Why I love them
Using antioxidants in skin care is very popular for many reasons. Applying a topical product with antioxidants such as Vitamin C, on your skin regularly can make a huge difference. One of the reasons we add them into skin care products is to help protect the skin from the environment or free radical damage. Factors such as sun exposure, pollution or even stress can cause free radicals to damage healthy skin cells. This may lead fine lines, pigmentation and skin cancer. Using an antioxidant rich skin care regimen can also help correct uneven and dull skin.
My Favorite Ingredients for Antioxidant Protection:
Vitamin C is amazing has many different benefits for increasing skin health. It can help with firming, brightening and lightening skin pigmentation and protecting the skin from free radicals as we talked about above.
White Tea Extract
Because of the high content of polyphenols (micronutrients high in antioxidant value) in white tea, it is a powerful protector of free radicals. I like to use this even more than green tea extract.
Aloe Vera is high in many vitamins which are antioxidants including A, C and E. It also contains folic acid which naturally posses the power to help protect skin cells as well.
We can also reap the benefits from ingredients high in antioxidants when we eat them! Taking supplements and also just eating foods that are high in antioxidants, helps protect you from the inside out. Making a cup of white tea, eating tomato sauce which is high in lycopene and amazing for sun protection and even just eating fruit can all contribute to protecting your skin cells and promoting healthy skin. When making white tea adding lemon makes it a more potent antioxidant.
Antioxidants are powerful in the ability to protect the skin which is why I highly recommend making them part of a daily regimen. The reason I like the three I listed above is because they are also highly anti-inflammatory making them a great option for sensitive skin types. Some forms of Vitamin C can be irritating but there are ways to get an amazing result without the irritation (I will be talking more about Vitamin C and the form I prefer in an upcoming blog). Personally, my skin feels firmer and more even when I use products high in antioxidants. This coupled with a great sun protection is a great way to keep your skin looking its best.
I recently wrote a guest blog on the Anshi Heals website, a company that uses transdermal rubs to treat different aliments. In this article I discussed how we are able to achieve a deeper absorption in the skin through sloughing off the upper layers of the skin first. You can learn more about this on Anshi's blog, click here to see the full article.
I have been using Anshi in my baths and on my kids. I love the peppermint flavor when my son had his fever, I rubbed it onto his spine and it helped him! Check them out at https://www.anshiheals.com
Stress, lack of sleep and dehydration can most definitely take a toll our our skin. And the eye area is no exception. In fact, the factors I listed above usually have the biggest impact around our eyes and under eye area. The lack of sleep and dehydration shows up as increased visibility of fine lines and dark circles.
The skin near our eyes is thin and lacks fatty tissue and muscle making it vulnerable to aging symptoms faster than the rest of the skin. There are steps we can take to help this area look refreshed and beautiful and also things to avoid.
What should I use under my eyes, can I use my regular products?
It is highly recommended to use a product that is designed for the eye area. Some products, especially moisturizers, are too heavy for the eye area and can cause clogging. Other products for exfoliation could also cause irritation to the eye area and for the most part should be avoided.
How much eye cream should I use?
Overusing product under your eye is a huge no no! I have seen this delicate area have clogging, breakouts such a black heads and milia (white heads), which need to be extracted with a needle. So its best to use a pea size amount for both eyes as a general rule of thumb.
How do I apply it?
If you are using a cream based product you can dab it onto your ring finger and gently dot it along the ocular bone (under the eyes you will feel the bone that circles the eyes). Do not apply directly under the lashes (clogged pore alert!) and let the heat pull up the product it needs. It is much less than people think. I like to dot it between my eyes and around my lips if I have extra. They have eye treatments in rollers too and you would use the same process on the ocular bone (it feels great too). Do not yank or pull this area, this could lead to more lines and will defeat the purpose!
Is there only one type of eye product? What is best for my skin type?
Eye treatment is usually based on your concerns. For example, anti-aging/fine lines, puffiness, dark circles etc. If you are drier and have fine lines a cream is the typical recommendation, there are also gel based eye treatments and serum types. This is just a general recommendation, check with your product brand to find out what best suits you.
Any other tricks?
Use cold items to help de-puff the baggy under eye area. There are many tools out there, like the Gua sha I mentioned in a previous blog. Remember to keep the pressure super light and have product on the area so there is no pulling or stretching. You can put your eye cream in the fridge as well, this feels great on tired eyes. We have all seen people chop cucumber on place on the eye area, this is great too! The coolness will help de-puff and the cucumber has a high water content along with Vitamin C which can help bring down swelling as well.
When all else fails there is always under eye concealer, right!?
When I started Simply Jess I had a promise to deliver results with clean and safe ingredients. I wanted everything in my line to be free of harmful chemicals making it safe for even my little ones to use. I think it is important to remember that chemicals are not necessarily a bad thing. For example, water is a chemical and of course harmless. What we are talking about when we say 'we don't want to use chemicals on our skin', are the harmful chemicals. Chemicals that have been known to have a negative effect in our bodies or the environment. Below are just a handful of ingredients you will never find in Simply Jess products and a brief explanation why. It is good to know this list so you can check your skin care labels with whatever brands you are using.
Products I will never use in Simply Jess:
Parabens- Used as a preservative in skin care. Have been found to disrupt hormones in the body.
Synthetic Fragrance- This is simple, it is used to make the product smell great! Fake chemical fragrance can be a terrible allergen and also a hormone disruptor. Simply Jess products have an aroma but it is from naturally derived sources and is always used as a tool to help the skin- not for the smell.
Synthetic Color- Brands use synthetic color to make the product look visually appealing. The result can be irritation on the skin and I find this totally unnecessary.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate- This ingredient is used in as a foaming agent, think shampoo, cleanser etc. It can cause great sensitivity in the skin.
Formaldehyde-Used as a preservative. It is a known carcinogen and has even been banned in Japan and Sweden for use in cosmetics.
Triclosan-This is a microbial agent found in many deodorants and acne products. This is a known endocrine disruptor and there have been links to the over use of this ingredient causing antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
I believe many people don't realize the compounding factor when you add up all the personal care, cleaning products and items in our food that are potentially harmful and what the ramifications can be. As we educate ourselves on the items we should avoid and begin to remove them the better we can feel about this toxic load and how it can really cause problems in our lives. At first i was overwhelmed by this but now I feel empowered to make the right choices for myself and my family. Keep reading your labels!
As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.