Q & A
Skincare doesn't have to be complicated. For most people, spending just a few minutes a day on a routine that uses a small yet naturally potent variety of high-quality, effective products can make a big difference. Here are some answers to some basic questions we all have.
1. Why natural skin care?
Natural skincare like Dr. Lucy’s that is fresh, naturally potent and properly formulated can help make those changes in your skin.
*Chemical skin care actually stresses the skin, sending it into overdrive and aging it much quicker. Not to mention chemicals do not belong on your face and can be very harmful to your skin, hormones and organs.
2. What are the most important parts of a natural skin care routine?
First, using organic and natural products with top of the line ingredients. Cleansing with a natural oil based cleanser, using a natural toner, serum, moisturizer (with botanical hyaluronic acid), face oils and using a natural SPF, these are the basics for the outside skin. Inside, eating organic fruits, veggies, organic meat such as chicken, fish and an occasional organic, grass feed beef (if you eat red meat). Consuming, cold pressed oils and fish oils (we recommend Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil for your skin, organs and hormones) and spring water, such as Crystal Geyser, and finally, take your whole food supplements.
3. How can I prevent aging skin?
As your skin loses elasticity and collagen, it can naturally begin to appear more wrinkled and a bit saggy. By caring for your skin and focusing on prevention, you can minimize these issues. Using natural products to protect the skin like natural SPF's, natural retinols, botanical hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and eating live, fresh food and good oils (like we said on question #2) will help improve the skin's texture, buoyancy, fine lines and wrinkles. Plus limiting or staying away from white sugar, white flour and pasteurized milk products. Why? They really age and breakdown your skin and body.
*Think of beauty products like food for your skin. Natural and organic beauty products work better simply because they are made with superior ingredients.
4. What’s the best way to handle sensitive skin?
Natural, gentle yet potent products are always best. Let’s face it, chemicals just do not belong on your skin.
5. How do I know if a product is right for me?
This is a tricky one. First look at the ingredient deck on the label, if the products read like natural ingredients then that is a good place to start.
Obviously, we always recommend the Dr. Lucy Sample Kit to start your natural skin care journey. This way you can really give the high quality products a test run first before purchasing the full size product with a minimal expense to you. Lets face it, no one likes the frustration of returning purchases of any kind!
6. Why should I use a crème cleanser?
Crème cleansers do not strip the skin like soap, foam or clear cleansers do. Crème cleansers also help keep the skin at a lower PH ([potential hydrogen) balance. Plus they start the hydration process and nourishing the skin.
Natural crème cleansers that are made with "good oils" will help take the "bad oils," (dirt and pollutants) out of your pores, remove dry, dead skin cells to reveal a more calm, beautiful, hydrated skin!
7. Do I really need to wear sunscreen every day?
In short, YES! We recommend only natural SPF's like Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Sunscreen, Eminence SPF 30, and Babyganics mineral-based sunscreen SPF 50+. Remember apply mineral-based SPF's in one, upward-like motion, towards your hair line, until the white is gone.
8. Is it true the skin gets used to skin care products after a while and then you need to change them out?
I'm actually not sure where this information came from, but in a nut shell NO! It's kind of like saying your body gets used to organic, fresh food and that you need to eat the chemical laden ones every once in a while.
* If you find a natural skin care line that works for you like Dr. Lucy’s and you love it, stick with it...your whole life!
9. Why am I still breaking out after 30!
Your products (maybe change to natural), hormones play a huge part (so good oils, organic food, spring water, etc), change your pillowcase every other day, work on your stress (I know, sometimes easier said than done), make sure when you cleanse your skin you are getting all the cleanser off your neck, under your chin and face. Remember to cleanse, rinse, then cleanse, rinse again.
Don’t forget to use your natural toner! This is a huge step when dealing with adult acne.
Last, use a face oil like Dr. Lucy's. Doesn’t face oil make blemishes? No, it actually has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial essential oils to help combat acne in general and aids in keeping your skin calm and balanced.
*A natural face oil has a magical way of telling your skin to balance and stop over or under producing its own natural (sebum) oil.
