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3 Factors That Cause Skin Problems And How You Can Fix Them

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

3 Factors That Cause Skin Problems And How You Can Fix Them

There are three factors that directly affect the health of your skin. They are the foods you eat, your level of stress, and the products you use to care for your skin. If you are experiencing dry or troubled skin, you may want to begin looking at those three things as they apply to your personal situation. First, are you eating the right foods? You don’t have to be on some special diet to have great skin, but it’s important to not indulge in processed foods too often and consume a balance of protein, vegetables and fruits, and the right kinds of carbs. This can have a wonderful impact on your skin. If you want to go the extra mile, eat plenty of foods that have probiotics because they definitely contribute to glowing, healthy skin. Next, how is your stress level? If you rank it high, please know you are not alone. The American Psychological Association reports that in the last twelve months, millions of people are enduring stress levels they’ve never had before. “When considering the physical and emotional toll of increased stress, nearly half of adults (49%) report their behavior has been negatively affected.” But, there is hope and relief. If you are experiencing unusual levels of stress, try to maintain a regular skincare routine. We know exercise is keying combatting stress, and so is focusing on the blessings you have despite the challenges. I also recommend focusing on what you can control and leaving the rest to God. Finally, if you are reading this article, it’s quite likely you are using products that are good for your skin. Kudos! That makes an incredible difference! Facials are always a perfect way to boost your skin during the dry winter months, but, many women don’t take the time to go to the spa or salon for a facial and let’s face it, that can be expensive these days. So, I’d like to tell you about another super product that is perfect for the winter months because it leaves your skin looking clean, bright, and glowing: Magnolia Skin Essentials’ Fresh Magnolia Glow Stick.   Your skin will thank you for using this moisturizing balm, which is full of antioxidants and formulated for normal, dry, and mature skin. Glide it over your warm wet face in circular motions for easy application. Blot gently with a towel and allow a few minutes for absorption before applying your makeup. The powerful results of this nourishing blend can be seen in softer skin and reduced appearance of wrinkles as improved hydration visibly softens your face.  

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3 Important Tips For Caring For Your Skin’s Microbiome

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

3 Important Tips For Caring For Your Skin’s Microbiome

2020 has been a big year for learning new terms and buzzwords, many of which we would wish we didn’t have to learn, right? But there is one word that has garnered a lot of attention in the world of skin care, and that would be the term “microbiome.” If you're not sure what a microbiome is, or why you should care about it, read further because we're about to take a deep dive into that news worthy term. What Is A Microbiome? Would you rather watch the video? Click here. A microbiome is a collection of genomes or “communities” of microorganisms that live both inside humans and on their skin. Some of these microorganisms are good and serve a productive purpose, and others are bad, such as bacteria that spread illnesses. Good and bad bacteria coexist on the skin and in the body, and when use the right products, you maintain a healthy and necessary balance. But when an imbalance occurs–oftentimes an imbalance that occurs from using harsh ingredients on your skin–that’s when not-so-good things happen. On the outside, a build up of certain microorganisms can cause irritations, rashes, or infections such as rosacea, psoriasis, acne, and eczema. It can cause chronic dry skin and bring an early onset of aging effects, like those dreaded wrinkles and fine lines. On the inside, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria can cause a lot of unwanted conditions, and it will effect the health of your skin. So, how can you care for these microbiomes? Here are three important tips for keeping a healthy balance. A.    Avoid using harsh soaps that strip away the good bacteria on your skin. Not all bar and liquid soaps are created equal. Some soaps are made from whole, natural ingredients such as sunflower oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. Sodium hydroxide solution transforms these oils into soap, which become an effective cleansing agent without stripping away the sebum, your skin’s protective barrier. However, many commercial soaps are actual detergents, or borderline detergents that are made up of synthetic ingredients and contain little to no natural ingredients whatsoever. Using a soap that is good for your skin helps maintain a healthy pH balance, cleanses without stripping away the skin’s protective barrier, and maintains healthy skin microbiomes. B.    Avoid using alcohol based products Would you take a cotton ball, dip it in rubbing alcohol and clean your face with it? Definitely not! So take a good look at the ingredient list on your facial serums and toners because many of these products contain alcohol. Even some brands of Witch Hazel have isopropyl alcohol in them or were derived using alcohol. We suggest using oil-based serums and nutrient-based toners that are good for your skin and won’t strip away vital nutrients and good bacteria. C.   Consume foods and supplements that contain probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics You can also help your skin maintain a healthy microbiome balance through your diet. Eating foods high in probiotics such as yogurt, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, and cottage cheese can all help your skin from the inside out. You can also find prebiotics and postbiotics supplements in most grocery store. The great thing about treating your skin kindly is that it will reward you with beautiful skin, all year long! And don't forget to subscribe and save! Subscribe at MagnoliaSkinEssentials.Com and save 15% off your entire first order!

