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Decade-by-Decade skin care routine

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Are you following the right skin care regimen for your age?

Adriana Martino, an esthetician who operates SKINNEY Medspa and Wellness in New York City, says many women don't realize their skin care regimen needs to change as they get older. "The same things that work for you in your 30s may not be the best for your skin when you're in your 50s," says Martino. "But my older customers don't seem as aware about what they should be doing."

While there are some general rules that we all have to follow -- like daily sunscreen, for instance -- there are others specific to different ages. What should you be doing now? Here’s a look:

In your 30s
Martino says the 30s are when many women start to notice fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Pigmentation from sun exposure is also more visible at this age. "The first thing I would recommend is using a good eye cream at night that has peptides, which stimulate the production of collagen,” she says. "You should also be sure to use moisturizer regularly – and make it a water-based one.”

"You also want to make sure you're exfoliating regularly -- at least once a week. And I recommend having a facial once a month, especially if you're prone to breakouts."

In your 40s
As you enter middle age, skin changes become even more noticeable. This is the time to consider adding collagen-boosting products that will make your skin look younger and healthier. "Using a retinol-based cream is important at this stage because it will speed up cell turnover,” says Martino. But because retinol can be drying, you may want to use it only once or twice a week.

This is the time to schedule regular facials to keep your skin healthy and refreshed, and to talk to your dermatologist about getting a good chemical peel. Moisturizing is also more important now than in your 30s, because your skin becomes dryer as you begin to lose estrogen. Martino suggests using gentle daily moisturizers containing ceramide.

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In your 50s

For women in their 50s, the emphasis is on adding even more moisture. “I would recommend using an oil-based moisturizer at this point and increasing your use of retinol products with a higher concentration,” Martino says, “I also recommend laser therapy at this stage. Things like Thermage can tighten loose skin. You can definitely use serums with peptides, as well.” To wash your face, use a cream cleanser for extra softness. Menopause and hormone use can also make skin more sensitive, so baby your skin by adding new products gradually to make sure they don’t irritate your face.

Finally, as you approach your 60s, your diet and exercise habits are just as important as the beauty products you use. “I recommend a healthy lifestyle in general to make sure your skin looks young,” says Martino

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German Nivea Creme

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It has been a wide spread rumor that theGerman version of Nivea Cremeis identical to Creme De La Mer. The ingredients are very similar, but I firmly believe the sea kelp and fermentation process of the Creme de La Mer makes an astounding difference.  But, I was all up for the possibility of finding this illustrious $7 version of the Creme. 

It is said that only the German made version of Nivea is comparable to Creme De La Mer.  I was able to find this version onwww.smallflower.com.  This site is a wonderful find.  They have some terrific and very hard to find products from Europe.  The shipping was fast, and the prices were very reasonable. 

So, I ordered the Nivea creme, and eagerly awaited what I hoped would be my new (and cheaper version) of Creme de La Mer.  Well.....I hate to say that I was very disappointed.  Although this is a fantastic and very rich body (and possible face) creme, I found it way too thick.  The application was very hard due to the consistency.  It took forever to spread the creme all over my body, and I ended up having to towel some of it off so that I could put on my clothes without feeling like a wrapped sausage.  It was that sticky! I also tried to use it as a night creme, and broke out very badly the next day.  Once again, the Creme de La Mer is still the winner for me.

Now, all this being said I am sure that a drier skinned customer might adore this heavier version of Nivea.  Even though I personally couldn't stand the thickness of the creme for my body, I will admit that my legs felt incredibly soft the next day.  It was just not worth the hassle of the application and the drying time for me.  Oh well, another day, another search for the best products out there!

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Creme De La Mer

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Even though I hate to endorse ridiculously expensive products I must tell you about my all time favorite face cream. You can use it all over as a face cream, eye cream, and lip cream. And yes, it is ridiculously expensive, but when you consider that it is an "all in one" product it makes the price a little more reasonable. Actually, that's the excuse I tell myself to justify the money. But, the thing that is ironic is that I have spent more money trying out "inexpensive" face products in the hope of not having to shell out money for my favorite expensive counterpart. Jeesh!

