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Skin Care 101

My skin is dry but I drink lots of water!
My skin is dry but I drink lots of water!

Think of how your skin is exposed 24/7 to harsh environments, pollutants, free radicals and UV damage - they're all stealing hydration from your skin.

Illness, hormones, medications and your daily habits can also rob skin's surface of the moisture it needs. For this reason, you need to apply products that contain moisturizing and hydrating ingredients.

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Although the more water you drink, the healthier your body will be in general, the benefits your body receives from drinking water will be more internal than external. Adequate water-intake helps with digestion, flushing your body of toxins and improve your overall health, but on its own it's not enough to prevent skin dehydration.

For example, our Toners and Tonics contain ingredients designed specifically to rebalance and rehydrate skin. Plus our Moisture x10 is a super-hydrating serum that binds moisture to surface skin layers, counteracting the effects of dry indoor heat, low humidity or chronically dry skin.

In addition to water, you can also keep your skin cells healthy and hydrated with the energizing and moisturizing properties of vitamins. Foods with vitamin B (oats, barley, wheat bran, avocado, salmon) will keep skin smooth and hydrated. Vitamin E (found in olive oil, eggs, almonds, and apples) will help skin retain major moisture, and vitamin C (in red bell pepper, papaya, oranges, or broccoli) will fight the damaging, drying effects of the world around you.

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Do I have an Oily or Combination skin type?
The skin type you have all depends on your skin's oil production. An easy way to find out if your skin is Oily or Combination is to determine how long it takes to experience visible oil after you wash your face in the morning. Here's how:


Step 1: Cleanse your skin with an oil-dissolving cleanser (try Decongestant Cleanser)

Step 2: Apply a lightweight sunscreen (try Sun Diffusing Protector SPF 15)

Step 3: Gently blot with a tissue

Step 4: Do not apply any other products. If your entire face gets oily in just a few hours, you have Oily skin. If only your t-zone shows oil, you are a Combination skin type.

Want to learn even more about oily and combination skin? Check out the SkinReading Blog here.

Why do your hands age so fast?
The skin on the back of the hands is much thinner than the skin on your face – so your hands are not only are susceptible to the early signs of aging, but often age even faster than your face!

There is very little fat on the backs of our hands. That’s why it’s so noticeable when collagen or elastin begins to break down there. Normal aging will thin the skin – and sun exposure will also have a great impact over time – resulting in spots, rough texture and loss of volume.

Fight age signs on the hands with an overnight treatment creme. Sleepwear for Hands will smooth and plump, brighten spots, soften and replenish with a “dream team” formula of calcium, alpha arbutin, protein peptides, and cranberry seed oil.

Pro tip: Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to the hands during the day.

How do facial cleansers affect the skin? Do they really make a difference?
Cleansers are an essential part of your daily skin care agenda. Why? Because your skin is exposed 24 hours a day to pollution, dirt, grime, makeup, oils from your skin & hair, hair products, etc. - which can cause all kinds of problems like clogged pores, breakouts, dullness, uneven tone and much more.


As you gently work in your cleanser, it immediately goes to work to get rid of dirt, oils and pore-clogging dead cells.Your blood supply to your skin increases, which oxygenates your skin cells and helps remove toxins. Washing your face even exfoliates your skin, so it increases cell-turnover and leaves it clean and soft.The cleansing process 'preps' the skin to better absorb every product you apply to your skin afterwards.In short, cleansers are designed to exercise your skin, helping it to stay in shape, which will lead to younger-looking (and feeling) skin.


Okay, so how often do you need to wash your face? Every night and every morning. The last thing you want to do is go to sleep without first removing the dirt, debris and makeup that has been on your face all day. This will help keep your pores from clogging, and also help your skin regenerate and repair the day's damage. Cleansing twice a day will make a big difference in the appearance and overall health of your skin.

Your Skin 24-7
Your skin is a living, breathing organ – the biggest organ you have. Over a 24-hour period, it functions in many different ways, meeting the different needs brought on during the AM and PM.


AM:
Your skin cells are on the defense, protecting against damaging environmental aggressors and free radicals, as well as those harmful UV rays. Oil production peaks during the daytime hours, so make sure you use a moisturizer that's designed for your skin's own production level.

PM: You may be at rest overnight, but your skin stays hard at work. It uses this time to repair itself from the day's damage, and prepare for the damage it will face the next day. Make sure you end the day with a deep cleansing, and replenish hydration – as your skin naturally loses more water at night.

Get your skin care working around the clock

Not sure what products to choose? No problem. We've taken the guesswork out with Bioelements Great Skin in a Box. These kits contain products designed to work together, day and night, to get your skin in shape. So, how do you know which box is right for you?

