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!

THE EXCITING NEW WAY TO FIGHT UNDER-EYE CIRCLES

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By Derm RF Nov. 2017

If you’re dismayed by dark under-eye circles, puffiness and dullness, you’re not alone. Whether caused by stress, fatigue, allergies, genetics or a combination of all four, dark circles and puffiness affect many of us, especially as we age.

Rodan + Fields scientists targeted these concerns with a new eye cream developed to address the appearance of dark circles and puffiness over time while offering instant brightness: Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex.

Combatting the Look of Under-Eye Circles

Bright Eye Complex combines two effective humectants, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, that intensely hydrate the delicate skin under the eyes — essentially adding water to “plump up” thin, dehydrated skin to make dark circles and puffiness less visible. And the hydration is continuous, thanks to proprietary technology that draws moisture from the atmosphere and locks it in, creating a reservoir from which to draw.

Brightening Tired-Looking Eyes

The formula is also infused with caffeine, phytonutrients and illuminating brighteners that address visible dullness and lack of radiance under the eyes. The result is eyes that instantly look more vibrant, rested and refreshed, with results continuing to build over time. (Don’t just take our word for it: In a recent study, 93% of consumers reported brighter eyes.*)

The Inspiration

Bright Eye Complex came to be after Dalia Stoddard, Vice President of Product Development, came across a study that found if you super-hydrate a bruise, it will appear to lose color and become less visible. Intimately familiar with the hydrating properties of R+F’s patent-pending 3D3P Molecular Matrix — the proprietary technology referenced above — she wondered if it could somehow work its wonders on the thin, delicate eye area.

“I talked to the Doctors about my discovery and they saw the big idea,” Stoddard explains. “They knew the power of our innovative 3D3P Molecular Matrix, and Bright Eyes was born.”

Learn more about the benefits of Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex

 *Based on a four-week US consumer study. Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

SECRETS TO LOOKING YOUNGER

We all want to look our best.  I want to share my personal anti-aging tips.  It’s easy to start these habits which will actually help you achieve a more youthful look. Take a peek and see if there are any skincare and lifestyle changes you might put to use on your journey to Decide Today How Tomorrow Looks™.

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1: I do my best to limit sugar and carbs.  I must confess, this is the hardest for me.  I have learned that refined sugar and alcohol consumption can age skin. I strive to reduce my daily intake for younger-looking skin—also hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Healthy eating can make a big difference in how you feel and how you look. Eating and drinking starchy, sugary, or simple carbs—like potatoes, rice, chips, or crackers—can cause glycation, a form of damage to your skin’s collagen.  I do my best to eat a well-balanced diet with an emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies, and I drink plenty of water, every day.

2: I have become a faithful back sleeper since I learned that face planting will create a wrinkle.  I had to work at this to develop the habit.  When you sleep on your back, you avoid creating a crease that can become a permanent wrinkle.

3: It’s all about being consistent.  I keep my skin clean and moisturized.  I seldom wear makeup other than eyeliner, mascara and lipstick.  People tell me my skin looks fabulous and I love the compliments that I get!  What you do every day will have a greater benefit for your skin’s appearance than almost any procedure you could do in a doctor’s office on an occasional basis.

4: I wash my face every night before bed.  First, I remove eye make-up with REDEFINE Eye Cloths.  I have my routine to clean, tone and moisturize.  I alternate products between the REDEFINE and REVERSE.  My top skincare concern changes with the seasons, so I use the specific product for my current concern.  I know my skin will stay looking clear and young with faithful use of the products that are right for your skin concern.  Nightly cleansing is important for everyone because pollution has been shown to cause free radical formation and premature aging.

5: I always, always, always use sun screen.  I never go outside without protection.  I love that my products have dual protection of broad spectrum sunscreen and moisturizer.  Since I live at the beach, I get exposed to a lot of rays.  I use hats and UV protective clothing.  I protect my hands while driving with REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm.  I love the simple applicator and I keep it in my purse.  Another way to protect my complexion is with Mineral Peptides powder with SPF 20.  I load my brush with powder for a quick dusting later in the day.  The peptides protect against environmental pollution as well as sun.

6:  I keep my stress levels down.  I meditate and do water aerobics.  Keeping and maintaining positive thoughts impacts every aspect of my life…no matter what the present reality is.  Not stressing is key. When our bodies respond to stress, blood, nutrients and oxygen are directed to vital areas such as our legs and away from the organs such as skin, creating dark under-eye circles and an ashen or sallow appearance.

 Please comment below and share your secret to looking young.

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.

 

Clear up your skin for back to school

Fall…time for back to school, for getting back into a routine. The anticipation, excitement and, in some cases, anxiety can wreak havoc on your complexion. And if those hot summer days haven’t brought you a sweat-induced breakout yet (lucky you), then the combined stress of a revved-up fall schedule could easily show up on your face. The good news is that while acne is not curable, it is treatable and controllable.

