Peter Thomas Roth – An Outstanding, Innovative Brand

At The European Touch we are very picky when it comes to adding a brand to our lineup of skin care fit for our discriminating clientele.

Peter Thomas Roth made the cut a long time ago and numerous clients are faithful users of the many products the line offers.

Today we want to introduce the rest of you to this most outstanding brand. As the product formulator, Peter leads all research and development efforts to deliver progressive, cutting-edge products in his own lab and production facility. He scours the earth for the best and most powerful ingredients to deliver state of the art quality at effective concentrations.

The brand philosophy is very simple: Breakthrough formulas. Astonishing results.

I am sure many of you have heard of Unwrinkle Serum, this most innovative multi-peptide serum that took the market by storm a few years ago. The Unwrinkle family has since grown to number 8 “family members”, its popularity is still growing.

Then there is the FirmX family, with 52% youth activating NeuroComplex™ helps to firm, contour, & brighten the look of skin; helps stimulate natural cell activity to help restore the appearance of skin’s elasticity, resilience, tone, and texture.

The CamuCamu family of products with 30 times more Vitamin C than an orange, helps improve collagen, brighten, smooth firm, revitalize, improves the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines & wrinkles with intensive moisturization.

The Laser Free family contains multiple plant extracts and plant peptides, helps regenerate, moisturize, firm, calm and brighten the appearance of dull, damaged, wrinkled, overexposed skin.

The Retinol products with Professional Strength high-potency advanced 3% Retinoid helps even skin tone, smooth rough skin texture and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Acne and blemishes are taken care of with the Glycolic group and the Acne Products group.

The product line currently consists of a comprehensive range of over 100 products sold world-wide. We only mentioned a few of the families of products that are offered in this effective and well researched brand.

To top it all, the ultimate luxurious anti-aging treatment with pure 24K gold and colloidal gold to help lift, firm, brighten, smoothe and refresh the appearance of the skin.

Time and time again Peter hears from customers that they love his products because they WORK! More than 15 state-of-the-art formulas have garnered sought-after awards from top prestigious beauty magazines. But don’t take their word for it – take your own. The results will astonish you.

For a short time, with every $200.00 purchase we will send you a FREE six-pack of Mask Sampler Kit, a value of $44.00

The kit contains: –

Pumpkin Enzyme Mask 14ml   –  exfoliating, polishing

Cucumber Gel Mask 14ml   –   calming, cooling, soothing.

Irish Moor Mud Mask 14ml  –  purify, decongest, hydrate.

24K Gold Mask 14ml  –  luxurious anti-age, firms and lifts the skin.

Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Mask 14ml  –  anti-age, repairs dull, dehydrated skin.

Blue Marine Algae Mask 14ml  –  deeply hydrating and nourishing gel mask.
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Take this opportunity to try out new products and get ready to be amazed!

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers’ Day Gift Ideas

Flowers and candy are traditional, so this year step outside the box and surprise Mom with a really useful and lovely gift she will enjoy for longer than a few days and will not mess with her diet.

France Laure Sculpture 3D Cream + Serum restore skin elasticity $154.00

Ilike Organic Skin Care Time Reverse regime travel set for mature skin $68.00

My Payot Trio with My Payot Super Base FREE $98.00

Mother’s Day Gift Set by Payot $72.50

Gernetic Trio Set: synchro30ml + immuno30ml + cleanser  $114.75

Gernetic Trio Set#2 : synchro50ml + myomyoso30ml +cleanser $114.75

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Synchro Immuno Synchro Myo Myoso

Adult Acne & Its Treatment

    Adult acne is quite different from juvenile acne, both         in causes and treatment.

    Adult acne can be caused by:- stress,  medication, hormonal imbalance.

Hormonal imbalance may be triggered by pregnancy, menopause or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) use.

    Adult acne can appear on normal skin, combination skin and even dry skin.

Medical treatments for adult acne include:

                  – Long-term use of antibiotics.
                  – Topical applications of benzoyl peroxide.
                  – Accutane
                  – Topical retinoic acid (vit.A)- irritating.
                   – Birth control pill is useful in cases of hormonal imbalance with excess androgens.A visible sign of this problem would be excess facial hair, hair loss or thinning hair.

