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My Favorite Skincare Gadgets – #2: Microcurrent

My 2nd most favorite gadget to use in conjunction with my skincare is a microcurrent device.  Proper skincare will help maintain the structure and elasticity of the skin by rebuilding collagen and elastin.  Ultrasound devices can stimulate the pili muscles in the dermis to further tighten the skin.  But, another factor which contributes to an aged appearance is sagging of the facial muscles located under the skin’s subcutaneous layer.  This results in nasolabial fold lines, sagging jowls, and turkey gobble under the chin.  Skincare and ultrasound are not capable of correcting lax, sagging muscles, so it is an important consideration if you are trying to keep an overall youthful appearance.  Luckily, a microcurrent device can address the sagging muscles.  Professional microcurrent machines have been used in spas for at least 20 years.  Muscles on the face that are not worked on a regular basis eventually atrophy and sag with age, similar to muscles on the body. 

Microcurrent gadgets generate little electrical impulses which are passed through the facial muscles.  The electrical stimulation gives the facial muscles a mini workout by alternately tensing and relaxing them.  As a result, facial muscles are firmer and more lifted appearing.   Deep lines caused by constant squinting, frowning and  other expressions can be softened and relaxed with microcurrent.  The eye brows, cheeks, and jawline can be lifted with a microcurrent gadget.  As you lift the cheek muscles, nasolabial lines (marionette lines) diminish as well.  An immediate lifting effect can be seen right after a spa treatment and can last 7-10 days.   With regular treatments, the effect is cumulative and sustained.  You may have to go in once a week for a few weeks to obtain the desired results and then go on a maintenance schedule of once or twice a month to keep up the results.  The effect is temporary, however; so unless you can go in at least once every month, your sagging will eventually come back. 

The good news is that for a few hundred dollars, you can buy a home unit for interim or long-term use.  They may take longer than a spa treatment to obtain the same level of results, but the end result is the same as long as you do treatments on a regular basis.  Most of these are hand-held units and cost in the $300 to $500 range.  The benefits of microcurrent devices are that they are noninvasive, not painful, or harmful.  They are extremely easy to use.  You may feel a tingling and contractions, but it should never be painful or unbearable.  In addition to lifting the muscles, the electrical current also increases circulation and blood flow in the skin, providing more nutrients to the skin, improving its overall health, tone, and texture.  I find microcurrent helpful in reducing morning eye puffiness by moving out retained fluid under the eyes.  Like ultrasound, I find microcurrent is a must-have gadget because of its multiple benefits and lack of risk.

Over the last decade, I have tried several units.  I tried the Dermatone, Suzanne Somers Facemaster, and the Ezzi-lift.  By far, my favorite microcurrent device has been Tua Trend.  It is a handheld rechargeable unit.  I’ve been using it over a year now, and it’s very user-friendly, not painful, highly adjustable, AND only takes me 15 minutes 3x/wk for treatments.  Great for busy (or lazy) people who don’t want to spend hours every week doing treatments.  Here is a picture of my Tua Trend.  The sponges are different colors, but are the same otherwise:    

The beauty of this unit is that it has a timer on it, so you know exactly when to move the wand to the next section of the face.  There are specific settings for 5 zones of the face and neck (upper cheek, lower cheek, eyebrow and eye, jaw/neck, and under eye).  You can control the intensity or strength of contractions to each zone; this is displayed as a number on the screen.  The wands are detachable.  Two replaceable sponge contacts or heads are on each wand.  Only 1 wand comes with the unit.  However, you can buy an additional wand and plug in 2 wands (4 sponge contacts in total) in order to work both sides of your face simultaneously, cutting the treatment time from 30 to 15 minutes.  There is a DVD and a booklet with full instructions, but it is very easy to use after one read.

 I use the Tua Trend on clean dry skin.  The wands must be moistened with water or calming mist so that the current can conduct properly through the skin.  If not wet enough, you will not feel the tingle or contractions as well.  Correctly placed, you will see and feel the muscles contracting.  Depending on the level you set, it can be mild or very strong.  I suggest not setting the levels too high in the beginning.  You can overwork the muscles and cause more sag if you try to do too much, too soon, at a very high intensity.   Also, do it in the mirror the first few times to be sure you are contracting the right muscles.  Build up your intensity and give your face muscles down time to rest in between treatments.  I think 3x/wk is adequate.  If you have a big event or date, do it the morning of the event for a pick-me-up lift.  After the microcurrent treatment, I do my ultrasound massage.  It’s not necessary that the microcurrent and ultrasound treatments be done together, but I like to use my gadgets on the same 3 evenings (or mornings) and get it over with.  Together, both treatments should take about 40 minutes 3x/wk….That’s not too much time to invest in keeping your face as youthful as possible.   I think these gadgets are a better option to plastic surgery, as they are safer, cheaper, and there is no down-time.   Additionally, you can’t end up looking “overdone” or unnatural looking, as sometimes happens with plastic surgery.   Keep in mind, even good plastic surgery is only a temporary solution, because the skin and muscles will ultimately sag again after a few years.   Unfortunately, you can’t stop the aging process, you can only slow it down with proper skincare and regular use of skincare tools or gadgets.





