792 – 20 Step Self Skin Care
Sleepy steps to expand popular skin care routines into something more mundane.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and friends beyond the binary, it's time for the podcaster who's wondering if I could help, if I could take your mind off stuff and help you fall asleep and I wanted to say, thanks, patrons, for helping keep the show going. Thank you.
Hey, are you up all night, tossing, turning, mind racing, trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome, this is Sleep With Me, the podcast to put you to sleep. We do is a bedtime story. All's you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press play. I'm going to do the rest. What I'm going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever's keeping you awake, whether it's thoughts you're thinking about, feelings, physical sensations, so anything you're feeling emotionally or physically or thinking about. It could be travel, you know, whatever is keeping you up. It could be anything. I don't know what would necessarily …
Here's the thing, I don't know what's keeping you awake or what it is, but I do care and the way I care is a … That's right, we just changed up the intro there. Whatever's keeping you awake, I'd like to take your mind off of that, yeah. Like, what I'm going to do, the way I'm going to show that I care is I'm going to send my … I'm going to be here digitally, kind of on demand, on call, just like you say, “You rang?” “You pressed play? I'm here.”
What I'm going to do is I'm going to send my voice across the deep dark night. I'm going to use lulling, soothing, creaky dulcet tones, pointless meanders, superfluous tangents. I'm going to go off topic, I'm going to be … but I'm here, but like I said, I'm going to be here, to keep you, to try to help.
It's basically, ideally a safe place where you say, “Okay, now I can get comfortable in bed. I can turn out the lights and press play. Scoots is going to keep me company and take my mind off stuff,” or try, you know, maybe sometimes I won't be successful, but you know, that's part … I'm here because you're human and I'm human. You know, that's one of the taglines of the show, that hasn't made it to … Because I say, you're human, I'm human, so what are we going to do, huh, with a shruggy-shrug emoji, which is different than a shrugging emoji. This is shruggy-shrug emoji is actually a … It's part of my new kids' cartoon show that has never been invented, hasn't been made yet. I just thought of it.
That'll be … It won't be one of the main characters. That'd probably be like one of the head professors, shruggy-shrug emoji, “I don't know, why did I get a D on this?” Like this was a … Teacher would be doing that shruggy-shrug and say, “Mm, I don't know, why did you get a D on the test?” and I'd say, “Oh, boy, way to turn, way to make me come to my own conclusions, Teach.”
I'm here to help. If you're new, I'm glad you're here, welcome. I really am glad you're here. I really hope I can help, but a couple of things you're going to need to know if you're new and you're skeptical or you're not skeptical, whether you're open minded or skeptical or somewhere in between or betwixt … and I think I've talked about this on the podcast. No Twix in bed. You know, have it before … You can have it near your bed.
Has anyone wrote a poem like Betwixt Two Twix? Maybe that's too commercial, but I mean that does feel like it's something … I mean it'd be mysterious if you were lying between two Twix anyway. First off, don't do it in bed, like maybe save it for a camping trip, but even then, probably not the best idea but maybe that would be someone … I guess it would be a poem a kid would write at summer camp, because that would be the most likely place you'd be lying between two Twixes.
Also I realize Twix and Betwixt are two different things, but I don't know, I'm just picturing a kid there lying right … I mean, I guess a young version of me, saying, “Here I lie, betwixt two Twix, and I sigh, and I say …” I guess maybe you're right, maybe this poem doesn't need to rhyme like all my other ones, but then I just thought of something that rhymed with sigh and now I forgot it.
“The moon outside my window, my heart aflutter for the …” This, I guess, is becoming more a letter, you know, for the letter, for the school, the camp dance just ended, and hence I am actually in the middle of podcast intro, but I'll try to keep this going, this letter as I lie here between two Twixes, betwixt two Twixes. I turn it back to you, Scoots.
Thanks, I was hoping to hear how that turned out, so why don't you work on your puzzle or poem, your puzzling poem.
If you're new, the whole show's a little bit different, so if you're skeptical or not, you say, “Well, how's this … This is … I don't understand how this is going or where this is going.” I'd say, “So you're very perceptive.” The show, here's the structure of the show, so maybe this'll help. The show starts out with a few minutes of business, that's how we're able to keep the podcast free for everybody is some people that support, the sponsors who support the show. Then, so there's a few minutes of business, then there's an intro. The intros are about 12 to 15 minutes of me kind of explaining what the podcast is and never successfully doing that.
For some people, especially new, you can say, “What are you like a …” Could throw you off, because you say, “What is … Why don't you … or when does the bedtime story start?” and so normally, right, it would take a while. I don't know. Normally, people get to the point. I think that's what I meant. I couldn't even get to the point there. This one, it's more I meander to the point, because the intros kind of a part of a lot of listener's bedtime. Listeners might start listening to it before, as they're getting ready for bed or as they're in bed, you know, sinking into bed … you know, getting comfortable and winding down.
Some listeners skip the intro, like a small percentage of listeners skip ahead to the story, so it does take a while for me to explain what the podcast is unsuccessfully or kind of. You say, I almost got there, but it's partly kind of setting up the safe place, I guess. It's like one of those old tents that takes for … You know, instead of a pop up tent. I get one of the old fangle … You say, “Is that a new fangled tent, you've got there, Scoots, or …” No, this is an old … This is a … I don't know. This is the one tent that's got 8,000 parts. I don't even know how many … It's going to take me forever to get it up. Yeah, but, you know, once I do, it'll be time to go to bed so it'll help me, like a …
I don't know if that makes sense. I don't know if any tents come in little pieces. Yeah, but so, that's the intro. Then there'll be some business between the intro and the show and then for the show tonight … I'm not sure, but it'll be a surprise. It'll be random, Trending Tuesday Style episode as we call them. Then the show ends with thank you's and some good night's. That's structurally what to expect.
