How to and Tips
Your daily routine using Marie Veronique products is very simple and will leave you and your complexion feeling healthy, happy and ready to face the world.
CARING FOR YOUR PRODUCTS & KEEPING THEM FRESH
Shake each product well before each use to re-distribute ingredients. This is especially important for the Replenishing Oil Cleanser, mists and oils, as the heavier ingredients will settle to the bottom of the bottle after just a couple of hours.
Keep in cool, dry area out of direct sunlight, always securely replace lids after use, and avoid touching the tips of droppers.
MORNING & EVENING
Massage the cleanser of your choice onto wet or dry skin and rinse with tepid water. Pat dry.
- Both Gentle Gel Cleanser and Replenishing Oil Cleanser are safe to use around the eye area. (Always do a patch test on your neck or the inside of your arm first.)
- Avoid eye area when using the Treatment Cleanser and Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, as the adzuki bean powder may get into eyes.
Shake well and mist onto clean skin.
- Can also be used to set makeup, cool down inflamed skin, and for a refreshing hydration boost anytime of day.
- Will not affect makeup once applied.
3. Repair & Moisturize
Apply oil and serums. The order in which they are applied does not matter.
A little goes a long way. Apply a small amount first, and then apply more if needed to cover intended areas.
Gently massage a pea- to a dime-size amount to face, neck and décolleté. Apply another layer if needed. If using before serum, apply to slightly moist skin, immediately after misting or cleansing to lock in moisture.
Apply a pea-size amount to face, neck and décolleté. If using before oil, apply to slightly moist skin, immediately after misting or cleansing to lock in moisture.
If using Eye Repair Serum, apply last, and massage 1-2 drops gently onto eye area. Safe to use on upper and lower lids. Can also be used on all expression lines to soften and firm.
After allowing serum and/or oil to penetrate for a few minutes, apply one to two pumps of Everyday Coverage to face, neck and décolleté.
Please click here for our tips on how to apply Everyday Coverage for the best results.
Take care with clothing and other fabrics, as the product may transfer onto them, as with any tinted product.
Extra Light: For VERY fair skin that does not tan easily.
Light: For fair to light skins that may tan, but cannot be in sun for very long without burning.
Medium: For olive and golden toned skins that tan easily.
WEEKLY & AS NEEDED
5. Probiotic+Exfoliation Mask
Apply a nickel-size amount to clean skin. Leave on for 3-5 minutes, or 2 minutes for very sensitive skin. Avoid eye area. Rinse with warm water.
- Follow mask with a layer of oil for smooth, glowing skin.
- Use 1-2 times per week, depending on your skin’s needs.
TIPS FOR USING MV PRODUCTS
- Replenishing Oil Cleanser is exceptional for removing makeup and safe for eye area.
- Cleansers can be used with cleansing cloth or brush for increased exfoliation and deeper cleansing. But please remember—always be gentle with your skin.
- Some people benefit from cleansing only once per day. Ideally this would be at night to remove the day’s dirt, which can clog pores and compromise skin health.
Can be used throughout the day to refresh complexion.
Use to set makeup such as powders or mineral makeup.
Create a fresh-faced look by misting lightly onto face after applying makeup and pressing gently with fingertips.
Can be kept in refrigerator for cooling effect.
Oils can be used to remove makeup, while conditioning your eyelashes and brow, and to moisturize the delicate skin. Remember to be gentle.
Can be used on lips and hands.
A very small amount can be used on top of Everyday Coverage create a dewy look. Will not leave skin greasy.
Apply excess product to hands.
Take care with clothing and other fabrics, as the oil may transfer onto them, as with any product. Allow oils to penetrate before touching fabrics.
Serums can be layered for multiple benefits. See Marie’s Blog Post on synergistic layering (below) for more detailed information.
Can be kept in refrigerator for cooling effect.
Safe to use around eyes and on lips.
Apply excess product to hands.
Apply to moisturized and exfoliated skin for easy and even application.
Can be used in place of makeup, including under the eye.
Mist or apply a small amount of oil on top of sunscreen for a dewy look.
Take care with clothing and other fabrics, as the product may transfer onto them, as with any tinted product.
- Apply to dry skin for a more concentrated product, as water will slightly dilute it. (Not recommended for sensitive skin.)
- Remove with soft cloth for increased exfoliation.
SUN TRAPS & TIPS FOR SUMMER PROTECTIONSun protection is for everyone, but if you’re struggling to control certain skin conditions it’s particularly important to get the right kind of protection. The primary stressor for inflammation-based conditions like photoaging, rosacea and hyperpigmentation is, you guessed it, sun exposure.