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3 Things You Need To Know About The Skin Benefits Of Magnolia

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

3 Things You Need To Know About The Skin Benefits Of Magnolia

At Magnolia Skin Essentials, we're not just another "clean" beauty brand, we are different because our key ingredient and the inspiration for the Magnolia Skin Essentials brand, is pure, potent, Magnolia Bark Extract (Magnoliae officinalis). The health and skin benefits of Magnolia Bark Extract are not only bountiful and amazing, but have been clinically and scientifically verified. The Magnolia plant has been widely used in traditional Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine for centuries, and this is due primarily to the active components of Magnolol (MG) and Honokiol (HK) found in Magnolia bark, leaves, and flowers. The extract powder and essential oil have been proven to treat many illnesses, fight infections, calm sinusitis and anxiety, reduce tumor activity and more when ingested in specific physician-recommended doses. But, did you know that when used as a topical treatment on the skin, these same elements from Magnolia bark, leaf, and flower extract have amazing skin benefits to help your skin stay healthy and glowing? Here's how: 1 - Powerful anti-oxidant – Magnolol and Honokoil actively reduce free radicals generated by ultra-violet rays, which protect the skin and slow the aging process. When the skin is protected in such a way, the potential for fine lines and wrinkles to develop is reduced. Magnolol also softens and hydrates skin which reduces fine lines that may already be present. 2 - Powerful anti-inflammatory – Magnolol is proven to reduce redness, swelling, and itching in the skin, whether caused by allergic reactions, stress, or bacterial infections. It calms and soothes irritated skin. 3 – Powerful Antibacterial – Clinical studies show that Magnolol and Honokoil are effective in fighting disease causing bacteria present on the skin and can be especially helpful in reducing and possibly eliminating common acne. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and directly affects your health and well-being, which is why it is so important to take good care of it. At Magnolia Skin Essentials, we believe the path to a better society is through building people up, healing their hurts, and showing them their potential. Helping people look and feel their best is what motivates us to handcraft clean skincare products. Healthy, beautiful skin makes people feel great about themselves and gives them confidence. Clinical studies, proof of claims, and more can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8010308/

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3 Things Your Skin Wants You To Know About Hyaluronic Acid

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

3 Things Your Skin Wants You To Know About Hyaluronic Acid

I’ve often heard people say, “Wouldn’t it be great to go back a couple of hundred years and live in a time that was simpler and more natural?” I can definitely understand the sentiment behind this idea, but frankly, I like indoor plumbing. I like gas stoves and microwaves. And something I really like that you couldn’t find back then is Hyaluronic Acid! Two hundred years ago, we didn’t know what this was, so a big thank you to the researchers who discovered this completely natural ingredient that has so many wonderful attributes! And so, I’d like to share with you some very special facts about Hyaluronic Acid because it is an amazing ingredient! Where Does It Come From? Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan in our bodies. It is a humectant, which means it hydrates and moisturizes your skin. It actually has the capacity to hold 6,000 times its weight in water! Approximately 50% of the Hyaluronic Acid found in our bodies is present in our skin, primarily in the dermis where much of the reparative and regenerative activity take place. Some experts assert that the less hyaluronic acid you have in your skin, the thinner and drier it appears. No wonder so many cosmetic and skincare companies include Hyaluronic acid in their formulations. But the actual Hyaluronic acid used in the skincare products we know and love is mostly produced from rooster combs and bacterial fermentation. Rooster combs! So, get excited! And here are some great things to know as you consider purchasing a skincare product that contains Hyaluronic Acid: 1. Hyaluronic Acid is very safe if used in appropriate amounts (1-2% of the overall product ingredients is a good rule of thumb because more than this can cause skin irritation), and delivers great results no matter what your skin type is. This is great news, especially for people with combination skin that can be difficult to treat and expensive when purchasing all the different products. But a word of caution… just as too much can cause issues, you also want to use products that have meaningful amounts in them. Many of the big companies use minuscule amounts of ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid just so they can claim their product has it, so If it’s simply used as a marketing ingredient, you won’t really see any results.  2. Because of its capacity to hold water, Hyaluronic Acid offers a “plumping” effect when used on the skin, and this creates a more firm look to a face that has fine lines and wrinkles. Serums, creams, and gels containing 1% Hyaluronic Acid in their solutions offer beautiful results. It’s important to note that these products do not replace the Hyaluronic Acid in your skin. 3. Hyaluronic Acid can actually reduce the appearance of acne scars, increase the moisture level of damaged skin and accelerate damage repair (Final report of the safety assessment of hyaluronic acid, potassium hyaluronate, and sodium hyaluronate, Lillian C Becker 1, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Curtis D Klaassen, James G Marks Jr, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel; F Alan Andersen, Jul-Aug 2009).  Dr. Michelle Jeffries, Dermatologist, states: “Hyaluronic acid does not reduce acne breakouts… However, there is a good amount of evidence that you can use hyaluronic acid for acne scars. Here’s a 2018 study and a 2020 study confirming HA injections are safe and effective treatment for acne scars.” (Hyaluronic Acid: Can it heal acne or acne scars?) Want more exciting news? In the next several weeks, Magnolia Skin Essentials will be revealing a new product with Hyaluronic Acid that you will love and comes with the same skin-safe guarantee as always: CLEAN. No toxic, synthetic chemicals EVER. So be on the lookout and check back for an announcement about this exciting product coming soon!!  

