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May 07, 2020
Back in the 1950’s women used extremely heavy cleansers called cold creams to remove makeup. It was the rave since soap was so harsh. Soap made with lye is inexpensive but it is extremely hard on the skin. The cold cream product while better than soap was not ideal either and would leave the face with a greasy film. For years women put up with this in lieu of using harsh soaps.
Along came the invention of toner in the 70’s. The protocol was to follow cleansing with a cotton ball drenched in an alcohol-based toner. This certainly removed the greasy film left behind from cold creams but it too was/is hard on skin. Thank goodness, the industry did not stop there because we now know alcohol strips the skin’s barrier of beneficial bacteria needed to keep the skin healthy. For years (and some still today) use an alcohol-based toner after cleansing.
We now have access to high-quality cleansers with formulas that effectively remove makeup and dirt but leave the skin PH in balance. This means we do NOT need a toner when using the cleanser right for our skin. In fact, it is my experience, when using a cleanser that is right for your skin, the skin should feel balanced immediately after cleansing.
We all know cleanser alone is not enough to keep skin in balance. Factors such as hard water, hormones, dehydration, medication, poor diet, lack of exercise, and general overall health will affect the PH balance of the skin. Still, the solution is NOT using toner. It is using an effective cleanser to create the best foundation for anti-aging and treatment serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen.
The only time I recommend following cleanser with something other than a serum, moisturizer, and then sunscreen is if you are living in an area where the water is especially hard. The PH of hard water can be quite high. It’s not always practical to use special water for washing the face so in this situation, it would merit the use of a refreshing moisturizing mist like NeoGenesis Moisturizing Mist to return the skin back to a balanced PH. This product is not alcohol-based, and it contains ingredients that immediately return the skin to a good PH leaving it feeling neither dry nor oily.
The skincare regimen of the 21st century ditches the toner! Today’s skincare protocol looks like this:
Plus, we have advancements in technology with professional and home-use devices like microcurrent, ultrasound, LED, laser and more!
There you have it – a modern skincare protocol. Have you adjusted your routine or are you still using the outdated model?
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April 23, 2021
I think we can all agree that dry skin is not attractive and it ages us. But how do we solve it? Is dry skin an internal, external, or an environmental problem? My experience and science tells me it's all of the above.
In this article, we'll look at 7 uncommon ways we can add moisture to the skin that go above and beyond using a great moisturizer and drinking water. These tips will help us heal and prevent dry skin and get the most out of the products we are using.
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
Cleansing is an often-overlooked part of a healthy skincare routine. Yet, it's one of the most important steps. In fact, if you don't get cleansing right, you will sabotage the results of your other skincare products.
In this article, I'm going to share 5 tips that will take your cleansing routine to the next level. I challenge you to apply these tips and watch your skin respond with renewed health.