Beauty Tips Friday (2)

For those who are catching up with us, every Friday, I will post a tip about skin care and share my knowledge as a licensed esthetician with you.

When I figure out how to add  videos to illustrate things such as facial massage, it would be a miracle day. I am working on it!

The importance of cleaning your facial/ neck skin the correct way.

Clean your facial skin only twice a day, when you wake up, in the A.M. and before you go to sleep, in the evening.

Why only twice a day?  Depending on your skin TYPE, over washing may stimulate your sebacious glands (oil glands) and you may end up with oilier skin trying to wash off the oil. Excess oil  may result in acne or black heads. If your skin is dry, you may end up with dry patches or irritated skin.

Make sure you REMOVE YOUR MAKE UP (make up remover will be addressed in a different post) before you wash your face.

I have seen women going to bed with make up to look pleasing to the partner sleeping next to them. If I were you, I’d rather make sure I brush and floss my teeth and make sure my face is clean and moisturized and I, as a whole smell well. The smell sense is more powerful in the semi-darkness of a bedroom.

How to wash your face correctly for best results

Do NOT USE SOAP, as soap removes the good oils from your skin. Make sure you also wash all the way to your hairline and also your neck. These parts are many times neglected.

After you wash, you may use a gentle, fruit exfoliator, or no more than twice a week, mix  1 tsp of baking soda and a 1/2 tsp. honey  (raw is best) and  little water to make a paste and exfoliate using circular motions. DO NOT OVERDO. Rinse well and after finishing exfoliating  use a good moisturizer for your skin type.

The best time to exfoliate when washing your face is at night, followed by a restorative sleep.

Enjoy your refreshed, natural skin and remember you are beautiful without make-up, especially in the middle of the night, when your skin, just as the whole of you, needs to rest and rejuvenate. Brush your teeth and floss, rather than wearing make up in the dark.tmp_20519-image-385207892


Beauty and Aging! Should We Use Cosmetics?

A few minutes ago I read a few very interesting comments on a Facebook feed about Beauty Products. Some swear by the use of Dove soap, some like vitamin C and Retinol, some are of the opinion that nothing works and we should age as God intended us to age.

Since I hold a license in Esthetics (PA) I felt like voicing my opinion and sharing what I know, but my comment was turning into an essay. I decided to write this post and if anyone in that discussion group would like to ask any questions, please feel free. I do not sell anything and will not say I know something if I don’t.

Our skin is our largest organ. Perhaps, vanity aside, God intended that we take care of our body, health, and not suffer at the hand of… dry skin (itching) or  allergies or oily skin and the resulting black heads, or white heads.

I started commenting on Facebook about products and pricing. 

It is not a rule that expensive is better. Why?  Let’s take “Private Label Companies.” What does this mean?  Large facilities, make contracts with various vendors and package the same creams in containers bearing the label of the  various vendors, but the containers are filled with the same cream.  Of course, we are in a free economy, and each vendor will price the products differently.

How to solve the problem?

READ the ingredients. Make sure the active ingredients are  listed in the highest percentage.

Make sure, if you buy a new product, you TEST behind your ear overnight, to make sure you are not allergic.

Many years ago, I bought a book called: “Take Me To The Counter.” I should probably re-purchase it (I hope it’s still available, isn’t everything available on Amazon?) Anyway, what I remember from this excellent book was to make sure I UNDERSTOOD the listed ingredients. In other words, if the names of the ingredients looked like long chemical formulas, to think again before purchasing the product.

Now, that I am inspired, next Friday, I will write a post about different types of skin and how each needs a different type of care.

Feel free to ask your questions.