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5 Things Your Skin Wants You To Know About Turmeric

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

5 Things Your Skin Wants You To Know About Turmeric

A few years ago, a friend of mine broke the news that she had breast cancer, one of the scariest and most dreaded diagnoses one can receive. She decided to take a treatment route that surprised everyone… a no-chemical treatment through natural medicines and foods. Understanding what chemotherapy and radiation can do to one’s body makes natural remedies look very inviting, but we seldom hear of their successes. She had the best homeopathic doctors on her side and although her struggle with this terrible illness took its toll in many ways, in the end she triumphed and is still with us, today, just as vibrant and amazing as before her diagnosis. I share this with you, not because I believe my friend's way is the only way, because it’s not. There are outstanding doctors who know how to treat cancer quite effectively with chemo and radiation. But I want to call attention to the fact that natural remedies can be effective in treating and preventing diseases, whether used on their own or in conjunction with other medical treatments. Enter the spotlight: Turmeric. Here at Magnolia Skin Essentials, Turmeric is an important ingredient for my skin products. Scientific research confirms that Turmeric is extremely beneficial, not only in treating cancer, but in preventing it. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action of turmeric counteracts the damage caused by a number of carcinogens, including UV radiation. Turmeric also protects the body from various side-effects caused by the conventional treatments for skin cancer. TurmericForHealth.Com cites these fantastic benefits, among many, from the topical uses of Turmeric: 1.Turmeric kills skin cancer cells 2.Turmeric inhibits angiogenesis and tumor growth 3.Turmeric boosts immune system to fight skin cancer 4.Turmeric protects from UV radiation and other carcinogens Magnolia Skin Essentials’ Turmeric and Neem Bars, are one of the best ways to incorporate Turmeric into your skincare regimen, whether you have skin cancer concerns or just want amazing, glowing skin. In addition to Turmeric in the bar, another special ingredient I use is Neem Oil, which also boasts amazing restorative properties for the skin, such as fatty acids (EFA), Vitamin E, antioxidants, calcium, triglycerides, and limonoids. The results? Neem oil is effective in reducing scars, evening and brightening skin tone, moisturizing dry skin and wrinkles, stimulating collagen production, healing wounds, and reducing warts and moles. And don't forget to subscribe and save! Subscribe at MagnoliaSkinEssentials.Com and save 15% off your entire first order!

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All-Natural: What It Really Means And Are You Actually Buying It?

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

All-Natural: What It Really Means And Are You Actually Buying It?

Spring is here and the pleasant, warm weather means lots of outdoor activities like picnics, water sports, and farmers’ markets. I love this time of year and enjoy going to local outdoor markets to find fresh produce and handmade crafts. Last year at our local Farmers’ Market, I stopped by a tent with lots of “all-natural” handmade soaps, salves, beard balms, and so on. I asked the owner what made her products “all-natural” and she replied, “You know, it’s all from nature. Everything that goes into making these products is completely natural in every way.” But, is that an accurate description? Are “all-natural” products really a sort of “farm-to-table” type of process you can count on? Well, let’s take a look at the definition of this commonly used and highly marketed claim and how that corresponds to skincare/personal care products you purchase. Consumers assume that a product labeled “all-natural” was created using ingredients that are naturally occurring resources in nature; coconut oil, shea butter, botanical extracts, for example all create a picture of the goodness of nature gathered together and combined in a mixture that will become a lotion, a hair conditioner, or some other product. And to a degree, this is true. But the reality is that many products promoted as natural are not complete with ingredients that have been harvested from the field and directly used “as is” in product formulations. Many ingredients have been collected from a natural source and then synthesized in a chemical lab. A perfect example of this would be cetyl alcohol, which is a fatty alcohol derived from vegetable oils and acts as a thickening agent or emulsifier (It has nothing to do with the kind of alcohol you rub or drink). Cetyl alcohol is an ingredient commonly used in lotions and other skincare products. Another example would be using a natural preservative like Germall Plus, which is used in water-based products such as shampoos or liquid soaps. Both cetyl alcohol and natural preservatives are derived from natural sources, hence the “natural” aspect, however both are synthesized (chemically altered) in a laboratory. So to say they are “all natural” is not entirely accurate. I think there are better ways to describe this personal product trend (the “all-natural” trend isn't really that new, as it actually became popular in the 70’s) that is more accurate and genuine. Personally, instead of using the term “all-natural” I prefer to describe the “clean” nature of Magnolia Skin Essentials’ handcrafted skincare products as “free from.” They are free from formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates (endocrine disruptors), and other toxic chemicals. But even with this clarification, it’s very important to pay attention to the ingredient list on the label of a product that claims to be “all-natural” because in many cases, it’s a false claim. For example, I recently looked at a line of products claiming to be crafted from only all-natural ingredients. Despite this claim, I found four of the nineteen ingredients listed in their shampoo to be 100% un-natural: PARFUM (synthetic fragrance), CI 17200 (a red synthetic dye), iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (a toxic preservative), and DMDM HYDANTOIN (toxic preservative). In fact, DMDM hydantoin is a formaldehyde releasor and can cause severe allergic reactions. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG.Org): “DMDM hydantoin is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative. People exposed to such formaldehyde-releasing ingredients may develop a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself and its decomposition products. In the U.S., approximately 20% of cosmetics and personal care products contain a formaldehyde-releaser and the frequency of contact allergy to these ingredients is much higher among Americans compared to studies in Europe.”  My goal in sharing this information is not to scare you, but inform you. If you are a savvy shopper and are looking for products with ingredients that won’t cause allergic reactions or other harsh effects, you have a right to know what you are purchasing and what marketing terms mean. Many people are not concerned with the ingredients in their shampoos, deodorants, and other personal care products, they just want them to deliver results so they can look their best and there is nothing wrong with this at all. But, if you are concerned about the ingredients in the products you use on your body – and more importantly that the companies selling you products are accurately representing the products they are selling you, I encourage you to be vigilant when considering products that are labeled as “all natural.” Make sure what is being marketed is really what you are paying for. Image by Freepik.Com

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Are You Really Getting What You Pay For?

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Are You Really Getting What You Pay For?

