Answer: Using your hands to wash your face isn’t enough!

When discussing the ideal skincare routine we can’t stress enough the importance of exfoliation and deep cleansing! “Cleansing is the most important step of your routine. We have so many different types of cleansers each tailored for different skin types. what one should do is exfoliate without over-stripping the skin. You can do this by using the right cleanser and using either a toner or exfoliant cream just after. Exfoliating is going to help your skin care products and serums penetrate so much deeper and with more success. Many of our patients use a skin cleansing brush with their routine and we highly recommend this for a nice deep clean.  Cleansing is an extremly important step in your routine, so even using a washcloth would be an improvement over using your hands to wash your face.


Why Your Skin Becomes Dry, Tight and Wrinkly in the Winter

Before we move on to the “how,” let me explain why your skin behaves the way it does during winter.

The outermost layer of our skin is called the stratum corneum, and it’s the first line of defense against the environment. A healthy water content in the stratum corneum equals soft and smooth skin. When any of these two important components are disrupted, which normally happens during exposure to extreme temperature, your skin loses water and, consequently, becomes dry, flaky and wrinkled.

So how do we defend our skin during the harsh winter months?

Apply sunscreen.
No matter what season it is, its always important to wear your sunscreen. A broad spectrum sunblock with at least a true 30 SPF should always be worn. Many people do not know this but the sun reflects back up to 80 percent of the suns rays back onto you, so much more then sand or water. Just because it is cold out does not mean you will not get a sunburn.

 Skip the soap.
Traditional soaps strip the skin of necessary oils and increase water loss and dryness. Instead, use gentle pH-balanced cleansers.

 Be a moisturizer snob.
Not all moisturizers are created equal. To ensure you get the most out of your moisturizer, choose a product that contains humectant ingredients that draw moisture into the skin, like a super hyaluronic acid moisturizing cream. And drink lots of water.

Check your skin care products for hidden moisture zappers.
Your skin’s enemies may also be lurking in your other skin care products. Make sure they don’t contain added colors, synthetic fragrances and other ingredients that could potentially irritate and dry out your skin.

 Keep your cool.
While there’s not much you can do about the weather, keep your skin happy by using a cool-mist humidifier indoors.

Men’s skin starts out thicker, more sebaceous and with more collagen in the fat plane so the thinning is not as obvious as it is for women. Years of shaving helps preserve skin-thickness in the beard area much the same way that microdermabrasion treatments can. Its not mystery that the sun can speed up the ageing and thining process.  In areas where dead skin cells fail to exfoliate naturally, the skin dries which causes a crusty look. It is important to use products that are rich in antioxidants, and products with retinoids. Check out this Antioxidant Infusion Crème!

Sweating at the gym might not be the root cause of body acne. Body acne is usually cause by an excessive amount of oil in the skin.  In order to help treat body acne its really important to exfoliate the body to help get oxygen into those pores and clean them out. Here is a great Exfoliating Body wash which also helps to control the oil , Its called Beta Body Wash.

This is totally fine, when you exercise your body loses moisture due to sweating, when you lose moisture you start to see more fine lines and wrinkles. If you moisturize before the gym it will help to keep your cells healthy and your face moisturized and refreshed. Don’t forget if you are working out in the sunlight to wear a moisturizing sunscreen with an SPF of greater then 36 Check out this great moisturizing sunblock here.

I would not recommend wearing any makeup to the gym, except the occasional eye makeup or lipstick! If you must wear makeup to the gym I would recommend using mineral powders as they won’t clog the pores and they are not affected by sweat. I have a great tool for removing makeup , try our Easy Makeup remover to cleanse away the makeup (that you just had to wear to the gym)!

This seems like common sense, but many people may not know. You loose a ton of water from your body from sweating, and it does not have to necessarily have to be from working out. Electrolyte water is especially helpful at rehydrating your body, and you should always apply a great moisturizer like the Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing cream immediately after you wash your face post workout

This is never something that I would recommend because if you cover your pores, be it with a sweatband, a hat, or a bandanna you are going to get a buildup of perspiration which will clog your pores, and cause an acne breakout. If you do find that you are getting clogged pores, I have a great tool to help clean out your pores and minimize the appearance. Use my Pore Minimizer to flush and minimize!

Someone asked me this questions and I thought it was quite interesting, How Do Oil-Free Moisturizers Work?

An easy way to explain this is that while most feel that regular oil containing moisturizers provide hydration, they’re doing the real work of preventing your skin from losing valuable moisture from deep within. Oils offer a superior method of accomplishing this–not because they “oil up” the skin, but because they create a moisture-sealing barrier for the skin. There are many types of moisturizers that can do with without the use of oils. For instance products with Hyaluronic Acids are great for people who want to avoid the oils. The ability of Hyaluronic Acid to bind water makes it a great humectant and moisturizing ingredient for skin care products; it has the ability to pull moisture from the atmosphere and trap it on the surface of the skin, and it has been shown to deeply penetrate the stratum corneum and enter the epidermis.


How Can I fix my freckles?, How can I lighten my sunspots?, How can I treat my sun damage? I get so many questions like this all the time.

Freckles, Age spots, Sun spots, Liver spots, Ugh!!!! But no matter what you call these dark markings, they’re all collections of pigment, also known as melanin.

So what can I do ?

Once a skin care specialist or practitioner has confirmed that your spots are harmless, there are a few strategies you can try to minimize their appearance. Here are some Lighteners and Brighteners that we love. If you follow the link, you will see that these products are designed specifically to lighten and brighten your complexion. Look for products that contain From the North American Forests, Alpha-Arbutin, an extract of the Bearberry Plant, which is a natural skin whitening agent.  For an at-home solution, trade your regular cleanser for a cleanser that has salicylic or glycolic acid, which helps slough off dead skin cells that contain excess pigment. Use it morning and night, then apply a brightening serum to your entire face. Make sure your serum has melanin-inhibiting ingredients (Alpha Arbutin), and antioxidants, “which have been shown to help prevent discoloration. Always apply sunscreen daily or risk the return of your spots.