What is Micro-Needling and Why you Need it!

Mico-needling is rolling small needles over the skin to create micro-channels in the top layers..

This action causes 2 two important things to happen:

  1. Stimulation of your skins natural wound response...the production of collagen and elastin.  Healthy tissue surrounds the treated area and the result is rejuvenated skin. 
  2. The micro-channels allow your treatment products to reach a lower level of the epidermis allowing them to work more efficiently.

This can have a tremendous effect on skin that is sagging, wrinkled, hyper-pigmented and even scarred.
 

Rodan + Fields Micro-needling System is called the Amp MD System.
AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller and REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum are clinically proven to safely and effectively amp up your daily skincare routine for a firmer, more youthful appearance. Recommended for use with REDEFINERegimen for best results. 

Used as directed, the AMP MD System:

  • Conditions the skin’s surface using micro-needle tips.
  • Increases appearance of firmness and elasticity.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores with a proprietary blend of retinol and peptides.

Here are some Before & After Photos.
 

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How Wrinkles Form and How to Stop Them

Our skin has three layers:

  1. Epidermis -the outermost layer
  2. Dermis -the middle layer
  3. Subcutaneous -the innermost layer

 

When we were young, our skin had an abundance of:

  • collagen- the main structural protein in the extracellular space,
  •  elastin-elastic protein in connective tissue and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching.

This allowed our skin to stretch, bounce back and hold in moisture efficiently. Aging causes the dermis to lose both collagen and elastin, the skin gets thinner and has difficulty getting enough moisture to the epidermis. The subcutaneous layer, which houses fat, that gives skin a plump appearance also begins to disappear...which causes the epidermis to form wrinkles and sag.

Three ways to put those wrinkles on hold:

Protect with UVA/UVB sunscreen.  The sun is the No. 1 skin ager, accelerating collagen breakdown and other signs of aging. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and reapply often to protect skin. Try REVERSE 50 SPF for face and ESSENTIALS Body SPF 30 

Get topical. A variety of topical ingredients can help prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, including retinol, peptides, alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. Use daily as part of an anti-aging skincare regimen.  Get a customized anti-aging routine according to your individual needs here.

Encourage firmer-looking skin.While you can’t rub collagen into your skin, you can encourage firmer-looking skin by using a non-invasive micro-exfoliating roller. With regular use, such a tool will help your skin appear firmer with lines and wrinkles becoming less noticeable.

The AMP MD System utilizes micro-exfoliation roller technology for visibly advanced skin-firming benefits. Based on our clinical studies of our REDEFINE Regimen and the AMP MD System, smoother, softer skin can be experienced after just one use. With continued use, the REDEFINE Regimen and the AMP MD System are clinically proven to help skin appear firmer and make lines and wrinkles less noticeable for a more luminous and refined appearance.

The AMP MD System utilizes micro-exfoliation roller technology for visibly advanced skin-firming benefits. Based on our clinical studies of our REDEFINE Regimen and the AMP MD System, smoother, softer skin can be experienced after just one use. With continued use, the REDEFINE Regimen and the AMP MD System are clinically proven to help skin appear firmer and make lines and wrinkles less noticeable for a more luminous and refined appearance.

How to Treat Dry, Itchy Winter Skin

Winter can cause the skin to get dry, uncomfortably tight, itchy, flaky and even crack.  The combination of cold weather and using the heater can leave skin on the face & body dry and dehydrated.  

Solutions for the Body:

When skin cells are stressed due to harsh climates cells go into overdrive and rush to the surface before they are fully mature. The result is increased cell pile-up, creating skin that is uncomfortable, dry, flaky, tight and irritated.

RF-Dcell is an RF exclusive ingredient that helps to regulate and normalize skin cell turnover, allowing only healthy mature cells to reach the surface when they’re fully ready to do their job. RF-Dcell technology uses plant bulb extracts, found in dormant narcissus bulbs, protect fragile flowers through harsh winters and do the same for our skin.
RF-Dcell technology is found in Rodan + Fields Essentials Body Lotion andSunless Foaming Sunless Tan  (Which I think is BRILLIANT...your sunless tan will last longer with this technology too!)

Other tips to help your skin adjust to the cold weather:

  • Do not take long hot showers...it only drys your skin more! Short warm showers are a better choice.
  • Apply body lotion right after you get out of the shower on damp skin to lock in hydration. 
  • Wear gloves to protect them from the cold weather outside and use a hand moisturizer inside to protect them from the dry heat. 
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air. 
  • Use SPF on your neck, hands and any other exposed areas...even if the sun is hiding behind clouds!

For Your Face:
It may be as simple as adding a different moisturizer to your routine.  I LOVE the .  It is ultra-hydrating cream which replenishes skin’s natural moisturizing factors.  It has hyaluronic acid and glycerin prevent moisture loss while 12-hour, time-released antioxidants A, C and E replenish vital skin nutrients.  *I use it AM and PM in the winter months despite its name.

If your face is really tight, dry, sensitive and/or chapped I HIGHLY recommend the Soothe Regimen.  It is formulated to rebuild your skins natural barrier function...which has been compromised if you are having these issues.

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SOOTHE shields against the biological and environmental aggressors that can trigger inflammation, helps fortify skin’s natural moisture barrier, calms visible redness, and reduces irritation so that you can take comfort in having a healthy-looking complexion every day.

Don't forget your lips!  Because the skin on lips is so thin, this area is highly sensitive and particularly vulnerable to showing signs of dryness and aging. Use these steps to keep your lips in tip top shape: