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Cold weather skincare tips for face and body

We’ve managed to creep right into fall right after summer kissed us goodbye a few weeks ago. All I can think about is how much sun damage I’ve incurred during my stay on Maui, where it seemed that my sunblock was useless! It’s time to transition into my fall skincare routine, which will focus on heavier moisturizer, fractional laser treatments at home, and a bit of body exfoliation. Oh yes, and don’t forget the sheet masks! I’ll share some of my skincare tips about transitioning your skincare treatments from summer to fall.

Let’s get right to it!

Moisturizer

Key ingredients for hydration

All of those mattifying and oil-controlling products may not need to be the center of your skin’s universe any longer. Once the cooler fall air arrives, the humidity levels drop and your skin becomes drier. Those gel and water-based moisturizers that you loved all summer are probably not going to offer enough moisture to keep your skin supple.

According to Dermstore.com, you should look for moisturizers and serums that contain hyaluronic acid, botanical oils, and ceramides that will help lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

Your cleanser should not strip the natural oils of your skin. Your mild daily cleanser option should be good enough to remove your makeup gently and exfoliate using a natural exfoliant (no granules!) with moisturizing properties.

As for treatment masks, fall is the perfect time to stock up on those! The main ingredient in your mask should be hyaluronic acid, which works to bind more water molecules to help restore moisture to the skin.

Let’s dive deeper into some products to help you achieve your best skin during the dry seasons ahead!

Tria Priming Cleanser

Daytime Regimen

CLEANSING: If you use a foaming cleanser in the morning, you may be using something that strips the beautiful natural oils of your face. There are a few important things you need to know about cleansing in general: 10 seconds of scrubbing isn’t going to do you any good. Massage your cleanser into your face for at least 60 seconds. This gives the product a chance to work and helps soften the skin. My favorite gel cleanser for morning and night is the Tria Priming Cleanser, which is designed to retain your skin’s moisture while preparing it for laser or makeup application. It contains willow bark extract which is a gentle, natural exfoliant–and it will help combat dryness.

TONER/SERUM: Remember I mentioned ceramides? You will definitely want a piece of this action when you read more about it. Ceramides work as a natural skin barrier that protects you against environmental aggressors while helping you retain moisture. It sounds like a dream ingredient, right? The amazing serum toner DR. JART+ Ceramidin Liquid contains a 5-Cera Complex to keep your skin plump with moisture. With all the rave reviews about it on Sephora’s website, this looks like the perfect product to prepare your skin for your daytime moisturizer.

MOISTURIZER: You will need to keep up with your sun exposure protection during fall and winter, so invest in a product that is going to give you at least SPF 30 broad-spectrum protection. The Murad Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA +++ is a good example of a day cream that will take care of sun exposure as well as providing anti-aging benefits with pomegranate and grape seed extracts.

If you would rather save some time applying your products in the AM, you will love a good tinted moisturizer. You’ll combat redness and discoloration while improving your skin at the same time with BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30. During clinical studies, this cream improved hydration 215% after just one week of use!

EYE CREAM: Don’t you dare forget eye cream! The cooler weather also drains the moisture from the skin around your eyes, so be sure to apply the Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream to prepare for makeup application and to hydrate the eye area. Also, it’s the BEST cream to use post-Eye Wrinkle Laser treatment–so soothing.

SmoothBeauty Lasers

Nighttime Regimen

If you read my previous blog post The Perfect Night Skincare Routine, you will know how important the nighttime regimen is.

CLEANSING: You will want to stick to your daytime cleanser and keep the suds gentle. You can use the Tria Priming Cleanser as a one-step cleanser to remove everything, including makeup. If you wear very heavy makeup, I swear by the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm to get rid of long-wear foundations and concealers. You would use this balm first, then cleanse with your regular cleanser.

TREATMENT: If you’re over 30, it’s time to start stimulating your collagen production (it starts declining at age 25!) with the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser and the Eye Wrinkle Laser. You will need to commit to the face laser 5 nights per week, and the Eye Wrinkle Laser daily in order to see maximum results. It is like having office treatments done in your own home at just a fraction of the cost. These lasers are key to restoring a brighter complexion while reducing lines and wrinkles.

