4 Steps to Applying Skin Care for Greatest Benefit

Do we know if the order of applying our skin care products aids or deters them being absorbed fully, giving us the full benefits of our products? Dermatology researchers now tell us it is important to prioritize the order in which we apply our cleansers, serums, medications and lotions.

Cleanse facial skin first

“Medications or treatments should be applied directly after washing your face,” said board-certified dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD. “This ensures that the medications or treatments are properly absorbed by the skin. Otherwise, people may think a product isn’t working because it’s applied in the wrong order.”

My experience goes along with what Dr. Taylor suggests as the optimum order of application: [Read more…]

3 Ways to Get Rid of Old, Dead Skin from Your Face

It’s a fact that as we age, our body’s ability to move along old, dead skin cells slows down. I have three different ways – and products – you can use to exfoliate your skin, so moisturizers can better absorb, doing their job more completely, instead of sitting on the top of your skin, giving you partial results.

Should I scrub, peel or masque?

If you think your skin is too sensitive for an exfoliating scrub, peel or masque, think again. Exfoliation has benefits for every skin type.

Why Exfoliate?
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from pores, revealing fresh skin cells and making the pores appear smaller. Not only will your skin look fresh and smooth, but your makeup will also look better. And once the build-up is removed, your skin’s ability to absorb everything that follows, from acne treatments to your anti-aging regimen, is enhanced. [Read more…]

Why Night Skin Cleansing is a Must

Why is night cleansing a must?

It’s late, your exhausted, and just want to jump into bed and fall asleep. “I’ll wash my face in the morning and put on fresh makeup then,” you say to yourself. You think it’s not a big deal, probably because you don’t see the results of your inaction immediately. In reality, it IS a big deal. Over time not washing the day’s “soil” from your face will lead to all kinds of not so pretty results!

In the pictures below you can see how beautiful and healthy a clean, open pore is on the surface and underneath your skin. You can see the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a vibrant, healthy glow. [Read more…]

4 Tips for Vibrant Skin with Changing Seasons

If your skin could talk, what would it say to you? “Help me, I’m drying out!” or “I can’t breathe with so many old skin cells piling up all over me!” or “I’m red, itching and burning up! Put out the fire!” or even “I’m feeling old, sluggish and oh, so droopy! I need a quick Pick-Me-Up!

bundled upAs we go from season to season, our skin’s protective function needs to adjust. We go from cold temperatures with the  icy winds of winter and dry heaters blasting in your car and home, to the milder temperatures of spring, a rain shower here and there, and the sun showing its smiling face more often with a little greater intensity. [Read more…]

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…]

How to Relieve Very Dry Skin

skin careDry, flaky skin can be irritating and painful. With the changing of seasons, going into the cold, windy months, there are more ways moisture is lost from our skin. It seems like a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. There are a few areas on my face I usually struggle with, so I will share with you the things I change in my regular skin care routine to bring back that dewy freshness!

According to New Beauty Magazine Moisture lives within the three layers of our skin:

“The outer layer of skin, the epidermis, protects skin and its underlying structures and is where moisturizers sit. Multiple layers make up the epidermis – the stratum corneum is the top layer comprised of dead skin cells that attract and pull in water from outside [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Chin and Neck from Sagging

Healthy NeckOur face is not the only place we show our age, yet it is the one part of our body that we focus the most attention on. On the opposite end of the attention spectrum tends to be our neck. We’ve all seen her, the woman with the beautiful face and the wrinkled neck. She looks younger than her actual age, until you glance down. Don’t let your neck age you before your time … don’t neglect your neck!

The skin on our neck is often the most exposed part of our skin. No matter how good we are at covering up or applying sunscreen, often times, the sun’s unrelenting rays still reach our neck. As a result, lines and wrinkles tend to show earlier on our neck and décolleté, sometimes as soon as age 30. [Read more…]

4 Tips to Protect Your Lips from Being Chapped

pink lipsThere’s a variety of reasons our lips get chapped, causing them sting, burn, chafe and hurt. Here are a few tips for prevention and protection, to keep our lips looking and feeling beautiful at all times!

Lip facts:

The surface layer of skin on our lips is a little thinner than the rest of our face.

The skin on our lips does not contain sebaceous glands, which produce natural oil.

So, when our lips are exposed to windy weather, and as we lick them and they dry repeatedly, they are going to get chapped very quickly.

How to protect your lips:

  1. Exfoliate twice a week. Using a natural oil and sugar scrub helps to move along the old skin cells that build up. This will allow living cells to be prominent and all set to absorb the nutrients and moisture from your Lip Cream.
  2. Use a nutrient rich Lip Cream several times a day, that nourishes your lips, and keeps the tissue healthy.
  3. Your toothpaste and Lip Color should be free from non-toxic or irritating ingredients.
  4. Apply your Lip Cream before your go to sleep at night.

Now you can smile often with those “purty” lips!

Click here for my nourishing Lip Cream recommendation.

7 Tips to Smooth Rough Heels!

Are you heels dry and cracked, feeling rough, and looking rather nasty?? You’ve  just had a wonderful left heel before by emily.cwatrepedicure, and in no time flat, your heels are looking unloved with nail polish painted on.  How can you keep your feet looking and feeling lovely all year long?

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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…]

Why Should You Exfoliate?

giant dust bunnies? by mbkeppDid you know that “dust bunnies”, those wisps of dust found under beds and chairs, are made up of dead skin cells? Put that in your “things that I really didn’t need to know” file, right?  The reason I mention this, is that we are constantly shedding skin cells – all over the place, all the time!  As we get older, they don’t come off quite as easily or as quickly.  I heard someone once say “that’s why old people smell and have a grayish hue to their skin”.  While I’m not so sure about that, I do know that I don’t want anything dead stuck on me ever!!

The best way I know to get rid of the dead skin cells on the face and body is by using an exfoliant. [Read more…]

Do You Need a Beauty Routine?

Do you have a Beauty Regimen?

I mean the kind of  beauty routine that you do every single day of the week, including daily skin cleansing and nourishment, with  certain days set aside for some serious exfoliation and the use of a beauty gadget at home?

I do.

Otherwise I feel  like….

Old Woman by Michael O'Grady

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Do You Need a Skin Care Routine?

Are you a soap and water gal?  A bar of soap and a washcloth is all you’ve used for as long as you can remember?

That was me, too!  Every Saturday night, we used a white bar of soap that smelled really, really soapyLovely green soap and dish by sunshinesyrie (not perfumed), scrubbed ourselves all over, hard, with a rough wash cloth, and voila, we were clean enough to wear a dress with white gloves to church the following day!  What I remember the most was how dirty the water was after I got out of the bathtub, and how dry my skin felt for several days after!

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