Check out this article to learn more about the restorative properties of Vitamin C, why using a serum is the best way to reap those benefits, and to see some compelling before and afters!
Body Brushing 101
After all the foaming washes, perfumed scrubs and beauty elixirs and that we’ve used, dry body brushing may seem a bit "old school." And rightly so! Variations of skin brushing have been used for thousands of years. For centuries, the Japanese used loofah sponges for vigorous skin brushing before their traditional hot baths. Even ancient Greek athletes used strigiles -- specialized, spoon-like skin scrapers -- to remove the grime of exertion and encourage circulation. Thankfully this now-popular spa technique has been made much easier with the invention of long handled brushes you can conveniently use in a 5-minute routine for smoother, softer skin.
How Does it Work?
Dry brushing stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems. Dry brushing can even help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. This removal of excess water and toxins can help improve the appearance of cellulite.
Dry body brushing also helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs and the appearance of stretch marks.
Stiffer is better! Soft brushes simply won't exfoliate the skin the way is necessary to see results. You'll also want to get a brush made with natural, not synthetic, bristles. However, being a responsible consumer can be tricky with body brushes! Most are made with boar (pig) bristles, which runs counter to the desire of many of cruelty-free, eco-friendly and vegan or plant-based products. Good news, though! Plant bristle brushes are available, and are usually made from coconut husks or from the agave plant (commonly called Sisal bristles). These also provide the best exfoliation and stimulation for your skin. They're also the longest lasting. You can find them at your local health store, or conveniently on Amazon.
Begin at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally. After you finish your legs, brush your stomach, arms, and shoulders. Your skin may be a little pink afterward, but it shouldn’t hurt – if it does, you need to lay off the pressure! Corbin advises to avoid sensitive areas such as open cuts, abrasions and any patches of eczema or psoriasis.
After dry brushing, drink a glass of hot water and lemon to help jumpstart your digestive system. It's also a great time to moisturize with your favorite lotion or body oil as the skin's pores are more open after brushing.
This low-profile berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging, and the polyphenols can help reduce inflammation, minimize acne and wrinkles, and increase circulation. Go ahead and add half a cup to your yogurt, smoothie, or cereal every morning to get an antioxidant boost first thing in the AM!
Kale has a hell of a PR team, but spinach is no slouch either. Spinach delivers a triple dose of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. All three work in concert to protect your skin from the sun's aging UV rays." (Yes, you still need to wear sunscreen!). It's also loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling. Aim for one cup per day; use it in your salad instead of romaine, or wilt a bag of green leaves into your pasta sauce or soup.
Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Surprisingly, lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed, so make sure to stock up on canned tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup.
Almonds are rich in flavonoids (which promote heart health) and vitamin E, nutrient that's vital to skin health. They can help ward off damaging free radicals and even oxidative damage caused by smoking, according to a study from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Snack on a handful of almonds (Bauer likes them oven-toasted with spices) or almond butter on apple slices.
5. Wild Salmon
Wild salmon — not farm-raised — is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy, too. You won't have a problem adding salmon to your diet since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this beauty superfood. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.
Could it be that Retinol is the beauty secret weapon you’ve been looking for all along? It’s possible, if you’re looking to improve the look of fine lines & wrinkles, reduce the appearance of pores, or clear up any pesky acne. Click the image to learn about 5 important ways Retinol can transform the look and feel of you skin.
By now it’s no beauty secret that as we age, retinol becomes a woman’s best friend and greatest weapon against wrinkles and the ravages of time. Retinol, a pure, topical form of Vitamin A, helps increase skin’s thickness and collagen production, firming and refining the complexion and restoring its vibrancy – a literal fountain of youth. Check out this article to learn more tips on using retinol the right way.
