Normal Skin

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June 8, 2017

What does “normal skin” mean anyway? Well, when we’re talking about skin, it means that you are one of the lucky ones; at least for the time being. If you don’t have a problem with oil or breakouts, and you don’t feel that your skin is dry and tight, you probably fall in this “blessed” skin type range. Most people with your skin have small pores, little to no breakouts and can get by with little foundation. Your skin does change as you age, so you’ll need to bear that in mind.

Beautiful Healthy Normal Skin…

Has a clear, fine-textured, supple and smooth surface which is neither greasy nor dry. It glows with an inner health which stems from good blood circulation and excellent health. Your skin has an even tone, soft, a smooth texture, no visible pores or blemishes, and no greasy patches or flaky areas.

There may be occasional pimples in women with this skin type just before menstruation due to increased hormonal activity. Acne, however, is not a problem for people with normal skin. Your skin is beautiful, but it needs to be cared for if it is to last. Neglect can lead to signs of aging and wrinkling.

Normal skin is the easiest to take care of because you can use most skin care products without fear of irritation. It is understandable that most women with your skin don’t think about stopping the aging process until the direct effects of the aging process begin to show. Once spots, lines and wrinkles, arrive it’s too late for the preventative benefits of an anti-aging skin care regimen, but it’s not too late to see tremendous benefits.

To keep your skin beautiful, you need to find a good skin care regimen and stick with it.

Anti-Aging Skin Care for Normal Skin

  • The most important aspect of a good skin care routine for normal skin is making sure that nothing you use will strip your skin of moisture.
  • Avoid direct heat on the face – including that from blow dryers.
  • Cleanse normal type skin with anything gentle and water based. Do not use soap or other harsh cleansers, because they will only dry out the skin
  • Follow every cleansing with a mild freshener to keep pores tight and to remove traces of cleanser clinging to the skin. Use an astringent with a low alcohol content.
  • An additional way to keep skin looking young and fresh is to exfoliate. Gentle exfoliation can be done every day, after cleansing the skin. Chemical exfoliations are good, but follow the directions on the package because some are too harsh for everyday use.
  • After exfoliating, moisturize your face with creams that have alpha-hydroxy or glycolic acids. These ingredients promote healthy skin growth by breaking down dead skin cells. This reveals new fresh skin cells that are uncovered by the removal of dead cells.
  • While these acids help with skin cell growth, they do not prevent wrinkles. Be careful when using chemicals, because even though they’re pretty gentle, overdoing any anti-aging product may result in irritation or an increase to sensitivity
  • Apply moisturizer to the whole face when the skin is still slightly damp. The creme or lotion will help lock in the surface moisture. Even with normal skin it’s best to keep your skin moisturized so it can continue looking healthy and in good condition.
  • Always protect it with an SPF of 30 or higher sunscreen to reduce the risk of UVA or UVB rays causing damage to your skin. Some dermatologists recommend that you always wear sun protection. they point out hat even when the sun isn’t out, ultraviolet radiation can penetrate clouds..

  • Always use a mild, oil-based moisturizer under makeup to help retain surface moisture.· Guard against the drying, aging effects of the sun by using makeup products that contain a sunscreen.
  • At least once every two weeks, stimulate the circulation and smooth the surface of the skin by using a nondrying mask

Sensitive Skin

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June 4, 2017

 

Your sensitive skin tends to be thin and delicate with fine pores. This translates into a beautiful porcelain quality complexion when skin is healthy and well taken care of. It is also easily irritated and susceptible developing an unappealing rash or itching discomfort. You know that you have sensitive skin because certain skin care products, or household products that contact your skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, and / or tightness.

Even when there are no visible effects after contact with this products, the always makes your skin feel uncomfortable. Avoiding these products is the first rule for caring for sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin also needs moisture, sun protection and fortification against the look of old age. For your skin type, the challenge is finding solutions that do not create more problems.

