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It's Time To Break Up With Your Scrub

It's Time To Break Up With Your Scrub

It’s time to break up with your facial scrub and use a chemical exfoliant instead.

Hey, I said what I said, but hear me out - most facial scrubs on the market are too aggressive for soft facial skin.

Chemical exfoliation is much more controlled giving a steady dose of ingredients delivered at a consistent daily rate.

Scrubs are managed by the person manipulating the scrub. Most people want to scrub everything off their skin - especially those with breakouts and blackheads. We think if we just scrub enough it will scrub away. This ends in overexfoliation. Which leads to - guess what? More breakouts.

Too much exfoliation (same goes with chemical exfoliation) can lead to inflammation, irritation, moisture loss, and disrupts the skins’ protective barrier. Plus, with compromised skin you will be more susceptible to sunburns (aka old looking skin in the future.)

So I bet you’re wondering - well what should I use to scrub my acne off? Ok maybe more like what should we use instead to exfoliate?

Let me introduce to you, your new favorite exfoliant: LOTION P50

If you really want to reduce breakouts, calm down inflammation, lessen fine lines and really maximize your skin health, add Lotion P50 into your routine and watch your skin improve by leaps and bounds over 50 days.

Want to learn more about how to use Lotion P50 and when to use it? Send me a DM with the word P50 and I’ll help you incorporate this product into your routine!

If you want to get your hands on Lotion P50 ASAP, click on this link and you can get $5 off your first order. Subscribe to our email newsletter and get more discounts, tips and tricks!


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How to Apply Biologique Recherche Lotion P50


 If you’re looking for a product that dramatically changes your skin, look no further than Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 and its variations.There is a reason Lotion P50 is an incredibly legendary skincare product. This multi-purpose toner exfoliates, balances and hydrates the skin. Lovingly coined a “facial in a bottle,” Lotion P50 is truly unmatched by any other product on the market.
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The Proper Order of a Skin Care Routine

The Proper Order of a Skin Care Routine

Picture middle school science class. That classic scene where someone’s about to mix the wrong additive and create an unfavorable chemical reaction. On the path toward clearer skin, we encounter endless advertisements for the best face serum or best facial wash. And while there are some incredible products available as chemistry and technology evolve, the order of skin care routine is essential.

Taking care of your skin boils down to basic biology. Literally. 


Why does the order of product application matter?

Any esthetician or dermatologist will tell you the important order of operations when it comes time to layer your skin care, especially if you’re using a magnifying glass on those pores every day. Our skin is the largest largest organ on her body and exists to protect us from the outside, in. 

There are very few ingredients that are able to deeply penetrate your skin. Even when the formula is perfectly dialed in, and perfectly applied, you won’t see the results that you’re hoping for unless you couple them accordingly.


The basics of a skincare routine

When we peel back the layers of skin care routines, they all come from the same basic foundation.


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Dialing in the perfect skin care routine that fits your needs requires more than a quick skim on Reddit. When you’re working with an aesthetician, they can help identify your skin specific needs. Just because a certain product tremendously improved another person's hyperpigmentation does not mean that your chemistry will receive that product in the same way. 

There are plenty of opportunities for your skin to break out, cause redness and irritation. Still, the fact remains that you won’t know unless you try, and you won’t know what to try without the guidance of a trained professional.


General routine order rules

With a myriad of rules to follow, skin care routine tends to feel out of reach. The ideal situation is one that is cost and time effective. In order to reap all the benefits you can from your skin care products, layering them it’s just one way to go about it. One thing you can consider is the amount of time that goes by between applying each product. 

You can make this easy for yourself, especially at night. With the more intensive routine saved for your evening, you can enjoy reading your book or watching your favorite show and slowly apply all of your products before you go to sleep. It can be a 10 minute process or an hour, but it all depends on how quickly your skin absorbs each process.


How to order your daytime routine: step-by-step instructions

Every single step you take toward healthier skin counts. And there’s a specific order of operations that allows you to take advantage of each ingredient in the best way it can be utilized. Little effort, big results.


