A deeper look at skin care.

   When most people think of ‘Skin Care’ they think primarily of their face washing routine, but it’s so much more!  Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it’s responsible for body insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, and the production of Vitamin D (among other things).  Skin is actually pretty cool; the human body does seriously impressive stuff!  If you’ve ever spent any one on one time with me, you’re aware that talking about skin care is pretty much my favourite subject!    

  The key to keeping your skin healthy and happy is exfoliation and rehydration.  Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface.  Our bodies are continuously producing new cells to replace those that die off naturally.  As we age the rate in which our cells regenerate slows down.  Over-exfoliation is definitely something to be cautious of as well.  The skin needs some time to recuperate, so 2-3 times a week is enough.  Follow your exfoliation routine with toner and moisturizer for healthy, happy skin!  The skin on our faces requires different care then the skin on the rest of our bodies; but why do we often neglect caring for our body?    

  Let’s get skin deep (ha!  Pun intended).  I’m about to start referencing my esthetics textbook here so get ready!  PH (or potential hydrogen) is the unit of measurement that indicates whether a substance is acidic, neutral, or alkaline.  The scale of pH is measured between zero and 14, with 7 being neutral.  PH balanced means the pH is balanced at a certain level, but not necessarily at 4.5 - 5.5 (which is the average pH our skin should sit at).  The skin on our bodies is slightly acidic due to the mixture of sebum (oil), sweat, minerals, and moisture commonly referred to as the acid mantle.  If a product is Acid balanced (which most professional skin care products are) the acid mantle will not be at risk.

  Harsh soaps and cleansers can strip the protective layer of the acid mantle, leaving it vulnerable to injury.  When looking for cleansers or exfoliators (for both face and body), choose products with botanical ingredients that “digest” the dead skin cells such as ground nuts, fruit acids, or grains.  Don’t forget to rehydrate with a toner/ or serum and moisturizer.

 

  So, with all that information I just extended to you, remember these key points.  Your skin is in a constant state of regeneration, replacing dead skin cells with new cells to ensure the protection of the body from invasion.  Sometimes as we get older, or skin needs a little help speeding up the process.  When choosing skin care products for both your face and body look for acid balanced.

  I want to invite you to visit Novo Esthetics Studio any time for a free consultation.  You'll find cruelty free, botanically based products here that fit the needs of most skin types.  I love to talk about skin, so let’s share a cup of tea and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have.  If you have a question that stumps me,  I'll pull out that lovely textbook of mine and try to find an answer with in a few days of your visit!  

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 -        Vicki

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