302 Skincare – Revolutionary Skincare

With a basic understanding of how the skin works, what to look for in skincare, and how to evaluate, you now have the tools to find something that really works. 

The next few articles will describe what I use, 302 Skincare, and how to use it for maximal benefits.  Seldom do you find something that totally changes your life, but I have to say that since discovering 302 Skincare back in 2005, my whole way of life has been affected.   It opened my eyes about living holistically and using socially and environmentally sensible options for everyday products, including skincare:

First of all, some facts about this skincare line:

1.  302 Skincare is only available from professionals, people who are trained in its use.  You cannot buy it in a store or order it online.  The reason for this is simple.  It is a line which contains highly active ingredients.  With such potent ingredients, you can affect a true change in the skin structure and cells.  However, the flip side is that you can misuse it and cause undesirable results as well.  With such highly active ingredients, you must not over apply these products and will need to monitor your skin’s response.  This is why a professional should be monitoring you, at least in the beginning, until you understand the products better.   

2.  302 Skincare does not advertise.  This is why you’ve never heard of it.  It is a small privately held business which started in 2002 and has headquarters in Hayden, Idaho.  Most of their professional clients (estheticians) are in California, but they are slowly rolling out to other states and countries, with distribution to Canada in 2010. 

3.  The line is about 90% organic and natural.   Natural and organic ingredients are used if possible, but some synthetics are necessary for stabilizing and preservation.  All synthetic ingredients must have a proven safety record.

4.  302 Skincare is constantly improving its formulations and products.  Because it is a small company, they can do this relatively faster than big skincare companies.  They listen to their clients and consumers and often make changes based on their suggestions.      

5.  302 Skincare’s main philosophy is that the best way to rejuvenate the skin is to make it healthy at the cellular level.  Aging, scarring, rosacea, hyperpigmentation are all signs of cellular dysfunction in the skin.  The ingredients in the products work together to bring the skin back to a healthy state without using harmful irritating ingredients or requiring exfoliative methods.  It preserves and maintains the skin barrier (epidermis).  Another 302 philosophy is that “less is best”.  You want the skin to do all the work, not your skincare products.  You will find that over time, you will need less product, not more. 

6.  The star ingredient is Avogen, which is patented.  The common ingredient name is avocatin.  This is a synthesized version of a special lipid found in a particular species of avocado which has been proven in independent studies to have anti-aging properties.  You have probably heard of the amazing benefits of eating avocados for the skin and general health.  A team of scientists from Eli Lilly isolated the molecule responsible for these benefits and then found a way to duplicate it through a special processing method.   This is the 302 molecule, or Avogen, which became the namesake of the line.  The “302” is its molecular size, which is very, very tiny and, therefore, easily reaches the dermis of the skin and affects changes to the skin cells there.

7.  As Avogen is a strong metabolizer, you cannot use it with acids or other irritants.   You should be off acids at least 2 weeks (longer if possible) to make sure the skin is not in an inflammatory state when you begin.  Otherwise, the irritation and inflammation will be magnified if you use the two together.  You may very well encounter breakouts and other unpleasant adverse reaction if you try to use acids while using the Avogen-containing products at the same time.   Acids includes all AHAs, Retin-A, L-ascorbic acid, and hyalauronic acid.  For the same reason, reduce any topical medications if you are using them, for example acne topicals.   The dryness caused by these meds wil be magnified when using Avogen.  Reduce the frequency of application of your topical meds if this happens.

8.  302 Skincare is an all-inclusive system.  If you decide to use 302 Skincare, then ONLY use 302 Skincare products.  All the products are formulated to work together for best results.  You should not try to mix in other skincare lines.  Mixing products from other lines only complicates the process and results in suboptimal or unpredictable results.  I’ve seen many people try to incorporate 302 with their old favorites and it usually results in disappointment or problems.  This is a very important consideration.  302 is not like other skincare lines, and you have to change your old ways of thinking about skincare.  Follow the instructions from your 302 professional exactly, and you will get results. 

