Dead skin cells act as a barrier. You need to remove those dead cells for products to get in. A good salicylic acid or glycolic acid cleanser works best. (Try SkinCeuticals Claryifing Cleanser or LHA Cleanser) For even better results, schedule a Microdermabrasion every 4 – 6 weeks.
GO IN ORDER
Whatever goes on first penetrates best. In the morning the first thing to apply after you have cleansed your skin is an antioxidant C-serum. This powerhouse prevents premature aging and corrects existing photodamage while generating cell turnover for a more radiant appearance. At night you should apply a retinol cream first. This helps stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen which helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles. After treatments are in place, smooth on other items in order of density, from thinnest (antioxidant serum) to thickest (sunscreen or night cream).
SAVE RETINOIDS FOR NIGHTTIME
Retinoids do their best work at nighttime. Skin temperature rises while we sleep, because more blood is shunted to the skin. And with greater warmth and blood-vessel dilation comes better penetration. Your skin absorbs more overnight. (Try SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 or 1.0).
You'll find the strongest dose of active ingredients in serums. A serum is a concentrated source of an active ingredient in a simple form that penetrates very quickly and completely, unhindered by lotion-type emollients that make it difficult for active ingredients to sink in. (Try SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF).
Eating certain foods can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin, hair, nails, and eyes.
A diet rich in "phyto-compounds" can stimulate DNA repair, increased collagen production, and reduce inflammation. This not only keeps you healthy but it keeps you looking younger longer.
Beauty is dependent on the overall health of your body. In order for your skin to look attractive and vibrant you need to make healthy lifestyle choices, and a great place to start is with the foods you eat.
So if you want your skin to feel soft and look firm here are a few foods that you can eat to help.
Water: Hydrated skin naturally looks younger.
Blueberries: These are one of natures most potent anti-aging foods. They help keep the skins elasticity, strengthen the gums, and contribute to your eye health.
Strawberries: Help protect our skin from UV rays and help reduce dryness.
Salmon: Promotes soft skin
Avocados: These contain folate which helps blood formation. This is essential for cell regeneration.
Does your skin look dull? Do you suffer from fine lines and wrinkles? Retinol formulas can help! Here's why retinol is effective in leading to younger, heatlhier skin.
- Retinol rejuvenates the skin.
- Retinol gives skin an overall healthier appearance
- Retinol stimulates cell turnover
- Retinol addresses acne
- Retinol is less irriating than retnoids.
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1. Skipping Sunscreen - The best way to keep away wrinkles is sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum formula (meaning they will sheild UVA and UVB rays). Apply sunscreen everyday before your makeup and reapply every 2 hours if you are active or swimming. We know, its a pain, but come on - you'll get the last laugh instead of the 1st laugh lines.
2. Tanning - In trying to protect itself form continued exposure to sun, the skin thickens and produces melanin (pigment that darkens skin). Pigment changes from UVA an UVB light, causing premature aging and increases the likelyhood of skin cancer. Try a spray tan or use a self tanner instead.
3. Not washing your face at night - Letting skin marinate in makeup - not to mention a day's worth of oil buildup leads to clogged pores and breakouts.
4. Smoking - It's time to quit. You'll not only damage your health but you'll develop
WHY ALL VITAMIN C IS NOT THE SAME
With many vitamin C products on the market today, it is important to choose a topical antioxidant serum with an effective formulation. When it comes to scientific proof behind skincare, SkinCeuticals sets the standard with published, peer-reviewed science supporting the efficacy of our topical antioxidant serums.
Studies at Duke University show that an effective topical vitamin C possess the follwing characteristics
IT MUST CONTAIN PURE L-ASCORBIC ACID
Derivatives of vitamin C such as ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate are not absorbed by the skin or converted into vitamin C in high enough concentrations to have a significant effect.
Fight Acne, Fight Aging with
Blemish & Age Defense
ADULT ACNE AFFECTS 25% OF MEN AND 50% OF WOMEN
The first-to-market acid combination featuring Dioic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Capryloyl Acid(LHA), Glycolic Acid and Citric Acid.
Dioic Acid controls sebum production; reduces the presence of acne causing bacteria, P. Acnes; and helps prevent hyperpigmentation.
Salicylic Acid unclogs pores, removing dirt and oil that lead to breakouts
1. BE A FIRM BELIEVER
If you want your moisturizer to help reduce fine lines and tighten skin, make sure it contains powerhouse anti-aging ingredients. SkinCeuticals SKIN FIRMING CREAM helps firm and heal skin. It also supports collagen synthesis.
2. DON'T BE SO DULL
As you age, your skin cells turn over less quickly. Translation? That dull, tired look you hate. Exfoliation keeps skin luminous and healthy.