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Where can I buy Anna Lotan Professional Skin Care?

What is Cold Hydration and why is it better than a Steamer?

What is the merit of using Dead Sea Mineral components in Skin Care?

What is the Difference Between a Dry Skin Type and a Dehydrated Skin Condition?

Is Anna Lotan ISO & GMP Certified?

What is Broad Spectrum Sun Protection and Why do I need it?

How do Sun Protection UV Filters Work?

Why do Skin Care products contain Preservatives?

How long can you keep Skin Care products safely?

What is an Esthetician?

How do I find a good Esthetician?

Which is more important, Home Care or going to an Esthetician?

What if I can't really afford to regularly visit an esthetician?

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What is Cold Hydration and why is it better than a Steamer?

The concept of Cold Hydration was developed by our founder, Ms. Anna Lotan, more than fifty years ago.

She had originally learned the European style of skin preparation for treatment, especially the deep pore cleansing (Extraction ), that had been traditionally done with steam. For her, Steam did not seem the right solution, especially for acne prone skin, as heat may only irritate and spread inflammation. And yes, it did the job, but only for a short time (or a limited area). By the time you had finished one area the next was already dried and contracted, when you actually needed it to be "plumped" and well hydrated.

She came to the conclusion that there must be a less agressive method to achieve a plumped, hydrated skin. So, she developed an alternative methodology which employs the physiological principle of Osmosis - to increase skin hydration by using a hypo-tonic medium applied as a moist layer on top of the membrane called skin.

The method was universally adopted in Israeli salons at the time and allowed beauticians to work almost entirely without electrical machinery. Needless to say, it was soon adopted and copied by other skin care companies. Today, it is still widely used in professional skin care establishments throughout the world.

Cold Hydration offers many advantages:

  • It is much gentler and especially more suitable for sensitive skin and for skin affected by acne, seborrhea and couperose conditions.
  • Cold hydration is a much more pleasant for the client and much easier to control for the professional.
  • The medium - actually a gel - may be cold (or very lightly warmed) and may be enriched with other soothing, purifying components - or those that accelerate "healing". [Her first medium was a natural Aloe gel. Later, a "do it yourself" hydration gel (prepared from powder) was added.]
  • It can be placed all over the required areas and then removed part by part, to expose a new area that is "ready" for extraction!
  • No investment in equipment is necessary.

To this day, although with the benefit of improved formulations, both Cold Hydration and the Anna Lotan Gel and Powder are still being widely used, worldwide.

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What is the merit of using Dead Sea mineral components in skin care?

The unique geographical location of the Dead Sea, the concentration of salts in its waters and the special content of those waters and salts all contribute to the Dead Sea's incredible medicinal properties that have been known to man for thousands of years.

For chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema it really works. But, to enjoy these benefits, you have to actually be there, relax in the waters and expose yourself to the uniquely filtered UV light and element saturated air.

Transporting the mud or salts elsewhere will simply NOT give the same results. However:

The skin is a semi permeable membrane that responds to osmotic pressure by either absorbing moisture or releasing waste. The minerals in Dead Sea water can act as important catalysts in the skins numerous metabolic processes. The concentration range required to activate need only be small. Even at 0.5%, or less, they can support cell functioning and enhance moisture retention.

And, why use Dead Sea mineral components in oily, acne prone skin care?

There is no life in the Dead Sea water! This means it is capable of killing microorganisms. When correctly used, the water, mud or salts offer excellent potential as natural antimicrobials, especially for acne prone skin! However, to achieve this, the presence of Dead Sea raw materials does need to be more substantial.

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What is the Difference Between a Dry Skin Type and a Dehydrated Skin Condition?

If you have a"Dry" skin type, it is lacking in oil. Dehydrated skin on the other hand is characterized by a lack of moisture in the Stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis).

The Stratum corneum cells normally contain about 10% water. Anything below that is classified as a "Dehydrated" skin condition.

Because Dehydration is really a lack of water in skin, it can even be experienced by those whose skin type "Oily".

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Is Anna Lotan ISO & GMP Certified?

Product Quality and Safety are our first priority, for our clients, agents and employees.

In order to achieve this goal and ensure continued compatibility with our customer requirements, in compliance with:

.     The Israel Health Ministry Department;

.     EU Directive 76/768/EEC;

we have adopted the following standards:

.     Israeli ISO 9001:2008;

.     ISO 22716 (cGMP)

Anna Lotan embraces the Constant Improvement principle in products, services and all other company activities. We believe that this principle is the key to the customer satisfaction which is at the heart of our commercial success and which leads us to an ever stronger and more influential position in the global cosmetic market.