A couple of other things, you don't need to listen to me. You can kind of listen or I don't want to put any pressure on you to listen. Really, I had a couple encounters recently. Like it was one with family members and then two online where people said, “You know, I love the show so much. I really love the … I thought of something you said that was really funny or interesting, but then I fell asleep and forgot about it,” and that's like a great compliment in this case.
I say, “Yeah, you can kind of listen to me in the moment.” I guess that's what it is. I don't know if I've ever captured this before, momentary listening. I mean, really part of the podcast is kind of about being kind of in the moment and like, for you, getting comfortable and sinking in or nesting or whatever, you know. The good kind of tossing and turning at the beginning or you ever toss and turn, like sometimes there's … Like I say tossing and turning, mind racing trouble getting to sleep, but so even recently, like last time … Like I've been on a not great sleeping streak, but last night I slept great.
I can remember doing some, like in the middle of the night, doing some tossing and turning. Also like, this does happen. I can tell some of you could relate to this, like positive toss … Where you're like, I mean I literally toss one of my pillows and grab the fresh one, then burrowed back down and went right … and I said, “Wooh,” and this was like one of the … I said, “Wooh, this pillow is nice and cool, and feels fresh.” You know, it hasn't been smooshed down like I'd been smooshing my other pillows the whole night and then I … So that was like a tossing and turning.
I can just picture an imaginary person like just tossing … Like that's what I was doing, I said, “Hey, pillow, it's been great, but pillow, bye,” and I grab another pillow, I say, “Yeah, hey, how you doing?” What was my point in all that?
Oh, I don't know, I don't know, but I'm here to help. Oh, you don't need to listen to me, was that what I was saying? Here's the other thing, no pressure to fall asleep. As strange as that sounds, this is not really a podcast to put you to sleep. So much just to be here as you fall asleep or in case you can't sleep or in case you wake back up or in case you're having a tough day. Any of those things, the podcast will be here, kind of to comfort you or reassure you in a passive sense. I don't know.
Like I said, with a … Why would I say that? I think I invented a new way of listening and then I totally forgot what it was, just like I was explaining how it happens with listeners. What did I say? It wasn't passive listening. It was like toss … “I don't know what it was,” you say. Well, you didn't really need to listen. Optional listening? It was something more catchy than that. Maybe I'll remember it but so you don't need to listen to me.
The reason the shows are about an hour is like so you can drift off at your leisure or if you can't sleep, you know I'm going to be here and then you know you can queue up episode after episode or if you … You know, some people like to use a timer so that they listen 30 minutes, then if they wake back up, they can start it again, so, but no pressure to fall asleep. No pressure to listen. I make this show because I do believe … I do wish I could remember what kind of listening it was. Ah, forgetful listening, because that sounds too loaded but inadvertent? No, that's like you're kind of listening where you don't have to listen.
I was celebrating not listening to me and I don't think I was totally … some part of my brain was not listening. Oh, but that makes me think of that ode I wrote once upon a time, Betwixt Two Twix, to …
No one's listening all the time, no one hears, but it is the joy that, you know, it makes you not want to rhyme with the word rears. Here at camp, my heart dances still, outside don't use window sill, but you just did, because outside my window the night sings with joy, and here I lie betwixt two Twix, still just a boy.
Oh, boy, so I don't know, so you don't need to listen to me. No pressure to fall asleep. I'm here to help. Because, like I said, I've been there and I really want to take your mind off of stuff, keep you company, give you a little bit of space to either drift off or to … You know, to breathe in and relax or just so when you're … If the show does work for you and it becomes part of your routine then you can say, “Well, today was very human. It was 10 out of 10 for humanity, and you know last night was not a … but so, but at least I get Scoots to kind of entertain me and whatever that new kind of listening, he forgot it was, you know I don't really have to listen. I don't even have to fall asleep. I can just kind of chill or pet the cat …”
Or, you know, you could even … I never tried to read and listen to my own podcast, you know, I can't read and listen to other podcasts, so that probably wouldn't work. Maybe if you looked at a picture book or something or a magazine. You can probably like handle a magazine and the podcast, maybe. I don't know, your choice, whatever works for you, but yeah … That's the thing, I'm here to help. Give it a few tries, that's what almost every listener over the years has said. It took two or three tries before the podcast worked, but I'm glad you're here. I worked very hard, I yearn and I strive, and I'd like to help you fall asleep. Thanks again for coming by.
All right, hey, everybody, it's the Scoots here and another episode, this one is influenced … You might be hearing some stuff. You say, “Scoots, where did that come from?” I'd say it was from the Phish's, like we've been using the Phish: Baker's Dozen from 2017, which was a set of 13 shows. The Phish played at Madison Square Garden where they didn't repeat a song. It's just become a good source of randomization, because you have all those songs, so if you're wondering where any of this stuff … You say, “Scoots, where did any of this come up from?” Maybe it was from that.
