New Year…New Skin

friends-315_2016_03A mom’s schedule can be complicated. Taking care of the kids, and the house, doctor appointments, sports practice, maybe a job too, all these can lead to having no time left for yourself. Sometimes you are just so tired at night that, you fall asleep with your makeup and clothes on. In the morning you don’t know how to get out of the house faster to take the kids to school and make it to work, and you barely have time to wash your face and put on whatever cream you find handy on the bathroom counter. But, there is no greater mistake than not washing your face and not removing your makeup at night. Sleeping with your makeup on will age your skin 7 times faster! And of course, no one wants that!

Because I know how busy moms can be, and because I also know a thing or two about skin care, I’ve decided to try to help you in the New Year. New Year, new skin resolution! That’s right! I’ve put together a very simple general skin regimen with some active ingredients, some being preventive some being corrective, and no matter how busy you are or what your skin type is, you can do it! Unless of course you have a special skin condition that you’re seeing a skin care therapist or a doctor for. Take a look!

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Morning

  1. Always wash your face. You need a gentle cleanser for mornings. Something that won’t strip off and dry out your skin. A couple of cleansers that I love and are super accessible are: Toleriane Dermo Cleanser from La Roche Posay and Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. After washing the skin, dab the skin dry and follow withIMG_34292. 5-6 drops of a very good Anti-oxidant complex. We hear this word a few times a day, so by now we know that anti-oxidant rich foods and products are working only in our benefit. More specifically, they help neutralize free radicals which occur in our skin due to sun damage, pollution, smoking (even passive smoking), alcohol, not enough rest, etc. Free radicals are the damaging factors responsible for collagen and elastin breakage, leading to premature aging of the skin. This is why a very good quality anti-oxidant product in a stable formulation is essential for preventing this kind of damage and premature aging. My favorite one for many years by far has been CE Ferulic- for drier skin types, and Phloretin CF– for oily skin types, both from Skin Ceuticals.IMG_34252. And a mineral sunscreen, applied religiously to your face, neck, chest and the back of your hands. This will protect your skin throughout the day from the damaging UVAs and UVBs, responsible for the aging of your skin as well as the increased risk of skin cancers. I recommend PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 as well as Mineral Tinted Cream SPF 30 from MDSolarSciences.

Evening

  1. Remove all your makeup thoroughly. And only after that you start cleansing your face. At night you can use a more exfoliating cleanser, in order to remove a lot of the debris, oils and makeup accumulated throughout the day. My favorite cleanser for night time is Effaclar Creme Moussante Desincrustante from La Roche Posay. IMG_3428 (1)
  2. Every other night apply a Retinol/RetinA product on clean dry skin. This is your one corrective for night time. If you don’t have time for anything else, this is going to help regenerate your skin over night. I personally use medical grade RetinA or Tretinoin, but sometimes I also like to use the PCA Skin Retinol, which is one of the  best on the market. And it comes in a few versions, depending on your skin’s needs.IMG_34263. On the nights when I do not apply the Vitamin A product (#2), I like to use a Glycolic Acid Gel. My go to lately is Glicoisdin from the Spanish company ISDIN. Glycolic acid is known to help brighten and resurface sun damaged and aging skin, while it also helps increase your skin’s elasticity. This product in particular is also somewhat hydrating, having a very light weight gel consistency.

And this is all if your time does not permit you to do more. I promise you that if you follow these very simple steps every morning and night, your skin will change within a couple of months.

And no more excuses like “I don’t have time for me” or “I don’t have time for a skin care regimen”. You will wear your skin for the rest of your life, so help it look and feel its best!

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Saving my hair from Androgenic Alopecia

As many of you know I have been suffering, yes that’s right “suffering” is the right word… of androgenic alopecia for many years now. I was diagnosed only 3 years ago, but as it is often a genetically transmitted  or inherited disease, I’ve probably had it for my whole life, but it had become very severe during the past 10-15 years. While I’ve had a very beautiful hair during my childhood, once I started being really stressed, with the adult life, my hair started going away. And I mean every day I would kiss goodbye anywhere between 100-200 hairs.