If Your Skin:

  • Rarely experience t-zone oil
  • Sometimes (or always) feels "tight"
  • Shows fine lines and wrinkles
  • Has few (if any) visible pores

Then Use: Great Skin in a Box for DRY SKIN

If Your Skin:

  • Gets moderately oily a few hours after you cleanse
  • Feels dehydrated at times
  • Has visible pores on your t-zone
  • Experiences occasional breakouts

Then Use: Great Skin in a Box for COMBINATION SKIN

If Your Skin:

  • Gets oily shortly after cleansing, and appears shiny
  • Has large, visible pores
  • Never feels dry or tight
  • Experiences frequent breakouts

Then Use: Great Skin in a Box for OILY SKIN

DID YOU KNOW?
Skin responds best to cosmeceutical treatments when it's prepped with the right daily products (cleanser, toner, moisturizer). By using Great Skin in a Box, you'll get your skin in optimum condition – so it can respond to high-powered night cremes, serums and exfoliants.

How do I know if I have dry or dehydrated skin?
Truly dry skin is almost always thin textured with a tendency to wrinkle. This is due to a lack of oil, which results in moisture loss within the skin. On the other hand, dehydration can be a concern for any skin type...even oily. In the quest to control oil, many oily and combination skin types use harsh products that strip the life out of skin, causing it to feel dry and tight.

Dry skin is a skin type. Dehydrated skin is a skin concern caused by a lack of moisture – which can be remedied quite easily. Dry skin will always be dry, but can be kept in balance with the right skin care.

 

The Problem: Dry Skin

The Culprit: Lack of Lipids

The Signs: Tight feeling, flakiness

Trivia: Skin can be both dry and dehydrated at the same time

The Dream: Recovery Serum

 

The Problem: Dehydrated Skin

The Culprit: Lack of water

The Signs: Premature aging lines, thin texture

Trivia: Even oily skin can be dehydrated

The Remedy: H20-based serum to infuse skin with hydration

The Dream: Moisture x10

Facial Masks vs. Moisturizers
Q: What's the difference between a creme mask and a moisturizer?
A: Both give the skin a dose of soothing hydration – but they deliver it in different ways.

Mask: A mask is designed to deliver a quick shot of hydration with a higher concentration of active ingredients –to surge moisture into the skin, plump up cells and fill in fine lines.

Moisturizer: A moisturizer is designed with active ingredients that deliver hydration throughout the day, to keep skin fresh and smooth.

Our suggestion: Use your moisturizer daily, and give your skin extra doses with a hydrating mask once a week. There's no better way to keep thirsty skin completely quenched.

Facial Toners vs. Tonics
 What is a 'toner' and why is it necessary? And what's the difference between a toner and a tonic?
Many people are under the impression that a 'toner' is nothing more than an alcohol-based astringent that people with acne use to dry up their breakouts. Not true! A 'toner' or 'tonic' is an important part of an essential twice daily agenda for healthy skin. Not only does it help hydrate the skin after cleansing, it also helps to 'prep' the skin for the application of your next targeted skin care treatment. Skipping the toner will your skin less able to absorb product, and will it more susceptible to dehydration and other problems.
What's the difference between a toner and a tonic?
The purpose of toner is to restore the skin to its natural pH level [between 4.5 and 6], and to remove any traces of cleanser left behind. The skin will accept moisturizer more readily and easily if it's prepared with a toner first. All skin types can benefit from the use of a good alcohol-free toner, like Equalizer.

A facial tonic can help revitalize and renew skin post-cleansing, tone skin and boost moisture. For example, Power Peptide is formulated with nutrient-rich protein peptides that signal skin to increase moisture and absorb key anti-aging ingredients.

Can I shrink my pore size?

Some products make the claim, but the truth is, you can't shrink the actual size of your pores. The good news? You can minimize their appearance. All it takes is three easy steps:

1. Cleanse: A good, deep cleansing will rid your skin of the makeup, dirt and debris that can clog pores and make them appear larger. Try: Flash Foam Cleanser

2. Exfoliate: Although your skin naturally sheds the dead cells that clog pores, this process can slow with age. A good exfoliator will encourage this natural process to uncover a more radiant, clearer complexion. Try: Quick Reļ¬ner, 2-3 times a week

3. Treat: A targeted mask treatment will deliver needed ingredients and draw out impurities to unclog pores, tone and revitalize your skin. Try: Restorative Clay, once a week

How do I know which facial moisturizer is for me?
Our skin constantly loses its natural moisturizing factors (NMF) due to environmental aggressors – sun, wind, dry air (cold and hot), harsh surfactants, even drying off with a towel after a shower removes needed moisture. Skin will also experience a decrease in oil production levels due to age. To maintain soft, smooth and supple skin, we need to replenish this moisture loss. So, get in the habit of safeguarding your skin with a good moisturizer – daily.

Each moisturizer was designed to meet the particular needs of every skin type.

If you have Oily to Very Oily skin, you need Beyond Hydration - an oil-free moisture gel that acts like a 'second skin' to prevent moisture loss.

If you have Combination skin, you need Absolute Moisture - which is a lightweight hydrating creme that absorbs quickly, leaving no oily feel or shine.

If you have Dry skin, you need Crucial Moisture - a nutrient-rich emollient creme designed to instantly relieve chronically dry skin.

