Are You Taking the Right Steps to Care for Your Skin?

Studies have found that matching a good skin care regimen with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to slow the signs of aging.

Skin Care Quiz

Ageless Beauty, Is Your Skin Looking Older or Tighter?

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Alana Mitchell, Licensed Esthetician, Day Spa Owner

 

Ok, I could beat around the bush and call your skin something like, “mature” or “refined” but instead I’ll do you the honor of speaking plainly- you’re reading this because you’re worried your skin is looking older.  If spots, lines, and crow’s feet have been showing up in your photos and mirrors it may be time to change up your makeup.

By the way, most of my female clients at Spa Alana are over 50, these are the same principles I recommend to my clients. To make sure you know you are not reading advice from some random person, read a bit more about me and my experience, click here or on my picture. Also, you can read THOUSANDS of positive reviews from my customers by clicking my testimonials page, I can help you!

As We Age…

The outer layer of the skin losses lipids, making the skin thinner, drier, and slower to recover from blemishes and damages. The inner layer looses elasticity and collagen and as the supportive fat thins, the skin sags. (Bet you thought you’d never be sad about fat thinning!) Pores, follicles and oil glands become prominent and the skin becomes more sensitive to the sun.

Now that the band-aid’s been ripped off…

What You Can Do About It:

Diet, smoking, genetics and sun exposure all play a part in the shape of your skin so take care of yourself!  All experts agree the best thing for older skin is to MOISTURIZE!  Get enough sleep and always wear sunscreen. An excellent moisturizer for all skin types that are aged is The Image skincare Vital C Hydrating Repair cream, its about $50, and women LOVE it. Also, the Epicuren Colostrum cream at about $80.

Makeup Tips….

The goal of makeup is NOT to make you look younger.  The goal of makeup at every age is to accentuate the beauty that is already there. As we age, what we want to highlight may change with the years.  For older women, makeup can add color to faded skin and cover small blemishes and wrinkles resulting in a radiant and feminine look.   Remember, women with older skin are no less attractive than younger women!  Beauty is beauty at every age! For mature skin, I only use La Bella Donna Pure Mineral Makeup on my clients, because the pure ingredients help lock in moisture.

Pre-Foundation Primer

Let me introduce you to your new best friend-primer. This clear and oil-free base bonds makeup to skin, smoothes dry and rough patches, and shrinks pores.  Sounds great, right?  Use it after you moisturize and before you apply foundation.  Eye primers help eye shadow stay smooth and in place all day.  Lip primers fill in wrinkles around the mouth and soften cracked lips. I Love the glominerals line of pure makeup primers for the face and eyes, see them here.

Filler

Fillers can fill in deep wrinkles and expression lines for a couple of hours.  Double bonus- most eye fillers reduce swelling and brighten the area under your eyes! Check out Clayton Shagal’s line of pure collagen and elastin topical fillers for the entire face, they are AMAZING for elderly skin.

Pure Collagen Topical, Only $65

You probably already wear a concealer that matches your complexion to cover up dark spots and imperfections.  What you may not know is that colored concealers can do a better job with less product when worn correctly and under foundation. Purple concealers neutralize yellow spots, green covers red spots and broken blood vessels, and orange concealers hide dark spots. Youngblood makes some excellent colored concealers that I use.

Foundation

Resist the urge to apply more makeup in order hide signs of aging! Older women should actually wear less makeup than younger women because it tends to sit on top of the skin creating a cakey look and feel.   As you age, avoid using heavy formulas because they make wrinkles and lines stand out. Choose a product rich in moisture and always apply foundation after your moisturizer has had time to absorb. Use a liquid formula and stay away from powders. If you feel naked without a powder, use a translucent one and lightly dust it on your forehead and nose.  Powder on your whole face will make you look dry and matted. Again, I love La Bella Donna’s foundations for this reason.

Wine, vintage jewelry, Kevin Costner, and YOU get better with age! Assess your makeup routine every couple of years and embrace the opportunity aging gives you to shake things up!

From so many requests, I have developed a special page on my shopping cart site skincarebyalana.com with a special page set aside for anti aging, click here to see it.

I have another article that might help you even more titled: The Best Makeup Tips for Women over 50, click here to read it.

Hope this helps, click here to call or email me with questions!

Alana’s Top 4 Anti Aging Product Picks

 My day spa retails over 100 of the most popular skincare product lines on the market. This has allowed me to test countless Anti Aging products on myself, and actual clients over several years. If you know me, then you know that I am sick of all of the fake blogs online, and fake articles (that are secretly posted by companies trying to sell products), and even dishonest TV commercials that lie to consumers about “miracle” Anti Aging products and ingredients (half of these ingredients are made up). Do not trust them!Be sure to watch the video above, where I explain each Anti Aging product. Here is some brief info about each of these selections (and the companies that make them), and you can see each product below. My goal is to get you on a long term skincare regime, that will absolutely work! I have also created a special shopping page on my website designed to help you purchase anti aging products easily, click here to see it.

Image Skincare Ageless Total Repair Cream: Image Skincare is a company that should be on every skincare fan’s shelf. Simply stated, they use expensive ingredients like Retinol, without the expensive price tag, and all Image skincare products are Paraben Free. I love the effect this product has on my clients wrinkles and skin texture, and under eyes when they consistently use it as their night cream. You can try a week supply of the complete Image Anti-Aging Line (6 trial sizes) for $20, call to get more info!

Epicuren Discovery Alpha Lipoic Omega Cream: Few companies have fully patented and fully proprietary ingredients, meaning, you truly cannot find the ingredients in other products. Epicuren uses proprietary ingredients in most of their products, including the Alpha Lipoic Omega Cream, and all Epicuren products are All Natural. When used in place of your normal moisturizer, this product will tone and smooth your skin, minimizes your pore size, reduce wrinkles, and make you “Naturally Glow”.

Rhonda Allison Exotica Rhodiola Cream: Try it for only $25! Rhonda Allison is another company that uses proprietary, and All Natural ingredients along with Epicuren. Rhonda is a total sweetheart! Replace your normal moisturizer with an exotic Anti Aging treatment that acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, skin thickeners strengthener, hydrator, humectant, and wrinkle reducer. Click on the product at the bottom of this page to see the unbelievable exotic and All Natural ingredient list!

Ilike Organic Glycolic Medlar Rejuvenating Treatment: This product is completely certified Organic, All Natural, and Paraben Free. This one goes out to all of you Organic fans out there! It diminishes wrinkles while gently exfoliating your skin by loosening the horny cells that tightly cling together. It also increases the formation of new keratin and horny cells while hydrating the skin with vitamins. Check it out below!

Also, you will notice I have subcategories below where I list out some other search options to help you find the right Anti Aging products for your skin and skin type, that I have personally selected and are NOT GIMMICKS!

Want more honest help with Anti Aging and your skin? Up top you can sign up to receive more of my free tips and special offers using the sign-up box. You will never receive spam or junk mail from me.

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