We had a lot of feedback from our Enrobed Robe Shop, that was I think, ah … I don't think it was … I can't remember. It was Reginald Cusack, I think who's the proprietor of that shop and so I'm going to turn it over … They said, “Well, we actually have this skin care routine and we'd like to come back on the show and talk about it.” I said, “Okay, well, sounds good.” It sounds better than good, actually, so they're going to come on. I'm going to turn the podcast over to them and the … so it'll be another … I think it'll be a lot to learn.
I guess, without further ado, you might say, “So, wait a sec, you're turning the pod …” Yeah, someone saying, “You know, to keep the podcast going, we always rely on direct listener action, but to fill in the great gaps, because, you know, most people are asleep.” I said, “Well, I turn it over to these … The Cusacks, because they …” I don't know, they're willing to … They actually haven't paid me, to be honest. I was expecting a robe, but you know, I don't have to worry about that.
Okay, so here you go.
Well, hello, everybody. My name is Aretha Cusack. I know you've worked with my brother. Welcome, welcome into my shop. You might be saying, “This is a shop with nothing in here. I see some … Was this a hair …” Well, there's a lot of comfortable chairs, so come in and have a seat. Maybe you want to even lie down, we do have places to lie down and get comfortable, and, yeah, this is a shop where the products, you know, we'll provide … Don't worry.
Now I wanted to talk to you because you're here, because you probably heard a lot about a different … You know over the last couple of years, a lot of skin care routines have gotten popular. You know, a lot of people blog about them. A lot of people are using them. There's the 10 step Korean skin care regimen, which is probably the most talked about and you know, we here at the Cusack family … You know, the Cusack family of businesses, you know, we started with robes and thinking about how robes are more than … You know, they're something that enrobe you and express you, and we've also been involved in many other things.
You know, your skin is the largest organ on your body, according to most people and you might say it has two sides, you know. Like a … so we want to talk about the inside and the outside and we've learned, you know, from the robe business that it's easier to talk about the outside stuff and just to tell you, because you're perfectly reasonable, intelligent person that, you know, when we're talking about that stuff. We're also talking about the care, not just the … You know, they'll say, “What's the most important organ?” and some people might say, “Well, it's this or …” We'd say, “Well, you are going to … What it all comes down to you.”
We're looking at a … They call it self-care, your skin care self-care. They're in alignment, so we wanted to go through what we're presenting as our, you know, the products we have here and the things we have as a part of our skin care routine. You could say, “Well, okay …” and, you know, some people said, “Well, is this … and what's … where …” This will give you a biggest … and you don't have to use the products here that we've customized for you and you can go, you can do … You know, these routines are known to be done in order but, you know, you don't have to do them in order.
Should you do it at night time or should you do it at day time? You know, those are also fair questions and so we do have a 20 step program that we're going to lay out to you tonight and it is very based on some of these things. We said, “Well, those are 10 steps. We have actually 20 steps, and we think …” Well, you know, I'm going to walk you through the steps here tonight and you might say, “Well, I'm not sure all these steps are for me. That sounds like a bit of a lot of work and …”
No, you think … For us, it's a sound … The steps as much as it is is the steps, so our first step, you know, just like in the other routines, you know, cleansing. We're going to pretend this is an evening routine and a part of the wind down and some of these don't even involve products and a lot of them are influenced by things in our lives or things we know.
The first one, we call … Now this is a 100% free and that's why we're … You know, it's just something we call, but we don't call it as a business. I just call it a Strawberry Fields Forever and this is technique where you take your finger … It's basically a facial massage where you're pretending your finger tips are running through, like pitter-pattering through strawberry fields in the evening. Oh, they're breathing the air and celebrating. You could start at your chin, if you're listening with me right now, you could do it to … For the start, you could use … What I like to do and I guess this is just my imagination is I imagine my thumb is … What are those things called?
A pole vaulter enabling everything else that's happening, which I guess is strange, but the first thing you do is if you take your thumbs and you place them just under side of your chin, like right on the bone, your jaw bone, and then just reach your fingers up towards your cheek and sweep them down gently. That's always a good way to start your stretching. Then maybe reach your fingers back to the back of your jaw and slide them forward very gently. We're not even massaging at this point. We're just swooping, I guess you'd say.
Then if you go like about a little few, you know, towards your nostrils, under your eyes where your sinuses might be, with your fingers and swoop gently outward, away towards your ears. This part is more of a swooping, as in a strawberry field running, but we're preparing, and then at some point as you do this swooping … I'm going to pause for a second and swoop myself. What I like to do … I just had to do it so I remembered. Thanks for indulging me. I like to do the swoop from my sinuses towards my ears, but then I kiss my thumb with my index finger.
Instead of going towards my ears, then I circle back down towards my jaw, and I kiss my thumb and that's the strawberry kiss and then I just let my fingertips start to run around my cheeks and pitter-patter around my jaw. This is a self-massage, so you could like … We're just doing it lightly and I guess one of the ideas is a light tapping, it gives you … you know, may or may not bring a strawberry hue to your face. We're imagining that, you're starting to imagine you're feeling a strawberry hue and your fingertips are just kind of dancing on your face a little bit, pitter-pattering, if you prefer.
Again, have them play playfully with your ears and then to your forehead and then maybe find some places for a little bit more massaging. Maybe you want your fingers to spend some more time just kneading, you know. They say, “Well, no, you're in a strawberry field. I think I'm going to knead this ground like a cat,” and maybe instead of the idea of massaging, sometimes I find with my clients, the idea of a kneading or exploring your fingers, are saying, “Ha, let me check this out.” Like you could also pretend you're an amateur phrenologist of the forehead or the cheek, instead of the head and you're just kind of getting …
You could say, “Hey, let me get to know myself a little bit better here.” You say, “Oh, wow, never noticed that I had a … The way that bone feels there. That's kind of nice.” Maybe you're singing Strawberry Fields Forever to yourself, maybe you're not, and you say, “Oh.” Now, remember always be gentle and, you know, you can use one finger or you could use them all. Anytime you want to have a little bit more leverage … You could feel me feeling my cheek right now. I'm saying, and now I'm even noticing a cheek … See, oh, there's a little thing there in my cheekbone and you're just doing that.
Oh, again, you tell me you want some more leverage, just use your thumb on the bottom of your jaw. Again, you're just treating your face kindly. Now the best thing about this first step of the routine is you could do it, you know, as long as your hands are clean, or I guess, you know, it's up to you, but I'd say, that's really a good idea, policy. Yes, you can do it anytime. You know, any time you need it, like a 10 step or a 20 step piece of skin care, and you only want to do one step, you might be somewhere and you say, “Oh, boy, this …”
You know, you say, “Okay, let just … Let me just …” You know, maybe even do, pretend you're sending … What is that called? Pretend you're sending Morse code messages through your temple or your forehead, so that's a little bit about how to do it.
Now we enter into the cleansing stage. Now everybody knows you do an oil cleanse and a foam cleanse or maybe you don't know. We do have a oil cleanser here and we also have a technique. We sell both together, but I also teach you the technique for free. So you see, “Well,” like so you could use this technique or you can use the cleanser that is in the same name which is called Halley's Comets and this … So you say, “Okay, I'm familiar with the oil cleanser,” or “I'm not.”
Well, you're going to clean your face with an oil cleanse and the reason I call it Halley's Comet … Now Halley's Comet was a comet that only comes around once in a while, and I want you to set that intension that we're changing … Well, it's two things, you only come once in a while, around once in a while and I mean that in a sense that you're special, you're special to me as Halley's Comet and I want you to sometimes say that to yourself in the mirror. Yeah, but we're also going to … As we start to practice this skin care, self-care routine, you're going to start to imagine that …
If you're doing this every night, even in a lighter fashion, you'd say, “You're as important to me as Halley's Comet was to the comet watchers of the '80s,” or you say, “Oh, I like …” You know what I mean? You're taking something special and you're giving it to yourself on a regular basis. Yeah, but this is our oil cleanser as well and it has a … What you're going to do is you want to apply it to a dry skin, and again, you can read about the basics of, you know … This is an adaptable routine, but I do like to use like a sweeping method, as I'm imagining my fingers, my fingertips being the comet, coming across the sky.
The idea of the using of the oil, you know, is it cleans one type of thing, because you may say, “Well, I have oily skin,” and yeah, we're getting off some of the stuff that the oil based … Like the oil cleaners will clean and we're also kind of getting a second … You know, in some sense, we're getting a second … You know, in some sense, we're getting a second … so you're going to massage it in, and as you do that, you're going to use a little bit of water. You could use lukewarm water and you're going to massage that and then, yeah, I like to massage it in again I swoops.
We've already swooped our skin with the Strawberry Fields. Now we're imagining comets crossing our face. You know, cleaning out, that you'd say, you could also say, “Hey, I'm hitching these things, I'm … You know. “Hey, Halley's Comet, take my blues away.”
We also offer, we do offer like … We do offer another product. I just thinking about offering one day, which we could do in this stage. If you're one that says, “Well, I do prefer, this is my wind down routine, so sure, my skin care takes 30 minutes, but it's part of my relaxation. It's …” You know, people lose sight of that when they say, “A 20 step skin care? How over indulgent.” See, no, this is a self care. Don't get, you know, also they're the largest … By the way, largest organ in the body, probably you have heard.
Also, don't judge a book by its cover, by like how in malls …” You know, it's not about the cover, it's about the inside or you might be saying, “Well, this doesn't seem like it's for me.” Well, would you like, 30 minute relaxation routine? You're going to wet your face and you're going to clean, you know, you're massaging and taking oil away and you're rinsing and then you're done with Halley's Comet or you could take as long as you want.
Now our next step is we're still in the cleanse and now we're going to use a water based cleanser and this is going to take … You know, deal with some of the dirt and some of the other things that may be on our face. Now we don't use the I word here or the P word, so we don't use Im and we don't use Purity, because we say, we're again, we're talking about the more human side, but those are, if you're using them in a fact, the science based way, you could, if you have a more science based approach to your skin care, that's fine, too. Use the verbiage in the words you feel comfortable using.
But this, water's the thing. We call it the Moma Dance, and it is influenced … You know, you may have heard of that term before but again, cleansing to us as you've probably picked up on is about … is much about the cleanser that we sell, as the technique and that's why they share a name, and that is we say, “Take it for free.” You know, or use our cleansers which are, you know, just our superior products and we believe we don't really need to talk about how superior they are. Because when you see the price, you'll say, “Oh, that must be a superior product, because I have a Honda, they cost as …” and I say, “Well, you're in the right shop then.”
We do believe in packaging, you know, in the responsible, sustainable way, but also in a way … so we do have night time and day time versions of our products which just have slightly different scents and slightly different colorations, and barely noticeable formulations. Because you say, “Well, we're …” and you say, “Well, we can also customize them for you.” We say, “Well, what kind of colors do you like at your night time,” but as you perform the Moma Dance, you're going to take the techniques you've already learned in the first stages and you're going to dance your face clean with our water based cleanser.
