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Developing A Skin Care Routine Based On Your Skin’s Needs

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When it comes to relationships, you know you need to consider the needs of your partners in order form a loving, solid, lasting relationship. But what about when it comes to your skin? Your skin has needs too. Are you listening to your skin? What is it trying to tell you? Are you giving it the attention it requires to perform at its peak and feel special and adored at all times? When it comes to developing a skin care routine, you need to take the needs of your skin into account in order to form a nurturing, healthy bond. Here are some tips for determining the right way to meet the needs of your skin for a more fulfilling relationship.

Simple Routine
An essential routine should be followed by everyone, regardless of skin type. A good general morning routine should consist of a cleanser, followed by and exfoliant, and topped off with a hydrating moisturizer with a built in SPF. An evening routine is basic repeat of the morning, only the SPF component of the moisturizer is not required. Daytime and nighttime moisturizers can be applied around the eyes as a substitute for eye cream, but if an additional eye cream is used, choose one with sunscreen for daytime application and one without sunscreen for the night, as with the moisturizer.

Woman using toner

Advanced Routine
If a specific skin issue needs to be addressed, such as signs of aging, uneven skin tones, large pores, and breakouts more advanced action may be called for. If this is the case, your routine may look something like this:

  • Cleanser
    A gentle cleanser should be applied first to remove debris and allow your skin to receive the maximum benefits from your other products.
  • Toner
    Toners contain replenishing ingredients to hydrate and refresh the surface of the skin after cleansing. They also smooth and calm skin, minimizing redness and the appearance of dry patches. Those will oily skin will notice tightening of the pores after repeated toner usage.
  • Exfoliant
    Exfoliants remove dead skin build up for noticeable skin renewal and elimination of dullness. Choose products with AHAs to exfoliate the skins surface, and BHAs which go deeper to penetrate oil that can clog pores and worsen the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Acne Treatment (If Needed)
    If acne is an issue, a topical treatment with benzoyl peroxide is recommended to kill bacteria and prevent new blemishes from appearing. Use after exfoliation with AHAs and BHAs for maximum benefit.
  • Skin Lightening (If Needed)
    If dark spots and discoloration are a problem, skin lighteners with hydroquinone can fade spots within 8 to 12 weeks of use. Ongoing use will help to maintain results, as will the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen.
  • Serum
    Serums are packed with antioxidants and anti aging ingredients to help protect your skin from environmental damage. Apply twice daily to keep skin looking young and radiant.
  • Anti-aging Moisturizer (With Sunscreen For Daytime, Without For Night)
    Every skin type can benefit from a good moisturizer. When used daily, moisturizers, whether in cream, lotion, or gel form, work to hydrate skin keeping it plumped and noticeably younger.
  • Targeted Solutions
    Targeted solutions are optional products that can be used as an extra step to calm or hydrate skin, absorb an excess of oil, or address a certain issue, such as those related to aging. Examples of targeted solutions include facial masks, lip care, and mattifiers.

What do you do to make sure the needs of your skin are being met? Let us know! We love to hear from you!

What Makes Argan Oil So Beneficial for Your Skin?

Argan oil is one of the most sought after culinary and cosmetic oils in the world. Here are some of the ingredients that make this oil so desirable and some of the ways you can take advantage of its benefits.

Argan Oil
Argan oil has been used as a healing oil throughout the centuries to treat skin conditions. The oil owes its healing properties to its high content of vitamin E and A and its wealth of antioxidants, such as omega -6 fatty acid and linoleic acid. Applied topically, the tocopherol from the vitamin E can boost cell production, promoting healthy skin and hair. Here are some of the top cosmetic uses for argan oil.

Argan oil

Night Time Moisturizer
After your nightly cleanser, pour a drop of argan oil in your palm to warm. Massage it into face and neck using a circular motion. Next, apply a drop to your face from the bridge of your nose to your temple using a tapping motion. Continue to use this gentle tapping to place a drop beneath your eyes. You will find the oil absorbs quickly without leaving a residue and that the A and E vitamins will help to reduce fine lines.

Skin Toner
To reap the benefits of argan oil in your toner, add two to four drops of the oil to eight ounces of toner or, follow this recipe to make your own chemical- free version:

Pour a cup of boiling water over a green tea bag and allow to steep for seven to ten minutes. Remove the bag and allow the tea to come to room temperature. Add a drop or two of an essential oil of your choice, add two to four drops of the argan oil and seal in a jar. Use twice daily after cleansing and before moisturizing.

face serum

Improving Acne-Prone Skin
Another benefit of argan oil is its ability to reduce sebum levels and fight acne. The high linoleic acid content can reduce inflammation due to acne while healing damaged skin cells. Simply apply a drop into problem areas, or fight whiteheads by making the skin toner (see above) using a few drops of tea tree oil. The tree tea oil will complement the argan oil with its supply of antioxidants, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Healing Stretch Marks
Argan oil helps restore elasticity to the skin lost to stretching. Warm two to three drops of the oil in your palms and rub on problem areas. The vitamin A and E will prevent stretch marks from forming. If you have already existing stretch marks, massage argan oil and brown sugar to the affected area before bathing. Rinse and reapply the oil to the area before dressing.

