HOLIDAY-PARTY COUNTDOWN TO CONFIDENCE

by Derm RF

From the number of shopping days left to the clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve, countdowns are a staple of the holiday season. As you make your list of holiday to-dos — and check it twice — don’t forget about your skin.

Yes, your skin. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and beautiful skin isn’t created overnight. Think ahead this holiday season and you can reveal a glowing, confident new you every time you make an entrance. Not sure where to start? Check out our suggested timeline below. And while you can expect visible results in as little as 30 days, be sure to continue your regimen into the New Year to see best results at 60 days. It’s never too early, or too late, to start counting down to the best skin of your life.

Faces

Holiday-Party Countdown to Confidence

4 – 6 weeks in advance:

Add next-generation Vitamin A and skin conditioning to your REDEFINE or REVERSE Brightening Regimen. The AMP MD System combines dermatology-inspired micro-exfoliation with the clinical strength REDEFINE Intensive Renewing Serum to reveal refined, smoother, firmer-looking skin.

Using the REVERSE Lightening*, UNBLEMISH or SOOTHE Regimen? You can still have the benefits of revitalized, younger-looking skin by incorporating Intensive Renewing Serum sans the Roller.

TIP: This is also the time to place additional focus on taking care of yourself from the inside out. Consider increasing your water intake and taking a supplement designed to promote healthy skin.

2 – 4 weeks in advance:

Start working towards party-ready eyes by selecting the eye cream that’s best for you. To reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness, use new Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex morning and night. To minimize the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles, add REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream to your nighttime Regimen.

TIP: Prep for some glamour by applying Lash Boost each night. The conditioning serum features a proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length.

2 – 3 weeks in advance:

Plan to give lips a fuller-looking pout. After completing your Regimen at night, use REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum to maintain fuller, younger-looking lips and help retain their natural moisture.

TIP: Your skin will benefit from extra hydrating, too. Now is a great time to incorporate Active Hydration Serum into your Regimen.

Day of the event:

Get a sun-kissed glow without the sun. ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan begins to develop color in 2-4 hours. (Don’t get dressed until it’s fully dry!) For sheer sun protection, finish with ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Its light-deflecting minerals help reduce visible redness while evening-out the look of skin tone.

Now, get ready to reveal the confident new you, and have some merry holiday fun!

Are you a wrinkle warrior? Here are my top tips.

Did you know that 80% of your skin’s appearance is up to you?  Only 20% is genetics!  Read what experts say you can do to make a difference and be a wrinkle warrior.gene

  1. Avoid the sun. It’s the No. 1 cause of wrinkles, with dozens of studies documenting the impact. In one study that looked at identical twins, New York plastic surgeon Darrick Antell, MD, found sun exposure was even more important than heredity. Siblings who limited sun time had fewer wrinkles and looked younger overall than their sun-worshiping twins.

2. Wear sunscreen. If you must go out in the sun, the American Academy of Dermatology says, wear sunscreen! It will protect you from skin cancer, and help prevent wrinkles at SCFthe same time.  Buyer beware, not all sunscreens are effective.  

The Skin Cancer Foundation grants its Seal of Recommendation to products that meet the Foundation’s specific criteria for effective UV sun protection.

 

