Q:does this product make you break out before it begins to clear up your skin?
The answer to your question is… no! Nectar is a gentle alternative to existing acne-fighting products. It was not created to “purge” the skin.
I hate that process! Why should my skin get even worse before it gets better? Where’s the logic in making yourself break out if what you really want is clear skin? Using the Nectar Skincare system, you can work your way towards clear skin without the risk of increased break outs and acne.
- Nectar Skincare products are based in aloe vera. Aloe vera is a tried and true, natural skin-soothing ingredient. It is often used to treat everything from sunburns to skin irritations. Because of this, our products can actually calm enflamed and blemished skin. We build our products around aloe vera so we can include more effective ingredients with little to no irritation.
- Our products are hypo-allergenic, made without harsh preservatives, free of synthetic fragrances, and paraben-free. Nectar formulas were made with sensitive skin in mind, so we avoided the harmful, comedogenic ingredients that make most people break out.
- You can use Nectar Skincare with prescription medications and topical creams or gels. Though it’s common for prescriptions to cause break outs before clearing the skin, the use of Nectar Skincare in conjunction with prescriptions helps to tone down these breakouts and enhances prescribed regimens.
The Nectar System is a simple 3 step process:
- Cleanse with Fresh Face Cleanser: Gently cleanse and naturally exfoliate the skin with this non-foaming gel-cream. Gentle cleansing is the best way to treat acne. Anything too harsh, like medicated cleansers, scrubbing beads, and products that claim to be oil-free can only irritate the skin more and cause more redness and breakouts.
- Tone with Skin Soothe Toner: Aloe Vera Juice, Cucumber Juice, and Witch Hazel make this toner especially effective for blemished skin. It is alcohol-free, so it doesn’t dry out the skin or cause the skin to create more oil, and it works as an antiseptic and antibacterial to keep bacteria from infecting the pores. Using an antibacterial product is essential to preventing break outs. You can also ensure less breakouts by using benzoyl peroxide or clindamycin gels after toning. These also prevent bacterial growth from causing pimples and acne.
- Moisturize with Day Elixir: When you have acne, it seems counter-productive to use moisturizer. On the contrary! Moisturizer may be what makes or breaks your skin. You need to maintain a good moisture balance in order to stop the skin from overcompensating for what it lacks. Moisturizer also provides a barrier between the skin and everyday environmental pollution, be it smog or makeup. Also, since our moisturizers are very light and aloe-vera based, there’s little risk of irritation.
I truly believe in my own products, and honestly, I haven’t had a breakout in months. I’m extra careful to keep my skin clean and balanced, and knowing what I know now, it’s always best to go gentle if you’re trying to avoid a breakout. :)
So, no, Nectar Skincare won’t make you break out before it begins to clear up your skin. However, it’s on you to take care of your skin on a regular basis!
Thanks for the question, Nicole! Talk to you soon!
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Q:How do I get my skin from looking dull and unhealthy to looking bright and healthy?
The number one rule in healthy skin is adequate moisture. Too much moisturizer can make your skin oily, but too little keeps your skin dry and dull. The perfect balance can give you a great glow, and this is achieved by doing the following:
1. Hydrate! - Personally, I hate the taste of water, but it makes a difference in the long run, especially when it comes to glowing skin. Try drinking a lot of water for just a week, you will definitely notice a difference in the elasticity of your skin. Why does this help? The main reason for skin dehydration is simple, your body isn’t getting enough water. Without water, your body can’t function at its best, flush out the toxins in your system, or moisturize your skin from within, because it needs that water elsewhere for cellular functions and energy. Check out this article from the Mayo Clinic about how much water you need for a healthier body! (If you don’t like plain water like me, try some lemonade powder, like those from Crystal Light. Tastes much better!)
2. Exfoliate! - The topmost layer of skin is mostly dead skin. Gross, I know, but it stays there until it sheds naturally or you take it off. My suggestion is to exfoliate at least once or twice a week with an exfoliating treatment, then regularly use a good moisturizer and night treatment to maintain the skin. Great ways to add exfoliation to your regimen include cleansing with a washcloth, exfoliating moisturizers, milk baths, or by simply massaging your face in a circular motion when you cleanse. Retinoids, Alpha Hydroxy, or moisturizers with Glycolic Acid like our About Face Renew, have exfoliating agents to encourage cell regeneration and exfoliation, which leads to better skin moisture and clarity. As for the milk bath, milk is a natural source of lactic and Alpha Hydroxy acid, which break the bonds between the patches of dry skin cells. Just add a few cups of milk to your bathwater, scrub down with a wash cloth, and voilá, smoother skin.
