6 More Secret Rules for Beautiful Skin

Beauty secrets from a gal who has been in the business for 15 years.

I hope you enjoyed my first 6 secret rules for beautiful skin.  But if you’re like me, only 6 rules is not nearly enough. Well, you asked for more, and as promised, here are 6 more of my favorite simple and easy rules for beautiful skin.  Let’s begin with how to care for those beautiful eyes to keep them looking young and bright:

Rule #1

Eyes are special & need special products

Some people think they can use face cream around the eyes.  If you are one of these people, I'm sorry to tell you, you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.  The skin in the eye area is very delicate, nothing like the skin on your chin, cheeks and forehead.  The eye area needs specially formulated products.  Use only creams and serums that specifically say they have been ophthalmologically tested, and by all means avoid eye creams with fragrances, which can irritate the skin and cause swelling. Be careful when applying creams and serums around the eyes. Pat gently onto the under-eye area and just below the brow, but never put any of the on the eyelid itself. Eyelid skin is so thin that the ingredients and products can actually penetrate to the eyeball underneath.

Dark under-eye circles can make even young people look old and tired. Over-the-counter products with retinol and caffeine can also be helpful. Vitamin K products are useless - don't waste your money.

Notice some white bumps popping up around the eyes?  Those little white bumps are called milia. If small, they can be dissolved with an electric needle at the dermatologist office, or by using an under eye cream that contains an alpha-hydroxy acid, but large ones have to be cut out. Do not use heavy cream around the eyes, because they can make milia worse.

Rule #2

It's the sun the ruins skin, not age

People think that crinkly skin, liver spots, and wrinkles are all part of normal aging. They're not, they are just signs of sun damage. I'll never forget the client who came in with her elderly mother. My client had the alligator skin that comes from baking on too many beaches, and she required many expensive treatments to reverse it. Her mother, on the other hand, was a southern belle who, at the age of 84, still had porcelain skin with remarkably few wrinkles. Her secret? She had avoided the sun all her life, she had used sunscreen and big, beautiful hats to protect her face, and, as she told me, ”I've always walked on the shady side of the street.”  We all do well to copy her example. The American Academy of Dermatology recently changed its recommendations and now calls for a minimum SPF factor of 30, so for daily use a sunscreen with SPF 30 is fine. Remember, sun damage is cumulative - even 10 minutes of exposure a day over the course of a lifetime is enough to cause major damage to the skin, including problems such as melanoma.  This is totally avoidable by avoiding the sun.

Rule #3

Vitamin D is necessary, but it doesn't have to come from the sun

I've spent a lot of time in my skin care practice debunking the "sunlight is good for you" myth. I can't begin to count how many clients have told me that they heard on television that to get vitamin D they absolutely have to go out every day without sunscreen and catch some rays, even if only for 10 minutes. What makes it worse is that some of these patients are showing signs of premature aging, or have already had skin cancers removed from their faces.

Let me be absolutely clear - everybody needs vitamin D and it would be very hard to get it from food alone. But the best way to get an adequate amount of vitamin D is not through damaging your skin, but through a much cheaper, easier, and effective daily supplement. Try this simple solution: adults take at least 1,000 mg a day.  Simple right?  Preserve your skin, take a supplement.  

Rule #4

Choose Sunscreens carefully & learn which ingredients are right for you

Sunscreens come in two general types, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens are effective, but some people are allergic to the main ingredients.  If you do opt for a chemical sunscreen, look for one that contains avobenzone (Parsoll 1789 or Mexoryl).

I prefer physical sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They block more of the spectrum and have less potential to cause an allergic reaction. For people with rosacea or sensitive skin, physical sunscreens have an added benefit: Zinc oxide soothe irritation (that's why it's used on babies with diaper rash) and it reduces redness. The same thing goes for people with eczema. There are many excellent physical sunscreens on the market, and most moisturizers now have a good degree of sun protection. Remember, look for a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30, even if you're going to be sitting in an office or a classroom keep in mind that UVA rays penetrate glass, so your skin can be damaged even when you're sitting near a window or driving a car.

Rule #5

Stay away from sunscreens containing Retinyl Palmitate

One ingredient that should not be in sunscreen (but frequently is) is retinyl palmitate, a vitamin a derivative that is closely related to retinol. Like retinol retinyl palmitate is safe and effective in night creams - no surprise there, since retinyl palmitate is converted to retinol on your skin. The problem lies in retinol’s ability to increase cell turnover, which is exactly what you want at night. But you don't want this during the day, because those new skin Cells are very sensitive and easily damaged.

I've had clients come in saying that they refuse to use sunscreen because they read it can cause cancer. This is a very important issue, and when I want to clarify. The problem is not in sunscreen itself, but in retinyl palmitate, which breaks down in sunlight to form free radicals that can indeed harm self and possibly lead to cancer. But this is no reason not to use Sun screens, which are absolutely vital to protect your skin. All you have to do is buy one of the many good sunscreens that do not list retinyl palmitate among their ingredients.

Rule #6

Tanning beds should be illegal

Does that sound a little over the top? Well, you should hear what I tell my clients. This is the gist of it: If you want to look years older than your true age, have deep wrinkles in places you never expected, and ruin the texture and the color of your skin, a tanning salon is the place for you. Using tanning beds increases your chance of melanoma by a staggering 75%, particularly if you are under age 35. I've seen clients in their twenties who have the crow's feet of a fifty-five-year-old, thanks to their tanning salons. Avoid tanning beds, or, cancer beds, as I call them.

So there you have it.  6 more of my tried and true beauty tips.  Be sure to keep your eyes open for my next set of beauty tips, which will include information on dry skin, who to ask for when it comes to skin care advise, and are facials really worth it?  What are your top beauty tips?  I'd love to hear them!  Share them with me in the comments section below.


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