My Skincare Journey for a Radiant Glow at 50

Brandi Shurtz-Huffmaster with Trifecta skincare

Hey there, lovely readers! I'm Brandi Shurtz-Huffmaster, and today, I want to share my skincare journey with you. I am a surgical patient of Dr. Amir Karam’s, and had a Vertical Restore procedure done in February of 2022. I knew Dr. Karam’s surgical work was outstanding based on my research, but I was truly blown away by his clinic’s professionalism and attention to detail throughout my surgical procedure. Since my procedure I have been consistently using the Trifecta skincare routine.

At 50 years old, I'm a proud entrepreneur, a loving wife, and a mother to four incredible children ranging from 16 to 20 years old. Life can get pretty busy, but I've managed to maintain my youthful glow and healthy skin through a combination of self-care and a simple yet effective skincare routine.

Life's Little Pleasures

First things first, let me give you a glimpse into my daily life. I'm a fitness enthusiast, and you'll often find me at the gym, pushing myself to stay in shape. I also indulge in the therapeutic benefits of my infrared sauna and cold plunge daily. And what better way to wind down at night than with a glass of Pinot Noir on my balcony, where I can savor the breathtaking Arizona sunset? Oh, and did I mention our household includes not only a few dogs and cats but also a rabbit and yes, even a squirrel? Life at the Huffmaster household is never dull!

Besides my family and my businesses, one of my greatest passions is skincare and haircare. I love discovering and sharing products that have been game-changers for me. Additionally, I'm a self-proclaimed foodie who relishes trying out new and amazing restaurants both in Arizona and during my travels.

The Skincare Journey

Let's dive into my skincare journey and how I've maintained my skin's youthful vitality over the years:

  • Early Beginnings: My interest in skincare dates back to my pre-teen years when I began understanding the importance of quality skincare products that actually work.
  • Dr. Karam's Trifecta: Currently, my go-to skincare routine is Dr. Karam's Trifecta, a three-step regimen that includes cleansing, nourishing with a vitamin C-loaded product known as Quench, and the final step, Illuminate, which features luxurious ingredients like retinol for that radiant glow.
  • Sun Protection: Living in the Arizona desert, sun protection is a must. I apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily, reapplying throughout the day to shield my skin from the harsh sun.
  • Stress Management: Stress management is crucial for healthy skin. I hit the gym 5-6 days a week and indulge in the relaxing benefits of my infrared sauna and cold plunge. A small glass of Pinot Noir in the evening also helps me unwind, and the positive impact on my skin is evident—clear, vibrant, and less puffy.
  • In-Office Treatments: Regular visits to my trusted esthetician are a must. I receive a monthly Hydra-facial and a quarterly Microneedling treatment to keep my skin looking filtered and flawless.
  • Favorite At-Home Treatment: My top at-home treatment is undoubtedly my red light treatments, which deliver amazing results and serve as a preventative measure against skin issues.
  • Staying Active: To keep my body in top shape, I engage in weight training 5-6 days a week and enjoy brisk walks in my neighborhood's hilly terrain.
  • Skin Care Regrets: Looking back, my main skincare regret would be relying on fillers for too long. As I aged, they seemed to make my face appear heavier and fuller in undesirable ways.

My Go-To Skincare Tips

  • Simplicity is Key: A comprehensive skincare routine doesn't have to be complex or involve numerous products. Streamline your routine with a few high-quality products that address your skin's needs efficiently.
  • It's Never Too Late: For those of you who haven't had a skincare routine, it's never too late to start. Products containing vitamin C and retinol can work wonders for your skin's integrity. Consistency is key, along with periodic facials and micro-needling treatments to improve skin texture.
  • Confidence Through Healthy Skin: I love that people notice my skin wherever I go. Feeling confident in your skin radiates positivity. Make time for self-care, maintain a consistent skincare routine, stay active, and enjoy the benefits of a well-rounded lifestyle.
  • Don't Skip Your Skincare Routine: Regardless of how busy life gets, never skip your skincare routine. Opt for a simple yet effective regimen that works for you and stick to it.
  • Embrace Your Own Company: Finally, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Take time for yourself, savor the simple pleasures in life, and be comfortable in your own company. It's all part of a journey.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through my skincare routine and life's little pleasures. Remember, taking care of your skin is an investment in yourself, and it's never too late to start. Cheers to radiant skin and embracing the beauty of life!

Amir Karam MD

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Founder / Creator of KaramMD Skin

Dr. Amir Karam is a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon and an authority in his field. With over two decades of experience helping patients achieve a younger, refreshed appearance. In addition to surgical procedures that sculpt a youthfully-defined facial shape, Dr. Karam takes the quality of the skin into account.


Jasmine ShoShanna

I enjoyed her post. I appreciated her honesty .

Dana Yousef AlNatour

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your journey… I relate so much xoxo
As a registered nurse I know how un-relieved stress builds up causing not only emotional, but also physical issues and Illnesses,which can be real serious sometimes! On other hand, Nothing and no one can take care of you better than your own self!
Believing in what we deserve and do, to receive what we want accordingly!
That’s been said, I consider my own skincare routine (face and body) is my relaxation therapy, I indulge in self care/love mode every night, and meditate during light face massage…
I relax and wake up to a radiant healthy skin.
I’m 39 rn, but I look at least 10 years younger inside out!

KaramMD Customer Support Team

Hi Wendy! It’s never too late to start! The Trifecta is a great option for you. It’s simple, effective and formulated to benefit all skin types!


I nene begin my Skin care routine for my 50 years old

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