Benefits of Stacking Your Skincare Habits

Benefits of Stacking Your Skincare Habits

Skin Exfoliation is important

Learn how stacking your habits can improve your daily routines with Kayla Kozan, Founder of Peak Wellness in Canada.

When it comes to skincare, you probably already know that consistency is key to your success. Achieving your skincare goals means sticking with a consistent routine in order to yield the best results. In fact, creating a routine is the best way to ensure your morning and nighttime skincare regimens become an integral part of your day.

Routines are essentially habits that are implemented in groups. Have you heard of habit stacking? For this blog post, we caught up with Founder of Peak Wellness in Canada, Kayla Kozan, to learn about what the term means, how to stack your habits, the benefits of stacking your skincare habits, the importance of a daily skincare routine, and of course, self-care rituals.

So: What Is Habit Stacking? 

“Habit stacking is the process of ‘stacking’ a new, desirable habit on top of an existing one,” Kozan explains. So instead of starting from scratch, you’re simply modifying a practice you already do in your morning or evening routine. What’s great about that is that this strategy is proven to increase the likelihood of you sticking to your new routine. Crafting your personal lifestyle and wellness regimen is all about habit stacking—at least in the beginning.

Creating Your Custom Skincare Routine 

Because we all had a little more time on our hands since the pandemic, we’ve allotted a little more time to our skincare regimens. Why is that? Well, it’s easier to stick with a four- or five-step routine when there are fewer late nights, less plans in general, and no coming home after a night of a few drinks. In other words, with nowhere to go and no one to see (for the most part), there was little temptation to skip the entire enterprise of doing an evening skincare routine. What’s more, not having to commute in the morning (for many of us), meant we had more time to do that extra skincare step. Whether that additional step was something as simple as applying REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream or taking the time to indulge in a 15-minute mask, not feeling rushed gave us a little more time to indulge in the self care that is a complete skincare routine.

To help you further customize your skincare routine, try the newly reformulated Rodan + Fields Redefine Regimen, which allows you to choose your favorite textures. You can select products based on your own unique preference for Step 1 and Step 3 for a.m. and p.m. moisturizers, respectively. In other words? You can choose your own hydration adventure. Want a rich, thick cream during the day? We’ve got you covered. Prefer a thinner, lighter lotion for evening? Go for it.

Keep it Simple

When it comes to creating a new habit, Kozan notes that “if a habit feels effortless, it will fit perfectly into your day, without requiring brain power or willpower.” With regard to skincare, Kozan says that it’s “far more effective to maintain your simple skincare ritual seven days in a row, than to do an extensive multi-step routine once a week.” The bottom line? Bespoke skincare routines have thrived since COVID became a reality — and they will be a habit that sticks long after the pandemic. Taking a little extra care of our skin is something we’re all reaping the benefits of — and after a year of seeing our skin up close and personal on video calls, it makes sense that we’d continue to make the time for a robust routine.

Multi-Med Therapy Prioritizes Consistency

Multi-Med Therapy is the approach to skincare on which Rodan + Fields is built— and it’s designed to make consistency easy. “Even the bottles are numbered to make your routine effortless,” Kozan points out. “The simplicity of their Regimens take the guesswork out of your skincare routine.”

The Benefits of Stacking Your Habits

Batching a few habits together gives you a sense that you’re sort of “on autopilot.” These easy associations make a mindless, routine maintenance activity feel a little less rote. “A great example of a base habit is brushing your teeth,” Kozan says.  “Since you already brush your teeth twice a day, you have two opportunities per day to add on to that habit,” she adds. She recommends stacking your skincare routine on top of brushing your teeth for an effortless ritual. “Begin step one of your skincare routine after brushing your teeth in the morning and begin your evening skincare routine right after brushing your teeth at night,” she advises. Before you know it, you’ve habit stacked.

Habits Are The Secret To Wellness

After you’ve stuck with a consistent self-care and skincare routine for a few months, it becomes easy. These routines and rituals are not just a trend, they also help you ensure that you’re taking care of your mind, body — and skin.

*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.

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Apply Your Skincare Routine in the Best Order

Apply Your Skincare Routine in the Best Order

Skin Exfoliation is important

Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated, though it’s easy to see how it can be confusing to someone just making her entrance into the world of its lotions and potions. Simply put, skincare is a routine you apply consistently, in the morning and at night.

The order of events, however, is important. We want to get the most out of our skincare products. Our regimen is much more effective when we apply products in the order they were designed to be used and follow some simple rules. Here’s why the order of application matters—and how it can impact your skincare goals.

The Right Order for a Skin Care Routine

There are so many approaches to skincare. From 10-step applications to the simplest, most essential 3 steps of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Your skincare routine can range from basic to broad. Our Multi-Med Therapy approach is at the core of all Rodan + Fields’ skincare Regimens and we love it because it takes the guesswork out of skincare. The fact is, no single ingredient can effectively address a complex skin concern.

Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields created the Multi-Med Therapy approach as a means to control a particular skin concern, like acne, by creating a system with a focus on prevention, as opposed to treating individual pimples. From Dr. Katie Rodan’s and Dr. Kathy Fields’ years of research, they saw that it takes the right ingredients, in the right product formulations, used in the right order, to visibly improve skin. Each Regimen is backed by this Multi-Med Therapy approach in order to effectively address an individual’s skin concerns.

How to Create a Skincare Routine

When it comes to customizing your own skincare routine, these are the steps—in the right order—to follow both morning and night to achieve your desired visible results.

Step 1: Facial Cleanser

A facial cleanser is important for you to use every morning and evening to remove makeup, dirt, excess sebum and oil. Your cleanser of choice can also gently exfoliate to help slough off dead skin cells. This step must come first because your skin needs to be clean and free from makeup and debris before applying products on top—so they can do their job to the fullest. In other words, cleansing your skin prepares it to absorb the ingredients coming next in your skincare routine. You wouldn’t mop your floor without sweeping it first, right? This step is similar to that.

Step 2: Toner

Toner helps with softening your skin and enabling better penetration for the ingredients that follow in the next step. Toners also serve to cleanse your pores and keep them free from debris. Toners are often formulated with acids that help promote natural cell turnover to achieve this. They also help minimize the look of pores and even out the appearance of your skin tone. If you apply toner to uncleansed skin, the toner will not be able to work as effectively.

Step 3: Eye Cream

Hydrating and moisturizing this area is key. You want to use an eye cream like Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream, which is specifically designed for the under-eye area so as not to cause any irritation. Applying an eye cream before any serums or moisturizers also helps to protect the delicate skin around the eyes. 

Step 4: Face Serum

Serums contain the most valuable and desired ingredients, often with a higher concentration. It’s important to apply your serum before your moisturizer so that your skin can absorb these active ingredients. Whether your serum offers Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid/hydration or Retinol, you don’t want to skip this step.

Step 5: Moisturizer, Lotion or Night Cream

Your moisturizer, whether you choose a cream or lotion, helps provide anti-aging benefits, in addition to skin-restoring moisturization. Moisturizers and night creams also serve to maintain the health of your skin barrier. Some products, like Redefine Triple Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum 30, also contain SPF in addition to their skin-moisturizing benefits, making them perfect for your AM routine.

Step 6: SPF

This step is only for your morning routine; skip it at nighttime. Always apply sunscreens as the last layer to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. You’ll need to reapply your SPF throughout the day as necessary according to FDA guidelines.

Incorporate as Needed: Face Masks

Face masks are great for those times when you want to give your skin a little extra self-care. Whether you’re doing an at-home facial or indulging on a Sunday while you catch up on a show you’re bingeing, masks serve as extra care for your secondary skin concern.

For example, when you use anti-aging skincare but you occasionally suffer from acne, you will want to use an acne-targeting face mask each week.

How often should you apply your masks? Aim for 2-3 times per week, more often for hydrating ones if your skin is very dry or dehydrated. You can apply your masks in the morning or evening after you cleanse your skin. Don’t forget to continue with the rest of your routine after —toner, serum, moisturizer, etc. If you want to do a mid-day mask, apply your moisturizer after removing your face mask for best results. You don’t want to leave your skin bare post-treatment.

*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.

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How To Make Hair Color Last Longer

How To Make Hair Color Last Longer

Skin Exfoliation is important

There’s nothing better than the feeling of walking out of a hair salon with fresh, glossy highlights. It’s no secret that getting your hair dyed isn’t exactly cheap (not to mention very time-consuming!) so it’s understandable you’d be frustrated when your hair color starts to fade quickly, giving way to a brassy look you’re not exactly crazy about.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make hair color last longer—or if color-safe shampoo can help—you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about how to make your hair color last longer.

How to Maintain your Hair Color, Step By Step

First things first: What can you do to make your hair color last longer? Here, Dr. Erum Ilyas, MD, MBE, FAAD, CEO and Founder of AmberNoon, provides a step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Choose a color-treated hair shampoo

This will help maintain your hair color when you do wash your hair, Dr. Ilyas explains.

Step 2: Reduce the frequency of shampoo use

“Find a balance between your hair needs for cleanliness and reducing the exposure of your hair to the pH changes that can trigger a loss of hair dye,” Dr. Ilyas suggests. “This process may include consideration of use of conditioner without shampoo for some hair washes.”

Step 3: Use conditioner

According to Dr. Ilyas, a conditioner can protect the hair by almost placing a sealant over the surface of the hair follicle.

Step 4: Consider a UV-protecting finishing spray

If you have significant UV exposure, Dr. Ilyas says a UV spray can help. “Remember these are not necessarily protecting your scalp from UV exposure but they may help protect your hair from the breakdown of hair dye that can occur with UV exposure,” she explains.

How Long Should Color Last in your Hair?

All hair color is going to fade at some point, right? But how long should it last? It varies, according to Dr. Ilyas. “There are two ways that hair dyes become less effective over time. The first way is that as your hair grows out, the roots show with your original color making the hair dye less noticeable,” she says. “The second is that the hair dye naturally washes out over time or is impacted by UV and other light or heat sources. For most people, roots will take about six weeks to really show and warrant a touch-up. The time frame for hair dye to fade can vary depending on how the hair is managed in terms of frequency of washes, type of shampoo, and hair products used.”

Do you need Special Shampoo For Colored Hair?

Browse any drugstore aisle and you’ll be met with tons of different shampoo options. But if you’re hoping to maintain your color for as long as possible, how much does it matter that you buy shampoo for colored hair?

The answer, according to Dr. Ilyas, is yes. “The goal of shampoo for color-treated hair is to maintain a pH that allows your hair to hold onto its pigment and to avoid stripping color with harsh detergents that can strip the cuticle and the color along with it,” she explains. “If you do not use a color-treated shampoo you will need to color your hair more frequently since your hair simply will not hold the color as long.”

What Is Considered Color-Safe Shampoo?

If you see a “color-safe” label on a hair product, it typically means that it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that cause hair color to fade. Color-safe shampoos usually don’t contain sulfates, for example.

Choose The Right Color-Safe Shampoo For Your Hair

When shopping for a color-safe shampoo, Dr. Ilyas says it’s important to note that pH does matter.

“The pH of shampoos does matter. There is some research that suggests that the pH of shampoos can cause or make our hair more susceptible to breakage,” she explains. “Our hair needs an acidic pH to make it less susceptible to frizz and friction against other hair follicles that can result in breakage.”

In fact, she says, one study showed that 75% of salon shampoos had the right pH compared to only 38% of drugstore brands. “For color-safe shampoos, pH is even more important to maintain the integrity of the hair color. For this reason, I tend to favor brands that specifically state that they are for color-treated hair and consider spending a bit more on salon-favored brand names. Hair dye is an investment of money and time so it is worth maintaining it.”

What Is the Best Shampoo For Color-Treated Hair?

If you want to maintain your color, you might consider investing in Rodan + Fields’ Volume+ Regimen, which is a three-step regimen designed to boost thickness, repair damage, and minimize hair fall. It’s also great for color-treated hair as it doesn’t contain sulfates, parabens, or dyes.

Other Tips and Treatments to Keep Your Hair Color

In addition to using a shampoo specifically geared toward color-treated hair, Dr. Ilyas says she finds that heat protectants and leave-in conditioners can play an important role in retaining hydration and a sealant-like effect on hair.

“Hair dye is depositing itself in the scales of the cuticles of the hair follicle,” she explains. “The actual structure of the hair shaft itself may not be what you think. The surface of a hair follicle is actually not smooth, it is scaly. This plays a significant role in considering how hair products and hair color work by lodging within the scale of these follicles. Recognizing this can help you understand why maintaining hydration and protection of the hair shaft can also protect the color.”

Browse Our Products and Find the Best Shampoo For Colored Hair

Rodan and Fields’ has a handful of sulfate-free hair products that are perfect for color-treated hair. These include:

Rodan + Fields’ Volume+ Regimen (mentioned above).

Rodan + Fields’ Smooth+ Regimen, which is safe for color-treated hair while also improving shine and decreasing frizz.

Refresh+ Dry Shampoo, an excellent dry shampoo option for color-treated hair when you need a quick fix.

While hair will grow out and dye will inevitably fade over time, you can take steps to preserve your color for as long as possible. And a color-safe shampoo is a great 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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*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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Lip Wrinkles: Causes and Treatment

Lip Wrinkles: Causes and Treatment

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When we think about areas of our face where wrinkles and fine lines show up, our lips aren’t usually the first spot we think of. But lip wrinkles, which are vertical lines that form on and around your lips as you age, can be a source of annoyance that can leave us feeling less confident than we deserve to be.

But what are lip wrinkles, exactly, and what can you do about them? Here’s everything you need to know.

What are Lip Wrinkles?

As noted above, lip wrinkles are vertical lines that form on and around your lips as you get older. They’re sometimes called “lip lines,” “lipstick lines,” or “smoker’s lines,” and they can be tough to hide or conceal, making them more bothersome than other wrinkles or fine lines.

What Causes Lip Wrinkles?

There are a handful of causes of lip wrinkles, but there are the most common ones:

Aging

Unfortunately, one of the top causes of lip wrinkles is pretty inevitable: Aging skin. “As we age, we gradually produce less and less collagen,” explains cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green.  “This means our skin is less able to repair itself and retain moisture, resulting in drier, thinner, and less elastic skin. This also makes our lips and other areas of our face more prone to fine lines and wrinkles”.

Sun exposure

Sun exposure (and lack of protection) can be another culprit when it comes to lip wrinkles. “Repetitive unprotected sun exposure can make lip wrinkles worse since the ultraviolet rays can damage our collagen stores and cause premature aging,” explains Dr. Green.

Smoking

There’s a reason why lip wrinkles are often referred to as “smoker’s lines” — smoking is a big reason why lip wrinkles show up in the first place. “Smoking can cause premature aging since cigarettes contain free radicals that damage our bodies and prevent our skin cells from getting adequate nutrients.”

Treatments for Lip Wrinkles

As with most skin-related issues, the best treatment for lip wrinkles is to stop them from popping up in the first place — or at the very least, do your very best to stop them from getting worse. “You can change your diet to include foods that are high in antioxidants like berries, leafy greens, and nuts,” Dr. Green suggests. “These foods can fight free radicals and other agents that cause premature aging. Quitting smoking, if you smoke, can improve your blood flow and improve both your complexion as well as prevent any more free radicals from damaging your skin cells.”

Here are some other options worth trying:

Anti-aging lip serum and balm

There are tons of different lip serums and balms out there, so look out for a lip wrinkle serum that contains specific ingredients.

“Look for products containing either vitamin C or retinoids,” suggests Dr. Green. “Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is known to support healthy collagen production, making it optimal for preventing lip lines and keeping them from getting worse. Meanwhile, retinoids support natural cellular turnover and stimulate collagen production. This makes them a great option in reducing the appearance of fine lines and rejuvenating the skin.”

That being said, if you opt for a serum or balm that contains a retinoid, it’s extra important to remember to apply a lip balm with SPF afterward.

Exfoliate lips

Since exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells, lip exfoliants can be a great way to keep the skin on your lips healthy. Just remember not to overdo it (once a week is fine), and make sure to apply a moisturizer and SPF afterward. “Many people fail to apply SPF to their lips when they go out,” Dr. Green says. “Always apply a lip balm with SPF and reapply every two hours to protect your lips from UV damage.”

Oil massages

Treat your lips to a luxurious oil massage, especially if you’re regularly exfoliating them. Lip oils are an excellent way to deeply moisturize the skin of the lips, helping to protect them from further damage.

Dermal fillers

Dr. Green notes that dermal fillers can be an excellent treatment option for lip wrinkles. “Dermal fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid like Belotero Balance, Restylane, and Juvederm can temporarily fill in lip lines and give the appearance of natural, supple, and beautiful lips,” she notes. “Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our bodies and when injected, can add volume, smooth out the surface of the skin, and immediately improve the skin’s overall appearance.”  It’s always important to discuss your options with your dermatologist to determine what is right for you.

While annoying, there’s a lot you can do to reduce the appearance of lip wrinkles and stop them from getting worse. So fill up your cart with antioxidant-rich foods, remember to exfoliate, and don’t forget the SPF!


Sources

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green

*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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Skin Purging vs. Breakouts – What’s the Difference?

Skin Purging vs. Breakouts – What’s the Difference?

Purging or a break out?

What Is Skin Purging?

Knowing the difference between skin purging vs breakout can help save time, money, and peace of mind. In general, skin purging is when your pores are reacting to an active ingredient in skincare. Skin purging is basically your skin getting worse before it gets better.

Skin Purging vs a Breakout

Telling the difference between a skin purge vs a breakout can help ensure you are treating the issue correctly. This also helps you stay in the know about your health, how to handle skin issues, and when to involve a dermatologist.

Adding to or making changes in your daily routine can trigger a breakout as your body reacts to the change. Consider these factors first: Have you recently started medication or tried a new food? Is there an ingredient in your haircare, skincare, laundry detergent, or other products that you may have a sensitivity to? Are you menstruating, or going through another hormonal change? Do you usually suffer from acne and breakouts? Keeping a food journal or product log can help narrow down possible culprits of your reaction.

Skin purging, on the other hand, is usually caused by active ingredients being introduced to the skin in new skincare. Purging is basically a symptom as a result of your new treatment. Examples of ingredients that are known to cause skin purging include hydroxy acids and retinoids. Signs of skin purging generally clear or subside within a reasonable amount of time, which is good news for anyone looking for results that come with active ingredients in skincare.

What Does Skin Purging Look Like? – 5 signs

If you are noticing what appears to be a breakout, and are asking yourself “is my skin purging?”, make a list of any changes in your skincare routine or treatments. Yes, skin purging can look very similar to a breakout, but there are ways to differentiate the two. Here are some signs of what skin purging actually looks like.

Small Pimples

Also known as comedones, these are existing clogging pores that will enlarge and begin to make a head as a pimple. Sometimes, there is a mix of blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes, cysts, pustules, and papules where the product has been applied.

Dryness

Signs of skin dryness, flaking, peeling or sensitivity can be your skin purging or adjusting to your new product or routine. 

Redness

Inflammation, signs of discoloration, or visible redness can be signs that your pores are purging or getting ready to purge.

Quick Lifecycle

Signs of skin purging can appear and then disappear faster than acne breakouts. Regular breakouts appear and then heal around 8 to 10 days, while skin purging can disappear much quicker.

Breakouts

Confusingly, breakouts can be signs of your pores purging, but the underlying cause wouldn’t be that of a breakout. Skin breakouts that indicate purging should not be treated with an acne product the same way a simple breakout would be because you are already using your active ingredient.

Is Skin Purging Good?

While it can feel uncomfortable and look like a breakout, skin purging is usually not “bad”. It may be tempting to stop using your new skincare, but sticking with it often allows you to reach your desired results.

Skin Purging Process – How Long Does It Last?

So how long does skin purging last exactly? It depends on your skin type, and how quickly your skin is usually purging pimples. Expect approximately 4 to 6 weeks of these symptoms, and if they last longer, be sure to reach out to your doctor or dermatologist.

Can Skin Purging Be Avoided?

Sure, skin purging can be avoided, but if it means clearer, better skin in the future, why would you want to? Skin purging can be tamed or avoided by not switching up your skincare routine or products, not using drying products, wearing sunscreen every single day, and keeping your skin as hydrated as possible. Our real advice, though? Stick with your new product, especially if your dermatologist is recommending it because the results will be highly worth it.

When It’s Just a Breakout

Sometimes, it’s nothing but a breakout! Likely not something you haven’t already experienced before. If you’ve tried a new product or food that is actually clogging your pores, your skin may be reacting through a breakout. Consider non-comedogenic skincare if you are prone to acne and breakouts, or keep a food journal to identify the culprit of your breakouts. Dairy is a common food group that exacerbates breakouts. Knowing the difference between purging and breaking out is helpful from the start. Always be kind to your skin when there’s a breakout present, applying a gentle skincare face mask or serum and taking a break from abrasive products. Do not punish your skin with an overload of products, which can cause a damaged skin barrier.

Now you are aware of the key differences between skin breakouts vs purging, and the action plan when each one occurs. Remember to always keep skin clean, protected with SPF, and hydrated by drinking plenty of water as the foundation of any skincare routine. Now you can put your best face forward with your ongoing journey in skincare.

Sources

  1. Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.
  2. American Academy of Dermatology Association. Are Your Haircare Products Causing Breakouts?

*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.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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