Facials by Karina
Skin Care Products
new productThis new product line is manufactured in a state of the art lab.  All items are very pure - without any fillers, preservatives or harsh chemicals.  In some cases, it seems like the quantity in the jar is small.  The quality is so high that it immediately penetrates your skin and all you need is just few drops.  Try it.  You will be amazed at the fantastic changes in your skin.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum 100%

Nature's best all natural skin moisturizer. 100% Vegan.This grease less  product doesn't have any fillers like glycerin to add viscosity or any harsh preservatives like parabens.  It provides structure, texture and tone, keeps collagen hydrated & healthy, and functions as an antioxidant.  Can be used for aged, sun damaged, dry or sensitive skin, and oily skin as well. Can be added to any of your favorite creams or used alone after thoroughly cleaning and or  scrubbing your face, follow with Squalane oil or any moisturizer. 

NEW! Stem Cell Serum has the highest concentration of the active ingredient PhytoCellTec, which won the 2008 innovation prize for best active ingredient in Europe. It is 100 % Vegan, made from extract of cultured Swiss Apple Stem Cells and it was found to significantly reduce wrinkles in the crow's feet area.  It is formulated for deep wrinkles.  It activates your own skin stem cells to combat chronological aging. Visible results in just a few weeks. This formulation has also Hyaluronic acid and Vitamins C &E.

New! Multi Vitamin+Retinol Serum
It is packed with all the essential nutrients that you need to fight back against the march of time.  Active ingredients:Hyaluronic acid, DMAE, vitamin A, B, C and E, CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic acid along with multifruits and the wonder oil meadowfoam. Only organic extracts are used, and this product doesn't contain any parabens. Can be used on Dry, Mature, and Combination skin

And my all time favorite  - 
Squalane Oil. 100% natural. Our best seller
Not one filler.  Not one chemical.  Not one irritating toxin.  Produces stunning, natural-looking visible results.  Squalane can be produced from deep sea shark liver oil or there's a vegan alternative made from olive oil.  We carry both!  Since squalane's composition is very similar to human sebum, it can penetrate our skin very quickly to help our skin fight dryness.  Squalane will clear up difficult skin problems (eczema, dermatitis, rashes, etc.) when nothing else helps.  A few drops of Squalane applied to the skin will keep the skin moist and wrinkle free.  It also can be added to your favorite moisturizer.


We are offering  pure ingredients specialty products:

 Eye Cream, Placental Extract Serum
Help for Dehydrated skin is here!

Sodium Hyaluronate

Also known as nature’s “moisture magnet” delivers advanced levels of hydration. It is a high molecular weight substance belonging to the group of glycosaminoglycans and has a molecular weight of 0.4-3 million. Effect on the skin: Owing to its high molecular weight, S H is not absorbed when applied to the skin. Instead, it forms a thin, invisible, transparent, viscous-elastic surface film. The film fixes moisture on the surface of the skin in a similar manner as Hyaloronic acid does in the ground substance of the tissues. The SH film helps to retain the most important characteristics of youthful, healthy skin, such as suppleness, elasticity and tone. The SH film supports the natural protective mechanisms of the skin.

Apply a few drops all over clean the face and spread with long strokes. Can follow if desired by any other cream. Do not use on breakouts. 

Our price : $35 1 oz.


What are peptides? Do they actually make you look younger?
Abelard and Heloise
Many skincare products use peptides to treat wrinkles. But what are peptides? And do they actually make you look younger?
Skin is made up mostly of collagen; it is the foundation that gives your skin its support and thickness. Young people have lots of collagen and taut, smooth skin. In contrast, older people have much less collagen and thin, wrinkled skin.
Collagen is protein and made up long chains of amino acids strung together, like chains of linked building blocks. When it is broken down, short segments of 3-5 amino acids form.  These are called peptides.  Peptides are not just junk collagen; these "mini proteins" are active molecules - and you pay a whole lot for them in your wrinkle cream.

