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.

How Are Those Resolutions Going?

TURN “RES-ILLUSIONS” INTO REAL-SOLUTIONS: THE SECRET TO MAKING YOUR 2016 RESOLUTIONS STICK

A new year can stir all kinds of hopes and dreams for self-improvement—from skincare, sleep habits and exercise to career changes and financial planning. However, according to a 2015 University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions are actually successful in keeping them. But what if we could stay motivated month after month by setting the right kind of goals and increasing our chances for success?

Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal suggests that New Year’s resolutions that connect with the “ideal self” are most effective. When people resolve to change, she says, they immediately feel more confident, in control and hopeful—they even feel stronger. The best resolutions contain a “big why”—such as, improving your health or appearance, reconnecting with a personal passion, strengthening a relationship, increasing wealth, developing yourself personally or professionally, or giving back to others. If the “why” is clear, your goals can be small and still lead to big changes in the long term.

In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, author Charles Duhigg shares insights from neurologists, psychologists and other scientists on the best strategies for making new habits stick. Here are a few of his step-by-step tips to help support your goals for 2016:

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  • Know your habit loop. Start by examining the time of day, emotional state or other environmental triggers that contribute to the habit you want to change, then modify the environment to encourage good habits. For instance, if you tend to avoid washing off your makeup before your head hits the pillow, keep a box of REDEFINE Eye Cloths with anti-aging peptides next to your bed as a reminder to cleanse your skin before bed.
  • Experiment with rewards. Choose a reward that helps your brain connect the new behavior or routine with the reward. For instance, allow yourself to binge-watch your favorite TV series while exercising in the living room. Soon, you’ll begin to crave the reward when you practice the habit. With time, the habit will become the reward.
  • Anticipate temptations. Changing habits takes effort. If you’re inclined to skip the sunscreen when you’re feeling rushed, save time with a 3-in-1 moisturizer featuring sun protection and anti-aging benefits, like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30—and keep it on your bathroom vanity by your toothbrush (not hidden in the cabinet) so you’re more likely to apply it every day.
  • Have a plan—and write it down. Visual reminders can be great motivators. Start your skincare journey with a “before” photo to compare to your “after” shot in six months or a year from now.

Decide today how your New Year looks and choose a goal that you can start seeing results with this month. Maybe your resolution is to achieve a firmer-looking neckline in 2016. If so, make small daily changes, like using the AMP MD™ Micro-Exfoliating Roller every day with REDEFINE Regimen for firmer-looking skin. Small changes like this can help you stick to your daily skincare Regimen.

We each have the power to transform our lives with positive change. Make 2016 the year that you Decide Today How Tomorrow Looks™.

Wishing you the best on your journey to great skin this year.

DO I NEED TO CHANGE MY EXFOLIATION ROUTINE WITH THE CHANGE IN SEASONS?

via: Derm RF  Ask Dr. Kathy Fields:

You may find your skin needs extra attention and moisture during the harsh winter months or in dry climates. Follow the tips below to help promote cell turnover and keep your skin moisturized:

Exfoliate to prepare the skin. Proper exfoliation removes the dulling dry skin cells that create a barrier to your moisturizer while helping younger, more vibrant cells rise to the surface. Try ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste, a salt and sugar combination in a high-glide, oil-free formula designed to promote gentle exfoliation for brighter-looking skin. Use the paste intermittently to buff off dead cells and improve skin tone and texture.  It’s also great for your hands.Microderm past

Hydrate skin from the outside in. As the weather gets crisper and drier, you may want to add a more emollient moisturizer to your Regimen, like SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream, along with REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream, to keep skin well hydrated. The humidity levels outside determine how dry your skin is—not how much water you consume—so apply moisturizer if you’re feeling dry. In your home, crank up a humidifier to keep humidity levels at an ideal 50 percent.

FLYING FOR THE HOLIDAYS? TAKE OFF SIGNS OF AGING AND LAND IN STYLE

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From favorite foods to family traditions, there’s much to look forward to over the holidays—but spending long hours in transit is probably not one of them. Air travel can bring added stress to your skin and body, so this month we’re suggesting a few head-to-toe beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling refreshed—not frazzled—when you arrive.

  • Give your skin a head start to staying healthy. Apply an anti-aging moisturizer like REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream to your face the night before your trip, and remember to reapply right before takeoff.
  • For oilier skin, bring blotting papers and dab your face to remove extra shine without stripping vital moisture.
  • Frequent hand washing and antibacterial sanitizers are important to ward off germs while traveling, but they can also leave skin red and irritated. Carry REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment to replenish dry hands and keep your skin soft and hydrated on the go.
  • On overnight flights, bring a sleep mask and earplugs to get your beauty sleep, and don’t forget to apply REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression before your in-flight snooze to minimize the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Keep lips kissably soft by applying REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. The peptide- and antioxidant-rich capsules will help visibly smooth lip texture and combat dryness from extreme travel temps (air conditioning or high heat).
  • Treat your skin to a pre-landing pick-me-up: A gentle swipe of REDEFINE Eye Cloths deposits anti-aging peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness.
  • Skip the foundation, mascara and lipstick, which are prone to drying and flaking in the harsh, high-altitude air of the plane cabin. Opt instead for a bare-faced look with just moisturizer.

 With a little extra mid-transit TLC, you can keep your skin from suffering the harsh effects of air travel and greet your friends and family with a fresh face.