Here are some common sun traps and tips to help you avoid them.
Sun Trap #1
Photoaging and UV exposure
UVB—burning rays which penetrate to the epidermis cause redness and itching, damage DNA and are linked to squamous and basal cell carcinomas. At their peak between 10am to 4pm, UVB rays reflect off shiny surfaces, making snow, sand and water excellent sunburn accelerators.
UVA—aging rays penetrate to the dermis and cause wrinkles by cross-linking collagen and elastin, and hyperpigmentation because they turn melanin darker. Present from sunup to sundown, they penetrate clouds and glass.
- Always wear a zinc oxide-based sunscreen, SPF 30, rain or shine.
- Be wary of chemical sunscreens offering UVA protection, as the problems they create can be worse than the cure. Continue reading →
READ ALL OF MARIE'S WRITING ON SAFE AND EFFECTIVE SUN PROTECTION HERE →
HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR RETINOL SERUM
Topical prescription retinol-containing medication can initially cause skin irritation, redness, flaking, or burning in some individuals, which is why many people turn to over-the-counter retinol serums. However, like sunscreen, not all retinol serums are created equal. Many do not contain enough retinol to be effective, or the retinol is degraded by a surrounding medium of low pH. The steps to getting maximum
benefits from your retinol serum are: selection, care and storage, proper use.
1) look for retinol that is encapsulated—this protects it from degradation by the surrounding low pH medium, which may degrade the retinol before you have a chance to benefit from it.
2) look for sufficient concentrations of retinol. High concentrations may cause skin irritation issues, but at least you know it is working. Follow the usage advice below to minimize problems and optimize benefits.
Retinol degrades in the presence of light and air. Keep the bottle in a dark cool place when not in use. When using it, put amount to be used –a pea sized amount usually—via the dropper into the palm of your hand, and replace the dropper. As soon as you are finished applying the serum, return bottle to storage. Never leave the dropper out of the bottle longer than is needed to deliver the serum onto the palm of your hand.
How To Start:
Proper use can reduce risk of irritation and eliminate skin dryness.
Start by using the serum twice a week, slowly increasing frequency to daily or every other day.
Increasing frequency by one additional day per week will lessen the chances of aggravating irritation that may be delayed by several days after application. A conservative plan: start with one application, and if no irritation has developed after three days, apply again. If no irritation develops after two days apply again, gradually working up to every night or every other night.
How To Apply:
Use only at night.
Wash the skin with a gentle cleanser, rinse off with cool or lukewarm water, not hot. Let skin dry.
Apply a pea-sized amount of serum to the entire face by dotting it around the face and then gently connecting the dots with your fingertips. You do not need to rub it in.
If you are layering serums, apply the next serum, Lightening Serum, Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum or Treatment Serum over top in the same fashion. Let dry.
Apply night time oil over the serum, especially if you are experiencing dryness or irritation. Avoid astringents and abrasive products.
Important information about retinol:
Acne often flares during the first month of using topical retinoids. This is a common side effect that almost always resolves itself within 3-4 weeks of consistent use.
Always use sunscreen during the day of at least SPF 30, every day, rain or shine.
Retinol should not be used by pregnant women, women considering getting pregnant, or women who are breast-feeding. Alternatives safe to use:
- Struggling with acne—Treatment Serum
- Normal to dry skin—Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum
SYNERGISTIC LAYERING (DOUBLE THE RESULTS IN 1/2 THE TIME)
Just as no two people are alike, every skin inhabited by an individual is unique to that person. Individual skins may share conditions in common, like acne and aging skin, but under that umbrella each one presents a different set of symptoms. (Think of it as being like the microbe Propionibacterium acnes—it’s all one species that differs at the strain level, with some strains causing acne, while others don’t.)
We have found that the most effective treatments come from serums formulated to address skin problems at the symptom level rather than the condition level. For example our treatment serum regulates sebum production to ameliorate acne conditions, while our lightening serum inhibits tyrosinase to fade hyperpigmentation. At the serum level, we can target specific dysfunctions by supplying ingredients that help the skin self-regulate.
However, and this is where the formulation challenge rears its head, conditions often present multiple symptoms. Acne can be associated with clogged pores and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Aging skin can be just as much an age-spot problem as a wrinkle problem. Sun-damaged skin of any age can present as dull, dry, blotchy, uneven and prematurely wrinkled. Hormonal irregularities can trigger melasma in addition to adolescent and adult acne.