As with all products for the face, it’s best to be gentle. Some skin types can’t handle the hard abrasive kiwi seeds or apricot scrubs, and sometimes, these can get stuck in your pores and irritate your skin more. You can get a great exfoliating effect from enzymes that also break down dead skin cells, like pineapple or papaya. Our Glow Therapy Light formula contains pineapple and papaya enzyme, plus aloe vera gel to ensure the least irritation. You can get it on the Nectar Skincare site for around $30.
3. Moisturize! - When you put moisturizer on, you want it to reach beyond this topmost layer of dead skin, and the best way to do so is to exfoliate regularly and put moisturizer on after. Moisturizer is, in my opinion, the second most important part of your skincare regimen, after cleansing. Be sure to choose a moisturizer that has good humectant and emollient ingredients, as these trap moisture and keep it on the skin. You may find that it helps to put moisturizer on damp skin, because the ingredients and hydrophilic (that means water-loving) molecules will attract anything with water, even the water that is already in your skin cells.
As for upkeep, keep a little spray bottle around and mist your skin every once in a while. It’s refreshing, rehydrating, and a great way to set your makeup for a good, healthy glow. Try a highlighter instead of powder foundation, just on your cheekbones and on the bridge of your nose. Powders can weigh you down, especially if you have dry skin. If you use loose powder, you can just mix some powder with a bit of moisturizer for a more hydrating application. Also, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun! Use something with SPF everyday!
Hopefully these tips help, thanks for your question, livingonestep!
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A Simple Skincare Routine
Before going to bed and after waking up in the morning, follow this simple four-step skincare routine that keeps skin clean, healthy, and moisturized. It’s essential to have a good skincare routine, especially if your skin is sensitive or acne-prone. Make sure your hands are clean before touching your face.
Step 1: Cleanse.
The cornerstone of all good skincare is clean skin. A small amount of cleanser should be massaged all over the face in circular motions to break up dead skin cells, makeup, and dirt. Rinse the face clean, then pat dry.
Depending on your skin type, you might want to try different cleansing techniques. Some cleansers are more effective if applied to a dry face with wet hands. As always, see what works best for you.
Step 2: Tone.
Toning the skin is important to maintain the skin’s pH and further cleanse the pores. The main ingredients in toners are extracts with anti-septic properties like Witch Hazel. This helps to prevent bacteria from forming blemishes or irritating the skin. Toners and astringents are considered interchangeable, but the main difference is that astringents use higher amounts of alcohol or antiseptics and can therefore be too strong.
If your skin is very dry, then skip the toner in the morning and use it only at night.
To apply, wet a cotton ball with toner and swipe along face in long, sweeping motions to remove excess dirt and leftover cleanser. Another way to apply toner is to mix 1 part toner with 4 parts purified water, and put it into a spray bottle. It can then be used as a mist, which is great for setting makeup.
Step 3: Treat.
Not everyone will have a treatment to use, but if you have skin problems that require more than just moisturizer, this is the time to do it. Treatment comes before moisturizer and after cleansing for maximum penetration and efficacy. You want the treatment closest to the skin, and then just layer your moisturizer over it.
This is the time to put any topical creams, prescriptions, or serums. Apply treatment to face evenly.
When it comes to skin products, great results take time. It is often unnecessary to use a thick layer of treatment, especially if you are using a retinoid or acne product. Too much can cause bad reactions and be too strong for the skin. A light application is enough to get results, and is less harmful.
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to do treatment only every other day or so., depending on your skin’s tolerance of the product.
Step 4: Moisturize.
Moisturizer is integral to the skincare regimen. The key to great skin is balance. Whether you’re oily or dry, it always helps to use moisturizer to maintain healthy skin and prevent blemishes, aging, wrinkles, and dehydration. A perfect moisture balance will result in clearer skin, as your skin is neither compensating for oil loss after cleansing nor lacking moisture.
A good moisturizer will be packed with emollients and humectants, which bond water to the skin.
Smooth a small amount of moisturizer gently and evenly over the face. If your skin is very dry, it helps to apply moisturizer while the face is still damp, even wet, for deeper moisturizing. Follow with sunscreen in the daytime, or substitute moisturizer for night cream in the evenings.
Though it may be difficult to establish a routine, continued maintenance is the best form of prevention and relief from all kinds of skin problems. No matter what, good skin starts with great skincare.