Here’s What Sleep Wrinkles Are (and How to Prevent Them)

Here’s What Sleep Wrinkles Are (and How to Prevent Them)

Reverse Your Wrinkles

Picture this: You wake up late, quickly wash your face, and rush out the door. You get to work, take the first sip of coffee, and finally muster up the courage to look in the mirror. And there it is: Sleep wrinkles on your face and a few on your chest, too. And as the day goes on, they seem to just stick around.

Sleep wrinkles are common. When we’re younger, they disappear quickly — but as we age, they can become a more permanent fixture. But what are sleep wrinkles, exactly, what causes them, and how can you prevent them? Here’s everything you need to know.

What are sleep wrinkles?

According to Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, “sleep wrinkles are the fine lines and deep folds that result due to repeatedly sleeping in a position that compresses the skin, like sleeping on the side of the body or flat on the stomach as opposed to sleeping on the back.”

Sleeping on the side or on the stomach pulls the skin in different directions than it naturally would be, she explains, typically affecting areas of the body such as the face, and chest, or even causing eye wrinkles. “When we’re younger, we may wake up with visible sleep wrinkles that fade away on their own. As a natural part of the aging process, we lose collagen,” she says. “Collagen is a skin protein that provides the skin with firmness and suppleness as well as contributes to skin elasticity. As collagen is lost over time, skin laxity increases and this makes it more difficult for the skin to “bounce back” after repeated compression. For this reason, permanent sleep wrinkles tend to be correlated with aging.”

What causes sleep wrinkles?

As Dr. Green explains, wrinkles caused by sleeping (including chest wrinkles from sleeping) typically happen when sleeping on the side of the body as opposed to flat on the back, because the skin is being pulled in directions that are out of the ordinary throughout the day. “The friction and tugging that occurs through the night when we sleep on our side or on our stomach can contribute to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face as well as on the chest,” she says.

How to prevent sleep wrinkles

If you want to avoid wrinkles while sleeping, there are a few easy action steps you can take ASAP.

Sleeping on the back to reduce sleep wrinkles

Sorry, side sleepers, but side sleeping causes wrinkles. So one of the first action steps you can take is to change your sleeping position.

“Sleeping on your back is the best way to prevent the formation of sleep wrinkles,” Dr. Green says. “Sleeping flat on the back eliminates any compression of the face and chest that would occur in other sleeping positions, alleviating pressure on these areas of the body that contributes to the development of sleep wrinkles.”

Sleep wrinkle pillow

If sleeping on your back feels impossible (or if you want to put some extra prevention measures in place), try sleeping with silk sheets and pillows.

“Silk is a hypoallergenic and tightly woven fabric that’s similar in pH to human skin, making it soothing, gentle, and protective for the skin during a night’s rest,” Dr. Green says. “The smooth properties of silk help to minimize friction against the skin, ultimately reducing friction and helping to prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines that can be caused by fabric pulling on the skin when tossing and turning overnight. Using a silk pillowcase and eye mask can make a big difference in your beauty regimen!”

Skincare to use for sleep wrinkles

Proper skin care is crucial to preventing and treating sleep wrinkles, too. Topical treatments like retinoids (vitamin A) or night creams can be helpful, and Dr. Green recommends skin-resurfacing lasers, too.

“The laser is used to create controlled, precise micro-injuries in the skin, triggering the natural wound healing process of the skin,” she explains. “Through this process, new collagen and elastin are produced, ultimately resulting in a smoother skin texture and a reduction in the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Other more invasive options can include fillers or Botox, according to Dr. Green.

While sleep wrinkles are common as we age and our skin begins to lose collagen, there’s a lot you can do to minimize wrinkles. So work on becoming a back sleeper, invest in a silk pillowcase, and load up on the right skincare products. You’ve got this!

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study.

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Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

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How To Prevent Visible Dark Spots

How To Prevent Visible Dark Spots

Reverse Regimen

How To Prevent Dark Spots

Skin discoloration, including dark spots, is one of the most common skin concerns women have today. Everyone wants that even, beautifully hydrated, glowing skin—but alas, sometimes dark spots happen. Instead of relying on makeup to cover up your dark spots, why not educate yourself on why they occur and learn how to address and prevent them? In this blog post, we’ll talk about why and where dark spots typically turn up and everything you need to know about dealing with this skin concern. Read on to learn more.

