Favorite Nightly Beauty Regime by Laurie Hays - featured on Style BluePrint Nashville
“My nighttime beauty and skincare routine is a five-step ritual that starts with cleansing and exfoliating.
I cleanse with a glycolic cleanser to accelerate the exfoliation of dead skin cells and help my skin look healthier and smoother.
I use a mild lightweight scrub that works well at turning over superficial skin cells and gives me a more radiant complexion.
I use a prescription-strength Retinol every other night, which speeds up cell turnover while I sleep.
I can’t forget my eyes, so I use an eye creme that has improved the crepe-iness around my eyes. My second step for my eyes is Latisse, which has proven itself as a very effective treatment for lengthening my eyelashes.
My final step is a serum that contains growth factors. This step increases my collagen and decreases inflammation, which we can all agree is the root of all evil.
Lastly, once a month before bed, I use a peel to revive dull-looking skin and minimize the appearance of discoloration, which has been an ongoing battle most of my adult life.”
Laurie’s favorite products: Facial Rejuvenation Center Rx Glycolic Cleanser; Oligo-Peel Exfoliation Crème by Esente’s™ Elite line; Retinol; ZO® Hydrafirm™; Latisse; SkinMedica’s® TNS Essential Serum®; Invisapeel™ Resurfacing by ZO® Skin Health
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PRO TIP: Exfoliating has its benefits.
Exfoliating is beneficial and it is essential to get clear, clean, rejuvenated skin. “Regularly sloughing off the top layer of dead skin cells not only uncovers brighter skin, but it also prevents pores from getting clogged,” says Laurie Hays of Facial Rejuvenation Center. “I suggest everyday exfoliation using a combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids such as glycolic and salicylic. Daily peels are like a steady exercise to the skin, it is far better to use something every day that is not super concentrated than to use something radical at once.” Mary Kathryn Yeiser of Therapy Systems, Inc. agrees with the importance of keeping up your exfoliation in the summer months but she steers towards something a bit more gentle for the skin. “An enzyme is a great alternative, because they still provide exfoliation but are more gentle. One of our favorites is the Therapy Systems Energizing Enzyme Peel,” she says
When It Comes To Sunscreen, How Much Protection Do We Really Need?
What's so complicated about it sunscreen? In theory, nothing. You put it on, you go outdoors, you don't end up looking like an old bag, end of story. Right? Right.
Not long ago, SPF 15 was the gold standard. In recent years, dermatologists have settled on a sun-protection factor of 30 as a healthy baseline for daily use, which is why we find it in everything from moisturizers to foundation and lip balms. The ideal SPF for the average person is at least 30, Dr. Houston advises making the jump to 50 or higher for people who are fair or prone to skin cancer.
When it really comes down to it, what's potentially skin-saving isn't the number on the bottle but the indication that what's inside offers broad-spectrum protection. This means defense against both UVB and UVA rays. Though the term broad spectrum has been thrown around rather generically, much like the unregulated natural and organic buzzwords, the FDA is now strictly monitoring these claims, requiring companies to pass stringent testing in order to advertise it on their labels.
Whether you are using sunscreen or a daily moisturizer or makeup with sunscreen in it, make sure it says "broad-spectrum", otherwise you are wasting your time.
Laurie Hays, BA, R.N.
Co-Director, The Facial Rejuvenation Center