August 18, 2015
by Jill
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6 Moisturizer Mistakes

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#1 Using too much moisturizer  

If you really need to slather on a large amount of moisturizer to hydrate your skin, you’re probably using the wrong one.

[Read: how much moisturizer do you need?]

#2 Using the wrong moisturizer

If your skin feels very dry or greasy a few moments after application, you’re not using the right moisturizer. Find one that leaves your skin feeling comfortably hydrated.

[Check out: Which moisturizer is right for me?]

#3 Not letting it sink in

Before applying makeup, make sure to allow your moisturizer to sink in. A few moments should be all it takes to create the perfect canvass for applying color. [Not sure how to use moisturizer? You can always call us at 800-223-3827!]

#5 Neglecting your neck

If you only take care of your face, your neck simply won’t look as good by contrast. Make sure to give your neck and décolletage a little care, too.

#6 Not using moisturizer

This one is the worst, even if you have very oily or acne-prone skin. Moisturizer is an essential part of your skin care routine, and the right one won’t cause you to break out or make your skin oilier. [Here’s why]

 

August 18, 2015
by Jill
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Loss Of Firmness

droopy skinMy mother has a theory about aging: you’re either a ‘wrinkler’ or a ‘sagger.’

droopy skinI’m not quite sure she’s right about this one—it’s totally possible to have both loss of firmness and fine lines/wrinkles during the aging process. Either way, there’s certainly a lot you can do when your skin starts to lose elasticity and firmness.

You might start to see somewhat droopy skin in your jowls, jawline, or cheeks. The skin just isn’t as tight as it used to be. If this is happening to you, it would be smart to check out our Cellufirm Drops. I use this firming, tightening liquid all over my face and around my eyes. The secret here is a combination of Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamins A and E.

Are you using the Cellufirm Drops? Also see: Cellufirm Moisturizer.

[Read: here’s what to do about fine lines and wrinkles]

 

August 14, 2015
by Jill
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Hyperpigmented Skin: What To Do

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Learn more about Hyperpigmentation

One sign of youthful skin is that it’s usually very even in color. The sun, acne, pregnancy, and other hormonal fluctuations haven’t yet caused the type of hyperpigmentation common to skin as we age.

So, get ready… here is (pretty much) everything we’ve written on this blog about Hyperpigmentated Skin, in one place. Pick your issue and get started!

How to fade age spots

Kojic Acid is your secret weapon against Hyperpigmentation

The Whitening Mask for Hyperpgimentation

Let’s talk about FRECKLES

Wait, what are Liver Spots?

What is post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)?

Understanding Hyperpgimentation: Why it happens

Dealing with Pregnancy Melasma

QUIZ: How much do you know about tanning?

Getting rid of sun spots

August 13, 2015
by Jill
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Wash Your Face Like An Aesthetician

wash your faceHave you ever had a facial? All that cleansing, facial massage, and steaming can feel really heavenly. After all, aestheticians are trained in massage and special cleansing techniques to make the experience as pleasant and effective as possible.

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Cleansing correctly can really make a difference. If you’re simply putting the cleanser on your skin and rinsing it off, you’re not really getting enough out of the product:

Here’s one aesthetician’s secret for a really good cleanse: 

Starting at your neck, begin by applying the cleanser in upward strokes, using the pads of your fingers (and being gentle). Move upward to your cheeks, still making upward strokes. Cleanse your chin by making small circles with your fingers, and be sure to cleanse this area thoroughly. Then, run your fingers several times outward along the skin above your mouth.

With the pads of your ring finger, massage the sides of your nose in small circles, again cleansing carefully. Finish by cleansing your forehead in upward strokes.

Rinse!

This type of cleansing works well with our Enzyme Cleansing Gel, which glides on the skin during cleansing and is non-foaming. This is our most popular cleanser!

 

August 12, 2015
by Jill
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Common Problem: Dark Skin Above Lip

dark skin above lipThe upper lip area—for a lot of women—is a touchy area. It’s meant to be hair-free, smooth, and even in color. Unfortunately, TONS of women experience darkened skin above their lips, and for a lot of them it’s really embarrassing.

dark skin above lip This skin darkening (hyperpigmentation) is the result of exposure to the sun mixed with fluctuating hormones. It is sometimes exacerbated by birth control pills or pregnancy.

I’ll be honest—I use a higher SPF in this area than on the rest of my face. In fact, I use the Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17 on my face, and the Oil Free 30 very specifically on the area that tends to darken.

Mainly, though, I managed to fade my hyperpigmentation with Vitamin C Serum. In fact, it was much worse in my 20s than it is now (I’m 35) because I’ve been using the serum for a few years now. I don’t even use concealer for this problem anymore. If you’re experiencing dark skin above the lip, it’s definitely worth taking a closer at this serum, if you haven’t already.