How To Use an Overnight Face Mask For Younger Looking Skin

How to use an Overnight Face Mask for Younger Looking Skin

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by: Marie Adamo

We all know how hard it can be to stick to a good overnight skin care routine. After a long and tiring day, who wants to spend time getting ready for bed, rather than simply getting in bed? However, the consequences of skipping our nightly skin care ritual can be dire. We’ve heard the experts, and we’ve seen the morning results firsthand: dry, irritated skin, congested pores, maybe even a new blemish or two. Knowing what lies at stake can make the decision for rest over routine much less relaxing.

So if we know what’s best for us – and regularly muster the energy to complete our nightly skin care routine – why not boost our results and get the most out of our beauty sleep? * Cue overnight face mask.*

“You can never mask enough,” Eminence Organics International Trainer Katie Rattray tells Canadian Living magazine. We all have skin conditions and concerns that we want to address, from dehydration to pigmentation to large pores. While foundational products like cleansers and moisturizers may contain additional ingredients to help treat these issues, their primary purpose is to, well, cleanse and moisturize. However, the sole purpose of a face mask is to powerfully target specific conditions, making masking one of the most effective skin care treatments. Plus, Katie points out that “sleep masks take no longer to apply than night cream,” so it’s smart to make the swap and wake up to a flawless face.

4 Benefits Of An Overnight Face Mask

1) Lengthens Time For Actives To Work

If a mask can be effective in 10-15 minutes, what wonders could it work if left on all night long? If we’re lucky enough to get the recommended amount of sleep, an overnight face mask gets approximately seven hours to weave its magic. With hours to work, actives have a greater window of time to treat and beautify the skin.

2) Locks In Moisture And Active Ingredients 

According to mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre, “trans-epidermal water loss (think: dehydration) peaks at night”. She advises: “It’s best to layer on an extra level of protection to keep your skin from drying out while you sleep, especially in low humidity climates and during the fall/winter.” Sleeping in an overnight face mask not only locks in moisture but also active ingredients. A mask effectively seals in the key ingredients from products applied prior to the mask, as well as from the mask itself.

3) Provides Barrier Against Impurities

The physical barrier created by a face mask works both ways: Not only is it keeping the good stuff in, but it’s also keeping the bad stuff out. A night time mask protects the skin from dust, dirt and other toxins all night long, and then easily rinses off the next morning.

4) Enhances Cell Regeneration 

While moisture loss accelerates at night, so does cell renewal — a process that is crucial for helping slow down the visible signs of aging skin. “At night, the skin goes into repair mode, growing new skin cells and deleting damaged ones,” says Dr. Aguirre. A night time face mask optimizes this regeneration and exposes new skin cells to nourishing, hydrating ingredients that encourage the natural renewal process — talk about starting life out on the right foot!

Try This Step-By-Step Face Mask Routine

If you’re ready to experience an overnight mask, our Product Support Representative, Alicia Hawthorne, suggests replacing your regular night cream with a night mask one to two times per week. Starting 15-30 minutes before bedtime, follow this step-by-step routine:

  1. Cleanse, tone and apply an essence. Feel free to use a serum as well.
  2. Apply a thin layer of your night mask — don’t forget your neck and décolletage!
  3. Use a towel to protect your pillow if desired.
  4. Snooze!
  5. Wake up, rinse and finish with your favorite serum and SPF day cream.

Cream-based masks tend to better absorb into the skin

While a night time face mask is just as easy to apply as a night cream, it should feel just as good as one too. Gone are the days — or rather, nights — of hardened peel-off face masks. Today, the best night masks are creamy and hydrating, allowing your skin to drink them up. “Cream-based masks tend to better absorb into the skin,” says Alicia, “where nutrients and other potent antioxidant-rich ingredients can penetrate deeper, for better results.”

One important thing to keep in mind is that even if a product isn’t specifically called a “night mask,” it can still be used as an overnight treatment. Below are a few of the best Eminence Organics night masks. Feel free to layer or mix them into a night mask cocktail — after all, who doesn’t love a skin care nightcap?

For Dehydrated Skin: 

Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

This mask works hard while you rest as hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates and plumps the look of skin. Antioxidant-rich strawberries hold astringent properties which help remove impurities and shrink the appearance of pores.

