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Products, Self-Care Habits, simple skin, skincare, Toner

To Tone or Not to Tone … Using a Toner In Your Skincare Routine

The skincare mantra is “cleanse, tone, moisturize.”
It is drilled into our heads. One question I get a lot is “Do I really need a toner?”
That is quickly followed up with “What is the point of a toner?”
I am here to (hopefully) answer those questions for you!

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  • Toners balance your skin’s pH. Skin is naturally acidic, but it can get all messed up from a variety of factors. This results in your skin working overtime to return to normal levels. A toner helps restore the balance quickly.
  • Toners can act as an exfoliant and remove dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, makeup, and even cleanser residue. This can result in the appearance of smaller pores.
  • Toners add a layer of protection. They help close pores after cleansing. This helps reduces impurities and environmental toxins from getting into your skin.
  • Toners can add moisture and bind to your skin.
  • Toners that contain glycolic acid or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hairs!

Here is the kicker though. Not all toners are created equal. Some are extremely drying because they are high in alcohol. Alcohol aggressively strips your skin and should be avoided.

The right toner will give your skin a bit more pick-me and leave you glowing!
When you use toner and then apply serums or makeup you get better and smoother coverage!
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Well Adjusted is a daily glycolic exfoliating, deep cleansing, pore clearing, skin balancing toner. It is alcohol-free and helps keep dry areas soothed and oily skin in check and controls excess shine.  It is created to benefit all skin types! It also has a light clean cashmere and amber fragrence that is really nice. So go grab your toner and get your face balanced!

~Andrea

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What a more in-depth skin care regime? Team Poshtopia offers free personalized skin care Pampered Readings! Contact us today and we will get you set up!

 

Allergies, Cold & Flu, Products, skincare

5 Go-To Products to Pamper Your Colds & Allergies!

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It may be the first day of spring, but cold and flu season is still lingering. Making it worse, allergy season is already hitting hard and fast! There is no break! It is a good thing Perfectly Posh has several go-to products that help you find some comfort as you battle to feel a bit better.

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1. Cold on Hold All Mix’d Up Bath Salts – soak away your cold/allergies with these luxuriously soothing bath salts! Cold on Hold is loaded with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils that will help soothe your senses. Plus, there’s sunflower oil that will moisturize your skin!

Pro Tip: Have body aches? Add a scoop of Muscle Through All Mix’d Up Bath Salts for an extra pampering punch!

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2. The Stripper Detoxifying Body Mud – rid your body of the yuckies by using The Stripper on your feet, chest, belly, etc (just not on your face please!). The Stripper is full of detoxing charcoal which can absorb 2,000 times its weight in toxins!

Pro Tip: Use weekly to reduce the appearance of body acne, skin imperfections, and getting rid of the build-up in your armpits.

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3. Cackle Spackle Detoxifying Face Mask – I love using this face mask on my sinuses when I’m stuffed up! The spearmint in this mask relieves pressure and helps sinuses feel refreshed!

Pro Tip: Use 1-2X a week to helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections!

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4. Night Nurse Nourishing Lip Treatment – when I’m sick I become a mouth breather. This dries out my lips and they become painful. Night Nurse is an overnight lip treatment full of nourishing butters and oils like shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. It contains peppermint and menthol for a cooling and refreshing kick!

Pro Tip: Apply to your dry, chapped noses for soothing relief!

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5. Perk! Skin Stick – Oh Perk, how I love you! Perk was my very first Perfectly Posh purchase! Skin Sticks shea butter sticks loaded with high quality essential oils for easy on-the-go pampering. Perk uses peppermint essential oil to soothe away headaches! Put some on your temples, behind your ears, and under your nose.

Pro Tip: Perk is also great for nausea. Rub on belly and place under nose and inhale deeply for relief.

You don’t have to suffer through colds and allergies, just Posh them!

