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Healthy Skin in Your 40s & 50s

When you approach your forties and fifties, your skin is likely to experience more noticeable changes in firmness, texture, and tone. Updating your daily regimen is key to helping your skin adjust. Healthy Skin in 40s Your forties is a time to repair, firm, and treat. Cell turnover slows to roughly 40 days, and skin starts to experience hormonal issues that trigger dryness, sensitivity, and even conditions such as eczema or rosacea. Collagen and elastin production begin to slow, leading to a loss of firmness and more prominent wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead. Treatment Recommendation, 40s At minimum, try to have a skincare regimen that consists of a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Focus on boosting collagen, and exfoliate consistently to resurface uneven texture and brighten the visible effects of past UV damage. Include treatments and serums for face and eyes for best results, and ingredients such as Vitamin C, Peptides and Retinol are key. I recommend you follow this skincare regimen: Cleanser Wash with Skin Resurfacing Cleanser each morning for a more even tone and texture. In the evening, switch to UltraCalming Cleanser to hydrate and calm skin. If you typically experience sensitization (burning, stinging, itching, redness, etc.), use UltraCalming Cleanser both am and pm instead. What if your skin is oily? Go with Special Cleansing Gel. Exfoliant Exfoliate with Daily Microfoliant once daily (or 3-5 times a week for those with more sensitive skin) to brighten discoloration and renew the outer cell layer. If skin is more resilient, include Daily Resufacer, a leave-on treatment that goes under moisturizer at night to help clear congestion and even out tone. Keep in mind that skin should never burn or itch from exfoliation, [...]

Healthy Skin in Your 20s and 30s

My philosophy is the sooner you start on a skin care regimen the better! Skin produces a strong amount of sebum during these years, so addressing the breakouts is always a priority. With hormone changes, hot yoga, and oil based hair products, I see many of my clients dealing with acne they never had. Having a designated routine and sticking to it will make a huge difference in the overall look of your skin. Using a ph-balanced gel, clay or anti-bacterial cleanser twice a day will remove excess oil, makeup and impurities from the surface. Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel, Dermal Clay Cleanser and Clearing Skin Wash are favorites of mine. I also recommend using the Clarisonic Brush once a day to gently vibrate and lift dead skin cells. Using an exfoliant two to three times a week will be sure to remove excess oil and debris, and create a smoother finish. Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Microfoliant do this without irritation. There are several serums and boosters that can be applied underneath a moisturizer depending on the skin’s texture. Some have Salicylic Acid others have Hyaluronic Acid, one for excess oiliness the other for dehydration. Moisturizers should always be applied whether you have oily or dry skin. Dermalogica’s Oil Control Lotion, Active Moist and Skin Smoothing Cream all have different levels of moisture to address the current skin condition. It is very important to use an eye cream since this is where you will see the first sign of fine lines developing. Be careful not to put it too close to the edge of the eyelid, since this will cause irritation and puffiness. Next, I always tell my clients that UVA and UVB protection is [...]

You and Your Skin Care In The Sun

Skin Care In The Sun: The Negative Results of Prolonged Suntanning & Sunburns With summer nearing an end, I have found that many of my clients are dealing with the aftermath of a suntan or sunburn from being outdoors during the past few months. As years go by, the negative results of getting a suntan or a sunburn are evident, and can be seen showing up as hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, broken capillaries and loss of elasticity with wrinkles. I believe the article below explains in depth what really does happen to the skin, and how a suntan is actually our body’s natural defense to help prevent the damage that is occurring. Many of my clients come to me for facials hoping that peels or microdermabrasion can be a “quick fix” to repair the damage that has been done. Although these treatments do create a smoother texture and a short term lightening effect, they do not correct the damage that has accumulated over the years. There is an overwhelming demand in the Dermatologist’s and Plastic Surgeon’s offices to “turn back the hands of time” and repair sun damaged skin by the use of lasers and injectables. These treatments can work, but not everyone will see the same results. Usually these treatments for sun damage are best done in the winter months when exposure to the sun is limited. Here is my best advice, since we know so much more about the sun and it’s damaging affects on the skin. Wear sunblock daily, reduce exposure, and have a yearly check up to be sure no skin cancers are present or forming. We do need the benefits of Vitamin D, which occurs from limited sun exposure, but I [...]