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You are very welcome Carine. Thank you for posting.
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Thank you SO very much for all the answers and help! Means a lot :)
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I see a lot of great questions on this site and enjoy answering when I can. I thought I'd post this in the hopes of helping somebody who may search through the questions that have been asked multiple times. Some of the best skincare tips are about lifestyle changes rather than products. They're the least expensive and easiest to adjust for better skin. But when products are needed, it helps to know what to look for. So here are some my personal tips: -Get enough rest. Our body regenerates most while we sleep. -Sleep on your back as much as possible. This reduces fluid retention under the eyes that lead to bags. Also, the expensive products you use on your face can be absorbed by cotton pillowcases which reduces the effectiveness on your face. Use satin pillowcases instead of cotton. -Wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat to avoid crows feet and hyperpigmentation. -Use sunscreen on your face, hands, ears, neck, decolletage, and any other area not protected by clothing regardless of season and remember to apply every 2 hours between 10am and 4pm. -Clean and condition your skin twice a day; the morning and at bedtime. -Ladies, always take off makeup at the end of the night. In fact, if you use the right products to improve your skin, you'll find you only use makeup to enhance your beauty rather than to hide conditions. -Use a clean dry towel on your face and pat dry don't rub. -Alcohol and smoking affect your skin so think healthy. -Ladies, make sure your makeup brushes are cleaned regularly as they can harbor bacteria leading to irritation and/or acne. -Reduce stress. If you exercise, avoid high impact like running on pavement or treadmills. Opt for an elliptical or bicycle instead. Impact can tear the elastin fibers in your skin and lead to sagging. Your body may look nice and tone, but if the skin on your face is sagging, it won't seem to be much of an advantage. -Take note of significant changes in your skin and hair. It's sometimes the first and best indicator of other conditions like vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or even thyroid, kidney, or lung issues. Dealing with acne? Make sure to watch your dairy and sugar intake. If you're using a product or medication to treat it, don't freak out if you initially break out the first couple weeks. Treatments are often designed to draw out the acne which can normally take a couple weeks to develop and present. So it is not uncommon for flare-ups to occur the first couple weeks on a new treatment. BE CONSISTENT and commit to the protocol prescribed in the instructions for at least a month to start seeing your skin clear up. Sunscreen is an important part of your acne treatment. Contrary to belief by some, the sun doesn't help clear your skin of acne. In fact, it can exacerbate it. There is no "cure" for acne. There's only management of the symptoms. Some people get it and some people don't. Some get it early in life and it goes away while others get it later in life. For some it doesn't go away. I met a woman 80 years old who still deals with it! So when you're tempted to quit your acne fighting products, don't be discouraged if the acne returns. On the other hand, sometimes once the acne is under control, transitioning into an anti-aging product will help keep it at bay. This is because contrary to what many believe, while you want to cleanse your skin, you don't want to dry it out. Moisturizing after cleansing (even oily skin) is important. Retinol serum is an anti-aging ingredient and a derivative of vitamin A which was initially discovered and used to treat acne! So retinol in an anti-aging line which promotes increased cell turnover (exfoliation) and natural collagen production can in fact help in fighting acne. Exfoliating helps reduce acne and blackheads. It's important to note that in serum form it is more potent and effective than mixed in a cream such as with retinyl palmitate which won't have the same effect on acne. Many people look for one simple product to fix their skin woes without understanding the importance of a multi-medicated synergistic approach. https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/ProductPhilosophy If you were to use only one product, you would definitely want to start with sunscreen. A recent study has proven it can significantly slow the signs of aging. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/03/sunscreen-skin-aging/2384615/ Another reason sunscreen is so important in conjunction with any other products you're using is that many products can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. If you are using one product to correct hyperpigmentation but don't use sunscreen, you're basically undoing any of the work you've accomplished. Think of something like spaghetti. If all you have are noodles or oregano or a tomato, you won't have spaghetti. It isn't until you combine the ingredients in the right way that you achieve a desirable meal. So it is with skincare. Using products that don't hinder one another and applying in the right order makes a difference. For example, a retinol serum should be applied after the skin has been cleansed and then conditioned by a toner but before any other creams because the molecular structure of a serum is such that it can penetrate the skin but not through a barrier like a cream. Everybody should choose products designed specifically for their skin type and condition. While common practice for many, It's not a good idea to mix and match products from different companies. Differing formulations can lead to undesirable reactions. You want products that are designed and clinically tested to work cohesively with one another. With exception for those with skin sensitivity* issues like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, your daily skincare routine should consist of a cleanser or mask, toner, a retinol serum to increase cell turnover stimulate natural collagen production and even reduce acne, a corrective product (if needed) with ingredients to address specific skin concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines and wrinkles, a sunscreen during the day and moisturizing night cream at bedtime. Buying this combination of products as a bundle generally yields a lower price than buying them separately when you break down the per-day cost. The fact is, if you want results, one product alone isn't going to do it. So don't add one here and there, use them combined as they are designed. ALWAYS take before and after pictures to track your results. We stand in front of the mirror daily and don't recognize the changes that are subtle to us. But if you see how your skin looked 6-8 weeks earlier, you should see improvement. Using pictures you can put side by side on the computer even lets you zoom in to see the difference in things like texture and pore size. Exfoliate a few times per week using a scrub or for exceptional results, exfoliate once a week with Rodan + Fields Redefine Macro Exfoliator https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/AAMEX01 and the other six days with Rodan + Fields Redefine AMP MD Micro Exfoliating roller https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/AAAPS01 *Sensitive skin can be the result of any number of factors. Look for products designed not only to cleanse the skin without reaction but also to reinforce the skin's lipid barrier. Rodan + Fields Soothe regimen is designed for sensitive skin: https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Shop/Soothe Rodan + Fields Dermatologists are the same doctors that created Proactiv Solution. This is their new company and separate from Proactiv. They are now doing for aging skin what they've already done for acne around the world. They've had 20 years to reformulate their original formula and their new acne regimen, Unblemish https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Shop/Unblemish is different from Proactiv. Learn about the difference between the two here: https://www.rodanandfields.com/images/Archives/UNBLEMISH_Regimen_and_Proactiv_Solution.pdf Rodan + Fields offers an easy online solution tool. Answer a few simple questions about your skin concerns and receive advice on which products are recommended for you. https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/GetAdvice/SolutionsTool All Rodan + Fields regimens are dosed out in 60-day quantity and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Pages/Legal/SatisfactionGuarantee The company loves before and after pictures and selects the best ones monthly to reward with a free full regimen! In fact, they give away products regularly simply for interacting on their Facebook page and Derm RF blog. Feel free to check out all of my resouces: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RFJim Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/1youthfulradiance Interactive Digital Product Catalog: https://youthfulradiance.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/Digimag Derm RF blog: http://dermrf.com/ Rodan + Fields RF Connection for answers to frequent questions: http://www.rodanandfields.com/rfconnection/

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