❤
Shelby

PS. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

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What a more in-depth skin care regime? Team Poshtopia offers free personalized skin care Pampered Readings! Contact us today and we will get you set up!
~Andrea

53676943_10158391546944196_6889119940691886080_o  Shelby is a member of Team Poshtopia. She loves her cats, advocating for the disabled, and all things Posh! 

Self-Care Habits, simple skin, skincare

Simple On-The-Go Skin Care For Moms (and everyone else too)!

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When I gave birth to my first child I tried to maintain the skin care routine I always had. I mostly succeeded, but then I got pregnant with Baby #2. I was tired and slightly overwhelmed so I often would go to bed without washing my face properly. This is a no-no. It did nothing to improve the haggard, over-tired appearance I was sporting.
Afterall, if you do not properly take care of your skin, the aging process will speed up, you will have clogged pores, and your skin will have a dull appearance.
I didn’t feel good about myself at all.

I did not have anyone telling me to take better care of myself. Instead I fell into a pit of self-deprecating comments in an effort to feel better about myself. I mean, if I point out the overly large pores before anyone else does then I win right? Yeah, not so much.
Mommas (and everyone else who is reading this), you gotta take care of YOU. I can’t help you with that baby belly (my youngest is 5 and I still sport mine), your sleep deprivation,  and if you have PPD then please go seek help, but I can help you in one very small and simple way; an easy skin care regime to leave your face glowing which will leave you feeling fabulous!

Here is a simple 3 step regime with natural-based, high-quality, and affordable products that work hard to help you feel your best!

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Right Back At Ya multitasking face wash and mask is creamy and calming. Perfect for the busy mom (or anyone!), simply wash your face and you will be left with velvety soft skin!
Even better, when you have a moment of down time (just 3-5 minutes), you can leave Right Back at Ya on as a mask!
What makes it so amazing? Kaolin and illite clay (French green clay) absorb excess oils and impurities for a clearer, healthier looking complexion. Nourishing matcha green tea and kale help bring extremes in dry and oily skin back to normal. Perfect for all skin types and gentle enough for daily use. Use as a mask once or twice weekly for a deeper pampering treatment.

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Well Adjusted balancing face toner resets your skin back to its most basic healthy state while removing left over make-up and impurities that are left behind in pores after cleansing.  Glycolic acid to gently chemically exfoliate dull skin layers while lentil extract reduces the appearance of pores and beta-glucan adds needed moisture to keep balance across your entire face and neck. This hydrating toner helps keep dry areas soothed and oily skin in check.

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Under Control is a mattifying hydro gel moisturizer. It hydrates skin with a lightweight feel while controlling oil and shine with a mattifying finish to immediately improve the look of skin. A powerful combination of matcha green tea water and sodium hyaluronate provides a boost of instant hydration while bamboo extract and zinc PCA help absorb excess oil to discourage future blemishes and fight shine. This face crème is oil free, fragrance free, and silicone free; perfect for women and men!

 

BONUS PRODUCT!

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There are going to be times when even a quick wash and swipe with toner is just too much. That is why Bare It All Simple Micellar Cleansing Face Wipes are my go-to for days when I just can’t.
Bare It All is a 3-in-1 micellar face wipe that removes makeup, cleanses & tones and moisturizes in one simple step. These wipes are a lifesaver when you’re in a hurry or too tired to go through your regular routine before bed. They are also great for a quick freshening up when you are out and about or at the gym.
The wipes contain micelles which are small molecules suspended in soft, hydrating coconut water that act like magnets on the surface of your skin. They attract makeup, dirt, and debris, while prickly pear, apple, and radish root extracts work to tone and moisturize.

Follow with Under Control for a hydration boost!

While it may seem overtaxing to bother with a skin care regime, let’s change our mindset, use an easy routine, and get through this busy season in life with balance! Your skin will thank you!

~Andrea

What a more in-depth skin care regime? Team Poshtopia offers free personalized skin care Pampered Readings! Contact us today and we will get you set up!

