Thinking about Skin Care? Some Folks Are!

For the skin care business, this time of year (end of the summer and fall) is typically when volume begins to drop until we get close to the holidays?  Why?  Primarily because the summer is over, most are working on going back to school, and candidly, we’re not “out and about” as much we have been the past 3-4 months.

We don’t sell as much wrinkle serum, body lotion, spider vein cream or cellulite treatments…and sunburn relief products have but gone into hibernation until next spring when the first sunburns start popping up during spring break.

There are some exceptions to this trend for discretionary skin care products however. 

First, if you are in the north, upper midwest, in the UK or one of our customers in Canada, then you are starting to feel the first waves of colder, dryer artic air.  The denseness, low humidity, and higher winds associated with these air masses bring with them a wave of dry, chapping, and irritated skin.  Though it may sound a bit contradictory, we start selling a lot of our moisturizing body firming lotions, Skin Tight in particular…as folks get a jump on moisturization to avoid wrinkles and tight skin.

Second, as I have just learned, a lot of folks stock up as kids go back to school.  Having been in this business for 6 years and seen the trends, I didn’t put 2 and 2 together, but when girls go off to college they spend a lot of money on a lot of things…one of them being skin care.  While they’re not talking about the latest wrinkle cream or psoriasis treatment, they are talking cosmetics, makeup and lotions.  So again, we see a bit of jump as schools crank-up.

Third, for folks who need real solutions to real skin problems and ailments, the flurry of the summer passing allows them to sit down and consider what can or should be done for treatments.  Again, I can attest personally and have direct evidence from the volume of calls we receive in our customer service center.  Spider veins, rashes, eczema, scars, oily skin…you name it.  It seems like everyone put these on hold since the spring and have decided it’s now time to decide what to do and what products work best.

If you have stayed with me so far, thanks…good to meet you and please give me any thoughts – rambling or not.  The point of what I wanted to discuss was skin care is a round-the-clock, annual issue and treating skin problems requires full-time diligence.

If you are a skin care retailer – spa, exercise facility or gym, salon, or product retailer – and you would like help with the direction you should take product-wise or help selling the products you have, give one of our account managers a call toll-free at 888-909-1658.

New Products for Dry Skin recently announced a new group of products for dry skin…just in time for windy, cold winter weather!

The Dry Skin and Face Kit contains three of their best-selling products for addressing severe dryness of face and body tissue.  This particularly helpful to those of use who experience flaking, dryness, and severly dry skin when the temperatures and humidity drop.

The Dry Skin and Face Kit consists of three products:

  • Dry Skin Face Mask
  • Dry Skin Toner
  • Dry Skin and Face Mask

I recently tried the kit on our annual family ski trip.  Being from the south, there is something about being in the mountains that dries-out my skin – severly.  Maybe because I’m getting older or because of the altitude and low humidity, but either way, my hands and face go into a bout of severe dryness making may hands (especially) look like they have been immersed in powder – and they are sore too.

I tried the new kit for week and was very satisfied.  I used the dry skin wash daily – not just on my face, but in the shower as a body wash.  It worked very well…but like many washes and soaps, it’s designed to clean…so, there was some drying but not as much as I had.

The dry skin toner works very well.  I had a few blemishes and they were knocked out quickly, and the non-alcohol formula was pretty gentle.

The dry skin face mask was probably the product I liked the best, but its impractiacle to use on a daily basis.  The company,, recommends weekly use.  I agree.  I used it on my face and hands.  I can tell you it works great.  It felt like I had a moisturizer applied after I washed it off, but no greasy or oily feeling.

Personally and professionally, I would recommend these products for those with medium-to-severe dry skin. The wash and mask, especially, would be very effective and useful for those folks over 50 – when skin begins to dry and thin.  All the products are rich in nutrients and minerals, and the mask has anti-oxidant properties as well.  For normal or daily use, I’d take a look at their moisturizers.  They come in a number of varieties from focus on deep moisturizing to antioxidant protection to anti-aging, to firming lotions that tighten skin and remove wrinkles.

The price on the kit (at this writing) is about $40 – and I know it is currently on sale as a promotion.  This compares favorably to other products we have reviewed – in fact, it is less than many of the moisturizers we have tested.  But this is not uncommon for SkinEnergizer®.  They are both a distributor of name brand products, but they also manufacture many of the products themselves – selling them at wholesale and discount pricing – you know, “direct from the manufacturer”.

All-in-all, I think there new products for dry skin are great skin care for cold, wind, low humidity weather and for those with severly dry skin.  Used with a daily moisturizer or moisturizing complexion cream, this may be the best new solution for drying, flaking, and cracking.

Natural Skin Care Products

It is a common thing these days to be tricked into buying some stupid product that doesn’t live up to the hype. Most of the time you end up wasting time and money, and even worse than the it is most likely natural skin care products you are purchasing. Now don’t get us wrong there are plenty of skin care products that do what they say they are going to do, but are they natural.

Younger looking, brighter skin is obtainable but finding a natural product that can do this can be difficult. Natural products can do everything from remove spider veins to fight wrinkles, but they tend to be more expensive and harder to find. These days with the help of the Internet the products are getting easier to find but choosing the right product for you can be hard.

People do things to make themselves look better everyday. From using a moisturizer to getting surgery. Many of the products out there are poorly made with cheap products, that are put into fancy jars and marked up 1000%. Don’t fall for the gimmicks any longer. Look for products with ingredients you understand like aloe butter, emu oil black willow bark and things of that nature.

