6 Steps For Your Next At Home Facial Treatment

While we’re not advocates of cutting your own hair, you CAN give yourself some much-needed skin ‘self-care’ while sheltering in place. There’s no reason your face, skin, and nails can’t be glowing, soft, and beautiful. So, let’s do this!

Revitalize Your Face With a Facial!

You can easily pamper your face at home with your favorite Bee Natural skincare products. But, before you get started, you need to make a plan. Here’s the process we recommend: 

1. First Cleanse

Our pro tip is to do as estheticians do and start with a double-cleanse.  No, we don’t mean wash your face twice, either.  The first cleanse dissolves oil-soluble debris from the skin, without scrubbing.

Use either mild cleansing milk (non-foaming), or cleansing oil. Using the tips of your fingers and circular motions, massage into your entire face, neck, and decolletage. Use a warm, moist face cloth to gently remove the product from your skin.  

2. Second Cleanse

Use your normal foaming skin cleanser to thoroughly cleanse, again. This process removes water-soluble soil from the skin, as well as any residual cleanser from the first cleanse.

3. Exfoliate 

There are three ways you can exfoliate, especially important if your complexion is looking a bit dull.  We recommend fragile and/or sensitive skin to avoid mechanical ‘scrubs’ and rather, use either acid or enzymatic products.  Brighten skin and help your treatments better absorb.

Recommendations:  

  • Bee Naturals Facial Polish (mechanical exfoliator)  mix a small amount with plain yogurt or mashed avocado for a real treat)
  • Bee Naturals Fruit Acid AHA/BHA Exfoliating Creme (acid exfoliator) 
  • Bee Naturals Exfoliating Creme (enzymatic exfoliator)  apply a thin layer, leave on 15 min. Then rinse with cool water, or leave overnight for more enhanced effect)

4. Mask

Unless you have extremely oily, acne-prone skin with whiteheads and/or blackheads, you may not need to use a mask.  Clay masks do vary in their effect, some are more drying than others, so if your skin is dry or delicate, you may want to skip this step. For those who really need that extra deep clean, we recommend Bee Naturals Detox Mask.  Apply a thin layer to slightly damp skin and gently massage over the surface.  Let dry for only about 10 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Pro-Tip – Always use lukewarm water on your face; never hot or ice-cold, however, you can use an ice cube wrapped in gauze to reduce the inflammation of a major, tender pimple.  Hot water can increase capillary engorgement and/or redness is drying and can be a set-up for reactivity to facial care products.

5. Nourish And Treatments

Face dry, lackluster, and looking undernourished?  Try Bee Naturals Bio-Phyto with retinol and natural beta carotene.  Apply just a couple of this orange elixir to dry skin and massage in, thoroughly.  Then, blot off any excess before bed to avoid orange pillowcases. Want to help reduce signs of aging and bulletproof your skin from hyperpigmentation? Only a few drops of our Bee Naturals Ultra AA Serum with non-irritating MAP Vitamin C. Always apply in the AM, before moisturizer or makeup. Remember to apply to the neck and decolletage, too.

6. Moisturize

Moisturizing your skin is important to keep it soft and looking fresh! Bee Naturals Facial Nectar is a great lightweight all-purpose moisturizer for many skin types, except acne-prone. Oil and Acne prone skin calls for oil-free moisture from Bee Naturals Oil Free Moisturizing Serum and/or Oil-Free Night Repair Creme.

Pro-Tip – all skin needs a boost in the moisturizer department.  It’s what you use that makes all the difference.  Need help choosing which is best for you?  

Extremely Dry Skin will benefit most from our Queen Bee Facial Serum, Creme Luxe Intense Moisture. Oh, and don’t forget to slather your hands in rich hand cream to counter the drying effects of all this hand washing and hand sanitizer.  

Special Facial Treatment Options

If you deal with sensitive skin or other conditions, check out our tips below for the skin condition you are dealing with. 

Rosacea  

Try Bee Naturals CC Serum with chlorophyll and soothing chamomile extract to soothe, hydrate and calm.

Inflammation

Try Bee Naturals Inflammation Soothing Oil, particularly for those with inflammatory acne.  Yes, it’s an oil and no, it’s not comedogenic. 

Dehydrated skin

Give your face ‘a drink of water’ before applying moisturizer to help it plump and help your moisturizer work better.  Try Bee Naturals Hydrating Facial Freshener or Calming Tonic for Sensitive Skin.

There, now don’t you feel better?!

Call (573) – 242 – 3475 or contact us for a personalized skincare consultation- we want to help!

