7 Skin Care Tips

May 15th, 2009 by Jane

My lovely neighbor, Debra Brown, is an aesthetician and I asked her for some skin care information that I could share with you. She graciously narrowed down her vast knowledge and experience to give us the seven most important things you can do for your skin.

1. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
Ninety percent of all visible skin changes attributed to aging are caused by the sun. One in three Caucasians and one in five persons of color will  be diagnosed with skin cancer. Prevention is the best solution for this issue.

There are two kinds of sunscreen, the first type, physical sunscreens, will reflect or scatter the rays of the sun. Active ingredients typically include zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Physical sunscreens will leave a white cast on the skin and they are perfect for children and those with sensitive skin. The second type is chemical sunscreens and these absorb the rays of the sun. The active ingredients, such as avobenzone, oxybensone, Tinosorb and Mexoryl can cause stinging and irritation to sensitive skin.

Debra also recommends using sunscreen specifically formulated for the face on your face. But most importantly, find a sunscreen that you like as you will be more likely to use it.

Debra’s favorite sunscreens are: SkinCeuticals Physical or Ultimate Defense SPF 30,  All Terrain KidSport SPF 30, Jason Sunbrellas Chemical Free Sunblock SPF 30+ and LaRoche-Posay Anthelios.

You can now wash sun protection into your clothing with Sun Guard by RIT. One package will add sun protection to one load of clothes. After using this product, your clothing will block 96 % of sun rays that will last for up to twenty washings. How cool is that?

2. Mineral Make-up
These make-up products were developed for the most compromised skin. They feel light and airy and are made from finely ground minerals. They are free from preservatives, artificial colors, talc, oils, fragrances and other skin irritants. These are great for all skin types, but especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Try Bare Minerals, Jane Iredale or Bare Escentuals.

3. Vitamin C
This topical anti-oxidant will protect skin against damaging free radicals from UV radiation. Debra suggests using this daily in conjunction with sunscreen and she likes SkinCeuticals C E or Phloretin CF.

4. Hyaluronic Acid
This topical application can aid in hydration of the skin. Your skin needs both water and oil. Lack of oil feels tight and itchy, lack of water looks creepy and old, according to Debra! Her favorite hydrating products are Twinlab Na-PCA Moisture Mist and SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel.

5. Exfoliants
Your skin cells can turnover every 28-120 days leaving a build up of dead skin cells that  can look dry, dull and rough. With exfoliating products, skin can look fresh, dewy and younger. These products can  range from facial scrubs to light chemical peels to deep resurfacing. Please follow directions on the product. Every skin type needs exfoliation, so try a product with Retin A, AHA or glycolic acid in it.

6. Pay close attention…
To your face, neck and decollete area. The neck and decollete show aging just as much as your face and the damage is much harder to reverse in these areas. Use facial products and extend down the neck and upper chest area.

7. Spend Wisely
Debra highly recommends spending more money on skin care than on make-up. Healthy skin needs less make-up, so you will get bigger results for the money!

2 Responses to “7 Skin Care Tips”

  1. Mitch Says:

    Nice tips!

  2. Woody Bombay Says:


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