Friday, February 27, 2015

How to treat & prevent adult breakouts

Are you experiencing adult breakouts?  There is a difference between teen and adult breakouts.  Teen breakouts are almost always the result of the over production of sebum (oil) caused by hormonal fluctuations and surges.   Hormone fluctuations are usually about 75% of the cause of teen acne.  Also teens are more likely to be lazy with their skin care routines, making up the remaining 25%.  In the majority of cases if teens follow a strict skin care routine they will see a significant improvement in their acne.  This is not always the case with adults.

Adult breakouts can be caused by several different things making it harder to treat. Hormonal upheavals do not go away as we age, this is why women notice breakouts during their menstrual cycles and again in menopause.  Men have hormonal fluctuations too, and may notice breakouts in a cyclical pattern as do women. 

Adult breakouts can also be caused by food allergies, most common being wheat and dairy.  Believe it or not even the slightest sensitivity to these 2 foods can have a huge impact on breakouts.  I recommend that adults who eat a lot of one or both of these foods try eliminating them to see if it helps.  Many times this alone can make a huge difference.  Other contributing factors are stress, medications, diet, skin care hygiene habits, dehydration rather internal and/or external, the overuse of drying agents (over the counter spot treatments), build-up on the surface of the skin from not exfoliating often enough....or ever.   

The best way to prevent adult breakouts is to control the things listed above like stress, etc.  In addition, take an active role in how you care for your skin. When combined these things will help. So what can you do? Start by making sure you are following a good at home skin care routine considering the following things: 

1.  First you MUST pH balance your skin. People mistakenly believe if they dry out their blemishes it is a good thing.  It's not, it's a bad thing. When you over dry you knock off the pH balance resulting in more oil being pumped to make up for the dryness that was caused....thus the never ending cycle of breaking out then clearing up only to break out again.  This is why pH balancing is so important.  Use products that do not disrupt the pH balance.   
Alpha Enzyme Cleanse and Botanic Soft Cleanse. 

2.  Use a potent anti-oxidant to help fight the free radicals caused by our everyday environment.  Vitamin-C Elixir  These free radicals cause havoc in your entire body and the skin will reflect the damage.

3.  Exfoliate on a regular basis, I recommend nightly use of a topical exfoliating elixir to help rid the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, this prevents blockages that can lead to blemishes.  Glycolic-50 Elixir  Also exfoliating a few times a week with a manually helps keep skin completely free from build-up.  Exfoliating Pore Reducer

4.  Make sure you are using a moisturiser.  Many times people think moisture causes breakouts, this is wrong, and actually the opposite is true.  If you do not use a moisturiser to balance the pH of your skin you will over dry....and as a result, over produce oil to compensate creating the cycle mentioned above.  Multi-Peptide & Collagen Elixir for moisture without oil.

If all of this is overwhelming don't worry, a short visit with your Esthetician will simplify and help you.  At BRS facial  spa our product consultations are free, we will recommend the right products for you and show you how to use them.  Everybody's skin is different, there is no ONE CURE for breakouts and there is no ONE PRODUCT that will work for everybody. 
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vitamin-C Doesn't Lighten Skin. What Does?

Skin lightening ingredients that you should know more about.  First let me inform you of a myth.  Vitamin-C does NOT lighten skin.  It doesn’t.  Vitamin-C is, however, one of the most powerful antioxidants you can apply topically to your skin.  Vitamin-C does impact hyper pigmentation (dark spots) but not by lightening them, this is so important to understand.  Vitamin-C’s role, in regard to skin lightening, is that it retards the skins’ ability to form dark spots, it does not lighten dark spots that are already there.  Vitamin-C, especially in high concentrations,  (check out BRS brand Vitamin-C Elixir for the most potent you can find) works by protecting your skin from the free radicals that contribute to the damage that becomes dark spots.  See the difference?  So when you are looking for a product to lighten dark spots Vitamin-C is not the ingredient to look for.

Recently there has been a lot of attention on the Kakadu Plum used in skin lightening products.  These products boast about the high concentrations of Vitamin-C in them.  Well, that’s all fine & good but, like I mentioned above, although a very powerful ingredient when used as an antioxidant, Vitamin-C doesn’t lighten the skin. 

Let’s address their advertising for a second, before moving on to what ingredients actually help to lighten the skin.  First, the Kakadu Plum advocates (people selling products that contain it) claim it has the highest amount of Vitamin-C on the planet. Depending on the source, and there are many, the Camu Camu Berries has as much if not more Vitamin-C.  On all charts these 2 run very close.  The range for both is anywhere from 2700mg of Vitamin-C  per 100g to 3100 mg per 100g.  The Kakadu Plum is a powerhouse when it comes to one of the best antioxidants available, but it isn’t antioxidants that lighten the skin. 

So what are the best sources of Vitamin-C?   Consider the following,  Ascorbic Acid IS Vitamin-C and it works absolutely as well or better than any rare berry or plant from the Amazon or anywhere else.  I urge you to make note of the people making the claims on these new products they claim are better, they simply are not.  It’s important to know which types of Vitamin-C absorb deepest into the skin.  When Vitmain-C comes from a food based product that is fiber rich and contains mostly cellulose you should know it is not even active when applied topically.   Ascorbic Acid has been proven to be the BEST and most deeply penetrating way to apply topical Vitamin-C.  Okay, enough about Vitamin-C.

Now on to actually lightening the skin.  Remember Vitamin-C does not lighten dark spots, but it does interfere with your skins’ ability to make additional dark spots by retarding the melanin production responsible for darkening the skin through damage caused from free radicals and exposure.  So what does lighten the skin? 

In medical studies…….note, ‘medical studies‘…… and not from someone trying to sell a product (although BRS  sells skin care products, our products are based on medical research not hype).  Arbutin is the BEST and most potent form of skin lightener there is.  There are 2 types of Arbutin, alpha and beta.  Alpha Arbutin is more productive in lightening of the skin.  What is Arbutin?  It is a natural source of hydroquinone.  It is derived from natural sources of Bearberry, Mulberry, Cranberry, & White Mulberry.  Many skin care companies use Arbutin in their skin lightening products, and that's great!  But in what concentrations?  This is important to know.  Beautiful Radiant Skin Products use Arbuin as it’s main ingredient in our Luminous White Skin Bleaching Cream, but we take it a step further.  Our fillers are not fillers at all, we add (not dilute) our Arbutin with other highly active ingredients that make this product the most potent you can find.  We mix it with Vitamin-B3, Bellis Perennis Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sage, Ginseng & Rosemary Extracts, & Avocado Oil for moisture.  Our product will lighten without drying and is scientifically based and proven.  Google our ingredients to see how they work together to lighten the skin.

In short, Kakadu Plum may be rich in Vitamin-C, but it cannot deliver as deeply as Ascorbic Acid which IS Vitamin-C.  And Vitamin-C doesn’t lighten skin when used topically, it is important for skin as an antioxidant not a skin lightener.  Check out all our products at

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Add fullness to your face without injections with the right products

 Watched a TV commercial yesterday on a new product they're advertising that adds fullness to the face, where you are losing volume. BRS has had this product for years. In fact we have 2 of them. The ingredient that adds volume is Hyaluronic Acid and/or Hexapeptide-3. Both Firm & Lift Elixir and Multi-Peptide & Collagen Elixir have VERY high amounts of these ingredients. We are seriously cutting edge, all the time. I keep up on this stuff to make sure we have the best, all the time, because my face depends on it too :-)