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Does it Really Matter What Kind of Facial Cleanser We Use?

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What is the real role a cleanser plays in our beauty routines—as in, exactly how much can you expect from a product that stays on your skin for approximately 30 -90 seconds?

The whole point of a cleanser is to gently remove dirt, makeup, and sweat, without stripping the natural oils from your skin.

It should be:

  • Relatively simple
  • Straightforward
  • Something that never stings or burns

What’s inside your cleanser is often less important than what’s not.

Look for something that’s fragrance free, and stay away from:

  • Alcohol
  • Witch hazel
  • Alpha hydroxy acids

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Cleanser Misconceptions

We’ve been brought up to think that ‘squeaky clean’ is good, but in order to do that you have to use so much soap, and really, that’s not great for your skin. Those prone to breakouts should also avoid harsh cleansers.

You’re  just drying out the surface, irritating the cells, and making more blemishes.

In recent years, cleansing oils have developed a cult following for their ability to remove makeup and dirt while leaving skin dewy and hydrated.  For anti-aging benefits it’s unrealistic to expect them from washing alone. I think it’s better to use a gentle cleanser, followed by a treatment or serum that really penetrates.

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A key requirement to a healthier, younger-looking appearance is clean skin. When dirt and environmental contaminants are stripped away, the skin surface is prepared for nourishment. 

Boosting Cleanser

There’s a new cleanser on the block that uses an extract from the Noni plant to dilate your pores. It thoroughly cleans your face without stripping the natural oils and prepares the skin to accept the serum. 

The Cleanser helps to clean and open your skin to an infusion of rich vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids that help prevent and reduce visible signs of aging. 

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How to use:

  • Apply a pearl-sized drop of the Cleanser to remove make up, wet your finger tips and massage gently.
  • Use a clean, warm , wet wash cloth to remove cleanser and make up.
  • Pat dry and apply another pro five to drop of cleanser massage into dry skin.
  • Wet your finger tips with warm water continue to massage in for two minutes or if you have a Clarisonic use it now.
  • Rinse using a clean, warm, wet wash cloth. Your skin is now prepared for the Serum.

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Your skin is now prepared for the Serum.

Contents: 90 ml

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What About Toners?

A question I hear a lot is why we don’t have toner. They say “we need toner to close our pores”. Actually toner is a rip off from companies, because they say it closes your pores.

Your skin closes its own pores.  

Your skin is a barrier function so that’s what it does every day all day. Plus it would be pointless to open your pores with the cleanser and then close them with a toner so that nothing else can get in.

So you open them with the cleanser, then you let the good ingredients in.

After you’re  through applying serum and cream, your skin balances its own pH.

All toner does is strip the natural moisture from your face. All outstanding skincare lines, that are really good for you, never have toner.

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That is part of bargain lines and lower end lines. If you will notice most medical lines do not include toner. To me it is unethical, and they take advantage of unsuspecting buyers.

Technically pores don’t have muscles so they don’t open or close. It’s a term used to help people understand  the process of emptying them so they appear smaller but having a great product to penetrate to keep them tight.

Ingredients: The “Core 4”

The key ingredients of the Skin Care System are natural botanicals extracted from the stem cells of a rare Swiss apple.

These extracts, combined with some of the same ingredients found in the company’s incredibly popular nutritional products—including blueberry, Noni, and Vitamin E Tocotrienols—act as nutritional building blocks for the skin’s own regenerative process, and leave the user with softer, brighter, more youthful looking skin.

Four products make up the Skin Care System:

  • Boosting Cleanser
  • Serum
  • Day Crème
  • Night Crème

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Each product, designed to work for any skin type, acts to hydrate and nourish the skin to prevent and reduce the visible signs of aging.

While speaking to Distributors in Ft. Worth, Kyäni Founder and Chairman, Kirk Hansen, shared the following:

“We’ve had other products proposed to us,” Hansen explained, “Even products developed. But we didn’t go with them because they just weren’t impactful enough.” Kirk goes on to say, “We had to wait for two things to be just right. The quality of the new products—and the science behind them—had to match up with the products we already have. Today the timing is right, and the products are unequaled.”

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Kirk Hansen

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Chemical Free Sunblock, How to Choose One

Why should you choose a chemical free sunblock? Chemical sunscreen ingredients—often with names ending in -salate or -benzone—can give a better look and feel to sun-care products than physical sunscreens since they tend to sink into skin readily and dry clear. However, the price your skin pays being exposed to them may not be worth it. Conventional sunscreen is loaded with chemicals, well-established carcinogens and oxybenzone (an endocrine disruptor) that may generate free radicals when exposed to ultraviolet light. Some researchers even suspect oxybenzone to be the hidden cause of the increase in melanoma.