The History of 302 Skincare and the Avogen Molecule

The story of how Avogen was discovered is the stuff of movies, but it actually did happen over 20 years ago.  A team of scientists funded by Eli Lilly and MIT heard of a village of people in Guatemala whose skin seemed to age significantly less than neighboring villages.  They set off on a 2-year exploration to find out why.  They discovered that the village people ate a lot of avocados, as there was an abundance of avocado trees surrounding the coffee plants which they harvested.  Eating 8 to 10 avocados a day was not unusual.  The result was that their skin was very resilient and resistant to sun damage.  After much experimentation, the actual molecule responsible for this amazingly resilient skin was isolated.  The scientists named it avocatin, but later patented it as Avogen.  There were independent, double-blind, placebo-based studies performed which verified their observations.  There was no toxicity, and the results were sustainable and permanent.  After patenting Avogen, the 302 Skincare line was born in 2003.  The patents can be found here:


The 302 line started with only 3 products but has now grown to 40.  Not all the products contain Avogen.  The non-Avogen products consist of moisturizers, cleansers, sunscreens, and other specialized products which work synergistically with the Avogen products.

I’ve been using the products since 2005, when they only had 3 products, the 302 Protein Drops, Face and Body Bar, and 302 Cleanser.  My full story is documented in the Essential Day Spa Forum  at:


I’m still using 302 Skincare products after 6 years, however much less frequently.  It’s the only products I use.  I don’t require a daily regimen of multiple products.  I simply wash with water in the morning, apply the Recovery Minerals for sunscreen if going out.  At night, I rotate one of my 302 cleansers.  On 3 or 4 nights of the week, I will apply one of the topicals.  That’s it!  Very simple, yet my skin is radiant and plump and healthy.  These products have totally changed how I use skincare and how I live.  I’m more conscious of what I put on my skin, what I eat, and how I live.  Having beautiful skin requires this kind of holistic approach.

What Makes 302 Skincare Different?

These are the reasons I feel 302 Skincare is one of the best lines available on the market today:

1.   The cost is very reasonable for such a potent and exclusive line.  The processing required to produce Avogen is expensive.  It takes about 1 ton of avocados to make 1 ounce of 302 Avogen, so most of the cost is due to this ingredient.  You will not find this ingredient in any other skincare line.  All ingredients are used because of effectiveness and not purely to save cost.  They don’t use cheap fillers and bases or the cheapest forms of actives they can get.  Each ingredient must have scientifically proven results to justify their inclusion.  You will not find a long list of fancy-sounding or chemical ingredients in their formulations.  The formulations are simple yet powerful.  Each ingredient is listed along with their purpose on the company website.  Even though 302 products cost more than drugstore brands, they are still very economical because you use so little at a time.  You will find most of the actives and cleansers last 2 to 3 months. 

2.  The formulations are done by on-site chemists and scientists with extensive knowledge of skin regeneration.  They understand the biochemical mechanisms of the skin and the unique characteristics of Avogen.  It’s not formulated by a contracted cosmetic chemist or formulating lab which churns out products for multiple skincare lines.  Many private label brands are formulated by outside vendors, but you wouldn’t know it.  With 302, everything is controlled by their own people from sourcing the raw ingredients to putting the formulations together, so they know exactly what goes into their products.  Every product is carefully formulated to maximize results without harming or damaging the skin.

3.  The line is highly customizable.  Each person’s skin is at a different stage of health, so you can’t expect one product to work the same for everybody.  To address the uniqueness of people’s skin requirements, there are 40 products to select from, making it highly adjustable or customizable.   There are products for all types of skin and skin problems.  Even the most sensitive of skin can use 302 products.  You just need a 302 professional to help you decide what to use and how to use it.  The actual regimen is simple.  You usually start with a couple cleansers, 1 active, and a sunscreen.   Depending on your issues, you can add on products as needed.    

4.  Results are long-term and sustainable.  While results take awhile to show, they are permanent changes.  Skin rebuilding takes time and patience.  Your skin can only produce collagen and elastin so fast, so don’t expect overnight results.  After 6 months of steady use, you should see marked improvement in your skin.  Depending on the current state of your skin, it could be much faster.  Skin which has been damaged and rendered dysfunctional by long-term use of acids, peels, sun damage, harsh chemicals, invasive procedures, etc. will take longer to correct and rebuild.  But the results are cumulative and should require less product to maintain after awhile.  

