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May 28, 2021
Summertime can be just as challenging for skin as the cold, dry winter season. You could sabotage your skincare journey if you don't take a few crucial steps. But, have no fear! You don't need to hide in the house or stay under an umbrella every minute of the day. The vitamin D we get from the sun is good for us, and who doesn't feel better after spending some time outdoors.
Just follow these PRO tips, and you and your skin will get the most out of fun in the sun!
Do not use harsh retinoids/retinols before going on vacation in the sun or before extended time outside, such as gardening or yard work. All retinols and retinoids should be applied at night, but they can still make your skin more susceptible to sunburn. Use retinol sparingly or skip it the night(s) before or during extended sun exposure. An encapsulated form (Sleep On It) is the best for gentler yet effective retinol.
You may need to go off some prescription acne medicine before an extended sunny vacation. Check with your dermatologist to find out if yours is one of them! These products are extremely drying and make the skin more vulnerable to UV rays. Opt for a good Vitamin C (Triple C+ Gold) instead for great antioxidant benefits.
Deep chemical peels leave your skin super exposed and susceptible to sunburn. They're great for removing all the dead skin cells, but if you do this and then expose your skin to UV, your skin will not fare well. Avoid getting deep peels if you're planning on an extended period in the sun. Opt for a gentle exfoliating scrub instead. AND always wear SPF 30 or higher!
If you get a deep microneedling treatment or RF, you need to protect your skin from sun exposure for one week. Your skin is in a delicate state following these treatments, so hold off if you're planning a vacation at the beach or you're spending a lot of time outside in the sun.
September 15, 2021
Wrinkles around the central lip area are called vertical rhytids and we all hate them, right! They can be very difficult to fix. Even with a facelift, it only pulls this area laterally and the dissection does not and cannot extend into the lip area.
But don't lose hope! We have options.
September 08, 2021
Let's just say it. Aging isn't for the faint of heart. Therefore, it's important to keep it all in perspective. There will be some things about our appearance that we can improve with some hard work and dedication. There will be some things we can pay a doctor to fix (and then maintain with a consistent skincare routine). There'll be some things we cannot do anything about. I'll never be 5'8" or have the body of a runway model and I'll never be 25 again.
I'm going to share some things we can do to improve the neck and décolleté with a little bit of hard work and dedication.
September 01, 2021
When you look in the mirror and you see excess skin & folds forming from the cheeks to the jawline, you are seeing saggy jowls. When collagen and elastin becomes depleted, sagging skin is the result.
And that's not all. Things like repeated facial expressions, weight loss, sun exposure, smoking, and even the over use of computers or phones creating “tech neck” accentuate sagging in the jowl area.