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This article is the second in a series helping you comprehend the power you have over your rate of aging pertaining to your skin care regimen.

We dealt with cleansing and toning with regard to massage to stimulate internal cleansing, blood flow, and muscles. The next concern may be either your daytime or nighttime regimens, which are so very different.

The daytime regimen that coincides with what your body is doing has emphasis on hydration and sun protection. As an esthetician, I hear that sunscreen is reserved for the summer months only. If there is any day in your life where there is daylight, you can be sure those rays (not brightness) have penetrated through the clouds and can just as easily penetrate right through your skin. The intensity of brightness has no meaning when it comes to sun damage. Waking hours and being outdoors means you are a target during any season, in any state, and outdoors in any country.

Thus, every day requires some sort of moisture and sun protection. Water loss happens through our skin, urination, and through our speech. Not all moisturizers are heavy, binding, or oily. As a matter of fact, the ingredients that provide moisture and bind that moisture in the skin should be quite light and appearing that you have nothing on your skin. For those who have oily skin or if you are sensitive to heavier weight formulas, you should know that a properly formulated solution designed for oilier skin types should deliver its content to the lower layers of skin and disappear. Inexpensive formulas often use lower grades of ingredients that aren’t quite as effective.

Drier skin types require a heavier carrier cream and moisture, as well as a locking-in agent. Often, this skin type requires a lipid to do this or a hydrating gel to apply before the moisturizer.

Nighttime is a whole different story when it comes to your regimen. While you sleep, the body is in cleansing and repair mode. You can notice this by your first trip to the washroom. Elimination waters are murky, dull colored, and odorous. This is the point when the body gets rid of toxins, dead organ cells, and whatever else it has used and is now ready to discard. Nighttime is the time for facial serums, which may contain any of the following for whatever you are trying to repair. Lightening solutions are for melasma, hyperpigmentation, or scar treatment; vitamin therapy is for inflammation repair and cellular repair; and collagen firming and growing along with peptides (which do so much repair) and stem cell technology are for improving the state of the skin.

Moisturizers can or don’t have to be used over serums unless you prefer that moisture layer feel. I use serums nightly and only twice a week do I apply a moisturizer over them. That’s simply my preference.

Keep in mind, at age 60, you have the skin you’ve earned, and at age 80, you have the skin you’ve preserved.

DESIRED IMAGE SKIN CARE CLINIC – 871 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226 (716)-834-1123


By Brenda Romanow

Brenda Romanow is the owner of Desired Image Skin Care Clinic, a Buffalo based business of over 22 years. Brenda has been in education for over 10 years for the New York State Education Committee for esthetics and is also a New York State examiner for esthetics. She started teaching in several school’s continuing education class on subjects such as Anti-Aging, Personal Image, Makeup application as well as Cosmetic Ingredients (what’s in a jar). 834-1123.