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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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Self Care 101!

Self Care 101!

The phrase self care has been going around a lot this year. I think in stressful times it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves and 2020 has been filled with struggle and challenges for many of us. 

Self care is taking actions that help promote our physical and mental well being. I think it is important to note this looks different for everyone. I see some people consider a pedicure self care and for me personally it is something I hate to do! (I know that seems weird, and now that we are locked down in California I could really go for one right about now!) 

I think of self care as something to do when you need to re-charge, re-energize and bring joy. Some of my personal favorite self care activities include:

  • Sitting on the couch and reading a book
  • Applying a facial mask and using my gua sha tool
  • Exercising
  • Meditating 
  • Talking to a friend
  • Going to the beach
  • Sleeping! 

Why is it hard to do?

I know getting self care time can be a challenge for many of us. Are you a mom? Well, you know all too well that having time for yourself can feel selfish, I mean can't you use that time to be vacuuming?? Many moms struggle taking the time for their self care, they think they could be doing something else with that time. I am so guilty of this. 

Another reason could be that during times of stress it is easier to lean into the instant gratification activities to take our mind of the stress (too much social media, drinking to take the edge off, eating a batch of cookies. Raise your hand if you are guilty of any of these!) I think that is why it is helpful to schedule in time to take care of yourself. I will take a bath tonight at 7pm when my kids are watching a movie for example. But the bottom line is, you know it's self care and not self destruction if you feel refreshed after and not more stressed, guilty or depressed!

Self care is such a great tool in times of stress, anxiety and this year has been full of that this year. What are some ways you incorporate self care? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

 

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