Tuesday, August 13, 2019

How much cleanser am I supposed to use?

Too much feels like too much!
How much cleanser am I supposed to use? Enough so my face is white and then massage it in until I can’t see it or just a small amount? Is it supposed to lather?

How much cleanser to use will depend on a few things. First, how big your face is and second, how much you prefer to use. Practically speaking, if you use too much, you’re just wasting product. Conversely, if you don’t use enough, you probably aren’t getting a good cleanse.

So what’s too much? Honestly, I think you will just know—it will probably feel like you are rubbing cleanser on cleanser rather than cleanser onto skin. If you use too much, it will just feel like you have too much product to work with. And using too little product?
  • If you don’t use enough, you won’t be able to spread the product across your face, leaving many places unwashed.
  • Using too little may cause the cleanser to almost absorb into the skin like a moisturizer.

A cleansing product is meant to remove surface debris from the skin, not to penetrate like a moisturizer. And you really don’t want to massage it in until you can’t see it. In fact, if you have massaged the product in too long or perhaps used too little, the cleanser may have gone into your skin. In this case, I would “bring it up” by adding a little water to it with your hands, then splash-rinse to remove.

I find that using about a half dollar-sized dollop of cleanser is enough, but you want to use an adequate amount in order to cover your entire face. The product I use has a pump, and I use about two to three pumps for each cleansing. If it doesn’t feel like enough once I’ve gotten it on my face, I’ll just add another pump or two. Sometimes just adding a little bit of water makes the cleanser go further. Just don’t water it down so much that it can’t clean your skin.

Experiment and see. The main thing is to use enough to enable you to spread the cleanser over your entire face and neck. To cleanse, simply apply the cleanser, massage for a few seconds, splash-rinse, and then towel dry.

Milk cleansers generally do not lather. Gel-type cleansers and most soaps will lather, depending on the sulfates in the ingredients. (Sulfates make soaps soapy.)

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Thursday, August 1, 2019


For any of you interested in seeing a video of my facial treatment, here is the link to watch it on youtube:

I had myself filmed because I wanted to let any aesthetician who may be interested see how I gave my facials and if there is any information to glean from the videosgreat. Deep down I knew once I moved to CA I would be retiring from skin care. I felt the need to film my facial since, after the videographer left, I broke down my office and I therefore wouldn't ever have my office set upthe way I like it and how I work fromagain.

For those of you who were clients in my facial salon(s), I just thought you might be curious about what and how I was doing things during your facial treatment with me. This video is under 45 minutes so all of my movements are a bit faster here and the steps have as little time in between as possible, so your experience was hopefully more relaxing than this video offers!

Many thanks to my wonderful client, Brooke, who agreed without hesitation to be the model for this, which was literally my very last facial.

I loved giving facials from the very start of my career in Dallas 1985, working as an employee to building my businesses in Dallas, Chicago and Boulder with Carolyn Ash Skin Care salons (1994-2017). And of course I loved getting to know all of you, my clients, through this process and hope to stay in touch as life moves forward.

:+) Carolyn.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Forgotten Places: The Hands

We tend to worry about our hands (the tops of our hands) long after the damage has occurred, which makes this area one of The Forgotten Places. If you’re young, start now to take care of your hands, so they will reflect this care when you’re older. And even if you are older and haven’t taken very good care of this area, it’s never too late to start. Your skin will always reflect the care you give it. Here are a few suggestions.

First, whenever you exfoliate your face and neck, exfoliate the tops of your hands. It’s a small area, so it doesn’t take much time (or product), but getting rid of the dead cells here will go a long way in keeping your hands looking youthful and feeling smooth.

Next, after you have applied moisturizer to your face and neck, smooth any excess product on your hands. If they are chronically dry, apply a special hand cream or the cream you’re using on your body before you go to bed. Try to apply it as often as you can throughout the day as well.

Another suggestion is to wear gloves. They can really help to keep the tops of your hands hydrated as well as protected from the elements. I have clients who sleep with gloves on to ensure an overnight moisturizing effect. Rubber gloves are great if your hands are in water a lot or even a little. Wear them while doing the dishes or any other time your hands will be immersed in water. Driving with gloves on will help keep the damaging sun off your hands. Wearing gloves in cold weather will go a long way toward protecting the tops of the hands from damage, not only from the sun, but also from the dry, cold air. 

Finally, wearing sunscreen on the tops of your hands is important. When applying sunscreen to your face and/or body, don’t forget the tops of your hands.

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