Vitamin C & Me

I am all about vitamin C lately, and I’m not talking about eating more oranges (although that’s good, too). I’m talking about how this amazing vitamin works depending on how you take it.

Taken internally (like a vitamin pill, those yummy vitamin pouches, or a liquid vitamin tincture), vitamin C is not only good for your immune system (y’all know that already), but it tightens your skin -- from the inside out!  

When applied topically on the skin it lightens, so it’s great for age spots, uneven pigmentation, and general use. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles (gotta love that), stimulates collagen & elastic, and it’s a good protector from everyday UV light and environmental stress.  

I love it.  I use it on the daily.  In house, we apply topical vitamin C when we do our microneedling treatment.  It’s just so good for the skin.  Our vitamin C serums of choice are Luzern’s V12 serum, Catalyst-AC11 by Osmosis, and Liposomal Vitamin C by Quicksilver Bioentifio -- all are packed with pure vitamin C.  You can put liposomal (liquid Vitamin C) under your tongue or swish it around for at least 30 seconds and swallow.  It's great for increasing your antioxidants, boosting your immune system, building elastic and collagen, helping keep inflammation in start.





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Summer Skincare Cheatsheet

You may have read that your winter moisturizer is too heavy for summer?  Yes, that’s right. It is.  To maintain healthy, glowing skin this summer — and to avoid problems like acne and congestion, here are a few tips:

  • Use more exfoliation: Luzern's Au Vin is our pick.
  • Try Osmosis Vitamin A & a scrub, topped with clay mask.
  • Experiment with Adult Luzern O2 mask because it has oxygen & anti-inflammatory properties. It will tighten pores & extract without dryness.
  • Apply Osmosis Skincare Pore Minimizing Clay Purifying Mask.  This product from Osmosis’ medical line has super extraction qualities.  We use it for deeply congested skin.  Added bonus: Clay extracts the skin in between visits. 





Products We Love: COOLA

COOLA is the coolest sunscreen.  Why do we love it?  It’s non-toxic, lightweight (not thick and grimy like other sunblocks), and it’s a heavy-duty skin protector.  Mineral-based, it’s also natural, organic, and locally sourced.  In short, it’s green and luxurious and effective.  From classic sunscreens to tinted sunscreens and lip balm, COOLA makes a formula to protect every part of you.  COOLA also carries sunless tanners and sun-repair serums for when you have an “oops” moment.  (It happens!)  Oh, and since we’re on the go quite a bit, we love that COOLA comes in cute, purse-portable, travel-sized sets.

SKIN DEEP: Summer Skin

It's summertime!  Up north and in most of the south, summer means BBQs, beaches, and lots of time in the good old outdoors.  In Miami, we’ve just gone from hot to steamy, sticky hot.  The sun is raging down here.  By now, you all know that the sun is no friend to your skin, but what’s really going on with your skin during summer?  Let’s take a closer look.

Everybody knows that they should apply sunblock and avoid direct exposure to sunlight as much as possible.  The sun looks great in the sky, and it feels so warm on the skin, but it’s no good for your skin. Here’s the lowdown.  Sunlight…

  • ages you quickly, my dears. Those fine lines and wrinkles?  We can’t completely avoid them we we age, but we can keep them to a minimum by avoiding direct sunlight and protecting our skin with sunblock, sun-protective gear, and hats.  
  • damages the skin by altering pigmentation.  It creates uneven, rough patches of skin, which can give you that tan “lizard look.”  In other words, it can really mess up your skin’s texture.  
  • gives you more brown spots, liver spots, and freckles.
  • creates moles, which can lead to skin cancer.  Unfortunately, in sunny climates and everywhere the sun shines, we really do need to think about this.

On the beauty side of things, here’s what’s happening to your skin during summer:  The air is humid, to say the very least.  Here in Miami the humidity index is sky high all summer long.  Because it’s hotter and more humid, we sweat more (unless you’re one of the those people who don’t ever sweat).  Add sunblock and makeup to the mix and we have a recipe for congestion and acne.  

So, how can you protect your skin over the next few months (or five or so months if you live in Miami)?  It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy.  

  • Use sunblock — even on cloudy days.
  • Wear hats and sun-protective clothing.  
  • Avoid the sun during peak hours when the sun is highest in the sky (about 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM or 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM if you’re in Miami).
  • Clean your skin at least twice a day — and exfoliate!
  • Get a facial. That’s right. Ok, this may sound a bit cheeky coming from me, but regular facials help to prevent or clear acne and congestion, smooth skin texture, and roll back time undoing sun damage.

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Happy summer!