How to Build the Best Skincare Routine for Your Skin Needs

How to Build the Best Skincare Routine for Your Skin Needs

Skincare Done Right

Imagine a world where you don’t need to help your skin prevent wrinkles or acne. Wouldn’t it be great if your skin took care of itself? Well, unfortunately, that’s not the case, and it’s up to us to look after our skin by ensuring we take proper steps to improve skin health and address any skincare concerns head-on.

Skin is complex and its unique needs are complicated. Whatever results you aim to achieve, it’s essential to first know the facts before implementing a proper skincare Regimen.

5 Things To Consider Before Selecting and Starting a Skincare Routine

1 – Know What Your Unique Skin Concerns and Needs Are

You may have specific skin concerns like acne or discoloration. Or, you may be looking to take a preventative approach and more focused on maintaining healthy-looking skin. These concerns might differ from your friend who discovers a trending new product to use. You shouldn’t always use products recommended by your friends, social media, a magazine, etc. because not all products work for every skincare concern.

Having a routine can provide benefits for not only your skin but also for your mental health. Some people find that sticking to a skincare routine gives them a sense of control. Others like how it carves out a few minutes each morning and evening for some dedicated self-care.

Whether you are starting your skincare routine to address a skincare concern or to maintain your skin’s health, it’s important to implement a Regimen to follow consistently. Just like exercise, it’s important to be consistent to see results.

2 – Know Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type is essential, as it will help you select your Regimen accordingly. If you don’t know your skin type, don’t worry. Here are some top tips on how to figure it out. One of the easiest ways to learn your skin type is to observe your skin after a few hours after taking a shower.

 Oily Skin: If you feel a little greasiness or shininess after a shower, you likely have oily skin.

 Dry Skin: If you experience flakiness or feel dry, you likely have dry skin.

 Combination Skin: If you have dry skin in some places and oily skin in others, like on the T-Zone, you likely have combination skin.

 Normal Skin: If you don’t sway into any of these categories, don’t worry. You likely fall under the “normal” skin category.

Knowing your skin type is important, as it helps you implement products that help keep dryness and oiliness under control, while still targeting any other skin concerns you may have.

3 – Stick to the Routine

No matter the reasons behind your skincare routine, compliance is the number one priority.

Make sure to be consistent with your Regimen, even if you are exhausted after a long day. This is the only way to achieve the best possible visible results on your skin.

4 – Address Your Main Skincare Concern

Like skin types, there are a variety of skin concerns that we experience. Here are some examples of common types:

  • Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles: We all age and with that, we start to see the visible signs of aging on the skin, like with fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and texture. If this is your main concern, look into implementing a Regimen that takes an anti-aging approach.
  • Sensitive Skin: Have visible redness or dryness? You may have sensitive skin that requires a little extra TLC. Implement a routine that calms and nurtures to protect skin instantly and overtime.
  • Acne: With triggers such as genetics, stress and hormones, acne is the most frequently diagnosed condition by dermatologists, affecting approximately 30-40% of adults. It’s important to implement a consistent routine that takes a full-face approach to acne. This is vital in breaking the acne cycle to eliminate current acne and prevent future blemishes from forming
  • Skin Discoloration: Spent too much time in the sun? Skin discoloration can appear, causing the surface to look dull and uneven. Use a Regimen that focuses on skin brightening to visibly reduce skin discoloration concerns for a more even-toned, radiant look.

5 – Follow the Directions

Let’s say you start to use a night cream that directs usage after facial cleansing and toning. It’s important to follow those directions because before the product launched, it was meticulously tested and perfected to work in a specific way. The instructions exist to help you achieve the best visible results possible on your skin.

It is almost important to follow the directions on the best time of day to apply a specific product. For example, it is not recommended to use products with anti-aging ingredient, Retinol, for your morning routine, as it can make skin more sensitive to the sun. Instead, Retinol is more likely included in nighttime products.

When selecting a multi-step skincare system, the products have been clinically-tested to work in conjunction with one another. Specific ingredients and technologies that work cohesively are selected for the formulas, which are then layered in a specific order to help deliver the best visible results possible. Designed to target adult acne, Rodan + Fields UNBLEMISH Regimen uses this multi-step approach. In fact, each of the products has a number listed on the front to make it easy to follow.

