Our recommendations for proper skin care and what you can expect after using Dr. Isidor Apothecary products
Objectively and professionally, there are no absolutely wrong, bad, good, or exceptional, and perfect recommendations for skin care routine, but certain principles should be kept, particularly, if you use natural and/or organic apothecary and skin care products, cosmetics, and cosmeceuticals.
Our products will provide your skin with proper everyday care, reveal much brighter skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, to restore your skin’s youthful complexion, nourish your skin, properly hydrate, moisturize, and provide your skin with natural antioxidants to fight free-radicals. Our formulas promote the natural beauty of healthy, luminous skin. Our products are not designed to remove wrinkles permanently; it does not exist in skin care and cosmetic science; wrinkles are permanent damage of the skin.
However, we promise your skin will get proper care. It is never too early or too late to have nice, healthy, radiant, and amazing skin. Use natural products to renew and fortify your skin, just like our ancestors. Our ancestors did not know about phthalate and parabens; they used botanicals and what Mother Nature offered them, like herbs, botanicals, algae, lichens, fungi etc.
For using 100% natural and organic products, your useful tools will be pure cotton pads, a natural sponge, and your clean fingertips.
As Dr. Shamil (founder at Natural Intelligence Beauty) recently explained in his article, “The key to great skin is pH balance”: “Our skin is naturally designed to fight infections and environmental stresses and its ability to do so is affected substantially by its pH level. Our skin naturally is pH 5.5, slightly acidic. Please, maintain this pH level as much as can. The skin looks and works best at the ideal pH balance of 5.5. If you throw this off by using wrong products or eating the wrong foods then your dermis will let you know it is cross with you via wrinkles, inflammation, extreme sensitivity or even acne. When it is too alkaline, your skin becomes extremely dry and very sensitive. Opposite, when skin deviates too far south of that magical 5.5 number, it is stripped down to the point of being extremely red, inflamed and painful to touch. Unfortunately, in commercial products still you will find sodium laureth sulfate (cleanser, soaps, shampoos, some facial creams, lotions…).
At the opposite side of the pH spectrum, skin treated with products that are overly acidic also can be problematic. If your skin starts to look dry and red or be sensitive on touch or if you notice an increase in breakouts you may be using a product too strong for your skin, or simply you may be applying it too often.”
Do not oversaturate your skin with skin care products. If you use 100% natural products, a small amount of skin care product should be applied.
Facial Skin Care
Follow this facial skin care routine every day for your radiant and healthy looking facial skin
Daily – morning
- Cleanse your facial skin with your favorite deep facial wash product; if you use a natural product, use cotton pads and do not forget to shake the bottle well, prior every use; use enough water for rinsing your face; mostly 100% natural deep facial cleansers are made of diluted Castile soap with natural herbal, botanical, algal, lichen, and fungal extracts with antimicrobial, detoxifying, and gentle exfoliating properties;
- Close pores with an astringent, hydrosol or toner; if you use a natural product, use cotton pads and do not forget to shake well the bottle of your favorite toner (if it is a natural product); still there are many controversies about toners to use them or not, but Dr. Isidor Apothecary stands that a toner is an excellent “bridge” between a deep facial wash and a serum or lotion or cream;
- Massage in a facial lotion gently and do not apply too much lotion; some traditional apothecary facial lotions are rich enough that a small amount (size of one lime bean) of the lotion would be plenty; simply, you do not want to glow or over saturate your facial skin with the lotion or cream;
- You can proceed with your makeup regime and routine, such as a foundation and makeup (decorative cosmetics).
- Daily – evening
- Cleanse your face with warm water and / or cleansing facial product; if you use a natural product, use cotton pads and do not forget to shake the bottle well, prior to every use; use enough water for rinsing your face;
- Mist face with hydrosol or toner; if you use a natural product, use cotton pads and do not forget to shake the bottle of your favorite toner or hydrosol well;
- Apply facial serum or elixir and massage in gently; simply pour a little facial serum/elixir on your palm, and with clean fingertips, apply serum on your facial skin, massage gently your face and neck area. Every other day, treat your facial skin with antiaging cream (preferably in the evening treatment). If you are 50 years old and older, you can simply use anti-aging cream every evening as your evening facial treatment. Some people found that serum/elixir works well for them, and they use only serum for their daily and evening treatment. The serum/elixir is highly concentrated skin care product, and it is true it can provide you with total facial skin care. Mostly, 100% natural facial serums/elixirs are highly concentrated, containing vegetable glycerine, aloe vera gel, multicomponent formula of herbal, botanical, algal, and lichen’s fungal extracts, which will provide your facial skin with properties, such as increased collagen synthesis, correct impaired hydration, proper moisturizing up to 12 hours, and more.
