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If your parents are getting older, you may have thought about skincare for aging moms.

Aging brings with it new challenges for the skin. Without regular care, these challenges can turn into problems.

Many seniors, however, aren’t in the habit of regularly taking care of their skin—particularly the skin on their bodies. If that sounds like your mom, we have some tips on how you can help her enjoy healthier skin.

Why Skincare for Aging Moms is a Thing

You already know that skin changes as you age. It typically becomes drier, loses elasticity, and begins to develop hyperpigmentation.

These are challenges we all deal with as the years fly by. But aging skin—the type that seniors deal with—is an entirely different thing.

By the time people get into their 70s, 80s, and beyond, the skin has been around for a long time and begins to show some signs of serious wear and tear. These include the following.

Dryness

There’s dry skin and then there’s really dry skin. Many seniors deal with the latter. Their skin has become thinner because it’s lost a lot of its protective lipid layer. The outer layer is weak and cannot hold onto moisture.

On top of that, sebaceous glands produce less oil with age. This can make it even harder to keep skin moist.

The result is super dry skin. This can cause regular itching which is uncomfortable and can keep seniors up at night. The outer layer is often cracked and damaged, which means it can allow bacteria and other microorganisms in more easily. Infections can develop that can be painful and difficult to treat.

Pale Color

As we age, the number of pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) decreases. The remaining cells increase in size. As a result, aging skin looks pale and sometimes clear or translucent. Pigmented spots develop, including age spots or liver spots.

This means that aging skin is much more vulnerable to UV damage. Sun exposure at this point can cause dangerous sunburns.

Bruising and Redness

You may have seen more bruises on your aging mom’s skin lately. That’s because the blood vessels in the dermis become more fragile over time. They are less able to bounce back after being compressed. Even small knocks on the furniture or other impacts can cause bruising and bleeding under the skin.

Pressure ulcers can also appear because of reduced activity or illness. Some sores are easily seen, such as those on the arms or lower legs, but these can develop anywhere. Untreated, ulcers can lead to infections.

Fragility

Older people are more at risk for skin injury. The skin is thin, fragile, and lacking the protective fat layer it had years before. This can cause increased sensitivity to touch, heat, and cold. It can also make skin more reactive to certain types of chemicals or other harsh ingredients in skincare products.

Skincare for Aging Moms: Sometimes It’s Up to Us

Amidst all these changes going on, many seniors are caught unprepared. Different generations have approached skincare differently, and many of our parents did not develop the daily skincare routines that we or our children may have learned.

I’m a caregiver for my mom who is unfortunately bedridden after a serious fall. I know that now, more than ever, it’s important to care for her skin and take preventative measures to keep it healthy and minimize breakdown.

My mom looks beautiful well into her 80s and has always had good skin, but now she’s plagued with dry/flaking skin and patches/dark spots/redness.

She’s never had a skincare regimen. That means it was up to me to introduce her to the idea in a way that she would appreciate.

Another member of our CV Skinlabs team also recently noticed when skincare became more important in her parents’ daily routines:

“In my recent time caregiving for my parents, skincare came up,” she says. “They are in a generation that never worried about their skin, but my stepdad recently had severe cellulitis [infection in the skin]. The risk of recurrence increases with edema/flaky skin, which he’s had for years. I began putting cream on his leg to help—something that he’d never done before. I did it every day for several days and gradually he began to see the benefits, to the point that he started to apply lotion himself.

“My mom experienced a similar problem when she suffered a herniated disc that caused severe sciatica. This limited her mobility and her skin began to suffer. She’s always used lotion daily, but neither of my parents thought of it as a health issue. I applied lotion for her too, and now I think they both see it differently.”

Skincare for Aging Moms: 5 Ways You Can Help

1. Notice Your Mom’s Skin

The first step is to keep your eyes open and notice the changes in your mom’s (or other elderly relative’s) skin. If you see problems developing—such as dryness, flaking, edema, and the like, realize that it may be up to you to address the problem.

2. Get Some Safe Products

As mentioned above, elderly skin is fragile skin. That means some skincare products may be too harsh for it.

Your mom would likely prefer that you use her favorite products when you start bringing up skincare. That’s fine at first, but as you get her used to the idea of applying the products more often, you may be able to introduce some other products that she may like—and that may be better for her skin.

We recommend choosing products without harsh preservatives and fragrances. Our CV Skinlabs products are all developed for medically treated skin and will help improve the health of your loved one’s skin.

Today, I regularly apply our CV Skinlabs’ barrier lotions and ointment on my mom’s skin to help it recover and keep it healthy. She loves being pampered and I’m loving pampering her. I’ve noticed that it’s not only helping keep her skin issues at bay and improving the way her skin looks, but it’s also improving her spirits because she looks forward to it.

