Quick Eczema Relief for Kids

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This question was sent to me on one of my social media sites – so, in case you were wondering, yes I read your questions….

QUESTION: 

My daughter is a toddler and she has eczema all over her body.   The doctor told me to use hydrocortisone cream on her body to stop the itching.  I had eczema as a child, but mine is under control.   My baby has it all over her body and on her face and she scratches her skin until it bleeds.  How can I help my baby, because she is miserable?

RESPONSE:  

It sounds like the baby’s skin needs exfoliation and hydration.  What I believe would help this baby is a scrub that mom can make in her own kitchen.  The two ingredients needed for the scrub are brown sugar and olive oil.

 

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Brown Sugar is a natural exfoliator that doesn’t leave microscopic cuts on the skin; that’s why it is good for sensitive skin and it can easily be used on the face, too.  Brown sugar is an anti-bacterial that contains Glycolic acid.   Glycolic acid happens to be an Alpha-hydroxyl acid which helps in the anti-aging process.

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Olive Oil is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants which also help with anti-aging and olive oil hydrates the skin naturally.

 

My suggestion to this mom is that she make up batches of the Brown Sugar and Olive Oil scrub and apply it to her daughter’s skin/body three times at night.  Then try or buy some baby oil gel and apply it while the baby’s skin is wet.  While mom is drying her daughter – gently,  the towel can be used to buff the oil into her skin.  The baby oil gel is really good for sealing in moisture.

This is a simple lower cost method to help the child’s itchiness.  If you have any further questions about eczema or any skin care questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. 

Or…  if you’d like to schedule a virtual consultation, you may reach me by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and to check out our videos on IGTV.

 

 

                                  As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


4 Easy Tips: Face Masks

 

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The question below was sent to me on one of my social media sites.  I’m sharing my response to help anyone who may be curious.   

Question:  How often should I use a facial mask? 

First let me say facial masks are used for a variety of purposes.  They can be used for hydrating, moisturizing, and restoring pH balance, to name a few.  My answer to this question is that it depends on the purpose of the mask. 

If you are seeking to reduce any of the concerns below, here are some suggestions that may easily be found in your kitchen.

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Try honey and baking soda. The baking soda will balance pH levels and the honey will act as an anti-inflammatory.  Use this mask once a week and then build up to twice a week as needed.

TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

Try turmeric and honey. Honey is good for anything inflamed including Rosacea and Eczema.  Honey is an anti-bacterial agent that has calming and healing properties.  Use this mask 1-3 nights a week as needed.

TO REMOVE / REDUCE DEAD SKIN

I would not suggest using a mask. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to your cleanser.   The brown sugar will dissolve as you massage it into your skin reducing any microscopic cuts in the skin.  Do this no more than twice a week.

TO LIGHTEN OR TIGHTEN SKIN

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Try lemon juice, powdered milk (lactic acid) and honey. Only use this once a week then give your skin time to recuperate due to the high acidity of the mask.

 

I caution you to only keep the masks on for 15 – 20 minutes.  Anything left on your skin more than 20 minutes may trigger a chemical reaction such as peeling, burning, or redness.  Then you will need to come to see me or schedule a virtual consultation for further assistance.

If you need help with any (thing) discussed above like specific measuring for recipes or you need help determining your skin type, please feel free to schedule a virtual consultation with me and I will gladly assist you.

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Again, please feel free to contact us with any of your skincare questions or to schedule a virtual consultation.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

                    As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Best Home Skin Care Tips by Skin Type

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Often times, what bothers women about their skin are issues that easily cost less than $100 to fix.  Most skin conditions stem from the need of a deep cleansing or a good exfoliation of the first the second layer of the dermis (skin).  That then allows a professional to thin out the stratum corneum.  Afterwards, all that is needed is a great home care routine to balance out the pH levels of her skin.

THE HOME CARE ROUTINE

You’ll want to get a cleanser that has a pH of between 2.5 and 4.3.  Below are my recommendations based on your skin type:

  • Normal skin – you’ll need a mild cleanser.
  • Oily skin– look for a cleanser that contains Salicylic acid. 
  • Dry skin– look for a cleanser that contains a moisturizer or cream base as well as Lactic acid.
  • Combination skin – seek out a mild cleanser with Glycolic acid.
  • Sensitive skin – you need a cream-based cleanser so that it moisturizers your skin but contains no AHA’s.
  • Myelinated skin – you’ll need a cleanser that contains Hybrid Glycolic acid.

