Do you have a skin care routine?  That is a good question because many women don’t.

I couldn’t imagine not having one as I have struggled to have good skin all my life.  When your early memories are of trying to hide that zit for every picture you are in, you become obsessed with trying to find the products that work or at least the products that do the best at covering up that zit!

We are going to talk about the basics of skin care, the 3 R’s of skin:

  1. Remove
  2. Revitalize
  3. Replenish

Now I don’t want to sound too much like a teacher, but bear with me for a bit.

Remove – You really need to clean off your face.  Look at the windows of your house.  Do you see all the dirt?  That’s what gets on your skin, eeew!  If you think you only have time for once a day, make it at night so your skin gets a chance to breathe. As for formulas, make sure your skin does not feel tight and dry after you wash.  If you have a normal to dry skin type, go for a creamy cleanser.  If you have an oily to combination skin type then try a gel cleanser.  The main thing is to use something formulated for your face, not your body.

Revitalize – Does your skin always feel dry, have an uneven texture or just looks dull?  You need to exfoliate.  This has got to be the best thing I have done for my skin in the last few years.  Our skin always sheds dead cells, but as we age, it needs help getting them off.  Exfoliation will do this for you in a gentle way and you will see an instant brightening and feel instant smoothness.  I always recommend starting with once a week and you can work up to doing it about 3 times a week.  If you notice your skin is getting dryer, then you are doing it too often.  There are leave on masks or if you want it done faster use a scrub.  My favourite is Microdermabrasion!

Replenish – Your skin is the largest organ of your body and you need to feed it!  You do this with a moisturizer.  Use it after washing your face and after exfoliating so your pores are cleaned out and can welcome the soothing cream.  Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturize it.  Again, think of it as feeding your skin.  There are different formulas, so get the right one for your skin type or do like me, use a lighter one during the day and a richer one at night.

We have now covered the 3 R’s of skin care.  This is very basic and everyone should do at least this for your skin.  Believe me, it will reward you by glowing!

If you are not sure you are using the right formulas or you just need to start a good skin care routine, contact me and I can help!

Tracey

Well, after months of saying I was going to do it, I’ve finally done it!  The beginning of Tips from Tracey.

I know we all go through it, think about it, imagine what it would be like.  Well it feels good to get it started.  I’ve been told I should let people know all the tips I have stored in my head, but never considered myself a writer.  How else was I going to share?  One person at a time is very exhausting so this feels like the right way to do it. 

We all hear that making a great first impression is important, but have you really thought about that?  No matter what, you are going to make an impression, it may be good or maybe not so good.  What I want to do is help you achieve a great first impression but in the amount of time you are comfortable putting into it.  Let’s face it, we are all busy.  I always hear from women, “I don’t have time to take care of myself”.  If you don’t, who will!!

Let’s start with something simple.  Pull out your cosmetic bag or open that drawer in the bathroom or should I call it the graveyard of wrong colors, wrong formulas, “but the sales lady said it looked good”.  Let’s do some Spring Cleaning!  Once products are opened and used they should be replaced as follows:

  • Mascara: 3 – 4 months
  • Liquid Foundation and concealers: 6 to 12 months
  • Cream blush and eye colour: 6 to 12 months
  • Powder blush and eye colour: 1 year
  • Eyeliner and lip liner pencils: Up to 2 years
  • Liquid eyeliner: 6 months or less
  • Lipstick and lip gloss: 1 year
  • Moisturizer and skin care: 1 to 2 years

If there is an expiration date on the product, toss it if it has expired!

I hope after doing that, you still have a few products to use until you can get replacements.  If not, get in touch, I can help you decide what you really need and have the time to use to get that great first impression!

Tracey

Sunscreen is for Everyday

August 12, 2014

Yes, I’m pasty white with freckles. Yes, I have Irish blood in me. I know I NEED to wear sunscreen!  I’ve had my share of burns when I was younger and would rather not any more. I have sunscreen on each floor of my house to make it convenient, no excuses.

What’s the difference between SPF 15, SPF 30 and SPF 50? Great question! For everyday incidental sun exposure, use an SPF 15. Yes, I said everyday. Incidental means “likely to happen”. When you are driving in your car, walking to the bus stop, etc,  you will receive incidental sun exposure. You did not plan on laying out in the sun, so SPF 15 is pretty good. I personally use SPF 30 every day (pasty white with freckles…). No chances here!

When we are going to be outside for an extended period I bump it up to SPF 50. Yes, you can get higher, but really, that only puts more chemicals on your skin and doesn’t give you much more protection. Check out this diagram to see your protection only goes up 1% from SPF 50 to SPF 100!

Let me know if you have any Sunscreen related questions and I’ll give you the best answer I can. In the meantime, put on your sunscreen, no excuses!