip Butter for FREE when you place an order of $39 or more Wednesday, November 23rd at 9am MT through Saturday, November 26th at 9am MT. .No Special code necessary; all qualified orders will recieve the gift automatically.

Extra Bonus! 2 oz. Frosted Cranberry Hand & Body Lotion

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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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Fresh, Pure and Natural Holiday Glamour

Whether you are hosting or invited to a neighborhood holiday gathering, a family event or a glamorous corporate soiree, in the same way you plan what you will wear, equally consider your makeup.

Guests will initially admire your dress, shoe choice, or ugly sweater, but holiday parties are a time for engaging with friends, family or people you may only see in an office atmosphere….face to face! Occasionally you will run into others who chose the same outfit as you, however, your face will always be a designer original!

To best determine what to wear on your face, lets start with the type of event you’re going to followed by a few fun options.

Casual event, family gathering or daytime party

Glow for it! If your preference is Au Naturel, you can dress it up slightly with a little bronzer applied to the prominent features of your face to catch the light, a touch of Organic Mascara and just a kiss of Peach Dream Organic Lip Gloss makes your natural beauty shine!

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With Love From Lemongrass Spa

We salute all of you who are kicking cancer to the curb! Your bravery inspires us beyond what words can describe. This month we received the most heartwarming, awe-inspiring stories of courageous people all over the country who are undergoing a variety of treatments.

When you or someone you love is going through cancer treatment there are so many emotional and physical changes that go along with it. During the month of October we asked our sales consultants to nominate men, women and children in their communities undergoing cancer treatment who could benefit from the healing products in our Loving Care Gift Set. The set includes three of our most hydrating items: Healing Elements, Nail Balm and Ultra Hydrating Body Crème. Over 700 sets were gifted throughout the month and we thought you’d adore hearing some of their astonishing stories.

“So it seems I may have been bragging on feeling so well a little early. I've felt really tired and awful for the past two days and today my hair literally came out in handfuls! So I have an emergency appointment with Kelly and her clippers at 2:30 tomorrow! I'm not risking being patchy! I've been pretty bummed out about it all day but there's no getting around it. It's not as if I didn't know it was going to happen and besides buzz cuts are cool as someone told me today - I certainly hope so!! Anyway I'll post pictures tomorrow after I figure out what the heck to do with a bald head!

On a far more positive note I got a really nice gift set in the mail from Lemongrass Spa because it's breast cancer awareness month. Thank you Sarah B-Wellpup for thinking of me. It's really cheered me up and I'm looking forward to using it all!!”

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Benefits of the Top 3 Natural Exfoliants

Revive dull skin from head to toe by adding exfoliation to your weekly skin care routine. Exfoliating removes dead cells from the surface of the skin, smoothes rough patches and can help cellular turnover for youthful looking skin. Click here to learn about different types of exfoliation and exfoliation products in Lauren Wilkerson’s Benefits of Exfoliation blog. A variety of exfoliation materials have been used throughout history, and many of these continue to be used today such as pumice stone, sand, nutshells, and oatmeal. Three of the most common natural exfoliates are sea salt, sugar and jojoba beads, each of which provides their own unique benefits.

Sea Salt

Packed with minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and zinc, sea salt contributes to improving skin texture. When used in conjunction with a massage, sea salt is believed to increase circulation to the skin. Its high magnesium content is also believed to help reduce signs of inflammation. Sea salt has sharper edges than sugar and jojoba beads and is perfect for smoothing rough areas like elbows, knees and heels.

Products to try: Lavender Mint Body Polish and Dead Sea Facial Polish

Sugar

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With Love...A Survivor's Story

In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lemongrass Spa is encouraging those bravely fighting any type of cancer to share their stories with us, and in return we will gift them one of our Loving Care Sets. Read one survivor’s inspiring journey to a fresh, clean & natural lifestyle.