Your face is already a little bit damp and you're going to use … We prefer like to dance in ovals, so as a Moma Dance you could picture yourself in a ball gown, swooping around a room, or you know, you don't have to. You could picture yourself skating in figure eights or dancing in figure eights and that is a slowly, slowly, clearing things out, and that is the Moma Dance.
The next stage is we call it Breath and Burping here, and we don't have a name for our shop. I'm thinking, Skin and Self Care, just a … but we're going to do a little exfoliation and that's just going to help bring a breath … You know, I say burp, because you see, okay, but like a … I don't know I just find that as a holistic way to describe exfoliation to me. Like you're not actually burping your skin, but you're giving it the clarity to breathe and to burp and also for absorption, which is a big part of our next stage of our routine.
We actually believe in that, we have two exfoliators, so the first stage is the Breath and the Burping and you're going to apply that and do a gentle rub and that is like a … It just lays the foundation. We can't tell you about the ingredients, but there are … You know, ingredient, you know very healthy ingredients that are in most of the same cleansers. That's one aspect of our exfoliation. Now the next side, this is where we double it and you're also going to know our products tend to be very light on the face, as you feel them, but again, that's the technique, you see. Okay, and breathing. You're even just setting your intention so that's one stage.
Then the next stage, we call the Funky Papa and because like usually, ours has ingredients to do a little bit of physical exfoliation. You know, in other products you'll see sugars or beads or others, you know, things, just to help do a little physical exfoliation and just have that first layer on I think helps, because you see, we don't want to over exfoliate, right. We just want to do it, again, we're thinking about just using the … This is where you can really connect to skin to skin because you're thinking about just using … At least this is imaginary and this again a technique, we say, “This is a Funky Papa.”
I want you to think about … and again, this is over time and this is to give you a chance to unwind and connect as thinking about those little … Imagine it was just … I know it was like a … What is the molecule between the fingertip and your finger and your face? Is it a bead? Is it a sugar … Let's just say it's, can you feel the sugar dissolving? Can you feel the grain as you gently massage it in? Actually, that's part of our technique and where our product is is can you feel it dissolving.
Another thing to imagine is a temperature transfer. Is my body heat going from my fingertips to my face or to my face to my fingertips or maybe if you're really into this in a deep and meditative way, my body heat and the liquid within me and the liquids on my face and is the warmth in my fingertips, the warmth in my cheek or my forehead is now going into this grain, in dissolving it. Then just use this as a very gentle … One way to think about the motion, this is one of the most gentle stages of our processes. To take your middle finger and your index finger, press your thumb into them and then gently rub with the pad of your thumb against the tips of your fingers. Just feel that motion. That's relaxing in and of itself.
You could practice that, our exfoliation techniques. You know, if you say, “Well, I really want to get this down,” you know, take a grain of sugar or salt or sand, whatever it is and test that out. Test out the thumb and two finger technique or even the heat transfer, so is my thumb giving heat to my fingers or is my fingers giving heat to my thumb? Are they … You say, “Huh.” You really, when you take the time to feel, you'll feel things. I know that sounds a bit obvious but, of course, we have all the other things going on and again there's no right or wrong way to practice a 20 step rigorous skin … We're taking the rigor out of this rigorous skin care routine.
Because I think that's the outside judgment. You're carving out a space for your care, so I don't know, maybe I'm also thinking this'll be brainstorming for our, you know, the name, the future name of our shop. Now again, we have another stage coming up here. Now normally, this would be one stage thing, yeah, but we have a two stage thing here and these are preparation and repair, so we break that into two things, the preparation and the repair and these are toner stages and you could use a reusable cotton pad, which we sell here or you could use a disposable one or you could just gently use your fingers with our toners.
Our first toner is called Mound. Our two toners are very simply named, because that's what I want you to think about is a mound on your finger. I want you to just put a mound, like a small dollop, and we have infographics also on all of our products, so you say, “Well, what does that mean?” Don't worry, we show you, but for now, I just want you to imagine a mound of our first toner, which is another … Like it's a cleansing of the cleansing and, again, you're taking the mound and then you're spreading it down and you say, “Well, how, what motion?” and I say, “Well, it depends, if you're using a pad, I like to use like a clockwise, counter clockwise, whatever I'm feeling.”
You say, “Okay, I'm feeling a counter clockwise on my right cheek and a clockwise on my left cheek.” This is a very thin toner and the other people will say, “Oh, that's a, there's a …” We'd say, “Well, let's just agree to disagree.” Then we're going to move on to our next toner and technique which we simply call Foam and this has some restorative aspects to it and there's some ingredients you may smell, like a slight citrus, licorice, but this one is going to really help. It's going to help with the absorption. You're going to notice this one is slightly has a different feel than the previous stage.
Again, you might say, “Well, this sounds …” and we say, “Well, if you want to use one toner, you can or if you want to use both of our toners, you can,” or if we say, “Well, like we just want you to think about this and give you the options,” and we separate them for efficacy to be honest with you. Because now, you're … You know, the absorptive nature of your skin is being repaired with Foam, which is it is a foam. It's not a foam cleanser and it's a powerful foam so you just need a tiny bit again. I would say the size of the pad on your index finger and you can use this on a cotton pad or on your fingertip. You know, we don't have a thing.