Pampered Readings, Products, Skin Care Ingredients, skincare

The Benefits of Moringa Oil in Skin Care

If you’ve never heard of moringa oil then you are going to want to keep reading. Moringa oil is essentially a skin care miracle in a bottle. This doesn’t mean we are pushing away argan oil (or coconut or any other fabulous oil for that matter). It just means we are adding another superstar into our skin care stocks!

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So what is Moringa oil? It is an essential oil derived from a tree found in Asia (especially India), Africa, and Central and South America. The use of the oil dates all the way back to ancient Egyptian times where they used it for cooking, medicine, and cosmetics!

Moringa oil is 40% monounsaturated fatty acids, with 70% of that being oleic acid, making it a powerhouse for your skin. It has antioxidant properties and a high content of vitamin E. It is similar to the oil your skin produces naturally. This helps balance and nourish all skin types.

Moringa oil is highly moisturizing. Other oils tend to sit on the skin’s surface, but moringa oil absorbs deep into the skin. It also acts as a barrier, protecting your skin from things like pollution while sealing in hydration.
Moringa oil dramatically improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it provides smoothing and revitalizing benefits; awakening dull, tired-looking skin and soothing inflammation.

It is no surprise that this oil is taking natural beauty by storm! Afterall, if it was good enough for pharaohs, then it has to be pretty darn special, right?

So which products can you find this royal ingredient? Check out Perfectly Posh’s Defiant line! This skin care system features an illuminating face serum, a lifting eye crème, and a rich moisturizer.

Learn more:

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Gimme a Boost Normal/Combination Skin Defiant Moisturizer
Moringa oil, sodium hyaluronate, and grapeseed oil even skin tone and moisturize while tripeptides and apple extracts reverse the appearance of aging skin for a firmer, fresher look.

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Gimme a Boost Dry Skin Defiant Moisturizer
Moringa oil, sodium hyaluronate, avocado and coconut oils, and niacinamide even skin tone and provide more moisture to dull, dry, rough skin for a firmer, fresher look.

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Defiant Uplifting Eye Créme
Caffeine, sodium hyaluronate, pearl, moringa oil provide instant eye awakening results. A mixture of a patented tripeptide Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 with a micro algae extract—dunaliella salina extract—work together to visibly reduce the appearance of lines and deeper wrinkles around the eye, creating a visibly brighter eye area.

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Defiant Naked Youth Serum
Moringa oil, vitamin C, and micronized pearl give skin a rejuvenated and radiant look while kelp and algae extracts support collagen for healthier, younger looking skin.

 

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Not sure where to start in your skin care regime? Contact me and my team and I will be honored to provide you with a free and individualized Pampered Reading!

~Andrea 

K-Beauty, Products, skincare

The Benefits of Egg in Skincare

Maybe you are new to skin care and you have heard the term “K-beauty” and have no idea what it means. Korean Beauty, or K-beauty, is the leading trend setter for all things skincare. They always have the most amazing products and tips. One such tip is using eggs in your skincare routine.

Why?  There are so many reason! Check out our top 10 list of why egg is good for your skin!

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  1. Albumin (egg white) is loaded with vitamins and proteins which can tighten and tone skin.
  2. Egg is an emollient (softens the skin) and very moisturizing.
  3. It can visibly smooth and firm skin.
  4. Egg can help pores appear smaller, creating a flawless finish.
  5. Eggs contain vitamin B6 which helps skin look healthy.
  6. They bind to impurities, making it easier to remove them from your skin.
  7. They tighten the skin creating a more youthful glow.
  8. They gently exfoliate dull skin, leaving you brighter looking.
  9. They are soothing and gentle enough for sensitive skin.
  10. They help balance oily skin which can help prevent acne. 

Perfectly Posh has 2 fabulous products containing egg: Egg On Your Face face wash and Impress Me Probiotic Pressed Serum.

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Egg On You Face face wash is great for sensitive skin. It is a nourishing cleanser with K-beauty technology and a Poshbiotic blend of pre and probiotics from milk and eggs. It soothes irritated skin while maintaining a healthy looking complexion.

 

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Impress Me Probiotic Pressed Serum is both a nourishing serum and face moisturizer! It features a Poshbiotic blend of milk and eggs. It soothes and comforts sensitive and irritated skin while deeply hydrating and maintaining skin’s health appearance.

New to skincare and not sure where to start? Check out this post. If you have any questions, please reach out to us! We are here to help!

~Andrea

Cyclical Skincare, Pampered Readings, Products

The Cyclical Skincare Routine

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If you keep track of your skin through the month you are likely to discover a lot of changes. This is true for both men and women because both go through hormonal cycles. To avoid confusion I am going to use myself as the example in this post since my cycle is pretty much consistent and predictable. (Not sure what your cycle is? There are a ton of apps for that!)

I have pretty normal skin. Under normal circumstances, it isn’t overly oily or dry. That, however, changes the week before my period. Suddenly I have oilier skin and feel like my skin forgot I am no longer a teenager. I have to change my skin care habits to prevent breakouts and looking like I need to wash my face.
This change is because sebum production is in excess around this time of my cycle. By the time my period hits, my skin is sensitive and prone to dry patches. Fun times.
Because of these changes, I benefit from cyclical skincare and I bet you could too!

So what is cyclical skin care? Simply put, it is changing the skin care products you used based on the needs of your skin throughout your regular hormonal cycle. We have 3 main hormones: oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. As the levels of each fluctuate they influence our bodies; weight, sleep, skin, moods, etc. We adapt based on our needs (more sleep, change in diet, etc). It make sense to also change skin care regimes.

By tailoring my morning and nighttime routines based on my hormone cycle, I am able to avoid breakouts, sensitivity, and dry patches from hormone fluctuations. Tuning into my cycle has changed how I do my skincare. Being aware of my skin has kept my 41-year-old self looking more youthful, healthy, and clear. This is what my cyclical skin care looks like.

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Beginning of cycle (right after the end of your period) use products with vitamin C.  These products provide your skin with antioxidants and help boost your skin’s radiance.
I recommend Bright Young Thang, Nothing Phases Me, and Serves You Bright in the mornings. I also recommend a good facial sunscreen. Try the lightweight Block It Like It’s Hot.
This is also a great time to focus on preventative care, including a good facial sunscreen.
I recommend the using the Never Grow Up Serum and Creme or the Defiant set for anti-aging at night-time.
Face masks are a great way to incorporate added pampering into your regime. It is best to use face masks 2-3 times a week.
For this part of the cycle I recommend Hot & Gold which is a brightening face mask and has colloidal gold, caffeine, and Peridot; all are fabulous for firming, restoring and toning skin.

By week 3 & 4 is when skin changes and you are going to notice the annoying things like acne.
I recommend switching your face wash to Right Back at Ya, tone with Well Adjusted, and moisturize with Under Control (day) and Impress Me (night).
The face masks I recommend for these weeks are Ice Queen (week 3) and Envy This (week 4).

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In the end, everyone has different skin and skin care needs. That is where my team and I can help! We offer in depth and free Pampered Readings. We go over your current skin care and your concerns and we address your needs with a regime catered just to you!
Be sure to contact me and I will get you set up with your Pampered Reading today!

~Andrea

Pampered Readings, Self-Care Habits, skincare

The Perfect Skincare Routine For Morning & Night

Skin care can be so confusing. Cleansers, toners, serums, creams, primers, masks, and more! Where do you start, what do you need, and does order matter?

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To start, yes, order matters. For a product to be effective, you need to follow a sequence that does not negate the previous products benefits.
You wouldn’t put your moisturizer on and then wash your face, right?

Another thing to think about, time of day plays a role in your skin care needs! That’s right! Your morning skin and night skin have different needs to be met which means different skin care. Oh geeze!

Don’t stress! We are here to help simplify things for you! Team Poshtopia is trained to provide you with personalized Pampered Readings. Each reading is catered specifically for you! We have a basic guideline we follow, but we mix things up as necessary so you are getting exactly what your skin needs without too much fuss and (hopefully) zero confusion!

