Post Spring Break Tips

The months prior to spring break are usually spent dieting and the gym to prepare for your time at the beach. Once break begins, it’s easy to lose track of your health. Now that spring break season is over, it’s time to get back in the swing of things! Getting back to living healthier and practicing good health habits are the best way to stay on track! So, if you’re looking to get back in the swing of things, here are some quick and easy tips!

Exercise

Exercise is a great way to kick start your body into burning energy, having clear skin and detox toxins from the inside out. Start by simply taking a walk around the block every day after you get home, or doing a 10-minute free workout video from YouTube. Like the saying goes, no one ever regrets his or her workout after.

Hydrate

After traveling and flying, your body can become dehydrated and your skin can become dry. By simply staying hydrated through out the day (not just at mealtime) you’ll increase your body metabolism and help maintain healthy skin. Try a fun travel mug or glass water bottle to remind yourself to replenish every couple of hours.

Fuel

It’s important to get back on a healthy food regimen after a week of eating out, eating junk food on your road trip and drinks in the evenings. Try eliminating processed foods and lowering the amount of sugar and friends foods you eat will leave your feeling more energized, complimenting your new exercise routine. By simply being more aware of the things you are eating and limiting your intake of unhealthy foods will help immensely. Also, make sure to either continue or begin taking vitamins. Our H&H Clear Skin Vitamins are great at keeping your skin clear from the inside out, along with our H&H Probiotic Vitamins are optimal for your digestive health.

Rest

Get some rest! Many of us miss hours of valuable sleeping time during spring break. A lack of sleep can result in a slower metabolism and unwanted weight gain. To function fully during the day, opt forgetting 6-8 hours of sleep every night. By maintaining a healthy sleep schedule, you’ll feel more energized, have a stronger immune system, focus more, and be able to stay in shape when you have more energy.

Clean

As we all just want our suitcases to magically disappear once returning from vacation, its important to take the time to properly unpack everything, wash all your clothes and clean all your toiletries and makeup. Don’t forget to clean all your makeup brushes and sponged too! Try our best-selling H&H Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner for this task.

What do you think?

What are some of your post spring break tips? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Make Your Makeup Last (For Oily Skin Types)

When you have oily skin, applying makeup can be a real challenge, as you constantly have to deal with midday shine and trying to find the right makeup formula and combinations that actually stay put. It’s so important to choose the right products that work with your specific skin type’s needs. If not, you’ll forever be struggling with that unflattering oily shine or your foundation’s formula separation, which can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.

When trying to find the right makeup that will work well with your oily skin, I always recommend to any client I see, that having the proper skin care regimen is the first step in keeping your skin clean, healthy and well-moisturized. When you properly take care of your skin and before applying your makeup, making sure that your skin is prepped, your eye shadow and foundation will last longer, and help control that unwanted shine.

Skip the Foundation for Midday Touchups

Common mistakes people with oily skin make when applying makeup to fix that midday shine is applying makeup directly back onto the oily makeup-layered skin. The constant layering of makeup on top of your now oily skin just leads to an unnatural, cakey appearance. Instead, try an oil-absorbing, translucent powder like our H&H Ultimatte Finishing Powder to soak up any excess oil. By using a product like this that is specifically designed for oil absorption, your foundation and color will not be disturbed during the touchup process.

Exfoliate at Least 3 Times a Week

Like I said earlier, using the correct skin care products for your skin type prior to your makeup application is crucial! People with oily skin should always go for a lightweight and oil-controlling formula and look for ingredients that will purify and mattify without irritating the skin. Look for ingredients such as salicylic acid and clays (such as Kaolin Sulfur). Our H&H Pore Minimizing Masque is a fabulous green clay mask that is enhanced with mint and minerals to help clean out your pores while absorbing excess oil.

Another tip: by exfoliating at least 3-5 ties a week with an acid, you will help enhance your makeup’s longevity and appearance. The removal of those dull surface skin cells (which makeup products tend to attach to), your skin will be more smooth and clean – the ideal canvas for makeup application.

Don’t Forget to Hydrate!!

So many of my clients come in and tell me that they completely avoid any type of facial moisturizer, because they don’t want to add any product to their face that will add to the oiliness (which is a HUGE mistake!). By conditioning and hydrating your skin, it allows for a smoother and more even makeup application. No matter if you have oily or dry skin, all skin types need daily hydration. For oily skin types, I always recommend a lightweight option like the H&H Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer or the H&H Skin Quench Hydrating Serum to help balance the skin’s natural moisture content without weighing it down.

