COMMUNITY REVIEW: JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream

I am a total makeup geek. I am willing (and honestly, wishing) to try every eyeshadow, blush, cream, you name it, regardless of how many products I already have in my collection. I am that girl. So when the chance to try the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream came about, I was geeking out. Here’s what I thought:

Let’s Take a Look at the Product

According to the JUNO & Co. website, the Moonshine Miracle Cream is “a luxurious, super hydrating, creamy makeup primer that nourishes skin and diminishes imperfections for the perfect canvas before makeup.” I’ve heard this kind of claim from tons of products, so I needed more convincing that this product was worth the $35 price tag (ya girl has bills to pay).

The company also claims that this product is special because of the ingredients used in the formulation. It is “infused with JUNO’s patented sodium hyaluronate and avocado extract which provides 12-hours of moisture for a dewier complexion. It helps to maintain moisture levels to help visibly smooth and plump skin with ultimate hydration. Evens surface so foundation effortlessly glides on and stays put for longer-lasting makeup wear.”

Sodium Hyaluronate

Since I’ve started working at FutureDerm and one of my jobs is to literally read the FD blog, I have been way more interested in the ingredients and products I put on my face and body. I’m not necessarily skeptical or wary enough to turn a product away, (as I’ve said before, I will try all the makeup) but just more interested. So, in true FutureDerm fashion, I wanted to take a closer look at the patented ingredient used that makes this product special.

So, we know that as people, we’re mostly water. This is also true for our skin, and as we age, our skin begins to lose its moisture, causing loss of flexibility and resilience. Sodium hyaluronate is the key molecule involved with skin moisture, and according to the Derm Review, “the most dramatic histochemical change observed in aging skin is the marked disappearance of sodium hyaluronate in the epidermis (the top layer of skin).” By adding this ingredient to skincare it will help to attract moisture to the skin, resulting in a smoother, softer complexion. Pretty cool, but does it work in the Moonshine Miracle Cream?

Personal Use & Opinion

The very first thing I noticed was that the packaging was gorgeous, and I am a sucker for packaging. The jar itself looks like it’s speckled with stars on a dark purple background, and it’s a little heavier, making it feel expensive. The cream itself is thick and luxurious feeling. It’s lightly scented and feels like a really nice moisturizer when you put it on; it reminded me of a mix between E.L.F.’s Poreless Putty Primer and cold cream texture-wise.

When I received this product, I was just getting ready to head out to my vacation at the Grand Canyon, and it was a lifesaver! My poor Pittsburgh skin was not happy about the change from rainy/snowy and cold to dry and cold. I used this alone without makeup the first few times just because my skin was drinking it up in the desert. With makeup, I did feel a difference in how my foundation wore — it went on smoother and didn’t settle in my fine lines as much compared to other primers I’ve tried before. Overall, I was really happy with the product and ecstatic it saved my skin from drying out on my vacation. Timing is everything.

Bottom Line

I love the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream! It’s a luxurious feeling cream that can be used alone as a beautiful moisturizer, or as a primer under any foundation for a smoother look. And it includes proven ingredients like sodium hyaluronate working to retain your skin’s natural moisture to reduce the signs of aging. If you’re in the market for a new primer, this one is definitely worth a try.

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Lots of Updates, Featuring Some (Surprise!) Book News & Giveaways Galore

Between working (on work) and hustling together some exciting book launch events (which are going to kick ass and I can’t wait to tell you about them), I’m not sleeping much these days. BUT. I’ve also been working on some kick-ass blog posts about beauty oils and body care routines!  In fact, I was hoping to post them this week, but my plans were foiled. They were foiled, however, for the very best reason, and that reason is that our Korean Beauty Secrets book started shipping 3 WEEKS EARLY!

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

It was insane, actually, as we had absolutely no idea that was going to happen!  We found out about it when people started messaging us on Sunday to tell us their book had just arrived from Amazon. First we did a lot of squealing, and after that we panicked. The original release date was supposed be November 3rd. Coco and I have been working on a companion website, the URL of which is actually in the back of the book. But that website isn’t ready yet because we thought we had a couple more weeks to work on it! So I’ve been in a frenzy since this past Sunday, frantically trying to get the book website ready for prime time. I haven’t showered in a couple of days, I’ve been subsisting on cereal and black cherry seltzer, and sleeping for 8 hours in a row is my new life goal.  This is how the hot dogs are made, you guys!

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

But the good news is: books are shipping! And I finally got a couple of copies of it today, and they look really, really good! Not only is the content great, the actual production is amazing. The binding, the weight, the print quality are all absolutely gorgeous; better than we ever imagined it would be. I’m so proud of this book that I have to restrain myself from shoving it in people’s faces and saying, “Have you seen this? I wrote it. Look at it. I SAID LOOK AT IT!”

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

Book-Related Instagram Giveaways

We’ve got a couple of pretty exciting Instagram giveaways surrounding this book going on right now! Here are the details for both:

Giveaway #1

Club Clio USA Book Launch Countdown Instagram Giveaway Event

Club Clio has been awesomely supportive of this book launch. They are doing a whole series of giveaways leading up to November 3rd (the original book launch date), with different bloggers getting to choose the giveaway prize. Today marks the start of my Clio giveaway, and the prize I’m choosing to bestow the winner is: Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil! This is a moisturizing oil blend with fermented rice yeast, so it combines a few of my favorite things: fermentation, beauty oils, and Goodal. It’s rich but light, and perfect now that cooler, fall weather is setting in.

Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. Entry is easy! Just complete the following 3 steps:

Step 1: Post or regram the giveaway post from my Instagram account (@skinandtonics), with hashtags #beautywolfxclubcliousa #kerryxcoco #koreanbeautysecretsbook #clubcliousa #clio10dayskbeauty
Step 2:  Follow us on Instagram: Coco is @thebeautywolf, I’m @skinandtonics, and Club Clio USA is @clubcliousa
Step 3: Tag three friends you think might enjoy this giveaway

You can enter once a day, just tag three different friends each day!

Giveaway #2

Kerry & Coco’s “Show us Your Book” Mega-Hardcore-Balls-Out K-Beauty Giveaway

Okay, you got me, I actually just made the name up for this giveaway just now. It could be a little tighter! We thought we had a couple more weeks to think of a name! Luckily, we already had the prize all ready to go. Hold on to your hats:

Show us Your Book Giveaway Price Package

One lucky winner will get an insane prize package that includes the following full size products:

• Acwell Bubble Free pH Balancing Cleanser (a recent favorite, review forthcoming)
• S:um37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick
• Leejiham (LJH) Cosmetics Tea Tree 90 Essence
• Leejiham (LJH) Cosmetics Vita Propolis Ampoule
• Graymelin Hyaluronic Acid 100% (Serum)
• Illi Total Aging Care Body Oil (This oil changed my life)
• I’m Lip Liquid by XO Memebox in color OR601
• I’m Lip Liquid by XO Memebox in color VL600

and the follow deluxe sample/travel-size products:

• Illi Total Aging Care Body Oil
• Illi Total Aging Care Body Lotion
• Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream
• Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner
• Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil

This prize is serious. We did not want to mess around, and we hope you’re as excited about it as we are!

How to Enter:

It’s super easy! All you have to do is post a picture on your Instagram of an in-person copy (preferably your personal copy) of Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup. You can style the photo however you want, but it has to be a picture of the physical book or e-book (as opposed to a picture you found on the internet). For e-books, just show us a shot of the book on your e-reader! Then follow and tag @kerryandcoco, @thebeautywolf, and @skinandtonics, and add hashtag #showusyourbook.

Once you’ve done that, voila! You’re entered! We’ll be choosing a winner at random on November 15, 2015 and announcing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This giveaway is open internationally!

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, now is a great time to do it. It looks like it’s only ~$14 on Amazon right now, which is a fantastic deal. It will also be available from a huge number of other retailers in the U.S. and internationally on November 3rd; Amazon just happens to be the only one I know is already shipping right now.

It’s an amazing book; we’re really proud of it, and we can’t wait for all of you to read it and tell us what you think!

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Everything You Should Know About Managing Rosacea

Seeing red is never a good thing, especially when it comes to your complexion. Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that affects at least 14 million people in the U.S. I’ve seen many clients with rosacea over the past 30 years and understand what a frustrating and painful condition it can be. That said, I’ve also seen how much progress can be made when it’s managed effectively. Keep reading to learn more about how you can tweak your behavior, lifestyle, and skincare routine for clear, calm skin.

What Does Rosacea Look Like?

There are so many different signs and symptoms that can accompany a rosacea diagnosis that doctors have created four categories of rosacea. These are the two most common:

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: flushing; persistent redness or discoloration; visible, broken blood vessels; swollen, sensitive skin; burning or stinging; rough skin
  2. Papulopustular Rosacea: red, acne-like breakouts that come and go; oily skin; sensitive skin that stings or burns; visible, broken blood vessels; persistent redness

Though it’s rare, rosacea can sometimes cause the skin to become bumpy and thicken (especially on the nose). Some people also get it in their eyes, known as ocular rosacea. This can cause watery, swollen, or bloodshot eyes and blurred vision.

Who Gets Rosacea?

Rosacea is most commonly found in people with fair skin (think Northern European descent). This doesn’t mean other skin tones can’t experience rosacea, though. It’s a lot more likely to be misdiagnosed or missed entirely in patients of color because they don’t always present with classic redness. Other signs and symptoms to look for include warm-feeling skin; dry, swollen skin; a dusky brown discoloration; acne-like breakouts that come and go and don’t clear with treatment.

You’re more likely to develop rosacea if someone in your family has had it or if you’ve experienced lots of acne at some point. It’s not uncommon for rosacea to develop after the age of 30.

Tips for Managing Rosacea

The true root cause of rosacea is still unknown, and it’s likely more than just a single factor. Much like acne, rosacea is a systemic, inflammatory disease for which there is no known cure. The key is managing it successfully to be able to minimize flare-ups as much as possible. By working with a professional, identifying your triggers, and building the right skincare routine, you can get your skin to a much better place.

Work With a Dermatologist

Having worked with a lot of rosacea patients in the past, I’m full of tips and tricks for helping you manage rosacea at home. My first and foremost tip, though, is to work with a dermatologist. Rosacea is a medical condition that should be diagnosed by a board-certified dermatologist, especially since some of the signs and symptoms can be confused with other conditions (such as acne, eczema, or allergies). The first step is to confirm that you’re dealing with rosacea and not something else.

You may also need medications to help get your symptoms under control, and these can only be prescribed by a dermatologist. 

  • Azelaic acid. Azelaic acid has been shown to be very effective against rosacea, but only at 15% which is considered prescription strength. It’s anti-inflammatory, helps minimize redness, and exfoliates ever so slightly.
  • Sulfur-based medications. Sulfur has also been shown to help with redness and inflammatory lesions associated with rosacea.
  • Antibiotics. Dermatologists will sometimes prescribe low-dose antibiotics to help with inflammation

Know Your Triggers

When it comes to rosacea management, I can’t stress this enough: Know. Your. Triggers. While the underlying cause of rosacea may still be unknown, there are many well-known triggers. These are what set off an inflammatory response in rosacea patients and cause them to have flare-ups. Cutting out or reducing triggers is one of the most effective ways to manage symptoms of rosacea.

These are some of the most commonly known triggers for rosacea:

  • Sun exposure
  • Emotional stress
  • Wind
  • Heat (hot weather, hot baths or showers, saunas, hot tubs, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Exercise 
  • Certain skincare ingredients
  • Certain medications

This list is by no means extensive, and it’s important to note that not all rosacea patients will have the same triggers. For example, one rosacea patient might react negatively to a skincare ingredient that another rosacea patient can use without issue. Because it’s so individual, you really have to be your own skin detective. 

I recommend keeping a journal as a way to help identify your personal triggers. This way, when you have a flare-up, you can go back to see if there was a skincare product, type of food, behavior, or environmental factor that could have contributed. I know it sounds tedious, and it can certainly take a while to identify patterns, but once you do you’ll be one step closer to clearer, calmer skin.

Build a Routine and Stick to It

If you have a condition like rosacea that makes your skin act sensitive, you’ll want to avoid product hopping. It’s important to build a consistent routine with the right products. Look for products that are soothing, hydrating, and support your skin’s barrier health. In other words? Baby your skin and keep it as comforted as possible. 

Here are some of my top tips for building a routine focused on managing rosacea:

  1. Cleanse gently, every day. This means both morning and evening! Cleansing can help remove dead skin-cell buildup from the skin (removing buildup can help keep flare-ups under control). Opt for a simple, sulfate-free cleanser. 
  2. NEVER skip sun protection. As I mentioned, sun exposure is one of the top triggers for rosacea. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day in addition to wearing sun-protective clothing and avoiding direct sun exposure during peak daylight hours. Some people with rosacea are sensitive to “chemical” sunscreen filters, in which case I recommend trying a zinc oxide sunscreen. (Learn more about physical vs. chemical sunscreens.)
  3. Exfoliate (carefully). Removing dead cell buildup from the skin can help keep your moisture barrier balanced, which in turn can help mitigate rosacea flare-ups. Exfoliating is a great way to do this, but those with rosacea should proceed with caution. You may not be able to exfoliate as frequently as other people, and some traditional exfoliating ingredients like AHAs may just be too sensitizing for you. The good news is, there are other ways to exfoliate. It’s all about finding the right type for your skin. Just make sure you patch test anything you haven’t tried before. 
  4. Hydrate. It may seem obvious, but the importance of keeping rosacea-prone skin well-hydrated really can’t be overstated. As is the case with pretty much any skin condition, maintaining a healthy moisture barrier is key. This is achieved using products with oils and phospholipids. If you have oily skin and don’t want a heavy moisturizer everywhere, try using a heavier cream on the affected areas of your face (especially during flare-ups) and a lighter moisturizer everywhere else.

To learn more about building a routine, check out Skin Type 5 and Skin Type 9. I created these specifically for those who have rosacea and redness-prone skin. 

