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Tips and Techniques


Success with Serums

A serum should compliment your skin care routine, not complicate it.  NuFountain serums are ideal for all skin types, including acne-prone skin.  That’s why you can continue to use your favorite cleansers, toners and moisturizers while using NuFountian serums.

Here are the secrets to success:

IMPORTANT: Serum Consistency:

Our serums are very thin and since they are made fresh when ordered (free from oxidation which makes serums turn yellow, amber or brown and develop a strong odor), they are clear and appear water-like.

Storage

All vitamin C serums are subject to oxidation if not cared for properly. This is when it turns a dark color (amber/dark amber or brown).

Best ways to keep serum fresh and clear:

Only open the bottle to place drops from the dropper onto your palm. Cover it back up as soon as you can to minimize exposure to air.

Once empty, only take the dropper out to fill it. Depress it first to expel the air, then insert in bottle and fill the dropper. This keeps the dropper from forcing air into the serum when immersed.

The best storage temperature is around 60 degrees. Store unopened bottles in the fridge. A wine cooler (should you have one) is ideal but given that most people don’t, any cabinet that blocks out light and is cool is best for storage. If needed, during hot or very warm weather store in the refrigerator. Always store unopened bottles in the refrigerator.

Finally, if you buy more than one bottle, keep the unused bottles sealed and in the same cool and dark storage conditions or in the fridge if there is no cool, dark place in your home.

A single bottle typically is used in about 3-4 weeks, so the serum should remain clear if you follow the suggestions above.

Application tips and combining the use of more than one serum:

Simple exfoliation is a key component and helps ensure the absorption of your new serum. Gentle exfoliation is very important, as harsh, chemical or grainy abrasive exfoliates can actually harm your skin and cause redness, irritation and uneven skin tone. Remember, gentle exfoliation is very important. More on exfoliation in a later section.

After gentle exfoliation and proper cleansing, you’re ready to apply NuFountain serums.

If you use a toner (cotton pad application) after cleansing, you’ll want to use if before serum application, since using a toner afterwards will only remove the serum you’ve applied.

If you have acne and use lotions for this condition, make sure you apply them after your serum and wait a few minutes for your serum to dry and absorb into your skin.

If you’ll be applying a moisturizer, sunscreen or makeup, be sure to allow the serum to dry, waiting a few minutes for the product to be absorbed into the skin.


Applying SerumsIf you wish, you may use a cotton pad to apply your serums. Simply moisten the cotton pad with the serum and apply. However, the best method is to use your cupped palm and fingertips to apply.

Using the mister or dropper, dispense the desired amount into your cupped palm (think of your palm as a small bowl) and using your other hand, dip your fingertips into your palm and apply the serum to the desired areas. You can also slightly open your cupped palm and pat your other palm into the liquid, quickly distributing the product evenly over the palms of both hands and patting it onto your face. Experimenting can be fun and soon you’ll find what works best for you.

If you’re using more than one serum, just follow the guidelines above and make sure you aren’t removing any product with your method of application, such as using a cotton pad to apply a second product and thereby removing the first one you’ve applied. 

It’s that simple!

   

Sun Protection: Fountain of Youth

The right sun protection is the real fountain of youth. It is the cornerstone to a lifetime of youthful, smooth, glowing skin – at any age. As you may have heard, most sun damage occurs before the age of 18.

Most of us have experienced a sunburn at least once in our lives. Remember? A short period of time spent unprotected in the sun can cause days or weeks of discomfort and a not-so-pretty burn, peeling and even after it heals, there is the damage we can’t see. Simply put, the ultraviolet rays of the sun penetrate the layers of the skin, damaging tissue and collagen fibers, leading to premature wrinkling, brown spots, uneven texture and sagging It is also important to know that a tan is also harmful. Imagine a beautiful, healthy houseplant. Imagine this plant thrives in indirect sunlight, but you’ve mistakenly left it baking in a sunny window all day. You probably won’t see the damage at first. The plant may wilt a little, but will probably still look healthy and green when you move it to a more suitable location. Much like your skin, the after effects of sun damage won’t be noticed until later. Your beautiful houseplant will begin to turn brown and have a dry appearance. Leaves will become mottled and may fall off. Your plant will probably recover and soon look healthy again in time, but as any gardener knows, regular, cumulative damage can be disastrous for your lovely plant.

A less well-known fact is that if we were consistently protected from the sun from birth on, the fine, barely visible wrinkles of those in their early 20’s, would not begin to appear until our forties!

And last but certainly not least – proper and regular sun protection can add years to your life. Skin cancer is a very real threat to your health.

When we say cumulative damage, we’re not just talking about sunburn. You don’t have to have a sunburn to damage your skin. Think about the 15 second walk to get the morning paper, the 15 minute drive to the supermarket, the 1 minute walk from the car across a parking lot, or even sitting at home reading a book by a sunny window. More often than not, we don’t think about these types of sun exposure, but add those few minutes here and there during the day and they amount to more than you think. Without sunscreen or some sort of sun protection, the average person can accumulate an hour or more of unprotected sun damage in just one day!