We know, we know: Patience is a virtue. Good things come to those who wait — yada yada. But, in a world that moves at a million miles an hour, can you blame us for wanting to bring you the products that would give you the anti aging and anti-wrinkle results you're looking for? That's why we love retinol — products infused with the vitamin A-derived ingredient can deliver serious skin differences in just a few applications. We're talkin' noticeable smoothness and clarity here, you guys. Want to know more? Keep reading.
Does night time eye cream just seem like a way for companies to sell you another product that you don't really need? While in some cases that may be true, you may be surprised to learn that there can be a good reason to use a different face cream at night. Why should I use a night cream? There are two basic types of night creams. Of course, they can be called numerous things, but for the purposes of this blog, we're going to divide night creams into two broad categories so we can see the main benefits. Find out what they are in this article.
Matrixyl 3000 may sound like a brand of monster truck, but it's actually a key ingredient in skincare products that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. Matrixyl 3000 can be classified as a long-term anti-wrinkle system. A long-term system is one that attempts to boost collagen production, increasing in efficacy the longer the system is used. Find out more about this potent peptide in this article.
Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the decline of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging. The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face. Find out more in this article.
You already know that your skin — like the rest of your body — benefits from the work of antioxidants: They help fight free radicals, unstable compounds that attack cells and cause wrinkles, dull skin, and even skin cancer. But with so many on the market, how do you know which antioxidants work the hardest to help your skin stay smooth and young? The good news is, there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one. Find out what Sano Naturals' Top 2 Picks are in this article.
If you've looked at the ingredients for all of Sano Naturals' Serums, you will notice that Organic Aloe is a start ingredient. In fact, almost all of our Serums use Organic Aloe as part of the base, along with Organic Hyaluronic Acid (which you can learn more about here!) This article explains a bit more about why Aloe is such a versatile and important part of great skincare.
Serums are packed with turbo-charged ingredients designed to penetrate skin in ways everyday moisturizers simply can’t. For some people, these super-products are definitely worth the investment: they come with a host of benefits, like smoothing fine lines, increasing firmness, speeding cell turnover, boosting brightness, and correcting discoloration. We covered this in our last article. The catch, though, is that they won’t work as well if you use them incorrectly. Follow these 5 tips to get the most out of your serum.
Creams, Lotions, Moisturizers, Toners, Cleaners, Serums, Gels - oy! With so many different types of beauty products, it can be hard to know what to use on your skin and when. Sano Naturals is all about dropping some knowledge, so every few weeks we're going to cover one product type every few days so that you can get your beauty routine on check. Today's spotlight is all about Serums! Serums are important for your skin because they act like liquid beauty specialists. There's literally a serum for everything: anti aging, firming, hyper pigmentation, wrinkles -- you name it, and there's a serum to fix it
The skin around the eyes is 10x thinner than the rest of your face. This delicate area is further aggravated by the constant movement of the eye area -- smiling, blinking and squinting can account for over 10,000 movements per day! This, along with environmental aggressors, means that the precious skin around the eyes is stretched to its limit. That's why it loses its elasticity quicker and becomes even thinner due to a breakdown of collagen. To add insult to injury, the tissue around the eyes has very few oil glands, so it lacks the natural moisture that we have in other areas of our body. What can you do about it? Read this article to find out.
This Mother’s Day lets focus on natural beauty. Moms sacrifice so much to take care of all of us, and some times even their own care and beauty gets thrown in the back seat. Here are five great gift ideas that we know your mom will love and appreciate. Show her that you care about her health and beauty by getting one of these Sano Natural Products. Hint! There's a special Mother's Day coupon at the end of the article!
Ever take the time to glance over at your mom and process all the emotions that are tied to her? The strong soft hands that both caressed you as a baby and gave you something solid to grasp in times of uncertainty. The softness in her eyes that hold both your past and embody the strength you need to forge ahead on life’s journey. The smile that could bring you comfort and tell you that all was right in the world. Our most secure and comforting memories of childhood mostly revolve around the warmth and the happy aura surrounding our mothers. Learn how to say thanks in this blog post and special offer from Sano Naturals.
If you're anything like me, your earliest memories of Vitamin C involve barely credible TV commercials from the 90s involving Sunny D. Hopefully as you've gotten older, you've realized that Sunny D may not be the optimal source for Vitamin C, but it is important to find one because it does wonders for the skin, and is a major building block of our collagen. Read the rest of the article to find out more.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in skin that helps retain moisture, encourages tissue repair and provides that cushioning characteristic of younger skin. In short, it is a powerful anti-aging agent that helps plump up skin and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Find out more in this article.
Retinol is not new to the beauty market by any stretch. Retinoids (which include both over-the-counter Retinol and its prescription counterpart Retin-A) were initially used to get rid of acne, blackheads and dead cell buildup in pores. However, it was also found to be incredibly effective when it comes to anti aging skincare.
Here are 5 FAQs about Retinol you can use to to decide if it’s the right fit for you (hint: it probably is).
Choosing a Vitamin C Serum
requires a scrutinizing look at all of the ingredients, not just the Vitamin C compound. In this article, we’ll discuss the important solvents that can be seen, and what you should choose if you want to choose the best Vitamin C Serum for your face.
Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic Acid is one of the best solvents you can choose for your Vitamin C Serum. Hyaluronic Acid is a compound that occurs naturally in the body. It is located in our connective tissues, and plays a key role in cushioning and lubricating the the body. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, and is known to bond water to tissue. Its ability to do so means it also able to increase the skin’s moisture retention. Hyaluronic Acid is critical to the structural integrity of the dermal collagen matrix. This means that products that contain HA as a main ingredient can certainly help smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
Organic Aloe: Aloe has long been used as an anti-inflammatory. It helps to heal and calm the skin by inhibiting its reaction to external triggers. This is exceedingly important because since the day we are born, our skin is assaulted by environmental pollutants and aggressors that cause free radical damage to our skin. Keep Reading to Learn More.
Let's face it - there are many ways our skin can get damaged. Overexposure to the sun's rays, smog, smoke, even pollutants in the air we breathe, cause the skin to age.
Here's what happens: these external factors cause the collagen in your face to degrade. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. The fact is, three fourths of the protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen's role in the skin is to hold everything together. That means that young, collagen-rich skin is taut because the proteins are abundant and healthy. The collagen is the main connective tissue keeping everything firm and bound. Thankfully, there are 3 easy ways you can safeguard your collagen from damage. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Your skin is certainly not an island. Diet, lifestyle, genetics, the products you use, exercise, stress, exposure to environmental pollutants, and hormonal changes all play a role in the health and appearance of our skin. Because there are so many factors that affect our skin, there is no one ingredient or product that is the "be all and end all" for great looking skin. Just like the rest of our body, our skin needs a wide range of things to stay its best. Keep reading for 6 easy tips to keep it that way.
Ever since Dr. Oz featured Phytoceramides on his popular daytime TV show, calling them the secret to faking a facelift, there has been some confusion surround exactly what one can expect from these Phytoceramide supplements. A lot of people take their Phytoceramide Pills hoping for a skincare miracle in just 2 or 3 weeks' time. Unfortunately, that's not enough of a window to reverse time and the environment's effect on our skin.
Let's break down exactly what happens to your skin that formed the wrinkles in the first place, how Ceramides work, and how long you can expect to see results. Keep reading to learn more.
Not all Vitamin C Serums are created equal. Here are 3 major Vitamin C Serum mistakes you didn’t know you were making, and how to avoid them.
1. Not all Vitamin Cs are the same. Vitamin C comes in a lot of different forms. For example, ascorbic acid is one form of Vitamin C, but it can actually cause acne and irritation when applied topically. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, on the other hand, is a gentle, stable and water-soluble form of Vitamin C. This means it is easily absorbed by the skin and can penetrate deep to stimulate collagen production. Sano Naturals Vitamin C Serum is made with Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate for maximum safety and absorption...