Skin Care FAQ - Knowledge Base

Skin Care Knowledge Base (FAQs)

General Skincare Questions

No matter what season, your skin care should include exfoliating, hydrating, repairing and protecting year around.

Exfoliate

We tend to think that in summer skin should be exfoliated more than in winter because it produces less oil. But exfoliation in winter is equally important because of long hours in dry air (outdoor or indoor). Some might think a heavy cream would hydrate, but without regular exfoliation, it will result in heavy layers of dead skin.

Shunri recommends using AHA + Rapid Exfoliator and AHA + Deep Gel Cleanser year around. AHA + Deep Gel Cleanser twice a day in summer and once a day in winter. This should be followed with pH-balancing toner. AHA + Rapid Exfoliator will gently remove dead cells from your skin’s surface and hydrate your skin year round.

Hydrate

All skin types/conditions require hydration to protect it from moisture loss all year, but especially in winter. Shunri does not use heavy, greasy moisturizers that stay on top of skin without penetrating into deeper layers. Instead, her products contain hyaluronic acid to actually pull water from the environment and provide a hydrating blanket of moisture to the skin without feeling greasy. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that works like a sponge to bind moisture to the skin all day long.

– Products containing hyaluronic acid are beneficial for oily skin, the more water you deliver into your skin, the less oil the skin will produce.
– If your skin type is between normal to oily, use B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel as your daily moisturizer serum and add SE + Apple Skin Stem Cells in winter.
– For those with normal to dry skin types, Shunri recommends using SE + Apple Skin Stem Cell as a daily moisturizer serum while adding Botanical-C + Peptides Gel Lotion in winter for maximum hydration and prevention from photo damage at the same time.

Repair and Protect

Regardless of the season, hyperpigmentation, or dark spots can get darker and redness can get worse. It is necessary to protect the skin from sunlight and repair damage already done due to sun exposure. Most of us don’t realize the winter light can be just as damaging to our skin cells and promote hyperpigmentation and dark spots as much as in summer.

When the sky is cloudy there is still very strong UVA radiation that penetrates deep into the skin damaging the cells. Even if you cannot see any damage right away, dark spots and wrinkles that appear years later are the results of such photo damage. UVA rays are constantly present, no matter the season or weather. They are so powerful that they also penetrate some clothing and even glass.

On the other hand, UVB rays are the ones you can feel just after sun exposure – like sunburn. Unlike UVA rays, these rays don’t always have the same strength but are responsible for causing most skin cancers. They’re stronger in summer months, and have the ability to reflect from the water or snow surface, therefore Shunri recommends using SPF protection all year round, even when the weather is cloudy.

Add SPF40 Light Moisturizer or Radiant Translucent SPF40 to your daily skin care routine year-round to protect the skin from environmental light and enjoy your youthful look longer.

Absolutely yes!
Toners have become a confusing category of skincare products. Because of misconceptions, many fashion magazines and cosmetics sales people advise against using a toner, or simply dismiss toners as an optional step. A well-formulated toner can provide truly amazing benefits to the skin and are essential for achieving a healthy, radiant glow. You’ll find that applying a toner can be the perfect addition to your skin-care routine!

Toners are recommended as a way to restore skin’s pH balance after using any kind of cleanser. This is because cleansers raise the skin’s natural pH to a level that isn’t good for your skin. After cleansing, the skin is out of pH balance, an alkaline condition much like a dry sponge. If we apply serum or moisturizer to skin without the right pH level, it’s like appling dish soap on top of a dry sponge. Dry sponge will not be absorbent and will stay in a dry condition and the dish soap will change, over time, from liquid to hard and just sit on top of the dry sponge. If you add water (correct the pH of the skin) to the dry sponge, the soap can penetrate easily. The skin after cleansing is the same concept and without bringing the correct pH level back to your skin with toner, you will just waste your serum or moisturizer. It will sit on top of your skin with nowhere to go and build up heavy layers that will lead to break-outs or irritation.

Remember that not every toner is the right toner. Toners with alcohol and astringent ingredients should always be avoided because they cause free-radical damage and irritation, these lessen your skin’s ability to repair itself and produce healthy collagen. Like with little bit of the water the dry sponge cannot have enough bubbles and irritate your skin with all the harsh chemicals. With the right water pH then there’s no need to use much soap, right?