At one time the only sunscreen ingredient we had available was PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), thankfully they banned it. Another chemical, Oxybenzone, probably the most notorious UV filter, was approved by the FDA way back in 1978. Also referred to as BP3, it’s a member of the phenol family that has become so omnipresent, it’s been estimated that traces can be found in the urine of 96 percent of the U.S. population. In a 2004 study, researchers found that on the first day after applying a sunscreen with oxybenzone, both young men and postmenopausal women experienced a drop of testosterone levels. The current consensus on oxybenzone is that the hormone fluctuations are not clinically significant.

Chemical Free Sunblocks

On the other hand, physical sunscreens can be helpful for anyone with sensitive skin since they’re less likely to exacerbate irritation and redness. If you like the idea of chemical-free sunscreens look for zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide a physical blocker.  The quality of the sunblock you choose matters. Nanoparticles are small enough to penetrate cell membranes, particle must be 50 nanometers or less to penetrate a cell membrane.. Instead of nanoparticles, some sunscreen makers use “micronized” particles—basically, these are just slightly larger than nanoparticles, but still tiny. To be exact, a nanoparticle is less than 100 nanometers in diameter, so micronized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide must be larger than this.


My favorite chemical free sunblock


Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50.

It provides broad-spectrum sun protection 50 from both burning and aging sun rays, it also provides a universal tint that enhances your skin tone and boosts radiance. I like it because it is light and doesn’t look pasty or thick.

It glides on smooth and doesn’t leave behind any oily or white residue. Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, the lightweight formula melts into skin, boosting radiance and increasing your skin’s defenses to keep you protected from premature signs of aging and damaging sun rays.  It is a great chemical free sunblock.

Key Ingredients:

  • Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: provide broad-spectrum sun protection to prevent skin from burning and prematurely aging
  • Translucent Color Spheres: provides a universal tint that blends to match all skin tones and repels oil to maintain a shine-free complexion
  • Artemia Salina: boosts your skin’s natural defenses to protect collagen from UV damage.

Allure Best of Beauty 2013 Winner: Best Facial Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41


For oil-free sun protection with just a touch of color, our lightly tinted UV Physical is a healthy choice. This chemical free sunblock, a natural mineral sunscreen has antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. Water-resistant UV Physical withstands water, humidity and perspiration.

  • 0% transparent zinc oxide, 7.0% titanium dioxide
  • Antioxidant protection combats skin-aging free radicals associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR).
  • Lightly-tinted formula
  • Water-resistant (40 minutes)
  • UVA/UVB sun protection
  • Fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, chemical-free and noncomedogenic


Fragrance and paraben-free, it provides Skin Cancer

Foundation recommended broad-spectrum protection without irritation. Zinc oxide and titanium shield your face from the suns damaging UVA and UVB rays. This mineral-based sun protection is also effective for use after facial procedures that may leave your skin extra vulnerable. Lightly tinted, you can use it daily with or without additional foundation for wrinkle fighting, dark spot preventing protection. This is a little more makeup like, and great for fair to medium complexions. Water-resistant





Another one I love to use if I am going to be outside for an extended period of time, I layer this over a liquid sunblock for all day protection. Or just use a light coat for everyday wear. It comes in a convenient, portable applicator. Brush-On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 offers natural dry-mineral sunblock that’s safe for everyone in your active family.

  • Naturally occurring ingredients provide invisible, hypoallergenic, sweat/water-resistant coverage against broad-spectrum rays, including UVA, UVB, and infrared
  • Contains no harsh chemicals to irritate skin, cause breakouts, or clog pores
  • Translucent shade disappears on every skin tone; can be used over or under makeup
  • Active ingredients: titanium dioxide 15%, zinc oxide 12%. Botanical ingredients: green tea leaf extract, safflower seed oil, chamomile extract, and honeysuckle
  • To refill, twist off empty cartridge from bottom and twist on refill (sold separately)
  • 2 grams/0.12 ounces. Measures 5” x 1”



Last but not least, a drug store option for

chemical free sunblock

Personally I would not put this on my face but it is a great, inexpensive option for your body.

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen

Broad Spectrum SPF 60+

This oil-free sunscreen lotion for sensitive skin goes on evenly, absorbs quickly, and feels ultra light, all while providing superior broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. It’s also formulated with PureScreen® Technology—a blend of 100% naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients—free of fragrance, dyes, oils, and irritating chemical ingredients, so it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.  Chemical free sunblock.

  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • PABA-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Oil free
  • Fragrance free
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB

Costs about $10