How to Optimize your skin!


I love skincare!


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I’ll be honest with you though…

as little as 4 years ago I couldn’t have said that.


I have dramatically changed my skincare routines over the last 4 years and it shows....in a good way!


Previously, I was a wash my face in the shower with shampoo, kind of girl.


The only thing that kept my fair skin looking decent at forty-something was my religious use of sunscreen.


What I want to do with this post is to share with you what I did over the last few years to get great skin so you can try it and get great results as well.


What Do I Mean by Skincare?


Skincare can mean a lot of different things depending on how in-depth you want to get.


Let’s start with the FOUNDATIONS FOR HEALTH SKIN-HEALTH!


This should go without saying but, the first step is to take care of your body in general. If you don’t nurture your body, it will reflect in the quality of your skin.


You probably already notice that if you don’t get a reasonable amount of sleep your skin looks dull, and your under-eyes can look dark and puffy. Maybe you also notice that when you drink too much or eat certain things your skin loses its glow.


My first recommendation is if you want your skin to be it’s best to follow the foundations for health. Simply put it means eating real food, drinking water, and getting adequate sleep. If you follow this, the rest of you will be its best too.


I vary between doing great with the foundations of health and not so great, but that’s ok. I do the best I can and that’s good enough for me.


My second recommendation is SUNSCREEN.

After you consider the foundations for health, it’s time to think about how you are treating your skin. All the lotions and potions or eating right isn’t going to save your skin from the ravages of UVA and UVB rays so sunscreen is a must……for everyone……. every day!


You may be saying to yourself, “But there’s sunscreen in my makeup!”


I hate to tell you this, but the makeup/sunscreen route really doesn’t cut it for anyone who spends any time in the sun.


Remember, to be effective, a generous amount of sunscreen must be applied. You are likely not applying enough makeup to adequately protect your face from the sun’s rays, and if you did, you may look more like a clown than you would like.


So, to keep your skin and makeup looking nice, I recommend putting on a good layer of sunscreen underneath your makeup daily to make sure you are getting enough protection.


My third recommendation is to use HIGH-QUALITY SKINCARE.

Using good skincare is the first half of what I did to really change my skin; remember I was already wearing sunscreen faithfully.


I’ve used many great skincare products over the last few years. My favorites include Jan Marini, Skin Medica, and Alastin. I’ll be going in-depth about my favorite skincare routine in a future post, but for now, here is the minimum of what I would recommend for most people.


  • Cleanse - Wash your face morning and night.

  • Serum - Use immediately applied on clean skin. (This is where I splurge and get the best produce I can)

  • Moisturizer – With ceramides and hyaluronic acid if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin.

  • Sunscreen – Ideally mineral-based and between 35 SPF and 50 SPF.



A note on skin serums:

Get an amazing product with peptides, amino acids, and/or growth factors. These are the components that really change your skin because they can stimulate your skin to change for the better, not just look better.





It’s important to note that it has taken years of exposure to the elements and wear and tear to you’re your skin where it is today. Everyday skincare products will take longer than you would wish to improve your skin sometimes even months. They can also be preventing further damage so don’t give up!



When you want more dramatic results or quicker results keep reading.



My 4th recommendation is WRINKLE RELAXERS.

After great skincare, wrinkle relaxers are what keep my skin looking its best.

I often tell my clients that wrinkle relaxers help reduce the constant wear and tear that your skin deals with daily. Your skin is like a piece of paper that gets folded repeatedly in the same spot over and over. Eventually, that crease gets weak, and the tiniest bit of movement will encourage refolding in the same place leading to a constant expression that looks mad or tired even when you are feeling the opposite.


There is no serum on the market right now that can do for your skin what Wrinkle Relaxers like Jeuveau and Botox can do. They are a valuable addition to any skincare routine. Although they can’t instantly erase unwanted wrinkles, they can help fade them slowly over time,


(FYI- wrinkle relaxers can look and feel natural!!!)








My final recommendations to improve your skin are as follows:


MICRONEEDLING

- This treatment creates controlled microtrauma to your skin so that your repair machinery is initiated, leading to more collagen production and smoother firmer skin. A series is usually recommended.


CHEMICAL PEELS

- This treatment often uses various acids to help break down and remove the outermost layers of dead skin. This also leads to collagen production and increased skin cell turnover. Varying intensity of peels can do everything from giving you a healthy glow to removing age spots and reducing wrinkles. Often recommended in a series.

o If you want to know more about peels, click below and download my freebie.



DERMAL FILLER

o What we are often looking for in our skin is smoothness. As we age our skin becomes less smooth, this can be partially blamed on lost facial volume.


Imagine putting a perfectly fitted tablecloth from a large table onto a tiny bistro table. All that extra material folds and bunches because it no longer has enough structure to spread over.

Dermal filler can often help improve the smoothness of skin by replacing lost volume and giving a nice structure for your skin smooth over.



That’s it.

I have tried a little bit of everything on this list over the last 4 years and it shows in my skin. I’ve had micro-needling and peels and fillers, and I’ll continue to use those tools to keep my skin looking great,.

I can’t live without amazing skincare products that I use daily and getting my wrinkle relaxers every 3-4 months. They really make all the difference.


I hope you found this helpful.

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