8 Helpful Skin + Wellness Tips for the Holiday Season

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With the holiday season is just around the corner, we are (once again) reminded how busy life can get. Most people will have to manage added stress over the next few weeks. In addition to the upkeep of normal schedules, you might be dealing with the added pressure of work, holiday shopping and family get-togethers. You can take solace in knowing that you are not alone.

As seasonal stress begins to build, we encourage you to claim and preserve some time for yourself. At the same time, it is equally important to encourage other people around you to do the same. Cassie Fehlen, owner of Skin MPLS in Edina, outlines her top eight ways to keep skincare and wellness top-of-mind over the next few months:

  1. Keep your skin hydrated: Along with changes in our lifestyle and habits, the weather changes drastically this time of year. The air is much drier and cooler which can wreak havoc on our skin. If you are planning for additional airplane travel around the holidays, be sure to pack a travel-sized hydrating mask with you. We love Le Mieux’s Lavender Floral Mask because it’s small enough to travel with and is easy to apply. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the car or on the road, make sure to carry along a travel-sized hydrating rosewater toner. One of our favorite brands is from Solaris Beauty and is available at our studio!

  2. Take care of your lips: Much like skin, our lips are more prone to becoming dry or chapped when temperatures dip and moisture escapes the air. Be sure to take extra care of your lips before they become too dry. One excellent balm that we use religiously Smith’s Rosebud Salve. In addition to being the perfect remedy for lips, it can help calm irritated skin, provide assistance with minor burns and even tackle pesky dry elbows. The pleasing and slightly rosy scent is a refreshing alternative to heavier scents and other chemical-based lip balms.

  3. Avoid hot showers or baths: It can be tempting in the chillier months to warm up with a hot shower or bath. Resist the urge! Although it seems counterintuitive, hot water can actually dry out your skin! And a dry environment is the perfect condition for eczema and other skin problems to develop. Stick to shorter, warm water showers to keep your skin happy.

  4. Manage stress: We know, we know. Easier said than done, right? Combatting stress can be tricky, especially when your schedule just simply does not allow for quiet time. Take stress management one step at a time and be proactive about your schedule. One key tip around the holidays is to plan ahead to avoid any last-minute shopping. Overwhelming lines, dry mall air, increased germs and unnecessary stress just aren’t worth the toll that it takes on your body and skin! In the age of online shipping, a better alternative is to avoid the stores altogether and have your gifts and groceries delivered right to your door. The second stress management tip is to turn to try sipping on your favorite warm herbal tea at night. Although a glass of time can be tempting, tea is a great way to stay calm and hydrate. Just one cup of Chamomile can set the stage for a better night of sleep. Rest and rejuvenation is the best way to deal with stress and also mitigates the effects of strain on our bodies. Sleep will put you in a better state and allow you to take on any stress-filled activity the following day.

  5. Avoid consuming excess sugar: As the demands of the season increase, so does the availability of festive candy and sugary cookies. Avoid using sugar as a convenient crutch to get through the holidays. When you’re craving an energy-boosting snack, reach for whole foods that offer nutritional value. Festive colored veggies like red pepper and broccoli tasty and easy to grab on the go. These vegetables not only provide you sustainable levels of energy but also are rich in Vitamin C and are essential for the production of collagen - both of which are beneficial for healthy, happy skin.

  6. Stock up on your favorite products during holiday sales: The bustling holiday shopping season is a great opportunity to stock up on some of your go-to beauty and wellness products. Many retailers will host sales with deep discounts in order to entice shoppers to come in and purchase gifts for friends and family. One idea is to wait until something goes on sale and snag a handful of your favorites and use them throughout the year when you run out. You’ll save both money and time by not heading to the mall or supermarket as often.

  7. Stuff stockings with skincare and wellness gifts: The gift of “self care” is truly priceless. Many people simply don’t take the time for themselves over the holidays. Giving your friends, family or coworkers a small reminder to relax is important. One incredible gift idea is a small bottle of relaxing pure essential oils. Lavender oil would be both thoughtful and beneficial to the recipient. Other gift ideas include your favorite book, a tube of all-natural hand cream, a cozy pair of slippers, a comfortable robe, face masks or a gift card for a massage or facial treatment.