We have found that serums are most effective when they are symptom specific. Too many ingredients addressing too many disparate repair functions actually create a dysergistic effect. But there is also the need to address multiple yet related symptoms. What to do? Our solution lies in a unique delivery method, which we believe is in keeping with the true meaning of the word “organic.” We act as nature’s assistant by delivering the proper ingredients in a timely manner and letting nature do the healing.
We call this delivery method synergistic layering. It gives us a new tool for effectively treating multiple symptoms while keeping ingredients fresh. Let’s take a look at some common conditions and their symptoms so you can get an idea of what we mean. Continue reading →
CONTROL ACNE NATURALLY WITH FLAVONOIDS, INSIDE & OUT
Apples contain a host of phytochemicals, including bioflavonoids and polyphenols, which are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Apple cider vinegar made from whole fresh apples also contains some amounts of these beneficial compounds.
A new study highlights the anti-acne properties of phloretin, a bioflavonoid found mostly in apples, allowing it to join the hallowed ranks of acne warriors like ECGC (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) found in green tea.
That led me to wonder how acne sufferers might benefit from the new study in a way that helps clear their skin without damaging their teeth. Here's what I learned: Continue reading →
TREATING ACNE & AGING AT THE SAME TIME: THE MIRACLE OF VITAMIN A DERIVATIVES
We have made great headway when it comes to treating acne. Our understanding of the role played by the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) has grown, and we know more about how certain vitamin deficiencies can contribute to acne vulgaris. We know that prevention is the key to fighting acne of all types—that means going below the surface to where acne starts. We’ll talk about all these advances and what they mean in later posts, but first I’d like to discuss the most effective weapon in the acne battle—vitamin A derivatives. Since vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) have also proved to repair photodamage, they're the go-to ingredients if you have aging issues. Clearly, their multiple benefits make them the ideal choice for adults with acne. Continue reading →
SIX TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF ACNE
All acne, whether adult or teenage acne (acne vulgaris), starts when excess sebum clogs pores. This means acne starts deep down in the follicle, below the reach of anti-acne cleansers, masks and lotions.
Since a pound of prevention is worth an ounce of cure, using oils rich in omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids is a very effective way to treat acne. Rather than stripping skin of surface oils, omega-3 and -6 facilitate deep penetration to dissolve congestion and prevent comedo formation. You can also head off comedo formation by supplementing with pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), by applying salicylic acid washes and masks to unclog pores (so long as you aren’t allergic), and by using a topical retinol/retinoid product. Continue reading →
THE AGE-OLD QUESTION: CAN WE SIGNIFICANTLY DELAY SKIN AGING?
The answer is YES—if we incorporate this four-step strategy religiously into our daily skin-care routine. Just ask any dermatologist.
Step 1: Wear a natural, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day—and make sure it contains zinc oxide. An ideal sunscreen is a mix of minerals and plant-based protective agents.
Free radicals are unpaired electrons that damage cells and accelerate the aging process of the body. Unlike the rest of the body’s tissues where 85% of free radical damage comes from the cell’s own metabolism, skin receives 80% of its free radical damage from exposure to the sun’s rays. Continue reading →
FOCUS ON THE EYES: FIVE WAYS SKIN AGES AROUND THE EYES, & HOW TO SLOW IT WAY DOWN
As an older woman
with fair, thinning skin, I silently applaud the tireless workers in the Department of Aging Skin: Eye Division—they never discriminate on the basis of age, color or gender. Folks blessed with flawless, collagen-dense skin come to me almost daily to show me their (invisible to me, but my eyesight may be failing) eye wrinkles, accompanied by the plaint, “I'm getting old!" While part of me thinks, “join the club," I really do sympathize. Sighting your first wrinkle isn’t cause for celebration, like losing your first tooth and being gifted a dollar bill (or is it $5 now?) from the Tooth Fairy. In contrast, the Eye Bag Hag bestows changes that can happen unexpectedly early and seemingly overnight—especially around the eyes.
Here's why: Skin surrounding the eyes is thinner and more delicate. Less collagen means wrinkles and fine lines appear around the eyes first, but that’s not all. As collagen decreases, veins show through more prominently, increasing the advent of dark circles. In addition thin skin fills more easily with fluid, which can lead to eye puffiness.
