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Anti-Aging Eyecare For All Ages

They say the eyes are the doorway to your soul. So what does it say about your soul if your eyes are all puffy and full of lines? Well, since all skin is not created equally – especially around the eyes – it’s important to take special care of them and the skin surrounding them.

The skin around your eyes is thin, it’s true. It also has virtually no sebaceous glands, is stressed by frequent eye movement, has minimal fat padding and overlies a particularly dense capillary network. This adds up to an area prone to puffiness, dryness, and a knack for being the first one to show signs of aging.

I know, I know. When you’re twenty-five, aging is the last thing on your mind. But things like fine lines, bags and crow’s feet can come in as early as thirty-five. Which means? You have to start early. Preventative treatment at twenty-five is a great way to go. There are effective products out there that dramatically diminish the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and other eye area challenges. So, depending on your age, what should you use?

20-35 year olds: It’s all about Prevention

Eye Plus Lotion from Tu-el: With Ingredients like green tea, anise oil and algae extract, you have a light non-irritating lotion that helps to soothe the delicate eye area, smooth fine lines and help relieve puffiness. You may also use this on your lips to help prevent fine lines.

35 Plus: It’s all about Treatment

Contour by Valmont: This lightweight, non-greasy cream helps correct the area around the eyes and protect the lip contour. RNA, DNA, Bulgarian Rose and glacial spring water help restore the tone and firmness of skin tissues as well as combat signs of fatigue. Also helps to smoothe features while also softening the appearance of wrinkles. A Skin by Marywynn fave.

Stressed, Tired, Puffy Eyes of Any Age.

Eye Regenerating Mask from Valmont: The Mack Daddy of eye treatments, this mask can be added to any facial or purchased for home use. It’s a collagen mask specifically formulated to restore a youthful and glowing appearance to the eye area no matter how much sleep you’re lacking. Use once a week, once a month or on an “as needed” basis. This mask utilizes caffeine, mountain arnica, green tea, muchopolysaccharides and collagen. (A moment of silence, please.)

Let’s recap, ladies. To help prevent and repair the signs of aging around the delicate eye area, eye creams and lotions are essential to any skincare regimen and should be used daily. For any adult, it’s never too soon to start using an eye treatment. And one last tip? Save those dollars. Less is more when using eye creams and lotions. Go sparingly and you’ll still see amazing results. Pair them with your facial and all eyes will be on you – in a good way.

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Exfoliation: The Key to Glowing Skin

I know. You’re sitting on the edge of your seats pondering this amazing little thing we call exfoliation. What is it? How does it work? And why should you bother?

Simply put, exfoliation is the process that helps get rid of dead surface skin cells. Normally this might seem… gross. Icky, even. But when the result is fresh, gorgeous, glowy skin, you gotta love it. Go exfoliation!

Regular exfoliation not only leaves your face feeling and looking silky smooth, it also increases your skin’s ability to absorb moisture, reduce fine lines, lighten hyper pigmentation and diminish acne. Sounds good, right? So here’s where you come in: the great exfoliation machine needs your assistance. There are many ways to exfoliate and they’re all pretty great. Here are our faves:

Scrubs

We’re not referring to the drugstore scrubs with apricot kernels and beads, we’re talking about pulverized pumic and diatome algae. A scrub should physically and mechanically remove dead skin. It’s a great treatment for home care in between facials unless you have active acne or exceptionally sensitive skin. Our pick: Tu’el’s Peeling Cream and Valmont’s Exfoliant.

Enzymes

Your dead skin is made up of protein. And the best way to break it down? Enzymes like papaya and pineapple. It’s an exceptionally gentle and effective exfoliation for all skin types. Skin by Marywnn includes an enzyme treatment in all of out facials.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids/Beta Hydroxy Acids

These are derived from naturally occurring fruit sugars like grapes (tartaric), milk (lactic), citrus (citric), apples (malic) and sugar cane (glycolic). AHA’s work by dissolving the intercellular “glue” that holds your dead skin cells together, which helps increase cell respiration and turnover. We fancy Glycolic Acid (sugar cane) because it has the smallest molecular weight of all AHAs. This makes it very effective for anti-aging and acne treatments. We mix enzymes and glycolic in our treatment rooms. Our pick for home use: Glyco-A-Gel from Tu-el’s.

Microdermabrasion

Attention ladies: this is a professional treatment, only. It’s a gentle “sand blasting of the face” using aluminum oxide crystals. So why do it? It provides a superior exfoliation that refines the surface of the skin. Microdermabrasion also promotes the production of new cells and stimulates collagen networking to help improve skin texture. Hands down, this is our favorite professional treatment. It’s included in the Love My Skin Facial and it’s great for reducing fine lines, acne scars and hyper pigmentation.

Now that you know all about the exfoliation thing, how do you know what’s best for you? Honestly, what you use and how often you should exfoliate depends completely upon on your skin type and your skin care goals. Make an appointment today and we’ll talk about exfoliation as well as its important friends, hydration and sun protection.

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