Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Are You Diluting Your Products?

You've spent some hard-earned money on your skincare routine. Let's make sure you're not slowing down or impeding your progress with improper application.

When applying your skincare products, order and timing are important to get the most out of the action ingredients. I'm referring to those products that pack a punch, not your cleansers or basic moisturizers. This could be an antioxidant, retinol, resurfacer, or peptide serum depending on the time of day. Think of the things that pack a punch.

After you cleanse your skin, apply your serum(s) first. You want the action ingredients closest to the skin. Allow the product to absorb for a few minutes before application of moisturizer and/or sunscreen. Application of one product over another too soon will only "water down" or dilute the formulation, making it less effective. An example I often use for timing with my clients is this – in the evening after cleansing I apply my nighttime retinol serum, then brush my teeth, giving the serum time to absorb, and then go back and apply my eye cream and moisturizer.

The only exception to this is for some prescription Vitamin A users. I have often heard doctors suggest diluting the Rx with a bit of moisturizer for those having difficulty adapting to the full-strength Rx. As always, follow your doctor's advice with all your prescription topicals.

Get your money's worth and get the most out of those carefully chosen ingredients!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

When Should You Use Antioxidants?

For those who may need it, here's a quick recap of what antioxidants actually do and why you need them.

Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that attack healthy tissues and are the bottom line of every skin issue over its lifetime. Redness, dehydration, wrinkles, sun damage, loss of firmness - the list goes on and on. Free radicals come in many forms - from the air, smoke, and smog, to food, drink, and sun. We're under assault all day long.

Antioxidants give us the ability to neutralize free radicals and the damage they cause. Think of your antioxidants like money in the bank. They also free up your skin to work on other things than constant defense.  Damage that never happens doesn't have to be repaired.

My recommendation is to always use your antioxidant serums in the morning. For most of us, the daytime offers the most exposure to free radicals so we need the most protection. It's important to note that one antioxidant does not cover all free radicals. Different antioxidants work well on different species. My favorite combo is 1/2 pump each of Triple C&E and the Antioxidant Defense Complex. Ringing in at a whopping 20 different antioxidants I know I'm covered for everything the day will throw at me. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Do This In The Shower - Quick Tip For Acne Prone Skin!

 If you have acne or breakout-prone skin try this in the shower:

Always wash your face last.

A lot of the ingredients found in shampoos and conditioners can be fabulous for your hair, but not so great for your skin. Cleanse your skin last, and be sure to get around your ears and the back of your neck - especially if you have long hair.

This will break up any residue from your hair care products, and keep it from sitting on the skin and contributing to breakouts down the road. Happy sudsing!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

June News!

 So the big news is...I'm heading out of town!! I finally get to go see my family for the first time in over a year and a half. We'll be celebrating 3 big milestones - my parent's 55th wedding anniversary, my mom's 85th birthday, and my dad's 90th! (woohoo!) Dates and other tidbits below. If I'm not seeing you this week I'll see you in early July.

Out Of Office Dates
I'll be away from Monday, June 28th, returning Wednesday, July 7th.
Be sure to get your product orders in online before Saturday to ensure they go out before I leave.

Tuesday Tips Are Here!
My blog is back! Starting in May this year I've been writing a weekly tip. A quick read and (hopefully) easily digestible tip based on your questions and situations I see in the treatment room. Check it out here.

Got A Minute?
If you would take a moment to review my business on Google it would be really helpful as I start to rebuild my practice.
Do you know anyone who needs some serious skincare TLC or their eyebrows whipped into shape? Your referral means the world to me. 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Blue Light Protection

 I think it's safe to say that we've all had a lot more screen time in the last year. Did you know how this could be affecting your skin? 

It's true. Our phones, computers, flat-screen TV's and tablets all emit High Energy Visible (HEV) light. It is often simply referred to as Blue light due to its range of 400-500nm in the violet/blue light band of high-frequency light. A source of free-radical damage, exposure to this can increase dryness, reduce barrier function, increase sensitivity, lines, wrinkles, and even contribute to pigmentation and a loss of firmness.

So what to do?
I recommend using products that defend against and repair HEV light damage. Liposhield™("phyto-melanin" is what you will see on the ingredient label) is a plant-derived melanin compound designed to both protect the skin from HEV light and scavenge the free-radicals that occur from exposure, both indoors and outdoors.

You can find this powerhouse ingredient in both The Serum and The Eye Serum. Get protected before you log in to that next meeting or binge whatever show you (somehow) haven't watched yet!