    With the exception of the birth control pill and antibiotics, all the above forms of treatment are irritating to the skin and may leave adult skin with lifelong sensitivity.

At the European Touch we have alternative tools that offer a more natural solution to heal, nourish and regenerate the adult acneic skin without any negative side effects.

Adult acne is not an insoluble problem and our pictures prove it.

The regime used by the clients in the photos above is simple:

1. Glyco Milk + Fibro Lotion A.M & P.M.                    

                        2. Synchro Immuno mixed in equal amounts A.M. & P.M.

If you find Synchro a little too heavy you can substitute Synchro2000for the same effect.

In addition to facial products, GERnetic bust treatment products are very beneficial because they balance hormonal activity and reduce the occurence of adult acne.

                           Seino Lotion 

                          Macro 2000 cream   

                           Endo serum

Please remember to use small amounts, as GERnetic products are highly concentrated and there is no need to use large amounts in order to get the desired effect.

At The European Touch we are commited to your success in treating adult acne. Follow our advice and you will solve adult acne problem in no time. We are available for FREE private consultation over the phone or via email, so feel free to contact us.

Four Steps to Set Back the Clock

This Sunday we set the clock forward, to signal the long awaited coming of spring. High time to set eyes on green rather than dirty white!

Mature skin showing winter damage needs its own clock set back, not forward. Coming out of hybernation mature skin is in need of special care and the following 4 step program goes a long way to help renew and rejuvenate.                                         dreamstime_xs_11675419

1. Exfoliate to get rid of accumulated dead, dry cells. This will also brighten the complexion and refine the skin texture. Apply a nourishing mask.

2. Cleanse and Tone daily using revitalizing products.

3. Apply Day & Night regenerating and lifting creams.

4. Repeat Step 1 every 2 weeks.

This month we suggest treatment products by Payot-Paris and Ilike Organic Skin Care.

Step 1. Yogurt Power Peel followed by Rich Carrot Mask by Ilike Organic Skin Care

Step 2. Fraicheur Cleanser/Toner by Payot-Paris or Rose Petal Milk/Toner by Ilike Organic.

Step 3. Perform Lift Day/Night/Neck by Payot-Paris or Glycolic Medlar Treatment by Ilike  Organic Skin Care.

Over and above the 4 steps, we recommend a special step which does not involve any product. Instead of working on the skin, this routine was specially developed by Dr.Payot to work on the facial muscles, just like going to the gym for the face.

In conjunction with high quality products it is very helpful to practice facial exercises, just like going to the gym will enhance the results of a good diet. 

Dr.Payot Facial Exercise Program can be seen if you click on the link.

We hope you make use of these suggestions and enjoy spring time looking your best.

Nadia Danay

P.S. To see any of the products just click on the link to be taken to the page.

 

Sonic Face Brushes – Pros & Cons

The last few years have seen a serious growth in the sales of mechanical face brushes, with Clarisonic leading the pack.

Here we will try to make things clearer, without the hype.

As an aesthetician with more that 25 years of experience, I am quite familiar with the concept of face brushing. In years gone by we used to use and sell lovely little face brushes, some with natural bristles, others less costly had nylon bristles.

Even back then, the purpose of using the brush was to enhance the results of face cleansing. Oily skin with blackheads was greatly improved when the person diligently used the brush to spread and work in the cleansing milk or foam. Dry skin also benefited from the removal of dead cells and acquired a lovely glow. Mature skin definitely benefited because of the increased blood flow to the area, which improved nutrition and cell renewal.

Brushing  was not recommended for very sensitive skin or pustular acne. Sensitive skin may become worse from the brushing action that could irritate. Pustular acne was in danger of spreading the acne causing bacteria by accidentally breaking pustules while brushing. Acneic skin tends to be sensitive and brushing could increase that problem.

The advantages I outlined above are still standing, except that the mechanical brushes will do the work for you, like the sonic toothbrushes will clean your teeth.