Are you really getting what you're paying for when you buy skincare products? This is such an important question, but the answer is often hard to discern. That's because ingredient labels can be tough to decipher. Did you know that the big companies regularly use "marketing ingredients"? Those are ingredients that sound wonderful but are actually used in minuscule amounts and don't really do anything for your skin. To help you avoid paying for what you don't get, I recorded this quick, informative video with tips to help you read ingredient labels and get a better understanding of what you are buying. You will feel so much better about the products you purchase and love not wasting money on products that make claims but don't deliver results. As always, you can count on Magnolia Skin Essentials' products to be clean products that deliver results. Just read our ingredient labels and see! Click here to watch the video.

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Did You Know These 3 Things ARE NOT True?

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Did You Know These 3 Things ARE NOT True?

Growing up, you likely heard things like: Chewing gum stays in your stomach for five years. Don’t swim for at least a half an hour after you’ve eaten. Don't crack your knuckles or you'll get arthritis.  Yep. These are the things we’ve been told to believe, but they are myths. Now it’s time to debunk 3 common skincare myths: Myth #1 - Pores Open and Close Many of us have gone through life believing that our skin pores open up when the air is warm and close up when it is cold. But the truth is, our pores do not have tiny little muscles that make this happen, so they are always the same size regardless of the temperature. However, if you do not cleanse your skin on a regular basis, your pores can enlarge due to becoming filled with dead skin cells and microbes. The best way to minimize your pores and ensure the moisturizers you use are being absorbed properly is by keeping them clean. Try our Rose Aloe Hydrating Toner Myth #2 - Using More Products Gives Me Better Skin Have you felt overwhelmed by Korean skincare fad? 15 steps, really? Ain’t nobody got time for that! But more importantly, layering more and more products do not equal better skin. There is only so much cleansing, toning, and moisturizing you can do, so just make sure the products you are using are good for your skin. Check out our Magnolia Facial Serum Myth #3 - Antibacterial soap is the best for your health With the onset of the pandemic last year, people went completely crazy about all things antibacterial to the point that for months on end, no one could find disinfecting wipes, rubbing alcohol, and hand sanitizer anywhere! Washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces is important, especially if you are or you live with people that are high risk for contracting illnesses. But we must remember that in order to stay healthy and keep our immune systems robust, we need a certain amount of bacteria in our gut and we will always have bacteria on our hands, no matter how much handwashing we are doing. Last week, I discussed caring for your microbiome and how important it is to not disturb the communities of bacteria and other microcosms that coexist on your skin. Constantly using hand sanitizer and washing mostly with antibacterial soaps is not good for you and will cause dry, cracked skin. Regular hand washing with non-detergent soaps is and always has been the best method of protection against illnesses.Discover the heavenly scent of our Turmeric and Neem Oil Bar

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Don't Let Skin Damage Win: 5 Surprising Ways Mulberry Leaf Extract Protects Your Skin

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Don't Let Skin Damage Win: 5 Surprising Ways Mulberry Leaf Extract Protects Your Skin

If you are someone who always keeps an eye out for natural skincare ingredients, then Mulberry Leaf Extract is definitely something you’d want to explore. Known for its numerous health benefits, Mulberry has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. But did you know that it can work wonders for your skin as well? Here are 5 surprising skin benefits of Mulberry Leaf Extract, and a suggestion on how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine. 1.    How It Fights Against Aging Mulberry Leaf Extract is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from free radical damage. It contains high levels of flavonoids that boost skin elasticity and firmness, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps fade hyperpigmentation and age spots, giving your skin a more youthful look. 2.    How It Soothes inflammation Its anti-inflammatory properties calm the skin, reducing redness, and inflammation. It’s especially beneficial for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin since it can help reduce breakouts and irritation. Have you tried our Gentle Radiance Collection for sensitive/reactive skin? 3.    How It Hydrates Your Skin Mulberry Leaf Extract is packed with minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, all of which help keep your skin hydrated and nourished. They penetrate deep into the skin and help it retain moisture, making it ideal for dry or dehydrated skin. 4.    How It Brightens Your Skin Mulberry has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for skin brightening for centuries; especially in bridal preparations. The extract works by inhibiting the production of melanin, which causes dark spots and pigmentation. Regular use of Mulberry Leaf Extract in your skincare routine can help give your skin a brighter, even tone. 5.    How It Fights Environmental Stressors Mulberry Leaf Extract protects your skin against environmental stressors such as UV rays, pollution and weather changes. Its antioxidant properties prevent damage caused by free radicals that can cause collagen breakdown, which leads to premature aging. How Can You Incorporate Mulberry Leaf Extract Into Your Skincare Routine? You can incorporate Mulberry Leaf Extract into your skincare routine by applying products that contain this ingredient, and Magnolia Skin Essentials has got you covered! When you use our Gentle Radiance Daily Moisturizer With Hyaluronic Acid, your are nourishing and protecting your skin with this amazing botanical extract. Get yours now and use promo code RADIANCE25 for 25% off this product. Hurry, this code is only good for a limited time!

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Double-Cleansing: Trend Or Truth?

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Double-Cleansing: Trend Or Truth?