Creme De La Mer is the product. I am telling you ladies, the hype is true.  This stuff is a "miracle" just like it claims to be.

I know it looks scary to put a cream on your face, but it works. I have acne prone skin, that is also massively dry.The problem with this is that most acne products are extremely drying due to the sulfur, salicylic and glycolic acids . Quite the conundrum! But this cream solves all my problems.  My skin is firmer, clearer, and softer. It actually helps to clear up my cystic acne, and tighten my pores, all the while making my skin incredibly soft.

The great thing is that Creme De La Mer also makes a gel version which has a lighter feel for the summer time.  The gel version is also a wonderful alternative to the cream for oilier skin types. So you can try either one, and still get the same amazing results.

So, what's the price you ask?  It runs about $230, but I promise it is well worth it.  The secret is in the "miracle broth" as they call it.  The ingredients are actually quite simple, with the base concentrated on sea kelp.  The difference is that the cream is started out as a broth and fermented for over 6 months.  Every jar goes through this process.  The cream was originally developed by Dr. Max Huber, a NASA scientist.  After an experiment gone bad, Dr. Huber was left with burns all over his face.  He spent the next 10 years trying to create a cream to heal his scars.  It is said that by the time he died, he was virtually scar-less.  Hence the miracle.  

There is a theory that the German based Nivea cream is the same (and less expensive version) of this product.  I have tried both, and will be giving my review of the Nivea tomorrow.  But I can tell you for sure that nothing will ever beat the original in my book.  Now, if only I could convince my accountant that this cream is worth it!

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Paula’s Choice Skincare

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I don't know why, but as I have gotten older my skin has gone from somewhat dry to alligator dry! It is often tight, itchy and dull.  Not pretty at all.  I have become stuck in a skincare rut, with some products doing ok and others just not working at all. 

So, when I got the chance to try out a new skincare set for dry skin, I said "why not!". I was glad I did.  I have been hearing about Paula's Choice skincare for some time, but never made the jump to try it out.  For me, the best thing about these products was the simplicity.  It never irritated my skin, or clogged my pores.  I liked them so much that I even took these with me on my honeymoon! If that is not trusting your skincare, than I don't know what is. 

Paula's Choice provides you with access to a skincare expert who can go through your concerns with you and recommend products that would be best suited to your needs.  After having a consultation, I was referred to the Skin Recovery line for dry skin with the addition of the Resist Moisture Renewal Oil.  Now, I will admit that some of the products didn't blow my mind (I have never been a toner gal), but I ADORED the concentrate serum, gel exfoliant, replenishing moisturizer and the oil. LOVE LOVE LOVE mixing the oil with my replenishing moisturizer.  It is an amazing combo that never left me feeling greasy or lacking in moisture. 

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Here are the details:

Products in the Skin Recovery Advanced Kit Include:

  • Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser:
  • Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner:
  • Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant:
    • This lightweight gel increases skin cell turnover rate, revealing a smooth, firm and radiant appearance.
  • Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum:
    • a gentle alternative to retinol
  • Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30:
  • Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer:
  • Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask:

Active Ingredients: 

  • borage seed oil
  • Aloe barbadensis
  • ceramide NS, and vitamin E
  • Chamomilla recutita flower extract,
  • coenzyme Q10, and licorice extract
  • macadamia nut oil, and grape seed extract
  • soy oil, vitamin C, beta-glucan, olive oil/olive fruit oil
  • cucumber extract, apricot kernel oil

Now you can try out these sets for yourself (and don't forget my personal favorite, Resist Moisture Renewal Oil)

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Secrets to Flawless Foundation

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 Secrets to Flawless Foundation

Want gorgeous skin? Fake it! Sure, a proper skin care regimen, smart diet, regular exercise and never even looking at a lit cigarette (much less smoking one) will give you good skin. But to get to great, you need to bring in some artifice: foundation.

How to Choose the Best Foundation for You
The right foundation is what gives stars who walk the red carpet the look of poreless, airbrushed skin. And it can be yours too. First, choose the foundation that’s right for you in both texture and color. If your skin is oily, you’ll want to control your T-zone with an oil-free formula or a powder foundation. Mineral makeup is a good choice too. Those mineralized particles suck up extra moisture.

