Are acne products irritating and drying out your skin??? Well, this product WON’T, and it’s ORGANIC!!

Eminence Organics is an organic skin care line from Hungary. All products are handmade using only the freshest ingredients known to nature without harming animals or using any harsh chemicals.

Clear Skin Probiotic Masque
For use with oily to normal skin types, especially acne prone skin.

Functions:
Helps heal and prevent blemishes
Removes impurities and detoxifies the skin
Balances and improves skin texture
Calms and revitalizes.

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt- exfoliating and hydrating
  • Cucumber- shrinks skin pores while purifying the skin; revitalizes
  • Shea Butter- high in triglycerides and fatty acids; excellent emollient moisturizer
  • Marigold- soothes, cleans, disinfects, and moisturizes the skin.
  • Kaolin Clay- gently draws out impurities and excess oil without stripping the skin
  • Stone Crop- regenerates, lightens, and moisturizes the skin. 
  • Tea Tree Oil- anti- inflammatory, repairing antiseptic.
  • Biocomplex- an antioxidant booster of vitamins A, Ester C, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid

Application: Apply a thin layer of masque with fingertips to cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5-15 minutes. Rinse.

To learn more about Eminence Organics and all their products visit: 

http://us.eminenceorganics.com

To experience a professional facial treatment using the Clear Skin Probiotic Masque, relax at The Ritz Carlton Spa South Beach  and receive a facial with me, April, and take advantage of 10% off your home care regimen when mentioning 12monthsofapril 

 The Ritz Carlton Spa South Beach

(786) 276-4090

Mythbuster- Do Collagen Creams Work?

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Collagen is a protein fiber that  supports the deepest layer of the body’s skin, making up 70% of the dermis.

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Damage to these collagen fibers as they break down are the primary cause of wrinkles, aging, and loss of elasticity.

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Because of this, you may notice many anti-aging creams on the market today claiming collagen as their leading anti-wrinkle ingredient. Do they work?? Can Collagen Penetrate the skin?

Unfortunately, NO.

Collagen is too large of a protein molecule to actually penetrate into our skin. Topically it is an excellent water binding ingredient and can help lock in and bind moisture to your skin, giving it a hydrated and plumped appearance.

Instead, when searching for an effective anti aging cream, look for ingredients that trigger the body’s own collagen production.

One of the best collagen stimulating ingredients on the market today are ”Peptides”. Put simply, peptides are the building blocks of proteins. Peptides help trick your skin to produce more collagen and elastin protein fibers, and also act as vehicles to transmit many other antioxidants into the skin.

There are many different peptides that do different functions, and most skincare creams will contain a combo of different peptides. Read the ingredient labels carefully!! Look for (towards the top of the ingredient list) : acetyl hexapeptide-3, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, palmitoyl oligopeptide, and copper peptides.

One of my favorite anti- aging peptide creams is from leading professional skincare company Dermalogica, called “Power Rich”

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- I hope this info will help you become a more knowledgable consumer when purchasing skincare products, and help you save wasted $$$. Anything further questions, you can always “ASK ME ANYTHING”

xoxo-12monthsofapril

Miami Spa Month- Now even the “little people” can indulge

It’s that time of the year again in Miami! Spa month… well month(s)! Indulge now July 1-August 31, and come experience 5 star world-renowned spas for under $100!!!

Go to www.miamispamonth.com to view the list of participants, or come visit me at the best spa in Miami, THE RITZ CARLTON SOUTH BEACH and experience your very own treatment from 12monthsofapril

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach is the largest Mobil Four Star Spa on Miami Beach and a sanctuary of glamour, innovation and elegance offering an elite menu of La Maison de Beauté Carita treatments alongside an extensive menu of European wellness and beauty rituals. Named the best day spa in Miami by Allure Magazine, the Spa features 14-treatment rooms, luxurious relaxation lounges, a full-service salon and two couple’s suites. 786-276-4090

Miami Spa Month Treatment: Choose one of the following treatments: 

• The Revitalizer Massage & Foot Ritual – 80 min:
This treatment begins with a welcome foot ritual where your feet are exfoliated and hydrated to perfection, then relax head-to-toe with a Swedish massage that includes a choice of 3 essential oils to customize your experience and revitalize your entire body. This treatment can be performed in one of our spa suites as a couples massage for $198 per couple.

OR

• Hot & Cold Stone Massage – 80 min:
This massage with hot & cold stones promotes relaxation and circulation of energy within the body. Round, warm stones are used to massage different areas of the body while cold small stones are used to massage the face and neck.

OR
 
• Carita Le Renovateur Body Polish – 50 min:
Sunflower seeds grown in France and marinated in a secret serum are used to exfoliate the entire body. When massaged in through pressure and effleurage movements, they act as a creamy gommage and polish to correct skin imperfections and rejuvenate the epidermis.

OR

• The Miami Misting – 3 Sessions of 20 minutes each for $99:
A healthy and organic way to achieve the Florida sun-kissed look. State-of-the-art misting technology by Vita Liberata leaves the skin soft, hydrated and naturally tanned. Showering not recommended for four hours following treatment. (3 Sessions must be used by November 30th, 2013)

OR

• The Ritz-Carlton Signature Facial – 80 min:
This facial will focus on deep pore cleansing, detoxification of tissues and rebalancing of the skin’s overall appearance. Receive a 15% discount on your homecare regimen program.

OR

• Healing Hands, Sexy Feet – 80 min:
Indulge your soul with champagne while you let your hands and feet be pampered to an organic scrub, mask, and relaxing massage. Cuticles are perfected and nails are clipped, shaped, and buffed. This service ends with an exclusive color-reading that describes your personal color selection.

OR
 
• Carita Perfect Shampoo, Masque Wrap & Hair Style - 80 min:
An exclusive selection of duets by Carita targets purity, nutrition and volume for a soft, light feel and a shiny look. After a brushing diagnosis, a Le Rénovateur Cheveu gentle exfoliation massages in shampoo for further therapy before rinsing. A modeling masque and hydrating fluid are applied before hair is wrapped in a hot towel. Selections include Nutritive, Volumizing and Purifying. 55 minutes Carita hair enhancements including Anti-split Ends, Caritrix Scalp Toning, Anti-aging Cure and Perfect Hair are also available.

** Guests will have access to Spa facilities which include separate men’s and ladies locker rooms, luxurious relaxation lounges, eucalyptus infused steam rooms, dry saunas, a full-service salon and two spa suites. Complimentary valet parking

Cost: $99 (tax and gratuity are not included). Reservation Required.

Miami Spa treatments offered July 1 – August 31
Professional Product of the Week: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF!!!
This broad-spectrum treatment provides advanced environmental protection to defend skin against the reactive molecules (including free radicals) that are known to cause cellular damage. In addition to its superior antioxidant capabilities, it has been proven to correct existing damage from the inside out.

Provides advanced environmental protection against UVA and UVB radiation 
Stimulates collagen synthesis to improve signs of aging 
Diminishes hyperpigmentation and accelerates cellular renewal to retexturize skin 
Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent addition to sunscreen.

Come experience an  75 Minute Age Defying SkinCeuticals Facial with yours truly, April DeGennaro, Licensed Esthetician  @ The Ritz Carlton South Beach Spa and receive 10% off when mentioning 12monthsofapril.
Ritz Carlton South Beach - One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 
(786)276-4090

Professional Product of the Week: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF!!!

This broad-spectrum treatment provides advanced environmental protection to defend skin against the reactive molecules (including free radicals) that are known to cause cellular damage. In addition to its superior antioxidant capabilities, it has been proven to correct existing damage from the inside out.
  • Provides advanced environmental protection against UVA and UVB radiation
  • Stimulates collagen synthesis to improve signs of aging
  • Diminishes hyperpigmentation and accelerates cellular renewal to retexturize skin
  • Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent addition to sunscreen.

Come experience an  75 Minute Age Defying SkinCeuticals Facial with yours truly, April DeGennaro, Licensed Esthetician  @ The Ritz Carlton South Beach Spa and receive 10% off when mentioning 12monthsofapril.

