There is no greater skincare myth than the old wives tale that somehow slathering on moisturizer will erase fine lines, wrinkles, and lack of tone. Even worse, moisturizer is not really helpful in remedying dry skin. Often times big beauty brands are responsible for this misconception and add to the hype by consistently flooding the industry with “new and improved” gloop in a jar that has “limitless” anti aging and hydrating abilities… If only any of this were true! Many of us have fallen prey to this type of advertising, and if you are among us, read on so you never need to buy into the myth behind the moisturizer cure all again. We're just going to say it…. MOISTURIZER IS NOT THE CORNERSTONE OF HEALTHY AGELESS SKIN. But what if you have dry skin you say? The problem is not that your skin doesn’t have enough moisture. The root of the issue is in the layers of dead skin that are sitting on the surface, disallowing your skin’s natural moisture functions to work at optimal levels. And that same dead skin accumulation is at the seat of your aging skin woes. As we age, our natural exfoliation processes slow down causing an accumulation and therefore more thickening of dull and dead cells sitting on the surface of the skin. This leads to a loss of luminous texture and an increase in the tell tale signs of aging. So if moisturizer isn't the answer, what is? Cell turnover is the ultimate regulator on how healthy and vibrant your skin looks and functions. By encouraging a faster rate of exfoliation we help the skin to perform as it did in your younger years, thus allowing your skin’s natural hydration processes to come to the forefront. If you have dry, and/or aging skin your first line of defence is topical products that increase skin exfoliation. The best ways to gently and effectively exfoliate the skin is by natural means such as glycolic or lactic acid, or by a potent form of Vitamin A like Retinaldehyde. Do not reach for a grainy scrub or wash cloth! This type of harsh physical exfoliation only disrupts the skin’s delicate texture more, resulting in an “orange peel” like effect to the skin. Stick with these active ingredients for effective exfoliation, as they do the job evenly and consistently across the surface of the skin. When you slough away your skin’s dirt, grime, and dead cellular debris on a consistent basis, what emerges is the healthy, hydrated skin that you remember from your younger years. By using a one-two punch of a lactic acid exfoliant in the form of our Rejuvenating Swipes, paired with a Retinaldehyde based product like our Vital A Rejuvenating Serum, you can be sure that your skin is right on track and doing what it’s designed to do. And only in special conditions and cases will you need to add a little light moisture on top of that! So say NO to the moisturizer based big beauty brand propaganda and regimens, and say YES to empowering yourself to get to the actual root of the problem. Cellular turnover is the most crucial step in managing “dry” skin, and is a potent anti-aging step you don’t want to take for granted. Doing this with our dynamic, expertly formulasted, and clinically validated products will help get your skin back to optimal function. No extra moisture needed.
Aging gracefully…What does that mean? Can we really turn back the hands of time? Well maybe we can’t completely stop the clock to go back to our 20s, but there are plenty of things we can do for ourselves to slow the aging process so we have the mental and physical health to enjoy our best life!! Here are 5 of my favorite tips!
A new ailment to add to these pandemic-times…. MASKNE! What is it? Mask acne (aka maskne) is a real thing, and it’s plaguing a lot of us wearing masks on our faces everyday for work, errand running, and day to day outings. It is especially stubborn and relentless during these hot summer months. Breakouts and blemishes are happening on our faces along the areas where the protective material is sitting on our face, by trapping dirt, oil, and sweat. But the solution is not to stop wearing that mask! It’s imperative to protect yourselves and others during these times. What you CAN do is take some steps to minimize the not so fun side effects of facial coverings.
Natural Skincare….Clean Skincare… Just what do these phrases actually mean??
Hello MK Beauties! Hope you had a fabulous Fourth and are enjoying your summer. Summer months usually mean less makeup and a simple skincare routine that really helps enhance our skin and give us a beautiful and natural look. Last week we talked about summer skin issues and how to combat them. Because the truth is we want to feel beautiful all year long but especially in the summer when we aren’t as covered up!!