Opt for a cream or liquid foundation if you have dry skin. Look for words like “hydrating,” “moisturizing” or “luminous” in the product description. 

Hate makeup? Get the benefit of foundation without looking like you’re wearing any with a lightweight tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. These “beauty balms” are all-in-one wonders, acting as primer, coverage, moisturizer, skin treatment, sunscreen and even concealer. Find a shade that matches your skin exactly. When you swipe it across your jawline it should melt into your skin invisibly. Step into natural light to check it. (Yes, you want to go foundation shopping in the daytime.)

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Application Secrets of the Pros
Borrow a few tricks from makeup artists for perfect application. Brett Freedman, a Hollywood makeup artist who has worked on stars like Emily Blunt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lisa Kudrow, says prepping your skin before your apply foundation is key. He likes to lay down a veil of lightweight oil-free foundation with a flat-top brush, allow it to dry for a few seconds and then use the same brush to apply foundation. “That way there’s still a touch of moisturizer on the bristles when I’m smoothing foundation over the skin,” Freedman says.

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Friday Top 5 – The Best Cleansers

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1) Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: Radiant, clear skin is within your reach. For dull, congested skin, Mario Badescu's lathering deep cleanser has the exfoliating power of glycolic acid to break down build-up from skin's surface, reduce minor discoloration and minimize clogged pores which can cause pimples.

2) Philosophy Purity Made Simple:  You do not need a makeup remover and a toner to complete the cleansing process. Most cleansers are formulated to foam, push around, and hopefully rinse away dirt and makeup. 'purity made simple' was formulated to actually emulsify and dissolve dirt, embedded debris and makeup rather than creating a lot of foam without a lot of clean.  Nothing takes makeup off better! 

3) Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser, Pink Grapefruit: An oldie but goodie! Still one of my favorite washes when I start to breakout. This newest version has an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus vitamin c, this unique formula clears blemishes and blackheads.  Eliminates oil and dirt without over-drying.

4) Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cleanser: I personally love how moisturizer, and creamy this lathering cleanser is. It is a lightly whipped, high-performance cleanser with an antioxidant complex and skin conditioning ingredients that dissolve impurities and help moisturize the skin. It also provides immediate and lasting hydration to the skin's surface.

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The Beauty Rules of Order

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The Beauty Rules of Order

The sequence in which you apply serums, creams and cosmetics can be as important as the products themselves, so we asked a celebrity dermatologist and a makeup artist for their advice on what goes on when and why.

The Basics of Skin Care

Apply products with active ingredients that are designed to repair before you apply heavier products that protect. These “actives” include antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, peptides, vitamins and pigment lighteners. They contain molecules small enough to penetrate the outer layer of skin in order to get down to the deeper layers where they work to hydrate, brighten, smooth and firm the skin.

  • Heavier products, such as moisturizers and sunscreens, go on next because they function as shields, keeping UV rays out and moisture in, says Ava Shamban, M.D., who is the featured dermatologist on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”
  • “If you make the mistake of topping a sunscreen with an antioxidant serum, the serum won’t be able to sink in since the cells are already sealed,” says Shamban. In other words, access denied, no matter how pricey or terrific the product may be.

The Basics of Cosmetics

Applying cosmetics in the right order results in a natural-looking finish and streamlines the process by preventing mistakes.

  • “It has a lot to do with texture, such as not putting cream formulations on top of powdered ones,” says makeup artist Tonya Crooks, whose regular clients include Megan Fox and Fergie.
  • Using a mineral powder foundation before cream blush will look blotchy because it will be hard to blend the blush.
  • Lipstick should always go under lip gloss, so you can still achieve the shine you’re after.

Top Ten Beauty Rules of Order

Only a beauty-pageant contender would use all of the products that follow, but for purposes of illustration, here they are in their optimal order of application, after your morning cleansing routine.

1. If you use hydrating mists to plump up the skin, or gels for acne or rosacea, apply now. The mists soften the top layer of dead skin cells (the stratum corneum) and help conduct water-soluble products down to the deeper layers of skin.

2. Active ingredients in water-soluble gels and serums go on now. Examples are antioxidant serums, AHAs, peptides, vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, growth factors and pigment lighteners.

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