Skincare 101: How to Start a Routine

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If you follow me, you know I am all about skincare. A good skincare routine is essential to keeping your skin glowing and looking as youthful as can be, no matter how many times you celebrate your 21st birthday.

Starting a skincare routine can seem daunting and very overwhelming. Do you need toner? Eye Cream? Retinol? How much money should your eye cream even cost? $10, $20, $80?

Let’s all take a deep breath together and I’ll break things down for you
& your very first skincare routine! Ready, let’s talk skincare!

#1 Cleanser – This is the base of your skincare routine. You want a cleanser that’s effective in removing your makeup and the days Friné from your face.

Depending on your skin tone, you’ll want a cleanser that targets a specific concern you have. For me it’s oil control & acne clearing. My favorite cleanser for this is Clean and Clear benzoyl peroxide wash. It keeps my skin clear & shine free.

#2 Toner – This is and should always be the second thing you do after washing your face. Toner helps to remove any final impurities from the skin while soothing and repairing. It also preps your skin for the next steps in your regime. I love this Witch Hazel toner, it’s the bomb.com.

#3 Serum – Here’s where you can apply serums depending on your skin’s needs. For myself, I focus on brightening and oil control. I love to add a Vitamin C serum with oil control benefits, followed by my FAVORITE serum from Clarin’s, their Hydra-Essential Bi Phase to give my skin a radiance boost. I swear this serum alone has made my skin glow, highly recommend. If you don’t know where to start, any serum with Vitamin C is a sure  bet. The serum will brighten your skin while helping fine lines and your tone. I love to switch my serums up depending on my skin’s needs that week and for my oily girls, no worries as adding an oil to your regime will NOT make your skin oilier. On the contrary, it helps balance our your skin!

#4 Moisturize – THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. IF YOU DO ONE THING, DO THIS. I cannot stress this enough, moisturizing is key to good skin. This step along helps keep skin hydrated, acts a barrier so daily irritants doesn’t enter your skin, and helps your skins tone & texture. It can also help keep fine lines at bay and balance your skin. Like I said, if you pick one thing from this list, pick this one! I love the moisturizer from Olay, it’s amazing and has added benefits like anti-aging.

#5 Eye Cream – I take my eye cream seriously as I do NOT want crow’s feet early on. When applying make sure to dab lightly onto your crow’s feet and under the eye area, DAB not rub. Pick a cream that’s on the thicker side as this hydrates the delicate eye area better. My favorite is this Olay one. (I swear Olay’s creams are the shiiiitttt)

#6 BONUS: Retinol – This is essential to good skin once you hit your mid twenties. Including a retinol in your regime does a ton of good for your skin. It helps control oil and reduce pore size; it also helps reduce fine lines and prevent wrinkles from forming. This miracle cream can also help fade discoloration and brighten your skin. Prescription strength ones work best, but over the counter options are just as good. Try this one from Peter Thomas Roth. Retinol will dry your skin out though so make sure to hydrate and moisturize your skin plenty!

If you want to add a weekly step to  your routine, make sure you are exfoliating! Doing this 1-2x a week will help slough off dead skin cells and reveal your radiant & smooth skin below. I’ve made my own using honey, brown sugar and essential oils.

Now you’re ready to take on the skin care world, one step at a time! What are your favorite skincare tips? Share below! xo

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All Your Questions About Botox Answered

Hello my fashion disciples! Recently I started to notice some very faint fine lines popping up around my forehead and I dived deep into the world of anti-aging in a pure panic to prevent them from getting worse. The older I get the more I have began to worry about my skin and its appearance, I mean I won’t be 25 forever people! Amongst the countless serums and creams I found to help me on my quest to a flawless face, the option to get Botox appeared again and again. Botox seemed like a drastic measure to take at such a young age and surely I didn’t want to look “frozen” so I decided to get some answers about Botox and how even at my age, it can be a step in the right direction for a wrinkle-free complexion. I had the chance to sit down with Danielle Smith NP-C, co-founder of Miami’s own BotoxLABB, during Miami Swim Week and have all my questions answered. Labb was created by beauty guru Joey Chancis, founder of Joey New York, together with her partner Danielle Smith. See below for the full interview! xx

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T: So Danielle, what exactly is Botox?

D: BOTOX® Cosmetic is designed to reduce the repetitive muscle contractions that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Lines and wrinkles caused by active movements or expressions are what we call dynamic wrinkles. As the BOTOX® Cosmetic takes effect (about 5 to 7 days) you will notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.

 

T: Okay perfect because you see these forehead lines, they are not cute! I feel that Botox is usually for someone older than myself though. At what age should someone start doing Botox?

 

D: Well first let me start by saying that everyone is different. There are a lot of factors that play into facial aging and premature aging, including sun exposure, environment, diet, hydration, skin care and good ol’ genetics. The best time to start is when you are looking in a mirror and you make an expression to see the lines, then relax. Are the lines still there? Even faintly, can you see an impression of it? If you answer yes, then it’s time for some Botox! Those lines you see will only continue to increase with continued muscle use and exposure. It is much easier to do BOTOX® Cosmetic once a year on a preventative front, rather than coming in a few years down the road and having to do much more to correct those deeper lines. Similar to a healthy diet and exercise routine, it is never too late to start but the sooner you start, the better the results will be.

T: Well my lines definitely stay there after I do my a thousand and one expressions. I have seen so many people with this horrible “frozen” look to their face from Botox though, I’m terrified I’ll come out looking like a statue. Is there any way to avoid this “frozen” look?

 

D: I know the look you’re talking about and rest assured there are ways to avoid it. First off, go light – if you go light though, expect it not to hold as long and may require you to come in more frequently. You can also rotate the areas you inject instead of doing all three at once. For example, do the crows feet then move onto the forehead next appointment.Even though the frozen look isn’t for you, some people do enjoy this look. At The Labb we are very conservative and always prefer to provide a natural look. We focus on smoothing out the wrinkles but allow movement so it doesn’t look like you have had Botox. It simply looks as if you look youthful and refreshed. We do get some requests from our clients who want to have a “frozen” tighter and smoother look. Some other effects we can achieve with Botox include a subtle brow lift. After we spend time discussing the options we always work together to get the results our clients are looking for.

 

T: Yeah, no frozen look for me. I love my expressions too much! So if I take the plunge and get botox, what’s my maintenance plan looking like for touch ups and such?

 

D: When first starting with a patient, I tell them to expect to come in for a touch up. It takes building a relationship with the patient to get to know what they like and to see how the products work for them. I much prefer to be conservative to start and then add on whatever additional is needed for a touch up. For maintenance, it depends on how far along you are in the aging cycle to determine how often you would need to come in to re-do your BOTOX® Cosmetic. If you have moderate to severe wrinkles I would recommend staying on top of your BOTOX® Cosmetic cycle with consistency at every 3 to 4 months. If you are more of a preventative case, you can get away with doing BOTOX® Cosmetic once every 6 months to a year.

 

T: Well, it’s looking like I might have you set up an appointment sooner than later to get these wrinkles in check before I hit 30! Thanks so much for your time and explaining it all to me! I feel much more comfortable now and have a better understanding of Botox and what it can do for me.

D: You’re welcome! Hopefully, we will see you at the LABB soon!

For appointments or more info on the LABB please visit botoxLABB.com, or call (305) 783 – 7001. Trust me, you won’t regret contacting them 
xx

Shrink your Pores!

Shrink your Pores!
 Step 1: Clean Deep – Large pores and excess oil go hand in hand. Use a charcoal face wash to suck out all that extra oil to reduce inflammation in your pores !
Step 2: Wipe Smarter – Don’t over exfoliate! You can cause your pores to actually get larger by doing so! Instead use a toner two to three times a week with salicylic or glycolic acid to help wipe pores and shrink them down! My fav is the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner !
Step 3: Get it Right, Get it Tight – The older you get, the less collagen you have which causes skin and pores to loosen up. Strengthen your skin and pores by applying a tightening serum daily!
Step 4: Protection from the Sun – Sun plays a huge role in how your pores look. UV rays tear up the collagen in your skin and causes pores to loosen. Use a SPF daily to protect your face from the harmful rays!
Step 5; Blur Blur Blur – Fake it till you make it with a pore minimizing primer. Reflectors mattify skin and fill in pores so they look smaller and smoother. Go for an oil free type to avoid clogging your already clean pores!
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