Cleansing to Protect and Nourish Your Skin

Cleansing Without Compromise

Cleansing helps remove the dirt, oil, and other impurities from your skin’s surface and in your pores. It is the first step in improving your skin’s appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. It is also the first step in nourishing your skin and protecting the delicate structure that keeps it functioning in a healthful manner!

Crème CleanseWhen cleansing your skin, it is essential you choose a product that is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, many cleansing products are designed with soaps and surfactants that can actually strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry, and susceptible to irritation. If you’ve ever washed your skin and feel it pull tight against your face afterwards, it’s likely that you have disrupted the natural layer that protects your skin against bacteria and moisture loss. After cleansing, you always want your skin to feel fresh and supple, not tight and dry. [Read more…]

Tips for Beautiful Looking Nails Between Manicures

Pretty Pink Nail PolishDon’t have time to get to your manicurist? Nails needing a bit of refreshing for an event or important meeting?

Here are my tips for the best at home care and smooth, professional looking polish I follow in between manicures:

7 Tips to Prevent and Treat Dry Skin

Winter winds is a major factor for dry skin. Dry skin seems to increase in the windy, cold months of the year. If you are using products on your skin that don’t protect its layer of natural oils, or are not cleansing and exfoliating often enough, your skin will show it. Dry, flaky, itchy skin can be prevented and you can also help it heal with a few steps:

1. Use warm water, not hot, to wash / bathe in – hot water opens the pores, promoting loss of natural moisture. [Read more…]

4 Tips for Dealing with Milia

miliaAs we age, our skin cells turn over slower, setting up a well moisturized skin to accumulate the old cells within the pores. When they do this, it can form a little white bump trapped within the top layer of skin, call milia. Milia usually develops around the eyes and tops of cheeks.

Milia are very common, benign, keratin-filled cysts. Primary milia are typically seen in infants but also may occur in children and adults. Secondary milia develop after trauma to the skin, such as after burns (eg, sunburns), dermabrasion, or in blistering disorders.” emedicine

So how do you get rid of milia and prevent more from developing? [Read more…]

What Do You Do If You’ve Over Exfoliated?

As you age, your rate of dead skin cell turnover slows down and your skin thins. Exfoliation is a must, to keep those dead skin cells moving, providing better absorption of your moisturizers and nutrient serums. At the same time you are walking a fine line of balancing the right amount of exfoliation while protecting your skin’s protective barrier covering.

Mechanical exfoliation is achieved through substances such as walnut shell, sea salts or other forms of “grit” that will massage or rub the dead skin cells off. Chemical exfoliation is accomplished through an acid or a combination of acids that reduce the skin’s pH enough to remove the “glue” that holds the dead skin cell to the skin’s surface.

Overuse of either or both, together with fragile skin, or a sensitive skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, can set your skin up for signs of irritation and inflammation as well as redness, itching, swelling, scabbing, infection and scarring. [Read more…]

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