For Problem Skin: 

Clear Skin Probiotic Masque

This mask contains an abundance of clarifying and calming ingredients, like cooling cucumber, that gently tones and revitalizes your skin while you sleep. Ingredients like tea tree, yogurt and kaolin clay exfoliate and refine your complexion, so you wake up with a clear and radiant appearance.

For Signs Of Aging 

Bamboo Age Corrective Masque

As you doze off at night, you can rest assured that this mask will do its job. It features a formulation including our Natural Retinol Alternative, Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells and a BioComplex™ blend of vitamins, the ultimate heroes for fighting visible signs of aging.


Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque

When diluted with water, this kaolin clay-based mask will melt into a fast-absorbing cream packed with potent ingredients. Reishi mushroom depuffs the skin, while birch water purifies and hydrates, so you wake up to a toned and tightened complexion.

Curious to know which mask works best for you during your nightly snooze? Chat with a licensed esthetician at an Eminence Organics partner spa to find the best products for your skin type and skin concerns.

What Side Sleepers Need to Know to Sleep Sound and Pain-Free

What Side Sleepers Need to Know to Sleep Sound and Pain-Free

Going to sleep at night is meant to be restorative, yet many people wake up with aches and pains, plus a foggy mind from a restless night. There are numerous causes of insomnia, but one consideration that’s easy to overlook is how you’re sleeping. Not how well, but how you sleep can have a major impact on pain, your overall health, and how rested you feel in the morning.

For people who mostly sleep on their side, you can optimize your sleep by becoming aware of how certain factors affect you and the changes you can make.

Maximize Comfort & Minimize Pain

Your Mattress

Your mattress is there to provide support and comfort, so it should be no surprise to hear that your mattress can be the ultimate deal-breaker when it comes to whether you get a good night’s sleep. If your mattress is too old, the materials have likely broken down so that it’s no longer supportive enough, which can cause all kinds of pain. Even if you have a newer mattress, one that has too little or too much firmness can also be a problem. For example, a mattress that is too firm can cause joint pain and inflammation, and this can be especially problematic for side sleepers.

If any of these issues sound like what you’re experiencing, it may be time to swap out your old mattress for a new one that has the right amount of support for side sleepers. Mattress shopping can be overwhelming, which is probably one reason why “bed in a box” mattresses you can order online have become so popular. One of our favorites that has excellent reviews is the Purple brand, which is ideal for side sleepers. Purple mattresses are designed to provide the support you need while eliminating pressure points, plus it’s perfect for anyone who sleeps hot because it maximizes airflow. Of course, even if Purple isn’t the brand for you, keep your sleep style top of mind when shopping around for a new mattress.

Your Pillows

In addition to having the right mattress, you also need the right support from pillows. Some side sleepers prefer contoured pillows, but there are also adjustable pillows on the market that allow you to get the exact support you need to keep your neck in proper alignment. In addition to using the right pillow under your head, Real Simple recommends placing a pillow between your knees and another one between your ankles. Doing this keeps your spine in alignment and helps keep you from rolling to one side or the other (and getting everything OUT of alignment).

Your Position

Side sleeping is a perfect position for most people, but one thing you want to avoid is curling up in a ball. Sleeping this way is the worst for spine alignment, putting a strain on your back and joints.

Health Concerns

In addition to making sure you get the comfort and support you need, you can also rest easier knowing how sleeping on your side affects your overall health.


Sleeping on your left side can improve a number of digestive functions, including easing constipation and gastric reflux, along with healthy pancreatic functioning. Some supplements are felt to assist with nighttime digestive issues, and you might add them to your routine as well.


Due to several potential health risks, doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid sleeping on their backs. In addition to avoiding these risks, you may also want to sleep on your left side during pregnancy because doing so keeps the weight of the baby off your liver, plus it increases blood flow throughout your body.

Brain Health

According to Today, researchers have found that side sleeping may be the best position for brain health because it keeps your airways more open than back sleeping. Side sleeping also helps your brain eliminate a peptide called amyloid beta, and previous research indicates these peptides might play a role in developing brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.

For most people, sleeping on your side has multiple health benefits with minimum cause for concern. This doesn’t mean, though, that you can just plop into bed and expect to get the best rest. It’s up to you to tailor your sleep style and get the right support to make the most of the time you spend snoozing.