Step-1: The process starts with clearing. Cleanser utilizes chemical exfoliation ingredient, Salicylic Acid, to refine skin to help prevent clogged pores, clear blemishes and nourish skin. Colloidal Sulfur works to balance the over-production of sebum that can congest pores and cause breakouts. Minerals nourish skin for a healthy-looking, more radiant complexion. (AM + PM)

Step-2: Next, it’s time to clarify. Refreshing toner exfoliates away dead skin cells with mild Alpha-hydroxy Acids to help clear pores and brighten skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid helps visibly firm skin while Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera help calm and soothe. (AM + PM)

Step-3: Next, it’s time to keep everything under control. Unique dual-chamber system delivers acne-fighting 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide to help clear and prevent blemishes and calming skin-nourishing ingredients to moisturize and visibly plump skin. (AM + PM)

Step-4: In the morning, it’s time for prevention. This mattifying, shine-free SPF helps reduce the appearance of shine and absorbs excess oil, so skin looks shine free, leaving a velvety smooth, dry touch, matte finish. Non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic formula feels weightless on skin and works to defend against UVA and UVB rays. (AM only)

Top Tip on How to Remember the Right Order

Having trouble remembering the order of your routine? Here’s a quick tip. If you forget whether to use moisturizer or serum first, take a look at the consistency of the product. Products are typically applied from thinnest to thickness in consistency. For a typical skincare routine, always apply a cleanser first, then toner, serum, and moisturizer as the last step.

4 – Visible Results Take Time

Although there have been great advancements in the skincare science world, there is no such thing as an instant fix.

Your skin needs time to reap the benefits from consistent use of your skincare Regimen. Most products don’t tend to deliver visible results for at least four weeks. In many cases, you may need to wait eight weeks to see results.

5 – Skincare = Self-care

Skin is your largest organ. Just like any other part of your body, it needs to be taken care of. Whether you seek a Regimen designed to target anti-aging, acne, or another skincare concern, skincare should be a vital component of your life. It might take some time to find the right Regimen that best suits your skincare needs and concerns, when you do, you must remember the critical importance of compliance.

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Skincare 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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How To Prevent Dark Spots

How To Prevent Dark Spots

Dark Spot Corrector

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 skincare 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 a 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. 

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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.

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*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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Deep Dive: The Biology of Collagen

Deep Dive: The Biology of Collagen

From targeted Instagram ads for supplement powders to add to your morning coffee, to the many methods of stimulating it in your own skin, you’ve likely heard talk of collagen. Collagen has recently skyrocketed in popularity. It’s found not only in skincare products but in shampoos, the aforementioned nutrition powders and body creams. So, what is it all about and what role does it play with regard to your skin? In this post, we’ll tackle what exactly collagen is, the relationship it has with your skin as you age and what ingredients you should be looking for in your skincare to boost your skin’s collagen. Find out which products to choose and when you can expect results. Here, your guide to everything you always wanted to know about collagen and more.

What Is Collagen?

Let’s begin with the basics. What is collagen? Collagen is a protein that provides structure to your bones, skin, tendons and ligaments —essentially, much of your body. Collagen’s role with regard to skincare is vital from both a functional and cosmetic perspective. The reality is that everyone’s normal aging process causes a decrease in the skin’s natural collagen production and this leads to a number of common aesthetic skin concerns. These include everything from lines and wrinkles to a loss of firmness to uneven texture in the skin. In other words, these are the visible signs of a lack or decreased levels of collagen on your skin.

When Should You Focus on Boosting Collagen?

When is the right time to stimulate your own collagen production? According to dermatologist Dr. Vivian Bucay, everyone aged 20 and up should be using some type of treatment that speeds up cell renewal. “By the time you are 50 years old, you have half as much of your collagen and half as much of your hyaluronic acid as you would in your 20s,” Dr. Bucay explains. Here’s another fun fact: She notes that every year, you lose 3% of your collagen, which is what gives the skin support. She uses a mattress as an analogy. “Collagen is like the mattress covering,” Dr. Bucay explains. “It holds everything together.” To further the analogy, in this scenario, Hyaluronic Acid is the coils, she says. “They resist compressive forces, and the less we are able to resist these forces, the harder it is for the skin to bounce back,” she says. For example, you know how sometimes you wake up in the morning and have that line from the pillow? The older you get, the longer it takes for that line to disappear. After your mid-30s, it can take at least an hour plus for that line to go away. Note to self: It’s good to invest in a silk pillowcase.

What You Eat Makes A Difference

A healthy diet is also integral to supporting the natural process of collagen production. Eat protein-rich foods from plant or animal sources to get amino acids. More nutrients that assist in the process of producing collagen are zinc, Vitamin C and copper. You’ll find these in fruits and vegetables. You’ll find zinc in dairy, red meat and poultry, along with beans, nuts, crab, lobster and whole grains. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, green and red peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and winter squash. Copper is in dark chocolate (yes!), leafy greens, shiitake mushrooms, nuts and seeds.

