Sunday, June 24, 2018

How to Layer Serums and Oils the Right Way

How to Layer Serums and Oils the Right Way

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Judging by the number of flat lays and rave reviews they’ve been getting from your favorite Instagram influencers, it’s safe to say that serums have finally arrived (and are here to stay). Face serums have long been a part of Japanese women’s straightforward approach to skin care, but in recent years, the obsession with these hardworking skin care wonders has spread to beauty enthusiasts everywhere. And for good reason.
Lightweight and efficient, serums contain a potent blend of targeted active ingredients formulated for a specific purpose, says facial plastic surgeon Kay Durairaj. “They’re great for anyone who wants a quick and easy product that absorbs quickly into the skin, has a high concentration of ingredients and is non-greasy,” she adds.
Given the wide variety of serum treatments available and the fact that there is a serum for just about every skin concern you may have, it almost feels like a disservice to choose just one—not to mention, nearly impossible. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. It is, however, important to understand how to layer serums and oils in order to get the most out of them.
To help you get started, here are a few tips to keep in mind when applying serums and oils.

1. Serums go first

As a rule, serums should be the first products that touch your skin after cleansing and exfoliating in order to get the best results. Never apply them after your moisturizer as thicker creams and oils create a protective layer over your skin and hinder absorption.

2. Don’t be afraid to mix and match

The great thing about serums and oils is that they are team players. They can be mixed and work well together, especially if you have a number of skin care woes that need addressing, says board-certified dermatologist Craig Austin, creator of medical-grade skin care line Cane + Austin. “For example, you can layer a vitamin C serum for dark spots with a squalene serum for hydration,” he explains.

3. Three is the magic number

While there is no limit to how many serums you can add to your regimen, esthetician Enrique Ramirez, founder of Face to Face NYC, suggests stopping at three. Piling on more products than that is not only time-consuming, it also reduces the chances of each ingredient getting properly absorbed by your skin. If you’re trying to target several concerns, opt for a multitasking serum to address general problems (like dryness or oiliness) and add one or two that targets more pressing concerns like fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Consistency is key

When it comes to deciding which serum goes first, Dr. Austin says the rule of thumb is to always start light. “Always layer by consistency. Lighter serums will be easily and quickly absorbed while the heavier hydration serums/oils seal in the ingredients and leave your skin soft,” explains Dr. Austin.
For serums that have more or less the same consistency, go with the ingredient that you want your skin to get the most of. If your biggest concerns are dark spots and signs of aging, apply your vitamin C or retinol serum first.

5. Choose your cocktail carefully

If you feel that layering multiple serums takes up too much of your time, then “cocktailing” may be the solution, says beauty chemist and skin care expert David Pollock. “That’s when you mix a few items to create your favorite combination and save time,” he explains.
But that doesn’t mean you can throw your 10-step regimen out the window and just concoct your own skin care potion with everything in the mix. “I wouldn’t suggest mixing peels, retinol or acne-treatment products. You want to use those products on their own or in layers, applying them first,” says Pollock.

6. Apply with a gentle massage

Gently massaging your face as you apply your serums can help improve circulation, says RamirezNot only that, it also delivers a fresh dose of oxygen to the skin, which Ramirez says is the “best serum or oil out there.”

7. Allow your serums to soak

Some experts would argue that your skin can effectively absorb the products you apply whether or not you wait, but it still pays to be thorough. Waiting a minute or two will not only ensure that your serums have fully seeped into your skin, it also prevents pilling (that’s when products start to ball up or rub off) when you apply your moisturizer or sunscreen.

8. Everyone can benefit from layering serums 

As long as you’re choosing the right products for your skin type, Dr. Austin says everyone can benefit from using and layering serums. “You’re treating the skin with a targeted ingredient and then sealing it in with a barrier that will help to heal and hydrate your skin,” explains Dr. Austin.
In particular, Ramirez recommends using multiple serums especially for those with mature skin as it requires stronger and more potent ingredients to repair and strengthen the skin after collagen starts to break down.

