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.
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.
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...
How effective would a stain be on this surface? The same is true for our skin. Active ingredients in serums, moisturizers and creams can penetrate deeper and work better if they are applied to a clean surface. Cleansing your face is an important step in any regiment for healthy skin, as it will not only remove dirt, but will also help keep your skin's barrier function in tact. Over the course of the day, our skin accumulates not only sebum (the skin's own protective and lubricating oils), but also dirt, pollution, and don't forget that layer of makeup you put on. It is essential to loosen up this debris with a good cleanser and then wash it off with water before applying penetrating products that will help rejuvenate and regener...
As a rule of thumb products should be applied from lightest or thinnest to heaviest or thickest. Always start with a clean slate aka face. If your cleanser is not pH neutral, use a toner to set it back to a neutral pH. Next consider a serum - usually packed with goodness for your skin such as vitamins, antioxidants, hydration. A lotion or cream should add moisture and protection to your skin and seal in hydration. Alternatively, a face oil may do that job (depending on your skin type and needs). Lastly: sun protection. Allow for each product to soak in before you add the next layer. Makeup should be applied last. Happy layering!
For our skin - the body's largest organ - to renew itself, it takes approximately 28 day. (This process slows down as we age) That means to be able to see any changes in our skin from a new skincare routine, we need to be patient. Give products a good three months to determine if they work for your skin (unless there is an adverse reaction). Improvement of acne, rosacea, pigmentation issues, or simply unbalanced skin will take time. One condition that will always be visible and can easily be rectified is the hydration level of your skin. So watch your water intake and use your moisturizers! 💦
Homemade masks are fun and can be beneficial - and there a myriad of recipes out there. Keep in mind that ingredients such as lemon juice, cinnamon, or tea tree, while prominent in many skincare products, can be irritating or dangerous to the skin if used incorrectly. Cooking oils can be comedogenic. Another issue is contamination and growth of bacteria. So if you make a mask, use it and toss any leftovers. Retail and professional skincare products are carefully formulated to address specific skin concerns. So if you make your own, be sure to know what the ingredients are good for and use them in a safe way.