3. Moisturize Every Way You Can

The biggest challenge of older skin is that it’s so dry. That dryness opens the door to a host of other problems, including outer layer breakdown and an increased risk of infections.

To keep aging skin healthy, we have to address dryness in multiple ways:

  • Encourage your loved one to drink water more often. Elderly people often don’t feel as thirsty as they used to, so they don’t drink enough water. Hydrating from the inside out helps keep skin hydrated, plus it has many other benefits.
  • Encourage the use of a gentle cleanser. Many in the older generation are used to using bar soap. Many bar soaps, however, are trying. See if you can swap these out for more moisturizing bars, or if your loved one is willing, a gentle lotion cleanser.
  • Moisturize more often. Get used to applying moisture to your loved one’s skin—or suggesting application—at least three times a day if you can. Twice a day at a minimum.
  • Use a humidifier. If your loved one lives in a dry climate, invest in a humidifier for their bedroom. It will help moisturize the air so it takes less moisture from their skin.
  • Get some sunscreen. Many in the older generation never used sunscreen, and they may feel they don’t need it now. Depending on your loved one’s willingness, you may try encouraging its use when they go out. If they resist, encourage the use of umbrellas, hats, and clothing to protect fragile skin from the sun.

Have you noticed challenges when caring for your elderly loved ones’ skin?

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Vitamin C serum can be very helpful for a variety of skin care needs. This is an increasingly popular product to help brighten skin, improve the appearance of wrinkles, and help reduce signs of aging. For those with sensitive skin, it can be particularly important that this product is not left on the face for too long during each treatment.

Knowing how to use vitamin C serum is really important so that you do not harm your skin. Everyone has a different tolerance point for skin serums since they are highly concentrated, so you will need to make sure that you use care when getting started with the use of this kind of skincare product in your routine.

The timing of your application is just as important as the duration of the time that it remains on your face. You will want to be sure that you do not apply in the morning if you have sensitive skin, as this could increase your risk of sun sensitivity during the day. Make sure that you apply this kind of serum according to the instructions of your particular skin serum as well.

Most vitamin c serums are made to be applied overnight and not washed off until the morning. For those with really sensitive skin, it can be ideal for applying to your skin for about an hour or two and then proceeding with your regular nightly skincare routine. For those with less sensitive skin, wearing your serum overnight and then washing it off can be the right way to use this product.

You should also follow the instructions related to the frequency of use of this product carefully. This is not usually a product that can be used more often than once a week or so. For those with sensitive skin, this might be the best protocol, no matter what the serum product says about the frequency of application. It is always wise to start out using this kind of product on a small patch of skin to see how your skin will react to its use. Some people are far more sensitive to its effects than others, and this will give you a test patch to refer to when deciding how to use vitamin C serum for your skincare needs.

Always start out using your vitamin C serum with less frequency than stated on the packaging. If your skin is very sensitive, this might be the tolerance point for your skin’s comfort. You can try to increase your application pattern to meet the recommendations of the product’s makers, but if you do not get the best results this way, just return to the level of application frequency which makes your skin look its best.

This article was last updated on November 18, 2022 .

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jane iredale Glow Time Pro

Think back to the first time you ever tried a foundation, powder, or concealer – was it easy? Was the color a perfect match? Or worse, did it feel like a mask? For me, it was always a struggle until I found jane iredale makeup. Nothing feels as good as it does on my skin, so when I heard about the NEW Glow Time Pro BB Cream, I was excited and curious about the improvements to the formula I already loved. The new Glow Time Pro BB Cream, is a weightless, skin-loving formula that resists transfer, nourishes, and protects with SPF 25 across all 14 shades so you don’t have to worry about your makeup wearing you.

What Is BB Cream?

Some BB Creams are tinted moisturizers with added skincare benefits, but our Glow Time Pro BB Cream is so much more than that. Buildable with medium to full coverage, Glow Time Pro takes liquid foundations to the next level by nourishing while it conceals blemishes, sunspots, or discoloration and evens your skin tone. The result? A radiant, satin finish and seamless coverage.

Why Wear a BB Cream vs Foundation?

While it comes down to personal preference, Glow Time Pro BB Cream also acts as skincare, thanks to ingredients like Sunflower Seed Oil, Apple Extract, and Grapefruit Extract. Each ingredient was chosen to nurture the skin, all while you’re wearing your daily makeup. A BB Cream has buildable coverage whereas a foundation might be full coverage only. I’ll sometimes only wear Glow Time, using it as my base and concealer, building up in areas I need a little help (usually on weekends, or days I need to fake a glow, like I was just on vacation).