This one I do suggest, is to use a side to side motion or an up and down motion, like pretending like a wave of foam crashing on the shore, against your face. You're just kind of like, using some imagination, like waves for this toner coming in. That's our Foam stage and so you say, “Wow, we're already getting in some extra things,” and we say yes.
Our next stage is the Essence stage as it's known and these ones we can again customize. If you say, “Well, I'm looking for something more natural. I'm looking for these ingredients,” and this is a multi staged thing again as opposed to some of the other ones. We do have two layers of essence that do rely on one another, but again, you could use our techniques independently or on your own but the first one is something … and again, this is the first one where we're going to again, we're going to take this Essence, this first essence and you're going to say this essence is for me, for you. You're going to talk to your skin. It's called Roget.
We want you to say it like that and maybe even as you're applying it to not so much pinch yourself, but you're just going to like instead of using a typical patting technique which is popular, you're going to do a like not like a massa … Instead of a massage, you're going to do a … I don't know. Again, a little bit more, like almost like you're touching dough. You're not kneading, but I guess a light kneading, I guess that's what I'm trying to say, with your fingertips into your face in which you'll … Well, that's an idea and I say, “Okay, that's why we have two stages here.
You're going to take the Roget and you're going to go … and you can do your neck as well, if you like and the underside, below. You could feel me doing it to myself now. Again, I think you're going to … You say, “Wow, we've given my face so much attention, but this kneading is relieving another stage of tension,” and we say, “Yes, that is what we're doing here is we're giving you more,” and again, optional. You say, “Well, I'd like to use this one when I get off a plane all by … It was just fine on its own. It does …”
Yeah, but again, you can purchase these from us and you say, “Well, like, that's only for one, one month of 50% of your Essence program,” and I'd say, “Yes, but you know it is the best. I mean, what can I tell you?” 20 steps, you could say 10 for the outside and 10 for the inside. That wouldn't be true, but the would be a way to market, so after Roget, you're going to have the next application of our Essence, because again, you say, “Well, that Essence doesn't feel spread around a 100%,” and that is because a next stage of Essence is called the Squirming Coil.
Again, I want you to imagine that … and this is, you know these are things that science would probably agree with if … You know, depending on the study and who funded it. The Squirming Coil, I want you to take your imagination and I want you to go deep down, and imagine. Just imagine, you're not actually doing this, but the coil of your DNA, you're saying, “Well, you know, you're coiled all the time. You are in a holy Ribonucleic, you know, RNA, DNA, I love they,” and you're going to …
You know, the Squirming Coil is a little bit of another technique and again, these are all facial care, techniques, again to be used lightly and gently, but you're going to bring your fingers … and this one we do suggest to put on with your fingertips into a pinch where thumb and all four of your fingers are meeting at the center. You're going to put the toner right on all of your fingertips and your thumb tip and then you're going to go up to your face. You can do the little turn, you're going to do a little coiling and uncoiling, so counter clockwise or clockwise and, you know, just get to know your face and then you're going to do that motion and to keep all of them unified.
And you'll say, we do have another surprise step coming up soon, but then start to use like a circular or oval technique with your finger and thumb tips around your face, your forehead, and your neck, really spreading that toner in and spreading it around. That's the Squirming Coil.
The next stage, this is typically the Serum stage, they call it. We like to call it the Syrup Stage, just because we think that sounds good and the first one is called Down with Day, and we … That so we do have a two stage Syrup Stage and for a lot of people, they are … Like we do make them just feel a little bit syrupy compared to some other products, but still thin. Like as soon as you're … when you first touch it, you say, “This feels like a syrup and not a serum,” or whatever the other terms they call treatments or whatever.
Yeah, but again, our products are designed with your warmth of your body and motion and as soon as you feel, as soon as it touches your skin, give it a second, especially when the kiss of your fingertips to your face begins, you will become light. You'll wonder if it was immediately absorbed and the Down with D is about just to do … It's kind of like a Down with Negativity. It is a syrup, a treatment designed with you in mind so you say, “Okay, my number one concern is this,” and it would say … Now this one is a … We don't change the ingredients for anyone, because we say, “Okay, one of the main things that can affect your skin is negativity, whether it's inside or outside or around all sides.
And so we're saying, “Down with D,” in not just the way the … I wasn't in charge of titling it, but that's just the title of it, this particular serum, but like in all stages of customization, some things don't need to be customized and this is one of them. So you're saying, “Oh, wait a second,” so we don't need to be negative, right, and we say, “Yes, right,” but do you know, that's easier to day than to do.
Now this is a real serum. It has real ingredients for your skin, but we want … What we want you to do is again you could use any of the finger techniques to apply it. This one, you will notice, it does … Like it just benefits from some motion, but again, we want you to set your intention to your skin and that you and your skin have been impacted.
Were you impacted today by some negativity? Was it on the inside? Was it on the outside? And then as you're applying this serum … Now the serum's not, you know, again, we're skin care and self care. You know, so you're just talking to yourself. You're talking to your skin and you're just listening. You're saying, “Ho, it was you.” Oh, maybe you want to elaborate? Maybe you just want to say, “Oh, you were impacted by something negative today.” You might want to say, “I'm sorry.” You might want to breathe it out, if you see, well, that negatively was inside.
