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    How to Prevent Turkey Neck

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    The only one that should have to deal with turkey neck this Thanksgiving is the Butterball in your dining room table! No one should have to deal with “turkey neck” - the sagging, discolored skin that forms in your neck area. Although it comes about in your early forties, and is more noticeable around menopause, there are things you can be doing now to prevent it!

    Diet

    A big contributor to sagging skin in the neck area is weight gain or weight gain followed by extreme loss. It’s okay to cheat on Thanksgiving and around the holidays, but from day-to-day, a healthy diet/exercise ritual should be maintained to keep a healthy body fat ratio.  The American Council of Exercise recommends the following body-fat percentage for men and women:

    Percent Body Fat Norms
    for Men and Women

    Description

    Women

    Men

    Essential Fat

    10-13%

    2-5%

    Athletes

    14-20%

    6-13%

    Fitness

    21-24%

    14-17%

    Acceptable

    25-31%

    18-24%

    Obesity

    >32%

    >25%

    (From the American Council of Exercise)

    If you fall in between these recommendations, you’re less likely to have excess skin sagging.

    Protection

    As you know, providing your face with SPF protection is going to help prevent early skin aging in the form of wrinkles and dark spots. The key is to remember to bring this protection down to your neck and also your décolleté area each and every time you apply your protection! Skin on these areas is thinner than on your face, meaning light can cause collage in your skin to break down, making neck skin more susceptible to wrinkles and damage from the sun.

    Hydration – Serum + Moisturizer

    You should also be applying your face serum and moisturizer on your neck as well! Skin that is dehydrated or dry (we’ll be discussing the difference between the two next week) is more susceptible to early aging – so don’t forget to layer both products onto to your neck area. Remember, no matter how well you’re taking care of your face, if your neck is not treated – you’re not fooling anyone of your age! Watch how to give yourself a facial massage on your face, neck and décolleté, your nighttime moisturizer.

    And for those who are experiencing turkey neck, you should start to follow the tips mentioned! For skin hydration, try using an anti-aging serum and anti-aging moisturizer  with peptides to help firm the skin and reduce the appearance of your wrinkles. You can also seek a little help through your makeup – a slightly dark foundation or powder can be applied under your chin area. This helps create the illusion of a slimmer jawline.

     

    Have any other tips to help prevent the dreaded turkey neck? Experiencing turkey neck and found a regimen that is helping your skin? Share with us all in the comments below!

    How Use Night Cream / Anti-Aging Facial Massage | Skin Care Routine

    Licensed esthetician Lauren Streeter discusses the purpose of a night cream, how a night cream differs from  moisturizer, and shows how to do an anti-aging facial massage with your night cream!  

    Have any questions about your skin care routine? Leave them for us in the comments below!

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    Acids that Benefit Your Skin

    To some of you the word “acids” may sound scary, but when it comes to your skin, you can think of acids as your skin transformers! From exfoliating to helping even your skin tone, acids can benefit your skin in many ways. We discussed their role in facial peels last week, but read below to learn more about the roles they play in your various skin care products.

     

    Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) vs. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

    The two most common types of acids are AHAs and BHAs. What’s the difference? The difference is their lipid solubility. AHAs are water soluble (they dissolve in water), while BHAs are oil soluble (they dissolve in oil). The way they each dissolve make them useful for certain skin types and concerns (read below).

     

    AHAs

    AHAs aid in cell renewal, help reduce fine lines, and help even skin tone. Here’s a list of Alpha Hydroxy Acids for the skin that are derived from natural sources:

    Glycolic Acid

    Glycolic Acid comes from the sugar cane. Glycolic Acid helps to resurface the skin on a deeper level and remove the discolorations on the skin, making them excellent for skin brightening.

    Lactic Acid

    Lactic Acid is derived from sour milk and is a very gentle, yet effective, anti-aging ingredient that helps renew skin cells. Lactic acids work as an exfoliant by “ungluing” the cells of the epidermis, allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, and new skin to grow. The result is smoother, more flexible skin.

    Fruit Acids

    Fruit Acids include Malic Acid that is derived from apples, Citric Acid from lemons and Tartaric Acid from grapes. All three are excellent for a gentle form of exfoliation and skin renewal. They are great to help combat the first signs of aging or for skin that has a dull complexion.

     

    BHAs

    Salicylic Acid

    The main type of BHA is Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is also derived from a natural source, the bark of a willow tree. Since Salicylic Acid is oil soluble, it is able to penetrate deep into the pores to exfoliate dead skin cells and excess oil. This feature makes them an excellent choice for acne-prone skin, and treating blackheads and white heads. 

     

    Other Types of Acids

    Other types of acids may also exist in your skin care, but have properties other than exfoliating your skin. Some of the most common you may see are:

    Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) is a type of acid that is extremely moisturizing to the skin. It is a natural moisturizing polysaccharide that is present in the skin and can hold 100x its weight in water. It plays an important role in wound healing and tissue repair.

