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Treatment products have many different uses. Some are meant to address acne and break-outs and provide antioxidant effects for long-term benefits. Others are made for the treatment of lines and wrinkles and to correct pigmentation.

Choose the appropriate treatment product for your skin type:

Oily to combination
An oily or combination skin type may experience an oil breakout in the t-zone area. This is often associated with clogged pores like whiteheads and blackheads, as well as pustules, papules and cystic pimples. Acne can be treated by anti-inflammatory ingredients like beta hydroxy acid or salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is made up of tiny molecules that penetrate deeply into the skin. Since salicylic acid is in the aspirin family, it has an immediate anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Another great ingredient for the treatment of acne associated with oily skin is benzoyl peroxide. This works to dry up the breakout. Alpha hydroxy acids are great in addition to a beta hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic, lactic and citric work by sweeping the dead skin cells up and off of the top layer of the skin, allowing for the skin to breathe and repair itself, thus healing the breakout. No dead skin cell buildup means no clogged pores or acne.

Shop treatments for: oily skin | combination skin

Normal to dry
Normal to dry skin types will typically show lines and wrinkles early on. It's important to take precaution to keep normal to dry skin types healthy and moist, as well as exfoliated, to prevent the skin from looking dull and pasty. Normal to dry skin types should exfoliate with alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic and lactic. The acids sweep the dead skin cells off of the skin and allow for other treatment products to penetrate deeper and nourish thirsty skin. Frequently, normal to dry skin types prefer essential oils to nourish their skin. Essential oils are extracted from plants, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. When applied to the skin, they can have a very moisturizing and nourishing effect. Essential oil extracts are great to use post-exfoliation, for hydration.

Shop treatments for: normal skin | dry skin

All skin types require antioxidants
All skin types should use an antioxidant product in their regimen. Antioxidants are stable molecules that prevent and reverse oxidative stress that can be caused by factors such as environmental stress and improper diet. Oxidative stress can take a toll on our skin and body if we don't supply our diet with antioxidant rich foods. It's also very important to apply antioxidants topically on a daily basis, to provide the skin with a shield of protection against oxidation. When applied topically, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, Coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, DMAE, and others provide the skin with a barrier of protection, which promotes healthy skin function. Many antioxidants help to prevent skin damage caused by the sun. The sun's rays create unstable molecules that attack the skin. Antioxidants help to reverse this action. It's never too late or too early to start using an antioxidant product. There are antioxidant serums, gels, and creams to suit all different skin types.

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Sun damaged skin — hyperpigmentation
One of the most predominant skin concerns that we hear about is sun damage. Sun damage is caused by excess melanin production due to unprotected sun exposure and can range from slight freckling, to very dark pigmented spots. Sun damage is primarily found on sun-exposed areas like the face, neck, décolleté, and backs of the hands. Sun damage is not only unattractive; it's also very detrimental to the health of the skin. Sun damaged skin does not have the ability to rapidly produce collagen, which causes skin slackening and sagging as well as enlarged pores. It can even cause rosacea. Sun damaged skin can be treated with appropriate lightening products. Lightening products work great in conjunction with antioxidant treatment products at strengthening the skin and making it supple and more resilient. Lighteners range from holistic to aggressive. Choose the appropriate one for you depending on the amount of incurred damage and your skin's sensitivity. A gentle lightening product will typically incorporate acids such as kojic, azelaic, malic, and mandelic. An aggressive lightening product will typically integrate gentle acids, in addition to hydroquinone, which is a synthetic lightening ingredient.

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