Hand Sanitizer Donated to Support St. Louis in Crisis Covid-19

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bee Naturals has collaborated with local St. Louis brewery, Switchgrass Spirits, to formulate and produce 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer.

The hand sanitizer was then donated to those in need in the St. Louis area. Bottles have been given to senior centers, first responders, and local food banks.

The free hand sanitizers have been completely distributed, but Bee Naturals continues to tirelessly formulate more as alcohol becomes available. They are currently selling bottles at a reasonable cost on their website, and producing and donating as much as possible to those in need.

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Understanding Micellar Cleansing Water & it’s Rising Fame

Micellar cleansing products have certainly made a wave in the beauty industry over the past few years, and its popularity continues to grow as more and more customers catch wind of its remarkable and diverse benefits.  For me, it was one of those products I put off trying out until recently, and now, have become completely obsessed.  This seems to be the case for many customers I have spoken with, and perhaps the reason for the product’s dismissal at first glance lies in the title.  For most, “micellar,” is not exactly a word thrown about in casual conversation.  I, for one, had no clue what micellar water involved, aside from it being a facial cleanser, which I only knew from its label.

However, after a little research on micelles and testing Bee Naturals’ Micellar Cleansing Water out for myself, I found its categorization of simply being another cleanser to be far too humble for all it can accomplish.  Micellar water’s abilities stretch well beyond being just another cleanser.  

What makes micellar cleansing water so appealing?

  • Effectively removes stubborn makeup, such as, waterproof mascara, without leaving behind an oily film on the skin like most removers.
  • Made up of gentle ingredients that are great for hydrating and cleansing those with dry or sensitive skin.
  • No water or rinsing required, leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and clean, rather than tight and dry (also makes it great for camping or vacationing where water is not readily available).
  • Calms inflammation.
  • Balances the PH of the skin, increasing the effectiveness and absorption of products applied directly after its use, such as, serums and moisturizers (some may find their skin is hydrated enough from the micellar water).
  • As a successful makeup remover, cleanser and hydrator, the product can easily cut your skin care routine in half.

What is a micelle? 

Micelles are spherical clusters of surfactant molecules suspended in a liquid solution.  Each surfactant molecule has a water loving end (hydrophilic) and an oil loving/water hating end (hydrophobic).  When a bunch of surfactants are thrown into a water solution, they begin to group themselves into little balls (micelles).  The water loving tails of each surfactant face outward, closer to the rest of the water in the formula, while the oil loving heads gather in the middle of the spheres, getting as far away from the water as they can.

When applied to the skin, or a cotton pad, the ball shaped cluster splits open, allowing the oil loving middle to feed of the dirt, oil and makeup that has accumulated on the skin.  micelleMicelles lift and encapsulate impurities from the surface of the skin.  From here, they are easily wiped away, without rubbing or rinsing, using gentle swipes with a cotton pad.  The lack of rinsing and rubbing allows micellar solutions to thoroughly cleanse, without disrupting the physiological balance of the skin, making its formulation a less harsh alternative to other cleansing methods.

Fun Fact = Micellar cleansing waters may sound unfamiliar, its actually nothing new, formulated by a French woman to combat the notoriously harsh water that plagued her city during a time that lacked appropriate plumbing in the 90’s.

 Other Ingredients…

  1. Water: As the first, and most important ingredient, water makes up a large portion of the formula.  Deionized water is ideal, as its ultra-purified, making it ideal for the skin.
  1. Humectants: These are the ingredients that attract and hold moisture to the skin, giving it that soft, supple, hydrated feel after cleansing.  For a micellar formula, they have the added bonus of enhancing the surfactants ability to dissolve makeup and impurities.
  1. Mild Surfactants: Mild non-foaming surfactants are used to be less irritating and drying.

Understanding & Identifying Types of Rosacea Part 1

In Honor of Rosacea Awareness Month

In an effort to educate the public on the impact of this chronic skin disorder, the National Rosacea Society (NRS) has deemed the month of April Rosacea Awareness Month.  As estimated by the NRS, over 16 million Americans to have rosacea, and that most do not know it.  In fact, a Gallup survey found that 78% of Americans have no knowledge of the condition. Despite this alarming number, the exact cause of the skin disorder is still unknown.  However, medical research continues to unveil possibilities, such as underlying, sometimes serious, health concerns, genetics, or lifestyle choices.  While there is currently no cure for the disease, there are ways to lessen and even reverse its signs and symptoms.

Is Rosacea that Big of a Deal?

It is extremely important that individuals showing any signs (even the slightest) seek diagnoses from a professional immediately in order to identify the subtype(s) of rosacea are present.  This will help determine the right skincare routine for treatment and control.  If left untreated, rosacea worsens over time, and in some cases will transform into a more severe subtype than originally seen, leading to facial disfigurement or disrupted vision.  In honor of Rosacea Awareness Month, let’s take a moment to educate ourselves on the condition, so we can better educate others.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition characterized by persistent redness that typically affects skin on the face, but can also be seen on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.  For many, visible signs of rosacea begin appearing any time after 30 years of age, coming and going, usually in the form of redness.  It may look a lot like acne in some cases, but it is completely different and should not be treated with acne products.  While at first, symptoms seem to come and go, redness becomes more frequent, ruddier, and blood vessels may appear as time goes on.  Observing the pattern of the inflammation and where it appears on the skin will determine which type or types of rosacea someone has.

4 Types of Rosacea

Subtype #1   Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea

  • Flushing, persistent redness and may include visible blood vessels
  • May have a history of flushing episodes lasting approximately 10 min.
  • Skin may also sting when flushing occurs
  • Often, the skin may feel rough or lightly textured in certain areas, indicating that the skin is sensitive and further irritated by either harsh climates or skin products

Subtype #2   Papulopustular Rosacea

  • Persistent redness with bumps and pimples
  • Inflammation around the pores
  • Skin may appear red, swollen and sebaceous

Subtype #3   Phymatous Rosacea

  • Skin is thick and sebaceous
  • Enlarged nose and pores, as a result of skin thickening
  • Typically seen in men with a history of teenage acne

Subtype #4   Ocular Rosacea

  • Inflammation of oil glands along the eyelashes
  • Eyes experience dryness, tearing and burning and may appear swollen
  • Risk of potential vision loss due to corneal damage

10 Most Common Rosacea Triggers

The National Rosacea Society compiled a list of the most common triggers for those with rosacea, the first being the most common trigger affecting the greatest percentage of those with rosacea:

#1 – Sun Exposure

#2 – Emotional Stress

#3 – Hot Weather

#4 – Wind

#5 – Heavy Exercise

#6 – Alcohol Consumption

#7 – Hot Baths

#8 – Cold Weather

#9 – Spicy Foods

#10 – Humidity

 

 

References

  1. https://www.rosacea.org/patients/allaboutrosacea.php
  2. https://www.drbaileyskincare.com/rosacea-treatment.shtml

 

 

Microneedling (Dermal Needling) for Ultimate Skin Rejuvenation

To avoid presenting information from skewed sources aimed towards selling their needling device, this article is largely based on the research and findings expressed in, “The Concise Guide to Dermal Needling,” written by, Dr. Lance Setterfield M.D.  Recognizing Setterfield’s widely respected reputation as a needling expert and pioneer, it seemed appropriate to consult his work for a general understanding of the treatment as well as an explanation for its widely respected reputation and miraculous results.

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How Microneedling Works

Known also as collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen therapy (PIT), microneedling is a non-surgical procedure involving the use of a specially designed device containing fine needles.   The needles puncture the skin, creating tiny micro wounds.  This triggers the body’s natural wound healing process, thus initiating rejuvenation (production of new collagen and elastin).  Specially formulated, nutrient rich topicals are applied to the skin before and after the device is operated, as the micro channels created allow for an 80% increase of product absorption by the skin.

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Goal of Microneedling

We can all agree that when our skin is healthy, it looks its best.  In this condition, the skin is smooth, firm, evenly pigmented, well hydrated, and able to maintain a defensive skin barrier.   Microneedling seeks to restore the skin to its optimum health.  This is done by regulating cell function.

Regulating Cell Function to Optimize Skin Health: 2 Key Factors

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What Makes Microneedling Unique?

The treatments utilization of the body’s healing process as a means to achieve rejuvenation is nothing new, and is not unique to microneedling (chemical peels, CO2 laser, Fraxel, etc.).  However, Dr. Setterfield explains that unlike other treatments, microneedling fills all the requirements of a successful rejuvenation treatment, rather than simply focusing on a few.  Clinically speaking, are two qualities in particular that seem to be giving microneedling a leg up on its competitors:

Unlike other collagen stimulating procedures, like laser resurfacing and chemical peel treatments, needling spares the epidermis (skin’s protective barrier) and dermal papillae (layer beneath epidermis) of any harm that would affect their ability to function properly.  In fact, medical needling will actually enhance their functionality.  As with any treatment that utilizes the body’s response to injury, the trick is to induce the healing process, while keeping inflammation at a bare minimum.  Less inflammation, means less recovery time and faster visible results.  It makes no sense to damage our epidermis as it is our main line of defense against external threats.  Likewise, the significance of the dermal papillae should not be underestimated, as it binds with epidermis to exchange valuable nutrients and adds structural support.  When the dermal/epidermal junction has been compromised, separation and deterioration between the layers occur, resulting in wrinkles and lax skin.

