What is my Skin type?
Symptoms of dry skin include course skin texture, inflexibility, loss of softness, skin flakiness and the accentuation of facial lines and wrinkles. Dry skin results when moisture, which is continually supplied from the inside of the body, is being lost faster through evaporation than it is being replaced.
Oily skin produces excess sebum throughout the entire face, particularly through the T-zone. Balancing the skin, without stripping its natural moisture, is very important. Over cleansing and harsh products can strip the skin of oil and encourage flakiness which can potentially cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.
Tends to be oily through the T-zone and normal to dry throughout the cheeks and around eyes. Avoiding blemishes, clogged pores and controlling excess oil are the main focus.
Seems balanced throughout most of the face and not too oily or too dry. Breakouts are not common but dehydration, prevention of premature aging and lack luster appearance are primary concerns.
What is Aging?
Aging is a complex and varied process that varies in how it affects different people and even different organs. Most gerontologists (people who study aging) feel that aging is the cumulative effect of the interaction of many lifelong influences. These influences include heredity, environment, cultural influences, diet, exercise and leisure, past illnesses, and many other factors.
When Do The Signs Of Aging First Start To Appear?
Generally speaking, from about the age of 30, skin starts to show the first signs of physiological aging. The regeneration properties decrease and the skin looses moisture, tension, and elasticity. This aging process of the skin is accelerated by sun exposure and the involved free radicals developed by UV-irradiation, which damage cells.
Moisture plays an important part in face and body care. If the natural hydro-lipid film of the outer skin layer is damaged, the skin becomes dry, rough, and chapped.
With aging, the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins even though the number of cell layers remains unchanged.
Sebaceous glands produce less oil as you age. Men experience a minimal decrease, usually after 80 years old. Women gradually produce less oil beginning after menopause. This can make it harder to keep the skin moist, resulting in dryness and itchiness. As in the rest of the body, the typical appearance of the face and neck changes with age. Muscle tone is lost, causing a flabby or droopy appearance. The jowls may begin to sag, contributing to a "double chin" in some people. There is an increase in the number, size, and color of pigmented spots on the face. The skin thins, becomes dry, and develops wrinkles. The skin around the eyelids becomes loose and wrinkled, often making a "crow's feet" pattern.
What is the Role of Stress in how my skin looks and feels?
Remember, the look and feel of the skin and body is a function not only of genetics but also of the environment. The environment we choose to be in effects our stress level, what we eat and drink exposure to the sun, our habits and the products we use. So, in addition to using effective products like Plantogen®, we should consider our total lifestyle and how it may be contributing to how we look and feel.
Are you getting enough 'me' time — a period when you are focused only on yourself? Research into stress and its potential side effects indicates we all need to take time out and 'de-stress' our lives, not only to protect our physical looks, but also to protect our health and mental well being. Beauty and body therapies are no longer considered a 'treat' as they provide specialized skin care and body maintenance in a stress relieving environment, a health and well being necessity.
What is a Skin Brightening Product and what ingredients do you use?
Plantogen skin Brightening products help to make the skin look more radiant, helping to improve the skins hydration, evening out the skin tone for a brighter, younger looking complexion.
The ingredients that make up the skin brightening complex are:
- Licorice Root Extract
- Fruit enzymes – pineapple and papaya extract
- Citric Acid
- Tartaric Acid
- Lactic Acid
- Malic Acid
- Vitamin C rich Australian Kakadu Plum
WHAT IS MANUKA?
Australia and New Zealand, with its relatively cleaner and purer environments, are home to some of nature's purest healers such as Active Manuka Honey. Produced ONLY in New Zealand and Australia it has special healing properties that have been shown in laboratory research to have real benefits to skin... BUT not all Manuka Honey is 'Active'.
What is Active Manuka Honey?
Bees gather pollen from the flowers of the Manuka Bush with the honey making process being enriched by the pollution free environment of New Zealand and Australia. Certain types of Manuka Honey have been observed to have some special healing properties. While it is not fully understood why only some Manuka Honey has this healing antibacterial property, researchers agree that unlike regular honey, Active Manuka Honey has positive healing properties for a variety of skin conditions. In fact, many hospitals and medical practitioners are using active Manuka Honey for wound treatment. The presence of this property, first discovered by Dr Peter Molan, can be detected by laboratory testing, which is conducted by an independent laboratory. Honey that is tested and verified is given a numbered rating and is referred to as 'Active'.
Use of Manuka Honey as a Skin Treatment
Manuka honey is a natural antioxidant and supplies cells with a wide range of vitamins, amino acids, and minerals while providing white blood cells with the necessary glucose to destroy bacteria. Healing Manuka Honey improves cellular regeneration thereby improving skin texture and skin smoothness. It also promotes collagen production.
Active Healing Manuka Honey has the ability to destroy a large number of bacteria especially, Staphylococcus aureus and Propiobacterium acnes, common causes of acne.
The Plantogen Healing Manuka Facial Program
We are making available to select Plantogen spas and finer salons our own, laboratory tested and certified, Active Healing Manuka Honey for the Plantogen Manuka Facial program. Plantogen spas and salons who carry the full Plantogen line may participate in this unique program. We source our Active Manuka Honey directly from the apiaries in New Zealand so no external chemical intrusions occur.