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Archives: January 2013

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The Value of Getting Gritty

Happy New Year! By now I’m hearing a lot of clients complain about dryness, flaking, and tired looking skin.  Exfoliating is vital to keeping your skin fresh and radiant all year round, and should only be skipped in the instances of raw/broken or burned skin, or if you have a skin condition such as rosacea that counter-indicates abrasion of any sort. If you have doubts speak to your dermatologist before introducing new products into your skincare regimen. 

Moisturizers and serums work best when they can be readily absorbed by the skin rather than sitting on the surface; by exfoliating, we remove the debris sitting on the surface in order to provide a fresh, absorbent surface that will receive the fullest benefits of our products. If you think of your body as a temple, consider your skin the walls–in a grand temple, would you paint a beautiful mural over a big patch of plaster on the wall without sanding it down first? 

Read on to learn about some of the great exfoliating products we carry here at Perelandra & don’t forget to stop in for a personalized consultation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to help optimize your skin care routine!

Get glowing–
Eden

Skin type:
Congested pores; blackheads or milia present; rough or thickened skin
Try: Now Nature’s Microdermabrasion

Why: Mechanical exfoliant with volcanic sand refines skin texture and helps reduce the appearance of discoloration, imperfections, scars and wrinkles. 
Follow with: Now Green Tea & Pomegranate Purifying Toner
 & Now Hylauronic Acid Moisturizer AM Fineline -note: this moisturizer is one of my favorite items in the entire store!


Skin type:
Dull or Breakout Prone
Try: Andalou Naturals Grapefruit +C Exfoliating Peel
 
 
Why: Enzyme exfoliant/peel; Vitamin C and antioxidants encourage cellular turnover; pineapple + papaya enzymes provide alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate & loosening dead cells and debris; grapefruit helps neutralize bacteria 
Follow with:
 Andalou Natural Probiotic +C Renewal Cream

 
Skin type:
All Types (except those prone to cystic acne & rosacea)
Try: Suki Exfoiate Foaming Cleanser
Why: Mechanical & enzyme exfoliant; natural sugar provides gentle alpha hydroxy acid, non GMO rice flour & citric acid from lemongrass unclog pores, remove dead skin, and resurface skin.
Follow with: Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner
; Suki Balancing Day Lotion

 
Skin type:
All Types
Try: Alba Botanica Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub

 

Why: Mechanical exfoliant; Marine Complex, infused with sea enzymes, stimulates cell regeneration to produce a more uniform skin tone; small, fine beads gently slough away dead skin
Follow with: Alba Botanica Natural Even Advanced Sea Kelp Toner
 

 
Skin type:
All Types
Try: John Masters Jojoba and Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser
 
Why: Mechanical exfoliant & gentle creamy cleanser; ginseng improves circulation, which can reduce fine lines and make the skin firmer. Jojoba beads gently exfoliate without scratching.
Follow with: 
John Masters Firming Eye Gel

 
Skin type:
Active or Oily 
Try: Andalou Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub
Why: Mechanical and enzyme exfoliant; polysaccharides prepare, soothe, oxygenate, and replenish, providing the optimal dermal delivery for active ingredients; lemon oil gently clarifies by loosening surface oil and impurities, neutralizes bacteria that can cause breakouts
Follow with: Andalou Natural Açai + White Tea Oil Free Moisturizer 

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Recipe: Seaweed Salad

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Many people think that Japanese food is a cuisine that is too hard to cook at home – labor intensive, complicated, with fickle recipes that are necessary to follow word for word. While it’s true that you’ll need a few specific ingredients that you might not have laying around, they’re worth the investment, as most Japanese recipes call for some combination of these liquids.
Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Mirin
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
2 ounces Sea Vegetables (hiziki or wakame)
1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 green onions
1 cucumber
1 Teaspoon sesame seeds (black or white)
1. Soak the seaweed in 4 cups of warm water for 10 minutes.

2. You will know the seaweed is ready once it has expanded and is soft.
3. While it’s soaking, prepare the dressing by combining grated ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, and sesame oil in a medium bowl and whisk until mixed.
4. Cut the green onion in thin, short strips, the cucumber in thin half moons, and add to the bowl with dressing.
5. Drain the seaweed. Using your hands, squeeze out any excess water.
6. Add the drained seaweed to the bowl and stir until mixed. Top with sesame seeds.
This is a simple healthy salad that is a perfect complement to a larger meal that may include fish, sushi, rice, miso soup, or ramen.  Seaweed is known to offer a high concentration of B-vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium, making it a highly nutritious food for vegetarians.
 
 Enjoy your meal!

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