Today on the blog I wanted to address a common question I receive. Many clients ask me what they can add to their current regimen of cleanser and moisturizer. I am asked what else they need because they are just not seeing results or are starting to see the signs of aging. The first thing I tell them is to add in a serum or targeted anti-aging product because this is where they are going to see the best results. Although important, a moisturizer is not an anti-aging product as much as it is a protector and hydrator. Yes they can have anti-aging ingredients but moisturizers are designed to sit more on the surface of the skin.
The most highly active and concentrated ingredients will be in a serum or a complex. These tend to be lighter in weight and designed to penetrate deeper into the skin. They also tend to have higher percentages of active ingredients. This is why I believe serums will give you the most bang for your buck!
Because serums are so crucial to improving the skin, I have designed my line with serums before I have created a moisturizer. So many clients are confused as to why my line isn't laid out as so many of the other brands are in order of product development. I am less concerned about what the cleansers and moisturizers my clients use and more interested that they have a very effective serum that will hydrate and stimulate collagen. This ensures they see faster results with more targeted products. In my line the serums also maintain a clean and non-toxic ingredient list, along with tremendous results.
My BOOST vitamin c complex is designed to be used together with UNDO serum for the best results. You can read more about BOOST here and UNDO here.
Today I am highlighting the superstar ingredient vitamin C! It is a powerhouse for the skin and I want to dive a little deeper into why that is so. Vitamin C has been used in skin care to help protect the skins cells from damage from oxidation. Think of an apple that is left out on the counter, it will turn brown once it is cut and exposed to air. But when we coat the apple in lemon juice it keeps the apple bright and white. The same process happens with the skin.
Free radicals are what attack our skin cells causing them damage and changing the health of the cell. What this looks like on our skin is fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and overall dullness. A few sources of free radicals are cigarette smoke, uv rays and smog. These are considered stressors to the skin. When we have a product that contains antioxidants like vitamin C it will help prevent damage to skin cells.
And the really amazing benefit to wearing a vitamin C is it can even repair damage that has already happened. This is why experts in the beauty industry recommend using a vitamin C daily, to help with existing fine lines and pigmentation. It also stimulates collagen production, a crucial step to keep the skin looking its best.
Other benefits of using vitamin C
For my clients who are starting to see the signs of aging and want to start actively treating their skin, a vitamin C serum is one of the first products I suggest. I don't love the term anti-aging, I use it from time to time because it can help explain what a product is designed for. But the truth is, as we age the goal should not be to fight it but to use tools that will combat some of the factors that will effect the skin. I am ok with having wrinkles in my forties but I want my skin to glow and look hydrated. The more I use the products that help protect and even reverse some of the damage, the more my fine lines plump out naturally-this is always my goal!
BOOST vitamin C complex is what I use every single day, a.m. and p.m. to help me achieve the results I am looking for in an anti-aging product. In this active serum, I have combined other powerhouse antioxidants because vitamin C works synergistically with other antioxidants to make it more effective. This leads to more protection, repairing action and results. Using your vitamin C regularly and being consistent will give you the best results. Do you use a vitamin C in your skin care regimen?
I have been talking to a lot of people about their skin lately. I have been hearing the same thing as a theme and I wanted to talk about it here. Things like, my skin is so dull lately or it is looking lack luster. The skin is lacking that beautiful radiance every one is craving and I want to give you three simple tips to help you get your glow back!
If you have read my blog you will notice a constant reminder that what we put inside of our body matters! Whenever I notice a dullness or dehydrated skin I know I need to amp up my water intake. Drinking enough water, especially when drinking liquids like alcohol and coffee that are dehydrating, can help with plumper hydrated skin.
Moisture Binding Ingredients
I find when some people over exfoliate or strip the skin with harsh ingredients it has a negative impact on the skins appearance. I love using hydrating topical ingredients that not only moisturize but help keep the hydration intact throughout the day. One of the best ingredients I have found for that is Hyaluronic Acid. It protects the skin while delivering a power packed punch of hydration, plumping out fine lines and wrinkles. It is a super star glow maker.
Red Light Treatments
I have been a fan of the Red light for years! I love how powerful it can be for stimulating collagen and ultimately getting that glow back. You can get a treatment with a professional skin care therapist and they even have hand held devices that you can use at home, I love the brand LightStim. Some people report the best results 4-6 weeks out because the time it takes the collagen to regenerate. There are many other treatments out there as well, this one just happens to be completely non-invasive and natural.
A bonus tip and my secret weapon for a glowing skin is a great night sleep. After a full night of rest and good sleep my skin always looks so much better. What a difference it makes around my eyes and my overall appearance. So don't forget your zzzz's. Sleep is one of the best ways to get your glow back! What are your tricks when you feel you skin is lacking its glow?
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As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.