Beta Glucan in Topical Skin Care

What is Beta Glucan?

Beta Glucan can be found in the cell walls of cereals (oats, barley), certain types of mushrooms (reishi, shiitake, maitake), yeasts, seaweed, and algae. A lesser amount is found in wheat, rye, and sorghum.

β-glucan is a linear polymer of glucose and was originally used for treating wounds (Wei et al., 2002), but its use expanded to cosmetic applications when patients noticed that it reduced fine lines and wrinkles in the applied area (Pillai, 2005).

What does it do topically for the skin?

ꞵ-Glucan helps to restore skin’s moisture barrier and soothes irritated skin, and studies have shown that it helps to stimulate fibroblasts that promote collagen and elastin formation making it an amazing ingredient for anti-aging.

Where can I find it?

You can find Beta-Glucan in Specktra6’s Active Hydration Serum and Cucumber Milk Cleanser.  This product duo is a must for irritated, dry winter skin, helping to normalize and hydrate, combat signs of aging and calm redness and irritation. Email us at for more info and to get the special pricing when you buy both the cleanser and the serum!

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Why I can’t recommend CeraVe

The acne product that may cause more acne!

When asked which drugstore brands I’d recommend, I used to generally say “CeraVe products are pretty good.”. I liked the fact that they contained ceramides, which is something your skin needs to stay healthy.⁣⁣
I was in Walgreens the other day, and I like to see what they have for skin care. Seeing a CeraVe product in their acne section piqued my interest.⁣⁣
I spotted their Retinol Resurfacing Serum, which claims to “reduce the appearance of post acne marks and pores” – which some of the ingredients I have no doubt help to do- but I saw a big problem!⁣

If you read through the ingredient list you’ll see Isopropyl Myristate. It’s an emollient and an ingredient to help with product absorption into your skin.⁣

Isopropyl Myristate is a 5/5 on probably every pore clogging list you’ll find. ⁣

So- this product may help to fade your acne scars, but it isn’t doing you any favors because it will cause more acne to form!⁣

If you have red or brown marks on your skin and want to fade them without breaking out more, Specktra6 carries a few different formulas that can help you out.   Contact us to find the perfect product for you!

Your face should get on Specktra6’s A List™!

Coming soon to Specktra6’s Skin Care Product line up…

We are extremely excited to be offering our new Vitamin A serum lineup, “The A- List™.”

Vitamin A is an amazing ingredient in skin care. Our bodies can’t make their own A, we need to either get it from food, or to topically apply it.  To get the best results for you skin, Specktra6 recommends applying it via serums or moisturizers daily.

Topically applied vitamin As (retinol, retinyls) stimulate collagen and elastin production (there’s your anti-aging benefits!).  It also helps to regulate shedding within your pores, keeping them clear, which means clearer skin for you!

Keep on the lookout for Specktra6’s A-List Level 1™, A-List Level 2™, and A-List Level 3™

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Do You Feel Beautiful?

They say happiness is an inside job, and so is beauty! Problem is, it’s hard to feel beautiful when you’re weighed down by the wear and tear of everyday stressors, from work deadlines to the perpetual dish pile. It’s time to lighten up a little so you can feel renewed and radiant!

Beautiful Skin, Relax at Specktra6 in SheboyganHere are a few easy tips for reducing stress and boosting your beauty—and joy—quotient this spring, compliments of Women’s Health.
Drop the donut!
So many of us turn to our favorite comfort foods when stressed. Unfortunately, most comfort foods feature refined carbs and high amounts of sugar or salt, which quickly add up to weight gain and energy crashes, so you ultimately feel worse. Do your mood and waistline a favor by replenishing your energy reserves with high-protein snacks that keep your blood sugar level steady, such as nuts, fresh fruits and veggies.

Try a new hairstyle.
It doesn’t matter what you do, the point is to mix things up! Take a different road to work or eat something new for breakfast. New experiences are a brilliant way to break free from dull routines, boosting your energy and spirit for total body invigoration.  If you need a new stylist here in Sheboygan, I can refer you to one!

