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The Benefits of Botanical Products

Written by  Elina Fedotova

Many plants have effectively been used on skin for generations. For example, horse chestnut extract has been used in Europe for hundreds of years to treat varicose veins and fragile capillaries. thanks to modern science we now know why it is effective. It contains beta-aescin and many flavonoids our great grandparents did not know about.

During the 20th century many companies in the beauty industry started to use more affordable and consistent synthetic ingredients in their formulations. Yet, my experience leads me to honestly believe that natural, organic plant ingredients are better for our skin than their synthetic twins.

Today we realize that sometimes lower concentrations of certain organic plant ingredients can be more effective, and less reactive. Why is this? Natural substances are often more readily assimilated by the body because they are designed by nature with a supportive team of balanced nutrients for ultimate absorption.

Some of the most common weeds and beautiful flowers contain wonderful ingredients for skin care formulations, such as dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), burdock (Arctium lappa), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), red clover (Trifolium Pratense), and plantain (Plantagocan Major).

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Circadia by Dr. Pugliese
The new Blueberry & White Tea Hydrating Mist is designed to nourish and protect while delivering a variety of complex antioxidants and moisture deep into the skin. This powerful tool can be used continuously throughout the day to revitalize and further defend against environmental assaults. 800-630-4710, www.circadia.com, CRR#140

Cuccio Naturalé
For a light fresh feeling, Cuccio Naturalé has added the new Lavender & Chamomile Ultra Sheer Body Butter Lyte to the Love at First Lyte collection. Cuccio Naturalé Lytes are designed the same way as the well-known Butter Blends which are formulated to slowly disperse time-released, non-oily emollients into the skin throughout the day. 800-762-6245 or www.cuccio.com

emerginC
emerginC's new Facial Peel & Clarifying Kit is a traditional fruit acid peel uses the natural acids found in fruits to remove dead skin cells, leaving skin brighter while improving tone. This popular procedure is used to prevent and fight acne as the acids work to penetrate and thoroughly cleanse the skin. 800-257-9597 or www.emerginc.com

Éminence Organic Skin Care
Hibiscus Calendula Recovery Masque is a healing and hydrating mask for normal to dry and irritated skin. Calm and soothe your skin with this hydrating recovery masque that harnesses the healing properties of the hibiscus and calendula flowers. Cooling and hydrating, skin is left soft, supple and youthful for another day on the mountain. 888-747-6342, www.eminenceorganics.com, or CRR# 165

EQUAVIE
The new Moisturizing Serum Orchard Fresh, from EQUAVIE, quickly and intensely rehydrates the skin, leaving the face soft and radiant. A wonderful protective barrier, this serum uses French lavender wax, rosemary extract and thym herbal distillate to strengthen, purify and provide antioxidant protection to the skin. 888-378-2843, www. equavieusa.com, or CRR# 122

Germaine de Capuccini
GERMIPIL is a post-depilation body treatment that will provide the skin with comfort after the depilation will maintain the obtained results longer and will become the perfect maintenance between depilation sessions. Thanks to its active ingredients of aloe vera, Gymnema Sylvestre plant and Opuntia Ficus flower extract, this product will sooth the skin after the typical aggression of depilation, help to progressively inhibit the activity of the hair follicle and exfoliates to avoid ingrown hair. 888-477-1477 (S & W); 800-842-9922 (NE & MW); www.germaine-de-capuccini.us; or CRR# 222

HydroPeptide®
HydroPeptide®'s HydroStem+6 contains peptides and six botanical stem cells that trigger the body's own stem cell activity resulting in skin that acts younger. What are these six stem cells and how do they work? Apple and grape repair and protect; edelweiss and gardenia stimulate collagen production and visibly reduce wrinkle depth; echinacea increases skin's elasticity; and gotu kola firms and tones. 800-932-9873, www.hydropeptide.com, or CRR# 280