How does that feel? Oh, wooh, wooh, so let me massa- Okay, and maybe … and again some of this may be just imagination. Again, skin care and self care is only part of a greater holistic care, you know, or care … You know, you have, we're just here to provide … You know, we're just a shop, you know. We are but a one tiny part of the toolbox, so you know, this is also part of your greater toolbox. We want you to have that and you might say that, “Well, maybe I need to …” Maybe you have a notepad nearby, which all of our kits come with and you say, “Oh, well, let me call that a … Let me … You know, I need to look into that a little bit more.”
Or maybe again you're thinking about something negative or you might say, “Well, I don't even …” You might be negative about negativity or you might … Whatever it is, there's no wrong way, except to acknowledge that it's easy and that your skin's and you are impacted by that, but it's also about, you know part of our serum, which again is made from extraordinary ingredients that are very good for your skin.
Now, the next stage, we can customize it. You say, “Well, I'm primarily concerned with this or I'm primarily concerned with that,” and we change it. Now this one is called Strawberry Letter 23. You might say, “Well, I've heard of that song.” We do add the number, because we could change … We'll change the number that we're designing it, when you get it, it'll always be Strawberry number 23 and I don't know if that makes sense to you, but you say, “Well, you know, I prefer … You know, I live, I commute for work, so I'm looking for a serum that deals with that, being in a car all day,” or, you know, “I fly a lot.”
And so we would design a serum for you based on our expertise here and then we'd say, “Okay, that Strawberry Letter 1,046ZQPA-BQD5-47-16,” but when you bought it, it'll be Strawberry Letter 23. We would have a place on the label, the code where we would know that, but for you, it'd always be Strawberry Letter 23 and again, this serum is about taking that foundation and saying, “Here,” like after someone breathes out the breath back in, you say, “Whoo, I breathed out from that negative …” You know, that you acknowledged me, you saw me and we'd like you to look in the mirror if you can and we know that's not easy, so maybe you just want to barely glance up. Maybe you want to imagine you're looking at it and see yourself and just say, “I see you.”
Strawberry Letter 23 is just a part of that process, but see, you're saying, “Huh, negativity, I heard that, now I see you,” and there is a little bit of strawberry in the Strawberry Letter 23, which is why it's called that, but that's just part or … You know, that's just part of the routine and of the serum, and again, that will be customized for you.
Then our next thing is we go on to what people call the sheet masks, right. Those like when you say, “Well, how are you going to have two sheet masks,” correct? You know, we do do that in a way. That's very … You see, our first sheet mask is very much like many of the other sheet masks in the sense that it … We call it Birds of a Feather and it is like a lot of sheet masks, it does the same purpose. You're going to put it on. Again, this can be like part of your … Like these are con … This is definitely a concentrated essence in this and it has nutrients to absorb and moisture.
You know, and this is where you lie down with both our masks, because we do have two and so you'll put on Birds of a Feather and kind of the Birds of a Feather also, it's a reminder that there's a greater world out there. That we're all, you know, that … so they say, “Well, I was …” Like as you're moving through that negativity maybe or maybe not. You know you don't need to go anywhere to do skin care, but you say, “Huh, I'm part of a, part of a whole. It's not easy being anybody,” I guess is the point of Birds of a Feather and we do have messages written on …
I know some people might say, “This is a …” Anyway, but our customers give us messages to put on the masks and we find that it's a good reminder and we would like to eventually put more things to remind you that you're part of the world and so that's Birds of a Feather.
Then we have something to put over the eyes. We do, it's a … It's not … It doesn't have cucumber in it. It is something you put over your eyes and we call it I Always Wanted it That Way, because when you put it on, along with Birds of a Feather, yeah, you're going to say, “Holy cow, this is accurately titled I've never … I've had masks before but nothing like this,” and this'll help you relax, and here's the thing, some of our customers actually fall asleep after you putting both of these on, which is fine, if you leave them on for longer that you could put them on for five minutes or you could put them on and wake up in the evening later and take them off and complete your skin care routine or the morning.
Again, I guess a lot of people see this as … Again, they say, “Oh, rigorous, a skin care routine, [inaudible 00:58:28] like a …” or again, “Oh, indulgent,” or “Beauty that shines from within,” right. Because it's really about the light within you, as some people would say. You may not say that … We care. Again, think about where everywhere your skin is and while we are focused on the skin on your face, it's just because it's the one you see the most when you're looking in the mirror, and it's just it does need a little bit more of your attention, because it is a part of you that's out there in the world.
We don't want you to get focused on that B word either, but when you're look … So go ahead and relax, oh, but I was saying, so you can do this in the morning, 6:30 to 7:00 AM. Some people will just, again, you carving out time for you or you could do this a shorter version. This is your day and again, just to see how it goes and you adapt as you wish, or come into our shop, you know, when it opens. Right now, we don't really need a shop title, because we only accept customers, and you know, until this point, until working with Scooter, it has been only … Not invite only, just because of, again, the pricing.
People only come to us when they know of us. They've bought a robe. Again, when you pay, you say, “Is that a robe or royals … Rolls Royce?” someone once said to my brother, and he said, “This is more than either one. It's for you.” Again, but this is … We're opening our techniques up to everyone. This is for the user, for the user with any products. You know, our customers don't have a budget really, anyway, or they do. They have … It's just, you know …
Anyway, so those are our masks. Now it is time for the eyes. Oh, the eyes. The windows and the doorways and so much more than that and so, of course, we have two stages through this. Stage one is called, All of These Dreams and this is actually … Now again, this is a very, very light product and is applied very gently to your lids and around the eye, you know, with your eyes closed and again you're going to feel a stronger aroma than with our other products. That's actually, I'll just tell you, it's built into the cap of the product, not the product itself. When you uncap the product, the room will fill with a stronger relaxing aroma, that again, when your eyes closed, maybe later tonight, you'll think about it as you dream. You know, we just think about eyes closing and dreams together.