    Kojic Acid

    Kojic Acid is derived from mushrooms. It is a non-sensitizing, brightening agent that helps to even skin tone. It works by inhibiting tyrosinase, the enzyme that produces melanin (the protein that produces color in your skin.)

    Linoleic Acid

    Linoleic Acid is an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid found in many vegetable oils like sunflower and safflower oil. It helps aid in moisture retention to soften the skin and is anti-inflammatory. It also helps protect the skin’s natural barrier from environmental damage.

    Alginic Acid

    Alginic Acid is a polysaccharide (building blocks of protein for the skin) that comes from Ascophyllum Nodosum seaweed. Like Hyaluronic Acid, it helps lock moisture in the skin like a sponge, allowing skin to stay hydrated.

     

    Next time you see one of these “acids” on your ingredient label, don’t get spooked! If you’re using any skin care products with any of the above, share with us below how they have helped your skin!

    Toners/Astringents - What's the Difference? Why Does Your Skin Need One? How to Use Them?

    Toners vs. Astringents: What's the difference between the two? Why does your skin need a toner or astringent? (Hint - it's NOT to remove leftover makeup or dirt from your face!) And, how and when do you use them as part of your skin care routine?

    We answer all these questions in this new video!

    Have any questions about your skin care routine? Leave them for us in the comments below!

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    What are Facial Peels?

    We get a lot of questions about facial peels, everything from “what are they” (a way to remove dead skin cells) to “are they safe to use at home?” (we discuss below). Here we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions on the subject, with answers from our top educators.

    What are facial peels and how do they work?

    Facial peels are a method of exfoliating your skin. Skin exfoliation refers to the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal healthier skin.

    Why must you exfoliate?

    While skin exfoliation is a naturally occurring process, shedding every 28 days, most skin types need some help!

    Aging skin - With age, this process slows down and causes our skin to look dull and tired looking. Using exfoliants regularly dissolves dead, flaky skin cells, and helps create a more even skin tone and clarity.

    Oily skin – This skin type tends to saturate dead skin cells with excessive oil, making it difficult for dead cells to shed off naturally.

    Dry skin – This skin type tends to let dead skin cells accumulate too quickly which can make skin look dry and dull.

    How do facial peels differ from other forms of exfoliation?

    Facial peels are composed of an acid(s) including ones that may vary in their pH value.(Without getting too scientific, the lower the pH value, the stronger the actual acid is.) Acids are very effective to use to exfoliate the skin, but because of their strength, acid-based peels that contain more than 10% total acid and have a pH below 3.5, should be done under the guidance of an esthetician.  

    While facial peels are normally based on a particular type of acid, exfoliants that you use at home may contain granular ingredients such as almonds or rice bran wax. Although they are not as strong as acids, granular methods are still excellent ways to exfoliate your skin regularly, and should be used 2-3 times a week or as recommended by your skin care professional if you are receiving professional facial peel treatments.

    (Read more about the different types of exfoliation here)

    What categories of facial peels are there and are they safe?

    Facial peels are generally categorized into 3 categories:

    • Deep peels – Deep peels are the most invasive and most risky. Carbonic Acid (Phenol) is a solution classically used in deep peels, but can be very painful to the skin. Most often this is performed under medical supervision. After a phenol peel, your face will be swollen and can take up to a month to fully recover.

    Below is a downside to deep peels:

    • Peeling
    • Redness
    • Irritation
    • Blistering
    • Swelling
    • Burning
    • Scarring
    • Infection
    • Solar Sensitivity
    • Bleeding
    • Medium peels – Trichloroacetic Acid is a chemical commonly used in medium peels. TCA peels are done on an outpatient basis, but may require light sedation depending on the concentration of Trichloroacetic acid used. Higher concentrations of acid will penetrate the skin more deeply, resulting in more dramatic improvements, but may also cause more discomfort and a longer recovery time. Though TCA chemical peels are applied in the same way as milder chemical peels, the acid used in TCA peels is much more potent, causing a more significant burn. After TCA peels, a superficial crust forms over the treated area, then peels off within three to seven days.
    • Superficial peels – These peels are the mildest and thus safest peels for your skin. Peels containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, fruit acids, or papaya enyzmes, fall into this category. Unlike deep or medium level peels, peels at this level are not meant to require medical attention. Additionally, the purpose of these “lighter peels” is to eliminate harsh side effects that can happen with deep or medium level peels.
    What to remember about facial peels?

    In sum, all peels are NOT created equal. Facial peels are a very effective form of removing dead skin cells, but beware of the different level of facial peels and of the associated risks and recovery time. As always, it is best to consult a skin care professional for proper advice on in-salon and at-home options.

    How to Apply Face Wash | Skin Care Routine

    In episode 2 of our skin care routine series, we share why cleansing is the most important step of your facial routine, and show you how to wash your face. We also discuss common practices that you may doing while washing your face, which may be what's causing unwanted redness, irritation or breakouts!

    Find a cleanser that's right for your skin type: Facial Cleansers

    Have any questions about your skin care routine? Leave them for us in the comments below!
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