Always Patch-Test New Products

If you have rosacea, you’re more likely than the average person to have a negative reaction to a new skincare product. A negative reaction could trigger a flare-up, which might last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The best way to avoid this is to diligently patch-test new skincare products before applying them everywhere. It may seem like a pain, but trust me, it’s worth it!

Read more about how to patch-test for a negative reaction.

Skincare Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Rosacea (Plus, Ingredients That Can Help)

We’ve already talked about how there can be tons of different triggers for rosacea, but I want to touch on skincare ingredients for a moment. Yes, everyone is different, but these are ingredients I’ve noticed many rosacea patients react negatively to:

  • Fragrance (Both synthetic and natural, like high doses of essential oils.)
  • Drying alcohols (SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol)
  • Sulfates (Found in some cleansers.)
  • Circulation-boosting extracts (This includes ingredients like mint, ginseng, and vitamin B12.)
  • L-ascorbic acid (This is a very potent form of vitamin C. Instead, try a no-sting form such as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or ascorbyl phosphate.) 

Note: Be very careful with (or avoid) active facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion. Always check with your dermatologist first before getting any professional treatments. 

Ingredients to Help Soothe Rosacea

These are some of the ingredients I love to formulate with when I’m creating products for sensitive, redness-prone skin. They help soothe inflammation, calm irritation, boost hydration, and support a healthier moisture barrier. 

I know keeping rosacea under control can feel like an uphill battle sometimes, but I’ve seen many clients significantly improve their skin by diligently following these tips! Hard work pays off, and clearer, calmer skin is definitely possible.

Next, learn how to get rid of red, broken blood vessels on the face.

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COMMUNITY REVIEW: JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream

I am a total makeup geek. I am willing (and honestly, wishing) to try every eyeshadow, blush, cream, you name it, regardless of how many products I already have in my collection. I am that girl. So when the chance to try the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream came about, I was geeking out. Here’s what I thought:

Let’s Take a Look at the Product

According to the JUNO & Co. website, the Moonshine Miracle Cream is “a luxurious, super hydrating, creamy makeup primer that nourishes skin and diminishes imperfections for the perfect canvas before makeup.” I’ve heard this kind of claim from tons of products, so I needed more convincing that this product was worth the $35 price tag (ya girl has bills to pay).

The company also claims that this product is special because of the ingredients used in the formulation. It is “infused with JUNO’s patented sodium hyaluronate and avocado extract which provides 12-hours of moisture for a dewier complexion. It helps to maintain moisture levels to help visibly smooth and plump skin with ultimate hydration. Evens surface so foundation effortlessly glides on and stays put for longer-lasting makeup wear.”

Sodium Hyaluronate

Since I’ve started working at FutureDerm and one of my jobs is to literally read the FD blog, I have been way more interested in the ingredients and products I put on my face and body. I’m not necessarily skeptical or wary enough to turn a product away, (as I’ve said before, I will try all the makeup) but just more interested. So, in true FutureDerm fashion, I wanted to take a closer look at the patented ingredient used that makes this product special.

So, we know that as people, we’re mostly water. This is also true for our skin, and as we age, our skin begins to lose its moisture, causing loss of flexibility and resilience. Sodium hyaluronate is the key molecule involved with skin moisture, and according to the Derm Review, “the most dramatic histochemical change observed in aging skin is the marked disappearance of sodium hyaluronate in the epidermis (the top layer of skin).” By adding this ingredient to skincare it will help to attract moisture to the skin, resulting in a smoother, softer complexion. Pretty cool, but does it work in the Moonshine Miracle Cream?

Personal Use & Opinion

The very first thing I noticed was that the packaging was gorgeous, and I am a sucker for packaging. The jar itself looks like it’s speckled with stars on a dark purple background, and it’s a little heavier, making it feel expensive. The cream itself is thick and luxurious feeling. It’s lightly scented and feels like a really nice moisturizer when you put it on; it reminded me of a mix between E.L.F.’s Poreless Putty Primer and cold cream texture-wise.

When I received this product, I was just getting ready to head out to my vacation at the Grand Canyon, and it was a lifesaver! My poor Pittsburgh skin was not happy about the change from rainy/snowy and cold to dry and cold. I used this alone without makeup the first few times just because my skin was drinking it up in the desert. With makeup, I did feel a difference in how my foundation wore — it went on smoother and didn’t settle in my fine lines as much compared to other primers I’ve tried before. Overall, I was really happy with the product and ecstatic it saved my skin from drying out on my vacation. Timing is everything.

Bottom Line

I love the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream! It’s a luxurious feeling cream that can be used alone as a beautiful moisturizer, or as a primer under any foundation for a smoother look. And it includes proven ingredients like sodium hyaluronate working to retain your skin’s natural moisture to reduce the signs of aging. If you’re in the market for a new primer, this one is definitely worth a try.

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Here’s What You Need to Know Before Washing Your Face With Bar Soap

Bar soap is quite possibly the oldest cleansing method out there, having been around for thousands of years. While it never really went away, I’ve noticed that it cycles back every so often making its way into the spotlight. 

In this post, I’ll give you my honest opinion about bar soap and how it affects your skin based on both personal experience and over 30 years of working hands-on with clients.  

What’s the Difference Between Bar Soap and “Non-Soap Cleansing Bars?”

Just because something comes in bar form doesn’t automatically mean it’s bar soap. There’s an important distinction between traditional bar soaps and non-soap cleansers. 

Bar Soap

So what exactly is bar soap? True bar soap is made by mixing an oil with something really alkaline (meaning it has a high pH). This is usually either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. One common combo, for example, is coconut oil and sodium hydroxide. Combining the two triggers a chemical reaction that results in sodium cocoate, which is the main cleansing agent and what you’d see on the ingredient label. 

One of the biggest problems with traditional bar soaps is that they have a very high pH. They range anywhere from 7.5-10, whereas the skin’s natural pH hovers around 5.5. If the skin is put into an alkaline state long enough, it can easily lead to moisture barrier damage.

Non-Soap Cleansing Bars

Non-soap cleansers have a completely different chemistry than bar soaps. Put simply, they’re a waterless version of a traditional cleanser that has been solidified into bar form. (Cosmetic chemists call them SynDet bars, short for “synthetic detergent.”) 

Instead of combining an oil and a hydroxide, these are made using traditional surfactants, which are the main mechanism your “regular” cleansers use to remove dirt and oil from the skin. Surfactants are taken in their solid form, heated up, and pressed together into a solid bar before being left to cool. The cleansing agents found in these bars are part of a group of synthetic surfactants called isethionates. For reference, the most classic example of a non-soap cleanser is the Dove Beauty Bar, which uses a cleansing agent called sodium lauroyl isethionate. 

Because these bars aren’t made by adding a hydroxide, they tend to be more pH-balanced than bar soaps and less likely to strip the skin.

Is Washing Your Face With Bar Soap Bad for Your Skin?

Yes, I believe using bar soap to wash your face is bad for your skin. While non-soap cleansing bars aren’t as bad as traditional bar soaps, they’re still not ideal. Let me explain why.

