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.

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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!

REAPING THE BEAUTIFUL BENEFITS OF VITAMIN A FOR YOUR SKIN

Can we really have an impact on the way our skin looks as we get older? The answer is: yes!

Vitamin A is clinically proven to make a huge impact on how skin ages when used daily. Dermatologists have been prescribing it for decades as the gold standard for smoothing and firming the look of skin for a healthy, more youthful appearance. When it comes to delivering long-term benefits, it gets an A+.

However, there’s a hitch: Prescription Vitamin A causes irritation, making it difficult for consumers to use daily. As you know, the things we do for our skin on a daily basis are the things that really make a big difference.

So how can you reap the benefits of Vitamin A without the irritation or the prescription?

One way is to use products that contain Retinol, which is less irritating to the skin, but less potent and effective than prescription Vitamin A.

The innovative way is to use Retinal (with an A), which is one step closer to prescription Vitamin A than Retinol. In fact, Retinal is 20 times more potent than Retinol, and the benefit to you is faster, more dramatic results.

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The ability to use Retinal is innovative because until now, no one knew how to stabilize and deliver it effectively.

R+F Intensive Renewing Serum with Retinal-MD Technology is as close to prescription Vitamin A as you can get. So, if you’re looking to amp up your results (and who isn’t?) Intensive Renewing Serum has been clinically tested to work with all skin types and every Regimen, to help you see dramatic results faster and without the irritation that often comes with prescription Vitamin A.

Here’s what some users who have used Intensive Renewing Serum have to say about their experience:

“Skin looks best ever … less makeup is huge.” — Study Participant, UNBLEMISH + IRS, 8 Weeks

“Wrinkles, fine lines and skin texture are visibly improved, which makes me very happy.” — Study Participant, SOOTHE + IRS, 8 Weeks

“Feel like my skin is looking and feeling better, younger, smoother.” — Study Participant, REDEFINE + AMP + IRS, 4 Weeks

What is the Difference Between Exfoliation and Micro-Exfoliation?

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According to world renown dermatologist, Dr. Katie Rodan: Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells to brighten the complexion. Regular exfoliation will help accelerate cell turnover and aid in the removal of excess melanin. It also helps clear the way for better efficacy of active ingredients.

Exfoliation can be part of your daily cleansing routine. REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash with alpha hydroxy acids helps loosen dead skin cells and refine skin texture and tone. To further boost results from your skincare Regimen, using an exfoliating tool, like REDEFINE AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller, is clinically proven to improve your results by 50%. This tool conditions your skin, improving the appearance of firmness and elasticity and minimizing the appearance of pores.

No matter which exfoliation method you choose, the secret is—don’t overdo it! Avoid harsh exfoliant ingredients like walnut shells or apricot pits that can scratch or irritate your skin. If your skin becomes red, uncomfortable, or dry, substitute an exfoliant cleanser with a mild one,   followed by moisturizer, until your skin recovers. When it comes to your skin, the saying “no pain no gain” simply isn’t true! The best results are achieved with products that are both gentle AND effective.

Get Your Best Looking Skin in 2017

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With a brand new year ahead of you, now’s the perfect time to take a closer look in the mirror and set your skincare goals for 2017. Perhaps you’re no stranger to skin woes, and you’ve been striving for clear skin from a young age. Or maybe you’re just beginning to see crow’s feet and expression lines show up. In any case, remember that your choices and skin habits today will affect the way you look and feel tomorrow, next year and well into the future.

What if your best-looking skin is yet to come?

Here’s what you can do to achieve your skincare goals and see visible improvements during the weeks ahead:

#1 Meet your skin where it’s at today. Start with a skincare assessment to identify your current needs. If you struggle with acne breakouts or sensitivity, choose a whole-face regimen designed to address those concerns. Based on Multi-Med Therapy, Rodan + Fields skincare combines the right ingredients in the right formulations and in the right order—so you can see the best possible results.

#2 Stick to a daily skincare routine. Once you’ve found the right skincare system for your concerns, follow each step of your regimen every day—even when you’re traveling or feeling “too busy.” The more you add or subtract products, the harder it is for your skin to find its balance.

#3 Practice patience. Unfortunately, younger-looking skin doesn’t happen overnight. When using new products, it may take several weeks for your skin to adjust before you start seeing improvement—don’t be discouraged. With a diligent approach, you can combat the effects of time and the environment for a firmer, more radiant, flawless-looking complexion.

 #4 Check in with your skin periodically. Skin changes just like life changes. With age, the signs of sunny vacations and stressful weeks can start showing up on your skin. Dark marks from pregnancy or picked pimples may suddenly present new challenges for your complexion. Skin concerns also change from season to season, and year to year. Be willing to reassess your skin as time goes on—maybe you’ve seen your breakouts clear up and now it’s time to tackle wrinkles!

