Why is toner important?

Toning isn't just for your abs! I can't count the number of times people have asked me why they should use a toner. What is it? Why use it? What does it do? When you think of toner do you automatically have a flashback to the 80's and think of saturating a cotton ball with "Sea Breeze"? (Is that just me?) I can still remember the smell... and that feeling of tight, dry skin. In some weird way there was a satisfaction that came with seeing dirt and grime on that cotton ball. What I didn't realize is that it meant my cleanser was not effectively doing it's job. But then what can one expect from Noxzema or whatever other cleanser was in fashion at the time? The right toner should not leave you

Why Masque?

So, we've talked about the importance of exfoliation- now let's talk about the art of masque-ing. So after you have exfoliated, hence removed all the dead skin cells, your skin is perfectly primed to receive all the positive elements, nutrients, vitamins, etc that a masque can provide. Skin dry or dehydrated? Try a hydrating masque. Skin needing a shot of vitamins, and help stimulating collagen and elastin to achieve more firmness and elasticity? Try a vitamin- rich masque. Skin looking dull, clogged or pigmented? Try a charcoal masque. There are SO MANY OPTIONS. Some masques can even be mixed into your moisturizer for an extra boost. So often, people will be tempted to skip this step but

Why is exfoliation so important?

Exfoliation. What does it mean, exactly? Wikipedia understands how important exfoliation is, shouldn't you? Definition: "Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface. Exfoliation is involved in the process of all facials, during microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Exfoliation can be achieved through mechanical or chemical means." Why is exfoliation so important? Did you know you don't produce a NEW skin cell until a dead skin cell has been shed via exfoliation? THAT is one of the reasons that professional exfoliation treatments are vital. Who wants a bunch of sticky, dead, dull skin cells hanging around on their face when they could have vib

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