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by Diane Peterson

Bloom Your

Beauty Celebrate

OK. Before you start, please step in front of a mirror and smile at yourself. Think of your favorite lifetime experiences and your smile will increase. Celebrating and appreciating our lives is very important! As you look at yourself in the mirror, select at least a few favorites: Do you like your smile? Your eyes? Your cheeks? Your hair? My fav is my big mouth. Even as a youngster I’ve looked up and opened my mouth as I smiled. My goofy grin continues. Now look a little closer. What would you hope to improve? A few wrinkles? Some aging spots? Something else? Whether you are in your 30s or a “Baby Boomer,” it can work.

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At any age we can begin an antiaging process, improve and protect our skin and always look a bit younger!

Baby Boomers

Yes, that’s me. I laid in the sun for hours back in the ‘60s. Oh, we were so cute, extremely active and grinned as we said, “Groovy” and “Cool, dude” to our friends. Of course we didn’t know how unhealthy the sun would be for our skin as we baked day after day. A few decades later I started seeing spots and some wrinkles. Why? To find out what was happening, I went to see a dermatologist, Dr. Paul Lundstrom at Dermatology Professionals in Brainerd. Dr. Lundstrom took time to check my skin and teach me about the importance of sunscreen.

Most Important Skin Healthcare

Moisturizer

We’ve all heard about different brands of moisturizer and how important it could be to help our skin. When I was young, I didn’t use moisturizer at all, but my focus changed at 40. I began by covering my face at night. The next decade I added my throat, hands and my feet. I used moisturizing makeup in the morning (still do!) and started to layer two brands of cream everywhere I could. When I went to bed if my face stuck to my pillow, I felt great. While I do occasionally layer moisturizers, I have now learned a healthier skin process from a dermatologist.

Whether we are in the 20s, or 60s we must protect our skin by wearing a high level sunscreen: at least SPF 30. Children through snowbirds…we need to use UVB/UVA sunscreen before the sun sees us! In fact, if we can layer it on our face (and other parts of our body that will be in the sun) every morning, we won’t forget to protect ourselves from possible skin cancer. Dr. Lundstrom mentioned that when we are in the sun, our level of sunscreen will start to decrease over time. So, if we start with SPF 30 it will become ineffective more quickly than SPF 80. I always use Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 55 below my makeup. Select your favorite brand, but make sure the SPF is at least 30 and look for one with “active ingredients” that contain one of the following: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, parsol 1789 or mexoryl. Be safe!

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SUMMER 2012 | her voice

Her Voice - Summer 2012  

• Sandy’s Country Roots - Here’s a nursery east of Brainerd whose owner re-creates her “country roots.” • Reliving History, One Bead At A Ti...

Her Voice - Summer 2012  

• Sandy’s Country Roots - Here’s a nursery east of Brainerd whose owner re-creates her “country roots.” • Reliving History, One Bead At A Ti...

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