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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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The Top 6 Worst Things You Can Do For Your Skin

The Top 6 Worst Things You Can Do For Your Skin

by Christy Hall September 16, 2019

In previous blogs, I’ve written about all the good things you can do for your skin with the right skincare products and lifestyle habits; but, are you counteracting all those good things with a few bad habits? Try to avoid these pitfalls to look and feel your best in your skin.
These are the Top 6 Worst Things You Can Do For Your Skin:

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Skin Concerns by Age Part 3: The 40’s

Skin Concerns by Age Part 3: The 40’s

by Christy Hall September 09, 2019

The Problem
Aging is such an interesting and exciting journey, but it can be disturbing as you watch the visible signs show up on your skin. Most of us feel much younger than our actual age and when we look in the mirror we want to see a resemblance of that younger self. Is your skin looking as vibrant, youthful, and healthy as you want? 

Common Complaints of Aging In Your 40’s 

  1. Dry, dull skin due to slower cell turnover and exfoliation.
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Daily Lifestyle habits that lead to great skin blog cove Christy Hall with Mikel kristi products in labcoat

Daily Lifestyle Habits that Lead to a Healthy Complexion

by Christy Hall September 02, 2019

Beautiful skin starts on the inside! 
Your skin is your largest organ and not only does it need the right nutrients and protection on the surface, but it also needs to be nurtured from the inside.  Here are some simple habits for a beautiful, healthy complexion.

5 small habits for great skin...

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Skin Concerns by Age Part 2: Look Your Best in your 30’s

Skin Concerns by Age Part 2: Look Your Best in your 30’s

by Christy Hall August 27, 2019


Aging in our 30’s- In our 30’s we mature both emotionally and physically. We tend to become more comfortable and confident with ourselves; however, we also gain more awareness of our aging bodies and skin and want to learn how to take care better care of them.

The Problem
In comes the tendency to obsess over skincare products.  Most women don’t know where to start or what to do. They try every anti-aging  product they can find, using them for a few short weeks, and when they see no results, they toss them in a bathroom drawer of long forgotten lotions and potions. You could save a lot of time, money, and dissatisfaction by using less products, with more effective ingredients.
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Ingredient Spotlight:  Prickly Pear Extract

Ingredient Spotlight: Prickly Pear Extract

by Christy Hall August 19, 2019

Plant based skincare ingredients are nothing new. They’ve been used for centuries to care for our skin and bodies. Since plants cannot move away from danger, they adapt and  develop unique qualities to ensure their survival. Many of the most effective skincare ingredients come from plants that have evolved to survive in the harshest of environmental circumstances. The desert is one such unrelenting  climate, with its arid soil, low humidity, high UV radiation, and intense heat, cacti have become hearty, resilient plants. The Opuntia Ficus-Indica Cactus, or Prickly Pear Cactus, provides us with one of our newest Mikel Kristi ingredients, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Stem Extract. Living in Tucson, we’re surrounded by these adaptive cacti and have seen first hand the resilience of these powerful plants. What better ingredients to use to care for our skin than one that can defend against a myriad of environmental stressors.
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Skin Concerns By Age - Part 1

Skin Concerns By Age - Part 1

by Christy Hall August 11, 2019

Aging is an interesting journey of trials, tribulations, and jubilations that bring with them growth and wisdom, along with wrinkles. What if you could age as you wish, and enjoy the sageness that comes with growing older, without all of fine lines and saggy skin? The secret here is to start when you’re young.  But don’t worry, if you are starting later in life there’s still hope. 
What skin changes happen as we age?
Understanding what's happening during the aging process gives you the knowledge you need  to prevent and reverse the signs of aging. 

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Life Is Busy

Life Is Busy

by Christy Hall August 05, 2019

Life is Busy
For Moms, August can be an even busier than usual with the end of summer vacation and back to school preparations for the kids.  Add a career on top of that and you’ll see many Moms putting their self-care needs last. Rather than letting yourself go during these busy times, we want to help you simplify your life and your skincare routine so that you love what you see when you look in the mirror.

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The Myth Of Moisturizer

The Myth Of Moisturizer

by Christy Hall July 29, 2019

There is no greater skincare myth than the old wives tale that somehow slathering on moisturizer will erase fine lines, wrinkles, and lack of tone.  Even worse, moisturizer is not really helpful in remedying dry skin. Often times big beauty brands are responsible for this misconception and add to the hype by consistently flooding the industry with “new and improved” gloop in a jar that has “limitless” anti aging and hydrating abilities… If only any of this were true! Many of us have  fallen prey to this type of advertising, and if you are among us, read on so you never need to buy into the myth behind the moisturizer cure all again.
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Travel Skincare Essentials

Travel Skincare Essentials

by Christy Hall July 22, 2019

For many, summer time equates to travel and outdoor fun.  I don’t know about you, but I love quick weekend getaways. Especially for those of us in Tucson, we love to escape the scorching heat of the desert and enjoy some time by the water. I like to pack light and that means simplifying the skin care products that I take with me. 

So, what do you need for an easy and effective travel regimen?
Pack light and choose products that can multitask. 

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