Let's Talk Deodorants And How To Find The Right One For You!

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We know deodorants don't necessarily fall into the natural skin category for the face, but as you may know Marko & Lane is made up of one passionate natural consumer and one Dermatologist. That's why we're always trying to find the best products out there that show results and are also free of toxins. 

So what do deodorants actually do? A deodorant blocks odor by killing the bacteria that causes the sometimes unpleasant under arm scent. Most of us don't like to sweat or emit offensive odors and that's why we use deodorants. So what's the problem? Many deodorants in the market place contain aluminum as an active ingredient. Why? Because aluminum compounds act as a plug within the sweat ducts and therefore, block sweat flow. Though they're effective, these compounds can be absorbed by your skin and there is some evidence that they can mimic estrogen, which may promote breast cancer. Excessive amount of aluminum may be toxic to neurons and lead to kidney and liver damage. 

Some studies have shown that aluminum has also been associated with kidney problems, bone disorders and alzheimer's disease. That's why many educated consumers prefer aluminum-free deodorants made from essential oils and all natural ingredients. 

So now that you know what to look for, how do you sift through the vast sea of products out there? We recently found Review.com, a site outlining which deodorants are cruelty-free, safe to use, and still effective: It's a great place to start and know what's out there. Dr. Marc Meulener is still evaluating the recommended deodorants, but let us know if there's one you prefer and why.

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Aluminum, antiperspirants and breast cancer.

Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease: after a century of controversy, is there a plausible link? 

Aluminum and bone disease in chronic renal failure. 

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Antioxidants - Which Are Most Beneficial For Your Skin

Have you ever wondered why some natural skin products have particular antioxidants in their ingredient list? Well, wonder no more. Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and proteins that help repair and prevent damage to your body's tissue. They help block free radicals which are unstable compounds that attack cells, causing wrinkles, dull skin, and sometimes skin cancer. Here the most popular and beneficial antioxidants used in skin care and why. 

Vitamins A, C and E & The Mineral Selenium

These antioxidants are most helpful because they fortify cells against free radicals and promote cell and tissue growth, aiding the body to repair itself. This is why antioxidants are beneficial in an anti-aging regimen, as they help fight fine lines and wrinkles.

TIP: Vitamin C comes in a number of forms, but the purest version is ascorbic acid. The product should also be packaged in a dark bottle that blocks air entry because vitamin C is sensitive to light and air.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract contains powerful polyphenols, one in particular called, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Research shows that when EGCG is applied before or immediately after UV exposure, it helps to reverse cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. It can also absorb hydrogen peroxide radicals and destroy carcinogenic skin cells.

TIP: Creams containing an adequate amount of green tea will look brown. If there's too little green tea extract, product may not be beneficial.

Idebenone

Idebenone protects from the oxidation caused by free radicals. It also protects skin cells from the harmful effects of UVB rays.

TIP: Make sure you test a product containing idebenone on a small patch of skin before committing to regular use. Roughly 1 out of 10 people have an allergic reaction to the antioxidant.

Resveratrol

This is a polyphenolic compound found in grapes, berries, cocoa, and even peanuts. When you applying resveratrol before sun exposure, it decreases production of harmful free radicals and other sun damage.

Are you looking for a safe, green, and effective facial skin regimen, but don't know how to choose from the vast choices available? At Marko & Lane, we offer consumers the perfect marriage of green beauty and proven science by finding natural, green products in the marketplace with the most effective results. Go to markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Why Skipping Your Makeup Removal, Is Just Not Worth It!

We've all had those nights when we just can't wait for our heads to hit that pillow. When you're feeling so tired, you can't even fathom washing your face and removing your makeup. Here's why skipping makeup removal is just not worth it!

EYE IRRITATION AND INFECTION

Leftover eye products such as eye shadow and eye liner, cause irritation, dryness and unwanted eye infections. Also, mascara can be harsh on the eyelashes, causing them to become brittle, break and shed more quickly.

WRINKLES

Snoozing in any type of makeup is harmful to the skin, but products like foundation can cause the breakdown of collagen and premature aging. How? The large particles and pigments from the foundation break down throughout the day while your skin is also being exposed to environmental pollutants. Not removing the foundation and any of the overlying makeup, prevents microcirculation, which helps renew skin.

