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The Essential Value of Double Cleansing

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The Essential Value of Double CleansingOriginally a treatment attached to Japan, double cleansing has entered the broader world of skin care with its solid scientific foundation. The skin contains both water moisture and oil, and stripping one creates an imbalance that can make it harder to wash other types of particles away. A good example is oil-based makeup, which might leave an impermeable residue if washed with a solvent or with soap.

It is important to wash with both oils and soaps in order to fully remove the wide range of substances that make skin soil. A careful use of oils also preserves the balance of the skin, so it does not become dry and therefore prone to other skin conditions. Healthy oil should replace sebum, and a topical application of oil contributes many essential fatty acids.

Alcohol pads can dissolve the natural oils of the skin, which are unfortunately responsible for blackheads, but alcohol also leave the skin dry. This is unnatural and does not replace sebum with other oils or moisture. Alcohol pads also do not defoliate tougher skin cells. Dessicated proteins might be left on the skin surface as hardened knots that craves moisture. Skin must be flexible to avoid cracking.

The success of double cleansing is that it saturates the skin surface with oil before stripping oil away. Lipids can penetrate the skin in ways that water cannot, because the skin is designed to repel moisture. The oil penetrates the skin without being invasive, because organic oils are used by the body and because dead skin cells are designed to loosen in the presence of oil.

Washing with a cleanser is more effective when the skin is prepared this way, because the oil loosens the skin. The result is soft skin that is cleansed of excess sebum while remaining moist and supple through the benefits of botanical oils. Since youth and softness are desired by women of many cultures, double cleansing is increasing in popularity.

A less effective alternative is to soak the skin in water or a hot shower and then scrub the waterlogged skin surface. While this quickly strips skin cells, it often removes too many. It is possible to excessively defoliate, and skin affected this way becomes dry, red, and tender. The response of aggravated skin is to build thicker skin. This is highly undesirable on the face, and many women prefer softer hands.

Double cleansing is a natural and gentle method that maintains skin rather than scouring it. It is a better alternative for those who are prone to dry skin. It is an especially good friend to thin skin.

Spring Sunscreen 101

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Spring Sunscreen 101In spring the danger of sun damage may be unexpected if the weather is still cool. While the rays of the sun are not as powerful as they are during the summer months, prolonged exposure will nonetheless harm unprotected skin. To avoid a spring sunburn, keep this information in mind:

There Is No Such Thing As A Waterproof Sunscreen

So-called “Waterproof” sunscreens are deceptive because sweat, water, and most other types of moisture will cause them to wash off. Instead of falling for this marketing ploy, consider sunscreens that use the more realistic descriptive “Water Resistant”. A good water resistant one like this sunscreen from PCA Skin will help keep the protection on longer than ordinary sunscreens.

SPF Can Be Deceiving

Though the SPF numbers come in a wide variety of ranges, the higher numbers do not actually block rays longer. The SPF number only refers to the percentage of rays blocked. This means an SPF 30 sunscreen will allow only 1/30th of the sun’s rays to reach the skin. It does not mean that it will last 30 times longer than SPF one, so it will need to be reapplied as directed on the container.

Even Cloudy Spring Days Can Cause Sun Damage

A common assumption is that when it is cloudy, there is no danger of sun damage. Much of the solar intensity on cloudy days has to do with the type of clouds involved. The sun’s rays can pass through thinner clouds, while it is mostly blocked by thicker clouds. Even in the spring when the rays are not as damaging, it is a good idea to just apply sunscreen instead of trying to figure out if the clouds above are thick enough to block solar damage.

Sunscreen Is All That Is Necessary To Avoid Sun Damage

Of course sunscreens are good idea when spring rolls around, but it should not substitute for common sense. When wearing swim apparel outdoors, it is a good idea to cover up or find shade when not in the water. It is always wise to use clothing to help prevent sun damage along with a sunscreen.

The spring is a great time of year with all the budding plants, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Just be sure to use a good sunscreen to avoid hidden sun damage.

Skincare Benefits of Oxygen

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Skincare Benefits of OxygenCells need oxygen to survive, and skin cells are no different. The unfortunate effects of smothering skin under layers of makeup– or, even worse, sleeping with makeup on– are well known, but it turns out that topically applying skin can help it stay fresh, youthful, and healthy.

Oxygen was first found to help heal people with severe burns. Oxygen gas, which is naturally present in a stable, bonded form, helps increase cell turnover and speeds up cellular metabolism. This makes it helpful for anyone that wants to maintain healthy skin.

Oxygen Therapy vs. Oxidative Damage

Oxygen isn’t always friendly to skin. Oxidative stress, an imbalance between reactive forms of oxygen and the body’s ability to neutralize them, leads to free radical damage. This damage is partially associated with signs of aging, including dull, sagging, and wrinkled skin. Oxygen therapy doesn’t contribute to this kind of skin damage, since is uses stable diatomic oxygen molecules rather than unstable, unpaired oxygen atoms.