A key ingredient to look for is hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant that binds water to skin and helps prevent water loss.

Foundation Primer is a Must…

Priming your face before applying makeup is so important for oily skin types when impacting the look and wear of your makeup. Our H&H Pore Perfecting Face Primer is always a go-to as it is an oil-free primer that helps smooth your skin’s texture while also containing Dermat Complex for shine control and Salicylic Acid to eliminate pore blockage.

…So Is an Eyeshadow Primer

Having a quality Eyeshadow primer is so important, especially for anyone who experience the ‘eyeshadow-melting-and-slipping-off-your-face’ look. Prep your oily lids with the H&H Botanical Shadow Primer and create a perfect canvas for creaseproof, long-lasting eyeshadow application.

Choose a Satin or Matte Finish When It Comes to Foundation

Having a liquid, BB or powder-based foundation that provides a satin or matte finish works well with oily skin types. Our H&H Pressed Powder Foundations deliver the right amount of coverage while still allowing your kin to breathe. It also provides buildable, sheer-to-full coverage with a semi-matte finish.

Don’t Forget to Set Your Makeup

As mentioned above in my first tip, setting and touching up midday makeup is an important makeup application step for all skin types – especially oily skin. Finishing and setting powders help set your makeup after you’ve applied your primer, foundation, and concealer. H&H Ultimatte Finishing Powder helps combat and eliminate shine while the translucent powder helps to absorb excess oil and set your makeup for all-day wear.

What do you Think?

What products do your recommend for oily skin? Let me know in the comments below!
XOXO Heather

Skin Care for Moms

As a modern mom, we have to do it all; including taking care of our skin. We might not all look like these celebrity moms like Halle Berry or Reese Witherspoon (a full face of makeup and a trendy outfit are definitely not necessary when I’m taking my son to school in the morning!), but other than that, we try our best to slap on some makeup and hide those sneaky wrinkles. Today, I’d like to answer some of the common questions I get, and give you some of my best tips on making your skin look radiant and healthy. Enjoy!

#1: What is a quality skin care line for mom’s looking to get real results?

When it comes to quality skin care, I go straight for good and medical-grade ingredients. You can find your typical skin care products at any drugstore but if you want real results, I recommend H&H Science products. All H&H Science products are medical-grade, meaning that they have a higher strength active ingredient than you would find in a drug-store brand, that are results oriented treatments. They also have superior delivery systems, allowing for the active ingredients to get below the surface of the skin. By using medical-grade skin care products; you are making an incredible investment in your skin.

#2: What is the biggest mistake you see women commit in their skin care routine?

Constantly rotating or changing products. The more you change your products and brands, the more sensitive your skin is to the ingredients. This has contributed to the rise of rosacea in the recent years. I recommend sticking to a full-proof and personalized skin care regimen that was customized for your exact skin and skin care needs. Stop in or call and schedule a 1-on-1 consult with myself. I’ll customize a complete skin care regimen for your unique skin type. We will review your regimen together to ensure you know when to use your products, how to use them and the benefits that they are providing.

#3: What skin care products should women use every day no matter what?

Apply a full spectrum SPF 50 or greater sunscreen. There is no question that the sun is the #1 cause of aging skin as well as skin cancer. By applying sunscreen daily, you are helping to prevent and protect your skin. Try our H&H Tinted Brightening BB Cream SPF 50+ as it is a great makeup and sunscreen combo!

#4: What are the major problem areas that you see women facing in their skin?

  Fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth are the most common concerns I see. They are one of the hardest to treat and can usually require laser treatments. To help prevent additional wrinkles from appearing, start by wearing sunglasses early to help avoid under eye wrinkles. We also recommend both a morning and night time application of an eye cream to help combat wrinkles. I recommend our best-selling H&H Hydrating & Firming Eye Cream in the morning as it helps reduce puffiness and dark circles and our H&H Total Eye Repair at night as it contains hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and seal moisture in, and all-trans-retinol to promote smoother, firmer skin. 

#5: How do you feel about more drastic measures such as chemical peels and Botox tot make skin appear younger?