5.  The ingredients are safe and nontoxic.  Each ingredient is scrutinized for their safety and toxicity studies.   If new studies show an ingredient is toxic, it will be changed or removed.    

6.  There are patents, independent studies, and many unsolicited testimonials to back up the claims of the products.  With the growing following of happy 302 users, you can easily find testimonials on the Internet about how 302 has changed their skin.  All of their business comes from word of mouth and they have been around long enough now (8 years) to prove that the products are not a passing fad.  They actually work, and they have many happy customers to prove it.  But they never brag about it or advertise about it, another good sign to me that it works.  They don’t need to use marketing hype to sell their products.   

7.  Results are real and permanent, not simply surface changes.  You are addressing the root causes of your skin problems with real solutions, not temporary coverups or band-aid solutions.  You can stop 302 products and your skin remains the same.  302 actually restores your skin’s metabolism and health.  The cells receive the nutrients they need, the skin can repair itself faster, cells turn over faster, and the aging process slows.  Your skin will function much like it did in your 30s without relying on a daily regimen of any sort.  I’ve heard of long-term 302 users taking breaks from 302 actives for up to a month with no decline in their skin.  This is the true test of an effective skincare line.  If you can do this with your current skincare, you have a winner.   

In the next article, I’ll discuss specific things you can to do to ensure success with 302 products.   Until then, you can explore the 302 Skincare website at www.302skincare.com.

Evaluating Skincare – Seeing Through the Hype

Marketing Gimmicks to be Aware Of

Be a savvy consumer and be aware that skincare companies want to convince you to buy their products out of the thousands if not tens of thousands lines out there in the market.   Some tactics are deliberately used to draw people into a euphoria of hope, and entice impulse buying.   Don’t fall for marketing hype such as this:

1)  The TV infomercial with celebrity endorsements and auto-ship programs.    Just because a celebrity may have used a product, doesn’t guarantee you the same results.   This is true for anything in life because people are unique….your biological makeup, how healthy you are, what your habits are, what medications you are on, age, gender, environment, all affect your results.   No one product will work the same on everybody.  It’s just biologically impossible.  The auto-ship programs are especially deceitful because many people don’t realize they have committed to auto-ship from an introductory offer until it’s too late, and then it’s hard to stop.  

2)  The amazing “before and after” photos.   I would be cautious about believing what you see in photos.  Lighting and angles can make a tremendous difference on the appearance of lines and spots.   Look at the color of the hair, the background, the lighting levels, and the position of the facial features.  If they are exactly identical, then I would be more prone to believe any changes but even then, photo shopping an image is very easy to do.  You can wipe out wrinkles instantly. 

3)  The “instant’ anything, instant wrinkle removers, instant lightening creams.   The skin isn’t biologically able to instantly repair wrinkles or hyperpigmentation within a few minutes, hours, or even a couple weeks.  Collagen takes a minimum of 3 weeks to rebuild and the skin turnover is from 3 to 6 weeks, longer if you are older.   So anything that results from 2 or less weeks of use is unlikely to be real and permanent.  If you see a product claiming instantaneous or overnight results, you can almost guarantee it’s only temporary and may actually be harming your skin in the long run.   The diminished wrinkles can be the result of irritation, inflammation and swelling, which is also creating free radicals.  Once you stop the irritant, the wrinkles will come right back and maybe deeper.   Applying anything to the skin to the point of saturation, will temporarily plump it up and make it appear more resilient.  But again, when you stop using the products, all the temporary improvements will be gone as well.   Same thing with lightening products.  The immunosuppressants like hydroquinone will lighten your spots while you are using it, but when you stop, the spots come right back and perhaps darker.  While you are on hydroquinone, you are also irritating the skin, which again accelerates aging.  So you put yourself in an endless cycle and are forced to lifetime maintenance on these irritating substances to maintain your “results”.  Unfortunately, they’re not addressing the root cause of the problems and are only band-aids covering up the visible symptoms of the problems.   Also, these kinds of maintenance programs are not usually sustainable due to the sensitivity and irritation which results from long-term use of these products.  Eventually, you will find yourself unable to tolerate these and other substances and in a worse situation than when you started.  So, it’s best to never start using band-aid type skincare regimens.

