Peels To The People: Fall Skin Tips

The People's Skincare Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 2 September 2019

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Hello Friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying a happy and healthy summer and are gearing up for Fall. Fall has always been my favorite season and even though I grew up in sunny, hot Southern California, my mother insisted that I wear some of the new fall clothes she’d made for back-to-school. I remember walking home in a long-sleeved corduroy outfit when it was still in the 90s outside and how hot and bothered my skin felt. This can happen during seasonal transitions so let's address how to make your skin happy during the coming months.

Fall Skin Tips

As seasons change, temperature and humidity decreases the impact the skin has established to deal with the environmental insults during the summer. Skin loses moisture and often will start itching. However fall is also the time to repair skin damage that occurred during the summer months brought on by increased exposure to UV rays, heat, sweat, chlorine or saltwater. Hyperpigmentation (uneven pigment) tends to appear as well as dull-looking skin. Prepare for fall with some simple changes to your skin care regimen.

I am making the assumption that you still enjoy and see the benefits from using Epionce. It’s been my skincare of choice for many years and as I hear from many of you, it’s yours too. Here are my Fall Tips:

  • Adjust your Epionce Renewal Facial products to a heavier emollience to help maintain moisture in the skin as temps and humidity start to decrease. Reminder: Renewals include Renewal Facial Cream, Renewal Facial Lotion, Renewal Lite Facial Lotion, Renewal Eye Cream, Renewal Calming Cream and Intensive Nourishing Cream.
  • Use Enriched Firming Mask weekly to hydrate and calm dry, irritated skin. You may use it as a mask for a couple of hours OR use it overnight for deeper hydration. You will be amazed how soft your skin feels and looks doing this. This is one of my favorite Epionce products and it’s only $38.00.
  • Renewal Calming Cream is ideal for face and body to help relieve and protect dry, itchy skin due to environmental factors or eczema flares triggered by changes in the temperature. I have been using the Calming Cream on a regular basis and like it for its healing properties. It’s not at all greasy or shiny, you can wear it in the morning or evening with a Lytic product or serum. I often use it as a hand and cuticle cream.
  • Melanolyte Skin Brightening System helps diminish the visible damage from the sun including brown spots and irregular pigment. The System is comprised of Melanolyte TX and Melanolyte Pigment Perfection Serum, together which address all 14 steps in the very complicated process that leads to hyperpigmentation triggered by UVA and UVB rays, pollution and heat.
  • One of your favorites, Intensive Nourishing Cream, contains Epionce Anti-Inflammatory, Barrier Repair and Keratolytic Technologies to calm irritation, brighten skin tone and repair the damaged skin barrier. You may want to add this to your nightly routine as the weather turns cooler.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen! You want to wear it year-round and Epionce offers two choices: Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 is ideal alone or under foundation for a natural, even skin tone and protection; Ultra Shield SPF 50 provides cosmetically-elegant, daily use protection from UVA and UVB. I wear both for maximum protection on my face and neck.

It only takes small changes to help prepare your skin for fall weather, such as adjusting to a more emollient Renewal, adding in products for specific skin conditions, and continuing to protect your skin from sun exposure by wearing SPF daily.

Epionce Fall Sale

Is it time to replenish your supplies? Is it time to try something new? Here’s your chance to prepare your skin for fall at a significant discount!

During the week of Sept. 9th through Sept. 13th, I’m offering all Epionce products at 15% off (plus no Utah sales tax). Text or email me with your orders and I’ll have them ready for you to pick up (if you live in St. George). If you’d like me to mail products to you, I’m happy to do that knowing that I will add postage and insurance to your package.

May I suggest you try something new….for instance if you’ve been using the Renewal Facial Lotion and want something a little richer, try switching to the Renewal Facial Cream or the richest and most fabulous of all, Intensive Nourishing Cream. If you’ve been using Lytic Lite or Lytic TX, why don’t you try a step stronger with Lytic Plus or Lytic Sport? You’ll start with samples to see how you do….and you’ll be happy you did!

Concerned about your “body skin”? I am! I see that sagging stuff and I’m appalled it’s come to this…but it has. I’m now using the Renewal Body Cream and the Renewal Calming Cream (pretty) religiously at night. These are both effective and affordable products that are non-greasy and pleasant to use. Try them.

If you’re uncertain about what to use and when, let’s set up a consultation. You can try samples and see how you like before you buy.

If your skin is feeling dull and congested, try a light peel to help exfoliate that dead skin. Peels this month are only $50 and can be added to a facial. Getting rid of that old, dry skin allows your products to be even more effective.

Update on Diet and Acne

While most of you are not suffering from acne at this stage, you may have adult children or grandchildren who do. You’ll be interested in some recent findings announced by the American Academy of Dermatology.

“In their public forum, the AAD has advised that a low-glycemic diet may reduce the number of lesions in acne patients and highlighted data from around the world that support the concept that a high-glycemic diet and dairy are correlated with acne severity. They stated that consumption of milk (whole, low fat and skim) may be linked to an increase in acne breakouts but that no studies have found that products made from milk, such as yogurt or cheese, lead to more breakouts.”

“Acne can be a serious quality of life issue with considerable psychological distress, physical morbidity and social prejudice. Consequently acne patients may be more willing to accept non-professional treatment advice. Dietary recommendations found online range from care “experts” willing to provide an array of unfounded and fantastical advice such as ‘miracle foods’ to general advice such as ‘avoid dairy’. A recent study concluded that most of the information found online regarding diet and acne is unfounded and/or misleading.”

Among key points dermatologists are advised to give their acne patients:

  • There is no evidence that chocolate without accompanying sugar or milk is a notable factor in acne development
  • Changes in acne due to any pharmaceutical treatment or dietary changes are likely to take at least 10 to 12 weeks
  • Acne patients should be encouraged to discontinue any whey protein supplements they may be taking
  • Nutrition counseling as a first-line or adjunctive therapy can be suggested for individuals with mild to moderate acne.

Source: Cutis, 2019 July; 104, 11-13.

Odds and Ends

  • I ran across this news item from Connecticut…CT has adopted legislation that allows students, with permission from a parent or guardian, to self-apply sunscreen during the school day. It allows children six and older to possess and self-apply OTC sunscreen in school before outdoor activities. Connecticut is the 23d state to enact such legislation. I supposed you’d call this “common sense” legislation.
  • In May, I attended an Epionce Advanced Education event in Dana Point, California. As entertaining as it was informative, I continue to be impressed with the products that Epionce delivers for skin health. Dr. Thornfeldt continues to win accolades for his pioneering research into protecting the skin’s barrier repair function. This two-day event was also a time to reconnect with my esthetician friend from Portland, Teko Talvy, and to see a few Epionce employees from the early days (ca. 2005) who have watched the company’s stellar growth, still based in Boise, Idaho.
  • Continuing education takes many forms. In June I drove back to Louisville to learn more about bourbon by attending the Kentucky Bourbon Affair, a five day event that allows you a number of opportunities and venues to see how the product is developed and marketed. From talks and tours by master distillers to a hands-on workshop with the world’s best bartender (!), it was an amazing adventure. I still teach Bourbon Education about once a month in St. George and it’s a lot of fun. And no, I am not working on a Bourbon Mask!

Wishing you a happy and productive Fall….and hope to hear from many of you soon,

All my best,