What You Don’t Eat Also Makes A Difference

You also want to avoid things that accelerate collagen damage, of course. Some things that are associated with creating a decline in collagen production are probably not a surprise to you. Smoking and UV rays are high on the list of things you should avoid. And what you don’t eat is important as well. Avoid eating foods that are high in sugar or reaching for a lot of refined carbohydrates. These can also have a negative effect on increasing collagen production.

Incorporate Retinol and Vitamin C Into Your Skincare Routine

1: Try A Complex

Dermatologist Dr. Tomi Lee Wall points out that retinol is one of the best-known boosters of collagen. The third step of the REVERSE Brightening Regimen is the Dual Active Brightening Complex, which combines Vitamin C and Retinol. The power pair works together to enhance radiance and reveal brighter skin, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Both retinoids and Vitamin C help improve the appearance the visible signs of aging on skin, often caused by decreased collagen levels.

2: Try A Serum

If a serum’s more your thing, try REDEFINE Intensive Renewing Serum. This skincare product is formulated with Retinal-MD Technology, a form of Vitamin A that’s more potent than Retinol, but gentle enough for daily use. This nighttime serum jump starts your skin’s natural renewing process to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while revealing younger-looking skin. When adding any retinol product into your routine, it’s good to use it 2-3 nights a week and gradually amp up use up to every other evening. Always layer a nighttime moisturizer on top to minimize flaking.

The Case For Derma-Rollers

Dr. Wall says that a Derma-Roller is also an incredible tool for stimulating collagen. “Within your skin you have cells called fibroblasts, which are the makers of collagen,” Dr. Wall explains. “As you are derma-rolling, you create tiny areas of ‘trauma’ in the skin, which ‘tricks’ your fibroblasts to thinking they need to create more collagen,” she says. The micro-exfoliating, handheld Derma-Roller is part of the REDEFINE AMP MD System. The Derma-Roller uses micro-exfoliating tips to condition the uppermost layer of skin and boosts the performance of other products. This improves absorption and amplifies the results of Intensive Renewing Serum layered on top for smoother, firmer-looking skin.

As Always, Consistency Is Key

How long do you need to use a proper skincare regimen to see the results? It typically takes about a month for skin cells to turn over. So, a good rule of thumb is to follow your skincare Regimen consistently to see the visible results on your skin. Keep up with those morning and evening skincare routines and you’ll see youthful-looking, glowing skin before you know it.  

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 could save their skin — and boost their confidence.

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*information taken from The Skincare Source.

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7 SKINCARE PRODUCTS YOUR GUY WISHES YOU’D GIVE HIM

7 SKINCARE PRODUCTS YOUR GUY WISHES YOU’D GIVE HIM

The man in your life may never ask directly. But if these Rodan + Fields products were to appear in his medicine cabinet, they wouldn’t go to waste.
How do we know? Because we asked the experts. The men at the Rodan + Fields Home Office enjoy free R+F products as a perk. (All employees do, and it’s awesome.) With access to all of the company’s skincare, we wondered, what do men choose for themselves?
With Father’s Day coming up on June 21, we thought we’d put this list of dude-approved R+F products out there. Just saying.
REGI-MEN
There’s never a dull moment at the Home Office, judging from the number of men who use the 1) REVERSE Brightening Regimen for dullness, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. “I use REVERSE almost every day,” says Rodan + Fields Chairman Amnon Rodan. “I love how it feels, smells, and that it’s not oily, sticky, or greasy. I love that it makes me look young – or, if not that, I love that it makes me glow.”
The 2) REDEFINE Regimen for lines, wrinkles, and visible signs of aging is also popular. Customer Care Instructional Designer Nicolas Dionisio is solidly on Team REDEFINE and recommends it “to anyone who wants to look as young as I do 😀.”
Even if they’re not using a full Regimen, the men of the Home Office take their SPF seriously. Compliance Analyst Cody Wilbur uses 3) REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30 as his go-to sunscreen, while Justin Ramsay, Social Media Manager, faithfully applies 4) SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 on his face. He appreciates the product’s matte finish and that it “protects him from the sun.”
DUDES BEING SMOOTH
5) Micro-Dermabrasion Paste, our exfoliating face-and-body scrub, is also a fan favorite. Order Management Specialist Dustin Robinson appreciates that he can use it in the shower. (The men in our office definitely demand convenience in their skincare.) Convention Program Manager Josh Goodman says MD Paste is at the top of his current want-to-try list. Facilities Coordinator Randall Vaughan envisions combining the scrub and a classic outdoor water slide for an innovation he would call “Slip and Exfoliate.” Note to Randall: Please do not actually try this.
GUY-DRATION NATION
6) Active Hydration Body Replenish is another fave. Elite Support Coordinator Enrique Garcia, who works on cars and does outdoor activities in his spare time, uses this award-winning cream on his elbows, knees, and knuckles — “pain points when it comes to dry skin because these are the areas that come in most contact with rough surfaces,” he says.
As for the product universally beloved by the men of the Rodan + Fields Home Office? Well, it turns out there’s a reason why they’re all so radiant.
“I suffer from dry skin,” says David Horton, Senior Director of Architecture, Methods, and Tools. But with daily use of 7) Active Hydration Serum, “I’ve noticed much more comfort during the day — less cracking, flaking of my skin, and definitely less tightness.” His skin is less red and irritated, too. “Overall, my complexion has smoothed out,” he says.
Do you know who couldn’t agree more? The inventor of this ultra-hydrating moisture magnet himself. Active Hydration Serum “instantly hydrates after skiing, being in the sun or simply being,” says Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Tim Falla, who uses it frequently. “My rougher, drier skin needs all the help it can get.”
see more at website: debi.myrandf.com

