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Changing Skin December 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — icfaces @ 5:43 am

I’m 18 months past my 30th birthday, and I’m still going through my phase of loving and embracing my thirties; learning more and more about myself everyday.  I’m learning to care for my skin more as it changes year after year.  Yet, as I speak to more and more women my age and older, I realize there is an everyday struggle in handling our change in skin as we get older.  There seems to be no one handbook for changing your skin regimen once you hit that new milestone.  So here’s what I’ve come up with to help those who feel like they are having a sudden struggle or surprising new skin challenge:

YOUNG ADULTHOOD (20’s) – your skin should be at its best

  • avoid soaps
  • use a pH normalizer/toner
  • light daily moisturizer (all over)
  • daily sunscreen
  • if acneic skin – steam and use a mask once or twice a week

THE THIRTIES (30’s)

  • exfoliate 2 times a week (be careful NOT to over-exfoliate as this can cause just as much damage)
  • use a mask once a week
  • begin using an eye treatment at night
  • may begin developing hormonal changes (pregnancy/chloasma/pill/hormones/patchiness)

THE FORTIES (40’s)

  • moisturize twice a day
  • steam, mask, and exfoliate twice a week
  • increase antioxidants – fruits/vitamins
  • watch and care for sun spots

THE FIFTIES (50’s)

  • collagen rebuilder (our collagen begins to breakdown at this age)
  • increase water consumption (we develop a water loss in our skin at this age)
  • infrequent exfoliation with facial brush (increased capillary exposure)

If you know someone encountering a new-found struggle with their skin, please share this information with them.  I am open to hearing your comments or criticisms on the suggested regimen.

Still looks great!

Beautiful Lena Horne

 

Quench your winter thirst December 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — icfaces @ 6:07 am

Answer your skins’ distress!  Here’s a quick reference guide to lotion and moisturizer suggestions for the winter months.  All of the mentioned products can be found at your local drugstore.

If you start in time, you can prevent your dry skin:

  • Curel Ultra Healing 24-Hour Daily Moisturizing Lotion – Extra Dry Skin 
  • Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion 
  • Dove Pro-Age Body Cream Oil

Here are some suggestions to help treat your dry skin:

  • Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing
  • Johnson’s Nourishing Renewal Lotion 
  • Olay Quench Therapy Body Lotion

For extremely dry skin:

  • Elta Tar – helps treat eczema
  • Aquaphor Healing Ointment – heavy protectant, relieves raw, cracked skin
  • AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Cream – alleviates rough spots and rehydrates skin with lactic acid