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 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 FIND A MOISTURIZER THAT BALANCES MY OILY, BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN?

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Dr. Katie Rodan answers this question: Try the SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment.  This lightweight, non-greasy hydrating cream contains exclusive RFp3 peptide technology to help calm sensitive skin and promote smooth, clear, healthy-looking skin. Active skin protectant ingredients dimethicone and allantoin, along with antioxidants and natural lipids, restore the skin’s moisture barrier to relieve dryness, reduce sensitivity and calm irritation. Plus, optical filters immediately neutralize the look of visible redness.

For daytime wear, there’s the UNBLEMISH Oil Control Lotion SPF 20. This lightweight formula helps to control oiliness while protecting against UV rays that intensify post-acne marks and uneven skin tone.

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

 

The Truth About Vitamin D

via WebMD

Vitamin D: Wonder Pill or Overkill?

Wouldn’t it be great if one vitamin could build stronger bones and protect against diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, and depression? Or even help you lose weight? Researchers have high hopes for vitamin D — which comes from our skin’s reaction to sunlight, a few foods, and supplements. Learn the facts, and see who’s at risk for a “D” deficiency.

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Vitamin D Boosts Bone Health

Vitamin D is critical for strong bones, from infancy into old age. It helps the body absorb calcium from food. In older adults, a daily dose of “D” and calcium helps to prevent fractures and brittle bones. Children need “D” to build strong bones and prevent rickets, a cause of bowed legs, knock knees, and weak bones. Adding the vitamin to milk in the 1930s helped to nearly eliminate the disorder.

Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more common far away from the sunny equator. For years, experts suspected a link between sunlight, vitamin D levels, and this autoimmune disorder that damages the nerves. One newer clue comes from a study of a rare gene defect that leads to low levels of vitamin D – and a higher risk of MS. Despite these links, there’s not enough evidence to recommend vitamin D for the prevention or treatment of MS.

Vitamin D and Diabetes

Some studies have shown a link between a low vitamin D level and type 2 diabetes — the more common version of this blood sugar disorder. So, can boosting your vitamin D levels help ward off the disease? There’s not enough proof for doctors to recommend taking this supplement to prevent type 2 diabetes. Excess body fat may play a role in diabetes and low levels of vitamin D.

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Vitamin D and Weight Loss

Studies have shown that people who are obese often have low blood levels of vitamin D. Body fat traps vitamin D, making it less available to the body. It’s not clear whether obesity itself causes a low vitamin D level or if it’s the other way around. But one small study of dieters suggests that adding vitamin D to a calorie-restricted diet may help overweight people with low vitamin D levels lose weight more easily.

How Does Sun Give You Vitamin D?

Most people get some vitamin D from sunlight. When the sun shines on your bare skin, your body makes its own vitamin D. But you probably need more than that. Fair-skinned people might get enough in 5-10 minutes on a sunny day, a few times a week. But cloudy days, the low light of winter, and the use of sun block (important to avoid skin cancer and skin aging) all interfere. Older people and those with darker skin tones don’t make as much from sun exposure. Experts say it’s better to rely on food and supplements.

Dining With Vitamin D

Many of the foods we eat have no naturally occurring vitamin D. Fish such as salmon, swordfish, or mackerel is one big exception — and can provide a healthy amount of vitamin D in one serving. Other fatty fish such as tuna and sardines have some “D,” but in much lower amounts. Small amounts are found in egg yolk, beef liver, and fortified foods like cereal and milk. Cheese and ice cream do not usually have added vitamin D.

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Vitamin D Supplements

Eating D-rich foods is the best way to get vitamin D. If you still need help getting enough, there are two kinds of supplements: D2 (ergocalciferol), which is the type found in food, and D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the type made from sunlight. They’re produced differently, but both can raise vitamin D levels in your blood. Rodan + Fields Essentials Maximum D3, is an oral supplement.  Each capsule, taken weekly, contains 10,000 IU of the most absorbable form of Vitamin D.  Check with your health care provider for the best supplements for your needs.

Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

Problems converting vitamin D from food or sunshine can set you up for a deficiency. Factors that increase your risk include:

  • Age 50 or older
  • Dark skin
  • A northern home
  • Overweight, obese, gastric bypass surgery
  • Milk allergy or lactose intolerance
  • Liver or digestive diseases, such as Crohn’s disease or celiac

How Much Is Too Much Vitamin D?

Some researchers suggest taking far more vitamin D than the 600 IU daily guideline for healthy adults. But too much be dangerous. Very high doses of vitamin D can raise your blood calcium level, causing damage to blood vessels, heart, and kidneys. The Institute of Medicine sets the upper tolerable limit at 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day. You can’t get too much vitamin D from the sun. Your body simply stops making more. But sun exposure without sunscreen can raise your risk of skin cancer.

SKIN-FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING MEAL

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As you get ready for the Thanksgiving dinner, consider how to make your family feast delicious andhealthy—and get big benefits for your skin. Here are five Thanksgiving staples that will have your skin glowing with gratitude.

 Turkey: High in protein and selenium, turkey also contains plenty of iron, B vitamins and zinc, which helps produce collagen, the structural protein that gives our skin its firm-looking, youthful appearance. Here’s a turkey tip: When asked whether you prefer dark or white meat, consider the dark meat, which contains twice the amount of riboflavin and zinc as the white meat.

Sweet Potatoes: Try swapping classic mashed spuds for sweet potatoes, which contain over 200 percent of your daily Vitamin A needs. Vitamin A is an excellent source of antioxidants, which fight free radical damage and help normalize skin cell division.

Cranberries: These bright berries have been named one of the top 25 superfoods for their nutrient and antioxidant properties. But make sure you skip the congealed cranberries in a can and go for the real (unsweetened!) thing.

Green Beans: Nutrient-dense green beans are loaded with the anti-aging superstar Vitamin C, which helps shield skin from free radicals that can contribute to wrinkles, dull skin, fine lines and more.

Pumpkin: This holiday favorite takes the prize for skin nutrition, whether it’s consumed or applied topically. Brimming with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), topically applied pumpkin helps increase cell turnover and brighten the skin. When eaten, pumpkin’s skin-saving beta-carotene and Vitamin C help protect your skin against sun damage.

Healthy eating is just as essential for our skin as it is for our body.