  8. Make personal wellness time: Come mid-December, you may feel a little depleted after spending hours searching for gifts and preparing for holiday company. Sneak away for an appointment at your favorite skincare company for a rejuvenating facial treatment or book a session to reshape your beautiful brows! It’s important to care for yourself and make sure you are happy, healthy and feeling confident heading into the New Year. If you don’t have a local studio that you love, we would love to have you as a client. Explore our appointment openings in advance!


“Over the last several years, we’ve seen skin care maintenance become a top form of self-care. Cleo Wade, an author and self-love guru, defines self-care acts as something that feels good in the moment and also in the long term. Skin care maintenance is just that. Facial treatments certainly feel good during the appointment and the benefits from the treatment continue long into the future. So let’s take care of ourselves this season and always!”

-Cassie Fehlen, Aesthetician and Owner at Skin MPLS


For more tips from Skin MPLS, follow us on Instagramand check out our blog. We are more than happy to be a resource for you and your loved ones this season!

Weathering the Seasons: Skincare for Fall

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The season of cooler weather, crunchy leaves and pumpkin picking is officially in full-swing, but not all change is welcome this time of year. If you’ve been noticing that your skin has been especially pesky over the last few weeks, you certainly are not alone. Fall is one of the most common seasons for breakouts to occur! In this week’s blog post, we’re going to explain why this happens and how you can keep clear skin all season long.


“Why do breakouts happen this time of year?”

The answer is simple. Breakouts tend to increase during the fall for one reason: the regular oil production in the skin during the summer months is still taking place; however, the cooler and dryer air causes layers of dead skin cells to increase and build up. The result is trapped oil and bacteria underneath the surface layers of the skin. This phenomenon is what causes unexpected breakouts and pimples. Mother Nature can be a real jerk sometimes.

“So, what can I do to prevent this from happening?”

First and foremost, don’t panic! Stress will only make your skin more aggravated. Instead, follow these easy fall skincare tips:

  1. Get a reliable exfoliating cleanser: We swear by Vivant Skincare’s BP 3% Exfoliating Cleanser! It contains tiny micro-beads that flush out impurities, refine pores and accelerate cell renewal for more rapid clearing of acne. Using this cleanser 1 to 3 times daily will help remove excess dead skin cells that could cause acne.
    Order from Skin MPLS here!

  2. Wash your pillowcases regularly: For acne-prone skin, bacteria and oil can build up on your pillowcase and be reintroduced to your skin the following night. Wash your bedding and pillowcases with dye and fragrance-free laundry detergent and be sure to always skip any fabric softeners. Feeling tired after a long day? Keep extra pillowcases handy for a quick switch before bed.

  3. Add a toner: Amp up your regimen by including a toner. Toners help reset your skin’s pH level after cleansing and are an important part of a complete skin routine. We love Vivant Skincare’s 3% Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Toner. It clears out surface buildup, promotes exfoliation and goes deeper into pores to remove dirt, oil and makeup products. It’s a gentle addition to Benzoyl Peroxide products!
    Order from Skin MPLS here!

  4. Avoid excessively hot showers: It seems counterintuitive, but avoid taking longer, hotter showers than what you’re used to. Hot water can actually dry out your skin! And a dry environment is the perfect condition for acne to develop.

  5. Accelerate skin cell turnover with a facial: At-home care is a great way to stay on top of healthy skin. Sometimes, you need the care of a professional to make sure your face is clean and blemish-free. Schedule time for a Skin MPLS Signature Facial Treatment at least once this fall. This high-performance treatment can refine, renew, brighten, lighten, tighten, smooth, stimulate, calm and hydrate the skin. It also includes a deep ultrasonic cleanse, enzymatic mask, light extractions (if necessary) and choice of a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or dermaplaning as part of your treatment. Lastly, your aesthetician will infuse your skin with either oxygen or intensive moisture and finish with SPF. Breakouts are NO match for us!
    Book your next fall appointment online!


Now that you’re fall ready, follow @SkinMPLS on Instagram for more exclusive tips, tricks and skincare information. Keep an eye on our blog for more updates this fall. Our next post will feature the common skincare mistakes that most people make - see you next time!

Breaking Down Breakouts: Why + How to Help

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We’ve all been there before. We wake up in the morning, slowly peel ourselves out of bed and make our way to the mirror. On bad skin days, we’re usually greeted with an unexpected and unsightly blemish. The first thing we usually do is try to identify the source of our skincare woes. Was it that chocolate bar I ate last night? Is it because of my upcoming presentation at work? Unfortunately, pinpointing pimples isn’t always a logical process.

