As our skin ages, signs of environmental damage can become more and more visible on the face and neck. The most notable culprits are the harmful UV rays, which can cause spots and discoloration. Other offenders are pollution, extreme weather conditions, and blemishes that leave behind scars.
With the summer season winding down, maybe you’re noticing some effects of the extra time you’ve spent outdoors. Freckles are no longer a cute summertime accessories! And if you have sensitive skin, you could be more susceptible to longtime spots or scarring.
We all want to put our best face forward. Youthful, radiant, and glowing skin is one of our most beloved accessories. Nurturing skin with effective ingredients is the key to keeping visible signs of aging in their place. As the saying goes...looking good is feeling good!
Today, I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite products specially formulated to get your skin back to its healthy, supple appearance.
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Maintaining skin’s youthful appearance as we age can be quick and simple with active serums that interrupt and even correct dark spots, scarring, and signs of aging.
Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum is a miracle-working exfoliant for sloughing off dull, dead skin cells. Mandelic acid is a superior alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that promote cell turnover. (You may be familiar with its "sister" AHAs like Glycolic acid or Lactic acid. However, Mandelic acid is more gentle than these two. Many women of color find that too much Glycolic acid causes discoloration, which you won't find with Mandelic acid.)
This serum reduces the effects of photo-aging, fine lines, and dark spots, and it unclogs pores to reduce blemishes. I love how it reveals the radiance in my skin tone practically over night! After my nightly cleansing with the Balm, I massage about one pump of the serum evenly over my face, neck, and décolleté using my fingertips.
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If your skin tone and texture feel okay, but you're still looking to fight other signs of aging like loss of elasticity and wrinkles - go straight for the Retinol Treatment Complex.
Retinol gives cell turnover a power punch, but added ingredients like Bisabolol and Boswellia Serrata help soothe irritation or inflammation. This is not the typical retinol that causes snake-like flaking and peeling! The Retinol Treatment Complex targets 5 visible signs of aging with an effective yet gentle advanced treatment. Massaging a thin layer evenly over your face and neck at night can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, clear your pores, and unveil a brighter, more luminous complexion!
Pro Tip - AHAs in the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum and retinol on the Retinol Treatment Complex can make your skin more vulnerable to UV rays. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen after moisturizing in the morning.
To learn more about chemical exfoliation from AHAs and retinol - check out this blog on everything you need to know about exfoliation.
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If your skin is showing signs of environmental stress or you’re vulnerable to break-outs that have left some scaring, you may need to up your vitamin C game.
The Vitamin C Treatment Complex is a potent, non-irritating treatment that clarifies skin. It reveals its natural radiance by reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, redness, and dark spots. Adding this active serum to your morning routine provides another layer of restorative emollients to encourage clear, even-toned skin while preventing further damage from pollution and other environmental factors.
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With any serum or treatment, it's important to "lock in" those active ingredients by applying a moisturizer afterwards. Moisturizers replenish hydration and minimize dryness and peeling by adding a layer of protection to your skin’s barrier. It’s an essential part of skincare for healthy, dewy skin.
My go-to moisturizers are a perfect pairing of superior hydration. Extreme Recovery Cream and Face Oil No.9 pull double-duty to replenish skin’s moisture barrier. At bedtime, I apply a small dollop of Extreme Recovery Cream right on top of my serum, and then I follow it by massaging in 3 or 4 drops of Face Oil No.9 when my skin needs extra hydration. In the morning, my skin looks vibrant and feels wonderfully supple.
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Skin lives and breathes as we do. Just as we feed our bodies, we can feed our skin to correct visible signs of damage for clearer and more even toned skin.
Share your skin success stories below. I’d also be happy to answer any questions!