Many people aren’t sure what the difference is between an oil, a cream and a lotion. Allow me to explain. An oil is just that- just an oil- nothing added. A cream has a mix of water and oil, but more oil than water and then a lotion is also a mixture of water and oil but the higher percentage is water- which makes it thinner.  Creams are great at protecting the skin, especially after applying an oil and if you need additional moisture. I like doing them at night. A lotion is good for in the morning when you want some hydration but don’t want to be too greasy from an oil.

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Balms are another product that really has been popping up all over in the skincare industry over the last two years. Balms are primarily used for intense hydration and protection. In the winter they are great for protecting skin from wind and cold. They are more concentrated than a lotion or cream. A lot of formulators like them because they are usually waterless and therefore don’t need preservatives to keep them fresh. A little goes a long way with a balm- so you don’t need as much as you would with a lotion or cream.


Eye products come in a variety of formulas. From creams to oils and even some that are more like a serum. We prefer an oil or serum myself if suffer from milia. Tiny hard white cysts under the skin. They can form when keratin gets trapped under the skin. We try and stay away from heavy products for the eyes as I’ve noticed they can lead to more. If your under eye area is really dry then you would want to opt for a heavier eye cream or nourishing oil. Some eye oils or serums we’ve found to be oilier than others.


Exfoliants are so crucial to effective skincare - can’t recommend them enough! If your skin is dead on top, whatever products you put on top of your skin aren’t going to be able to penetrate and perform. There are many different types of exfoliants. From mechanical, enzyme and chemical exfoliants. Mechanical exfoliants use some sort of manual grain or seeds to manually remove the dead skin. Enzyme exfoliants is similar to chemical exfoliation but much gentler. It breaks down the glue that holds together dead skin.  It uses active ingredients like papain, papaya and pineapple to slough off the dead skin. Enzyme exfoliation is great for someone with sensitive skin. There’s no actual manual exfoliant involved.  Another type is chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation is stronger than enzyme exfoliation. It uses Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA’s) or Beta Hydroxy Acids(BHA’s). AHA’s are not as strong as BHA’s.  A lot of peels are considered chemical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliants are great for those with oily skin and acne.

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Love a good mask! Masks are like giving your skin a good shot of  nutrients at once. Similar to drinking a really nutrient dense green juice for your body. There are so many benefits to masking. From detoxification, unclog pores, glowing skin, minimizing redness, hydration- the list goes on! It’s great to have different masks for different seasons of life too. In the winter you may need a hydrating mask more. In the summer, a detoxification mask- each season can bring a new set of skincare challenges. Some masks are quick and are just meant to give your skin a glow in 5 minutes before a big event or date.

Ok, now that you’ve just been schooled on all skincare products, it really depends on what you want your outcome to be. Do you want your skin to just feel clean, and hydrated? Maybe you’re not into all the extras but just want a clean skincare routine that meets the basic needs and that’s it. Or maybe you want to fade hyper pigmentation, minimize redness and increase collagen- ok then you’re probably going to need a few more products! Think about your end goal when it comes to your skin and that will help guide you to the products you need.

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