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Yes, You Can Fix Those Pesky Trouble Spots. The Doctor’s Advice For Peak Problem Areas

The Doctor’s Advice For Peak Problem Areas


We’ve all got those dark thoughts that trouble us, interrupt our beauty sleep, send us to the fridge at midnight for a heaping helping of kummerspeck. (That’s the German word for emotional eating. It literally translates to “grief bacon,” and since learning it recently, we’ve been looking for a way to work it in.) Those are probably not things the Doctor can help you with. However, if the niggling annoyances you’re grappling with are of the skin care variety, keep reading. The Doctor has some advice for dealing with a few peak problem areas.


Crow’s Feet

The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, which makes it more prone to the creases and lines known as crow’s feet (sparrow’s feet if you’re an optimist). Take heart, thinner quality of the eye area’s skin can be a plus when it comes repair. The finer density means the muscle is close to the surface, making it particularly receptive topical products. Peptides are your best bet here as they inhibit the receptors that contract facial muscles, meaning less creasing of the skin. Short molecular chains of amino acids, peptides also stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to help fill lines and plump skin to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Try Vivant’s Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream for a powerful peptide boost.


Neck and Décolletage That Look Older Than Your Face

Your neck and décolletage are particularly sensitive to UV exposure and, because they are often overlooked when it comes to skin care, they are usually the first places to show signs of aging. You should give these areas the same attention you give your face. Start every day with serious antioxidant protection in the form of our vitamin C & E shield Spin Trap. Follow with the rejuvenating peptide, lactic acid and niacinamide combination found in Vivant’s Rejuv Rx concentrate. And replenish with the bioactive sea protein, mineral and amino acid concentration of Vivant’s Marine Skin Nourishing Cream.


Sebaceous Hyperplasia (huh?)

You know it as a little smooth, whitish, translucent raised patch on your forehead, maybe around your nose or on your chin. You just didn’t know it had a name, nor one so very serious sounding. Don’t worry, it’s not serious. It’s just an oil-producing follicle that got ambitious and then sealed up. It’s nothing more than a clump of dead skin cells and it can be removed with some gentle exfoliation. But do not pick at it unless you want a scar, which will be much harder to remove. Mandelic Acid 3-in1 Exfoliating Cleanser is a great place to start. With the gentle, almond-derived alpha hydroxy acid as its base and anti-oxidant ingredients like green tea, kiwi, and grape seed extracts to nourish and protect, it’s the path to brighter, smoother and clearer skin.


Flaky Skin

If your skin is flaky, you might be tempted to slather on moisturizer when what you really need is gentle exfoliation. Those flakes are dead, dry skin that are fulfilling their part of the cell regeneration bargain. Putting moisturizer over the top of them is like putting glue on scraps of paper. You’re making a skin collage. A somewhat disgusting analogy, but an accurate one. That gooey debris can lead to clogged pores, dull skin and potential breakouts. Regular vitamin A therapy can alleviate this by accelerating cell turnover and allowing new cells to emerge, leaving skin glowing and smooth. Derm-A-Renew® gentle peptide and vitamin A is ideal for improving skin texture without drying. Follow with a light, nourishing moisturizer like Allantoin Sedating and Hydrating Lotion with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant ingredients to keep skin resilient and supple. 

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