With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, skin care may not be the first thing on your mind. Still, you want to look your best for all your celebrations. At Vanishing Ink, we want to help you get through this stressful time during which you get little sleep, overindulge in sweet treats and may have a drink or two more than usual. We understand—we do it too! Here are a few tips:
Wash before bedtime! No matter how busy you are or how many liquid libations you have consumed, always make time to remove makeup before you go to bed. You don’t want a major breakout when visiting your boyfriend’s parents or when you have big plans to ring in the New Year with family or friends.
Quit Smoking! If you’re a smoker, this may be the most detrimental thing you are doing to your appearance. In fact, the experts at Health Magazine stated that smoking accelerates aging so much that smokers look 1.4 years older than nonsmokers, on average. They also say that smoking hampers good blood flow, which keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy. A good serum containing vitamin C can protect and repair some of this damage.
Get sleep! We know it is tempting to go to holiday parties and stay out late, but you need your sleep. According to WebMD, “When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol.” In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.
Moisturize! During wintertime, the air is much dryer and skin dehydration is very common. The consequences of this are not good: Your face will develop more fine lines and wrinkles, as well as appearing dull and flaky. Keep in mind that if you’re using products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or retinol—these will dry out your skin.
The moral of the story is—don’t skip your skincare routine during these busy holidays! And if you don’t have a solid skincare routine, the New Year is a perfect time to start—and we can help at Vanishing Ink. Our Jan Marini Skin Care Management system is designed to provide your skin with everything it needs to achieve a healthy, radiant-looking complexion. Here’s a quick overview:
First, of course, is the Jan Marini cleanser. This cleanser exfoliates the skin to refine pores and improve texture.
Just like the rest of your body, your skin also needs vitamins. In particular, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant found to improve the skin’s appearance by lessening wrinkles while lifting, toning and tightening the look of facial contours, as well as increasing free-radical protection.
The next step in the system is gentle exfoliation with glycolic acid, which reduces fine lines, redness, acne scarring and large pores.
At this point in the process, retinol is used to fight the signs of aging, as needed.
No matter what skincare solution you use, your skin is bombarded daily and needs more than just moisture to stay healthy. The addition of growth factors, peptides and multiple antioxidants in the Jan Marini Skin Care Management system helps to reduce the visible signs of aging, while providing superb hydration to the skin. Be sure that your skincare system includes these benefits.
Finally, you need to protect you skin from the sun. Even during winter months, UVA rays (aging) and UVB (burning) cause major damage to your skin. That is why the final addition to the Jan Marini system is a potent sunscreen.
Call us at Vanishing Ink with any questions about your skin’s health or your skincare management options. We would be happy to help!
-The Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics Team