Since all cleansing bars are waterless, they have low water solubility. This means you have to rinse VERY thoroughly with lots of warm water to get them off the skin. It’s not uncommon for bars to leave a residue behind. Ever had that “squeaky clean” feeling after using a bar of soap? Yeah, that’s from the residue it left on your skin. This is where the high pH of a bar can start to become really problematic; having something alkaline on your skin for an extended period of time won’t do you any favors. 

But even if a bar is pH balanced, having that residue on the skin means your other products won’t penetrate as well. At best, you’ll be wasting your money by not getting the most out of your products. At worst, it could lead to dehydration and a compromised moisture barrier (hello, irritation). 

Of course, no matter how you cleanse, make sure you’re following it up with the right routine for your skin type to keep your skin healthy and balanced. Another tip? Apply your moisturizer within one minute of cleansing to avoid moisture loss—I call this the “Golden Minute Rule.

Are Cleansing Bars Good for Sensitive Skin?

There is some speculation that cleansing bars are a good option for those with sensitive skin since they tend to be free of preservatives (which is possible thanks to their lack of water content). I would argue this is only beneficial if you have a known preservative allergy, which isn’t all that common. I think the main reason some people with sensitive skin do well with cleansing bars is that the ingredient lists are usually short and simple. This doesn’t necessarily mean cleansing bars are better, it probably just means you’ve eliminated something that was an irritant for you. Instead, I would prefer you use a basic, gentle liquid cleanser. They’re definitely out there, companies just tend to add more bells and whistles to liquid cleansers because it’s so easy to do.

“Sensitive skin” can also mean any number of things, and a cleansing bar isn’t an automatic fix. What types of skin sensitivity do you have? What exactly are you sensitive to? For example, many cleansing bars contain fragrance, which is more likely than most preservatives to irritate sensitive skin. Skin sensitivities are nuanced, and I don’t believe you can apply a blanket statement such as bar soaps being the best cleansing method.

If you have very sensitive skin and have found that a cleansing bar works well for you, go ahead and keep using it (just make sure you’re rinsing your face thoroughly!). You know your skin best, and it’s ultimately up to you. That said, I do believe there are a lot of good liquid cleansing options for sensitive skin—it’s just about finding the right one. Here are four ingredients your cleanser should never contain.

Does Bar Soap Affect Acne?

There isn’t much evidence either way to support bar soaps improving or exacerbating acne. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend someone who is trying to get breakouts under control use this as a cleansing method. The last thing you want to do is cause irritation or disrupt your barrier, since this will only make breakouts worse. Because bar soaps and bar cleansers are more likely to do both, I’d steer clear. Instead, follow these 17 tips that might help banish your breakouts for good.

What’s the Best Way to Cleanse Your Skin?

The best way to cleanse your skin is by using a non-drying, sulfate-free cleanser for your specific skin type and concerns. Beyond choosing the right cleanser for your skin type, you’ll want to make sure you’re cleansing your face correctly in both the morning and evening. 

So, What’s the Bottom Line?

Throughout the years, I’ve personally experimented with so many bar soaps. I used to go to France quite a bit to visit family and was always tempted to try fancy French bar soaps. There’s something about them that just seems so luxurious and wonderful. Sadly, every single time I would use one, my skin would immediately feel tight and look dehydrated. I’ve seen the same thing happen to a lot of my clients as well. 

At the end of the day, I believe using a non-drying, sulfate-free cleanser in its liquid form is much better for the skin than a bar cleanser, whether it be traditional bar soap or the newer generation of cleansing bars. While the newer bars aren’t as stripping or drying as traditional bar soaps, they can still leave a film on the skin that could cause irritation and make it harder for products applied afterward to penetrate properly. With all that being said, if you’ve tried lots of cleansing options and truly feel like a bar cleanser has worked best for you, keep using it. It’s your skin, you know it best and at the end of the day, the best thing we can do for our skin is to listen to it.

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COMMUNITY REVIEW: JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream

I am a total makeup geek. I am willing (and honestly, wishing) to try every eyeshadow, blush, cream, you name it, regardless of how many products I already have in my collection. I am that girl. So when the chance to try the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream came about, I was geeking out. Here’s what I thought:

Let’s Take a Look at the Product

According to the JUNO & Co. website, the Moonshine Miracle Cream is “a luxurious, super hydrating, creamy makeup primer that nourishes skin and diminishes imperfections for the perfect canvas before makeup.” I’ve heard this kind of claim from tons of products, so I needed more convincing that this product was worth the $35 price tag (ya girl has bills to pay).

The company also claims that this product is special because of the ingredients used in the formulation. It is “infused with JUNO’s patented sodium hyaluronate and avocado extract which provides 12-hours of moisture for a dewier complexion. It helps to maintain moisture levels to help visibly smooth and plump skin with ultimate hydration. Evens surface so foundation effortlessly glides on and stays put for longer-lasting makeup wear.”

Sodium Hyaluronate

Since I’ve started working at FutureDerm and one of my jobs is to literally read the FD blog, I have been way more interested in the ingredients and products I put on my face and body. I’m not necessarily skeptical or wary enough to turn a product away, (as I’ve said before, I will try all the makeup) but just more interested. So, in true FutureDerm fashion, I wanted to take a closer look at the patented ingredient used that makes this product special.

So, we know that as people, we’re mostly water. This is also true for our skin, and as we age, our skin begins to lose its moisture, causing loss of flexibility and resilience. Sodium hyaluronate is the key molecule involved with skin moisture, and according to the Derm Review, “the most dramatic histochemical change observed in aging skin is the marked disappearance of sodium hyaluronate in the epidermis (the top layer of skin).” By adding this ingredient to skincare it will help to attract moisture to the skin, resulting in a smoother, softer complexion. Pretty cool, but does it work in the Moonshine Miracle Cream?

Personal Use & Opinion

The very first thing I noticed was that the packaging was gorgeous, and I am a sucker for packaging. The jar itself looks like it’s speckled with stars on a dark purple background, and it’s a little heavier, making it feel expensive. The cream itself is thick and luxurious feeling. It’s lightly scented and feels like a really nice moisturizer when you put it on; it reminded me of a mix between E.L.F.’s Poreless Putty Primer and cold cream texture-wise.

When I received this product, I was just getting ready to head out to my vacation at the Grand Canyon, and it was a lifesaver! My poor Pittsburgh skin was not happy about the change from rainy/snowy and cold to dry and cold. I used this alone without makeup the first few times just because my skin was drinking it up in the desert. With makeup, I did feel a difference in how my foundation wore — it went on smoother and didn’t settle in my fine lines as much compared to other primers I’ve tried before. Overall, I was really happy with the product and ecstatic it saved my skin from drying out on my vacation. Timing is everything.

Bottom Line

I love the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream! It’s a luxurious feeling cream that can be used alone as a beautiful moisturizer, or as a primer under any foundation for a smoother look. And it includes proven ingredients like sodium hyaluronate working to retain your skin’s natural moisture to reduce the signs of aging. If you’re in the market for a new primer, this one is definitely worth a try.

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Renée’s “Golden Minute” Skincare Hack Can Improve Your Skin in Just 60 Seconds

You’ve heard of the Golden Rule, but what about the Golden Minute? The Golden Minute is a term I coined to describe a mistake (or rather, the solution to a mistake) I see people making all the time in skincare. In this post, I’ll explain exactly what the Golden Minute is and how you can use it as a skincare hack to achieve a healthier moisture barrier.

