Without a doubt, these are the basics!

Thank you Skin Laundry for sharing this helpful info in your January blog…

Wash Every Night or Keep Make Up Wipes Handy

Unfortunately, forgetting to wash your face before you go to bed is easy–we’ve all been there and done it. Whether out of laziness or inebriation, we’ve all had that moment where we’ve woken up in last night’s make up. But, it’s a horrible habit that needs to break because it’s arguably the most counter productive thing you can do on your quest for glowing skin. The best way to ensure you go to bed with a clean face is to stock up your dresser or night stand with make up removing face wipes. That way you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own bed to cleanse your face!  Select wipes that are chemical free, as some may contain irritating ingredients.

Use More Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a lot more versatile than we think! It isn’t just great for keeping our immune systems strong, but it’s also one of the best natural anti-aging remedies. When applied on the skin, vitamin C flushes the layers with antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals, or the dreaded particles that cause us to age. Vitamin C can do a lot of other things for the skin, too–aside from preventing the signs of age. It can also reduce the appearance of brown spots, support collagen growth, reduce inflammation and increase the effectiveness of sunscreen and boost your skin’s defense against UV exposure. Needless to say, using an all natural topical vitamin C product is, without a doubt, something to fit into your skin care routine, as it will shield your skin from all kinds of environmental factors, like pollution and sun damage!  My favorite Vitamin C Serum is Rhonda Allison C Peptide Complex $44

Get Sleep

One of the best things you can do for your skin is get six to eight hours of sleep a night. A good night of shuteye has a number of healthy and rejuvenating benefits, but when it comes to your skin, sleep can make all the difference. While we’re snoozing the night away, the body works hard to replenish our cells, including the ones in our skin, allowing it to look renewed in the morning. When we lack of sleep our skin tends to sag, bags or circles form under the eyes, and our overall complexion can appear lusterless. Stress is also a repercussion of not getting enough sleep, which also effects the skin’s appearance because it can make you look older– not good. So make sure you catch some Z’s for your skin health!

Don’t Wear Expired Make Up

Like food or flowers, make-up goes bad. And, unfortunately, make-up and make-up brushes are a hotbed for bacteria. As you already know the importance of cleaning your make-up brushes, another important habit to rid yourself from is keeping and wearing expired make-up because it infests the skin with all kinds of harmful bacteria. Wearing old makeup can lead to acne breakouts and potential eye infections, like conjunctivitis (eww!). So as a rule of thumb, don’t save your fancy make up for a special occasion–just use it! The faster you use your make up, the fresher it will look on your skin. Otherwise it will become harmful to your beautiful complexion.

Here are some recommended make-up shelf life guidelines:

  • Mascara: two to three months.
  • Powder based products (i.e. eye shadow, blush): two to three years.
  • Lipsticks: two years, but you can increase its longevity if you refrigerate it.
  • Eye and Lip Liners: up to three years.
  • Liquid foundations: up to one year

Avoid Sugar

Sugar is a widespread addiction among Americans who consume an average of 150 lbs per year!  Unfortunately the effects of this over-consumption can cause glycation in the skin which occurs when sugar binds to the collagen and elastin to create oxidative stress that accelerates skin aging.

The internal inflammation that sugar causes can contribute to redness, wrinkles and dryness.  I understand that removing sugar from you diet can be difficult because I have done it myself; however you will be rewarded with improved overall health and well-being.

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The word has been out for a while–sugar (and dairy) are bad for your skin.

Don’t just take my word for it, do your research!

Here are three helpful articles to get you started:

1. Huffington Post

2. Dr. Hyman

3. NPR

 

xo

Sue

 

 

 

 

Over-The-Counter Topical Acne Products May Cause Hypersensitivity Reactions – check out these recommendations…

The FDA warned in June 2014 that the use of certain acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. The over-the-counter (OTC) topical (applied directly to the skin) acne products of concern are marketed under brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, and as store brands. They are available as gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing pads, toners, face scrubs, and other products.

Based on the information reported to FDA, it cannot be determined if the serious hypersensitivity reactions were triggered by the acne products’ active ingredients, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, the inactive ingredients, or by a combination of both. FDA is continuing to monitor and evaluate this safety issue.

Risk: Hypersensitivity reactions such as throat tightness; difficulty breathing; feeling faint; or swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue may occur with use. Consumers should also stop using the product if they develop hives or itching. The hypersensitivity reactions may occur within minutes to a day or longer after product use.

These serious hypersensitivity reactions differ from the local skin irritation that may occur at the product application site, such as redness, burning, dryness, itching, peeling, or slight swelling, and that are already included in the Drug Facts labels.

Recommendations

  • Before using an OTC topical acne drug product for the first time, apply a small amount to one or two small affected areas for 3 days to make sure you don’t develop any hypersensitivity symptoms. If no discomfort occurs, follow the directions on the Drug Facts label.
  • Work with a licensed Esthetician to help you select the best products for your skin type and monitor your dosage and your progress as you go through treatment.
  • Instead of salicylic acid, I use mandelic acid which comes from bitter almonds. Select products from manufacturers that use organic or high quality raw materials in their formulations without excessive chemicals and pore-clogging fillers. BiON Therapeutics offers an effective line of acne products without benzoyl peroxide.

This client came to me with mostly inflamed breakouts.  His home care routine included Mandelic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide.  He received a total of 6 treatments spaced two weeks apart to obtain this result two years ago.  Since then he returns for maintenance treatments every 8-12 weeks to stay clear.

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This client had already received 2 treatments when this photo was taken

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After 4 more treatments

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This client had already received 2 treatments when this photo was taken

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After 4 more treatments

 

 

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Before Treatment

Before treatment – hormonal acne

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After five treatments using Rhonda Allison and Vivant products After Ten TreatmentsAfter Ten Treatments

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Before Treatment – May 21, 2012

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After 8 Treatments – December 18, 2012

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After 8 Treatments – December 18, 2012

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Before Treatment – May 21, 2012

This client came to me with both inflamed and non-inflamed acne.  We used Vivant Skincare Benzoyl Peroxide Cleaner, Mandelic Acid Serum and 10% BP Gel Medication for her daily home care protocol.

The top photo was taken on her first visit on April 30, 2012.
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May 22, 2012 – Before Treatment

This client came in for her first visit on May 22, 2012 and received 6 treatments- including peels and extractions.  Her most recent treatment was October 12, 2012.

After 6 Treatments October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012 – After 6 Treatments