Right now, I am here to help figure out basic routine …

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MORNING SKINCARE:
Your main focus is hydration and protecting your skin from whatever elements your skin will come in contact with.
We all know the sun and outdoor pollution are bad for your skin, but indoor pollution is too, so we need to make sure you are sufficiently protected.

1) CLEANSER
Your skin comes in contact with pollutants while you are sleeping and our pillowcases harbor dust and bacteria. Add in sweat and drool and your face is in serious need of love come morning.
If you are just getting started, Right Back at Ya Two-in-One Cleansing Clay Face Wash and Mask is ideal for resetting both oily and dry skin!

2) TONER
Toner helps reset your skin back to its most basic healthy state. It is a great prep for your morning skin care routine. Well Adjusted Face Toner has glycolic acid that gently chemically exfoliates dull skin layers. Lentil extract reduces the appearance of pores and beta-glucan adds needed moisture to keep your skin balanced.

3) SERUM
Using a serum with vitamin C is extremely important. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that will protect your skin against UV rays, brighten your skin, and support collagen production to help slow down the signs of again. You also want hydration via hyaluronic acid, lipids, and/or ceramides. These all protect your skin from weather-related dryness and the extra hydration will plump and smooth your skin. Perfectly Posh offers several serums that provide both vitamin C and hydration in 1 easy step. For younger skin I often suggest Never Grow Up Serum and for more mature skin I suggest Nothing Phases Me Serum.

4) Eye Serum
Impish Eyes instantly perks up tired skin and lessens dark under-eye circles with caffeine, cucumber, and CoQ10 serum.
We also have Cheat Sheets Under Eye Sheet Masks, and under eye mask for that extra dose of pampering. I really like to use these after watching a tear-jerker movie or during or after a flight.

5) MOISTURIZE
Once your serums and eye care are fully absorbed, follow with a moisturizer. Perfectly Posh offers several that are targeted for specific skin types. Be sure to contact me for a personalized Pampered Reading and I will help you find the right fit! In a rush? Moisturize 911 Face Crème is always a safe bet; a lightweight, aloe-based, caffeinated face crème that rescues tired looking skin.

6) SPF
You should always finish your routine with SPF. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you need to protect your skin from UV Rays! Block It Like It’s Hot Face Creme is our lightweight SPF 30 face crème with blood orange and hibiscus to guard against sun damage.

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EVENING SKINCARE:
Your main focus in the evening is repairing and rejuvenating your skin. Night is when your focus is on addressing your personal skin care issues.

1) CLEANSER
Make sure you are washing your face at night! Ridding your skin of dirt, pollution, and makeup will help your skin stay healthier and younger looking longer.

2) MICELLAR TONIC (optional)
If you wear heavy makeup, it is advised you give your face an extra wipe with a makeup remover after you wash your face. You may be surprised that your clean face isn’t quite as clean as you thought!
A Micellar Tonic, like Bare It All, is ideal because not only does it grab the deep down grim like a magnet, but it provides a boost of extra hydration. Natural ingredients like coconut water, prickly pear, apple, and radish root will leave your skin refreshed.

3) SERUM
When targeting skin care concerns at night make sure you have the right serum. Defiant Naked Youth Serum is excellent for aging skin and Impress Me Probiotic Pressed Serum is perfectly soothing for sensitive and irritated skin.

4) EYE CREME
For targeted eye care, Perfectly Posh offers 2 eye cremes. Defiant Uplifting Eye Creme is an age-defying eye crème that helps diminish puffiness, dark circle, and crows feet around the eyes.
Prize on the Eyes Eye Crème is a gentle, but decadent eye crème that soothes the delicate skin around your eyes.

5) MOISTURIZE
At night, if needed, you can use a moisturizer that’s richer than what you would typically use in the morning. All I’ve Avo Wanted is an intensely nourishing face mask with avocado oil that you can wear overnight! If you don’t need a heavier moisturizer, use the same moisturizer you use in the morning.

If you would like a personalize skin care routine created, please let me know!

~Andrea