The Importance of Using a Detox Mask

As the name suggests, a “detox” face mask is designed to do just that: detoxify. Our bodies are exposed to an abundance of toxins on a daily basis that can cause our skin to look tired, stressed, and dull. These toxins are found in the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the air we breathe. Over time, the accumulation of these toxins can take its toll on your skin health, promoting wrinkles, fine lines and early aging.

Applying our detox-oxygenating reaffirming mask at least twice a week will help remove dead skin cells, improve the surface of the skin, and ensure that your pores stay clear of any dirt or grime that would result in those blemishes you just don’t have time for! As an added benefit, your pores will now be open and just waiting to receive all the benefits from products you apply afterwards. Your skin will feel softer and take on a beautiful, luminous glow.

Using our detox-oxygenating reaffirming mask also provides the following benefits:

  • Helps to draw out the buildup of impurities and deep clean pores.
  • Enhances the effectiveness of your other skin care products.
  • Keeps skin looking clear, vibrant and healthy.
  • Improves skin tone and texture.
  • Helps tighten and firm the skin.
  • Improves the evenness of skin tone and brightens dull skin.

Even if your skin is flawless and you have yet to spot a wrinkle, there’s no better time than now to start taking proper care of your skin so that you can enjoy youthful looking and wrinkle-free skin as you age.

6 Reasons to Exfoliate Your Skin

Even though you keep your skin clean by washing regularly with a proven cleanser, if you’re not exfoliating, your skin may not be as healthy as it could be. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin by using either an abrasive scrub to sluff off the dead skin, a daily use product with fruit acids, a chemical peel, or microdermabrasion. Doing any of these things will help to revitalize dull, tired-looking skin.

Regular exfoliation provides a number of benefits:

  1. Brighter, healthier looking skin

When dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of your skin, your skin looks drab and dry. By removing these dead cells through exfoliation, you uncover new cells, which make your face and the rest of your body look brighter and healthier.

  1. Reduction of the signs of aging

As we age, our skin’s natural ability to slough off dead cells decreases, leading to drier, rougher skin. Exfoliating once or twice a week, helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurface the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  1. Improved performance of skin care products

Exfoliation naturally improves the performance of skin care treatments by removing penetration-blocking dead skin cells and allowing for deeper penetration.

  1. Prevention of future breakouts

When dead cells accumulate on the skin’s surface, this accumulation can clog up pores. As a result, these dead cells, along with the excess oil that also accumulates because the skin is not properly cleansed, leads to blemishes and acne. Help prevent these breakouts by exfoliating your skin on a regular basis.

  1. Improved skin texture

Does your skin have rough or dry spots? This may be because of an accumulation of dead skin cells in these areas. By sloughing off the dead cells through exfoliation, you’ll reveal the new cells underneath, leaving your skin smooth and even-textured throughout.

  1. Minimization of dark spots

Long after a blemish has healed, a red, brown, or purple mark may remain. But each time you exfoliate, you’re removing the top layer of skin to diminish the appearance of discoloration.

Try our daily bamboo exfoliant!

Looking for an exfoliant to try? We recommend our daily bamboo exfoliant, a daily exfoliating micro-scrub which removes impurities, oil, makeup, and dead skin cells, leaving the skin clean and fresh with a more youthful glow. It also helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurface the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, age spots, discolorations, and even acne scars. But what it won’t do is overly dry your skin by being too abrasive.

Our daily bamboo exfoliant contains HylaFusion®, a clinically proven breakthrough hyaluronic acid complex, which leaves skin feeling fresh, smooth, and hydrated with no greasy residue.

Intrinsic aging vs. extrinsic aging

Intrinsic Aging

The difference between intrinsic and external extrinsic aging is that the intrinsic, or the natural aging, process is controlled by genetic or chronological aging. As we age cell turnover, skin moisture and firmness naturally decrease. In women, the decline of estrogen leads to less collagen and elastin production leading to wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of elasticity.

Extrinsic Aging

Extrinsic aging, is photo-aging, caused by environmental factors, such as pollution, climate, diet, and stress. Plus, preventable habits, like smoking, are other culprits. These factors are largely controllable, unlike intrinsic aging.

Intrinsic Aging

Some physical signs of intrinsic aging include:

  • – Surface changes
  • – Expression lines
  • – Wrinkles
  • – Dry and itchy skin
  • – Sagging or slack skin
  • – Loss of firmness (tension)
  • – Thinning lips
  • – Loss of fat

Color and tone changes

  • – Age spots, discoloration, and pigmentation irregularities
  • – Uneven tone
  • – Dull or lackluster skin
  • – Dilated capillaries (redness)

Although intrinsic aging begins in the 20s, wrinkles and age spots, may not show up for decades. Time passes, and we can’t change that.

While we won’t be able to stop intrinsic aging at the source until we develop DNA manipulation techniques, there are things we can do to slow the progress of intrinsic aging, such as a proper daily skin care routine of twice daily cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating, day and night.

Recommended Products:

  • purifying gel cleanser lifts away impurities, oi,l and makeup to reveal clean, fresh, refined skin that is ready to receive the benefits of other eraclea® products. It leaves skin refreshed and supple, never tight or dried out.
  • eye surround cream is a light, targeted, hydrating and firming cream designed to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye as well as on the lid. Special proteins work to minimize the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles, while firming the delicate, sensitive skin around the eyes.
  • hydrating day lotion is a unique, lightweight yet ultra-hydrating blend of peptides, extracts and vitamins formulated to deliver moisture even after skin’s surface feels dry to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and fight premature aging.
  • restorative hydrating night cream is super-hydrating, non-greasy cream that works to firm, repair, and restore the skin while you sleep. This nourishing and hydrating formula not only helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, but also helps skin recover from environmental stress and refines texture for renewed radiance.

Extrinsic Aging

Extrinsic aging is also referred to as photo-aging because the sun is enemy number one when it comes to external signs of skin aging. The radiation from the sun’s UV rays accelerates the breakdown of skin cells, leading to sagging, pore enlargement, epidermal and dermal weakening, and wrinkling.

At its worst, extrinsic aging—due to overexposure to UV light—may also result in skin cancer.  Protection against UV exposure and pollution, giving up bad habits like smoking, and eating fresh, skin-friendly foods can significantly push back extrinsic aging.

Smoking accelerates extrinsic aging by causing skin discoloration, deep wrinkles, and poor wound healing. It restricts circulation and blood flow, preventing needed oxygen from passing to skin cells. The results are dilated blood vessels on the skin surface and the dull, sallow, gray-tinged complexions smokers are known for.

Staying out of the sun, quitting smoking, eating healthy and getting enough rest are all ways in which you can fight the extrinsic signs of aging.

Recommended Products:

  • daily bamboo exfoliant helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurfaces the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, age spots, discolorations and acne scars.
  •  perfectionist 4-in-1 cream with SPF 30 helps protect the skin against the radiation from the sun’s UV rays which accelerates the breakdown of skin cells, leading to sagging skin, pore enlargement, epidermal and dermal weakening, and wrinkling. Broad-spectrum UV protection (protection against both UVB and UVA wavelengths) is essential in the fight against sun damage.
  • intensive repair and protect serum/ vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help stave off UV-induced oxidative stress, or free radical damage.  Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage skin cells, leading to some of the very signs of aging we are so determined to avoid. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals, giving back the missing electron to the unstable atom, thereby fending off the chain reaction and keeping the damage from occurring.
  • reveal advanced lightening cream with Drone Technology uses dual encapsulated super-peptides to target specific cells and release active ingredients directly where they are needed most, quickly producing outstanding results. This product is formulated to address uneven skin tone and discoloration with proven lightening and brightening ingredients that work to reverse, repair and prevent future damage at the cellular level, revealing a younger smoother looking complexion.

 

 

 

Look out! Your Smartphone Might Be Causing Neck Wrinkles!

We’ve all heard about the potential issues that can arise from our smartphones; text neck syndrome, car accidents, sleep issues, cancer risk due to radiation, eye problems, to name a few. Yet no one wants to give up their smartphone, but this new revelation may change your mind. Your smartphone might make you look prematurely old by causing eye and neck wrinkles.

Squinting to read texts and emails can cause crow’s-feet and wrinkles to form around your eyes. Also, according to a study published in the journal of Surgical Technology International, slumping over the phone to type or read puts extra weight on the spine, leading to degeneration causing neck wrinkles.

Recommendations to help prevent these troublesome lines include: increasing the font size and brightness on your phone, holding up the phone to eye level instead of looking down, and the one no one wants to hear, giving up your smartphone!

Apart from lasers and injectables, or giving up your smartphone, the only other way to prevent neck wrinkles is through a proper skin care routine.

We recommend gently exfoliating with our daily bamboo exfoliant your neck and décolletage coupled with daily use of our neck and chest anti-gravity cream, an ultra-firming and restructuring cream that tightens and lifts the neck while reinforcing the skin structure.

 

Clear Up Summer Acne

Summer sun can feel so good: the warm weather, beautiful skies and the feel of the sun on your face. But with warmer weather, there can come a rather unpleasant side effect of increased acne.

Heat and humidity intensify oil production and clog pores, which in acne prone individuals, often means more breakouts.

