This is a good regimen for individuals that travel a lot (no matter what age) and those who want to delay the aging process. Personally, I have experienced a 're-wind effect' that reversed signs of aging from travel and continues to work.
Someone thought they might have offended me by saying that I look like I am in my late twenties. Considering that I am 38, I just agreed and kept my mouth shut.
Stay hydrated and take Vitamin C every day. One of the products I recommend is Emergen-C. It is a powder that is effervescent in water with over 1,000% of Vitamin C and high doses of B6 & B12 including a broad range of vitamins and minerals. If you are not familiar with it already, I purchase it at a large chain drugstore for about twelve dollars.
Extensive travel also takes a toll on our skin. When I worked for VMware, it wasn’t unusual for me to be in 3 states in one day. As a result of dry air in planes & hotels, I looked noticeably older in about 6 months. I started doing some research (on layovers at O’Hare) and became a natural health enthusiast. As a result I have a good vitamin regimen to nourish from within:
Multi-vitamin: I use Just1once Women’s One Multivitamin & Mineral. I like it because it is a comprehensive natural formula that is also gentle on the stomach with or without food and even includes healthy bacteria. Whole food & Vitamin stores will have a similar product. Guys, you are on your own as I am not going to test man-vitamins. Please post a comment with your recommendation.
The other components are:
-Co-Q10 with High absorption rates
-A quality Fish-Oil along with a combination Flax & Borage supplement: Great for, brain, heart, skin & hormone balance.
-Dandelion Root for liver protection and to eliminate travel induced water weight.
-Milk Thistle is a great addition to take at least 60 minutes prior to cocktail hour to protect the liver and reduce the effects of alcohol.
-Hyarulonic Acid Supplement: This is found in almost all adult connective tissue including joints and skin. As we age our bodies produce less of it. I am a Creaky McCreakerton just about every time I move. I have used several joint health formulas but the results from glucosamine and chondroitin can take months to take effect and then lose their effectiveness if discontinued.
My grandma has replaced every major pivot joint from the hip down. Due to the fact that I have already inherited her eye problems, I am concerned that genetics will effect my joint health.
-Sam-E is an anti-inflammatory which is beneficial for the entire body. Another documented benefit is an improved sense of well-being. I personally agree with both statements and I take 400mg daily.
Additionally, Skin Care products with a high content of Hyarulonic Acid bond with the water in your skin to help prevent topical dehydration and provide an immediate plumping effect.
Be sure to include a vitamin C topical treatment. If possible, purchase Individual use capsules because Vitamin-C loses potency in a clear or opened container.
Sunscreen can be found in nearly every day-time skincare product...Use it! That is the best way to prevent further sun damage..
DO use an eye treatment. When my budget is limited I purchase Vitamin E pills, poke it with a pin and apply to lower eye area, crows feet, neck (front and back) and just below shoulders. I use the extra for my nails and hands. It is best to use this at night unless applying only to crow's feet in the morning.
I will always be slightly uncertain regarding the effects of night-time treatments but here is my hypothesis:
Large Pores &/or oily skin: Use a vitamin c or other anti-aging serum and skip the cream which could result in clogged pores. Add an exfoliating cleanser or scrub that is safe and gentle enough to use daily.
Dry/Aging Skin: Use an aforementioned serum with a nourishing or anti-wrinkle night cream.
What to avoid:
Products that have alcohol, water, and paraben as the first listed ingredients. Paraben clogs pores, alcohol is used for delivery but can have a stripping/drying effect. Water just means that you aren't getting a high concentration of the product.
For example: If the packaging proclaims an effective balance of anti-oxidants or natural ingredients, investigatethe ingredients. If they are listed last, it could be a waste of money. Products are so complex these days that the ingredients in the middle of the list could be the most effectve but I select the most simple products that emphasize the benefits of natural remedies.
Everything that I have recommended can be purchased at a good drug store, vitamin shop, or organic store.
If you love and can afford a department store brands, I recommend Chantecaille for both skincare and makeup. The Neiman Marcus Beauty Event is in effect until Sunday the 19th. This is a great opportunity to get some samples, makeovers, & goody bags with purchase. My favorite product right now is the SPF 48 Mineral Powder which is dispensed with a quick tap of the brush with a refillable compartment at the base. It is a Revolutionary concept for mineral makeup application. The coverage is natural looking, lasts all day, and does not give you FrankenFace if it is touched up.
I will offer more extensive reviews in my annual Profashional Makeup Review. In the meantime, I welcome your questions.