10. Do I need a toner? Yes, A Thousand Times Yes!!!
Only a natural toner will do, no rubbing alcohol like the old Sea Breeze kind.
A natural toner will not only balance your skin's Ph which is a must, but it will allow your serum and other natural skin care products to be driven deeper into the epidermis layer of the skin to plump, tone and brighten.
"A Toner is your secret weapon for healthier skin." Says Dr. King of Today Style.
*Always applying your toner after cleansing.
Six reasons why you should use a toner:
1. It balances your skins Ph.
2. It adds a layer of protection and allows nutrients in, keeping harmful contaminants out.
3. It starts hydration and helps bind moisture to the skin.
4. It takes your skin care products to a whole new level by preparing the skin.
5. It helps shrink pores.
6. It refreshes skin with or without makeup.
11. Do I really need a face serum?
Yes, from age 30+. Look, don't you want the best skin you can possibly have as you get older? Then, use a natural serum (only) to not only boost your other products into working better but to really amp up those antioxidants, natural retinols, Vit. C, etc. for deeper penetration.
*Some comments from Dr. Lauwrence Samuels, Chief Dermatologist at St. Luke's Hospital on the benefits of a face serum:
A serum is your go to product to improve the overall look of your complexion. Serums are formulated to keep the skin hydrated by putting a protective barrier between it and the outside. Serums have a lipid-soluble base that allows the active ingredients to actually penetrate into the epidermis says Dr. Lawrence Samuels, Chief Dermatologist at St. Luke's Hospital. The active ingredients can bring antioxidants to the skin, restore cell growth and help decrease pore size. They are formulated to penetrate deep into the skin to deliver key ingredients by way of smaller molecules. Serums are used after your crème cleanser and toner, but before your moisturizers.
12. When is the best time to use a moisturizer?
Morning and Evening.
Moisturizers always work better when a serum is applied first then a moisturizer over the serum to seal in all those antioxidants, natural retinols, etc. Moisturizers have a base that allows them to stay on the surface to moisturize and protect the skin from the outside environment. They help keep water in with humectants, and emollients, plus nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals. Leaving out a moisturizer might add to wrinkles, sagging and other aging signs that will show up on your skin.
13. Face Oil??? Oui s'il vous plait!
The oil molecules behave like tiny Trojan horses, tricking the skin into letting active ingredients go deeper and closer to the collagen producing fibroblasts, all without irritating the surface. They also maintain the lipid barrier and inhibit the free radicals that cause skin damage and wrinkles. The carrier oils with the aid of the essentials oils, are lipophilic or fat loving, that means they pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping up the skin with moisture more effectively.
Blemish-prone skin benefits from nutrient dense face oils by re-stabilizing the skin and breakup the congestion at the source. Face Oil? Just say, Yes Please!!!
14. Some very important reasons why we use Organic Rosehip and Carrot Seed Oil in our Face Oil!
Rosehip and Carrot Seed Oil vs. Retinol?
A natural retinol “alternative” is just that – an alternative to retinol. Rosehip and Carrot Seed Oil are great alternatives! Rosehip and Carrot Seed Oil are full of naturally derived vitamin A-betacarotene, and has been shown to drastically reduce wrinkles, sun spots and premature aging that are caused by sun exposure and environmental conditions, while aiding in brightening your skin!
* Dr. Julia Tzu, a dermatologist who is also an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York University says:
"Rosehip seed oil does contain a blend of bio active ingredients that can potentially be beneficial to the skin, for example vitamin C, Vitamin E, carotenoids, and essential fatty acids. It may also be potentially beneficial as an anti-aging product because of the antioxidant ingredients it contains. Its high vitamin C content suggest that it may also be useful for treating dark spots, since vitamin C decreased the pigment-producing ability of the skin."
**Rosehip and Carrot Seed Oils also help fight free radicals and are collagen and elastin boosting champions!
15. Here are some facts to some very important questions about botanical hyaluronic acid.
Does topical hyaluronic acid penetrate the skin?
The answer is YES! Topical hyaluronic acid is important for the skin and is different than the injectable kind. States the 1999 Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Benefits of botanical hyaluronic acid
As we age, our skin loses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the visible loss of firmness, pliability, and plumpness.
