"A baby's skin replenishes itself completely every 14 days," explains Howard Sobel, a clinical attending physician in dermatology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "But by age 30, an adult takes a full 28 days to replenish." With all that extra time, skin cells have a chance to dry out and lose luster—unless you jump-start the renewal process by exfoliating. The simplicity of SKIN UP allows you to exfoliate gently with each 10 second application and boost skin's natural cell turnover. Since SKIN UP has both Lipoic Acid and CoEnzyme Q10 as potent antioxidants, with every misted layer of SKIN UP you're getting a boost of gentle exfoliation as you moisturize.
For starters, stop treating your nails like tools. "Tearing open boxes leads to chips and peeling," says Grossman. And what are the most telling skin agers: your face and your HANDS!
• To keep both nails and hands from dehydrating, forgo plain antibacterial gels and instead choose moisturizing options - and mist a layer of SKIN UP's lotions on those hands too!
• More advice: Keep SPF hand cream throughout your house. "Like the face, hands are exposed and need coverage," says Grossman. She keeps a stick of Hawaiian Tropic Kids SPF 50 in the glove box. "Even with UV-protective auto glass, damaging rays penetrate, and they will age your hands," she says.
• For nighttime care, rub hands with a rich alpha hydroxy acid lotion—it's too thick for day—and if the skin is chapped, use shea butter or Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. For deep rehab, add cotton gloves after application to wear overnight. Always use a SKIN UP application under any lotion to boost efficacy and hydation benefits - yes, even on your hands!
I will: Keep My Hands Off My Face
With this one...we have 2 issues. First, the general disgusting-ness of what we have on our hands every time we touch our face - and the bacteria, dirt and oil transferred to your face can be remarkably awful. Why do you think doctors take such precautions before touching us? Using a hands-free skincare solution like SKIN UP eliminates this problem - and product isn't wasted with unintentional application. And the other issue? Pimples. Yes, it's tempting to squeeze it, but just the act of touching your face with your fingers brings pore-clogging oil and dirt to the skin. How not to pop? Get rid of magnifying mirrors, put "Don't touch" Post-it notes around the house, and grab a squeeze toy to keep your hands busy, especially if certain times of day (morning drive?) trigger the urge. Replace that urge by applying SKIN UP! When you do give in, applying over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream right away can help calm inflammation and prevent long-lasting marks, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, a professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine.
I will: Stick with the Program
Waiting for a new skin treatment to show results can be a test of patience. "A good anti-aging cream can take six weeks, so don't give up," says David Bank, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. That goes for skin lighteners and acne products, too. "But if nothing has changed by week six, the product will never work for you," says Bank. Time to move on. SKIN UP works with any skincare routine - and track your progress! Replace an old one with new "habit" of taking care of your skin throughout the day, refresh your makeup up and see what a difference it can make for you!
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Wishing you all a wonderful New Year! As always - keep in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org - don't forget to send your progress with SKIN UP!