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Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging System and 10 Ways to Transform Your Skin Now!

In The Beauty Editor: Obsessions & Addictions! NEW on June 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

M-Teen Magazine – Beauty Editor’s Anti-Aging Obsession!

M-Teen’s beauty editor is obsessed with Paula’s Choice RESIST skin care system. After consistently applying the RESIST Anti-Aging System she has seen fabulous results including improved texture and amazingly smooth, hydrated skin! RESIST is formulated for all skin types, is fragrance free and loaded with ingredients to increase healthy collagen, prevent moisture loss and repair damage.

M-Teen’s Beauty Editor is addicted to RESIST and will be stocking up on products thanks to this limited time offer:

15% Off RESIST Anti-Aging Products* / FREE Shipping on $50+ / 3 Free Samples

*Promotion expires 9pm PT, July 5, 2011.

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10 Ways to Transform Your Skin Now!

By Paula Begoun

The Cosmetics Cop

www.cosmeticscop.com

Trying to figure out the best way to take care of your skin is confusing: Do you need a firming cream, antiwrinkle serum, sun protection, nighttime lotion, and daytime moisturizer? Do you need separate products for the neck, chest, and eye areas?

If you rely on advertising claims or on the explanations you get from cosmetics salespeople about how to take care of your skin, you will almost assuredly end up missing some of the vital steps for achieving radiant, age-defying skin (and will likely be even more confused).

Instead, follow this checklist for 10 ways to transform your skin now and start seeing instant results!

1. Exfoliate with BHA or AHAs (not with a scrub!)

Without question, everyone can benefit from a well-formulated exfoliant, whether it is an AHA product (alpha hydroxy acid, such as glycolic and lactic acids) or a BHA product (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid). Healthy skin naturally sheds millions of dead skin cells every day, but sun damage, dry or oily skin, genetics, and other skin disorders can block this process, resulting in clogged pores, blemishes, white bumps, dull or flaky skin, and uneven skin tone.

AHAs and BHA gently get rid of the built-up dead skin cells, unclog pores, reduce breakouts, rebuild collagen, smooth out wrinkles, and allow dry skin to heal!

Recommended Exfoliants:

• Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir ($29.99 for 1.7 fl. oz.)

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid ($24.95 for 1.7 fl. oz)

• Cosmedicine Speedy Recovery Acne Treatment Daytime Blemish Lotion SPF 15 ($40 for 2 fl. oz.)

Paula’s Choice Exfoliating 2% BHA Liquid($18.95 for 4 fl. oz.)

Why shouldn’t you use a scrub? Scrubs deal only with the very top, superficial layer of the skin, so most of the built-up dead skin cells are beyond their reach. Even worse, many scrubs contain particles with a rough, coarse, or uneven texture that can damage the skin as it abrades away the surface, causing tiny tears that damage the skin’s barrier, which is not good for any skin type!

2. Eat Right

The amount of research showing that a diet rich in antioxidants can help skin is astounding! Dark berries, fresh salmon, avocadoes, butternut squash, and green tea are just a few of the anti-aging superfoods you should add to your grocery list.

Which foods should you avoid? Sweets and salty foods. Too much sugar (even honey) can lead to collagen deterioration, loss of elasticity, and increased likelihood of wrinkling. A diet overloaded with salt also will take a toll on your skin, resulting in bloating and puffy, tired-looking skin.

3. Wear Sunscreen Every Day

We know,… you’ve heard it before, and it’s really boring,… but we know you’re not doing it! Only 10% of people wear sunscreen on a regular basis and most still get a tan. Many also continue to use tanning beds, which might as well be called wrinkle-beds.

Sun protection is by far the most important tool in preventing skin damage and helping in the anti-aging fight. Nothing else in your skin-care routine matters if you leave out this critical step. Using an antiwrinkle cream and not using sunscreen is like eating broccoli in hopes of reducing the effects of smoking cigarettes.

You must wear sunscreen 365 days a year! Even on cloudy days, and even if you’re inside. The sun’s damaging rays do penetrate the clouds and they do come right through the window. Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean your skin is protected.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and your skin will thank you in the years to come. It is the only way to look younger than your friends!