I’ve been telling my clients about this “hack” for decades, and I love it because it’s an easy way to make the products you already use work even harder for you!

What is the “Golden Minute?”

The Golden Minute refers to the 60-second window of time after you finish cleansing your face. But wait, why is this important?

After cleansing, your skin is particularly vulnerable to moisture loss through a process called transepidermal water loss (TEWL). When TEWL occurs, water evaporates from the outermost layer of the skin into the surrounding air.

The reason washing your face makes skin more vulnerable to this process is that it removes everything that was helping keep moisture within the skin. The skin has a hard time holding on to moisture by itself and needs a little help from what we call occlusives. Occlusives are substances that create a barrier between your skin and the surrounding air. This keeps harmful substances (like potential irritants) out, and beneficial things (such as water) in. Your skin’s natural oils act as an occlusive, but many common ingredients found in moisturizers are occlusive as well. 

When you leave your skin bare after cleansing, you leave it open to moisture loss that can lead to dehydrated skin and a damaged moisture barrier. (This is one of the reasons I caution against just splashing your face with water in the morning.) A damaged barrier can lead to a whole slew of issues, including (but not limited to) redness, flaking, irritation, tightness, and rough-feeling skin. You have about 60 seconds after cleansing before this moisture loss starts to occur, hence, the Golden Minute.

How Can I Use the “Golden Minute” to Prevent Dehydration and Build a Healthier Moisture Barrier?

The rule is simple: once you’ve cleansed, apply the rest of your skincare products within 60 seconds, starting with an alcohol-free toner. It may seem like a small thing but by avoiding unnecessary moisture loss, you’ll prevent dehydration and keep your skin healthier overall. 

The reason I suggest using an alcohol-free toner as your first step right after cleansing is that it gives the skin an immediate drink of water. In addition to offering instant hydration (which will make your skin look better), a toner can remove chlorine and harsh minerals found in tap water. It can also help keep your skin’s pH balanced. (Still not convinced? Here are 5 benefits of using an alcohol-free toner.)

Next, apply your serum—these usually have a light consistency, and you always want to apply your products in order of thinnest to thickest. Serums contain a high concentration of performance ingredients, so this will typically be your “treatment” product, meaning the product that targets specific concerns. Once your serum has been applied, top it all off with a moisturizer for your skin type. By applying your toner, serum, and moisturizer within that 1-minute window, you’ll ensure that everything gets delivered into your skin and actually stays there.

The Bottom Line

So there you have it, my “Golden Minute” skincare hack! Of course, it sounds more exciting to call it a hack, but what this really comes down to is understanding the basic functions of human skin and some of the science behind it. What people don’t always realize is that it isn’t just about which products you use, it’s also about how you use them. Let me put it this way—if you wash your face twice a day, that’s 730 times a year you could be dehydrating your skin. Applying your products quickly after cleansing instead of leaving the skin bare will help you prevent this so you can maintain a robust moisture barrier. And after all, a healthy barrier is the key to healthy skin!

Next, read all about eight common cleansing mistakes you need to stop making. 

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Lots of Updates, Featuring Some (Surprise!) Book News & Giveaways Galore

Between working (on work) and hustling together some exciting book launch events (which are going to kick ass and I can’t wait to tell you about them), I’m not sleeping much these days. BUT. I’ve also been working on some kick-ass blog posts about beauty oils and body care routines!  In fact, I was hoping to post them this week, but my plans were foiled. They were foiled, however, for the very best reason, and that reason is that our Korean Beauty Secrets book started shipping 3 WEEKS EARLY!

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

It was insane, actually, as we had absolutely no idea that was going to happen!  We found out about it when people started messaging us on Sunday to tell us their book had just arrived from Amazon. First we did a lot of squealing, and after that we panicked. The original release date was supposed be November 3rd. Coco and I have been working on a companion website, the URL of which is actually in the back of the book. But that website isn’t ready yet because we thought we had a couple more weeks to work on it! So I’ve been in a frenzy since this past Sunday, frantically trying to get the book website ready for prime time. I haven’t showered in a couple of days, I’ve been subsisting on cereal and black cherry seltzer, and sleeping for 8 hours in a row is my new life goal.  This is how the hot dogs are made, you guys!

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

But the good news is: books are shipping! And I finally got a couple of copies of it today, and they look really, really good! Not only is the content great, the actual production is amazing. The binding, the weight, the print quality are all absolutely gorgeous; better than we ever imagined it would be. I’m so proud of this book that I have to restrain myself from shoving it in people’s faces and saying, “Have you seen this? I wrote it. Look at it. I SAID LOOK AT IT!”

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

Korean Beauty Secrets Book

Book-Related Instagram Giveaways

We’ve got a couple of pretty exciting Instagram giveaways surrounding this book going on right now! Here are the details for both:

Giveaway #1

Club Clio USA Book Launch Countdown Instagram Giveaway Event

Club Clio has been awesomely supportive of this book launch. They are doing a whole series of giveaways leading up to November 3rd (the original book launch date), with different bloggers getting to choose the giveaway prize. Today marks the start of my Clio giveaway, and the prize I’m choosing to bestow the winner is: Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil! This is a moisturizing oil blend with fermented rice yeast, so it combines a few of my favorite things: fermentation, beauty oils, and Goodal. It’s rich but light, and perfect now that cooler, fall weather is setting in.

Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. Entry is easy! Just complete the following 3 steps:

Step 1: Post or regram the giveaway post from my Instagram account (@skinandtonics), with hashtags #beautywolfxclubcliousa #kerryxcoco #koreanbeautysecretsbook #clubcliousa #clio10dayskbeauty
Step 2:  Follow us on Instagram: Coco is @thebeautywolf, I’m @skinandtonics, and Club Clio USA is @clubcliousa
Step 3: Tag three friends you think might enjoy this giveaway

You can enter once a day, just tag three different friends each day!

Giveaway #2

Kerry & Coco’s “Show us Your Book” Mega-Hardcore-Balls-Out K-Beauty Giveaway

Okay, you got me, I actually just made the name up for this giveaway just now. It could be a little tighter! We thought we had a couple more weeks to think of a name! Luckily, we already had the prize all ready to go. Hold on to your hats:

Show us Your Book Giveaway Price Package

One lucky winner will get an insane prize package that includes the following full size products:

• Acwell Bubble Free pH Balancing Cleanser (a recent favorite, review forthcoming)
• S:um37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick
• Leejiham (LJH) Cosmetics Tea Tree 90 Essence
• Leejiham (LJH) Cosmetics Vita Propolis Ampoule
• Graymelin Hyaluronic Acid 100% (Serum)
• Illi Total Aging Care Body Oil (This oil changed my life)
• I’m Lip Liquid by XO Memebox in color OR601
• I’m Lip Liquid by XO Memebox in color VL600

and the follow deluxe sample/travel-size products:

• Illi Total Aging Care Body Oil
• Illi Total Aging Care Body Lotion
• Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream
• Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner
• Whamisa Organic Flowers Cleansing Oil

This prize is serious. We did not want to mess around, and we hope you’re as excited about it as we are!

