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August 25, 2021
Are you using a really great serum but just don't seem to be getting results? Maybe you're doing something you didn't realize would cancel out the effectiveness of your serums. Read on to discover a big no-no when it comes to applying serums.
Never mix acidic and non-acidic serums. That's exactly what you're doing if you skip the wait time between applying one then the other. If you are rushing this process, you could be committing serum sabotage.
The reason this matters is because each type of serum (acid vs non-acidic) needs time at their respective pH levels to do what they are formulated to do. When we fail to wait, we cancel out the activity that is supposed to take place on and in the skin.
How do you know if your serum is acidic?
If the serum contains L-ascorbic acid, AHAs or BHAs, it is likely to be acidic.
Remember serums contains a higher percentage of actives, so you'll only need a few drops. Don't over apply or you'll be wasting the product.
Slow down if you want results!
Wait 15 minutes before you apply a non-acidic serum. I know! I know! We are all pressed for time.
TIP: Work this into your routine as you're getting ready for work or to go out. After you've cleansed, apply your acidic serum(s) and then dry your hair, or spend a few minutes picking out your clothes, and come back to the non-acidic serum application.
Again, this waiting period allows the acid serum time to stay at it's intended pH levels to do the work it was formulated to do. Otherwise, you are essentially canceling it out. OR, you can experience an adverse reaction. For example, when niacinamide and hydroxy-acids are combined, you can get a red flushing reaction if they're applied too close together.If you don't use any acidic products, you can apply your non-acidic serum after cleansing.
Niacinamide, most vitamin C derivatives, retinoids, peptides, and any calming or hydrating serums are typically non-acidic and have a pH between 4.5 and 7.0.One last thing. After your final layer of serum has absorbed, make sure you seal it to prevent moisture loss. You can do this with a moisturizer and sunscreen.
September 15, 2021
Wrinkles around the central lip area are called vertical rhytids and we all hate them, right! They can be very difficult to fix. Even with a facelift, it only pulls this area laterally and the dissection does not and cannot extend into the lip area.
But don't lose hope! We have options.
September 08, 2021
Let's just say it. Aging isn't for the faint of heart. Therefore, it's important to keep it all in perspective. There will be some things about our appearance that we can improve with some hard work and dedication. There will be some things we can pay a doctor to fix (and then maintain with a consistent skincare routine). There'll be some things we cannot do anything about. I'll never be 5'8" or have the body of a runway model and I'll never be 25 again.
I'm going to share some things we can do to improve the neck and décolleté with a little bit of hard work and dedication.
September 01, 2021
When you look in the mirror and you see excess skin & folds forming from the cheeks to the jawline, you are seeing saggy jowls. When collagen and elastin becomes depleted, sagging skin is the result.
And that's not all. Things like repeated facial expressions, weight loss, sun exposure, smoking, and even the over use of computers or phones creating “tech neck” accentuate sagging in the jowl area.