I will always remember watching my grandmother remove her makeup at night with Ponds cold cream. I have no idea what the popular  skincare routines were back in 1969, but I can tell you my Grandma Madrid swore by this method. She would slather her face with the stuff, including over her tightly closed eyes, and then remove it all with a wet wash cloth. That was it. You can still find Ponds Cold Cream out there in some stores, but I don’t recommend using it for the simple fact that it contains DMDM Hydantoin, which is a Formaldehyde releasor that can cause hair loss and severe allergic reactions. But more so, because our knowledge about our skin and how to care for it has come a long way since 1969, and even with all the skincare trends that come and go, there are some routines that are worthy of our attention. One of those is the double-cleansing routine. Double-Cleansing Is Simple Double-cleansing is simply using an oil-based cleanser before using a water-based cleanser so your skin gets cleaner without stripping it of the sebum we naturally have on our skin or disturbing the microbiome. In my opinion, though,  if you have traditionally used a makeup remover before you’ve washed your face at night with soap and water, then you’ve really have always been “double-cleansing”. So, kudos to you if you do this! Oil-based cleansers break down and wipe off dirt and makeup first, and this allows your water-based cleanser to cleanse your skin more effectively. Of course, I highly recommend using a toner after you cleanse to restore balance to the pH level of your skin and clear away any debris that may be keeping your pores enlarged. A toner can also be a great indicator of how well your face has been cleansed. If the cotton ball or pad you use to apply the toner wipes clean, your face is clean. Afraid Oil Will Clog Your Pores? Many women struggle with the idea of using oil-based products because of the potential to have clogged pores,  which can lead to acne and other skin conditions, so they shy away from anything that might put their skin at risk. This is completely understandable! But the key here is knowing which oils are comedogenic (conducive to clogging pores), and which are non-comedogenic. Some of the oils that can – not guaranteed to, just possible – clog your pores are coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and cocoa butter. If you see a product you like and want to try, but see that it has one or more of these ingredients in it, try testing a small amount behind your ear or underneath your jawline to see how your skin reacts and decide from there. I have used products with coconut oil and cocoa butter on my face for many years without any pore-clogging problems or reactions, but that’s just me. Those ingredients may effect someone else differently, so it’s important to see how your own skin reacts. Oils that are non-comedogenic are lighter weight oils, also known as “dry oils” and the most popular of these are grape seed oil and jojoba oil, both of which are key oils in Magnolia Skin Essentials products. For example, if you decide to use the double-cleanse routine, I highly recommend using our Jojoba Rose Makeup Remover as the first step. With only two ingredients, pure organic Jojoba oil and Rose Absolute Essential Oil (which has anti-microbial properties in addition to a heavenly rose scent), you can easily wipe away the day and be very kind to your skin at the same time. Follow with the soap or cleanser of your choice. If you are 40+, I believe you will see great results when using the double-cleanse method and I highly recommend it for being truth, not a trend.

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Starting 2022 On The Right Foot With National Celebration Of Life Month

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Starting 2022 On The Right Foot With National Celebration Of Life Month

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Did you know January is National Celebration Of Life month? This celebration was instituted as a way to take a step back and take note of the gift of life we all enjoy, and the blessings that come to us every day. It is also intended to help us focus on taking care of our physical health as a way to honor the gift of life. It’s the perfect time to unwind from the holidays and give ourselves a little TLC. Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate National Celebration of Life month: 1.    Reserve a little time to detach yourself from work and other responsibilities to indulge in something you enjoy, such as a walk in the park, a hobby or craft, a date night with your hubby, or whatever it is that helps you recharge when things become overwhelming, chaotic, or just so busy you can’t think straight. 2.    Connect with family members. Whether it is in person, or via video call, or even taking 10 minutes to write a personal, hand-written greeting card, because who doesn’t love getting thoughtful pieces like that in the mail, right? 3.    Make a list of blessings you can count - big and small - and keep it posted on your desk at work, on the mirror in your bathroom, or anywhere you can readily see it and be reminded of it. This helps to keep you focused on the good things you have, especially when things get hectic or take a wrong turn. 4.    Take a spa day and relax! Don’t have that many hours to yourself or that much money to spend? No problem! We've made things easy for you with our Magnolia Spa Collection, the perfect at-home spa experience for a fraction of the cost of the same treatments at a boutique spa. The Magnolia Spa Collection helps you pamper yourself with these amazing products: French Rose Mud Mask Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum Day and Night Whipped Moisturizer Magnolia Hibiscus Body Scrub Lavender Rose Sparkling Effervescent Bath Salts Magnolia Blossom Hand & Body Lotion Relaxing Silk Massage Balm This collection gives you $150 worth of superior, spa-quality products, plus a spa robe you can keep for only $89. Get yours today before the price goes up again! Hoping you have a great start to your 2022!

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The Inspiring Women of Magnolia Skin Essentials: Khayla Butler's Amazing Story

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

The Inspiring Women of Magnolia Skin Essentials: Khayla Butler's Amazing Story

Ready to be amazed? With all that we've been through in the last twelve months, we can all use a little good news and inspiration. At Magnolia Skin Essentials, our brand is all about inspiration and meaningful stories that reveal the strength and beauty of women. That's why I'm excited to bring you this video of my interview with Khayla Butler, a sought-after realtor here in the Charleston, SC area. You will love hearing Khayla's story of perseverance through incredibly difficult times as a very young woman and I predict will offer you hope and courage no matter what challenges you are currently facing. If her story makes a difference for you, please feel free to leave a comment for her to read.