If used diligently, the manual brush will give identical results to the sonic brush. The key here is to actually use it daily. Of course, if one spends upward of $100.- on a sonic brush it stands to reason that one will, at least at the start, use it more than one which cost $15.- It’s all down to psychology: if it costs more it must be better.

I would avoid manual brushes with nylon bristles, because they may be scratchy. Natural bristles work very well and need little care. Just rinse well and let dry with bristles facing down, on a towel. Otherwise water will seep into the handle( usually made of wood) and cause it to crack over time. It’s a good idea to disinfect your brush weekly, to avoid creating a bacterial culture in the bristles.

Sonic brushes need disinfection as well and if you opt for one you will be very happy with the results, just as happy as when using a common-or-garden variety. True, there’s nothing fancy about the latter and you cannot carelessly mention to your friends you had just finished brushing with the latest gadget. It just does not have the same “cool, with-it” vibe, a must for many people.

To conclude, sonic brushes are doing just as great a job as manual ones, but if you want one, just go ahead, but at that price you better use it religiously!

Nadia Danay

Customer Appreciation Program

This program was created over time and we think it’s best to have it all spelled out in one place to eliminate confusions.

The European Touch Skin & Hair Care introduces a complete customer appreciation program.

1. 15% off first order. After registration (for Gernetic products)  the customer receives a confirmation email and a coupon code redeemable at checkout.
2. 15% discount on purchases over $200 on the month of the customer’s birthday.
3. $35.- Coupon received after first purchase, redeemable on a future purchase over $250.- (valid 3 months)
4. $25.00 Coupon received after subsequent orders over $250.- (valid 3 months)

Repeat customers are highly valued, as well as new ones and the company has received very positive response to this program.

As always, free personalized skin care consultations with a professional aesthetician of over 25 years experience are available without restrictions.

We appreciate your suggestions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any ideas on products or promotions.

Most of all we appreciate your making us your skin and hair care suppliers of choice and look forward to many more years of doing business with you.

Nadia Danay

Moisturizers for Oily Skin

Summer is splendid, but oily skin finds it difficult to handle, what with moisturizers and sunscreen, plus make up. It can be very stressing, trying to tone down the shine.

Over the years I had many clients complain that their oily skin became even oilier once they used a moisturizer. The problem is not the skin, just that the product they use is not designed for their skin type, which is oily.

A little anatomy here will help understanding this topic.

Our skin contains a lot of water, which is needed for keeping the skin molecules plump and the interstitial fluid (the “soupy” liquid which surrounds the molecules) at a liquid consistency. We lose water content through moving and generally functioning as living beings. For the body to function well we need to replace the water content. Since water is vital to normal life, the famous 8 glasses we drink are going to go everywhere in the body and the skin is last on the destination list, which means the skin does not necessarily get enough for its needs. This is the reason for using topical moisturizers.

The second important ingredient in the skin beside water is sebum (oil). Sebum is produced by glands located in the skin and its job is to protect the skin from environmental elements, such as dust, bacteria, pollen, etc.

Sebum creates a very thin film on the skin and gives it its “dewy” look.

The sebaceous glands sometimes produce too much sebum and this results in an “oily skin”.

Having an oily skin does not mean the skin needs no water.

When choosing a moisturizer we need to pay attention to which type of skin the moisturizer is for.

Moisturizing cream for oily skin is water based.The moisturizing cream for oily skin is light in texture and will penetrate easily, leaving no film on the skin.

Choosing the right moisturizing cream for oily skin ensures your skin gets hydrated without any negative side effect.

Allowing oily skin to become dehydrated will only result in premature wrinkles, not a very desirable result.

Here are a few Oily Skin Moisturizers we like:

Tropo by Gernetic, Mixed & Oily by Gernetic, Hydra-Matt Fluid by Sothys, Sulphuric Whip Moisturizer by Ilike Organic Skin Care, Oil-Free Moisturizer by Peter Thomas Roth and Clariphase Day/Night Cream by France Laure.

