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Washing Your Face: The New Habit You Need to Do Right in 2019

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It’s 2019, let’s take control of your skin health with the most basic step – washing your face. Do you prefer wipes to balms? Or can’t live without a foam or a gel? Do you swear by oil-based cleansers vs water? Do you wash your face once a day or do you follow the K-beauty triple cleanse approach? Something so simple can get complicated fast with all the different options out there.

We spoke with Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, Mariwalla Dermatology, and Dr. Neal Bhatia, Therapeutics Clinical Research about the best cleansing routine to keep your skin barrier intact and healthy.

What are the biggest mistakes people make when washing their face?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Over-washing and using harsh cleansers are the two main culprits. The number one job of your cleansers is to remove makeup, dirt, dead skin cells and leave your skin microbiome intact. Over-cleansing can strip your skin of its own natural oils and actually impair the barrier.

What is the skin microbiome and why do we want to keep it intact?

Neal Bhatia, MD: The skin microbiome is comprised of micro-organisms, considered to be “good bacteria,” that coexist and contribute to the health of your epidermis.  The last part is where a lot of cleansers fail –harsh sulfates, potential irritant preservatives, and the wrong pH take can upset the microbiome and strip the skin barrier of its natural lipids. If the integrity of the microbiome is compromised, barrier dysfunction, flares of diseases such as atopic dermatitis, and opportunities for infections from “bad bacteria” like Staphylococcus aureus, can all occur.

What makes a cleanser harsh?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Our skin is naturally acidic and has a pH of 5, a traditional bar of soap has a pH of 10. Cleansers that aren’t in that pH 5 range and use sodium lauryl sulfate often wash away your skin’s good bacteria and natural lipids with all your make up – leaving skin tight and extra dry. That “squeaky clean” feeling is actually something you want to avoid for your skin.

What is an alternative to sulfates?

Neal Bhatia, MD: Sodium lauryl sulfate is a strong cleanser that has been around for 50 years and can be found in everything from clothes detergent to toothpaste. The new alternatives are derived from coconuts and gently clean and keep the skin hydrated at the same time. Look for Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate and Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine on the ingredient box of your cleanser.

What is the difference between oil-based and water-based cleansers?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Water-based cleansers use water as the medium to deliver ingredients to the skin. They are lightweight and gel-like. Oil-based cleansers use emollient oils as a medium to deliver ingredients to the skin. New research shows that oil-based cleansers replenish some of the fatty acid lipids lost during cleansing – helping your skin retain moisture and strengthen the skin barrier. Because oil-based cleansers can also penetrate the skin barrier, they can give hydration where it really works.

Will oil-based cleansers clog my pores?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: If you are cleansing with oils that you buy online or in the drugstore, the idea is that you are using oil to dissolve dirt and wipe it away. If you have oily or acne prone skin, this DIY approach can worsen it. However; if you are using an oil-based cleanser that has been clinically tested and validated, the answer is no.

How often should you wash your face and what are your thoughts on the K-Beauty Triple Cleansing Routine?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Over-cleansing can damage your skin barrier. You should limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face while taking a shower and once more in the evening using a pH balanced, sulfate free cleanser. If you work out during the day, you should wash your face after – as perspiration can irritate the skin. Medicated cleansers can be helpful to address specific problems which can be recommended by a board-certified dermatologist.

The Skinfix Holiday Gift Guide! We wish you a clinically proven Merry Christmas.

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The holidays are a time to spoil the ones you love… and you! Ideal for an office exchange, teacher gift or stocking stuffer, Skinfix’s clean and clinically proven gift sets are perfect for holidays. If you sneak one for your stocking it will be our little secret. These skin kits are dermatologist and Santa approved.

Gift Guide: For an inspiring teacher or favorite man in your life
Wave Goodbye to Dry containing Ultra Rich Hand Cream Trio $32 CDN ($36 Value)
Who doesn’t love a rich hand cream that is clean and clinically proven to treat dry, cracked skin on hands? Loaded with natural emollient oils of coconut and sunflower to help relieve dryness and cracking on contacts. This non-greasy, quick absorbing hand cream will have your friends and family saying goodbye to dry hands this holiday season. Three full size tubes!