Perhaps, the most beneficial quality of the procedure is its ability to target all three main cells:

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Setterfield explains how other treatments tend to bypass the keratinocytes and melanocytes, favoring the fibroblasts, failing to respect all three cell types.  More times than not, melanocytes are damaged by the heat involved in other treatment modalities (chemicals peels, lasers, etc.).   In comparison, needling is able to safely preserve and regulate this cell type’s function, helping maintain and fix pigmentation.

Recent years have proven the stimulation of keratinocytes to be of equal or greater importance than that of fibroblasts.  Although fibroblasts are fundamental for the production of collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycans, keratinocytes grant them the opportunity to do so through the release of growth factors and enhanced cell-to-cell communication.  Each type has to pitch in and do its part, full rejuvenation is certainly team effort.  By paying equal attention to each of these important cell types, microneedling is able to achieve its goals to the max.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Skin Care Superstar

B is for Battle

Niacinamide, the active component of niacin (Vitamin B3), has been gaining popularity among skin care professionals in the most recent years.  This year in particular will be nothing short of successful in furthering the ingredient’s rise to stardom, as clinical trials and research studies continue to prove the vitamin’s versatility for battling a variety of skin concerns.   One major secret weapon behind niacinamide’s success as a skin care ingredient is its ability to increase energy production within our skin cells.

Niacinamide & Cellular Energy

Niacin is found in foods like, asparagus, mushrooms, beets, tuna and poultry.  When consumed, the body converts niacin to niacinamide, where it becomes the precursor of the coenzymes NADH and NADPH.  asparagusThis means that niacinamide is crucial for the creation of these two coenzymes, as it is the substance from which they both are formed.  Both NADH and NADPH are needed for our skin cells to produce energy.  Cellular energy is required to carry out vital skin supporting functions, such as, cell turnover, microcirculation in the dermis, prevention of water loss, and an increase in ceramide and fatty acid levels in the skin (2).   This energy stimulation also has the added bonus of enhancing the effectiveness of ingredients put on with or immediately after its application.

Having this much control over the skin’s functionality, niacinamide could be one of the rare beauty trends with much more to offer than a list of empty promises.   Studies continue to be conducted and have already shown remarkable results as a treatment for aging, acneic, and discolored skin when formulated correctly in specific concentrations.

Niacinamide Battles Aging Skin & Hyperpigmentation

Energetic skin, skin with the appropriate levels of NADH/NADPH, is a large contributor to ultra-AA-Serummaintaining a youthful appearance.  Unfortunately, the above mentioned coenzymes rapidly decline as we age, spurring a steady decrease of energy production in our cells from about our early 20s through our 60s (1).  Scientists believe this energy deficit to be a contributor to visible signs of aging (2).  As a precursor to energy production, niacinamide has been shown to counteract this decline.

The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology published a 2003 study in which 50 women, between the ages of 40 and 60, participated for 12-weeks in the assessment of two facial moisturizers.  One moisturizer was given as a placebo, while 5% niacinamide was added to the other.   The results revealed “significant improvements” in treating the fine lines/wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sallowness characteristic of aging skin (3).

Niacinamide Battles Acne

Blemish-LotionThere is strong evidence of niacinamide’s success at clearing stubborn cases of acne.  A controlled clinical trial involving 76 patients with moderate acne, 4% niacinamide was found to be as effective as a topical antibiotic (4).

Anti-Aging-Blemish-Creme-645235134016The study further establishes the ingredient’s ability to improve the skin’s barrier function, thereby reducing excessive sebum production.  The vitamin’s versatility as a skin care ingredient make it the perfect solution for those looking for products that fight against aging, as well as blemishes.

