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…]

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…]

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…]

Preventing Oxidative Stress in Your Skin

Just as we can see the effects of seasonal weather to the outside of our home, and prolonged sun exposure to our windshield wipers and dashboard, our skin is being exposed to the same environmental influences called oxidative stress. As the years go by, we can see the effects on our skin as a result.Ned Vizzini - Mitochondria

Let’s take a closer look at what oxidative stress is, what our mitochondria does, and how each relates to the way our cells create energy, in an easy to understand way.

We all eat and breathe, right? When we eat we take in nutrients, and when we breathe we take oxygen into our bodies. These nutrients and oxygen find their way into our cells where they meet up with our cell’s energy factory, the mitochondria.  Here the nutrients and oxygen are transformed into energy and released into the cells to fuel them to do what they are born to do. [Read more…]

How to Tweak, Update or Overhaul Your Personal Image

It just happens. Your life is busy, time flies by, and the next thing you know you are ambushed by Stacy and Clinton from “What Not to Wear”! Well, almost.

This is when you realize your skin is starting to sag,  gray hairs are springing up, you can’t find your makeup colors at the store because they’re no longer being made, your pants all have elastic waistbands, and your kids cringe when you get out of the car in public. Is this you? This was me. My daughter did send in a request for Stacy and Clinton to work their magic on me. Twice. I don’t need to say anymore!

I kind of lost myself in everyone else’s lives and let my own go.  As time went on, and the kids became more independent, I could see my light at the end of the “mommy” tunnel. I took on a new job, and started a new business. Being back in the “real world” caused me to take stock of my public image, and realize that I needed to make changes in order to be someone people were proud to be around, happy to be seen in public with, and someone my family and colleagues could look up to.

Here are my tips from my tweaks, updates and overhaul over the past couple of years: [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…]

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 Have 10 Minutes for a Face Lift?

Apriori Beauty™ Presents  “THE ULTIMATE  10 MINUTE FACE LIFT”!

So called “beauty gadgets” are earning a popular place in the cosmetics industry.  Why?  Because they work!  Here we breakdown the benefits of four different technologies on the market – ultrasound wave, vibration, FIR, and galvanic ion technology – to help you understand what they do!Customized Facials, Professional Skin Treatments by Skin By Char

Ultrasound Wave Therapy | Ultrasound wave technology uses sound waves that are greater than the upper limit of human hearing.  These waves generate approximately 5 million vibrations per second and generate heat that raises the skin temperature by 0.5 – 1.0°C, benefiting skin in the following ways: [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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