Beauty for the Ages

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. As you age and change, so does your skin, and it needs different things at every stage of your life. Here’s how to love your skin at every age.

In Your 20s
In your 20s, you may still be fighting the last remnants of adolescent skin problems. You may be prone to breakouts, especially at certain times of the month when hormones surge. At this stage, you should focus on keeping your skin free of bacteria. Avoid touching your face with your hands. Keep hair off your face, especially around the forehead. If you are on the phone frequently, be sure to avoid contact with the receiver and your chin, where breakouts are common. For better skincare, use toners and astringents as needed. Spot treat blemishes with products that contain benzoyl peroxide. Avoid excess sun exposure and wear sunscreen.

In Your 30s
30s skin is typically made up of frustrating “zones” of dry skin and oily skin. This is a time of life when one product isn’t going to work on every part of your face. You’ll need to figure out where your oily and dry areas are and treat them accordingly. One trick to know is that the key to banishing oily skin isn’t to dry it out. This will only lead to excess sebum production. Instead, keep oily areas moisturized with a water-based moisturizer. Oil-based moisturizers are better for the dry zones of your face.

In Your 40s
Have you found your first wrinkle? Don’t despair. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to look old before your time. Now is the best time to really commit to a natural and healthy diet regimen. The healthier you eat, the better your skin will look. Drop the cravings for junk food by cutting sugar from your diet. In as little as two weeks, your skin will start to look like it did in your 30s. By now you shouldn’t be using any of the same products as you did in your 20s. Instead, opt for a skincare brand that is specially targeted to women of a certain age. Look for oil-based products that lock in moisture and help you keep that dewy youthful look all day long.

In Your 50s and Beyond
Now is the time to cut back on your makeup use. In an effort to look younger, some women tend to pile on more layers of makeup when they should be doing the opposite. At this age, you may find that your skin looks better without foundation and heavy face powders. You can probably comfortably go out with just a hint of blusher and a light coat of mascara. Just don’t forget to moisturize in the morning and at night before you go to bed.

It’s important to love the skin you have at every age. No one escapes Father Time. As time goes on, you’ll have more spots and wrinkles. But, if you follow these tips over the years, your skin will look healthy and cared for at every stage of your life!

 

What The Experts Say – Get The Most from Your Skincare Products

Many factors play a role in which skincare products you should select. Generally speaking, the more natural and less toxic a product the more likely it is that the product can offer some level of protection for your skin. But it still pays to do some research and to choose a product that is well respected for its promised benefits. A good place to start is with the American Academy of Dermatologists. Here are some of their recommendations for choosing the right products for your skin.

Sunscreen Is Most Important
Both wrinkles and age spots can be caused by sun exposure. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, the most important type of product to look for is sunscreen. No matter what type of product you plan to buy, it should contain sunscreen and offer the highest level of UV protection. The organization recommends:

  • Water resistant sunscreens
  • Broad-spectrum protection with both UVB and UVA protection
  • Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher

Ingredients to Look for in Skincare Products
It also is important to take a few minutes to look at the ingredients in any product. Here are some ingredients recommended by the American Academy of Dermatologists:

  • Tretinoin is a prescription product with a high level of Vitamin A-family ingredients. This is an FDA-approved product for fine lines and wrinkles and is available in the form of a topical cream.
  • For dark spots, the organization recommends looking for products that contain glycolic acid, hydroquinone, L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), kojic acid, licorice extracts, N-acetylglucosamine, or niacinamide (vitamin B3).
  • Retinol is found in various anti-aging products especially those available over-the-counter. Though it is also a vitamin-A family product, it is less effective than tretinoin.
  • Alpha hydroxy acids are an important ingredient to look for as well. AHA’s help to exfoliate the skin, allowing for the removal of dead skin cells. These products can help to reduce the presence of fine lines because they contain various acids including malic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid.
  • Vitamin C in topical skin care products can also be a good option for the treatment of soft fine lines.