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Which is more important, Home Care or going to an Esthetician?:

A proper Home Care regimen and periodic professional treatment are both essential for maintaining healthy skin. Your daily Home Care regimen supports and enhances the results of professional treatments and vice versa.

Your esthetician will guide you in developing an effective Home Care program, including daily cleansing, exfoliation and moisturizing, which assist in removing impurities and dead cells and keeping the skin properley hydrated. With a proper Home Care regimen, your skin is well-prepared to receive the full benefits of professional cleansing, hydration and other treatments that your esthetician can provide.

Skin cannot be at its healthiest if you neglect daily Home Care and depend solely on periodic professional care. Similarly, Home Care without the benefit of professional treatment as well is unlikely to result in optimal skin health.

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What is Broad Spectrum Sun Protection and Why do I need it?:

First, let's be clear, UV (sun) protection is THE single most important thing you can do to prevent the premature aging of your skin and some other harmful effects.

Make sure that you only use broad spectrum sun protection, the kind which provides both UVB and UVA protection.

Whats the difference? Think B for Burning and A for Aging.

UVB rays are the ones that burn the surface of your skin. But, if you're out in the sun without sun protection, its the UVA rays that are aging your skin even though you may not burn or tan. UVA rays penetrate deeper to do their damage. It is the UVA rays that can cause skin damage and cancer.

(For completeness, it is worth noting that there are also UVC rays, however these do not make it through the earths atmosphere.)

You should also remember that SPF is only a measure of the “protection” a product provides against the UVB rays. There is no standard for rating UVA protection. So looking at the SPF number alone is insufficient to determine if a product affords broad spectrum sun protection. You need to read the label to be sure. Broad spectrum sun products will clearly state that they provide UVB and UVA protection.

By the way, if you are wondering what the SPF number really means ... using a product rated SPF20 (for example) means that you can stay safely in the sun for up to twenty times longer than you could without the lotion. The actual duration of safe exposure will vary according to your particular skintype.

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How do Sun Protection UV Filters Work?:

The most important component of sunscreens, their "raison d'être", are the UV filters. Their job is to stop ultraviolet light from reaching the skin. UV filters can do this in one of two ways: they can either absorb the UV-light by "soaking it up"; or they can scatter it and reflect it away from the skin. Consequently, there are two different types of UV filter.

What are the different types of UV filters?

All UV filters are chemical substances which act as "sunscreens". They typically fall into two main categories: synthetic or organic filters, such as the cinnamates, which absorb UV light; and mineral or inorganic filters, such as titanium dioxide, which mainly reflect UV light. Frequently, both types are used in combination for optimum effect in a product.

Absorber filters (or organic filters)

Absorber type UV filters work by absorbing ultraviolet light much like a sponge soaks up water. Each tiny sunscreen "sponge" soaks up ultraviolet light, and then releases it back out after converting it into lower energy and less dangerous infrared light. These filters can be thought of as "energy converters", converting dangerous ultraviolet light into safer infrared warmth.

(Source: Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfume Association - CTPA)

Reflector filters (mineral or inorganic filters)

Unlike the absorber-type UV filters, reflectors tend to be less specific about the type of UV-light they reflect and tend to protect against both UVA and UVB. These sun filters act in a different way. Instead of soaking up the UV rays in the way that the absorber sun filters do, these materials reflect and scatter the UV light away from the skin without changing it to anything else. They can be thought of as thousands of tiny mirrors each reflecting UV light away from the skin.

How UV Reflectors work

(Source: Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfume Association - CTPA)

Organic and mineral sunscreens - Which is better?

Is one better?  No, they just work in different ways.

The most commonly used UV filters are the absorbers because these are more efficient (you get more sun protection for the same amount of ingredient). However they are often supplemented with reflectors.

Some people with sensitive skins or certain allergies may prefer a product with less absorber-type (organic) filters. In order to ensure that the product still provides the required amount of UV-protection, the absorber filters are replaced with reflector (mineral) sunscreens. Allergy and reaction to sunscreens are very rare so the large majority of users find absorber-type sun filters suit their needs.

Organic sunscreens often get a bad press because they are sometimes referred to as "chemical sunscreens". There is a growing trend to see "chemical" as something of which to be scared - but this is just not the case.

Because different UV filters tend to be effective against different UV-light wavelengths most sun protection products include several different UV filters. This means they provide a broad spectrum of protection across the whole range of UV. Including different filters in a product also helps to achieve the high levels of sun protection that are demanded by consumers today.

One other thing to know about all sun filters is that many of them will not dissolve in water. This means that most sun products must contain oil ingredients to help dissolve the sun filters.  Manufacturers try to keep the oil content to an absolute minimum to prevent the finished product from being greasy, but a small amount in the product is essential.

