“It seems like everywhere I turn the media is telling me I need to incorporate a toner into my skincare routine (especially if you have acne prone skin, which I do). I notice you don’t have any toners in your skincare line. Are toners as important as the media says they are? Do I really need one? What would recommend for acne prone skin?” -Madeline
Let me start by saying this – if you are using the right cleanser, you don’t necessarily need a toner.
The purpose of a toner is to balance the pH of the skin. And overly foamy or soapy cleansers have a tendency to throw off the pH balance of the skin.
They can also strip the natural oils from your skin, which may be causing your already oily/acne prone skin to overproduce more oil, which leads to more acne, which causes you to use more soapy cleanser – it’s a vicious cycle!
The Radiant Cleansing Balm is formulated to remove makeup, cleanse the face, and balance your skin's pH level. I think after just one use, you will notice that your skin feels cleaner and softer than ever before.
Additionally, to help with acne prone skin, I would suggest using our Clarifying Detox Mask 2 times per week. You can apply it all over the face or just spot treat troublesome pimples. The mix of charcoal and Koalin clay will help deep clean your pores, and the micronized silver will help prevent additional bacteria from getting trapped under the skin. For daily use, I suggest using the Salicylic Treatment Complex in the evening to help keep breakouts away. (P.S. - Both of these are on sale though 10/09/2017!)
Remember, acne is a medical condition, and we always recommend consulting with your doctor when trying a new routine.
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“I have been using the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum after washing my face with the Radiant Cleansing Balm. Can I apply the Face Oil No. 9 afterwards?" -Vivian
Yes! With any skincare routine (morning or evening), try sticking to these three easy steps: Cleanse. Treat. Moisturize.
It sounds like you already have the tools for this simple routine!
Start by cleansing with the Radiant Cleansing Balm. I like to take a scoop in dry hands. Warm the balm between you hands to turn it into an oil-like consistency, then apply directly onto a DRY face. You can massage all over the face, eyelids, and lips to remove any trace of makeup. Then wet the muslin cloth (included) with hot water and wipe away the Balm and all traces of makeup and debris. The cloth will rinse clean!
Next, take a couple of pumps of the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum onto the tips of your fingers. Apply the serum across your face and neck (and even the back of your hands, if you have some leftover!). Give the serum a minute or two to absorb. I usually brush my teeth while allowing it to soak in.
Finally, take 1-2 pumps of the Face Oil No. 9 onto your finger tips and gently press the oil into your face, neck, and décolleté. It will absorb quickly and deeply nourish the skin.
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“What routine would you recommend for dry sensitive skin?” - Pang
I would look no further than my AM Routine and PM Routine. Simple as that!
(Pro tip: when you buy the Routines as a set, you will save 10%)
The AM Routine includes the Balancing Gel Cleansers, which is a very gentle foaming cleanser. Follow up with the Vitamin C Treatment Complex, which will help protect your sensitive skin from environmental factors like pollution and help repair sun damage. Finish with the Sheer Renewal Cream for oil-free hydration that will last all day.
At night, try the PM Routine. Start with the Radiant Cleansing Balm; as I mentioned above, it won’t strip the oils from your skin and it helps balance the skin. Because you mentioned dehydration, the combination of Extreme Recovery Cream and Face Oil No. 9 is exactly what you need!
Take a little scoop of the Extreme Cream in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of Face Oil, mix it up, then apply all over the face and neck. The Cream provides maximum hydration while also strengthening the hydro-lipid barrier of the skin, which is the skin’s ability to retain that much needed moisture. The Face Oil No. 9 kicks in an added boost of moisture with nine essential oils.
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