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October 02, 2020
Every night when we go to sleep our skin is wide awake. It's busy going through the process of skin cell turnover. When we wake up in the morning, tiny little flakes of dead skin cells, often not seen by the human eye, have been left behind on our pillow and on the surface of our skin. Gross, right!
Side note: Change your pillow case at least once a week. These little flakes don't mean we have dry skin. It's the result of a natural process called skin metabolism. We have to shed skin cells in order for new skin to replace depleted skin.
We can manually remove the debris with a quality cleanser. However, if we're lax on cleansing, using an ineffective cleanser, or are using serums and special treatments that make our skin work hard to speed up this process, our skin can start looking flat, dull, or feel grungy. This is usually an indication these dead skin cells are piling up.
This will depend on our skin type and the products we're using. We've already established we'll know it's time to exfoliate by the look and feel of our skin. Now let's look at how often to exfoliate.
Thicker skin and oily skin will require more exfoliation and can withstand chemical exfoliants like peels or stronger acid formulas. Once a week is generally a good guideline.
Thin, or dry, and/or sensitive skin often will need less exfoliation. This skin type must use a gentle exfoliating product with enzymes and acid blends with botanical anti-oxidants. This will buffer the exfoliant so it's not irritating to the skin. Every two weeks is a good guideline.
For those using NeoGenesis products regularly, the skin will only occasionally need a chemical exfoliation because the function of S²RM® (stem cell released molecules) causes an ongoing natural exfoliation keeping skin in the state of homeostasis. Cleansing is typically enough to remove any surface debris.
While I'm providing guidelines, there will be other factors (diet, hydration, products) that contribute to how often to exfoliate. You are the best of judge of when you need to exfoliate, so the bottom line is, exfoliate as needed.
There you have it, the short story of exfoliation. I could inundate you with lots of science but I want you to stay awake while reading this. (grin) Just remember, the largest organ on the human body is our skin. Let's take good care of it.
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April 16, 2021
I know it can be challenging to decide what serum is right for your skin so I've created this article to help.
Start by choosing one or two of your biggest concerns and then choose the product(s) that contain the active ingredients to treat your top two concerns. If you have several issues, considering using different serums on alternative days, or using one in the AM and other one in the PM. Just don't pile on too many at one time as some could counter the other. For example, don't use a peptide serum with an AHA serum because the acidic pH of AHAs is undesirable for peptides.
Let's get started so you can start choosing a serum right for you.
April 09, 2021
April 02, 2021
One of the first places we begin to show aging on the face is the eye area. So it makes sense to be vigilant with skincare for the eyes.
Many things affect the appearance of the skin around our eyes. For example, failure to wear sunglasses year-round to prevent the squinting that can increase crow's feet, to applying eye care products with a tugging and pulling instead of a patting technique.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, dehydration, and water-retention from too much sodium in the diet are also factors affecting the skin around the eyes.
But don't be discouraged, there are many things we can do to take great care of the eyes.