Smooth like a baby’s bottom!

My skin is sensitive, combination, and generally just aggravated with me.  I love to try different foundations all the time, spend time outside, rub my face when I am thinking really hard, and my diet is, well, very poor!  Because of this abuse to my face, I do try to care for it by using gentle soap-free cleansers, this one is my favorite.  I also have carefully selected a skincare regimen to keep my skin moisturized while also attacking some of the signs of aging that I brought on with years of tanning and smoking, both of which I no longer do!  I love my AHA cream every few days, my Line Eraser, and my Ultimate.  I also love to exfoliate using my gentle Refining Daily Scrub 2-3 times per week.  It’s perfect for all skin types and the little beads are rounded so they don’t irritate the sensitive skin on the face.  But I was saddened this morning to find I had run out of the RDS even though I thought I surely could squeeze a few more uses out!  You only need a pea size for your face, so I assumed I could push some down but apparently I had used it all.  I had that tube over a month, but still, sadness….

refining daily scrub

While I have come to love my RDS because of the gentleness, I was pleased to find I had a tube of the Clearskin Pore Penetrating Invigorating Scrub in the shower!  I had totally forgotten about this little gem when I started using the Anew Clean items.  But the invigorating scrub is just that…INVIGORATING!  It definitely feels more scrubby or almost sand-like than the clean line, but it also leaves this cool sensation on your skin when you rinse it off!  So I put a pea size of this in my hand and gently rubbed it on my clean face.  Amazing!  Super soft feel and that burst of cool after the scrubbies is the perfect combination to refresh you, especially in the morning!

invigorating scrub

Now, exfoliating is serious business and you can actually harm your face by doing it too often.  Also, you want to rub longer, not harder, if you feel you are in need of a good sloughing.  Rubbing too hard will only irritate your skin and leave it blotchy and tender.  While exfoliation is good to get dead skin off and leave your skin smooth, you need to follow it with a great moisturizer as it can be drying.  Drying leads to lines.  Lines make you sad!

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Ready to face the summer?

Winter can do a number on your skin, particularly your face’s sensitive but exposed skin.  While we all hopefully were using our moisturizers in the cooler months, everyone can still do with a little TLC on their face to get it summer ready!

Dry cooler air or even the constant change from cool to warm can create uneven tone and dry patches.  That leads to dull looking skin and very poor foundation application!  If your foundation looks splotchy, uneven, or gritty it’s not the foundation, it’s your skin!  Some gentle exfoliating, treatments, and a good moisturizer can bring that summer glow out and prime skin for the warmer summer foundation shades!

First, toss out any facial cleanser that has soap in it.  Soap is drying and will strip away all the good oils on your face.  Even if you have oily skin, you don’t want to damage and dry out your skin.  The chart above shows the different cleansers we offer, but anything that is soap free will do just fine!  My favorite is the Rich Foaming Cleanser because it’s light but leaves a great clean feel with a soft fragrance that isn’t overpowering!  Click here to read the details on it!  We also have a Daily Scrub that is great for a gentle exfoliation, but I recommend that only every other day or every third day.  If you notice a lot of dry patches or unevenness, I would recommend adding the Retexturizing Peels.  This was a Redbook MVP for skincare in 2016!  The complete details are on the site, but it gives a professional-like resurfacing treatment at home and you will see a difference even on the first one!  Better, brighter tone and more even skin surface can be seen after the first treatment and only gets better as you continue using it!  This is strong, though, and does contain several acids so you do not use it daily!  If you use any acids on your facial skin, be sure to use a good moisturizer with an SPF during the day to prevent any redness or irritation.  I have switched to a lighter strength moisturizer to prep my skin for the season change since I am doing more treatments.  The Vitale Day Cream has SPF 25, is a bit less oily as it is for more youthful skin, and has a light pleasant fragrance unlike some strong skincare regimens!  I will switch back to my normal one after I finish this jar.  If you’re not sure which regimen is best for you, click here to use our Skincare Advisor to help you!  It’s a short but fun quiz!  However, I am also always happy to do a skincare consult so feel free to reach to me!  Skincare is my favorite!  I hope you find the best regimen to get your ready to face the summer!