Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage


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source: http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/anti-aging/repair-and-even-reverse-signs-of-sun-damage

Are you concerned about wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin? Following some simple guidelines from The Skin Cancer Foundation can help you repair and possibly even reverse these signs of skin aging, up to 90 percent of which are caused by the sun.

Overexposure to the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) light can also lead to skin cancer and precancers like actinic keratoses (AKs). Since sun damage accumulates over time, it’s never too late to start a sun protection regimen.

Although most people know enough to wear sunscreen when the sun is beating down, “Protecting your skin from the sun does not end with the summer months,” says Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, a New York City dermatologist and educational spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation. “By carefully practicing sun protection year-round, you can prevent further sun damage and may even reverse some of the damage already done.”

To help stop or even reverse sun damage to the skin:
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Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Sunscreen is one of the keys to radiant, youthful-looking skin. Daily use may even lower your long-term risk of skin cancer. By reducing your daily sun exposure, sunscreen allows your skin time to heal and your immune system the chance to repair some existing damage.

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Exfoliate. The buildup of stratum corneum (the dead, outermost skin cell layer) can make skin appear blotchy and uneven. Also, remnants of self-tanning products can collect in typically dry areas (such as the elbows), causing the skin to lose its luster and appear “dirty.” Loofahs, scrubs, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)* cleansers, and home microdermabrasion kits (in which tiny crystals are sprayed on the skin) can remove dead skin cells, leaving skin looking smoother.

3.
Bleach the brown spots. Skin lightener does not actually make the skin white; it simply helps to lighten accumulations of unwanted color. Dr. Sarnoff recommends using an over-the-counter product that contains kojic acid in combination with hydroquinone, Retin-A*, and a mild steroid cream, which is useful for stubborn brown spots and blotchy brown discoloration.

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Hydrate. Summer exposure to sun, chlorine, and salt water can dry out your skin – even the heels of your feet can be affected. Try a hand and body cream, and, for the heels, a moisturizing foot cream. A moisturizer with AHA or facial serum with hyaluronic acid can plump up dry skin around the eyes, making skin instantly appear less wrinkled. Continued use may help stimulate the production of new collagen, a protein that helps give skin its texture and appearance.

5.
Try a light-emitting diode (LED). Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are electronic light sources, and some home units are available. Dr. Sarnoff recommends a low energy LED called the Tanda, which can help promote collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve acne.

6.
Visit a dermatologist. Professional laser treatments can improve everything from blotchiness and discoloration to wrinkles. Photodynamic therapy – laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) in combination with a topical solution known as Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) – can remove scaly patches of actinic keratoses from your skin.

* These products can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Use with caution! For more information about sun sensitivity, please see this article.

Skin Care by Donna: An Organic Skin Spa
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What is a CC Cream?


We have all heard of BB creams by now, those “beauty balms” that help us multi-task our way to flawless skin. Now we are being introduced to a newer product … the CC cream. As CC creams begin to hit the market many wonder what’s the difference.
How are the CC’s different from BB’s?
CC creams do everything BB creams do… (hydrate, moisture, prime, illuminate, and protect from the sun & the environment. And, because most BB creams are lightly tinted they also help color correct or even-out the look of the skin tone (think tinted moisturizer). The difference with CC’s creams, are more corrective – that is, they offer more coverage (i.e. more pigment) to even out the skin tone, brighten the face and reduce visible signs of aging on the skin surface (i.e. on top of the skin)…so more like a foundation but lightweight and typically oil-free.

Source: Paula Begoun

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Beauty Tips and Tricks


First in a series.

 

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Always, always put sunscreen on your hands and neck. They’re just as important as your face, and they show aging the fastest!

The best way to fight aging and prevent pimples is to use a retinoid serum, cream or lotion. You’ve likely heard this, but have you tried it? It is honestly the one thing that will make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin.  It helps smooth wrinkles, prevent blemishes, keep pore size small and fight sun damage. Just be sure to also use SPF religiously with it — another tried and true tip.
 
You can use your eyebrows to make dark under eye circles less noticeable. Just tweeze your brows so they’re more straight-across than arched. When they’re arched you get a complete circle effect (your brows and the dark circles below) and that exaggerates the dark circles, but if your brows are straight across, it breaks up that shape and de-emphasizes the circles.
 
If you have zero time to do your makeup, focus on your brows — just fill them in and brush them, then throw on some lip gloss. This is the fastest way to look ‘pulled together’.
 
Always use your ring finger to apply moisturizer or concealer to the eye area. It puts the least amount of pressure on the skin.
Powder is the only makeup or skin care product applied with a downward motion—you do this to smooth down facial hairs.
Exfoliate with a body scrub once a week to slough off dead cells that make skin look dull. When skin is freshly exfoliated, lotion and oil are better absorbed

Mix cooled coffee grounds with any oil (I like coconut) to make a cellulite-reducing and exfoliating scrub for your body!

 

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