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Some moisturizing tips…

Written by: Sonia Conerly

When applying your moisturizer, it is important to use a quality product, and therefore, a little will definitely go a long way.   You want to be gentle and not rub too vigorously, (especially, if your skin is more on the sensitive side, or you have Rosacea).

You can apply a dab of moisturizer down the t-zone, along the cheekbones, the jawline, and don’t forget about your neck.  Then work it into the skin using your fingertips, in soft, outward circles, until the product has absorbed into the skin.

The eyes need special care as well and when applying your eye cream, it is best to use your ring finger to gently dab the product under the eyes until it is gone.

Happy moisturizing!!!

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Ascorbyl Phosphate Magnesium & Ascorbyl Phosphate Sodium

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What is it?  Ascorbyl Magnesium Phosphate (L-Ascorbic acid mono-dihydrogen phosphate magnesium salt) and Ascorbyl Phosphate Sodium are stable forms of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant. Vitamin C is used by cells to supply necessary electrons to enzymatic and non-enzymatic reactions. Forms of Vitamin C provide electrons to oxidizing agents (free radicals) that would otherwise steal valence electrons from surrounding, creating a chain reaction that could damage cell organelles and vital cell processes. 
 Why use it? APM and APS do not readily dissolve in water, so it is more stable and can be more effective when used in a skincare product. AMP also requires a lower percentage than Ascorbic acid in order to be effective, as shown by the graph below. After 2 and 6 hours, the amount of available ascorbyl in the skin was elevated after administration of APS. 
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This aspect of this ingredient makes it the perfect Vitamin C alternative for those with sensitive skin. 
APS and APM help reduce sun damage. When skin was treated 20 mM APS and exposed to UV radiation, lipid peroxidation (caused by UV radiation), the skin showed no signs of raditation after 2 hours. 
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 What products contain it? The following Elaine Sterling Skincare products contain Ascorbyl Magnesium Phosphate. 

Power Rescue 

Information cited from:

Showa Denko Europe GmbH Konrad-Z
Konrad-Zuse-Platz 4
D-81829 Munich, Germany

 

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What makes a good cleanser

Getting a good cleanser that is the right choice for your skin can work wonders. Half of the time, when we conduct a skin analysis under the woods lamp the primary suggestion is to get a good cleanser, starting there can provide a great foundation for correcting problem skin. So what is a good cleanser? Is there a difference between a $100 department store cleanser and the $5 grocery store cleanser? To answer the first question, we have to think about what is right for a client’s specific skin. Do they have oily, dry, or combination skin? Do they have acne or comedones? If so, is this caused by bacteria, inflammation, or clogged pores? These are some of the questions that we ask when determining what kind of cleanser we would recommend. 
To finish answering what makes a good cleanser, we shift our focus to the next question. The first type of cleanser to avoid is bar soap. Bar soap strips your face, and it has trouble compensating for the pH imbalance after cleansing. Many of the cheaper cleansers also have ingredients that strip your face, and irritating fragrances, coloring, and miscellaneous fillers. Beyond the cheaper cleansers, figuring out what works for you is more determined by brand identity. If natural or organic is important to you, seek out a brand that honors those values. Speaking as an ESI rep, in our skincare line, we promote effective skincare products by the use of powerful and revolutionary active ingredients, with no added fragrances or irritants. 
So which cleanser is right for you. Using our own skincare line, here is a list of our cleansers and the skin types with which they work the best.
 Clarifying skin wash- oily, acneic skin Use this cleanser if you suffer from an oily complexion. Until I realized that I had combination skin, I used this cleanser. It worked great on my t-zone, but dried out my cheeks. I switched cleansers with a great outcome, but still use it when I have a sweaty workout and a lot of excess oil. 
 Daily gentle- combination, normal, aging This is a great all purpose cleanser. This is what I use for my combination skin and it gets all of the oils out without drying out my skin. However, for individuals with excessively dry skin, I would recommend a different cleanser. 
Mild cream cleanser- dehydrated, sensitive skin This is a great choice for individuals with dry and sensitive skin. It removes debris without unnecessarily stripping the skin.
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