Your Best Skincare Routine – Step 3: Exfoliation

Exfoliation is something that is near and dear to my heart. It is a step we often tend to neglect which is unfortunate because exfoliation has so many benefits. There are so many ways to exfoliate and honestly, I can’t list them all. However, here are three of my favorites:

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Hello and happy Friday!

I am so excited for this week’s topic. Exfoliation is something that is near and dear to my heart. It is a step we often tend to neglect which is unfortunate because exfoliation has so many benefits. Now, before I continue the tangent on exfoliation, let me explain the basics.

Exfoliation is removing the dead or dry cells from the top layer of your skin. As we continue to age our cell turnover process slows which means a build-up of excess skin cells. Removing those dead skin cells helps to prevent clogged pores and blemishes, will slough away dry patches, even out dark spots or blotchiness from a fake tan, reduce ingrown hairs and can help your skincare products to work better– clearing that dead skin barrier that your face cream must try to penetrate. Exfoliation also improves circulation giving your skin that healthy “glow.”

There are so many ways to exfoliate and honestly, I can’t list them all. However, here are three of my favorites:

Retinol I won’t be shy about how much I love this ingredient! If you look at the research or listen to virtually any dermatologist, you will learn that this is the ingredient that has proven over and over again to provide consistent results with continued use. Retinol is a form of vitamin A which is applied topically as a cream each night.

Clay Masks- This is another favorite of mine! I use a clay mask 2-3 evenings per week. Simply apply the mask to clean skin and as it begins to dry, wipe the mask off with a warm washcloth. The reason I recommend clay masks is because they are gentle. We don’t want to tear our skin up or scrub the living daylights out of it. The clay mask is effective at absorbing dirt and oil from the skin and deep cleaning pores. It will also gently remove dry flaky skin particles and leave your skin feeling incredibly soft.

Scrubs I LOVE body scrubs. In fact, I am convinced that every woman should have a container of body scrub in her shower at all times. Please note, I said body scrub. I love scrubs but feel they are a bit too powerful for use on the face. Body scrubs are made with a manual exfoliant such as sugar, salt, coffee grounds, etc. which is mixed with some type of oil. In the shower, simply massage the scrub onto your body paying special attention to dry areas such as feet, knees and elbows. Then simply rinse the scrub off. The manual exfoliation feels heavenly and your post-shower skin will be unbelievably soft. I like to use a body scrub in my shower 2-3 times per week.

No matter which exfoliation method you choose, there are a few post-exfoliation steps which will help you achieve the best results:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Exfoliation helps to detoxify your skin and improve circulation. Staying hydrated assists your body in eliminating those toxins.
  2. Apply moisturizer. The skin you uncovered will have that fresh, healthy glow when you use a good-quality moisturizer after exfoliating.
  3. Protect yourself from the sun. That layer of dead skin cells provided a thin barrier from sun damage. Be sure to protect the young skin you revealed with a sunscreen that is SPF 35 or greater.

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Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Candyce

Your Best Skincare Routine – Step 2: Toner

Toner can be a controversial topic. Some will say it’s useless, others say it is only needed for those with oily skin and there are those who swear it works miracles.

My opinion? If I had to choose between retinol and toner, I’d certainly pick

Hello again!

I’m excited to have you back for toner talk this week! If you missed out on last week’s post about cleansing and want to catch up, you can find it here.

Toner can be a controversial topic. Some will say it’s useless, others say it is only needed for those with oily skin and there are those who swear it works miracles.

My opinion? If I had to choose between retinol and toner, I’d certainly pick the retinol. However, toner is part of my daily skincare routine and here’s why:

  • Toner removes any leftover residue on your face such as sweat, oil or traces of cleanser.
  • Toner balances your skin’s pH. Our skin is naturally acidic– soap is basic. Using toner balances your skin back to its natural pH after cleansing.
  • Toner may treat your skin. Depending on the type of toner you select, you can moisturize, firm, lighten, decrease oiliness or help to reduce fine lines on your skin.
  • Toner helps other products to work better. The light layer of moisture left on your skin by the toner draws the ingredients of your face creams deeper into the skin. Almost every skin product works just a little better when you have that freshly-toned barely damp skin. (Note: this is not true for retinol. Always apply retinol to DRY skin.)
  • Toner refreshes you. I am of the opinion that a skincare routine should not only be effective, but also enjoyable. Personally, I love how my skin feels clean, fresh and renewed after I tone. Skincare is part of my self-care ritual. Just like my daily yoga, I focus on enjoying the process to care for my mind and emotional well-being in addition to my body.

If you’re looking to get on the toner train, I recommend using it twice each day. Us it in the evening after cleansing and in the morning before applying any moisturizers or creams.

Stay tuned for step three next week!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Candyce

Your Best Skincare Routine – Step 1: Cleansing

We all want to learn more about the wrinkle creams, eye treatments, antioxidants and other active ingredients that will make us look young and beautiful. However, if we aren’t cleansing correctly, those products will not work as well as they should.

Hello again!

I’m excited to kick off an overview of the six-step skincare routine. A full textbook could be written on each and every skincare step so I am going to stick with what you need to know to get your routine going.

