Antioxidant Skin Care

Recently I was asked to shed some light on incorporating antioxidant skin care products into a home care regimen. It’s a great question and and even better idea. Using antioxidant rich products *effective products* is important for helping to even out skin tone, minimizing pigmentation and prevention. To prevent further damage you also want to do the following:

Exfoliate!

Wear Sun Protection (religiously)

Use Antioxidants (and eat them!)

Get Facial Treatments

So back to the antioxidants, there are many used in the industry. Vitamin C is a standard and it’s very effective. One of my favorite products uses C but also some other potent ingredients that are super effective when combined.

Phloretin CF by SkinCeuticals is the product I would always recommend to my clients in search of a result driven product that offers prevention along with correction. It’s best used during the day time for extra protection against the sun and free radical damage.

Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Prevents premature signs of aging and corrects existing photodamage
  • Divides and conquers the range of reactive oxygen species (ROS) throughout the skin
  • Prevents cell mutation by shielding skin’s DNA
  • Accelerates cell turnover
  • Boosts skin’s support structure
  • Inhibits UV-induced discolorations

If you really want to see a difference in the hyperpigmentation, I love to couple with Phyto +. Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Contains kojic acid and arbutin to help reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Active ingredients work synergistically to lighten the appearance of skin
  • Natural alternative to the chemical skin lightener hydroquinone—less likely to cause irritation
  • Contains anti-inflammatory cucumber and anti-bacterial thyme to soothe and calm irritated skin
  • Helps maintain results following invasive cosmetic procedures
  • Ideal for all skin types

Hope that helps April, this ones for you. ♥

 

Don’t ignore it!

The neck and décolleté (chest area) are often ignored when it comes to an at-home regimen. In fact, I have seen certain spa/skin care facilities only treat the face as well. We expose our neck and décolleté to the same elements we expose our facial skin to so make sure and do the following:

Cleanse. If you have a Clarisonic brush I suggest adding time for your neck and chest. Check out the link below for Clarisonic info:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/05/29/super-sonic/

Exfoliate and Treat. Treat the skin on your neck and décolleté as you would your face. Pull down each product when you treat.

Sun Protection. Have you ever seen a two-tone face and neck? Yep I bet you have, don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you protect both equally.

100% Pure

I get asked about organic and natural product lines all the time. I found a brand I really like that uses mostly organic and what you would call natural ingredients. 100% Pure is a face and body line using many plant based ingredients and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or fragrance.

So far I have tried a few of the body products and I will report back on the facial items after I try them out. The price point is also very good, one of the most expensive items costing around 35 bucks. You can find the products at Beauty 360 and also on the company website. Try the COCONUT NOURISHING BODY CREAM, super creamy and smells just like summer.

The Art of the Bath

In the spa industry one of the fundamental treatments is the bath. In fact SPA is centered around taking in the healing benefits of water. The history of bathing for medicinal purposes, social gathering and peace of mind has been around since the Greek and the Roman days. These days we take baths to cleanse but the benefits go far beyond rinsing the dirt off such as:

Soothing achy muscles
Clearing out congestion and relieving pressure from a cold
Relaxation
Detoxifying the body
Taking time for yourself

Of course you do not need to visit a spa to take in these tremendous benefits (although that would be lovely too). At home baths are wonderful -I love to add hydrating bath oils or bath salts, put on a facial mask and really benefit from some nice quiet time. Check out this past blog on at home facials, you can do this all in the bath:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/06/13/facial-101/

It puts the lotion on its’ skin

If you are experiencing extremely dry hands, there is a great hand cream I love. My hands literally crack with dryness due to excessive washing combined with my dry skin. It feels like I am living in the Sahara Desert at times.

I love the Eucerin Intensive Hand Repair Cream, it is rich and super moisturizing. It even has AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) to help slough off the excess skin that builds up. I love the size of the tube as well because you can stick it in your purse or desk *or both-it is only around 5 bucks. It can be purchased at almost any drug store or market.  Sweet relief… until the next time you wash your hands-Oy.

Champagne taste?

There is an amazing new week day special at the Resort at Pelican Hill Spa. If you are thinking about getting a facial or massage this is the place to go. During the week you can receive treatments starting at $90.00 for 50 minutes; this is an incredible deal considering this is a five star spa with some of the best therapists in the industry. There is a beautiful full service salon and a spa boutique.

I recently went to the spa for a 50 minute massage; we arrived early to use the amenities and made a day of it. Valet is free, you can use the fitness area, trust me I can go on and on! Check out the specials and the website for more details.

Pelican Hill Mid-Week Specials

Happy New Year!!

Here are a few New Years resolution ideas for better skin in 2011. Cheers to healthy skin!

  1. Wash your face every night before bed –Yes, even on New Years eve after you have been out late partying, no, especially then! Heavy make-up and dirt on your skin will prematurely age you and cause break-outs.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day– I can hear you now, “but I don’t need it when I work indoors all day”. Just do it! You get much more sun than you think.
  3. Get more sleep – I never realized how much lack of sleep could affect my skin until the birth of my son. A solid 8 hours is good for you in so many ways, even your skin.
  4. Exfoliate weekly– We all fall off the bandwagon when it comes to regular exfoliation. Try buying a new product to get excited again, and then you will remember what exfoliated skin feels like. Just keep it up.
  5. Smile more– You can see less wrinkles when you are not frowning! After all it is a new year, enjoy!

Pumpkin-licious!

Just in time for the holidays I wanted to talk about the YOUTH ACCELERATOR pumpkin enzyme peel. I love anything pumpkin (I am baking a pumpkin pie from scratch as I type) and this peel smells exactly like pumpkin!

It is a super concentrated and effective peel removing dead skin and leaving skin vibrant. The peel uses three different types of pumpkin and essential oils and is free of preservatives and fragrance.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

In the Buff

 

With summer coming to an end it is time for a treat I allow myself with each change of the seasons- a professional body treatment. Especially after the summer months when the skin on our body has been thrashed by the beach and pool water, sunburns and peeling, and dry cracked heels from wearing sandals (yuck).

The same benefits apply to the neglected skin on our bodies as do to our face when it comes to exfoliating. We can be more aggressive with the skin on our body because it is not as sensitive as the skin on our face. In the spa/treatment center they can scrub you down in all the places we can’t reach ourselves and they typically finish with a nice massage. A few things to consider when booking a body treatment:

  • Would you like a full experience or just a scrub down?

You can typically get a treatment as short as 30 minutes which typically just includes a scrub or 90 to 120 minutes which would be more relaxing and include a massage or bath

  • Do you mind getting up and going to the shower or would you rather be rinsed off on a table?

Ask for Vichy showers when you book a treatment, they are shower heads above the table and it feels like a massage! You never have to get off the massage table.

  • Are you modest?

Don’t worry. Most spa therapists are well trained in draping techniques to make you feel comfortable and covered even if you had one too many ice cream cones this summer.

Don’t forget to continue keeping your skin smooth and soft at home!

  • Exfoliate body 2-3 times per week
  • Use exfoliating beads in products and add a body buff or loofah
  • After exfoliating in the shower, hydrate the minute you get out and skin should be slightly damp so it absorbs

Treating yourself to a body treatment is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer skin and get pampered at the same time.