 

 

What’s New in August

The European Touch

Sothys Jumbo Cleansing Duo

Cleansing Milk 400ml+ Floral Toner 400ml

Double the regular retail size, for the regular price – that in itself is a great deal.
We went one step farther and made these duos our Product of the Month at
15%off.

Clarity Cleansing Duo
Comfort Cleansing Duo
Purity Cleansing Duo

 
New Sunscreen Products by Peter Thomas Roth

Perfect timing for the sunny, hot weather.
We can now offer you 2 new sunscreen items:


Anti-Aging Sunscreen Stick SPF50
Sunscreen cream ideal for the face, dries matt and is a great makeup base.
The “stick” refers to the packaging, not the contents.

Ultra-Lite SPF 30
This lotion absorbs very fast to provide sheer broad spectrum protection.

Both sunscreen items are priced at the introductory price of $26.- (regular $32.-)

We wish you an enjoyable, sunny and relaxing month!

The Staff @ www.theeuropeantouch.com

Summer Travel Kits & Maxi Duo

  • Minis & Maxi : Travel Kits & Maxi Duos
  • Gernetic Travel Kits
  • Ilike Travel Kits
  • Sothys Travel Kits
  • Sothys Maxi Duos

Gernetic Travel Kits

Perfect size to take on a trip, will last up to three weeks and takes up minimum space.
A great way to try out new products or a lovely, thoughtful gift.
Four options to choose from:

#1  Glyco 50ml + Fibro 50ml + Synchro 30ml
#2  Glyco 50ml+Fibro 50ml+Synchro 30ml+MyoMyoso30ml
#4  Glyco50ml+Fibro50ml+Synchro30ml+Vasco30ml
#6  Glyco50ml+Fibro50ml+Synchro30ml+Immuno30ml


Ilike Organics Travel Kits

Each pouch contains a milk cleanser 30ml + an exfoliant 17.25ml + a mask 17.5ml + a moisturizer 12.5ml.

1. Hyaluronic Time Erase Complex– anti aging.
2. Balancing – oily/acneic.
3. Vitalizing – normal/combination.
4. Time Reverse – aging, dry
5. Brightening – Hyperpigmentation
6. Calming – sensitive
7. Grape Stem Cell – anti aging, protective.
8. Eyes and Lips

Sothys Maxi Duo Cleanser + Toner Duo in double the regular size.Only the size is bigger, the price is the same as for regular size products.  Exceptional value for all budgets.

1. Clarity Cleanser 400ml + Clarity Toner 400ml 
for Sensitive Skin and Broken Capillaries.
2. Comfort Cleanser 400ml+Comfort Toner 400ml 
for Dry Skin.
3. Purity Cleanser 400ml + Purity Toner 400ml 
for Oily Skin


Sothys Travel Kits

Four products in each kit : Cleanser 40ml + Toner 40ml + Moisturizer 15ml + Serum 15ml.Great for one week trip or a thoughtful gift.
1. Vitality Kit – Normal/Combination Skin
2. Comfort Kit – Dry Skin
3. Anti-Age 2 Kit – First Fine Lines
4. Anti-Age 3 Kit – Mature Skin 

Exfoliation for Mature Skin

I was inspired to write this by reading another interesting post by Perry Romanowski’s from The Beauty Brains.

In the past I wrote about the importance of exfoliation for maintaining good skin and some readers may wonder if exfoliation can be done indefinitely, or, as Peter’s client put it “Does exfoliating make you run out of skin?”

The answer is resoundingly NO.

The skin has a basal layer ( the live layer) which produces new skin cells that travel upwards and become the top layer. At this point these cells are dead and will naturally flake off to make room for new ones, and so on. The whole process takes about 35 days. Stem cells in the basal layer produce skin cells indefinitely, but, with aging the production slows down. This in turn means the natural sloughing process slows down too and this is why aging skin has that greyish tinge : it’s been around too long.

Exfoliation takes care of that problem by removing the dead cells and making room for fresh ones to come to the surface.

Exfoliating excess dead cells also eases penetration of anti-aging serums and creams and hereby enhances their effectiveness.

You have multiple choices when choosing exfoliants:

1. grainy, mechanical ones that work by gently moving your fingertips in small circles.

