Having glowing skin for all those close-ups and tagged photos in today's ubiquitous social media sites.
One of the many perks of hosting a radio show is that you can have your audience visualize you any way you want. So on my very first program I informed them that people are always confusing me for Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated cover girl. Definitely kidding, of course! But whereas I can hide behind a microphone -- at least during the broadcast -- nobody’s picture is truly safe from inadvertently appearing on social media sites. I am talking about those tagged Facebook shots of you that you would normally burn, but that are there for all your legions of friends, associates, and family to see. True, photo filters on Instagram can help achieve a flawless finish, although some people go to extreme lengths – like having plastic surgery – just to get a better profile image to attract a possible employer – or spouse. Beautiful skin, however, should be the canvas for every photo. (It’s the secret weapon of HDTV stars.) To that end, renowned Board Certified Dermatopathologist Dr. Wendy Roberts shares seven simple suggestions on how to prepare your face to look fabulous -- even at a moment’s notice.
1) Strike oil: If you have oily skin, be sure to wash your face twice a day, in the morning using an active cleanser that has natural drying properties. Clay masks work well before bedtime. Keep oil-blotting sheets with you wherever you go. If you’re out with some friends and they plan on taking pictures, it is very easy to just blot excess oil away.
2) Smooth operators: Using a primer before applying makeup helps minimize the appearance of large pores. Deep cleaning facials, microdermabrasion, radiofrequency skin lightening, chemical peels, and fractional laser resurfacing, all help to smooth and tighten.
3) Spot check: To heal acne flare ups or the blemish that pops up overnight, usually just before an important event: Start with a hot water compress to open up the pore, then apply a salicylic acid (from which aspirin is derived) or benzoyl peroxide-based product. For red, inflamed pimples dab a small amount of cortisone cream to the spot,.but only for three days max as it can make the problem worse if used too long.
4) Lighten Up: Dark circles may be related to allergies, lack of sleep, genetics or under-eye blood vessels. Two easy solutions that will help no matter the cause are getting eight hours or more of sleep a night and drinking lots of water. Coffee doesn’t count!
5) Glow for it: Limit washing your face to once a day and usually before bed if you have dry, flaky skin. Make sure you moisturize after every wash to replace all the lost moisture. Gently exfoliate once a week to remove extra skin that builds up and blocks your natural glow.
6) Do’s & don’ts: Avoid sun, smoking and excessive alcohol. Opt for products that have proven anti-aging properties [Note: like my favorite, Restruct from ILONA.] Topical treatments such as Retinoids, also known as tretinoin, retinol and Retin-A, are also helpful. Explore non-invasive procedures: Neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin prevent the muscles from making wrinkles; lasers plump up the skin; chemical peels remove discoloration and fillers fill in creases.
7) Best Face Forward: HD foundations, made from ingredients that diffuse light (now available from most cosmetic lines) are great for everyone -- even those with sensitive skin -- to use daily. Lightweight and non-irritating, by hiding flaws and shininess, plumping up the complexion and making lines less visible, they creates an illusion of a perfect finish.