bookmark_borderWhy Should You Cleanse Your Skin Last in the Shower?

Think about your daily shower routine. Do you apply hair products first and then cleanse your skin? Or do you tackle your face first and then your hair last? The key to a successful shower is to cleanse your hair first, then your body, and save your face for last. Note that removing makeup comes right before cleansing your face (if you wear makeup). Below are a few reasons why you should cleanse your skin last in the shower.

This will help prevents breakouts. Think about it — during your shower, you use a variety of products including shampoo, conditioner soap, body wash, and then your facial products. If you cleanse your skin first and then follow up with a sticky hair product, some of that can get on your skin as you wash. This buildup essentially negates the cleansing you just did to your skin and can linger and cause breakouts. This goes for your face, but also your back (this is a common culprit of “bacne”).

Your pores will be open near the end of your shower. Deep cleaning the pores becomes easier and more efficient since your skin has been exposed to warm water for a few minutes. The shower’s steam helps open up your pores and liquefies the buildup of sebum trapped in your pores.

bookmark_borderWhy Cold Showers Are Better For Your Skin

It can be tempting to always turn the dial up to “hot” when taking showers, but water that’s too high of a temperature can actually dry out or damage your skin. Don’t freak out — you don’t have to take your entire shower in freezing water, but turning the dial to cold for the last few minutes of your shower has a variety of benefits.

Cool water improves circulation. Warm water makes blood rush to your skin, while cool water makes the blood rush to your organs. Switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation in your blood by forcing the blood to move, so starting off with a warm shower and then switching to cold for the second half is the perfect solution. Good circulation improves the performance of your body’s system and keeps your skin looking healthy.

Cold water closes your pores. Towards the end of your shower, blast the cool water to close your pores. This prevents the pores from becoming clogged by dirt and oil, which causes skin imperfections.

Cold water makes your blood vessels constrict. This reduces swelling and the appearance of dark circles under your eyes and gives you a young, healthy glow.

Cool water can help prevent skin from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. As mentioned earlier, water that is too hot can damage the skin.

bookmark_borderPrepare Your Skin for Wedding Season

Wedding season has begun, so it’s likely you have a few bridal showers, bachelorette parties and actual weddings to attend (maybe even your own!) At these wedding season events, there will be cameras all over snapping shots of the beautiful day, so you want your skin to stand out. Below are a few easy ways to prepare your skin for wedding season.

Start early. You don’t get wedding-ready skin in just a few days — it can take months for a skincare routine to start to work and for you to get the results you’re looking for. Do you research on your skin’s problem areas and concerns and then plan out which products you’ll use, how often you will apply them, and book out any appointments (such as a facial or hair removal) ahead of time.

Use the trifecta. A basic skincare regimen should consist of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, twice a day in the morning and at night. Cleansing works to remove all makeup and buildup from the day, toner works to balance the PH of your skin and prepare skin for your moisturizer, and then the moisturizing keeps your skin plump and hydrated.

Invest in a monthly facial. One facial a month can help fix any issues that other products aren’t. It’s also a nice, relaxing way to pamper yourself during the months leading up to the big day. Facials also take preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation or scarring — yikes!


bookmark_borderMother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner– May 10th to be exact– so now is the perfect time to start scouring for the perfect gift for the special lady in your life. Show her your appreciation and love on this special day with the following gift ideas.

  • A trip to the spa for a facial or massage. Not all women schedule regular facials or massage appointments since they can be pricey, so splurging and treating her to one will be a nice surprise. Choose a service that is specifically for her, whether it’s a special facial for her sensitive skin or a massage for a specific area she has trouble with, like her feet.
  • Luxury skincare products. On the same note as above, not all Moms like to truly pamper themselves, so giving them some indulgent skincare products will seem like an extravagant gesture. Shinso Skincare products are created with various active ingredients to pamper and rejuvenate the skin.
  • Her favorite scent. Whether it’s in the form of a perfume or a candle, treat her to her favorite scent and let her senses go wild. If you’re not sure of her favorite scent, take into consideration the flowers or foods she enjoys– most scents typically have “notes” of certain items listed on their label or product description.
  • DIY Spa Kit– If she’s more of a homebody, why not create a spa experience at home for her? Include nice bath bubbles, soaps or salts for a relaxing experience. Pair this with a nice face mask and other relaxing skincare products so she can pamper herself.

bookmark_borderHow to Look Refreshed During the Day

If you work long hours, you know how your skin and makeup can look at the end of the day. In addition to using long-lasting makeup products and staying hydrated, use a few of these tips to stay looking refreshed during day.

Refresh your face with Shinso Mist. Shinso Mist uses water from some of the world’s purest sources, such as the Sea of Japan, to invigorate and revitalize your skin. The unique t formula uses the purest waters combined with more than 30 natural elements and rare botanicals to deliver a gentle, high tech misting spray that works on a microcellular level. It instantly energizes the skin without clogging oils. Shinso Mist also helps protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays while neutralizing many other environmental stressors and toxins that can weaken the elasticity of your skin. Spray your way to a more radiant, youthful complexion with this formulation of nature’s most powerful ingredients. This high tech nourishment for your skin can be as close as your purse, with Shinso Mist’s convenient sized spray bottle.

Pat away oils. If your skin tends to get oil or you sweat a lot, be sure to touch-up your face with a makeup or oil-removing wipe. Many brands have small-size packages that can fit in your purse or desk drawer.

Conceal and then add powder. Concealer can work wonders to hide any problem areas, but it can slide off throughout the day. Use a heavy-duty formula and then set it with a translucent powder for extra staying power.

Take a walk. Getting up from your desk (or an indoor environment) and walking around to get fresh air can instantly lift your mood and mind. Fresh air and sun will keep you awake and leave you feeling more energized.