Topicals


Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Is Popular Apple cider vinegar has been all the rage in the all-natural movement for the past few years. People like to use it as a salad dressing, to whiten teeth, to soothe sunburns, and even for cleaning around the house. And of course, in skincare, there’s apple cider vinegar toner. However, there’s not a lot of science behind the uses for apple cider vinegar. How does an apple cider vinegar toner work? Apple cider vinegar contains a lot of alpha hydroxy acids. These are naturally occurring acids such as glycolic and lactic acid. (1) These help […]


Facial Moisturizer

The Last Step – Facial Moisturizer The last step in a good beauty routine should be facial moisturizer. After cleansing and maybe using toner, moisturizers will lock in the moisture your skin needs to stay supple and healthy. Most of us probably use some sort of moisturizer already. We know that it makes our skin look good and feel good. But did you know moisturizer becomes more of a necessity with aging? Or when you use certain prescription acne medications? Moisturizer And Aging Moisturizer is especially important as we age. The water content of your skin and its appearance, by extension, will […]


Facial Toner

Tone After Cleansing As promised last week, I’m continuing the series on Facial Cleansers, Toners, and Moisturizers this week. Touted as the mainstay of any beauty routine, this beauty ritual may not be as useful as you think for maintaining beautiful, healthy skin. At least that’s what I learned while writing this week’s installment. I’ve always wondered what a facial toner was. Yet, I’ve never had one. And I don’t think I’ve ever needed one. So toners, what are they good for? The answer may be absolutely nothing. That is unless you’re prone to having excessively oily skin or acne. […]


Facial Cleanser

Facial Cleanser Cleans Skin We’ve all heard the age-old beauty advice: you have to cleanse, tone, and then moisturize. Exactly in this order. And at least twice a day. What exactly does cleansing and toning even mean? Moisturizer, at least to me, is the only step that makes sense just from the name. If you’re feeling clueless about how to set up a worthwhile beauty routine, you’re in luck! Today is the first part in a series about the topic of facial cleanser, toners, and moisturizers. Let’s dive right in with the first step, cleansing. What can you expect to […]


Cosmeceuticals 101: The Hottest Creams in Dermatology

Cosmeceuticals in Skincare The term “cosmeceutical” is a hot topic in the world of Dermatology. It may even be a hot topic for the mainstream consumer. Consumers are inundated with options on what skin care products to buy. The Merriam-Webster definition of a cosmeceutical is “a cosmetic preparation that has pharmaceutical properties.” It’s a combination of the words cosmetic and pharmaceutical. They’re not like the products sold at a Sephora or department store. Cosmeceuticals are supposed to have additional medicinal properties that make them better. Cosmeceuticals are not sold with a prescription. However, oftentimes you can only purchase them from doctor’s […]