Maintaining energy in the winter is a difficult task, especially if you are working long hours. There are many treatments to bring energy back to your skin. At the same time, help your skin maintain energy by being holistically supportive—sleep, routine, and diet are all important to bright skin and energy to take you from dawn to dusk.
Keeping hydrated is good for almost everything and should be a priority every day. Proper intake of water promotes good collagen production for dewy, radiant skin. Not only does water give your skin energy, but helps maintain blood volume levels, enabling oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to your cells at the best rate. This consistency helps you to wake up, stay awake longer, and feel more energized throughout the day. Energize inside and out by keeping a routine with your water intake.
Change Up Your Wake Up
A lot of us are reliant on coffee as a reason to get out of bed and stay out of bed. Taking the leap and quitting coffee can be a big move towards a more energetic life, believe it or not. Replace coffee with a lower caffeine beverage such as green tea to level out the “caffeine high” and maintain energy levels for longer throughout the day.
Best Energy Foods
Getting a good supply of nutrients throughout the day is a sure fire way to improve skin quality and boost energy. Here are some areas to check off:
- Go for complex carbs. These provide energy more slowly than simple carbs, providing nutrients for longer periods of time, without the “high highs” and “low lows.”
- Get more iron. Dark green vegetables are packed with iron, which is key to energy. Combine iron-filled greens with vitamin C (such as in bell peppers) to absorb the most you can from the vegetables.
- Limit refined sugar intake. A lot of alcohol or refined sugars (such as in candy and juice) taps out your energy resources and makes your body work harder to build it back up.
- Don’t cut out fats. Healthy fats (such as in avocados and salmon) are key for antioxidants to link to and start dispensing health benefits to your cells.
You don’t have to focus on your skin and your energy at different times. Find healthy patterns in your life by doing practices that are good for your whole body, inside and out.
Dry skin is all too common during the winter months. While we can’t change the weather, we can change the way we pamper our skin. Don’t settle for uncomfortable, dry skin. A peel is a quick appointment away to a new and healthy complexion.
Dramatic Results – Without Dramatic Treatments
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels penetrate the skin to reveal what’s beneath–without the discomforting and invasiveness of surgery. The ZO Ossential Stimulator Peel is designed to remove dry, dead skin and leave behind new, radiant skin that feels just as healthy and young as it looks. Better than going “under the knife,” the ZO Ossential Stimulator Peel stimulates cell activity to make your own skin do the work and renew itself.
What the peel does:
- Reduces excess oil
- Improves and evens out skin texture
- Exfoliates to remove dead skin cells
- Stimulates collagen and elastin production to fill out fine wrinkles and sunken lines
- Renews hydration in dry skin
Long Lasting Benefits
The peel removes dead skin cells that get in the way of healthy production, allowing for brighter, softer, and radiant skin to produce. A cocktail of antioxidants is delivered by the peel, working to promote the longevity of your softer, higher quality skin. After a few short treatments, your skin is at its full potential to continue to improve, glow, and protect itself from the sun!
What is Retinol?
Retinol is another name for vitamin A. For skin rejuvenation, Retinol is a superb ingredient for connecting to almost any skin cell and initiating the process to tell it to act like a healthier, younger skin cell.
Retinol is also an antioxidant, so it interrupts the free-radical damage process that causes your skin to look and behave older. It helps with prevention of wrinkles and increases production of collagen.
It is also effective for managing acne and eczema, improving skin discoloration and minimizing wrinkles from sun damage.
The science behind Retinol
Retinol can be broken down into more potent compounds, which are referred to as retinoids. Although vitamin A, retinol, and retinoid are often used interchangeably, each of them has diverse actions. Some forms of retinol can be used freely in cosmetics, while others (retinoids) are only available by prescription.
To help clarify it for you:
- Retinol is a cosmetic ingredient any cosmetics company can include in its products, meaning it doesn’t require a prescription. Other forms of cosmetic-grade vitamin A that you see in cosmetics include retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, and retinaldehyde.
- Retinol is effective because it breaks down and is converted into retinoic acid after it has been absorbed into your skin. Retinoic acid is the compound that has the ability to affect skin cells and their behavior.
- Both the cosmetic forms and the prescription forms of vitamin A may result in skin irritation, but the highest risk of irritation is with the prescription forms (retinoids) because they are stronger.
- You can reduce or eliminate the irritation caused by retinol by using effective skin-care products without irritating ingredients.
- Prescription retinoids contain retinoic acid (also called tretinoin), the active ingredient in Retin-A and Renova, adapelene, the active ingredient in Differin, and tazarotene, the active ingredient in Tazorac.
- All forms of retinol have similar, although not identical, roles and provide impressive benefits for skin rejuvenation, which is why they are so widely used in skin care products.
You need a combination of products
Retinol has many benefits, but it’s important to remember that no single ingredient can take care of all your skin’s complex needs. To provide the best care for your skin, you need a well-formulated sunscreen, an exfoliation product, a gentle cleanser and a serum or moisturizer loaded with antioxidants.
Keeping skin looking healthy and young requires combined ingredients and products to work together to create a powerful skin rejuvenation routine.