Ritz Carlton South Beach - One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 

(786)276-4090

Adding wild salmon to your weekly diet can improve your health and the look of your skin… literally shed years off your age!!
Wild Salmon contains essential fats and powerful antioxidants, such as the carotenoid astaxanthin, which has powerful anti inflammatory properties. Salmon is also one of the world’s most heart -healthy sources of protein. It is rich in long-chain omega-3 essential fatty acids-the most beneficial kind- which protect heart-health, inhibit inflammation, act as natural antidepressants, and help keep skin young, supple, and radiant!  Salmon is an all around great source of nutrition for the skin, brain, mood, and overall health and energy. Some of many benefits include:
Decreased inflammation in all organ systems, including the skin
Decreased body fat
Ample quantities of high quality protein- (lack of protein in diet first shows up in the facial contours and skin)
Decreased fine lines and wrinkles
Elevated Mood
Improved brain function
Increased Energy and athletic ability
Decreased puffiness
Decreased sagging
Increased radiance and glow
Dramatically improved acne and decreased acne scarring
Improved attention span
Stabilized blood sugar levels
Lower insulin levels
Healthy serotonin levels
Decreased appetite
Healthier immune system
Reduced symptoms and severity of rhematoid arthritis
Reduced symptoms and severity of chronic skin conditions such as eczema
Decreased stroke and cardiovascular risk
Decreased pain and inflammaion in joints.
WIth a list of benefits like this, how can you resist?!

Adding wild salmon to your weekly diet can improve your health and the look of your skin… literally shed years off your age!!

Wild Salmon contains essential fats and powerful antioxidants, such as the carotenoid astaxanthin, which has powerful anti inflammatory properties. Salmon is also one of the world’s most heart -healthy sources of protein. It is rich in long-chain omega-3 essential fatty acids-the most beneficial kind- which protect heart-health, inhibit inflammation, act as natural antidepressants, and help keep skin young, supple, and radiant!  Salmon is an all around great source of nutrition for the skin, brain, mood, and overall health and energy. Some of many benefits include:

  • Decreased inflammation in all organ systems, including the skin
  • Decreased body fat
  • Ample quantities of high quality protein- (lack of protein in diet first shows up in the facial contours and skin)
  • Decreased fine lines and wrinkles
  • Elevated Mood
  • Improved brain function
  • Increased Energy and athletic ability
  • Decreased puffiness
  • Decreased sagging
  • Increased radiance and glow
  • Dramatically improved acne and decreased acne scarring
  • Improved attention span
  • Stabilized blood sugar levels
  • Lower insulin levels
  • Healthy serotonin levels
  • Decreased appetite
  • Healthier immune system
  • Reduced symptoms and severity of rhematoid arthritis
  • Reduced symptoms and severity of chronic skin conditions such as eczema
  • Decreased stroke and cardiovascular risk
  • Decreased pain and inflammaion in joints.

WIth a list of benefits like this, how can you resist?!

Reflexology focuses on the reflex points of the hands and feet that correlate to specific organs and intergral body systems. Compression to these points helps enhance circulation, relieve stress, and create balance from within.

Reflexology focuses on the reflex points of the hands and feet that correlate to specific organs and intergral body systems. Compression to these points helps enhance circulation, relieve stress, and create balance from within.

The Power of Touch….

The simple act of touching – not necessarily in a romantic manner – is so powerful that it can slow your heart rate, decrease your blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system!

Our culture is not very affectionate, and we are losing out on the benefits of regular physical interaction with others. The healing power of touch is so necessary for life that babies not tou
ched regularly don’t grow and develop normally, and children who are not lovingly touched enough are more likely to be violent as adults.

Regular touch establishes your mind-body connection and has been proven to:
Decrease anxiety
■ Increase the number of white blood cells
■ Lower blood pressure
■ Increase endorphin levels (your feel-good hormones)
■ Help you sleep better

Facials and body treatments not only rejuvinate your skin, but your SOUL as well!

So take your health into your own hands and feel the power of healing touch.
 
 
Email me @ aprilj53@msn.com for inquiries about the spa and beauty services I provide in South Florida.
 
 
xoxoxo-April

Exfoliate with Enzymes

Okay, so we pretty much know by now that people love exfoliating their skin. Whether it be facial scrubs, acid peels, or leave on exfoliating serums, most people concerned about the appearance of their skin has “caught wind” that exfoliating is important!