Glo Time Pro Ingredients

Color Matching with Glow Time Pro BB Cream

Glow Time Pro BB Cream comes in 14 shades which reveal and work with your skin tone once blended in. To find your shade, we would invite you to find your closest jane iredale retailer to get shade-matched or use our handy Foundation Finder Quiz. Otherwise, start with your skin tone (fair, medium, dark, etc.) and undertone (cool, neutral, warm — read more on that here) and select the closest shade. The beauty of Glow Time Pro BB Cream is each shade can suit many different skin tones.

How to Apply NEW Glow Time Pro BB Cream

Glow Time Pro BB Cream has a unique formula, and we suggest a unique application process — Dot. Blend. Reveal.

how to apply glo time pro bb cream

How to apply BB Cream:

  1. Start with clean, moisturized skin that has been prepped with Smooth Affair Face Primer
  2. Dot a half pump of the BB Cream all over your face (cheeks, forehead, and nose)
  3. Blend quickly (the formula is self-setting) with fingers or the Blending/Contour Brush until the product is no longer visible
  4. Reveal your radiant complexion! After about 30 seconds, the shade will have adjusted to your skin, showcasing a glowier you.
  5. Set with the Hydration Spray of your choosing for long-lasting hydration and staying power

Depending on the final look you want, try wearing different Smooth Affair Primers underneath! (Illuminating Glow looks stunning and so radiant.)

I can’t wait for you to experience the YOU and improved Glow Time Pro BB Cream. A little goes a long way to keep your skin nourished, protected, and flawless. You’ll #GlowLikeAPro in no time!

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How to apply Glow Time BB Cream

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Our most frequently asked question about Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream is, how do you apply it? Today we will tackle that question and learn three ways to apply Glow Time BB Cream to get different coverage results, but first here’s a little more information for those of you who don’t know what Glow Time BB Cream is.

Glow Time BB Cream is jane iredale’s highest coverage foundation. It also provides Broad Spectrum SPF 25 and UVA P++ protection that is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. This is the highest SPF rating of all our foundations. Glow Time BB Cream is available in 10 shades. It is full of natural extracts that help cover blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smooths and brightens skin. It is also non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, sensitivity tested, clinically tested, dermatologist tested- so you can wear this with full confidence. Here is some more info on those hero ingredients and what they do:

  • Grapefruit Extract promotes luminosity and skin radiance, minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and may help to fade uneven pigmentation.
  • Apple Extract is a skin-smoothing antioxidant that exfoliates, refines and rejuvenates the skin.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil is rich in moisturizing vitamin E.
  • Aloe Leaf Juice soothes and calms the skin.

That’s great, but how do I apply BB cream?

There are a number of ways you can apply Glow Time BB Cream, but here are my top three favorites each should produce slightly different finishes so I have organized them by that.

For a Full Coverage Finish…

 

  • Start by priming and moisturizing your skin using BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer.
  • Squeeze a pea size amount of Glow Time BB Cream onto the tip of your pointer finger.
  • Using your three middle fingers from each hand, gently rub your fingertips together so that the BB Cream is spread evenly on all six fingers.
  • Now, begin gently tapping your fingertips all over your face.

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For a Medium Coverage Finish…

glow time full coverage bb cream, balance hydration spray, flocked sponge, apply bb cream for medium coverage finish

  • Start by priming and moisturizing your skin using Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener.
  • Spritz your Flocked Sponge 2-3 times with your favorite Hydration Spray (I love POMMISST).
  • Apply a pea size amount of Glow Time BB Cream on the spritzed area of the Flocked Sponge.
  • Gently apply to your face using the sponge in gentle downward motions and blend well. Don’t forget your jawline and neck!
  • If you still need a little extra coverage in some areas, gently pat the sponge over them.

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For a Sheer-Medium Coverage Finish…

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  • Apply 1/2 a pea size amount of Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener to your pointer fingertip.
  • Apply 1/2 a pea size amount of Glow Time BB Cream to the same finger tip.
  • Smear your fingertips together and gently rub on your face. You will still get all the benefits of both Smooth Affair and Glow Time but with a finish that is more similar to a Tinted Moisturizer.

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Glow Time BB Cream can also be used as a concealer by applying a little extra to any area that needs more coverage because of how pigmented this foundation is. The finish of Glow Time BB Cream is very luminous, so if you have oily prone skin or prefer a more matte look you may choose to apply a thin layer of PureMatte Finish Powder. The best part about makeup, is that there really aren’t any “rules”! So celebrated your creative freedom and try different application techniques until you find the one that works best for you. Then please come back and share because we love to hear what you’ve discovered!

 

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A Time to Give

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To describe the work our partners do for their communities as ‘important’ is an understatement. We partner with a range of organizations helping women, children, animals and the environment. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to highlight one of our largest partners: Look Good Feel Better. Look Good Feel Better is a national organization that hosts workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment. These workshops help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. 

