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September 01, 2019
Well, these are common signs of skin congestion as a result of impaired skin.
Impaired skin is a result of compromised structural integrity of skin.
Skin congestion is a common symptom of mature skins.
Though, signs of skin congestion can be a source of worry, they can be resolved if we understand why and know how to prevent them.
Our skin has a waterproof surface which is securely sealed by a chemical substance called lipid, a natural fat that is produced naturally in our skin.
We need lipid in our skin to:
Sadly, lipid production in our skin declines as we age, and our skin gradually loses its natural capacity to maintain a healthy balance and resulting in skin congestion.
A simple solution to signs of skin congestion is to include a regular exfoliant in our skin care routine.
Exfoliating substances such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid can resolve signs of skin congestion and restore natural skin health.
Both glycolic acid and salicylic acid can be formulated into either as a leave-on product, or as a rinse-off cleansing product.
Here, a leave-on product is defined as “to be applied on skin and leave it for the day or over the night”, while rinse-off cleansing product is defined as “a cleanser which you rinse off with water after minutes of massaging it on your skin”.
The chemical name of glycolic acid is Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane.
Glycolic acid is recommended for mature skin for its ability to slough off overgrown dead skin cells to facilitate new skin growth - an excellent exfoliant to treat signs of skin congestion associated with dryness.
However, glycolic acid is by no means used only to treat signs of skin congestion.
Using glycolic acid on a regular basis can enhance the ability of skin to absorb topical nutrients such as antioxidant vitamins that are needed to restore natural skin health.
The effects of glycolic acid include:
Glycolic acid is a MUST HAVE exfoliant for mature dry skin.
The chemical name of salicylic acid is Beta Hydroxy Acid.
Salicylic acid is derived from the bark of willow trees.
Like glycolic acid, salicylic acid is recommended for mature skin for its ability to slough off overgrown dead skin cells to facilitate new skin growth.
But more specifically, salicylic acid is appreciated for its ability to penetrate skin through the oil glands of skin to remove excessive oil and dirt.
Excessive oil in skin glands is the cause of skin inflammation leading to acne.
Because of this specific effect, salicylic acid is an excellent:
In addition, salicylic acid is a mild form of acid which makes it a safe product for all skin types.
Safe for sensitive skin.
If your skin is a dry skin type, and you’re concerned with rough patches, uneven pigmentation, sunspots, or a dull complexion, glycolic acid is the right choice.
If you have sensitive skin, oily skin, or oily T-zone, and you’re concerned with acne, uneven skin texture, or skin being too oily, salicylic acid is definitely your best choice.
You may decide to use leave-on or rinse-off product individually or both as a combination.
How often should I exfoliate?
Depending on your circumstances, you may want to use:
A well formulated exfoliate product should be safe to use on a daily basis.
Both glycolic acid and salicylic acid are exfoliants that exfoliate skin to stimulate fresh skin growth, the fresher the skin, the more sensitive the skin is to sunlight.
To safeguard your skin, it’s imperative to apply moisturizer that has SPF sun protection during the day to prevent your skin from sun damage.
Especially if you’re using both rinse-off and leave-on products.
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Passion for Skincare
En Face is a skin care company inspired by the French philosophy that healthy skin is the foundation for lifelong beauty and a reflection of overall health.
Kim Baxter is the passionate owner behind the En Face Skincare brand. From as early as 18 years of age Kim became very interested in skincare. As a professional ballet dancer, she was used to wearing lots of heavy make-up for long periods of time.
The heavy foundation she applied under stage makeup often left her skin feeling dry and unhealthy. During the off-season, she would leave her skin completely clear of any makeup and so, she quickly learned the value of healthy skin.
Price Tag Means Nothing
Many women, and men, spend a lot of money on expensive skincare brands thinking they must be effective products if they cost a lot of money.
When Kim was in her mid-40 she started to notice that her skin was constantly dry, no matter how many layers of expensive cream she applied.
She soon discovered that there were many women in her age bracket who shared the same complaint about how inactive and inefficient their skincare products were, despite having spent a lot of money on them.
The Steps to Launch En Face
En Face is a French term which means “facing forward”. Kim adopted the name for the brand because it reminds her of her ballet background. In classical ballet the term “en face” means to face the front before or after movements.
At En Face we believe that it is what is in the jar that is important, not the beautiful packaging that you pay a fortune for! Kim began to research about the positive effects of cosmeceutical products their active ingredients, for example, vitamins, amino acids, peptides, and various antioxidant extracts.
Kim has completed a Diploma of Personal Care Formulation and a Diploma of Personal Care Development at the Institute of Personal Care Science in Queensland. Her mission this time was to learn all the facts that one needs to know to create a skincare brand, about cosmetic regulation, sourcing raw materials, types of packaging, and product safety testing.
After finishing her diploma Kim started to design and formulate her ideal range of products. Her mission was to create a brand that would help improve mature skin health and alleviate common skin complaints such as dry flaky skin, premature wrinkles as a result of sun damage, uneven skin tone, skin dullness, skin congestion, sensitive skin, and most importantly, I wanted my products to be formulated and delivered safely. Thus, the En Face Skincare range was born.
The En Face range of cosmeceutical skin care products have been especially formulated to meet the needs of maturing skin. Our creams and serums are made by hand with only the highest quality of ingredients. Our formulas contain the right active ingredients in the precise percentage required to restore natural skin health.
Our unique formulas are non-irritating and naturally hydrating, meeting the complex needs of aging skin.
We believe in healthier skin and natural beauty at every age.