MOISTURIZER: You may notice slightly more dryness when using a laser, so you will need to amp up your moisture at night. The Super C Brightening Moisturizer is specially developed with a unique oil-based form of Vitamin C and Hexylresorcinol to brighten and absorb. It also contains hyaluronic acid, that magic ingredient that helps your skin cling to moisture! If the moisturizer isn’t enough to combat your drier skin at night, you can opt to use a toner or serum-containing ceramides (like I mentioned in the “daytime” section) prior to your moisturizer.

REN AHA Renewal Serum

Don’t Forget the Rest of Your Body!

Make sure to carry your toners, serums, and moisturizers down to the neck area and décolleté, especially after all of the summer sun exposure to your chest area. Make sure to get that SPF on the neck and chest during the day, you don’t want to cause any further sun damage! I personally carry my foundation down to the neck and chest to even the skin tone to match my face.

Your body needs exfoliation all year round, but now that we’re heading into drier months, the body needs more care than usual. There are a couple products that I love to use to buff away dead skin cells. For hardcore buffing, the Baiden Mitten has been a staple in my body care routine for years–the dead skin literally rolls off in the shower! Made from natural fibers, the mitten is a great maintenance tool that you would use 2-3 times per month to maintain your glow. For daily body care, I love the REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum that contains lactic acid and xylitol which draws water molecules from within the skin to the surface for extra hydration.

You should definitely take the time to pay attention to your body, although you may not be showing much of it in the cold weather!

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Boost your collagen

How to boost your collagen for youthful skin

If you are a frequent skincare consumer (or read beauty articles), you’ve without a doubt read that collagen is essential for maintaining a youthful appearance. You know it’s vital to your skin, and you especially know it is something you need in your anti-aging routine. But what is collagen, and how can you really boost it? Does consuming it make you look younger, or is it a buzzword used in beauty marketing? Let’s take a closer look at collagen and what modern tools are needed to keep it flowing.

Different types of collagen

To simplify collagen’s definition, it is a protein that creates structure all over your body, including the structure of your face, fingernails, and bones. It acts as a cement that glues together cells to create supportive strands. Although there are 28 types of collagen in our body, there are only five significant types of collagen that are the most crucial.

According to renewalliance.com, Type I Collagen is the most abundant in our body (over 90%) and stronger than steel by weight. It is found in our skin, hair, nails, muscle, joints, and organs.

Type II Collagen makes up movable joints.

Type III (the so-called ‘baby collagen’) is the second most abundant collagen in human tissue.

Type IV forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane.

Type V is present in cell surfaces, hair and placenta.

Did you know that collagen was this important to your body as a whole? It is the key protein that creates beautiful and healthy-looking skin.

What happens to collagen as we age?Mature woman's skin

The bad news about collagen is that we lose it. When we turn about 25 years of age, our collagen production starts to put on the brakes a bit, then slows down dramatically after age 30. We lose about 1-2% of collagen each year after 30! You will inevitably compromise your collagen levels if you smoke cigarettes or get too much sun or pollution exposure.

When you start to see lines and wrinkles form on the face, your Type 1 and Type 5 collagen is starting to slow down in production. Usually, it is around this time when consumers begin to panic and buy every anti-aging cream on the market in hopes to reverse the damage. While the world isn’t going to end when you get crow’s feet, it may cause you to start to explore anti-aging options that are out on the market.

What can you do to boost collagen?

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to be the fountain of youth, but are you willing to go through expensive and exhaustive trials to find out? Here are two suggestions that combine natural collagen boosters along with some help from laser technology to help create firmer and more supple skin.

Zint Collagen

Supplements

One way many consumers get their daily dose of collagen is to consume it through supplements. This subject is controversial because there have not been many scientific studies done on the effects of consumed collagen yet. Studies that were conducted were performed on very small groups, although the results reported have so far been impressive.

A study done in 2014 of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who consumed 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen every day for two months showed improved elasticity of the skin compared with the group that did not take the collagen.

