Mar 2, 2010


Kristina Holland-Natural Skin Shop’s skin savvy writer (& biggest fan!)

Every now and then, it may seem like you have missed the first day of skin care orientation. Should I pat or air dry? Is a toner absolutely necessary? Should I use hot or cold water to wash my face? These answers and more can make the difference between a complexion that glows and one that woes!

“Wash Your Troubles Away…With Lukewarm Water.”
Be sure to get a thorough cleanse with lukewarm water. Ice-cold water tightens pores thereby preventing your cleanser from penetrating deep into the pore-lining. This is particularly true for medicated cleansers, such as Peel Rx Alpha-Beta Cleanser, infused with tea tree oil and salicylic acid. On the opposite end, hot water can exasperate dry skin and acne conditions by weakening the lipid barrier. Extreme water temperatures in either direction can result in broken capillaries otherwise known as “telangiectasia”. Lukewarm water, neither too hot nor too cold, is a healthy choice for clear, beautiful skin! Follow a gentle cleansing with a splash of cool water for a refreshing, pore-tightening effect.
PS: Be careful not to over-cleanse and disturb the acid mantle!

“Tone Your Way to Extraordinarily Beautiful Skin.”
Toners are often disregarded as unnecessary, excessive and worthless. However, this common misunderstanding couldn’t be further from the truth! For most skin types, particularly those with special needs, they can be a skinsaver! Medicated toners, such as Peel Rx Alpha-Beta Toner, can dramatically improve acne conditions without imparting dehydration and irritation. In fact, toners prep the skin for moisture delivery and restore a healthy PH balance. Toners have really grown-up in the past few years. No longer the drying and irritating astringents of the past, toners successfully clear residual impurities, tighten pores and eradicate dead skin cells. Unfortunately, water systems fail to deliver pure, clean, unadulterated water. A toner ensures your skin isn’t left to the demise of skin-disturbing mineral deposits. On the same note, even splashing with water can disturb the skin’s delicate PH balance. Choose a PH-balanced toner that is appropriate for your skin type. Many contain emollients and antioxidants to further protect skin from the perils of UV radiation and harsh climates.

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Caitlin said...

The information on the skin care is really helpful. I always use a medicated toner and cleanser for my skin. They are making my skin more beautiful and shiny.

Kristina Holland-Natural Skin Shop's Skin-Savvy Writer said...

Hi Caitlin,
I'm so glad to hear you found the information helpful! It is always advantageous to use an exfoliant particularly if you are prone to acne or clogged pores (and who isn't?!). In fact, I have found that the two most important and beneficial steps in skin care are 1.) exfoliation and 2.) hydration... "Wax Off, Wax On"... Take off the bad wax (the sticky, pore-clogging wax) and hydrate the barrier with Natural Moisturizing Factors-NMF (i.e.: hyaluronic acid). Good luck! Let me know if you ever have any questions about the blog posts or skin care in general! -Kristina

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