Kick your moisturizer into high gear!

As Fall approaches and the cooler temps kick in, I start to swap out my lighter clothing for thicker, warmer clothing.  Just as I turn to heavier clothing, I also turn to heavier moisturizer.  The cooler temps bring drier air and can wreak havoc on our skin as it craves more moisture.  I make sure to do the following to help alleviate itchy, dry skin: use a heavier, cream-based moisturizer;  moisturize while my skin is still damp; and, continue to layer skincare products from thinnest to thickest.  I also add a few deep moisturizing masques to my weekly routine.  Lastly, I continue to exfoliate.  You can add the best moisturizer in the world to your skincare routine but, if you don’t exfoliate and get rid of the dead skin that we are meant to shed, you are wasting your product and your money.

~Skincare Warrior

Warrior tip:  Apply a few drops of argan or coconut oil to your moisturizer and apply it after a warm (never too hot) shower/bath.

 

Vitamins for your skin’s health

I recently blogged about the benefits of using a Vitamin C skincare product which got me thinking about the importance of other vitamins when it comes to skincare.  It seems that when it comes to vitamins, Vitamin C isn’t the only one with benefits, here are some others:

Vitamin B Complex: Taking a Vitamin B Complex or foods rich in Vitamin B (oats, potatoes, avocados, eggs, lentils) can help with tightening sagging skin.  Adding a skincare product containing Vitamin B can improve your overall skin tone and help to keep it hydrated.

Vitamin A: This is probably the most well-known vitamin for skincare.  When you take in adequate amounts of Vitamin A, the skin produces more collagen and as a result assists with keeping the skin plump.  Adding a Vitamin A derived skincare product to your regimen can increase collagen production, help diminish fine lines and tighten the skin.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is known for its anti-aging prevention and its ability to safeguard the skin against free radical damage.   Vitamin E not only tightens the skin but infuses moisturizing properties into the skin.

Vitamin K: Vitamin K is probably best known for remedying dark circles.  As we age, our skin gets thinner and collagen production decreases causing loss of elasticity. Vitamin K assists with maintaining the acid protein in our skin and assist with wrinkle prevention.

If you are interested in adding vitamins to your skincare routine, I suggest checking out your local healthfood store.   One of my favorite (and affordable) vitamin based skincare lines is Dermae.  On the Dermae website you can search for products by key ingredients.

Whether you choose to increase your vitamin intake through supplements, eating more vitamin enriched foods or adding a topical vitamin skincare product to your regimen, you can’t go wrong with vitamins and the overall effect it can have on your skin.

~Skincare warrior

HydraFacials….here’s what you need to know

Hydrafacials are becoming increasingly more popular. It seems that more and more spas are offering the ‘HydraFacial.’ Recently, my esthetician offered me a hydraderm facial. I was not familiar with this type of facial and was interested to find out more. I learned that similar to microdermabrasion, the hydraderm facial removes dead skin by exfoliation, however, the HydraFacial simultaneously deeply infuses the skin with toner, serum and oxygen giving the skin an instant, youthful glow. A series of HydraFacials can greatly improve aging skin by smoothing wrinkles and scars, diminishing age spots, shrinking pores and evening out complexion.

I always love the way my skin looks a few days after my facial and microdermabrasion, but with the HydraFacial I found I had an instant glow and my skin was significantly hydrated. After only one HydraFacial, I can see why this has become the latest craze and Hollywood’s current ‘go to facial.’  The results speak for themselves.

If you are looking to instantly hydrate your skin after a long winter of dry air and indoor heat, I highly recommend trying the HydraFacial. I found two medspas in my area both offering the HydraFacial for $99. I promise that with this investment you will see an immediate return on your money.

~Skincare warrior

Warrior tip: Be extra conscious and diligent to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen after any type of microdermabrasion.

Jade rollers: do they really work?

Lately, ‘ve been obsessed with Asian skincare videos.  It’s hard not to envy their porcelain, taut and even-toned skin. I do think their high fiber, vegetable based diets together with a large consumption of green tea has a direct affect on their glowing skin. However, the Asian culture has been practicing holistic skincare for centuries. One tool they tout as having anti-aging benefits is the jade roller.  There must be a reason why this skincare tool has been around since the 17th century. The Chinese began using the jade roller for its healing properties.  However, over time it became a popular skincare tool used to help drain lymphatic fluid, depuff the eyes, and improve the skin’s elasticity. It’s been 2 weeks since I started rolling and I have to say I really like it.  Here’s why:

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Just like that refreshed feeling of splashing your face with cold water in the morning,  the cold stone feels so good sliding across my face.  I can honestly say that it instantly helps with my sleep wrinkles and relaxes my facial muscles (I tend to hold mouth tension while I sleep). I struggle with under eye bags and the roller helps to flatten the overnight fluid accumulation.  I’ve even done a test and I would love for you to try it too (if you decide to buy a jade roller). Look at your face in the a.m. and notice any puffiness, sleep wrinkles or swelling. Next, roll just one side of your face from the center of your face to your hairline i.e., start at the center of your chin and roll to your hairline, repeat this a few times; then roll from the center of your lips to your hairline, repeat this a few times; continue rolling from the center of your face to your hairline until you have finished one side.  For the eyes, you want to use the smaller roller and go from the inner eye to the outer eye pushing the fluid toward the temple.  After you are done, go back to the mirror and compare it to the unrolled side. Now doesn’t the side you rolled look fresh, a little tighter and less puffy? NOW, DON’T FORGET TO DO THE OTHER SIDE.

Most jade rollers I’ve looked at are about $10 (I got mine at Marshalls). I’m not sure that all jade rollers are made with actual jade stone but I think using a cold stone to flatten and roll fluid accumulation after a night’s sleep makes a difference.  So why not try it especially since it’s super affordable and takes less than a minute of your day.

I would love to hear your comments.  Happy rolling!

~Skincare warrior

Warrior tip:  I keep my jade roller in the fridge so that it’s super cold!

Vitamin C Skincare

Most of us know Vitamin C (a/k/a ascorbic acid) as a supplement that boosts the immune system and contains antioxidants. However, Vitamin C has become one of the most popular ingredients in today’s skincare products. I have seen so many skincare lines that have started carrying a “C” line.  The antioxidants found in Vitamin C can help neutralize free radicals (molecules that cause aging and tissue damage), prevent future sun damage, promote new collagen, visibly reduce signs of aging and alleviate inflammation.

As I’ve learned about the benefits of Vitamin C skincare, I’ve taken the step of adding it to my daily routine. After sampling various moisturizers and creams, I’ve found that a serum containing Vitamin C seems to be the most beneficial as it’s thinner in consistency and more easily absorbed. Similar to retinols, Vitamin C products can be harsh for sensitive skin. I suggest starting off with a Vitamin C product a few times a week and then increasing frequency to build up your skin’s tolerance.

As I mentioned in past posts, one of my favorite OTC product lines is LaRoche Posay. I really like their ActiveC10 which is thin and serum-like and absorbs quickly into my skin. One of Skinceuticals most popular products is C E Feurilic. Studies have shown that the feurilic acid stabilizes the Vitamin C and, therefore, boosts its efficacy.  Vitamin C tends to oxidize quickly and can lose its potency so it’s important that it’s properly packaged and stored. If you decide to add a Vitamin C product to your regimen, I suggest making sure that it’s in a sealed container that needs to be pumped or squeezed out to help avoid oxidation.

With Spring approaching and lighter colored foundations just around the corner, now is a perfect time to add a Vitamin C product to your daily routine to rid your skin of pigmented spots and reveal a healthier looking you. If you are currently using a retinol, I suggest using your Vitamin C product during the day and your retinol product at night.

Reminder….applying sunscreen on a daily basis is always a necessity for younger looking skin but especially if you are using Vitamin C products.
~Skincare Warrior

Warrior tip: When it comes to applying products think thin followed by thick. Apply thinner products before applying heavier thicker products i.e., serums then moisturizers then sunblock.

Bakuchiol…the retinol alternative you need to know about

As I’ve blogged about previously, I consider retinol the tried and true ‘fountain of youth.’  Retinol is in a league of its own when it comes to anti-aging and is a skincare routine necessity.  However, I know many of you (including myself) who have struggled with its harsh side effects. It took years to tweak my skincare regime to be able to start and stop my use of retinol without having to deal with the side effects of dry, flaky, irritated and red skin. For those of you who swore it off because of its irritating side effects, let me share some good news….BAKUCHIOL! This exciting skincare newby is a plant-based, natural alternative to retinol. Skincare lines are now introducing anti-aging products containing Bakuchiol because it has the same benefits as retinol without the harsh side effects.

Strivectin recently released its  Starlight retinol night oil which is a Bakuchiol based anti-aging oil. Studies released by Strivectin showed that those who used the product had zero irritation while all subjects saw 100% improvement in fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture. OLEHENRIKSEN has also released  Glow Cycle Retin-Alt Power Serum which is a blend of Bakuchiol, alpha hydroxy acids and extracts that help to lighten sunspots and targets fine lines and wrinkles.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this news with you. If you are one of many who have had a negative experience with retinol and have sworn it off, why not consider one of these products containing Bakuchiol and start seeing your renewed skin today!  Click on this link Glowsly for a list of 10 products (including the ones I’ve mentioned above) that all contain Bakuchiol.

~Skincare Warrior

Skincare Warrior saving$ alert

As I’ve shared before, I never like to pay full price for skincare products (or anything for that matter).  I’d rather put my hard-earned money into a vacation fund or a special night out and a memory.  I try to closely follow sales, discounts and promos.  Today (and I mean today only until midnight) you can go to https://gmadeals.com/ and get up to 50% off of m-61 powerful skincare.  This is a fantastic deal. m-61 has a line of products that are loaded with peptides, glycolic acids, plant extracts and other healthy, anti-aging propertes.  If you are looking for a serum or need a new moisturizer or looking to tuck some gifts away for your fav girlfriend, go to their website today at https://gmadeals.com/ while they are half off.  Plus shipping is free!

Lastly, I don’t get anything for sharing this w/you except the satisfaction of saving other  hardworking consumers a few $$$$.

Happy savings!

~Skincare Warrior