BREAKOUTS 

Dozing off with your makeup can lead to clogged pores and blemishes when left on the skin for too long. Not removing your makeup can also make existing acne conditions even worse. 

DRY & UNEVEN SKIN

Leaving makeup residue on your face creates a barrier on the surface of your skin. This means any oxygen or added moisturizer will not penetrate through the skin, leaving your skin rough and parched. A layer of makeup also prevents normal skin shedding that will ultimately slow down the renewal process and result in uneven and dull textured skin.

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE MAKEUP?

At the end of the day, remove all makeup - but be sure to do this gently. Continuous rubbing every night with a towel and harsh makeup removers can be irritating and lead to pigment changes (such as dark circles!). So use a gentle method such as olive oil and a soft cloth.

HOW TO CHOOSE A SAFE SUNSCREEN

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Sunscreen should be an important part of your daily face regimen, no matter what the season. That's why when you're in the market for sunscreen, it's important to choose a safe one. Here are some ways to do just that.

STEER CLEAR FROM THESE INGREDIENTS

Oxybenzone effectively protects against UV rays and UVB radiation by absorbing the energy and then dispersing it as heat. Although it is effective in protecting your skin, here some things to think about before grabbing a sunscreen with this synthetic ingredient. Not only has oxybenzone been known to cause eczema-like reactions that can last for extended time periods, but a study from the CDC also states that the chemical absorbs deeper into the skin, causing it to stay in your system for an unknown period. Though there are no studies showing negative health concerns, it certainly doesn't sit well when a chemical is being absorbed into your system without knowing the effects. There has also been some evidence that oxybenzone can affect hormones in animal cells. This does not always mean it to be true for humans because the concentration is much higher in lab studies, but playing it safe is never a bad idea. 

Octinoxate has been known to cause hormone disruption. The chemical's effects on estrogen can be harmful for humans and wildlife. Especially when they come in contact with the chemical in water. 

Retinal palmitate, a combination of retinol (vitamin A) and palmitic acid, can actually be very harmful when exposed to UV rays. In the sun, retinol compounds break down and make damaging free radicals that are toxic to cells, harm DNA, and can lead to cancer. FDA studies have also shown that retinyl palmitate may accelerate the formation of malignant cells and skin tumors when applied to skin before sun exposure. No sunscreen should contain any retinol product of any kind.

So How Do You Choose a Safer Sunscreen?

• Use a physical sunscreen that uses non-nanoparticle sized zinc and titanium-based mineral ingredients. These block the sun's rays instead of absorbing the energy and changing chemical structure. They are also less likely to absorb into your skin. When applying physical sunscreens, it's best to use a well formulated, high quality SPF sunblock that does not leave a white sheen or residue that can clog pores. 

Avoid spray sunscreens. Although they are popular because of their convenience, when sprayed, toxic particles are released into the air, making them easily accessible for one to breathe in with unknown health risks. Spray-on sunscreens could also contain flammable ingredients causing serious burns from coming too close to an open flame.

• Make sure your sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. Keep in mind that SPF is a term that only applies to how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays, which relates to sunburn and skin cancer. UVA leads to skin darkening and aging because it absorbs deeper into the skin and compromises collagen. This is why you always want to make sure any sunscreen you buy protects against UVA as well as UVB.

At Marko & Lane, we can do the work for you and recommend the right sunscreen for your skin! Go to markoandlane.com and try our FREE virtual consultation today!

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Retinol-CONTAINING BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO AVOID

As we age, the outer layer of the skin thickens while the inner layer thins. When applying a retinol on a consistent basis, the retinoids invert that aging process. Simply put, it creates a thick inner layer of skin and a thin wrinkle and age-spot free outer layer. This new outer skin is very delicate and should not be exposed to the sun. That's why it's so important that retinol and its Vitamin A derivatives be found in products intended for night use only. Unfortunately, retinol has made its way into a number of skin care products such as cleansers, sunscreens, lipsticks and foundations. Here's why the following products containing retinol should not be used.

