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Skin resolutions

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by LPB

Make this year the year for beautiful skin with these 10 MUST-DO Skin Resolutions, from Dallas-based skin care expert, Renée Rouleau.

1. Always wash your skin and moisturize at bedtime. Research indicates that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, so you want to put your skin in the best possible condition for its repair. For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, try this! Your nighttime routine doesn’t have to be done minutes before you hit the bed. Wash your face when you get home from work, or even after dinner. Do it earlier rather than later! So, washing off the day’s dirt and grime and nourishing it with good moisture and nutrients will give your skin a chance to renew while you sleep! And remember, quality moisturizers that do not contain clogging ingredients, will not suffocate your skin.


I remember reading some advice regarding putting your face cream on before 8pm, so that your skin will have enough time to absorb all the nutrients before its peak renewal period (10pm – 2am)

2. Wear a sunscreen in your moisturizer daily. Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure you get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, “I’m not out at all during the day.” Just walking to your car, even driving in your car will give you unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! And we know that sun exposure is the #1 cause of aging!!!! A minimum of SPF 15 should be used every day, winter and summer. Don’t forget to apply it to the neck and ears.


I prefer sunscreen that contains molecules that are  stable (under UV irradiation), provides broad spectrum screening and has antioxidants (for free radical protection). On the day that i dont wear a sunscreen, i try to make sure i use a foundation/powder will SPF.

3. Use a topical stable vitamin C product daily. In addition to using a moisturizer containing antioxidants, topical applications of high amounts of Vitamin C have been shown to prevent premature skin aging by fighting free radicals, lighten skin discoloration and actually increase the sun protection in a sunscreen! However, most Vitamin C products out on the market use the acid forms of the Vitamin (like Ascorbic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid). These are in fact, acids, which is why you can feel a stinging sensation on the skin.


The new research on skin aging indicates that daily use of skin irritating acids actually encourage free radical formation, which counteracts the reason why you’re using Vitamin C in the first place! Plus, the problem with these acid types of Vitamin C is that they are highly unstable and break down every time you open the bottle and oxygen gets to the product. If your Vitamin C starts to turn brown half way through the bottle, that’s a sign that it is oxidizing and is losing its effectiveness. (Think of an apple that turns brown 20 minutes after taking a bite.)

I personally prefer products that have a combination of vitamins, like  A,C & E.

4. Use the latest ingredients to address certain skin conditions.

  • Peptides-collagen stimulating ingredient for firming the skin
  • White Tea– the most calming antioxidant of all teas, for soothing redness.
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate– stable Vitamin C that not only provides powerful antioxidants to the skin, but works to lighten pigmentation (brown spots).
  • Pomegranate– a highly potent antioxidant.
  • Shea Butter-ultra-moisturizing to alleviate dry skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid– helps retain the skin’s natural moisture. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water resulting in enhanced elasticity, lubrication, plumpness and moisture of skin. Also has healing properties.


    5. Don’t pick at your skin. The life of a breakout is just 3-5 days, but when you pick at a blemish, the red mark that lingers can be there for 1-2 months! We know it’s tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. 


    I use blemish cream/drawing paste/spot gel to get rid of blemishes. Choose those that contains sulphur (smelly but effective), benzylperoxide (again,smelly), tea tree oil ( medicinal) or salicylic acid.

    6. Clean your cosmetics brushes once a week. Bacteria and oil can build up on your cosmetic brushes, which can lead to clogged pores and break outs. Using a mild liquid dish soap and cold water, carefully wash out your brushes and rinse thoroughly. Comb the bristles to prevent tangling. Stand brushes upright in a glass to let dry. Cosmetic sponges should be washed with mild soap and rinsed thoroughly after each use.

    I use baby shampoo to clean my brushes after wiping them with eye make up removal ( dont use waterproof eye make up removal as it will leaves oily residue )

    7. Throw out your bar soap and exchange it for a liquid cleanser. The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance) which will strip all the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, acne conditions, sensitive and dry skins will be aggravated. 


    8. Exfoliate. Exfoliation is the key to untrapping clogged pores, fading post-break out red marks, smoothing the skin and stimulating new and healthy skin cell growth, but people forget to make exfoliation a regular part of their routine. Keep your facial scrub in the shower, that way it’s staring at you and your most likely to then use it. 2-3 times a week is a must for healthy and smooth skin!


    I use topical retin A a few times a week underneath my night cream, so i couldnt be bothered with manual exfoliation.

    9. Always use an eye cream. This delicate area is the first place to show aging and also contains the fewest oil glands on the face. Daily use of an eye cream applied in a patting motion with your ring finger keeps this area moist and plump resulting in a lesser appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Be sure to avoid eye creams that contain Mineral Oil or Petroleum as these ingredients will weight down the skin tissue resulting in premature sagging of the skin. And always apply eye cream with your ring finger. It’s the weakest finger and won’t unnecessarily tug at the skin tissue.


    10. Avoid drinking out of straws.  We know that the reason for lines and wrinkles is from sun damage, but it’s also caused from facial expressions. (Think smiling as the cause of crow’s feet around the eyes.) So when drinking out of a straw, you have to purse your lips which causes unnecessary wrinkles and lines around the mouth. If you’re concerned about lines and wrinkles, then drinking directly from the glass is a much better option. Save that expression for kissing!

    Skinesis Dynamic Defence concentrate SPF 15

    Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2009 by LPB

    A powerful anti-ageing concentrate of a potent blend of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides.This contains double the concentration of many actives found in Dynamic Defence.

