Fact vs. fiction: Fair-skinned people always have sensitive skin

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FICTION. While all ethnicities are more or less equally prone to sensitive skin, having light-toned skin does not mean that you are destined to suffer from sensitivity. As Dr. Katie Rodan notes, “Despite all the studies, the medical and scientific communities’ ability to predict who will be sensitive to what is still not very good.” While genetics do play a role, there are many other external factors that can trigger sensitive skin.

Skin tone, or color, is actually linked to how our skin reacts to the environment and how it shows signs of aging. Fair skin is at a higher risk for melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer), yet all skin tones and types need protection from the sun to look good and stay healthy.

Your skin and its sensitivity are unique to you—based on a combination of factors, like age, hormones, climate, and skin hydration and more. Common scenarios related to sensitive skin include:

  • Cosmetic Intolerance. Many people who suddenly exhibit dry, chapped, cracked or red-looking skin without any prior history of sensitive skin are really experiencing intolerance to cosmetic products, even ones they have used for some time. It can come on suddenly; your skin can no longer take the products you’re using, so it reacts by flaring up.
  • Stress. Let’s face it…the many forms of stress that we deal with every day can wreak havoc on the skin’s protective barrier function, making skin more likely to show the signs of dryness and damage. When skin is stressed, it literally loses water at a greater rate, jeopardizing its natural ability to repair and renew itself, which perpetuates a cycle of sensitivity.
  • Environmental changes. Traveling from a warm, moist region to a dry climate with cold temperatures, low humidity and wind results in skin that’s likely to become sensitive. Anytime the barrier function is weakened, the skin leaks moisture and its natural defenses are compromised, allowing irritants to enter. Travel tip: SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment is a multi-tasking formula that reduces visible redness in 5 minutes and fortifies the skin’s barrier to relieve dryness—so you can rescue your skin on-the-go.

No matter what the cause of sensitivity, you can take daily steps to help your skin find its equilibrium. Avoid harsh or chemical exfoliants, rentinoids, alcohol, fragrances and chemical sunscreens. Look for gentler ingredients like dimethicone, allentoin, oatmeal, chamomile, lipids, vitamins C and E and green tea, to name a few. SOOTHE Regimen shields against the biological and environmental aggressors associated with dry, chapped, cracked, sensitive skin to help restore a healthy-looking, even-toned complexion—no matter what your skin tone.

The future of your skin is up to you

A video of a Photoshopped 100-year-old woman went viral after this extreme “virtual makeover” illustrated the dramatic results of what if the woman were 70 years younger and wrinkle-free. The video, first posted in 2003 after a “Photoshop Surgeon” reverse-aged the woman using digital technology, trended again recently with over 6.5 million views and counting .

What will your face look like 20, 30, 40 years from now? Sun damage from early in life can show up years later as wrinkles, brown spots, unevenness and sagging skin. Stress, too, often manifests in the form of expression lines around your eyes and between the brows. Even heredity can play a role.

While no product can eliminate wrinkles as dramatically as the Photoshop experiment, you can take steps today to help stave off the signs of aging tomorrow.

Stress Less. By making small, incremental lifestyle changes, you can help mitigate your stress levels. Practice yoga 15 minutes a day. Take a walk after lunch. Get monthly massages. And when stressful instances occur, remember to b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

Wear Sunscreen Daily. UV exposure from the sun is responsible for 80% of your skin’s signs of aging. Fortunately, by applying a sunscreen like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment every day, you can help protect your skin against these harmful aging effects that often appear later in life.

Fill Expression Lines. Expression lines form over time as we smile, squint, frown or furrow our brows.  ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines can help by filling expression lines with proprietary Liquid Cone Technology that melts line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle for smoother-looking skin.

You might not be able to wipe 20, 30 or 40 years worth of aging from your face with a click of a keyboard, but you can help create a more youthful-looking future with some lifestyle changes and a few choice skincare products.

How do I tell if I have sensitive skin?

