A revolution in skin care

Take Better Care of Your Skin

Have you made your beauty resolutions?  

It feels like every year we make a list, check it twice, and get motivated to take better care of our skin. But by February, those best laid plans are usually overlooked. Life, work, kids, boyfriends tend to get in the way and we’re all just so busy (and sometimes lazy). 

Here are our 5 rules for making this year a great skin experience:

Debride your bathroom cabinet

You know those jars of cream, tubes or gels and bottles of lotion that are stuffed into your medicine cabinet and making it hard to find things in the morning? It’s a perfect time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last six months. If it is expired, ditch it. If you haven’t used it and it is still good, give it to a deserving friend. Keep only the best products that you love to use and work well for your skin type. P.S. Next, do the same for your makeup drawer. 

Invest in the perfect sun protection

Choose an SPF30 that does it all from a brand you can trust. Look for a high SPF, broad spectrum, with antioxidants, tinted if you prefer it, and a cream or lotion that glides on easily. Some of our favorites are the new formulations from SkinMedica, La Roche Posay and Skinceuticals that offer advanced protection. Pledge to use your sun protection every day, 365days/year, even in the rain or cloudy days, with no exception. Your skin will thank you. 

Swear off sugar

Sugar is an enemy of good skin, and as you know, it can be found in just about everything you eat or drink. Avoid processed foods that are usually loaded with sugar, salt and fat and can make you look bloated and puffy. If you’re craving something sweet, try a bottle of coconut water, bite into a ripe peach or yellow apple, or snack on a handful of raisins, or a fruity sugar-free cup of Jello® instead. 

Cut down on alcohol & caffeine

Yes, we know there is resveratrol in red wine and coffee does offer antioxidant benefits too, but in general, too much wine and spirits, as well as overloading on coffee, tea and Diet Coke can wreak havoc on your good skin care habits. Alcohol and caffeine are very dehydrating. Let’s face it – no woman looks her best the morning after a night of binge drinking. 

DERMAFLASH weekly

We may be a little biased, but we know that using your DERMAFLASH system every week can have long term skin benefits. Exfoliation is a key component for creating and maintaining healthy skin. It helps to turn over your cells and keep skin functioning properly. And everyone has 10 minutes a week to slough off the dead cells and make room for fresh, new ones. 

 

Salmon helps leave your skin smooth.

Applying the right products, along with using DERMAFLASH regularly helps keep our skin healthy and young. However beauty tools and serums aren’t the only skin saviors. What you eat makes a huge impact on the way your epidermis looks and feels. You may never stop indulging in those carb cravings, but incorporating these 6 foods into your diet will nourish your body, and help leave your skin be smooth and supple. 

 

1) Tomatoes - Tomatoes really have it all, this is why brands like Yes To have entire product lines based on the fruit. Tomatoes contain lycopene and selenium and are also a good source of protein, which aids in cellular repair. Selenium is an important antioxidant to know about as it works in conjunction with, and actually amps up the benefits of other vitamins. These nutrients work together to help treat major signs of skin wear like sun damage and age spots. 

 

2) Salmon - Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon does the skin a world of good. Adding this fish to your diet will slow the likelihood of fine lines, decrease clogged pores and reduce inflammation. Salmon also plays a role in preserving the firmness of your skin thanks to the high levels of DMAE within. 

 

3) Ahhhh…Chocolate - Contrary to common belief, chocolate isn’t necessarily bad for your skin. Especially chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, a potent antioxidant. A few pieces a day can enhance your skin’s glow and believe it or not, even help hydrate and tighten. If you ask us, this is more enjoyable than going the topical cocoa butter route. 

 

4) Brussels Sprouts - Spinach and kale are typically touted as THE go-to veggies for radiance, but Brussels sprouts are just as beneficial. These mighty sprouts are rich in alpha lipoid acid, one of the strongest anti-aging agents around. This super food fights the appearance of wrinkles and also eases redness and inflammation. Ingesting this cute little powerhouse will help even out skin tone too. 

 

5) Grapefruit - The fruit, in season now, contains vitamin C and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Adding pink grapefruit to your diet aids hydrate and encourages the production of collagen. Eating grapefruit will help your skin glow from the inside out. There are also topical ways to apply grapefruit to fight premature signs of aging. Try Korres Grapefruit Instant Brightening Mask

 

6) Avocado - Fat is not your skins enemy. Avocado is chock full of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that lock moisture into the surface of your skin. Avocados are high in vitamin E and carotenoids; important antioxidants that can reduce the damage caused by sun exposure and strengthen the skin’s structure. Dewy skin always looks better on a nourished surface.

Yoga is beneficial for skin care

If you’re a devout yoga lover, you may or may not be aware of the beauty benefits yoga provides beyond strengthening your arms, legs, torso, and state of mind. There are exercises you can practice that are specifically meant to tone your face. It might sound silly, but face yoga is designed to increase blood flow and oxygen. It nourishes the face as well as stimulates more production of collagen and elastin deep within the layers of your skin. In less than 10 minutes (just like DERMAFLASH) these exercises will become an integral part of your beauty routine. 

The Smile 

Make an ‘O’ shape with your mouth, while covering your teeth fully with your lips curled in over them. Change the shape into a horizontal line (you can also think of this as smiling) while maintaining that the teeth are still covered. This simple exercise smooth’s cheek lines as well as skin that sags more than you’d like around the mouth. 

The Brow

Raise your arms and touch your fingertips to the center of your forehead. Spread out your fingers evenly between your eyebrows and hairline at the top of your forehead. Sweep your fingers gently outwards while applying some pressure to tighten your skin as you do so. Relax and then continue to repeat for another 9 repetition. This action works to erase any wrinkles in the forehead. 

The Eye

Place both middle fingers into the space between the innermost point of your eyebrow and inner corner of your eye. Creating a “V” shape, place your index finger on the outer most point of the eyebrows. As you press in with your fingers, look up to the sky while also raising your lower eyelids into a squint. After squinting, relax and repeat six times. Finally, squeeze your eyes tightly shut for a total of 10 seconds. This exercise corrects drooping eyelids, crow’s feet and puffiness.

The Neck

Place your fingertips at the base of your neck. Gently pull your fingers downwards as you move your head upward from looking forward to now looking upward towards the sky. Lower your head all the way down to your chest and repeat twice. Now stick out your lower lip as far as possible, pulling the corners of the mouth down as well. Again, pull down on the collarbone while lifting the head and hold for four deep breathes. This giraffe-like movement works to tighten any loose skin or lines on the neck as well as lift skin on the neck and jaw line.   

The Cheeks

Tighten your lips together and act as if you are about to blow air into a balloon, puffing your cheeks out as far as they expand. Hold this position without letting air escape your lips for 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and release. Repeat this three times in order to decrease smile lines around the mouth. 

The longer you continue to perform these facial exercises, the more you will notice those lines and wrinkles begin to decrease. If you don’t believe it, try it out and see how the results measure up. We think you will be more than pleased with the result of a healthy, renewed complexion.