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The Story Behind Magnolia Skin Essentials: An Interview With Founder Lisa Duffy

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

The Story Behind Magnolia Skin Essentials: An Interview With Founder Lisa Duffy

Everybody loves a good story, and today we're focusing on an important one; the story behind Magnolia Skin Essentials and the "how and why" founder and owner Lisa Duffy created this up and coming clean skincare business. Question: You haven't always been creating amazing skin care products, so share with us what you have done and why you are doing this now. Lisa Duffy: I’ve spent 20 years as an author, speaker, and divorce recovery coach helping people heal and rebuild their lives after divorce. It was hard work, but there was a tremendous amount of joy When the time came for a change, I decided I wanted whatever I did to still offer me the opportunity to help people heal. When I discovered how to treat skin conditions and roll the clock back on aging skin, I was excited to discover that handcrafting clean skin care products has definitely allowed me to follow that path of helping people heal and feel their best, no matter what their circumstances may be. I have a diploma in Organic Skin Care from the Center Of Excellence in England and continue to educate myself so I can offer the best products possible. Want to watch the video instead? Click here to see the video. Question: Who have been your primary influences in starting a business? Lisa Duffy: As a second-generation Hispanic American female entrepreneur, I can say that both my father and my mother played a big role in who I am today. My father grew up quite poor in El Paso, TX, where in 1945 he began working to support his family at the age of 8 carrying train passengers’ luggage. His entrepreneurial spirit lives passionately within me. And, my mom was truly an “earth mother”, who had an understanding of and love for the abundant goodness nature provides. She made most of our food from scratch, was part of a whole foods co-op back in the 70's and loved to mill her own grains and make her own bread. It was out of her example and love for these things that I became passionate about clean skin care and the bountiful goodness nature offers. Question: Why Magnolia? Lisa Duffy: When I was choosing the name of this business, Magnolia wasn’t part of it simply because I live in the South. The Magnolia Grandiflora flower represents the strength and beauty of women, just as is implied in the movie title, Steel Magnolias. This flower also bears amazing skin benefits obtained from the bark extract and the essential oil. It has moisturizing and anti-aging benefits and the fragrance has been used to help calm anxiety. Magnolia has been traditional used in Chinese and European medicine and skincare for centuries. Question: What motivates you in your business? I believe in building people up, healing their hurts, and showing them how great they can be. I believe that creates a better society. This is truly what motivates me to create the best skincare products I can make. And don't forget to subscribe and save! Subscribe at MagnoliaSkinEssentials.Com and save 15% off your entire first order!

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Unlocking the Secret to Feminine Genius: Balancing Self-Love With Your Nurturing Nature

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Unlocking the Secret to Feminine Genius: Balancing Self-Love With Your Nurturing Nature

As a skincare professional, I know firsthand how important it is to take care of your physical appearance. I’m always on the lookout for new products and ingredients that can help women look their best at any age. And, since I’m always on the lookout, I also see many trends that come and go, and one that is getting a lot of attention is the “self-love” trend. We spend so much of our time tending to our families, spouses, and friends, and many times we prioritize their emotional and physical well-being before our own. There's certainly nothing wrong with this and it's an inherent part of our feminine nature. However, sometimes that can lead to neglecting our own needs and self-care. However, while taking care of ourselves is important, it should not come at the expense of neglecting others. In this blog post, we will explore why it is critical to balance self-love with our natural caregiving tendencies. Your Needs Matter True beauty comes from within, which means your interior happiness gives the boost to all your efforts to have great skin and a healthy body. Although "self-love" has historically (and certainly still can be) been defined as a form of narcissism, the “self-love” trend aims to focus on an appreciation of one's own worth or virtue and having proper regard for and attention to one's own happiness or well-being (ref. Webster’s Dictionary). These things have an impact on your personal health. That being said, there is a flip side to this conversation that needs attention, too, which is recognizing the dignity of women and their important role in society as nurturers. Tapping Into Your Feminine Genius I recently heard someone say that “as women, we are often socialized to be caretakers and nurturers.” While there is a certainly an historical societal connotation to women as caretakers, women are so much more than just “socialized” creatures. Women possess something called the “feminine genius”, which refers to the innate characteristics and strengths that women possess and are different from those of men. Qualities such as intuition, empathy, nurturing, and the ability to form and maintain relationships. Feminine genius is not limited to traditional roles such as motherhood or homemaking, though those are atmospheres where these traits flourish. Women can bring these unique talents and qualities to any sphere of society, including business, politics, and education. The Secret To Finding The Balance So where is the balance? Well, we know that caring for others can give you an increased sense of purpose and fulfillment and can help strengthen social connections and lead to a sense of belonging. But the danger is that can lead to neglecting your own needs. For example, should you take your free hour this afternoon and have coffee with a struggling friend to offer comfort and advice? Or should you lock the door and take a much-needed bubble bath? Since every day and every situation is different, and sometimes one is better than another but not always, I suggest finding the balance in asking yourself a few simple questions when you begin to feel overwhelmed or unsure in a particular situation: Which choice will make me a more loving person? Which choice will help me be authentic? Which choice will allow me to use my gifts and talents in a positive way? Then, go with your gut instincts. You won’t be disappointed. Conclusion As women, it is essential to balance self-love and caring for others to live a happy and fulfilling life. Balancing the two can be tricky, but the three simple questions above - Which will make me a more loving person? Which will help me be authentic? Which will allow me to use my gifts and talents in a positive way? - are key to finding your balance.

