Let’s stop those (unintentional) frown lines!

It’s November already and we’re all back to school, to work, and to our hectic daily schedules. The pace has picked up and our faces start to show it. Recently, while practicing yoga, I looked up at the mirror and saw a total stranger staring back at me! Who was this woman with a scowl on her face, a deep wrinkle in her forehead? I was shocked to see what I looked like when I was focused and concentrated. This was yoga after all!

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Class ended with one of my favorites—a complete body scan. It goes like this: lying on our yoga mats, the instructor slowly brings attention to each muscle starting with the toes and ending with the head. He/she asks us to release all tension. As I did, I realized I was holding my breath, clenching my jaw. Around the room I could feel the wave of relaxation as we all shifted into Savasana, the resting pose of yoga practice.

There is an incredible power in being mindful, of completely being in the moment and aware of body and mind. It helps make us conscious of the tightness with which we carry ourselves - in our muscles, jaw, neck, forehead – and allows us to prevent repetitive expressions from becoming etched in our skin.

 

Prevention is the best medicine

The best cream can only help the appearance of our skin so much; how we live and care for ourselves on a day-to-day basis has a huge effect on our skin and mimic. So here are 4 steps to help prevent those squint and frown lines:

1. Mindfulness- release that tension: Take a few minutes every day to do a complete scan of your body. Feel every muscle from head to toe. Where am I holding tension? Am I taking deep breaths? Are my eyes relaxed? My jaw? Is my tongue tensely pressed against the roof of my mouth?

Tip: Now that fall is here, I love taking evening baths while practicing my mindfulness breathing and tension release. I add in about one pound of Epsom salts, and the magnesium from the salts helps my muscles relax even more.

2. Living in sunny San Diego, sunglasses are a must to prevent squinting and unnecessary facial tension. If you notice you squint and wrinkle your forehead while reading or out in the sun, wearing reading glasses and/or sunglasses can really help relax those straining muscles.

3. Massage your face. In the evening, loosen those tight muscles with a gentle facial massage while washing your face. I often start with the pressure point between my eyes, and then stroke in an upward fashion toward my forehead, then moving in circular motions along my cheeks and chin.

Tip: A major plus of getting a professional facial is the massage.

4. Keep your skin hydrated: A good eye cream is a must. I use Doctor Eckstein Eye Balm Supreme. For something lighter in consistency, try Eye Gel Supreme, and if you want the richest most potent eye product, I recommend Eye Cream Supreme

 

For timeless beauty, 

Verena Eckstein 

My 4 Personal Favorites for Late Summer

Near the San Diego coast where I live, summer doesn’t really get started until after our „May gray“ and „June gloom.“ During these months, you’re likely to find the beaches covered in a low, gray marine layer. But sure enough, as July approaches, brilliant blue graces the skies and summer truly begins!

At this time, I turn to my 4 favorite products to keep my skin healthy and looking its best. I’d like to share my summer skin care strategy with you.

#1 Daily hydration = Hyaluronic Acid Active Concentrate

The sun’s UV rays aren’t the only stress-factor for the skin; exposure to the sun also dries it out. To combat this, I apply a daily dose of Active Concentrate Hyaluronic Acid Complex before applying my moisturizer. This light gel forms a protective film of hyaluronic acid on my skin that binds water molecules and acts as a moisture repository throughout the day. My skin thanks me with a well-nourished, smooth appearance.

#2 Daytime sun protection =  BEAUTIPHARM All Day Moisturizing Balm SPF 15

During the work week the time I spend in the sun is limited. I use BEAUTIPHARM All Day Moisturizing Balm with SPF 15 because it is a perfect base for makeup and provides the perfect amount of sun protection. It absorbs quickly, keeps my skin soft and smooth, and protects it from premature aging.

#3 A perfect finish = Transparent Powder

To create the perfect summer look, I lightly apply our Transparent Powder after applying the Active Concentrate Hyaluron Complex and the BEAUTIPHARM All Day Moisturizing Balm SPF 15. This powder absorbs both sebum (oil) and excess moisture for a natural looking matte finish.  It evens out my skin tone and helps me look my best.

#4 Nighttime skin recovery = Active Concentrate Repair Complex

Recovery is an important part of prevention. After a day in the sun, I indulge my skin at night with our Active Concentrate Repair Complex. (You don’t have to have mature skin to begin taking measures to prevent wrinkles, especially if you love the sun like I do!)

The rich, concentrated formula supports the skin’s natural restorative process, while its light texture leaves the skin feeling silky smooth with no oily residue.

For over 65 years, it has been core to our purpose to help every woman look and feel her best at any age.

 

For healthy summer skin and timeless beauty,

 

Verena Eckstein

Sorbitol: The Hidden Champion for Summer Time Hydration

The hot summer months are here, but dry skin after a day in the sun is not an option.  Time for some sorbitol please!

 

One small fruit sugar – one large effect

Sorbitol is a natural product occurring in many stone fruits including plums, apricots, peaches, apples and pears. Nutritionally, sorbitol has about 60% the sweetness of processed sugar making it a viable alternative sweetener for diabetics.

Natural Sorbitol: Apple Trees in our Garden. San Diego, California. 

Natural Sorbitol: Apple Trees in our Garden. San Diego, California. 

In nature, sorbitol serves to bind water molecules making it an ideal humectant. For this reason, sorbitol is an ideal moisturizing factor that can hold its own with other moisturizing champions - even Hyaluronic acid! In the skin, this water-binding property creates a more robust skin barrier and increases the skin’s hydration.

 

In terms of our skin, sorbitol is sweet!

Once sorbitol is applied, it is incorporated into our skin’s natural barrier, thus strengthening it. With this added support less moisture is lost to our environment, and the skin itself holds more moisture.

This increase in hydration helps:

  • Our skin appear more vital and invigorated
  • Plump our skin thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Activate the enzymes in our skin’s outer layer resulting in a better turnover of dead skin cells and a smoother complexion

 

Let’s make this our sorbitol summer

Following a day at the beach, my own beauty routine always includes our sorbitol-enhanced Rich & Silky Body Butter. It moisturizes, smooths and indulges my skin.

For over 65 years, naturally beautiful skin has been at the heart of our business. We create skin care – using highly effective ingredients such as sorbitol - designed to help you feel and look your best.

 

For a lifetime of healthy, beautiful skin,

 

Verena Eckstein