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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

Core Catalog, Pampered Readings, Products, Self-Care Habits

Pampered Readings

Last week I introduced the new Perfectly Posh 2019 Core catalog and I mentioned the focus of it is very different from past themes. We are diving deeper into skin types and which products best benefit specific skin scenarios. Basically, we are getting into very personalized pampering! We are calling this Pampered Readings.

No worries, this isn’t predicting the future or reading Tarot cards or anything like that.
Pampered Readings are an improved and simplified way for Posh consultants to help customers find the correct skin care items for their needs.

How does it work? You will be presented with cards (or pictures of the cards if you are online). Pick 2 cards that you feel best describe your skin care needs.
We now have a baseline of products to help guide us as we create the perfect skincare regime specifically for YOU! How cool is that? A personalized skincare consultation for free!

Below is a quick glance at our new Papered Reading cards!
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Clean Beauty — Start here. Naturally based products that anyone can use for an effective and clean routine.

Pore Reducing — Large looking pores? Wash & clean out pores with these pore reducing products.

Anti-Aging — Take a firm stand against fine lines and wrinkles with anti-aging products that pamper naturally.

Tired Skin — Instantly wake up tired looking skin by kicking puffiness and dark circles to the curb.

Pretty Simple — Make getting pretty oh so simple. What could be more pampering?

Soothing — Calm overly sensitive skin with naturally nourishing ingredients.

Detoxifying — Free your skin of environmental pollutants that can cause wrinkles and damage.

His Posh — Men need pampering that handles their skin with powerful ingredients and a little TLC.

Brightening — Revive your lackluster complexion by exfoliating and revealing fresh layers of more radiant skin.

Well Balanced — Overly dry or oily? Restore extreme skin to normal with ingredients that give a healthier look.

Hands — Hard working hands need special attention. Don’t neglect them. Give them the love they deserve.

Feet — This pampering line features peppermint and thyme in a variety of spa-grade experiences.

Skin Sticks — Take the best ingredients from Mother Nature everywhere you go.

Which 2 would you choose? What a personalized consultation? Me and my team would be happy to help!

~Andrea
(My team who also specialize in consultations: Meridith, Shelby, Angie, and Jamie)

Core Catalog, Products

2019 Perfectly Posh Core Catalog Released

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Perfectly Posh just launched their new 2019 Core Catalog. The Core Catalog is the foundation of our brand. It contains basic skincare essentials for everyday use and best sellers that have a sort of cult following by our customers (The Stripper!). These are the products that will stick around all year long. This catalog was highly anticipated as we said good-bye to some older items and saw sneak peeks of new ones to come.
The focus of the new catalog is very different from past themes. We are diving deeper into skin types and which products best benefit specific skin scenarios. Basically, we are getting into very personalized pampering! This includes an exclusive men’s line that was very much in demand!
I will dive deeper into this personalized pampering, or Pampered Readings, in the next post.

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I am also very excited to share that we have expanded the line of our Shea Sisterhood products to include a GIANT Healer Skin Stick. Plus, more items are now being made with Shea butter from the Shea Sisterhood.
An additional $3 from the purchase of each Giant Healer is donated directly to our community in Ghana; Gizaa Gunda. Don’t forget, $1 from each purchase of Always Ghana Love You Bath Bar is also donated to Gizaa Gunda, where we are building and helping support the businesses of over 600 women and their families each year!
We are excited to announce we have also funded a warehouse through the You Deserve It Foundation. This is a much needed resource to that area!

OK! Without further ado I want to share my 6 favorite items from the new Core. Why 6? Because we offer Buy 5 Get the 6th item free!
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  1. Right Back At Ya Cleansing Clay Face Wash and Mask. This product is unique  because it is a 2-in-1 wash and a mask! It is ideal to help reset and balance both overly oily or overly dry skin! I love it because it is gentle (and effective) enough for every one in my house (yes, my 9 year old daughter uses it too!). Talk about convenient!

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  2. Mad For Magnesium is my current obsession. This goes way beyond love. Relax, calm, and soothe. Need I say more?

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  3. So Soapy Bath Bar is like no other soap I have ever used. The indulgent scent alone is beyond heavenly. Add the incredibly rich lather and you will experience the most luxurious shower (or bath) ever. Seriously.