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Take an Archetypal Journey!

HCA is hosting a workshop titled Embodying the Spirit: An ArchetypalJourneyArchetypal Journey as a way for you to spring clean your soul. The series is developed and facilitated by Chris Wheeler and Mary Johnson based on the teachings of Caroline Myss.You will develop the ability to consciously respond to life situations that align with your spiritual path. You will gain insight into how personal and collective patters impact your life, and increase opportunities for reaching your highest potential!

The series includes five 2.5 hour classes (March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20) and offers the option of a residential weekend retreat June 13 – 15. The full program is $450, the price for just the classes are $135, and the price for just the retreat is $325.

Download the PDF page for more information and the registration form!

No Mud, No Lotus: A Day of Mindfulness led by Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor

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Withered Tree Mindfulness Meditation Community welcomes Chicago-area Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor to Grand Rapids to lead a Day of Mindfulness on March 29. The day will include sitting and walking meditation and instruction; time for reflection; and Jack will speak about transforming the challenges life presents into fertilizer for the good seeds inside us all.


Jack was is ordained in 1992 and given the name True Direction; he is one of only a few Dharma Teachers that represent Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition to facilitating Lakeside Buddha Sangha (or ‘meditation group’) in the Chicago area, has led numerous retreats and Days of Mindfulness in the Midwest and northern Rocky Mountain States. He has been married for thirty-five years and has two adult children.


Jack has a warm personal style and the ability to bring humor and fun to the teachings. He also has a gentle approach, such as inviting practitioners to adjust their posture if they become uncomfortable while sitting in meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice mindfulness in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition with such a skillful teacher.


A vegetarian lunch will be served, and this year we will be meeting in a larger space. A donation of $20 to cover expenses is encouraged. Meditation instruction provided, please bring your cushion or bench; chairs and some cushions will be available.


9:30am to 5pm
Holistic Care Approach
3368 E. Beltline Court NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Space may be limited, please contact Eric at 616-666-9443 or to register or for more information.

Barbara Meconis Featured as an “Influential Woman”

Barbara Meconis Featured as an “Influential Woman”

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Barbara Meconis, owner and CEO of Holistic Care Approach, was featured as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Influential Women.

The business was also nominated as the Top Women Owned Business in the $1.49 million and under annual revenue category.

by Tim Gortesma, GRPJ:

Barbara Meconis is proof that holistic and traditional health care can work well together.

Holistic journey

BarbThe owner and CEO of Holistic Care Approach opened the natural healing center in northeast Grand Rapids in 2003 after having spent time as director of system quality improvement at Spectrum Health and as director of health care management programs at Priority Health.

Since then, she has negotiated an exclusive contract to provide holistic health services to the staff of the largest health care provider in West Michigan.

“I have established and expanded a business during a very difficult economic environment,” Meconis said. “Holistic Care Approach provides the widest range of holistic health services in a clinical setting and is unique to any business in all of West Michigan.”

Click here to see the complete article.

Vegetable Intake Increases Ovarian Cancer Survival Rates

Women with the highest fruit and vegetable intakes have better ovarian cancer survival rates than those who generally neglected these foods, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Researchers examined food patterns prior to ovarian cancer diagnosis in 341 Illinois women. They found that yellow and cruciferous vegetables, in particular, contributed to longer survival, whereas consumption of dairy products and red and processed meats shortened lifespan. The authors concluded that low-fat, plant based diets are not only beneficial for cancer prevention—they may also play a role in increasing survival time after diagnosis. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States.

Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20016.

Yoga May Sooth Chronic Back Pain

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People plagued by chronic lower backaches may find some relief in yoga class, researchers reported Monday.Their study of 101 adults with persistent low back pain found that a gentle yoga class seemed to be a better alternative to either general exercise or a self-help book. Though people in the exercise class eventually improved to a similar degree as their yoga-practicing counterparts, yoga class brought quicker resultts.

She stressed, though, that the study participants took a slower-moving form of yoga that was designed for people with lower back problems. Vigorous styles of yoga that include more-advanced poses could potentially make chronic back pain worse.

Sherman, a researcher at the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, and her colleagues report the findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine this week.

