Anti-Aging Repair

by Marybeth Bochel

Maybe you’re one of those women who are approaching their mid-30s and those fine lines and wrinkles are starting to appear making you look older than you really are. Perhaps you’re in your 50s and those tiny wrinkles that appeared in your 30s are now much more dramatic. Those pesky wrinkles (and sagging skin) are definitely making you appear older and that is unacceptable, right? Well, what can be done to erase wrinkles? How can you look younger? Is there any hope left? The answer is yes! There are many products available today to help with fine lines and wrinkles at any age.

The first product to help repair older skin is to consistently use a good skin care regimen day and night. The key word is consistently. To really get your skin in great shape, it involves daily cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing. All skin care systems are not created equal so you will need to select one that fits your individual needs.

While using a daily regimen is a great start, there are other products that you must add to your regimen. Firming products that contain hyaluronic acids and peptides are excellent when it comes to reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The hyaluronic acids and peptides absorb deep in the skin and draw the moisture from your skin. This allows the acids to plump up which gently pushes the skin and plumps the skin on the surface. When this happens, it smooths the lines and wrinkles on your skin creating dramatically visible improvement. Products that contain these acids can be used in the morning, evening or both. Beauticontrol offers a line of Tight, Firm and Fill sets (TFF) that have clinically showed intense improvements instantly and over time.

Another product that can help with wrinkles is instant and very dramatic. This serum is applied after cleansing and using astringent, and absorbs deep into the skin. The serum attaches to the skin cells and as it dries, pulls the skin cells tighter. This creates a lifting feel and an intense firming sensation. The skin is smooth and wrinkle free within 5 minutes. The product is called Sublime Instant Lift. This product should be used when you want immediate results rather than waiting days, weeks or months for visible results.

Regardless of which type of anti-aging products you choose, it is based on your individual needs. When it comes to skin care, one-size-fits-all simply doesn’t work. Women and men that have wrinkles are not only suffering from dry skin. Oily skin can develop wrinkles too. However, oily skin keeps the skin protected therefore wrinkles take longer to appear. Most people with oily skin have wrinkles appear later in life rather than earlier. Yet when it comes to dry skin, wrinkles show up quickly. Early 30s people with dry or extremely dry skin will show a much higher amount of fine lines and wrinkles than those people with oily skin of the same age. Dry skin needs moisturize and hydration twice a day. If you are unable to take proper care of your skin when younger, your face will age faster.

Knowing your skin type and specific skin needs is the first step, using quality products daily is the next step, and for those of us that find wrinkles unacceptable, using TFF products or Sublime Instant Lift will give you back your youth.

Exfoliating

By Marybeth Bochel

Most people hear “skin care” and they immediately think of their face. It’s quite natural for us to associate good skin care with how we take care of our face, but skin care also involves the body. If you work so hard on your facial skin care to look younger, why not spend equal amount of time on your body?

When it comes to taking care of the skin on your body, there are many products to give you excellent results. Number one product to protect our delicate skin is of course sunscreen. It has been proven that wearing sunscreen will help protect your skin from harmful rays that can be damaging and possibly lead to cancer. However, there is another very important product to help protect your skin. It’s called exfoliation.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation happens when dead skin is removed from the surface of the skin with abrasion. Perhaps you’ve used exfoliating products for your face, but you never thought about using it for your body. The exfoliating process when done regularly will keep your skin soft, smooth and will also even out your skin tone. It will reduce wrinkles too, which is always a plus. There are many products that offer exfoliation for the body, but they are not all created equally.

Exfoliating products will contain scrubbing beads or granules that feel gritty to the touch. Some will feel coarser than others. You must be careful not to use granules too coarse or it will hurt your skin. Some granules are so soft you hardly know they’re in the product at all. These are excellent for sensitive skin. Most exfoliating products are combined with cleansers or some sort of foaming soap. This allows you to clean your skin and exfoliate at the same time. If you’re a person who likes to get in and out of the shower quickly, this is an excellent choice for you. However, there are other exfoliating gel like substances that don’t foam or lather. This requires an extra step while in the shower.

How Does Exfoliation Work?

