Avoiding “Tech Neck”

 

Many of our 2018 blog posts have been general skincare reminders: the importance of vitamin-c and aloe vera, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep every night, and exfoliating on a weekly basis – just to name a few. One subject we haven’t covered, which seems to be a practice overlooked by many, is applying neck cream!

Are we all going to have a wrinkly neck some day? Absolutely. Just like the skin on our face, as our oestrogen and collagen levels decline so will the firmness of the skin on our neck. However, the good news is that you can apply most of the same routine you’re using on your face to your neck! Do you exfoliate your face at least twice a week? Are you applying moisturizer with SPF 30 every morning and night? The same can and should be done to your neck.

How else can we defy the signs of neck aging? If you work at a desk, you probably already know the importance of keeping your screen at eye level. Not only does this minimize the pain in your spine and shoulders, but also prevents the skin on your neck from creating creases which inevitably lead to wrinkles. If you don’t work at a desk, this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Folks these days are experiencing a new phenomenon known as: tech neck. Although you may not have a desk job, you probably have a cell phone, iPad, or some electronic that causes you to look down once, twice, or a million times a day. YOU are also at risk for neck wrinkles!

The general rule to anti-aging in skincare is to get in a routine with products that are designed to protect, tighten, hydrate and promote the improvement of elasticity. Everything else you do on a daily basis are bonus points! So stay hydrated, exfoliate, keep your head up, stress levels down, and WEAR SUNSCREEN. 

NECK CREAMS YOU CAN TRY:

Dermalogica – Extra Firming Booster 

Firming fluid concentrate to help tighten aging skin. Vitamin C, Seaweed and Protein Peptides help diminish signs of premature aging.

  • Provides a flash-firming effect.
  • Noticeably diminishes fine lines.
  • Defends against damaging free radicals.

 

OLAY – TOTAL EFFECTS ANTI-AGING NIGHT FIRMING CREAM

  • All-In-One Night Cream works while you sleep to reveal younger-looking skin
  • Multitasking Face Moisturizer fights 7 signs of aging, including the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • VitaNiacin Complex, with Vitamins C and E, exfoliates to enhance skin’s natural self-renewal process
  • Designed to be applied at night after cleansing as your skin loses more moisture overnight than any other time
  • Replenishes moisture and hydrates for a firm look
  • Oil free: will not clog pores, fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula

 

 

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Introducing: Rapid Reveal Peel

Why are skin peels so great? Peeling can treat aged skin, deep wrinkles, fine lines, hydration issues and acne scars, while improving your skin’s vitality and textureAs a result of the peel, the deeper layers of the skin will respond by regenerating new skin and by increasing the production of collagen. The result is a look that’s smoother and more youthful.

Yes, having a skin care routine that works is always a relief, however it doesn’t hurt to give your face a boost every so often.

Prep for professional peel: If you’re considering getting one, remember to stay hydrated. Drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water the week before. Also, exfoliate at least a couple of days the week before…why exfoliate before an exfoliation service like a chemical peel? Because you’ll want to prep your skin for the professional strength chemical peel. Lastly, continue to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize and wear sun screen! Be sure to stick to using the same moisturizer and sun screenexperimenting with new products may cause your skin to get irritated and unbalanced.

DIY peel: NOW on to NEW Dermalogica! Just in time for fall (and winter’s) dry weather, we are introducing the Rapid Reveal Peel. A professional-grade at-home peel that helps reveal brighter, healthier skin. This maximum-strength exfoliant delivers powerful results using a unique complex of phytoactive AHA extracts, Lactic Acid and fermented plant enzymes to help reveal new, firmer skin.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • 10% lactic acid
  • Rice bran extract – help even skin tone by resurfacing the skin and accelerating cell turnover while smoothing
  • Australian caviar lime – brightens skin for a more radiant complexion
  • Lactobacillus/pumpkin fruit enzyme – ALSO helps even skin tone by resurfacing the skin and accelerating cell turnover while smoothing

HOW TO USE: Massage over face. Allow to activate for 3-7 minutes. You may experience slight tingling. Rinse with cold water or wipe off with a cold, damp towel. Recommended for evening use.

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Cold Cream Come Back!

Talk about a blast from the past! When I think of cold cream, I think of a black and white movie starring an elegant debutante – sitting at her vanity mirror applying something to her skin from a polished container. There’s a chance you may remember your mother or grandmother doing the same. That something was the beauty-rage of the era, a critical product used in hopes of maintaining a youthful glow.

So what is it exactly? Well, cold cream products then and now are made up of the same, core ingredients: mineral oil, waxes, beeswax and water. This mixture not only helps to remove makeup, but is know to protect skin from losing moisture.

A more through answer by ALLURE: “Cold creams are fine as makeup removers, period,” cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta told me over email. To explain why, here’s your science lesson for the day: “Cold creams are very simple emulsions of high concentrations of mineral oil and waxes, like beeswax or ceresin, in water,” he continued. “The emulsifiers that hold the cream together are fatty acids or long-chain phosphates that are neutralized with triethanolamine and/or sodium hydroxide. The neutralized fatty acid or phosphate basically forms a soap base, and that mineral oil/soap composition is great for removing makeup and inflamed skin. The mineral oil and waxes are skin protectants that create a moisture barrier on the skin, which makes your skin feel soft and protects against moisture loss.”

Could this be a new additional to your skincare routine? If you’re having a hard time controlling breakouts, you know that dry skin can be the root of all evil and a major cause of irritation. Fall is here – which means dry weather and MORE dry weather to come. Remember, hydrated skin not only looks healthy, but is stronger and more prepared to fight off the daily contact between our face and pollutants. Could cold cream be worth a shot this winter?

HOW TO USE: by PODS

Skin type: All skin types

Whether your skin is oily, dry, or sensitive, the way to apply POND’S® Cold Cream Cleanser is the same. Start out with clean, dry, hands and with two fingers scoop out a bit of Cold Cream Cleanser from the jar. Apply a light layer over your entire face, massaging gently, and watch this cleanser work its magic.

ADDITIONAL USES FOR COLD CREAM:

  • Lip balm for chapped lips
  • Lotion for dry knees, elbows, and heels
  • Switch out your Barbosol to use as shaving cream
  • Ran out of aloe vera? Use for sunburn relief
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