For some people, sensitivity means red-looking skin in severe weather, or the appearance of bumps and redness after using a new soap or skincare product. For others, razor burn strikes after every shave. Or sometimes stress makes their skin go wild.

For the 70% of Americans who report having sensitive skin, there may be any number of underlying causes—from heredity to lifestyle or the environment. Where does your skin fit in?

The first step to a healthier-looking complexion is assessing your skin and identifying triggers that bring on sensitivity. Whether you face chapped, dry, cracked or red-looking skin every day or only on occasion, find the SOOTHE solution that works for your skin.

Click here to answer a few questions to help your skin find its comfort zone.

FACING THE FUTURE: WHICH FACIAL FEATURE SHOWS SIGNS OF AGING FIRST?

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Would you believe—your eyes? According to a readers’ poll­ in NEWBEAUTY  magazine, more than half of people revealed they first noticed the signs of facial aging in their eye area, followed by lips/mouth, forehead and cheeks. But let’s face it, the process of aging is personal, so when and where we notice those first signs can still vary.

Aging is relative, but here’s what the progression of wrinkles typically looks like by decade:

Your 30s: Like clockwork, little “worry creases” appear between eyebrows, while parenthetical “smile lines” make their marks around the mouth.

Your 40s: Inevitable “crow’s feet” take shape, while forehead creases deepen and corners of the mouth begin to downturn.

Your 50s and up: Telltale crepiness and crisscrossing fine lines etch themselves into once-smooth cheeks, and as collagen and elastic tissue decreases, the skin begins to sag.

Before you lose sleep over what seems inevitable, remember—the best wrinkle is the one you never get. Defend against signs of aging now by avoiding the sun and using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily, like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30.

To tackle expression lines, especially around eyes, try REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™, as seen in Allure magazine. For lips that have lost their fullness and definition, use REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum to help reclaim the appearance of youthful lips. Address forehead and laugh lines with our REDEFINE Regimen + AMP MD™ System, which work together to improve the appearance of lines, pores and skin firmness. You’ll never have to own up to the signs of time if you have a good game plan and incorporate skincare with anti-aging ingredients, like line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Tell us below which wrinkle you noticed first and what you plan to do about it.

 

THE BEST FREE ANTI-AGING TREATMENT: BREAK A SWEAT TO KEEP SKIN LOOKING YOUNGER

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Imagine if you could walk, run or swim your way to younger-looking skin. New research shows youcan, and all you have to do is commit to a regular workout. It turns out that cardiovascular exercise, known for overall body benefits, also has the ability to improve your skin’s dermal layers to reverse some of the visible signs of aging.

Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, found that cardiovascular exercise causes the body to release a protein, IL-15, that actually stimulates the cells’ mitochondria, or power hubs. These amped-up mitochondria, in turn, boost skin-plumping collagen production and help trigger cell turnover, resulting in a more radiant, youthful complexion. What does all this mean? Your exercise regimen doubles as a beauty treatment.

In their 2015 study published in the journal Aging Cell, the researchers studied a panel of men and women, aged 20 to 84, about half of whom exercised at least three hours per week, while the others were sedentary. Sample skin biopsies revealed that the participants over age 40 who exercised had higher levels of the IL-15 (interleukin) protein, released only during cardio exercise, resulting in younger-looking skin. Similarly, once the sedentary participants aged 65 or older started 30 minutes of cardio twice a week, the aging of their skin also seemed to reverse. After only three months of exercise, the skin of these older adults appeared at least 25 years younger under the microscope.

You can further lessen the signs of aging on your skin by avoiding exposure to UV rays or harsh winter conditions and opting for indoor activities, such as stationary cycling, running on an indoor track or swimming in an indoor pool. Of course, there’s no match for incorporating a daily skincare routine like REDEFINE Regimen, which layers proven peptide technology with cosmetic ingredients for noticeably firmer, smoother, younger-looking skin.  Remember, if you do venture outside to get your cardio on, don’t forget the broad spectrum sunscreen.