What are dark spots and where do they come from?

Dark spots are the result of an overproduction of melanin in the skin. Dark spots can occur after you spend a lot of time in the sun or indulge in tanning beds, especially without proper sun protection. Dark spots can also occur in conjunction with hormonal changes. These hormonal shifts include those causing acne, since post-acne spots are also considered dark spots, as well.

“Science shows the most attractive feature of a person is even, pore-free, shiny skin. It’s a sign of health and youth,” Dr. Kathy Fields says. The good news is that the right skin care regimen can help you visibly achieve that even color and elusive glow that we begin to lose in our 20s.

What areas of the body are typically affected by dark spots?

Dark spots usually crop up on the face, hands, arms, and chest – all of the places most exposed to the sun.

How to Prevent Dark Spots and What to Do About Existing Ones

  1. To prevent dark spots, proper sun protection is key. Always use sunscreen—don’t forget that every day is a Sun Day, as Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields say. Apply your sunscreen as the final step in your skincare regimen daily and in the morning year-round—not just when you plan on spending a lot of time outside. Remember to reapply every 2-3 hours when exposed to the sun and after towel drying, swimming, or sweating.
  1. Exfoliate regularly. You want to gently exfoliate your skin at least a few times per week with an exfoliant that works well for your skin type. The Rodan + Fields REVERSE Regimen addresses a major skin concern women have about dull, uneven skin tone. “By exfoliating away the pile-up of dead cells and helping visibly fade discolorations, REVERSE clears your skin’s canvas, restoring the luminosity and brightness your skin has naturally lost,” Dr. Katie Rodan says.
  1. Try a dark spot corrector, like  REVERSE Targeted Dark Spot Corrector, which can be used on the face, but also on the neck, chest and hands to target stubborn dark spots or visible skin discoloration. Add this product to any Rodan + Fields Regimen to minimize the appearance of brown spots, dark spots, patches, post-acne dark marks, and age spots. For best results, always apply sunscreen on the area of concern and try to avoid unprotected sun exposure.
  1. Consult with your doctor if you experience hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory acne spots. For best results, introduce skin brightening products to your skincare routine. Including a spot corrector for more stubborn dark spots can help even your skin tone and get it looking glowy.

Ingredients to Address Visible Dark Spots

“It’s a combination of ingredients in formulas that enhance their efficacy that creates a beautiful, visible change,” Dr. Katie Rodan says. “Some of the key ingredients packed into our formulas include tried and true favorites, like Vitamin C and Retinal MD Technology, developed in-house.”

Together with their scientists, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields created their own proprietary technology. “We blended 10% stabilized Vitamin C with our proprietary Retinal MD Technology, which is more effective than traditional retinol without the irritation that often comes with it,” Dr. Kathy Fields says.

Multi-Med Therapy is at the heart of all of Rodan + Fields’ Regimens. Multi-Med Therapy combines over-the-counter drug and cosmetic ingredients as the basis of elegantly formulated products that deliver powerful results. Seeing how well a “combination therapy” approach worked in acne, we knew that our holistic Multi-Med Therapy concept would also be effective for other common skin conditions, like hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, and skin aging. Based on their patient relationships, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields saw how each one of these issues takes a toll on a person’s confidence. This compelled Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields to get to work, creating specific skincare systems, which they refer to as Regimens, to give people everything they would need to achieve the best skin of their lives – and the confidence that comes with it. Here’s to coming out of the dark and to brighter skin days ahead.

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study.

Learn more about Rodan + Fields and how you can get your most radiant skin ever. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and to your consultant who knows how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

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All About the Reverse Brightening Regimen

All About the Reverse Brightening Regimen

Reverse Regimen

As they say, it’s a privilege to get older. And there’s no question that certain aspects of the aging process are great, from improved confidence to having a better perspective on life. As for fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots … well, that’s the not-so-fun part of aging.