How to Enter:

It’s super easy! All you have to do is post a picture on your Instagram of an in-person copy (preferably your personal copy) of Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup. You can style the photo however you want, but it has to be a picture of the physical book or e-book (as opposed to a picture you found on the internet). For e-books, just show us a shot of the book on your e-reader! Then follow and tag @kerryandcoco, @thebeautywolf, and @skinandtonics, and add hashtag #showusyourbook.

Once you’ve done that, voila! You’re entered! We’ll be choosing a winner at random on November 15, 2015 and announcing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This giveaway is open internationally!

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, now is a great time to do it. It looks like it’s only ~$14 on Amazon right now, which is a fantastic deal. It will also be available from a huge number of other retailers in the U.S. and internationally on November 3rd; Amazon just happens to be the only one I know is already shipping right now.

It’s an amazing book; we’re really proud of it, and we can’t wait for all of you to read it and tell us what you think!

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25 Beauty Lessons In 25 Years—What I’ve Learned From My Time In the Skincare Industry

Beauty and skincare have been a formative part of my life since I was a little girl. I used to spend hours watching my grandma Irene pamper her clients at her salon, the Powder Puff Beauty Shoppe. The way I saw her clients’ faces light up when they left a treatment feeling good about themselves really stuck with me and ultimately led me down the path I’m still on today.

I could’ve never imagined all those years ago that I’d end up where I am now—an entrepreneur following in my grandmother’s footsteps, celebrating the 25th anniversary of my very own skincare company! Without her support (she gave me my first dollar along with her first dollar for good luck) and the support from all of you, this never would have been possible. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

In the spirit of the 25th anniversary of Renée Rouleau Skincare, here are the 25 beauty lessons that have shaped how I care for myself and have stuck with me throughout the years. Enjoy!

1. Hang Your Head Upside Down for 2 Minutes Every Night

Since circulation naturally slows down with age, on most nights, I hang my head upside down off the side of my bed to bring blood flow to my face. This helps to increase oxygen and bring fresh blood and new nutrients to the skin cells. It gives an instant boost for an inner glow so my skin appears “lit from within.” Here are 10 more of my tips for bringing a glow to dull-looking skin.

2. Your Clothing Choices Matter

I spend a lot of time in workout clothes since I exercise daily, but I’ll often stay in those clothes throughout the day before I’m able to get a shower in. To avoid having to mess with sunscreen application on the chest area, I avoid wearing tank tops. Instead, I opt for crew neck t-shirts (often long-sleeved) so the clothing material can provide protection from cumulative sun damage. It may seem like a small thing, but every skin decision you make adds up over a lifetime and this will help prevent permanent sun damage on the chest. Remember, preventing daily skin damage is so much easier and less expensive than trying to get rid of it later.

Another thing I pay attention to is the colors of the clothing I buy. When I’m shopping for regular clothes, I’ll often avoid yellow-based colors like mustard, olive green, khaki, bronze, and burnt orange shades. This is because warm, yellow-based colors aren’t compatible with my natural complexion and can leave me looking dull, or sallow. Instead, I’ve noticed that cool-toned colors like pink, light blue, and silver generally enhance my skin’s natural glow and brightness. Of course, different colors work well with different complexions, but I’d suggest taking note of which colors make your skin “pop” and which ones tend to wash it out.

3. Try to Book a Window Seat on an Airplane So You Can Block Out Skin-Damaging UV Rays

On a plane, you’re 30,000 feet closer to the sun than usual and this puts your skin at risk for damage. Remember that harmful UV rays (especially UVA rays) can still penetrate through windows. These UVA rays are the ones that are responsible for damage to your cells’ DNA, so I always choose a window seat when I can. This way, I can close the shade and protect my skin.

4. There Are More Skin Types Than Just Dry, Normal, and Oily

When I was in school training to become an esthetician, we studied the standard dry, normal and oily skin types. Once I got my license and started working hands-on with clients in my practice, I quickly realized each person had very unique concerns and that these skin types were far too limiting. Occasional adult acne with the signs of aging showing up—what skin type is this? What about people dealing with sensitive skin and hyperpigmentation? It was soon after that I determined there were 9 types of skin and that each must have a curated routine exclusively for their unique skin needs. This philosophy would become one of the building blocks of my brands, and I’m proud to say it’s served me (and my customers!) well for 25 years.

5. Wear Foundation Makeup Every Single Day

I started my esthetics career in Boston where women don’t wear much makeup, and when I relocated to Texas where many wear it daily I came upon a great discovery: Southern women overall have fewer visible wrinkles and a smoother texture. I believe it’s because the foundation makeup they’ve worn daily for years has provided additional protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Because of this, I wear foundation makeup or mineral powder every day of the year and encourage my clients to do the same.

Learn more about how makeup can give your skin additional sun protection.

6. Makeup Can Do Wonders—Especially to Give Skin a Glow

Clients always come to me wanting to achieve glowing skin and a smooth texture. Skincare products and treatments are definitely an important building block of healthy-looking skin, but I always tell clients not to discount the magic effects of makeup when it comes to getting that “glow.” This includes pore-minimizing makeup primers, “blurring” foundations, and shimmery powders that allow the skin to reflect light. Read more about the makeup products I use for glowing skin.

7. For Treating Under-Eye Dryness, Don’t Rely Solely on an Eye Cream

To help manage dryness and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, moisturizing with an eye cream alone won’t cut it. You must gently exfoliate the eye area (this is best done by using a gentle, acid-based serum made for the delicate eye area) to dissolve and remove dry skin cells. When you add in a product like this on a regular basis, your eye cream can work more efficiently to provide better effects. 

Not using an under-eye exfoliator is only one of the reasons your eye cream may not be working.

8. To Make a Blemish Go Away Fast, You Must Treat It in Sync With Its Life Cycle

When it comes to blemishes, the goal is to make them go away as fast as possible with the least amount of post-breakout discoloration. The biggest mistake I see people make when treating a blemish is immediately applying a harsh, drying spot treatment the moment it appears. The problem with this strategy is that it creates a barrier of dry skin over the blemish, which can keep the infection trapped under the skin longer than your body intended. This prevents the whitehead from easily being released through the skin’s surface. The longer the infection stays within the skin, the more it stretches out the surrounding tissue and creates melanin activity, leading to a longer-lasting discolored mark. I know it feels like you need to do everything you can to get rid of a blemish fast, but the less you do to it and the more you let it naturally correct itself, the faster the recovery. (This includes no picking!)

9. Don’t Neglect Your Neck

When it comes to applying sunscreen to the face and neck, many people make the mistake of applying it to the face and then using whatever is leftover on their fingers and running it down their neck. I can assure you, the neck will not be adequately protected if you do this because sunscreen must be applied generously in order to be effective. I always apply one generous layer to my face and then squeeze more out of the tube and do another full application to the neck, the sides of the neck, and the ears. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been able to tell someone took great care of the skin on their face but neglected their neck—it can definitely give away your age if the two don’t match!