Skin Stats: Did you know that a pimple can form
30 to 90 days before it breaks the surface?

If you are the victim of an unexpected breakout, take a moment to pause and breathe. Know that it’s temporary and that it happens to everyone. You are human, and you aren’t alone on your skincare journey.


If you are experience more breakouts than usual,
here are six explanations for why it could be happening:

1) Stress: Anxiety and stress are often the culprit of complicated breakouts. And once you get a zit from stress, there’s a good chance that you’ll stress out about it even more. It’s a vicious cycle, but there are ways to help. Try relaxing with lavender essential oils, schedule a massage or participate in a low-key restorative yoga class. Sleep can also help reduce stress if you’re getting a lack of shut-eye.

2) Hormones: Unfortunately, we don’t have much control over hormones themselves. However, we can control how we take care of our skin during particularly volatile spells of hormone changes (periods, pregnancy, menopause, etc.).

3) Bad Skincare Products:How often are you reading the labels of the products you apply to your face? If the answer is never, you may have found another source of your breakouts. Many products claim to be good for your skin, but they actually contain ingredients that clog pores, cause redness and contribute to acne. How can we break this cycle? Use your Skin MPLS aesthetician as a resource! Bring your products to your next appointment and ask for recommendations on makeup, lotions, cleansers, scrubs or serums that will help your face, not harm it.

4) Linens: The things that we put on our face and bodies (even if just for a moment) can cause blemishes and irritation. If your linens (pillowcases, sheets, towels, washcloths) aren’t frequently washed, you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to extra dirt, grime or bacteria. Make sure you are regularly washing and thoroughly drying your linens to avoid any unwanted breakouts.

Another tip that often is forgotten is in regards to laundry soap and dryer sheets. Did you know that dryer sheets actually contain waxes that are left on the material? These waxes can be blamed for clogged pores and breakouts! Lastly, make sure to choose dye-free laundry soap. Too many chemicals, scents and softeners can do more harm than good. When it comes to laundry, we like to keep it simple.

5) Diet: This is an age-old beauty debate! Much like what you put onyour skin, what you put in your body has a significant impact on how you feel and (eventually) how your skin appears.

So, what foods or snacks are harmful for your skin? What are better for your skin? The unfortunate answer is that everyone is different and that no diet is a one-size-fits-all solution. Although every person is unique, but there are a few known foods that can help improve your skin. Head for the produce section on your next grocery trip and grab these items:

  • Strawberries, citrus fruits, red peppers and broccoli: These foods are rich in vitamin C, which is key for the production of collagen.

  • Sunflower seeds and almonds: These foods are bursting with vitamin E, which lies within the top layer of your skin and can protect you from free radicals and damaging UV rays. Hooray for nature!

  • Leafy greens: Leafy greens will become your best friend, and all you need to do is simply add them to your favorite salad recipes! Beta-carotene is a carotenoid. Our bodies can convert beta-carotene to vitamin A which regulates cell production and turnover which can help your skin become smooth.

  • Water: This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s the easiest to forget about. Our bodies are comprised of mostly water, so when you become dehydrated, your skin becomes dry, too. Usually your water intake is calculated by your body weight and height. Try this helpful tool from CamelBak to calculate how much water you need!

6) Your Hands: Our hands do so many things. Research has shown that we touch more than 140 objects every day. That’s a LOT of items which can also mean… a lot of germs. If we aren’t washing our hands properly, problems can happen with our skin. If you touch your face, you could be unknowingly transferring acne-causing bacteria to your face. When possible, avoid touching your hands to your face, resting your hand on your chin, etc. It’s an easy way to avoid complicated blemishes!


At the end of the day, staying on top of good habits is key! However, there are steps you can take if you have an unbearable breakout that needs attention! Just book an appointment with us, and we’ll take great care of your skin. Rest assured!

If you missed our recent post about the best topical vitamins for your skin, you can catch up here. We promise it won’t disappoint! Don’t forget to follow @SkinMPLS on Instagram for more exclusive tips, tricks and information.

The Season of Change: Big News from Skin MPLS!