That’s where the Rodan + Fields Reverse Regimen comes in. Thanks to brightening (and acne-fighting) ingredients that can help reduce signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots, regular use of the Reverse Regimen can give your skin a younger look while fighting the skin’s natural aging process.

In fact, in our clinical trials, 73% of people who used this regimen noticed instantly brighter skin. After two weeks, 84% noticed softer, smother-feeling skin, and after four weeks 70% of people thought their skin looked more luminous. After eight weeks of use, study participants notice effects like less visible dark spots, clearer skin, more moisturized skin, healthier-looking skin, and more.*

In other words, there’s no question that the R+F Reverse Regimen achieves the desired effect of reversing and preventing signs of aging and brightening the skin overall. But how does it work, exactly? We break down how different ingredients in this four-step regimen can help address signs of aging. Here’s everything you need to know.

Cleansing with glycolic acid, lactic acid, and jojoba esters to brighten the skin

The first step of the R+F Reverse Regimen is the Reverse Deep Exfoliating Cleanser, which buffs and micro-refinishes the skin’s surface for a more radiant appearance. But how does it do this, exactly? The physical and chemical exfoliants included in this cleanser help to remove dulling, pigmented surface cells to reveal a brighter complexion and younger-looking skin.

 The ingredients that make this happen include:

  • Glycolic acid, which softens the skin’s texture by gently exfoliating dead skin cells on the surface.
  • Lactic acid, which does the hard work of refining and smoothing out the skin
  • Jojoba esters polylactic acid, which physically lifts and clears skin impurities without the irritation that often comes with this step.

Niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, and licorice extract minimize discoloration

The second step of the R+F Reverse Regimen is the Reverse Intensive Brightening Toner, which softens the skin while minimizing discoloration for a bright, luminous complexion. In other words, you can get ready to say goodbye to dull skin, age spots, and other discoloration.

The ingredients that make this happen include:

  • Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is an essential nutrient that helps to even out skin tone and minimize skin congestion.
  • Sodium hyaluronate, which is a powerful humectant that helps to hydrate and soothe the skin
  • Licorice extract, which calms skin and visibly reduces discoloration caused by environmental triggers

SPF helps protect and the skin

The third step is SPF, a crucial part of protecting your skin from signs of aging since sun damage is one of the leading causes of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and other discoloration. That’s why the third step of the R+F Reverse Regimen is the Reverse Brightening Defense Fluid Lotion with SPF 50.

This is a lightweight lotion that protects the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. The high level of SPF (50), will provide longer, better sun protection than other sunscreens out there with lower SPFs.

Another ingredient is this Fluid Lotion that helps brighten the skin include:

  • Patented RF3 Antioxidant Complex, which helps defend the skin against environmental triggers that lead to discoloration.
  • Licorice extract, which calms skin and visibly reduces discoloration caused by environmental triggers.

Vitamin C, retinal technology, and kojic acid work hard to brighten the skin overnight

The final step of the R+F Reverse Regimen is the Reverse Tone Correcting Treatment, which works to reduce the look of dark spots and brown spots and visibly even out your skin tone.

This formula works so well thanks to the following ingredients:

  • 10% stabilized vitamin C blend, which helps to brighten the skin.
  • Retinal MD technology, which revitalizes the skin and helps enhance natural cell turnover, which helps reduce signs of aging
  • Kojic acid, which visibly diminishes discoloration and helps even skin tone.

Fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots happen to the best of us, and they’re a natural part of the aging process. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to address the signs of aging – the brightening, age-defying ingredients in the R+F Reverse Brightening Treatment are a great place to start!

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study

Learn more about Rodan + Fields  and how you can get your most radiant skin ever. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and to your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It will save their skin — and boost their confidence.

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Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier & What to Do About It

Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier & What to Do About It

Skin Barrier

Wondering why your skin is lacking that beautiful, dewy glow?

A damaged skin barrier could be to blame! Today, we want to talk about how to know if your skin barrier is damaged, what exactly causes it, and tips about skin barrier damage repair using the right products (and ingredients). Read on to learn more about all things skin barriers.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier is the outer most part of your epidermis (skin!) and acts as a wall to protect your skin from damage, bacteria, environmental aggressors and more. Think of it like “brick and mortar”, where your skin cells make up the bricks, and your skin barrier is the mortar.