When choosing any type of skincare product, the American Academy of Dermatologists recommends paying close attention to the ingredients and comparing them closely. Products manufactured overseas can contain mercury and other dangerous ingredients. Research any ingredient found on the label to ensure you know what to expect before making any buying decision. Skincare products can be effective, but you have to make sure to carefully choose the right ones for your specific needs.

The Surprising Benefits of Botox

Botox is best known for its ability to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It works by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, helping to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is usually injected into the muscles of the face, and can provide some of the same results as much more invasive plastic surgery. But there are many other uses for Botox treatments. Here are a few surprising benefits of Botox.

Lift Those Brows
As we age, our eyebrows begin to lose their arch, and sagging skin below the brow can make our brows look dull and droopy. Botox injections can help lift your brow without the need for surgery. It’s minimally invasive, and works on the muscles both above and below the brow. So your brows will be lifted, bringing a more youthful appearance, while still allowing you to show expression.

Reduce the Pain
Botox has been shown to be highly effective in reducing the severity and duration of migraines, and has now been approved by the FDA for the treatment & prevention of chronic migraines. It works by either blocking the pain receptors or keeping the muscles from contracting, both of which help diminish the effects of a migraine.

Don’t Sweat It
Botox has been shown to relieve hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating. Botox treatments to the sweat glands help diminish the rate of sweating, and the results can last for months at a time. It works by helping to shut down the messages from the nerves to the sweat glands, meaning that you sweat less. Botox treatments for hyperhidrosis can be effective for up to 6 months.

Of course, the most popular use of Botox is still to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, helping you look younger after even one treatment. Give us a call to discuss what Botox can do for you.

Love the Skin You’re In

If you haven’t been giving your skin the love it deserves, there’s no time like the present! The following tips are ways to add a little extra love to your overall skincare routine, and the best part is, they don’t cost a thing!

Vow to Drink…Water
No matter how much moisturizer you slather on, if you don’t drink enough water, your skin won’t be adequately hydrated. Moisturize from within in 2017, by vowing to drink sufficient water on a regular basis. You needn’t overdo it, but remember that by the time your brain recognizes that you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated

Just Quit…Smoking
There are, of course, lots of reasons to quit smoking, but did you realize that skincare is one of them? Smoking causes oxidative stress in the body. This leads to that signature graying of the skin that is so common with smokers. Instead of turning to commercial skin brighteners to hide that ghastly gray skin, resolve to quit smoking. Many solutions are now available, including supplements, prescription drugs, patches, meditation, and even hypnosis.

Take it All Off…Every Night
Let’s face it. Every woman forgets to completely remove her makeup at night sometimes. But that makeup sitting on your skin overnight isn’t doing you any favors. For starters, as you sleep, your body and skin is working to rejuvenate itself. Your skin can’t do that if it’s smothered in makeup while you slumber. Make a promise to take off all your makeup before you go to bed each night. If you think it will help, invest in a box of moist facial wipes and store them on the nightstand. You’ll have no excuse for leaving makeup on now!

Avoid Problems...From Chemical Ingredients
There is overwhelming evidence that many chemical ingredients in skincare products cause an alarming number of health problems. You can avoid many of these problems simply by making the switch to natural products and companies that have shown a willingness to leave out potentially threatening ingredients. In the interest of your overall health, consider making a gradual shift to natural products.

These are easy steps you can take to ensure a healthy, beautiful, and resilient glow. Best of all, they don’t cost a thing.

5 Best Anti-Aging Tips

As a woman who values looking healthy as well as attractive, you’ll appreciate these five best anti-aging tips. Follow these suggestions to help you feel as good on the inside as you look on the outside.

Drink Anti-Aging Tea
Have you ever looked at a woman and wondered what her secret is to looking so young? The answer could be in your own pantry. It turns out that the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, has anti-aging properties. This ingredient is often found in skincare products due to its efficacy in fighting the common signs of aging such as inflammation, redness, and wrinkles. You can get similar results by drinking all forms of tea, and even doing that old trick of placing wet tea bags on tired eyelids.