2. enzyme peels ( e.g.from pineapple, papaya) which are applied and allowed to work for a few minutes, then rinsed off.

3. AHA like glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid which can be done by an aesthetician.

4. chemical peels like TCA done by a dermatologist.

5. microdermabrasion that is done by either an aesthetician or dermatologist.(in reality it will be done by the nurse)

Exfoliation is beneficial for mature skin and should be done regularly, as part of a good skin care maintenance program.

Caring for the Mature Skin

This is the first post in a series dedicated to skin care for the mature skin.

There is a page on our website dedicated to mature skin, but we realized there are far too many products from all the brands we carry to just show them on the page and hope a person has the patience and time to wade through them all in the hope of landing on the right product. Hopeless…

So we decided to change products on the Mature Skin page every 2 months. We will show six products, all from the same brand, all dedicated to the mature skin.

This month we are featuring Ilike Organic Skin Care new Grape Stem Cell group.

You may have heard or read about stem cells and the rejuvenating effects they have on the skin.

Ilike Organics use 100% pure organic grape stem cells that have the ability to promote healthy cell production and protect against UV-induced cellular damage. In other words, grape stem cells help production of fresh new healthy cells, so the skin becomes refreshed, younger-looking.

Even better, stem cells can reverse the effects of photo-aging and protect against UV damage to the skin.

Visit our Mature Skin page and give yourself an early Valentine present: skin rejuvenating Grape Stem Cell by Ilike Organic Skin Care.

Tips & Tricks

* Do exfoliate three  times/week.

* Do use an eye cream.

* Do use sunscreen.

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Getting Your Skin Ready for Spring

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Winter is on its last legs, we hope, so we turn our attention on the current state of the skin. Our faces had to put up with harsh winds, snow, rain, cold outdoors and overheated and dry indoors. Our winter skin care regime should have included nourishing creams and masks. Even in the best case scenario, assuming the skin is in good shape, weather change brings change in the skin care routine.

Take a look at the skin after cleaning it well. Notice any imperfections, any flakiness, any rough spots. Now is the time to apply a good exfoliation.

By exfoliating we remove accumulated dead cells, build-up of makeup and pollution. Winter dryness causes dehydration and flakiness. By exfoliating we prepare the skin for a fresh start.

There are many choices for exfoliants : classic scrubs with small beads are the most basic (keep well away from crushed almonds or other”natural”bits that can be scratching the skin like so many needles). A good mechanical scrub is GerPeel by GERnetic.

Better exfoliants will contain plant enzymes, or lactic acid and do not need scrubbing, as the enzymes break down the protein in the dead cells and all you need to do is wash them off. A good example is Yogurt Power Peel by Ilike Organic Skin Care.

Chemical peels, such as glycolic acid peels, are done by an aesthetician and will give splendid results, especially if you sign up for a series of 4-6 treatments.

If you don’t want to commit to that, you can use a trio of glycolic acid home care products that effect an exfoliation over time. There is absolutely no down time and the results are excellent. A good example is the Glycolic Acid Trio by Peter Thomas Roth.

The same company has an interesting exfoliation called Laser-Free Retexturizing, which combines enzymes with microscopic jojoba beads and glycolic acid for deep exfoliation, plus an extract from a South American plant called dragon’s blood, to repair skin damage, plus sweet almond, apricot and mango oils to moisturize. This product packs a real 1-2-3 punch.

Regardless of the method you choose to exfoliate, once this step is done you can turn to a deep moisturizing mask used as a treatment for a week. It will deeply hydrate the skin and assist in eliminating fine lines due to winter dehydration.

Now you’re ready to start your spring skin care routine. The same way you review your spring wardrobe, you must review your skin care array of products. Check your milk cleanser and toner. Are they still smelling clean and fresh? Then keep on using them, by all means. Just make sure storing them near a heater over winter hasn’t turned them into a bacteria hotel.

Moisturizers, for both dry and oily skins, are a daily must in the morning. Try to use a moisturizer with sunscreen and if not, use a sunscreen AND a moisturizer.

