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Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, cleaning, and making space for the good things in life to shine. Well guess what, this applies to your skin as well as your home; all it takes is 3 steps and 15-minutes: (1) cleanse (the dirt and oil with the cleanser), (2) renew (deep into the pores with the mask), and (3) glow (with moisturized, fresh skin).
Ah yes, that moment you wash your face after an exhilarating workout or at the start of a new day. It’s that bright-eyed, ready-to-conquer-anything kind of feeling.
Dermatologist Dr. B. explains that cleaning your skin daily is critical to remove oil, dust, grime, allergens, and bacteria to prevent your skin from getting infected or breaking out.” Did you know that bacteria feed on fatty acids? This includes the oil on your skin. Gross! And when bacteria clogs your pores, breakouts appear. Having clean skin isn’t only great for that fresh feeling, but also for keeping your face healthy and your pores bacteria-free.
Dr. B. reminds us, “Just as important as using enough soap is using the right soap, one that will completely remove oil, dirt, and make-up.” However, he cautions not to scrub the skin too hard or use scrubs with beads or sugars. These can irritate, scratch, or even scar the skin. Instead, he says, use your hands or a soft cloth, and use more soap rather than more scrubbing. When you’re doing your daily clean, use a gentle but effective cleanser, such as Dermatologist’s Choice pH Balanced Cleanser.
One of the most important times to clean your face is after working out, and this cleanser is great for all skin types. For oily skin, wash more often.. For dry skin, wash less (but still at least daily and after workouts). It varies for each person, and nobody knows your face better than you. For an even deeper cleanse, especially if you have oily skin, you can use the Purifying Facial Toner or Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to your routine. Cleansing the skin will open up your pores and sweat glands. When the skin is clean, other revitalizing treatments can penetrate deeper to work at their best.
And did you know this cleansing is not just for your face? You can use this creamy and gentle pH Balanced Cleanser on your whole body to wash away impurities, balance pH, and soothe irritants without stripping natural oils. Use it on your “high sweat” areas, such as your shoulders, back, or chest. It can be a nice alternative to the typical bar of soap or body washes. Dr. B recommends “Cleanse your skin so that the natural pH will be effective at protecting the skin. Don’t compromise when cleaning your skin. Give it the thorough clean it needs for optimal skin health.”
When it comes to spring cleaning your home, sometimes a little extra strength is required to get that desirable deep clean shine. The same thing happens with your skin. Reach deep into your pores by using a clinical-grade Deep Cleansing Facial Mask with next-level purifying natural ingredients such as glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. In 10 minutes or less, the clay-based facial mask extracts impurities from the pores and decreases inflammation, redness, and fine lines. Dr. B always reminds us that feeling a little tingle when you apply the mask is a good thing… it means the AHAs and BHAs are working! Remember—no tingle, no results.
Once the skin is properly cleansed and renewed,, moisturizing it with glycolic acid cream will hydrate and give it that fresh face glow. Adding a moisturizer with glycolic acid in the formulation causes the skin to continue the natural cell turnover process long after you put it on and step out into the world. It can give you the health and life of your skin back, even if overtime sun, acne, or fine lines cause damage. Here’s one last tidbit to keep in mind: make sure the glycolic is non-neutralized. Tingle means the glycolic is working, and if you don’t feel the tingle it probably means your face is oily or the glycolic is neutralized. The Dermatologist’s Choice Facial Enhancement Cream contains only non-neutralized glycolic, so you can be sure you’ll always get that fresh, bright tingle that leads to glowing, radiant skin.
Just like spring cleaning your house means surface cleaning, deep cleaning, and shining, spring cleaning your skin follows the same pattern. And just like with your house, treating your skin the same way can leave your skin looking brighter, clearer, and more balanced into the summer and beyond.
Bonus: DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance. Their products are certified cruelty-free and formulated with natural and organic ingredients—and they actually work. Talk about a win-win!
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.