A few years ago, I had the honor of observing one of these workshops at a local hospital. I was deeply touched by the openness, enthusiasm, and strength of the women who attended. Upon entering the room, a woman greeted me with a huge smile. When she learned that I worked for a makeup company, she shared that she loved makeup, but knew nothing about it and was so excited to learn more. 

Across the room, I saw another woman receiving chemotherapy during the workshop. I later learned that this was her second battle with breast cancer. She shared that the first time, she hadn’t cared about her outer appearance and had focused her energy on treatment. However, with the second diagnosis, she realized that an important part of her treatment was also nurturing her outward appearance. She hoped the workshop with Look Good Feel Better would help her gain confidence and expertise. 

On this day, Look Good Feel Betterhad a volunteer licensed cosmetologist leading the skincare and makeup sections of the program. She had been volunteering at the workshops for almost a decade! Additionally, bra fitting and wig experts helped attendees find head covering options and post-mastectomy solutions.  The experts taught attendees about the impact cancer treatment has on the skin, and the range of products available to combat common symptoms of dryness and sensitivity. The workshop offered techniques to address hair loss caused by chemotherapy, including how to make brows look natural.

Experts answered questions about wig styling and care, as well as offered bra fittings and tips for women who had undergone mastectomy surgery. One of the workshop leaders shared that she has been in the business of helping women post-mastectomy for 35 years and the hair stylist had been volunteering with Look Good Feel Better for over five years!  

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees were informed that all the beauty products they used during the workshop were theirs to keep. They couldn’t believe that they were walking away with packed cosmetic bags full of skin-friendly products, as well as the skills and knowledge on how to use them. After the workshop, the women who had attended walked up to my colleague and me and gave us long, strong, sincere hugs and thanked us, even though we had simply been there to observe. My colleague and I were crying almost as profusely as we were being thanked!

The work Look Good Feel Better does to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of their cancer treatment is invaluable. It’s so easy for women to not feel themselves when they are not comfortable with their external appearance, and it’s even easier to feel that their external appearance doesn’t matter when facing something as unfathomably huge and serious as cancer. But feeling confident, beautiful and, most importantly, themselves when dealing with cancer makes all the difference. As a result of the pandemic, Look Good Feel Better has continued their work via virtual workshops, which have allowed even more women to benefit from the expertise of professional estheticians, bra fitters, makeup artists and hair stylists.

 

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Thank you so much for your support of us and Look Good Feel Better. 

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As those who have had a hair transplant will tell you, the results can provide a permanent solution to hair loss and can change your life for the better. If hair loss is a concern, knowing whether to proceed with surgery to resolve it will depend on many different factors. Some of these can be more apparent than others, so here are 3 signs it might be time to consider having a hair transplant and improving your hair confidence.

You Have Permanent Hair Loss

It can be normal for someone to lose a few strands of hair each day, and usually this will grow back in time. However, if you start to notice that hair is not growing back and more hair is falling out when showering, brushing your hair or on your pillow after sleeping, the hair regrowth cycle could be permanently damaged. This change is usually gradual, but if you have been balding over several months or years, this will indicate permanent hair loss. Most hair transplants in Turkey, one of the most popular destinations for those looking for expert help, will only proceed with surgery if your hair loss is permanent and will assess your hair growth during a consultation. If you suffer from a condition such as traction alopecia, this could be caused by excessive strain on the hair follicles of your scalp. If so, this should usually regrow in time if allowed to by wearing your hair down and wouldn’t normally indicate a permanent condition.

You Have Sufficient Donor Hair

If you have permanent hair loss in an area of your scalp, you will need a good area of hair follicles suitable for transplant. Male or female pattern baldness will characteristically leave hair around the back of your head and sides, with hair loss affecting the front and back of the scalp. If you still have plenty of good hair growth in these areas, you will be a good candidate for a hair transplant. If you do not have enough donor hair, a hair transplant may not be successful. When you have an assessment with a doctor, they will be able to advise how much hair is required to achieve the results you need and recommend whether to proceed.

You Are A Suitable Age

When you’re young and you experience hair loss, it can be worrying and knock your confidence, however, this doesn’t mean a hair transplant should be the first solution. As your body will still be going through hormonal changes and growth in general, most doctors wouldn’t recommend any surgery until you reach your 30s at least. When younger, the hair loss may not be permanent and in time will regrow, so you won’t want to jump into any drastic surgery too soon. If a pattern of hair loss emerges and does become permanent, whilst still having enough donor hair, this is when a doctor will usually recommend a hair transplant. You should rule out any external factors such as stress, harsh chemicals in products, diet and lifestyle first as these can all cause temporary hair loss.

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