NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

Retinol-powered moisturizer targets key signs of aging without irritation and increases cell turnover for stronger, fortified skin.

 

Key Ingredients:

  • Pro-Niacin® to strengthen and nourish the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture, dark spots, sun spots and discoloration.
  • Retinol increases cell turnover to improve texture, tone, smoothness, firmness.
  • Botanical Complex of Enteromorpha Compressa Extract (seaweed) and Caesalpinia Spinosa Gumactive promotes a more youthful complexion.
  • Hexapeptide reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate is a potent humectant that hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Usage:

Use in the morning and at night on clean, dry skin. Apply over
entire face, concentrating on areas of concern.
Caution: Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only.

Break Up with Your Makeup By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

Ladies this will be the easiest break up of your life. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you why.  We go our lives thinking we have to cover up the things that make us, us.  Maybe you have fine lines, freckles, sun spots, or scars. We all have something that bothers us.  All of those things tell a story, your story and you have them for a reason. As I’ve gotten older and busier, I’ve learned to embrace my face and take better care of my skin. Wouldn’t you prefer to make your skin healthier and wear less makeup than try and cover up the real you?  Let’s dive into the makeup drawer and learn what to keep and what to toss.

All cosmetic products have a shelf life.  Here are some great guidelines:

  • Mascara/Liquid Liners: (Toss after 3 months) Mascara is the product that has the highest chance of spreading bacteria from eye to eye. If your mascara begins to dry out before the 90 days, do not add eye drops or water, toss it in the garbage.
  • Eye pencils: (Toss after 2 years) Sharpen your pencils or spray twist pencils with alcohol to keep clean.
  • Eye shadow: (Toss after 1-2 years) Keep lids closed tight and free of moisture.
  • Lipstick: (Toss after 2 years) Keeping the caps tight and spraying with alcohol will extend your lipstick life.
  • Lip Gloss: (Toss after 6 months) Always close tightly to keep airflow at a minimum.
  • Blushes/Powders: (Toss after 2 years) Keep lids closed tight and free of moisture.
  • Foundations/Concealers: (Toss after 12-18 months) Keep the lid tight. As with mascara, if your foundation begins to dry out do not add water.  Replace it with a new product.

Tips:

  • Always keep cosmetics and skincare in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Always throw away cosmetics and skincare that have caused an infection or that you have used while you are ill.
  • Think of cosmetics and skincare as food.If it stinks or has a weird film- toss it out.
  • Write the date of purchase on your cosmetics and skincare.

Now that we have proper info on what to keep and for how long, let’s go back to the less is more thought.  Wearing too much makeup can actually make you look older than you are.  Some may be in the habit of hiding spots and blemishes, but what happens to the other areas of the face if you’re putting that much makeup all over.  That makeup will begin to crease in fine lines, laugh lines and around the nose. I don’t know about you, but I love to see peoples laugh lines.  The less makeup you wear, the better the skin will look.  Your natural glow will be able to shine through.

An easy skin care regimen that will aid in a less is more makeup routine:

Eye Cream:

Anyone over 20 should be using an eye cream. Prevent, Prevent, Prevent!  My favorite is NIA24 Eye Repair Complex.

Serum:

Depending on your skin type and goals will determine what serums you use. Serums are your treatment product, packed full of benefits.  Here are some favorites:

If your looking for more of an antioxidant treatment SkinCeuticals has three great serums to offer.

  • CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are packed full of vitamin C, which brightens skin and protects it from free radical and environmental damage. The CE is beneficial for all skin types, and the CF is often more suitable for oily skin.
  • The Resveratrol BE is your night time antioxidant treatment. I love the feel and look of my skin after using this product.Resveratrol, vitamin E and baicalin help with radiance and firmness to the skin.

Moisturizer:

All skin types can benefit from a moisturizer. Even oily skin needs moisture.  There’s a difference between hydration and oil (sebum). NIA24 offers two incredible moisturizers:

SPF:

All day, every day, forever and always…the sun is the number one ager of skin, so please use your SPF regularly! I love mineral-based sunscreens, like our NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF30, but everyone’s needs and preference is different.  If you would like to find out what’s best for your skin and lifestyle, schedule a complimentary consultation with me, I’m happy to help you with all your skincare concerns!

To healthy skin,

Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

Dr. Couri’s Favorite Antioxidants By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

If I could recommend my favorite supplements and skincare products, I would have to say that those rich in antioxidants are my pick.   Every day, our bodies, especially our skin, which is our largest organ and our main line of defense from environmental toxins, are exposed to the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Antioxidants can counter free radical activity.  Some of the most powerful antioxidants include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and resveratrol.

 

Vitamin E: d-alpha tocopherol. A fat-soluble vitamin present in nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, and apricots. Vitamin E has been shown to help strengthen the immune system and can reduce the incidence of menopause related hot flashes. Remember that Vitamin E is a natural blood thinner, so if you are currently taking a blood thinner, consult your physician before starting Vitamin E.  I recommend 800 mg of mixed tocopherols daily.

Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries.  Vitamin C is critical for collagen production, as well as for the production of new cells and tissue.  We lose collagen as we age, so supplementing with Vitamin C can be an important part of our anti-aging regimen.  I recommend 2,500 mg of Vitamin C daily.

Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. Because beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body there is no set requirement, but I recommend 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily.  Beta-carotene will be present in your high-potency multivitamin.

 

Taking a good quality, high-potency multivitamin as well as supplementing with the above mentioned antioxidants should be a part of your daily wellness routine.  However, supplements should never replace eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants.  There is absolutely no substitute for what nature intended us to get from our food, especially a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruits.

 

The importance of antioxidants applies to the health of our skin as well as our entire body.  I will share with you my favorite antioxidants for the skin, products that I consider “must haves”.  I will never go without these products as they have made an incredible difference in the health of my skin.

 

One of my absolute favorite skin care products is Vitamin C serum.  A high-potency Vitamin C serum or cream should be the first product you apply to freshly cleansed skin in the morning so that it can be absorbed immediately. Use just enough to cover the skin, as too much Vitamin C on the skin can be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. I recommend waiting five minutes to allow the Vitamin C to be absorbed by your skin before you apply any other facial product.  Once absorbed by the skin, Vitamin C offers advanced environmental protection from free radicals and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens the skin’s complexion.  The Vitamin C serum that I use and highly recommend is C E Ferulic from Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).

Another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Retinol Cream.  Retinol is a weaker version of retinoic acid, a high potency Vitamin A cream.  Retinol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade the appearance of age spots and blemishes.  It is able to help slough off old skin cells and stimulates new cell formation.   I encourage the use of Retinol nightly as part of your skin care routine.  If you have trouble with Retinol irritating your skin, try using it 2-3 times weekly instead of every night and work up to using it nightly.  Since Retinol can cause photosensitivity to the skin, do not use Retinol if you are currently undergoing laser procedures like laser hair removal.  Also, make sure to use a good quality sunscreen every single day. My favorite sunscreen is Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB.  Two of my favorite Retinol products are Skinceuticals Retinol and Nia24 Intensive Retinol Repair (all available at the Couri Center).

 

Lastly, another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Resveratrol.  Topical Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in red grapes, has been shown to protect us against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation and free radicals. Topical Resveratrol can also enhance skin’s radiance and elasticity.  The Resveratrol serum that I use every night before moisturizing is Resveratrol BE by Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).

 

If you have any questions about which supplements are right for you, please come in and talk with our Registered Dietitian Leslie Rusch-Bayer.  If you need help personalizing your skin care regimen, come in and talk with our Licensed Esthetician Leslie Gilstrap.  We are here to help you in any way we can.

 

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri