Aug 15

Should you use body lotion or body butter? Well, it depends on your skin type, your age, the climate that surrounds you, and off course- your personal taste. If you are not sure what the differences are between lotions, crèmes and body butters, this one’s for you!

A quick look in any beauty store, including our store, reveals an abundance of skincare products.  In order to make the right choices and buy the correct products, it’s important to know the differences between them, and shop wisely for the skincare products that are right for you.

Body Lotion and Body Butter- Body butter is a cream formula that is better suited for dry skin. Body butter ingredients often include shea butter, which is a rich velvety component that moisturizes the skin much deeper then a body lotion. In comparison, body lotion is a moisturizer with a lower content of emollients, usually for normal skin. Body lotion is best in the summer time, when you are hot and sweaty, because it is light and cool. In the winter time, body butter is recommended, to help your skin restore its natural moisture and prevent cracks and dead skin cell buildup. Jericho Body Lotion comes in 3 wonderful fragrances: Vanilla, Ocean Breeze and Milk & Honey. (Buy now and save 13% off the regular price). Jericho Body Butter also has 3 wonderful and unique scents including Mango, Vanilla, and Kiwi (save 9% of retail price in our store only).

Scrubs and Exfoliants- A scrub is an all-over body treatment used to buff away dry skin. Scrubs come in various forms, scents and even different sized granules for varying degrees of dry skin. Body scrubs are usually used in the shower on thoroughly wet skin- the scrub is rubbed into the skin and then rinsed off. Jericho’s Energizing Salt Scrub with Lemon Grass, for example, can be used all over the body or just on areas with dry skin. The main difference between sugar scrubs and salt scrubs is the size of the granules. Sea salt granules are larger than sugar granules, which makes salt scrubs stronger at sloughing off dead skin cells. Jericho’s also contain mineral rich Dead Sea Salt….not just any salt! Using a body scrub is good for keeping skin healthy and soft; therefore, it is important to exfoliate skin on a regular basis, especially in dry and cold weather when the body easily loses moisture. The term exfoliation is used to refer to facial scrubs, which are much gentler then body scrubs.  Try our Peel off Mineral Mask and enjoy a deep exfoliation and a thorough cleansing.

Facial Cleansers and Toners- it is not recommended to use regular soap on your face, since it tends to dry out and harm the skin. There are several types of facial cleansers that are much more suitable for the facial skin, such as cleanser, foams and special bars like Jericho Black Mud soap, Seaweed Soap, Acne Soap, and many more. Use your choice of facial wash first, and then use toner. Toner is important to balance out the PH levels of your skin after washing, and also removing all the impurities left on your skin.

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Jul 30

Many suffer from acne; some have a mild condition, and others need medical attention to help them with their acne. Although acne is associated with being a teenager, many grown men and women continue to have acne breakouts long after they’ve finished high school… what exactly is considered acne, and what is the correct way to treat it?

What Causes Acne?

There is not one type of acne; in fact acne has many variations, such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cysts. Our skin produces oil called sebum that is necessary for the health of our skin. But when pores are clogged, or when our skin produces excess sebum (when hormones surge, for example) the skin losses its natural balance and develops acne. That is why teenagers suffer from acne and many women breakout just before their periods (some even get it during menopause).

What Happens Inside the Pores?

The two most common types of acne are blackheads and whiteheads. A blackhead- referred to by doctors as an open comedo, appears when sebum and dead skin cells clog the pore. While the pore is clogged, its surface remains open. This lets us look into the pore and see a black color.

A whitehead, or a closed comedo, forms when the excess oil and dead skin cells clog the pore and block the opening of the pore.

But clogged pores aren’t the worst part of acne. The problem worsens when bacteria thrive in the excess sebum. As the bacteria multiply in a clogged pore, the pore becomes inflamed. Inflammation is what causes a pimple to look red, hot, and swollen.

Cysts are formed when the inflammation reaches deep into the skin, and is considered the most severe type of acne. Cysts can be very painful and might cause permanent scarring.

How to Treat Acne?

Luckily, good skincare can help almost every case of acne. Mild acne can be very well controlled without any prescription drugs. More severe conditions that require a dermatologist’s help usually combines prescription drugs with essential skincare.

It is very important to treat any condition of acne. Researches show that people living with acne can suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

So the first step is keeping a clean skin, and to get read of all the excess oil. Using a good soap daily, morning and evening is very important. Jericho Black Mud Soap is a wonderful product to help clear your skin.  Wash and rinse your face with warm water and be prepared to feel the deep, gentle cleansing action of Dead Sea Black Mud Soap. Using natural black mud from the Dead Sea, the unique combination of minerals enlivens and cleans the skin.

Jericho Skin Care also offers a special Acne Soap. Jericho’s Acne Soap treats acne with natural minerals that eliminate dirt and other bacteria that cause outbreaks. The minerals from the Dead Sea nourish and restore your skin. Natural minerals from the Dead Sea are the best way to end the suffering and blemishes of acne.

For best results, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. Make sure your skin is not irritated and you don’t have any white breakouts, since exfoliation may cause tenderness.  Try Jericho Foaming Facial Scrub, which will leave your skin feeling fresh and moisturized. The powerful nutrient vitamin C, enriching jojoba oil, and the calming effect of Chamomile aids in the conditioning of your skin. It also relaxes the skin and relieves tension.  Men will enjoy JM Facial Scrub, a unique foaming gel for men that cleans and moisturizes the skin.

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Jul 22

Whether you prefer cute flip-flops or sexy sandals, you must get your feet ready for summertime. Sandals might cause your feet to dry out, causing cracks and rough skin. Learn how to give yourself a pedicure and enjoy summer with smooth silky feet.

A pedicure consists of a few steps. It’s important to follow the steps carefully in order to reach the perfect result:

The first step is to remove the old polish from your nails. Sometimes cotton balls might leave fuzzies, so you might want to use lint-free cotton pad (you can find them in your local drug store). Saturate the cotton pad with acetone remover and rub off the old polish. To remove any yellowed outer layer try rubbing a drop of lemon or lavender oil on each toe and rub a buffer over the nail.

The next step is to clip and file the nails according to your taste. To avoid ingrown nails, cut nail straight across, just above the skin. Make sure your nail doesn’t extend over the tip of your toe. Also, try to avoid metal files since they can rip the nails.

Now soak your feet in a large bowl or tab with warm water. Throw in relaxing Dead Sea bath salts and keep your feet in the warm water for about 10 minutes. Did you know that milk loosens dead skin? Try adding a quarter cup of milk to the warm water and bath salts, and feel just like Queen Cleopatra, who used to soak her entire body in milk!

After you pat your feet dry, apply cuticle remover to the base of each nail and rub it in. Use an orangewood stick to gently push, with a circular motion, everywhere where skin meets the nail (including the sides); just be careful not to touch the toe flesh.

Now your feet are ready for a scrub. Try Jericho Energizing Salt Scrub with Lemon Grass Oil, to stimulate blood flow and remove any dead skin and callouses. For a deeper peel you can use a foot file or wet pumice stone. Remember not to scrub the skin too much; stop if your foot appears red and irritated.

Dry feet thoroughly, including between the toes, and apply Jericho’s rich Foot Cream from the feet to the calves.

If you want to apply a fresh nail polish, use the acetone remover again to get rid of any excess oils on the nails. Apply a thin base coat using three strokes, one down the middle, and then one on each side. Don’t paint the cuticle. After a minute or so, apply the second coat. You can then finish with a clear top coat. Let it dry for at least an hour, and be careful not to put on any closed toe shoes.

That’s it- enjoy your lovely pedicured feet in your fashionable summer shoes!

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