Sunscreen to self tanner, it's time to step up your skincare regimen.
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Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, cleaning, and making space for the good things in life to shine. Well guess what, this applies to your skin as well as your home; all it takes is 3 steps and 15-minutes: (1) cleanse (the dirt and oil with the cleanser), (2) renew (deep into the pores with the mask), and (3) glow (with moisturized, fresh skin).
Ah yes, that moment you wash your face after an exhilarating workout or at the start of a new day. It’s that bright-eyed, ready-to-conquer-anything kind of feeling.
Dermatologist Dr. B. explains that cleaning your skin daily is critical to remove oil, dust, grime, allergens, and bacteria to prevent your skin from getting infected or breaking out.” Did you know that bacteria feed on fatty acids? This includes the oil on your skin. Gross! And when bacteria clogs your pores, breakouts appear. Having clean skin isn’t only great for that fresh feeling, but also for keeping your face healthy and your pores bacteria-free.
Dr. B. reminds us, “Just as important as using enough soap is using the right soap, one that will completely remove oil, dirt, and make-up.” However, he cautions not to scrub the skin too hard or use scrubs with beads or sugars. These can irritate, scratch, or even scar the skin. Instead, he says, use your hands or a soft cloth, and use more soap rather than more scrubbing. When you’re doing your daily clean, use a gentle but effective cleanser, such as Dermatologist’s Choice pH Balanced Cleanser.
One of the most important times to clean your face is after working out, and this cleanser is great for all skin types. For oily skin, wash more often.. For dry skin, wash less (but still at least daily and after workouts). It varies for each person, and nobody knows your face better than you. For an even deeper cleanse, especially if you have oily skin, you can use the Purifying Facial Toner or Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to your routine. Cleansing the skin will open up your pores and sweat glands. When the skin is clean, other revitalizing treatments can penetrate deeper to work at their best.
And did you know this cleansing is not just for your face? You can use this creamy and gentle pH Balanced Cleanser on your whole body to wash away impurities, balance pH, and soothe irritants without stripping natural oils. Use it on your “high sweat” areas, such as your shoulders, back, or chest. It can be a nice alternative to the typical bar of soap or body washes. Dr. B recommends “Cleanse your skin so that the natural pH will be effective at protecting the skin. Don’t compromise when cleaning your skin. Give it the thorough clean it needs for optimal skin health.”
When it comes to spring cleaning your home, sometimes a little extra strength is required to get that desirable deep clean shine. The same thing happens with your skin. Reach deep into your pores by using a clinical-grade Deep Cleansing Facial Mask with next-level purifying natural ingredients such as glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. In 10 minutes or less, the clay-based facial mask extracts impurities from the pores and decreases inflammation, redness, and fine lines. Dr. B always reminds us that feeling a little tingle when you apply the mask is a good thing… it means the AHAs and BHAs are working! Remember—no tingle, no results.
Once the skin is properly cleansed and renewed,, moisturizing it with glycolic acid cream will hydrate and give it that fresh face glow. Adding a moisturizer with glycolic acid in the formulation causes the skin to continue the natural cell turnover process long after you put it on and step out into the world. It can give you the health and life of your skin back, even if overtime sun, acne, or fine lines cause damage. Here’s one last tidbit to keep in mind: make sure the glycolic is non-neutralized. Tingle means the glycolic is working, and if you don’t feel the tingle it probably means your face is oily or the glycolic is neutralized. The Dermatologist’s Choice Facial Enhancement Cream contains only non-neutralized glycolic, so you can be sure you’ll always get that fresh, bright tingle that leads to glowing, radiant skin.
Just like spring cleaning your house means surface cleaning, deep cleaning, and shining, spring cleaning your skin follows the same pattern. And just like with your house, treating your skin the same way can leave your skin looking brighter, clearer, and more balanced into the summer and beyond.
Bonus: DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance. Their products are certified cruelty-free and formulated with natural and organic ingredients—and they actually work. Talk about a win-win!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!