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Rhonda Allison's Top 10 Skincare Categories
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Top 10 Skincare Categories To Have On-Hand
Sun Protection - People seriously underestimate the devastating effects of the sun. As if skin cancer wasn't enough to keep you motivated, it also causes 90% of all wrinkles, so it is important to keep your skin protected. Rhonda uses two of the safest, most natural physical sun blocking agents: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These ingredients not only provide SPF30 protection, but they also help to nourish your skin as well. Partner those ingredients with algae extracts, an herb complex of sandalwood, corktree bark, and barley, and you have yourself a truly protective, hydrating treat! As stated by Rhonda herself: "Remember, healthy skin is a hydrated skin!"
Cleansers - So many people under cleanse - or don't cleanse at all. But they don't realize that beautiful skin starts with a fresh, clean base, so this step is essential. Rhonda Alison's cleansers use potent ingredients such as: Glycolic Acid Polymer, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Green Tea Extracts to help nourish and revitalize your skin. This allows your skin to better absorb the nutrients of your other products, such as moisturizers and serums. It also keeps your skin look smooth, clear, and bright!
Scrubs - This is one of the more important "must haves" in your beauty regimen - and yet, so many people completely overlook it. Scrubs are the best way to exfoliate away dead skin cells, revealing more radiant, even skin. Much like cleansing, it preps your skin to better absorb your other skincare products. This step is huge if you want to keep your skin looking younger, longer. The most important thing about scrubbing is using the products as directed, and being careful with your skin. Using a product more often, or harder against your skin, than the directions suggest can cause damage, or even tear your skin. Use body scrubs ONLY on the body, and stick with face specific scrubs for the gentle skin on your face.
Lotions and Toners - Most of us place "having good skin tone" high up on our list of skincare wants. The best way to achieve this is to utilize all the steps above, PLUS a toner. You will want to look for lotions and toners that are packed with actives and nutrients, such as Resveratrol, Bellis Perennis (Daisy Flower Extract), Cucumber Oil, or Grape Seed Extract. Many toners can be drying, and are thus not enjoyable to use. But if you pick a product with the right nutrient-punch, you are on your way to beautiful, even skin tone.
Eye Care - Eyes are the windows to the soul - and oftentimes also your age. People forget that the skin on and around the eye ares are much more delicate than the skin on your body and overall face. So, it is important to pick products that are specifically for the eyes, the are gentle enough for the delicate eye area, but powerful enough to produce the desired anti-aging effects. Rhonda uses ingredients like: Spin Trap (free radical support), Hexapeptide (wrinkle relaxer) and Retinol (collagen synthesis) to aid in overall skin regeneration.
Correctives - This is kind of a broad category, but it basically refers to products that target the specific skincare concerns you wish to correct. That can be: acne, aging, dry skin, hyperpigmentation, and more. A good corrective is one that will be potent enough to address your skincare problem without provoking another. It is generally best to use your correctives on clean, dry skin, to promote maximum absorption - be sure to follow the directions on the product packaging!
Regeneration and Moisture Support - So many people come to me complaining that most moisturizers tend to "sit on top of their skin". This is a real issue, but not one that you have to live with! You want to choose moisturizers that will really absorb into your skin. Creams and serums are fantastic for this, as they tend to seep in and hydrate from within. Rhonda recommends powerhouse ingredients such as: Thermus Thermophilus Ferment to reduce pigmentation, wrinkles and blemishes, Algae Extract to energize the mitochondria of skin cells and increase cell turnover for suppler, healthier skin, Marine Oligopeptides to provide skin with amino acids needed to increase collagen and help the skin retain moisture, and Spin Trap to encourage molecules that sequester free radicals and supports the reversal of skin aging.
Masks and Enzymes - Much liking scrubbing, masks are a great way to refresh and renew your skin. It is important to look for ingredients that will help to balance, purify, clarify, strengthen, and moisturize the skin. Rhonda recommends ingredients such as: Phyto-Nutriends, Pumpkin Extract and Enzymes, and Wasabi Extract.
Skin Peels - Skin peels are a powerful way to kick start your skin renewal process. BUT, many people are afraid of them. Peels help to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, which leads to improved skin tone and texture. It is important to note that everyone's skin is different, so it is important to consult with a professional if you are considering an at-home peel.
Post-Treatment - If you plan on having a peel, microdermabrasion, or waxing, it is important to have a post-care treatment lined up. This will help to soothe your skin, and aid it in the healing process. Rhonda strongly recommend's products that contain Epidermal Growth Factor, as it helps to promote cell renewel. She also recommends Shea Butter to soothe and lubricate dry skin, Hydrocortisone and Willow Herb to prevent itching, and other natural ingredients such as Butcher Broom Extract to reduce inflammation. These particular ingredients help to speed up healing, while preventing water loss.