Archive for October, 2013

Serum vs. Lotion. What’s the difference?

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There are an abundance of skin care products on the market today. It can sometimes be confusing to sort it all out. Facial lotions and facial serums are one example. You might want to know just what the difference is between the two products. Can you use both at the same time? Do they really serve different purposes?

Facial serums are lighter, more gel-like products that absorb quickly. They are highly concentrated and provide both moisture and nutrients to the skin. A serum is not meant to replace your daily moisturizer. It is an optional product that can help address skin concerns and is applied after cleansing but before moisturizing. There are a variety of serums available today. Some examples are anti-aging, brightening and anti-acne serums.

Moisturizers, on the other hand, are meant to hydrate the skin. However, because of the larger molecules of the product, they do not penetrate the skin as deeply as a serum will. This is why it is better to use a serum to get the most benefit of the added nutrients. Moisturizers can also have the asset of an added SPF. If you are content with how your moisturizer is working for you, then there is no need to add a serum to your skin care routine right away.

We offer a variety of serums, so why not take a look at some of our products? Who knows, a great serum might be the missing link to your skin care routine!

Skincare: Important for Men Too!

When it comes to skincare, men are a different breed. It turns out that men are the lucky ones in that their skin ages more slowly than women’s skin. Men naturally have more collagen and elastin, which makes for firmer and thicker skin overall. In fact, their skin is approximately 25% thicker than women’s skin! Studies have also shown that men’s skin tends to be less acidic on the pH scale than women’s. When aging signs do appear, they start around the eyes with dark circles, bags and wrinkles. To fight this problem, there are various eye creams on the market that are specially formulated for men.
A regular cleansing routine is very important, since men have larger pores than can clog easily. Men should be sure to use the proper cleanser for their skin type, which is typically more oily due to having high levels of the androgen hormone levels. Vitamin E can also help to heal cuts and redness experienced from shaving. As men age and their testosterone levels drop, their skin tends to become drier and they will have to switch up their cleansing products accordingly. Men should use a good moisturizer and might also want to consider a hydrating mask for a deep clean and added hydration.
One final fact that men shouldn’t ignore is that males over 50 are at the highest risk of developing melanoma. The most important thing that a man can do for his skin is to use a sunscreen early and often!