It would be beneficial for your facial skin to do facial treatment with raw honey or clay suitable for your skin, weekly (white clay for dry skin and green, red or yellow clay for normal to oily skin); I prefer raw honey; it is absolutely the best option; it sounds messy, but worth your effort.
Simply follow the entire protocol mentioned above regularly and promptly.
Honey makes an excellent facial treatment remedy; simply, it is a marvelous cosmetic aid for the skin. It brings blood to the surface, removes impurities, and softens the skin; it is a natural humectant (it attracts moisture; honey both moisturizes and cleanses the skin). I know it sounds messy, but ask your apothecary master for some useful tips and how to make that process an absolute success and without headaches and additional cleaning work. Dr. Isidor Apothecary can provide you with a special formula of facial treatment – raw honey with precious calendula and basil.
Body skin Care:
- Beauty begins in the bath, no doubt about that. Millenniums old ritual herbal bathing in fragrance oils, butters, and fresh flowers is not a soothing, cleansing, and cosmetic affair (just think about ancient Egypt, Greece, Roman Empire, Turkish baths etc.); it also has very important therapeutic applications to your body, skin, and spirit. It is relief for people suffering from headaches, stress, and chronic skin problems. Most modern people do not take traditional baths; it is simply forgotten. The shower is what modern people compensate for the traditional bath. In our modern time, showers last for a few minutes, which is not enough. Do not do that. Take your time, relax, and try to visualize that all your stress is going down the drain.
- Having two or three soaps and bath products is the best option; rotate them often! I prefer and recommend a liquid form of any soap; it is simply sanitary and hygienic, compared to soap bars. The choice for soap is optional; shea butter soap will moisturize your skin, and honey soap with crushed calendula/marigold petals will rejuvenate your skin and gently exfoliate your body skin. The goat or donkey milk soaps are also very beneficial for your body skin. I highly recommend our clients use Castille soap with the hint of your fragrance oils. However, according the Dr. J.A. Hunt, “There is no clear evidence that the use of soap for personal hygiene pre-dates the Christian era.” (J.A. Hunt, The Pharmaceutical Journal; 1999). Additionally, Dr. Hunt stated: “In classical times, perfumed oils were in extensive use for bathing and were combined with the use of the strigil, a metal implement used to scrape the skin free of oil and dirt. It is claimed that, for washing themselves, the Romans used a type of clay found near Rome called “sapo” from which the word soap is derived. An alternative suggestion for the derivation of the name is that the Romans learned the art of soap-making, using animal fats and plant ashes, from the Celts, who called it “saipo.”
- The body soap bars are good in our modern times, compared with ancient strigils, but try Castille soap, scented with your favorite essential oil, such as mint and patchouli for stimulation or lavender for relaxation. You can easy adjust slight acidic pH by using lactic acid. Your soap should be pH 6. Also, if your tap water is about pH 6, you are lucky; it sounds like a “bingo” for your skin. However, if it is too alkaline, you can suffer dry skin, itchiness, and after each bath or shower, you need to apply proper slightly acidic pH 6 moisturizer or body oil.
- Eat healthy. A balanced diet, hair especially, simply thrives on a diet that is rich in protein, B vitamins, trace elements, and minerals and calcium.
- Use ONLY gentle, non-detergent based shampoos and wash your hair infrequently, only once or maximum twice per week! It sounds “unbelievable”, right?
- Natural shampoos do not foam as commercially available brands, so do not be surprised. Do not worry; with natural shampoo your hair will get all the benefits for your hair and scalp. Castille soap could be an excellent shampoo, with the addition of some important oils, such as almond oil, coconut oil, burdock oil, or burdock extracts, and nettle oil.
- Keep two or three favorite shampoos available in your shower and rotate them. I recommend one formula for deep cleaning, which will help the skin of your scalp to get all necessary factors for normal physiology and keep the homeostasis of the hair and scalp.
- Condition monthly with a hair oil or natural herbal rinse (make it fresh always).
- Massage your scalp thoroughly every few days or at least once weekly. Use essential oils, such as rosemary or nettle, to stimulate scalp and encourage new hair growth. Pure natural and organic coconut oil is also beneficial for your hair and scalp.
- Brush your hair often and as long as you can each day, often per day. It helps, and your hair will like it very much.