How To Prevent Visible Dark Spots

How To Prevent Visible Dark Spots

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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.

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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Mother’s Day Gift Guide – For All Of The Moms In Your Life

Mother’s Day Gift Guide – For All Of The Moms In Your Life

May 12 is Mother’s Day — and we’ve got skincare gift ideas to make moms of all kinds feel appreciated and deliciously pampered! Choose a mom and show her some Rodan + Fields love.

Just remember, if a mom is pregnant or nursing she should always check with her doctor before introducing new products to her skincare routine.

Which Mom do you want to get a gift for?

New Mom:

Skincare For New Moms For New Moms 

Moms of babies are really put to the test. A good night’s sleep is hard to come by, and those long nights can wreak havoc on her schedule and her skin.

Give her age-defying products that make the most of her limited sleep time:Applied at bedtime, Intensive Renewing Serum is tough on the visible signs of aging but not on skin. REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream improves the appearance of expression lines and visibly firms the under-eye area. REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum, with Peptides and Vitamin E, conditions and visibly smooths lips.

P.S. If the New Mom in your life wants to help reduce brown patches known as Pregnancy Mask (melasma), the REVERSE Lightening Regimen could be a most welcome gift! Just have her check in with her doctor if she’s pregnant or nursing to see if it’s the right fit.

WORKING MOM:

Working Moms Working Moms Deserve Great Skincare

All moms work — the only question is, “where?” Whether she’s headed to a board meeting at the office or a conference at her kid’s preschool, she’s got a back-to-back schedule and no time to fuss. Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid (and its companion, the Radiant Defense Liquid Brush), will have her glowing, polished and perfect in seconds. And once she’s finally done for the day, ESSENTIALS Complete Eye Makeup Remover and Instant Make-Up Remover Wipes whisk everything away so she can get to bed sooner.

MR. MOM:

Soothe His Soul

He is an expert at soothing his kids. But it’s very likely he’s neglecting his skin. If he is fair skinned or has shaving irritation, it’s likely his complexion could use some TLC. Our SOOTHE Regimen relieves dry, irritated patches in a heartbeat, soothing his skin — and his soul.

MOM TO EVERYONE:

Everyone’s Mom

She might not actually be your mother, but she is the wise, nurturing person who makes you feel loved. Pamper her with skincare products she might not buy for herself! Active Hydration Serum has a luxurious feel and makes an instant difference, transforming dry skin into hydrated, younger-looking, younger-acting skin. Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex targets thin, fragile skin around the eyes to diminish the look of dark circles and puffiness. Or, surprise her with Lash Boost. Who doesn’t want the appearance of longer, darker, fuller lashes?

So, give her Life-changing Skincare for Mother’s Day! You can’t go wrong when you do it right with Rodan + Fields.

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 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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Fact or Myth: A Facelift Will Make Me Look 25 Again

Botox? Restylane? Plastic Surgery?

At Rodan+Fields we have a better way for a better look… A natural, flexible, easy look that is much more effective and far less costly. It’s a patent pending regimen that Allure Magazine calls “Best of Beauty for 2011″, and also was featured on the Today Show.

A face lift is not a time machine. It will not bring back the full juicy cheeks you had 20 years ago. It won’t increase elastic tissue that made the skin of your youth perky and supple. And a face lift will also not take away the underlying sun damage that makes your skin look dull and aged.  In fact,  many patients suffer from unintended physical, emotional and cultural side effects that should make you think twice about taking nature into your own hands.

You can only camouflage your aging self with exterior tune-ups for so long. Collagen will continue to deteriorate even under freshly altered and stretched skin unless… 

When it comes to treating aging skin, the name of the game is looking great in your own skin. To do this, you need to erase underlying sun damage and then commit to a daily skincare routine clinically proven to rebuild and increase collagen production, reduce the appearance of pores and enhance firmness.  The result?   YOU…Only better!

Contact me to learn more about a better way to healthier younger looking skin.      Business opportunities also available.

Want To Go Topless?

Want to Go Topless?

There are ways to save your face…

There’s no time like the summertime to get outdoors and enjoy the sun. No matter how hard you try, increased sun exposure June through August is nearly inevitable.                                                                                                                                               Going for a ride in that convertible on that beautiful warm summer day?

What to know? A convertible is just a mobile lounge chair and requires exactly the same amount of sun protection as you would apply before heading out to a pool party. Unlike other recreational sun exposure, it can even be worse because not only do most of us fail to think about applying sunscreen before driving, but the refreshing breeze and roar of the engine can dull your sun alarm so you stay exposed longer than you might normally.

What to do? Go ahead and take it off…go topless!   …a ride or two in a convertible this summer won’t leather your skin as long as you apply sunscreen before jumping in. And work the “convertible look” made famous by Audrey Hepburn, complete with a headscarf and sunglasses. Not only will channeling this style icon bring some added fun to your drive, but it will also protect your skin from the sun.

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How does hydroquinone lighten the skin?

Excessive amounts of melanin (pigment) production result from exposure to UV radiation, heat and other sources of injury to the skin, such as healing from acne. Excessive melanin production may appear as freckles, age spots, post-acne dark marks or general dull appearance.

Hydroquinone works by inhibiting tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the physiological pathway that produces excessive pigmentation and is the only ingredient recognized for skin lightening by the FDA.

Currently, the FDA limits over-the-counter concentrations to 2% and prescription concentrations to 5%. In Europe and Asia, all levels of hydroquinone require a prescription, but it is not banned, as some misinformation purports.

Due to the controversy over the safety of hydroquinone,  a lot of buzz about naturally-derived alternatives has surfaced. However, while many women see results from “natural” other ingredients, it’s important to note that they have not been proven to work, nor are they FDA-approved for skin-lightening.

Additionally, most dermatologists feel that hydroquinone side effects are very rare and that consumers can use it to treat freckles, sun spots, liver spots, melasma and post-acne spots without fear.

What has your hydroquinone experience been? Tell us your story by leaving a comment below.

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