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.  

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.

Fun in the Sun

Summer is in full swing with the arrival of July 4th weekend.  Lots of activities planned with friends and family.  Outdoor picnics, boating, fishing, backyard bar-b-que, and beach combing are on the ticket for most of us.  My favorite is hanging out at the pool.

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Did you know the most important skincare product is sunscreen?  So be cool and take care of your skin.  There are so many products out on the market, how do you choose the right one?  First and foremost, the best sunscreen should simply work.  According to dermatologists (and the entire American Academy of Dermatology), it needs to have an SPF of at least 30 and should be labeled both broad spectrum and water-resistant. Unfortunately, it shouldn’t be a spray or powder; there’s no way to know how much of that spray or powder floats away on the breeze. Reviews.com tested 135 products and came up with the best 2.  They narrowed down the list and  ousted any with harmful ingredients, then tested the finalists’ efficacy with a UV meter and consistent application with sun-sensitive paper. The winners not only worked well, but also smelled great and felt great on the skin.  Click the link to read the full report;  Sunscreen Review

The best overall was Alba Botanica Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.  alba

The best for sensitive skin was Badger Lavender Cream SPF 30.

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Inside Look: Summer Skincare on the go

 

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It’s official—summer is in the air. As your days heat up, don’t forget to factor in how high temps and outdoor activities can impact your skin.

Play smart, cover up. Wearing sunscreen is crucial, but it’s just the first step of safeguarding skin from the sun’s UVA/UVB rays. Whether you’re cruising around the golf course or relaxing at a barbeque, protect your skin with a long-sleeve layer (bonus points for fabrics with built-in SPF). Darker, tightly woven fabrics are more effective at blocking out sun—so a denim shirt offers an estimated UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 1,700 while a white cotton t-shirt only provides an average UPF of 7. Shield the delicate skin on your face and neck with a wide-brimmed sunhat.

Be water wise. Ready to hit the beach or lounge poolside? Sun reflection from sand, water and cement doubles the amount of UV exposure on your body, so  apply broad spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes before you step outside. Chlorinated water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry, tight, itchy, or even prone to a rash. Apply moisturizer before hitting the pool, then rinse off and re-moisturize again to help minimize skin irritation caused by dryness.

Don’t sweat it. Even water-resistant sunscreens eventually wear off, sweat off and wash off after fun in the sun. According to the FDA, ‘water-resistant’ sunscreens (like ESSENTIALS Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen) maintain effective SPF levels after 40 minutes in the water. Waterproof formulas start losing their effectiveness after 80 minutes in the water. Time flies when you’re splashing around—so keep an eye on the clock, and take breaks to reapply your sunscreen.

Climate counts. Skin is mainly hydrated from the outside, so it helps to factor in the forecast. Since dry, windy climates and sun exposure can dehydrate skin, apply moisturizer morning and night—especially in high altitudes. UV radiation also increases up to 12 percent for every 3,000 feet of elevation, so carry extra sunscreen to reapply. Not surprising, when summer heat combines with humidity, skin produces more oil. If you are already prone to sensitive or oily skin and live in a moist climate, try mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide which can provide a mattifying effect.

 Cool off. Our default water temperature for baths and showers tends to run high, but summer is a great time to change it up. Hot, steamy water dehydrates skin, which can leave you dry, itchy or visibly red. Opt for short, tepid showers year-round, apply moisturizer right after bathing, and stick to cool splashes of water when cleansing your face.

Plan ahead. Going just one day without sunscreen can ruin a month’s worth of good habits. Go for a full-body sun protection routine like Summer Skin ESSENTIALS, with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen and Lip Shield SPF 25, plus Daily Body Moisturizer to soothe and hydrate skin after sun exposure. Keep a bag packed by the door so that you don’t forget your summer skin must-haves: sunscreen, hat, UV-blocking sunglasses, water bottle, and long-sleeve shirt or beach cover-up.

Enjoy your summer days—from pool to putting green—and keep your skin healthy along the way. Share your top summer skincare tips with us below.

Product Spotlight – Sunless Tanner

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Protecting skin from the sun is a must, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a sun-kissed glow the healthy way. The lightweight, oil-free, mess-free sunless tanning foam applies easily and dries quickly. The effective dual-active formula ensures even, natural-looking color without exposure to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. It contains Rodan + Fields’ RF-Dcell technology, which is derived from dormant narcissus bulb extract, to “quench” the rate of cell hyper-proliferation and extend the duration of the sunless tan. Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E protect skin from free radical damage. Click here for tips from Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields on achieving best results. 125 mL/4.2 fl. oz.  Retail $24 (But we never pay retail, right my friend?  Ask me how to save 10% or even 25%)

CUE THE LASERS: NEW NON-INVASIVE METHODS TO DETECT SKIN CANCER

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When it comes to moles and the risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, what you don’t know could hurt you—or worse. Early detection of melanoma, before it penetrates the skin’s deep layers, is crucial and can mean the difference between life and death. Two promising breakthroughs in laser technology may soon offer doctors more efficient, biopsy-free detection methods to diagnose malignant skin cancers with more accuracy than ever.

The Dermascanner, developed by German researchers as reported in Science Daily, May 2015, combines 2D scans with additional scanned 3D data to give doctors precise details to track the growth of every individual mole from several different positions. This software also has the ability to compare current images to existing earlier scans and pinpoint the exact location of every single mole.

Meanwhile, scientists in the UK and Italy have unveiled a new laser Doppler technique that tracks fluctuations in blood flow beneath the skin over a 30-minute period, as published in Scientific Reports in August 2015. The data enables researchers to differentiate between malignant melanoma and non-cancerous moles without a biopsy.

While these advances in early skin cancer detection are promising, more research is necessary before either laser method can be used in clinical practice. Be your own health advocate between doctor visits by watching out for suspicious moles, and ask someone you trust to check any on your back. Consider downloading Mole Mapper Melanoma Study, a free iPhone app, which allows users to track changes in their moles and share the data for research.

Of course, prevention is still the best medicine for sun-related skin diseases—and it begins with you. Limit sun exposure and make broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen part of your daily skincare routine. Opt for products that provide sun protection in addition to other benefits, like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with powerful peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines, or REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen to help brighten dull skin that may be due to past sun damage.

 

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.