Archive for May, 2014

These Lips Were Made for Talking (and Kissing, and Pouting, and …)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

   

Ageless, Sensual Lips

Ageless, Sensual Lips

 One of the most exposed and constantly used portions of our body, lips are in constant motion, whether talking, expressing or eating.   They are also constantly exposed to extremes in climate and sun and wind.  Wrinkled, chapped lips can make you look older than your age and less healthy.  

     There are some tricks for keeping your lips in tip-top shape and looking soft and beautiful all the time.       Lips that are protected with lipstick and gloss tend to stay moisturized and younger looking.  Think moisturizer on your skin or a hat protecting your head from sun and rain.  

     Dry lips can be gently exfoliated with a scrub, such as Almond Skin Polisher (also used for face).   For lips that are wrinkled both around the lips and on lip surface, use a primer to fill in lines, such as Eye and Lip Wrinkle Smoother or Skin Smoother.  Spread a small amount of filler around entire outer lip going right onto lip surface.  Follow with a long wearing lip liner, such as our Ultimate Lip Liners or Indelible Line.  If you feel uncomfortable with lip liner, use a neutral tone that is close to your own lip color to keep lipstick and glosses from feathering and running.  You can also lightly fill in your entire lip with the liner to help hold colors on and enhance shape.  Next, choose a lipstick color that is complementary to your complexion and apply.  What I mean by this is, for example, someone with rosacea or a pinky/red skin tone should not wear bright red or pink lipstick.  This will only draw attention to the redness and make it seem more pronounced.  Likewise, someone with a sallow or yellow complexion should shy away from lipsticks that are brown or beige with a yellow undertone.  It will wash you out.  If lips are dry all the time,  choose a cream lipstick with lots of moisture, such as  Tenderness or Micro Teaberry Lipstick.  Otherwise, choose a more durable  lipstick,  like Gold Pink or Intense Emotion

     The finishing touch, like the frosting on a cake, is lip gloss.  For thin or wrinkly lips, opt for a lip plumper like Lip Tox, in a corresponding color to your lipstick or Lip Tox Clear to go with any color.  These plumpers contain collagen peptides to help rebuild and plump collagen and make lips appear fuller and without lines.  Hydragloss and Mint Moisturizing Glosses are also good options.

     To aid in re-building skin tone and texture around lips, apply Apple Stem Cell Serum under Wrinkle Relaxing Creme nightly.  These should be applied to entire face, also.  Happy smiling!!

Exfoliation is the Key to Healthy, Glowing Skin

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Exfoliation is your first step to a more healthy, beautiful and glowing complexion.  No matter what your skin type,

proper exfoliation will remove dead skin cells,  remove rough and uneven texture as well as allow treatments and

moisturizers to penetrate better.  Removing dead surface skin also helps stimulate the production of new, healthy

skin cells.   In this article I will advise on the best exfoliation system for your skin type and problems.  You will be

amazed at how quickly your skin will show substantial improvement.

Oily skin should be exfoliated daily with either a gentle scrub, such as our Almond Skin Polisher with Papaya Enzymes,

or an Exfolia Cleaning Cloth, which can be used with a cleanser such as Thorough Cleansing Gel or Rosewater Cleanser.

Pat skin dry and follow with toner.  If foundation is worn, it should be mineral based and removed thoroughly at the end

of the day.  Moisturizer,  if needed, should be water based and light, such as Red Tea Serum.

Dry, aged and photo-damaged skin should be exfoliated at least twice a week.  A gentle Exfolia Cleaning Cloth can also be

used nightly with your cleanser.  After cleansing and before moisturizing, a serum should be applied to aid in continuous

exfoliation, such as Peptide Serum or Glycolic Acid Serum 10%.  I am a fan of switching off on these serums every other

night.   Another one of my personal favorites for keeping aging skin glowing and fresh is our Vitamin C Peel once or twice

a week.  This can also be done in the morning before applying make-up and takes only 4-7 minutes, leaving your skin

looking like you had an expensive spa treatment.   Always follow exfoliation with a moisturizing treatment, such as

Peptox Wrinkle Relaxing Creme or Firm, Protect and Repair Cream.  Rejuvenating Creme and Collagen Creme are also

great options for very dry skin.

Normal skin should also be exfoliated on a regular basis to keep it in tip-top shape and allow protective products to

absorb more effectively.   Alpha-Beta Exfoliating Masque  is a great two-in-one product for gently exfoliating and also

drawing out excess T-zone impurities.  Follow with a Mineral Mist for light moisturizing while adding important minerals

and vitamins to the skin.  Always follow with a great SPF to protect the skin from future damage.