Is toner really a necessary step?
Most people think of toner as a harsh astringent that rids the skin of excess oils. Often toner is related with teen acne, like “Sea Breeze” or those crazy harsh acne “oxy” pads from the 80’s. Well, toner has most definitely changed since the 80’s! Toner is one of the unsung hero’s of skincare and all ages and skin types can greatly benefit from its use.
What does toner do?
Several things! First and foremost toner will help remove any residue from the skin. Even after cleansing, oil, excess cleanser, makeup, or sunscreen can still be present. A sweep or two of toner will rid the skin of this excess baggage and allow it to breathe. However, what’s arguably more important is that toner will balance the skins PH levels. All cleansers are designed to be alkaline, whereas skin is naturally more acidic. If you have skin that is in an alkaline state you can run into problems, namely dehydration, premature aging, and flakiness amongst others. So the real truth of toner is that it’s number one reason is to balance the skin. Also, without this balance, your moisturizers and other products may not work as effectively, because they were created for skin that is in its slightly more acidic state. Lastly, toners usually contain ingredients that are anti-aging, hydrating, or antioxidant rich. These ingredients help to nourish the skin or address an issue. Skinscript’s toner, for example, contains Omegas and hylauronic acid- two soothing and hydrating powerhouses.
What toner should I be using?
So not all toners are created alike. There are still those harsh alcohol based drugstore toners that can wreak havoc on skin and need to be avoided (Proactiv, Sea Breeze, etc). Natural toners should also be avoided too- especially those using lemon or witch hazel. Even the fancy ones at stores like Lush (as much as they smell good and look pretty) are not PH balanced and contain nothing beneficial. They will just strip your skin of its much needed barrier oils (we need those) and throw your skin off it’s PH. So, when looking for a toner, choose professional grade as those are always PH adjusted, and look for toners that will meet your skin’s needs (i.e. hydrating, anti-aging, etc.).
How do I use toner?
Typically toner is used just after cleansing by saturating a cotton round or ball with the solution. A sweep or two across the entire face, neck, and décolleté, will do the job. Some toners (Skinscript included) are better used as a spray and left on the skin. While skin is still damp with the toner, it’s best to immediately follow with your moisturizer or treatment creams. This helps to lock in the hydration. Spray toner can also be used to set makeup, or as a hydration spray throughout your day.
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One of the reasons I became an Esthetician is my love for products! (I'm a pro product junkie). I LOVE to try new products for my clients. I offer only my favorite picks at my spa.
So I couldn't pass up the chance to order this super popular mask! Glamglow's gravity mud mask.
Although I peeled last night I had to try it tonight (normally I would say wait a week). However this mask is an awesome complement to my peel yesterday in that it will replenish the skin as well as lightly exfoliate the flakes the peel unleashed. And the firming component is much loved.
Although Glamglow isn't professional grade 😕 (everything else I offer at my spa is), it's a super popular treatment that is getting wide acclaim so I had to order a few. And so far I love it!
My skin feels amazing and definitely feels tight and glowing! Plus this mask is beautiful on and has a pretty fun ingredient deck. It smells amazing and feels very cool and refreshing.
Only drawback? I think I scared my husband when he walked into the room and saw me wearing it 😂😂
I only ordered 4 of these masks, so please let me know if you're interested in nabbing one. I'll save it for you! I will offer 10% off of sephoras price- won't find it any cheaper !!! $63 vs $69- a deal since this line doesn't discount ever.
This daylight savings darkness reminds me winter is here and so is peel season! Yay!
I currently have about 4 clients in the middle or beginning of a peel series right now. It is finally peel season in co and it is so exciting to see their skin change.
So..... What is a peel series? What should you expect? Who is a good candidate?
When skin is misbehaving (dry, acne, aging, discoloration to name a few), we can help to retrain the skin to be healthier and more beautiful by deeply sloughing off the top layers of dead skin (epidermis). When we professionally peel this dead skin new skin is reproduced at a much faster rate than normal (we call it cell turnover). The baby new skin is also replicating from the skin that's been treated by our acids, enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants in the peel and products. So it becomes trained to be healthier, better behaving skin.
While one peel is a great way to get a glow, relieve some dryness and pigmentation, and feel softer. It is often not enough to invoke bigger change. Thus a peel series is a fantastic idea if you want to see real results! It can have long term effects as the skin can be retrained in a sense.
Typically a series involves 6 peels done on average 2 weeks apart. I use a combo of enzyme, lactic, Salycilic, glycolic, mandelic, arbutrin, kojic or Tca peel (plus a few more). I have over 15 peels to choose from.
The peel and strength chosen depends on desired results, skin condition and sensitivity. We may also need to balance or rehydrate the skin prior to beginning the series if the skin is irritated, dry or in poor shape.
Anyone is a candidate except where contraindicated (using prescription meds like retinols, pregnancy, nursing, and certain skin or blood conditions). Even sensitive skin can benefit from a peel series!
Cost varies, however usually it is $47 an appointment and you get your 6th one free. And no you do not look like Samantha on HBO after your peel. Mild pinkness to minimal flaking is expected for a short amount of time. I take great care to make sure skin is properly exercised before doing stronger peels.
I will continue to post more information on the topic and feel free to let me know if you have any questions! And always happy to do a free consult.