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Now let’s address moisturizers for your skin type.  If your skin type is…

  • Normal – you’ll want to look for a creamy moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic acid and Lactic acid.
  • Oily – your moisturizer should be water-based and more of a gel.
  • Dry – look for a cream based moisturizer (shea butter or jojoba oil) with either/and Urea, Lactic acid, Hyaluronic acid.
  • Sensitive + Combination – use a lightweight moisturizer with no acids in it.

Now, if you have acne prone or problematic skin, I would recommend using a toner such as Apple Cider Vinegar.  If you do not have problematic skin I recommend you using a Freshener such as Witch Hazel.  

You also will want to get a facial at least once a month by your aesthetician and that will allow her/him to type your skin and give you the best product recommendations for your skin.  Lastly, if you have more problematic skin your aesthetician can usually correct the problems by using mild to deep acids.

If you need help determining your skin type please feel free to schedule a virtual consultation with me and I will gladly assist you.

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions or to schedule a virtual consultation.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Snap Chat, and Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

             As always, we look forward to hearing from you…

 

 


Who Do You Trust?

 

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You may not know this, but I have Eczema and Grade 2 acne; my skin doesn’t know what will work for it—any day of the week.  I have to finesse my skin so I don’t look like a snake with pimples.  I have to finesse your skin so you don’t look like a snake with pimples.  All of that takes work and you’ll want to do all that it takes with a professional. 

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I don’t let everyone mess with my skin because if you mess it up it’s going to take a 28 day cycle to fix it…and that won’t make me happy.    I need someone who isn’t just calling themselves an expert; I need someone who has a track record.  I need someone who can give me proof.  I need to know that you didn’t just pull pictures off the internet and put them in your social media feed and say “I did that.” 

Can I call the person you helped?

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What I love about my clients is that if I say to them, “I have someone who had the same issue you have, and (working together) this is how much we accomplished with their skin…”  You can call them.  My clients will talk to anyone about their skincare journey and progress.  I don’t have a single client that would say no… why?  Because, we’re in this together.  They would say, “Porsche, please tell her/him to call me so I can share how this went…so I can share where I was emotionally and where I am now—so I don’t have to beat my face (apply makeup) every morning. 

My clients and I are a tribe – that’s why you hear me say “tribe.”  We are literally a family here and that’s the atmosphere I choose to set everyday so people can relax in our care.

That being said, you will want to select a professional who understands the concept of leading a “tribe.”   You want someone who knows what your pH levels should look like – stable.  Someone who then will design has a clear game plan and will not charge you (extra) for being on an emotional journey. 

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Unfortunately in this industry, there are some professionals who know that when your face is not the way you want it – it is emotional.  And emotional consumers will pay for convenience while they are in their emotions.  Some professionals take advantage of emotional clients and charge 3 times what is needed because emotional consumers will pay anything to fix their skin.  Therefore, you need someone with integrity

At Esthetics by P Brown, our philosophy is to help improve the confidence and self-esteem of our clients.  Our goal is to provide affordable skincare so we can extend our reach across the country.  Although I have clients in 48 states and 8 countries, me and my team take the journey with each client-whether you walk into the day spa or reach us through virtual consultations. 

So… please remember that when you pick your professional, you’ll want to find someone who will work—with you—through your journey. 

Again, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions, to schedule a virtual consultation, or to inquire about other services we offer.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes, seminars, and videos.

 

As always, we look forward to hearing from you…


Ethnic Skin Care Expert – P Brown

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My followers are growing so rapidly, I thought I would take a moment to officially re-introduce myself,

I am Porsche Brown, The co-owner of Esthetics by P Brown Day Spa:  A Full Service Green Day Spa conveniently located in Nashville, Tennessee.

I am an Ethnic Skin Care Specialist with a passion for problematic skin.

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That being said, most of my clients come to me because they have darker face patches or darker skin tones, or maybe someone down their ancestral lineage had some issues that are affecting them.  I also attract clients who need help fixing hyperpigmentation, eczema, rosacea, skin breakouts or issues of that nature.

Other clients I attract, are those who have visited a dermatologist who was not able to fully address their problem or the clients were not pleased with the dermatologists’ results.  I am very much known for the concept, “when the conventional does not work – try the unconventional.”

