Exfoliating is not just a once a week necessity!



Exfoliating involves the removal of the skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. Your skin can shed 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute naturally.  Many people think they only need to exfoliate 1 or 2 times per week but if your skin is shedding 30,000 cells per minute, how much skin is ready to be exfoliated after a night’s sleep.  Recently, Christie Brinkley was asked what her secret was to her youthful skin and her response was, “I exfoliate my skin every single day.”  Exfoliating is such an important part of my skincare routine.  The thought of all that dead skin on my face and then using my daily products on top of it makes me feel as if I’m wasting my products (and money).  I believe that in order for those products to penetrate through those dead layers you need to exfoliate.  Years ago St. Ives Apricot Scrub was the ‘go to’ exfoliator.  Today there’s a plethora of products including masks, peels, treatments and creams that all help to exfoliate the skin.  Truth be told I only recently started to exfoliate my face daily.  I had been given a gift from a co-worker who I often discussed aging with (so I wasn’t offended when she gave me an exfoliator as a holiday gift).  It was Clinique’s daily micro-exfoliant.  I love how soft, gentle and tiny the beads are and how smooth my skin feels  after use.  I feel as if it’s my ‘skincare’ prep before putting my products on each day.   Also, an added benefit of exfoliating is that it stimulates collagen.


Two of today’s most popular facial treatments  are microdermabrasion and chemical peels – both help to exfoliate the skin.  Even after just one microderm treatment your skin is better able to absorb products and make-up goes on so much better.  Another product that is an exfoliatior is AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid).  I love SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA cream.  After just a few uses I see my skin start to peel more quickly and reveal smoother skin.  I can’t stress enough the importance of wearing sunblock when using AHAs.   

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It’s never too late to start a daily exfoliator but be gentle especially if you are dealing with acne or broken skin as it can be irritating.  

~Skincare Warrior

Warrior tip: Want to save a few extra dollars, mix some sugar, honey and lemon juice and place it in a little jar and keep in on your vanity.  It’s a great inexpensive exfoliator. 



Hands up for moisturizer!

Take a look at your hands or that of your spouse, friend, child or co-worker — chances are they are dry and cracked.  Winter can wreak havoc on our hands.  Our hands come in contact with water more than any other part of our skin and unless we constantly moisturize it is a challenge to keep them hydrated.  Oftentimes in the winter, our hands become so rough that we start to get tiny tears, especially on our knuckles where the skin is the thinnest.  So here are a few suggestions for some immediate relief: find a moisturizer that contains lanolin or squalene (emollients that fill the cracks of the skin) or glycerin, hyaluronic acid or lactic acid (humectants that pull in moisture).  It’s just as important to moisturize your skin when it is still damp so it absorbs into the skin.  Try to avoid overly hot water which only contributes to the drying out of the skin and strips our skin of its natural oil.

Lastly, even in winter, our hands are exposed to the harmful rays of the sun.  I always keep a hand cream in the car that contains a broad spectrum SPF 30.  Our hands are exposed daily to the harmful rays of the sun which can cause those aging sunspots.  So make don’t forget to make your hands part of your daily skincare routine and gently exfoliate, moisturize and protect them from the harmful elements and you will love your youthful looking hands.

~Skincare Warrior

Warrior tip:  Before bed, mix a scoop of coconut oil into your moisturizer and slather up your hands.  You will be amazed at how hydrated and repaired your hands will be the next morning.

Massage and other tips for puffy eyes.

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season filled with blessings of peace, love and happiness.

I’ve been wanting to share an insert I recently came across in the package of one of my favorite eye creams that I recommend Dr. Brandt DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream.  The illustration (see below pic) suggests how to apply the cream and massage the eye area.  I love how Step 1 advises to use smoothing strokes from the inner to outer eye to apply the cream.  Then Step 2 suggests using your fingertips to gently massage the lower and upper lids to help drain fluid.  And, lastly, Step 3 suggests using your index finger and thumb to press into the upper brow.  I think this is a great suggestion for people struggling with puffiness.  I think most people, myself included, think of massage only regarding the body and sore muscles but massage is a great benefit to our eye area and even our sinuses.


As I blogged previously, I recommend using an eye cream containing peptides to help build the loss of collagen (see my link above to Dr. Brandt’s DNA cream).  But whatever your eye cream of choice, try some gentle massage to help alleviate puffiness.

