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So, you’ve heard me say before that you have the skin you’ve inherited until about 30, and then  you have the skin you deserve after that. Which means, beautiful skin doesn’t happen naturally (just like the body!). So, what are the top 5 things to guarantee a great complexion?

1.) Find an esthetician that you can visit at least seasonally. Facials are a real boost to the health of the skin and a good way to get professional feedback on how your skin is doing and what it needs more or less of. Your esthetician will also get you hooked up with the best products to use for your skin.  Remember: Your skin is always changing, so what you use should change as well. There are seasonal changes that all skin types experience, and personal changes and stressors that are unique to you. Even if your skin is so problematic that you need a doctors help, that’s no excuse to neglect caring for it at home.

2.) Use great products even if this is a low priority or you have limited resources, there are some key product that really are a must. Let me tell you about a few of my secret weapons:

Facial sunscreen – USE THIS DAILY! In other words, don’t let UV Radiation hit your face without protection (UVA penetrates glass), and keep some in your purse (pocket) for prolonged exposure. In case you’re wondering, the numbers on the bottle don’t mean much; the use of them is unregulated. What does mean something is “full spectrum coverage.” Zinc Oxide is the key ingredient for achieving that.  Not to give you a science lesson, but Zinc Oxide is what lifeguards used to wear before they developed a clear formula.  (Remember that thick white stuff that covered their t-zones?) It’s an important ingredient because it is natural. You don’t have to get it full strength (bit much) but try to get a sunscreen with Zinc Oxide as an active ingredient.

Moisturizer with Sodium Hyaluronate – Sodium Hyaluronate is a polysaccharide  found in the extracellular matrix of our connective tissue.  It is a tissue lubricant that holds over 100 times it’s weight in water.  (Ok. That was REALLY a science lesson.) As we age, this ingrediant needs to be supplemented. Bottom line? Don’t use a moisturizer without Sodium Hyaluronate as one of the top ingredients. The product I recommend is Advance by Serum from DermaQuest. It contains  40% Hyaluronic Acid. Don’t worry!  It doesn’t act like an acid (burn), it is called an acid because of its molecular size and thus, its ability to penetrate the surface of the skin.

Use a foundation everyday – Before mineral makeup came on the scene I could not get my staff (at the Spa in MN), to put makeup on women after a facial, because they didn’t want to “clog the pores”. Mineral makeup doesn’t clog pores, but not all mineral makeup is created equal. I  carry Youngblood Mineral Makeup,which also has an SPF value.  Some of the minerals reflect UV, some absorb it. When wearing mineral makeup, getting a good match is key. Using it daily is also important because the enviroment stresses the skin and mineral makeup soothes and protects it. It calms redness, conceals “spots”, and evens skin tone. It is also not a comedigenic (acne feeding) makeup.

Note: Get a small concealer brush to apply minerals under and on top of the eye area before using shadow. It adds extra  UV protection and conceals redness and dark circles.

So now that you know about some great products to care for your skin, what are the remaining three ways to guarantee a great complexion?

3.) Eat right

4.) Exercise

5.) Drink plenty of water

See you at the spa!

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We all want gorgeous skin right? Read on, you’ll be glad you did ;).

The most important ingredient in a moisturizer is an ingredient known as: hyalurnan, sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid (HA). This is a natural substance which is found in all living organisms and is the main component of the connective tissue in the human body.

HA can hold moisture at 1,000 times its molecular weight, which is more than any other natural substance.

HA is involved in tissue repair. When skin is excessively exposed to UVB rays, it becomes inflamed, causing sunburn. The cells in the dermis stop producing as much HA, and increase the rate of its degradation. Topical use helps hydrate the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Oily skin benefits from this substance as well, as the skin may be “water dry” and have some compromised barrier integrity or imbalance.

Watch labels to make sure your moisturizer contains it. It is great for all skin types, and as I like to call it “underwater”  because it goes on under sun protectant during the day, and night serums and preparations at night.

I love Hy-Drate for the face,( this is the ultimate moisture gel) and Hydrating Body Tonic, (it tones and improves skin elasticity), both by Tu’el. This company was founded by Eva Friederichs who is one of the founding mothers of the professional skincare industry. Hy-drate has been a #1 seller for 20 years with this company – long before it was ever even known about by consumers or even industry professionals.

What’s in Hy-Drate?

Purified Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium 10, Dimethicone Copolyol, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. 2 oz. $42

A sister product to Hy-Drate is Hydrating Body Tonic. here is what Lori, Eva’s Esthetics president has to say:

My favorite product

I love this particular body product!!! Yes, three exclamations.  Why do I love it so much?  Absolutely, nothing comes close to how it makes my skin feel when I use it UNDER my body lotion.  This may seem like too many things to put on, but we skin techie’s get quite skilled at layering.  The interesting part is that the active ingredient is Sodium Hyaluronate which is the same ingredient in Hy-Drate (our number one product).

Another thing I really like is that since it is in a water base I can add my pure essential oil to it (about 5 drops to the 8 ounce bottle) and this essential oil becomes my very own perfume. Because it is a water solution the best way to apply it is directly after your shower.  Get out, towel dry and apply the Hydrating Body Tonic.  Be sure to do all parts like the undersides of your arms into your arm pits, which is an area that especially shows dehydration or age.  Pump some into one hand and just bring it over to the area you are applying and rub in.  Do your entire body and then layer your body lotion directly over that.  No need to let it dry.  You will actually use less body lotion.

I travel a lot which is really hard on the skin and so dehydrating. I promise you, this is one item I never leave home without.

– Lori Nestore

What’s in Hydrating Body Tonic?

Aqua (Purified Water), Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Hydrolyzed Protein, SodiumHyaluronate, Eucalyptus Oil, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid. 8 oz. $23

See you at the spa!

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