THE MEN BEYOND THE SHAVE

It’s a well-known fact that some men aren’t great at maintaining a skincare regimen. But one thing they almost always do is shave. So to capitalize on those precious minutes men spend with their razor, Rodan + Fields® seized the opportunity to merge skincare with the daily ritual of shaving. The result? Beyond the Shave, a three-product Regimen with formulas that not only treat a man’s skin, but also enhance his shave.

To test this virtual Regimen on real men, we asked 29 men between the ages of 30 to 35 to start shaving with UNBLEMISH Acne Sulfur Wash, a 2-in-1 shave cream and facial cleanser that softens the beard while cleansing the skin. Following the shave, we asked them to apply SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment, which features RFp3 peptide technology to smooth, soothe and moisturize freshly shaved skin. Then, we asked them to apply REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30  every morning to moisturize, fight signs of aging and protect against UV damage.

The verdict was resoundingly positive. After a 4-week trial, 97 percent of men reported that they were “happy with their overall results” and 90 percent of men noted they “would continue to use this Regimen.” Many men described less razor irritation, softer and smoother-looking skin, less sensitivity, reduced pore appearance, and fewer nicks and cuts.

Could male skincare soon become synonymous with shaving? With Beyond the Shave, we’re getting closer than ever.

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WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR SUNSCREEN INDOORS

By now, you already know that you should be wearing sunscreen whenever you are outside, even if it’s not sunny, because the sun’s rays can still reach and damage your skin on a cloudy day. What you may not know, however, is that you should be wearing SPF when you are inside, too.

Why? It turns out that UV exposure from lamps and other indoor light sources has the potential to harm your skin. Over time, UV exposure can add up, causing skin damage and early signs of aging. According to Dermatology News, long-term daily UV exposure can trigger certain skin conditions, such as melasma. Too much UV exposure also causes almost all types of skin cancer.

Indoor sources of potentially harmful UV exposure include fluorescent bulbs, halogen lamps and even tablet and computer screens. It’s not just your face you should be concerned about: UV curing lamps used during gel manicures have the potential to damage the skin on your hands. (Tip: Bring your REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm with SPF 30 to the nail salon.)

While window glass effectively blocks UVB rays, UVA rays, which cause premature signs of aging, still get through. This means that whether you’re sitting at a desk by a window, are in a window seat on a plane, or are in a car, your skin is likely being exposed to damaging rays. Studies have found that in the United States, skin damage is worse on the left side of the face and body since that’s where we sit when driving. Windshield glass is usually treated to block UVA and UVB rays, but side windows are not.

To best protect yourself, slather on the SPF each morning, whether you’re going out or staying in, and reapply every two hours. If you need to restock your supply (or get an extra for the car), we have sunscreen for your body, and one for every Regimen: REDEFINE, REVERSE, UNBLEMISH and SOOTHE.

IS STRESS MAKING YOU LOOK OLDER? FIGHT BACK WITH SKIN-FRIENDLY TIPS

The brain responds to anxiety by releasing various stress hormones into the bloodstream, like adrenaline (redirects blood flow and leaves skin looking washed out) and cortisol (inhibits new skin cell growth and breaks down precious collagen that keeps skin plump). Once your skin loses collagen, it appears thinner and becomes more prone to wrinkling—which means that stress can actually visibly age you. Combine that dangerous duo of hormones with a stress-induced burst of cytokines causing inflammation, and it’s a recipe for a skin disaster.

All that stress can manifest in the form of an acne breakout, a sallow complexion, or sagging skin. Ongoing stress also triggers the body to produce free radicals, which can damage skin cells and reduce antioxidants—making your skin more vulnerable to wrinkles, dark spots and dullness.

Do your skin (and your well-being) a favor: Make time for relaxation with these easy tips so you can keep calm and carry on, while enjoying healthy, more youthful-looking skin.

When you find your stress levels peaking, take a moment to pause and do five minutes of breathing exercises.

. Studies show that exercise nourishes skin cells and keeps blood flowing, which carries away toxins and age-inducing free radicals.

If stress shows up on your skin in the form of visible redness, use SOOTHE Regimen for sensitive skin, featuring RFp3 technology to shield against biological and environmental triggers of inflammation.

• Indulge in a little aromatherapy with citrus essential oils. Studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic found that orange, lemon and grapefruit fragrances help lift your mood and alleviate stress.

• Cozy up with a cup of green tea, which contains antioxidants that protect against free radicals.

• Opt for an anti-aging skincare routine, like REDEFINE Regimen to prevent moisture loss, boost hydration, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for visibly firmer, smoother skin.

• Finally, do your best to get a good night’s rest.

SKIN AROUND THE EYES WRINKLES MORE

FACT. “Laugh lines” around the eyes tend to be more distinct than, say, “elevens” between the eyebrows or “parentheses” around the mouth. While this news may not prove encouraging for those bothered by crow’s feet, scientists have found evidence that helps explain why skin in certain areas of the face is prone to deeper wrinkles.

According to a July 2015 study published in Clinical Anatomy, a Japanese research team found that sebaceous (or oil) glands under the skin play a key role in creating different wrinkle depths. These microscopic glands produce sebum, an oily substance that acts as a lubricant and protects skin from water damage. Because skin around the eyes tends to have fewer oil glands and appears thinner, wrinkles appear more pronounced—especially compared to creases on the forehead, where sebaceous glands are more concentrated and skin is thicker.

Researchers in the study cite other contributing factors to wrinkle location and depth—including gland density under the skin, genetics, skin health and lifestyle habits. So while some causes may be out of your control, fighting crow’s feet is not a lost cause. When applied to eye wrinkles, REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines when used three times a week, for a total of 10 uses over 4 weeks. Another topical treatment to keep eyes looking youthful is REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream, featuring powerful peptides that help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.

Fighting eye wrinkles can be easier than imagined when you also follow daily tips like these:

• Always wear sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.

• Apply UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day. Vigilant sun protection is the No. 1 way to decrease the risk of wrinkles and sagging, aged skin and, of course, skin cancer.

• Remove makeup around the delicate eye area with a gentle sweep of REDEFINE Eye Cloths, which deposit anti-aging peptides to minimize under-eye puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.

• Drink plenty of water to boost skin metabolism, which helps promote skin elasticity and delivery of vital nutrients.

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH OUR EYES

Without saying a word, our eyes convey a great deal about our feelings—from joy, excitement and romantic interest to sadness, anger or discomfort. Our use of eye contact can also affect how we are perceived by others. For example, researchers at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, found that people who make direct eye contact are seen as more attractive and likable—regardless of whether they are smiling or serious. And the influence of the gaze doesn’t stop there.

We tend to make eye contact more with people we like and agree with and less with those we dislike, disagree with or are intimidated by. Engaging another person in eye contact sends a message that you are confident, trustworthy and knowledgeable—and an attentive listener will hold eye contact roughly 70 percent of the time, research suggests. Whereas, failing to meet the gaze, especially in professional settings, can make someone appear unattractive, detached, passive or even incompetent.

There may be a chemical reason why we tend to lock eyes with loved ones. In an article in Biological Psychiatry, biochemistry expert Dr. Kerstin Uvas-Moberg proposes that making eye contact may even stimulate the release of oxytocin (the “feel good” or “cuddle” hormone), associated with physical and emotional bonding. On the flip side, an unwelcome stare from a stranger can stir feelings of unease or even fear in the recipient.

Of course, the last thing we want our eyes to reveal is our age. Even after a long night of New Year’s Eve partying, make sure to remove all eye makeup with REDEFINE Eye Cloths, and opt for REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream to minimize the appearance of eye wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Not only will you wake up to eyes that look brighter, more youthful and refreshed—you may also find yourself developing a newfound confidence about your appearance before your very eyes.

FACT VS. FICTION: STEAM IS GOOD FOR OPENING PORES

Fiction. A steam bath may feel refreshing and help you relieve tension, but it won’t magically open your pores—just like cold water won’t make pores close. The simple explanation is that pores lack muscles around their openings.

And while dreaming of a hot shower might be the one thing that lures you out of bed this winter, it’s better to go easy on your skin and opt for a quick, more tepid shower. High temperatures, such as those encountered in steam baths, saunas and hot showers, can be harsh on skin and naturally make you sweat, drawing moisture out of skin and ultimately leaving you with drier, itchy skin. In fact, any activity that raises your body temperature excessively can also cause capillaries to blossom, resulting in undesirable skin redness.

There are several ways to help boost your skin’s moisture potential in your daily routine. Start by applying an all-over body lotion, like ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturizer, immediately after a shower to damp skin to lock in maximum hydration. Or, if you opt for soaking in the tub, be sure to add bath oil. Also look for skincare products that contain hero ingredients to help prevent moisture loss, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. You’ll find these powerful humectants in REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream, in addition to antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E, which replenish vital skin nutrients as you sleep.

The good news is that while steam isn’t desirable for skin, warm water can help loosen any built-up sebum inside pores, which, once cleared, can help your pores appear smaller.

So stay warm (not hot) this winter and spread the word about the hazards of steam and heat when it comes to skin.

I JUST ENTERED PERIMENOPAUSE. SHOULD I EXPECT CHANGES IN MY SKIN?

I had a hysterectomy last year so I have experienced this so perfect subject for today!

The short answer is—yes. Common physical manifestations of perimenopause and menopause due to a decline in the hormone estrogen include: dry, crepey skin; wrinkles and sagging; slow skin turnover leading to dull skin and large pores; acne; thinning hair; brittle nails with ridging; weight gain and cellulite. Fortunately, growing evidence suggests that early intervention can thwart some of these undesirable effects.

Collagen is an important protein that’s vital for skin elasticity. During the first five years of menopause, an astounding 30 percent of skin collagen is lost. As discussed by Dr. Diane Madfes at the American Academy of Dermatology this past summer, the “timing hypothesis” theorizes that there’s a window of opportunity to stimulate collagen receptors before they are too far gone. Any trusted method of collagen stimulation can be effective, but early intervention is the key to possible skin benefits.

Start today by helping your skin look firmer in small ways. Always wear sunscreen to avoid collagen loss due to UV exposure; choose a good low-sugar, low-carb diet; and exercise regularly.

When you notice those first unavoidable signs of sagging, loss of elasticity or wrinkles, it’s time to take more definitive steps. Try REDEFINE Regimen to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and help create firmer-looking skin with the clinically proven AMP MD™ Micro-Exfoliating Roller and Intensive Renewing Serum Using REDEFINE MACRO-Exfoliator™ for Extreme Smoothness and Radiance Active Hydration Serum! If you have ongoing concerns about menopause symptoms, discuss the pros and cons of estrogen supplementation with your doctor.