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by CAROLYN E JOHNSON Licensed Esthetician
cold. and moisturizer.6 degrees Converting sunlight into Vitamin D Functioning as our largest sensory organ that tells us about heat. This process takes approximately 28 days so that we have a new surface layer every month. pain. we’d explode like an over inflated balloons. be covered with bacteria-caused infection and our organs would be severely burned by the sun’s rays. We wouldn’t be able to cool off when we get overheated or warm ourselves when we feel a chill. Each square inch of skin contains: PRODUCTS FOR CLEANSING The three main products used in routine cleansing are: cleanser. freeze or puncture our other organs. cuts & inflammation Some skin facts: 95% of house dust is composed of dead skin cells Three things that irritate our skin the most are artificial dyes. makeup and other products but also loosens and removes dead skin cells. Despite its thinness. This is the most common cause for skin looking dead or lifeless. in order to make way for the next layer of cells. We wouldn’t be aware of the dangers in our environment that could burn. o o Our skin’s main jobs include: Keeping our internal organs moist. Thinning the dead layer of our skin improves its o o 65 hairs 100 oil glands 9. It is thinnest at our eyelids and thickest on the palms of our hands and soles of our feet. toner. Without it we’d fall apart. If our skin didn’t grow as our body grows. through friction. the skin of a 6’ tall adult male weighs about 5 pounds and measures about 18 square feet. When a cell reaches the surface of our skin it is completely dead and is then worn away. fragrance and alcohol. pressure & touch Expanding as our body expands Protecting us from the sun’s harmful rays Healthy skin… Stretches & returns to its original shape Fights infection & disease Responds to stimulation Absorbs anything applied to its surface Makes oil (sebum) for self lubrication Keeps growing…upwards & outwards To keep our skin healthy. especially fruits & vegetables Drink lots of water Keep it clean & moisturized Protect it from wounds. This process slows as we age so that the dead skin cells pile up on the surface leaving us with dry. Cleanser not only removes dirt. safe & free of infection Keeping our body temperature at a normal 98.OVERVIEW OF SKIN Our skin is a very important part of our bodies that we often take for granted. oils. Our skin contains ¼ of our body’s blood supply. dehydrated skin. Each skin cell is created at the deepest layer of our skin and then is pushed upwards by new cells formed below it.5 million cells 13 nerve endings 650 sweat glands Revised: 2/09 2 . breaks. we need to: Eat vitamin-rich foods. Our skin consists of 8 layers and is about the thickness of a sheet of paper.
Additionally. Wash face twice with a dime-sized spot of cleanser…if using a scrub. However. cleanser lowers the acid level of our skin and opens our pores. in order to do its job. Dab or spray toner all over face and neck 6. Banana…Rich in vitamins. If you experience any discomfort after applying the masks described below. Discard tea bag. 2. Another good and inexpensive product is CETAPHYL. Apply moisturizer while face is till damp…add sunscreen to moisturizer for day wear NATURAL MASKS Many of the products on the market are filled with artificially manufactured chemicals and ingredients that are actually harmful for our skin such as alcohol. These products are available from any drug store. which makes both a cleanser and moisturizer. Place mixture in a spray bottle and apply to face immediately after the second cleansing.appearance and function. Listed below are a few easily obtained items that are more effective and much less expensive than the brand names. Place mixture in a spray bottle and apply to face immediately after the second cleansing. remove them immediately with warm water. the majority of these products are over priced. In addition. Revised: 2/09 3 . sensitive skin…mash ½ very ripe avocado…smooth on face after 2nd cleansing & allow to remain on face for 10-20 minutes…wash off with warm water…apply toner and moisturizer. Mix product with equal parts of distilled water before applying to the face. Wet face and neck 3. add it to the cleanser during the second cleanse 4. STEPS FOR CLEANSING 1. if you have a sensitivity or allergy to any of the ingredients listed do not use them on your face. calcium phosphorus & minerals…best for dry. potassium. fragrance and artificial dyes. Add 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar. Rinse face thoroughly with warm (not hot) water & pat dry with a clean towel 5. Bronner’s Magic Soap is available from any health store. Purchase the lavender variety for normal to dry skin and the tea tree type for oily or acneic skin. Avocado…Rich in vitamins & essential oils…best for dry. Moisturizer traps the moisture from the two previous steps into our pores where it is held for a longer period of time to plump and lubricate our skin. Please be aware that no substance you apply to your face should cause pain. Without toner. sensitive skin… mash ½ very ripe banana…smooth on face after 2nd cleansing & allow to remain on face for 10-20 REPEAT PROCESS EVERY MORNING & EVENING NATURAL CLEANSER Dr. our skin takes 8 – 12 hours to restore its own acid level leaving our skin open to bacterial infection. Discard toner when “cloud’ appears and make a new batch. A brownish cloud will form in the bottom of bottle after a couple of days. NATURAL TONER FOR NORMAL TO DRY SKIN Mix 8 ounces of distilled or filtered water with 1 green tea bag and allow to sit at room temperature until water just begins to turn a light yellow. Wash hands thoroughly…but not with cleanser NATURAL TONER FOR OILY SKIN Mix 8 ounces of distilled or filtered water with 1 tsp unsweetened cranberry juice. Toner restores the natural acid level of our skin and closes our pores.