HeatherMiller.jpgHello! My name is Heather Miller, Senior Director with Lemongrass Spa Products. I would like to share a little bit about my journey with Lemongrass Spa. In August of 2014, a friend of mine contacted me to share that she had just joined natural skin care company and wanted to send me a catalog and samples to try. I knew that if she loved them, they must be something special. My friend is a breast cancer survivor and meticulous about what goes on and in her body. When the products arrived, I was amazed at the purity of the ingredients used in these products. And the best part was how very well the products worked!  

I too am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2011. At the time, my husband was deployed with the Marine Corps. I underwent 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and 33 rounds of radiation treatments at the age of 37. My breast cancer was NOT genetic, I did not carry the BRCA gene and there was no history of breast cancer in my family. My cancer was labeled “Environmental”, in fact I was part of a clinical study and parabens were found in my breast tumor. That was a huge wakeup call for me!

My family went on a mission to go clean and green with our diet, cleaning products, and with our skin care. The diet and cleaning products were pretty easy to change over. However, I would spend hours researching skin care products only to end up frustrated and angry at what I found. So many products were labeled “hypo-allergic, organic, and natural” but when I would read the ingredients list, those products still contained harsh and even toxic chemicals.

I even tried making my own lotions and skincare products at home, and failed pretty miserably. I resorted to using with coconut oil, but my body still needed something else, I just could not seem to figure out what it was. So when the Lemongrass Spa products arrived from my friend, Lenora, the timing could not have been any better. The eczema on my back went away in 3 days. My skin was finally soft, vibrant, and HAPPY. I was hooked and I decided to join this amazing company without even attending a Spa Party, I was that impressed! I wanted to share these products with my family!

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Lions and Tigers and…. Lead?…Oh My! Using Sheer Minerals Makeup For a Safe and Healthy Halloween

Ghosts and Goblins are not the only frightening things lurking around this Halloween. Many of the commercial face-painting products on the market today contain petroleum, lead, artificial dyes and fragrances, as well as skin allergens such as cobalt, chromium and nickel. Not to mention the scream-worthy ingredients in adhesives and glues, the red dye in fake blood and synthetic chemicals in spray-on hair color. Halloween can be a veritable witches brew of toxic ingredients!!

Fortunately, with Lemongrass Spa, there’s an alternative. You can achieve almost any look you want with our collection of Sheer Minerals makeup! Any of the Sheer Minerals powders can be mixed with water or Healing Elements Balm to glide on effortlessly. Our Black and Brown Natural Eyeliners can be used for outlines, cat eyes, black noses and freckles. The Organic Crème Lipstick in Siren is a perfect blood-red for a Count (or Countess) Dracula. Add a little sparkle to your favorite Fairy Princess with White Diamond Eye Shadow. The possibilities are as big as your imagination!

To demonstrate the versatility and ease of application of Sheer Minerals as Halloween makeup, Lemongrass Spa hosted a Halloween Face-Off contest with our Consultants and their families and friends. We asked them to submit photos and application instructions of their best Halloween makeovers for a chance to win $100 as well as be featured in this blog. Wow! What an amazing response we got! The submissions were incredible! There was such a huge response that we had a hard time choosing the winners! Thank you to all who took the time to showcase their creative, adorable, scary and sometimes hilarious works of art on themselves and their favorite people.

Without further ado, the winners of our Halloween Face-Off are:

Creatures

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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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At Lemongrass Spa, we want to pamper you at home with luxurious body care products, but we realize a pampering session isn’t typically part of an everyday routine. Multiuse products save time and money plus are a great way to reduce waste and de-clutter your living space. The following five products can replace everything from hair styling products to basic skin-restoring ointments.

