WHY GROWTH FACTORS SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE

WHY GROWTH FACTORS SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE

Whether you are seeing the first signs of aging, or have more mature skin that shows wrinkles, discolorations and a loss of firmness, growth factors should be part of your skincare routine to help your skin look and act younger.

Aging, sun-damaged skin requires growth factors to maintain itself, but as we age our skin makes fewer growth factors.  Our latest innovation, Restorative Night Cream, contains a high concentration of biotechnology- sourced platelet-derived growth factors comprised of 540+ skin-important proteins and peptides to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brighten dark spots and firm the skin.  The growth factors we’ve utilized have a highly advanced built-in auto shut off mechanism that gives your skin the amount needed.  It’s the ultimate multi-tasking ingredient, and it perfectly complements our multi-benefit approach for your skin.

Growth factors, which are found naturally in your skin, are the cutting edge of anti-aging science because they promote collagen and elastin at the cellular level. This gives your skin the building blocks it needs to rejuvenate itself, as collagen and elastin are key components in young-looking skin.  They can be used by all skin tones and types – even sensitive skin.

In our Restorative Night Cream, we’ve paired these particular growth factors with a specially coated retinol and lactic acid in a micro-delivery system that gently releases these powerful anti-aging ingredients throughout the night while you sleep.  As we do not test our products on animals, our volunteers have reported that they’ve experienced the following results when using our Restorative Night Cream daily:

  • In 72 hours, fine lines and deeper wrinkles look softened
  • In 14 days, dark spots appear brighter
  • In 30 days, skin looked and felt firmer

Growth factors can help delay the need for injectables and also prolong their effectiveness if you’re already using them.  If you are serious about using effective skin care treatment products, growth factors should be part of your skin care routine.

Our Restorative Night Cream won’t clog pores and can be used by all skin tones and types.

Perfecting your skin is my passion!

 

With Love,

FUTURE PROOFING: BUILDING COLLAGEN IN YOUR 20S TO LOOK YEARS YOUNGER IN YOUR 40S

FUTURE PROOFING: BUILDING COLLAGEN IN YOUR 20S TO LOOK YEARS YOUNGER IN YOUR 40S

Fighting wrinkles and loss of skin firmness is probably the last thing on your mind in your 20s. However, if you take a preventative approach to anti-aging, you’ll be able to look years younger in your 40s and beyond.

It’s true an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to preventing the look of aging, including wrinkles and sagging skin, taking a few simple steps to building and preserving collagen now will yield remarkable beautiful results as you age. Why focus on collagen? Collagen is a protein that sustains the body’s structure and gives skin its look of firmness. Skin with an abundance of collagen is skin that looks smooth, firm and wrinkle-free.

One of the most important steps to building collagen while you’re young is using high percentages of AHAs such as lactic acid. This should be a cornerstone of your skincare routine because lactic acid and other AHAs boost your skin’s production of collagen. If you’re not using a high-level AHA currently, I suggest our Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 which contains 10% lactic acid at the proper pH level. It also provides sun protection, which is my second tip.

Sun damage destroys collagen, leading to wrinkling, sagging skin, and dark spots. Using sun protection daily seems like a minor thing, but it really does make a difference because sun damage is cumulative. If you crave a subtle warm glow to your skin like I do, sunless tanner is the safest alternative available. Sun damage not only causes premature aging, but it also carries skin cancer risks. With so many sunless tanner options to choose from, you will find one that works with your skin tone to give you the most natural color for you.

You may be sabotaging your collagen and causing wrinkles unknowingly with your sweet tooth. Sugar makes collagen brittle, and when collagen becomes brittle, wrinkles form. I stopped eating sugars – even honey – a year ago and rarely use any sweetener, even stevia, now. It sounds challenging, the difference in how your body feels, beyond the long-term benefits for your skin, is worth it.

Finally, I recommend taking 2000-3000 mg of L-Lysine daily. L-Lysine is an amino acid that supports collagen production, healthy skin and healthy lips.