1: Cleanser

Starting your day off right can look a little different for everyone, but washing off the sweat, dead skin cells and exhaustion from a good night's sleep is the best place to begin. Cleansing your skin, especially with warm water, not only clears away dirt and grime, but warm water can help open up your pores, leaving them in an even better position to soak up the delicious products you’re about to layer on your face. 


Makeup wipes simply will not do it. Getting your face lathered up with warm steam and unclogging those temperamental sebaceous filaments leaves you with the perfect, supple morning skin that you’ve been dreaming of. 


2: Toner

Toners are the classic step two in nearly every single skin care routine you’ll encounter. After cleansing, your skin has the opportunity to expel dirt and grime and using a toner can help wipe some of that residue away.

There are plenty of misconceptions about toners. Toners are to be used in moderation at a frequency of around 2 to 3 times per week. This gives your skin enough time to create some build up so that you’re not over exfoliating and leaving your skin susceptible to inflammation and redness.


3: Serums targeted for skin concerns

Everyone loves a good serum. And even when we have three in one serums that knockout all concerns at once, layering them is too fun to just use one. But the truth is that using multiple serums that target different levels of skin health can be incredibly beneficial for skin cell turnover and regeneration.

Serums are intensely concentrated vitamins, minerals, actives and other goodies that your pores love to soak up. They help us to ditch damaged skin, treat hyperpigmentation, hydrate and more. Hyaluronic acid is the crown jewel of the serum world. Doubling its weight in water, applying hyaluronic acid to damp skin can pack and seal your pores with proper nourishment and hydration.


4: Eye cream

Eye creams are going through an era of being foolishly disregarded and undervalued. As one of the final steps in your skin care routine, the right eye cream can buff up your order of operations. It’s true that dragging your moisturizer around your eyelids and under eye is a great way to keep your eye area hydrated. But certain eye creams have concentrated amounts of actives that hold anti-aging properties like retinoids or vitamin C.

Since our eye areas are so sensitive, being intentional with what we put around them is crucial. Eye creams are specifically designed to treat the thin, delicate skin around our eyes. So don’t skip out on the best step in your routine.


5: Spot treatment

Spot treatments are truly the fairy godmother of skin care products. They waltz on in with a purpose and typically exceed expectations. Whether you’re treating zits, dark spots or other skin concerns, layering your spot treatment between serums and moisturizers gives it a sweet spot of canvas to work with.

Pairing the spot treatment with something like niacinamide can take anti-acne care up a notch. Niacinamide keeps inflammatory forms of acne at bay. No papules and pustules over here.


6: Moisturizer or hydrator

Where would we be without moisturizers? The truth is that if you’re not applying a daytime and nighttime moisturizer yet, we’re gonna need to sit down and have a talk. Your skin does its best work at night. 

While you sleep, your body goes to work repairing itself and that includes our largest organ. Moisturizers lock in all the layers like the cherry on top. If you’re prone to dry skin, your body is automatically producing excess oil. Excessive oil can end up clogging your pores and leading to a breakout. If you keep your skin moisturized, there’s no need for it to work overtime to hold onto that hydration. Moisturizing goes far beyond simply keeping your skin feeling smooth.


7: Sunscreen

If you don’t know much about sunscreen, you’re going to be so mad when you finish reading this section. Sunscreen is the beginning and end of all of your skin care. If you do not protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, no amount of serums or moisturizers will save you. 

Sunscreen is a preventative, and the very definition of that word is to keep your skin from experiencing external damage. If you can remember to apply sunscreen every day, and you don’t already, you’re going to notice an enormous shift in the quality of your skin. Plus, your face will thank you with a beautiful glow and supple touch.


8: Foundation (optional)

Depending on your skin care needs and skin type, foundation may or may not be applicable to your routine. If it isn’t, congratulations! You’ve just reached the end of your skin care routine in chronological order. If it is, you want to save this step for last. If you’re hoping to make the switch to a lighter foundation, tinted moisturizers are an excellent option. Many have buildable coverage and do an excellent job at keeping your skin hydrated.


How to order your nighttime skin care routine: step-by-step instructions

Just like your daytime routine, your nighttime skin care routine is only as good as the awareness you have around what to layer, when. At night, your skin can walk back free radical damage, repair itself and offer a renewed slate to work with the following morning. 