Here are three ways that peptides claim to improve wrinkles and make you look younger:

1. Peptides Signal Your Skin to Make More Collagen
When we age collagen is destroyed but not replaced. As a result, young and smooth becomes thin and wrinkled over time.
One strategy to improve winkles and to make you look younger is to replace lost collagen. When collagen breaks down, it forms specific peptides. These peptides act as a signal to tell your skin it was damaged and to make new collagen.
Applying peptides directly to your skin is a way to trick your skin into thinking that it has lost collagen recently and needs to make more. The most popular signal peptide for cosmetic use is palmitoyl pentapeptide (Matrixyl). It can be found in many peptide skin products and might be effective in improving the appearance of fine lines. 

2. Peptides Deliver Copper into Your Skin
Because peptides are small, they can penetrate the skin's protective barriers to get to the deeper layers. When copper is attached to a peptide, the peptide can deliver copper to the living layers of the skin. There is research showing that copper is an effective agent in healing skin, which is why it has been used for years to treat chronic wounds.
Copper peptides seem to promote collagen production and act as antioxidants. They are needed for natural healing and regeneration of your skin and to help remove damaged collagen. 

3. Neuropeptides Might Act Like Botox
Some peptides might block transmission of signals from nerves to your facial muscles. In particular, a neuropeptide called Argireline has been shown in the laboratory to block the release of neurotransmitters from nerves. If Argireline was absorbed all the way through the skin to the level of the muscle, then it might block contraction of the muscle, leading to smoother skin, similar to Botox. However, it would be like pouring a small glass of water onto a mattress and expecting it to soak through the underside of your box spring -  it's very unlikely. Neuropeptides are sold in products often called wrinkle-relax creams 

Peptides Might Not Do Anything
There are many things that have to go right in order for peptides to actually have a benefit.  Because they are break-down products of proteins, they have to be stabilized or they might continue to break down further in a topical cream, becoming useless. Also, they have to be in a cream that allows them to penetrate the skin. If a great peptide is in a thick cream that only sits on the surface, then it will never penetrate and will eventually be washed off, without any benefit.That being said, signal peptides and copper peptides seem to have the most evidence for their efficiency.

Easy beauty tips
(for more info check my February Newsletter in Archives)  

Easy, Fast, Fresh Mask for all kinds of skin:

Mix 1 teaspoon yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey (warmed up slightly) with 3-4 drops of fresh made green tea.  Apply to face and leave on for 15 min.  Or, you can mix in oatmeal for a thicker consistency.  Apply to face, neck and décolleté.  Leave on for 15 min and remove first with warm water, then use cold water for the final rinse.  Use 3-4 times a week for the first month. Then twice a month will be enough to keep your skin refreshed and toned.

For  beautiful  hair

Hair Massage your scalp with a brush, and never wash your hair right before bed.  You can wake up with a headache.  That happened to me!  
Use an herbal solution to rinse your hair at the end of the shower.  For blonde hair, use chamomile.  Boil 1 liter of water.  Turn off heat.  Add a handful of flowers.  Leave for 10 min.  Strain and then use it after you shampoo your hair.
Or, boil 1 tablespoon Rosemary and 1 liter of water for 5 minutes, and proceed the same way.  For auburn hair rinse with black tea.  It will intensify your color.  Or, mix 2 egg whites,  a freshly made cup of coffee, and one cup of water.  Make a paste, apply on your hair for 10 min, then wash with shampoo.  For red hair, smash 4 strawberries in 2 oz of hydrogen peroxide.  Apply to your hair for 15-20 min, then shampoo.

Russian beauty tips

Start your morning by massaging your face with these delicious ice cubes:

1. Bring apple and orange peels to a boil. Let sit for two hours and then freeze it.

2. Miracle Parsley. Boil 50gr of parsley with 500ml of water for 15 minutes. Strain and freeze it.


Specialty  Masks:

1. Mix 2 grated apple, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon olive or almond oil. Put on your face for 10 minutes.

