Tag Archives: prod-528759

  • Cleanse-Tone-Treat: Your Step-By-Step Skin Care Guide

    WashingFaceWe invest time and money into stocking our beauty cabinets with skin care products that have the potential to make our skin look and feel better. But do you know which order to apply them in for the best results? Should serums be under or over moisturizer? And where does sunscreen come in? Esthetician Jeanette Hickox in Novato walks us through the five easy steps of healthy, beautiful skin.

    Step 1: Cleanse

    Prepping your skin for treatment is the first step, says Jeanette. She recommends a thorough cleansing with either a Clarisonic device or a “double cleanse.” This means washing your face twice, first gently massaging cleanser into your skin to open pores, then washing it again to be sure the loosened debris and oil are removed.

    Step 2: Exfoliate

    It’s important to exfoliate on a regular basis to remove dead cells on the surface of the skin; this allows treatment products to penetrate better and makeup to go on smoother. Try DeVita’s Gentle Aloe Facial Scrub; it exfoliates with pure, round jojoba beads that are kind to skin. Note: If you use a Clarisonic you’ll need to exfoliate less often, since the device already supports everyday exfoliation.

    Step 3: Tone

    Often overlooked, this step is all about balancing the skin. A toner can restore skin’s natural pH, which cleansers sometimes disrupt, Jeanette tells us. Toners can treat skin, too. For oily skin, try a toner that balances the skin without stripping moisture. The Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner from Paula’s Choice helps calm skin and reduces redness, while evanhealy’s Lavender Facial Tonic Hydrosol is a good choice for sensitive skin, protecting it with natural plant antioxidants.

    Step 4: Treat

    Serums are an intensive treatment made to quickly penetrate the skin. Apply them directly to clean, toned skin, says Jeanette. Depending on its ingredients, these concentrated solutions deliver nutrients that can plump, firm, repair, brighten, treat blemishes and more. Some serums, such as Shea Terra Organics’ Argan and Green Coffee Around Eye Beauty Serum, target eye-specific problems like puffiness and dark circles.

    Step 5: Moisturize

    Moisturizers keep skin hydrated and seal in the treatment products you’ve applied. But they are not made to penetrate the skin like serums are. Instead, moisturizers stay on the surface of the skin, creating a barrier that locks in moisture.

    Daily moisturizers are lighter than night-time moisturizers, and many have SPF protection, combining two steps into one. MyChelle’s Daily Defense Cream SPF 17 hydrates with olive and wheat germ oils, and protects skin from sun damage with a clear zinc oxide. At night, Jeanette says, try a richer moisturizer that includes antioxidants or peptides that can repair skin while you sleep. Andalou Naturals’ Super Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream has both!

    (Important) Bonus Step: Protect

    If your daily moisturizer doesn’t have an SPF of 15 or higher, you’ll need to apply a sunscreen next (and liquid makeup or foundation after that). Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck and ears…and lips! Try Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient Lip Care Sunscreen SPF 25 for lip hydration and protection.

    A good rule of thumb: When applying skin care products on clean skin, layer them by weight, lightest to heaviest!

  • Clarisonic: 6 Secrets to Success

    clarasonic-MiaFront_PinkWe love how the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System makes our skin feel…And how its patented sonic technology gently removes six times more makeup and two times more dirt and oil than manual cleansing...And how it makes our skin care products absorb better….

    But could there be new or better ways to use it? We talked to expert estheticians Jeanette Hickox in Novato and Nicole Mueller in Albuquerque, to get the low down on the best ways to use the Clarisonic.

    1. Choose the best model for your needs.

    • Mia is the simplest to use—one button, one speed. It’s compact and the most affordable.
    • Mia 2 is compact, features two speeds, includes a travel case and comes in lots of fun colors.
    • Aria has 3 speeds and is techno-friendly with its USB-enabled universal voltage charger, making it ideal for international travel.
    • Plus has both face and body modes and brushes (for when you just can’t get enough!).
    • Opal is a palm-sizes sonic serum-infusion device for the eye area that reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

    2. Select the right brush head. 

    • Brush Heads come in Delicate, Sensitive, Normal, Acne, Deep Pore and Body versions.  Sensitive is a good one to start with, but a Pharmaca esthetician can guide you to your best choice.
    • We don’t share toothbrushes, so don’t share your Clarisonic brush head. Go ahead and share the device, but make sure everybody gets their own brush.
    • Break out a fresh new brush head every three months.

    3. Use the right cleanser for your skin type.

    It’s best to use a cream-based cleanser to remove oil-based makeup, and a gel cleanser for water-based makeup. Avoid clay cleansers, as the clay can get embedded in your pores if you’re not careful. Here are some customer and esthetician favorites:

    4. Give yourself a healthy glow.

    The Clarisonic does more than just clean. The sonic technology actually improves your skin’s circulation by bringing blood flow to the surface. It provides a gentle lymphatic massage, too. But be sure to let the device do the work—there’s no need to press hard. Just let it gently glide across the skin in a circular motion.

    5. Exfoliate like a pro.

    While the Clarisonic cleans the skin by massaging open the pores and whisking out dirt, it can also be a great exfoliation device, too. Using a scrub with smooth, round exfoliating beads is the key (never use those with rough salt, sand, sugar or ground shells).

    6. Man up.

    The Clarisonic’s techno-vibe appeals to men, too. Of course it’s a superior cleaning device, but it also can provide a closer, more comfortable shave and reduce the incidence of razor irritation and rash. Use it with a gentle shaving gel or cream like Dr. Bonner’s Shaving Gel (try the invigorating Lemongrass Lime scent) or Zia Men Hydra Shave Cream. The brush motion lifts the scruff to seriously prep the beard for a close shave.

    Find your perfect Clarisonic at Pharmaca today!

2 Item(s)