Be present.
How much time do you spend thinking about the past or worrying about the future? It’s probably a lot more than you think! Did you know that focusing on the present—also known as mindfulness—is clinically proven to help lower stress and increase happiness? It’s ok if your mind wanders, the key is to simply refocus on the present moment when you remember.

We are on a mission to help you achieve your best from the inside out! Make an appointment now for a Deep Tissue Barefoot Massage or an Advanced Skin Care Facial using Environ and Specktra6’s own products.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

It’s no secret that radiant skin is the ultimate gift for Mother’s Day—or any day, for that matter! This year, give Mom a gift she’ll enjoy throughout the year by treating her to our results-driven, scientifically-based skin care formulations, designed to reveal the look of younger, healthier skin at any age.

Here at Specktra6 in Sheboygan, we are at the ready to help you select the ideal products to bring out Mom’s luminous best. Here are a few ideas to get your gift-giving juices flowing:

TLC for the eyes
The delicate skin surrounding the eyes is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Help Mom achieve a refreshed and more youthful look to her eyes with Skin EssentiA® Antioxidant & Peptide Eye Gel. Scientifically formulated for the delicate eye area, this replenishing gel is bursting with antioxidants, peptides and vitamins to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and reveal the look of intensely hydrated, youthful skin.
Give Mom an “A”
Actually, we mean “The A,” as in vitamin A—arguably, the most important vitamin in skin care today. Vitamin A is the secret to skin that looks younger, healthier, smoother and firmer. Environ moisturizers and serums help to normalize the appearance of skin abnormalities and sun damage to reveal healthy-looking skin that looks A-mazingly renewed! Vitamin A does it all, helping skin to look more evenly-toned, giving skin a firmer and smoother appearance and improving the look of premature aging and fine lines. What more could Mom ask for?

A Relaxing Experience
We offer gift cards  for massages and for skin care facials.  Mom can also choose to use the card to experience one of the beneficial skin care products mentioned above.  Skip the chaotic Mother’s Day Brunch and give her the chance to relax and renew!Spa in Sheboygan, WI

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

How well do you know your skin?

Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the time is right to discuss your knowledge of skin cancer and skin health. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself!

For starters, did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with over 5 million cases diagnosed each year? Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

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 Here’s what you can do to lower your risk:

Wear sunscreen, rain or shine, 365 days a year.

Think of sunscreen like your underwear—you wouldn’t get dressed or leave the house without it. Sunscreen is your biggest defender against dangerous UV rays, which are responsible for 85% of all melanomas and 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers. Research indicates that the most effective sunscreens combine SPF with antioxidants so you’re not only protecting your skin, but also replenishing it with powerful healing agents.

Specktra6 carries a few different kinds of SPF to fit your individual needs.  Contact us to pick the right one for you-

Get to know your skin.

In addition to your annual skin cancer screening performed by your doctor or dermatologist, you should have a general awareness of your skin’s normal appearance, including freckles, moles, and other imperfections. If you notice any change, it’s important to see your doctor. Early diagnosis is the key to survival with skin cancer. To help you detect skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages, just remember ABCDE:
A-Asymmetrical moles
B-Border is uneven or jagged
C-Color is varied (red, brown & black)
D-Diameter is larger than the eraser on a pencil tip
E-Evolution of mole as it changes size, elevation or color

Specktra6 in Sheboygan knows skin care and can help you choose formulations to help diminish the look of sun damaged skin while also preventing the effects of further damage.  Specktra6

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon! Calming Gel Hydrator™

Specktra6® is excited to announce that in early 2018, we are adding an acne-safe gel hydrator to our line up! Calming Gel Hydrator™ is sure to become a favorite.
Since it is water based, it can be layered over or under your benzoyl peroxide.
If you’ve got an oily skin, but still need some moisture but hate heavy creams, this will be your go-to hydrating gel!
If you’re on the dryer side, Calming Gel Hydrator™ can be layered under your moisturizing creme!

pink flowers on wooden with word Coming SoonCalming Gel Hydrator™ – Coming Soon!