Does it matter where I live? NO – I have clients in 7 countries, and 47 states.

ebpb pb globeI love all of you and appreciate all of you … I call you “My Tribe.”  I do virtual consultations for those who are not able to physically make it into the Day Spa.  The virtual consultations allow me to see (for myself) what is going on with your skin.

If you have time, please watch my “Chemical Peel” video on You Tube then you will understand that this journey is a personal one for me.  I personally have Eczema and Grade 2 acne.  When most people see me either personally or virtually, they cannot see my skin issues.  Why?  Because I am very religious with my skin care routine … I baby my skin and I do not let just anyone put just anything on it.

What other services does the Day Spa offer?

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Esthetics by P Brown is a Full Service Green Day Spa.  We offer an array of services from Facials, Eye Lashes, Body Contouring, Massages, Acupuncture, Manicures, Pedicures, Cosmetology services, along with an Infrared Sauna that seats two…for your comfort.

For a full list of all of our services, please visit our website at www.estheticsbypbrown.com.  As many of you know, I also have my own skin care product line loaded with high quality organic products to ensure that you receive the absolute best care from my professional team and I.

Now … I hope I helped you understand the basics of who we are and how we will help you.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions.  You may reach us on any of the social media venues below or by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com

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Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes and seminars.

 

Again, Welcome to “My Tribe.”  We look forward to hearing from you

 


3 Business Secrets for 2019

 

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Welcome to 2019!  As this new year officially rolls in, I invite you to join us on this New Year (New You) journey.   We’re embarking on some exciting new adventures, covering some new topics, and as always, answering your new and most challenging  skincare questions.

I’m beginning this year a little different, I’m starting by sharing one of my most treasured secrets.  Everybody loves secrets… Right?  Well, whether you’re a business owner or planning to start a new venture, or if you’re simply a customer—this blog post is for you.  It’s especially meant for those who frequent certain establishments to help you think about where you spend your money.

Quite honestly, I usually reserve this secret solely for those enrolled in my Mentoring Program, but today, I’m sharing it with all of you.

These are 3 simple secrets/acts for maintaining loyal customers:

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  1. A smile goes a long way!

All of my clients know that when they walk  through the door at Esthetics by P Brown,    they are greeted with “Hello Beautiful” or    “Hello Gorgeous.”  Those words are          powerful and help my clients relax and remember that they are beautiful and special.

 

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2.  Practice listening skills.

There’s a clear difference between listening and hearing.    As “busy bodies” we think we’re skilled at multi-tasking and as many of us know, it’s often in the midst of our multi-tasking, that someone wants to talk with us.  Instead of scheduling a time for the conversation, what do we do?  We allow them to talk without missing a step in our busy day.  And while we may hear them, we aren’t fully listening.   With my customers, I view their time as sacred- it’s their time alone with me.  In those private moments, I hear them, I validate them and I am available for them – in the capacity that they need me (in that space – in that time).

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3. Be kind to others.

You want to speak kindly to your customers.  Try not to let your customers feel a loss of dignity or respect as you communicate with them.    Otherwise, instead of growing in clients, you’ll lose them quickly.  Think about this…For every one negative review that walks out of your door, it is being shared with about 10 people.   So be mindful of how you treat your customers or how as a customer, people treat you,

When I hear my clients make statements like, “Porsche, I’ve been with you 5 years…”  It’s a humbling experience and it puts a smile on my face every – single – time.  That’s the type of clientele I want you to strive to maintain.  Or if you are not someone starting a business, but simply a customer – I inspire you to seek out establishments that treat you like they feel honored by your support.  Where ever you fall in the category, remember these simple tips, and I hope they enhance your experiences.

If you are interested in learning more about my Mentoring Programs, please feel free to leave a comment or reach out to us.  Also, please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions.  You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.EBPB logo

Also remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to deal with issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see our upcoming classes and seminars.

We look forward to hearing from you.


GIVING THANKS: P. BROWN

 

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I just want to say “Thank You”

The power behind this holiday is linked to the “Giving” of Thanks and it is my desire to share my gratitude with you.  I am taking these moments on this blog to share how grateful I am to my clients.

If you have ever graced us with your presence, then this “Thank You” is for you.  Over the last six years, we have served way too many–to individually deliver a thank you (in this season), so this is for every-one-of you.

