Here are three skin care habits that should be continued all year long.
Daily sunscreen is imperative for healthy skin. Sun exposure not only leads to skin cancer, but to aging, hyperpigmentation, capillary damage, free radical damage and collagen and elastin deterioration. Daily sunscreen can be in moisturizer form and comes in all weights and formulas. Allure Aesthetics Advanced Protection SPF 30 is designed to lighty hydrate your delicate skin with natural ingredients. It is developed for the face and the body.
Exfoliating is an important step to a smoother skin texture. Removing dead skin from the surface of the skin will allow other products to absorb quickly. The removal of dry, dead, surface cells can help the skin in the following ways:
- It makes the skin smoother.
- It facilitates the extraction of matter that clogs pores.
- A faster cell turnover rate brings cells to the surface more rapidly.
- It improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
- It helps product penetration which makes the ingredients in your skin care products more effective.
Allure Aesthetics Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish gently cleanses and exfoliates in order to prevent pores from becoming clogged. It contains a high-powered antioxidant fruit blend and anti-aging peptides that provides new ways to quench the skin’s need for free radical fighting power.
Moisturizers seal and protect the surface of the skin. Even oily skin needs hydration or it will overcompensate for dryness and produce more oil or become dehydrated. Allure Aesthetics Herbal Silk Moisturizer is a silky moisturizer that leaves a light protective moisture barrier that helps smooth skin texture.
Everyone knows sunscreen is important but there are still five places lots of people miss! Next time you’re lathering up, avoid an awkward burn by remembering these five spots:
- Scalp – Sunscreen in your hair can be a nightmare, but it’s better than a burnt, itchy scalp. Try a gel or spray sunscreen instead of lotion.
- Ears – When we apply sunscreen to our face we usually just cover the center. Don’t forget to lotion your lobes.
- Hands – Yes, the things you use to apply the sunscreen are often forgotten! Remember to cover the top of your hands!
- Feet – Besides the fact that a flip-flop tan can look weird, a burnt foot can hurt! Apply sunscreen to the toes and top of your feet.
- Behind Your Knees – A burn behind the knee can make it uncomfortable to walk. Give this spot the attention it deserves.
Home Care Facial Protocol
Allure Aesthetics skin care products contain specially chosen natural herbal extracts, specialty ingredients and aromatherapy essential oils that are blended with water-based emulsions to provide results. No sensitizing fragrances are used.
1. Cleanse – Apply Oxygen Revitalizing Cleanser to remove all facial make up around face and neck. Rinse completely with tepid or warm damp towel.
2. Tone – Apply Vital Hydrant Toner. Spray several pumps of mist to flat cotton pad and apply small gentle upward sweeping motion to face and neck.
3. Exfoliate – Use a quarter size Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish and massage in gentle upward motion to face and neck area. Do not use pressure while massaging. Massage for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse completely with tepid or warm damp towel.
4. Address eye areas – Apply a small amount of Refreshing Anti-Puff Eye Gel to eye area. Carefully apply to top and bottom of the eye not too close to the lash line.
Final step – Apply Herbal Silk Moisturizer and Advance Protection SPF 30.
Keratosis Pilaris, also known as chicken skin bumps, is a common condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles.
Symptoms include :
- small white or red bumps typically on the upper arms or thighs
- dry, rough and sometimes itchy skin in the areas with bumps
- worsening in the winter when humidity is low and skin tends to be drier
Best Treatments Include:
Cleanse – use a mild cleansing lotion to provide moisture and prevent dry, red irritations
Exfoliate – professional micro exfoliation treatments gently removes the outer layer of dead skin cells leaving a smoother texture
Moisturize – use moisturizer frequently and avoid any products that might dry the skin.
Acne, a skin disorder of the sebaceous glands, is characterized by comedones and blemishes and is a hereditary trait which is also triggered by hormonal changes.
Acne ranges from mild breakouts to disfiguring cysts and scarring. Causes of acne include the following:
- clogged pores – a plug of mixed dead skin cells and sebum in the follicle.
- bacteria – when follicles are blocked with sebum and dead skin cell build-up, oxygen cannot reach the bottom of the follicle, resulting in bacteria growth.
- cosmetics and products – moisturizers and sunscreens should be water based.
Acne is broken down into four grades. The number of lesions, comedones, papules, pustules or cysts present determines the severity of the acne.
- Grade I – Minor breakouts, mostly open comedones, some closed comedones and a few papules and pustules.
- Grade II – Many closed comedones, more open comedones and more papules and pustules.
- Grade III – Red and inflamed, many papules and pustules.
- Grade IV – Cystic acne. Cysts with comedones, papules, pustules and inflammation are present.
Hormonal changes, stress and certain foods may aggravate acne.
- Hormones – during puberty, androgens stimulate sebaceous glands and testosterone causes an increase in oil production. Adult acne is more common in females. Hormonal fluctuations from birth control pills, premenstrual changes, pregnancy and menopause can lead to acne inflammation in women.
- Stress – stress causes hormonal fluctuations and increased sebum production.
- Foods – eating fresh vegetables and fruits and increasing water intake seem to help those with acne experience fewer breakouts.
