April 2016

Skin Care Tips for Travel to Different Climates

skin care tips for travel to different climates

This photo was from the Elk Reserve sleigh ride in Jackson Hole, WY. We were there for the most brutal cold spell in January 2016. These tips saved my skin!!

 

Living in Oklahoma, our weather changes frequently! Seriously, we can have temperature swings from day to day that would make you dizzy! Changes in climate due to travel, (or Mother Nature!) can wreak havoc on your skin. We spend a lot of time in the mountains in Colorado. We love summer hiking and winter skiing but man, can it dry you out! With Spring Break approaching for many, I thought it would be good to give you some great skin care tips for travel to different climates.

 

High Altitude Tips: 

USE SUNSCREEN even if it’s cloudy. The sun is a lot stronger at higher altitudes and you will burn. For every 3,000 feet in elevation the UV radiation is increased 10-12% so carry it with you in your day pack.

Remember to protect your lips as well. It’s amazingly painful to sunburn your lips and it happens quickly in the mountains!  

Add humidity to your living space via a humidifier or an old fashioned pot of boiling water on the stove top! Using nasal saline will help you avoid nosebleeds by keeping the nasal membranes moist.

Adding extra moisturizer, morning and night, will also make a big difference in your skin.

 

Dry Climates:

Dry climates lead to dry skin! You can avoid this dry climate pitfall but reducing the heat in your shower. I know, a long hot shower is heavenly but it pulls the moisture out of your skin leaving your skin itchy and dry. Take a shorter, cooler shower and add moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp. This will help lock in some extra moisture.

If you prefer baths over showers, adding a few drops of bath oil will help combat the dry skin.  

Regular use of a body microdermabrasion paste or loofah sponge will help stimulate circulation and will remove the excess dead skin cells.

Choose products that contain humectants (such as sodium hyalurante, glycol acid and glycerin) which will attract water and help the skin retain the moisture.  

Again, adding humidity (see above) is important.

 

Tropical Climates: As much as I love the beach, heat and humidity increase oil production and can spell trouble for acne prone skin.

Clay based cleansers work best in the tropics to keep pores clear and to prevent blemishes.

Use an oil free moisturizer on areas that feel dry and tight and remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Milder products will likely feel better on your skin as stronger products tend to sting in hot and humid environments.  

 

And, before you go, you might consider getting a sun-kissed glow the healthy way. The Sunless Tanner from Rodan and Fields is one of my new favorites! It’s lightweight and oil-free it doesn’t turn your skin a funny color.  

 

Bookmark these skin care tips for travel to different climates and travel on! Just be prepared, adjust your skin care routine and your skin will be glowing and beautiful!

Contact me today to find the products that are right for you!

 

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The Top 2 Things to Know About Eye Cream

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Need to minimize those crow’s feet? Can you pack for Europe in the bags under your eyes? GOOD NEWS! Here are the top 2 things to know about eye cream.

 

I was so excited to stumble across The Beauty Department and their blog about eye cream. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I am NOT a make up girl! As a matter of fact, I was a Dove soap washer prior to finding Rodan + Fields skincare and I have recently had my makeup applied permanently (tattooed) because it’s just not my forte! My skin has always been so dry that foundation was never an option for me so I guess I just avoided it altogether for a long time. Due to my dryness (and affinity for smiling!), my crow’s feet are my biggest challenge. And, when I’d use eye cream on my crow’s feet, I’d wake up with puffy eyes. Who knew that it was because I wasn’t applying it correctly?!

 

The Top 2 Things to Know About Eye Cream

 

#1 – Apparently that stuff can move! When you apply eye cream and head to bed, the heat from your body warms the eye cream and it can spread up to an inch! Knowing where to put your eye cream is key. See our graphic for instructions.

 

#2 – Another thing I recently learned about eye cream is that quantity is important. Since I was puffy when I used it, I decided that using less was the answer. Wrong! Once I read the Beauty Department blog, and started placing my eye cream in the proper location, I was able to use a lot more product! Now, I use about a pea sized amount on each eye. I divide it between the upper and lower lid and voila!  My eyes look amazing in the morning.  

