Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Steps to younger looking skin

We are all aging...all the time. It's inevitable, but how that looks is up to you! Using the right anti-aging products can help turn back the clock by erasing signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles, and even 
brown spots and rough skin patches caused by sun exposure. 

I've said this before, only 20% of how your skin ages depends on your genetics...the rest is up to you. 

Any skin that's been regularly exposed to environmental elements can be expected to show signs of aging and needs special attention to regain and maintain its youthful look...and the good news, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on expensive procedures to regain or maintain your youthful looks.

Here are some of my recommendations.

Enemy #1 - The Sun

If there is only one piece of advice you take away from this blog post it should be "Prevent the damage." The sun is enemy number one when it comes to aging wear your sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 30 or higher whenever you're outside, even if it's a cloudy day! Protect your face and neck with wide-brimmed hats and your eyes with sunglasses with a UV coating. I recommend Rodan + Fields ESSENTIALS Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen. It is lightweight, non-sticky and non-greasy.

Enemy #2 - Using your regimen the "odd" time

Think of your skincare regimen like going to the gym and trying to lose weight. If you eat right and go to the gym regularly, after a few weeks you'll begin to see the results...the same applies to your skincare. If you use a regimen tailored to your skin type regularly you'll begin to see results within a few weeks.If you use your regimen the odd won't get the results you want.

It's really important to choose a skincare regimen for your skin type. 

The thing I LOVE about Rodan + Fields is that they have clinically proven skincare regimens for all skin types.

This regimen erases the appearance of premature aging, including brown spots, dullness and discoloration. It exfoliates, visibly brightens, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and defends against sun exposure for a long-term solution for a radiant complexion.

This regimen includes cosmetic ingredients and proven peptide technology to help defend against and reduce the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.

SOOTHE Regimen
This regimen is clinically proven to reduce redness and irritation in as little as 5 minutes. It shields against the biological and environmental aggressors that can trigger inflammation, helps fortify your skin’s natural moisture barrier, calms visible redness, and reduces irritation.

This regimen is clinically proven to combat the entire acne cycle. It helps unclog pores, clears breakouts and calms your complexion to keep pimples, blackheads and post-acne marks from making an unwelcome appearance.

Rodan + Fields skincare regimens will be available in Canada in August 2014. Stay tuned for more blogs to learn about the Canadian launch, skincare products and the business opportunity to be one of the first Rodan + FIelds skincare consultants in Canada.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Is Your Make-up Aging You?


As we get older our skin needs change. What most women don't realize is that this also applies to your make-up. Your make-up needs change as you age as well.

I've compiled a few tips to help keep your make-up and skin looking fresh and ageless.

Eye Makeup
Choose cream shadows in with matte formulas and avoid shimmering shadows with particles. These particles can settle in fine lines and create an aging effect....they may be fun and glamorous but there's nothing glamorous about glitter in your crow's feet!

Choose powder-infused eyeliners in soft colors. Avoid blacks and dark shades as these darker colours can draw attention to dark circles and under-eye bags.

As you age your eyelashes become less fuller, so buy a brown, brownish-black, or soft-black mascara with a double-tapered brush to achieve the look of fuller lashes.


If you have thinning eyebrows, use an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder, with gentle, short strokes from the inner corner of the eyes to the outer edges
  • For small eyes: Make your brows a little thicker by building them up just a bit on the top.
  • For deep-set eyes: Enlarge the space between the eyes and brows.
  • For close-set eyes: Widen the space between the brows a little by plucking, and extend the ends of the brows with an eyebrow pencil.
  • For wide-set eyes: Do not extend the eyebrows out at the ends; instead, pencil them in a little closer to the nose.

Lipstick & Gloss

Rodan + Fields products are available in Canada in August 2014.
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It's always best to choose a lip moisturizer with a sunscreen to protect the thin skin on your lips from the sun. My favorite is Rodan and Fields ESSENTIALS Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25.  It helps protects your lips from the aging and burning effects of the sun!

When choosing a lipstick, select a creamy, moisturizing lipstick or a lip-gloss which adds a moist finish as well. 

You want to avoid matte textures, because they can dry your lips!

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays


We all hear the words UVA and UVB when it comes to the sun, but do we really know what they mean? 

Here's a quick tip I've learned from Drs. Rodan and Fields to in help you understand the difference: A=Aging and B=Burning. 

Here's a great video from Rodan and Fields that helps clarify the difference between UVA and UVB rays.

Now that I am 40 I fully understand how important it is to protect my skin from the sun all day, every day, 365 days a year! 

Each final stege in all of the Rodan + Fields Regimens contains suncreen so you know your skin is protected from the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

Rodan + FIelds is coming to Canada in August 2014. If you would like more information on their products or are interested in becoming one of the first Canadian Consultants send me an email at

Be sure to check out other posts from Derm RF for great tips on skin care from Drs. Rodan & Fields and Nurse Mary.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The way your skin ages isn't because of your genes

I often here people talking about how their mom's have great skin. Yes, my mother falls into that category as well. Most women compare themselves to their mother's and think, if my mom has great skin in her 60's so will I. 

This isn't entirely true. DNA actually only accounts for 20% of visible skin aging. It's our environment and daily habits that are responsible for 80% of the visible signs of aging with the sun being the largest contributor.

To help you get that radiant skin as you age I've compiled a few tips for you.

Tip #1: Don't skimp on the water

There’s a reason your face resembles a celebrity mug shot after a night of partying. Sleep and hydration are essential for skin health. Not getting enough water can literally leave your skin thirsty, making it look dry and dull, so make sure you’re drinking enough water every day. And hitting the sheets a little earlier can help give you a healthier glow. Sleep is so important for skin turnover and for blood volume coming to the skin, it just makes all the difference in the world. Stay fresh-faced by aiming for the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

Tip #2: Select the right products for your skin issues 

When a single product promises you clearer skin, fewer wrinkles, smaller pores, etc. who wouldn’t want to snatch that up? The problem: It’s highly unlikely that a product will contain enough of each ingredient to live up to all of those claims—and if does, it’s probably too harsh for your skin. 

Rodan + Fields offers four different skin care regimens that target your specific needs for each skin type. Rodan + Fields products will be available in canada in August 2014. If you want information about the products send me an email at:

Tip #3: Use your products in the correct order

Yes, it actually matters which products you put on first, which ones you combine, and when you apply them! When it comes to layering products, you want to put on the treatment-oriented product first before your moisturizer. Rodan + Fields makes this easy for their skin Regimens. Each bottle is labeled in the the order you use them, making it quick and easy to use.

Tip #4 Remove your make-up when working out

We know it can be a little unnerving to work out totally bare-faced, but your skin will be better for it. Even mineral makeup formulas that swear they won’t clog your pores can still cause you to break out after a sweat session. Keep makeup removing wipes in your gym bag so that you have no excuses.

Tip #5 NEVER skip your daily sunscreen 

We know you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s worth repeating, Don't skip on a daily moisturizer that has an SPF!!! Not only can it protect you against sunburns and skin cancer, but new research found that people who use a daily sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher have significantly younger-looking skin. Much of what if often dismissed as “normal aging”—dull skin, uneven skin tone, sunspots, brown spots and eventually age spots—are actually evidence of sun damage.

These are also all factors that cause you to look older than you feel; a 2006 study showed that pigmentation on skin can change your perceived age by as much as 20 years.

Before you jump to an anti-aging solution, start by addressing the visible signs of sun damage. Much of what you might not love about your appearance is reversible with the right skincare products such as Rodan + Fields REVERSE regimen.

Rodan and + Fields is coming to Canada in August 2014. For information about products about the business opportunity message me:

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Mixing And Matching Skincare Products Is A Faux Pas!

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Mixing and matching outfits can be a great way to add some flare to your wardrobe, however if you over do it by mixing and matching certain fabrics and patterns you may encounter a fashion Faux Pas. 

Most of us don't realize it, but this rule not only applies to fashion, but applies to our skincare regimen as well!

Combining incompatible skincare products, increases the likelihood that you won't get the results you are looking for.

According to the website owned by Dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields (makers of Proactiv and Rodan + Fields Skincare):

"Sometimes the ingredients in different skincare prod­ucts counteract each other, so you won’t experience the intended benefits of either product. You may experience tandem irritation. This means that if you were to use either of the products independently, your skin would be fine, but when you use them together, your skin experiences irritation.

When layering different products on your skin, you also may experience “product incompatibility,” which you can easily test for by rubbing your face after a product has dried. If it peels, balls, or curdles, there is product incompatibility. To get the most from your skincare, you should use a regimen that works synergistically to deliver measurable results."

My favourite products to use are from the Rodan + Fields skincare line (available in Canada in August 2014). If you are looking for a great Anti-Age Regimen that is clinically proven and specifically formulated to ensure amazing results... I recommend the REDEFINE Power Pack.

Rodan and Fields
Featured in this photo: REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Mask, Pore Minimizing Toner, Triple Defense Treatment , Overnight Restorative Cream, AMP MD System, REDEFINE Macro Exfoliator
Available in Canada August 2014
The REDEFINE regimen is a comprehensive skincare regimen that layers cosmetic ingredients and proven peptide technology to help defend against and reduce the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.

For best results, use REDEFINE Daily Cleansing Mask, Pore Minimizing Toner and Triple Defense Treatment in the morning. Replace Triple Defense Treatment with Overnight Restorative Cream as the last step of the regimen in the evening.

For smooth and fresh looking skin, add the REDEFINE MACRO Exfoliator into your nighttime skincare routine once per week and use the AMP MD System in your regular nighttime skincare routine. It's important to note that The AMP MD System should not be used on the same day you macro-exfoliate.

The order in which you use any skincare product is also be important. One product may create an environment on your skin that enhances penetration of subsequent products, while another may actually block products or ingredients from penetrating skin.

The thing I love about Rodan + Fields skincare products is that all their regimen's come with an easy 1,2,3 step process, so you know exactly what product to use and when.

Using products consistently and as directed helps you achieve a skincare fashion statement that will never go out of style!

Want to be one of the first Canadian Rodan + Fields Skincare Consultants with me? Let's talk: