4 Ways To Instantly Transform Your Skin

Transform your skin at home

If you’ve noticed your skin needs a little pick-me-up and a visit to the skin spa isn’t in the budget, I’ve got some great news for you! Great skin care doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

What your facialist doesn’t want you to know, is there are 5 ways to instantly (or pretty close to it) transform your skin at home without leaving you broke.  

Stay Hydrated

Probably the most important thing you can do for your skin is to keep it hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This is especially true as we get older, because our skin gradually loses it’s ability to hold moisture. Because our bodies are made mostly of water, it’s critical to replace it.

So how do you know how much water to drink? Some count 8-10 glasses, but I personally carry a 16 oz. bottle of water with me everywhere I go and keep it filled so I can drink throughout the day. The key to avoid dehydration is to drink before you “feel” thirsty.

Avoid The Sun

Our skin takes a real beating when we’re in the sun. Too much of it not only damages our skin, it makes it look dry and tired, leaving us looking old. Think you’re OK because you never burn?

Not so fast. Tanned skin is sun damage in disguise. The bronze skin you’re enjoying today will eventually show up as sun spots tomorrow, so don’t forget to grab your hat before heading to the beach.

Get Your  C

Adding a serum with Vitamin C to your skincare routine is another beautiful way to care for your skin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights the signs of aging by completely neutralizing free radicals. When looking for a serum, choose one with Vitamin C Ester, for tighter, brighter, younger looking skin.

Get Your Z’s

You may have heard the lack of sleep affects brain function, but it’s also been proven to be the culprit of poor overall skin health. When we don’t get the sleep our bodies crave, our skin creates the stress hormone Cortisol, and more Cortisol leads to body stress, inflammation and eventually skin conditions like Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema. Yikes!

With so many things in life out of our control, isn’t it great to know we have a say in the care and health of our skin? What do you do for your skin at home? Share it with me below!

 

 

 

Do This Today to Prevent Wrinkles Tomorrow

Aging SkinWe’re all getting a little older each day. It is what it is. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s completely out of our control.

Or is it?

While we can’t stop the aging process, there are things we can do to slow it down.

Today we’re going to talk about the things we can do today to prevent wrinkles tomorrow.

  1. Stay hydrated

As we age, our skin loses its ability to keep moisture, so it’s so very important we put it right back by drinking those 8 glasses of water a day you keep hearing about.

Think you already drink enough? If you ever find yourself feeling thirsty, you’re not. By then you’ve already become dehydrated.

2. Don’t Pull

Our skin becomes loose and begins to sag as we get older. This means we need to treat our skin with kid gloves; by using a gentle approach when washing or drying our face. We can easily do just that by gently wiping our face clean in a circular motion rather than scrubbing and pulling the skin downward.

3. Rest a little easier

Another way to treat our skin gently is to take note how we sleep at night. Sleeping on your back is best for your skin because you’re not laying on it.

But, if you’re at all like me; a die hard side sleeper, all isn’t lost. Laying on a silky pillowcase is the next best thing.

4. Fight no matter what

The biggest reason our skin ages so quickly is it’s exposure to pollution and free radicals in the environment. You can protect your skin by using skincare products that fight them. Here’s where it really pays to read ingredient labels!

Be sure your products contain a combination of anti-oxidants such as these:

  • Green Tea Extract
  • Coenzyme (CoQ10)
  • Acai Oil
  • Caffeine
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Alpha-hydroxy Acid

5. Use this every day

You probably already guessed sunscreen made the list. But, did you know sunscreen isn’t enough?

It’s not that you use it, it’s more how you use it that counts. Your sunscreen is most effective when:

  • it isn’t older than 1 year
  • you use the highest spf available
  • you reapply every 15 minutes when out in the sun for long periods of time
  • you reapply after getting out of the pool, lake or ocean
  • your product contains sun block which unlike sunscreen alone protects from both UVA and UVB rays

What do you do specifically to fight aging skin? Share your comments below.

5 Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Skin

modern senior woman with hand on her face

I remember putting on my makeup as usual the morning of my 40th birthday. I had it down to a science!

This time however, it was all wrong!  It was as if I suddenly forgot what I was doing; as if my face was no longer my own.  

The color seemed off, my blush placement was off, and I was looking “older”.  

Mature skin. I knew it was coming; I just thought I had more time.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m comfortable with my age of 48. I’ve earned my laugh lines; every one of them!  

I just didn’t realize there would come a time when everything I knew about makeup would change. So the research began.  I read countless blogs, and yes: even watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to see what they were doing.

Then the real research began.

I came across a book written by Lois Joy Johnson; a top beauty editor and Sandy Linter; a celebrity makeup artist entitled: Makeup Wakeup. Revitalizing Your Look At Any Age.  It was like they wrote it for me.  

This book literally changed my life, and the way I see myself in the mirror these days. After reading it, I knew there were other women out there encouraged and confident about aging gracefully. Although there are countless makeup tips in this book, I decided to highlight my top 5 faves; the top 5 makeup tips and tricks for mature skin.

The Problem: The Apples Are Gone! Well, Not Really

We’ve been told to “apply blush to the apples of our cheeks.” That phrase has been around for as long as time itself, but who knew that they, along with our other body parts would one day no longer be front and center?

The Fix: We must now apply our blush on top our cheek bones because our apples are lower than they were yesterday!

The Problem: Powder Is Not Your Friend!