Decide today to develop these habits early in the year, and see beautiful results tomorrow.

KEEP YOUR CHIN UP (LITERALLY)—IT’S A PROVEN CONFIDENCE BOOSTER

No matter where you are on your journey to a more confident, younger-looking you, it’s easy to get discouraged by daily challenges or setbacks. According to a study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, a great way to stay positive is to keep your chin up…literally. Research shows that the brain associates postures with emotions, so slumping can actually lead to discontentment, while sitting up straight or walking tall amps up your attitude.chin up.png

Give your mood and your self-image a boost with these easy, natural pick-me-ups:

  • Make a big decision (and stick to it). Being decisive can make you feel stronger and more capable.
  • Smile to lift your spirits. Studies show that the act of smiling can actually slow heart rate and decrease perceived levels of stress.
  • Accept compliments readily.
  • Walk with confidence and make eye contact. Great skincare can help improve your self-image. Clear an acne-prone complexion with UNBLEMISH Regimen, and create firmer-looking, smoother skin by pairing the AMP MD™ Micro-Exfoliating Roller with REDEFINE Regimen for enhanced anti-aging results.
  • Take a walk or hit the gym for an instant mood booster.
  • Focus on the positive—write down tasks accomplished or things you’ve mastered.
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others and feeling jealous. If you catch your mood plunging after binging on social media, remember to step back and give your emotions a reality check: Most people only share their happiest, proudest moments publicly, even though they may be facing private challenges.
  • Stop procrastinating—Decide Today How Tomorrow Looks™.

Comment below with your tips for staying poised and thinking positive when things get tough.

IS STRESS MAKING YOU LOOK OLDER? FIGHT BACK WITH SKIN-FRIENDLY TIPS

We’re all familiar with the unwelcome holiday visitor that pops up every season—stress. In between the gift shopping and events galore, it can be hard to manage tension levels. Yet, it’s not just our mood that suffers: Our skin also takes a serious hit when we get stressed out.

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The brain responds to anxiety by releasing various stress hormones into the bloodstream, like adrenaline (redirects blood flow and leaves skin looking washed out) and cortisol (inhibits new skin cell growth and breaks down precious collagen that keeps skin plump). Once your skin loses collagen, it appears thinner and becomes more prone to wrinkling—which means that stress can actually visibly age you. Combine that dangerous duo of hormones with a stress-induced burst of cytokines causing inflammation, and it’s a recipe for a skin disaster.

All that stress can manifest in the form of an acne breakout, a sallow complexion, or sagging skin. Ongoing stress also triggers the body to produce free radicals, which can damage skin cells and reduce antioxidants—making your skin more vulnerable to wrinkles, dark spots and dullness.

Do your skin (and your well-being) a favor: Make time for relaxation with these easy tips so you can keep calm and carry on, while enjoying healthy, more youthful-looking skin.

  • Skip the never-ending lines at the mall by shopping for gifts online. Otherwise, try running errands at off-peak hours.
  • When you find your stress levels peaking, take a moment to pause and do five minutes of breathing exercises.
  • Put away the shopping bags and take a walk, away from the crowds. Or gift yourself a trip to yoga or exercise class. Studies show that exercise nourishes skin cells and keeps blood flowing, which carries away toxins and age-inducing free radicals.
  • If stress shows up on your skin in the form of visible redness, use SOOTHE Regimen for sensitive skin, featuring RFp3 technology to shield against biological and environmental triggers of inflammation.
  • Indulge in a little aromatherapy with citrus essential oils. Studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic found that orange, lemon and grapefruit fragrances help lift your mood and alleviate stress.
  • Cozy up with a cup of green tea, which contains antioxidants that protect against free radicals.
  • Opt for an anti-aging skincare routine, like REDEFINE Regimen to prevent moisture loss, boost hydration, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for visibly firmer, smoother skin.
  • Finally, do your best to get a good night’s rest.