The problem is people can tend to over-exfoliate. Too much of even a good thing can cause damage to your skin, leaving it irritated, sensitized, and not pH balanced. When our skin is sensitized and not pH balanced, it is left open to bacteria, enviormental damage, broken cappillaries, and premature aging.

THIS IS WHERE ENZYMES COME IN….

  • Enzymes- are biological catalysts or assistants. They consist of various proteins that work to drive the chemical reaction required for a specific action or nutrient.
  • Enzyme exfoliants- are known for their ability to gently digest the bonds holding dead cells onto skin, accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process. They’re able to digest keratin protein and the upper layer, or stratum corneum, of our skin, which is made up of primarily dead keratin cells. 
  • As a bonus, enzymes also strengthen healthy skin with natural antioxidant vitamins as they exfoliate. Pumpkin protease, for example, contains vitamin A, while pineapple bromelain contains vitamin C.
  • What’s great about enzymes is that they are safe for senstive skin types, as well as gentle, everyday use because enzymes do not need to be neutralized like chemical peels do. This means, once the enzyme has digested the dead cells they stop working, and are unable to damage live cells. They barely change the pH of the skin, and they are also not harsh like facial scrubs, which can irritate the skin if used too often.

Some great,  professional grade enzyme exfoliants are :

  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
  • Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubard Dermafoliant

If you have any questions about how to incorporate Enzymes into your skincare regimen, just ask me!

xoxo-April

GREEN MEANS GO!

CHLOROPHYLL…is what gives plants its color. Here are just a few of the many health benefits of Chlorophyll.

  • Enhances energy
  • detoxifies liver
  • eliminates body odor/bad breath
  • fights liver cancer
  • cleans digestive track
  • eliminates body mold
  • reduces high blood pressure
  • lowers cholesterol LDL
  • helps deliver oxygen to cells and tissues

So eat your green veggies! You can also purchase a Liquid Chlorophyll supplement at health stores. It contains high concentrations of Chlorophyll and you can mix it with your water. It is a dark green color and basically tasteless but if you need to jazz it up add some fresh squeezed lemons, and double your dosage of healthiness!

xoxo- April

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer
  • MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NC40
  • MAC Eyeshadow Goldmine & Amberlights.
  • Shimmery brown/neutral eye palette eyeshadow trio for crease, outer corners, and highlighting.
  • MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Wavelength
  • Special Edition MAC Mattene Lipstick in Fashion Nomad
  • BareMinerals Bronzer in Warmth
  • Maybeline Black Waterproof Mascara

Next time you don’t feel like doing your household chores SNAP OUT OF IT! Not only will it keep your living enviorment tidy and less stressful, but it will help burn calories and work those muscles…especially on a day when you can’t make it to the gym.

                           

  • Doing the dishes by hand - Will burn you about 160 calories in 30 minutes
  • Scrubbing the floor- Skip the mop and do it the old fashioned way and you can burn about 400 calories per hour and help tone those arms and legs. Not too shabby!  (If you don’t want to get down and dirty, grabbing a mop and mopping the floors will burn about 195 calories per hour)
  • Dusting for 30 minutes- burns about 50 calories.
  • Scrubbing the bath- burns approx. 200 calories in 30 minutes
  • Pull out your vacuum and burn about 90 calories in 30 minutes.
  • Throwing your laundry in the washer, the dryer and then folding it may burn more than 200 calories. And if some of your laundry needs to be pressed, add on another 140 calories for every hour you spend ironing. While your clothing gets clean, you’ll be strengthening and toning your arm muscles.


    Put on your favorite music and turn up the volume – it will help you polish and sweep that much harder.

And there you have it… a little extra inspiration to clean :)
xo April

WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS…..SQUIRT THEM IN YOUR H20 AND REAP THE BEAUTY AND HEALTH BENEFITS!

Drinking lemon water daily…

  • Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
  • Drink lemon water every day and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid, but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
  • Helps with weight loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.
  • Aids digestion: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile, which is an acid that is required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
  • Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate, which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
  • Clears skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
  • Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis.
  • Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
  • Keeps you zen. Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.

Courtesy of http://www.hippocratesinst.org/