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Self-Care Through Skincare

Self-Care Through Skincare

by Christy Hall December 08, 2019

Let’s face it… modern life as we know it is a full throttle endeavor where productivity is currency, and taking care of yourself seems to be put on the back burner more often than not. Self-care is a new term that is being thrown around a lot lately, and it's easy to google lists of things that you could jam into your week to varying degrees of success. For me, I find that I am most successful in taking care of myself when simplicity is the mindset, and the tools that I use don’t pour on the stress of getting to a class, or meditation on time!  
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The Truth: Hyaluronic Acid

The Truth: Hyaluronic Acid

by Christy Hall December 01, 2019

We all yearn for the skin of our youth with its suppleness, resilience, and turgor. These youthful qualities are due in part to the skin’s high water content.  With aging, one of the biggest changes is the skin’s inability to produce moisture and retain water. The Big Beauty Industry will have you believe that the only way to a more youthful appearance is to slather on as much moisturizer as your skin and wallet can handle. Unfortunately, moisturizers do not help the skin in this way, just like a Band-Aid can’t actually heal a cut. With optimal skin health and proper skin supplementation, using ingredients like hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate, you can regain that youthful suppleness.
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Healthy Skin Starts On The Inside

Healthy Skin Starts On The Inside

by Christy Hall November 25, 2019

Beautiful, healthy skin starts on the inside. Many of us live in inflammatory states which show up on our skin as wrinkles, dullness, acne, dryness, discoloration and rashes. It is very important to understand that your lifestyle is the largest factor in your body’s relationship with inflammation, or how easily you rest and repair. I’m not just talking about diet and exercise. Your home environment, your work, your relationships—all have fingers on the dial of your health and wellbeing.
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Holiday Skin: Glow All Season Long

Holiday Skin: Glow All Season Long

by Christy Hall November 17, 2019

The holidays are a time for joy and celebration. However, with all the festivities, you may notice some unwelcome skin changes. With the lack of rest and the common overindulgences that tend to come with holiday celebrations, your skin may experience more blemishes, dullness, and dehydration.  
Revitalize your skin’s health and radiance with this easy at-home facial:

 

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Why Skin pH matters blog post cover by Mikel Kristi Skincare

Skin pH Matters

by Christy Hall November 11, 2019

What is skin pH? 
PH is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline (basic) a substance is in comparison to distilled water which is neutral.  A neutral pH is 7.0, anything above is alkaline and anything below is acidic. The normal pH of your skin is around 4.5- 5.5, so slightly acidic. Skin tends to be in its healthiest state with a pH of less than 5.

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Skin Innovation: The Importance of Quality Ingredients

Skin Innovation: The Importance of Quality Ingredients

by Christy Hall November 04, 2019

Are you sure that you are selecting beauty products with an eye out for high-quality, effective ingredients. 

You might ask, what makes an ingredient effective? 

Ingredients need to be able to penetrate, alter, and improve the function of the skin to enhance collagen production, exfoliation, hydration, and protection. These types of products are considered cosmeceuticals and not typically found in the average over-the-counter product at your local pharmacy or department store. Many skincare products fall short because their amazing “active ingredients” sit on the surface of the skin and can’t be delivered to the right layer to work their magic. 

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Skin Concerns: ACNE

Skin Concerns: ACNE

by Christy Hall October 28, 2019

Whether it is adult onset, or smack dab in the middle of puberty, acne is NEVER welcomed. By definition, acne is an inflammatory skin condition caused by overproduction of oil (sebum) in the skin. The skin also has an abundance of bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes which exacerbates the severity of the condition. 
Acne is largely hormonal in nature, and seems to creep up at the most inopportune times. Not only is it difficult to manage, it can be incredibly painful and lead to scarring. In addition, acne often induces anxiety about one’s appearance. 

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Skincare - Detox vs Reaction blog post by Mikel Kristi skincare

Skincare Product Reaction Vs. Detox

by Christy Hall October 21, 2019

Let’s say you’ve just started a new skin care regimen, and you are eagerly awaiting your promised results… but all you see 1-2 weeks later are more breakouts or red, flaky skin. What’s going on here? 

There's a difference between when your skin is reacting adversely to your skincare products, and when your skin is simply “taking out the trash” in order to reveal the new cells waiting underneath. Below are some ways you can tell if your skincare is working to purge your skin of dead cells, impurities, and build up, or if you may be having a reaction and it's just not right for you. As always, please consult your skincare practitioner if you are experiencing extreme discomfort. It is better to be safe than sorry!

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Part 5 - Skin Concerns by Age: 60s

Part 5 - Skin Concerns by Age: 60s

by Christy Hall October 14, 2019

Aging is an exciting journey of learning with both highs and lows.  For most, we enjoy the wisdom and confidence that come with aging; however, for some, it’s hard to watch the signs of age show up on our faces and skin. Most of us feel much younger than we really are and when we look in the mirror, we want to see a resemblance of that youthful self. 

Defying the skin’s aging process is becoming much easier these days.  By understanding what’s happening and by reversing or preventing the aging process, you can maintain your timeless beauty. 

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The Many Forms of Vitamin A

The Many Forms of Vitamin A

by Christy Hall October 07, 2019

VITAMIN A:

Countless studies have proven the impact of topical Vitamin A in its active form (Retinoic Acid) on aging skin. Genetics, hormones, natural aging, cellular metabolic changes, environmental exposure to free radicals, and inflammatory response to diet and stress ALL lead to decreased collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis. These factors also lead to decreased natural exfoliation of the epidermis, and a decrease in the skin’s natural moisturizing functions.  Here comes retinoic acid to the rescue! Here are the facts...

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Skin Concerns by Age: 50s Mikel Kristi Skincare blog cover image. Woman in 50s doing yoga.

Skin Concerns By Age: 50s

by Christy Hall September 30, 2019


The Problem:

You’re in your 50s now and if you have not been taking care of your skin, you are really starting to notice the signs of aging.  Many of the skin changes you may have experienced  in your 30s and 40s are much more apparent in your 50s.  Lines get deeper. Sagging gets worse. More brown spots, redness, and dry, dull skin appear.

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Mikel Kristi Skincare Cosmeceutical ingredient highlight - Witch Hazel, Hamamelis Virginiana shrub, bark, extract

Ingredient Highlight: Witch Hazel

by Christy Hall September 23, 2019

At Mikel Kristi, we believe in using ingredients that have been shown not only to nurture, but also greatly enhance your skin. Witch Hazel is one of these amazing ingredients. 
Witch Hazel comes from a native North American plant called Hamamelis Virginiana, and has long been used for its benefits not only on the skin, but for many other internal ailments.

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