Simply make it a part of your daily routine to slather on some sunblock before you head out the door or even sit by a window in your own home. Over the years, you’ll be glad you did. You’ll notice your skin will stay young-looking and you won’t have to worry so much about skin cancer.

The best sunscreens are what’s called, “physical”. Meaning they actually refract light. They are not chemicals, which are made to try to absorb UV light and have been found to actually break down and fail to protect you once they are exposed to the very thing you're trying to shield yourself from – the sun! Modern physical sunscreens are micronized particles like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Sunlight actually bounces off these particles the way light bounces off a mirror.

No sunscreen is infallible however and care should always be taken to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays. Also, damaging rays are present even on cloudy days and you may have heard from your dermatologist, avoid sun exposure between 10am and 2pm. This is the time of the day when the position of the sun is most harmful. Consider protective clothing, hats and umbrellas. There are many new sun-protective products like those just mentioned for when you can’t cover all areas of your body with sunscreen.

 

Basic Skin Care for All Skin Types:

Acne:

You may have noticed NuFountain products are non-comedogenic (meaning they won't clog pores and are safe for acne-prone skin). In fact, they are great for all skin types. If you have acne, you'll never have to worry about a NuFountain product.

That said, if you're experiencing regular breakouts, you may want to think about your skincare routine and daily habits.

First, take a look at the ingredients in any product you are currently using. You can obtain a list from a dermatologist, but here are some ingredients to avoid:

  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Cotton Seed Oil

Also, think about any hair products you use, including shampoo and conditioner. Since most hair products contain moisturizing ingredients (and you probably won't want to trade them in for dry, frizzy hair) be sure not to let them come in prolonged contact with acne-prone areas of your skin. Hair sprays, gels and the like can be particularly troublesome if you have oily skin.

Bedtime brings us to another tip for controlling acne: Going to sleep with clean skin is essential to a clearer morning.

Even if you don't wear makeup or have only worn sunscreen or moisturizer during the day, oily skin can turn into a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. You'll also want to make sure your pillow case is clean. This doesn't mean you have to have a fresh one each night, just be mindful and wash it as often as necessary. Always cleanse your skin in the moring and at night, but try not to cleanse too much as this can cause an increase in oil production. Morning and evening cleansiing is a wonderful lifetime habit.

If you exercise, make sure you begin with clean skin. Try not to block pores on your forehead by wearing headbands too close to the skin. During the day, pay attention to little things like resting the phone on your cheek, resting your chin in your hand, etc.

If you tend to break out around your mouth, consider lipsticks, lip balms and even the oils from the pizza you had for lunch or the salad dressing you used at dinner. In short, just pay attention to things you may not have noticed before. It can mean fewer breakouts and much less stress.

Stress can also be a factor in causing pimples. When we are irritated, tired or overworked, our adrenal glands produce more androgens (male hormones, produced by both men and women), this can cause a increase in oil production and thus, an acne flare-up. Plenty of rest, moderate exercise and relaxation go a long way when it comes to clearer skin.

Dry skin:

Although dry skin may be caused by external factors such as cold, wind and improper skin care, if you have truly dry skin, you don't have to worry as much about the precautions described for those with oily skin. Although, as may know from experience, dry skin can break out occasionally. As mentioned, NuFountain products will not interfere with your current dry skin care routine.

Here are some tips to ensure more supple, comfortable days and nights:

One of the best times to apply a moisturizer is immediately following a warm bath or shower. Make sure the water temperature you bathe in is not too hot, as prolonged heat, wet or dry, can make dry skin even more uncomfortable. Try to keep baths and showers at about 15 minutes or less. Moisturizing damp skin helps keep water in the surface cells of the skin longer than if you moisturize once your skin is dry. It's also good to pat your skin dry with a towel (a helpful rule for any skin type) instead of rubbing and possibly causing surface irritation.

If needed, you can also mist your skin during the day with plain water and follow with a moisturizer. Flower waters are also wonderful to carry with you during the day. Rosewater is particularly soothing, just make sure the label states that it's a true hydrosol. This means the beneficial properties of the rose (or herb of your choice) has been infused into the water by the process of distillation. If you're concerned about clogged pores, make sure you use a non-comedogenic moisturizer (which will not block pores), but if you have very dry skin, choose a moisturizer labeled for your condition.

While regular exfoliation is a great idea, it should be kept to a minimum of about once a week, as you don't want to strip your skin.You may also have extra sensitive skin, so it's good practice to look for products free of perfumes and harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate.

There is some evidence to suggest that a regular intake of fish oils like salmon oil can help keep your skin soft and supple. Also,adding a humidifier to your home keeps indoor air more comfortable during winter months.

Follow the tips above and you're on your way to healthier skin. You may even discover a few new ones of your own.

 
All content is intended as guidance, and not medical advice. Contents © 2009, NuFountain LLC