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March 26, 2021
The overall health of skin is influenced by several factors, one of which is pH. Often overlooked is the pH level in skincare products and the role this plays in affecting skin pH.
If we use products that are too acidic or too alkaline, problems can occur. Indications that skin is too alkaline can be flaky, red skin. If skin is too acidic, the chances of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and acne will be present.
Cleansers are often a big offender at sabotaging the skin barrier. Just because it's organic or natural doesn't mean it has a safe pH.
Two often overlooked skin barrier components is the microbiome and acid mantle. The microbiome is bacteria on the skin's surface that guards against pathogens. The acid mantle is a thin film on the skin's surface composed of lipids from the oil glands mixed with amino acids from sweat.
You know when the skin barrier has been disrupted when inflammation, atopic dermatitis, dehydrated skin (skin that is both dry and oily at the same time), skin sensitivity, or acne are showing up.
One of the ways it gets disrupted is using a cleanser that is not the right pH for your skin.
Pollutants, pathogens, excessive occlusion, detergents, soaps, cleansers, and hard water can disrupt the pH balance of the skin barrier. Hard water is tap water with a high mineral content causing it to have a pH of 8.5 or more.
Here's a handy chart to demonstrate the pH range and an idea where a few ingredients fall on the chart. A home pH testing kit can be found here.
I recommend a cleanser pH of 4.5 - 5.5 because that is the same pH of healthy skin.
The moral of the story is, don't sabotage your skincare routine by starting with a cleanser that is not a healthy pH for skin. You want to clean your skin, not strip your skin of the good stuff.
My favorite cleansers are:
Just Say Ahh Revitalizing Cleanser
June 11, 2021
The lymphatic system works 24/7 to get rid of waste in the body. You could say, it’s the body’s housekeeper.
Lymph that isn't draining in the face results in puffiness and some sagging. What makes lymph get stuck can range from a sedentary lifestyle, hormonal fluctuations, environmental pollution, infections, stress, and even food and beverages. Ever notice the morning after consuming too much wine or salty snacks or food how puffy the eye area gets?
While this sounds like a battle we can’t win, the good news is, we can improve it! We can do a manual lymph drainage and I'll show you how.
June 04, 2021
I'm going to be straight with you, like I always am. You can use the best products, but if you aren't using the tips I'm going to share in this article, you're NOT going to get the results you desire for a smooth and youthful looking lip/mouth area.
Great products are absolutely necessary but to treat the stubborn lip lines that form with aging and to combat the muscle memory from repetitive facial expressions, you're going to need more help! Continue reading to discover my NO NEEDLE at-home lip treatment.
May 28, 2021
Summertime can be just as challenging for skin as the cold, dry winter season. You could sabotage your skincare journey if you don't take a few important steps. But, have no fear! You don't need to hide in the house or stay under an umbrella every minute of the day. The vitamin D we get from the sun is good for us and who doesn't feel better after spending some time outdoors.
Just follow these PRO tips, and you and your skin will get the most out of fun in the sun!