  1. Don’t smoke. More studies are confirming that cigarette smoke ages skin — mostly by releasing an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, important components of the skin. Sibling studies done at the Twin Research Unit at St. Thomas Hospital in London found the brother or sister who smoked tended to have skin that was more wrinkled and up to 40% thinner than the non-smoker.
  2. Get adequate sleep. Yale dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, says that when you don’t get enough sleep, the body produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Get enough rest, Perricone says, and you’ll produce more HGH (human growth hormone), which helps skin remain thick, more “elastic,” and less likely to wrinkle.
  3. Sleep on your back. Dr. Katie Rodan says, “sleeping on your back could be better than botox”.  It is a simple, no cost way to avoid creating wrinkles.  The AAD (American Academy of Dermatologists) says any repetitive facial movement overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin’s surface. This groove eventually becomes a wrinkle.  
  4. Don’t squint — get reading glasses! Sunglasses will protect skin around the eyes from sun damage — and further keep you from squinting.
  5. Eat a healthy diet, more fish, fruits and veggies.  Cold water fish, like salmon are a great source of protein — one of the building blocks of great skin — it’s also an awesome source of an essential fatty acid known as omega-3. Fatty acids help nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful.  Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidant compounds. These compounds fight damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage cells), which in turn helps skin look younger and more radiant, and protects against some effects of photoaging.
  6. Use moisturizer. Women and men often overlook the power of a simple moisturizer. Many skin issues are due to lack of moisture.  Skin that is moist simply looks better, so lines and creases are far less noticeable.
  7. Don’t over-wash your face. According to dermatologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center, tap water can strip skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash them off too often, and you wash away protection. Moreover, unless your soap contains moisturizers, you should use a cleanser instead. Use your fingertips to wash your face.
  8. Exfoliate-Out with the old, in with the new.  Removing dead skin cells with gentle exfoliation will accomplish three important factors.  But be careful and only use gentle exfoliation ingredients like sugar and salt.  Even washcloths may be too harsh for your face!  
  • It accelerates turnover of dead skin cells.
  • It clears the way for penetration of active treatment ingredients.
  • It refines skin’s surface to look more luminous.
  1. Apply ingredients to repair and replenish skin.  Many ingredients have shown anti-ageing benefits.  Does your product provide clinical proof that it works?  It is not just the ingredient, but the application and formulation that makes the difference.  
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). These natural fruit acids lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes.
  • Retinoids (including Retin A). The only FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles is tretinoin, known commercially as Retin A. Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A found in many over-the-counter products. Studies show that in a stabilized formula, in high concentrations, it may be as effective as Retin A, without the side effects, such as skin burning and sensitivity.
  • Topical vitamin C. Studies at Tulane University, among others, have found it can increase collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, correct pigmentation problems, and improve inflammatory skin conditions. The key, however, may be the type of vitamin C used. To date, most of the research points to the L-ascorbic acid form as the most potent for wrinkle relief.
  • Peptides. Peptides can increase collagen production in sun-damaged skin and diminished lines and wrinkles.

Take these steps to incorporate good habits for healthy, youthful looking skin. Your skin is your advertisement to the world.  Feel confident that you can put your best face forward.  Comment below to tell us what is your best wrinkle fighting tip.

 

Which acids can work wonders for your skin?

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When you hear the words skin and acid together, it may call to mind intense peeling or red-looking skin, but there’s a brighter side to this skincare story. Some acids are touted in the dermatology world for their hydrating, lightening and rejuvenating effects on skin—leaving a dull, complexion visibly transformed. Other acids are the first line of defense against acne and signs of aging.

Learning the ins and outs of acids can help you find the right products for your specific skin type or condition. Check out our list of common skin concerns and skin-friendly solutions with potent acid ingredients:

  • Age spots, brown spots or discoloration got you down? Changes in skin pigmentation are common in the course of a lifetime, yet they often affect how our age is perceived by others. Whether the unwanted marks are due to sun damage, hormonal changes (resulting in melasma), or other forms of hyperpigmentation, several acids come to the skin’s rescue in the REVERSE Regimen. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen dead skin cells, kojic acid and antioxidants visibly brighten, and salicylic acid exfoliates and refines skin for a more radiant complexion.
  • Agonizing over acne and post acne marks? Exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid and salicylic acid help renew the skin by shedding surface cells that contain abnormal or uneven pigmentation. This allows lightening agents or other active ingredients to more easily penetrate the skin. Try  UNBLEMISH Regimen to break the acne cycle—and diminish the visible signs it leaves behind on your skin.

Bottom line: Before using new acid-based skincare, always do a spot test to see how your skin reacts. Ease the products into your routine by using every few days at first, then build up to daily applications. Boosting your skincare smarts can lead you to the products most likely to deliver the best result of all: radiant, healthy-looking skin.

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FACT VS. FICTION: STEAM IS GOOD FOR OPENING PORES

Fiction. A steam bath may feel refreshing and help you relieve tension, but it won’t magically open your pores—just like cold water won’t make pores close. The simple explanation is that pores lack muscles around their openings.

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And while dreaming of a hot shower might be the one thing that lures you out of bed this winter, it’s better to go easy on your skin and opt for a quick, more tepid shower. High temperatures, such as those encountered in steam baths, saunas and hot showers, can be harsh on skin and naturally make you sweat, drawing moisture out of skin and ultimately leaving you with drier, itchy skin. In fact, any activity that raises your body temperature excessively can also cause capillaries to blossom, resulting in undesirable skin redness.

There are several ways to help boost your skin’s moisture potential in your daily routine. Start by applying an all-over body lotion, like ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturizer, immediately after a shower to damp skin to lock in maximum hydration. Or, if you opt for soaking in the tub, be sure to add bath oil. Also look for skincare products that contain hero ingredients to help prevent moisture loss, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. You’ll find these powerful humectants in REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream, in addition to antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E, which replenish vital skin nutrients as you sleep.

The good news is that while steam isn’t desirable for skin, warm water can help loosen any built-up sebum inside pores, which, once cleared, can help your pores appear smaller.

So stay warm (not hot) this winter and spread the word about the hazards of steam and heat when it comes to skin.