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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!
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.