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Vitamin C- The Holy Grail
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In the world of skincare there are thousands of products, hot “new” ingredients, and hundreds of skincare lines… which can make deciphering everything extremely complicated. But, the one ingredient that will always trump them all is Vitamin C. If you’re trying to look 20 when you are 40, then you need to get started on a Vitamin C Serum right away.

There are SO many benefits of Vitamin C Serum that provide amazing results for all ages and all skin types. Best yet, while it corrects the skin it is still gentle enough to use every day!

A few of the amazing benefits of Vitamin C Serum are:

Promotes Collagen Production

Fine lines and wrinkles are generally the biggest concern for most women. The regular use of vitamin C products can combat their very appearance because of their concentrated levels of antioxidants, which helps boost collagen production, filling in fine lines and wrinkles

Protects skin from Sun Damage

Vitamin C is great for protecting your skin from damage—especially from the sun's UVA and UVB rays. It naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. When combined with sunscreen you can save your skin from burns, hyperpigmentation and even cancer.

 Speeds Up Healing and Reduces Inflammation

High levels of Vitamin C can help to heal small cuts, acne scars, and other blemishes more quickly and effectively. Vitamin C, in high enough concentrations, has inflammation-reducing qualities. This is ideal for people who tend to wake up in the morning with unsightly puffiness around the eyes or other areas of the face

 Reduces Skin Discoloration and Improves Brightness and Radiance

If you suffer from skin redness or Hyperpigmentation (dark spots) of the skin, then a quality vitamin C serum may also be able to help you achieve a more even skin tone and better complexion. In addition to improving your skin's overall complexion, vitamin C can brighten otherwise dull skin, allowing it to look healthier and more vibrant. Your skin will look and feel replenished and revitalized.

Improves Hydration

If you suffer from dry skin, vitamin C is a must. You can enjoy the high concentration of vitamins that your body truly needs to improve moisture content and overall hydration

These are just some of the many benefits of vitamin C serum and why I say it’s the Holy Grail of skincare!

The Importance of Regular Facials

There are many benefits of getting a professional facial. Healthier, clearer and more beautiful skin are only a few of the reasons to see an esthetician on a regular basis. Here are a few more reasons to take up self-care.

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Professional Skin Analysis

When’s the last time you had someone examine your skin? A professional skin analysis will reveal your true skin type. This way the esthetician can cater your treatment and product recommendations based off of your unique needs. This also allows for your esthetician to regularly check your skin for any abnormal skin growths or mole changes.

 

Professional Strength Products and Exfoliation

Most facials include some type exfoliation. It could be enzymes, acids, microdermabrasion or use of an ultrasound. While some of your homecare regimen may include some of these exfoliants, they aren’t near as strong as professional grade. This will increase cellular turn over, soften fine lines, make pore extraction easier, soften skin and help promote a more even skin tone. The use of professional grade products will help repair your skin and provide intense hydration for all skin types.

 

Increases skins circulation to encourage a natural glow

Aging naturally leads to slowed circulation. That then leads to tired, dull looking skin. During a facial, most times you will receive a facial massage. Along with steam, these processes help to increase blood flow which brings nutrients to the skin. Those nutrients encourage a glowing radiance and brings youthfulness to skins surface

 

Stress Relief and ME time

One of my favorite benefits of a regular facial is being able to take an hour to yourself and just unwind. Facials are extremely relaxing and de-stress you both physically and mentally. We tend to spend a lot of time caring for other people in our lives, so why not take some time to care for yourself. You can re-energize and clear your mind.

5 ways you can look younger today
 

There is no way to totally stop the skin from aging, but there are some easy things we can do to slow it down and potentially reverse some of it. Here are the top 5 things you can be doing to look younger today.

 
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1. Use the right skin care products

Skin care products should be your best friend! There are three superstar ingredients you should look for to boost youthful-looking skin

  • Antioxidants- like vitamin c, help brighten skin
  • Retinoids- increase cell turnover + stimulate collagen renewal
  • AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliator to that helps remove the top layer of dead skin

 

2. Wear SPF every day

Sun damage to skin not only causes wrinkles, but it leaves you susceptible to skin cancer. Regardless if it’s a hot sunny day or cloudy and rainy, the use of sunscreen is a must. It is recommended to use an SPF of at least 30 every day, but don’t be fooled, any SPF higher than 50 has little evidence that it provides more protective benefits. 

 

3. Practice Clean Eating

In order to keep skin happy, we need to keep our blood sugar levels steady. Highly processed foods, like fast food, which is full of simple carbs, unhealthy fat, and added sugar puts your body into a blood sugar roller-coaster. Instead try complex carbs and whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat are rich in fatty acids that have skin-smoothing properties. Another thing to watch out for is dairy. Dairy contains components that is related to the hormone testosterone. This hormone may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne. 

 

4. Get enough sleep

The lack of sleep can not only make you look older by showing signs of premature aging, but it can also make you look less healthy. It is also harder for your skin to recover from irritation and any damage, especially sunburns. When you don’t get enough sleep, it results in poor water balance, which then leads to puffy bags under your eyes, under-eye circles, and dryness.

 

5. Drink plenty of water

Water is vital to not only our overall health, but our skin care as well. Loss of hydration in the skin shows up in more ways than one. It can be in the form of tightness, dryness, flakiness, congestion. Dry skin has less resilience which makes it more prone to wrinkling. Water is essential to maintain skin moisture and softness and it is the vehicle for delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells. If your body gets dehydrated, it's going to pull water from your tissues and your skin to maintain the water concentration in your blood. When that happens, your eyes are going to look sunken and your skin is going to feel drier and less elastic so you will look a lot older