Learn to Listen to Your Skin

If you find your skin continually dry, irritated, and inflamed after using your products, it’s a sign that your products are damaging the skin, specifically the skin cells are being bombarded with free radicals, the telomeres are shortening faster, and the cells’ energy reserves are being depleted.  If stressed long enough, eventually the skin forgets how to function normally and becomes a dysfunctional artifact.  In effect, the continual damage causes the skin to prematurely age or become senescent.  Senescent skin takes on the appearance of a much older person’s skin in their 80s or 90s, with a hardened, thinned,  inelastic, parchment-like texture, as illustrated by this 90-year-old woman’s face:

This type of skin eventually becomes unresponsive to any kind of skincare treatment.   It’s much harder to repair damage than to prevent the damage in the first place.  So listen to your skin and stop products that are irritating.   

Hallmarks of an Effective Skincare Product

If you can answer yes to all these questions, then you probably have a safe, effective product that is making your skin healthier for the long-run.

1.   Are all the ingredients readily listed and available for the consumer to read prior to buying?

2.  Is each ingredient safe, non-irritating, and have a proven safety record.

3.  Are the concentrations of actives high enough to actuate a change in the skin over time? 

4.  When you stop using the product, does the skin remain the same and does not immediately decline in appearance?   This is the #1 test of effectiveness for any skincare product.  If you stop a product for 2 or more weeks, and the skin remains the same, then it’s a sign the skin is functioning well on its own.   If you notice an instant decline with sagging, dryness, wrinkling, irritation, breakouts, then you know you have developed a dependence on the products….similar to a drug addiction.  Don’t believe the adage that you need products to keep the skin healthy looking on a daily basis.  That is a convenient myth propagated by skincare companies who want to keep you buying their products for as long as possible.  You want products which bring the skin’s own functions back to optimal levels, so it does not “require” any topical to look good.  If you find you need less of a product over time, that is the true sign of effective skincare.  Conversely, if you find yourself in a frantic if you miss a daily application of anything, you have become a prisoner of your skincare.  You want to free yourself from that dependency.  Also, many people who find themselves tied to a maintenance program using irritating and sensitizing agents develop an unnatural fear of being outside, fearing the sun, and enjoying the outdoors.  You need to get a healthy dose of sunshine, both to maintain your vitamin D level and to maintain mental wellness.  

5.  Is the price of the products reasonable for what the contents are?  Look at the ingredients.   Know what you are paying for.  Are you paying for fancy-sounding and exotic ingredients, the latest antioxidants?  Fancy bottle?  Advertising in high-end stores?  What are you paying for?   Just because all the greatest sounding actives and botanicals are in a product, doesn’t guarantee that it will produce results.  Especially if the concentrations are miniscule or the formulation is carelessly thrown together.  Compare other lines with similar ingredients.   It’s not unusual for markups of 100, 200, or 300% on skincare.    Look at the first 4 ingredients.   If you see water (aqua), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), aloe, mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum), glycerin, alcohols, parabens,  or silicones listed, you are paying exorbitant prices for a product comprised of mostly cheap ingredients.

6.   Are there independent human, double-blind and placebo-based tests to support results?   Eliminate any studies performed by the company or people selling the products because often studies can be manipulated or performed in a way to make the results more impressive than they are.  Also remember many studies are too short and only reflect morphologic changes (surface changes).  You want long-term studies or feedback from independent reliable sources.  If a company claims its studies show results, they may be reflecting temporary results that diminish the “appearance” of wrinkles.   Doesn’t mean the actual skin structure has changed at all, it could merely be swelling.  In order to measure true change, cell health and functioning must be measured, but this is almost never done with skincare products.   So, for now, you will have look for independent testing and/or consumer reviews which support long-term results.  Also, keep in mind if the company studies use in vitro tests to claim results, that may not be a true reflection of what happens on a real person.   In vitro tests are lab tests done in a laboratory setting using Petri dishes within a very controlled environment.  It doesn’t factor in all the variables when applied on real people.   It may work well in the lab, but do nothing in a real-world setting.   You want to find long-term (over 6 months at least) studies using “in vivo” testing on real people, measured in a clinical setting.  

Measuring Results in a Logical Way

Assuming you have chosen a skincare line to test out, how do you measure its effectiveness?   Well, it’s best to start with a clean slate and trial each product one at a time, so you really see what is happening with each individual product.  If you use multiple new products at one time, you will have no idea what is working and what is not. 

