Erasing Wrinkles…For Real!, #65

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Show Notes

Molly Kroeker started her career in skincare having spent many years exposed to the sun. Not a better time to have this conversation than in the heat of this summer. In today’s podcast, Molly talks to us about what you need to know about skincare, what is the basic regime to follow, what ingredients are a MUST to avoid, how to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and achieve a healthy glow, and what are the current skincare trend do’s and don’ts.

Did you know that you should start wearing eye cream at the age of 13? Neither did we. Listen in for great info on how to take care of the skin your face and your entire body.

Skincare Trends- The Hots and The Nots


What do we need to know about skincare?

Before hitting the pillowcase take your make up off. And in the morning, take your pillowcase off!

People need to know what ingredients to look for on the back of the bottle. This is where we need to start.

Avoid these ingredients:

-Parabens make product last 20 to 30 years. There are many types. Three of the top ones are in Cetaphil, and methyl paraben is one of the biggest one you’ll see out there.

-Propyl Glycol (anti-freeze) is in most products.

-Mineral oil- has many names. It’s a carcinogenic a byproduct of petroleum. It’s allowed in the US but banned in European guidelines.

What you put on your skin is absorbed in 26 seconds.


How to Maintain a Youthful Glow

  • Cleanser- you need a cleanser that will remove dirt and makeup, for both men and women. When you rinse off the cleanser you want to keep the skin PH balance. If you just soap and water, you’re leaving your face in an alkaline space because soap is highly alkalined. That’s why we need a toner.
  • Toner- to restore PH of skin back to a 5.5, with no alcohol in it.
  • Eye cream- start using it when you’re 13. Dot it on the orbital bone you feel below your eye. Don’t touch beneath your eye or pull on it.
  • Moisturize- use a day moisturizer, it’s your protector. Use one with SPF in it. At night you need something that is going to correct your skin, so it replenishes the water you lose during the day.
  • Facial serums are an added punch. They’re typically more expensive than the other items, but they do the most work for wrinkles and lines on our face.


How to wash your face?

  • Keep the product on your hand and don’t put it on a washcloth because you lose a lot of product. Get a little bit of water and little circles all over your face. Just rinse it off with a cheap wash cloth, it helps exfoliate when you wash.


What if you work out?

  • Twice a week use an exfoliator to remove the skin cells and the sweat. Sweat is a toxin. It’s good to do even if you don’t work out and sweat. Something with microbeads. Nothing that will scratch your face.


Can we erase wrinkles, or minimize them?

  • In a natural way, a lot of products will minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so that you do not see them. They usually have a stable form of Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. This is a really hot product in skin care right now.


Trends in skincare:

The bad:

  • Injectables are being used at a very young age…teens and early 20s! They’re quick to jump on the bandwagon of different things. Diet has a huge impact on our skin, so go that route.
  • Tanning bed usage is huge, don’t do it!
  • Over exfoliating is also being abused. Use it twice a week, not twice a day.


The good:

  • Anything with hyaluronic acid.
  • Orange stem cells.


Skincare For Your Entire Body…Lotions!

The bad:

  • For your entire body, watch out for lotions with parabens, and propyl gylcol, Sodium laureth sulfate.
  • The sun, stay out of it and use protection.
  • Smoking. Even if you say you don’t smoke, the rest of us can tell if you do.


The good:

  • Exfoliate your skin twice a week.
  • Make sure they’re natural.
  • Drink half your body weight in water.
  • Superfoods improves the appearance of your skin like avocados, berries, kale, spinach and mangoes. Helps your skin glow more.
  • After washing use a body oil with a moisturizer in it.

Hacks for Beautiful Skin for a Big Event or Photo Shoot:

  • For dark circles: lots of water, something with kojic acid and Vitamin K…and LOTS of water! Did we mention, lots of water?
  • Glowing face, something with a stable form of vitamin A, or retinol, or peptides, or orange stem cells or hyaluronic acid.

If you can find a European company with very few ingredients, you’ve got a good product.


Time Blocking with The One Thing

Molly’s 3 Habits to Ensure Her Health Journey

  1. Drink half your weight in water daily. Put it in your fridge so you remember.
  2. Sleep. It is SO important.
  3. Eat nutrient dense food. Eat the color of the rainbow and as much green as possible in the morning.


About Molly Kroeker:

Molly Kroeker is happily married to her college sweetheart of 24 years, Calvin, and they have 2 awesome teenage (seriously whoever said teens are difficult would be jealous of ours ) kids, Sam is 18 and Sophie is 15.  Molly has her undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Masters in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University.  She is a retired sports medicine physical therapist and for the past 10 years has been a consultant and an Executive Regional Vice President with Arbonne International, which is a health and wellness company that specializes in Swiss formulated botanically based products.
She is an avid runner and cyclist and loves triathlons, marathons, CrossFit and yoga.  She is a girl on the GO.

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