Do change your night cream to a lighter, nourishing one. It’s time to add an eye cream to the routine and prevent new lines.

Do keep on using a moisturizing mask once a week, preceded by a light exfoliation.

Following this routine will result in peaches’n cream skin, ready to welcome spring and summer in our gardens and patios.

5 good reasons for a cleanser / toner or face wash routine

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1. Regardless of skin type, cleansers remove makeup and pollution from the skin. Some cleansers are removable with water, others need to be removed with a tissue and then with a toner.

2. Toners are needed to remove the last traces of cleanser without stripping the skin too much. The ph of the skin is balanced by the toner which leaves your skin with a ph of 4.5, a little on the acidic side, making sure bacteria do not make their home on your skin. Even if your skin is oily or acneic, you must make sure that your toner does NOT contain alcohol. This ingredient will strip the skin completely, just like soap will. Unprotected skin will then produce more sebum (oil) and the oiliness will come back with a vengeance.

3. Oily skin may prefer the feeling of a foaming face wash, which works very well for this skin type. Many face washes for oily skin do not need a toner to follow.

4. There are face washes for dry and mature skins. Some of them contain tiny granules which effect a gentle exfoliation while cleansing. Others contain ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, plant and fruit extracts. If you wear a fair amount of makeup it is advisable to use a milk cleanser first and follow with an appropriate face wash.

5. The night cream applied following a good cleansing will have a better chance of producing visible effects. Otherwise, applied on an uncleansed face, it will just add to the debris and be quite useless. Shame to pay all that money for a cream to just have it go to nought!

Do you have a favourite cleanser/toner or face wash?

by Nadia Danay

Why Soap is Not Good for Your Face

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This post is the first in a series I call “Back to Basics” to discuss the fundamentals of daily skin care.

Soaps are great for the body are not so great when used on the face.

Soap removes the naturally occurring oil protection and leaves the skin totally bare. The oil is there to create a barrier against outside aggression, such as bacteria, dust, wind, pollution.

This oil is produced by oil glands (or sebaceous glands) located in our own skin. Once on the skin surface, the oil acts as a sheer cover. The ph of the sebum is slightly acidic, therefore destroying bacteria it comes in contact with.

When using soap all this protection is washed off and the skin responds by producing more oil. For oily skin this is not good, as it creates a vicious circle of washing and producing more oil than needed, then washing again…In the long run oily skin becomes sensitized and the sensitivity will last a life time, even after the oil production slows down with age.

Dry skin will just feel taut, because the amount  of sebum it produces is too small to begin with, so after washing it off you feel like your skin has shrunk.  In the long run, this is one of the reasons why some very young people develop wrinkles long before their time.

Cleansing the skin at night is an absolute must if we want to keep looking fresh and wrinkle free for a long time. However, soap is not the answer for the reasons I just mentioned above.

There are solutions that work well without the nasty side effects. Cleansers and toners, or face washes are the alternative and we’ll discuss them in detail in a future post.

Until then, take good care of yourself.

by Nadia Danay

Choosing The Right Skin Care at Every Age

Last week I visited a friend and had to use her bathroom. Not that I am nosy, or anything, but her skin care products were out there on the counter for all to see.

So I took a look and for a minute I thought she intends to open a store, there were that many bottles and jars in little rows. Being an aesthetician and a friend, I felt I can ask her why she had so many skin care items, without her taking offence.

She said she uses them all, not regularly, but as the fancy takes her. She does not have a real “fave”, just buys what she feels the latest “trend” is. I have to admit she does use some of the products I carry, but not exclusively. Her main source of ideas are magazine ads and TV commercials.

She is not alone in doing this and I find it hilarious that she constantly has complaints about her skin. The problem is not the products themselves, as much as the fact that many of them are not for her skin type and age.

We need to tailor our skin care to our individual skin and age. I’ve put together a little chart to outline basic skin care needs according to age. I hope it clears some of the confusion many people have on what is needed and what is just a nice extra.

To really personalize this chart to your individual age and skin, please do not hesitate to contact me at : info@theeuropeantouch.com and I’ll be delighted to assist you in making educated choices.

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