If you are going to buy a new skin care product make sure it has a money back guarantee this will make sure you can get your money back if you do not like the product or if it doesn’t work. Stay away from products that use cheap harsh chemicals, which can damage your skin or cause allergic reactions.

Here are some products to look for and stay away from.
Liquid Petroleum (Mineral Oil) – Is a petroleum based oil that clogs pores and is the leading cause of adult acne.
4-Dioxane (Dioxane) – Has been proven in some states as a catylist to cancer.
Aroma (Fragrance) – Fragrance is bad for you and can harm your skin and your lungs, stick to essential oils that are natural.
Preservatives (Parabens) – Helps the product keep a shelf life some will not harm some are terrible for you.
Hydroxyl Functional Group (Alcohol) – Can dry your skin out and leave you susceptible to illness.

Your skin is a major part of you, if it is unhealthy you will be unhealthy so take care of it. It can be damaged very easily. When putting a product that has chemicals or even fragrance on certain areas of your body it can be very harmful to you. Always remember when you apply something to your body it is absorbing it so if it has chemicals in it you are absorbing the chemicals.

So without further wait here are some of the things we are trying to improve with the skin care products we purchase.
Collagen (Protein Bonds) – Occurs naturally in mammals has to do with connective tissue which effects skin tone and firmness.
Elastin (Elastic Protein) – Helps with the bodies reshaping after weight gain or loss also can control wrinkles.
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) – A vitamin oil that helps with cellular respiration, which gives your skin high energy output.

Just keep in mind there is no miracle cure for aging, but there are steps you can take to slow it down and even make yourself look younger by using natural skin care products. Just do your research to make sure the product you are choosing is right for you and your body.

Using natural or organic products is also helpful when treating acne. Acne-prone skin tends to be sensitive and inflammed. Harsh chemicals – including alcohol – can burn and do little for kill or removing infection from pimples or blemishes. Acne products like Acnetene use a substantial amount of natural extracts that have been proven for clearing the complexion and preventing acne.

Emu Oil Benefits

The benefits of Emu Oil are far ranging – from very common use in hair products to skin care.

Emu Oil is what is known as a “carrier oil”. It has the ability to deeply penetrate the layers of the skin (and scalp) unlike many other oils such as Jojoba, Mineral or Argan. This penetrating property allows its healing abilities to treat common skin problems where they start – most often in the dermis layer of the skin.

It is a natural anti-bacterial making it ideal for treating burns, cuts, and wounds (even scars from surgery or injury). It is also an anti-inflammatory having the ability to reduce inflammation, irritation and to soothe itchy and redness.

The video below is a quick overview that discusses some of it’s benefits that include treating skin rashes, acne, abrasions, and stretch marks. It can be used by itself or combined with other lotions, creams and shampoos to generally improve efficacy of the product. There are a range of Emu Oil products available and you can find it as a key active ingredient in many high-end treatments.

Emu Oil has been proven effective for treating:

  • Psoriasis
  • Burns
  • Cuts, lacerations, and incisions
  • Acne and rosacea
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Scalp psoriasis

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Cellulite – Understanding Cellulite and its Causes

Our mission is generally to provide reviews, news, product overviews and some helpful tips and advice. But, every once in a while, we decide to dig-in to some boarder-line medical and physiological causes of skin -related problems. This is often motivated by a comment someone makes that we find goes in the wrong direction – such is the case with cellulite.

Understanding Cellulite

A common misconception of what causes cellulite and how do you get rid of cellulite centers around weight gain and weight loss respectively.

Most folks believe the cause of cellulite – the bumps, lumps and uneven appearance – is the result of being overweight. While excessive with or obesity is a contributing factor, it is a secondary factor nonetheless.

The primary causes have to do the poor tissue health.

In a nutshell, the continued loss of moisture in the skin combined with the breakdown of collagen fibers under the epidermis allow fat and fluid build-up to “float to the surface” of the tissue, thus giving the “cottage cheese” or lumpy appearance.

Though gaining weight certainly provides ammunition for increased appearance of cellulite – particularly on the legs – hormone changes during pregnancy, menopause, aging, or medication, lack of a poor overall diet, and poor exercise habits – often have more to do with cellulite symptoms that simply gaining a few pounds.

Taking a closer look at cellulite

Connective tissue under the skin consists primarily of elastic fibers referred to as collagen and elastin. These fibers give our skin an underlying flexibility and elasticity – and essentially “hold us together”. The connective tissue is supported by fine capillaries that bring blood and nutrition and fluid circulation that add nutrients and hydration.

An unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, poor daily hydration, or changing hormones can deplete adequate nutrition or circulation that can lead to lack of blood flow and nutrition deliver.

Lack of nutrition and blood supply leads to a breakdown of collagen that lessens the strength and resilient nature of the connective tissue. Over time, fat deposits move up through this connective tissue – “parking” just under the skin’s top layers – giving the characteristic and signature cellulite look of lumpy, uneven appearance.

So, what can be done to get rid of cellulite? Well, there are really only three options. One, you can embark on along-term plan of healthy eating and exercise and hope for the best. You can drop a bunch of money on surgical procedures and “tucking” to lipodissolve or liposuction out the residual fatty deposits (that still require on going exercise and healthy diet), or you can opt for topical skin care products such as cellulite creams.

These creams often have firming agents that replenish connective tissue and improve its health. Long-term use combined with a more healthy diet can help you avoid and get rid of cellulite deposits.