2. Cook 100gr rice (no salt). Smash 1 pear and mix it with the strained rice paste. Use for 15 minutes.

3. Make a paste from white grapes. Use for 10-15 minutes.

4. Blend a small zucchini with 1 egg yolk. Use for 15 minutes.

5. Blend a small eggplant with 1 teaspoon apple juice. Use for 10 minutes.

6. Be creative! Any fruit combined with yogurt (do not use non-fat) can be a great mask. 

It's best not to use tap water to remove your mask. Use filtered water for best results. Always follow with a hydrating cream. It is a lot of fun to make fresh masks. It can be messy too. When applying a mask, lie down and give yourself time to relax. It is your time after all - enjoy it!!

Skin Deep  Q & A
Q: What are some ingredients to be avoided in skin care products?

A: Petroleum Products do not penetrate skin: they are not even absorbed by it. Many active substances are less absorbed when a petroleum base is used.  Petroleum inhibits the secretion of perspiration by 40-60%.  When larger areas are covered with products containing petroleum or mineral oils, heat build up might result.  Hair follicles and sweat gland orifices could become obstructed.  They often lead to the formation of comedones and other symptoms of irritation.
Mineral oils, petroleum, paraffins, ozokerite, ceresin - all are derived form crude petroleum, and are alien to the body and therefore incapable of replacing skin fat.  On the contrary, application and rubbing off may lead to a degreasing of the skin.

Perfumes and essential oils cause allergic reactions in many people, reactions such as skin irritations, rashes and acne. When perfumes and essential oils are added to eye creams, puffiness and irritation around the eyes may occur.  Alcohol in facial creams can dry the skin.  It also may cause rashes or a burning sensation on the skin surface. Dyes and coloring agents can also produce allergic reaction in sensitive people.
Unscented products may contain chemicals to mask the unpleasant odors of some of the ingredients used.
More to follow in next newsletter.

Q: Is coconut oil good for my skin?

A:  It may be natural, but it clogs pores, causing blemishes.  Dioxane is derived from coconuts and widely used in skincare products. The most serious problem is that it can contain high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, considered a chemical "known to the State of California to cause cancer."

Q: What are natural emulsifiers?
Natural emulsifiers and emollients can be traced back to the original methods of making cosmetics.  Those are beeswax and 100% vegetable and animal oils.  Most cosmetics companies have stopped formulating cosmetic products in this way many decades ago, with the arrival of petroleum products and ammonia based emulsifier such as trethanolamine (T.E.A.).  It is harsh on skin and may possibly be carcinogenic if it combines with other chemical agents to form nitrosamines. DEA (diethanolamine ) is a thickener and emulsifier used in shampoos. Glycerin and propylene glycol are common moisturizers, but both dry out the skin.

I do carry a special line of cosmetic products which uses only natural emulsifiers and emollients. To request more info, please email me.

Remember: even one bad ingredient in the product's formula can cause a negative reaction.

Home Remedies
To improve your skin tone mix carrot juice with yogurt (not fat free).  Soak a cotton ball in chamomile tea and then apply mixture all over your face.  Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and remove with cold water.  For a double effect, steam your face over a pot of simmering chamomile tea before you apply the mask.  Cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam for 5-8 min.  This is great for your sinuses as well!     

For Dry Skin, a quick, at home remedy that can be done in the kitchen!  All you need is milk! Wash your face with cooled boiled water mixed with milk, half and half! Moisturizes your skin! Other option:  wash your face with milk, and after 15 minutes rinse with water.  In 2 weeks your skin will feel extremely smooth! 

Fresh Sea Plant Mask

Made with 100 % Fresh Sea Plants to hydrate and nourish the skin. Contains Algin, Chlorophyll, B-carotene. The Algin in the sea plants is an excellent moisturizer and the chlorophyll is very good in nourishing, and soothing the skin. Sea Plants are rich in minerals, protein and amino acids. It has been estimated that seaweed contains up to 10 times more minerals than land plants. Ocean vegetation contains approximately 60% concentrated seawater. Because it has no roots, It soaks up all than amino acids, vitamins minerals, proteins of seawater and has an excellent moisturizing, nourishing and revitalizing effect. Apply all over the face, throat, around the eyes. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with plenty of water. Use  it two three or more times per week. To be stored in the refrigerator. . Do not use on breakouts.