Skin Care SOS
By Sherrie Strausfogel
Help for three of the most common skin concerns—puffy eyes, wrinkles, and brown spots.

Your lifestyle—not enough sleep, poor nutrition, too much time in the sun, and stress—may be the cause. Each condition requires a different treatment approach.

De-Puff Those Eyes
Fluid retention is the main cause of puffy eyes, a common occurrence in the morning as fluid builds up while you sleep. This is especially true if you’re plagued with sinus problems or allergies.

Puffy eyes can be prevented and easily corrected. Sleeping on your back with your head elevated can assist with drainage of the eye area overnight. A mere five minutes under a cold compress can constrict blood vessels, which will help to decrease puffiness.

Look for eye creams, serums, and gels containing vitamin K, which stimulates circulation and strengthens capillaries to reduce puffiness. They may also contain cucumber to refresh the delicate eye area. Caffeine is a hot new ingredient being added to eye creams; it helps increase circulation and reduce puffiness.

Smooth Away Wrinkles
Nature’s most effective moisturizer and wrinkle smoother is hyaluronic acid. It occurs naturally in soft tissue and muscle, and its purpose is to hold water in the skin cells and to help hold the skin cells together. Hyaluronic acid is what gives babies their chubby cheeks, but unfortunately it diminishes with age. Natural skin care products containing hyaluronic acid can actually help plump up fine lines and wrinkles.

Fade Your Brown Spots
Blotches of pigmentation may result from excessive sun exposure or certain medications. In response, your skin tries to protect itself by producing an overabundance of melanin in uneven patches. To prevent age spots, wear sunscreen when exposed to daylight.

Repair your skin with products containing antioxidants such as vitamin C that have been shown to even out skin tone, boost collagen production, and improve skin texture. Licorice extract is nature’s most subtle, yet effective skin lightener. It has de-pigmenting effects and inhibits melanin synthesis.




Go Shopping!

Refresh puffy, tired eyes with Emerita Dark Circle Eye Serum. Vitamin K, organic cucumber, and peptides reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes and help repair the overall structure of the skin.

Unclog pores and prevent breakouts with derma e Very Clear Cleansing Scrub. Tea tree, willow bark, rosewood, lavender, and chamomile draw out impurities, eliminate bacteria, dry blemishes, accelerate healing of skin cells, and reduce irritation.

Lighten age spots with Hyalogic Episilk Age Spot Lightening (ASL) Serum. Hyaluronic acid hydrates your skin while Gigawhite, a proprietary blend of seven alpine plants, diminishes discoloration.

Reduce wrinkles and blemishes with Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength. Fruit acids and white willow bark exfoliate and improve skin texture for smooth skin. Also comes in a Sensitive Skin formula.

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