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It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

Posted by denice duff on

Now that Spring is here, let's talk about some tips to make your skin the cleanest, brightest, softest and glowingest it can possibly be.

0. START WITH CLEAN HANDS.

You wouldn’t clean your counter with a dirty rag. So before you wash or even touch your face to remove makeup, wash your hands with soap and warm water.

1. REMOVE HEAVY EYE MAKEUP.

While the entire purpose of makeup removers is to remove the chemicals in makeup from your skin, many removers only add to this buildup. Store-bought removers often contain alcohol, preservatives, fragrances, and dyes. I say ditch those expensive makeup removers and go for simple olive oil.

Soak a cotton round with water. Add a drop of olive oil to the cotton. The oil breaks down the makeup and the water-soaked cotton gently whisks it away.

2. CLEANSE WITH SULFATE-FREE/PARABEN-FREE FORMULAS.

Sulfates are essentially detergents. They are used in shampoos, face and body washes, toothpaste. They were once thought to be carcinogenic, but there's not evidence of this. What there IS evidence of is that sulfates can dry out and irritate whatever they're used on. They have also been found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes.

Parabens are a type of preservative, first introduced in the 1950s. They're used to prolong shelf life in many health and beauty products by preventing the growth of mold and bacteria. Unfortunately, there is evidence that parabens disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen. Too much estrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumors. This is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.

THE RIGHT WAY TO WASH YOUR FACE

Wet your face with warm water. Use your fingertips to gently apply either MOISTURIZING WASH or GINGER MINT WASH to face. No scrubbing. No washcloths. Be gentle with the skin on your face and neck. Massage for 10 seconds. Add more water as needed to create a light lather. Rinse face and neck with warm water. Pat dry with a clean, soft towel.

Limit face washing to once in the morning and once at night, unless you sweat. Wash as soon as possible after sweating.

3. EXFOLIATE FREQUENTLY

Once you've cleaned your skin, the next step is removing the dead skin cells. There are two natural ways you can do this: with a scrub or with enzymes which actually unglue the bonds between dead skin cells and cause skin to exfoliate and slough off.  

Our DEEP ENZYME CLEANSE contains pineapple enzymes (Bromelain) along with glycolic acid. These are both non-abrasive exfoliators which help shed dead congested skin cells. Use this just as you would the other face washes, but for optimum exfoliation, leave on skin for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

4. BOOST WITH SERUM

Serums are a shot of concentrated nutrients and antioxidants that boost your skin's health. Vitamin C is the MVP of serum ingredients and our PLUMPING SERUM is loaded with it. Use this before your moisturizer to give your skin the extra vitamins it needs. Serums are made of very small molecules, so the skin absorbs them quickly and deeply. That's why you use them BEFORE your thicker moisturizer.

5. MOISTURIZE FACE AND EYES

The way to get the most out of your skincare regimen is to do it RIGHT after you get out of shower or tub. The pores are open, there is still moisture in the skin from bathing, so the skin is ready to absorb all the goodness from your skincare regimen. Once you've done the above steps, it's time for the moisturizing step.

EYES: Put a pea-sized amount of BOTANICAL LIFT EYE GEL on your ring fingertip. The ring finger is the least strong of all the fingers, so this is always the finger you use to apply eye cream to the most delicate part of the face-the eye area.

Rub both ring fingers together to get an equal amount of eye cream on both ring fingertips. Apply gently under eyes with only the ring fingertips, dot just under brow line, go around eyes, but don't touch the lids. Let dry.

FACE: Now you're ready for THE CREAM! Activate the moisturizer by rubbing it together with your fingertips. Apply all over face, neck decolletage, and even lips.

6. SUN PROTECTION

Last step of your morning skincare routine should ALWAYS be a sunscreen or some product (spray, balm, cream, etc.) with at least 30 SPF for your face, neck and decolletage.

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