November 2013

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Now that our environmental needs are being met (humidifier + cooler shower temps), let’s address some things we all need for our faces.  First we will TREAT, then we will PROTECT.

1.  Treat with an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid).  These acids help turnover skin cells, which is a fancy way of saying it helps slough off dead skin, revealing new, fresh skin.  AHAs are generally used by people who have dryer skin types or want anti-aging, get-rid-of-wrinkles benefits. The most common ingredients in AHAs are glycolic and/or lactic acids.  BHAs  are geared toward more oil-prone skin types, but also deliver anti-aging results for those with oilier skin.  Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare provides a product that addresses both skin types in one box. . . the one-two punch for exfoliation.  Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel.

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2. Protect with more SPF.  Sun Protection Factor.  More of it. . . every day.  If you are using an AHA or BHA, you need to provide loads more sun protection for your newly-exfoliated face.  That means use your sunscreen every morning.  Even in the fall and winter months when you may feel “exempt” from sun damage.  That sun still lurks. . . whether you are driving in your car or walking outdoors on a lunch break.  This step is simply added insurance for the upkeep of your new-skin face.  Most professionals agree that an SPF30 is sufficient.  My go-to sunscreen is Neutrogena’s Clear Face SPF30 liquid-lotion.

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Coming up: Moisturize!

 

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Pamela Lesch Portrait by Richard Ellis Photography

Are you ready for our upcoming winter?  According to the Farmers’ Almanac, Winter 2013- 2014, the “Days of Shivery” are back and we are forecast with lower than average temps.  Sounds pretty cold to me, and that means a little prep now can help “save face” for our upcoming winter.

The first things we can start to think about are what our home and/or work environments are like. Temperature and climate play a large role in how our skin behaves.  The two main environmental factors that I will be adjusting in my home are humidity and shower/bath water temps.

It’s now time to break out the humidifier.  Add water to those tanks, turn them on, and watch beautiful humidity pump into our rooms.  This helps keep skin hydrated, respiratory systems lubricated, and takes the dryness out of our otherwise parched homes.

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The other thing I will adjust and encourage you to do, is trying not to shower in such steaming hot water.  I will turn down the temp and try to keep it around 100 degrees as opposed to 120.  Isn’t it the most natural thing to want to do in cold weather. . . seek heat from any place?  I’m certainly guilty of this skin-health-faux pas.  Nothing zaps the moisture from skin like hot shower water.  But I could wax poetic about how great it feels. . . know what I mean?

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So, fill those tanks with filtered water, put those humidifiers out, and step away from the hot shower water.  That’s truly the best beginning for winterizing skin.  Stay tuned for great product and application tips. . .

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