Elina Fedotova, Founder and Chief Formulator of Elina Organics, produces award-winning holistic skincare products that are highly regarded around the globe. An exceptionally educated woman when it comes to health and wellness, Elina has been producing extraordinary, modern, organic formulations since 1998. She is also the president of The Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, founded in 2007.
Learn how to keep your skin glowing this holiday season with Elina’s top skincare advice:
Routine Matters: Make sure you cleanse your skin and never sleep with makeup on.
When you cleanse your skin, ensure the cleansing product you use is natural and not overly stripping your skin with conventional surfactants like sulfates. It is essential to cleanse your skin in the morning, but the most critical time is at night. The second important tip is to see results. You have to use a treatment product. Very often, people think if we cleanse and moisturize, that is enough. Still, most of us have a combination complexion, which usually consists of some dry and sensitive areas, like around the eyes or neck. Some areas could be oily and prone to breakouts, like your t-zone, so make sure you are addressing each area of your face with the correct treatment product that it needs. Then after that, use a hydrating cream with sunblock. The best result is sunblock based on zinc oxide. Main takeaway: treatment serums are what produce results.
Exfoliate: It is important to do weekly thorough exfoliation but not to overdo it and harm the skin’s protective barrier and microbiome.
I prefer natural polishing scrubs with organic fruit extracts, berries, fermented butters, and honey. Those ingredients can help to gently remove the excessive shell of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. At the same time, they will also support your skin’s protective barrier, hydrate, and reduce inflammation. I recommend exfoliating three times a week for oily, congested complexions, and for dry and sensitive skin, I recommend at least once a week. When you exfoliate at night, they have more time to nourish the skin, but it is also nice to exfoliate in the morning because your skin regenerates as you sleep so you may notice dead skin cells more in the morning.
At-Home DIY Skincare Masks
I love making a cleansing mask with fermented foods like Kiefer and yogurt for morning cleansing. They not only gently exfoliate your skin with natural acids and balance your skin’s pH but will also help to brighten, heal your skin, and improve your skin’s microbiome. You can use Kiefer or yogurt to decongest your pores. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of honey, and one teaspoon of organic Kiefer or yogurt (dairy or non-dairy) and apply to congested areas for 5-8 minutes. Once removed, you will notice that your pores are clean because the baking soda absorbs impurities from your skin. The honey will soothe, hydrate, and calm your skin, and the Kiefer/yogurt will gently exfoliate, brighten, and improve your skin texture.
I truly believe that if we change the oil in our cars and mow our lawns regularly, we deserve the same approach to our only face! I recommend facial treatments once a month. During a perfect professional facial, your skin will be deeply detoxified, vacuumed, and exfoliated. All your skin imperfections and breakouts will be addressed with specialty formulations. Sophisticated equipment will be used, including rejuvenating photo devices and muscle tone-stimulating micro-current treatments. Freshly made masks can be penetrated into your skin with ultrasonic devices to nourish the deeper layers of your skin. At the end of a really good professional facial, you will feel nourished, relaxed, and like you lost 5-lbs of environmental pollution and toxins, which could present in your pores.
Nutrition Choices Reflect on Skin Health
Remember that sugary, starchy, processed foods and heavy daily intake are very unhealthy and can lead to skin inflammation, congested pores, and premature wrinkles. Colorful fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, and healthy fats like butter or plant oils help improve skin immunity and protect against environmental UV damage. Liquid collagen is popular as a skin-rejuvenating food or supplement but when you do that, make sure you are making the smoothie with collagen peptides. The collagen is broken into small pieces called peptides which absorb much better and signal your body to regenerate collagen.
Each person can be unique, and different areas on one face can have individual requirements. I think every complexion needs to be hydrated, and tremella mushroom extract will hydrate any complexion and even perform hyaluronic acid. My other top ingredients are extracts of fresh water and marine sponges because they all have a powerful combination of antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. My favorite is extract of Lubomirskia from Lake Baikal. Another ingredient I love is the extract of rose hips because they contain a beautiful blend of vitamins and one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C. They polish and nourish the skin and have a high concentration of beta keratin, a precursor of Vitamin A.
Not all Ingredients are Beneficial for Skin
The top ingredients I believe people should avoid are silicone-based ingredients and ingredients that end with “cones.” Despite making your skin feel smooth, you may not realize that it is not your skin but the layer of silicone. I wouldn’t say I like this idea because it produces a greenhouse effect on your skin and does not allow your skin to breathe. I do not think people should use silicones in makeup or skincare.
New Elina Spa Offerings
In Florida, we are now offering Super Hair Removal. It does not discriminate by hair color or texture. This device helps remove fine light hair and can be used on dark complexions. It is the most painless, effective, and advanced hair removal technology on the market today. SHR’s is the newest and most advanced technology that uses light and electric pulses to heat the hair follicle at its roots without damaging the surrounding tissue or skin. When using SHR, we apply the “In-Motion” method, a gliding technique that allows more accurate treatment of the targeted zone. Laser hair removal treatments targeting the follicle inhibit any future hair growth. SHR technology is newer and more effective than IPL hair removal. SHR causes minimal discomfort due to the cool touch laser hair removal methodology as compared to IPL. SHR can cover all parts of the body, such as hair removal for the face, arms, legs, underarms, etc.
All Elina Organics products are hand-made in a laboratory by Elina and her team. Formulations change seasonally for optimal effectiveness and can be customized. To discover more about Elina and see her remarkable line, visit ElinaOrganics.com.