CLEANSE: Part Two
Updated: Aug 12, 2018
Great my skin is clean…now what!?
So we all know that we are firm believers in a two-step cleanse. We discussed this here wherein you use an oil-based cleanser first and then follow with a water-based cleanser. The reason for this? We put a lot of varying types of makeup on our face. No one cleanser will remove all of these products off. Not only this, but throughout the day, between the dirt in the air blowing around, you sweat…okay “glisten” for those that claim they don’t sweat, that it takes more than just one to totally and completely cleanse your skin.
Since we posted the part one of this series we have introduced the BFF from Holistic Beauties into our routine while doing the water-based cleanse. You are able to really get into those pores, open them up, as well as, and depending on the intensity of the vibrations you set your BFF to, you get a really thorough deep cleanse. We will go into a more thorough review and detail of the benefits of this tool in another blog that will soon be released.
Now you have a clean face…what now?
The next step will be toner. What is the purpose of toner? Used to be that toners were typically used to bring your skin back to it’s healthy pH level. This is no longer the problem it used to be with how today’s cleansers are made. Today toner’s are used to prepare the skin for hydration. Toners really allow the skin surface to be ready to absorb the next products you apply.
Right now Lorilea is obsessed with Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. She has been using it for almost two years now and really allows the hydration to be absorbed. Beauty Water by Son & Park is also a very great toner that prepares your skin for great hydration, as well. Andrea currently uses Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner Facial Mist. You can use whichever toner you have found to be great for your skin. Toners can be typically identified as they are watery. They can vary from a mist to a pad that is already drenched in the product or just a bottle that you can use a cotton pad to apply with.
After you apply the toner is the time for Essence to be introduced to your skin.
I know, you are looking at the screen wondering what the hell is essence and why is this important?
While essence and serums (discussed below) are basically the same, they do have varying differences that are important. An essence is more lightweight in consistency than a serum. However, as the market is becoming more and more flooded with these products as the routines are becoming ever more popular, we have seen serums that are coming out that have a more lightweight consistency, as well.
Essence’s purpose? To saturate your skin with hydration. Lorilea uses Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence. She has been using this for roughly a year and a half and is amazed at the level of hydration that she obtains. Andrea was unable to use the Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence as it caused some reactions, Andrea has varying allergic reactions to products and she will be writing a blog on those with highly sensitive skin in the near future. Missha also has a wonderful essence that is Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist. Andrea currently uses May Coop Raw Sauce. While this is looked at to be a toner/essence combo, like we have established, all of these products work cohesively together to allow your skin to be hydrated and appear dewy. This provides high level of hydration for those that live in dry climates. It is definitely something that is kept on hand.
While serums and essences share the same purpose, the ones that we use are more in common with an ampoule. We tend to revolve to serums/ampoules that are supercharged with high concentration ingredients that focus on skin concerns. These are products that are enriched in powerful ingredients that address concerns with dullness, aging, dark spots, etc. These will have a more gel-like consistency, however, can also be found in some to still be watery like. These will be full growth factors, peptides, and Vitamin C. All skin types, no matter your concern can benefit from a serum/ampoule. Lorilea is in love with The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule. Talk about intense immediate love for your face. She is 45-years-old and has been intense in making sure she does what needs to be done to keep Father Time at bay. Neogen’s White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop is amazing, as well. These drops pack an intense hydration punch which provide an all day protective barrier to nourish and brighten the skin. Andrea will, twice a week, use COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid. Talk about serious Vitamin C in a small drop! This is a wonderful product for those that are looking to lighten brown spots, acne scars and bring total radiance back to your skin.
Aging will happen to all of us, but loving and feeding your skin with what it needs to do so in such a way that shows you have been committed to loving your skin is the main goal. A commitment to your skin as you age, even while in your teens, is the best time to start. Our skin takes a beating on a daily basis. Anything we can do to arm it with the best barriers, best hydration, and feed it with the vitamins and nutrients it needs will show in the long run. I mean have you ever heard anyone complain about having taken care of their skin? Make time for yourself and take care of yourself.