Botanical hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its weight in moisture for all day hydration. At the same time, it revitalizes the skin’s outer layer, so that it looks and feels softer, smoother, and glowing with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
P.S. More Benefits of botanical hyaluronic acid
Our skin suffers from unprotected sun exposure (daily SPF is a must!), harsh skincare ingredients, and environmental assault—they all weaken the surface of skin. Botanical hyaluronic acid’s skin-replenishing properties and antioxidant defense go a long way toward mitigating those issues, especially when used as part of a complete anti-aging routine that also includes other proven ingredients. Now that’s what we call a multitasking anti-aging ingredient!
Hyaluronic acid is also incredibly gentle for even the most sensitive, redness-prone skin. In fact, its positive influence on skin’s surface is due in part to its natural calming benefit, which means it can help sensitive skin as well as blemish-prone skin." - Paula's Choice
*We use only botanical hyaluronic acid in all our Dr. Lucy skin care products!
16. Why should I use a face masque?
I think everyone will agree with this first answer!
You should use a hydrating masque if you want skin that is clear, plump, with an even tone, smaller pores, less lines and wrinkles, less hyper-pigmentation. Who doesn’t want to hear, "You look ten years younger than what you are!” or “How do you keep your skin sooo young looking?”
The second important answer…
A proper masque helps all of your other skin care products work more efficiently. If you want your toner, serum, moisturizer and face oil to be absorbed into your skin more quickly and penetrate deeper, then a hydrating, nutrient dense, natural face masque is a must.
*Using the Dr. Lucy Luscious Rose Equalizer Hydrating Masque will not only ensure that ALL your skin care products are perform better, but will feed your skin with nutrient dense ingredients, providing you with the results you’re looking to achieve at a much faster pace.
17. Fun Quiz! How much do you really know about skincare?
1. Name the correct order in which to apply these products:
a. Toner, moisturizer, serum
b. Toner, serum, moisturizer
c. Serum, toner, moisturizer
2. What are the benefits of Botanical Hyaluronic Acid?
a. Prevents acne
b. Improves the skin’s moisture levels
c. Brightens the complexion
3. SPF stands for:
a. Sun Protection Factor
b. Sun Prevention Factor
c. Skin Protection Factor
4. Moisturizer is for:
a. Sensitive skin types only
b. Dry skin types only
c. All skin types
5. Which of these is NOT a common natural skincare ingredient?
a. Witch Hazel
6. When should you start to incorporate anti-aging products into your skincare routine?
a. After the age of 30
b. When you get your first wrinkle
c. As early as 21
7. Facial wipes count as a primary cleanser: True or False?
8. Which of the following CAN perpetuate acne?
a. Makeup brushes
b. Hot showers
d. All of the above
9. Which of these is NOT a skin type:
10. Retinol (natural) should be used:
a. During the day only
b. At night only
c. Day and night
If you missed …
Less than 2: Skincare Pro
With your skincare know-how, you’re practically an esthetician! Your friends are constantly asking you for advice on the latest products and ingredients, and you are always willing and ready to respond. Considering all your knowledge and skincare savvy, it’s safe to say your skin is in great shape. Keep up the good work!
Less than 4: Sitting Pretty
You may not know everything there is to know about the latest skincare treatments and products, but you know enough to keep your skin in good condition. Your skincare routine is a well-oiled machine and you make sure your bathroom is stocked with the essentials: sunscreen, moisturizer, toner, cleanser, etc. Try stepping out of your skincare comfort zone and testing out new routines and techniques. You may be pleasantly surprised!
5 or more: Soap-and-Water Gal
When it comes to skin care, you keep it simple — like, super simple. If this works for you, we say you keep doing you. However, may we suggest upping the ante just a bit and incorporating a few more items into your tried-and-true routine? Nothing crazy — maybe an anti-aging serum or night cream. You’d be surprised how these add-ons can affect the overall health and appearance of your skin! (we always suggest a gentle creme cleanser that will not strip your skin of its natural oils or throw your skins PH mantel off.) makeup.com
Answers: 1.B, 2.B, 3.A, 4.C, 5.C, 6.C, 7.B, 8.D, 9.C, 10.B