So, to begin your trial, stop using all the current products you using on a daily basis for at least 2 weeks.   Find a very simple cleanser with no SLS or other irritants to wash with at night and try to use sunscreen only when you are in the sun for more than 15 minutes at a time.  You want to see what your skin really is like before starting; this is your baseline.     At the end of 2 weeks, take a “before” photo if possible.   This will give you some visual reminder of what you began with.  

Trial each product for at least a month and see what, if anything, happens.  Take another photo at 1 month.  If you are doing okay, you could add another product and then observe what happens after a month of that.   Make notes of when you started each product and what you observe.   Takes “after” photos at 1 month intervals.   

Finding a truly effective skincare line or product takes diligence and patience because real changes don’t happen overnight.   There are no “miracles” in skincare and anybody who claims to have found one doesn’t understand how the skin works.  You can’t solely rely on potions and lotions to reverse signs of aging.  You need to address your overall health too.  Just by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, your skin should visibly improve on its own.   Using skincare to boost your skin’s own natural functions and not artificially forcing it to look a certain way is the ideal long-term solution.

What is the Skincare Revolution?

Welcome To the Skincare Revolution! 

We are excited to kick off this blog today.  Never in a million years did we think we’d be blogging about skincare.  We are not formally trained estheticians or beauty consultants.  We are regular women, just like many of you out there, tired of spending money on useless skincare which promised eternal youth, but just ended up in the back of our medicine cabinets or trash bin.  Basing decisions on glitzy marketing and celebrity promises just wasn’t cutting it.  We ended up with worse skin over time, but we never understood why.  It was frustrating because we had no idea how some miracle cream worked, we just had to take the word of the manufacturer.  Many times, we bought things based on how expensive it was and if the packaging was pretty.   After awhile, we realized the premise that something expensive must work was utter nonsense.    

It was our chance discovery of a particular holistic skincare line which turned things around.  I discovered it in 2005 and my blog partner in 2008.  We both embarked on a new kind of skincare philosophy, one based on the biological mechanisms of the skin at the cellular level (not just surface appearance) and a holistic approach.  After all, your skin is an integral part of your body.  Your skin is a direct reflection of your general health.  If you take care of your body/mind and understand why skin reacts the way it does, you’ll be way ahead of the marketer’s game and will feel more comfortable about making skincare choices for YOUR skin.  You are unique, and you cannot expect your skin to react the same as another person’s skin.  There are too many variables, such as age, ethnicity, health, gender, etc.  You need to understand the variables and how to customize your skincare for those variables.

If all this sounds too complicated, it really isn’t.  In fact we both spend much less time and money on our skincare but have more youthful skin.  It’s healthier skin, not just “healthy-looking” skin.  It is effortless once you understand the philosophy.  Our beliefs run contradictory to many skincare practices commonly used today such as acids, invasive lasers, harsh exfoliative peels and treatments.  We believe these practices are damaging to the skin in the long-run when used continuously.  We base this conclusion on scientific findings and the observation of what’s happening to the skins of women who have engaged in these practices for a decade or more.  Dermatologists are seeing more and more sensitivity and hyperpigmentation issues plaguing women than ever before.  Skin cancers are on the rise.  We feel this epidemic of skin problems is directly related to the way skincare is being used, misused, and the harmful ingredients contained in them. 

Our mission here is to educate people about the potential dangers of certain skincare practices.  You don’t need take our word for it, but we hope you do your own research, just as we have.  We are lucky to have vast resources of information available to us via the Internet, so you should use it.  Then you will have the freedom to make informed decisions and not be at the mercy of a skincare company or wishful thinking.   

Our philosophy is made up of a few core beliefs:    

1.   Do no harm to your skin.   We believe we should work with the skin’s natural processes and not force it into submission through intentionally harsh and punishing treatments.  This approach may work for awhile, but the skin eventually suffers.

2.   Listen to your skin; it’s really smarter than you think.   When it looks bad – red, dry, peeling, broken out, or irritated, it’s telling you it’s not happy, and you need to stop torturing your skin.   The culprits are usually all the topicals, sunscreens, moisturizers, and makeup you are applying. 

3.   Less is best.   Just as children have beautiful skin with no effort, we want to get our skin back to a state where less is required to maintain it.  We don’t want to create a dependency on topicals.  We want the skin to do all the work, not your skincare.   

We will show you, through articles in this blog, how to apply this philosophy in your skincare as well as address other key areas such as nutrition, the mind-body connection, and healthy options for a holistic lifestyle.  All these impact your skin’s appearance.   

Living this philosophy has undeniably changed our lives for the better, and we hope it will change yours as well.   

The Skincare Revolution Team