October 13, 2011
Shopping for anti-aging beauty products can be overwhelming and confusing. Let us take some of the guesswork out by identifying the most potent ingredients in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles.
1. Niacin. Niacin, otherwise known as vitamin B3, promotes cell turnover while it repairs sun damage and protects from further assault. These products will protect against the sun’s rays and supply the skin with vitamin B3 to replenish skin’s moisture barrier.
2. Vitamin A. This powerful vitamin is essential for proper cell function and not only fights off wrinkles, but will reduce oil and the size of the sebaceous glands that lead to acne. Not everyone can tolerate taking vitamin A orally, but a topical application will work well, due to its ability to turn over cells.
3. Retinol. This is a type of vitamin A, and a go-to ingredient often used in products for its collagen-boosting properties.
4. Peptides. These amino acids are proven to speed healing and restore collagen, which helps smooth the skin and ease wrinkles.
5. Hyaluronic acid. This powerful, naturally occurring molecule is found in abundance in young skin. As we age, it diminishes. Plastic surgeons often opt for a hyaluronic acid-based filler to restore facial volume.
6. Marine botanicals. Manufacturers of wrinkle-reducing creams and serums turn to plants from the sea for their ultra-hydrating effects on human skin.
7. Glycation fighter. Sugar is not only bad for your waistline, it also causes inflammation and prematurely wrinkles skin. Glycation occurs when oxidized glucose covers the surface of proteins in the body and makes them work less effectively. When this happens to collagen, wrinkles and aging skin emerge.
8. Antioxidants. Inflammation caused by bad choices (like smoking) and environmental stress (like pollution) can lead to premature aging that often results in wrinkles. Antioxidants can repair and protect against the damage inflammation causes, inside and out.
9. Infrared light. Exposing the skin to warm infrared light is believed to engage the fibroblast cells that, in turn, boost collagen and elastic production. The result? Smoother skin, smaller pores, fewer fine lines and better overall tone within a few weeks.
10. Glycolic acid. You may have heard of this when speaking to your plastic surgeon about a chemical peel, but it’s also found in many products. This acid easily absorbs into the skin, making it ideal for topical application. Not only does it exfoliate away fine lines and discoloration, but it also fights acne.
January 26, 2011
Discoloration, also known as hyperpigmentation, can arise from a variety of different aggressors. Lighter skin doesn’t contain very many melanocytes or melanin (which is responsible for giving skin and hair their color), making it more susceptible to hyperpigmentation. However, discoloration can affect all skin tones and types.
Light skin tones tend to have a pink undertone and can burn easily in the sun. Acne scars, sun spots, bruising and broken capillaries are more apt to show up on lighter skin because it is thinner and fair.
The most common skin tone among Caucasians and Asians, light- to medium-colored skin has beige or yellow undertones, and hyperpigmentation of all forms can be a common concern.
Darker skin types—think Latinas and those of Mediterranean descent—have medium or olive skin tones and are more prone to acne scarring, sun damage and prolonged hyperpigmentation.
Very dark skin types are most common in African Americans. Although it has more melanin, very dark skin can burn (even though it doesn’t show as much), is prone to sun damage, and is more susceptible to developing brown spots.
Whether your hyperpigmentation is brown, pink or red, the discolored portion of your skin is basically signaling that it’s been damaged. In terms of how deep damage can go within the skin, it’s mostly dependent on the color, size and age of your hyperpigmentation.
January 24, 2011
Collagen and peptides are found in plenty of skincare products, and their benefits and sources vary greatly. Now, researchers have found that a certain combination, featuring a collagen tripeptide from a specific seafaring source, may be the answer those with sensitive skin have been looking for.
The San Gallicano Dermatological Institute recently identified two compounds with individual abilities that add up to relief for sensitive skin when combined in a lotion. The first, a gluco-oligosaccharide, helps protect skin from infection without inducing bacterial resistance; the other, a collagen tripeptide, stimulates fibroblast production—and it just happens to be acquired from fish skin.
Together, when applied topically, study volunteers with sensitive skin experienced a decrease in inflammation, roughness, and trans-epidermal water loss, as well as an increase in the uniformity of skin’s surface. Researchers also found a stabilization in pH.
The demonstrated normalization could mean that this combination will appear in future formulas aimed at treating sensitivity. However, because of the fish-derived portion of the mixture, vegans with sensitive skin would need to continue looking for another option.
November 8, 2010
We know how much you love that perfect pink lipstick
. Or the eyeliner
that’s been sharpened down to no more than a nub. But there comes a point when you have to let go and accept the reality that your favorite beauty products
eventually become breeding grounds for bacteria. This article
will tell you how to know what’s still good and what’s past its prime
November 5, 2010
Waxing is a popular option for removing hair from the legs, bikini, underarms and face. However, in order to get the best results, you need to let your hair grow out for three to four weeks.
Although somewhat painful—imagine a bandage being quickly ripped off your skin—nearly all hair and skin types can use this method of hair removal, except, perhaps, for extremely sensitive skin, since wax can potentially tear or burn.
You can ask your aesthetician to apply a pre-waxing oil, which prevents hot wax from sticking to the skin, so it adheres only to the hair for a less painful experience.
You should stop using any products that contain retinol three to four weeks prior to your waxing appointment, since retinol encourages cell turnover and renders skin more sensitive.