- Irritations – pressure or friction from rubbing or touching the face, phone use, or wearing hats can contribute to acne breakouts. Dirty pillow or makeup brushes can also transfer bacteria to the face. Keeping hands and items that touch the face clean can help keep the skin from breaking out more.
In the field of skin care, we define the process of removing excess accumulations of dead cells from the outer layers of the skin as superficial peeling. Peels are used to control skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, clogged pores, eczema and dry skin.
After treatment, skin looks and feels smoother and softer. Peels dramatically enhance the skin’s health and appearance. After having a peel, you should not necessarily expect to “peel.” However, you might have light flaking in a few localized areas for a couple of days. Most clients who undergo these treatments have only residual redness for anywhere from one to twelve hours.
Getting better results from your anti-aging products can be as easy as following a few simple tips from dermatologists:
- Wear Sunscreen Every Day – The sun’s rays can accelerate signs of aging.
- Do Not Tan – Tanning causes wrinkles, age spots, a blotchy complexion and skin cancer.
- Moisturize – Moisturizing traps water in the skin which makes your complexion look brighter and younger.
- Use As Directed – Active ingredients can do more harm than good when too much is used.
- Stop Using Products That Burn Or Sting – Irritating the skin makes signs of aging more noticeable.
- Limit The Number Of Products – Using too many products on your skin tends to irritate the skin.
It is important to allow time for products to work. While a moisturizer can immediately plump up fine lines, most products take at least six weeks to work and sometimes it can take three months.
As we age, our skin goes through significant changes as a result of shifts in hormone balance. Microcirculation is affected by this balance.
As women enter perimenopause in their 40s and continue into menopause (50s) there is a decrease in estrogen. As estrogen depletes, the skin begins to lose its tone, all tissues begin to thin, vascular and capillary walls begin to weaken, there is less moisture in the tissues, cell turnover is reduced and protective pigment lessens.
Hormone replacement is often suggested for women experiencing menopause. These therapies may be derived from animal-source estrogens and plant-source estrogens. Estrogens from plants are about 400 times weaker than animal estrogens.
Hormonal changes are the cause of the microcirculation problems that are common in mature skin. One such problem is red blotches and rosacea. Some of the causes of couperose veins are:
- sun damage
- harsh cosmetics
- heat/cold fluctuations
- topical corticosteroids
These all lead to permanent dilation of the capillaries. The following ingredients are proven to have a positive effect on mature and rosacea skin:
- green tea
- squalane oil – rich in vitamins A,D, and E
Microcirculation problems are best controlled with a combination of medical therapies, including in-office treatments, daily care products and lifestyle considerations.
The cosmetic industry is continually developing new products to improve the appearance of the skin. The products you use can make a significant difference in the skin’s health and appearance. You need to make decisions about products that will best suit your skin type.
When products are used correctly, results are more noticeable. Performance ingredients, sometimes called active ingredients, are ingredients that benefit the skin. Hypoallergenic describes ingredients that may be less likely to cause allergies. Noncomedogenic will not clog pores or cause blackheads.
These ingredients can usually be tolerated by sensitive skin. Try them one at a time.
- Green Tea
- Licorice Extract
If you have normal skin use products with these ingredients to get the best results:
- Algae Extract
- Sodium Hyaluronate
- Glycolic Acid
Soothe, relieve and moisturize dry skin with products that contain:
- Lactic Acid
Don’t over-dry oily skin. Use products that contain:
- Salicylic Acid
- Tea Tree Oil
- Glycolic Acid
- Benzol Peroxide
- Hyaluronic Acid
Most effective ingredients to fight acne:
- Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Salicylic Acid
- Tea Tree Oil
There are countless skin care ingredients and hundreds of product lines from which to choose. Choosing the correct product formula is important to effectively and safely treat the skin. Knowing which ingredients are best for your skin type will make it easier to choose the right skin care products that your skin must have.
If your cheeks are red and irritated without blushing, here are some suggestions to help calm rosacea. Our skin is the main line of defense between us and the environment. This protective organ can be compromised:
- by harsh climates
- offending pollutants
- highly aggressive topical products
- and ever-present UV radiation
When exposed to extreme conditions our skin can become inflamed, sensitized and irritated. Various skin conditions can also cause redness and sensitivity in skin. People with conditions such as dermatitis or rosacea should be very aware of the triggers of their condition. Some of the more common triggers that should be avoided include:
- spicy foods
- hot liquids
- hot baths and showers
- excessive vigorous exercise
Caring for red, irritated skin should start with a gentle and refreshing cleansing of the face each morning. Sufferers should use a mild cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive and spread it with their fingertips. A soft pad or washcloth can also be used, but avoid rough washcloths, loofahs, brushes or sponges.
Next, rinse the face with lukewarm water and blot it dry with a thick cotton towel. Never pull, tug, scratch or treat the face harshly. Sufferers should let their face air dry for several minutes before applying any topical medication.
While there is no cure for rosacea, there are treatments available that can control or eliminate red, irritated skin. Allure Aesthetics offers a gentle TCA peel that is a wonderful choice to help promote healthy skin and reduce inflammation. Red, sensitive skin is best controlled with a combination of medical therapies, including in-office chemical peel treatments, daily care products and lifestyle considerations.