No matter where you are on the journey to a healthier, younger-looking complexion, it’s never too late to change your skin’s destiny. After accounting for genetics, you actually have control over 80 percent of how your skin ages*—now that’s great skin potential.

*Source: Write Your Skin a Prescription for Change, by Dr. Katie Rodan & Dr. Kathy Fields.

Comment below with your personal skincare goals for 2017.  

What If There Were Only Happily Ever Afters?

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Life changes. And skin changes.

But WHAT IF you could control you skin’s destiny?  You can.  You control 80% of your skin’s future (only 20% is genetic).  And that’s great news! The choices you make today will affect the way you look and feel tomorrow, next year and well into the future.

WHAT IF you could always be a few steps ahead, anticipating your skin’s biological needs?  You can.  With the right care, your skin can visibly improve with age so you can look even better tomorrow than you do today.

WHAT IF you had two world-renowned doctors, a bio-scientist, a private consultant (everyone should) and an entire regimen devoted to your skin’s every whim 24/7?

You do.  With 30 years of combined research and experience, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields developed their philosophy of Multi-Med® Therapy. This regimen-based approach treats specific skin concerns by combining the most effective ingredients within an optimized formulation, applied in the right order. Stick to the Regimen that’s right for your skin and you, too, can experience trans-formative results.

WHAT IF you felt good about your neck?

A steady diet of intelligent skincare is the foundation of skin that looks young and healthy. The Rodan and Fields REDEFINE Regimen is a comprehensive skincare solution that layers cosmetic ingredients and potent peptide technology. This formula helps to defend against and reduce the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.

 WHAT IF having flawless skin wasn’t an accident?

REVERSE Regimen is an effective, full-face solution that tackles dullness and uneven skin tone. REVERSE provides a long-term solution for a radiant, more even complexion. It exfoliates dulling dead skin, helps even and brighten discolored skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protects against further UV damage.

 WHAT IF you could break the vicious acne cycle?

UNBLEMISH Regimen was created as a continuous solution that addresses the acne cycle—clogged pores, trapped oil, bacterial attacks and inflammation. This daily, full-face system combines cosmetic and active over-the-counter ingredients that unclog pores to eliminate most acne blemishes before they are visible on the skin’s surface.

WHAT IF your skin wasn’t so sensitive?

SOOTHE Regimen combines clinically tested active over-the-counter ingredients with our exclusive, patent-pending RFp3 peptide technology to shield against the environmental aggressors associated with dry, chapped, sensitive skin. So effective, the SOOTHE Regimen can decrease visible redness, peeling and dryness. The result? A healthy-looking, even-toned complexion every day.

 WHAT IF THERE WERE ONLY EVER HAPPILY AFTERS?

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.

 

How to Get Your Best Summer Selfie

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Summer is the perfect time to show off your natural beauty…and post a selfie au naturel. Going foundation-free comes with great skin perks.  Start building your selfie confidence now so you’re ready to go naked (from the neck up).

STEP 1: Stick to your personal regimen. If you have existing concerns that make you camera-shy, follow a daily skincare routine (and be patient). Try UNBLEMISH Regimen to break the acne cycle, or REVERSE Regimen to tackle the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Remember, attempting to hide imperfections with layers of foundation can actually aggravate skin (or even trigger acne or sensitivity), whereas taking a time-out from cosmetics frees your pores from product build-up.

STEP 2: Exfoliate to reveal a fresh ‘you’. Dull, flaky skin is a no-win situation. Daily exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells to give your complexion an instant reboot. A gentle facial massage (while applying moisturizer, for example) can also help boost your natural radiance.

STEP 3: Skip the photo filter—and take five. Before you snap a selfie, use SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment to rescue dry, chapped and red-looking skin in just 5 minutes. Dimethicone and allantoin fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier and reduce signs of sensitivity, while optical filters neutralize the look of redness.

STEP 4: Say hello, bright eyes. Leading up to your makeup-free photo session, give your peepers a little TLC with REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream. Peptides help minimize the look of crow’s feet and reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Plus, optical filters visibly brighten the eye area—so you can skip the concealer.

STEP 5: Smile. Put your best pucker forward by applying ESSENTIALS Lip Shield. This smooth, hydrating formula keeps lips feeling soft and youthful-looking, while adding SPF 25 sun protection.

No matter where you are on your journey to a healthy-looking complexion, try skipping the foundation for just a day and see how great it feels to give your skin a fresh start.