Gift Guide: For your beauty obsessed BFF and you!
Skinfix Skin Nerd Starter Kit $40 CDN ($50 Value)
Late nights, cocktails and cooler temperatures can do a number on your skin leaving it dry, red and inflamed. This discovery collection includes a regimen that is clinically proven to increase hydration and reduce facial redness after one use! This kit includes:
Foaming Oil Cleanser (3.4 oz) This gentle, sulfate-free makeup removing cleanser delivers skincare results. Not only does it remove makeup without stripping away skin’s natural lipids it is also clinically proven to reduce facial redness, improve skin’s hydration and smoothness. Allure beauty editors love this cleanser so much they gave it an Allure 2018 Best of Beauty Award!

Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask (2 oz) Wake up with calm, glowing skin by using this rich cream gel mask that doubles as a night cream. It uses 2 clinical actives including green tea and a manuka honey/peptide blend. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of facial redness, increase skin’s hydration and smoothness overnight. Shereen Idriss, NY Dermatologists and Women’s Health beauty editors gave it a Healthy Skin 2018 Award.

Facial Cleansing Clothes (7 individually wrapped) Ultra soft cleansing cloths that remove all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities, even waterproof mascara! Infused with cucumber, aloe and red seaweed extract these luxe clothes leave your skin feeling clean, soft and supple without leaving behind a heavy residue. Place these these facial cleansing cloths on your bedside table -for those nights when washing your face isn’t in the cards.

Gift Guide: For the whole family!
Smoochable Six Lip Kit $25 CAD ($30 value)
Take your lips from dry to dreamy with this festive mix of award-winning lip balms. Tuck a cherry pie in your purse, or a candy cane in your pocket. Skinfix Lip Repair Balms are lightweight, yet deeply hydrating and contain 40% coconut oil to soothe, soften and leave lips looking and feeling healthy and smoochable.
Candy Cane Every day feels like the holidays with a hint of peppermint on your kisser.
Black Cherry Pie Keep them guessing as to weather you are truly tart or delightfully sweet.
Pumpkin Cheesecake A harvest of creamy goodness for your senses, with a hint of spice… just like you.
Cinnamon SwirlExperience a freshly baked cinnamon bun in a balm, without the guilt!
Sparkling Berry Our very berriest balm has a fun, bubbly personality.
Flavor Free An Allure Best of Beauty winner. Bam to the balm.

#ACAIBOWL

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If you’re on Instagram then chances are you’ve seen plenty of Acai bowls plastered across your feed!

Not only are they pretty, they are full of health benefits that are great for your skin! The magic of each recipe is in using Acai, which is known as the superest of all the superfoods. It has many benefits, ranging from boosting your energy and metabolism to slowing down the pace of aging cells. What’s not to love about that? You can load each bowl with all your favorites- coconut, mango, granola, etc.

We love healthy skin so we are fans of anything that keeps it in prime condition!

See these recipes below to get you started and see our Clean Eats board on Pinterest for even more great recipes!

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Berry Acai Bowl

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Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

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Berry Beet Acai Breakfast

Our Hero Ingredients

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With Eczema Awareness month well underway, there is no better time to have a conversation about what makes the Skinfix Soothing Collection for Eczema so unique. The original Skinfix formula was created in British Pharmacopia over 150 years ago, where the original compound chemist relied on nature’s pharmacy to create a soothing ‘miracle’ balm to treat rashes and dry skin. Today, we’ve built on the original formula and have created a range of products that soothe, heal and protect the delicate skin barrier using natural ingredients that work hard to repair the skin barrier and keep skin healthy all over.

Coconut oil has been known as a cure-all for centuries and today, we use this oil which is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to safely and naturally soothe dry skin and help heal eczema.

Apricot Kernel Oil is filled with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E. These powerful nutrients work to tame the red, itchy patches that accompany eczema. The apricot kernel is also rich in GLA, an omega-6 that helps to balance your skin’s moisture naturally. This balanced oil is perfect for any skin type as it is quickly absorbed without leaving your skin feeling slick and greasy. Who knew so much goodness could be packed inside such a tiny kernel?

