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.

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.

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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CAN THE AMP MD™ MICRO-EXFOLIATING ROLLER HELP WITH SUN DAMAGE AND SHALLOW ACNE SCARS?

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Ask the doctor!  Dr. Katie Rodan’s Response:

 For best results, the AMP MD System is recommended for use with REDEFINE Regimen.

If your skin is free of acne, you may use the REDEFINE AMP MD System and REDEFINE Regimen to help improve the appearance of firmer, smoother and more even-looking skin while decreasing the appearance of large pores. However, if you are still experiencing breakouts, we suggest that you use the UNBLEMISH Regimen to address the complex issues associated with acne: red inflammation, excess oil and post-acne dark marks. The AMP MD System is not recommended for use on active acne or on very sensitive skin—so hold off on micro-exfoliating until your acne has cleared up.

 If you are concerned about uneven skin tone, brown spots and other telltale signs of sun exposure, you can amp up your REVERSE Regimen  results by adding AMP MD to your daily routine. Within two weeks of using the REVERSE Regimen and REDEFINE AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller, more than 80% of the participants saw faster results in overall skin appearance, brightness, texture and firmness.

Unblemish is Life Changing

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Everyone’s skin is different, and what works for someone else may not work for you and can even make your condition worse. But, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, “virtually every case of acne can be controlled” with the proper diagnosis.

Popular social news website BuzzFeed listed the UNBLEMISH Regimen as one of its “27 life-changing products that really helped people with acne”.  If you know someone who suffers with acne, please share this with them.  Your friend will thank you and join in saying “Rodan + Fields Unblemish is incredible!”

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Read the full article here: BuzzFeed Life