9. Layering is best done at night 

Certain ingredients in your serums—like retinol and hydroquinone—may cause some sensitivity to your skin when exposed to ultraviolet rays, so it’s best to do your layers and cocktails in the PM, says Dr. Austin. Not only that, you’re also allowing your skin care products to work more effectively as your body repairs itself in your sleep. But if you want to layer serums in the morning, make sure your skin is well-protected with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

10. Layering is a fun way to approach skin care 

It’s always exciting to try something new, says Pollock, and experimenting allows you to discover what really works best for your skin. “Otherwise, you may only use one item and rotate it, limiting the benefit your skin might receive from other ingredients,” he adds.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Definitions of Your Skin Care Products

This Is What the Beauty Ingredients in Your Products Actually Do

True beauty junkies find deep thrills in bringing home bags of swag from their favorite department stores. But for many of us, the fun stops when we rotate the box for inspection. What exactly arethese ingredients in here, anyway? Tocopherol? Sodium hyaluronate? And are they safe? We took a closer look at some of the most commonly found ingredients and deciphered them for you so you can get your shop on with confidence.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Mark Popovich
Product Credit: Stone Cold Fox robe

Monday, June 11, 2018

All About Face Oils

Face oils may hold the secret to achieving healthy, radiant skin—no matter what your skin type (yes, even those of you with perpetually oily skin!). Jam-packed with nutrients like vitamin C, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, they penetrate the skin to transform and protect—helping to build a resilient skin layer known as the lipid barrier. Learn the correct way to apply them and how to choose the right oil(s) for your skin type.

Basic Tips: How to Apply Face Oils

When is the best time to apply oils? How much oil should you be using? What other products should you be using in combination with your oils? Here are some basic tips to help you get the most out of your face oils.

1. Combine Oils with Serums or Moisturizers
Oils “can be combined with other products to get enhanced effects.” The best combinations: serums (to treat) or moisturizers (to lock in hydration).

2. Apply Based on Your Skin’s Needs
Use oils after applying your face serum(s) and, if necessary, use oils to spot-treat dry areas—rather than applying all over the face.
Depending on your skin type, you may only want to use oils before bed so that your skin can soak them up overnight and provide protection throughout the day. This is especially true for oils that can increase your skin’s sensitivity to light or thicker oils that might give your complexion a little too much shine for a daytime look. If you have dull skin use face oil as a primer before applying makeup. Allow the oil to fully absorb before applying your makeup for a natural, hydrated glow.
Use face oils both in the morning and at night applying oil as the last step of your nighttime skin care routine and before your sunscreen and makeup in the morning.

3. Dab or Pat Oils into Your Skin
You shouldn’t be rubbing the oils into your skin like you would a moisturizer. Instead, dab or pat the oils, pushing them into your pores, rather than just sliding them around on the skin’s surface. This will help your skin absorb the oil and make use of its benefits much quicker.

4. A Couple Drops Is All You Need
Because face oils contain such concentrated amounts of nutrients (Marula oil has four times the vitamin C as an orange!), a little bit goes a long way. One to three drops of your choice of oil is enough to cover your whole face and deliver the benefits your skin needs.

Sunday Riley Skin Care and The Organic Pharmacy offer excellent oils for all skin types. See their selections here:

Sunday, June 3, 2018

BAKING SODA Skin Care Uses

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If you’ve ever run out of your favorite exfoliator, you’ve probably turned to baking soda! Baking soda is an all natural cleanser that has hundreds of uses, including beauty! Because baking soda is grainy, it’s often used as an exfoliator or cleanser. Today we’ll show you 4 baking soda beauty uses that you’ll fall in love with you! Why spend your hard earned money on expensive skin cleansers when baking soda does an even better job for just pennies!

Baking Soda Skin Care Uses

These 4 baking soda beauty uses will give you  beautiful, clear skin in no time. Because baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, it’s an AMAZING cleanser that can do a number of things such as get rid of dark spots and/or scars, remove blackheads, and much more.
Below we’ll show you 4 different baking soda beauty uses, so you can choose which one suits you best or try them all!

#1. Baking Soda Face Wash

If you ever run out of face wash, don’t worry! Baking soda does an even better job and it’s so much cheaper! Just rub some baking soda and water into your hands and wash away!

#2. Acne Treatment

Mix one teaspoon baking soda with one teaspoon honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. The combination of these three ingredients attack acne right on the spot, gets rid of the infection, and prevents any future acne.

#3. Face Scrub

For an amazing and simple face scrub, mix baking soda with oats and a few tablespoons of tea. Play around with the ratios to get a face scrub like consistency. Rub onto your face to get rid of dead skin cells once or twice a week.

#4. Skin Lightening

If you have a lot of dark spots, sun spots, or scars, this skin lightening recipes works beautifully. Mix baking soda with yogurt (half and half) and a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apply directly to affected areas and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Baking Soda Beauty Uses

Correct Oder of Skin Care Product Use

We all know there are an endless amount of skin care products out there, and let's face it, it can get extremely confusing! 

So, here is a simple list of the correct order in which you should use all those skin care products that are sitting on your bathroom counter.