Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Advanced Skin Care: Oils, Balms and Serums

The use of oils, balms and serums in skin care are an excellent way to boost the skin with specific ingredients to get a quicker and better result for a particular skin concern. 

Most oil treatment products contain essential oils and/or plant based extracts. These blends are usually highly effective skin conditioners, enhancing the effectiveness of the emulsions that they are applied with.

Depending on the skin care range that you use, it can be used underneath, on top of or mixed in with the moisturizer or treatment cream that you use daily.

How to apply oils:
Pour 2-3 drops of oil into the palm of your hand, cover it with your other hand to warm it up. Lightly press you hand over you cheeks, forehead and neck until all the oil has been used. You can apply this in the morning and/or at night.

Serums can come in a gel or cream base, depending on the skin type or concern that it was formulated for.  Serums contain high percentages of a specific ingredient (hyaluronic acid for an intensive hydrating serum) to assist the treatment cream to enhance the effect on the skin. Serums are usually used underneath the appropriate moisturizers or treatment creams.

How to apply serums:
Apply  2-3 pumps  into the palm of your hand, cover it with your other hand to warm it up. Gently press and hold for 2-3 seconds on your cheeks, forehead and chin. Use your fingers and tap lightly over your whole face. If there is still some serum left on your hands, press lightly as before.

Balms are thicker formulations that normally form a substantive film on the surface of the skin. It  can be used to protect against the elements, to prevent moisture loss on the skin, to restore the skin’s natural acid mantle  and to help balance the skin natural oil/water content in dehydrated, compromised  skin. These products should be used over the appropriate day and/or night treatment creams.

How to apply balms:

Use a spatula-tip amount and spread between the palms and press on the skin OVER the moisturizer/treatment cream. 

Please contact us at agb111@mweb.co.za for information on how to balance your skin's oil/moisture level. Or visit our online-shop at http://www.agbeautysalon.co.za

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