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Author: Jennifer Jacobsen, R.N.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Well, almost. It is officially fall and a really good time to refocus on your skin care. Have you neglected your retinol or antioxidants this summer? Has your Clarisonic® brush been hibernating in the back of your shower? Less time in the sun means it is an excellent time to start a series of photofacials and peels. These treatments will help repair some of summer’s damage and prepare us for the holidays – they’re right around the corner – and often company functions are just after Thanksgiving. With the overwhelming amount of skin care options, we thought we would make a few suggestions for making a “Holiday Skin Care Prep Timeline.”

Schedule a series of peels, photofacials, and/or MicroPen® Elite treatments early in the fall.

Recommit to your regimen! Topical skin care results are seen with diligence. Take the time, daily, to apply your products. Check the expiration dates, and schedule a consultation if you feel your skin care needs have changed over time, have any questions, or need to re-up on product. Don’t forget your neck and chest (they are often neglected). It only take a moment to apply your product a little farther down.

Consider a Clarisonic® brush. They really are that good. If you currently own one, check your brush heads (the manufacturer suggests replacing them every three months). Replace it if needed, and again, recommit to using it. Glowing skin results from cell turnover and the sloughing of old, dry skin.

Please, please, please consider adding a daily antioxidant serum to your regimen! It is a small step with phenomenal results, but, again, it takes time.

When are your events? Schedule your Botox®Cosmetic or Dysport® treatment in a timely manner to allow it to reach its full effect before your party. Will you be ready after a filler treatment? Allow time to recover from your treatment. We take great pride in trying to avoid bruising, but it can happen. Fillers also take as long as two weeks to “soften” and settle into place. Planning on a midnight kiss this New Year’s Eve? A little volume and hydration to the lips well before Thanksgiving will carry you through all of the major holidays occurring this time of year.

Schedule a facial a week or so before your event. We have several options ranging from the hydrating, exfoliating HydraFacial™MD to the luxurious Black Tie Circ-Cell® Facial.

Play with your holiday makeup look. Jane Iredale® Mineral Cosmetics has some fabulous fall lip colors, and we are happy to help you try out a new look.

Sunscreen! I know, I know. Again with the sunscreen. You should be wearing it every day. Yes, even if you are staying inside all day. Yes, even if it is Daylight Savings Time. Yes, even if you are wearing a hat, a scarf, and a turtleneck!

Start now, and be radiant later!