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January 29, 2021
Over the last 20 years, I have seen A LOT of skin. It has been my privilege to make a difference in the skin of those I've served using my knowledge of how skin responds to products, treatments, and daily care. Today, we are going to look at how YOU can achieve PRO results using the tips in this blog to get the best skin of your life!
We all know there is no such thing as a magic potion in any one product, but it doesn't mean we dismiss using quality, high-performance products. The key is balancing a good routine using quality products and a few extra tips, along with common sense.
Let's begin with cleanser. When I ask folks about the products they are using, they often skip right over the cleanser. My friends, the cleanser you are using is the first step in having great skin. Choosing a cleanser right for your type of skin is not important – it is crucial!
This means if your skin has brown spots or melasma, you need to use a brightening wash such as one with alpha-hydroxy. If your skin is dry or mature skin, you will need to choose a cleanser with moisturizing glycolic acid or a creamy cleanser. If you have oily or skin with acne, you'll need a cleanser with salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide. Sometimes you only need a non-exfoliating "resting" cleanser to rebalance your skin.
Don't Overdo Product Selection
You have heard me say this before, but you don't need a bunch of products in your daily routine. Sure, we all like to do the occasional 7 skins treatment or give ourselves a power treatment. But using too many products daily is not the way to the best skin of your life. No one has the time to use tons of products every day - and products NOT used regularly will not produce results. Keep it simple and dial into what your skin REALLY needs.
Moisturize + Hydrate + Feed + Protect Daily.
The health of our skin depends on what we put INSIDE our bodies to nourish it from within – AND – what we apply to the OUTSIDE of our skin.
You've heard me say moisturize right after you get out of the shower in the morning and right after you cleanse before bed. I also recommend drinking a 12-ounce glass of water at this time as well. Working hydration into your routine so that it becomes a habit is a good practice.
Feed your body vitamins and minerals (feeding on the inside) and also put them on your skin (feeding on the outside). Skin loves a diet rich in greens. The chlorophyll in greens act as an anti-inflammatory, oxygenator, and hydrator, as well as cleansing the lymphatic system. For products, add a good vitamin C cream and a serum rich in antioxidants to repair damaged skin.
The last step in your morning routine should ALWAYS be to protect your skin from UV rays. I love Sculplla Sun Cushion SPF 50, but you can use your favorite SPF. Just make sure you use it EVERY day.
If you're using a good cleanser (and my double wash protocol), you will be removing the dead skins. But if you neglect this process, it is a good idea to do a deep exfoliation now and then. I don't talk a lot about exfoliation because I have seen too many over-exfoliate. Over exfoliating will damage the skin's natural lipid barrier and strip the skin of the good stuff. Use caution and pay attention to your skin. If it starts looking dull, flat, lackluster, it might be time for exfoliation. Choose a product that is gentle but effective. I love CBE Get Glowing for exfoliation. Don't forget to exfoliate your body too. Check out my TEAriffic Body Scrub.
Clean your makeup brushes regularly. It doesn't make sense to cleanse your skin and apply high-performance products, and then use dirty makeup brushes. This is like mopping the floor and then dumping a bag of dirt on it. Cleanse and fully dry your face brushes OFTEN. You can use something as simple as shampoo.
Avoid excess heat (not just the sun). The cold season will expose you to fireplaces and extra heaters that will suck the moisture right out of your skin. Stand at least 6 feet away from sources of excess heat.
Keep your unclean hands off your face. Touching the face can lead to irritation, acne, and even scarring if you're poking at blemishes. EVERY time you touch your face, you are spreading bacteria and possibly viruses onto your skin.
Using these tips on a consistent basis will get you on the way to the best skin you've ever had.
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.