4 Steps to Applying Skin Care for Greatest Benefit

Do we know if the order of applying our skin care products aids or deters them being absorbed fully, giving us the full benefits of our products? Dermatology researchers now tell us it is important to prioritize the order in which we apply our cleansers, serums, medications and lotions.

Cleanse facial skin first

“Medications or treatments should be applied directly after washing your face,” said board-certified dermatologist Susan C. Taylor, MD, FAAD. “This ensures that the medications or treatments are properly absorbed by the skin. Otherwise, people may think a product isn’t working because it’s applied in the wrong order.”

My experience goes along with what Dr. Taylor suggests as the optimum order of application: [Read more…]

Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Are you frustrated trying to understand the difference between UVA and UVB sun damage, let alone what SPF means? Here’s a great discussion about everything from ultraviolet rays to best ways to protect yourself from sun damage, to how to know which SPF is right for you, from the Mayo Clinic and Apriori Beauty:

http://beautynbuzz.com/choose-sunscreen/

Protect Yourself from the Harmful Rays of the Sun

Sun Protection 101

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best sunscreen is one that you’ll use generously and according to label directions. Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, offers the following guidance … [Read more…]

You (almost) Can’t Have Enough Vitamin D

You (Almost) Can't Have Enough Vitamin D

Good news coming from researchers at the Mayo Clinic this week on Vitamin D and the potential for toxicity we’ve all been worried about. As information correlating sun exposure and skin cancer has been widely disseminated, and the use of sunscreens with SPF of 30 to 50 and more are increasingly used, Vitamin D levels have been seen to decline. The easy fix is to take Vitamin D supplements, but the fear of how much is too much has gnawed on my conscience. [Read more…]

Natural Facelift Tips

There are so many ways to lift your facial skin these days, if you choose to. OR, you can embrace your natural beauty at any age.

Dame Maggie SmithIf you do choose to do a “little something”, you have many alternatives from a cream to a machine, before considering the knife.

There are many topicals and injectables that can tighten the sags, plump the lips, fill in the crevices and freeze the wrinkles.

Surgery can pull up, pin up, or take off the excess skin being pulled down by gravity.

There are gadgets that deep clean with a brush, tighten with electrical current, radiate with light rays, penetrate with sound waves, and rev up the circulation. [Read more…]

How to Enjoy the Sun and Protect Your Skin!

Ever wonder how those beautiful, warm rays of the sun can have such long lasting and damaging effects on your skin?

Like a straightened rainbow, you can picture the spectrum of sunlight with the red, orange and yellow wavelengths being the longest and making up infrared light.  As wavelengths shorten, green and blue light speeds up into indigo blue and violet colors, which are visible and contain Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays.  These are the rays that cause sun damage to our skin. [Read more…]

A Little Concealer Goes a Long Way

How do you lighten up the larger, deeper wrinkles – you know, the ones between your eyebrows and on the sides of your nose down to your chin? You have them, too? Feeling like a ‘wrinkle dog” some days?

Here are my tips for lightening, reflecting and concealing the “11’s” as they are referred to, with a few makeup tricks. I call the the one between my eyebrows the “furrow of concentration”, because it comes when I am concentrating, and the one on the sides of my nose and mouth the “parentheses of happiness”, because it comes from smiling big and often!

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Should You Avoid UV Light at the Nail Salon?

Recently, I adventured into a new nail treatment – Shellac Nails! What I LOVE about them is that I don’t have to worry about chipping or peeling for almost 2 weeks, and no chemical smells that go along with other nail treatments.

The downside is that they can tend to dry your nails out. Your manicurist should be on the lookout for signs of nail dehydration each time you have a manicure. Most often you will see white discoloration of the nails that doesn’t go away with applying lotion. To treat them, you will need to take a little break from the Shellac Nails until they repair, and use the Shellac product less often. [Read more…]

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