1. Healing Elements Balm

Available in Glide on Stick, 2 oz. jar and 6 oz. Family Size

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It’s no wonder Healing Elements is our #1 selling product and at the top of this list. Zinc oxide and calendula have been studied for their healing abilities on skin conditions such as wounds, burns, ulcers and rashes and are used (separately) in medical-grade ointments. These two therapeutic ingredients paired with the soothing combination of apricot, jojoba and almond oils plus shea and mango butters, make Healing Elements your go-to for minor skin irritations. Healing Elements can be used as a night crème for dry, blemished or aging skin that may need a little extra care. It also doubles as a hair conditioner and styling product; use a dime-sized amount of Healing Elements to soften and control curls.

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Benefits of Botanical and Anti Aging Complexes

Maintaining dewy, youthful skin is considered the number one skincare concern for most women. Vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients are needed to maintain skin’s suppleness and luminosity, and Lemongrass Spa offers two anti-aging botanical blends to meet these needs.

Most people require a daily face crème to help balance and maintain hydration, regardless of skin type. While using a crème formulated for the body won’t harm your face, you’re missing out on the anti-aging benefits of a concentrated formula made with specific skincare concerns in mind. We offer face crèmes formulated for normal, dry and oily/blemished skin, and each recipe is enhanced with a botanical blend to target fine lines, uneven skin tone, rough texture and other signs of aging. If you’ve been struggling with finding a skincare routine, Lemongrass Spa’s resident licensed esthetician, Lauren Wilkerson, can help you determine your skin type (click to read more).

Botanical Complex found in the Face Crème with Botanicals, Gentle Face Crème, Tea Tree Face Crème and Original Cucumber Eye Crème with Witch Hazel includes: 

  • Calendula Flower Extract: Used for centuries in wound care due to purported anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties; believed to assist in skin's consumption of proteins and collagen production.
  • Chamomile Flower Extract: Soothes and neutralizes inflamed skin and used in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema dermatitis.
  • Rose Extract: Cleansing and astringent properties help calm dry and sensitive skin.
  • White Willow Bark Extract: The primary active compound in white willow bark is salicin. In the body, salicin can be converted into salicylic acid, which has powerful effects as an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever.
  • Red Clover Extract: High concentration of vitamin C and minerals such as niacin, phosphorous and magnesium help reduce redness and itching from minor skin irritations.
  • Elderflower Extract: Packed with powerful antioxidants to fight free radical damage; used for anti-aging, smoothing skin tone, reducing redness and dry skin.
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: Mix of fatty acids derived from coconut oil and vegetable glycerin used to prevent and restore moisture loss.
  • Bulgarian Lavender: Lavender has a long history of use in skin care including treating burns and rashes due to a variety of restorative properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial.
  • Rose Geranium: Helps balance oil production, improve circulation to skin, works as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is often used in the treatment of acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Carrot Seed Oil: Stimulates circulation and toxin removal, which helps improve elasticity, plus has antiviral and antiseptic properties to help fight blemishes.

Outside of a balanced diet, serums are the perfect delivery system for providing the nutrients your skin needs. Serums apply a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the skin. Light and fast absorbing, these elixirs penetrate the inner layers of the dermis for a lasting effect and can be used with all skin types. Lemongrass Spa enhances its Green Tea Antioxidant and Organic Anti Aging Serums with an essential oil blend and anti aging complex to boost the rejuvenating effects. There are visible benefits of daily use of serum including softer, suppler skin, smoother appearance and natural vibrancy. Customers who have used the serums have noticed an improvement of overall elasticity of skin and less dryness, even in cold weather when used regularly. The Green Tea Antioxidant is a favorite among those with oily prone skin types and Organic Anti Aging (Oil) Serum is the preference for normal to dry skin types.

Essential Oil and Anti Aging Complex

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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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Eye Candy:  SWEET Color Matching Tips for Your Eyes

Many times when choosing eye shadow colors, we choose what is appealing TO our eyes, but not necessarily ON our eyes. Finding the right colors to make your peepers POP can make all of the difference in putting your best face forward. Follow these color matching tips for eye-catching results!

If Your Eyes are BLUE…

Neutral colors set off blue eyes. Sheer Minerals shades like Sea Shell, Sand Pearl, Dazzle, Ballerina Pink, Matte Mocha and even our Coral Blush are beautiful with your baby blues for a daytime look. Blue-eyed beauties look best when wearing earthy tones, but if you want a brighter look, you can also wear rose-colored or pink shadows like Sassy Pink or our Sweet Cheeks Blush. Deeply pigmented colors like Suede and Amaretto are more dramatic and intense, offsetting lighter colors for a stunning evening eye. Blue is a cool color and warm colors are the best contrast with your eyes. In this case, opposites attract!!

If Your Eyes are GREY…

Like shades and tones actually intensify the rare grey eye. Smokey shades, like Silver Sky, Frosted Taupe and Blue Quartz, for a daytime look compliment and play up grey eyes. A smokey eye technique done in grey and blue shades such as Silver Sky and Smokey Eye are especially alluring and sultry for an evening look. If subtle colors are more your style, stay cool. Ballerina Pink or cool Serenity Blue will be the ICE-ing on the cake for grey-eyed babes.

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Products with a Purpose

Healing Elements is our number one selling product due to its multitude of uses. We’ve now expanded our line of products with a purpose with two new items: Recovery Balm and Soothing Balm! These new balms are perfect for a massage, which has been shown to improve overall wellbeing by easing physical and mental tension. Both balms feature a blend of apricot kernel oil, olive oil and beeswax to melt into the skin.

Put a spring back in your step with Recovery Balm! Known for their relieving and comforting properties, the certified organic blend of clove, arnica, cardamom and cinnamon essential oils warm up as the balm is gently worked into skin. Target sore muscles, stiff joints and tension caused by sports injuries. Don’t let strains and sprains keep you from staying active. Studies have shown regular massage can help ease the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis.

Recovery Balm is recommended for ages 10 and up due to the small percentage of cinnamon and clove essential oils.

Soothing Balm features peppermint and menthol known for their refreshing and uplifting properties. Massage Soothing Balm onto your chest and upper extremities to quickly alleviate congested nasal passages. Sinus sufferers will find relief from utilizing this on pulse points or a tiny bit under the nose. Derived from the herbs peppermint, eucalyptus and pennyroyal, organic menthol can also aid in reducing itching and inflammation as its absorbed through the skin.

Soothing Balm is recommended for ages 2 and up due to the menthol and peppermint essential oils.

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Essential Oil Lover’s Guide to Diffusing

Many archeological discoveries have shown evidence of plant extracts being used for religious and medicinal purposes, and ancient texts reference the use of plant extracts for physical and psychological wellbeing. Early distillation of plant extracts, similar to modern-day essential oils, is credited to Persians around the 10th century, but much of what we know about the beginning of aromatherapy has been learned from ancient Egyptian culture where evidence of burned plant resins, balms and oils have been found in tombs, hieroglyphics and other ruins.

Aromatherapy has evolved since ancient times, and we have only begun discovering the science behind how plant essences benefit our physical and psychological health. Enhancing mood is one of aromatherapy’s most understood benefits. Have you ever smelled your favorite flower or baked goods and couldn’t help but smile? Create a romantic, uplifting, relaxing or other desirable ambiance by diffusing essential oils in your home or car. People diffuse oils purely for the love of a scent, aromatherapy benefits or both. Whatever your reason, it is recommended you use an electric nebulizer or diffuser (steam or fan) to maintain the molecular integrity of the compound because essential oils can breakdown if exposed to heat. On August 15, Lemongrass Spa Products is releasing three new diffuser choices: Welcome Home Ultrasonic Diffuser (steam), Lattice Diffuser (fan) and Wall Diffuser (fan) to go along with our popular Car Diffuser (fan).

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the diffuser to enjoy the aroma throughout your home or car. Along with your favorite individual essential oils and blends, here are ten different combinations to try:Wall_Diffuser_1.jpg

 Do you have a favorite essential oil combination for your diffuser? Let me know in the comments!

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