    In addition Revolutionary Renovage™ and Matrixyl™ 3000 peptide combine with triple skin-brighteners and precious iris, rose and jasmine. This helps to give an improved feeling of plumpness, appearance of clarity and restored natural moisture balance.



  • Omega rich oils and vitamins A, C and E provide the skin with essential nutrients for optimum skin health and vitality.
  • Beta glucan, shea and mango butter intensively nourish and comfort dehydrated and stressed skins while extracts of iris, rose and jasmine calm and soothe.
  • Vitamin A helps regulate sebum secretions and improve skin health whilst protecting the skin from environmental damage alongside antioxidants coenzyme q10 and idebenone.
  • Unfortunately, I suspect this product is causing me to have breakout and i also prefer a finish that is more matt. Otherwise, it’s a great anti-aging product with adequate sun protection, high tech moisture magnets & anti-oxidants.


    Posted in skincare with tags , , , on May 5, 2008 by LPB

    I just came across a very informative article from, thought i would share it here:

    Sunscreen is classified into 2 categories: chemical and physical.

    Chemical ingredients reduce ultraviolet radiation as it penetrates the skin. Years ago chemical sunscreen only protected against UVB rays; however, today you can find UVA protection also. Make sure to look for Mexoryl™ and avobenzone (Parsol 1789®) on the label.

    Also known as sunblock, physical products contain the ingredients titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to block both UVB and UVA rays.

    The first step in protecting yourself against sun damage is to make sure you buy and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

    Next focus your attention on SPF or the Sun Protection Factor, which indicates protection against UVB rays, not UVA.

    Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher for every day, year-round use, according to the American Melanoma Foundation. A good way to include sunscreen in your daily regimen is to use an SPF moisturizer, anyone with a condition that increases his or her sun sensitivity, fair skin or family history of skin cancer should wear SPF 30 or higher, according to WebMD.

    If you are going to be in the sun for any length of time engaging in outdoor activities, you should also choose an SPF of 30 or higher.

    The value differences among SPFs aren’t proportional, a common misconception. The American Melanoma Foundation explains, “While an SPF of 2 will absorb 50 percent of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93 percent and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97 percent.”

    Another misconception is assuming the labels “water resistant” and “waterproof” mean the same thing. When sunscreen is considered water resistant, you can expect that it’ll protect you for 40 minutes in the water, according to the FDA’s definition.

    With waterproof protection, you can be in the water up to 80 minutes without reapplying.

    When it come to kids, babies younger than six months shouldn’t be in the sun at all; for kids over six months, parents should purchase sunscreens specifically for children, because ingredients like para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), dioxybenzone, oxybenzone or sulisobenzone, typically found in adult formulas, will irritate children’s skin.

    Kid-friendly sunscreens are also a great option for those with skin conditions or sensitive skin; similarly, look for products with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are also found in children’s sunscreens anyway.

    Many of us think that after choosing our sunscreen we’ve accomplished the most important part of sun protection, but it’s actually the application that’s vital, Henry W. Lim, the dermatology department chair at Henry Ford Medical Center, tells WebMD. It seems a lot of us are applying sunscreen incorrectly.

    The American Melanoma Foundation and WebMD highlight these important facts and tips on sun protection and year-round use.

    80 percent of ultraviolent radiation still passes through on overcast days.

    The sun reflects 17 percent off sand and 80 percent off snow.

    Every time altitude increases by 1,000 feet, there’s a 4 percent increase in UV radiation.

    Don’t forget spots like the lips, ears, feet and the back of your legs. For lips, invest in a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.

    Apply an ounce of sunscreen to all exposed areas 30 minutes before you go outside. According to WebMD, “A number of studies show that people simply don’t use enough – and only get 10 percent to 25 percent of the benefit.”

    Apply sunscreen every two hours.

    Look at the expiration date on sunscreen.

    Though sunscreen is vital to safeguard against photoaging and skin cancer, it doesn’t provide full protection against UV rays, no matter the SPF or heavy application, cautions WebMD, and neither does your average clothing.

    So make sure you follow these additional sun protection tips: wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and sun-protective clothes; avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and stay in the shade.

    I usually  apply antioxidant underneath my sunscreen, to neutralize the free radicals generated during exposure. ( Clinique’s Continuous Rescue, Lauder’s Advance Night  Repair )

    I apply Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF70  or Clinique’s SuperDefense if i am tanning in the pool; My dream  block would be one that selectively screen out the aging UVA rays while letting the burning (  tanning ) rays through. I want a radiantly bronzed finish, not a wrinkled appearance.

    Dermatologists have spent considerable time and effort educating the public about the dangers of UV exposure. But if despite your best efforts you come home with a burn, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the pain of sunburn and treat your skin.

    The skin typically reacts three to six hours after exposure, reaching its maximum reaction after 24 hours. If you are still in the sun when you realize you’re burned, you should find shade or cover up immediately, as you will continue to burn.

    To relieve the pain, cool the skin with cold compresses, or a cool shower if you can stand it. Ibuprofen will help with the pain and inflammation, and drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated. Products containing aloe are also very soothing.

    According to Zoe Draelos, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, sunburn literally cooks the protein in your skin. A washcloth soaked in cold skim milk will ease the initial sting of sunburn, and create a protein film that will alleviate the ensuing discomfort. Plain yogurt can also be used. After rinsing the milk or yogurt, be sure to apply a moisturizing lotion to keep your skin hydrated.

    Avoiding sunburn in the first place is still the best solution, but if you do get burned, hydrating and moisturizing will speed your recovery.

    I uses topical steroids to calm the irritation after sunbathing ( applied sparingly ) and nourish my skin with potent antioxidants.