How Oxygen Is Delivered to Skin

Hospitals have access to oxygen tents and gas tanks, but these aren’t remotely practical for home use. Fortunately there are skincare products containing oxygen on the market that offer it in a stabilized liquid form, which converts to oxygen gas once the product is applied. This lets users get the benefit of fresh, oxygenated skin without having to resort to gas tanks and expensive trips to specialty spas.

Antioxidants and Oxygen

Much has been made of antioxidants when it comes to fighting aging and preventing free radical damage. One of the benefits of using skincare products that contain oxygen is that they can be combined with antioxidants like vitamin E, botanical ingredients, or other compounds that have their own skin-saving virtues. In the end, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds– improved skin health with oxygen, and prevention of free radical damage.

Maintaining healthy skin means protecting it from damage and providing all of the nutrients it needs, including oxygen. By thoroughly cleansing skin every night to remove oxygen-blocking debris and clear out pores, and applying oxygen-containing skincare products afterward, you can have a brighter, clearer, more youthful complexion.

The Beauty of Cleansing Oils

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Beauty of Cleansing OilsAny beautician will attest to the benefits of cleansing oils for skin care. They contain a broad range of healthy antioxidants, can relieve specific skin conditions and have incredible moisturizing properties. They are also exceptional for cleaning skin without clogging pores, a serious issue with most soaps and other cleansing products.

Methods for Cleansing with Oil

  1. Select an oil suited to your skin type.
  2. Run yourself a nice steamy bath and get a clean wash cloth.
  3. Place eight to 10 drops in your palm and rub it carefully between the palms to warm the cleansing oil.
  4. Massage the oil thoroughly into the skin. You want to remove all traces of sebum and makeup impurities. Perform the act for no less than two minutes.
  5. Dip the wash cloth into the steamy water. Do not ring out water. Instead drape it across your face.
  6. After the wash cloth cools, gently pat away excess oil.
  7. Repeat the process up to five times or until your skin feels clear of oil and impurities.
  8. Tone and moisturize.

Choosing a Cleansing Oil

Talk with a beautician or other skin care specialist about how to determine what cleansing oil is best for your situation. Still, here are a few of the best oil cleansers and moisturizers for cleaning skin and effectively combatting issues like acne.

Argan Cleansing Oil

Besides not clogging pores, argan oil is a sound solution for preventing stretch marks and restoring skin elasticity, rehydrating skin and regenerating skin cells. It’s helpful in the reduction of brown spots and acne. It also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin E, which is great for skin care.

Coconut Cleansing Oil

It’s important to note that despite its benefits, coconut oil can clog pores. You should test it for a couple of days before deciding if it is the best cleansing option for your skin. Otherwise, it has exemplary moisturizing, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-aging properties. Coconut oil also provides a pleasant soothing and softening feel to the skin and touch.

Jojoba Cleansing Oil

Jojoba is a popular cleansing ingredient because it is similar to the natural oil that skin produces. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, helping to balance acne and oily skin. Great for dry skin as well, it treats skin infections and doesn’t clog pores.

They say oil and water don’t mix. That doesn’t apply when it comes to caring for your skin. Cleansing oil and water is an ideal solution for even the most problematic skin.

Health and Beauty Benefits of Nutmeg

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Health and Beauty Benefits of NutmegMost people are familiar with nutmeg as a common kitchen spice. However, few people realize that its benefits go far beyond making tasty treats. Nutmeg is also has potent benefits for health and beauty. Here are just a few of the things you can try it for.

Tooth Pain

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s strongly advised that you see your dentist. However, you can’t always get to the dentist right away. In that case, you can temporarily control the pain by placing some nutmeg oil or powder on the affected tooth. Eugenol, a substance also found in cloves, will numb the area for a time. This can keep you more comfortable until you can make a dentist appointment.

Even Complexion

Are you looking for a natural, inexpensive way to enhance your complexion? If so, just combine honey and powdered nutmeg into a paste and rub it gently onto your skin. Within days, you’ll notice a clearer complexion and reduced appearance of acne scars. Furthermore, nutmeg contains powerful antiseptic properties that can help prevent additional breakouts caused by bacteria.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Clear skin isn’t the only thing nutmeg’s antiseptic properties are good for. It can also help prevent tooth decay through the same action. Eugenol is highly toxic to the harmful oral bacteria that eat away at tooth enamel, which is why it’s so often added to toothpastes. However, you can get the same effect just by sprinkling a little nutmeg powder onto your toothbrush during your regular brushing routine.

