Summer in Vermont. There is nothing quite like it.
But while craving sun, please know the facts about the dangers of sun exposure and how to protect yourself. (Repost Skin Inc.) Unprotected exposure to UV rays - outdoors or from a tanning bed - are never a good choice. Get yourself checked at your dermatologist now, ask me about sun screens, buy an awesome hat and treat yourself to porcelain skin this summer!
We look for anything from vitamins to antioxidants in our skincare, but what we actually put in our bodies is also mirrored on the skin. The skin - gut connection is put increasingly more in focus, especially with regards to inflammation such as eczema and acne. This means not only identifying possible triggers (anything from processed food to sugar), but proactively managing inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods and herbs such as walnuts or turmeric. Probiotics (fermented food such as kefir or sauerkraut) as well as prebiotic foods (for example garlic and leeks) are also helping to restore a healthy gut. Bon Appetit!
Like this 🌸 beautiful comedo 🌸 (aka blackhead) that was extracted. Comedones are clogged hair follicle (pores). Keratin and oil block the pore and the exposure to oxygen turns them black. A comedo may or may not become inflamed and turn in to a papule or pustule. In any case, leave the extraction to the pros. It brings your esthetician joy and is safer for your skin 😝. At home, wash your face with the correct cleanser and exfoliate regularly to keep pores open. Stay away from any comedogenic ingredients that block pores.
I was first introduced to Image Skincare at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference in NYC. You could tell right away: these guys know skin. Why do I work with Image? Because it allows me to truly customize my clients skincare regimen with regard to their goals, lifestyle and budget. Take a look:
Like most of us, I diligently include the neck in my skincare regimen. So when I recently caught my reflection in profile while texting, I realized in shock that I am making my own turkey neck! Just as repetitive facial movements form wrinkles on our forehead and around our eyes, the repeated and prolonged stare at our phones etches lines on our necks. So: chin up while texting!
Probably every other generation envies the wealth of knowledge and tools that millennials have at their fingertips to delay aging, pursue health and enhance beauty. Your biggest friends: wear sunscreen, don’t start smoking, and be mindful what you put into your body.
Your skin is not all the same on in the different areas of the face. The area around the eyes is more delicate, your T-Zone (chin, nose and forehead) is usually oilier. When you mask at home, don’t be afraid to mix and match according to your skin’s needs. Always read instructions and ingredients. Is the mask exfoliating? Hydrating? Or for blemish control? This will most likely determine how long the mask should stay on and how often you should use it. Especially important for clay masks - let them dry, but not crack. This ensures that impurities are being drawn out while at the same time allowing for the ingredients to penetrate.
For the best ways to keep your skin hydrated in these (finally) soaring temperatures, check out some of my favorite products:
The Prevention+ Ultimate Daily Moisturizer offers superior sun protection with broad spectrum SPF 50 along with a blend of plant stem cells and potent antioxidants to protect skin. A dose of aqualance improves skin hydration. It goes on smoothly and sheer and is designed and feels like a moisturizer, not "sunscreen". I love the protection and hydration it provides my skin with all day long.
The Hydrating Hydrogel Sheet Mask from Image Skincare is an absolute summer must. There is no better feeling than that of your skin soaking up the hydration this mask provides. And it shows. I love this mask a...
Melatonin, a natural hormone in our body, helps control sleep-wake cycles. It is being actively produced and released into the bloodstream around 9pm. This is the best time to clean your face and let your skin absorb topical treatments. Melatonin levels stay elevated throughout the night. As we sleep, skin renewal and repair processes kick in including enhanced cell turnover. Use ingredients at night that aid these processes, such as retinol, antioxidants, peptides, stem cells and hyaluronic acids. You can boost their effectiveness by getting sure to get a good night's sleep: keep the bedroom screen free (and thus banish blue light - best if done even two hours before bedtime), limit alcohol and have a glass of water before bedt...
Yup, it's fun getting roped up in YouTube experiments. When it comes to your skin: use common sense, read up on ingredients and when in doubt, ask your esthetician. Because we need a license to be able to touch your skin.