What is a damaged skin barrier? 

If you’ve researched skin care, you’ve probably read a bit about wanting to avoid damaging your skin barrier. When your skin’s moisture barrier is damaged, the lipid matrix (fats and oils within your skin) isn’t as taut as it should be. This can lead to gaps in your skin barrier. What does that mean? It makes it harder to keep germs and irritants out of your skin—and it also does a bad job of preventing water loss from your skin.

3 Common Damaged Skin Barrier Symptoms 

So what exactly are the telltale signs of a damaged skin barrier? Here are some of the most common symptoms.

Acne

Believe it or not, blemishes can be a sign of a damaged skin barrier. The bacteria that leads to acne can penetrate the skin more easily.

Dry Skin

Your skin experiences trans epidermal water loss when your skin barrier is compromised. In other words, the moisture in your skin essentially exits stage left and evaporates. This leaves your skin with signs of dryness. These can include a rough texture, flakiness or tightness. Dullness is another sign of a compromised moisture barrier, related to dryness.

Skin Sensitivity

An imbalance of lipids in the skin barrier, causing a skin barrier disruption, could lead to sensitive skin.

What causes damage to the skin barrier?

You might be surprised to know that the main causes of damage to the skin barrier come from everyday life and habits. Here are some of the most common culprits.

Over-cleansing

Skincare mistakes like cleansing your skin too much or too often can have an effect on your skin barrier. If you cleanse your skin too often or with harsh ingredients, you can strip your skin of its natural oils. One way to figure out if you may be doing this is if your skin feels squeaky clean—or tight—after your face wash step. This could disrupt your skin barrier’s lipid matrix. You want to avoid washing your skin to the point where it feels tight after.

Skin Conditions

Skin concerns like atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) can be associated with a weak skin barrier. That keeps your skin barrier from functioning well. Eczema can be a genetic skin condition, and a severely damaged skin barrier can develop if the skin is not treated properly.

Age

Age is also a contributor to skin barrier damage, as your ability to produce oil decreases over time. It becomes more difficult to replenish the oils that are essential to your skin barrier’s integrity.

How to repair skin barrier damage

When you want to repair a damaged skin barrier, there are things you can stop doing and start doing to see and feel relief.

Simplify Your Skincare Routine

Invest in products and ingredients that help support the health of your skin barrier. Ingredients that are good to use for your skin’s moisture barrier include Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, and Ceramides. Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that occurs naturally in the skin and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It binds water to collagen to keep it in the skin. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, which act as building blocks of proteins—like collagen, keratin, and elastin. Ceramides are lipids found naturally in the upper layers of skin and help form a protective layer that limits moisture loss.

Protect Your Skin

Besides nourishing your skin, you need to protect it every day. SPF protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays, which directly damage your skin barrier and cause irritation. Choose a sunscreen of at least 30+ to ensure your skin is protected, and use sunscreen every day as the last step in your daily skincare routine. Whether you opt for a chemical or physical sunscreen, the most important thing is that you find one that you’ll use.

Hydrate

Never forget the power of H20! Water works wonders on the skin barrier from the inside out. By drinking your recommended daily water intake and utilizing hydrating formulas directly on the skin’s surface, you give skin a chance to reboot, replenish and regenerate.

Best Products for a Damaged Skin Barrier

You want to go easy on the exfoliation if you have a severely damaged skin barrier. Use serums and creams every morning and night for best results, especially when trying to repair a severely damaged barrier. Use products as directed, and remember to seek advice from your dermatologist when necessary.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Skin Barrier

A morning and evening skincare routine with products that include the proper ingredients will help repair skin barrier damage. Maintain your healthy skin barrier by sticking to your routine and adjusting products and ingredients as needed. Use the tips throughout this article to help guide you towards a healthy, strong skin barrier!

 

~Learn more about Rodan + Fields and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It will save their skin — and boost their confidence.