Bee Naturals Products Containing Niacinamide

Cleanse:  Foaming Face Wash

Hydrate:  Ultra AA Serum

Moisturize:  Anti-Aging Blemish Creme  –  Oil Free Moisturizer

Inflammation/Acne Treatment:  Blemish Lotion

 

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/formulating/category/antiaging/225549542.html
  2. https://www.rejuvenation-science.com/metabolic-energy.html
  3. Bissett, D. L., Miyamoto, K., Sun, P., Li, J. and Berge, C. A. (2004), Topical niacinamide reduces yellowing, wrinkling, red blotchiness, and hyperpigmented spots in aging facial skin. International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 26: 231–238.
  4. https://www.dermnetnz.org/treatments/nicotinamide.html

 

 

An Interview with Esthetician Julie Bilyeu (Part 2 of 2)

What are some of the most common skin issues you have noticed in your clients? 

Climate fluctuations are responsible for more skin concerns then many of us realize.  While I treat clients with different skin types and concerns across the board, the shifting of climates, like moving to a new place or the changing of seasons, is a general issue uniting all of them.

A particular cleanser they would use in the spring and summer may be too stripping in the dryer, colder months.  I see a lot of redness and inflammation because of it.

Facial-Polish-645235061725I also see a lot of pore congestion, and dull, sallow skin due to lack of proper exfoliation. I personally recommend monthly professional exfoliation treatments, like microdermabrasions or peels, in addition to Bee Naturals’ Facial Polish 1-3 times per week at home depending on the skin type. For lax skin, in need of more advanced rejuvenation/tightening we are excited to announce we now offer microneedling treatments.

Is there anything you feel like you are constantly having to remind your clients about their skin?

It’s amazing to find out how many people only cleanse once a day, often with an improper cleanser.  Adding to matters, many are unaware of how to properly condition and protect the skin, following cleansing.  Yes, we all have busy lives, but it’s an important part of taking care of ourselves to take care of our face. It four simple steps, TWICE A DAY (AM & PM):

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Moisturize
  4. Protect

What was the best piece of advice someone ever gave you on how to maintain a healthy complexion?

To cleanse twice a day, following the steps mentioned in the previous question, and that getting professional treatments are a necessity, not just a luxury!  It is recommended to start facial treatments in your mid 20’s, or early 30’s, but it is never too late to start.

Out of all the services you offer, which one gets you the most excited? rejuvapen

Microneedling by far! It’s an amazing treatment that offers the most improvement in skin tightness and texture by triggering your body’s natural ability to heal itself.  The triggering of this process stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers to add volume, plump and smooth out the skin’s texture. It’s a great alternative for those not interested in dermal fillers.

What treatment options do you offer that fall into the realm of medical esthetics?

  1. Rejuvapen Microneedling Treatments
  2. The Perfect Derma (medical grade peel)
  3. Diamond Microdermabrasions
  4. Fillers & Botox Injectables (preformed by our registered aesthetic nurse, Krista Stoll)

Skin care professionals are constantly stressing the importance of getting facials regularly, and many of us assume this is just a marketing ploy to get us to spend more money.  What do you have to say to all those skeptics out there?

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m confident in saying that I have yet to do a treatment where the client didn’t see a difference. There is only so much one can do at home on their own. An effective, professional exfoliation treatment and steam really helps to brighten, tone and decongest the pores for a smother, more refined texture.

 

*To see a full list of our spa services, or to book your appointment, click here!

An Interview with Esthetician Julie Bilyeu (Part 1 of 2)

What prompted you to become an esthetician?  What kind of training and past work experience do you have in the field?

I started working in the beauty industry as a receptionist back in 2000 at a spa here in St. Louis. While working the front desk, I sat back and watched the estheticians form relationships and a sense of trust with their clients which I admired. I communicated with the estheticians often and “picked their brains,” in regards to their treatments.  Skin care has always been something that I was into keeping up with.  I always watched my mother do her Noxema masks. I integrated these rituals into my own daily life as a young girl, and they eventually became my own routine as a young woman. It wasn’t until February 2008 after the birth of my second child, that it was time to chase my dreams.

I decided that I wanted to start helping others with what I had learned over the years, and be able to perform my own treatments.  So, I went to Xenon International Academy, and graduated in May 2008, at the top of my class, and obtained my Estheticians License.  I have worked in salons, spas, and medical spas, performing a wide array of treatments.  These included, IPL laser hair removal, photofacial, skin tightening and high frequency laser treatments, peels (medical and natural enzyme), microdermabrasions, waxing, and dermaplaning.  I am also trained in microneedling, the newest, innovative anti aging treatment.  I performed these services at a medical spa outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.