Fortunately we can thwart early onset eye aging with a few easy fixes. Read on for five common problems, causes and solutions. Continue reading →
ADVANCES IN AGE-DEFYING SKIN CARE: RETINOIDS REALLY DO WORK
In our first post of this series, we explored the differences between Retin-A and retinol serum, and concluded that both have value. In short, if you want to delay skin aging, it’s a good idea to choose one or the other and use it religiously. Why? Because retinoids really work, and the results are impressive. With consistent use, you'll see visible improvements to the skin in the form of reduced wrinkles, diminished hyperpigmentation and better skin texture.
Now, we'll visit the some of the mechanics behind how vitamin A, aka retinol, manages to do the impossible—namely reverse photoaging damage.
How Retinoids Work
Retinoid usage, when it is long term, goes deep. The skin changes are profound, and are unrelated to deep cleansing, rehydrating or even reducing oxidative stress—the more common age-reversing measures. Continue reading →
ADVANCES IN AGE-DEFYING SKIN CARE: THE VITAMIN C STORY
Radiant, youthful-looking skin starts with vitamin A and continues with vitamin C. Topically applied L-ascorbic acid, if stabilized and delivered properly, fights free radical damage, increases production of collagen and reverses age-related changes in the interface between the dermis and the epidermis.So What’s Not To Like About Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a formulator’s nightmare because it is extremely unstable—exposures to air, heat and/or light degrade it, and of course, it oxidizes very rapidly in water. The antioxidant properties that make it so desirable to use as a skincare ingredient are the very properties that make it so difficult to work with. Over the years skin-care researchers have sought answers, but their solutions have been far from perfect. They include: Continue reading →
ADVANCES IN AGE-DEFYING SKIN CARE
This series is about the recent technological advances that have allowed formulators like myself to create really good, natural, alternative products that noticeably reverse the effects of time. These breakthroughs include methods that permit much more effective delivery of age-defying heavy hitters, including vitamin A (as retinol) and vitamin C (as L-ascorbic acid). Our prize entry in the skin rejuvenation sweepstakes is Gentle Retinol Night Serum and Treatment Retinol Serum, our age-fighting topicals that hold their own against its pharmaceutical counterpart and reigning champion, Retin-A. Continue reading →
TREAT ROSACEA/SENSITIVE SKIN
SKIN SENSITIVITIES ON THE RISE
Rates of eczema, allergic dermatitis, adult acne and rosacea are going through the roof. At the very least more people than ever are complaining of sensitive skin—they suddenly find they can’t tolerate products they have used for years, and they may have trouble finding substitutes for their “old favorites.”
We have only recently made the connection between overuse of antibiotics and many serious intestinal disorders. If we have yet to make the connection between antimicrobial overuse and skin sensitivities resulting in inflammatory disorders it may be because we don’t realize just how prevalent antimicrobials are. But they are in almost all body care products, not just “germ-fighting” cleansers and handwipes. Most skin care products, from moisturizing creams to age-battling serums, contain a wide assortment of antimicrobial preservatives designed to guarantee a shelf life of three to five years.
Constant exposure to antimicrobials sets up a condition called microbial dysbiosis, which can lead to inflammation and ultimately, chronic skin disorders.
THE SKIN MICROBIOME
by Elizabeth A. Grice and Julia A. Segre
The skin is the human body’s largest organ, colonized by a diverse milieu of microorganisms, most of which are harmless or even beneficial to their host. Colonization is driven by the ecology of the skin surface, which is highly variable depending on topographical location, endogenous host factors and exogenous environmental factors. The cutaneous innate and adaptive immune responses can modulate the skin microbiota, but the microbiota also functions in educating the immune system. The development of molecular methods to identify microorganisms has led to an emerging view of the resident skin bacteria as highly diverse and variable. An enhanced understanding of the skin microbiome is necessary to gain insight into microbial involvement in human skin disorders and to enable novel promicrobial and antimicrobial therapeutic approaches for their treatment.
The skin is an ecosystem composed of 1.8 m2 of diverse habitats with an abundance of folds, invaginations and specialized niches that support a wide range of microorganisms. The primary role of the skin is to serve as a physical barrier, protecting our bodies from potential assault by foreign organisms or toxic substances. The skin is also an interface with the outside environment and, as such, is colonized by a diverse collection of microorganisms — including bacteria, fungi and viruses — as well as mites. As we describe, many of these microorganisms are harmless and in some cases provide vital functions that the human genome has not evolved. Symbiotic microorganisms occupy a wide range of skin niches and protect against invasion by more pathogenic or harmful organisms. These microorganisms may also have a role in educating the billions of T cells that are found in the skin, priming them to respond to similarly marked pathogenic cousins. Continue reading →