I am tremendously grateful that you hand selected me (and my team) to serve you.  It continues to be a humbling experience.

Thank you for believing in me, my team, and the purpose behind Esthetics by P Brown. Thank you for committing to us:

• You always show up to the Spa and attend all our events.
• You speak highly of us and share us with your family and friends.
• You are faithful to my business and my brand… Your support is amazing!

You are the fuel behind our success and that’s why we work consistently to provide professionalism with excellent service-every time we cross paths.  Our goal is to make every one of your experiences relaxing, pampering, and validating, to enable you to present your best self to the world.

Regardless of how frequently you visit, whether you have visited once or 500 times – we team with you to create joyful memories that keep you anticipating your next visit.

You have taught me so much and you allow me to function in my passion-every day… and for that I simply say,
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Fall Skin Care Tips

 

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3 Easy Tips for Transitioning your Skin Care Routine During Fall

As you may have noticed, the leaves have changed and we are officially in the season-Fall.  Therefore, I would like to assist you in keeping your skin looking flawless without interruption by the seasons.  These 3 tips should help you make a smooth skincare transition:

1. Invest in the Proper Cleanser.
Cleansers do not come in One Size Fits All (seasons).  People like to tell you they do, especially if you are purchasing over the counter (OTC) products.  That’s how those OTC manufacturers make their money.  You may have heard me say this… the thing about professional skincare products is that they have smaller molecules so they’re better able to penetrate the skin and give you the best results.

The reason you come to a professional like me, is so we can give you a facial and determine your skin type; therefore, you should be seeing an aesthetician at least once every season.  You’ll need a facial for all four seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Your skin will not always stay the same; it will change with the weather.  Unfortunately, if you invest in the wrong products for your skin type, it will throw your pH levels off and it will take a professional longer to get them back in balance.

2. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Remember, we are currently in the season of Fall and we are headed into the winter season, so your skin will get dryer and the skin cells will build-up.  This is when you will want to exfoliate.  You may exfoliate daily as long as you vary your exfoliants by using a light enzyme, a light acid, and a light manual scrub.  If you don’t know what I am talking about or you are not familiar with these terms, please either leave comments or contact us directly.

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3. Moisturize
Moisturize with the proper moisturizer. If you have oily skin – please do not use an oil-based moisturizer.  Make sure you get a moisturizer that has a water base.  If you have dry skin, use a more emollient moisturizer.  However, if you don’t know your skin type, contact us at the Day Spa and we will answer your questions and take care of your needs.

EBPB logoFor more information, help with determining your skin type, and/or assistance buying the proper skin care products, please feel free to leave a comment.  You may also contact us by phone at (615) 884 – 6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

 

REMINDER: We offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to handle issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram for upcoming classes and seminars.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Resetting PH Balance for Flawless Skin

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We’ve been trying to keep our posts simple as we answer your skincare questions.  Now, let’s talk about Toners and Fresheners.

Let’s start with toners:

The purpose of a toner is to reset your pH balance.  It is not supposed to cleanse your face and you should not be using a toner daily.  If you use a toner every day, you are upsetting your pH balance and when you upset your pH balance; your body will respond to correct it.

Question: Porsche, How often should I use a toner?

Answer: Using your toner once per week is perfect and that’s because you just want to reset your pH balance.

There is a difference between a toner and a freshener.

 

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Important:  For those who have acne or scaly skin, you may want to use a toner that usually will have an alcohol base, but your best toner ever – will be Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).

Yes, right from the kitchen!  Don’t get me wrong, you can give me your money if you’d like, I have a gentle cleanser in my Semblance line – or you can go and buy some ACV and say thank you Porsche for saving me some money.

Apple Cider Vinegar is the best toner for skin types including deeply myelinated skin.  However, for myelinated skin (most of the time) no matter how dark, all you truly need is a Freshener.

A Freshener helps reset your pH levels and hydrates your skin.  Witch Hazel is a freshener, but a lot of people think it’s a toner.  Witch Hazel adds hydration to your skin.

Skin concerns like hyperpigmentation come from not hydrating properly.  In your skincare routine you want to: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.  That’s when you use a freshener instead of a toner.

Yes… Witch Hazel – that stuff grandma used.  You can probably buy a 32 oz container, for about $1.50, in a dollar store.  Witch Hazel, found near the alcohol, is similar to alcohol (it has many uses) but it’s not alcohol.  Witch hazel hydrates 10 times better than water – so, Witch Hazel is the best.

