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30 Days with 302 Professional Skin Care

Exceptional results for aging skin and acne

I’ve tried many skin care lines, especially in the 10 years I’ve worked for medical aesthetics manufacturers. As a sales rep, I’ve traded products and feedback with doctors, aestheticians and other reps about the latest and best products. 

A few long term staples have earned my loyalty, but I’ve recently found my absolute favorite line for clear, youthful and glowing skin: 302 Professional Skin Care.

302 Company background

Based in Hayden, Idaho, 302 Professional Skin Care ( sells over 90 products to physicians & spas. For 20 years, the company has worked with a remarkable discovery called Avogen™ derived from a rainforest variety of avocado.

The Avogen™ molecules are a biologically significant matrix provided both topically and as a dietary supplement.  

The company also manufactures several other cutting edge products including a new women’s sexual health product launching early this year (2018).

It started with an amazing all natural mineral SPF….

Several years ago, I was introduced to 302’s SPF 50 while receiving micro current facelift treatments in San Diego. The slight tan tint meant it also worked as a light coverage foundation. Many SPF formulas are greasy or heavy, so using them is a chore. This one actually made my skin look good while protecting it!

That was 2014. I’d realized that for mature skin (40+) it was best to adhere to a gentle, simple daily skin care routine, with a few strategic medical treatments per year to exfoliate and rejuvenate my sensitive, redness prone complexion. 

My personal skin care history

Over the years, I’ve had light spa peels, medical grade chemical peels, IPL and Fraxel. I’ve  tried non invasive modalities such as LED light therapy.

While I believe in the value of the occasional medical grade treatment, I know better than to over exfoliate. Exfoliation is important, but in excess it damages and ages the skin.

At home I’ve used retinol and tretinoin creams on and off. I believe vitamin A can be helpful but it always irritates my skin even when used occasionally or in small amounts.

302 showed up in my life again at the end of the summer. It was right before a vacation when I scheduled a rare facial at a local spa. My oily to combination, sensitive skin was acting confused – dry in areas, oilier than usual in others, and irritated.  does 

After the 302 facial my skin was visibly calmer, clearer and softer.

Inflammation damages and ages skin if left unchecked. I suspected my current combination of products, including tretinoin cream, was too harsh.

I was acquainted with 302’s owner, Richard Huber, through a former collaboration at another skin care company. We met in person while he visited Los Angeles soon after my 302 facial. Huber took one look at my face, pinched the skin on my hand and promised to send products to improve my complexion.

My new skin care routine does more with less!

The small white box I received the next week contained 4 items:



302 DROPS  

SPF 22

Product junkie that I am, I was hoping for a bigger box! 

I was a bit concerned when instructed as follows:

  1. Stop using liquid foundation, except for mineral powder, as foundation can inflame and age the skin
  2. Cleanse once a day
  3. Stop using all additional products

But his matter of fact assessment seemed right.  Since I knew it was time for a change, I followed this advice exactly.

Is less really more?

The next morning I applied the SPF 22 (key ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide)

It went on smooth and felt slightly cool with zero oiliness. I’ve been on the mineral SPF bandwagon for at least eight years and had several favorites. However, the mild vanilla scent and milky texture make it a dream to use.

That night, I used the Dry/Sensitive Cleanser on my dry skin, massaged lightly and rinsed thoroughly. I expected it would take time to adjust to this product after a lifetime of gel cleansers. At one time, I had 9 different cleansers in my shower!

However, my skin was noticeably smoother after one use. This cleanser is oil based, so it moisturizes while cleansing. I was extremely pleased by how soft and balanced my skin felt immediately after cleansing.

Key Cleanser ingredients: squalane (sustainably derived from olives), green tea and herbs.

It was easy to get used to cleansing once a day. When I felt a bit oily in the morning, I simply washed with warm water.

Huber warned me that my skin might react to 302 Drops (key ingredients: organic jojoba oil, avogen and avocado extract) since I’d recently used an acid based exfoliant (an RX 0.08% tretinoin  cream).

My skin did pink up after application and remained pink on day two. I used 302 Drops twice a week as instructed and my skin soon appeared hydrated, smoother and firmer.  It felt a bit oily after use until I realized 1-2 drops was plenty for one application. The drops work best when diluted with Calming Mist.

Results: Clear, calm and glowing skin!

While my skin was in good condition before using 302,  it looked noticeably better — plumper, even toned and more youthful —  within days of use.  

My pores also appeared smaller.

My skin was calm and and even toned with very little redness. While I still have smile and laugh lines, they are softer and less obvious. Friends want to know what I’ve done to my skin!

Why choose 302 for your mature skin? Real results!

I really love the fact that with 302, less is more.  

It’s important to remember that the skin is an organ, the largest one we have. Everything you put on and into your largest organ has an effect on its health and potentially your overall health. You truly get better results doing less, often with fewer products.

302 is a small, owner-run company that cares about your health and skin, not a giant corporation trying to hook you on using many products once or twice a day. The company training manual actually cautions providers not to overdo it with too many products or too many applications.

Key active serums are typically applied only 1-3 times a week. The idea is to stimulate the skin with active formulations, but allow sufficient recovery time, thus avoiding inflammation.

Most of the products are not intended for daily use, except cleansers and SPF. Many of us have been brainwashed to overuse and over consume beauty products!  It’s not necessary or helpful in the long run.

It might take a little time to adjust to using this line, but you’ll love your results.

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