According to WebMD.com, U.S. consumers were expected to spend $122 million on collagen products in 2018–30% up from 2017. As you can see from this example, collagen supplements and products are a seriously growing trend–but according to doctors, the quality of the supplement is important.

According to WebMD.com, you should choose a collagen supplement from a company that chooses their bones and tissues from cage-free, free-range, and antibiotic-free sources. They also suggest that you shop around for a trusted brand with a third-party label, like NSF or USP. WebMD also suggests that you stay clear of collagen supplements that contain probiotics, fiber, or other types of additives which could interact with the collagen and make it less effective.

OrganicAuthority.com has a nice top 10 collagen supplements list, where their choices were determined using sources like the FDA and the non-GMO Project.

Laser technologyTria SmoothBeauty Age-Defying Laser

Today’s skin rejuvenating lasers, like Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face and the SmoothBeauty Eye Wrinkle Laser, are made to penetrate the surface of the skin using a non-ablative fractional laser that does not wound the skin as the stronger ablative laser does. These lasers have several benefits that include stimulating collagen production to fade wrinkles and smooth out the texture and exfoliating the surface of the skin to help brighten dark areas and give the skin a healthy glow.

How non-ablative fractional lasers work: The laser’s heat promotes collagen production, which triggers the skin to tighten up. Thousands of tiny columns are created by the fractional laser to stimulate a healing response, resulting in less visible crepey-ness and wrinkles along with a smoother texture.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), non-ablative laser treatments cost about $1,031 per session in the medical office, and it will take several sessions for most people in order to see good results. Tria’s SmoothBeauty Lasers for at-home use target beams of light deep within the skin to stimulate collagen production the same way that professional laser treatments do. In other words, you’re getting the same technology, but for a fraction of the cost of one session of laser treatment. No trips to the clinic and everything is done on your schedule!

Apply the sunscreen!

One more tip that will help you save your precious collagen: Use SPF 30 or more. A majority of your collagen is lost through UV exposure, so make sure you find a good SPF moisturizer or sunblock that you can wear daily.

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Summer Skincare Swaps For Glowing, Healthy Skin

Summer Skincare Swaps For Glowing, Healthy Skin

Summer is here and we are feeling the heat! The sweaters have all been packed away and slowly replaced by sandals and sundresses, pedicures are once again a monthly—nay weekly—necessity. But there are other important, yet often overlooked changes that should occur, but don’t. We’re talking about your skincare. Think your creamy, ultra-hydrating night cream is a necessity in the summer? Think again. And how do you plan to deal with the inevitable moisture and makeup buildup that accumulates on your face on those particularly hot, sticky summer days? We’ve got you covered—read on to find out which skincare swaps you need to make as we head our way into summer!

Consider Breaking Up With Your Razor Forever

You are never, ever, ever getting back together with your razor after this summer. Try at home hair removal this season to guarantee smooth, silky skin all year round without the hassle of shaving, waxing or epilating ever again. Not sure where to start? Check out our Hair Removal to see what device works best for you.

Swap Your Moisturizer For Something Lighter

Unless you live in a literal year-round beach paradise, we’re guessing that you use a thicker, creamier moisturizer to give your skin an extra dose of hydration in the cold winter months. But with climbing temperatures and intense humidity, your skin will start retaining more moisture, meaning that your favorite wintertime moisturizer will leave you feeling swampy—not chic. Instead, opt for a lightweight hyaluronic acid based moisturizer, which will absorb into the skin without leaving an oily sheen.

Say Goodbye To Your Foundation

Remember that bit about your skin retaining more moisture in the summer? The same thing applies with your foundation. Come June and July, your go-to cream and liquid foundations will buildup and cause breakouts. Tinted moisturizer or a lightweight powder foundation will feel much fresher—your skin will thank you.

Step Out With Clear, Confident Skin

Yes, we want you to get rid of your foundation but we know it’s sometimes hard if you are not feeling confident in your skin. Good news, we have a 3-step system that will have your skin glowing. Try the Tria 3-Step Acne Clearing System that uses gentle blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria and natural botanical topicals for cleansing and spot treatment.