To schedule your waxing service at Rizzieri Aveda School, contact 856-988-8600 x0 today. You can review our waxing services at www.rizzierischools.com
October 22, 2010
Consisting purely of minerals and pigments found in nature, mineral makeup is all-natural and free of ingredients that can harm the skin. Both those are only a couple of the reasons it may be time for you to make the switch to mineral makeup.
Perfect for oil or acne-prone skin, mineral makeup is noncomedogenic and does not encourage bacteria growth, meaning it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.
Mineral makeup foundations and powders are considered physical sunscreens (which is recommended for acne-prone skin) because they utilize physical blockers like titanium dioxide to reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Natural ingredients, like mica, make mineral makeup a good choice for sensitive, easily irritated skin types; and it’s even safe to use a couple weeks after noninvasive treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
Mineral makeup is often touted as a miracle worker, but not all mineral makeup is created equal. To find true, high-quality mineral makeup, look for brands that incorporate zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and don’t use fillers such as fragrances, colors, binders, preservatives and other chemicals.
To check out the Aveda line of mineral make-up, visit the Aveda Lifestyle Store at Rizzieri Aveda School in Voorhees, NJ.
September 29, 2010
July 28, 2010
Want smooth, pretty, age-defying skin? We thought so. Who better to learn from than the pros who think about dermal health all day long? From what you eat to when you wash your face, here are 7 small changes that can make a big difference in tone, texture, and overall glow.
1. Suds up at night
The most important time to wash your face is before you hit the sack. Dirt, bacteria, and makeup left on overnight can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts. Remove this top layer of grime with a gentle face wash, which also allows anti-agers to penetrate deeper for better results. Because oil production dips with hormonal changes in your 40s, cleansing twice daily can dry out your complexion and make wrinkles look more pronounced.
2. Be UV obsessed
Nothing is more important than wearing sunscreen (ideally, SPF 30) every day if you want younger-looking skin. Even 10 minutes of daily exposure to UVA “aging” rays can cause changes that lead to wrinkles and sunspots in as few as 12 weeks. If your moisturizer isn’t formulated with a built-in broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, be sure to apply one daily to block both UVA and UVB rays.
3. Manage stress
Emotional upheavals can make your skin look 5 years older than your chronological age. Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. It also triggers a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne flare-ups. To quell inflammation, eat antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, oranges, and asparagus.
4. Use a retinoid
Research shows that these vitamin-A derivatives speed cell turnover and collagen growth to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and fade brown spots. Prescription-strength retinoids such as Renova provide the fastest results–you’ll start to see changes in about a month. To help skin acclimate to any redness and peeling, apply just a pea-size drop to your face every third night, building up to nightly usage.
5. Update your routine
Altering even one thing in your regimen every 6 to 12 months jump-starts more impressive improvements in tone and texture. When you apply products consistently, your skin slides into maintenance mode after about a year. To keep your skin primed for rejuvenation, substitute a cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids for your prescription retinoid twice a week to boost the benefits. Or bump up your OTC retinoid to an Rx formula.
6. Eat omega-3s
These “good fats” in foods such as salmon, flaxseed, and almonds boost hydration, which keeps skin supple and firm. The same isn’t true of the saturated fat in dairy products and meats, which increase free-radical damage that makes skin more susceptible to aging. Limit saturated fat intake to about 17 g daily.
7. Exercise regularly
Studies find that women who work out regularly have firmer skin than similar nonexercisers. The reason: Exercise infuses skin with oxygen and nutrients needed for collagen production. To keep your skin toned, make time for at least three 30-minute heart-pumping workouts per week.
January 4, 2010
Happy New Year! In honor of 2010, here are 10 beauty resolutions compiled from Julyne Derrick! Enjoy and make 2010 your best year ever.
1. No more studying your face for wrinkles.
You’re never going to be younger than you are right now. So much of your beauty comes from within. Try to remember this.
2. Enjoy the moment.
True happiness happens in the moment. Stop freaking out and savis the beautiful moments more.
3. More massages.
Massages feed the soul. Make an appointment to get one at Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts.
4. Less sugar.
Studies show that sugar can cause premature aging. Be more careful with the amounts of sugar that you put into your body.
5. More yoga.
Yoga is like being given a Zen injection.
6. Post-shower moisturizer.
Everyone suffers from the winter itch. Remember to slather yourself with moisturizer after each and every shower. You can purchase your favorite Aveda moisturizer at the Aveda Lifestyle Store at Rizzieri Aveda School.
7. Experiment with make-up.
To get out of a beauty rut, try a new eyeshadow color, or even a new lipstick. Your co-workers and friends will notice, and you’ll feel better. Schedule a make-up consultation with a senior Skin Care student by calling 856-988-8600 x 0.
8. Teeth whitening.
Changes your face! ‘Nuff said!
9. No more boring nail polish colors.
Instead of going without polish, or pearl colors, add something fresh (grays and mattes are in right now). You’ll stare at your own hands, and so will others. Ask for a recommendation at Rizzieri’s Nail clinics at our School on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.
10. Compliment people.
Tell someone you like their best feature/lipstick/nail color. When you give someone a compliment, they automatically brighten. Sometimes people struggle with issues and need to be reminded of what makes them special!
June 8, 2009
Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness will be offering a Customized Wax Class on June 12th from 4pm -6pm. It will be taught by Michelle D’Angelo.
This class is available for Rizzieri students and alumni (generally from the skin care program.
Please contact admissions as soon as possible to hold your spot in this class!