A few other tricks I use for puffy eyes are: splashing them with cold water; doing 20 jumping jacks to get blood flowing upon waking; and, trying to keep my pillow/head elevated just above my body.

Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what tricks you use to help with eye puffiness.

~Skincare Warrior

Warrior tip: Keep cold spoons in the freezer and press them over your lower and upper eyes lids for a quick fix.

What is Micellar water?

Ok.  So what is Micellar water?  This current trend is water that’s made up of balls of cleansing oil molecules called micelles. These little balls are attracted to dirt and oil  draw impurities out of the pores. It’s basically a face wash, make-up remover and moisturizer in one. I think it’s great as an occasional alternative to your cleanser.  Micellar water is great for people with dry or sensitive skin who find cleansers too harsh and drying as micellar water does not contain alcohol.  If you look for micellar water at the store, you’ll be amazed at how many different brands are now carrying micellar water.

I recently tried the brand SIMPLE Micellar cleansing water as an alternative to my facial cleanser.  It’s definitely a different concept to washing with water but my skin honestly felt cleansed and moisturized.

My final thoughts: I think Micellar water is a great alternative on nights when you are just too tired for your nighttime ritual.  It’s a great addition to your gym bag.  I wouldn’t replace it as my nightly cleanser but I would add it as a make-up remover and pre-cleanse step before washing my face.

Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know if you tried the latest cleansing trend and what you thought of it.

~Skincare Warrior

Give thanks for coconut oil.

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are preparing to spend a beautiful and blessed day with your loved ones.  One of the things I’m grateful for is coconut oil.  I’m amazed at how many things you can do with it and how beneficial it is.  First, if you haven’t gotten a jar of this magical stuff, I suggest you do.  I recommend an organic unrefined expeller pressed oil (see my link to Amazon below).


My first introduction to this stuff was by a coworker who had glowing skin. We got to talking skincare and she shared that she only used coconut oil to wash her face and remove her make-up.  I was immediately intrigued.  As I researched about the benefits, I came across the tremendous amount of ways to use it and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’ve had a jar of it on my bathroom counter ever since.  Let me count the ways:

-use it to remove make-up
-wash your face with it
-use it as a nightly moisturizer once a week
-use it for acne breakouts (it’s so refined and will penetrate the pores and push the bacteria out)
-add it to your body moisturizer
-add a scoop to your warm bath water
-rub it into your rough heels
-rub it into your cuticles and nails nightly
-use it as deep conditioning hair treatment
-swish it around in your mouth and hold it there for as long as you can, it’s a great detox

Here’s a link to an affordable jar of coconut oil at Amazon Spectrum Coconut Oil. Please leave me a comment and let me know how you use this natural gem.

~Skincare warrior

Warrior tip: Coconut oil changes consistency based on temperature. It will solidify in normal/cooler temps and liquify in warm weather.  Rub it between your hands to break it down to an oil…a little goes a long way. Give it a few minutes to absorb.

Skincare Warrior saving$ alert

If you are looking for a fantastic glycolic peel pad, now is the time to pick one up at Kohls. They are currently on sale for 50% off plus you can apply your Kohls cash (no coupons can be used on this prestige brand).  You get 30 pads in the pack and honestly, there’s so much product on these individually sealed packets that I cut mine in half and get 60 uses instead of 30.  Click here to enjoy your savings on these spa quality pads. BLISS Glycolic ‘incredi-peel’ pads

~Skincare Warrior

Warrior tip: Before tossing your pad out, run it over the heels of your feet and see how soft they become over time.



Skincare Warrior saving$ alert

I admit it, I am frugal and love a good deal.  Trust me when I say that buying good quality skincare products does not mean you have to spend a lot of money.  When someone tells me they can’t afford to spend money on good skincare items, I always respond by saying, “you don’t have to spend a lot.” So here’s one of my tips: If you are not already a CVS customer, I suggest you sign-up online.  They send out 30% and sometimes 40% coupons frequently.  CVS carries some of my favorite skincare lines.  Starting today if you are a registered CVS cardholder you will get a 40% discount on 1 item.  This is when I make my purchase for a product I am running low on or I am out of.  Two of my favorites lines I have blogged about are at CVS: Derma e and LaRoche Posay.  Whether you need an exfoliator, a winter moisturizer or serum or a retinol cream, now is the time to use that 40% off.  Don’t wait as it expires on November 19th.


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Please leave me a comment and let me know if you enjoyed saving money on your new product as much as I did (that’s if I don’t see you at the store)!

~Skincare Warrior