Our skin tends to produce less see them in the evening, so by adding in your hydrating serums and moisturizers, you’ll prevent transepidermal water loss. It turns out that beauty rest is a very real thing.


1: Cleanser and makeup remover

There’s nothing better than putting on your pajamas and getting ready for bed. Your first step before you climb into your dream scape is to cleanse your face thoroughly and use make up remover to touch up any remaining traces. 

Priming your skin for a good night's sleep can go a long way.


2: Exfoliator

Though there's an almost endless amount of exfoliators on the market, each one has a certain goal or area of improvement. Exfoliation could be anything from alpha hydroxy acids to a gentle oatmeal scrub. 

Exfoliators exist to knock loose excess dirt and grime in the pores and create a clean slate to work with.


3: Toner

Following up from an off day of toner can be super beneficial at night. Giving your skin space to breathe and renew can help even your skin tone and even address uneven texture.

Toners help minimize the appearance of pores, tightening them post cleansing and reducing the long term exposure to air pollutants and contaminants we battle each and every day. Any leftover makeup from your day can be removed through toners, and if you're ready for smoother looking skin, this is the perfect place to start.


4: Treatments, including peels, retinol, serums, and others

Before bed is one of the most ideal times to lay your extra delicious, super hydrating skin care products. Whether you’re opting for a chemical peel after your facial or hoping to slowly introduce retinol into your routine, we’re here for it.


5: Hydrator or hydrating mask

Do not overlook the potential that a face mask can have. While you’re living your life, your face mask is doing the work. Choosing a hydrating mask to support your skin time is a game changer. That’s the type of accessibility we’re hoping to inspire.


6: Eye cream

Remember that eye creams are your best friend. They can act as an occlusive to seal off what we’ve already worked so hard to protect. Adding this staple into your nighttime routine will address morning puffiness and dehydration.


7: Face oil

Face oils are truly a gift from the goddesses above. In an effort to strengthen your stratum corneum, or your outermost layer of skin, face oils can step in as a softener and sealant. Packed with antioxidants, adding a face oil into your nighttime skin care routine creates hydration benefits that can be felt far into the next day. 

Face oils are the masters behind that healthy, beautiful glow we get when we follow a routine. They can also assist and the application of foundation. Oils pass through your skin quickly, trapping water and balancing your skin's natural oil production.


8: Night cream

Ending your skin care routine with a night cream really ties the process together. 

Night creams can help boost collagen production adding a sensitive firmness and plump, hydrated cheeks. They cream skin target wrinkles, fine lines and are suitable for all ages. Offering a little extra moisture to the dry patches on your face, your night cream is the pretty bow you tie a gift up with.


Skincare products from It’s a Beauty Ritual

The good news about creating a skin care routine specific to your skin type is that there’s so much hope and so many benefits that you’re bound to see incredible results. 

Working with a specialist or esthetician on identifying your skin type and needs can help you whittle down the perfect range of products to add to your routine. If you’re curious about how to get started, connect with our website to learn more about how to get the most from your skin care routine.

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The Right Way to Treat an Infected Pimple

The Right Way to Treat an Infected Pimple

Whether the result of your period, or unparalleled levels of stress, pimples remain an unwanted guest in every corner of the world. In the process of attempting to pop and eradicate this tiny burden, you may find yourself dealing with an infected pimple.

Infected pimples are far more common than they sound and there’s a proper way to go about getting rid of one, specifically to reduce scarring and get your skin back to its natural state.


How to identify an infected pimple

The first step in identifying an infected pimple is denial. We get it, and we’ve all been there. And even though you might want to scream, you’ll save your vocal cords some trauma if you know how to get ahead of infected pimples, and how to treat them when they occur.


How does a pimple become infected?

There’s a surefire recipe for pimple development, and its base ingredient is always pores clogging up with dead skin cells, bacteria or sebum.

We have natural bacteria all over our skin. Oftentimes, neutral bacteria will not flare up unless introduced to some type of irritation. 