Shunly Skincare’s FUSION FORMULA® pH toner is designed to create a healthy pH level, from 5.0pH – 7.0pH, this allows serum or moisturizer to penetrate to the epidermis layer.

With clean skin, the correct pH level from using pH≈SE+ Nutri Toner or pH≈CoQ10+ A-Oxy Toner, Shunly Skincare products will begin to restore and repair your skins’ surface and it will be ready for a healthy dose of what it needs to look younger.

The eye area plays a significant role when it comes to judging someone’s age. Wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness around eyes all portray an older appearance. Treating the eye region, especially dark circles and swelling under the eyes, can make a tremendous difference when it comes to perceiving one’s years.

Shunly Skincare’s FUSION FORMULA® L-AA+ Instant Eye Gel delivers vitamin C to brighten eyes, improve discoloration and precisely target the first signs of aging beneath and around eyes.

Skin is sensitive to all changes, including our daily diet, weather, and temperature of the air. Changing skin care products may result in sensitivity and risk an acne breakout or some other reaction.

It’s safest to have a baseline skin care routine for year-round that you know it works well and doesn’t cause irritation or breakout. While keeping your baseline routine you can introduce one new products at a time. This way you can tell which products work or which might be causing a problem.

We’ve developed a baseline routine – Shunly Skincare’s 3 SkinCareActs™ – Prevent, Protect, Correct that encompass cleansing, toning, hydrating, and repairing skin issues. You might have to make some adjustments to toning and hydrating depending on the season, or add antioxidant to the baseline to improve skin’s elasticity. Our skin ages every year, adding Shunly Skincare’s FUSION FORMULA® antioxidant serum to the baseline routine will keep skin healthy and youthful looking in the long run.

Absolutely! Your should protect your skin from the minute you walk out of your house to the car, while you drive, stop for coffee, walk from your car to the office, get your lunch, back to the car and drive home, and any time the sun shining.

UVA rays are constantly present, no matter what season or the weather. They are so powerful that they can penetrate some clothing and even glass. You are constantly exposed to UVB rays during routine activities of every day life.

It is absolutely necessary to protect your skin from sunlight and repair damage from sun exposure all year.

No. There are no parabens in the entire Shunly Skincare line.

No testing has, or ever will be conducted on animals.

How To Use Our Products

Your eyes, face and neck are your focal point and the area we most associate with personal identity. While repeated exposure to UV radiation results in premature aging of these areas, which encompasses a number of signs that reflect structural changes in the dermis, it is recommended to use the Shunly Skincare FUSION FORMULA® SPF over the face and neck area to slow down process of photo-aging. Shunly Skincare FUSION FORMULA® SPF is recommended for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is gentle enough to protect the delicate eye area and the skin after aesthetic/clinical procedures.

We recommend cleansing your face in two steps for best results, whether you wear make-up or not. With make-up, dust, pollution and natural oil produced by your skin during the day, the first cleansing only removes that layer, the second cleansing will purify your skin. Follow this step-by-step for a perfectly cleansed face:

  1. Start by washing your face with lukewarm water. You can use Shunly Skincare 3-in-1 Makeup Remover to remove make-up and any other residue, then rinse off.
  2. Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap to remove oil residue.
  3. Apply a moderate amount of preferred Shunly Skincare cleanser, then build a lather with a small amount of water. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  4. Follow with a Shunly Skincare toner.

Pro Tip: Wash your hair before cleansing your face to avoid chemicals in shampoo causing facial breakouts or irritation.

The main function of human skin is to protect the body against infection, environmental stress and other external factors. However, skin’s ability to work normally is affected by its pH level. Therefore all Shunly Skincare toners are designed to bring back the optimal pH level to the skin.

The best way to use Shunly Skincare toner is to spray it all over the face, neck and decollete. Don’t use cotton pads to distribute the toner, simply allow skin to fully benefit from spraying the liquid. Use fingers to tap the toner until fully absorbed, then follow with Shunly Skincare antioxidant treatment (PREVENTION) in morning and serum (CORRECTION) in evening.

Shunly Skincare toners are recommended for all skin types to maintain healthy pH levels and to prepare skin for serum application. As a bonus, using toner will enhance absorption of other treatments.

Pro Tip: Double-up the use of Shunly Skincare toner in winter for extra hydration. Just wait until the first layer of toner is absorbed then re-apply.