10. Avoid Using Straws or Drinking Out of Narrow Bottles

Just like squinting, repeated facial expressions and movements will break down collagen and elastin fibers over time. When drinking a beverage, I always avoid using straws or drinking out of a narrow bottle to avoid having to purse my lips because this can cause unnecessary lines and wrinkles around the mouth (similar to smoker’s lines). Little lifestyle changes like these can add up and make a difference over the course of a lifetime.

11. Don’t Leave Your Skin Bare for Longer Than 60 Seconds After Cleansing

Skin cells are like fish and need water to live. Without it, your skin’s health is compromised and this is never ideal in the quest for plump, dewy, and bouncy-looking skin. Since we wash our faces twice every day, that’s 730 times a year that you risk the chance of dehydrating your skin during the cleansing process. After washing your face and patting it dry with a towel, your bare skin is at its most vulnerable to dehydration through a process called osmosis. You have a 60-second window before moisture evaporation will occur—I call this window the Golden Minute. By applying your products within this 1-minute window, you can prevent dehydration and lock in moisture for healthy, happy skin. Start by immediately applying an alcohol-free toner after cleansing, then follow it with a serum and moisturizer. Doing so ensures the skin never gets an opportunity to have that tight, dry feeling, which means unnecessary dehydration didn’t occur.

12. Heat (Not Just From the Sun) Can be a Trigger for Hyperpigmentation

For years, it was thought that sunspots were just like the name suggests—spots caused by the sun. We now know that heat also makes pigmentation worse by increasing the activity of melanocytes when the skin’s internal temperature is raised. Aside from being outside on a hot summer day, this could be from a hot stove if you are a cook or chef working in a kitchen, saunas, steam rooms, and exercise (particularly hot yoga). If pigmentation is a concern, try to minimize heat activation in your skin (along with these other tips to prevent summer sunspots).

13. Layering and Mixing Serums Won’t Get You Very Far

Layering and mixing (or “cocktailing”) products, especially serums, has become a popular skincare trend in the last few years, but it’s not an effective strategy. When it comes to layering, the truth is the skin can only absorb so much. At a certain point, you’re just wasting money by dousing your skin thinking you’re getting benefits from each layer. Think of your skin as a sponge in that, at some point, a sponge has absorbed all it can and water starts just pouring over the top. This eventually happens with your skin as well.

As for mixing serums together, you’ll get half the results from each serum because of dilution. In addition, mixing ingredients in your bathroom isn’t the same as mixing them in a lab, and you never know if the ingredients will play well together. Instead, I prefer a rotation strategy when it comes to serums: use one serum at full strength each night so they can give you the full spectrum of intended benefits.

14. Never Interfere With Your Sunscreen

When sunscreen comes out of the tube, you’re getting the exact formula that’s been clinically tested to determine the Sun Protection Factor (SPF). One common mistake I see is that people will mix their sunscreen with another product, such as a skin oil, to give the skin a dewy glow. While this may look nice, you’re altering a carefully crafted formula and can no longer guarantee you’re getting the full protection indicated on the label. Some people will apply an oil over their sunscreen instead of mixing the two together, but the oil could degrade your sunscreen faster throughout the day leaving your skin more vulnerable to damaging UV rays.

Of all the skincare products you want to work well, sunscreen is number one on the list. Apply it generously, and don’t interfere with the formula. Here are 5 ways you may be unintentionally making your sunscreen less effective.

15. Drinking Water is the Least Efficient Way to Hydrate Your Skin

While drinking water is obviously important for your overall health, this is actually the least efficient way to hydrate the skin. Water runs through the intestines, is absorbed into your bloodstream, and is then filtered out by the kidneys. At this point, it will hydrate the cells inside the body and isn’t very likely to make it all the way to the outer layers of your skin. Instead, hydration levels within the skin have more to do with what you apply topically. To maintain proper hydration levels in the skin, use well-formulated moisturizers, serums, and alcohol-free toners.

16. Making DIY Skincare Products From Foods Found in Your Kitchen Won’t Give Your Skin Much Benefit

An ongoing trend in skincare is using items found in your refrigerator and pantry to make your own skincare products. This has been fueled, in part, by the “green beauty” movement (learn more about my thoughts on green beauty and the safety of products.) The thought of using something in its natural, unadulterated form seems like the healthiest, most non-toxic way to go—right? Unfortunately, achieving clearer, healthier, younger-looking skin isn’t as easy as using ingredients found in your kitchen. Here’s the real truth. 

When you eat something, your saliva starts to break it down. It then passes through the digestive tract, and nutrients from the food are distributed throughout the body where they are needed. The skin doesn’t have the same processes as the digestive system; therefore, it isn’t really possible to put food on your face and expect the nutrients to easily enter the skin. This is where cosmetic chemists come in—a huge part of their job is figuring out how to make ingredients bioavailable to your skin so that it can actually reap the benefits.

17. Never Exfoliate Your Skin daily

If you’re exfoliating your skin every single day, you’re probably damaging your skin’s protective barrier. Since I started out as an esthetician, I’ve noticed a sharp rise in damaged skin barriers and this is definitely due, in part, to the increased popularity of exfoliating products. I know the glow they give can be addictive, but overdoing it on exfoliation will lead to inflammation that leaves your skin looking and feeling strained. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good at-home peel, facial scrub, or exfoliating serum, but be sure to give your skin a break so you don’t stress it out. Here’s your guide to the different types of exfoliants and how often to use them.

18. Change Up Your Look With New Makeup, Hairstyles, and Clothing

An image consultant once said it to me best: “There is nothing more aging for a woman than never changing her look.” Shortly after receiving that advice, I changed my blonde hair to pastel pink. I really try to stay fun and open-minded when it comes to my appearance instead of getting into a rut. 

Fear of change could be what is holding you back from being your best, most vibrant-looking self. Spice it up!

19. Be Sure to Use a Vitamin A Product—Like Retinol or a Prescription Retinoid—for the Rest of Your Life

At the start of my esthetics career, I got the opportunity to meet Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, a renowned dermatologist who created the “Fitzpatrick Skin Type” system. I’ll never forget the time he showed me his hands and said, “Renée, can you see the difference in my hands?” I looked down and couldn’t believe my eyes. One hand looked so much younger than the other; it had less wrinkling, fewer brown spots, and a more even texture. How did he get one hand to look so much younger than the other? The answer is a prescription retinoid.

For many years, Retin-A was a topical cream used exclusively to treat acne. Since it had harsh side effects, such as dryness, redness, and peeling, a doctor would need to give very specific instructions to their acne patients about how much to use to minimize these negative effects. Dr. Fitzpatrick would always demonstrate by taking a pea-size amount (which was his recommended amount for the entire face) and rubbing it on ONE of his hands. He would do this, day in and day out. To his surprise, he began to notice that one hand looked much younger than the other! This realization was what led Dr. Fitzpatrick to become one of the doctors instrumental in getting the FDA to recognize Retin-A as a cream that could help reduce wrinkles.

I saw with my own eyes the amazing effects in reversing the visible signs of aging when used long-term and so it’s something I shout from the rooftops. Experiment with over-the-counter retinol before you upgrade to prescription strength, and follow this guide to avoid negative side effects when starting retinol.

