What is the Difference Between Exfoliation and Micro-Exfoliation?

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According to world renown dermatologist, Dr. Katie Rodan: Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells to brighten the complexion. Regular exfoliation will help accelerate cell turnover and aid in the removal of excess melanin. It also helps clear the way for better efficacy of active ingredients.

Exfoliation can be part of your daily cleansing routine. REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash with alpha hydroxy acids helps loosen dead skin cells and refine skin texture and tone. To further boost results from your skincare Regimen, using an exfoliating tool, like REDEFINE AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller, is clinically proven to improve your results by 50%. This tool conditions your skin, improving the appearance of firmness and elasticity and minimizing the appearance of pores.

No matter which exfoliation method you choose, the secret is—don’t overdo it! Avoid harsh exfoliant ingredients like walnut shells or apricot pits that can scratch or irritate your skin. If your skin becomes red, uncomfortable, or dry, substitute an exfoliant cleanser with a mild one,   followed by moisturizer, until your skin recovers. When it comes to your skin, the saying “no pain no gain” simply isn’t true! The best results are achieved with products that are both gentle AND effective.

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.  

5 Facts About Eyelashes You Need to Know

Eyelashes (just like your skin) are prone to life’s ups and downs. Whether you opt for heavy mascara or an au naturale lash look, it pays to know the full story behind your fringe–that way you can prep for a lifetime of lush, healthy-looking lashes.

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Here are a few things all of our eyelashes have in common:

  1. Your eyelashes work hard every day. Eyelashes demand their fair share of attention—but did you know they also serve an important biological function? It’s true: Those beautiful lashes also protect your peepers from dust, debris, wind and sunlight, in addition to triggering the blink reflex.
  2. You are born with a certain number of eyelash follicles (openings in skin through which lashes grow). And, as hard as you might wish on it, this number will not increase during your lifetime.
  3. People typically have around 100 eyelashes on the upper eyelid and half as many on the lower lid. But who’s really counting? Remember, it’s not how many you have, it’s what you do with them!
  4. Eyelashes are continuously going through stages of growth, resting, shedding, and re-growth.The entire cycle can take anywhere from 5 to 11 months—a good reason not to take your lovely lashes for granted, or risk losing them by rubbing your eyes too hard.
  5. Eyelashes do thin as we age. If your lashes don’t seem as long or as full as they were in, say, your teens or early twenties, you aren’t imagining it. The appearance of our eyelashes not only changes the older we get (sigh), but eyelash follicles can actually stop producing new lashes.

Now you’ve got the facts, that’s no reason to fret. Set yourself up for the ultimate lash look at any age with  R+F Lash Boost. This proprietary formula with Biotin and Keratin deposits an infusion of protein to dramatically improve the look of lashes while protecting them against future damage from everyday beauty routines that pull and tug. The result? Lush, longer-looking lashes that are 100% real and 100% yours.

For most of us, primping eyes comes last in our daily beauty routine—but maybe it’s about time we put them first. After all, a lot can happen in the blink of an eye—so why not make the most of every wink and flutter?

COMMENT below with your favorite tips for “lashing out.”

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.

Have scientists discovered the key to reversing aging?

geneWomen check themselves out in the mirror anywhere from 8 to 16 times a day on average, according to a report in London’s Daily Mail. We hope it’s because they like what they see. But how much time do you spend scrutinizing your reflection for signs of aging? You’re not alone if you wish you could turn back the clock.

It may sound like a futuristic dream, but researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan  have found that the regulation of two genes, linked to the production of glycine (an amino acid), is partially responsible for aging. If their compelling theory holds true, this could lead to glycine supplements to delay or reverse the process of aging—though it could still be years before this scientific fountain of youth ever becomes mainstream.

For now, you can get real results from dermatological-based skincare in the comfort of your home. REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ is an absolute game-changer, clinically proven to melt line-defying hyaluronic acid and potent peptides into wrinkles for visibly reduced expressions lines. Before bed, apply REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum and REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum to make the most of your beauty sleep.

And remember that a little diligence can go a long way toward keeping skin youthful looking: avoid the sun, wear broad spectrum sunscreen rain or shine, and sleep on your back to avoid creasing. When you take a consistent, daily approach to nourishing and protecting your skin, you’re bound to like what you see the next time you look in the mirror.

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