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What We Mean When We Say “Clean”

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

What We Mean When We Say “Clean”

Have you ever looked at the back of a skincare or cosmetics product and felt overwhelmed by all of the unpronounceable ingredients? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. You want to look after your skin, but it can be hard to know what ingredients are actually beneficial, and which will cause more harm than good. That’s why we use the term “clean” here at Magnolia Skin Essentials: to simplify things for our customers so that they can make more informed decisions about their beauty routine. Let’s take a closer look at what we mean when we say “clean.” What It Means In our world, "clean" means that our products never contain any of the following commonly used skincare and cosmetics ingredients: BHA-BHT, Coal Tar Dyes, Diethanolaine (DEA), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Releasors, Hydroquinone, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, Parabens, PEG Compounds, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Retinyl Palmitate, Siloxanes, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sulfates, Talc, or Triclosan. Why Is It Important? These ingredients have been linked to potential health problems such as endocrine disruption (hormone interference) and cancer in some cases. So when you see “clean” on a product label or description here at Magnolia Skin Essentials, it means that the product was formulated without these potentially harmful compounds. Our Committment To You We believe in providing our customers with clean products that are gentle on their skin and safe for their bodies. Our commitment is ongoing—we will continue researching new ingredients and technologies so that we can offer our customers only the safest beauty products available on the market today.Conclusion Clean means something different for everyone—but here at Magnolia Skin Essentials it means never using skincare ingredients that have been linked to potential health risks like endocrine disruption and cancer. Our commitment is to provide our customers with safe products that are gentle on their skin without sacrificing quality or performance. We believe in giving people peace of mind when they shop with us; when you see “clean” on a product description or label here at Magnolia Skin Essentials, you can rest assured knowing that it was formulated without any potentially harmful substances!

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Which Moisturizer Does Your Skin Want?

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Which Moisturizer Does Your Skin Want?

When you know your skin needs something but are overwhelmed by the tidal wave of products available, you might feel like you need a little guidance. This is so important because your skin is unique and needs attention to specific areas, so I thought I’d give you a quick breakdown of what each of Magnolia Skin Essentials’ facial applications do and what the benefits are, including any important details you need to be aware of that will help you decide which product will work best for your skin type. Our Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum is a beautiful, calming serum full of special ingredients to soothe, hydrate, and make your skin radiant! Hyaluronic Acid, botanical extracts and pure aloe vera targets fine lines and wrinkles. But, Hyaluronic Acid is beneficial for all skin types for building a foundation of healthy skin no matter what your age. People with acne-prone skin have reported less breakouts and improved skin condition using products with Hyaluronic Acid. Magnolia Facial Serum is a fantastic overnight treatment for normal, dry, or mature skin. It is a lightweight, oil-based, moisturizing serum. African Marula Oil contains 60% more antioxidants than Argan oil with essential fatty acids that protect skin from early aging. Its hydrating and rejuvenating properties help balance moisture levels and boost the skin’s natural ability to regenerate and repair. Use on clean skin before bedtime and wake up with refreshed, silky-soft skin. Note: Oil-based serums are usually not suitable for acne-prone skin. Day and Night Whipped Moisturizer - This light, luxurious whipped moisturizer is packed with anti-aging ingredients that nourish your skin and leave it youthful and glowing. The whipped, light texture ensures easy application and fast absorption. It has overall excellent benefits for all skin types 30+. It lavishes your face with key nutrients and works well for minimizing pores and fine lines, leaving your skin feeling silky and glowing. Note: Niacinimide can irritate sensitive skin so test a small patch of skin first. Fresh Magnolia Glow Stick - Formulated for normal, dry, and mature skin, the Fresh Magnolia Glow Stick is hydration 911 for dry skin. It moisturizes and helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Glide this glow stick over your warm, wet face, blot dry and allow a few minutes for absorption before applying makeup. Raw beeswax contains pure Vitamin A which aids in the skin’s production of retinol. Note: Might not be suitable for some people with acne-prone skin. Test a small patch first.   Vitamin Boost Eye Repair Cream - Niacinimide and D-Panthenol (B vitamins) moisturize and minimize/ tighten pores, improve skin tone, soften fine lines, and add an overall brightness to your skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant/anti-aging ingredient. Shea Butter is an excellent source of Vitamin A, which aids the production of retinol in the skin. Allantoin (an extract of Comfrey plant root) soothes, protects, and stimulates the growth of new tissue. Magnolia Bark Extract is highly valued for its antioxidant levels and ability to reduce inflammation. Note: Niacinimide can irritate sensitive skin, so test a small patch first.

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Why Does My Face Sting? What To Do About Skin Irritation

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Why Does My Face Sting? What To Do About Skin Irritation