EBPB Light bulbFor myelinated skin, try to use something organic and try something light.  You don’t need skincare products that are harsh or strong because if your skincare products are too strong, your body will over produce oils trying to fix it.  Then when you use products to strip the oils, you may end up with hyperpigmentation.  Don’t fight your body,  let it do what it’s supposed to do and then just make sure your cleanser and everything is right for your skin.

EBPB Light bulbFor sensitive skin, Witch Hazel is perfect for sensitive skin. However, if you have sensitive skin and you use the ACV, it may work like a chemical peel and actually burn your skin.  So, be careful with that too.  If you think you have sensitive skin, use Witch Hazel.

Final Note:

If you wash your face and then use a toner or freshener, and there is dirt on the pad (that you’re using for the toner) – you need a new cleanser… your cleanser is not good.  Please purchase a new cleanser.  My Semblance product line has a cleanser for you. The line is loaded with organic skincare products to help keep your skin looking flawless.

EBPB logoPlease feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions. You may reach us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.

Remember, we offer courses once every 3 months – that teach you how to handle issues such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Hyperpigmentation, so please look at our events page on our Facebook and follow us on Instagram for upcoming classes                                                                          and seminars.

We look forward to hearing from you…


Skin Cleansing 101: Face Washing Basics

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A lot of people think they already know how to wash their faces.  So… these are just simple suggestions to enhance your face cleansing routine.

The first step in cleansing your face is to start with a dry face.  A lot of people tend to splash water over their faces before the cleansing process, but that is not what I am suggesting.  I am one of the few aestheticians trained by Ronda Allison, and she taught me to start with a dry face to prevent diluting the product.  I always use this technique, even when using my own product line Semblance.
EBPB t zone wh personFirst, Place the product on dry hands and then apply to your face.   Then, you want to apply the product up and around the cheek and down through your t-zone and then up the side of the nose and then down the side of the face.

You will want to continue this in gentle motions.  It tends to be one fluid motion for us (aestheticians), and it’s just a large circular motion.  Try to avoid scrubbing or tapping/patting your face.  It still baffles me as to why people do that.  You will want to continue with that gentle fluid motion at least one minute so you can get a good deep cleanse.

If you are wearing make-up, you may want to cleanse twice.  However, either way, you will want to continue with the motion for one or two minutes.

The next step is to use a scrub, but only use your scrub twice a week so you don’t over exfoliate.  There are 2 types of exfoliation methods that you can use:

  1. Gommage – a chemical method that goes on like a serum which is soft and smooth and the more you use the circular motion and manipulate it, the grainier it feels.  The grainy feeling is actually your dead skins cells rolling up.  That’s my preferred method, because I can feel and see that it’s working.  Again, be careful because it is a chemical exfoliator and can cause damage or burning if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  2. Granule – it should be active – active means it has acid in it or something in it that is meant to change the skin itself.  For example, if you have acne, my Semblance active scrub has cyclic acid in it, as well as jojoba beads.

There are other types of scrub options like Sugar scrubs and Himalayan salt scrubs.           My only caution with those is depending on how large the granule, it can cause                   microscopic cuts on the skin.  That type of damage can later lead to Melasma or                   Hyper-pigmentation.  So, please, please be careful.

The next step is to use a toner.  Select a gentle toner; witch hazel is great.   I have eczema and grade 2 acne, so I use distilled water.  It’s perfect and just something to balance my pH levels.  Please try to avoid alcohol.  Alcohol tends to dry out the skin and causes further damage.

Finally, moisturize really well.  There are 3 types of moisturizers:

  1. Water based – if you have oily skin-always go with the water based. It will not benefit you to put oil on top of oily skin. Instead, it clogs the pores and leads to black heads.
  2. Oil based – which is more like a serum, growth factor, and has stem cells in it.
  3. Cream based – products that contain shea butter, jojoba butter, cocoa butter (these types tend to come from a plant or nut base).

*If you have dehydrated or dry skin, you can use a normal, a shea butter, or an oil based moisturizer – just be careful with how much you use, so you don’t clog your pores.

*If you have normal skin, any one of the 3 will work.

Please feel free to contact us with any of your skin care questions. You may leave a comment below or reach out to us by phone at (615) 884-6744 or by email at estheticsbypbrown@yahoo.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.