Everyday our skin produces new cells. These perfect and plump skin cells are deep within our skin. They eventually work their way to the skin surface and when skin cells reach the top level, they are dead. When layers of dead skin cells are sitting on the surface of your skin, it creates a dull look. Sometimes the dead skin cells will flake causing skin to look very dry. When you remove these layers of dead skin cells, the newer cells beneath will be revealed. This gives your skin that glow and firmness. When these dead layers are removed, your body produces new plump cells to replace those layers. This creates a “cell turnover” that happens every day of our lives. When we are young, this process happens very quickly, yet as we age, the turnover is not so frequent. This makes older skin look dry, flaky and dull. By exfoliating, we are helping to speed up that cell turnover, giving us skin that looks younger and healthier.

So next time you are in the shower, give your body a good scrub from head to toe. Your skin will look refreshed, renewed and healthy, making you appear younger. Who doesn’t want that?

Manicures

by Marybeth Bochel

It is a known fact that the first place a woman shows signs of aging is her eyes and hands. Actually, that’s how you can tell a woman’s age is by looking at the crows feet and wrinkles around her eyes and also the skin discolorations and age spots on her hands. Some women look older than they really are because of the look of their skin. This may sound like bad news but it’s the facts. However, there is a way you can fool everyone. You can minimize the signs of aging around your eyes with an array of eye creams and lotions. You can minimize the signs of aging on your hands with two simple products – exfoliation and hand cream.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation involves removing the surface layers. In this case, we are discussing layers of skin. There are two scientific versions of exfoliation: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliation is when a chemical or solution is used to remove dead skin. Maybe you’ve heard of the chemical peel? This process literally involves a cream or solution applied to the skin and the chemicals melt the skin away (or in some cases it burns the skin away). The other form of exfoliation is physical. This involves a physical abrasion to remove skin cells. This could be a scrub of gritty beads or soft beads. You can simply use your hands to rub the abrasive texture around or you can use a brush to buff your skin. Either way is fine, depending on the surface and the intensity of the abrasion beads.

Exfoliation for Hands

Now when we think of applying a gritty scrub to our face, we need to be careful that the grit isn’t too aggressive or we will harm our skin. Not all grit is equal. If it is very coarse and jagged, it will remove more layers of skin. If the grit is soft and the grains are smooth and not jagged, it will simply give you a gentle scrub and buff your skin without really removing any layers of skin. When it comes to your hands, the skin is thicker and tougher than on your face. Many people prefer a much more abrasive feel when exfoliating their hands. Of course, personal preference comes into play too. Use what’s comfortable for you.

Salt or Sugar?

Many hand scrubs on the market today are basically salt scrubs or sugar scrubs. Both work fine and exfoliate nicely. The salt scrub is usually a bit coarser than the sugar scrub. If you like using a salt scrub, then Beauticontrol has the perfect solution for you. Their salt scrub is made with salt from the Dead Sea. This is a gritty scrub that effectively removes the top layers of dead skin on your hands. Their salt scrub is also loaded with emollients and botanicals to nourish and protect the new skin that’s revealed. If you prefer a sugar scrub, Beauticontrol has a softer scrub made with sugar that is gentler. The sugar scrub has a delicious scent of vanilla and marshmallow with a touch of nutmeg. The salt scrub is either a refreshing spa like minty scent or a lime infused margarita scent.

The Final Step

After exfoliating your hands, it is super important to add nourishing moisture to protect the new skin that had been uncovered. The manicure scrub from Beauticontrol uses tea tree oil and avocado and safflower oils during the exfoliating process to instantly hydrate your skin. Yet after rinsing your hands, it is also important to moisturize your skin too. By using a thick hand cream with alpha hydroxyl acids, this will seal in moisture and also continue to give your skin a fresh glow.

By following the above steps to exfoliate your hands on a regular basis, you will have younger looking hands with less dryness, less discoloration and age spots. This treatment once a week will take years off the look of your hands. And after all, younger looking skin is better, isn’t it?

Facial Skin Care

By Marybeth Bochel

When we are children, we don’t need to worry too much about skin care for our face. We are young and don’t wear makeup, so cleansing your face each morning and night was not something you think about when you’re a child. However, once you reach puberty and your face produces much more sebum and you start wearing makeup, it’s then time to think about a good skin care regimen to stick with. This is the time to develop good skin care maintenance.