SUNSCREEN & FOUNDATION

Retinol and other Vitamin A derivatives, quickly break down when exposed to the sun and air.  When used in daytime products, retinol can make skin age faster. This is because it's more susceptible to the sun, no matter the SPF protection on the foundation or sunscreen.

CLEANSERS

Cleansers containing retinol are a gimmick and a complete waste of money. The retinol is simply washed away, not capable of being on the skin long enough to show results.

LIPSTICKS

The skin on the lips is extremely thin and sensitive. It’s also the area of the body where skin cancers metastasize faster.

Here's the bottom line.......retinol, a useful and proven ingredient in preventing and repairing aging lines, should only be used at night. So watch out for those all in one age defying day time products with retinol. It's just another great marketing ploy to reel you and your money in.

If you'd like a natural skin regimen of products that are useful for your skin type, go markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

3 SKIN PRODUCTS YOU DON'T NEED!

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With so many skin products out in the marketplace, it can be hard to decipher what works and what we actually need. Great marketing and shiny packaging can certainly make anyone buy the latest fad cream, serum or celebrity approved skincare line. That's why Dr. Marc Meulener, our Marko & Lane co-founder and leading dermatologist suggests to take the following off your shopping list.

TONER

If you're more interested in anti-aging benefits, then leave the toner behind because toner is best for people with specific skin issues. If you're someone with enlarged pores, extreme oil production, or Rosacea-prone skin, then toner can be very beneficial. Otherwise, put your money away fast!  

EXFOLIATORS & MICRODERMABRASION

A popular way folks try to make their skin look younger is by removing old, dead layers with expensive exfoliators and microdermabrasion. It's true that the skin underneath is fresh and new, but if done too often, they can thin the skin and irritate it over time. Furthermore, some topical products use small plastic beads to exfoliate. Trillions of these tiny beads have made their way down the drain and into our environment. They've been found in large quantities in lakes and have been shown to cause significant damage to marine life, and potentially contaminate our own food source. There are now laws restricting and eventually eliminating their production. Save your money and use a gentle home exfoliator such as nutmeg and milk. 

UNDER-EYE CREAMS

Under-eye circles are a nuisance but unfortunately, no cream is actually going to cure the problem long term. With ingredients such as caffeine, some creams can reduce puffiness temporarily but your better off focusing on the root of the problem. Get enough sleep, go easy on the salt shaker, manage your allergies and lay off the alcohol.

If you'd like a natural skin regimen of products that are useful for your skin type, go markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

7 Ingredients To Stay Away From In Your "Natural" Regimen

Natural, chemical-free skincare products are becoming mainstream because we are more aware that what we put on our skin affects our health. Did you know that 60% of what we apply to our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream? That's why it's so important to know what is going in.

Some of these "natural" products, aren't always what they seem, because let's face it, clever marketing can make anyone believe anything. Some chemicals found even in so called "natural" products can disrupt hormones and fertility, expose you to known cancer-causing pesticides, and release dangerous toxins. So when purchasing your skincare products, make sure to look out for these "stay away" from ingredients. 

1. BHA/BHT

Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives, BHA and BHT are considered likely carcinogens. In studies, animals exposed high doses to these chemicals developed stomach cancer and liver damage, and developed problems with their thyroid and reproductive organs. Although there aren't high doses of these compounds in most skin products, little is known about their cumulative effects over time. 

2. Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives

Formaldehyde harms the brain, interferes with growth and development in children, and can induce asthma. These preservatives slowly release formaldehyde to keep the skin care product from spoiling and can sometimes  trigger allergic reactions on the skin. Look out for DMDM Hydantoin (very common), diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, and quaternium-15 in the ingredients list. 

3. Oxybenzone

Found in sunscreens because it absorbs UV light. In humans, this chemical can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

4. Parabens

Also known as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben. Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives and linked to possible carcinogenicity, as well as an estrogenic effect from after continued use. of. These chemicals can be found in face, body moisturizers, body wash, and cleansers. 

