In this short video I explain how to use Cor's products – so very quick and simple, just a few minutes each day.
Yes that's my Kiwi accent, front and center! New Zealand's sunny beaches played a role in my early interest in skincare - see the story of Cor....
You know the drill – you're standing at the makeup counter, buying online, considering a purchase wherever – and you find some really mysterious gibberish on the label.
"What the heck is Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate?" you ask yourself. "Is that something I really want to put on my skin?"
Great question. And here's a wonderful resource for finding your answer: The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database.
Search by ingredient and you'll find what it is, products that use it, and how safe it is on a scale of 1 to 10, based on published scientific studies. The database offers good details about any concerns or use restrictions, and indicated when its conclusions are based on limited data.
For example: Propylparaben is used in some acne-fighting products. It rates a full 10 on the hazard scale.
Search for a product and you'll find a list of all the ingredients, each rated individually for safety, yielding an overall safety profile for the product.
The EWG also offers a mobile app so you can have the database handy at any time!
Speaking of labels, we've already told you that the terms "noncomedogenic" and "hypoallergenic" are great ideas, but don't really promise you anything…
When your skin is dry, it becomes more brittle. That makes it less resilient and easier to damage.
Think of a tree's leaves in spring – they are fresh, flexible, and resilient. You can curl up a leaf and when you release it, it simply returns to its original shape. No permanent damage done.
Then in the fall the leaves become dry and inflexible, easy to crackle and break.
Hydration – moisture – protects your skin from damage including wrinkles.
If you want hydrated skin, it's important to keep your whole body hydrated. Hydration has to start from the inside. (Think about it – dropping a dry leaf into a cup of water doesn't turn it back into a fresh green leaf.) So drink your six to seven glasses of water every day, just like the doctor says! You really will see the difference in healthier skin.
Then moisturizing products can provide additional hydration and protection. Our Science of Cor page explains how Cor Silver Soap's ingredients work to revitalize, moisturize and protect the delicate skin of your face.
How often should I wash my face? Twice a day will do the trick. Once in the morning and once at the end of the day.
The key is to use a soap or face wash that's gentle on your skin. Harsh chemicals and regular body-bar soap will dry out your face, and that's not healthy. Your skin naturally produces some oil; you only want to wash away *excessive* oil, dirt and germs.
Dermatologists say it's good to wash or rinse one additional time after exercising or otherwise sweating.
See our post "How should I clean my face?" for more tips about treating your delicate facial skin right - warm water, gentle circular motions with the fingertips, and more.
"If you're happy, if you're feeling good, then nothing else matters."
- Robin Wright
Robin Wright is an American actress born in 1966.
We love this quote – it's about beauty coming from the inside. Taking care of yourself and others is a way of surrounding yourself with happiness.
Here's an oh-so-simple tip to help you put your best face forward:
Make cleaning your face a separate process from your shower or bath. You will use different soap or cleaning products in the shower, and the skin on your face is more sensitive and delicate than on most of your body.
See "How to clean your face" for our simple step-by-step guide to caring for your skin.
Got another tip for clean and healthy skin? Send us a note!