BONUS – Another trick to helping my eyes look rested and more youthful is that I’ve been using the Acute Care product for expression lines from Rodan + Fields. These wrinkle fillers are AH-MAZING! Talk about a viable alternative to a needle! The tag line is “fill a wrinkle while you sleep, no needle required”. Sign me up! This video shows the proper technique for using these “magic strips”. They feel a bit like velcro at first but the product softens as you sleep. You use it 3 times a week for 10 treatments and to receive great results that will last a couple of months. I saw results after my first use! Best news? All of the products purchased from Rodan+Fields come with a 60 day, empty bottle, money back guarantee! If you aren’t satisfied, you can get your money back…no questions asked!

 

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The Top 2 Things to Know About Eye Cream

 

Why Lucky 13 Is My Favorite Number

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If I told you that Friday the 13th is my lucky day, you’d probably think I’m a nut. I’m not. But I am going to tell you why Lucky 13 is my favorite number.

I was born on Friday the 13th, I graduated from college on my birthday (which was Friday the 13th) and I will turn 50 this year on, you guessed it, Friday the 13th!

I’ve never been superstitious and certainly not about the number 13. It’s obviously a lucky number for me and I spent years on the soccer field with the number 13 emblazoned across my back. My twins will also turn 13 this year so I’m surrounded by the number 13! The only thing that could have made it crazier would be if this were 2013 instead of 2016! Or if I had 13 kids. Any more questions about why Lucky 13 is my favorite number?

I’m a glass half full girl. I love adventure and I can’t wait to make 50 better than 40! So, I’m starting this 2016 focused on healthy eating, exercise and skincare! I figure I can’t control aging (we are all aging, all of the time!) but I can take the best care of me that’s possible so that when 50 hits me mid year, I can confidently seize the moment knowing I’m at my best. I just hope there’s enough time to implement my Best Me plan between now and May 13th!

What are you doing to make 2016 YOUR best year? Here’s a list of what I’ve got brewing for this year of Lucky 13!

1.) Healthier eating – I’m making a concerted effort to add more fruits and veggies to my plate. My friends at Ediblend shared this recipe for a great morning shake and way to get more veggies in my body early in the day!

Rich’s Favorite Shake

16 oz coconut water (or regular water works, too!)

2-3 Medjool Dates (remove the pit)

Fistful of baby greens (I vary which ones I use.  The baby greens are less bitter.)

10 oz of frozen blueberries

10 oz of frozen strawberries

Place items in blender (I use a Vita-Mix) in the order listed! Blend until smooth. This recipe makes several shakes and keeps well in the fridge for a day or two.

2.) Exercise – I’m increasing the number of times I’m on the court playing tennis. I LOVE this sport! It’s great from a social perspective and it’s great exercise. I also do a strength/cardio workout 2-3 times a week…okay, so I’m signed up for 2-3 times a week and I’m working on getting there more consistently. RVVD Fitness is the place I LOVE in my hometown, Tulsa.  They offer cutting edge (aka “killer”) workouts in a group setting but with personalized assessments and goal setting.  I’ve just started a new 8 week challenge. Working on finding my best self…50 WILL be better than 40!  

3.) Skincare – Every day. Twice a day! That’s my motto because I know how easy it is to skip and just collapse in bed but I also know that our bodies restore and regenerate at night so a clean face at bedtime is important! So, I now set a reminder on my phone and I pop upstairs and take care of me long before I head to bed! It makes life much simpler and my complexion is much happier!  My new favorite regimen from Rodan+Fields is the Soothe Regimen. I have lots of clients that are finding relief from the eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and sensitive skin, but guess what?! I have super dry skin and this regimen has my skin looking the best EVER!! The difference is AMAZING!!!

If you have any questions or you’d like to learn more, send me a message to kelly@letsfaceit.buzz! I’ll be right here. Waiting on Lucky 13!

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