5. Fragrance or Perfume

Some artificial fragrances are made from petroleum or coal which can cause skin irritations. Cosmetic fragrance is made with synthetic chemicals that mimic the scents found in nature.  Why not use the real thing? Because it's more expensive.

6. Siloxanes or Methicones

These soften and smooth skin but can also disrupt the action of certain hormones, and negatively influence fertility and libido.

7. Sodium Lauryl (Laureth) Sulfate

Found in most shampoos, soaps, and cleansers. Could contain 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen, and ethylene oxide, a chemical known to harm your nervous system.

For your health, it's important to take the time to research products that claim to use natural, organic products. If you'd like a natural skin regimen curated by a dermatologist, Marko & Lane can help. Go to markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

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Which Vitamin Is Your Skin's Super Hero?

Have you ever checked the ingredients in your skin care products and found vitamin E listed? If you have, then that's great news! If you haven't, then here's why vitamin E can be your skin's super hero.

• When applied to your skin, vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun.

• Through sebum, an oily substance emitted through the skin’s pores, vitamin E is made. This sebum acts as a natural moisturizer, but if you have dry skin, applying vitamin E can help with your lack of sebum.

• Helps to treat skin inflammation.

• Known to heal wounds and treat scarring.

• When applied with vitamin C, it can reduce wrinkles and dark spots.

Getting Enough Vitamin E Will Help Your Skin.

Most adults need about 15 mg of vitamin E per day so applying skin care products with vitamin E, probably won't be enough. Here are some ways you can increase your vitamin E intake.

• Eat nuts and seeds, such as almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds.

• Take a multivitamin or separate vitamin E supplement.

• Use topical products that contain both vitamin E and vitamin C.

If you're looking for products with the right natural ingredients that work, then go to markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

DOES OIL CAUSE BREAKOUTS?

Have you shied away from using oil because you think it'll clog your pores or cause breakouts? Well, here's a few reasons why organic essential oils high in vitamin content could do more good for your skin than harm.

UNBLOCKS YOUR PORES

You may think that surface oil leads to clogged pores, when in reality, dehydration does. Drying out your skin prevents your skin's natural oil from secreting easily and lubricating its own surface. Believe it or not, when you have problems with acne, using skincare that dries out the skin will actually cause more damage. This is because it creates corks of dried out sebum causing the natural oil to become thick, hard and lodged in the pores.

Using a plant-derived oil like olive oil, helps restore moisture and hinders pore congestion. You can also replenish your skin with oil such as jojoba, which has a similar consistency to our own sebum. Also, avoid over-washing and opt for a gentle, all-natural, face cleanser.

PROTECTS YOUR SKIN

Dehydrated skin cells can cause tiny cracks in the skin tissue, making our complexions susceptible to bacteria. This can ultimately lead to acne.

On the other hand, hydrated skin cells help create a taut, impermeable barrier function. Oils that are rich in fatty acids like evening primrose and borage, nourish the skin and strengthen its immunity. 

SOOTHES & STOPS SCARRING

When you have breakouts, squeezing and pinching are the worst things you can do. Instead, that blistering redness needs comforting and soothing ingredients that lessen the swelling and heat.

Two popular ingredients used for this are coconut and camellia oil because they protect and calm irritation. Other calming plant essences that act as antiseptics and anti-inflammatories are turmeric, chamomile and lavender. 

We know it can be daunting and sometimes a little scary to know what to use on your skin. Especially if you're prone to acne and want a natural approach. Here's the good news! If your looking for a safe, green, and effective facial skin regimen, but don't know what is best for your skin type, our dermatologists can help.

At Marko & Lane, we offer consumers the perfect marriage of green beauty and proven science by finding natural, green products in the marketplace with the most effective results for your skin. Go to markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

The Environment & Your Skin

Did you know some skin problems can be largely due to the environment?Here are three of the most prominent environmental triggers affecting our skin today.

Pollution

There are two main factors in pollution.

• Particle matter such as black soot, smog and dust.

• Gasses like ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide.

Constant exposure to these irritants in the air not only hinder the way the skin builds and repairs itself, but it can also cause dryness, premature aging, dull skin, clogged pores, skin irritation, inflammation, and allergies.

