There’s a difference between aging gracefully and throwing in the towel. Aging gracefully doesn’t mean you take whatever the harsh elements throw at you. No way! It’s about taking care of your skin and protecting it from the environmental damage that inevitably occurs as you age.
Q: Should I be using a separate eye cream or serum? Can’t I just use the same moisturizer that I use on the rest of my face?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
One of the most common questions clients ask me is whether or not they really need specific eye products. The answer is a definite, “Yes!” The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so it needs different treatment.
There’s a substance that many health-conscious people are increasingly talking about. It’s hyaluronic acid, also known as HA. HA occurs naturally in the body and is necessary to maintain healthy joints and connective tissues.* And the aging body simply doesn’t make enough of the stuff.
Did you know the skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20s? Just when you’re about to kick off adulthood, you start to get old. Go figure, right? As we age, the production of collagen—an essential protein that acts as the framework to our skin—starts to slow. Furthermore, the elastin in our skin, which is responsible for keeping things nice and firm, demises and can even break down. Dead skin cells start to accumulate because they no longer shed as quickly, and turnover of new skin cells starts to decrease. Ultimately this leads to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, which can start to become apparent as early as your 30s.
Q. I usually get lazy and neglect my skin at night. I’m starting to see this bad habit take its toll. What do you recommend for a simple p.m. skincare routine?
Dr. Linda Miles D.O.M. responds:
You’ve heard it before: get your beauty sleep! And, it’s true. A good night of sleep plus a basic nighttime skincare routine is the best way to look and feel better for the long haul. I know that is easier said than done, but think of it this way: nighttime is the best time for skin to naturally repair itself back to a healthy, youthful radiance. Benefit from this restorative process, and fight that sleepy urge to ignore your skin at night, with this simple skincare routine before you hit the sack. It should take no longer than two minutes, and trust me, it’s worth it!
BB Creams are the newest miracle product to hit the beauty scene. First appearing in the Western beauty market only a short year ago, many traditional beauty Bombshells are still trying to understand why they’ve caused such a commotion. Let’s talk about the ABCs of BB creams and find out what they can do for you and your beauty routine.
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.
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