This might take some getting used to!  By powder, I mean conventional finishing powders that contain talc and cornstarch.  Too much can make the skin appear older as these powders settle into fine lines and can further dry out the skin. The exception to this powder rule is Mineral Powder which settles on top of the skin; not into it.  

When using a mineral powder foundation, be sure to brush the excess powder away with a clean powder brush, concentrating on areas where powder likes to settle; around the nose, mouth and brows.

The Fix: Use finishing powder on your T-Zone and under the cheeks; never over them. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and supple your skin looks when you cut back on the powder.

The Problem: Foundation Is Now A Must, But You May Need to Change It Up

We used to be able to face the day with a fresh face right out of the shower.  Those days are now gone. Foundation can give you fresher, healthier looking skin while minimizing the look of sun damage.

The Fix:  Remember the days when you applied foundation evenly all over your face?  Forget it. These days your foundation must work harder than your concealer. 

It must be applied sheer in some areas, and layered in others where you need better coverage.  Apply it before concealer.  You may be surprised at how much less concealer you’ll use.  

Try to stay away from cool shades that contain pink. At this stage in the game, pink looks pink no matter how you apply it. Gear towards warmer shades like honey, almond, nude, etc..

Warmer shades make your skin look healthier. Consider boosting your shade a couple of notches.  Most women choose foundation shades too light for them.

You don’t want your foundation shade to just disappear into the skin.  A little more color makes the skin look youthful and warm.

The Problem: Over-Correcting the Flaws

Dark circles under the eyes and signs of sun damage can be corrected, but can be easily overdone.  Too much concealer and/or corrector tends to look heavy and cakey, which accentuates flaws and wrinkles.

The Fix: Most women use more concealer than foundation, and in our younger years, we can get away with it.  If you must use a concealer, apply foundation first, starting at the jawline and working in.  Lightly press your concealer/corrector over the areas of concern with a small concealer brush.  Do not brush over them, as you will wipe it away. Follow with a light layer of foundation to even out the skin tone.  

If you need to conceal under eye circles, consider using a highlighting wand as opposed to a concealer/corrector underneath the eyes to brighten them.  Liquid highlighter is thinner in consistency than concealer.  It’s light reflecting properties will deflect attention from this area while looking smooth and not overdone.

The Problem: Over-plucking the Brows

Most women at some point go overboard when cleaning up their brows. I used to be serious offender!  

When I look back at photos from the 80’s and 90’s, I cringe when seeing those untamed brows. Brows are so important as they frame the face, making you look more youthful.  

The Fix: If you’re a serious brow plucker like I was, step away from the magnifying mirror and allow time for regrowth.  Be patient. This takes time. In the meantime, learn to reshape your brows.  

Only 3 things need to be done to maintain your brows. Correct the overall shape, fill sparse areas and control coarse hairs.  

Filling in the areas that need regrowth can be done with a pencil or brow powder.  I prefer to use brow powder because it doesn’t look drawn on and appears more natural.  Choose a shade that matches your natural brow color or one shade lighter.

Fill in the bare areas first and then cover the entire brow lightly with a brow brush to keep color consistency.  Don’t try to make one brow mirror the other.  Each brow is different and creates character.

Although we’ve not covered all there is to know about managing aging skin with makeup, this is a great place to start.  What are your favorite youthful looking beauty tips? Share them below and let’s get the conversation started!

Reference: Makeup Wakeup by Joy Johnson and Sandy Linter

The 5 Things You’re Doing That Make You Look Old

Comparison portrait of a woman without and with makeup

It’s a fact. We all age; it’s inevitable. While we can’t stop the clock, there are steps we can take to age “gracefully”. Problem is, you may be sabotaging your efforts to look young and not even know it!

1. YOU’RE DRINKING TOO MUCH SODA

I know. There are days when only a soda will do to quench your thirst. You’ve heard there is absolutely no nutritional value to soda, but did you know that along with other carbonated beverages, it also dehydrates your skin? Think of it this way, even if you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, you’re cancelling out 2 of those glasses for every glass of soda you drink.

2. YOU’RE SKIPPING THE HAND CREAM

You probably expected me to say you’re skipping the facial moisturizer, when in fact, it’s the lack of hand cream that’s a dead giveaway!  But, don’t take my word for it, test it yourself and do a side-by-side comparison of your hands after putting hand cream on one of them. Scary, isn’t it?

3. YOU’RE STILL TANNING

Any Dermatologist will tell you that a tanned skin is sun damaged skin, even if you don’t burn. Remember too that the sun you knew 30 years ago isn’t the sun of today. And, with the continuous depletion of the earth’s ozone layer, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. YOU’RE WEARING THE WRONG SHADE OF FOUNDATION

Get to know your skin’s undertone. It’s either pink, yellow, neutral or caramel.  When you wear a foundation that has a different undertone than your skin, it will be very obvious, especially in natural light. And, continuing to wear the wrong shade draws attention to you, your skin, and those fine lines.

5. YOU’RE NOT EXFOLIATING

Everyone knows the key to younger skin is moisturizer, moisturizer, moisturizer, right? But did you know it can’t absorb into your skin when you apply it on top of dead skin? So, how do you know if you’re doing that? Our skin replenishes itself about every 3 days, so if you use your facial scrub or micro-derm abrasion twice a week, you’re good!

Do you have a beauty routine you swear by to age gracefully? I’d love to hear it! Please leave a comment below, and if you loved this article, there’s more I’d love to share with you!
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