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Toner - Pt. 3 of the Essentials of Skin Care

Hello! This is the third installment of our six-part blog series highlighting each aspect of The Six Principal Skin Care Steps in an affective daily routine. The series features the following: 

1.       Facial Cleansers

2.       Exfoliants & Masks

3.       Toners

4.       Special Serums & Gels

5.       Moisturizers, 6. Sun Protection.



Toners, the third essential step in an effective skin care routine, are the topic of this discussion.

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What does toner do?

Usage of a toner is an integral part of your skin care routine. Toner completes the cleansing process, helps balance the skins pH, and helps reduce the appearance of pores. Additionally, some toners have qualities that help to hydrate your skin, and increase absorption of serums and moisturizers. Toners can also help regulate oily skin conditions as well.

Why add toner to your daily routine?

Our skin is acidic with a pH level, when healthy, between 5 and 6. Cleansing, although highly necessary, can disturb the pH balance of your skin due to the alkaline nature of cleansers, as well as varying qualities of your local water supply. Toners help to restore a healthy pH level to your skin, which in turn protects your skin from the surrounding environment. Over time, an altered pH can lead to dryness, premature aging, and inflammation.

How do I use toner?

After cleansing, thoroughly rinse and dry your face. Then, spray toner directly onto skin and massage in with your fingertips. After this, you can continue on with your skin care regiment.

How do you know which toner is right for your skin?

Most toners are water based, tailored to address the needs of different skin types, such as oil controlling, calming, soothing, brightening, and hydrating. Some toners may contain glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid. Plant extracts and hyaluronic acid are favored in toners for their gentle, yet hydrating qualities. Avoid toners with alcohol, and high percentage of acids, as these will dry out skin. Coenzyme Q10 is also highly effective ingredient found in some toners, including our Age Defiance CoQ10 Toner. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that helps rejuvenate, plump, and protect your skin from the environment. It is especially critical for acne prone skin, to consistently use toner with hydrating properties, so that the skin does not dry out, and in return create more oils in an attempt to return to equilibrium.

All skin types highly benefit from hydrating toners. Hydration keeps your skin moist, prevents dead skin cells from clogging your pores, eliminates fine lines, and aids in the absorption of potent skin serums. If you are not currently using a toner, get with the program, your skin will love you for it!
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Sun Skin Damage

A little too much sun this summer? 

 

Look amazing and feel great with our specialized hands and arm treatment!

As we all know, sun exposure is damaging not only to our face but also to our body. Although the face often absorbs the most amount of sunlight, the entire upper-body including hands and arms also becomes damaged from the sun. 

Discoloration, uneven tone, skin flakiness, dryness, and dehydration result in fine lines and dry skin.

The treatment includes exfoliation, hydration, and a super complex mask with vitamin C, hyaluronic, peptides, and rich nutrients to balance the much needed lipids of the skin.

Results: Wear nice glowing and toned skin!

Regular price: $165 - Special: $99

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5 Reasons Exfoliation is Essential

Hi everyone! This is the second installment of our six-part blog series highlighting each aspect of The Six Principal Skin Care Steps in an effective daily routine. The series features the following:

1. Facial Cleansers, 2. Exfoliants & Masks, 3. Toners, 4. Special Serums & Gels, 5. Moisturizers, 6. Sun Protection.

Regular face exfoliation is key to healthy, smooth, and glowing skin. Piled up dead skin cells are problematic for all skin types and ages. They leave skin dull, rough, dry, and congested, rendering the skin vulnerable to blemishes and premature signs of aging: The skin loses its glow and fine lines and wrinkles appear more prominent. Sun damaged, pigmented skin looks darker with dead cells.

Benefits of exfoliation:

·         Minimizes oiliness and impurities

·         Improves skin color and texture

·         Allows deeper penetration of products and active ingredients

·         Lines and wrinkles appear softer

·         Skin looks radiant, glowing, and toned


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How to exfoliate for your skin type:

Normal Skin

Normal skin can tolerate a variety of exfoliants. Normal skin will benefit with a combination of lactic acid and enzymatic exfoliants.