Our first step is cleansing which doesn’t get near the attention it should. We all want to learn more about the wrinkle creams, eye treatments, antioxidants and other active ingredients that will make us look young and beautiful. However, if we aren’t cleansing correctly, those products will not work as well as they should.

I recommend cleansing in the evening before bed and simply rinsing your face with warm water in the morning. Be sure to cleanse after working out as well. And yes, the cleansing routine really is that simple.

Here are some Dos and Dont’s for smart cleansing:

Do treat your skin gently— Use lukewarm water, rub gently in an upward circular motion with your fingertips or if your a Clarisonic girl, that works well too. Remember we want to cleanse our skin– not rip it apart! You cannot scrub out a wrinkle, pimple or dark spot. Gentle cleansing prevents your skin from becoming irritated.

Don’t go to bed with your makeup on! Seriously. Yes, I know you might have been really tired last Saturday night but if you had time for that final martini, you had time to cleanse. Sleeping in our makeup lets the residue, dirt and oil remain on our skin expanding pores and creating perfect conditions for a breakout. Your skin uses the time you are asleep to restore itself. That process works better if your face is clean.

Don’t cleanse too much. Cleansing too frequently, too vigorously or with too harsh of a product will cause irritation. Your skin can become dry and red. Those of you with oily skin may welcome a little dryness– but not so fast! Cleansing too much will cause your oily skin to think it is not producing enough oil and your skin will compensate by producing even more oil. Before bed and after workouts really is enough cleansing.

Do use the right product for your skin. This is much like finding the perfect partner– what works for your best friend may not be the best match for you. Use a cleanser appropriate for your skin type and use it 2-4 weeks before you make a decision on whether it works for you. I personally have become a fan of oil cleansing. It’s gentle, moisturizing, cleans pores effectively and removes every last speck of make-up.

Stay tuned each week for the next skincare step! If you make it to week six, I’ll have the printable below updated as a handy reference.

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Have a wonderful weekend my lovely friend!

Candyce

Retinol: a must-have for your skincare routine.

Hello friends,

I’m sure you have probably read all about it– dermatologists are preaching that one must-have for your daily anti-aging skin care routine is retinol.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that increases collagen production which reduces  wrinkles and fine lines. It accelerates skin cell turnover and helps to even out and brighten your skin tone. And, my personal favorite (drumroll please) retinol unclogs pores making them appear smaller while diminishing acne.

Retinol does not work overnight. Honestly folks, nothing does. However, after using retinol for 4-6 weeks you will begin to see improvements in your skin with maximum results after several months. Just like a diet and exercise routine, consistency will give you noticeable results over time.

You can get retinol in many forms including over the counter products.  For those of you who know about my shop, I will openly tell you that there are only two products in my personal skincare regimin which I do not make– my nightly retinol being one of them. (The other item being a good quality sunscreen.)

I tell you this because it is well worth making the appointment with your dermatologist and getting the good stuff. With an over the counter product, you don’t know:

  • how much retinol it contains
  • whether it contains a form easily absorbed by the skin (there are many forms of Vitamin A–most aren’t in the appropriate form)
  • if the retinol is formulated with other ingredients that may diminish its effectiveness

And finally, you won’t get as powerful of a retinol product without that prescription. I know another appointment can be a hassle, but trust me, this one is well worth it!

So, stop cruising the net, grab your phone and make the call. 🙂

Until next time!

Candyce

The Beauty Secret They Don’t Want You To Know!

Amazing! Watch what happens when she uses these three ingredients you already have in your fridge on her forehead lines…

Amazing! Watch what happens when she uses these three ingredients you already have in your fridge on her forehead lines…

Folks, how many times have we read garbage like this online? Even worse, do we dare admit how many times we have clicked though to view the advertisement-laden landing page? Most of us are likely guilty as charged. Myself included.

When it comes to skincare there is no instant, miracle treatment that will give you flawless skin that looks ten years younger overnight. Just like there is no magical pill that will have me looking like one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels by morning. After you have two nine-pound babies, some things will never go back to where they were before!

The real secret to great skin is this: Practice healthy habits paired with a consistent routine using products appropriate for your skin type and age.

Yes, I know that this isn’t a very exciting “secret.” But it’s the truth.

Stay tuned and I’ll walk you through the most effective tips from my research and personal experience. Just follow my blog or like my Facebook page to keep in touch.

In the meantime, here is an outline of what should be in that skincare routine. Don’t worry, I promise to elaborate on these steps in future posts!

  • Cleanse– Removing the make-up, dirt and oil from your face.
  • Tone- Balances skin PH, may provide mild exfoliation and removes cleanser residue.
  • Exfoliate- Brightening your skin tone by removing dead skin cells.
  • Treat- Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, vitamins (including my personal favorite, Retinol), Hyaluronic Acid, antioxidants and other goodies that help to reverse the signs of aging or treat conditions such as Acne.
  • Moisturize- Restoring and helping to seal moisture into your skin. This critical step is even important for those of us with oily skin.
  • Protect- Preventing sun damage with a high-quality sunscreen.

I’ll be chatting with you again next week!

Candyce