Sunflower Oil is packed with Omega-6 fatty acid, helps to decrease inflammation and enhance skin rejuvenation. It’s rich in Vitamin E, a powerful nutrient that traps moisture inside skin cells to create a hydrating effect. It also helps with scarring, roughness, and redness- helping to create a more even skin tone.

One of the hero ingredients found in the Skinfix Adult Eczema Regimen is Colloidal Oatmeal. Colloidal Oatmeal provides soothing relief for dry, itchy skin and helps calms redness. Natural oats are effective at locking in moisture while protecting your sensitive skin from irritants while also soothing the itch. We double the standard dose of colloidal oatmeal in our products and use the finest USP grade oats to pack an even bigger punch than other products on the market.

Chamomile Extract is packed with antioxidants and gives your skin the boost of nutrients it needs to heal while it reduces the appearance of past eczema scars.

We omit steroids, fragrance, parabens, phthalates, gluten, dairy and soy and use coconut based cleansers, soothing botanicals and rich, natural butters to keep skin hydrated and healthy from the very first application. Our name says it all. Skinfix-It’s What We Do!

Tips and Tricks for Taking Care of Eczema-Prone Baby Skin

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As any parent of a child living with eczema will tell you, they will try just about anything to help soothe their baby’s dry, red, irritated skin. Keeping babies comfortable, and rash-free can feel like an uphill battle, and parents often feel frustrated and desperate for a steroid-free solution.

Eczema usually appears in the first six months to five years of a child’s life. Understanding the potential triggers can help manage flare ups and keep your baby more comfortable. According to the National Eczema Association, excessive heat and sweating can exasperate eczema symptoms which is why the colder months can be particularly grueling.

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Here are some tips and tricks to help your baby feel more comfortable during bouts when eczema flares up!

  • Avoid giving your baby long hot baths. Cool or lukewarm water and gentle, fragrance-free cleanser can help baby’s skin from drying out.  Skinfix Gentle Hair & Body Wash is a mild, daily cleanser formulated specifically to cleanse baby’s delicate skin and hair. Safe for eczema prone babies, this 2-in-1 formula uses natural botanical based cleansers that are tear free and won’t strip away skin’s natural moisture.
  • Dress your baby in soft cotton clothing
  • Moisturize your baby’s skin frequently with gentle, fragrance-free lotions, especially right after a bath. Skinfix Gentle Lotion is specifically formulated for dry, sensitive, eczema-prone baby skin. Free of fragrance and irritants, this silky lotion is infused with vitamins and natural soothing botanicals that quickly absorb and banish dryness on contact.
  • Keep your baby’s fingernails short to prevent scratching, which can damage the skin and lead to inflammation and infections.
  • Use a thick balm to manage targeted eczema flare-ups. Skinfix Gentle Eczema Balm helps reduce chronic flare-ups while soothing irritated dry skin on contact. Formulated with 2% colloidal oatmeal and emollient oils, this nut-free balm has the ability to calm and relieve both babies and moms.

Keep your baby’s skin hydrated and healthy with our Gentle Collection- made specifically for baby’s dry, eczema-prone skin.

Itching for a Cure Walk with the National Eczema Association

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We had the pleasure of participating in the Itching for a Cure Walk with the National Eczema Association on Sunday October 2nd at the beautiful UCLA campus. We felt incredibly fortunate to meet some of the families affected by eczema and hear stories about their journey to healing. Since our Soothing Collection is formulated specifically for people living with eczema and dry skin conditions, we distributed samples of Eczema Balm and spoke to the participants about skin ways to keep their skin barrier healthy. There were lots of hugs and tears as we heard compelling stories from people whose lives have been profoundly affected by eczema. The damaging side effects of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, pain and discomfort were common for most people. Seeing babies and young children with peeling skin on their little cheeks, arms and bodies, speaking with distraught parents and meeting people who haven’t been able to work and are on disability made us realize that what we do every single day, is really making a difference. A big thank you to the NEA for putting on such an important event. Until next year!

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