Shunly offers several treatment creams that are a concentration of actives to ensure visible skin benefits. In order to see their fullest potential, follow these tips:

  1. Use a penny-sized dab of treatment cream.
  2. Use one fingertip to dot product over the face, neck and decolletage.
  3. Use 4 fingertips to spread product evenly on the skin.

Serums contain a high concentration of powerful antioxidant actives to help reduce and eliminate sun damage. As a result of using them on a daily basis, your skin will appear younger, smoother and more beautiful in a natural way. It’s similar to taking vitamin supplements to help our immune system fight off infection or illness naturally. These powerful antioxidant vitamin serums boost skin’s ability to fight aging processes.

Shunly Skincare’s FUSION FORMULA® serums should be used on skin that is prepared and has the right pH level, therefore before treatment application, remember to cleanse and tone skin so the serum can interact better.

Award Winning B,C,E + Ferulic Treatment, Total Age Defense, Shunly Skincare

B,C,E + Ferulic Treatment

Shunly Skincare topical Vitamin C antioxidant serums are designed to be used in an effective layering method, which will boost preventative performance benefits of each product for ultimate photo protection. For optimal results, and to boost PREVENTION performance benefits and ultimate PROTECTION, your skin must have the right pH level before applying vitamin C treatment. Therefore, it is recommended to prepare your already cleansed skin with Shunly Skincare pH balance toner before your vitamin C treatment application. If additional moisture is desired, apply SE + Apple Skin Stem Cells and follow with Shunly Skincare Fusion Formula® SPF in the morning. You may use KA + Bio Lightening Treatment or HQ + Phyto Moisturizer for brightening. Use AHA + Rapid Exfoliator to exfoliate in the evening to CORRECT and PREVENT premature signs of aging.

This fast-absorbing treatment functions by the synergistic interaction of pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and vitamin E, rendering each other more powerful when in formulation together with a powerful antioxidant Ferulic acid. Research studies conclude the addition of Ferulic acid provides unmatched preventative benefits against premature signs of photo-aging. Natural preventative capabilities of Ferulic acid not only prevent premature signs of photo-aging, but also prevent the formation of skin cancer.

B,C,E + Ferulic Treatment is ideal for normal – dry – sensitive – problematic skin including conditions associated with rosacea of photo-aged or photo damaged skin. It also works very well for those skin types with erythema or hyperpigmentation prone skin conditions. B,C,E + Ferulic Treatment helps treat pre- and post- invasive or non-invasive skin procedures.

A 20% concentration of pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is a substantial amount to be applied to the skin. Most people with sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea have a hard time to find an antioxidant treatment for their skin and this is where Shunly Skin Care products are the best option to try – such high concentration of vitamin C will increase the antioxidant benefits of vitamin E and Ferulic acid more abundantly, rendering them more powerful in formulation compared to if a lesser amount were used.

C + Ploretin Treatment, Photo Damage Correcting Serum

C + Phloretin Treatment

Pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) in formulation with powerful antioxidants asiatic acid and phloretin function synergistically to create a broad-spectrum level of protection against a wide range of molecules and harmful ultraviolet radiation wavelength light spectrum giving you an additional level of protection. Research studies conclude the potent ability of this triple antioxidant mixture will correct existing photo damage as it prevents premature signs of aging.

C + Phloretin Treatment is ideal for normal, combination – oily – problematic skin including conditions associated with inflamed skin, excessive oil, blemishes, and congested skin to provide reparative properties to photo damaged skin. It is designed especially for those with sun damaged, erythema, or hyperpigmentation prone skin conditions.

C + Phloretin Treatment and B,C,E + Ferulic Treatment are two powerful topical antioxidant vitamin C treatments with subtle differences denoted in the active ingredient percentages. Either can be beneficial to your skin based on skin type, conditions, skin’s tolerance level to vitamin C, how well your skin becomes acclimated to the active and inactive ingredient strengths, your individual preference for active ingredient percentages, or which is recommended by your skin care professional. Active ingredient differences are listed below.

