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August 07, 2019
Retinol is a source of vitamin A and is often animal-derived in conventional products. Animal-derived retinol is called a retinoid. VEGAN Retinol is a plant form of Retinol. The Sea Fennel Extract found in Sleep On It – Vegan Retinol is a plant alternative Retinol – and I think of it as a Retinol Upgrade.
Retinol is used to reduce fine lines, get rid of age spots/skin discoloration, heal blemishes and increases skin cell turnover to transform and restore your skin to a healthier condition.
But not all retinol is created equal and that is why many experience a negative reaction to Retinol. Many brands do not contain a carrier system that allows Retinol to effectively penetrate to the lower levels of the skin where it can generate skin cell turnover. So, if you’ve used a Retinol in the past and didn’t get the results you desired or had a negative reaction, this is likely the reason why. Encapsulation creates an effective carrier system.
Encapsulation protects the integrity of the retinol and improves its ability to penetrate deep into the skin instead of sitting on top of the skin and produce irritation. This encapsulated carrier system delivers the retinol precisely to where it is most needed in the skin cells.
Now let’s talk about when to use retinol.
Retinol should only be used once a day at night. Nighttime is when our bodies undergo repair and regeneration and this is when NEW collagen is produced. Additionally, Retinol deteriorates under UV rays (sunshine) so night time application is important. Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight so even though you’re applying it at night, you must wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.
When you follow these steps; buy an encapsulated formula, use once a day at night, and wear sunscreen most can safely use Retinol.
What to Expect for Results
This is a situation where more is not better. Overuse (applying too much in an application) can lead to redness, dryness, and irritation. Simply apply a light covering and gently rub it in until absorbed.
Many OTCs are not very strong and those will take about 12 weeks of consistent use before you’ll see results. Stronger formulas (e.g. Sleep On It) will take about 4 weeks of consistent use.
In closing, retinol can be safely used (although not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women) when you purchase a product with a carrier system via encapsulation. It should be used at night before you apply other products. You should expect to see healthier skin with 4 weeks of consistent use.
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June 11, 2021
The lymphatic system works 24/7 to get rid of waste in the body. You could say, it’s the body’s housekeeper.
Lymph that isn't draining in the face results in puffiness and some sagging. What makes lymph get stuck can range from a sedentary lifestyle, hormonal fluctuations, environmental pollution, infections, stress, and even food and beverages. Ever notice the morning after consuming too much wine or salty snacks or food how puffy the eye area gets?
While this sounds like a battle we can’t win, the good news is, we can improve it! We can do a manual lymph drainage and I'll show you how.
June 04, 2021
I'm going to be straight with you, like I always am. You can use the best products, but if you aren't using the tips I'm going to share in this article, you're NOT going to get the results you desire for a smooth and youthful looking lip/mouth area.
Great products are absolutely necessary but to treat the stubborn lip lines that form with aging and to combat the muscle memory from repetitive facial expressions, you're going to need more help! Continue reading to discover my NO NEEDLE at-home lip treatment.
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 important 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!