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…]

7 Tips to Keep Your Skin Moist in Cold, Dry Weather

The winds are beginning to blow, and heaters are being turned on everywhere you go! Do you struggle with dry, flaking, itchy skin in the winter?

When that unpleasant chill hits the air, it’s time to get tips on how to keep your skin hydrated in the wintertime. Dryness can be uncomfortable, and it’s important to defend yourself against the elements in order to maintain smoothness and suppleness all season long. Keeping skin beautiful and hydrated in colder weather calls for both internal and external care.

Soft, hydrated skin!

Dry skin care tips for Morning

  • Wash your face with lukewarm water—not too hot and not too cold— to wake yourself up without drying the skin or constricting your pores.
  • Cleanse your skin with a sulfate-free cleanser. Sulfates are extremely drying and irritating to the skin. In addition, lathering bar soaps and strong foaming face washes strip the skin of its natural protective water and oils.  Celloxylin Step 1. Crème Cleanse!
    Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. As you probably already know, moisturizing is key for dry skin types. Apply your moisturizer right after cleansing to lock in the water before it evaporates. Look for a moisturizer with a broad spectrum SPF to protect against the sun’s damaging rays. Celloxylin Step 5. Day Defense Plus, Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Dry skin care tips for Day

  • Your skin will dry out as it’s exposed to the elements throughout the day. That’s why it’s important to re-apply moisturizer whenever you notice your skin becoming dry. Carry a moisturizer in your bag so you can dab a little on whenever necessary.  Celloxylin Hydro-Burst Moisture Intense Lotion.
    Drink water. It may seem obvious, but sipping on water throughout the day naturally keeps your body— and by extension— your skin cells, hydrated.

Dry skin care tips for Night

  • At night, once again cleanse your skin of makeup and the day’s pollutants with a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser using lukewarm water
  • Immediately after, apply a heavier moisturizer or cream that will sink in throughout the night. Rich creams are dry skin’s best friend. Look for creams containing nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or oils such as olive, and coconut oil. While these thicker lotions are too heavy for the day, the night gives your skin plenty of time to absorb all of their hydrating properties. Try our Celloxylin Step 5. Night Repair 3Deep! 

Activating Tonic or Toner?

What’s in Your Tonic?

After cleansing, it is common to use a toner or astringent to help remove the last traces of impurities and help close pores.

Unfortunately, many toner type products contain drying alcohol that can disrupt skin barrier function and increase drying of your skin.

Step 2 in the Celloxylin® regimen, Activating Tonic, is uniquely formulated to take advantage of the water absorbed by skin during cleansing and help prepare the skin to fully utilize the benefits of subsequent products in the regimen by opening your pores for better absorption of the Firming Complex.

 

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What’s in Your Tonic?

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7 Tips for Protecting Your Cuticles

Do you care for your nails with regular manicures and pedicures? Taking care of your nails, cuticles and surrounding finger and toe tips will keep your nails healthy and looking their best.

Yesterday, my manicurist wasn’t very gentle. Having asked her to be a little more gentle more than once or twice, here are some tips for protecting your cuticles, keeping them healthy, and always looking their best.

  1. Preventive care is VERY important! Keep your nail beds clean, using a natural oil cleanser, and a moisturize after, while they are still a little damp.
  2. Use a Sugar Scrub or Acid Peel on your fingertips once a week to help move the old skin along and promote moisturizer absorption. [Read more…]

2 Very Simple Dry Skin Tips

coconut-sugar-scrubThat dry skin we are experiencing has a variety of causes – heaters, dehydration, allergies, and many more. The obvious ones of breathing in / living in rooms with the dry heater running, using hot water to bathe and shower, and not taking care of your skin effectively can all be treated with just a few changes in the environment and our skin care regimen.

After writing “7 Tips to Prevent and Treat Dry Skin” I find myself sharing two of these tips more often when someone is looking for the quickest, most effective way to take care of their dry skin to see the quickest results. [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…]

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…]

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…]

Nut Shell, Salt or Beet Sugar Scrub?

Face and body scrubs are becoming more and more popular, with unique ingredients such as  essential oils, botanicals, and a variety of “grit” to mechanically scrub away dead skin cells. Commonly used abrasive ingredients include things like ground nut shells and coarse sea salt. When you consider these ingredients up close, they have sharp edges that can cause small cuts, damaging skin at the microscopic level.

I’m loving this Face and Body Scrub –
Celloxylin Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub, which is a highly effective mechanical exfoliant, designed to massage away dead skin cells and encourage healthy skin cell turnover. The primary exfoliating ingredient in the Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is beet sugar. [Read more…]

Skin Perfecting Mineral Powders

When I first heard of Mineral Powder Makeup, visions of Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra” came to mind. She would have her servant girls go down to the Nile River and bring her the most beautiful colors from the riverbanks – or so I thought. Well, how else could she have so many beautiful colors to use for her “look”?

Mineral Powders are quite the trend right now, and with women looking for natural cosmetics, they are in high demand.

Ni’Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist at Englewood Lab in New Jersey says, “zinc oxide is FDA-approved as a skin protectant. “It has some anti-inflammatory properties, so you’ll see it in products like diaper-rash ointment,” she says. “Since mineral makeup contains a higher percentage of zinc oxide than traditional makeup, it can be useful in calming irritated skin.” (The Lowdown on Mineral Makeup) [Read more…]

Secret Beauty Ingredient of an Ancient Chinese Princess!

Secrets of ancient beauties may still be useful today! One such beauty was Empress Lu Zhi, who was known far and wide for her beautiful skin. When asked what her secret was, she would reply “Tremella”.

“Empress Lü Zhi (241BC-180BC), wife of Liu Bang, founding emperor of  the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), set great store by Tremella fuciformis. Both in civil life and as empress, she started each day with a bowl of soup made from this edible jelly fungus.”

As I’m feeling a little more ancient with each year,  a little ancient beauty secret is just what I’m looking for!

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Tips to Prolong Your Spray Tan!

Spray Tans by Monstar888

Sunless spray tans are becoming more and more popular for those who want a little additional  “color” in their skin without exposure to ultraviolet rays and sun damage. Here is some helpful information about the tanning solution, how to prepare your skin for a spray tan, and what type of skin care will help your spray tan last the longest time. [Read more…]

What a Makeup-Free Day Can Do For Your Skin!

What are the benefits of going without makeup for a day every so often? Do you think you can do it?

face: cheeky by Lisa sParks

When I began to hear of ladies doing makeup-less Mondays, I jut shook my head. Monday’s are the start of each brand new week, so filled with possibilities and opportunities, why in the world would I put anything less than my best face forward? [Read more…]

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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