SUN DAMAGE

Too much sun exposure is one of the leading causes of wrinkles and premature aging. The sun's ultraviolet light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin and breaks down these fibers. This causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose elasticity. Also, the skin is more likely to bruise and tear, taking the skin longer to heal. As most of us know, excessive sun exposure can also result in skin cancer, one of the more serious effects of sun damage. Other effects include age spots, sunburn and freckling.

CLIMATE

An area's climate can really affect the skin, causing everything from acne breakouts to itchy dry patches. Extreme hot and cold weather can also intensify existing skin conditions and even cause new ones. 

Cold temperatures usually mean low humidity, which dries out your skin. This can cause your skin to be rough, red, tightened, cracked or even peeled. Some skin conditions, such as eczema, can flare up during dry weather as well. 

In warmer weather, your skin is more prone to breakouts because of sweat. The heat can also cause other skin problems such as heat rashes.

HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE ENVIRONMENT

We can’t always avoid the effects of the weather and the environment, but we can try and protect ourselves.

• Cleanse your face every night to rid the toxins from your day, as well as any makeup.

• Supplement your diet with foods rich in vitamin D and E, such as fish, tofu, milk, spinach and blueberries. These vitamins are known to improve your skin tone and add moisture. Also, eat foods that have minerals and fatty oils which can give your skin a healthy texture. Two great sources are dairy products and some nuts like almonds. 

• Always wear sunscreen to help you avoid damage from the sun. 

• Maintain the temperature at work and home, so it's not too cold or too warm. Use a humidifier in the winter and always wear protective clothing when you go outside.  

• Avoid taking long, hot showers, and apply a moisturizer daily.

Are you looking for a safe, green, and effective facial skin regimen, but don't know how to choose from the vast choices available? At Marko & Lane, we offer consumers the perfect marriage of green beauty and proven science by finding natural, green products in the marketplace with the most effective results. Go to markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want To Avoid Those Pesky Under Eye Bags?

Those under eye bags can certainly be a nuisance and frustrating to wake up to. That's why most folks purchase that miracle eye cream that will solve all of their under eye bag nightmares. Truth is, most of those creams don't show results because under eye bags are usually caused by bad habits. Here are some ways you can avoid those pesky under eye bags on your own. 

STAY AWAY FROM THE SALT SHAKER

Water always finds its way to the parts of your body that have the most sodium and the area around your eyes is prime real estate. That’s why if you like to shake the salt shaker during dinner, you may wake up to morning-after puffiness.

FIND A BETTER SLEEPING POSITION

If you are a side or stomach sleeper beware of the fluid that may collect under your eyes, because of gravity. Try sleeping on your back and add another pillow under your head.

DON'T LEAVE YOUR MAKE-UP ON WHEN YOU SLEEP

Going to sleep with your eye make up on can make your eyes water and cause morning-after puffiness. Even if you're dead tired, don't forget to wash your face with a good cleanser.

DON'T OVERDO IT ON THE ALCOHOL

Alcohol can dehydrate your skin causing the area around your eyes to weaken and sink into a pouch. If you have a few too many, make sure to drink water before going to bed. 

PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM UV-RAYS

The skin around your eyes can sag and easily wrinkle, if exposed to too much sun. Make sure to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect your face from the uv-rays.

DON'T SMOKE

Here's another good reason why you should stop smoking or never start. Smoking can dehydrate and weaken the skin on your face and cause wrinkled and droopy eyes. 

We're not saying a good eye cream is a waste. In fact, it's a great idea to use an eye cream for extra moisture in the evenings, before you go to bed. Unfortunately, it won't solve the problem. Unless, you kick those bad habits, those under eye bags will continue to haunt you.

Are you looking for a safe, green, and effective facial skin regimen, but don't know how to choose from the vast choices available? At Marko & Lane, we offer consumers the perfect marriage of green beauty and proven science by finding natural, green products in the marketplace with the most effective results. Go to markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

 

Want To Go Natural ON YOUR SKIN, BUT DON't know what to GET?

