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Skincare Walk of Shame

Has your skin taken a beating after those late night holiday parties? Do you find yourself waking up the next morning with mascara smeared under your eyes, and probably your pillow, and think “oh no, I didn’t remove my makeup or cleanse my face last night”? It happens to the best of us, and of course I am going to scold you and tell you not to do it again! But here are some tips on how to make it up to your skin the next day.

My first suggestion of course in instances like these is to come see me for a customized facial, but since I can’t see all of you on January 1st, because I know how you party animals will be living it up this New Years Eve, here are some other tips.

  • Cleanse with the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic cleanses 6x more effectively than manual cleansing and allows for greater absorption of serums and moisturizers
  • Exfoliate your skin, preferably with an enzyme exfoliant, or something that has a small amount of lactic acid or a glycolic/lactic blend. Let it sit on the skin 3-5 minutes before rinsing so it has some time to eat through that build up
  • Apply an antioxidant serum, such as products with Vitamin C or Idebenone (aka Co-Q10) which fight free radicals and brighten the skin
  • Re-hydrate, apply a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluronate, it binds water up to 1,000 times its weight
  • Eat fruits and vegetables – Specifically berries like blueberries, blackberries, goji berries and cherries are loaded with antioxidants which brighten your skin
  • Osmosis harmonized waters improve health at a cellular level. Take 2 oz of the Digestive Health and 2oz of the Hangover Water before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning. It will minimize hangover symptoms and normalize your body. For information visit http://www.osmosisskincare.com/HarmonizedWaters.aspx

Don’t forget to drink lots of water after those crazy nights out too. Your skin is the last organ to get any of the water you’re drinking, so just because the headache and nausea went away doesn’t mean you got enough! Have a happy and safe New Years!

Give Thanks…For Your Skin!

Last week I drove by a Christmas tree lot and as much as I LOVE Christmas, the first thought that came to my mind was “Wasn’t Halloween just last week?!” Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not just because of all the amazing food I get to guiltlessly shovel in my mouth (we all know holiday calories don’t count), but because its a time to reflect on this past year and bring to light all the things that I am thankful for in my life.  Let’s slow down the Christmas excitement and use this Thanksgiving holiday to reflect on all of our blessings this season.  And as you do let me remind you to be thankful for your incredible skin!

As the largest organ in your body, not only does is cover your bones, internal organs, and muscles keeping all of them safe and secure from trauma, but it regulates your body temperature, helps keep bacteria and diseases away, excretes waste material, and allows you to feel sensations like touch, pain, hot, and cold!  It take the abuse to protect your internal organs and then heals itself so it can do it again the next time you fall off that bike or trip over the ledge on an uneven side walk.

So, if you happen to burn yourself on that hot roasting pan as you cook your holiday bird, remember to be grateful that your skin is there to protect you.

Happy Thankgiving!

Repairing Summer Skin – Part 2

Now that you’ve learned about some options to get your skin back in shape and are ready to take the next step and start a professional treatment series, let’s talk about how to make the most out of those treatments!

Pre and Post Care for Professional Treatments

Having a good pre-treatment and post treatment regimen is very important.  What you do at home is going to be 70% of your end results.

First we start with prepping your skin to get the most out of the treatment.  A lot of variables go into how your skin will react to microdermabrasion and peels and easing your skin into them will not only get you the best result, but will also help prevent any negative reactions.  You’ll want to talk to a skin professional prior to starting your treatment to determine the best regimen for your skin, but it will likely consist of skin lighteners, retinols, light enzymes, and/or low levels of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) like glycolic or lactic acid.  Depending on your skin, your current regimen, and the type of treatment you decide on, your pre-treatment regimen should start anywhere from 7-21 days prior to your first treatment

Following your treatment be prepared to avoid the Sun and any heat for at least 24 hours, as well as any heavy makeup (all makeup should be avoided if possible).  For 72 hours post treatment you will want to avoid any retinols, AHA’s, and harsh ingredients such as hydroquinone.  Next make sure you are wearing an SPF of at least 30 DAILY.   This is now found in most daily moisturizers making it super convenient to make sure you’re covered.  This is the most important product to have post treatment.  If you don’t protect your skin after a deep resurfacing treatment you are allowing more damage to get to it.  Not only are you reversing the effects of the treatment you just shelled out your hard earned money for, but you are potentially causing more damage to come.

Results Driven Skin Care

I recommend using skin care lines that are labeled as cosmeceuticals.  Cosmeceuticals contain ingredients that are able to penetrate deeper into the skin delivering nutrients to the dermal layer where those live cells live and can influence the biological function of the skin.  If your products aren’t making it to the dermal layer they are doing very little for you, because they are working on cells that are dying or are already dead and are unable to change.  You’ll find these products at most day spas or salons, and they all offer different advantages and disadvantages so do your homework or talk to someone you trust before you stock up on something.  Just because it looks pretty and smells good, it might not be the best option for you.

Many products tell you they are for pigmentation, wrinkles, or brightening, etc., but there are specific ingredients you can look for to know they’re going to give you results.  For instance, if you are targeting pigmentation, look for a product that contains kojic acid, bearberry, and/or licorice root as those ingredients target pigmentation and are natural lighteners.  If you are targeting wrinkles you will want to add peptides and/or Retinol to your regimen.  Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Idebenone (or Co-Q10), Green Tea Extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid are going to help even out skin tone, camouflage redness, and brighten skin by fighting free radicals that constantly attack the skin.   Many of them also help boost the protection of sunscreens as well when applied to the skin first.

Ready to get that bright, healthy glow back?  Restore and repair that damaged skin now and wow your family and friends this holiday season!  Mention this blog post and receive 20% OFF any treatment with me through the month of November!