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Autumn is the quintessential season for change. The leaves on your favorite trees turn colors, the weather temperatures drop from balmy summer days, and our wardrobes shift from sun hats and sandals to boots and sweaters. Change is coming, and the anticipation is exciting!

This time of change rings especially true for us at Skin MPLS at the moment. We are in the midst of some big changes at our studio that we can’t wait to share with you. It’s all good things, of course!

First and foremost, we are pleased to announce that we are expanding and revamping our studio space! Don’t worry - the location will remain the same; however, we are going to add more beautiful studio space and a front desk location. These changes are incredibly exciting; however, there are a few things we want you to keep in mind:

  • There will be some construction noise from around 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between the dates of 10/1 and 10/13, so please bear with us. If you have an appointment already scheduled that will be affected by these changes, you’ll hear directly from us ahead of time.

  • Appointment availability will be limited from 10/1 to 10/13 because we will be temporarily down to one treatment room. We promise it will be worth the wait!

  • There will also be some “visible construction” in the general suite area but the treatment room you receive your treatment in won’t be a construction zone! We promise a care-filled, personal experience like we always provide.


“Every decision from the first day we opened the doors has been centered around the dear clients who trust us with their faces. This decision to once again grow, is no different. Because of your support, we continue to have demand for more appointments than we can currently handle and we want to be able to treat everyone who wants to come here for serious skin care."

-Cassie, owner of Skin MPLS


Of course, part of our physical growth means that we are expanding our amazing staff as well. In order to better serve our clients, we are now hiring a front desk manager to greet customers and assist with daily operationsAn ideal candidate is friendly, outgoing, detail-oriented and has a passion for helping people become their most beautiful selves. If you or someone you know is a great fit, please direct their interest and resume to Cassie at info@skinmpls.com.

Lastly, a special thank you goes out to everyone for their patience and understanding during this time of transition. We hope you share in our excitement for these upcoming changes, as Skin MPLS continues to grow and help you and others achieve your skin and brow goals. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out via info@skinmpls.com.

We look forward to growing for you (and with you) this season!

Skin-Friendly Makeup Products

Acne Safe Foundations:

Nars Sheer Glow

Chanel Aqua Lumiere

Urban Decay Naked

bareMinerals Loose Original Foundation

 

Under Eye Brightener:

Trish McEvoy Eye Lift (Cassie's Favorite!)

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

 

Blush + Cheeks:

bareMinerals Loose Blush (Acne Safe) 

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge (Acne Friendly - Cassie's Favorite!)

Nars Orgasm (Not Acne Friendly)

 

Acne Safe Bronzer:

bareMinerals Faux Tan

Becca Sunlit Bronzer (Cassie's Favorite!)

 

Primers:

Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (Not Acne Safe)

 

Lip Products We Love:

Nars Satin Lip Pencil: Lodhi

Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm

Freshly Picked: Four Rose Products We Love

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Grab a glass of your favorite rosé and settle in for a good read. This week, we are going beyond pretty petals and beautiful bouquets to show you why rose-based products are here to stay in the beauty industry.

 

History of Roses:

For centuries, roses have been a symbol of love and affection. The thorny flower has long been referenced in many different cultural moments across the ages including Greek mythology, Shakespeare novels, fairytale stories and even classic rock bands – cue the Guns N’ Roses playlist! Roses are most notably a symbol of affection and have been competing with chocolate as the go-to gift for loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

In fact, according to FTD, different colored roses symbolize different meanings:

  • Red roses symbolize love and romance
  • Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy
  • Orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and passion
  • Yellow roses symbolize friendship
  • White roses symbolize innocence and purity

 

Why Roses?

So, why are people reaching for rose-based products now more than ever? Of course, the scent of these products is refreshing, relaxing and natural. Roses are also known for their natural antioxidants (specifically vitamin C) which can help protect your skin from sun damage. If you are looking for products to keep your skin moist and smooth, rose products are the perfect option. They contain natural oils that help retain moisture in the skin, especially for those with a particularly sensitive complexion. They also have antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory benefits which can be helpful for swelling, Rosecea and even tough-to-treat eczema conditions. Rose can also be used as a toning and astringent substitute for those who are looking to switch from alcohol-based products.


“We’re thrilled to have an assortment of acne-safe rose products at Skin MPLS. So many products that are required to treat acne aren’t always aromatically pleasing or gorgeous to the touch, but with these pure rose based products, we’re happy to offer our acne clients some beautiful products they can feel safe using on their skin.”