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Why do Skin Care products contain Preservatives?:

Natural or synthetic ingredients that are added to foods, pharmaceuticals or personal care products to prevent spoilage, from either microbial growth or undesirable chemical changes, are know as preservatives.

The use of preservatives is necessary in most products to prevent product damage caused by microorganisms and also to protect the product from accidental contamination by the consumer during use. An ingredient that helps protect against the growth of microorganisms is called an antimicrobial. Antimicrobials prevent the growth of molds, yeasts, and bacteria.

Without preservatives, skin care products, just like food, can become contaminated, leading to product spoilage and even possibly irritation or infections. Natural or synthetic preservative ingredients, at relatively low levels, are in most skin care product formulations to ensure that the product performs effectively over the time it takes the consumer to finish the product.

Without preservatives, the products might become contaminated with microorganisms. Microbial contamination of products, especially those used around the eyes and on the skin, can cause significant problems. Preservatives help prevent such problems.

Preservatives may also be added to a product to protect it against the damage and degradation caused by exposure to oxygen. These ingredients are called antioxidants. Antioxidants keep products from degrading, becoming brown, or developing black spots. Degraded personal care products may not make you sick, but they might smell bad or be a different color or consistency. Antioxidants suppress the reaction that occurs when ingredients in the product combine with oxygen in the presence of light or heat. Antioxidants also minimize the damage to some essential ingredients or materials that are especially susceptible to oxidative damage.

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How long can you keep Skin Care products safely?:

Most Skin Care products will remain safe and fit for their purpose for a long time, provided they are stored under suitable conditions and not subjected to extreme temperatures. To ensure the maximum durability of skin care products, they should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and with the lids firmly closed.

It is important to avoid contaminating the products during normal use and so hands should always be clean before putting fingers into products and the sharing of cosmetics is not encouraged.

Shelf life

Most products are made to last a long time, although it is not always clear just how long 'a long time' is. If a product has a limited shelf life (less than 30 months - two and a half years) it is required to be labelled with a 'best before' date.

However, "Best Before" dating is not common as most cosmetic products are formulated to ensure they have a long shelf life.

How long should I keep my products for?

Durable skin care products, those with a shelf life of at least 30 months, are in the majority. Even so, some consumers want to know how long an opened product can be kept.

A symbol introduced by the skincare industry in conjunction with European Union guidelines recommends the length of time a product remains useable after opening. This period is referred to as the 'period after opening' (PAO). The period is given as a number of months and is marked with a letter 'M' under or within the 'open jar' symbol. When a PAO symbol is required this will appear on the product itself and on the outside packaging.

In practice, most cosmetic and personal care products are formulated to ensure that they are safe to use and have a shelf-life which far exceeds the normal time it would take to use the product up.

With correct storage and handling, they should remain in good condition for their expected life. However, if a product discolours or has an unpleasant odour, it should be discarded immediately since this indicates the product is not as originally intended.

It is also worth noting that very special care should be taken with truly natural (not the 95% pretenders!) or organic products which claim to be "preservative free". Both shelf life and useful life can be significantly impacted by even the slightest of contaminations.

Some useful tips

  • Always read the instructions carefully; including any warnings for use
  • Keep lids on products when not in use and use the product within the recommended time
  • Avoid storing your products in the direct sunlight or near sources of heat and chose dry, cool (but not freezing) storage areas where possible
  • Never dilute products or mix with other products (unless directed to do so by the product instructions)
  • Apply cosmetics with clean hands or an applicator and routinely wash all applicators thoroughly with soap, detergent or a mild shampoo
  • Allow applicators to dry thoroughly before use
  • Avoid sharing your personal cosmetic products with another person

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What is an Esthetician?:

Esthetics, the nonmedical care of the skin, is a growing part of the health and beauty industry. Skin, the living fabric that covers and protects the human body, requires ongoing care to keep it healthy and beautiful. The professional with knowledge and skill to give esthetic services, an esthetician, is a highly valued treasure.

A professional esthetician is a highly trained skin care specialist who offers preventive skin care and treatments to maintain your skin in an optimal healthy condition. They are trained to detect skin problems and, when and where necessary, identify those that may require medical attention. They are able to recommend appropriate skin care products and assist their clients in coping with the cosmetic side effects of many dermatological issues.

The esthetician’s fingers convey strength, trust, and knowledge. When an esthetician is touching someone, there is a bonding, a caring, expressed that is missing in so many lives today.

