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January 16, 2019
There are two types of “workouts” I recommend for facial toning and shaping.
The first workout is the kind that breaks down the skin through controlled injury to the skin. This process creates fibroblast activity. Fibroblast are cells that create NEW collagen and elastin. Modalities in this area would be lasers, radiofrequency, dermarolling, microneedling, HIFU, Microdermabrasion and peels.
So one objective in your workout needs to be to keep your fibroblasts as active as possible. More on fibroblasts in a future edition.
The second type of workout is the kind that stimulates energy in the skin so the mitochondria in the fibroblasts can perform optimally.
Stay with me as I break this down so that it’s super easy to understand how to combine these two workouts (break down skin & stimulate energy) and why.
An energy workout can be achieved by using Microcurrent and LED Light Therapy.
Two devices I recommend for stimulating the kind of energy that will significantly increase collagen and elastin and tone your face are Microcurrent and LED.
Microcurrent has been around for a long time. I’ve been using it in my studio for years so I know first hand it produces results. There are a few devices available for in-home use. Do you due diligence in research on reviews and dig into how they work because not all home-use devices are created equally.
I love the Clareblend Mini Microcurrent device for many reasons. First, it’s safe! It’s never a good idea to overstimulate your face with technology which is why I don’t promote the machines that zap your skin. The skin on the face is delicate, especially around the eye. There are lymph pathways throughout the face. Whenever you’re applying product, washing, massaging the face, a very light touch is all that’s ever needed. A light touch will drain lymph (those puffy places around the eye). Pressing too hard actually collapses the lymph causing it to pool under your skin instead of drain.
Again, if the microcurrent you’re using is painful (zaps your skin) you’re going to cause muscle fatigue. When you cause muscle fatigue on the face you get drooping muscles and sagging skin.
The Clareblend Mini Microcurrent is designed so that it fluctuates at a safe frequency. Enough to stimulate collagen and elastin but not so much that it fatigues your skin or the fascia and muscle beneath. Remember, light touch ladies!
The second reason I love the Clareblend Mini Microcurrent is it designed with two metal probes perfectly sized and positioned to create similar movements to what I do in my studio with full-size probes. And these probes are great for every nook and cranny of the face. This allows you to give yourself a wonderful microcurrent treatment at home!
The accompanying instructions demonstrate how to treat your entire face and neck -and don’t forget the décolletage (lower neckline). It takes a good 30-45 minutes to do the entire face because the movements should be light and SLOW. PRO TIP! You can simplify this by treating your trouble spots about 10 minutes every day to kick results into high gear. You can save treating your entire face for the weekends when you have more time…like while you’re watching TV.
That brings me to another reason I love the Clareblend Mini Microcurrent is it is super portable. You can throw it in your bag when you travel. You can use it while watching TV. It’s silent except for occasional beeps that let you know it’s still plugged in. It won’t disturb anyone. Just have a little brush or sponge and cup of water (or conductive gel) nearby to keep your face moist.
First, the science behind LED. The energy delivered by the Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) enhances cellular metabolism, accelerates the repair and replenishment of damaged skin cells (think healing sun damage, chemo, even out pigmentation), and stimulates the production of collagen. While you will see improvement when using the Glow Younger TriLight LED it will more likely have a delayed effect. The reason this is good news is a good LED session can remain active in the skin for up to 14 days. It can take 6 – 8 weeks to begin seeing significant and on-going results.
PRO TIP! Take a before picture so you can see the progress. If you’re patient, you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the results.
LED is a big deal folks.
NASA did studies https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20030001599 on LED back in the early 2000s as an assist to healing while in space because exposure to microgravity and hypergravity. Gravity is needed to stimulate growth in the cells. The application of light therapy with the use of LEDs significantly improved the medical care available to astronauts on long-term space missions.
It has been proven that Red Light Therapy provides light waves designed to penetrate deep into the skin to improve the appearance of aging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, brown spots, as well as improve skin texture.
I love that the Glow Younger TriLight LED has 3 colors – Red, Amber and Infrared LED lights – making it more versatile.
It is just the right size, is lightweight and super simple to use. You can target specific areas with this handheld device. You simply lay the device lightly against clean skin for 3 minutes. Because the Glow Younger TriLight LED is larger than most handhelds (yet lightweight) it has a larger coverage area making your treatment time shorter.
PRO TIP! When you’re done, nourish the skin with quality hydrating cream.
Some LED devices on the market say to use it every day. I respectfully disagree. Too much LED will cause what I call the skin uglies. Skin will look dehydrated and flat.
To achieve great facial toning results, combine workouts (break down skin & stimulate energy) but don’t do them on the same day – except LED combines well with both. Balance is key. Don’t overwork your face. Just like muscles on your body need time to recovery, so do the muscles on your face.
Another important piece to your face workout is NOURISHING the skin. Just like your gym trainer tells you to hydrate before, during, and after your workout – you need to hydrate your skin. Drink plenty of water, eat lots of high water content fruit and veggies. Of course, you know I’m a huge fan of NeoGenesis for quality products that actually work. I end my face workouts with NeoGenesis Recovery and hydrate with NeoGenesis Booster.
NOTE: If your skin is fairly healthy or younger, you may just need NeoGenesis Moisturizer or NeoGenesis Light Moisturizer. Remember, serums are more potent than moisturizers. Pay attention to how your skin feels. If your skin likes a product, it will have more bounce (meaning it’s tighter), and feel softer and smoother.
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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.