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 could save their skin — and boost their confidence.

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*information taken from Derm RF.

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Learn How Stress Can Affect Your Skin + Skincare Solutions

Learn How Stress Can Affect Your Skin + Skincare Solutions

It’s been stressful lately! And that stress can show up in unexpected ways, including on your skin. Anxiety and fear, which have become pretty regular feelings for a lot of us given the current situation, trigger a fight or flight response in your body. This fight or flight response releases cortisone, a stress hormone, that increases oil production. This means clogged pores, dull complexion and maybe even breakouts.

No need to stress even more. We’ve got some easy solutions to help you out. Once a day, swap your regular cleanser for UNBLEMISH or SPOTLESS to deep clean and help reduce oil. Add in our RECHARGE Detox Mask 2-3 times a week to take care of clogged pores and blackheads. Or, if you have blemishes, try UNBLEMISH Clarifying Mask.

Stress can also affect your immune system. This makes skin more vulnerable to blotchiness, redness and irritation. If you’re experiencing any of those issues, try our SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment 1-2 times a day. It hydrates and helps reduce visible redness as it protects and calms dry, chapped skin.

Another easy way to help keep your immune system strong is Vitamin D3. It’s recognized by healthcare professionals as good for the overall health of bones, muscles and the immune system. Which is more important than ever right now. Our Maximum D3 is a once a week supplement with 10,000 international units of Vitamin D3. To find the right dose for you, ask your doctor to make a personalized recommendation.

If you’re looking for instant payoff or just want to put your best face forward while facing hard times, check out Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid. It evens tone, boosts radiance and helps protect skin so it looks healthier over time. Find your shade match through the Rodan + Fields Solution Tool Shade Finder or check-in with an R+F Independent Consultant for samples.

SIMPLE (+ WALLET FRIENDLY) TIPS

1) ESSENTIALS GAUZE PADS have a soft textured weave to allow the Regimen Toners + ESSENTIALS Complete Eye Makeup Remover to catch dirt and debris.  The cotton weave evenly distributes the formulas and their benefits onto your skin so you see the best results.

2) REMOVE MAKEUP before cleansing get the full benefits of your Regimen cleanser’s targeted ingredients. This also reduces how many dirty towels you have to wash and prevents using excess amounts of cleanser. Our Instant Makeup Remover Wipes have good-for-skin ingredients like conditioners to help soften.

3) USE FINGERTIPS to apply products to avoid wasting any on your palms. Bonus: your fingertips send sensorial feedback that helps you apply products properly. The formulas to do the heavy lifting when applied with light-medium pressure.

4) ADD AN EXFOLIATOR if your Regimen has a bead-free cleanser. Use ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste 1-3 times a week in place of your regular cleanser. Exfoliation helps remove dead cells so formulas can reach skin and pores more easily. If you have sensitive skin, lightly massage exfoliator onto damp instead of dry skin as tolerated.

5) WEAR SUNSCREEN every day! Apply your Regimen SPF in the morning to get the full benefits of our unique combinations of sunscreen and targeted ingredients for your skin concern. UV rays can penetrate windows so don’t skip the SPF even though you’re WFH.

6) GET SAFE SUNKISSED SKIN when you use Foaming Sunless Tan 1-2 times a week. Canceled vacations and being stuck inside doesn’t have to mean living without a golden glow! Amp up your bronze even more with the right shade of Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid.

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 could save their skin — and boost their confidence.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information taken from Derm RF.

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