Digestive Aid

You’ve enjoyed a big meal of pizza with drinks and dessert, and now you’re bloated and it feels like your dinner is just sitting in your stomach. This happens to everyone occasionally, especially when overindulgence in unhealthy foods is involved. Fortunately, nutmeg offers an easy and delicious solution to these problems. The spice has been used for thousands of years as a digestive tonic to relieve gas, indigestion, bloating and heartburn. One easy way to use nutmeg for this purpose is to steep a quarter teaspoon of the powder in a cup of hot water and drink it as a tea.

Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a common problem that affects millions of people, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing or unsightly. Furthermore, these fungal infections can be notoriously difficult to treat, and many over-the-counter drugs have unreliable effects. If you’ve tried other treatments only to have them fail, give nutmeg a try. It contains a number of potent antifungal compounds that can help thwart stubborn nail fungus.

With all of the things nutmeg can do, it’s no wonder that it’s long been one of the world’s most prized spices. Try adding it to your daily health regimen and beauty routine to take advantage of its numerous benefits.

Using Retinol 101

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Using Retinol 101You’ve heard of retinol as a skin care revolution, but is it right for your skin? This compound, also known as Vitamin A, is added to skin creams and potions as an anti-aging miracle, with beauty-boosting properties that range from unclogging pores to boosting collagen and reducing fine lines to evening discoloring and smoothing skin. Read on to learn more about whether you should use retinol and how to find the right product for you.

Experts say that retinol is the single most important skin care ingredient to combat the effects of aging. However, although it really works, it may take time for you to see a dramatic effect. Retinol is best used as a long-term method to protect the youthful look and feel of your skin, not as a fast fix measure to hide damage that has already occurred. Most dermatologists recommend that women start using retinol in their 30s, and definitely by the time they hit 40, for maximum protection against the effects of aging.

While the strongest forms of retinol are available only with a prescription, you should first test out an over-the-counter version to see if you like the results. Look for brands that specifically list retinol high in the ingredient list, as related compounds may be less effective.

Start off by using a small amount of retinol at night in conjunction with a moisturizer to see how your skin responds. Because retinol increases skin cell turnover, some users may experience redness and stinging, particularly with frequent use. If you have sensitive skin, start out slow and discontinue use of this product if you experience irritation or discomfort. These symptoms are more likely to occur with the prescription form of retinol.

An important caution, particularly for those who begin using retinol products in their 20s, is that the compound can actually thin skin over time. This makes you more susceptible to the effects of sun damage, which is not only dangerous but will counteract any anti-aging effects you’ve gained from use of the product. Make sure to always wear SPF on your face, especially if you’re using retinol products.

Dermalogica Training

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

How to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall!

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

How to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall!Although summer still has plenty of days filled with beauty left, many minds are starting to shift toward the fall. As much as you love your summer style, you also want to make sure your skin is ready for the fall. After all, you can get some windy days where your face could become chapped.

Start Using Sunscreen

Even if you have not used a dab of sunscreen once this summer, it’s never too late to get healthier skin. When you apply sunscreen, you are protecting your skin in both the short and long term. You won’t have to deal with burns and peeling skin, and you are also working to protect yourself against skin cancer. If you have any questionable moles or marks on your face, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to find out if they are indicative of a more serious condition.

Address Your Skin Troubles

Most people have some sort of issue with their skin. Whether you struggle with skin that flakes no matter what or you are constantly breaking out with acne, let this be the season that you finally address these problems and correct them. Speak with your dermatologist about ointments you can use or changes you can make to your diet to help. It’s not all about having this initial conversation though; you also need to ensure that you are following through with this routine.

Nice Exfoliation

Check with your dermatologist before exfoliating your skin because certain conditions could mean more damage after this process. You could exfoliate your skin at home, or you could go for a facial at the local salon. In any case, exfoliating will help you remove the dead skin cells from your body, which gives you a fresh canvas from which to work. Make this step a part of your routine.


As the colder temperatures start to come into existence, you might notice that your skin becomes drier. Start to combat this problem now by using a moisturizer all over your body every day. Be sure to choose the appropriate facial moisturizer or else you could end up with overly oily skin. Always check the ingredients labels so that you do not expose yourself to elements that cause allergies for you.

Preparing for the fall involves taking out the warmer clothes and picking up your favorite coffee, but it also means that the time has come to revamp your skin care routine.

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other
Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

Neocutis is a line of skin care specifically formulated for its anti-aging effects on the skin. Neocutis products have been thoroughly researched and developed by credited Swiss scientists using the very latest in product development technologies.


PSP stands for Processed Skin Cell Proteins and was discovered first for its wound healing properties. PSP can also be used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products such as Neocutis, making the Neocutis skin care line the newest generation of naturally balanced products available. PSP produces a balanced combination of polypeptides and skin nourishing proteins which utilizes the power of cytokines and human growth factors for advanced skin revitalization.


