Eye Care 101: What’s your Eye-Q?

The eye area is often the first place where signs of aging appear on the face. One of the key ways you can tell the difference between a 30 something and 40 something is the appearance of their eye area. 40-somethings are a lot more likely to have fine lines and bags under the eyes – some will even have the beginnings of crow’s feet. So, if we want to keep your skin looking fresh and ageless, you will need to take special care of your eye area.

First, lets look at how the eye area is different from the rest of your face:

  • It has virtually no sebacious glands, which makes it highly prone to dryness.
  • It is much thinner and more sensitive than other facial skin.
  • It overlies a particularly dense capillary network and has minimal fat padding, which makes the eye area prone to puffiness.
  • It is stressed by frequent eye movements and squinting.

Because the eye area skin is particularly fragile it requires extra efforts for optimal protection and preservation. Here are some key things to remember when caring for the eye area: Continue reading

5 Essential Tips for Youthful, Glowing Skin

Here are the five tips I give to all of my clients for maximizing their results with my skin care and obtaining the elusive “glow”. Follow these tips and you will see a notable improvement in your skin within one to two weeks.

1. Drink 8, 8oz. glasses of water a day. Drinking water allows your cells to rejuvenate, keeps your skin looking moist and juicy and is consequently one of the single best things you can do to improve the appearance of your skin. It is best to drink room temperature water in small amounts over the course of the day to be sure it is properly absorbed into the body. Also, mix it up by drinking coconut water, “spa water” infused with lemons and/or cucumber and green tea, all of which are also great for the skin. During a busy day it can be hard to remember to drink enough water, so I recommend keeping a nalgene with you at all times. Personally, I like nalgenes with a straw for added convenience.

2. Eat a balanced, anti-inflammatory diet. What we put in our bodies will show on our skin. If you eat large amounts of highly inflammatory or highly-processed foods your skin will directly reflect that – so it is essential that you give your skin proper nutrition. The best foods for your skin are salmon, berries, dark leafy greens, walnuts, and avocado. Also, make sure you get plenty of vitamin C: it increases cell turnover, helps protect against sun damage, and boosts the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. Foods packed with vitamin c include citrus fruits, mangoes, kiwis, tomatoes, broccoli, red peppers, and potatoes.

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