Resetting Your Skin for the Next Level of Beauty

Overhauling your skin care with the basics.

facial steamingIf you have been following along, then you know our beauty focus for January is new beginnings. The past couple of posts have been about sharing beauty lessons learned from 2013. For the remainder of the month, we’ll talk about putting in to practice some new or improved beauty behaviors to take ourselves to the next level or beautiful. As a reminder, I’m only posting twice weekly now so posts will be a bit longer. However, they will be higher quality posts offering more information. Today’s specific focus is our skin.

Our skin takes a pretty harsh beating during the winter months. Before you know it, winter is gone and summer has returned. It happens every single year yeah?

What if I told you that you needed to reset your skin every season? It would make since. Wouldn’t it? Think about it.

You spring clean your home. You put away “seasonal” clothing. You even go so far as putting away certain color palettes (makeup and clothing) at certain times of year.  You are doing what’s called re-setting. You re-set your wardrobe and you re-set your home.

Now it’s time to reset your skin starting with:

  • Cleansing
  • Moisturizing
  • Facial Treatments

As you age, the types of products you use will change. Let’s not think about age for now though (side note: I turned 45 yesterday!).

Let’s talk about how we are going to reset our skin with these basic skin care practices.

skin moisturizing

Cleansing – You clean your face every day. That’s a given (I hope). Deep cleansing your face allows your pores to open so that you can truly get down to clean. The results of deep cleaning your face will be clearer skin over time. One method of deep cleansing your face is through facial steaming.

I’ve been using Dr Gross’ Professional Face Steamer for about a week and a half now and can already tell the difference in the texture of my skin. It’s cleaner and firmer. Reset!

Moisturizing – The importance of moisturizing your skin can not be overstated. Many people moisturize their faces only once per day. Some don’t even do it every day (shame!). However, if you are going to take your face to the next level of beauty, moisturizing with the right products for your skin type has to become a priority.

After steaming my face, I apply Dr Gross’ Daily Essentials Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Cream to seal in the moisture that was generated during the steam in process. Now, it’s not my intention to provide free advertising for Dr. Gross’ facial steamer and skin care products! I’m just sharing what it is that I’m using to improve my skin’s healthy and clarity for the new year.

Steaming your face regularly paired with imparting deep moisture gives you more hydrated skin. More hydrated skin is less prone to premature wrinkling. Reset!

Facial treatments – There are so many facial products on the market. They all makes claims. Some make big claims. What I personally look for in serums are, specific ingredients geared toward repairing, restructuring and restoring the skin. For me, that means no harsh chemicals.

Hyaluronic acid is beneficial for keeping your skin moisturized. Facial treatments containing peptides, vitamins A, C & E help fight the effects of free radicals. You can even find serums that can be paired (or added to) your daily moisturizer.

Just the right serum added to your skin care regimen can accelerate healthy skin cell turnover. Reset!

How do you reset your skin?

 brown beauty gal


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What I Learned About Healthy Skin Last Year

Skin care lessons learned from 2013

healthy skin lessons

January has always been a month of reflection. Earlier this week I shared a bit of what I learned about my natural hair last year. Today, I’ll share what I learned about healthy skin.

Having healthy skin sans acne, blemishing and pre-mature wrinkling takes some work and consistency.

I’m far from being an expert in skin care but I am quite the enthusiast and love sharing what I learn from my trial and error experiences with products as well as what I learn from my dermatologist and aesthetician.

Here’s a list of a few things I learned about healthy skin last year:

  1. There is no one size fits all skin care routine. While there are guidelines for healthy skin care, when you factor in the use of various products you’ll discover that what works for one may not work for you.
  2. Natural skin care products work best for the basics. Many will not agree with this statement. That’s OK. Keep piling on the chemicals and allowing them to seep into your skin and ultimately your blood stream. (did that sound judgmental or what? LOL) If you have sensitive skin like me, then you may be able to relate. When it comes to the basic aspects of skin care like cleansing and moisturizing, natural skin care products are best for skin health. Unless you are allergic to a specific natural element, using an all natural cleanser and moisturizer is safer. If you are into using specialty skin care products like serums that help fight off wrinkles, then you may need a product that is not fully natural. My only caution would be to investigate the full list of unnatural ingredients to make sure they have not been linked to any cancers.
  3. Facial steaming is everything. My pores sometimes get clogged and while I have done the occasional face steaming in the past, I had not been very consistent with it. After seeing an aesthetician several times, I realize that my skin really does need regular steaming. That’s why I couldn’t wait to jump on purchasing one of QVC’s featured products – Dr. Gross Facial Steamer with Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Moisturizer. I can’t wait to get this. I’ll be steaming twice weekly to keep my pores open and detoxed. I also like the fact that Dr. Gross is a NYC based dermatologist. I may need to pay him a visit :-)

What have you learned about having healthy skin? Share it in the comments section!

brown beauty gal

Results of The 30 Day Meaningful Beauty Serum Test – Comparison Shots

I’ve been testing Meaningful Beauty’s anti-aging serum for the past 30 days. As mentioned in this post, I received it compliments of Influenster for testing purposes.

I did forget to apply it a few times throughout the month so I may have received better results had I been 100% consistent. I’d say I was consistent about 80% of the time. Here’s a comparison shot from Day 1 to Day 30

meaningful beauty serum results

I tried to get the pics as close to the lighting as possible. As you can see, there is no dramatic difference but there is a difference. If you look at each photo closely, you’ll see slight changes. I will continue to use the serum until it’s finished to see if I can achieve even smoother skin.

What I Like About This Anti-Aging Serum

Although my results are not what I would consider definitive, I really like how gentle this serum is on the skin. It melts right into the skin and a little goes a long way.

What do you think? Was the 30 day testing a success or not?

brown beauty gal

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