I am a huge advocate for both chemical peels and Botox, and I do not consider either drastic. Botox is one of the most common procedures that I do. Botox is not a filler, but a protein that relaxes underlying muscles. It works by blocking impulses from the nerves to the muscles that create expression lines. It is the leading treatment for erasing and softening wrinkles and frown lines and can be used to effectively improve the appearance of wrinkles in a matter of weeks.

Chemical peels are great for maintaining your skin care regimen. For patients that get chemical peels, here at Trillium Creek we build the strength of the peel each time they come so they don’t leave with a red peeling face but with a beautiful glow.

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#6: What are some natural remedies to improve the condition of your skin?

Despite marketing hype assigned to a single ingredient, research is clear that using a range of beneficial ingredients, is always best to keep skin at it’s healthiest. And skin care will never be as simple as any single ingredient – just a no single food or nutrient can help keep your body healthy.

You need to apply a variety of vitamins and nutrients to your skin, both inside and out, to your skin on a daily basis. That’s why I always recommend taking vitamins for your skin to help clear and nourishes the skin and protect from a wide variety of skin issues. I recommend our H&H Anti-Aging Formula as it is a natural dietary supplement that can be taken orally to promote skin radiance and helps maintain a more youthful and healthy appearance.

#7: How should women combat multiple skin issues, such as acne and wrinkles at the same time?

 

I always recommend glycolic acid for my clients to use daily. Glycolic acid combats acne and has incredible anti-aging qualities. It removes dead skin and over time, promotes growth of collage. For a full regimen, I recommend our H&H Clear Skin Peel Kit which includes our 10% Glycolic Acid Peel Pads. Or more a more introductory product to Glycolic Acid, I recommend our H&H Glycolic 10% and Antioxidant Facial Cream. A lightweight glycolic facial cream that contains vitamins A, C and E, green tea and coenzyme Q-10 to assist in minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and reduce free-radical induced sun damage.

Thoughts?

What do you think? What are your thoughts on the above skin care tips for moms? Let me know in the comments below!

It’s Time for a Skin Care Tune-Up!

Sign up for a skin care check-up with our resident skin care expert, Heather Funk and start the year off with radiant skin!

(FEATURING THE NEW AND IMPROVED ANTI-PHOTO AGING SKIN CARE SYSTEM)

Walking through beauty aisles at the department store and beauty superstores can be overwhelming. Everything claims to be the answer for younger-looking skin. How, do you know what products are best for your skin type and what ingredients need to be in them to be effective? Our H&H Science skin care consultations take the guesswork out of purchasing skin care products. They include a detailed and thorough skin analysis as well as provide you with the educational tools and tips you need for beautiful skin. You will leave with a customized skin care regimen for your unique skin type that includes our signature skin care essentials. You will leave feeling more confident about your skin care regimen and understand what you need to do every day to maintain healthy skin.

The Skin Care Essentials – What You Should Be Using Everyday!

Our new and improved Anti-photoaging Systems include a complete anti-aging skin care regimen customized to your skin type that includes your skin care essentials. They include include the first three components of our H&H Science Youthful Skin Care Pyramid and our best-selling H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer. Dr. Torok and I created the Youthful Skin Pyramid so that we could easily communicate what your skin needs on a daily basis. Think of it like the Food Pyramid we all learned growing up. The Food Pyramid clearly illustrated to us what we needed to feed our body daily to get the essential vitamins and nutrients needed to be healthy and fit. The H&H Science Youthful Skin Care Pyramid illustrates what essential skin care ingredients and products you need to apply daily to maintain healthy and radiant skin.

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In addition to using the H&H Science Youthful Skin Care Pyramid, we also use medical grade ingredients in our products. These higher strengths cannot be found over the counter and allow for more results oriented treatments. We also take into consideration your skin type and what ingredients are most beneficial for your skin type. This allows us to customize what Anti-Aging System is ideal for you so that you get the right skin care essentials within the layers of the pyramid for your skin type.

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Kit #1: Sensitive Age Defense Kit
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Kit #2: Normal Age Defense Kit

 

Your Daily Skin Care Essentials That Are Included In Your Antiphotoaging Kits as Outlined By The H&H Science Youthful Skin Care Pyramid

The Foundation of the Pyramid- Protection

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As you can see in the pyramid illustration, the foundation of any great skin care regimen is protection. Dr. Helen Torok and I recommend the daily use of a medical grade SPF 50+ or higher that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage and offers a physical block. My personal favorite is our H&H Science Tinted Brightening BB Cream with SPF 50+. I apply it every morning as the last step in my skin care regimen before I apply my make-up. The universal tint provides a more flawless finish and is a great make-up primer.