Tips Improve Summer Acne:

  1. Wash your face after workouts: Breakouts can also be caused by sweat, and chances are you have sweat and dirt sitting on your skin, possibly clogging your pores and breeding bacteria.
  2. Wipe down your cell phone and anything that comes in contact with your face regularly. Here’s a simple rule: if you touch something germy and then you touch your phone, chances are those germs are going to end up on your face, so wipe down your phone or use an antibacterial phone wipe at least twice a week.
  3. Do you touch your face…excessively? Just like your cell phone, think about all the things your hands come in contact with. If you are going to put your fingers to your face, well, make sure they are clean!
  4. Wash your face thoroughly twice every day with a gentle cleanser and incorporate an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and keep pores clear. Also, be sure to remove all your makeup before hitting the pillows!
  5. Don’t dry out your skin! Your skin may rebound by producing more breakout-building oils. Even if you’re sweaty or hot, it’s key to continue moisturizing and hydrating your skin.

Acne Prone Skin Basic Skin Care Set

Our unique combination of acne products is scientifically designed to dry up acne, not your skin. Applying these products together targets superficial blemishes and clogged pores, while hydrating the skin and treating inflammation. This approach produces optimal, quick and continued results.

Is Your Body Summer Ready?

With summer quickly approaching are you already stressing out about, shorts, bathing suits and anyone seeing your cellulite? Get ready to bear arms (and legs) by using our smooth and firm body sculpting cream in conjunction with the simple self-massage techniques demonstrated in our videos.

This cream provides a wide variety of benefits, it helps reduce cellulite, promote detoxification, relieve swelling from excess fluids in the limbs, and hydrates the skin.

Did you know that improving the body’s natural circulation can give you a more toned and sculpted appearance?

When used with gentle massage, our smooth and firm body sculpting cream encourages natural circulation of the lymphatic system, which works directly with your cardiovascular circulatory system to keep blood and lymphatic fluid levels in balance and flush toxins out of the body. It also carries immune cells throughout the body to help defend against infections, aids in the healing process, and promotes relaxation and well-being.

Our smooth and firm body sculpting cream includes ingredients with powerful healing properties, like mineral rich seaweed, herbal extracts, essential oils, and antioxidants. These key ingredients include:

  • Bupleurum falcatum extract – Green algae that has anti-cellulite, slimming and firming properties.
  • Chlorella vulgaris extract – Green algae is amino acid, which is an essential building block of proteins and constitutes each individual collagen unit. Its large amino acid component leads many to believe that it has the ability to restructure and smooth out the surface of the skin
  • Caffeine – Antioxidant known to increase microcirculation and fat metabolism, by increasing microcirculation it can achieve a slimming effect.
  • Cypress – An astringent and diuretic, restorative Cypress helps eliminate excess fluid and toxins while stimulating circulation.

 

Smooth and Firm Body Sculpting Cream – Leg Massage

Smooth and Firm Body Sculpting Cream – Arm Massage

 

Give Your Skin a Turbo Boost

detox-oxygenating reaffirming mask

Have you had a long week? Are you constantly inundated with personal and environmental strain causing your skin to look stressed, tired, and dull? If despite following your skin care routine if your skin looks tired and dull it might be time to add a mask to your beauty ritual.

detox-oxygenating reaffirming mask

When you are looking to give your skin a turbo boost, our detox-oxygenating reaffirming mask is a great place to start. With a combination of halophyte plant stem cells, detoxifying and oxygenating ingredients your skin will get the bubble filled boost it needs to help remove dead skin cells, oxygenate the skin, minimize the signs of aging, and brighten dull skin to a lustrous radiance.

The unique blend of HylaFusion® and other powerful ingredients will help to detoxify, promote oxygenation, and restore a beautiful healthy glow:

– Cellusomes® are halophyte plant stem cells that provide anti-inflammatory and cell rejuvenation properties that promote firm smooth skin by stimulating skin resurfacing and protection against photo aging.

– Oxygeskin® infuses the skin with oxygenation thus improving complexion radiance and brightening dull skin.

– Celldetox® helps to fight oxidation of cell proteins and peroxidized lipids by reinforcing natural cell detoxification reducing visible signs of aging and restoring natural radiance.

 

When you are in need to revive stressed, tired, and dull skin the detox-oxygenating reaffirming mask is your go-to beauty product. Ten minutes is all you need to let this mask do its job, and with a few applications a week you will start to see improved skin radiance, skin tone and texture and a reduction of the visible signs of aging.

 

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How to Care for Different Skin Types

To develop a healthy skin care routine, you first need to know your skin type.

There are four main types of skin: normal, dry, oily, and a combination of oily and dry. 

Determining which of these types you have will help you select the best products to use.
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Creams vs. Serums: What’s the Difference?

Over here on eraclea’s skin care blog, we talk all the time about the importance of a daily skin care routine. But with so many products on the market, it’s hard to know which products are essential and which products may (or may not) be necessary for your unique skin. One of the most common questions we encounter when it comes to skin care: Continue reading