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Anti-Aging Lip Care

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My favorite lip scrub and lip plumpers/enhancers! Clinicians Complex Lip Enhancers are available in Clear, Almost Nude, Sunset, Crystal Rose, and now Very Berry. And of course Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub in Lemonade to help remove dead skin and fight wrinkles.  Promised to leave you with beautiful moist kissable lips!  Mwuah 😉

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Take it Off at Night!

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Take it Off at Night!

Your Makeup that is….take it off, every night.

Keep your pillow clean, that’s obvious. But did you know that those makeup stains on your pillow will become a breeding ground for bacteria growth? And that bacteria will infect your skin and cause breakouts.

Did you also know that your makeup is absorbing residue from the environment during the day? Makeup absorbs dirt and pollution. Remove your makeup so your skin can breathe at night. Clogged pores prevent the skin from repairing itself at night. Our skin needs all the oxygen it can get. If you don’t want dull, dry looking skin then don’t suffocate your skin.

To remove your eye makeup use a cleansing wipe (I recommend Garnier). Use Obagi Foaming Gel or Clinicians Complex Foaming Gel Cleanser (for those who have oily skin) to cleanser your entire face. If you have dry skin then you want to use more of a cream product like Obagi Gentle Cleanser.

For a deep clean these products can be used with the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush.

For you younger ladies out there, who might still be trying to impress a gentleman caller go to bed later and wake up earlier…but always remove your makeup at night. Your skin will thank you when you’re my age!

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Medical vs Over the Counter Skincare

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Medical vs Over the Counter Skincare

There are so many times that I hear that medical skincare products are expensive, especially when compared to some over the counter products. A bottle of Obagi Clear can sell up to $99, retail, at a doctor’s office.

Effective skin care is expense. Heck, pistachios cost $18.99. $20 for a bag of nuts! Think about that. Some people would have to work 3 hours to buy a bag of nuts. Everything these days are expensive.

But to these women, I tell them you have to look at it as an investment. Buying products that actually work, and paying more for those products, end up being more cost effective in the long run. Time and time again, I hear complaints of women feeling that they are just throwing money away trying different over the counter products and not seeing any results. They move onto the next $19.99 special and end up saying “you get what you pay for.” The cycle repeats. Another $20 spent, another month wasted.

So don’t look at it as $20 vs $99. Think about it this way. An average morning skincare routine takes 5 minutes, and another 5 at night while your husband nags you to hurry along. That’s 10 minutes a day; 300 minutes (5 hours a month). After 5 hours of work, I want to see results, and I want motivation to keep going and keep improving.

When to Start the Anti-Aging Process

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The simple rule of thumb is in your 20’s.  Your skin has now grown less prone to acne breakouts and before you know it the 30’s are lurking right around the corner.

Putting the rule of thumb aside, everyone is different and everyone ages differently based on a variety of different factors:  stress level, water intake, genetics, the food you eat, amount of unprotected sun exposure….the list goes on and on.

Many people feel that there is no need to worry about anti-aging treatments until they start noticing that first line or wrinkle.  But anti-aging means trying to prevent that first line or at least trying to slow down the process.  Proactive versus reactive.

In your 20’s you want to start building a good skincare regimen that you can get in the routine of doing daily.  Start off by cleansing your face twice a day, and even after a night of partying, make sure you never go to bed with your makeup on.  You will then want to add an SPF of 15 or higher to your routine, along with a good facial moisturizer with antioxidants, and a gentle exfoliating scrub to help prevent dead skin buildup.  Use the SPF sunscreen daily; the gentle cleanser in the morning and night; and the exfoliating scrub once a week.

When you are in your 30’s your skin needs a little more help because collagen and elastin start breaking down which means your skin is going to lose some of that younger firmness.  Add a firming serum to your routine to help your skin produce more collagen along with an antioxidant serum to help boost your protection levels.

In your 40’s your skin loses even more elasticity.  Plus you are obviously older and your skin has sustained more UV ray exposure.  If you aren’t using these products in your 30’s you definitely want to start using an anti-aging Tretinoin with Retin-A in it to fight lines and wrinkles, along with an eye cream.

PREVENTION.  PREVENTION. PREVENTION!  Proactive, not reactive.

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5 Basic Skin Types – Which are You?

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5 Basic Skin Types - Which are You?

You need to know what type of skin you have before you determine how to treat.

The 5 basic types are Normal Skin, Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Combination Skin, and Sensitive Skin.

Ok great, but how do I know which I have? Just wipe your face in the morning with a clean facial tissue (or paper).

If you have Normal skin you will not see any traces of oil. Your skin should feel vibrant and elastic. Your skin looks smooth and clean and has good circulation.

If you have Dry skin, the paper will also not show any oil, but your face will feel dry, flaky and tight after you’ve wiped it. Dry skin might look great on you as a young person, but this skin type is prone to aging and irritation as you get older.

If you have Oily skin the paper will show spots of facial oil from your forehead, nose, and cheek areas. Your skin typically looks greasy or shiny and has larger open pores which typically helps lead to more acne break outs. This skin type is more problematic, however not as prone to aging and wrinkling.

Most men and women have Combination Skin. The paper will show traces of oil from the forehead and nose areas but no traces of oil from the cheek areas. The dry areas should be treated with richer creams and moisturizes, whereas the oily ares (typically forehead and nose) should avoid richer creams and be washed often and thoroughly.

If you have sensitive skin, the skin is usually extremely dry and tends to feel tight. The skin can become inflamed or irritated easily and can develop reddish, scaly areas. Sensitive skin is the most fragile and problematic of skin types.

Obagi has developed their Obagi Starter Kits for 2 of the common problematic skin types: Obagi Normal to Dry and Obagi Normal to Oily. This makes it easier to ensure that you are using the right products once you identify what skin type you are.

So what are you??