Natural skincare is a rising trend that hopefully will be here to stay. Today, more than ever, U.S. women consumers are checking labels and seeking natural products. But how do you know what to choose and what works best for your skin? 

When it comes to your daily face regimen, finding the right natural products in the marketplace can be confusing and difficult. Too often, the endless choices usually result in frustration over skincare that offers zero results and wasted funds gone out the window. If only there was a convenient and expert service that took the guesswork out of your facial skin regimen. Oh, wait! There is.

At Marko & Lane, we can help. We believe in the marriage of green beauty with proven science. That's why we've made it our mission to find natural, green products in the marketplace with the most effective results. So, if you're looking for a safe, green, and effective facial skin regimen, but don't know how to choose what's best for you? Visit markoandlane.com and get your FREE virtual consultation with our dermatologist.

HOW DOES MARKO & LANE WORK?

Through our FREE Virtual Consultation, you'll be asked to answer a short questionnaire and upload photos of your face. You can do it all from your smartphone. Now that's convenient! After careful review, you'll receive a full skin report, complete with a customized daily regimen of natural products, hand selected by our board certified, in house team of dermatologists. 

So what are you waiting for? Go to to markoandlane.com now and GO NATURAL!

 

 

MAKE BLACKHEADS A THING OF THE PAST.....NATURALLY!

So what exactly are blackheads? Blackheads are pimples that don’t have skin on the top, so they're exposed to the air, causing the top layer of filth inside your pores to oxidize and turn black. Most people think they have to squeeze and press the pores to get the gunk out, but all you really need to do is clean out your pores. Here are two natural ways to make blackheads a thing of the past! 

Make A Nutmeg & Milk Scrub

Make exfoliation and microdermabrasion part of your weekly routine with nutmeg and milk. Why nutmeg and milk? A simple nutmeg and milk scrub helps rid the oil on your skin and leaves a really smooth finish. The old skin cells will disappear when you rinse your face because the lactic acid in milk helps to break them down. Buttermilk is great too because it contains even more lactic acid.

Combine the nutmeg and milk until you have a thin paste. Begin with a clean face and apply your new nutmeg and milk mixture in circular motions. Remember to use a light touch so you don't damage your skin.

Do this for 3-5 minutes, rinse and smile at your clean face.

Use Sticky Honey 

The thought of putting very sticky honey on your face might not be too appealing, especially when you have to take it off, but believe it or not, honey has many benefits. Not only does honey contain superior antibacterial, probiotic, and healing properties, it also nourishes, hydrates and slows down the oxidizing process when there's dirt left inside your pores. However, it does matter what kind of honey you use for your skin, so make sure it's raw and unfiltered. Organic and “all natural” doesn't always mean the honey hasn’t been processed, which removes all the good stuff that contains antioxidants and nutrients.

On a dry and clean face, use your fingers to pat very sticky honey to the areas where you want to remove blackheads. The honey should stick to the dirt in your pores, and pull it out as you remove your fingers. It will also give gentle antibacterial and antioxidant support, so any dirt left in your pores won’t oxidize (and turn black) quite as quickly.

Continue doing this for 3 to 4 minutes, and then rinse your face with water.

At Marko & Lane, we believe nature is our greatest teacher because when we learn the science behind natural remedies and why they work, we can make better choices on what products to use on our skin. Are you looking for a safe, green, and effective facial skin regimen, but don't know how to choose from the vast choices available? At Marko & Lane, we offer consumers the perfect marriage of green beauty and proven science by finding natural, green products in the marketplace with the most effective results. Go to markoandlane.com today and get your FREE consultation from a board certified dermatologist. After careful review of your skin, we'll provide you with a list of natural products and detailed instructions on why, when and how to use them.

Happy skin is here to stay!

 

A Skin Company That's Close To Home . . . .

The name Marko & Lane has been around since the beginning of time, or at least as long as Dr. Marc Meulener and me, his sister, Elena M. Schloss have been alive. As our childhood nicknames, it seemed fitting that we name our company something close to home. 

