We’ve made it to Friday again, ladies! Mimi is going to have our Harlie bug, so we’re trying to decide what we want to do this weekend! There’s like 4 festivals within 10 miles of us this weekend, making it overwhelming on what to do, on top of the football game, AND some rain in the forecast. Do we #NetflixandChill or go act like we’re in our early 20’s again, and do it all?! 🤷🏻♀️
I’m going to need you to grab a coffee, because it’s time to talk about some serious skin care! I’m sure those of you that are my age or younger are thinking you’re going to go ahead and just skip on the rest of today’s post. DON’T. Hear me out.. I’m 29 and have been using anti-aging skincare products for roughly 9-10 years now. I will say that if I didn’t go to college to become a Medical Esthetician that I would have still been as serious as I was on taking skincare seriously that young or not. However, every female over the age of 16 should be taking care of their skin on a regular basis, and changing products as needed as they get older.
My friends and I use to get so annoyed when our mama’s would make us slather on the SPF while on vacay because, hello, we wanted to tan! I use to believe every time I would burn that it would just calm down in a day or two and turn into tan skin. Boy was I wrong.. who else thought this? Fast forward to the first semester of college when my teacher pulled out this crazy looking machine that showed sun damage on your face. Insert the biggest “OMG” face when my eyes saw all the purple spots on my face which was sun damage. I made a b-line to the treatment table to get some kind of facial peel or treatment that would get rid of as much as possible of what I just seen! Our teacher kept laughing at us freaking out saying, “Mmhmm. I bet each of you ladies that’s having a mild heart attack are the same ones that’s been telling your mother’s that you didn’t need sunscreen, and laid in multiple tanning beds over the last few years.” Ugh. She was right. 😒 My mama was right. From then on, sunscreen & me would become BFF’s!
I’m sure most of you are thinking I’m going to tell you to go buy these face sunscreens that smell terrible and break you out. No, but I am going to share with you my favorite SPF that I’ve used for years and never had any problems with breakouts or clogged pores. AND it smells like normal skincare. It’s the EltaMD SPF 46. It under $35 and a little goes a long way.
Now that we’ve covered PREVENTING, let’s chat about REVERSING sun damage/aging. No matter how good you’ve been about taking your makeup off every night before bed, and how much money you’ve spent on good eye creams, you can never defy the aging process without some type of chemical exfoliating. We are all born with a certain amount of both collagen and elastin. You can re-boost your collagen throughout your life, but once your elastin is gone- it’s gone. So why not try your best to slow down the process of losing your 2 natural anti-aging fighters as much as possible?! For those that are wondering what exactly these two things are, here’s a quick recap…
Elastin – a protein found in connective tissues—but a different type of protein than collagen. It has the actual property of being elastic. It’s responsible for allowing tissues in the body to “snap back” to their original shape after being stretched or contracted. For this reason, it’s often compared to a rubber band. When you pull your skin away from your face, the faster it goes back the more elastin you have vs if it takes a second, you may have lost a good bit of your natural elastin.
Collagen – a protein that supports your body’s tissues and, literally, keeps your body from falling apart. Collagen is the primary component of the body’s connective tissue. About 80% of the dermis — the part of your skin that’s under the epidermis (outer layer) — is collagen. Collagen gives your skin strength, and defines how “firm” your skin is.
The only way to boost collagen and elastin in the skin is to turn on the fibroblast cells that produce these fibers. This can be done using products containing high quality retinoids, aka retinol, alpha hydroxys or peptides. Or by having procedures like microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Unless you have the cash to go every 4-6 weeks for these types of services, then retinol would be your best option for damage reversal. Honestly, sometimes a high quality retinol (used 5-7x per week) can be more beneficial than some medspa services depending on the knowledge of the esthetician, as well as the machines/serums they use on you. So don’t think that just because you don’t get to go have a spa day every other month, and your friend does, that she’s going to have much better skin that you do. Take the extra 2-3 mins a day, and add a retinol into your bedtime routine, and I promise you will be so thankful you did.
I use to steer away from products with retinol because my skin (and hair) have always been dry, and the last thing I wanted to put on my skin was something to dry it out even more. Sadly, I wish I would have done more research and used the words I told many of my clients on myself. I started using the SkinMedica Retinol 0.25 strength 2x per week about 3 months ago, working my way to every/every other night after about a month. You never want to go from no type of retinol, to using one every day unless you want to have SUPER dry, flaky skin for weeks. You have to start out about 2-3x per week, and then each week add one day in so that your skin can adjust and realizes it can slowly stop producing so much oil/produce more to compensate this new product. Once I ran out of the SkinMedica one, I decided to try out the Colleen Rothschild (its cheaper here than on her website) brand which is also a little more potent than the previous one since I felt my skin could now handle something stronger. After using this for about a month, and deciding I was officially OBSESSED with how retinol had changed my skin, I wanted to try another product. I had heard great reviews on her Retinol Supreme Night Oil, so I clicked add to cart. I LOVE THIS STUFF!! It has the same amount of retinol strength as the first product I tried from her, but it’s in an oil formula so it also moisturizes while it gets rid of skin damage. What could be better?? I’m currently using this oil every night, and if I have any blemishes pop up, and spots that need a little extra attention, I’ll dab on the regular one to those spots on top of the oil.
Whew! Okay, I think that’s all. I hope I cleared up some of your questions about retinol, and why I believe it is SO important to use it wayyy before you’re kids are grown! If there was anything I didn’t cover that you still have questions about, please feel free to leave me a comment below or on today’s Instagram picture. I’ll be glad to help!
Have a blessed weekend, and enjoy some beautiful fall weather! Thanks for reading.
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