Why a toner in your skincare routine is essential . . .

A question I get asked A LOT when giving a facial or consulting on skincare . . . . “Do I really need a toner”??.  The short, immediate answer is YES.  Using a toner after cleansing and before your serums and moisturizers will help those nutrient rich products work better and be more effective in the long run.

We LOVE our Comfort Zone Essential Toner (which has the most alluring light scent!!) because it not only balances the skin but is a nutritional powerhouse in it’s own right.  It’s active ingredients include Betaine which is a natural osmolyte (amino acids which play an important role is cellular hydration) extracted from sugar beets and Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide which is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface.

If you need more convincing, here is a slightly longer list of benefits to this essential step in your skincare routine:

1.  It shrinks pores.

Applying a small amount of toner to a soft cotton ball or pad and gently blotting and wiping your face with it will remove oil and give the appearance of smaller pores.

2. It restores your skin's pH balance.

Our skin is naturally acidic, typically with a pH balance of between five and six (on a scale from 0 to 14). But that balance can get out of whack after cleansing due to the alkaline nature of soap. When this happens, your skin needs to work overtime to return to its normal levels (and that may result in oil), but using a toner can help restore this balance quickly.

3. It adds a layer of protection.

Toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. It can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water.

4. It acts like a moisturizer.

Some toners are humectants, which means they help to bind moisture to the skin.

5. It refreshes skin.

Toner can also be used in lieu of washing your skin when it's oily or dirty. It will leave your skin revitalized even when you're on the go.

And if I could add one personal tip — carrying a travel size spray toner with you throughout the day is a wonderful way to hydrate your skin mid-day and can help refresh the look of your makeup a bit.  It’s a wonderful “attitude adjuster” when you’re feeling stressed or rushed.  Treat yourself!


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Being Copal . . .

Some of our fondest memories - meaning Kaci (photo below - Tulum 2006) and I are the many moments we have spent on the coast of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico doing absolutely nothing for days . . . okay, not nothing.  Waking early for fresh squeezed fruit juice, spending the daytime hours with our toes in the sand, enjoying fresh from the sea ceviche for lunch (and maybe a cerveza or two) and laying on the beach at night under an endless blanket of stars intoxicated by the ancient scent of Copal incense burning in the distant jungle.  This was our busy daily agenda, sometimes for up to 10 days at a time, sheltered by a rustic, oceanfront cabana with no electricity.  Yes, that's no electricity.  No TV, cellphones, computers, air conditioning - nothing but the fresh sea air rustling through the palm trees and some good books and we LOVED it.  When the day came to head back to the noisy, bustling airport to return home it was always a somber one.

When we visualized the "vibe" for our space we wanted to recapture that.  Peaceful, relaxing, healing and naturally beautiful -- food for the soul.

We hope that our clients understand that we are so much more than just a hair salon.  The posts to this journal will reflect our thoughts and inspirations on life, beauty, health, wellness and of course, FOOD!

Our stories will hopefully invite all who encounter them to consider, create, reflect and even giggle now and again.  The goal is to remind all of us to see the beauty in the small things we encounter every single day and know that all paths lead to this very moment.

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