Are Cleansers and Lotions Really Necessary?

“I don’t use make-up, so just a splash with water should be enough”. As any esthetician can tell you, this is a common comment. Yet, it couldn’t be more wrong.

We live in a relatively polluted world, the air is full of dust particles that are happy to land on our exposed face. Mixed with the dead cells the skin sheds daily, this becomes a build up similar to a dry sponge. Water alone cannot dislodge the buildup and any cream applied will be absorbed by the “dry sponge” before it gets anywhere to do some good to the skin.

Gentle cleansers followed by a lotion will remove the daily buildup and leave the skin ready to receive the nourishing night cream.

Saving money on cleansers and lotions is a false savings, because if the skin is not properly cleansed, no expensive night cream is going to do much good, in fact it would be a case of penny wise and pound foolish.

What About Peptides?

Proteins are the fundamental building blocks of skin.

Collagen is a protein comprised of long segments of amino acids arranged like a chain. When collagen breaks down, short segments of amino acids are formed. These are the tiny proteins and active molecules known as peptides.

Without peptides, skin doesn’t remain intact and the results is loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn’t bounce back as it once did.

What’s so fascinating about peptides is that abundant research has clearly shown they can help revitalize those building blocks and, in turn, help revitalize skin.

For people searching for the best ingredients skin-care manufacturers have to offer, peptides are at the top of the list. The skin contains natural peptides, which contribute to the structural strength of the skin and keep it plump and firm.

Pentapeptides (Matryxil), Oligopeptides and Copper Peptides work by stimulating the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, two natural components of skin that people lose as they age. Neuropeptides (Argireline) act by affecting neurotransmitters in the skin. When this happens, nerve cells in the skin cease communicating and relax. The overall effect is that skin becomes smoother and wrinkles disappear.

Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Serum, for example, contains a cocktail of all the above peptides which penetrate the skin to address common skin-care concerns, including wrinkles, from the inside out.

Sensitive Skin Explained

With winter fast approaching, sensitive skin is even more at risk of being irritated by harsh conditions.
True sensitive skin is triggered by sun exposure, fragrances, soaps, products, the weather, chemicals, inflammatory foods, and alcoholic beverages. It takes time to find the culprit and dermatologists specialize in patch testing and may test for over 100 different substances.

Rosacea is usually a constant once it appears. It is characterized by red flushing; small, visible capillaries; watery eyes; and small inflamed bumps; but it can be controlled. Take the necessary steps to treat rosacea before it becomes severe and avoid the triggers that exacerbate it.
Sensitized skin is much easier to determine and care for. Skin becomes sensitized from being exposed to harsh, too abrasive products, such as alcohol in lotions, rough face scrubs, AHAs in cleansers and toners.

They key is to treat senitized skin gently:

Modify cleansing and skin care routines during the colder months, in dry climates, and in hard water areas. Non-foaming, sulfate-free cleansers, milder exfoliants, and fragrance-free moisturizers suited to skin type will help restore the glow to compromised skin.

Do not scrub the skin. Cleanse with only the fingertips and blot dry; never rub the face with a towel. Because so many things, including even gentle active ingredients and professional treatments, can cause superficial flaking and peeling, the temptation to speed up the process by scouring off dead skin cells can be irresistible.

Grainy scrubs, baking soda paste, sonic cleansing brushes, spa gloves, buffing pads, loofahs, washcloths, and even towel-drying can spell trouble for sensitized skin. Side effects include redness; burning; prolonged scaling; increased sun-sensitivity; a thick build-up of keratin; and an uneven, blotchy skin tone.

Attempting to scrub off flaking and thickened dead skin will backfire. The body quickly produces a thicker buildup to protect itself, just like calluses form after repeated friction from ill-fitting shoes and pedicure paddles. Once this behavior is discontinued, sensitized skin can improve dramatically.

Water intake hydrates the skin from within, improves elasticity, plumps fine lines and wrinkles, and helps achieve a healthy glow. When the skin is well-hydrated, it is easier to address dry skin, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and eczema. Caffeine, alcohol, and smoking dehydrate the skin, so it is best to cut back drastically or stop completely.

Running a cool mist humidifier at night will hydrate the skin and help counteract the drying effects of cold weather, dry climate, heaters, and air conditioners. Clean as directed to prevent fungus and bacteria growth.

Choose fragrance-free products when possible. Perfumes, mixtures of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents can be irritating to sensitized skin and very reactive in sunlight.

Do not overheat homes and avoid heat sources like hot stoves, ovens, hairdryers, fireplaces, space heaters, hot showers, and direct sun.

 

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!

 

 

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

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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Moisturizers – We All Need Them

 

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Our skin is a complicated structure, but today we’re only focusing on two basic components : oil and water.

Oil, otherwise known as “sebum” is produced by tiny sebaceous glands. The job of the sebum is to cover the skin like a protective wrap against outside harmful elements, like bacteria, dust, pollution.

Too little oil results in dry skin, while too much oil results in oily skin.

Water is necessary for most of the body functions and is a very large component of every cell. Even if we drink enough for our body, the first organ to lose water content is the skin. This is why we need to moisturize in addition to drinking.

Too little water results in dehydrated skin. This is skin that shows tiny scratches, almost like  they were made by a fine needle, going in all directions. Chronically dehydrated skin will develop wrinkles regardless of age.

OIly skin is very often dehydrated because of harsh, cheap cleansing products which strip the skin not only of too much oil, but also of precious water.

Moisturizers are formulated to respectively suit oily and dry skin and using the wrong moisturizer can result in break outs (oily skin) or diminished but still present dehydration (dry skin).

It is customary to use a moisturizer for day time because our various activities will invariably result in water loss. In addition to replacing water, moisturizers are also protecting the skin against water loss.

Many moisturizers contain SPF, which saves us the use of 2 products instead of just one. The problem here is that SPF needs to be re-applied during the day and no one I know is ready to take off their make up in mid-day, just to re-apply moisturizer!!

The solution is to use mineral powders with SPF and apply this several times a day.

I look forward to your comments and questions. Have a great week!