Caring for Your Nails
The non-greasy moisturizing agents in this oil make it ideal for treating nails and cuticles. Remove all traces of nail polish from hands and toes and dot a tiny drop into each nail, rubbing into cuticle and nail bed. Allow nails to absorb the oil, then rinse and apply polish as usual. Regular treatment should help your nails grow strong and beautiful, while preventing the formation of painful hangnails.

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Five Steps To A Great Skincare Routine

There is nothing new about the “less is more” concept. Even before Susie Faux termed the phrase “capsule wardrobe” in the seventies, people have realized the wisdom of quality over quantity and the freedom derived from having less. So why is it that so many people are obsessed with multi-step beauty routines?

Of course, if you have the time and patience, you’re welcome to spend as much of it on skin care as you like, but, if you don’t, there is nothing wrong with keeping it scaled down. Remember, you own your beauty routine, it doesn’t own you. So, if you believe in keeping it short and sweet, here’s are five steps that will help you maximize while you minimize.

Woman cleansing skin

Cleanse
Cleansing skin is the most basic step in a skin routine. It should be done twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, to give skin time to heal and breath without being clogged by makeup and debris.

Cleansing should be done with clean hands. Begin by wetting skin with warm water to open the pores. Apply a cleanser appropriate to your skin type using upward circular motions. Some products will be more effective if you leave them on for a minute or two to allow penetration. Remove with damp cotton pads or by splashing your face with cold water. (Cold water will close up pores.) Pat dry gently with a clean towel.

Tone
Toning restores your skin’s pH balance, which is usually altered during the cleansing process. This step can also make your skin more resistant to bacteria. Some toners will only restore your skin’s pH, others will kill bacteria, still others may contain an extra ingredient to prevent acne. Choose the one that suits your skin, and, if you have sensitive skin, be sure to use a specially formulated toner.

Apply toner to entire face with a cotton pad, taking care to avoid your eyes. Do not rinse off.

Woman moisturizing

Moisturize
Moisturizing is the most important step in the beauty routine, and should not be omitted, even if your skin is oily. There is quite a variety of moisturizing products, such as gels (oily skin), creams (dry/sensitive skin), and serums (normal/oily skin). Some may contain anti wrinkle, and anti acne agents, others may tint, or tan, skin.

Apply moisturizer to the face and neck, after toner has dried, using a circular motion. You may want to follow up with a separate moisturizer targeted toward preventing swelling and aging in the eye area.

Exfoliate
Once or twice weekly, use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. Make sure not to use anything too harsh, which can irritate skin and tear skin cells.

Remove makeup and massage the exfoliator gently into your face using an outward circular motion for about thirty seconds. Remember, gently is the key word here! If you’re using an exfoliating wash cloth, soak it in warm water and rub it in small circles on your face. Be sure to target creases by your nose and other areas on which blackheads tend to develop.

Face mask

Face Mask
Peel off masks are the best option for unclogging pores, and are the best for oily or acne prone skin. Those with dry skin will benefit most from moisturizing masks.

Choose a natural, mild mask. Keep applications down to once a week or less; frequent applications will result in over cleansing your face. You can make your own, in the interest of keeping it natural, or use a store bought one, following directions on the package.

What do you think of the five-step skin routine? Is less more, or is more more? Let us know what you think?

The Correct Amount of Product

Friends applying skin care products

If a little of something is good, then more must be better, right? Not so when it comes to beauty products. Use too little and you won’t get the full benefit of the products you’ve invested your hard-earned money in. Use too much and you can waste product, along with causing buildup and breakouts. Below is a cheat sheet for you to find out just how much of your most-used products to use.

Makeup Remover
If you’re looking for convenience, look no further than pre-soaked makeup remover wipes. Some wipes need to be dampened with water before use, others you take straight to your face. For those of you who prefer your makeup remover in a bottle, simply moisten a cotton pad with just enough product to saturate it, then gently remove your makeup.

Facial Cleanser
For regular liquid cleansers, a nickel-sized amount of product is enough to properly wash your face and neck. If you’re using a foam cleanser, one pump is all you need. Massaging the product into your skin first, before using a washcloth or other scrubbing device will ensure your skin is getting the benefit of the product!