What sets Bee Natural apart from other natural skin care lines? cosmetic chemistry illustration

The use of game changing natural ingredients and Barbara’s exceptional understanding of cosmetic chemistry are what set Bee Naturals above the rest. Her 20 years as a nurse can be seen in her scientifically sound product formulations.  Many people don’t realize how important chemistry is when it comes to creating effective products.  Effectiveness goes well beyond simply combining a bunch of powerful ingredients, and it is refreshing to find a natural skin care company that understands this.

Based on your experiences with clients, how would you compare the effectiveness of natural products, like Bee Naturals, with conventional products lines, such as SkinCeuticles?

In Arizona, I was used to working with very high end “stem cell” products, that helped regenerate collagen and elastin fibers.  However, they were extremely chemical laden, and came with a heftier price tag than Bee Naturals.  I have noticed positive changes in my own skin with Bee Naturals, and my clients truly enjoy the natural, relaxing, therapeutic and noticeable results for their skin care concerns.  Bee Naturals products are mild, yet effective, natural and anti inflammatory.  I am an “ingredient guru” and do a lot of research on the effectiveness of certain ingredients for professional, as well as home care treatments for skin conditions.  I believe that these products treat the “root cause” and help heal skin conditions, rather than just masking the issues with chemicals for an instantly gratifying effect, without long lasting benefits.

 

What are some of your favorite Bee Naturals products?

ultra-AA-SerumI’m really into those geared towards anti-aging, so I would have to say the AA Serum which contains maximum levels of antioxidants-C, E, B5 and Hyaluronic acid, and has done wonders for the sun damage I got while living in Arizona for 3 years, and keeps on preventing further damage. Anti-Aging-Blemish-Creme

I also love the Anti-Aging Blemish Crème, which contains some of my favorite ingredients, such as, sugar cane extract, glycolic acid, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid.  I have seen major changes in my own skin and my clients’.

The Correct Way To Wash Your Face: 5 Simple Rules To Follow

Did you know that there was a right and wrong way to wash your face?   Turns out, there is much more to it than just rinsing with the right cleanser.  For some of you, the idea that there are guidelines to follow, for something as simple as washing your face, may seem silly and insignificant.  But what if I told you that all those fancy serums, cleansers and moisturizers you have purchased are significantly less effective when applied to skin that has not been properly cleansed?

Good skin care starts with clean skin.  Without a clear palette to work with, there is really no point in applying moisturizing, blemish fighting or anti-aging products.  Follow these 5 simple rules and I promise you will be amazed with what a huge impact just a few slight changes in your routine can have on your complexion.

 

Rule #1 Wash your hands before you wash your face.

bar soapsMakeup artists make a habit out of cleansing their brushes frequently before applying makeup to the face.  In the same respect, washing your hands is a crucial step for a proper cleanse.  Otherwise, you are essentially massaging dirt, grime and bacteria into your pores.

 

 


Rule #2
Remove your makeup prior to cleansing.makeup brushes

Many of us make the mistake of thinking that one quick rinse is capable of removing all of our makeup AND cleansing our skin.  Use an oil-based remover or cream cleanser to gently dissolve makeup to better prepare the face for a proper cleanse.

 

 

Rule #3 Rinse only with lukewarm water.

bathroom sinkSteer clear of rinsing your face with water of extreme temperatures.  Subjecting the skin extreme water temperatures, hot or cold, causing irritating, dryness, and even burst capillaries.   Water set at lukewarm or normal temperatures has the added bonus of being able to break down residue better than water of a higher or lesser degree.

 

 

 

Rule #4 Take your time, but don’t over do it.

Brushing your teeth and washing your face share many of the same principles.  Aggressive brushing can cause loss of enamel and receding gums.   We are advised to take our time and brush the teeth in gentle circular motions.  Our skin demands the same amount of respect and
attention we give our mouths, yet a majority of people refuse to acknowledge its importance and deem those that do high maintenance.

Violently scrubbing and rubbing at your skin over long periods of time can have destructive side effects, often leading to premature sagging and wrinkling of the skin.  Use your fingertips and, much like brushing your teeth, massage your cleanser in circular motions around the face, for at least 60 seconds.

 

Rule #5 Pat the skin with a clean towel, leaving it slightly damp before applying your hydrators and moisturizers.

Clean Towels

Again, just try not to be abrasive.  Rather than harshly wiping your skin, pat it over the skins surface.  Leaving a thin layer moisture will maximize the benefits of your hydrators.  Hydrating ingredients will bind with the excess water molecules and hold them to the skin, thus causing an increase hydration to then seal with the application of your moisturizer (read more here!).  And always make sure the towel your using is clean!