It’s estimated that 14 million Americans practice yoga, often as a way to treat chronic aches and pains. But, in the Western medical literature at least, there have been no published studies on the effects of yoga on chronic back pain, Sherman said.

To look at the question, she and her colleagues randomly assigned 101 adults to take either 12 weeks of yoga class or 12 weeks of a standard therapeutic exercise class, or to follow the advice of a self-care book.

The yoga class was conducted in what’s known as the viniyoga style, which goes by the philosophy that poses should be adapted to the individual’s needs. The instructor was experienced in therapeutic yoga, and the class was limited to basic poses that would not put too much strain on the back, Sherman explained.

After 12 weeks, the yoga practitioners reported better back function than their peers in either of the other two groups. After another three months, those in the exercise group had improved to a similar degree as the yogis.

The findings don’t clearly show whether yoga or standard, therapy-focused exercise is better for low back pain, Sherman said. But, she added, given the choice, “I’d pick yoga.”

She pointed to one difference between the yoga practitioners and other two groups that remained over the long haul: At the last evaluation, the yogis were using less than half the amount of pain medication their peers were.

Why this is, and why yoga showed a quicker benefit for low back pain, is an open question. But Sherman speculated that yoga’s “mind and body effects” are at work.

Viniyoga, like other forms of yoga, focuses on coordinating movement with the breath and focusing the mind. It’s possible, according to Sherman, that yoga allowed the back pain sufferers to become more aware of their habitual movements and postures that may have been contributing to their back problems in the first place.

Certain back problems, like spinal disc injuries, might not respond well to yoga, Sherman noted. But most people, she added, have “non-specific” back pain involving muscles, soft tissue and nerves, and for them, therapeutic yoga could be worth a try.

SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, December 20, 2005.

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Research: Massage Reduces Cancer Symptoms

Massage therapy significantly improved cancer patients’ symptoms, such as pain, anxiety, nausea, fatigue and depression, according to a recent study. “Massage Therapy for Symptom Control: Outcome Study at a Major Cancer Center” was conducted by staff of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City.

Three types of massage are available to patients at MCKCC: Swedish, light-touch and foot massage. Each massage lasts 20 minutes for inpatients and one hour for outpatients. Patients may request the massage themselves, or be referred by a health professional or family member.

As a “routine part of clinical management,” patients rate pain, fatigue, anxiety, nausea and depression before and 5-15 minutes after each massage. For this study, the symptom with the highest score was deemed the presenting symptom.

The study’s authors analyzed before-and-after data from the initial massage session of 1,290 cancer patients at MSKCC during a three-year period.

Swedish and foot massage were the most common interventions, with some patients receiving a combination of both. Anxiety was the most common presenting symptom of the cancer patients, followed by pain and fatigue.

Data analysis revealed a 54-percent mean reduction of the presenting symptom following massage therapy. Specifically, anxiety was the symptom eased the most by massage therapy (60-percent reduction), and fatigue was the symptom eased the least (43 percent). Outpatients showed a 10-percent greater improvement in symptoms when compared to inpatients, perhaps due to the longer massage sessions the outpatients received.

“[I]t is clear that massage therapy achieves major reductions in cancer patients’ pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression,” state the study’s authors.

Additional follow-up, beyond immediate post-session scores, involved 74 outpatients and 237 inpatients. Both inpatients and outpatients were assessed two-to-five hours after receiving the massage. Outpatients were again assessed 24 hours and 48 hours after the massage.

Results of this extended follow-up showed that inpatients’ symptoms scores were about a half-point higher within hours of the massage. “This suggests that inpatient severity scores returned to the baseline within a day or so,” state the study’s authors.

For outpatients, there was no regression toward baseline symptom scores throughout the follow-up period.

“Massage therapy appears to be an uncommonly non-invasive and inexpensive means of symptom control for patients with serious chronic illness,” state the study’s authors. “It is non-invasive, inexpensive, comforting, free of side effects and greatly appreciated by recipients.

“This non-randomized study suggests that it is also markedly effective,” the authors conclude.

-Source: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Service and Biostatistics Service, New York City. Authors: Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D.; and Andrew K. Vickers, Ph.D. Originally published in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, September 2004, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 244-249.