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*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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The Best Ingredients For Dark Spots

The Best Ingredients For Dark Spots

Dark Spot Corrector

The Best Ingredients For Dark Spots 

When it comes to common skin concerns, skin discoloration, including dark spots, top the list. Regardless of age! Whether you’d like to address dark spots left in the wake of long-departed acne, age-related spots, or even unwanted freckles from unprotected sun exposure—everyone wants that smooth, glowing, even-toned-looking skin for a youthful appearance.

Many of us are searching for individual ingredients to get rid of or fade our dark spots—but it is important to look into specific products and regimens to get the best results. It’s a holistic skincare strategy for the best possible visible improvement – addressing existing discoloration and working to prevent it in the future. In this blog post, we’ll talk about how to deal with the dark spots you have and some of the best ingredients to help visibly brighten your skin and even out your skin tone.  

Multi-Med Therapy Approach 

Multi-Med Therapy is at the heart of all of Rodan + Fields’ Regimens. Multi-Med Therapy combines over-the-counter drug and cosmetic ingredients as the basis of elegantly formulated products that deliver powerful results. Seeing how well a “combination therapy” approach worked in acne, they knew that our holistic Multi-Med Therapy concept would also be effective for other common skin conditions, like hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, and skin aging.  

Based on their patient relationships, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields saw how each one of these issues takes a toll on a person’s confidence. This compelled Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields to get to work, creating specific skincare systems, which they refer to as Regimens, to give people everything they would need to address specific skin concerns head-on and achieve the best skin of their lives. 

There Are No Magic Individual Ingredients 

And that’s actually good news. These ingredients can only work in a proper formula—in other words, it’s more about the formula and the routine as opposed to sticking with single ingredients. Find one that works for you and incorporate it into your AM and PM skincare routines consistently for the best results.  

Key Ingredients That Help Fade Dark Spots and Discoloration 

There are a few tried-and-true ingredients that work to tackle dark spots and discoloration that are typically used in brightening formulas. Here, the four main ingredients to look for if addressing dark spots is on your skincare agenda.  

1) Vitamin C  

The first ingredient you tend to see in brightening products is Vitamin C, and for good reason.  

A skincare heavyweight, this ingredient is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C helps address everything from discoloration (dark spots, age spots, post-acne marks and the like) to texture issues. Vitamin C is excellent when it comes to visibly evening out your skin tone, helping with dullness, and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You simply can’t go wrong with incorporating Vitamin C into your skincare routine.  

2) Retinoids 

A form of Vitamin A, Retinoids are some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients. 

Retinoids accelerate natural skin renewal, helping skin boost its natural collagen production and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When it comes to Retinoids, consistency is the name of the game. This ingredient provides impressive visible results, though like with any skincare, they do take time and dedication. This ingredient should not be combined with other actives and when you use Retinoids at night, you should wear sunscreen during the day. Retinoids can make your skin photosensitive.  

For addressing acne, begin a Retinoid skincare routine in your early 20s. For anti-aging benefits, begin incorporating Retinoids into your skincare regimen in your late 20s or early 30s. 

3) Kojic Acid 

Kojic Acid also goes by the Japanese common name, koji. A dark spot-targeting extraordinaire, it is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice, for use in the manufacturing of sake, the Japanese rice wine. This ingredient’s primary use and benefit is to reduce discoloration often caused by unprotected sun exposure—age spots, dark spots or even scars. In addition to skin-brightening effects, kojic acid also offers antimicrobial properties. 

4) Licorice root 

Licorice root is a natural, soothing antioxidant used in skincare to help fade dark spots, as well. It’s a great choice for those who want to opt for a more natural skin brightening ingredient.  

Rodan + Fields Reverse Regimen  

We recommend the Rodan + Fields Reverse Regimen and Targeted Dark Spot Corrector to address dull, uneven skin tone. “By exfoliating away the pile up of dead cells and helping visibly fade discolorations, REVERSE clears your skin’s canvas, restoring the luminosity and brightness your skin has naturally lost,” says Dr. Katie Rodan. “Reverse can help visibly achieve that even color and engaging glow, that shine that is very attractive at every age, and that we begin to lose in our 20s,” Dr. Kathy Fields adds.  

To protect your skin against future dark spots, it’s all about prevention.

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It will save their skin — and boost their confidence.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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