Your Anti-Aging Sensitive Skincare Regimen Goals:

  • Eliminate Skin Outbreaks
  • Create a SAFE Skin Care Regimen
  • Create adequate moisturization
  • Create Anti-Aging therapeutic effects.
  1. Eliminate Skin Outbreaks

The first goal of eliminating skin outbreaks naturally raises the question of what is causing them in the first place. An outbreak is a reaction to an irritant. A little detective work to determine what your skin is reacting to can go a long way towards helping you enjoy the natural beauty of your porcelain complexion. Do you have any allergies?

An allergic reaction is the result of our immune system developing a defensive reaction to substances that are normally not harmful, such as dust or pollen. Then the body produces chemicals such as histamine, which attempt to fight off the perceived threat. Histamine causes the symptoms of inflammation and irritation. There are many things which could cause irritation and outbreaks in sensitive skin.

  • Avoid fragrances. You could be allergic to chemicals in fragrances. Fragrance is one of the top five allergens because it may contain many chemicals, which are toxic to the body and to the brain. Most skin care and personal care products, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and cleaning products contain synthetic fragrance.
  • Filter your water. Your skin may be irritated from chlorine in water. Drinking only bottled water and filtering the water your shower and bath water, will help you avoid absorbing the chlorine. This completely clears up their skin problems for a surprising number of people!
  • Avoid laundry and household cleansers with dyes or fragrances. The idea is to prevent your skin from coming in contact with irritants. Chemical fragrances and dyes are chemicals that may be irritating to sensitive skin.
  • Detox. Go on a two-week raw food detox diet. Your skin will regain its radiant health and beauty during the detox. Then if you notice any skin reactions as you return to the foods you normally eat, eliminate those foods from your diet.
  • Limit sugar and alcohol. Both deplete the immune system and create inflammation in the body. These are never helpful when you have skin irritation problems!
  • Increase your intake of raw vegetables and fruits. or supplement your diet with enzymes to reduce inflammation and improve digestion
  • Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in organic, cold pressed oils and fish. Walnuts, flax seeds and salmon are good sources. Take Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil
  1. Create a Safe Skin Care Regimen

Safe means non-irritating. You are eliminating irritants from your environment and your diet. You certainly don’t want to hazard using skin care products that cause outbreaks. Here are a few guidelines…

  • Test skin care products. With sensitive skin it is wise to test new products over several days by applying a small dab on your arm or behind your ear before you launch into rubbing it all over your face.
  • Cleanse with a non-soap fragrance free, dye free cleanser.
  • Use a natural astringent. Wool soaked in limejuice is a safe and effective toner for sensitive skin.
  • Only use moisturizers approved for sensitive skin. It’s still important to remember that hypoallergenic is not a guarantee that your skin won’t be irritated.
  • Use physical sun protection that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.Physical sunscreens act as a shield and reflect both UVA and UVB light and contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This type of sunscreen reflects the suns rays and doesn’t absorb and chemically neutralize UV radiation in your skin.
  • Avoid products that contain Antibacterial or deodorant ingredients, Alcohol, Retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids. The risk of irritation with products containing these active ingredients is too high to risk.
  1. Create Adequate Moisturization

Adequate moisturization involves keeping your skin cells hydrated. Good moisturization is especially important when your skin is delicate. When your skin becomes dry it is less able to protect itself from the environmental assaults that lead to old looking skin. Maintaining good cell hydration for your skin type is a three- step process.

  • Drink a minimum of six glasses of water daily
  • Use a sensitive Day Cream
  • Use a sensitive Night Cream.
  1. Create Anti-Aging Therapeutic Effects

When skin is easily irritated your Anti-Aging Skin Care Regimen must first of all do no damage. Beyond that it must satisfactorily address many aging skin conditions including:

  • Preserving your beautiful skin
  • Age spots
  • Thin skin
  • Delicate skin
  • Skin conditions including rosacea or eczema
  • Combating the first signs of wrinkles
  • Reversing the appearance of sagging skin and deep wrinkles

Combination Skin

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May 30, 2017

Combination skin could be considered the most challenging skin type to care for because you are often dealing with two opposite ends of the skin care spectrum. The majority of people with combination skin have a “T-zone” that includes the forehead nose and chin where the skin is oily while the cheeks; mouth and the areas around the eyes have dry skin. Many people deal with occasional breakouts and larger than normal pores, especially on the nose.

