I really hope you guys are loving this new blog series because I sure am! I have so much fun reading your questions and seeing what you're all interested in. On this week's "Let's Talk About...," we're talking about my favorite topic... skincare!
Skincare Questions Answered:
1. The final season of Las Vegas was airing a decade ago! While living a hectic life of running successful restaurants, raising a child(ren) and living in a busy town, if you could give one skin care advice to your character, Delinda Deline, what would it be?
Ha! I love this question. Well, since Delinda was so young and living in Vegas, surrounded by parties and casinos... I would say stay hydrated and get your sleep! If you go out partying, it's going to show on your skin! Keep hydrating masks, eye patches and moisturizer on hand at all time!
2. What eye masks do you like best? I'm 29 and feel like my eyes definitely need a boat these days and some anti aging products. I see you use eye masks a lot. I've been on the market for some, but need a little guidance. If you could help me out with a recommendation, that would be great!!
It's so great to hear that you're in your 20's and taking care of your skin! I know so many young women who don't do anything preventative until their 40's and it just doesn't work. I'm currently obsessed and constantly using Dr. Babor's Hydro RX eye patches. As a momma of three under the age of five, I'm lucky if I get 4 hours of sleep (not kidding) and lately these have been my piece of heaven.
3. What order should we apply all serums and creams, sunscreen, etc. in when we are getting ready in the morning and at night? I feel like I always hear conflicting views on this!
Ugh I know this one is something that's taken me years to figure out. I have amazing facialists who have helped me solve this debacle. The general rule is to apply the lightest products first and then work your way up. Start with your cleanser, then toner, spot treatment (for that pesky adult acne), then serum, eye cream, moisturizer, then lastly put on your sunscreen.
4. Micro needling, have you tried it? Did you like it? Does it work? Glopro? Good effective affordable wrinkle treatment/products?
I have tried micro-needling and let me tell you... IT WORKS. I highly recommend it if you're losing some collagen and elasticity in your skin. Just make sure you do your research on the doctor and know people who have had good experiences with them.
As for affordable wrinkle products, I have to admit that this is where I invest the most in my products. However, you can still find some good anti-aging and wrinkle serums at the drugstore. A few of my favorites are: Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream, L'OREAL's Revitalift Triple Power Concentrated Serum Treatment and Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum. I have also gotten into putting collagen in my coffee, water and smoothies. I have really seen a difference in my skin's elasticity!
5. What was your experience with accutane? I'm going on it this week and would love to hear what you have to say about it. (finally gave in after many attempts with natural and dermatologist products and prescriptions!)
Ugh, girl I feel you. I tried EVERYTHING in the world to get rid of my cystic acne and nothing worked. From weekly cortisone injections to acupuncture, I did everything to try to get rid of it. I took Spiractin, Minocycline, clindamycin, doxycycline, Ortho-Cyclen, erythromycin, and multiple other rounds of antibiotics, you name it. Accutane was my last resort. I initially worried about the depression, muscle weakness, and other negative side effects the drug can produce. But, Accutane worked. After six months of being on it, I enjoyed a blissful six years of clear, acne-free skin. To be honest, I was so grateful to finally have good skin that I probably wouldn't have noticed them much anyway. Just know that there isn't a pill that will make acne go away permanently. After six years of clear skin, I started to get those pesky pimples again. Accutane will definitely get you back on track just make sure you keep a consistent skin regime and listen to your dermatologist!
6. How to you keep your skin so clear and tight! Have you tried any non-invasive procedures and or facials that you love and that you feel really work?
Well, first off... thank you! That's the best compliment anyone could receive! I recently invested in this new tool called NuFACE and it has changed my life. I try to use it 5 days a week and I've seen a huge difference in my skin's elasticity. I know that it's pricey, but think about how much money you'll save on lasers, botox or other treatments that are much pricier.
7. I am 28 but have two babies and I’m feeling the stress! My skin is drab and doesn’t look dry, but isn’t dewy and moist like college days. I loooove retinol products but I know it isn’t safe to use them while pregnant, and I plan on having one more baby soon. Is there a nice scrub/mask that reveals fresh skin that you love? Love a good glycolic acid mask or vitamin C mask.
Oh momma, I know the feeling. I have pretty much gone the past five years without my retinol and products for the sake of my kiddos. To get rid of that pregnancy or hormonal acne I would use Herbivore Botanicals' Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask. To add that "glow" back to your skin, I recommend KORA Organics' Face Oil. Lastly, if you want a vitamin C mask that's without parabens, sulfates or phthalates... I'd use Dr. Jart's Brightening Infsuion Hydrogel Mask!
8. Can you talk about melasma? Treatments while pregnant/nursing and treatments for mommy makeover time!
I've been struggling with melasma for quite some time now and would like to say that I have it down to a science. I think I got it the worst when I was pregnant with my first, Brooks. Or maybe I just knew what to do for my skin for the last two... who knows. But one thing that I have to say is that sunscreen is SO important. I lather sunscreen on my face like it's nobody's business. In addition to sunscreen, you can get your melasma lasered, it's just on the pricier side. The thing that people don't know about melasma is that it's caused and made worse by the heat. So, if you do hot yoga or in the sun... it'll make it worse.
I also like to lather SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel on my face at night. It's also sulfate free which is a huge plus in my book. If you're looking for something natural and paraben-free, use Drunk Elephant's C-Firma Day Serum to help brighten and even your skin tone.
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