Is it just me, or is the color orange flooding the atmosphere a little early this year? Not that I’m complaining. I’ll pin pumpkin recipes and share cute costume pics all September long—then get crafty (or at least imagine I will) come October. But when it comes to my beauty routine, autumn’s early invasion goes beyond the usual social pinning, liking and…dreaming.
Q: What is the best way to treat already-formed, deep wrinkles? Can topical products really help?
Licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy of MyChelle Dermaceuticals responds:
Wrinkles are an inevitable part of the aging processes. As we get older, fine lines and wrinkles start to form on the skin, and the battle for a youthful appearance begins. As Mark Twain once said, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” This is true; but we all get wrinkles, and they appear on the skin for a whole host of reasons.
Campus lifestyles are beyond busy with full class schedules, lively social activities, nail-biting sporting events and, of course, intense study sessions. Maintaining healthy habits is essential to looking good and feeling great, but let’s face it: the classic campus routine is a wild combination of events and tasks, leaving little time for rest, relaxation, healthy eating or exercise. Not having the right balance is a top reason for health problems — including sickness, stress and skin issues.
Four family-sized boxes of Reduced Fat Wheat Thins, and the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens: that’s what my husband brought to the hospital when I unexpectedly went into labor with our first baby three weeks early. At that point in the game, I’d found a suitcase to pack for the hospital, but hadn’t yet gotten around to packing it with diapers, booties and items that would have made sense—and in a nervous panic, my husband decided that day seemed like a better time than any to get cracking on a 700+ page novel he knew I’d never read. Um, pass.
In today’s fast-paced world we tend to get up and go, go, go. Downtime often doesn’t exist, which can make fitting in a consistent, healthy skincare routine tough. With the daily hustle and bustle, it’s not unusual for skin to become worn down and dull looking. That’s why it’s important, even when it seems you don’t have a minute to spare, to give your skin the attention it needs.
Q: What are some of your top travel essentials to take on summer vacation?
Amy Marsh answers
A: Summer is in full swing, which means many of us are gearing up for travel. Besides essential clothing and toiletries, there are some things you should never leave home without — whether you’re planning a relaxing week at the beach or an active, sightseeing adventure. Here are a few of my carry-on must-haves for any vacation. Read more →
Q: When does skin really need a deep cleaning? What’s the best way to go about it?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
You’ve probably heard about special diets for detoxifying and cleansing your system. Some of these internal regimens can help decontaminate skin. But purging the skin’s surface of dirt, debris and other pore-clogging bacteria on a consistent basis is important for overall skin health—not to mention a beautiful appearance!
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