It’s easy to aggravate your dry skin areas by aggressively dealing with the oil on your forehead, nose, and chin. The products that control the oil often make your dry skin areas even worse. This leads to dry flaky skin, frustration and wondering if anything works.

The challenges of aging skin just add another level of complication. There are completely opposite anti-aging requirements for oily vs. dry skin. Combination skin requires gentle oil control in certain areas as well as moisture to ensure even healthy skin.

Combination Skin Anti-Aging Skincare Regimen Goals:

  • Maintain oil control.
  • Maintain moisture in the skin.
  • Prevent sun damage
  • Prevent or reverse the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

You will get the greatest satisfaction and best results by adopting a “both and” approach to every step of your skin care regimen. The oily parts have over-productive oil glands so it’s important to keep your pores clear and avoid stimulating excess oil production.

The dry sections of your complexion struggle to hold moisture. So your mission is to find products that do both, minimize oiliness and maximize moisture. Let’s start with you cleanser.

Cleansing Combination Skin

The first step in controlling oil and preventing acne breakouts is keeping the skin clean. Soaps or cleansers that are perfumed or colored can irritate the skin. Cleansers formulated for very oily skin may irritate the parts of the skin that are dry. What works best is gentle cleanser at least twice a day, and try for three times if you can. Exfoliation is also important for oily skin because dead skin cells create the perfect habitat for bacteria to grow and infect the skins oil glands. Regular exfoliation is also a part of maintaining oil control in your skincare regimen. Your cleanser must be gentle enough for dry skin and clean deeply enough to remove oils.

Use a Toner

Your toner is important for your T-zone. An astringent toner will provide a second cleansing step and will temporarily shrink some of your larger oil producing pores. Your toner should not contain alcohol, which will damage the dry areas of your skin. Let the toner dry before applying moisturizer.

Maintaining Moisture

Moisturizing is the key for healthy beautiful combination skin. You already know that a good moisturizer is necessary for your cheeks and dry skin areas. But that good moisturizer is also important for keeping the skin in your T-zone hydrated after the cleanser has removed excess oils. Oil holds moisture in the cells. Oil does not provide moisture for skin cells.

Your moisturizer needs to be heavy-duty enough to nourish parched dry skin without making your forehead nose and chin appear shiny and greasy. Your moisturizer must not clog pores.

Always use an eye cream to moisturize the delicate area around your eye. Do not use heavy creams or all purpose moisturizers around your eyes. They can cause clogged pores and damage the delicate skin.

Be sure to remove your makeup before going to bed. Leaving the makeup on will clog the pores and help pimples and black heads to develop.

Sunscreen

Dermatologists agree that you should use a sunscreen with at least a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 if you are going to be in the sun for 15 minutes. Ideally it should protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation. Your sunscreen should not clog your pores or pull moisture from your skin. Many sunscreens with anti-aging properties irritate dry skin. It is important that your sun protection is both effective and agreeable to combination skin.

Anti-Aging Properties

Your Anti-Aging skin care regimen must work with both oily and dry skin. It should prevent and reverse wrinkles. I must encourage the repair of damaged skin cells. It should address thinning skin, photo aging, dryness, and maintain your complexion in radiant health and beauty. It seems like a lot to ask but the science and technology is already proven.

I have no hesitation in recommending Xtend-Life anti-aging skincare products for my clients with combination skin. First of all, the ingredients in the entire line are safe enough to eat. There are no harmful ingredients to create irritation, clog pores, or damage skin cells. The dry and oily areas of your face will be cleansed, moisturized and refreshed.