Institut' DERMed™
Institut' DERMed's Enhancing Massage Oil is an effective skin softening blend of natural azulene and vitamin E oils for face and body that helps to regenerate and restore the elasticity of the skin, improving firmness for a more youthful look. Azulene oil is used to deliver relief from bumps, redness and irritation after waxing or shaving. It may be applied to eliminate ingrown hairs and even delay hair growth. Azulene's active ingredient, chamomile, soothes, moisturizes and boosts cell regeneration for soft, smooth, healthy skin. 770-454-7788, www.idermed.com, or CRR# 162

iS CLINICAL®
WHITE LIGHTENING™ COMPLEX is a distinctive formula that safely and effectively brightens and lightens skin with beneficial moisturizing properties. Utilizing an innovative blend of proprietary lightening ingredients and pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, this high performance formula concentrates on not one or two but all five mechanisms that address hyperpigmentation. 818-638-8758, www.isclinical.com, or CRR# 188

Jadience Herbal Formulas
Jadience Muscle and Joint Therapeutic Gel contains an exclusive centuries-proven proprietary East-Asian herbal formula which absorbs quickly to bring instant relief to every sore muscle and joint. Use to enhance ultrasound and massage therapy, reduce inflammation, and to increase circulation to promote body's natural healing. 858-373-1830 or www.jadience.com

Repêchage®
The Repêchage® Hydra Dew Illuminating Cream Mask is a deep conditioning skin treatment with hydrating and soothing botanicals. Codium Tomentosum seaweed helps to hydrate, nourish the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. Shea butter provides further nourishing properties with vitamins A and E, while vitamin F protects and rejuvenates. Water lily soothes skin and is a free radical scavenger, which helps prevent aging. These powerful botanicals combine to transform dry skin into a smooth dewy complexion. 800-248-7546 or www.repechage.com

Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals
The Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser combines the power of natural pumpkin with potent antioxidants to remove surface residue, protect against free-radical damage and nourish the skin. The natural, all-purpose Pumpkin Cleanser blends pumpkin, which has a high concentrate of vitamin A and beta carotene, with powerful antioxidants, natural surface-reducing lipids, peptides and essential oils to provide a deep cleanse and boost of vital nutrition. 866-313-SKIN, www.rhondaallison.com, or CRR# 222

Satin Smooth
Aloe Vera Wax is formulated with aloe vera, a natural botanical substance, titanium dioxide and talcum powder. This wax is a soothing, premium depilatory wax designed to relax the hair shaft before removal. Aloe Vera Wax cools and moisturizes skin, reduces irritation and ensures client comfort from start to finish. 800-726-4202 or www.satinsmooth.com

SESHA Skin Therapy
Sesha Skin Therapy's Calming Mask features the newest gel mask material. Using a natural polysaccharide seaweed extract, this mask is excellent for soothing and refreshing as it combines anti oxidant and natural botanical extracts such as cucumber and green tea to hydrate and tone the skin. Clients prefer using this mask post hair removal treatment or even with any inflammation to alleviate the skin from any redness. 888-977-3742, www.seshaskin.com, or CRR# 239

Sormé® Professional Cosmetics
Refineé Line Stop featherweight serum works without needles to diminish the look of expression lines, crow's feet and furrows caused by repeated facial movement. The highly active concentration of clinically proven Argireline® Peptide helps relax and inhibit wrinkle formation. Ginko biloba and Japanese green tea protect and strengthen skin. Refineé Line Stop leaves skin smoother, more toned and rested looking. 800-927-6763 or www.refineeskincare.com

VB Cosmetics
Soothe and rejuvenate tired, chapped skin with VB Cosmetics' Abrione Plantasia Essential Oil. It is a unique blend of botanical patchouli, lavender, sandalwood and ylang-ylang essential oils. Use with the Plantasia Green Complex Masque for total body re-energizing. 866-398-9357 or www.vbcosmetics.com

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