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December 18, 2020
Let’s face it, we demand a lot from our skin. Having access to high performance products and high-tech devices is fantastic but if we get carried away, and don’t work in some rest periods, skin can start rebelling.
With pretty much anything, too much can be not-so-great for us. Using too many skincare products too frequently and/or too enthusiastically can overwork your skin, aging it more, not less, and looking worse instead of better.
Remember, skin has a delicate lipid barrier that if distressed, microscopic damage can occur and lead to moisture loss, bacterial infection, and irritation.
Skin can get overly dry and sensitive and look red, dry, and blotchy with increased wrinkles when in an overworked condition. YIKES!
Take a realistic inventory at what you are doing. Are you using multiple actives at once, layering on products that compete, scrubbing too vigorously, microneedling too often? When was the last time you gave your skin some rest?
What Does Rest for the Skin Look Like?
A rest period for you might be a return to the basics for a few days. You’d still double cleanse, use one serum, one moisturizer, and an SPF in the morning, repeat in evening. However, use a moisturizer that is a little heavier as a night cream and of course you don't need SPF at night.
If not too severely overworked, choose a nourishing, soothing mask to help refresh it.
How many devices are you using? Lay off one or all of the devices (or limit to one using it for less time) to get in a rest. Don’t worry. You will not lose results over a couple of days if you've been using them for a while.
Oh, and if you have any prescribed treatments, you will want to ask your physician before skipping any days.
If you’re getting treatments like microdermabrasion, microneedling, fibroblast, etc., you might need to take a break here too. These kinds of treatments continue to work the skin many weeks following the treatment. If you keep overworking your skin, it may be counterproductive.
The goal in skincare is to get the skin back into the state of homeostasis where it feels soft, taut, clear and smooth. If you're working on restoring it, you still have to work in rest periods. Just like a physical trainer knows not to push a body non-stop, you too need to give your skin a break now and then.
So consider how long you’ve been doing your “treatments” and schedule in a mini vacation for your skin. It might be just what it needs to look and feel better.
Here’s a list of gentle products great for use during rest periods:
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.