Xtend-life also includes some of the finest natural anti-aging ingredients that I’ve seen in any anti-aging skincare system. The approach is to re-grow the skin cells and collagen reversing the cause of old-looking skin. Then by gradually raising levels of hyaluronic acid your skin regains it’s natural youthful smoothness and beauty. The antioxidants attack free radicals slowing further damage to skin cells. A noticeable positive difference in the appearance of facial skin happens in a short time frame. Further improvements occur with continued use.

Oily Skin

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May 15, 2017
Anti-aging skin care for this skin type must accommodate your special oil management needs as well as minimize the potential frustrations of wearng make-up. Here’s the situation. The oil that is responsible for your oily skin is known as sebum and is produced by your sebaceous glands. These glands are located in the middle level of your skin ~ the dermis.

They fill nearby follicular pores with sebum and the oil then works its way to the skins surface. On your skins surface, the oil seals in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated. This is the main reason that people with oily skin tend to not develop old-looking skin as quickly as other skin types.

When too much oil is produced it can cause the skin to look greasy, slick or dirty. Too much oil doesn’t work well with make up. On top of all that…Oily complexions are often susceptible to clogged pores, blackheads and a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.

The Anti-Aging Skin Care Regimen for Oily Skin

  • Proper Cleansing
  • Moisturization
  • Sun Protection
  • Anti-Aging Conditioning

Proper Cleansing

The first task of caring for oily skin is proper cleansing which means removing the excess oil while allowing the moisture barrier to remain. Many of the correct ways for caring for this skin type are the exact opposite of the approach we take when dealing with cleaning greasy oily situations.

  • No soaps.

Soaps will strip away all the natural oils from the skin.

  • No aggressive scrubbing.

Any skin irritation can lead to greater oil production.

  • No over washing.

Dermatologists agree that twice a day cleansing is plenty.

  • Use a gentle cleanser only.

The idea is to use the gentlest cleanser possible that will remove excess oil and leave an intact barrier of fatty acids to protect the skin.

Cleanse by first splashing your face with warm water, then applying the cleanser in circular motions all around your face for about 1 minute. This way you allow the cleanser to work into your pores and dissolve oil. When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Rinse with very warm water and then dry with your favorite fluffy towel.

Anti-Aging skin care for oily skin also calls for regular exfoliation of dead skin cells. These dead skin cells help clog pores and harbor bacteria that cause inflammation.. Using a gentle exfoliating cleanser at least twice a week will reduce the likelihood of blemishes

Moisturize Oily Skin?

Yes! Because an oily complexion often feels moist to the touch, many people avoid using moisturizers, because they think they will only make matters worse.

Oil and moisture are not the same things, and the older you are, the more you need to use a moisturizer even if your skin is oily.The oiliness of your skin will seal in the moisture you have – but won’t replace the moisture that you lose, particularly as you age. Your skin needs moisture to balance itself and slow oil production.

Moisture is the secret to delaying the appearance of old looking skin for as long as possible.

For your anti-aging skin care regimen, the kind of oil-based moisturizer that seals moisture in the skin would be counter-productive. The natural oils of your skin already do that. You will especially want to avoid the oil-based thick creamy moisturizers that could clog your pores.

The right kind of moisturizer for you will say things like “for oily skin”, “light”, “water-based” or “oil-free”. Your kind of moisturizer is the type that attracts moisture to the skin rather than sealing moisture in.

You may also see the term “noncomedogenic” which means it won’t clog your pores or cause acne. You will want to see ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or lactic acid. Moisturizers with these ingredients should work well for keeping your skin’s youthful appearance.

Should you need stronger anti-aging properties to repair wrinkles or add collagen there are several Anti-Aging Serums that add moisture as well as provide anti-aging benefits. Serums are usually thinner and are absorbed into the skin very quickly. The active ingredients are more concentrated so they are very effective with consistent use and usually they are somewhat more expensive.

