SKINCARE IS THE ULTIMATE IN SELF-CARE

Self-care is a very popular notion these days-just Google the words, and you’ll see A-list celebrities sharing their rituals. Everyone has their own approach to the rejuvenating time-out, whether it’s morning meditation, weekly manicures, or seasonal juice cleanses.   Modern women are seeing the benefits of recharging and taking care of themselves, and as a recent partnership between Glamour magazine and Rodan + Fields explores, pampering your skin with regular exfoliation, hydration and moisture is a key aspect of self-care.

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Even with three kids, Emily Pennington, 38, carves out time to nurture her spirit, mind and body daily. “I have to do something for myself every single day to make me the best me,” says Pennington, a Rodan + Fields® Consultant based in Birmingham, Alabama. “Some days I do yoga walk around the block or get on the elliptical. It always just makes everything better.”

Pennington loves creative projects, dancing and playing music in her home, but her “me time” is when she’s taking care of her skin. “As a busy wife, mom of three and entrepreneur, there’s always someone who needs something from me,” says Pennington. “It’s nice to stop and have [a moment of] peace and quiet.”

Maintaining her youthful look inspires Rachael Braunshweiger’s skincare routine. “Taking care of my skin is the number one thing I do for self-care,” says Braunshweiger, who lives in sunny Delray Beach, Florida, with her husband and daughters. “Nobody else is going to make my skin beautiful. I have to do that for myself!”

A REDEFINE™ user and R+F Consultant who worries about dark spots and other signs of sun exposure, Braunshweiger loves the fact that REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment has broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection. She also maintains that she can’t live without using ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste three times a week. Her daily schedule includes one hour of exercise—right now, she’s obsessed with fun, high-intensity trampoline classes and weight training. She’s also never without a professional mani-pedi. At mealtimes, she savors the healthy dishes her husband cooks while they talk to their daughters about why eating good food is important.

See 6 Things You Need to Work Into Your Skincare Routine Before You Turn 40 on Glamour.com

While self-care can feel like a luxury, it is neither selfish nor indulgent, according to Braunshweiger. “Self-care is about realizing that I matter,” she says, “and that in order for me to take care of my husband and children the best I can, I need to first take care of myself.”

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.

Glowing Skin is In

Exfoliation offers a simple way to help your skin look like it’s younger than its years.

Clear, radiant-looking skin has always been a sign of youth and vitality. And let’s face it—looking good also means feeling good. If you’re excited to show off a natural, healthy-looking glow, exfoliation is the perfect complement to any skincare regimen. We say: Out with the old and in with the new.

Exfoliating regularly is essential because it gets rid of dulling, dead skin cells to allow younger, healthier-looking cells to surface. It also preps your skin for the products that follow by removing dry, dead skin cells that can create a barrier to your moisturizer or make other skincare ingredients less effective. To optimize the results you see with your daily regimen, make sure you are exfoliating at least once a week.

Everyone has a different skin type, so it’s important to find an exfoliation product that fits your personal needs.  Looking for an oil-free exfoliator for sensitive or acne-prone skin? Pick a product that combines salt and sugar in a high-glide formula that buffs off old cells to improve skin tone and texture. Skin looks brighter after the first use—and with regular exfoliation, you can help maintain that glow.

You know the importance of cleansing, but did you know that in order to maintain your radiant skin, you must clear off old dead skin with regular exfoliation?  Throughout the year, your skin goes through changes and is forced to adapt to changing weather seasons.  Exfoliate to keep your skin smooth and bright all year round.  Be careful, harsh beads, rough brushes and stiff pads can damage your face.  Choose a quality product from a trusted source and be gentle to your skin.  If you have very sensitive skin, you should avoid these products.  Microderm paste

Over the years, I’ve used different types of brushes, gloves, pads and scrubs.  Now I only use Micro-Dermabrasion Paste.   I use an oil-free formula designed to help promote gentle exfoliation and leave my skin feeling soft & smooth.  I exfoliate each week to improve skin tone and texture.

When you’re younger, your skin will naturally renew itself about every 25 days. When you reach the age of 30, the process begins to slow down which can result in more pigmentation as well as a duller complexion.  Help turn over those skin cells with exfoliation at least once a week.  Reveal a youthful luster and get your glow on!

Does Your Skin Act Old?

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When it comes to our skin, most of us worry about the things we can see — like whether our foundation is the right shade, why our forehead is so shiny and please don’t let that be a pimple.

But what we can’t see also has a major impact on the way our skin looks and feels. “Dry skin is the top skincare complaint among women of all ages,” says Dr. Kathy Fields, a dermatologist and co-founder of Rodan + Fields.

Dryness goes much deeper than a few flaky patches or tightness. When our skin doesn’t have enough moisture, research shows it gets scaly, rough and dull—and can look like the skin of someone far older. That means whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, you may want to start making sure your skin is properly hydrated now, long before you’re celebrating a milestone birthday.

How did my skin get so dry?

Everyday life and the environment can do a number on our skin: sun, wind, harsh heaters in wintertime and cleansers that strip away the skin’s protective oil layer can leave the epidermis parched and fragile. And poor lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking too much alcohol can make it even worse.

And that’s just where skin troubles start.

“When you have all that dry skin, moisture leaks out and the environment can come in,” says Dr. Katie Rodan. “Your skin gets these little fissures or tears and it gets chapped and cracked. Pollution, hot air, cold air, bacteria, pollen can get in and touch the vital live skin and that’s when you get redness and irritation.” Plus, dry skin is more prone to showing little fine lines. And dryness prevents skincare products from working as well as they could.

“When the skin is dry, it usually has a pileup of dead skin cells; it’s like having flakes on top of your skin,” says Mary Radford, RN. “Your moisturizer sits on top.”

Research backs this up. The University of Kiel in Germany conducted a study and found that dry skin, even in young people, acts like older skin. The 1997 study measured classic signs of dryness including scaliness, loss of smoothness and loss of elasticity in test subjects age 20 to 35 versus a group over age 60. They found that dry skin was equally scaly in young and older test subjects. And young people with dry skin had rougher skin than older subjects with dry skin. But the good news is that both younger and older skin felt equally smooth once it was properly hydrated.

Fight dryness with this dream team

Exfoliation is an important part of combatting dry skin; clearing away dry, dead skin cells makes it easier for skincare products to be most effective.

Then follow up with the anti-dryness dream team of a hydrating serum followed by a moisturizer. Moisture and hydration skincare products may seem synonymous, but these products do different things.

“What a moisturizer does is it stops water loss. A hydration product brings water to the skin,” says Dr. Tim Falla, PhD, vice-president of research and development for Rodan + Fields.

So, if you want to show off a healthy glow at any age, make sure you give your skin the right combination of exfoliation, moisture, and hydration.

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.”