Polish Your Image

Young attractive smiling couple or business people

You enter a room and, in nanoseconds, you are judged by how you look, before you even speak. In a fiercely competitive world and especially as you age, looks matter in a professional environment.  Business professionals young and old need a look that projects a well-polished image.

Women

Women often become accustomed to having the same hairstyle and wearing the same makeup for years. We all know women who always look the same (remember that woman that always dresses in purple and the one who has had the same permed hairstyle for years).

The major complaint from most busy women, professionals and moms is how long it takes to get ready in the morning.  Sometimes they give up and get their lips tattooed red and a line tattooed on their eyelid so it looks like they are wearing eyeliner.  Unfortunately, it fades very quickly and everyone knows that you had permanent makeup done and it does not look fresh.

Another common oversight women forget is hair on their lip or obvious hair sticking out of their nostrils.  I have seen many women with flawless makeup only to see hair on their lip or hair hanging out their nostrils.  Sometimes the hair on their lip is dark and it shows even more.  It is not a good look.

Men

Men are beginning to realize that they may need more than just a shave and a haircut. They may be well-dressed, but haven’t given a second thought to their faces. They are forgetting the small things that make a big difference.  Those long 1 1/2 inch hairs in their brows, ear hair and hairs sticking out of nostrils is very unattractive.  Think about the last time you spoke to a man at a networking event and noticed their furry ears.  You weren’t even listening to them speak, you were checking out their errant hair.

Don’t think it is only the older  men, the younger group need to eliminate any distractions that take away from a person’s professional image.

Check Before You Walk Out That Door!

Make the time before you walk out that door to check what your face looks like.  Are your clothes pressed, are your shoes in good shape?  What is your handbag like?  Maybe take a few minutes on the weekend when you have some down time to really look at your yourself.  Prepare for the coming week by setting aside your accessories and give them a once over.

Today’s competitive world shows no sign of moving away from the visual.  Be ready!

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The In’s & Out’s of Chemical Peels

What is it?

A chemical peel is an acid solution that is applied to the skin. It works by dissolving the outermost layer of skin cells, which then peels off over the following days to uncover the fresher, younger layer below. This helps with skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne, mild scarring, improving skin brightness, and evening skin tone.

3 Types of Peels and Recovery

1. Light – no downtime from work and normal activities.

2. Moderate – a day or two of rest.

3. Deep – a week or more of downtime (Deep peels are performed under a physician’s supervision).

Preparing for Treatment

Check with your esthetician about which peel is  right for you and address medication use such as acne medication, Retin-A or Accutane. Make sure to get a thorough consultation prior to your peel.

What to Expect

  • One or more chemical mixtures will be applied, sich as glycolic acid (from sugar cane), trichloroacetic acid (similar to bleach), salicylic acid (wintergreen—good for acne), lactic acid (from milk), or a combination peel called a Jessners peel.
  • A tingling, burning or hot sensation is normal.
  • Most peels remain on the skin only a few minutes.
  • After some peels, a neutralizing solution is applied to stop the peel.

Post

  • Stay out of the sun, as your skin will be very sensitive to UV rays.
  • Sun-damaged areas of your skin will appear darker at first, then will lighten.

Your esthetician will recommend healing products to use that will soothe and nourish your skin, and aid in its recovery. During this time, allow the skin to heal and function without interference from other products. If you must wear makeup, mineral makeup will not adversely affect the skin.

 

Adapted from ASCP – Medical Corner. Chemical Peels

 

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I’m 50, What Happened to My Face?

Yikes!  All of a sudden you look in the mirror and those fine lines have become deeper, your face is sagging,  your skin is thinner, brown spots are appearing and there are raised bumps coming out of nowhere.  By the way,  women have the added disadvantage of a dramatic drop in estrogen as they age which causes dryness on top of it all.  You ask your doctor and he/she says “Welcome to old age!”  No way, I don’t like that surprise, what happened and how did it creep up on me?  It is never too late to start a regimen to boost your skin and perhaps soften the effects of aging.

Very tired eyes

We have all had bad habits in our youth.  Now is the time to discard the bar of soap or drugstore cleanser and start new habits by following this routine:

Step 1: Cleanse

Choose a cleanser that removes dirt without stripping your skin of moisture. Products containing natural exfoliators, such as alpha hydroxy acids, help slough away dead skin, clear up menopausal acne and stimulate collagen production.  Even in your 50’s your skin cells are renewing; they are doing so at a slower rate.  Schedule a facial or a peel at regular intervals for a professional exfoliation to remove those dead, lifeless cells.

Step 2: Protect

Daily sunscreen use can halt skin aging by 24%, an Australian study finds, so slather up.  Most say that they don’t work outside so why wear sunscreen?  No matter!  You get sun exposure everywhere – in the car; on a cloudy day.  And monitor pimples that don’t heal, bumps that bleed easily and rough patches—they could be precancerous.  Consider going to a dermatologist for a skin cancer check on a regular basis.

Step 3: Smooth

Retinoids increase collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin and minimizes skin imperfections, including wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Antioxidant creams, lotions and serums containing vitamins C and E also help soften and smooth the skin.  Choose your skin care line with the above in mind.  At this age, it is important to not strip the skin of nutrients, it is important to add and to turnover cells.  Consider consulting an esthetician for a product line that is suitable for your skin type and will leave your skin glowing!

With the right products and regimen, it’s possible to maintain young healthy skin in your 50s.

Adapted from AARP Magazine August/September 2014 Skin Care in Your 50s

 

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