-Cassie, owner and aesthetician at Skin MPLS


Now that we’ve told you why we stand by the benefits of rose, here is a list of four products we recommend. We think you’ll love them, too!

 

1) LQD ROSE Antioxidant Rose Petal Mist

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Pretty packaging is just the beginning. Solaris Laboratories mastered the process from plant health, soil quality, climate and distillation method of roses to craft the perfect product for your skin. LQD ROSE only uses one simple ingredient: steam distilled rose petal water containing vitamins, nutritious compounds and microscopic rose oil.

Here are a few ways LQD Rose can be beneficial:

  • Improves clarity
  • Contributes to beautiful radiant skin
  • Uplifts mood, the aroma is uplifting and can be used to combat anxiety and calm the mind
  • Balancing
  • Hydrating and anti-inflammatory
  • Maintains pH
  • Stimulates regeneration processes
  • Calming to acne and sunburns
  • Can be used as toner
  • Mild antiseptic

Cost: $29.99 + FREE SHIPPING on SkinMPLS.com

 

2) THE ROSEHIP Oil

Throughout ancient history, rosehip oil was known to have been used by Mayans and Egyptians for healing purposes. In recent years, research and trials have shown that this miracle oil keeps skin moist, helps with inflammation and has regenerative effects on the skin. 

According to Solaris Laboratories, this finely made oil can quickly absorb into the skin and can help with the following skin concerns:

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation due to sun damage
  • Brightens and hydrates the skin
  • Reduces dark circles 
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Firms and improves skin texture

Cost: $39.99 + FREE SHIPPING on SkinMPLS.com

 

3) Gua Sha Brazilian Rose Quartz Facial Massage Tool

If you’ve never heard of Gua Sha, you certainly aren’t alone. Gua Sha is known as a treatment technique that involves pulling ergonomically designed rose quartz stone along the skin. When the tool is properly used, the skin layers are stimulated to help reduce puffiness, promote anti-aging and even flush out tissues through your lymphatic drainage system. It’s pain free, surgery free and all natural. What’s not to love?

If you have concerns with or want improvement in the following areas, this Gua Sha rose quartz stone is a great option:

  • Firms facial muscles
  • Smoothens out skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves dark circles
  • Reduces eye and facial puffiness
  • Increases glow and radiance

Cost: $26 + FREE SHIPPING on SkinMPLS.com

 

4) Smith’s Rosebud Salve

Especially in the Midwest, we deal with volatile weather conditions in almost every season. There’s a good chance that you’ve experience dry lips and skin, especially in the colder winter months. What most lip care companies don’t disclose to their customers is that there are a number of chemicals and drying agents in the products that can make your lips even drier and more uncomfortable. Be sure to check the labels of your current lip products for anything with alcohol – you’ll want to toss those in the trash and switch to something natural.

The solution? A classic rose salve! Smith’s was created in 1895 and has stood the test of time. This Skin MPLS favorite helps calm irritated skin and can even provide assistance with minor burns. The natural, inexpensive balm can soothe chapped lips and even tackle pesky dry elbows in dry climates. Plus, it has a pleasing and slight rosy scent!


“We and our clients will testify that this is the only lip product that can hold up through an entire night’s sleep during the dry winter months. When I wake up in the morning, my lips still feel moisturized!”

-Pamela, aesthetician at Skin MPLS


This small, portable tin is perfect for so many occasions:

  • Keep handy in your car for a quick lip pick-me-up
  • Stow away a tin in your purse when you’re out running errands
  • Keep in a diaper bag if you have children as a quick solution for burns, scrapes or dry lips
  • Store at your desk at work or your home office

Cost: $7 at the Skin MPLS studio. Pick one up at your next appointment!


Curious about any of these products? Ask Kelly, Cassie or Pamela for recommendations at your next appointment. They are experienced, knowledgeable and want to help you find the right skincare solutions for your needs.

Keep an eye on our blog and Instagram page for more complimentary skin tips and advice. Don’t forget to order your favorite products and book your next appointment on SkinMPLS.com. Fall is on the horizon, and spots are filling up fast!