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Use these easy tips to stay ahead of back-to-school acne and score flawless-looking skin:

  • Wash your face both before bed and in the morning. A whole day’s worth of dirt, oil and even environmental pollution can coat your face by the end of the day. Likewise, hair products can rub off onto your pillow, and from there end up on your cheeks, so it’s important to start clean every morning.
  • It’s important to remove layers of dead skin cells and dirt so they don’t block your pores. Gentle exfoliation also keeps your skin glowing.
  • Don’t pick or pop. Disturbing a pimple can cause infections and make it worse, sometimes leaving a scar. Dab a sulfur treatment on the problem area twice a day to bring down the swelling, or try UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash to unclog pores and reduce visible redness.
  • Keep it simple. Too many products can aggravate your skin. UNBLEMISH Regimen is a simple, four-step continuous solution that addresses the acne cycle, eliminating most acne blemishes before they are visible on the skin’s surface.
  • See your dermatologist. If you’re still having acne challenges, see your dermatologist for a consult.

There’s one thing to remember if nothing else: you should continue doing what works for you. To quote Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, “When it comes to beating acne, success is routine.”

What type of sensitive skin do I have? My skin is not dry, chapped or red all the time, but I notice occasional sensitivity.

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Q: My skin is not always dry, chapped and visibly red but I notice occasional sensitivity. What type of sensitive skin am I?

Dr. Katie Rodan: Like many people, you may have mildly sensitive skin. Possible environmental triggers of sensitivity include: cold weather, heat, wind, and sun exposure; razor burn; skincare products and in-office cosmetic procedures. Trying to determine if there is a correlation between your occasional flare-ups and one of these factors is your first step in prevention.

Itchy or tight skin? Your products or cleansers might be too drying, which can strip the skin’s natural moisture barrier and cause sensitivity. Look for moisturizers that include ceramides, lipids, cholesterol, allantoin, and dimethicone to help rejuvenate your skin’s protective barrier.

Burning or stinging? Your skin may be reacting to a specific ingredient, or you could be experiencing product overload. Give your skin a product “holiday” using only a very mild cleanser and moisturizer. This will minimize the number of products your skin is exposed to, giving it a chance to heal. If your symptoms continue, see a dermatologist who can do a patch test in order to pinpoint an ingredient you may be allergic to.

 Blushing or red-looking skin? 

Visible redness may be your skin’s way of reacting to external triggers like extreme weather, sunlight, hot showers, cosmetic procedures, or razor burn. Cleanse your face with cool water and try bathing in tepid water to help reduce the appearance of sensitive skin.

When occasional sensitivity strikes, rescue your skin with SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment. This multi-tasking formula with RFp3 peptide technology helps heal dry, chapped or red-looking skin. Dimethicone and allantoin fortify the skin’s barrier to relieve dryness and reduce the signs of sensitivity, while optical filters neutralize the look of redness in just 5 minutes.

If you experience dryness, cracking or visibly red skin on a regular basis, break the cycle of sensitivity with the SOOTHE Regimen. This collection of products combines clinically tested OTC active ingredients with peptides to shield against environmental aggressors associated with dry, red-looking, sensitive skin.

Start your journey to a more comfortable, healthy-looking complexion today.

Wedding Day Countdown

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The hair, the makeup, the dress…your skin? That’s right, whether you’re the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid or a VIP guest, you want your skin to be as smooth and flawless as the wedding. But how do you get your complexion to say “I do” for the big day too?

Achieving a radiant, wedding-worthy complexion can be a time investment, so start as early as you can. Introduce new skincare, from cleansers to makeup to sunless tanners, no less than a month before the date, so you can eliminate any products that trigger even the slightest irritation.

If you don’t have any complex skincare concerns, and you want smoother, softer, more even-looking skin—exfoliation is one of the safest, simplest ways to get your skin glowing. Even the best makeup won’t hide the look of uneven skin texture, so consider ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste, which uses sugar and salt to gently exfoliate. You can start using it up to one week before the wedding to remove old, built-up skin cells and allow younger, more vibrant cells to appear on the surface—and skin looks brighter after just one use.

Don’t exfoliate if you have a skin concern like adult acne. Instead consider the UNBLEMISH Regimen, which targets blemishes and works to prevent future breakouts. If you’ve developed brown spots from sun exposure or hyperpigmentation, the  REVERSE Regimen helps to visually brighten and even skin tone. (You might even get away with wearing less makeup.) When it comes to skincare, the most impressive results are seen over time, so plan accordingly. If the event is less than a month away, our cardinal rule is to only stick with products that are currently compatible (or are extremely gentle) with your skin.

What should you avoid? In the last four weeks, don’t even consider in-office dermatological procedures (like chemical peels or laser treatments). Resist any last-minute temptations to try new products or treatments. Keep up your natural glow by staying hydrated and moisturizing skin. Last-minute facials (except gentle exfoliation) are off limits, as are touching, picking or squeezing, which can all irritate skin. Finally, avoid unnecessary stress and over-cleansing which can cause breakouts.

If it’s an outdoor wedding, wear a wide-brimmed hat (unless you’re the bride) and apply your sunscreen (try it in advance so you can find a formula that works with your makeup).

Ultimately, through thick and thin, your skin is with you for life—so be good to it always.

Share this article with friends who are planning (or planning to attend) a wedding, so they can have radiant skin.