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  • The 21st Century HerbalistDIY Skin Care Month: Step 2 – Astringents and Toners

    Welcome, Gigglers, to week 3 of DIY Skin Care Month.  Today we’re talking about toners and astringents, and the reasons you should you use them.  Both toners and astringents are water-based solutions that are applied to the skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. They help remove excess oil and perspiration, along with any residue left behind by your cleanser.  They also balance your skin’s pH level while preparing it to better…

    Katie Glenn
  • The 21st Century HerbalistDIY Skin Care Month: Step 1 – Cleanse

    It’s week 2 of DIY Skin Care Month and today I’m talking cleansing.  It’s the first step in any good skincare regime (cleanse, tone, moisturize).  At first it can sound so basic — my face is dirty, I will wash it — but it gets a little more complicated than that.  What if you also need to remove makeup? What if you have acne, or dry skin or oily skin or just went for a run and there’s sweat pouring down your f…

    Katie Glenn
  • The 21st Century HerbalistDIY Skin Care Month: Step 3 – Moisturize

    It’s week 4 of DIY Skin Care Month and now that you’ve cleansed and toned, it’s time to moisturize! Why moisturize? Lotions don’t just hydrate your skin, they also help protect it.  When you apply a moisturizer to your skin, you are creating a barrier between the epidermis (skin’s upper layer) and the environment around you.  Lotion protects your skin from pollutants and from the drying effects of air-conditioning a…

    Katie Glenn
  • The 21st Century HerbalistDIY Skin Care Month: The Eyes

    It’s the last week of DIY Skin Care Month and today is all about the eyes.  Just as water and hydration are the keys to beautiful skin, so too is sleep.  This is especially true for the eyes.  A deep, restful sleep is the best treatment for dark under eye circles, puffiness and inhibiting wrinkle formation.  Now back to the real world where a deep night’s sleep is the exception rather than the norm.  Below are a couple of my favorite…

    Katie Glenn

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