More Than Just Metal: Copper + Gold for Beauty

Precious metals have long been a part of beauty culture. Ancient Egyptians used copper in their makeup and jewelry. According to the Copper Development Association Inc., metal-based eye makeup was the most characteristic of the Egyptian cosmetics. The most popular colors at the time were green and black. Green materials were originally made from malachite, an oxide of copper. Copper has been an ancient secret since before 4000 BC. Fast forward to today, there are many products on the market that feature copper peptides. In recent years, gold has also emerged as a popular metal used for skincare.

Guess which metal increases collagen and elastin synthesis? That’s right - it’s time to get on the copper bandwagon. Slip some copper peptides into your skin routine to improve your fine lines and wrinkles. This metal dates so far back that it’s actually the first metal to be found on earth. Too bad the mummies didn’t get the memo on copper's anti-aging benefits! Copper is also a known antioxidant and comes to our defense against damaging and aging free radicals.

Products we recommend:

TGF Booster Serum: $65 + FREE Shipping at SkinMPLS.com
Essence Toner: $24 + FREE Shipping at SkinMPLS.com


“Even though copper is old news when it comes to metals, it’s somewhat newer to skincare. Le Mieux offers some products that contain fermented copper. To create copper ferment, a fermentation process is applied to the metal and that creates a copper peptide that’s able to penetrate the skin.”

-Cassie, owner and aesthetician at Skin MPLS


When we think of this precious metal, it’s no wonder people go for the gold. But exercise some restraint when it comes to gold in your skin care. Even though gold is an antioxidant and is also anti-inflammatory and can reduce redness – it can be impractical when it comes to cost. There are other, higher performing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients out there that come at a more approachable price and will also give you better results. The best use of gold in skin care is to apply gold flakes topically to give an illuminating effect to your skin. 

Product we recommend:

NuFACE 24K Gold Gel Primer Mask: $39 + FREE Shipping at SkinMPLS.com


“While gold is gorgeous and trending right now in skincare, don’t succumb to all of the hype.
It’s not ‘worth it’s weight in gold’ when it comes to superior skincare ingredients.”

- Kelly, aesthetician at Skin MPLS


As always, not all products are created equal, so make sure you find ones that you trust. If you aren’t sure about a certain cream, serum or cleanser, ask your aesthetician for recommendations at your next appointment. For more tips and skincare information, follow @SkinMPLS on Instagram! We’re debuting our new #SkinTipTuesday series to help you improve your routine and habits each week.

The Science of Skincare: Minerals for Your Skincare Routine

If you hear the word ‘mineral’ and immediately think of rocks embedded deep within the earth, you certainly aren’t alone. But the truth is that minerals have been the unsung hero of the beauty industry for many years. Mineral-based makeup has risen in popularity with aestheticians because it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. If you are looking for a struggling with complicated breakouts and are searching for a good foundation to try, we recommend the Original Loose Powder Foundation from bareMinerals. If you need a more personalized recommendation based on your skin type, be sure to ask Cassie, Kelly or Pamela for Skin MPLS approved products at your next appointment.


“For years, I used a tinted moisturizer thinking it was the lightest makeup possible and therefore the best choice for acne. But my breakouts were just an endless cycle, and I was so oily. Once I made the switch to mineral makeup, my skin stopped becoming so oily and best of all… no pimples.”

– Pamela, aesthetician at Skin MPLS


There are countless ways to use minerals for your skincare routine, and some might even surprise you.

 

Sulfur:

Sulfur is a natural mineral that fights bacteria and fungus. It also aids in shedding dead skin cells that can lead to unsightly breakouts. This trustworthy ingredient has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema and even rosacea thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. If you’re looking for a powerhouse mineral to help solve your skincare needs, start with Sulfur. We love the Sulfur Clay Mask from Vivant Skincare!

Products We Recommend: Sulfur Clay Mask

 

Zinc:

Zinc is one of our favorite anti-inflammatory minerals to slip into everyone’s acne regimen. It supports the fight against breakouts because it immediately goes into action to ward off the inflammatory response happening down in our pores when a pimple forms. This particular mineral also helps cells to function properly and boosts their immune response. To top things off, Zinc also improves wound repair, which means it can help your acne spots heal faster.

Products We Recommend: Day Treatment Lotion SPF15, Essence Toner

 

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide:

We use Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide at the Skin MPLS studio because these minerals offer the broadest range of protection against the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Both minerals go above and beyond to protect us from visible rays as well as the damaging heat from infrared rays as well. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide work primarily by blocking, scattering and reflecting rays. 

