The other day a client asked me if LED for acne (the blue light) would be the best choice for rosacea. At first I thought red would be better as red light aids in healing. However the blue light is better for killing bacteria to heal blemishes. In the spa, most of my rosacea clients needed everything to be cool so what we did for them was to give them Cold Fusion Facials. Now I'm going to have to do some research to share my best opinion with you. Any thoughts?
Here are my top ten personal favorites: C & E Antioxidant Serum This serum has been our top seller for over a decade. That's because it works! Vitamin C has been rigorously researched and found to be more than just an antioxidant protecting your skin from environmental damage. Vitamin C brightens the complexion, increases efficacy of your sunscreen and is a vital component for the production of new collagen fibers which support skin's firmness. I use it every morning under my sunscreen. Level Up This is an advanced formula of retinol, created for those of us who have been using retinol for a while. Retinol is more than an just an exfoliating serum. It works to reorganize cell layers for a more even and smoother texture. At the same time it activates fibroblasts to produce more of what creates a nice firm, plump dermis. It also increases angiogenesis. That means it creates new blood vessels to feed and nourish our skin cells. I use it 3 times a week. Stem Stim - Growth Factor Serum When researching stem cells for anti aging skincare it's all about the growth factors, cytokines and peptides produced by stem cells. In the lab, when mesenchymal stem cells get stressed they produce the perfect combination of these cell signalling molecules. What this means is that your skin's own stem cells come out of hibernation to initiate cellular growth and repair. I use 5 drops Stem Stim both morning and night along with other repair serums. Getting Even Even though retinol does some exfoliation it doesn't sweep away dead cells the way alpha hydroxy acids do. With AHAs you get instant gratification and a smoother, fresher, more light reflective skin. That's why I use this cocktail of AHAs (which includes glycolic and lactic acids and anti-inflammatory polyphenols like seawhip). To get a really nice glowing complexion I use Getting Even in lieu of retinol twice a week and sometimes follow it with a scrub. Revitalize Cell Therapy Because my skin is mature I am an avid researcher of everything anti-aging. The patented ingredients in this formula provide an important focus for increasing
cellular energy that dissipates with age. Among these are: Resveratrol a powerful antioxidant and sirtuin booster believed to protect against DNA damage to increase the lifespan of cells. And Ergothioneine , the cell’s principal energizing antioxidant to restore power to cells and boost youthful proteins. Kukui Cleansing Milk When it comes to skincare it's important to note that one must start with the basics - then everything else will fall into place. Don't dry out your skin with foaming cleansers that should be reserved for more oily skin. Even they have to be careful not to dehydrate their skin with cleansers containing drying surfactants. Kukui is wonderfully rich and silky without being greasy. It's rich in Omega 3 fatty acids to create a wonderfully conditioned environment for comfortable skin. I love the fresh hydrated feel and use it twice a every day. Rainwater Moisture Mist This exceptional toner is an indispensable step for creating a healthy, hydrated skin. Aside from removing residue from your cleanser and impurities found in tap water this elegant toner contains sixteen moisture magnates that instantly draw moisture into your skin. No toner out there is more hydrating. Following cleanser I first spritz Rainwater over my skin, then saturate a cotton pad to remove impurities. Lately I do a second spritz just under my moisturizer to ensure a moisture reservoir that keeps my skin well hydrated throughout the day. Regenerize Longevity Eye Serum It may be a new concept not to use a heavier eye cream under your eyes but it's been discovered that heavy eye creams weigh down that delicate skin. A newer concept is to use a lightweight serum. Instead of heavy oils the inclusion of architectural peptides is much more effective for supporting collagen fibers for firmness. It even has actives that promote more elasticity. i love that this serum can be smoothed over lids to keep them firmer and remain tighter. Reveal the Cranberry Peel Even with all I do for my skin there are times it could use a little extra boost to bring back that vital glow I love. When that happens I grab for this skin brightening peel that can be safely done at home. Based on Vitamin C rich cranberries and exfoliating enzymes it's a wonderful life saver for my skin. Good Nite Sleeping Masque To complete my at home ritual, after I finish my peel, I apply some Stem Stim and follow with this wonderful hybrid night cream/mask combination. After 20 minutes I wear it to bed. Good Nite has these unique liquid crystals that dissolve into your skin overnight to soften, hydrate, detoxify and recondition it while you sleep. This is the maque with the most rave reviews from clients who want extra hydration and a boost to their skin's protective barrier. There you have it. Now you know all my skincare secrets. Let us hear about your favorite LONGEVITY skincare products.
Many clients ask me why is their skin dehydrated? They drink there eight glasses of water every day. So, it should all be good. Shouldn’t it?
Drinking adequate amounts of water each day is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. But what about drinking large amounts of water to get optimal hydration for your skin? Some beauty experts claim that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin's appearance whatsoever. The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. Your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells, like any other cells in the body, are made up of mostly water. Without water, these cells will not function well and may die prematurely. Without sufficient hydration your skin becomes dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Water is excreted from your body in large amounts every day, you need to replace it by drinking water. The problem is that when drinking water, it unfortunately will go to all the other organs first or is excreted before it reaches the skin. So, it's really easy to become dehydrated, even if you are drinking lots of water. Drink your water but the best way to rehydrate your skin is to apply water to your skin externally and find a way to keep it there. Plumping up your skin with water this will not only change your skin from dull to glowing, it can increase longevity by keeping wrinkles at bay. What’s the best way to add water to the skin? For your body make sure to apply a hydrating body lotion or oil within 2 minutes of leaving the tub or shower. While bathing, your skin imbibes lots of water so it becomes temporarily hydrated. Because the air outside the shower is dry it quickly draws out water from your skin and you become drier than before. Trap that moisture in with a lotion or oil quickly after bathing to keep skin hydrated. Apply a hydrating serum containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there. This is particularly good for oily skin. Oily skin creates it own lipid layer to hold in moisture. If you are oily and dehydrated you should re-examine your skincare routine to make sure your products are not stripping your skin. A good hyaluronic acid serum should be oil free so it just works on the holding in moisture part. This effective serum still needs a moisturizer over it to make sure water doesn’t evaporate out by arid air. So for you, an oil free moisturizer is indicated. Cleanse your face with a milky cleanse r rather than a gel or foaming soap. Foaming cleansers rob moisture from the skin due to their alkaline nature. Choosing a milky cleanser creates a hydrating ritual that cleans and softens skin, allowing more moisture to hydrate your skin. Switch to a more emollient moisturizer. Moisturizers with emollients help prevent trans-epidermal water loss. This is because they reinforce the protective lipid barrier. A strong lipid barrier also reduces inflammation. When the skin becomes inflamed the junction between cells is damaged and moisture can escape more easily, leading to dehydration and irritation. Good emollients to look for include shea butter, squalane, cetyl alcohol and jojoba oil. Note: cetyl alcohol is an oily alcohol and not drying for the skin. Okay drink your water. Drinking those 8 glasses a day helps rid the body and skin of toxins. Every one may not agree that drinking this much water will improve skin, but it can't hurt. Many of my clients report that when they do increase their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Weigh in on this water conversation. How much water do you drink and do you feel it helps your skin?