If you have Very Dry skin, you need Really Rich Moisture - an ultra-rich creme that is extremely rich, yet non-greasy formula that helps replenish rundown moisture reserves and repairs surface micro-cracks that cause flakiness and drynyess.

If you have Sensitive skin, you need Calmitude Sensitive Skin Moisturizer - created for intolerant complexions and helps strengthen the skin's protective barrier, while addressing the root cause of visible redness and irritation.

And if you spend most your time indoors, Lutein Indoor Protective Day Creme is for you. This anti-oxidant moisturizer contains golden-yellow lutein to filter out the potentially skin-aging effects of blue rays emitted from artificial lighting.

Using the right moisturizer is not only a part of your essential twice daily skin care - doing so will keep your skin breeze through the day feeling smooth, hydrated and lubricated. And, it helps to protect the skin damaging environmental stress that can accelerate the aging process.

Food, Shelter, Facial
Yes, we believe facials are that important. Your skin's natural tendency is to heal itself, but things like hormones, stress and seasonal changes can bring on trouble that's best addressed by a professional.


There are many benefits to monthly facials:

  • clearer skin is a result of professional extraction
  • smoother skin is a result of professional exfoliation
  • glowing skin is a result of professional massage

And that's just for starters.

Regularly scheduled treatments also help your skin adjust to environmental stressors, keep it functioning properly and strengthen its important barrier layer. Plus your esthetician will learn the cyclical changes that occur with your skin and adjust your at-home agenda accordingly. So get one now so we can say 'I told you so.'

The kind of fat you want on your skin
Think of your skin as a brick wall. There are skin cells (the bricks) and lipids (the mortar). Lipids are the natural fats between your cells that help to conserve moisture and keep skin hydrated and smooth. Unfortunately, these lipids can break down due to harsh cleansers or environmental aggressors. When this happens, skin becomes dehydrated and rough. But don't start smearing lard on your face just yet. You can replace lost lipids and renew your skin's ability to bind moisture with Bioelements Recovery Serum. It's super-charged with skin-repairing lipids to restore your skin's moisture barrier, while it repairs damage from over exfoliation or aging.

How to choose an at-home facial mask that is right for you.
Think of each Bioelements Facial Mask as a 10 - 15 minute 'power treatment' of concentrated care that you give your skin every week. Whether your skin needs a surge of hydration, a purging of impurities, a boost of ultra-rich creme or a dose of acne fighters, Bioelements has a face mask for every skin type. Masks are necessary because you only spend a few minutes on your skin on a daily basis. Just like giving your hair a deep conditioning treatment once a week, a mask provides the same 'extra' benefits for your skin. Which mask you choose depends on two things: Your skin type, and what skin concerns you have.


Depending on your skin and what it needs, whether it be hydration, help with fighting acne bacteria or softening rough texture, you may find it necessary to mask 2 - 3 times a week. It's a special delivery of advanced ingredients, and will make a major difference in your skin. Find out which mask is best for you.

DID YOU KNOW?
Clay-based masks draw impurities from pores, creme-based masks soften skin and gel-based masks hydrate and soothe.

Your skin: Very Oily to Combination, clogged pores, sluggish skin, excess oil
Your mask: Restorative Clay

Your skin: Dry to Very Dry, surface wrinkles, flakiness
Your mask: Ultra-Rich CremeTherapy

Your skin: Any skin type, dehydrated skin, flakiness
Your mask: Gel Therapy

Your skin: Any skin type, clogged pores, flakiness, dull tone
Your mask: Kerafole

What is a facial serum and how do I use it?

Serums are usually lightweight formulations and are intended to deliver a high dosage of skin-repairing ingredients or antioxidants. They’re really not intended to provide adequate hydration so you should layer a serum underneath your moisturizer for an anti-aging boost.

Try: Oxygen Cocktail

I drink tons of water every day. Why does my skin still feel tight and dry?

Think of how your skin is exposed 24/7 to harsh environments, pollutants, free radicals and UV damage - they're all stealing hydration from your skin.

Illness, hormones, medications and your daily habits can also rob skin's surface of the moisture it needs. For this reason, you need to apply products that contain moisturizing and hydrating ingredients.

Although the more water you drink, the healthier your body will be in general, the benefits your body receives from drinking water will be more internal than external. Adequate water-intake helps with digestion, flushing your body of toxins and improve your overall health, but on its own it's not enough to prevent skin dehydration.

For example, our Toners and Tonics contain ingredients designed specifically to rebalance and rehydrate skin. Plus our Moisture x10 is a super-hydrating serum that binds moisture to surface skin layers, counteracting the effects of dry indoor heat, low humidity or chronically dry skin.

In addition to water, you can also keep your skin cells healthy and hydrated with the energizing and moisturizing properties of vitamins. Foods with vitamin B (oats, barley, wheat bran, avocado, salmon) will keep skin smooth and hydrated. Vitamin E (found in olive oil, eggs, almonds, and apples) will help skin retain major moisture, and vitamin C (in red bell pepper, papaya, oranges, or broccoli) will fight the damaging, drying effects of the world around you.