I’ve been dealing with severe hair loss , for so many years now I barely can remember, and during this time I’ve got a lot of opinions from doctors. That I was anemic, that I had a vitamin deficiency, that I had to check my thyroid, or that it couldn’t be SO many hairs I was losing and that they thought I still has beautiful hair.  Well, I finally did check my thyroid 3 years ago and yes, I do have Hashimoto’s disease, which is a form of hypothyroidism. However, while my hypothyroidism has been controlled ever since I got diagnosed, my hair loss has not.

Needless to say that I have tried everything over the years. From massaging my scalp with coconut oil and chili peppers, to massaging with olive oil and raw onion juice (FYI this last one is going to make your hair smell like raw onions for 2 months straight!), to taking all kind of supplements and vitamins like Iron (both pill and liquid form), Vitamin D, Biotin, Saw Palmetto (a natural remedy for enlarged prostate which has been shown to help with hair loss), marine algae supplements….and the list can go on and on for a while. Not to mention the solutions I’ve tried topically on my scalp! Oh boy. You name it, I’ve tried it! Nothing worked.

Recently though, after many conversations with different doctors and friends, and after hours of research online, I seem to have found “The Solution”! Well at least the solution that works for me, and that seems to have decreased my hair loss with 50%(just approximating here, but trust me that when you see the tub and the sink completely covered in hair, after each wash, and after endless tears I’ve poured seeing my hair leaving my head, I think I can approximate pretty well)!

So I thought I would share my combination of remedies with you all who suffer of this terrible disease, called androgenic alopecia, but please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, so I am not prescribing this, nor promising that it’s going to work for you. But when you’re losing all your hair pretty much anything is worth it!

This is what I’ve been doing for the past 3 months and it’s been working!

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  1. 30 min before washing my hair I massage my scalp with rosemary oil mixed with castor oil (in Mexico this is called (aceite de ricino). Sometimes I also mix a few drops of Vitamin A to this cocktail, but I noticed that it dries my scalp, so I don’t do it much.
  2. In the shower I apply Tio Nacho shampoo on my scalp and hair and leave it on for 5-10 min. This is a shampoo from Mexico that is supposed to strengthen the hair and reduce hair loss, in a natural way. The ingredient list does not show that it’s so natural, however since I was desperate, I’ve decided to try it anyway…Since my whole life I’ve probably used mainly un-natural shampoos 😉
  3. After rinsing this shampoo off, I apply another one called Pilopeptan shampoo (also found here in Mexico) and leave it on for another 5-6 minutes.
  4. After rinsing all these off very well, I apply a conditioner, strictly on the hair length, and NOT on the scalp. This is something I’ve learned from my hair stylist friends who I trust, so I’ve been respecting this rule very carefully.
  5. Once out of the shower, I towel dry my hair, very gently, and while it’s damp, I apply one bottle of this concoction called Kevis 8, a trycozymes, enzymes and peptides cocktail, to the scalp, and I massage it in gently.
  6. Every morning, I take 2 medications. One is Pilopeptan oral supplemets and another is Aldactone A 25 mg with the active ingredient Spironolactone. This is a medication that might help you with fluids retention in your body, as it is a diuretic. So for me this works and I haven’t been too concerned about its potential negative effects, nor have I had any. Please make sure you consult with your doctor though, if you decide using this medication. hair1

A couple of other notations: *I do not style my hair unless absolutely necessary * I do not blow dry my hair unless absolutely necessary *I only color my hair once every 3-4 months. Yes, I do have grey hairs, but I am choosing to have my hair as opposed to it looking always freshly colored but not healthy!

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I hope all this info is going to help someone out there!

 

Yours truly,

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