Dry/Sensitive skin

These types of skin must avoid strong exfoliants, including glycolic acid. Gentle physical exfoliants and enzymes will help to digest dead cells and give a radiant glow to your skin.

Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Exfoliation is must in order to decongest clogged pores and control oil production. Use an effective but gentle exfoliant. Large granules, as in many scrubs can tear the skin and lead to infection. A combination of enzymes and physical exfoliants will remove deaf skin cells and impurities from the skin. Salicylic and glycolic acids are beneficial for this type of skin.

Mature Skin

With age, cell turnover slows down, causing flakiness and dullness. The skin feels rough and dry, uneven skin tone appears darker, and wrinkles become more prominent. Add retinol to your nightly routine to speed cell turn over and increase collagen.

Did You Know?

In the era of the ancient Egyptians they exfoliated the skin using abrasive tapes made from alabaster, honey, and sour milk. They then further abraded the skin with finely ground sand to keep it silky smooth.

Common types of exfoliants:

•         AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids): Lactic, glycolic and fruit acids;

•         BHA (beta-hydroxy acids): Salicylic acids;

•         Proteolytic enzymes.

AHAs are the strongest of the three main ingredients found in exfoliants. AHAs along with BHAs act to break down the bonds of the dead skin. Once these bonds are broken, dead skin will be evenly removed leaving the new smoother more youthful skin. The predominant difference between AHAs and BHAs are that AHAs are water soluble, whereas BHAs are oil soluble. Our Age Defiance Lac-Tone Exfoliating Gel uses lactic acid as the AHA to help rejuvenate your skin without being harsh or drying. Additionally, it helps reduce the look of fine lines, uneven skin tone, and smoothens skin texture.

BHAs are predominantly for sensitive skin. Effective in calming redness and inflammation BHAs go deeper into pores, and remove excess sebum. However, BHAs are not as effective as AHAs in reducing the appearance of sun damage or wrinkles. BHAs are great for acne prone skin, and are a common ingredient in our Purify Solutions products such as Blemish Control Treatment.

Enzymes are catalysts in chemical reactions; this means they can speed up a process without being consumed themselves. In skin care, enzymes are sometimes used in exfoliants and anti-inflammatory products. When enzymes are found in exfoliants (sometimes referred to as scrubs), they tend to appear in the type that include manual exfoliating grains such as sand, and plastic beads (now outlawed). Marianna’s Botanical Enzymatic Exfoliant uses papaya and pineapple enzymes to digest old skin cells, and ground bamboo to aid in the gentle polishing of your face, leaving your skin smooth and glowing.


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7 Tips for Self-Care this Holiday

Holidays are joyful times to share with family and friends, and are, for the most part, occasions to foster fond memories to last a lifetime. But most of us experience at least some level of stress during these times; be it air or road travel, hectic traffic in the streets and shops, rushing to find the perfect gifts, cooking to impress, or simply having enough of commotion and being deprived of solitude and quite time.

Follow these few tips to help your body balance stress:

1- Take a daily walk, concentrating on your breathing, and being aware of the environment around you. Sometimes we will walk or drive the same stretch every day, and become blind to the beauty of the space around us.

2- Find time to meditate, if possible, otherwise make #1 above your time to do so. Making time for yourself is really important.

3- Moderate your time with friends and family. It's okay to take a break. Don't feel obligated to overextend yourself when you feel the need to escape.

4- Drink alcohol, stimulant-rich, and sugary drinks in moderation.

5- Get plenty of sleep.

6- Connect with your community. Volunteer and practice gratitude. Those less fortunate could really use extra love and kindness at this time of year.

7- Set reasonable boundaries at  home and work for yourself and those around you. Try creating lists for chores, reponsibilities, and gift budgets.

To enjoy your family and friends to the fullest, you have to be at peace with yourself. Of course, if you really need to get away, there's no place like Marianna's to escape for a totally relaxing facial or massage.

Wishing all a happy and safe holiday!

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