Products We Recommend: TiZO Ultra Zinc Body and Face SPF40, TiZO2 Non-Tinted Facial Suncreen SPF40, TiZO3 Tinted Facial Sunscreen SPF40


“Our clients who prefer a more natural approach to skincare really love incorporating minerals into their routines because they still pack a punch when it comes to results.”

- Cassie, owner and aesthetician at Skin MPLS


Now, you’ve got a beauty routine backed by science. Of course, these products only work if you use them regularly and religiously, so be sure to stay on top of your routine. To get personalized recommendations on what is right for you, ask your aesthetician for a custom product package at your next appointment. If you know what you need, save time and order products online at SkinMPLS.com!

If you missed our last update about the best topical vitamins for your skin, you can catch up here. We promise it won’t disappoint! Don’t forget to follow @SkinMPLS on Instagram for more exclusive tips, tricks and information.

The ABC’s of Vitamins A, B, C + E

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When it comes to wellness and vitamins, many people assume the best way to get the benefits of vitamin is to consume them orally. But what if we told you the most effective way to get the best results is to apply them topically? It’s true! Keep reading - we’ll explain everything.

In some instances, taking vitamins orally may actually have the opposite effect of clear skin. Biotin is usually touted as a vitamin that is good for your skin, hair and nails. However, we have a dirty little secret about multivitamins. Some actually contain iodine and biotin which have been known to cause acne. Other vitamins like B12 have also been linked to skin issues when taken in excess. If you are unsure about your current supplements and vitamins, bring them into your next Skin MPLS appointment, and we can help you evaluate them! Our goal is to help give you happy skin, and we promise to provide honest feedback and recommendations.


So, what vitamins are vital for improving your skin? The answers are vitamins A, C, E + B!

 

Vitamin A:

Any of our customers and close friends know that Vitamin A is our favorite skin vitamin. Vitamin A is an incredible nutrient for the skin that has countless benefits. When applied topically, vitamin A helps to peel and purge the pores to prevent and treat acne. It also kicks off desquamation (simply said: shed or exfoliate) on the surface of the skin, which helps to even hyperpigmentation, fade scarring and improve wrinkles. Every time this cellular turnover happens, new elastin and collagen is stimulated, which helps to plump and lift the skin. This ninja vitamin also refines pores and gives a skin a beautiful glow. What more could you ask of Mother Nature?

Products We Recommend: Derm-A-Renew, Derm-A-Gel, Exfol-A, Exfol-A Forte, Clear Body TherapyWink Eye Rejuvenation Cream

 

Vitamin B:

Niacinamide is the most commonly used B vitamin in skincare. Vitamin B used topically works as a melanin blocker which helps in our pursuit of even skin tone. This nutrient is also known to be anti-inflammatory and aids in calming redness and irritation. 

Products We Recommend: Rejuv Rx, Skin Nourishing Toner, TGF-B Booster Serum, Vita-C Serum

 

Vitamin C:

One of the most effective and strongest topical skin antioxidants, vitamin C is also known for its ability to brighten and even skin tone. Think of this antioxidant vitamin as a shield against free radical damage that would otherwise lead to premature aging. The vitamin C neutralizes its free radical enemies and leaves your skin looking fabulous.

Products: Spin Trap, Vita-C Serum, Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Vital C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel, Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, RX Complex Serum

 

Vitamin E:

Also known as Tocopherol, vitamin E is another antioxidant vitamin in skincare that protects against free radicals and their damaging effects to DNA. More impressively, vitamin E pairs with vitamin C to help absorb UV energy, which also protects skin from photo-aging.

Products We Recommend: Spin Trap, Eye & Lip Cream, Eye Wrinkle Corrector, RX Complex Serum, Derma Relief Serum, Vita-C Serum, Bio Cell Rejuvenating Cream


So, now that you’ve learned all about which vitamins are great topical agents, it’s time to pick up a few and try them for yourself. To get personalized recommendations on what is right for you, ask your aesthetician for a custom product package at your next appointment. If you know what you need, save time and order products online at SkinMPLS.com!

Keep an eye on our blog for our next iteration of this series. Cassie will be sharing more about the magnificent minerals and their beauty benefits! And as always, follow @SkinMPLS on Instagram for more exclusive tips, tricks and information.

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