Exfoliator
When using a physical exfoliator, like a facial scrub, a dime-sized amount is all you need. Chemical exfoliators (such as glycolic acid or lactic acid) can typically be used in smaller amounts; a pea-sized amount will do.

Mask
Depending on the face mask, a nickel-sized amount will be enough to cover your face and neck. Typically, masks call for a thin layer of product and using more doesn’t make the product work any better. Some masks, on the other hand, you won’t need to apply to your entire face, so start with a pea-sized amount and add more if needed.

Toner
For toners that come in a spray bottle, 2-3 spritzes across the face and neck are all you need. Regular liquid toners can be applied to a cotton pad and then wiped across the face and neck.

Serum
A serum is a concentrate of skin-loving ingredients, so a little goes a long way. Start with a pea-sized amount to apply to your face and neck and only use more if you need it.

Moisturizer
Whether you are using daytime or nighttime facial moisturizer, a dime-sized amount will suffice when applying it to your face and neck. Your skin should never feel greasy or dry after applying moisturizer, so if you find that your skin cannot absorb that much product, you may need a lighter formula, and if your skin is still dry— a richer formula.

Eye Cream
Apply your eye cream by gently dabbing a pea-sized amount of product around the corners and underneath of each eye with a pinky or forefinger to prevent tugging.

Sunscreen
This is one product most people don’t use enough of! For your face alone, use a nickel-sized amount for adequate protection. For covering the rest of your body, use the equivalent amount of a full shot glass.

Uses for Rose Water

Rosewater is one of the most versatile beauty products you can buy. Maria Barry, medical aesthetician at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City says that rosewater is an excellent natural ingredient with many skin-enhancing benefits. It can refresh, hydrate, cleanse and soothe your skin. Barry also notes that the benefits of rosewater don’t stop at your hair. He believes that adding rosewater to one’s shampoo can lead to soft and refreshed hair. Rosewater is an excellent ingredient in skincare, but you can do so much with this beauty powerhouse on its own. Find out some of the greatest uses for rose water below.

Rose water

Toner
A toner after cleansing can sweep away any makeup, oil, dirt and debris, but toners can also remove necessary moisture from your skin. Dry and sensitive skin types will love that rosewater adds an additional bit of cleansing power and refreshment to the skin without removing any moisture. Oily or acne-prone skin also benefits from using rose water as a toner. “I most commonly recommend products with rosewater or rosehip oil for acne and rosacea-prone patients, because it reduces bacteria on skin, decreases inflammation and simultaneously hydrates and soothes the skin,” says Jessica Weise, MD, dermatologist at New York City’s New York Dermatology Group. Simply saturate a cotton pad with rose water and swipe over your face after cleansing to see redness and irritation diminish.

Setting Spray
Misting rosewater over your makeup is a great way to set your makeup and give you a radiant, glowing finish. Setting sprays can be a bit drying on the face, but rosewater will keep your makeup looking fresh while your face remains hydrated which is particularly beneficial if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin. If you find that you were a bit heavy-handed with your makeup, spritzing rosewater over your face can help to add a bit of moisture and smooth out areas where makeup looks too heavy. To keep your makeup looking fresh and gorgeous all day, fill a small spray bottle with rosewater and keep it in your purse for a quick makeup refresher.

Treatment After Shaving
Even without sensitive skin, shaving can seriously irritate your skin leaving it red, bumpy and uncomfortable. To combat these undesired effects of shaving, apply rosewater after you shave to instantly soothe and calm irritated skin. “Rosewater’s benefits stem from natural anti-inflammatory properties, which make it ideal for topical application to calm red, irritated skin conditions,” notes Rachel Nazarian, MD, dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology in New York City.

Hair Treatment
Rosewater is an incredible multi-tasker and your skin isn’t the sole beneficiary of the amazing powers of rosewater. Dry, dull hair can occur at any time, but it is definitely a concern during the cold weather months since the lack of moisture in the air wreaks havoc on your hair. There are two easy ways to use rosewater as a hair treatment: use it as your final rinse in the shower or add a bit to your shampoo. After shampooing, use rosewater as a hair rinse for intense conditioning or add a bit of rosewater to your shampoo before applying. Using rosewater on your hair results in soft, smooth and shiny hair and as a bonus, your hair will be left smelling fantastic.

Rosewater is a natural and gentle skincare ingredient that can be used for a number of beauty treatments and purposes. One of the greatest aspects of rosewater is how available it is and you can find rosewater at any price point. If you want to see glowing, radiant skin and hair, grab a bottle of rosewater and start using it today.