 

Sun Protection

  • (SPF) 30 – Minimum Sun Protection Factor
  • Moisturizing
  • For Oily Skin
  • (Anti-Aging a Plus)

For oily skin you need to make sure that your regimen of Anti-Aging Skin Care includes Sun Protection.

I read an article in a Harvard Medical Report that stated directly that “it isn’t advancing age that causes old skin – it’s the damaging effects of the Sun.

For oily skin, Xtend-Life’s anti-aging skincare line is better than most. The products were designed to provide optimum skin rejuvenation regardless of skin type. The components of their products are natural and have been clinically tested. They are safe and effective. There is nothing that will clog your pores or create a greasy look. Your anti-aging regimen is straightforward:

Cleanse your skin in the morning and before you go to bed.

Moisturize the skin on your face and your body during the day and at night.

Once a week enhance your skin care by alternating between the Deep Active Cleansing mask one week and the Deep Active Hydrating mask the next

Maintaining this daily routine and alternating between a weekly deep cleansing and deep moisturization of your facial skin is the key to preserving the healthy , youthful look your skin. You will avoid the complications of clogged pores and excess oil as the anti-aging components of your regimen stimulate the growth of your skin cells and collagen and pro

Dry Skin? You’re not alone

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May 4, 2017

Experts estimate that 75% of people over age 64 have dry skin. This is due primarily to “photo-aging”. Sun damage results in skin that is thinner and that doesn’t retain moisture. Some people just assume that skin becomes dry as a result of natural aging. Much of the loss of moisture in skin is due not to aging, but rather to the cumulative effects of sun exposure.

Most of the time, having this skin type is just annoying. It doesn’t look good and it doesn’t feel good. At mid-life, sun damaged skin gets progressively worse as lines and wrinkles start to appear at an accelerated rate unless properly cared for.

Dry Skin Anti-Aging Skincare Goals:

  • Relieve any symptoms of overall dryness, scaly patches of skin, itching, or scaly redness.
  • Maintain moisture in the skin.
  • Repair damage.
  • Rebuild collagen elastin and keratin levels.

One way to ease irritation with dry skin is try to cut back on the amount of time you bathe or shower – some dermatologists even suggest spending no more than three minutes a day in water!

Use the mildest cleanser available. Try to avoid soaps.

Do not aggressively scrub dry skin. Instead use an exfoliating cleanser on your skin to avoid causing irritation.

It is not a good idea to wash your face with tap water … Tap water often contains chlorine, fluoride, and other undesirable chemicals that can irritate dry or sensitive skin. Consider installing a home water filtration unit.

After bathing or showering, do not rub your skin with a towel, instead, softly pat it dry.

Increase the healthy oils in your diet. Everyone can benefit from the Omega-3 oils in cold water fish like salmon. Besides the general health benefits, these oils will help your skin retain moisture.

Use a humidifier… You will see a noticeable improvement in your skin in winter when the indoor humidity is increased.

We could almost combine the top two goals because if we maintain moisture in the skin, then the itching and scaling will disappear. Strategically both of the first two goals require an effective moisturizer that softens and hydrates skin with water and lipids (fats).

Petroleum jelly is a humectant. It creates a barrier that prevents moisture from escaping the skin. It doesn’t clog pores, is very inexpensive and doese the job of sealing moisture in. Since humectants like Petroleum jelly and lanolin do not contain water, they are at their best when there is plenty of moisture in the skin like right after a shower.

This is the best time to use moisturizing oils. After a bath or shower is also a convenient opportunity to oil your legs where dry skin is most needed.

Repair and Rebuild

The program is simple but effective because the complete line of products is safe for dry and sensitive skin and uses potent anti-aging ingredients to

  1. Re-grow collagen, elastin and skin cells
  2. Raise levels of Hyaluronic Acid
  3. Protect from free radicals with Antioxidants.

Cleanse your skin twice a day.

Moisturize day and night.

Enhance once per week.