 Why does my face sting? Ouch! This is a question that has different answers involving everything from allergic reactions to expired skincare products, and more. If you’re a woman with mature skin, the answer still could be one of the aforementioned reasons, but it also could be due to the aging process. There are lots of upsides that come with being older, like wisdom and experience, personal strength, and oftentimes better salaries. But one of the downsides is that, as we age, our skin undergoes a multitude of changes we don’t like. One of the most common is an increased sensitivity to skincare products. This can be a frustrating and confusing issue to deal with, but understanding why it happens can help you take steps to protect your skin and choose the right products. 3 Common Reasons Why It Might Be You There are a few key reasons why facial skin becomes more sensitive as we age. One factor is a decrease in natural oils and moisture, which can leave the skin feeling dry, tight, and easily irritated. According to Dr. Steven Q. Wang, a board certified dermatologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "As we age, our ability to synthesize natural oils and lipids is decreased. Those lipids and oils are the cement that holds the skin cells and proteins together. In addition, our skin becomes naturally dry and flaky as we age, which can make the skin “leaky.” (Why Does My Lotion Burn And Sting My Face?, Dr. Wang Skincare Education Team, Apr 26, 2018) When our skin doesn’t work the way it should because of aging, the likelihood of reactions to skincare ingredients is high. Another factor is that aging skin is thinner, less elastic, and drier, making it more susceptible to irritation. As we grow older, our skin is affected by things like menopause, which contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers and the thinning of the fatty layer of tissue under the skin. Exposure to environmental stressors such as pollution and UV rays can further exacerbate skin sensitivity. Our skin's ability to protect itself from environmental aggressors declines as we age, and this can lead to increased sensitivity. Some Reasons Why It Might Not Be You All of this is true, however, particular skincare ingredients are also culprits. Vitamin C and Retinol products are known to cause skin irritations. Also, expired skincare products will also cause stinging and other bad reactions. So, what can you do to protect your sensitive skin as you age? Select skincare products that are formulated for sensitive skin and free of harsh ingredients like alcohol, fragrances, and sulfates. Look for gentle, nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and antioxidants. Be careful with your Vitamin C and Retinol products. Maybe start with a low dose and work your way up. Make sure you check the expiration date of a product before you purchase it, as many of them have been sitting on a shelf for a long time. If you’re shopping at a store like Ulta, Sephora, or a department store counter, you can always ask for help with if you don’t know where to find it. Conclusion In summary, as we age, our skin becomes more sensitive. This is due to a decrease in thickness and density, a decrease in natural oils and moisture, and increased exposure to environmental stressors. But it’s important to thoroughly check out the products you’re buying as well as practice good skincare habits, such as avoiding hot water and harsh scrubbing, and wearing sunscreen every day to protect your skin from UV damage. By choosing gentle, nourishing skincare products, and practicing good skincare habits, you can protect your sensitive skin and keep it looking and feeling its best.

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Your Most Asked Question: Do Natural Ingredients Provide SPF Protection?

Beauty News – by Lisa Duffy

Your Most Asked Question: Do Natural Ingredients Provide SPF Protection?

As someone who truly cares about the people who buy my products, I am always listening to your comments and enjoy receiving your questions. There are two questions I definitely get asked the most: “Do you use sunscreen in your products?" and "Don't natural oils provide SPF protection?" I am glad to know that people are taking the protection of their skin from harmful UV rays seriously because it is an important issue. However, when asked these questions I have to answer honestly, and the answer to both is “no.” Here's why: Want to watch the video instead? Click here. 1. First, sunscreen is considered an over-the-counter drug by the FDA and using it in my formulations would mean my products would qualify as pharmaceuticals. Also, since sunscreen products are made from 100% synthetic chemicals, I cannot honestly claim that my products are free from toxic ingredients if sunscreen is incorporated in the formulation. But in addition to this claim, I don’t use sunscreen ingredients because there is the possibility of the toxins being absorbed into your bloodstream. Read this from the FDA’s website: "Although the protective action of sunscreen products takes place on the surface of the skin, there is evidence that at least some sunscreen active ingredients may be absorbed through the skin and enter the body. This makes it important to perform studies to determine whether, and to what extent, use of sunscreen products as directed may result in unintended, chronic, systemic exposure to sunscreen active ingredients." Sunscreen: How to Help Protect Your Skin from the Sun 2. But probably more important to state, there is a persistent misconception that certain fruit or vegetable oils contain a natural sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays. I would like to put a stop to this error immediately and caution you when you see this promoted on other websites that perpetuate this error. The National Library of Medicine clearly states the following: "Some vegetable oils are currently being promoted as a safe alternative to commercial sunscreens. The true UVB photo-protective efficacy of 14 virgin vegetable oils and the suitability of the dilution method for determining their SPF value were evaluated. Oils and standard sunscreens were investigated in vitro by the Mansur's method in Slovakia and in vivo by the ISO method in the Czech Republic. SPF values in vitro (0.1; 0.0; 0.4; 0.2 and 0.2) and in vivo (2.5; 1.2; 2.6; 2.6; and 2.8) of the five most promoted oils (from carrot seed, coconut, raspberry seed, rose hip seed, and wheat germ) were significantly lower than the values reported in the controversial studies. We have shown that the overestimated SPF values of these oils were determined by authors who did not strictly follow Mansur's original methodology. The other eight vegetable oils also provide no or negligible SPF values… this dilution method has proven to be fundamentally flawed in determining the SPF value of substances with such negligible photo-protection as most vegetable oils can provide." Ácsová A, Hojerová J, Janotková L, Bendová H, Jedličková L, Hamranová V, Martiniaková S. The real UVB photoprotective efficacy of vegetable oils: in vitro and in vivo studies. Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2021 Jan;20(1):139-151. doi: 10.1007/s43630-020-00009-3. Epub 2021 Jan 19. PMID: 33721242. Just Because They Claim It Doesn’t Make It True Many vendors of “all-natural” products make the claim that their products provide a natural SPF, which is terribly misleading and can cause great harm to someone who uses the product in good faith with the assumption they will be protected in the sun, and instead incur a sunburn or worse. For example, here is a popular “all-natural” skincare line that promotes a very misleading claim about natural sunscreen in their products:   People who buy and use Magnolia Skin Essentials products tend to be those who want simple, uncomplicated, and authentic skincare products. They make informed decisions and select products that promote health, well-being, and glowing skin. So, in the best interest of the people who use my products, I leave it to their discretion to use over-the-counter drugs such as sunscreen products as they see fit. Sunscreen products can always be used in conjunction with any product purchased from Magnolia Skin Essentials.  As always, I aim to bring you the freshest products with the most bountiful goodness nature can provide for your skin, and at the same time NO toxic chemicals or other synthetic ingredients that have been proven to cause harm to humans. You can count on Magnolia Skin Essentials to give you the finest in handcrafted skincare.

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