Stock Up On SPF

Would this be a summer skincare blog without a single mention of sunscreen? A critical step to any skincare routine year-round, sunscreen is particularly important during the summer months when the sun is at its peak strength. Apply generously to your face, neck, hands and any other area of skin that will be exposed during the day.

Give Yourself A Harm-Free Glow

There is nothing more coveted than that “I-Just-Got-Back-From-Vacation” sun-kissed glow, but sunbathing comes at a price. Rather than risk skin cancer and accelerated aging, treat yourself to a gorgeous glow using one of the many self-tanning products on the market. Apply lightly and regularly for a gradual—and natural!—transition that will make you the envy of the office.

 

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Healthy Aging

Healthy-Aging: You’ll Be Thankful You Loved Your Skin Today

When you think of aging, what comes to mind?

Wrinkled faces, sun damage, nursing homes, achy joints, your mom constantly treating those crow lines around her eyes?

All true. Aging pertains to each and every part of your body: Hair, skin, nails, internal organ health, your brain…the list goes on.

Today we want to focus on your body part that usually showcases aging the most: your skin.

Your skin is so so so important. For starters, it is your body’s largest organ. So with that in mind, in terms of aging healthy, you should be protecting your entire body: hands, feet, face, ears, eyelids, legs, neck, chest, etc.

First off, do not panic if you have not been taking care of your skin. Whether you are 20, 30 or 40, you can always make the change early on to prevent the negative effects of aging. It’s better to start now then wait until those first wrinkles make their appearance.

Let’s start with two hard, simple facts to consider when discussing aging, focusing on internal and external factors:

Internally: The first is that as you age naturally, all body processes begin to slow down, especially skin cell repair. When you are younger, your body works to produce collagen and elastin to make your skin moist, elastic and wrinkle free (can we stay young forever?!) However, as you grow older these two powerhouse proteins are produced way less, and without sufficient amounts you are prone to wrinkles. Actually, starting in your late 20’s, you lose up to 1.5% collagen every year.
Externally: The second, is that the sun is the main factor that causes skin damage to ALL parts of your body. When protecting your body from the sun, you need to think about places like your eyelids, lips, hands and feet that show signs of aging just as much as your face.

 

What small steps can I take today to help my skin age healthily? (Yes, today).

It’s 2018 and you finally need to understand that effective sun protection is the foundation of every anti-aging plan. Do not go tanning (indoor or outdoor), be sure to wear sunglasses outside to protect the skin around your eyes, cover up with SPF sunscreen and/or clothing when being subjected to sunny conditions.

Washing your face and following with a moisturizer morning and night will make a difference. Even if you do not suffer from acne, cleansing your skin is great for overall skin appearance. As skin gets older, it tends to dry out more, so applying a daily moisturizer will trap water within your skin. Do these two together; slathering moisturizer on dirty skin will trap the dirt. Washing your face without applying moisturizer will leave you clean, but more prone to dry, wrinkled skin later on.

If you are already experiencing signs of aging, rest assured there are incredible products available that can help. From effective, convenient laser technology to serums,  you can combat your wrinkles and fine lines from the comfort of your own home.

 

What lifestyle changes can I take to help my skin age healthily?

If you are really serious about healthy aging (which you should be) you can make lifestyle changes that will leave you better in the long run! Eating healthy foods (lean protein, fruits, and veggies, healthy fats) and getting enough beauty sleep work together to make you look your best on the outside and feel your best on the inside.

Lastly, if you are a smoker stop immediately. Besides the other numerous, proven negative side effects of smoking that affect all parts of your body, the toxins within cigarettes lead to dry, loose skin with a leathery appearance.

So, unless you are blessed with incredible, wrinkle-free genes and/or never laugh or smile, then you will have wrinkles and show signs of aging. And they will appear without you expecting it.

Aging will happen to everyone. But the true magic lies in what you do about it now! Wear sunscreen, drink water, laugh, smile and treat your skin like the gift that it is.

 

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