What are the basic steps for good skin care?
How do I use all this stuff?
When will I start seeing results?
What are hair serums and how do you use them?
Do any of your fragrances contain phthalates?
Is there an expiration or use-by date on your products?
Why don't your minerals have an SPF rating? Does that mean there is no sun protection?
Can you explain jar sizing in more detail?
Do you use Nano-particles in your mineral makeup?
The basic steps are the same for any skin type. First and foremost, maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of water. A good daily skin care regimen should follow these 3 basic steps:
Cleanse. Cleanse your face of makeup, dirt, and oils twice daily
Tone. This is an important step that many unfortunately skip. Toning the skin after cleansing will remove excess makeup, soap, and tap water residue (such as chlorine) that regular cleansing leaves behind. The gradual buildup will eventually leave your skin dull and dehydrated - or worse.
Moisturize. It is always a good idea to have two moisturizers - one for the day and one for night. For your daytime moisturizer, you want to select one that is oil-free and provides at least SPF 15 sun protection, but still nourishes and moisturizes. For your nighttime moisturizer, select a heaver or deeper moisturizer appropriate for your skin type and/or condition.
Other product types to consider:
Daily eye treatments
Exfoliators (1-2 times per week) to get rid of dead skin cells and allow new skin to breathe and grow.
Serum Intensives (3-5 times per week, depending on skin condition) for anti-aging, treatment, and conditioning
Masks (weekly) to detoxify and nourish
The first thing is to pay attention to your labels. Don't use everything all at once. Determine if you have a sensitivity to each product. Once you've done that, here's a basic routine:
It's OK if you want to do serum, eye care and moisturizers in a different order - just start with a clean palate! Also remember that we don't recommend some products after exfoliating, like glycolics. Exfoliating then using a glycolic formula can cause irritation to occur.
Our products are highly concentrated, and only a drop or two is needed to do the job. No more than a dime-sized dose of cleansers, and a drop or two of serum intensives will do the trick!
Formulas such as skin tightening treatments are designed to work more quickly, but the results are temporary, and the effect goes away after wash the product off. However, these skin-tightening ingredients are often coupled with other ingredients that work over a longer period of time, yielding both short and long-term results. The length of time before you (and everyone else) begin to notice real results will vary from one product to another. Providing you are following your regimen as directed, you should start seeing real improvement with "anti-aging" products and treatment creams in about 6-8 weeks, and even more improvement as time passes. The truth is no product is going to be a miracle cure that works overnight. To tell you such would be misleading and discourteous.
Of course, cleansers, toners, general moisturizers and exfoliants work more quickly. The are designated to a job, such as cleansing, exfoliating and providing instant moisture to skin.
SPF ratings are only able to be obtained through very expensive lab testing and strict FDA regulations. At this point, the cosmetic becomes an over-the-counter drug, subject to very different rules and regulations. Just because a product doesn't have a rating does not mean is lacks adequate sun protection. Until testing is completed and the FDA issues an official SPF for a product, no claims can be made as to an SPF factor, nor can protection of a product be implied. The expense of this testing and FDA maintenance also drives up the cost to the consumer.
If you want to see how any non-rated cosmetic measures up to an SPF-rated cosmetic, compare the percentage of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide between the products and be your own judge as to whether the product will give you the protection you want. We cannot advise you one way or another. All we can do is disclose the percentages of each of these ingredients.
In the United States, the most common way of listing what size packaging (jars) you are purchasing is by VOLUME - but when you receive your package, you will notice that the numbers don't match up. This is because the US FDA requires us to display content amounts in terms of net WEIGHT. Weight and Volume are completely different measurements. Volume refers to the measured amount of liquid that a container will hold. Weight refers to the actual weight of the contents in the container. Different powders will also have different weights, yet still fill the same size container. For example, a 20g jar may hold 7 grams net weight of a foundation, but only hold 5 grams net weight of finishing powder - and both would be filled to capacity.
Here are a list of common jar sizes and the approximate amount of powder each will hold:
5g - approximately 1-2g net wt
10g - approximately 3-4g net wt
20g - approximately 5-7g net wt
30g - approximately 8-10g net wt
50g - approximately 10-12g net wt
Whether you want to avoid frizzy hair, have super-glossy shine, or just want to protect your hair from heated styling tools, hair serum is a great way to do it. Serums coat the hair shaft with a very thin layer of silicones, which smooth and seals the cuticle against moisture, helping to reduce frizz. Other ingredients such as UV filters help protect your hair's condition and color from harmful UV rays. Serums brighten dull hair left by coloring, perms, heat tools and blow driers - all of which damage and dull your hair by drying it out.
Tips for using hair serums:
Use sparingly! Our hair serums are extremely concentrated and you only need to use 2-3 drops (depending on the amount of hair you have). This is one of those times when less is definitely more. Over-indulgence can leave your hair greasy and weighted down.
For optimum results, apply serums to wet hair and distribute as evenly as possible.
Hair serums can also be used to protect your hair from heat. Use a very small amount on damp hair before blow-drying, and before flat ironing your hair.
Don't add serum to your scalp or the roots of your hair - just to the mid-lengths and ends. Applying to the scalp and roots will also weigh down your hair and will give you a greasy look.
If you have really fine hair, these types of serums may not be suitable for you. Even used sparingly, they may weigh the hair down, making it look greasy and flat.
No, they do not. We've worked very hard to find manufacturers who guarantee their artificial fragrance oils are phthalate-free.
Is there an expiration or use-by date on your products?
There are no specific use-by dates, but we recommend that cleansers, lotions, bath gels, hair care products, oils, butters, and crèmes be used within a year. Other products, such as body and lip scrubs, mascara, we recommend using within 3 months. Our loose mineral and pressed powder cosmetics are all made of inorganic materials, and may be kept much longer - up to 2 years or more, provided they are kept clean and dry.
Do you use nano-particles in your mineral makeup?
The short answer is NO, we do not. We created an article that not only explains nano- and micro-sized particles, but also a chart of the particles sizes of our Lueur Jeune ingredients, so you will have complete and total disclosure of what you purchase from us.