Symptoms of an infected pimple

Because popping pimples opens up our skin, it creates a vulnerable area and a breeding ground for bacteria to seep in. Knowing what to look for when determining if a pimple is infected is key.

An infected pimple is a drama queen, it will draw far more attention than regular pimples. Appearing red and welt-y as a result of inflammation, it may be sensitive to touch and even hurt a little bit. If you see pus, that's a definite sign of infection.


Treatment for infected pimples

Even though infected pimples are the absolute worst, not all hope is lost. The good news is you have options both at home and in consulting with an esthetician.

And if you’re prone to acne, working with an esthetician can help you identify triggers, lifestyle changes and other resources to help you mitigate frequent breakouts. 

What are your at-home treatment options?

At-home treatment options sit along a broad-spectrum. Everything from tea tree oil to garlic, honey, aloe vera and more can be utilized to treat an infected pimple and remove dead skin cells.

Bee venom, echinacea and rosemary are also known to have healing properties and effects on infected pimples and skin infections in general.

It’s great to know what you can utilize in your pantry to help get an infection under control. Ultimately, you want to follow up with your provider and be certain that MRSA or staphylococcus is not a concern.


When you should go to a doctor

If your symptoms struggle to improve over a week or two, it might be beneficial to check in with a doctor. Infections can lead to serious concerns like cellulitis and sepsis. 

A skin abscess can also develop, especially with severe clogging of a hair follicle. Working with your healthcare provider can help you zoom into your specific blueprint and know exactly how to address those concerns. 

Making sure your body has what it needs to fight off infections is something doctors are happy to help with.


Other skin concerns that cause irritation

Unfortunately, there are plenty of elements and circumstances that may cause an exorbitant amount of information and irritation on your skin. Atopic dermatitis, sunburn, allergies and more can irritate and affect the skin with varying levels of severity.


Risks of an infected pimple

The risks associated with infected pimples are unfavorable to say the least. Not only can infected pimples leave you with some serious scarring, the infection can spread to other pimples, making your life much more difficult.


How to prevent future breakouts

When it comes to skin infections, especially those that include small red bumps, benzoyl peroxide is your bestie.

How To Prevent Future Breakouts

Whether you’re looking to knock out acne cysts, ingrown hairs or other skin conditions, products with benzoyl peroxide are proven to be incredibly effective.

The bottom line is that doing the big picture work now will help keep your skin in a balanced state. And if a pimple should arise, you’ll have the tools necessary to treat it before an infection enters the chat.


Follow a personalized, daily skincare routine

Staying on top of your skin care routine is the ultimate act of self care, and the number one thing you can do to protect your skin. 

Remember, SPF as your best friend and exfoliation is a must. With the right cleanser and complementary moisturizer, you’re setting your skin up to look as healthy as it feels.


Browse skincare products at It’s A Beauty Ritual

If you’re curious about what skin care products can help you get started, check out our website. We’d love to help you personalize your skin care routine, so take a look at the products we offer and let’s get that skin glowing!

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How to Use Retinol: A Complete Guide for Your Skin

How to Use Retinol: A Complete Guide for Your Skin

We’re always on the hunt for a product that knocks out all three of these concerns, and more. Retinol, a specific type of retinoid, has earned its place among the Holy Grail crew of skincare products. Let’s break down its benefits and how to best layer it into your skincare routine.
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Hydrating vs Moisturizing: Treating Your Skin Right

Hydrating vs Moisturizing: Treating Your Skin Right

There's an important distinction between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin develops as a result of oils that are lacking and dehydrated skin comes from a lack of water. Think of dry skin as a reference to a skin type, whereas dehydration is one way to identify a skin condition.
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It's A Beauty Ritual Featured in Clean Beauty Gals!

It's A Beauty Ritual Featured in Clean Beauty Gals!

“Our skin’s most important role is to protect our body from environmental stressors."

-Rachel File

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Read the rest from It's A Beauty Ritual's very own Rachel File and her comments in Clean Beauty Gals on their piece on the Best Vitamins and Supplements For Skin!

Read now: https://cleanbeautygals.com/best-vitamins-and-supplements-for-skin/


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