Rinse off face with wash cloth moistened with WARM water using circular motions to help rub away dead skin cells…pat dry…apply toner and moisturizer. Oatmeal. and then allow to cool to room temperature. COMBINATION MASKS Egg white & oatmeal…Cleaning & drying…best for oily skin or oily areas of the face…combine cooked. Combine cooked. If this mask seems too strong for your skin. Carefully roll or twist honey off face with fingertips. Oatmeal…Softens & exfoliates dead skin…use for any type of skin. Make oatmeal in usual way according to package directions. Oatmeal. If honey is thin & runny but not too hot. Rinse off with wash cloth moistened with WARM water using circular motions to help rub away dead skin cells…pat dry…apply toner then moisturizer. B2 & C 4 . will act as a buffer by reducing the acid level in the fruit. egg yolk & banana…Extra nourishing for dry skin. Honey…Clears blocked pores & moisturizes. cooled oatmeal with beaten egg white then proceed as above. RECOMMENDED INGREDIENTS IN COMMERCIAL COSMETICS: AHA’s Echinacea Oils: Apricot Canola Coconut Grapeseed Hemp seed oil Jojoba Lecithin Macadamia nut Salicylic acid Seaweed extracts Soy extracts Calendula Chamomile Olive Rapeseed Rosehip Safflower Sesame Shea butter Soybean Sweet almond Tea tree oil Titanium Dioxide Triclosan Vitamins…especially B6.minutes…wash off with warm water…apply toner and moisturizer. Oatmeal is also a handy ingredient to add to any of the masks (except the honey mask) to make them more spreadable and to keep them from sliding off your face. cooled oatmeal with mashed banana and beaten egg yolk. It will be come thick & sticky as it cools. CAREFULLY TEST A DROP OR TWO ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR WRIST BEFORE APPLYING TO YOUR FACE. Use only unflavored variety. Bring plain yogurt to room temperature… smooth on face after 2nd cleansing & allow to remain on face for 10-20 minutes. mix it with a little cooked oatmeal next time. Strawberries…Rich in vitamins & antioxidants…an astringent best for oily skin…puree fresh strawberries…smooth on face & allow to remain on face for 10 minutes…wash off with warm water…apply moisturizer. Yogurt…Softens & loosens dead skin cells…use on any skin type. Rinse off with wash cloth moistened with WARM water using circular motions to help rub away dead skin cells…pat dry…apply toner than moisturizer. apply to clean face & allow to cool while on skin. or Revised: 2/09 yogurt. Heat honey container in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes or in microwave for a few seconds. Proceed as above. Grated raw potato…Reduces puffiness…best for oily skin…grate or thinly slice potato…squeeze out excess water…place potato pulp or slices onto face while lying down & allow to remain on face for 10 minutes… wash off with warm water…apply toner and moisturizer. Small blackheads will be pulled from your skin with the honey. Apply 1-2 tablespoons to face after cleansing & allow to remain on face for 10-20 minutes.
During that time I saw over and over the hype and half-truths used to confuse both clients and professionals in the marketing of hundreds of product lines. Revised: 2/09 5 .INGREDIENTS TO AVOID WHEN SHOPPING FOR COSMETICS OR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS: Alcohol Artificial Fragrance Aluminum Ammonium Bergamot oil Carnauba wax Cedarwood oil Cinnamon Clover Clove oil Colors or dyes Comfrey extract Corn mint Compfrey extract Cornstarch C & C dyes Dandelion extract Eucalyptus oil English ivy FD&C dyes Hydrogen peroxide Isopropyl palmitate Ivy extract Kava kava Lemon or lime oils Loveage Mandarin orange Menthol Methyl-any ingredient Mineral oil Myrrh Myrtle Neroli Orange oil Oregano PABA Parabens-any ingredient Peppermint oil Rice starch Saturated fats Sodium hydroxide Sodium Lauren sulphate Spearmint Sulphur Talc Tallow Tangerine Oil Vitamin B2 WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO ME? Well. hair removal for hundreds of clients. first I’m a California licensed esthetician. My zits could best be described as ‘volcanos’ on my face. makeup applications. I was first drawn to skincare because I had the world’s worst acne as a teenager. That means I graduated from a state-approved school after 600 hours of classroom and hands-on training. I love working with women to improve not only their appearance but their self-esteem. Years later. I also passed a 5-hour State Licensing Board exam on skin care and hair removal topics. Fortunately. I escaped the scarring and visible damage acne can leave behind although I will never entirely forget ridicule such severe acne can generate. I knew that much better treatments for acne must be available than the black bar of Neutragena soap that was the only thing available back in those dark ages. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to see a women ‘float’ out of a salon after receiving a facial feeling stronger and ready to take on world. Since leaving beauty school I have done facials. Finally.
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