20. Dry Skin and Dehydrated Skin Are Not the Same and Need Different Things

The difference between dry and dehydrated skin is something a lot of people don’t understand, but it’s so important to know which you’re dealing with so you can treat it appropriately. 

Dry skin is a genetic skin type that lacks oil and requires richer, oil-based products to keep it moist and flake-free. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is more of a skin condition than a skin type. If your skin is dehydrated, it means you’re lacking water content and need to hydrate with lighter-weight, humectant-rich ingredients. It’s so important to understand this difference when choosing the right products for your skin. If you’re not sure which one you’re dealing with, consult with a skincare professional for guidance instead of going it alone.

21. The Food You Eat Doesn’t Affect the Skin as Much as You’re Led to Believe

“You are what you eat.” “Eat clean and your skin will glow.” Ever heard these sayings? We all have, but there’s a lot less truth to them than you might think. I know plenty of people who eat a poor diet yet their skin is perfection whereas so many people who have challenges with blemishes will eat perfectly clean, yet still find themselves dealing with acne.

The connection between food and skin is far from black and white, and it’s important to remember that we’re all unique. Every person’s skin will respond differently based on what it’s exposed to so it can definitely be worth experimenting with what you eat. But in general, I’ve found that while certain foods may exacerbate or improve skin conditions to an extent, diet is more peripheral than many other factors when it comes to the state of your skin. Long story short: eating a certain way can support overall skin health, but it probably isn’t going to “cure” anything outright. These are some of the ways in which I’ve personally seen food affect people’s skin.

22. Not All Blemishes Are Equal

Pustules, whiteheads, papules, closed comedones, cysts, and nodules are all various names for blemishes and clogged pores. Since they are so uniquely different in how they appear and therefore how they are best treated, it’s important to get educated in your quest for clearer skin. The biggest mistake I see people make is using a blemish spot treatment on all of these and then wonder why their skin isn’t responding.

23. Don’t Wait Til Bedtime to Perform Your Nighttime Routine

What I mean by this is that, ideally, you should perform your nighttime skincare routine earlier in the evening rather than right before your head hits the pillow.

There are two benefits to performing your routine earlier in the evening:

  1. You’re less likely to be lazy if you do it earlier. Meaning, you might skip out on doing a post-cleanse mask or applying eye cream if you’re exhausted. This way you’re more likely to pamper your skin!
  2. Your skin will be in the best possible place to benefit from your nighttime products. It was always thought that the skin’s repair processes kick in during sleep, but it’s now believed to start as soon as the day goes from light to dark.

24. Your Skin Doesn’t “Get Used” to Products and They Don’t Stop Working

Let’s set the record straight on this: your skin doesn’t build up an immunity to skincare products over time. They don’t just stop working one day. This is because there is no direct mechanism for your skin to become immune to the effects of products. When you apply a product, your skin’s receptors will take it in, and, assuming it’s a well-formulated product, it will go to work immediately to perform its functions. However, since your skin is a living organ that does evolve over time, changes can occur in your skin that may require you to make some tweaks to your routine as needed.

25. Practice Self-Acceptance

At age 52, I’m definitely noticing changes in my skin (and ones that I don’t particularly like). Since I’m the face of my company and the spokesperson for my brand, people will inevitably judge my product line based on how my own skin looks. Sometimes, this makes me feel pressure to have perfect-looking skin. This can get overwhelming, though, so I insist that I keep a good, healthy balance. On the one hand, I do pursue treatments that can improve my skin, but I don’t want to go so far as to do things that make me look unnatural. I don’t put all of my focus on my looks and I won’t book a derm appointment every time a wrinkle shows up. Instead, I do things for myself that bring me pure joy and confidence. Whether it’s riding my Triumph motorcycle, setting a fitness goal, or challenging myself to new experiences like moving to Austin six years ago just to change things up, I try to embrace all that life has to offer. The fuel this gives me on the inside is what brings me confidence on the outside.

Next, read 11 ways I’ve learned to live a happier, more balanced life.

And don’t forget to #obeyrenée!

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COMMUNITY REVIEW: JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream

I am a total makeup geek. I am willing (and honestly, wishing) to try every eyeshadow, blush, cream, you name it, regardless of how many products I already have in my collection. I am that girl. So when the chance to try the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream came about, I was geeking out. Here’s what I thought:

Let’s Take a Look at the Product

According to the JUNO & Co. website, the Moonshine Miracle Cream is “a luxurious, super hydrating, creamy makeup primer that nourishes skin and diminishes imperfections for the perfect canvas before makeup.” I’ve heard this kind of claim from tons of products, so I needed more convincing that this product was worth the $35 price tag (ya girl has bills to pay).

The company also claims that this product is special because of the ingredients used in the formulation. It is “infused with JUNO’s patented sodium hyaluronate and avocado extract which provides 12-hours of moisture for a dewier complexion. It helps to maintain moisture levels to help visibly smooth and plump skin with ultimate hydration. Evens surface so foundation effortlessly glides on and stays put for longer-lasting makeup wear.”

Sodium Hyaluronate

Since I’ve started working at FutureDerm and one of my jobs is to literally read the FD blog, I have been way more interested in the ingredients and products I put on my face and body. I’m not necessarily skeptical or wary enough to turn a product away, (as I’ve said before, I will try all the makeup) but just more interested. So, in true FutureDerm fashion, I wanted to take a closer look at the patented ingredient used that makes this product special.

So, we know that as people, we’re mostly water. This is also true for our skin, and as we age, our skin begins to lose its moisture, causing loss of flexibility and resilience. Sodium hyaluronate is the key molecule involved with skin moisture, and according to the Derm Review, “the most dramatic histochemical change observed in aging skin is the marked disappearance of sodium hyaluronate in the epidermis (the top layer of skin).” By adding this ingredient to skincare it will help to attract moisture to the skin, resulting in a smoother, softer complexion. Pretty cool, but does it work in the Moonshine Miracle Cream?

Personal Use & Opinion

The very first thing I noticed was that the packaging was gorgeous, and I am a sucker for packaging. The jar itself looks like it’s speckled with stars on a dark purple background, and it’s a little heavier, making it feel expensive. The cream itself is thick and luxurious feeling. It’s lightly scented and feels like a really nice moisturizer when you put it on; it reminded me of a mix between E.L.F.’s Poreless Putty Primer and cold cream texture-wise.

When I received this product, I was just getting ready to head out to my vacation at the Grand Canyon, and it was a lifesaver! My poor Pittsburgh skin was not happy about the change from rainy/snowy and cold to dry and cold. I used this alone without makeup the first few times just because my skin was drinking it up in the desert. With makeup, I did feel a difference in how my foundation wore — it went on smoother and didn’t settle in my fine lines as much compared to other primers I’ve tried before. Overall, I was really happy with the product and ecstatic it saved my skin from drying out on my vacation. Timing is everything.

Bottom Line

I love the JUNO & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream! It’s a luxurious feeling cream that can be used alone as a beautiful moisturizer, or as a primer under any foundation for a smoother look. And it includes proven ingredients like sodium hyaluronate working to retain your skin’s natural moisture to reduce the signs of aging. If you’re in the market for a new primer, this one is definitely worth a try.

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