If you think beautiful glowing skin is only attainable in youth…guess again… a wonderful surprise coming your way. Red Shoe beauty expert Patricia Asmar founder of The Facial Room is master of the Glow and believes that any skin, at any age can be beautiful. What it takes is commitment to care, choosing the right products and becoming knowledgeable. She logs in here with answers to your questions.
Cheryl: I love love love facial oil (especially the calendula oil you prescribe) it makes my skin glow. I also know a lot of women are afraid to use it because they think their face will resemble an oil slick. I understand oil on skin is hard to get one’s head around. But it actually makes skin look amazing. How does it work? What can you say that will help women lose their fear and give it a try?
PATRICIA: Let’s start with this—natural fibers need lubrication to stay soft and pliable and toned, we oil leather and wood for this reason. Our delicate skin which serves to protect our organs needs to have enough oil and water to be ph balanced. As we mature, oil production slows down. This leads to thinning skin, dullness, an increase in lines. This will reverse by supplementing your skincare regime with oil concentrates. You will instantly achieve glowing skin! Quality oil will absorb well into the skin and actually feels lighter than a moisturizing cream. I recommend the Calendula oil that you love, Cheryl, for a naturally drier skin type and skin that has spent a lot of time in the sun. Eminence has another oil that is slightly lighter, The Recovery Oil, which is suited to a sensitive combination skin.
Cheryl: Aging brings with it so many great things but there are few annoyances. Like fine lines that over time become not-so-fine-lines. Is there anything we can do to diminish or soften?
PATRICIA: It’s great to see the wisdom of time and age gracefully caress our skin…but…there is a limit! To diminish the look of deeper lines with product, you want to add natural retinal (Eminence age corrective line) to your regime, manually exfoliate your skin every second day and amp up your moisturizer. I always add pure oil into my client’s moisturizer before they take it home.
Beyond skincare products, there are some non invasive options to consider. IPL laser treatments and medical grade ultrasound treatments both work on a much deeper level to pump up your natural collagen reserves to naturally plump up your skin.
Cheryl: I’ve noticed that since I’ve been in my fifties my skin looks like it has thinned. What’s going on? What can I do?
PATRICIA: There are three things going on:
- Low Estrogen
- No natural hyaluronic production
- Oil glands slow down
Estrogen directly influences how much skin plumping collagen is pumping through our skin. Bio-identical hormone therapy is a safe and healthy way to bring balance to your system and a great side effect is the tone of your skin improves. Eminence also has a phytoestrogen line called the Eight Greens line to address collagen loss and hormonal breakouts.
Hyaluronic acid is the fluid dermatologist use for skin plumping injections. Our skin produces this water quenching fluid that is responsible for holding moisture deep within the skin. Consider it the pillows between the collagen fibers which makes the skin juicy.
The problem is, by our mid thirties we stop producing this and our skin easily becomes dehydrated (lacking water). Try supplementing with Eminence Strawberry Hyaluronic Serum and you will notice the skin fill out more immediately.
Oil acts as a barrier to the harsh environment our skin is exposed to. Your skin also needs oil to regulate its temperature. As we mature, the oil production slows down and leaves the skin vulnerable. Supplement with oil in your moisturizer or use oil concentrates instead of moisturizers and you will have a glowing skin in an instant plus it will be protected from the environment.
Cheryl: It seems like everything is humming along nicely and then one (fateful) day you look in the mirror and see turkey neck and sagging. Outside of wearing turtlenecks all the time or surgery to pull up and reposition please tell us is there another approach.
PATRICIA: If you were to stand in the anti-aging section of a beauty store, you’d think all aging happened in the space between your chin and your forehead. But the skin on your neck is going through the same wear and tear your face is—with a lot less help. Before you resign yourself to a life of turtlenecks and scarves, however, consider this:
1. Carry your skincare all the way down to your décolletage and massage in an upward motion
2. Practice facial yoga- these are specific releases for the muscles and tendons that run along side your neck that can pull the skin down
[note: I searched facial yoga and found lots of you tube videos that look easy to follow]
- Pop a collagen supplement, the skin on the neck is thinner than the skin on the face so added collagen will plump and fill the skin
- Deep hydrating masks help to tighten and plump the skin on the neck like the bamboo age corrective mask by Eminence. This mask is a combination of deeply hydrating cream base, bamboo which is a natural protein to build skin back up and natural retinal to refine the skin.
Cheryl: As always thanks Patricia. If you have a beauty or skin related question don’t hesitate to send it along.