Stay Hydrated!

The winter months do quite a job on our skin so think moisture, from a humidifier in your home or workplace, to drinking lots more water, moisture is the key.

In fact, many skin conditions stem from or are aggravated by dry skin. I am forever begging clients to try new ways to get your body’s inner moisture levels up. A moisturizer can only do so much by way of adding moisture. Many of you have heard me tell you that a moisturizers main job is to help seal the natural moisture in our body. So start drinking, applying moisturizer, turning down the heat in your shower temps and start lookin’ good!! Your hair will benefit from these small changes as well.

Anti age makeup – what not to do!

So, I’ve just recently stopped offering makeup services.  I really want to just focus on helping people achieve their best skin goals.  But, i am still obsessed with makeup so here are some anti-age tips from doing makeup after 18 years.  (I am writing this post after reading an article about the same subject in More magazine!

1.  The main thing is to take care of your skin by way of proper exfoliation, hydration and moisturization!  Eye cream is a must!

2.  A powdery finish can age you.  So go for the dewier finish.  Tinted moisturizers are awesome, or mixing a favorite foundation with your moisturizer will work.

3. No more mascara on your lower lash line and only line the top of your eye.

4. Try a nice lip gloss and if you want more color use a lip liner and line the whole lip and fill in the middle. But lipstick can bleed into fine lines and wrinkles as we age so stay away!

5. Think brighter yet soft colors.  Neutrals like brown or taupe may magnify dullness.

How to handle a brand new ‘huge” blemish

Conveniently it ususally happens during important social times, many of my clients of all ages will text me with the same panicked question….”Help Lorraine, I have a huge zit and I don’t know what to do?”  I say the answer so much I think I will be creating a postcard to hand out at Glow so that you will always have the answer in your purse or bathroom vanity etc.  First, the skin is obviously reacting to something.  It could be a food intollerance or the fact that you have overdone things for several days and you are exhausted.  You could be experiencing PMS or just a poor skin care regiment for a week.  Whatever the cause, there it is… and it’s killing you!!  First, relax.  Second apply Benzoyl Peroxide (only the first 2-3 days to attack bacteria, after that it will only dry out your skin which is a no no).  Second, take an anti-inflammatory over the counter medication like Motrin.  Third .. ice it.  Then wait…..  see what the body will do with it.  If it comes to a head over the next few days, come to see me and I will extract it, or if you are desperate use a warm compress until the poor is soft and open and squeeze gently pushing down onto the face and up under the entire poor.  If it doesn’t come out easity, don’t force it!!  You will force it to explode inside as well as out risking the possibility of satellite blemishes coming out around it over the next few days.  the body may abosorb the whole thing if you are patient.  Just keep it clean and moisturized.  Drink lots of water and of all things…. RELAX! Stress can be a big cause of skin breakouts!!!

Glowing Crazy?

6 Reasons your skin may be unhealthy:

1.  Stress.  Need I say more.  Stress takes so much out of our body and minds and the body needs to release it somehow, usually the skin reacts by breaking out.  Try destressing, taking a walk, meditating, or doing something you love but you no longer allow time for.

2.  Stop Smoking:  Smoking robs the body of oxygen which in turn breaks down collagen nad elastin while taking moisture out of the skin and leaving it dull and gray.

3.  The Sun..Need I say more once again!  The sun damages, dehydrates, and causes pigment spots.  Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to prevent further damage, and don’t forget to have a skin check yearly by your dermatologist.

4.  Diet – If nothing changes, nothing changes.  Make healthier eating choices and your skin will reflect those smarter choices.  Fruits, veggies and whole foods.

5.  Water water water.  Dehydration is one of the main causes of unhealthy lifeless skin.  Make a mental note to find ways to incorporate water into your life, without  it you will begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles sooner than later.

6.  Exercise!  Exercise is good for every part of your body, especially your skin.   Exercise is important because it helps stimulate the lymphatic system, which keeps everything moving, especially the blood.  Proper blood flow is crucial to healthy skin.

You’ve got Male

Many people ask me about their husband’s or son’s skin and can they use the same products as women?  The answer is yes.  After all skin is skin.  Men can have oilier skin than women but if He shaves daily he can fix that problem. Actually shaving exfoliates the skin so he can even end up drying out his skin and shaving cream is a form of soap so it can also cause dry skin issues. One big problem that many of my male client have is ingrown hairs. This paired with dry skin from the bar soaps that many men prefer can be very problematic.

Men should use a gentle cleanser to wash their face and should definitely use moisturizer and sunscreen, two things men seem to shy away from.  Maybe a cleanser with a salicilic acid once a week for a nice exfoliation. Skincare products marketed for men have all the same basic ingredients as womens products.  He may want his own men’s line for scent etc. but as long as he is using the product and his skin is balanced, he will be happy.

Left side skin cancer…

Did you know that more skin cancers are found on the left side of the head and neck than on the right side? This was financing in a study published in the Dec 201o Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, which points to the importance of minimizing sun exposure while driving.  When we drive we are exposed to UVA rays both from the front windshield and from the drivers side window.  Car travel is at an all time high and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation “UVA rays can easily penetrate car windows making both drivers and passengers susceptible to skin damage and skin cancer.  How to prevent it?  Wear sunscreen sunglasses, long sleeved shirt, and I have gone as far as taking my car to Sonny’s in Peabody, MA (sonnysglasstinting.com) and had my two front windows and a six inch strip at the top of my windshield covered in a legal tint that locks 90% of the suns damaging rays on top of the factory tint my car came with.  It makes a huge difference and you can’t even tell the windows are tinted!

How to treat sunburned skin

In the event that your skin gets burned and turns bright red, it’s best to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, which will take down the inflammation. Soaking in a cool or lukewarm bath may reduce theme reduce the pain. Since burnt skin is technically in crisis mode, dehydration, dizziness, lightheaded ness and even nausea may be present. And whatever you choose to treat your skin, steer clear of heavy lotions, creams and the old wives tale of applying butter since they can rap heat within the skin-refrigerated aloe Vera gel is a better option!

What are these bumps on the back of my arm?

If I had a dime for everytime I’ve been asked this question.  The answer is KP – Keratosis Pilaris, a genetic disorder that effects 40 percent of the population and causes dead skin cells to slough off slower than normal.  The cells then build up and clog your hair follicles which leads to inflamation and the red or white bumps.  Though KP  is a chronic condition which is sometimes outgrown, you can lessen its intensity.  Body washes with salicylic acid or glycolic acid can help your skin shed those cells quicker.  Follow up with a moisturizer.  At Glow, I can treat you with an enzyme or in extreme cases a chemical peel on the affected areas.  For severe cases, check with your dermatologist first.

Tick Tock, Turn back the clock!

A couple of items I cannot live without:

1.   My Glow to Sleep Satin Pillowcase to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and hair breakage, sold at Glow $15 in lots of fun colors including zebra and leopard! 

2.  General Electric’s SmartWater filter on my showerhead. Softens the water and therefore softens the hair and skin, a must!

Saving the world..one face at a time

Finally, my first post on my new blog!  My good friend Robyn told me I should start a blog after a long conversation about skin.  Everywhere I go, people ask me about their skin or their children’s skin or their husband’s skin.  Whatever the issue, they want answers.  I have answers!  Right now I just want to mention a few ways to start preparing your skin for better weather.  The winter months do quite a job on our skin so think moisture, from a humidifier in your home or workplace, to drinking lots more water, moisture is the key.  In fact, many skin conditions stem from or are aggravated by dry skin.  I am forever begging clients to try new ways to get your body’s inner moisture levels up.  A moisturizer can only do so much by way of adding moisture.  Many of you have heard me tell you that a moisturizers main job is to help seal the natural moisture in our body.  So start drinking, applying moisturizer, turning down the heat in your shower temps and start lookin’ good!!  Your hair will benefit from these small changes as well.