Recommended Sunscreens:

• Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 ($26 for 4.2 oz.)

Paula’s Choice RESIST Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25 & Antioxidants ($24.95 for 2 oz.)

• Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunblock Mineral Protection, Fragrance Free SPF 30 ($9.95 for 4 oz.)

4. Remove All of Your Makeup (It’s more important than you think!)

Left on overnight, any amount of makeup can clog pores, prompt skin-damaging irritation, and cause puffy eyes! Start with a gentle, fragrance-free, water-soluble cleanser, and then remove the last traces of eye makeup with a colorant-free, fragrance-free, irritant-free makeup remover.

Recommended Makeup Removers:

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($12.95 for 4 oz.)

• Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($15 for 3.75 oz.)

• Sonia Kashuk Remove, Eye Makeup Remover ($9.99 for 4 oz.)

5. Don’t Rely on Only One Product

There is no single magic bullet ingredient or product for your skin; it takes more than one product to provide the full range of results. Some products do perform multiple tasks, but—let me repeat—your skin needs more than just one product. Here is what your skin needs:

• Gentle cleanser

• Toner loaded with antioxidants and skin-healing ingredients

• Sunscreen loaded with antioxidants for daytime

• Moisturizer—in serum, gel, lotion, or cream form—loaded with antioxidants for night

• AHA or BHA exfoliant

• Treatment products for skin discolorations, blemishes, oily skin, or blackheads

Visit Beautypedia for our science-based reviews on thousands of skin-care and makeup products.

6. Don’t Pull at Your Skin

Repeatedly rubbing, tugging, and pulling at your skin stretches the skin’s elastin fibers, causing sagging and drooping! Whether it’s from pulling on your skin to remove waterproof mascara, getting a facial, or rubbing your eyes, you’re helping gravity take a toll on your face. Stopping this now will benefit your skin down the road.

7. Consider a Foundation with Anti-Aging Ingredients

There are some wonderful new foundations on the market with state-of-the-art ingredients (e.g., sunscreen, antioxidants, and cell-communicating and skin-identical ingredients) that really can improve your skin. If you already wear foundation, this is an easy way to get extra benefit without adding another step to your routine. If your foundation contains an effective sunscreen, that’s even better!

Recommended Anti-Aging Foundations:

• Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 ($24.50)

• Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup SPF 15 ($36.50)

• M.A.C. Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation ($29.50)

8. Antioxidants, Antioxidants, and More Antioxidants!

Topically applied antioxidants are essential for skin, just like they are for your diet. Given that your skin is your body’s largest organ, it needs many of the same healthy substances the rest of your body needs. Antioxidants prevent some of the free-radical damage that causes skin-destroying inflammation over time. They also help skin heal and produce healthy collagen. What’s not to love about that?

Among the dozens and dozens of brilliant antioxidants for skin, there is no single one that is best for skin. Don’t believe the ads suggesting otherwise. In fact, skin needs a blend of potent, stable antioxidants to really start acting and looking younger, and the more the better.

Recommended Antioxidant-Rich Products:

Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum($24.95 for 1 oz.)

• MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel ($45 for 1 oz.)

• Avon for Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 ($18 for 1.7 oz.)

9. Save Up for a Dermatological Treatment

People often decide that dermatological treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers, lasers, intense pulse light procedures, FRAXEL, or chemical peels, are beyond their budget or that a skin-care product can achieve relatively similar results.

Fact: There is nothing in the world of skin-care products that comes close to giving you the results you can get from medical cosmetic corrective procedures.

Fact: Following our advice—products we recommend and products we warn you about—may allow you to save enough money over time to afford the procedures mentioned above.

That doesn’t mean that skin-care isn’t important. Without question, your skin will benefit from using well-formulated products on a consistent basis, but your skin still ages. Just remember, skin-care products have limitations, no matter what the ads tell you.

10. Give Up Bad Habits

Don’t underestimate the role your lifestyle plays when it comes to the condition of your skin. You could do everything else right, but if you’re smoking, tanning, or irritating your skin with bad ingredients, your skin will pay! It’s easy to think that you aren’t hurting your skin if the negative impact doesn’t show up immediately, but the cumulative damage adds up—and it isn’t pretty!

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