We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
As you relax by the pool, you don’t want to worry about the damage you may be causing your skin. Exposure to UV rays results in wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and, potentially, skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to understand your options for summer skin protection.
Let’s face it: Sun protection should be on everyone’s priority list this summer—especially when it comes to the face. Never leave home without it!
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.
With the new year upon us, it’s a good time to resolve to take better care of your skin, according to Dr. Gregory Branham and Dr. John Chi of the Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center.
The Green Science collection from AVEDA uses certified organic nopal cactus and argan oil to boost skin’s natural cellular renewal and collagen production. The Lifting Serum ($53) promotes surface turnover, and improves the skin’s moisture and strength; the Line Minimizer ($85 for a package of 10 tubes) reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles; and the lotion-like Replenishing Toner ($39) refines pores and gently exfoliates while moisturizing. aveda.com.
The experts at KATE SOMERVILLE recently launched Age Arrest Wrinkle Cream ($90), which contains Telo-5 Technology, proven to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase firmness and elasticity and improve skin’s appearance overall. Combine it with the exclusive Dilo Oil ($65) from Fiji, which is prized for its restorative benefits and promoting healthier-looking skin. Available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora.
As we continue our discussion about crafting your elevator speech, remember that your speech might have great content on each ‘floor,’ but if not delivered properly, the results will not meet the intended goals. Last month, we discussed the first element of nonverbal communication, eye contact. Let’s look at some more:
Dr. Joseph Muccini performs a Pearl Fractional Laser procedure on a patient.
While approaches to reducing wrinkles on the hands and décolleté are limited, facial wrinkles can be erased by using a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical techniques. The choice of procedure depends on the nature of the wrinkle.
An old adage says, If you really want to know a woman’s age, don’t look at her face—look at her hands.
It’s no surprise that the face gets all the attention in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. But don’t ignore some of the most-telling signs of aging skin: the hands and the décolleté. These areas require extra-special attention, too--unless you’re really into gloves and turtlenecks.
Our face: its expressions help us communicate with the world. But as we age, wrinkles can get in the way, affecting our self-confidence, personal relationships and professional lives, says Dr. Joseph Muccini of Mid-America Skin Health & Vitality Center. “We equate our wrinkles with what makes us look old to other people.”
Story: Business is not exactly booming, much less blooming, at Mushnik’s Florist Shop on Skid Row. It’s so bad that Mr. Mushnik informs his two employees, Seymour and Audrey, that’s he’s going to close it down.
Summer is the time when we dare to bare. But when it comes to your skin, make sure you have sun protection covered, from the top of your head down to the tips of your toes.
Perhaps Sitting Bull said it best: “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”
For many people, a wrinkled rug corner is nothing of importance; while walking, they’ll step over it or brush it back into place. If that person trips on the rug, they may pop back up immediately and only suffer a bruised ego. But if that person is an older adult, the rug might go unnoticed, the fall could be catastrophic—and the damage to the ego might be the least of the concerns.
For most of us, work is stressful. But for Avani Nayak, her job actually makes her more relaxed. “We have a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere; and it always smells wonderful in here,” she says of her Avani Day Spa in Frontenac. “And I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they leave: They’re smiling and have more self-confidence, and they feel relaxed and invigorated.” We asked her about the rough and dirty business of getting the best care for your skin.
Want a look that lasts? Primers are the solution. Just like an artist who prepares his canvas for his next masterpiece, your face needs proper ‘prepping’ before makeup application for the best results possible.
You won’t find my go-to tool box in the garage. If you’re like me, your most valuable tools are stored away by the vanity, at the ready to address any and all predicaments when it comes to your most visible asset.
Sometimes we just need a little pick-me-up. If your face is looking a bit dull, regaining a youthful glow can be as easy as an hour or so in the esthetician’s chair, and you’ll likely walk away feeling refreshed and relaxed all over.