Wednesday, November 18, 2009

4 Tips for Glowing Skin

We all want youthful glowing skin, here are some easy tips to help you achieve the 'JLo Glow'.

1. Clarisonic Skin Brush – the equivalent of a sonic toothbrush for the face, the Clarisonic skin care brush moves more than 300 times per second cleansing 5 times better than a washcloth. This is great news for us over 40 women because when pores are filled with dirt, they expand and look larger. Cleaner pores mean your pores appear smaller which means smoother skin! I bought this as a birthday present to myself 2 years ago and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin. It’s so convenient to use—I keep it in the shower and recharge once a week. I use once a day (as opposed to the recommended twice a day) with the normal brush. A sensitive brush head is also available. If you’re looking for something to put on your list for Santa, this is a great choice! If a Clarisonic brush isn’t in the budget, purchase a soft bristle face brush; they are available at most drug stores and are very inexpensive.

2. Exfoliate religiously. In real estate the mantra is location, location, location. In skincare, it’s exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation. Every woman over 40 needs to exfoliate at least once a week, maybe more depending on your skin type. Exfoliating will get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores and make your skin look dull. When you exfoliate, you are helping to bring new skin cells to the surface thereby making your skin look brighter and younger. Use of at home microdermabrasion treatment or a chemical peel once a week will make your skin glow.

3. Use a good moisturizer targeted to your skin type and make sure it has sunscreen in it—at least 15 SPF. Remember in these cold and dry winter months, you may need to switch a richer moisturizer.

4. Start using an antioxidant serum. Once your skin is cleansed and exfoliated, any treatment products will be able to absorb better and thereby be more effective. There are many types of serums for each skin type and issue. A general all round good serum for all skin types in a vitamin C serum—better yet, see if you can get a vitamin A & C serum; there are many to choose from.*

*If you need specific recommendations for your skin type—email me! I love to give advice!