Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

December 2, 2010

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The weather is changing and we all know the wind here in New England can easily dry our skin out. People think we break out because we have too much oil on our skin. Sometimes it’s because we don’t have enough. Our skin naturally secretes oils, and when our skin becomes dry, we break out from not hydrating enough.

We all should use oils and moisturize every day, especially those of us over thirty. I created a product to use called Smoothover. It helps eliminate wrinkles and makes skin look youthful!  Also, I love Patricia Wexler’s 3-in-1 eye cream from Bath and Body Works, it helps to lift and firm skin while keeping It hydrated and soft.

A key ingredient to keep in mind when looking for a moisturizer is vitamin E oil. Also, if you have sensitive skin cetaphil is something you want to look for in a moisturizing product. Cetaphil is perfect for skin of all types, dry, oily, and combination. When buying a moisturizer, watch out for other ingredients like parabens, and make sure it is preservative free. My favorite product can be found at Whole Foods and is called Dr. Hauschka. Their line stresses the importance of preservative free products.

One thing many of us do when applying moisturizer is put it onto our hands, rub our hands together and then apply the moisturizer to our face. When we do this, though, the good moisture and ingredients are being applied to our hands instead of our face, which is where it should be. What you want to do instead is apply some to the back of your hand, pat it on your face like a mask and let the moisture soak in.

Other things to consider helping your moisturizer fulfill its potential are changes in daily habits. For example, caffeine dehydrates the skin and body, so cutting back on the coffee and increasing your water intake will help your skin look fresh and energized. What are you doing to help keep your skin looking youthful?

 

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Battle Your Breakouts

November 2, 2010

 

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No one wants to wake up and find that they have a bad breakout on their face. When it does happen, most women run to their bottle of cover up and start dabbing it on. Try to avoid this, as it will only cause more breakouts due to the ingredients in the makeup which clogs pores. So what else causes breakouts? Ancient Chinese philosophy says that the human face is a map of their internal organs in the rest of their body. If you know the map, you can pinpoint what is causing breakouts on a certain area of your face. Let me break it down:

  • Breaking out on your chin could be caused by hormonal problems (such as PMS) or a kidney imbalance.
  • Acne on your nose has to do with eating poorly or a gastrointestinal imbalance.
  • An excess of sugar, stomach problems, or stress could cause problems with your cheeks.
  • Forehead, temples, between the eyes: Drinking too much alcohol, digestive problems, and a buildup of toxins.

If you want to learn more about the Chinese method of skincare, there is an amazing company called Phytobiodermie, which specializes in this philosophy and has a great skincare line. Here are a few more tips on how to avoid breakouts:

  • Try to avoid touching your face, and under no circumstances should you pick at your acne.
  • Phones are a big cause of breakouts on your chin—periodically wipe down your cell with rubbing alcohol.
  • Acne can be caused by a buildup of toxins in your body. During a breakout, drink half a gallon of water daily to filter out these toxins (and keep drinking it even when your skin is clear!)
  • Change your pillowcases…having your face against a dirty pillowcase is a surefire way to get pimples.
  • Avoid turtlenecks and scarves. They cause breakouts on your neck and chin area. If you must wear scarves, be sure to wash them regularly (which most people don’t).
  • Be sure to wash your makeup brushes! I have so many women in their late 20s and 30s come in and tell me they have never broken out before and all of a sudden are having problems. The reason is almost always because they switch to mineral and loose powder makeup and fail to wash the brushes.
  • Be sure to keep up with your skincare routine during the change of seasons. Change of environment= more breakouts.
  • Don’t put a lot of makeup over your acne. But if you feel like you have to, you need the right product. I sell a product called “Heal and Conceal”. It covers up breakouts, but it also has acne-healing ingredients.

If you are having trouble with acne and can’t seem to find a program that works for you, I can custom-create a product and regimen that caters to your skin’s needs. What are you doing to help prevent breakouts?