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  4. I have been in love with Twilight Zoned since summer when it came out as a body creme. The cool melon scent is now in a hand creme and I am beyond thrilled! I bet you will go just as crazy for this as I have!

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  5. Rubby Scrubby is technically not new. It is an oldie, but a goodie  that has come back! It is convenient and easy to use and keeps feet looking fresh all year long!

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  6. I love Posh’s sugar lip scrubs (as do my VIPs!). Make Out Magic (another oldie but goodie that has returned) works to smooth and soothe dry lips and tastes so yummy! You know when you are making cookies and you add the sugar to the butter? Yeah. That. Mmmmmm.

 

There are so many amazing new products, which ones are you going to try first?

~Andrea

Bath, Self-Care Habits

Let Them Take Baths!

In honor of National Bath Week I want to share a few simple tips on how to take your bath to the next level!

*Disclaimer:
You do not need a beautiful big tub to get the relaxing benefits of a bath. I have a very normal-sized tub (AKA way too small & I barely fit in it), but I still enjoy frequent baths as part of my quiet me-time (AKA those times I pretend my children aren’t barging in with my husband wrangling them away so I have a few moments to just breathe).

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FIRST UP, AMBIANCE!
Low lights, candles, music … Or maybe you prefer complete silence. Either way, it sounds peaceful and spa-like right?

And do not forget a drink! Whether it is a simple glass of water or something a little more fun (champagne maybe?) Having something to sip helps make bath time a bit more fun and is actually practical!

Warm baths can make you parched and hot baths can dehydrate you (and your skin! Best to keep it warm). Sipping water will help counter that. Add some flare to your water by adding berries, mint, or sliced cucumbers!
Want something fancier? Red wine is a great option because the humidity from your bath helps the flavor profile open up!

DON’T FORGET THE BUBBLES! 
I love adding bubbles to my bath! Unfortunately many brands are loaded with chemicals, sulfates, and other not-so natural ingredients that can dry and irritate skin.
You want to use a sulfate-free option like Perfectly Posh’s Bubble Up™!
For a luxurious bubble bath add a scoop of Bubble Up™ for a super foamy bath! It is loaded with sunflower oil to soften skin and sea salt which helps soothe and soften skin!
Did I mention it is vegan?

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BATH BOMBS ARE WHERE IT IS AT!
Fizi Bath Bombs are sulfate-free and loaded with amazing ingredients including moisturizing Shea butter and magnesium-rich salt from the Great Salt Lake to soften skin. They are scented with essential oils and are truly a decadent addition to any bath without breaking the bank!
*check under the seasonal tab for seasonal scents or contact your consultant for more Fizi options!

TRIED & TRUE BATH SALTS!
All Mixd Up™ Bath Salts are loaded with essential oils that benefit your skin!

Sleepy Sleep™ has calming lavender essential oil to relieve tension, help you unwind, and even skin tone.
Cold on Hold™ soothes & refreshes with eucalyptus, peppermint, & rosemary essential oils.
Muscle Through™/muscle-through/AE1002.html?cgid=all-mixd-up with rosemary has an Epsom salt base to relieve tension and help you relax; ideal for a post-workout soak!

You can also try adding out new Cann I Be CBD Essential Oil to moisturize and calm stressed out skin!

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DON’T FORGET YOUR MASKS & SCRUBS!
A bath is the perfect time to pamper from head to toe! Use a fabulous body scrub, such as Beach Blanket, or polish, like You Apricaught Me, to help slosh of dead, dry skin and will leave your skin soft and glowing!

Don’t forget a moisturizing face mask! Steam from the bath opens pores which will allow your mask to work better and deeper! Avoid masks that are more intense and require less time (like Cackle Spackle) and avoid sheet masks (including Cheat Sheets) since they tend to slip off from the humidity. There is a time and a place for these awesome masks, but the bath isn’t one of them!
Instead, try All I’ve Avo Wanted™ Nourishing, Hydrating Face Mask or Hot and Gold Anti-aging, Firming Face Mask with colloidal gold!

All these together put together takes your average me-time and makes it a pampering art form!

~Andrea