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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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    How to Apply Eye Cream | Skin Care Routine

    How does an eye cream differ from your moisturizer?

    What are 3 no-no's when it comes to applying your eye cream?

    How do you apply eye cream correctly?

    Licensed esthetician Natalie Otto discusses it all!

    Repechage Opti-Firm Eye Contour Cream

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

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    No-Shave November: Beard Grooming Tips

     

    Celebrating No Shave November or Movember? Don’t forget to take care of your skin underneath the hair by following these tips!

    Throw out your bar of soap

    Soap will dehydrate and dry out skin and it will make the beard become itchy and flakey. A gentle cleanser is also going to condition your beard.

    What to useA gentle foaming cleanser.

    Toss the aftershave.

    If you are prone to breakout or have sensitive skin, try using an astringent in place of an aftershave. Aftershaves are loaded with perfumes and ingredients like oil of bergamot, which can irritate and dry out your skin.

    What to use Instead, look for an astringent with calming and soothing ingredients to help control the oils.

    Soften and condition.

    Just like soft skin, a soft beard is more appealing. No one likes an untamed mane or the feeling of a Brillo Pad on their face.

    What to useFind a spray-on moisturizer with ingredients like seaweed that will work double duty to condition your beard and skin, and prevent buildup of flaky, dead skin cells.

    Choose beard wax or oil wisely.

    If you use a beard wax or oil make sure it doesn’t have any ingredients that can clog your pores, or transfer to whoever you are kissing!  Some waxes and oils only coat the hair and don’t actually do anything for the skin or the hair follicle itself.

    What to useAn oil containing a skin and hair softening ingredient, like Mafura Oil, is great to use, as Mafura Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, helping to alleviate dry skin, and improve elasticity. It also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and won’t clog pores or leave the skin or beard greasy.

     

    Trust us, when it comes December and you’re ready to pull out your razor, you’ll thank us!

    Face Serums: Why Your Skin Needs One and How To Do a Professional Massage With Your Serum At Home!

    Face Serums: What are they and why does your skin need one? We answer these questions in this video. Plus, we're showing you how to apply serum correctly and how to do a professional spa massage at-home! 

    Repechage Face Serums for all skin concerns

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    How To Fix These 5 Skin Care Nightmares

    What’s more terrifying than the ghosts and goblins of Halloween? These skin care nightmares that frequently happen this time of the year! No need to be fearful anymore though - we have solutions for you!

     

    1. Your skin is always dry.
    It’s that time of year. The weather is getting colder, the humidity is dropping and your skin is losing moisture. If you don’t react properly, your skin is going to be effected! So how do you beat it? A double dosage of moisture. After cleansing and toning don’t go right to your day cream or night cream- use a hydrating serum first and THEN layer on your moisturizer.
    2. Your lips won’t stop peeling.
    Just like your skin is going to be more dry with the colder months, so will your lips. Combine the cold weather with an over-drying matte lipstick and you’re going to feel the consequences. Instead of drying lipsticks, opt for lip glosses with shea butter and coconut oil as the base to give your lips the hydration they need and remember to exfoliate your lips and don’t like (this dries your lips out!)
    3. You break out the day before a big event.
    Heavy Halloween makeup and back to back holiday parties mean you need to be prepared in the event of a breakout. This means having the right tools on hand: an overnight pimple cream and a salicylic-based serum. If a pimple pops up, apply both before bed and let the duo battle your breakout (not your fingers!)
    4. Your face is as red as Elmo.
    Red and irritated skin can be a nightmare, but you can do something about it! Read our blog What Causes Skin Sensitivity to see a list of possible triggers, such as alcohol and stress that could be causing your skin to react. Also make sure look out for skin care made with ingredients that cater to sensitive skin.
    5. Your skin’s forever shiny.
    Does your skin go against the norm and stay shiny even in the colder months? Don’t skip out on moisturizer because you think it will help reduce the oiliness. In fact, this can do the opposite and trick your skin to overproduce oil making the situation worse. Instead, opt for serum to help hydrate and control the shine and use an oil-free moisturizer.
     
    Have your own skin care nightmares not mentioned here? Tell us about them in the comments below and we’ll have one of our educators recommend a solution for you!