We love the enthusiasm of our website visitors, many who are finding Kate Ryan Skincare for the first time. If you’ve come to us on the recommendation of a blogger or a social post, you’re excited to try our products, sometimes filling your shopping cart with too much! Yes, too much. We often get that reaction - hmmm. . . let's ponder that. We’re so happy you found us, but . . . let’s explain.
Fall in love, but take it slow
Here’s why we recommend taking it slower to begin. Our products are formulated at high potencies and contain many actives, and that’s a good thing. But, it’s not typical in the world of skincare, where the norm is to formulate for profitability and mass distribution, rather than effectiveness. So, if this is your first-time using KRS products, we recommend introducing your skin to the products slowly. We’ve packed many active ingredients into each formula, so you simply don’t need all of them. In fact, many of our clients find after talking with us or reviewing the ingredient list that they can drop a couple products from their current regimen. If you review our formulas, you’ll find that many ingredients overlap, and that’s intentional. Top, essential ingredients for the health of your skin are found in every product --antioxidants, moisture enhancers, collagen-boosting, and nutrition. We’re proud of saying, “Everything you need, and nothing you don’t”. Lastly, and you know it’s true, there’s human nature. If you unbox so many products that you feel overwhelmed, you’ll set them aside and never get started. We get it, and it’s especially relevant now. But self-care is so important. And, men, we’re talking to you too! So how do you choose?
We love the A-B-C concept recommended by some of our favorite beauty bloggers and estheticians. To keep your skin happy, healthy and young, Vitamins A, B and C are a great place to start – in the foods you eat and in topical skincare. In skincare formulas, that means Retinol (for Vitamin A), Niacinamide (Vitamin B), and Vitamin C Serum. Let’s boil it down even further. You’ll cover all the bases when you start with 2 products and use them faithfully:
Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum. You get 3 forms of Vitamin C, along with a treasure chest of other active ingredients. It’s water-based, absorbs quickly, and is well tolerated by most everyone except super-sensitive skin types. Use it in the morning on freshly-cleansed skin. Honestly, it only takes a minute to benefit your skin all day long. We highly recommend applying antioxidants in the AM – protect your skin before the damage occurs.
Total Nutrition Night Repair Complex – It’s a luscious cream. Use it at night after cleansing for your daily component of Vitamin A (Retinol) and Vitamin B (Niacinamide). Say good night, get some sleep. You’ve done something really good for your skin. The restful, overnight period is when your body is naturally doing its restorative work. Make this even more meaningful for your skin.
But wait a minute, what about . . .
OK, so you ask, what about all the rest of your products? And we say, it’s like exercise, you start with a doable plan, stay consistent, then focus on targeted areas. We have recommendations below for future consideration.
Everyone needs a cleanser. KRS has two – one is oil-based, Nutritive Oil Cleanser & Makeup Remover, very kind to your skin, and a gentle makeup remover. We love this one at night. It’s also a very effective, yet very gentle way to remove eye makeup. The other is our Salicylic Cleanser, great to use in the morning for its exfoliating qualities and promoting a clean canvas for serums to do their work. Some clients like to do a double cleanse and use the products in tandem. To make a double cleanse part of your nightly routine, we recommend starting with Nutritive Oil Cleanser followed by Salicylic Cleanser.
Do you have issues with the eye area? Advanced Eye Therapy Complex is our targeted formula with actives to address the special needs of the eye area. Crepy eyelids, puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. This product is a KRS favorite! If you think your days of using eyeshadow are over, try Advanced Eye - it makes a big difference!
Are you concerned with sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles? DMAE Serum and Collagen Serum are our add-on suggestions for your daily regimen. Both are proven performers, and yes, we do suggest using both for these specific concerns. Find more about that in our recent article.
Does your skin get oily during the day, or is it oily in general? Our Toner and Facial Mist are both gentle and effective for balancing the skin, without causing dryness. Many of our clients carry the 2 oz Facial Mist in their gym bag as a refresher after exercise. Clients who must wear masks for extended periods of time are using it periodically throughout the day to prevent “Maskne”, a build-up of sweat, oil and bacteria, and the irritation of friction from wearing a mask. More on Maskne here.
Is your skin especially dry? Complete Daily Moisture is a beautiful add-on in the morning after Vitamin C Serum. For very dry skin types, use Revitalizing Intensive Daily Moisture alternately with Total Nutrition at night.
Do you prefer serums to creams? If yes, then choose our Retinol Serum instead of Total Nutrition Night Repair Complex. It gives you the benefits of retinol in a formula that is less complex.
Do you prefer an oil-based Vitamin C product versus one that absorbs very quickly, or are you concerned with sensitivity to Vitamin C? Choose our Vitamin C Night Repair Complex. You’ll get all the benefits of Vitamin C, in a rich, oil-based formula, filled with very moisturizing ingredients. You can use it in the morning or at night. If used sparingly, it works well under makeup for dry skin types, imparting a beautiful glow to your skin.
Do you ever take a few minutes to give your skin a “spa experience”? Our Clearly Radiant Enzyme Mask penetrates to work beneath the surface, where all of the real work of skin renewal begins. We recommend putting it in on freshly cleansed skin, do a quick task, like unloading the dishwasher or starting a load of laundry, then rinse.
To summarize, we always want the very best results for each of our clients! We know that using quality ingredients and having a consistent regimen will achieve that goal. Our greatest source of pride is helping our clients love their skin!
Our clients say it best:
"Daily use of Night Repair Complex has really improved my complexion and does the heavy lifting of multiple products for me- streamlining my nighttime routine significantly." -Jeremy