B,C,E + Ferulic Treatment:

  • 20% vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid)
  • 1% vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  • 1% vitamin B
  • 0.5% ferulic acid
  • 1% hyaluronic acid

C + Phloretin Treatment:

  • 10% Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid)
  • 1% Phloretin
  • 0.5% Ferulic Acid
  • Hyaluronic Acid
KA + Bio Lightening Treatment

KA + Bio Lightening Treatment

Hyaluronic acid molecules hold over 500 times their own weight in water to promote hydration and lubrication within the extracellular spaces of the dermis layer. This viscous gel allows water molecules to become enclosed, and once applied to the skins surface, this fast-absorbing antioxidant gel traps water within the dermis layer. Skin becomes better hydrated. For maximum benefits of using hyaluronic acid, follow with Shunly Skincare’s B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel or Botanical-C + Peptides Gel Lotion.

KA + Bio Lightening Treatment is ideal for all skin including problematic conditions such as acne and rosacea skin types, especially for uneven, erythema and hyperpigmentation prone skin conditions. This botanical gel functions excellent for skin in need of lightening and de-pigmenting properties. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help treat pre- and post- invasive or non-invasive skin procedures.

KA + Bio Lightening Treatment contains the same concentration of hyaluronic acid as B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel. The rate of viscosity (resistance to flow) is similar due to additional ingredients contained within its contents. For maximum skin lightening benefit, follow with Shunly Skincare HQ + Phyto Moisturizer.

AHA + Rapid Exfoliator Fusion Formula from Shunly Skincare

AHA + Rapid Exfoliator

AHA + Rapid Exfoliator is ideal for all skin types. It’s excellent for skin in need of exfoliation and repair. Its resurfacing properties help prep skin only for pre-invasive or non-invasive skin procedures.

Hyaluronic acid molecules hold over 500 times its own weight in water to promote hydration and lubrication within the extracellular spaces for the dermis layer. This viscous gel allows water molecules to become enclosed, once applied to the skins surface, this fast-absorbing antioxidant gel functions to trap water within the dermis layer. Skin becomes better hydrated. While the AHA + Rapid Exfoliator works on the skin to exfoliate the dead skin cells and repair the skin structure, the hyaluronic acid can easily penetrate to deeper layers to give skin maximum hydration and glow.

We recommend that AHA + Rapid Exfoliator be used in a Shunly Skin Care 3 SkinCareActs™ regimen in the evening. This will boost the CORRECTION performance benefits and maximize the optimal results of each product. Before applying the serum, prepare your already cleansed skin with Shunly Skin Care pH Balance Toner and then, on consecutive nights use KA + Bio Lightening Treatment, HQ+ Phyto Moisturizer and B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel or Botanical-C + Peptides Gel Lotion, and SE + Apple Skin Stem Cells for maximum benefits of maintaining a youthful looking skin. Below you can find an example of daily regimen (use alternatively in a consecutive way):

Monday: AHA + Rapid Exfoliator

Tuesday: KA + Bio Lightening Treatment (Treatment #1) + HQ+ Phyto Moisturizer (Treatment #2)

Wednesday: B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel or Botanical-C + Peptides Gel Lotion

Thursday: SE + Apple Skin Stem Cells

Friday: AHA + Rapid Exfoliator

Saturday: KA + Bio Lightening Treatment (Treatment #1) + HQ+ Phyto Moisturizer (Treatment #2)

Sunday: B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel or Botanical-C + Peptides Gel Lotion

And so on…

There is no need to rinse off Shunly AHA + Rapid Exfoliator as it works on the skin to exfoliate the dead skin cells, repair the skin structure, and penetrate to deeper layers for maximum skin hydration and glow. This highly concentrated serum provides skin with triple benefits without the need to wash it off like some other exfoliating products in the market. Use after Shunly Skincare toner in evening and follow with Shunly Skincare eye care.

B3,B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel

B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel

Hyaluronic acid molecules hold over 500 times its own weight in water to promote hydration and lubrication within the extracellular spaces for the dermis layer. This viscous gel allows water molecules to become enclosed. Once applied, this fast-absorbing antioxidant gel functions to trap water within the dermis layer. Skin becomes hydrated and plumped out. For maximum benefit of hyaluronic acid, follow with Shunly Skincare’s Botanical-C + Peptides Gel Lotion.

B3, B5 + Peptides Hydra Gel is ideal for all skin types. Functions excellent for acne prone skin conditions, or skin In need of reparative properties. Its moisture-binding benefits help treat pre- and post- invasive or non-invasive skin procedures.

