generally a good thing because it removes dead skin cells. Dead skin can make skin look dry and prevents any treatments you use
from being fully absorbed. However, if you exfoliate too often, are too
abrasive, or combine multiple exfoliators, the natural oils and healthy
bacteria that keep your skin balanced can be stripped which can cause
irritation. More intensive exfoliation
once a week (blackberry lime, or mint poppy) Preferably in the evenings so the
skin has time to regenerate without being exposed to the elements and you can
apply a nice barrier to the skin.
rethink how your skin needs to be exfoliated this is where I recommend having a
monthly HydraFacial. Every four weeks
you can check in with your esthetician and get idea of what you need, as your
skin changes on a seasonal basis it can also change on a monthly basis. Upgrade
your facial service with a Marine Mermaid, locks in moisture and increases
absorption of active ingredients.
This time of year is really dry and cold, cold air equals dry air. (winter)
Dry air sucks the moisture out of the skin and
compromises the condition of the skin. Dry skin is a weak skin and more vulnerable
to irritation an aging. Also, this time of year we have heater on in our homes
and indoor heating can have a similar drying effect on the skin as well. To keep your skin barrier strong and
functioning properly I recommend some moisturizers with ingredients that help
retain moisture I personally use one by Sorella Apothecary, The Balm, that is
recommended as a night cream and has a little bit of beeswax in it. Beeswax
provides a protective barrier to help keep the skin nourished while still
allowing for it to breath. Black Current Extract is high in vitamin C and rich
in fatty acids which reduces inflammation and helps bind moisture to the skin.
It has anti-aging benefits as well with Argireline (wrinkle reducer) and
palmitoyl tripeptide-37 (potent peptide that’s proven to decrease wrinkles by
45% in 28 days). Hyaluronic acid serums
are great for the new year, Sorella’s Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum layers great
under any moisturizer. It contains Snow Mushroom Extract which is 3-4x more
hydrating than hyaluronic acid. Also contains niacinamide that reduces
inflammation and restores the skin’s natural barrier. Cogan grass provides long
time moisturizing benefits without clogging pores.
it might be a clue that you have a skin condition that has not been yet
For example, the
tendency to flush or flash along with persistent redness on your cheeks, forehead
and chin are commonly signs of rosacea. Eczema also causes irritation and dry
flaky skin, both conditions are best treated by an aesthetician or under a
dermatologist’s care. Sensitive and
sensitized are two different things. I find a lot of people don’t make this
connection. Sensitive skin is genetic and sensitized is often from outside
factors like the with weather, harsh ingredients and or over exfoliation.
Don’t forget to
use a toner.
Drink water. We
tend to consume a lot of sodium heavy foods this time of year.
applied every evening before bed to lock in moisture and heal and repair
sensitive lip area
In addition, I
always recommend cleaning your make up brushes and discarding old make up that
may have bacteria buildup on it.
With the holiday season upon us, I thought this would be a good reminder of the high sugar food and drink that are available for us to consume. Here are some tips to choose the right foods that will benefit your skin. Whether you don’t have skin care concerns, or you see a dermatologist regularly, it is important to know how the things we eat, and drink affect our skin. A healthy diet which includes antioxidant-rich foods along with proper hydration will provide you with clearer, heathier looking skin. Also treat yourself to a hydrating facial.
Antioxidants in foods, including vitamins A, C and E, and certain minerals, such as selenium boost immune function by quenching free radicals, highly-reactive compounds that are formed as byproducts of normal processes in the body or enter the body from the environment.
Vitamin C – The sun can be tough on your skin. Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from cranberries, red bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, greens, brussels sprouts and Blueberries!
Vitamin E – Another antioxidant that may help save your skin from sun damage and inflammation is vitamin E. Get it from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, asparagus, leafy greens and carrots.
Selenium – This mineral may help protect your skin from cells that gather free radicals. You can get it from Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, and fish like snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon. Cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta also have selenium.
Water, Water, Water!
Drinking water is one of the healthiest habits you can have for your skin and your entire body. It keeps your skin moist and that makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells get rid of toxins. Dehydrated skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and congested. This can cause itching, blackheads, redness, acne, and general blotchiness. We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many as the water in fruits, veggies, juice, and milk counts toward your total, and will help with your hang over!
Or better yet why not get your antioxidants and hydrate at the same time?
Green tea may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can find for your skin, maybe make a cup of tea on your way to a holiday event. It helps stop inflammation and helps slow DNA damage and can even help prevent the sun from burning your skin. You can find green tea in lots of cosmetics, but why not go straight to the source: Drink it! Go for the veggie plate at your next holiday party.
Our skin is constantly changing due to climate (changing seasons or vacationing) hormones or stress. Facial treatments can help slow down the aging process and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. These treatments can be as simple as a sound home care routine to professional exfoliant treatments, lymphatic drainage and hydrating treatments
If you are dedicated and committed to helping your skin health, home care is a big part of maintaining your skin. Any professional treatments will have less effect unless
you follow a good at home care routine. It can be as basic as a cleanser (cleansing twice on occasion), eye cream, a good hydrating serum or moisturizer (no matter if your dry or oily) and broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you want to help your skin cell turn over you can add in an exfoliate 1-2 times a week, this really helps bring blood to the surface, circulation and give you a nice glow.
Massaging your face with an anti-aging cream will immediately increase the blood circulation and oxygen flow, which promotes collagen production and enhances the elasticity of your skin. However, applying product to the outer layer of dead skin and peach fuzz is just a place for your product to hang out, inhibiting it from penetrating into your skin. Having your skin professionally exfoliated removes the grey layer of dry skin off your face so products can penetrate much better. Dermaplaning is a great way to exfoliate the first layer of dead skin plus the vellus hair (peach fuzz).
Peels and the Hydrafacial
I recommend monthly treatments to address areas of concern your skin. Fall is a really good time of year to start a peel series. I usually have my clients do a series of 3, every 4 weeks. Then maintain with a Hydrafacial membership, once a month to enhance your skin’s health. Hydrafacial is 3 steps and only 30 minutes, cleanse + peel (uncover a new layer of skin with a gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing), extract + hydrate (remove debris from pores with painless suction, nourish with intense moisturizers that quench the skin) and fuse + protect (saturate the skin with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow).
If you really want healthy, glowing skin and to fight the signs of aging I also recommend a Lymphatic Drainage facial which works to improve circulation, as well as detoxify, tone, and firm skin. We can work on the entire body, face, arms, back, legs.
And always always always don’t forget Sunscreen. SPF 30 is a must every morning. If you maintain your skin with a solid home care routine, professional treatments to maintain, address concerns and wear sunscreen daily you can reverse signs of aging. I am committed. Are you?