Where to Begin?

This is a common question for teens that are looking for a good skin care system to use. Typical questions are: What do I use? How do I use it? How often do I use it? These can be daunting questions. And when you look at all the skin care in the market these days, it is downright overwhelming to select a product. That’s why it’s important to know the facts. Knowledge is power. The more you know about skin care, the better equipped you are at making good selections. This article should help you navigate the skin care section of your favorite store.

The Basics

When it comes to taking care of your face, there are 4 steps to follow. Regardless of what brand you select, these 4 steps will be the same every time. They are: cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize. Again, no matter which regimen you choose, these 4 steps are steadfast. As you age, there will be supplemental products you would add into these basic steps, such as an anti-aging cream, eye cream, and possibly masks. So let’s take a closer look at each of these 4 basic steps:

  1. Cleanse – This is the first step in any skin care regimen. This is important because it removes all the dirt, oil, makeup, pollution and grime that collect on your skin everyday. By thoroughly cleansing your face, you are removing what causes clogged pores, which leads to breakouts and other damaging skin conditions.
  2. Exfoliate – This is probably the most important step in keeping your skin clean, soft and free of wrinkles and fine lines. Exfoliating has two types, depending on your needs – daily and weekly. Daily exfoliation is a gel formulation with tiny scrubbing beads. These tiny beads are smooth and glide across your face adding extra cleansing for your skin. While cleansers remove dirt and oil, exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that collect on the top of our skin. By exfoliating daily or at least 3 times per week, you remove this build up. You give your skin a fresh new glow by allowing the new skin cells beneath the dead skin cells a chance to surface. Weekly exfoliating involves scrubbing beads that are jagged and sharp. This gritty gel is used with a buffer brush to remove 3-4 layers of dead skin cells. It is much more aggressive than daily exfoliation; therefore it is only used on a weekly or biweekly basis.
  3. Tone – A toner (or tonic) is a clear watery liquid that is applied to a cotton ball and swept across your face. During cleansing and exfoliating, your pores may have opened and now need to be closed. The toner is also a refreshing final rinse for your face to prepare it for the moisturizer.
  4. Moisturizer – Depending on your skin type (dry, normal or oily) you must always use a moisturizer. This final step gives your skin nourishing benefits and keeps your skin hydrated, soft and plump. You never want to deplete your skin of moisturizer; therefore it is needed every morning and every evening.

When you understand the benefits of the basic 4 skin care regimen, you are better equipped to select the products you need to give your face that healthy, fresh glow of great skin.

Detoxifying Body Skin

By Marybeth Bochel

Lately, there is so much hype about detox and ridding your body of toxins it is a bit overwhelming. You may be thinking, “Is it worth it? Does it really help?” The answer is yes. Detoxing the body of harmful toxins is an excellent way to have a healthy body and healthy skin.

Removing toxins from your body involves eating a simple diet for several days. This diet does not involve consuming any processed foods, sugars, trans fats and other unhealthy snacks. It cleanses your system and rids your intestines of any build up. The results, should you manage to stick to only the correct foods and beverages for several weeks without cheating, is amazing. You feel lighter and more refreshed. Many people lose a significant amount of weight, giving them the motivation to continue living this type of healthy lifestyle. But what about detoxing your skin? How exactly does that work and what are the benefits?

Detoxing Your Skin

During a 24 hour period, our skin is very busy. During the day, or skin collects oils, grime, pollution and dirt which sit on the skin. During the evening or sleeping hours, our body is rejuvenating itself. What happens is our pores open up and release toxins then close. So if you didn’t wash your skin or cleanse your face to remove all the dirt and grime from the day, your skin is unable to release those toxins and the filth on your skin will absorb into your skin, creating more toxins in our skin. This creates dull, unhealthy skin that creates skin problems and issues later on. The best thing you can do to help release these toxins each night is to cleanse your skin thoroughly.