Then you're going to open up your eyes again and you're going to … We call it Split Open and Melt, because when you start to apply this eye cream around the eyes, this is, you know, some of the thinner skin and more delicate part of your face and it's more a place associated with being tired, so we want this stage to feel luxurious and reassuring and very gentle. Again, as you Split Open and Melt, you're going to rub this around your eyes and again it has another aroma, but in your home you could use things and again this is a tapping. Like I said … Did I say rubbing? I mean you're tapping it around and this is around the border … Well, you know, from using other techniques.
We're here to talk about, I guess, the greater techniques and you say, “Have you ever practiced skin care before?” and I say, “I have.” Now we have another stage with another name. The same name and it's called Down with D again, because this time now, no other techniques about use this but it's time to give your knuckles a little care, because your fingers have been working your face. We're going to start to massage our knuckles and massage our fingers and we do have a finger cream.
Again, it's just a nice way to treat the rest of your fingers and to just say, “Hey, you're important to me. Good job. Really good job.” That's what we do and we're going to just take the negativity out of the fingers and just to relax them and get them feeling like they're hydrated and then we have the tips of your fingers and even your cuticles all could benefit from this treatment. It does have a fing … and you say, “Well, how do I know from the other Down with D?” and you see that it has a fing … You will be able to tell or usually just use any of your products for that part, for your finger massage.
Even the next product, which is a … and the next stage, which part of our moisturization stages, and that is Shine a Light and this is probably our most famous moisturizer, because really we're moisturizing to allow the skin, you're padding this moisturizer and you're sealing it in and allowing your skin to really, really get a moisturized … so it can, your inner light will shine out. I mean that's really what our goal is here. Again, we have some of the finest ingredients, but again, I just want you to pretend as you're applying and you're padding it, and sometimes you may say, “Well, I need you to shine the light in me. I don't know if I have …” You know, okay, well, you need to spark a light, you need to be shone or to shine.
All of this comes again with materials. This explanation's been just a too in depth for me. I need something I can do … If I was explaining this to a kindergartner. Oh, we all come … You know all of ours come with handy cards for these stages and if you want to use them with your own products, you know, your products you already have … We can find a way to deliver this. Just you do … You know someone will help you to have a way to just simply do it, but you just applying this moisturizer and you say, “Well, I've shone a light on my skin, and because that's organ that connects all of me in some sense connects me to the world, connects me to my internal self.”
Again, and it gives … It could be a spiritual practice. It could be a meditative practice and it could just be a skin care … You know, it could be a non-metaphorical, a 100% skin care based practice. That's up to you and one day may be different than the next.
Then it's time for our premier level of moisturization, where everybody else stops we keep going and the next stage is Peaches in Regula and it does have a peach scent, so it is maybe there is peaches in there. It is yet another layer of like … Well, you could say emulsion but again you're going going to be working this into your skin and patting it in, patting it into your neck really feeling … No, no, no, you'll just say, “Wooh, Peaches in Regula,” like as you're putting it on there.
If this is your evening routine, this is a place where you could actually stop. You know, that's where you'll stop. We still have two more stages though for daytime, morning. You might say, “Well, I don't leave the house till afternoon.” We say, “No problem.” For our next two stops, our sunscreen stops, and again, we say, because we don't believe that skin care stops with the face. We do have a dual skin care and sunscreen routine or sun care.
Our first sunscreen is called Cities, so it is about like a … Because we're preparing you for the metaphorical Cities of the World. You're going out into the city. Maybe you're not, maybe you're going out into the country, but we just call it Cities because that's where we're located and we think about going out of the door. A lot of times you think about the city first and not the sun, so I don't know, that's what, part of the idea behind that is going out into the world and so this has all the protection your face needs.
You're going to gently pat and rub this in and, again, this has a … It's your protective and you're going to need it. It's a shield and you know it's there for your sun and it works, so you're going to apply that and with the Cities, you can use it for your whole face, your neck and your ears, but we do have another stage, because we don't believe at just stopping there and this is just a little bit different, the density and … You know, a little bit different ingredients, but then we have a sunscreen for the rest of your body. You could use it on your face, but we always think, “Well, maybe start with the ears in the back of your neck and, you know, the clavicle, of course, and then your arms and your hands and your elbows and anything else that's going to be outside.
We call this My Sweet One, and because it is the last stage and it is a protective stage, sometimes you're protecting like the backs of your hands or the ears or your elbows, that you might forget or that you just don't always give attention to … and that's why we call it My Sweet One. We want you to be applying it to … and really in a loving way, we want … Like we do believe in self love and self care. Self care because you love yourself and so I think this is like the 20 or 21st stage. You'll rub in that last sunscreen and then you'll be ready for the world or if you've just applied Peaches, you'll be ready for bed and you'll be comfortable and maybe you're so relaxed after you get on that sunscreen you don't even need to leave the house.
I would say do it, because you're feeling good, but yeah, so that's what we're here. You know, again, a special skin care routine, 20 stages or more or less, whatever you need. Thanks for visiting our shop. I guess we could call it Enrobed in Skincare, because you are enrobed in your body, you know, but thanks for joining us, in behalf of my brother and I, good night.