WHAT’S THE SKINPACT?

Everything I learned about eating right, I learned from my parents. In fact, I think my mom and dad were the original “health nuts.” When I was growing up, my mom cooked low-fat, nutritious meals, and our family dinner table looked like a rainbow—filled with plates of red, orange, green and yellow fruits and veggies. Except for my mom’s favorite lace tablecloth, there was very little white on the table, unless it was white-meat chicken or turkey.

You are what you eat” certainly carries a lot of weight.

When you cook a meal cook a variety of colors it’s also good for your skin health comes from inside out it is what you eat! Include organize fruits and vegatibles!

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BY THE BOOK: POREXIA

Porexia: An obsession with the size of one’s pores.

“I hate my pores.” It’s a seemingly constant complaint among women over 30. In fact, a recent Harris Poll found that 45% of women wish they could change the size of their pores, and almost 30% are more concerned about their pore size than they are about wrinkles.

Dermatologists have begun to use the term “porexia” to describe patients who are so fixated on their pores that they continually study them in a 10x magnified mirror. While a 10x mirror may do wonders for eyebrow-plucking accuracy, when it comes to pores, it can distort reality and not only warp the way you see yourself, but also the way you perceive the world sees you. At that magnification, even regular pores can look like blackheads.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot make your pores bigger or smaller. Their size is genetic and unalterable. What is manageable is the appearance of your pore size. Excess oil production and the accumulation of dead skin cells can make pores appear enlarged at any age. As skin matures, the collagen fiber supporting your pores slacken, making them appear even larger.

The good news is that advances in skincare science can help to make your pores appear smaller in multiple ways. Retinoids and peptides can increase collagen production, helping to fortify the pore structure and keep them looking smaller. Clay masks can help absorb excess oil production, and hydroxy acids can help clear pores of unwanted dead skin cells.

While you can’t wave a magic wand to shrink the size of your pores, starting on an at-home pore-focused routine can make a big difference in the appearance of pore size and help keep your skin looking youthful for years to come … no magnification necessary.

DID YOU KNOW … WITH THE AGING JOURNEY LASTING LONGER, YOUR SKIN ALSO HAS TO GO THE EXTRA DISTANCE?

As scientific breakthroughs and healthier lifestyles push life expectancy rates upward, centenarians are becoming more the rule than the exception.

In fact, the Office of National Statistics predicts that approximately one out of every three babies born today will live to be 100. Meanwhile, academic institutions and biotechnology companies continue to research ways to delay the aging process even further. For example, biologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently announced that they have identified a gene, called AMPK, that they believe can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. When the scientists tested the theory on fruit flies, the insects’ lifespan increased by about 30%, and they stayed healthier longer.

These aging breakthroughs come with a major skinpact because as we live longer, our skin needs to go the extra distance, too. You can start on the road to younger-looking skin by incorporating an effective skincare regimen to keep lines and wrinkles at bay, regular exfoliation to promote healthy cell turnover and daily sunscreen application to protect against future sun damage. Practicing healthy habits, such as eating well, and avoiding aging behaviors like smoking, drinking in excess, sleeping on your side and sipping from a straw, will also help keep your skin looking youthful.

You have a long life ahead and so does your skin. By showing it the care it deserves, come your one hundredth birthday party, you can look as good as you feel.

EXPRESS LOVE … FOR YOUR FACE

Our deepest expressions create our deepest expression lines. These are the lines that reveal a million moments in one—the times you laughed so hard with a loved one you could cry … the stolen moments puckered up for a kiss goodbye. They’re not just our wrinkles—they’re our storylines.While our love stories may get better with age, our storylines won’t. At 30, you might start to notice visible signs of aging, such as deepening smile lines or worry creases between the eyebrows. By the time we’re in our 40s, our storylines become more established: The crow’s feet around our eyes and the “goal posts” between our brows deepen, while the corners of our mouths start turning down, forming marionette lines that can leave us looking angry or sad. Even our lips, one of the face’s key vehicles of expression, start to show our storylines through the vertical lines that can say more about our age than we’d care to put into words. Here are a few tips to keep your lips kissably soft and smooth through the winter months.

