Day is Done
In the past 2 posts I've highlighted two other cleansing products that are not necessarily used everyday. So, getting back into the routine for the evening has us going back to our Gentle Foaming Face Cleanser (step 1). After that, it's our Alcohol Free Hydrating Toner (step 2), just like in the morning. Now, it's time to use our evening serum. Why a different serum for the morning and the evening? Your skin has different needs at different times of the day. The products to start your day is all about protection and preventing damage to your skin while keeping it looking its best all day. In the evening, you want to rehydrate and repair with intensive active ingredients that go to work while you sleep. Sleep is when your body repairs itself and naturally, includes your skin. A healthy diet of fresh fruits and veggies, high quality protein, and healthy fats (and plenty of water) are the sure fire way to feed your skin from the inside, but with the right products you can still do some good from the outside.
Hyaluronic Gel Evening Serum
This serum is 100% geared towards rehydrating your skin. Your skin has just spent an entire day battling the elements and is in need of some TLC. Now that you've washed the day off of you (removed your makeup and SPF of course) and have prepped your skin with our toner, it is ready for a long, cool drink (I'm meaning that figuratively, PLEASE DO NOT DRINK THE SERUM, it is meant to be applied topically ONLY. Just wanted to clear that up.). Apply drops to your face as you would your morning serum. It is light and smooth and absorbs like a dream. Once it is fully absorbed, it'll be on to Step 4: Eye Cream. This is the same Revitalizing Eye Cream you used in the morning. Since that eye cream addresses pretty much every eye area issue (puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, tone, and hydration), it is perfect to use again in the evening.
Directions: Using the dropper, apply small dots of serum all over face, then gently, with a light touch blend into skin. Take care not to pull or rub your skin.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Propanediol (Vegetable), Panthenol (ProVitamin B5), Irish Moss, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Bergamot FCF Peel Oil, Red Mandarin Peel Oil, Orange Blossom Leaf Oil, Lavender Flower Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower Oil, Lavender Absolute Oil, Coriander Extract, Geranium Leaf Oil, PalmaRosa Leaf Oil, German Chamomile Flower Oil, Rosewood Wood Oil, Rose Flower Absolute, Cardamom Seed Oil, Black Pepper Berry Oil, Rose Flower Absolute, Patchouli Leaf Oil, Clary Sage Leaf Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Vanilla CO2 Extract, Vanilla Absolute, Bees Wax Absolute, Rosemary Leaf Oil, German Chamomile Flower Extract, Seabuckthorne Berry Extract, Peru Resin Oil, Bees Honey Absolute, Rosehip Seed Extract, Calendula Extract, Ginger Extract, Rock Rose Flower Absolute, Tolu Resin Oil.
Oil Free Day Lotion
Your face is clean, toned, treated, and your eyes are refreshed and revitalized. You should be seeing some improvements in your skin's softness and tone already, just from giving it a little TLC. On to the moisturizer! This is extra important if you have dry skin. Now, the Anti-Oxidant Day Serum is pretty hydrating, and there is a chance that any more product will make you feel just a bit too dewy. With my normal/combo skin, I don't add any extra daytime moisturizer in the summer months when it's hot and humid, or any time I'll be extra active (I don't skip the SPF though!). I sweat quite a bit on my face and if I'm going to workout, I just can't deal with a sweaty, lotion-y face. But, if you live in an arid climate, or it's winter time in the Midwest, your skin will be begging for extra moisture. If you are applying products correctly, ie. applying gently in very thin layers making sure each layer is absorbed before moving on, you shouldn't have a problem with having too much product on your skin.
Sometimes less is more. By using concentrated ingredient and limiting the amount of "filler" or "carrier" ingredients, with Hammer Soaps' face care products, a little goes a long way. The Oil Free Day Lotion is a light lotion that glides on smoothly and absorbs quickly. The addition of natural plant absolutes and essential oils lends a pleasant fragrance that is a bit floral and just a little fruity. This delicious fragrance is grounding to the mood (and just a little bit sexy) while still being moisturizing and protective to the skin.
DIRECTIONS: Dab a small amount of lotion around face. Then, gently spread the lotion, starting at your T-zone, work outwards towards your hairline and down your neck. Dab and pat lotion using the tips of your fingers. Do not vigorously rub or pull on your skin. Avoid getting product in eyes and mouth.
INGREDIENTS: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Chamomile Extract, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Oat Kernel Powder, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Myristyl Myristate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Panthenol (ProVitamin B5), Glyceryl Stearate, Gluconolactone, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Chamomile (Morrocan) Flower Oil, Bee Balm Flower Oil, Geranium Leaf Oil, Palma Rosa Leaf Oil, Lavender Flower Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower Oil, Chamomile (Cape) Flower Oil, Chamomile (Roman) Flower Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Lotus (White) Flower Absolute, Vanilla CO2 Bean Extract, Bees Wax Absolute, Honey (Bees) Absolute, Coriander Seed Oil.
Julie Hammer is the owner of Hammer Soaps Bath & Body.