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3 Reasons to Wash Your Face Before Bed!

3 Reasons to Wash Your Face Before Bed!

I have been talking to my clients about how they struggle to cleanse their face each night. At the end of a long day of work, watching the kids or whatever is on their plate, most people just want to crash in their beds for the night. 

I want to encourage you to take this opportunity to treat your skin before bed with three reasons why it is a good idea. I will also give you a few tips on how to get this step in before you are just too tired to do so! 

 

  1.  We don't want to let makeup and dirt clog our pores. This is the most obvious reason for cleansing nightly. We need to remove makeup but also don't forget there is bacteria from touching our face, using a cell phone and whatever sticky thing was on your kids hands when he touched you! The dirt and debris from the environment is there even if we can't see it.
  2. Our skin repairs at night, it's the best time to treat our skin concerns. If we are not cleansing our skin, we are not using our treatment products. If you have dryness for example, using your hydrating products at night when the cells are regenerating is the time to treat. You can start seeing real results this way. 
  3. The delicate eye area can be irritated, maybe even with infections and lashes can be damaged if makeup is not removed. This is an area we need to be careful with and removing the mascara and eye shadow is key for keeping this area healthy and clear. Lashes can even break off if mascara is not removed on a consistent basis. And just think of your nice clean pillows:)

 

Hopefully these three reasons help motivate you to take the time to get your nighttime cleanse in! But there is still the issue of not wanting to take the time when you are just too tired to be bothered. I like to suggest taking time in the evening, just five minutes, to excuse yourself for you time and get your routine in before bedtime. 

For me personally, I deal with being exhausted before bed too. So I started to perform my skincare routine right after dinner so I wasn't waiting until right before bed. I am also in the habit of doing this step for over 20 years, to me not washing my face would be like not brushing my teeth. So I can say it does become a habit if you stick with it! And if you are not doing this regularly, watch the difference in your skin if you stick to this simple habit! 

I would love to hear from you, is this something you have made a habit in your life or are you still struggling to get your nightly cleanse? 

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3 TIps on How to Liven up Your Skin After the Holidays!

3 TIps on How to Liven up Your Skin After the Holidays!

It's the first official week back after winter break for most of us. This time of year people are ready to get back to a normal schedule, and clean up some habits that may not be serving them. A more regular routine, a New Year goal, saying goodbye to sugar etc. Many of my clients will experience problems with their skin and ask my advice on what can help with this. I have 3 tips that I personally do after the holiday craziness (although it wasn't too crazy this year thanks to Covid) 

Some of the complaints I hear of include breaking out, dark circles under the eyes and overall dullness. Below are different actions you can take to bring the life back to your skin!

Dull Skin: 

  • Improve Dehydration! A lot of the time when your skin feels dull and lackluster, it is dehydrated. A lot of the time during the holiday break people are consuming more dehydrating foods and drinks (sugar and alcohol for example). Increasing your water and hydrating liquids and cutting back on sugar can help with this.
  • Being consistent with topical hydrating products is key. Not using them daily is going to prevent you from getting the best results.
Breakouts:
  • Over doing the sweets can at times lead to breakouts as well. Not cleansing your skin at night, stress hormones and mask wearing can all lead to acne breakouts. I love to take time in the New Year to up my self care game. Baths with calming music/candle, movement and spending time outside are some of my favorite ways to relax and pamper myself. 
  • You can add a clay based mask to helps pull impurities out of the skin and help soften it at the same time. 

Dark Circles/Puffiness Under the Eye Area:

  • This is so common! Many times the holidays can be a time of interrupted sleep and exhaustion. This can especially impact the eye area in a negative way. (There are those who have genetic dark circles, unfortunately there is not much we can do in skin care with this but we can work on the other type.) I love to use my facial Gua Sha on this area, it makes a huge difference! Gently glide the stone under the eye area, the natural coolness of the stone is helpful for the puffiness as well. *I just posted a quick video on  instagram if you want to see a visual.

I hope these tips are helpful, if you have questions about a skin concern I didn't address please let me know below! Taking time to treat yourself for an at-home facial like the TREATMENT facial kit is perfect for improving your skin and getting self-care in at the same time, winning! 

 

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Got Acne? You are not alone!

Got Acne? You are not alone!

I have been hearing many more people talking about acne breakouts this year than in the past. I want to talk about what causes us to breakout and what we can do about it. 

Globally we are experiencing a pandemic, hello 2020, thanks for bringing allllll the stress! Stress impacts our hormones, causing our sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This in turn can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. 

Another reason some of us are breaking out is because of the facial masks we are wearing. Unfortunately, wearing a mask can lead to breakouts because bacterial buildup, irritation from the mask rubbing on the skin and sweat/debris clogging the pores. "Maskne" as it is referred to, is experiencing acne around the area on our face where the mask is worn. There are a few things we can do to help minimize this such as: 

  • Washing your reusable mask each time its worn
  • Washing your skin before putting on the mask 
  • Using a toner right after you remove it that is hydrating and antibacterial
  • Using ingredients like Hyaluronic acid to protect the skin while wearing the mask

Although my line isn't targeted for acne and breakouts, I have seen great results from my clients who are dealing with this. I have clients who have thought the only way to treat acne is to be aggressive, overly exfoliate and strip the skin to remove the oil. After trying a more gentle approach and using products that help heal they have seen amazing results!

Here are a few tips for treating breakouts that might not be what you think:

    1. Hydrate! Yes it seems like that would make it worse but hydrating the skin with water based ingredients will help balance the skin helping it to not overproduce oil
    2. Use Anti-inflammatory ingredients-Soothe the inflammation with calming ingredients such as white tea, arnica and lavender. 
    3. Add in an ingredient to help heal and protect the skin barrier like Hyaluronic Acid. This will help protect and soothe at the same time. 

Throughout the Simply Jess line I am happy to say we have been able to help heal many skin conditions with this more gentle and natural approach. Acne has been no exception! Have you experienced breakouts more than normal this year? What have you done to help this issue?

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3 Reasons to Use a Toner!

3 Reasons to Use a Toner!

This week we are talking about toner! I have been using a spray toner for over 20 years, this has been one of my favorite steps in my skin care routine. The thing I love about toner is that you can use it throughout the day and it enhances the other steps in our routine.

Toner has been one of the most asked about products as well. Many of my clients did not see it as a major player in skin care and did not use it. They did not understand the function of toner and what the point was! Today I am going to highlight three reasons I love toner and how to use it!

  1. Use toner to complete the cleansing process. 

After cleansing the skin, you can tone to make sure your makeup is fully removed by spraying toner onto a cotton round and swiping all over your skin.

     2. Spray toner before you apply your treatment products.

Treatment products and serums are best absorbed when the skin is damp. It acts as a delivery system for the treatment step. A spray toner is best used right before the serums are applied for best results.

     3. Apply toner to set your make-up.

A great way to help your make-up looking its best all day is to set it with a toner. This keeps your make-up looking fresh and skin looking hydrated. 

 

My facial toner REPAIR, was the first product I came out with for the face because I have been such a fan of toner! I added lavender floral water as its base so I could have a relaxing element added. I love to use this throughout the day, keeping it at my desk or taking it on the run. It keeps my skin hydrated, protected from the elements and me feeling calm! 

Do you use toner? What is your favorite benefit you see? 

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