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Save Face: tips for beautiful skin

skin-care-product-roundup-hero The skin is your largest organ. It is the envelope of the body – it acts as a shield to what lies beneath. The powerful barrier that is the skin not only helps to keep germs and bacteria out, but it also helps remove waste from inside the body via sweat. If you pay close attention, your skin provides you with an immense amount of information. For example, if your skin is dry you need more water. If you’re skin is red and swollen there is inflammation. If you have dark circles under your eyes, you may need more sleep. If you have an acne breakout, you might be stressed. We turn to the skin to give us signals of what’s going on inside. That’s pretty incredible! Caring for your skin is an expression of self love. We rounded up a few skincare products that top of our list of favorites. Before we get started here are a few quick face tips:
  • Use clean hands when touching the face
  • Be gentle when applying any product as not to stretch or tear the skin - better to dab than to rub
  • No picking
  • Always use sunscreen
  • Drink water and get plenty of sleep (7-8 hours each night)
  • After any sweaty workout, rinse face to remove the toxins and bacteria

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Mask

Adding a weekly face mask to your skincare routine will help get deep into the pores and remove toxins that have built up. Sunday night facials are a fun way to start your week “clean”. Our pick: Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai and Goji Berry Face Mask. It’s like a superfood smoothie for your face - it exfoliates, tones, and pulls toxins out.

Oils

Oils are amazing for everything including a few common skin issues:

Acne. These pesky little blemishes come and go every month. Zap them naturally with tea tree essential oil. This purifying oil has many uses, one being an astringent that deeps cleans and kills bacteria.

Pigmentation caused by sun and scarring. Rosehip oil is a natural source of Vitamin C and essential fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9 that help regenerate damaged skin tissue. Our pick is Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil. A little goes a long way. Just a few drops a couple nights a week and skin tone begins to look more even.

Serum

Serums have smaller molecules so they can be penetrate more easily and deeper into the skin to deliver active ingredients. Because of the potent benefits of serum, it’s important you use a good one. Our pick is Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum. This bad boy helps ward off damaging free radicals, reduces wrinkles and the vitamin C remains effective for 72 hours.

Toner

A toner is an overlooked product but it has great benefits, including: balancing skin pH, shrinking pores and providing an additional layer of protection. Spray or gently dab on with a cotton ball before your moisturizer. Our pick is Jason C Effects Toner that douses skin with vitamin C to fight free radicals. This inexpensive, good-smelling toner is also a great midday skin refresher.

Moisturizer

Nobody likes dry skin. After all, dry skin causes wrinkles. No thank you! Put on a silky veil of face lotion for moisture and protection from the elements. Our picks:

Lather on organic coconut oil to send your senses to a tropical paradise. More importantly, coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and is also an antibacterial and antifungal ointment. It’s a natural barrier.

Tinted moisturizer with SPF is a one-step wonder to good looking skin on the go. After a yoga class, spritz on a toner and gently massage BB cream into your skin – it sun protects, moisturizes and evens out skin color. Voila! We love Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.

Soft Lips

Don’t leave the lips unattended. They need just as much care. So grab a natural, SPF gloss or balm for a finishing shmear that protects and glistens. We are obsessed with Supergoop Lip Balm with SPF30.