The Second Layer of the Pyramid- Repair

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The second layer of the pyramid is focused on repairing the skin through the daily use of a medical grade retinol treatment. Medical grade Vitamin A, otherwise noted as retinol, repairs past damage and is touted as the gold standard for anti-aging. It retexturizes the surface of the skin making it feel and appear smoother, tightens the pores and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Third Level of the Pyramid- Treat- Picture of C-Bright Serum and Dermal Restructuring

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The third level of the pyramid is focused on ensuring that the skin is getting the appropriate daily dose of antioxidants. The most essential antioxidant is Vitamin C. The medical grade form of Vitamin C in our H&H Science products effectively stimulates collagen and elastin. This tightens and firms the skin and provides a healthy, radiant glow. Vitamin C is also a natural photo-protectant and when worn daily in the morning with a sunscreen can increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen. Think of it like your morning “orange juice” for your skin.

The Top of the Pyramid- Stimulate

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Our Anti-Aging Kits also include our most potent anti-aging moisturizer that includes humectants, emollients, stem cells and peptides to target fine lines and wrinkles, lock in hydration, stimulate collagen and provide for a more youthful appearance. The H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer should be used in the evening after your Retinol Treatment and in the morning after your Vitamin C Treatment.

Summarizing Your Essentials

The first three layers of the pyramid are considered the essentials of a great skin care regimen and everyone should be using these on a daily basis. Daily use of your SPF 50+, retinol, vitamin c treatment and eye cream will ensure that your skin is healthy and radiant. Think of it like brushing your teeth. We brush our teeth usually at least two times a day to maintain good oral hygiene. So, why would we not treat our skin twice daily to ensure that it receives the nutrients it needs to be healthy and radiant? Start using the Antiphotoaging System for your skin type now that includes your daily essentials and you will be on your way to younger, more radiant skin! Our new and improved anti-photo aging systems include step-by-step instructions on how to apply each product and comes beautifully packaged.

My 5 Favorite HH Science Skin Care Products to Protect from Aging

I love H&H Science skin care products! Before I started using H&H Science skin care products, my face was red, dull and dry. After the first couple of weeks of using H&H Science skin care products, my face was visibly less red, more hydrated and much healthier! H&H Science skin care products are clinically proven to effectively penetrate the surface of the skin into the dermis, where collagen can be made and damage can be reversed. As a result, H&H Science skin care products deliver incredible results for healthy and beautiful skin!

 

Here are my 5 favorite H&H Science Skin Care products that I use to promote the health and beauty of my skin:

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1: Antioxidant Cleanser for Combination Skin

All H&H Science skin care products I’ve tried are phenomenal, including this one! This luxurious, purifying, soothing cleanser gently cleans and replenishes the skin. Rich in antioxidants and natural botanicals, it nourishes and restores, resulting in healthier, more radiant looking skin. My skin in left refreshed and hydrated!

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2: Brightening Pads

I love to use this product morning and evening. It improves skin tone while decreasing the appearance of redness, hyperpigmentation, or melasma. It combines botanical brightening ingredients kojic acid, arbutin, and bearberry, along with the skin protective antioxidants silymarin, ascorbic acid, green tea polyphenols, and emblica to soothe skin and help with redness.

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3: C-Bright Serum

This serum is great! It is a potent collagen building and brightening serum. I apply it after using the brightening pads in the morning, revealing a fresh and pure complexion.

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4: Dermal Restructuring Therapy

The best lotion I have tried for my face! This lightweight lotion contains a special formulation of peptides, antioxidants and moisturizers that work to increase collagen and improve the appearance of the skin to provide a more youthful look. Hylauronic acid provides intense skin moisture without feeling heavy, leaving skin more radiant with a healthy glow.

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5: Facial Firming Therapy

I apply this serum in the mornings and evenings to protect against aging. This serum contains a unique combination of three peptides, antioxidants, herbal extracts, and moisturizers that work quickly to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while firming and toning the skin. Perfect for enhancing Botox treatments, this serum can be used in the area where you have received Botox or would like to receive Botox treatments. 

What do you think?

What H&H Science skin care products do you use? Do you want to try any of these? Let me know in the comments section!