So how did the idea of Marko & Lane come about? Well, like anything else, there was a need! I had searched the marketplace for the right natural skin products, but felt completely frustrated by the overwhelming amount out there. I was tired of guessing and spending money on products that gave me zero results. Luckily, I had a dermatologist brother who could help! Eureka!

In turns out, I wasn't the only one ready to pull my hair out when it came to trying to find the best skincare for my skin type. My brother was also finding that a lot of his patients were in the same boat. So, at one of our family dinners, I the "naturally inclined" sister and my "brainy" dermatologist brother, decided it was time to fill the need. Thus, over a tasty dish of Chicken Cacciatore, Marko & Lane, an online service that takes the guesswork out of your facial skin regimen, was born.

At Marko & Lane, we believe in the marriage of green beauty with proven science. That's why we've made it our mission to find natural, green products in the marketplace with the most effective results. So, if you're looking for a safe, green, and effective facial skin regimen, but don't know how to choose what's best for you? Visit markoandlane.com and your happy skin will be on its way! 

-Elena M. Schloss

Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer & Artistic Director

 

 

 

Looking For A Natural Eye Makeup Remover?

Non natural eye makeup remover products most often contain high levels of alcohol, which strip skin of essential oils and can sometimes cause allergic reactions like redness and dryness. That's why Marko & Lane, recommends Olive Oil as a great natural eye makeup remover that is both safe for your skin and can be found in your kitchen cupboard. Just dip a cotton ball in the oil and gently press along your eye lids, removing any eye makeup. Coconut oil and jojoba oil work well too, and they'll moisturize your skin as an added bonus .

Want a natural regimen that's curated by a dermatologist? Go to markoandlane.com and get the right natural products for your skin type.

Happy skin is here to stay!

-The Marko & Lane Team

Yogurt! 3 Reasons Why It Can Help Your Skin.

You can never go wrong with having yogurt for breakfast. Full of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and probiotics, (the healthy bacteria that helps digestion). Yup, yogurt definitely adds yummy benefits for your insides, but did you know that applying a yogurt face mask two to three times a week, can do amazing things to your skin? Here's 3 reasons why yogurt can help your skin.

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1. A Yummy Moisturizer

Open your fridge and invigorate that dull skin on your face with some delicious yogurt. Apply an easy breezy yogurt face mask two or three times a week and you'll be left with soft, supple and glowing skin.

WHY? The lactic acid in yogurt, aids in smoothing and exfoliating the skin. Be sure to use a thick yogurt with active cultures for best beauty results. 

2. Fights Acne

Yogurt contains natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that gets rid of acne. Just dab some yogurt on acne-prone areas, let it do its magic and rinse off after 30 minutes. Yippee!

3. Prevents Premature Aging

Slow down the fine lines and wrinkles by applying a yogurt mask. As we said before, yogurt has lactic acid that helps smooth skin but also dissolves dead skin and tightens pores.

So the next time you go grocery shopping, make sure to stock up on the yogurt!

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-The Marko & Lane Team

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Let's face it (pun intended), when it comes to your daily face regimen, finding the right natural products in the marketplace can be difficult. Too often, the endless choices usually result in frustration over skincare that offers zero results and a whole lot of time wasted. That's why Dermatologist, Dr. Marc Meulener and his very "naturally inclined" sister, Elena M. Schloss created Marko & Lane, an online service taking the guesswork out of your facial skin regimen......naturally.

How does marko & lane work?

Through the free marko & lane virtual consultation, you'll be asked to answer a short questionnaire and upload photos of your face. You can do it all from your smartphone. Now that's convenient! Did we mention it's free? Okay....just making sure. After careful review from our board certified dermatologist, you'll receive an email with your full skin report, complete with a customized Daily Skin Regimen of natural products hand selected by our dermatologist. Once you purchase your kit on the Marko & Lane site, you'll also receive a personalized Daily Skin Regimen Card with detailed instructions on your AM/PM skin routine. Here's the best part; it all comes right to your door! So once you get your curated regimen, you can stick your feet up on the couch and just relax......or go rock climbing.....whatever works for you.

We got your skin covered, so you can enjoy your day! Get started today at markoandlane.com

Happy skin is here to stay!

-The Marko & Lane Team

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