Wisp Wisdom

Good things come to those who wash their face before bed...

Cleansing impurities from the skin is the first step to optimal skin health. Choose a gentle Cleanser with a low pH value (no higher than 7) so as not to disrupt the skin's delicate balance. Bar soap has a higher pH and is not suitable for your face. Tips √ Cleanse once or twice a day (don't over cleanse). Remove with Tepid water. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid cleansing tools. Pat dry, no rubbi…

Retinol and Vitamin C-Can you use these Actives at the same time?

Have you heard you should not use Retinol and Vitamin C products at the same time? Well, turns out it's not true.There is a lot of back and forth on this issue but quite frankly, there is no evidence to support that Retinol and Vitamin C products should not be used at the same time. Quite the opposite!Aqueous (water based) Vitamin C products are formulated at a low pH(3.5) to support their efficac…

Reactive skin?

Preservatives.They are in aqueous products (water based) and are necessary to prevent bacterial growth and also contribute to a longer shelf life. While most people do not experience any negative consequences to common preservatives, there are a small percentage of people who do. Allergenic reactions can be mild or even severe and may include one or more of the following symptoms: Hives, burning…

Ingredient Literacy

Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate is NOT the same as (SLS) Sodium laureth sulfate (which is considered harsh). So what is it? Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate is a supportive ingredient and is a "co-surfactant". Surfactants are needed in products to emulsify oils, create lather and suspend all that nasty stuff we want to wash away. It's very mild and gentle ingredient and because of its…

Exfoliants..good or not so good?

The body is a pro at turning over tired, dead skin cells. Until...chronic skin issues, sun damage or aging inevitably slows down the process, leaving behind dull, older looking skin. We cringe when we hear the word "scrub", because most body scrubs are too harsh and can do more harm than good. Exfoliating too often or scrubs with abrasive shells....Your poor skin! If you need to rid your…

What is a Cosmeceutical and why should you care?

What exactly is a Cosmeceutical and why should you care? It's the buzzword these days for ingredients that do more than simply moisture your skin. In theory, they offer benefits to the skin through a variety of delivery systems. A Serum, for instance, is a delivery system. So is a facial mask (typically with bio-active ingredients added to enhance it). So what kind of ingredients are co…