This intensely hydrating gel contains a high amount of hyaluronic acid. An optimal concentration amount was carefully selected to produce a viscous gel that is fast absorbing and facilitates the vitamin B5 into the dermal layer.

Shunly Skincare L-AA + Instant Eye Gel

L-AA + Instant Eye Gel

Documented research studies conclude that proper antioxidant protection can visibly improve, protect, and reduce signs of photo damage to the skin. It is equally important to apply this antioxidant protection to skin of the eye area. Shunly Skincare L-AA + Instant Eye Gel provides an optimal moisture supply for smoothing, firming, and tightening the skin around the eyes as well as protection against environmental damage, UVA and UVB radiation (sun rays), and reactive oxygen species (ROS) by neutralizing free-radicals.

L-AA + Instant Eye Gel is ideal for all skin types, especially for sun damaged, and photo-aged skin at the eyes. It’s excellent for acne prone skin, or skin in need of repair.

Skin around the eye is naturally thin and delicate so it’s best to treat this area with a less concentrated amount of vitamin C.

We recommend L-AA + Instant Eye Gel to be used in a Shunly Skincare 3 SkinCareActs™ regimen. This will boost the PREVENTION benefits to gain the optimal results of each product. For best results, consult your licensed skin care professional or specialist for a personalized regimen based on your individual needs.

Zn20 + SPF40 Light Moistuizer

Zn20 + SPF 40 Light Moisturizer Sunscreen

This powerful Shunly Skincare product contains as much as 20% of Zinc Oxide that is among the most effective and renowned actives delivering high levels of UVA and UVB protection. Zinc Oxide has been used topically as a skin protectant and wound healing agent for centuries. It is recognized as a mild antimicrobial agent that also has the ability to reflect infrared rays from the skin so it’s not being absorbed into the skin as opposed to other sunscreen filters. Since Zinc Oxide resides on the surface, it doesn’t irritate or produce any allergic reaction. On top of its active formula, this product’s delicate creamy base makes it easy to apply, which is appreciated by those with acne, rosacea and eczema.

  • The quality of the active ingredients (seldom found in big brands)
  • Broad spectrum of physical ingredients with zinc oxide, not full of chemical filler (organic sunscreen filter)
  • Zero skin irritation after application
  • Safe and effective for older clients as well as children
  • Free from chemical filters, PABA, parabens, oils, fragrances and never tested on animals
  • Highest percent of the active physical ingredient with zinc oxide
  • Non-comedogenic formula designed for all skin types, including hypersensitive, eczema and rosacea-prone
  • Potent antioxidant, anti-pollution and strong anti-inflammatory
  • Excellent for use in aesthetic and clinical procedures

UV light is the radiation energy in the form of invisible light waves that is being emitted by both the sun and by tanning lamps. The sun discharges three types of ultraviolet radiation: ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC). The UVC does not penetrate the upper atmosphere while UVA and UVB reach the earth. Research has shown UVB/UVA may cause skin damage. Tanning lamps also produce UVA and /or UVB. These artificial rays affect the skin in the same way as UVA and UVB from the sun.

Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays are the sunburn rays that:

  • Penetrate superficially into epidermis and cause sunburn
  • Are of strength that varies depending on season or time of day
  • Pertain in SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating system for skin care

Ultra Violet A (UVA) rays are deeply penetrating skin aging rays that:

  • Pass through the epidermis into skin dermis
  • Contribute to visible signs of aging including wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and pigmentation changes
  • Can be as harmful in January, as in July
  • Are 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays and penetrate clouds and windows

Yes! Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are generally more effective than the others as they physically block out sun rays. They also provide protection by remaining on the skin and reflecting and refracting light. In contrast, chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin where they, in turn, absorb portions of the light spectrum. Physical sunscreens protect against a broad range of UVA and UVB light, are not harmful to the skin and are more effective than chemical sunscreen filters, which can break down in the sun.

It depends on the product. Check the label to make sure it blocks both UVA and UVB radiation. For best results, look for zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in the list of active ingredients. Shunly Skincare FUSION FORMULA® Zn20 + SPF40 Light Moisturizer offers sunscreen filters against both UVA and UVB for all skin types, including ultra-sensitive skin such as those with acne, eczema, and rosacea.