Incorporate these tips as part of your skincare lifestyle, and you will be thrilled at how young your skin looks 20 years from now.

Perfecting your skin is my passion!

With Love,

TWO INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IF YOU WANT FLAWLESS SKIN

TWO INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IF YOU WANT FLAWLESS SKIN

Breakouts do not respect age.  That is an extremely frustrating fact that so many of us over 35 know – myself included.

I turned 46 years old in December, and I still am very careful to avoid comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients.  One of the primary reasons I began crafting skincare products and created VERTERE to bring them to you was because of the rampant use of pore-clogging ingredients in products that were designed for breakout-prone skin (yes, you read that correctly) and aging skin.

Breakouts continue to be on the rise well after the teenage years.  If this applies to you, there are a couple of ingredients to avoid in the skincare products and color cosmetic products you apply to your face.

Isopropyl myristate and isopropyl palmitate are used as thickening agents and emollients in cosmetic products.  For those who have never experienced clogged pores or blemishes, they can use products containing these ingredients without concern.  However, for those battling blemishes, avoid these ingredients in products applied to the face.

These ingredients can be used in facial cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams and treatments as well as makeup primers, foundations, concealers and blushes.  Taking care to toss products containing these ingredients will help your skin look clearer and reduce blemishes.

I specifically create each VERTERE product to be noncomedogenic so that it will not clog pores while still providing luxurious textures that feel decadent and fight the look of wrinkles, dark spots and imperfections at the same time.  As we age, our skin can be temperamental for many reasons which is why paying attention to these ingredient details are important.

Perfecting your skin is my passion!

 

With Love,

HOW TO ADD RETIN A (TRETINOIN) INTO YOUR SKIN CARE REGIMEN

HOW TO ADD RETIN A (TRETINOIN) INTO YOUR SKIN CARE REGIMEN

HOW TO ADD RETIN A (TRETINOIN) INTO YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN WITHOUT THE USUAL UNPLEASANT SIDE EFFECTS

 

Many women and men struggle with the idea of adding tretinoin to their skincare routine because of the unpleasant side effects that can be experienced. Those side effects can include flaking, peeling, redness and irritation that ranges from mild to severe (some affectionately refer to these uncomfortable aspects as the “skin uglies” that accompany tretinoin use). It can be all but impossible to wear any kind of makeup due to the flaking and peeling.

Is it impossible to avoid these negatives so that your skin doesn’t show these tell-tale signs of tretinoin use? Yes, if you follow the simple steps I’ve outlined for you below.

If you’re just beginning with tretinoin, it’s far better to ease into it than risk having tight and flaky skin from using it too aggressively. Human nature compels us to use the highest concentration and apply it nightly – that is a recipe for extreme peeling which is very uncomfortable and no makeup can disguise.

The most important thing to do is to gauge and increase your skin’s tolerance to tretinoin, so I recommend using it two nights a week (a Monday and Friday, for example) for one month to see how your skin reacts. A little flaking can be normal and your VERTERE products will help minimize that.

After that month, increase your usage to three evenings a week for a few weeks with the goal of increasing to nightly use.

Some flaking or scaliness can be normal as your skin adjusts but if you experience severe tightness or sensitivity, stop using the tretinoin until your skin returns to normal and then begin again. Everyone’s skin reacts differently so it’s important to notice how your skin looks and feels.

It’s important to use tretinoin in the evenings only because it’s light-sensitive – and you must apply it to completely dry skin. Don’t layer products containing alpha-hydroxy acids or benzoyl peroxide under or over the tretinoin. If your skin becomes extremely dry from the tretinoin, wait 15 minutes and pat an argan, jojoba or baobab oil over the tretinoin. Applying a noncomedogenic oil over the product is an important tip so that the active ingredient is in direct contact with your skin.

Continue using your VERTERE products, and apply your Dramatic Transformation Cream SPF 18 in the mornings (sunscreen is important when you’re using tretinoin). You’ll be able to avoid those “skin uglies” if you follow this advice!

Perfecting your skin is my passion!

With Love,
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