How to Detox Your Skin

There may seem like a lot of products to choose from when it comes to detoxification. Focus on only those products that help your skin. There are key ingredients that are superior in removing toxins. Here are a few:

  • Sea Buckthorn and Sea Kelp – Detoxify and purify while providing skin with key nutrients
  • Green Tea Extract – Potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage.
  • Copper, Zinc and Magnesium – Energize and re-mineralize skin

The best way to detox your entire body is to soak in a warm bath. For centuries, people have used a warm bath to open their pores, allow the body to release toxins and cleanse and purify the skin. By adding the above ingredients to your bath soak, you will feel the benefits of re-mineralizing your skin. To truly enjoy this type of experience, use Beauticontrol Detox Bath Soak. This product is a non-foaming bath soak that will revitalize, detoxify and re-energize your skin and your mind. A 20 minute soak several times a week will not only help improve your mind but will also pull all the toxins from your body and make you feel exhilarated.

So get on the detox wagon by eating healthier, enjoying relaxing detox bath soaks and ridding your body of toxins both inside and outside.

Acne Prone Skin

by Marybeth Bochel

Many of us, as adults, look back on our teenage years and shutter when we remember the terrible skin we had. Some people were blessed and didn’t have acne. Those people were the envy of any teenager suffering from terrible skin. As someone who suffered for years with bad skin, I often wondered what these girls (and some boys) used on their face to make them look so perfect? Well, as I got older and wiser, I realized the secret. I only wish I knew then what I know now.

When it comes to teenage skin (or young adult skin), there is a great deal of change going on within their body. This creates your skin to react more dramatically than if your body wasn’t going through all those changes as we mature from child to adult. The skin produces much more sebum than before and many teenagers develop acne. During these changes, hormones are raging which also plays a contributing factor with acne. And finally, the foods we eat can trigger acne. These conditions that trigger acne can be difficult to navigate. However, there is good news. With the correct products and an understanding of delicate acne skin, any teenager can have good skin with less acne.

When it comes to oily skin, the best way to diminish acne is keeping the skin free of oil. This involves several products that will help throughout the day. To start, you must cleanse your skin thoroughly every morning and every evening. This is very important. Some teenagers that play sports or participate in activities that create a lot of sweat may have to wash their face a third time during the day. With all this washing, it is critical that you use a cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin. There is a difference when it comes to removing oil with strong cleansers and stripping your skin with harsh soaps.

The cleanser you choose must contain ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These two ingredients are paramount when it comes to acne. Both are effective, both do the job well, however, some people find one works a little better than the other. You have to listen to your skin and watch for reactions such as over drying, redness and burning. If you feel or see any of these reactions on your skin, switch to the other ingredient and give that a try. The amount (or percentage) of either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is key. Some cleansers contain a high amount while other cleansers have a low dose. Find what works best for your skin. Your face should feel clean, refreshed and soft, not dry tight and painful.

The next step is the toner. This is an added cleansing treatment. It’s like a final rinse for your skin after cleansing. Many toners for oily skin do have salicylic acid as the active ingredient. This should not be more than 2%. If it is higher than 2%, it will burn your skin and damage it more. Damaged skin takes longer to heal so you not doing any good by using a product with too much salicylic acid. Again, your skin should feel soft and clean, not dry and tight.

The final step to rid your skin of oil and prevent acne is to moisturize. Remember, every skin needs moisture, the key is to use a moisturizer that doesn’t contain irritating oils that would clog the pores and promote breakouts. The best type of moisturizer is one that also absorbs oils during the day to help keep the skin looking fresh and soft.

Older Skin Care

By Marybeth Bochel

As we age, our skin changes, most of the time this is never celebrated. Our aging skin creates bags, jowls, nasolabial folds, crows feet and wrinkles. While there are thousands of products on the shelves at stores that promise to correct your facial challenges, there is one foolproof way to give your skin what it needs and stop Father Time from continually marching across your face with new wrinkles. That would be proper skin care – daily.

When you consistently use a good skin care regimen every day and every night, you will reap the benefits. However, the skin care treatments you are using must be specifically tailored to your needs. There is no “one size fits all” skin care system. To determine your needs it is best to talk to a dermatologist or a skin care expert. They can ask the right questions, look at your skin and see what your needs are. Then you will get a system that will give you results with daily use.

All skin care regimens start with a cleanser. This could be a gel-like formula for oily skin or a cream for normal to dry skin. If you suffer from extremely dry skin, many beauty companies offer a cleansing cream which is a thick creamy cleanser that infuses your skin with nourishing benefits to soothe your extra dry skin. It is really a luxury for you to take 5-10 minutes of your morning or evening and carefully massage the cleanser into your skin, being careful not to tug or pull your delicate older skin. This time is special and should be treated as your “me time”. We all have hectic lives and taking a few minutes to stop and take care of you is powerful for both the physical and mental wellbeing of yourself. Cleansing and treating your skin is a perfect way to take that much needed time-out.

With older skin, using a strong toner or astringent can create more bad than good. Older skin needs less alcohol in the toner. Older skin should also stay clear of Alpha Hydroxy Acids too. AHA’s are designed to be strong when it comes to removing dead skin cells. Using a more gentle astringent is best.

Exfoliation is by far the best solution to older skin to create a youthful glow. Daily exfoliation is good for morning or evening use, but treating your skin to microderm abrasion will give you powerful results. Microderm abrasion is a very gritty cream that is applied to the face and neck. A brush that spins or rotates is dampened and used to buff the gritty cream across your skin. After several minutes, rinse your face and neck thoroughly or hop in the shower to rinse. You will have removed about 4-5 layers of dead skin revealing the new skin cells that were covered in the dead skin cells. This weekly treatment will give your skin a glow like never before. With consistent use, fine lines, wrinkles, discolorations of pigment in your skin will disappear. You will even notice scars from acne will also subside over time. By far, this is the best treatment against aging skin.

After all the above treatments have been completed, now is the time to provide your skin with moisturizer. For the aging skin, special moisturizers with peptides and hyaluronic acids will plump up the skin making it look younger….much younger. Basic moisturizers and night creams are good, but if your use a moisturizer that has anti-aging benefits in it, you’re getting more bang with each treatment.

By following the above instructions daily (and weekly) you will stop further lines and wrinkles and also help plump up the ones you have, ultimately giving you a younger looking appearance.

Importance of Pedicures

by Marybeth Bochel

We spend most of the day on our feet. We walk, run, shop, exercise, and play on our feet. If you think about it, our feet hold all our body weight everyday of our lives. That’s a lot of work for two feet. So, how do we give our feet the special care they need? One important way to help our feet is wearing the proer shoes. Whether that’s sneakers, sandals, loafers, workout shoes or high heels (yikes), our feet can feel support by the shoes we wear. Another way to help soothe the pain and tension our feet go through ona daily basis is a relaxing and invigorating pedicure.
Many women hear the word “pedicure” and think of their favorite nail polish color they enjoy wearing on their toes. However, that’s only one aspect of the pedicure. The best part of a pedicure is not the color of the toenail polish but involves a relaxing foot soak, exfoliation and moisturization process that not only makes your tootsies look better but feel better too.

It’s all about the relaxation ans soothing time spent getting a pedicure. This is a process not to be rushed. One must devote a good 40 – 60 minutes at a spa to really induldge. Yet there are so many of us that work more than one job, are super busy with young children, or simply don’t have the funds available for a pedicure at the spa down the street. This may be the case for you, but it doesn’t mean that your feet don’t deserve a little pampering. We all need to take care of our feet. If we don’t serios injury and pain can be a direct result of not taking care of ourselves.
The solution is a simple pedicure you can do at home without the high price tag. The Beauticontrol Pedicure System can give you the same results as the spas by using some of the same top quality ingredients and botanicals. Ingredients such as vitamins E and B, peppermint oil, shea and mango butters, grape seed and jojoba seed oils.

To start, you want to soak your feet in a warm bath. This can involve an indulgent beth soak for your entire body or a small basin just for your feet. By soaking your feet, it helps to soften the skin allowing for more effective exfoliation. The sheer pleasure of pl;acing your feet on a basin of warm water is an instant way to relax. Add a little of Beauticontrol’s Detox Soak with sea kelp and green tea to detox and purify skin. The soothing aroma instantly creates a relaxing mood. After 10 minutes, remove your feet and apply the foot scrub. Gently massage this scrub into your feet paying special attention to your heels and the ball of your foot (under your big toe). Rinse your feet and pat dry.

The final step is to apply the Cooling Peppermint Foot Salve. This salve is rich and extra thick. Once you begin to smooth this salve on your feet, the peppermint oils will give you a refreshing and rejuvenating tingle. Your senses will be filled with the invigorating scent of peppermint.