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How do I find a good Esthetician?:

To begin your search for a good professional Esthetician, ask those around you with gorgeous skin where they go to receive facial treatment. Most people are very willing to share information and word-of-mouth is an amazing vehicle for discovering good treatment. There is also the tried-and-true local yellow pages. If you choose to go this route, be sure to ask the right questions of every spa you talk to. Find out exactly what kinds of treatments are offered and how many hours of education the Esthetician on staff has had. Today, most Estheticians are required to complete at least 600 hours of training for licensing. So, one of the first things to ask about an Esthetician is where they were trained and what kind of program was completed. Most skin care professionals will not mind this kind of question, as it gives them an opportunity to show off credentials. Ask what the Spa's philosophy is on skin care and what products the Esthetician will use on your face. Before making an appointment, ask if you can visit the spa and meet with the Esthetician. You want an Esthetician who seems to take care of themself. What kind of trust can you place in someone whose hair seems to always be a mess and whose skin appears poorly cared for? Good personal hygiene and careful grooming are excellent indications of how an Esthetician would take care of you.

A good Esthetician knows skin. They not only know what is best for your particular skin type, but also when, if necessary, to recommend you to a dermatologist. An Esthetician is not a physician but they should know when a skin condition requires more serious medical care. Ask the Esthetician how they know when to recommend physician care.

The important thing to remember, even as you have your first visit with your Esthetician, is to be watchful. There are certain small etiquette signs too, that can tell you what kind of professional you are dealing with. Ask yourself these questions: Does the Esthetician wash their hands before touching you? Is the treatment table clean? Do they use products that are in a tube and not a jar that encourages finger contamination? Can they do extractions (removing blackheads) without causing you too or pump much discomfort? Do they answer your questions professionally without getting defensive? Do they follow your lead with talking during your session? Or do they talk too much? Do they freely give you advice about how to care for your skin at home between visits? Are they pushy (and absolute) about a particular line of products or do they suggest one but allow you to make up your own mind?

You need to be comfortable and believe that your Esthetician is providing you the best care possible. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions, and don't be timid about switching providers if something is not working for you.

Building a good relationship with the people who will take care of you skin is key.

(Cherryl Floyd-Miller)

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What if I can't really afford to regularly visit an esthetician?:

Thats OK, not everybody can, but noone can afford not to take care of their skin. So, if you want to take really good care of your skin but don’t want to want to spend all your spare cash at the estheticians. What should you do?

You can create an effective home skin care regimen if you just remember KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid! If you’re spending so much time morning and evening on skin care that it’s exhausting – you’re going overboard. If you’re spending almost as much of that money on drawers full of bottles and jars, lotions and potions only to be persuaded by the next new miracle product again and again .... Cut back, keep things to a minimum and your skin will thank you for it. Embracing simplicity in your skin care routine will help you avoid the following mistakes.

#1 Assuming more is better
As with make-up and perfume, over/excessive application of skin-care products will not improve their performance. Many women assume that if a little of something is good, more will be better. But falling into such a pattern of thinking can even be dangerous for your skin. Products like over-the-counter skin peels can be very effective, if used according to the instructions provided – but can easily irritate your skin and cause lasting damage if not used carefully.

#2 Using Soap
But be careful not to go too far toward the ascetic with skin care. Soap is definitely to be avoided – even if it seems to make your skin care regimen quick and simple, the convenience is not worth the (over)drying effect soap will have on your skin. It strips your skin of its natural oil barrier. Switch to a gentle cleanser as soon as you can.

#3 Cleansing Only Once a Day
Many people have a routine that they follow diligently every morning and then don’t cleanse at night. Not cleansing at night will leave your skin’s pores clogged with the make-up and sunscreen from the day, not to mention the dirt and grime that has settled onto your skin as you rushed through the day. No matter how tired you feel – cleans your skin when you get home.

#4 Not Drinking Enough Water
What you put inside your body will have an immediate and lasting impact on the appearance of your skin and drinking lots of water (8 glasses a day!) will help your body to help itself. Your skin, the largest organ in your body, isn’t just there to keep your insides together. It also works hard to regulate temperature, help eliminate toxins from your system and a myriad other jobs. Drinking a lot of water can help flush out your system, improve your digestion and hydration. Your first step in any skin care regime should be to pay more attention the to hydration and nourishment you provide for your body. If you ignore this aspect of skin care, no cream or lotion will be able to cover up the damage.

#5 Being Careless About Sun Protection.
Sun damage is a leading cause of aging and slapping on a bit of sun-cream in the morning before you dash out the door will do very little to help you avoid the photo-aging effects of UV. Stay out of the sun in the middle of the day as much as you can, wear a wide brimmed hat and apply high quality, broad spectrum sun protection often to protect your skin.

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