Product Use / Ingredient Cautions
Important Note: Always read manufacturers' labels for proper use before applying any products. If you have questions or concerns about any products, see manufacturers' websites for details or call manufacturers with any questions.
Skin Cleansers- Professional-grade ingredients allow you to use less product to achieve positive results. A little goes a long way! Apply a dime- or pea-sized amount of product on fingertips. Then gently rub, in circular motions, the product on your face. Skin cleansing should be done twice daily for at least two minutes to properly remove all makeup and dirt residue, and for proper pH balancing. Always rinse your face with lukewarm water. Hot water can damage your skin.
Skin Exfoliators- Depending on the exfoliator you are using, again, a little goes a long way. Exfoliating should be done mo more than one to two times a week.
Mechanical or Abrasive Exfoliation- When using mechanical exfoliation tools, apply/exfoliate gently, in circular motions. Massage the skin for 30 seconds for no longer than one minute. Rinse with cool water.
Manual Enzyme Exfoliation- These are known as pac mans that eat away the dead skin cells! A thin layer can be applied all over face and neck. It can be left on as a mask for three to five minutes. Then, with circular motions, massage gently with fingers for 30 seconds to one minute. Rinse with cool water.
Corrective Treatments and Serums- Apply a pea-sized amount of product on your fingertips. Gently dab product on areas of concern. Gently massage, with upward motions, product into skin. Never pull down on the skin.
Eye Treatments- Always apply a pea-sized amount or less on the tip of your ring finger. Gently pat the product around the eye. Because the skin around the eye area is the most delicate, be as gentle as possible.
Protective Moisture- Always, wear professional skincare sun protection products! Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, cloudy, rainy ... anytime you are going outside. Wear it!
In general, professional skin care products are safe for short- or long-term use. Some products, however, contain ingredients that might affect individuals with allergies and/or sensitivities. Please read the manufacturer's ingredient label to determine whether a product may or may not meet your specific requirements or allergy concerns. Here's a list for review:
Retinoids: Otherwise known as Retinol or in its purest form, Retinaledyhde, are all forms of Vitamin A. Retinols are mostly used in anti aging focused skincare treatments, in either prescription form or non-prescription professional grade creams/serums. Retinols can cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Users with thin, sensitive or allergy prone skin should always consult with a physician before the topical application of Retinols. Retinols should not be used or applied during pregnancy and/or nursing.
Hydroquinone: A skin bleaching ingredient, that is not intended to be used for extended periods of time. Long term use can cause sun sensitivity and it can potentially reverse the positive effects initially gained by professional grade hyperpigmentation treatment. In some cases, hydroquinone can cause skin sensitivity, irritation, peeling and even itching. Although Hydroquinone is a controversial ingredient, it is still available in lower concentrations to treat skin discolorations. Consulting with a physician about the long term effects of Hydroquinone use and the desired treatment period is highly recommended. Hydroquinone should not be used while pregnant and/or nursing.
Salicylic Acid- If you have a sensitivity or an allergy to aspirin or wintergreen, our advice is to avoid products with salicylic acid.
Lactic Acid- If you're allergic to dairy products, such as yogurt, milk and ice cream, the ingredient lacticis is a base from these sources.
Glycolic Acid- Is derived from sugar cane. Very few people are allergic to sugar cane, but if you're sensitive to citric acid, the ingredient glycolic acid is classified in the same family, because it's a fruit acid within alpha hydroxy acids.
Sea Algae, Spirulina or Shellfish allergies- To be safe, anyone allergic to these ingredients should avoid any product that contains algae or anything that may have shellfish. Most, if not all, companies place warning labels about shellfish on their products because of the potential severity of a shellfish-allergy reaction. If you're unsure about your allergy issues, check with a health care professional before applying skin care products.
Ragweed- Chamomile, Arnica, Calendula and Daisy Flower Extract all fall into this category. Allergy severity or sensitivity determines risk of use.
Cranberry- If you're allergic to bearberries, blueberries, mayflower or uva ursi, be cautious using a product containing cranberry. Some sensitivity may occur.
Wheat and Wheat Gluten- A lot of products on the market today promote their products are wheat- and gluten-free. If you're unsure, check directly with the product's manufacturer.
General Ingredient Warning: If you're unsure about your allergy issues, always check with a health care professional before applying skin care products.