Melaplex is another active ingredient found in Neocutis skin care products. It is a proprietary blend of skin brightening ingredients which diminishes dark spots and uneven skin tone, restoring the complexion to a more youthful state of clarified brightness. Melaplex is a combination of four key ingredients that help target pigmentation spots in the skin:

• Phenylethyl Resorcinol

• Leucine

• Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

Melaplex has been clinically tested and proven to improve skin tone by forty three percent in a twelve week, twice daily application.


Rosaplex is a redness balancing formula that boosts skin’s natural ability to reverse and prevent redness in the skin. Redness can be caused by acne, rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. The latest research confirms that the skin’s own innate immune system can cause redness and is linked to an over production of anti-microbial peptides. Neocutis products containing Rosaplex restores the skin’s balance and boosts the skin’s defense against redness by combining:

• Sodium Dextran Sulfate

• Zinc PCA

• Caffeine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

• Glycerin

Rosaplex helps to manage and diminish redness in the skin, blemishes and blotchiness and delivers results in less than eight weeks with twice daily application.

Vita-Plex C

Vita-Plex C assists in managing oxidative stress which increases the activity of free radicals on the skin. These free radicals directly contribute to aging of the skin. Vita-Plex C neutralizes free radicals and supports regeneration with its anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidents in Vita-Plex C include hydrophilics and lipophilics blended with an amino acid metabolite which preserves cellular preservation.

Neocutis products are an extremely advanced line of anti-aging and restorative skin care products that target and treat many of the symptoms and signs of aging most often reported by dermatologic patients. Often Neocutis is recommended as a preferred alternative to more invasive treatments such as acid peels or laser skin resurfacing.

Some Awesome Homemade Mask Recipes!

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Some Awesome Homemade Mask Recipes!If you’re as crazy about healthy skin as we are, then you probably know the benefit of a good mask treatment periodically. Hydrated, smoothed, and nourished skin is beautiful, and a regular facial mask can help you achieve just that. But, what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t have the time or money to get a professional facial? Try an awesome homemade mask of course! We’ve done the research for you and come up with a list of the best homemade mask recipes for every skin type.

Egg and Yogurt Mask for Normal Skin

It is sometimes difficult even to meet the needs of normal skin, as you girls with normal skin don’t have a specific “concern” to treat. Nonetheless, nourishing and replenishing even normal skin is important, and this luxurious egg and yogurt mask does just that.

The Recipe

The mask is really as simple as it sounds. All you need is 2 simple ingredients – 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. To make the mask, separate the egg whites from the yolks and place them in separate bowls. Add the yogurt to the egg whites and mix until combined. Apply this mixture to your face and allow it to dry. Rinse off the mask with warm water and blot your skin with a warm cloth. Your face should feel soothed and moisturized when you’re finished!

Avocado and Oatmeal Mask for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you know how important it is to replenish your skin with added moisture, but you need to stick to the correct ingredients to properly hydrate your skin. This avocado and oatmeal combo is perfect for dry skin and will leave you feeling replenished.

The Recipe

To make this mask, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of powdered oats and 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado. Place the two ingredients in a bowl. Mix the avocado and oatmeal powder together with a fork until you achieve an even mixture. Apply the mixture to a clean face and allow it to set for 15 minutes. Wash the mask off using a circular motion to exfoliate dead skin cells. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Banana Mask for Oily Skin

Oily skin presents a complex problem as you need to be able to moisturize without added excess oil. This banana mask is the perfect combo of oil absorption but moisture delivery.

The Recipe

For this mask you need 1 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of honey, and an orange or a lemon. Prepare the mask by mashing up the banana and adding the honey to it. Add a few drops of lemon or orange juice and apply the mixture to your face. Let it set for 15 minutes and rinse your face with a cool or steaming washcloth.

Peach Face Mask for Combination Skin

Combination skin needs specific attention as it possesses areas of dry as well as oily skin types. This peach face mask accounts for all of the aspects of this skin type and then some.

The Recipe

You will need 1 peeled ripe peach, 1 egg white, and 1 tablespoon of sour cream. Combine the peach, egg white, and sour cream in a bowl. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cool or warm water and pat dry.

Milk and Cocoa Antiaging Mask

Aging skin needs special attention, and this milk and cocoa mask delivers it. Plus, this option smells yummy too!

The Recipe

All you need for this mask is 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder and ½ tablespoon milk. Mix the ingredients together into a paste and apply it to your skin. Allow the mask to dry and rinse thoroughly.

Your skin deserves a little pampering once in a while. Treat your skin to one of these masks, and you’ll be glad you decided to go DIY.