Wear a Carotenoid Mask
As we age, capillaries are more prone to breakage, leading to splotchy, red-looking skin. Carotenoids have been shown to slow down vascular aging, so you can have younger looking skin longer. One easy way to harvest the benefits of carotenoids is to make a DIY facemask of ¼ cup grated raw carrots (which are rich in carotenoids), blended with 1-1/2 teaspoon of mashed avocado. (Avocado is a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants.) Apply to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry.

Exercise Your Body
It turns out that exercise does more than make you look good. According to several recent studies, it can also slow the hands of time. Be careful not to overdo the exercise, though. More is not necessarily better. In fact, too much exercise can lead to the oxidative stress that makes you age faster. Experts recommend 20 minutes of daily exercise, which can be as passive as yoga or as intense as kickboxing. The intensity is up to you and the level of movement you’re most comfortable with.

Exercise Your Brain
One of the most common signs of aging is reduced cognitive ability. Seniors often have slower response times when figuring out problems or reacting to unexpected situations. You can slow cognitive decline by exercising your brain. Participate in problem-solving games like Sudoku and word jumbles, and make a point of learning new things such as photography or crafts. Remember the adage, “use it or lose it,” and resolve to use your brain as much as possible.

Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol in moderate use is generally accepted as being okay. However, alcohol has been associated with speeding up the aging process. In particular, if you’re a person who has depended on alcohol for a number of years, this can lead to a neurological decline that is further along than it should be for your age. Resveratrol, a component found in red wine, has been linked to anti-aging properties, but you can get the same from eating red grapes. Looking to stay young? Consider abstaining, or at least cutting back.

These five key anti-aging tips will help you to look and feel young for as long as possible. Remember that aging is a natural part of a healthy life. The goal is to age well, not to prevent aging completely.

A Wrinkle in Time

Everything You Need to Know About Wrinkles

Your skincare regimen may be the best possible strategy for keeping your skin looking young and feeling great. But we all still have some wrinkles and they continue to become more obvious as we get older. Wrinkles occur for many reasons, but their underlying cause stems from changes in the levels of collagen in the skin as we grow older.

What Causes Wrinkles?

What’s hard for many people to swallow is that wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. But many factors can contribute to wrinkles and, for most people, there are more than a few reasons their wrinkles are present. Here are some of the most common causes:

Age: Getting older is the most common reason for the development of wrinkles. Your skin becomes less elastic as you get older, making it more fragile and more likely to have a lower level of natural oils present. Deeper levels of fat also lessen. All of this leads to the development of wrinkles.

Sun exposure: Time in the sun exacerbates the formation of wrinkles. Ultraviolet radiation is the underlying cause here. It speeds up the natural aging process as it breaks down the connective tissues in your skin. Without this type of tissue present, the skin is less strong and sags. This lack of flexibility and strength can create wrinkles.

Smoking: A poor lifestyle choice like smoking can also lead to the development of wrinkles. Smoking speeds up the natural aging process in the body. It also limits the amount of oxygen-rich blood that reaches your skin’s cells, causing wrinkles to become more prominent.

Hereditary factors, the repeated facial expressions you have, and even your diet can contribute to wrinkle development. Now that you know why they are there, let’s look at what to do about them.

What Treatments Are Available for Wrinkles?

A number of options exist for treating wrinkles. But before you spend a great deal of money on any one product, consider these facts:

  • Medications such as topical retinoids and nonprescription wrinkle creams are commonly used products. These products can help to tighten up skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Surgical procedures are available as well, including laser procedures, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. Botox is an injectable product that can fill in wrinkles, making them less obvious. More advanced surgical methods, such as the facelift and skin tightening procedures, can also be effective, though they can require more invasive procedures.

Consumers need to be realistic when making decisions about wrinkle treatments. While these products and treatment options can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, they don’t prevent new ones and will not remove the presence of wrinkles altogether. However, they can work well to help individuals gain the confidence they need. Lifestyle changes, such as protecting the skin from UV exposure and avoiding smoking, are effective steps in slowing progression. Finally, every person’s needs and benefits will differ, so make sure you find a qualified skin care professional to help tailor treatments and procedures to meet your individual needs.