Show Your Lips Some Love

Although aging is inevitable, diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles is largely within our control. For tips to help you love your skin at any age, tune in to Derm RF all month long. You’ll get expert advice on what you can do to prevent—or diminish—the appearance of bothersome wrinkles and other signs of aging. You’ll also have a chance to win a free box of ACUTE CARE™ Skincare for Expression Lines.

CAN FEWER FROWN LINES BRING YOU HAPPINESS?

Is it possible that people with fewer frown lines might actually be happier?

Michael Lewis, a psychology professor at the University of Cardiff who specializes in the science of happiness, has found that our facial expressions can influence our moods. Studies from the University of California, Riverside, among others, have also shown that happier people tend to be more successful, have better relationships, are healthier and tend to live longer. Suppose that smoother skin with diminished expression lines really does lead to a happier mood and success in life. Should we all rush out and inject our expression lines with skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid fillers? Not so fast.

According to the latest statistics, more people are seeking less-invasive procedures, with many preferring topical products over a needle. As technology in topical ingredients improves, so do our options. This month, Rodan + Fields® will present landmark research at the 73rd Annual Meeting of American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco, demonstrating how proprietary Liquid Cone Technology could visibly smooth wrinkles using micronized cones—rather than needles—to melt peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into expression lines.

Can these tiny cones bless you with a successful career and a longer life? Probably not. But they are sure to put a smile on your face with their youthful-looking results.

FACT VS. FICTION

Fact or fiction? If I use a moisturizer, I won’t get wrinkles.

Fiction. While moisturizers provide vital hydration to the skin, they alone cannot prevent wrinkles. The best defense includes sunscreen to help prevent sun damage and extrinsic aging, as well as a variety of cosmeceuticals, which can help to improve the quality of the skin, including diminishing the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles.

Top 5 Ingredients for Fighting Wrinkles:

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen. A good broad-spectrum sunscreen that guards against both UVA and UVB rays is essential if you want to stave off the signs of aging. Even if you’re only exposed to the sun 20 minutes a day, you should protect your skin every day. Those 20 minutes add up to two straight weeks or 14 eight-hour days of exposure over the course of a year. Make sure you use an SPF of at least 15; SPF 30 is ideal. And, of course, reapply with an ample amount to sufficiently cover the skin. There is no all-day protection.

Retinol. Retinol helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores and encourage firmer-looking skin. The result is visibly fewer superficial lines, brighter skin and improved elasticity.

Glycolic acid. Use of this alpha hydroxy acid results in a smoother skin surface, softening of fine wrinkles and a refined appearance of pores.

Peptides. Peptides can help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and encourage firmer-looking skin..

Hyaluronic acid. While naturally abundant in young skin, this humectant diminishes as we age. Hyaluronic acid helps plump the skin and soften the appearance of wrinkles.

PREVENT WRINKLES FROM FORMING

Both wrinkles and lines are the culmination of many factors, including sun damage, the passage of time, bad habits like smoking and repetitive facial expressions. Even the way you sleep can play a role (hint: sleep on your back).  When elastin, collagen and fat—some of the components that give our skin its structure—break down, wrinkles form and the skin begins to sag. Of course, the best wrinkle is the one you never get. Here are three ways to put those wrinkles on hold:

Protect with UVA/UVB sunscreen.  The sun is the No. 1 skin ager, accelerating collagen breakdown and other signs of aging. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and reapply often to protect skin.

Get topical. A variety of topical ingredients can help prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, including retinol, peptides, alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. For best results, use daily as part of an anti-aging skincare regimen.

Encourage firmer-looking skin. While you can’t rub collagen into your skin, you can encourage firmer-looking skin by using a non-invasive micro-exfoliating roller. With regular use, such a tool will help your skin appear firmer with lines and wrinkles becoming less noticeable.

What are your favorite methods for preventing the appearance of wrinkles? Share your tips by commenting below.