Sometimes when we get too much sun or have a hormonal imbalance, we get something called hyperpigmentation which is when our melanocytes get kicked into overdrive and they leave brown marks behind such as freckles, age spots, dark marks, etc. Vitiligo is the complete opposite. Vitiligo occurs when melanocytes no longer produce pigment, therefore they leave white splotches behind on the skin. Usually Vitiligo is prominent on the face, hands and wrists. The patches of depigmentation usually start out small, but they often enlarge and change shape over time. Vitiligo can affect all races, but it more noticeable in those with darker skin tones. Unfortunately there is no cure for Vitiligo, but there are products out there that can help cover the unpigmented spots. Dermablend Cosmetics and Exuviance Coverblend products specialize in covering up imperfections such as scarring, uneven pigmentation, birth marks and rosacea.
Microdermabrasion is a mechanical form of exfoliation that removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells. For best results, it is recommended that you get a series of treatments and to use anti-aging topical products in conjunction. Microdermabrasion diminishes the appearance of lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and it helps to even out skin tone and texture. This type of treatment is not recommended for those with sensitive skin.
Microdermabrasion used to just be available in spas and dermatologists offices, now they are available for at-home use. PMD Personal Microderm Tool Kit is one of our favorites. This little device polishes and smoothes skin and allows you do a complete series of treatments in the comfort of your own home. PMD comes with two different grit attachments so you can choose the level of your exfoliation. Get ready to have radiant, flawless skin in a matter of weeks!
Boots No7, started in the United Kingdom in 1935, allows you to be confident in your beauty. The Boots No7 product range uses trusted ingredients that are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested making them safe for sensitive skin. Boots products are never tested on animals, but on over 200,000 men and women allowing them to evaluate product performance on different skin types in different environmental conditions. Boots No7 has a mission to uphold, and that’s getting women to look and feel beautiful seven days a week.
Stretch marks appear when the skin has been stretched to the point of breaking down. When the skin becomes weak and the support structure begins to separate, the result is grooved and discolored skin. Collagen is normally damaged at the dermis level and a scar or stretch mark is left behind. The skin will normally have a red or purplish color at first which over time will fade out to have a silver or white appearance. Common causes are pregnancy, rapid growth and/or hormones.
Over the counter products will help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. They normally do not entirely go away. Stretch mark creams will help to fade the discoloration of the scar and some will help to stimulate collagen reproduction.
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Natural and hypoallergenic, the Pomega5 line is nature’s recipe for your skin. Pomega5 is a skin care line based around the pomegranate fruit and the essential fatty acid it produces through its seeds, Omega 5. This essential fatty acid is one of the most potent antioxidants known to modern science, almost six times more potent than Grape Seed Extract. Omega 5 is a high energy molecule that helps to calm inflammation, reduces aging free radicals, is easily absorbed into the skin and it is a plant-based estrogen (phytoestrogen). Phytoestrogen ingredients help to support hormonal imbalance in the skin which can lead to breakouts or dryness.
The healing oil from the pomegranates seeds can be found in every product within the Pomega5 line. Each product tries to incorporate at least one ingredient from the sea, soil, plants and flowers. Pomega5 is part of a lifelong mission from the creator to provide you with a brand that is safe, honest and authentic.
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A standard regimen consists of 4 steps, Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize and Protect (SPF). This standard regimen is to be done daily, twice a day except the SPF step which would just be applied in the morning, prior to sun exposure. Most people will go beyond the basics and add additional steps, exfoliation, masks, and treatments for both face and eyes. Exfoliation is to be done 1-3 times weekly and is applied between the tone and moisturize steps.
Masks are also to be applied 1-2 times weekly. Masks would be applied to cleansed skin then followed with a moisturizer after rinsing. An anti-aging treatment is normally applied 1-2 times daily and is also applied between the tone and moisturize steps. There are different treatments for both face and eyes. We normally recommend exfoliation be done at night and the anti-aging treatments to be applied twice daily. Masks can be applied either AM or PM. With all of these steps the correct way to apply the products would look like this:
Anti-Aging treatment (Mask)
Moisturize Anti-Aging Treatment
Protect (SPF) Moisturize
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Lips are one of the most common areas of our bodies that we tend to neglect. Lips do differ from the skin on other areas of our bodies and this means they need special attention. Lips are composed of very thin skin layers and do not contain any oil glands.
Lips are one of the most sun exposed parts of the body and are very vulnerable to dryness and damage. Since the lips do not contain any melanin, they do not have any natural UV filters. Make sure to get a lip treatment with a good SPF. The sun can also damage the collagen in lips, leaving them wrinkled and thin.
There are lip treatments available that contain beneficial exfoliants. Make sure to use a product specific for the lip area since lip tissue differs greatly from the skin on other areas of our bodies. Exfoliation can help to increase lip volume by plumping the skin and it can help with hydration by removing dead skin cell build up.
Our lips help define who we are. Be ready for all the attention you will receive with a new, improved, beautiful pout.
Lip Treatment with Sunscreen and Tint: Supergoop AcaiFusion SPF 30 Lip Balm – Sheer Pink
Lip Treatment with Sunscreen: Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm
Lip Exfoliator: Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub
Most of us are now diligently caring for our facial skin with the help of daily regimens…but what about the neck? Often we forget to treat our neck the same as we do our face. The skin on our necks is actually thinner and can show aging faster than our facial skin. You can use facial products on the neck, though there are treatments out there specifically for the issues of the neck; sagging skin, thinning skin, horizontal creasing and crepiness.
Why do our necks age faster? The muscles in the neck are not connected to any bone structure, and therefore the skin on your neck loses elasticity faster with age, making it more prone to wrinkles and sagging. The neck also has fewer sebaceous glands, making it more prone to dryness and premature aging. To help diminish and prevent the signs of turkey neck, make sure to treat, exfoliate and protect the neck area daily. It is recommended to use facial exfoliants on the neck area as body exfoliators can be too harsh. Don’t forget the sunscreen since this area needs daily protection just as much as the rest of your body!
When applying a cream or serum to your neck, it is very important that you apply in an upward motion. Always go in the opposite direction of gravity so you are not contributing to sagging.
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One of the most dreaded body issues is cellulite, and the difficulty to banish it. Cellulite can create unsightly dimpling that usually forms on the upper part of the legs. It is caused by irregular fatty deposits below the skin’s surface. Unfortunately cellulite can affect anyone; it does not discriminate by age or by weight. Cellulite has more to do with the composition of fat cells, our level of collagen and the surrounding tissues.
There are several known treatments for cellulite. One of the most common ingredients used in topical products is caffeine, which helps to stimulate the skin, increasing blood flow and reducing the fatty deposits. When applying a cellulite treatment, such as Bliss Fat Girl Slim, be sure to massage it into the skin for 30 seconds to a few minutes. This will stimulate blood flow in the area and promote even more circulation. Another form of treatment is Endermologie which uses rollers to help stretch out the fibrous bands of tissues and helps to release localized fat cells. For this form of treatment, take a look at the Wellbox Machine.
Photo therapy, is an application of light in specific wavelengths, red and blue. This type of therapy has been proven effective in treating Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, wound healing, and aging. There is also no down time when using light therapy devices.
When treating acne, blue light therapy waves are absorbed into the skin and the P.acne bacteria absorbs the rays causing them to self-destruct. Once the acne causing bacteria is removed, inflammation and pustules clear up.
Red photo light therapy penetrates deeper into the skin and stimulates collagen to create new, healthier cells. In addition, red light therapy also slows down inflammation, what some dermatologists think causes wrinkling of the skin.