Struggling with Acne? Keep Track With a Calendar to Find the Cause
Six Tips for Soothing Skin With Redness and Rosacea
Is the Clarisonic Brush Harmful or Helpful to the Skin?
Got Dark Circles Under Your Eyes? Here’s Some Help
Should You be Exfoliating Your Skin Every Day?
How to Revive Dull and Lifeless Skin
Want Better Skin? Take a Look at What You are Eating
Moisturizer Do’s and Don’ts from Skin Care Expert
Should You Avoid Using Moisturizer at Night to Let Your Skin Breathe?
Five Ways to Reduce Oil Production in Skin
Why you should get a facial?
Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: Causes and Treatments
Every person who struggles with acne is on a constant search to determine the root cause. Do you get breakouts from stress or hormones? How about your skin care products or something in your diet? Maybe it’s from your menstrual cycle? It is extremely difficult to truly know why you get blemishes, but for those that want to get serious about possibly finding out the true cause, tracking your every move with a calendar just might do it. Here’s how.
For three months, record your daily life on a calendar. While you can use your phone to keep daily notes, I do suggest you transfer them on to a months-view calendar. At the end of a month, being able to see the entire 30-day period at a glance will allow you to look for any possible patterns. It’s helpful to use colored pens and symbols since there will be quite a few things to make note of.
Things you’ll want to track include:
Blemishes: I suggest you number them based on their size; 1 for small and 5 for large. You’ll also want to note what type of breakout appeared. Was it a cyst or a pustule, or simply a small whitehead? You might write ‘P=3’ or ‘C=4’ indicating the type and severity of cysts and pustules. Don’t know the exact names of your blemishes? See the various types of blemishes and possible solutions.
Skin care products: Did you introduce anything new? Or give your skin a mini facial at home with a scrub, peel, and a mask? You’ll want to record any changes or additions to your skin care routine. While we are wanting to find the cause of your breakouts, it’s also helpful to look at when your skin was clear and behaved well. For example, many clients find that when they introduce a well-formulated salicylic acid exfoliating serum, their skin keeps new breakouts from forming, and when they don’t use it, breakouts can appear.
Skin care neglect: Did you get lazy and not wash your face before bedtime? Some people can definitely experience blemishes from not washing the dirt, oil, makeup, and debris off their skin the night before so you’ll want to track that.
Hormones and your menstrual cycle: Hormones are chemical messengers created by our bodies to regulate everything from metabolism to cell growth to reproductive cycles and mood. When they fluctuate, they can trigger adult acne and breakouts. Many people find they get breakouts a few days before the start of their period, so tracking this can be helpful. Often times, taking birth control pills or taking vitamin B-6 can help to regulate hormone-induced blemishes, but it’s important to first determine if it appears to be related to your cycle.
Increased stress: Cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, increases inflammation and can cause breakouts, so tracking when you’re more stressed than normal could be helpful. You can write or type a capital “S” to indicate times of high stress.
Sleep: Lack of sleep has been linked to breakout activity, so recording how many hours you get each night is beneficial. I suggest putting “Z=7” to indicate you had 7 hours of zzz’s.
Diet: Of all the types of food a person eats, sugar and particularly dairy have been associated with acne (especially cystic acne that occurs on the chin or jawline area), so keeping track of everything that goes in your mouth can be really insightful. Often times (however there are always exceptions), food-induced breakouts may occur within 24 hours after eating so keep this in mind as you’re trying to investigate the cause.
Weather changes: When the skin is changing and it’s warm one day and cold the next, it can leave the skin confused and unbalanced and prone to blemishes, so tracking severe weather fluctuations is something to consider.
Airplane travel: Due to the dry cabin air causing increased dry cell buildup on the skins surface, airplanes can definitely cause post-flight dryness and breakouts, so if you’re a frequent traveler, this could be beneficial to make note of.
Overall health: Oral medications, colds, flu’s, and infections can cause stress on the nervous system which compromises your body’s immune system and elevates hormones that lead to breakouts. Make a note of any health issues.
These are just some suggestions of things to track, but certainly record other things that are relevant to your lifestyle.
If clear skin is your end goal, then keeping track of every move in your life might really help you get to the bottom of it once and for all. After three months, share the calendar with your trusted skin care professional or esthetician so they can help you look for patterns to determine the possible causes of your breakouts. Keep in mind that your body is constantly changing, so unfortunately, if you do determine the cause or causes, it could change. This is why breakouts are such a challenge to figure out but be sure to always use products for your skin type.
Seeing red is never a good thing, especially when it’s in reference to your complexion. For many people, redness in the skin can be exacerbated by overheating, hormones, irritation or when much too alcohol is consumed. However, for nearly 16 million people it’s a constant concern due to a vascular skin condition called rosacea.
What is rosacea?
Symptoms of rosacea include visible dilated capillaries close to the surface of the skin, severe redness (particularly in the cheeks and on the nose) and possible little bumps that look like blemishes, but never go away. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it seems to be attributed to circulation, genetic predisposition (those with Irish, Scottish, English and Scandinavian heritage are all more susceptible), digestive disorders, sluggish lymph, bacteria and mites attached to cells. Rosacea can become even more prominent with sun exposure, extreme temperatures, hot showers, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes. If you are prone to rosacea or redness, avoid or limit these things and conditions as much as possible to reduce flare-ups.
While the redness associated with rosacea can be bothersome, it can be kept to a minimum with proper care. Read on for everything you need to know about keeping this condition under control.
Tip #1: Use products appropriate for your skin type.
Using appropriate products is important no matter your skin type, but it’s especially imperative for people who experience rosacea and have hyper-sensitive skin. Topical soothing ingredients will help to sedate and calm overactive skin by reducing redness and making skin feel more comfortable.
When shopping for products, pay attention to those that are for sensitive skin, but look for ones that are unscented or do not use artificial fragrance (NOTE: fragrance, often listed on ingredient labels, and also seen as “perfume” or “parfum,” is a leading cause of skin flare-ups).
Look for products that have descriptions with words such as “gentle,” “anti-redness,” “soothing” and “calming” and contain ingredients.
Tip #2: Listen to your skin.
Often times, people think when a product stings it means it’s working. However (and particularly for those with rosacea and skins prone to redness), it can be actually be a sign of irritation.
Common skin irritants include the following:
Parsol 1789 (Avobenzone)—a common sunscreen agent which may cause skin sensitivity and inflammation.
High doses of Ascorbic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid—these acid forms of vitamin C can increase skin sensitivity. Instead, choose no-sting vitamin C ingredients, such as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate or Ascorbyl Phosphate as found in Vitamin C&E Treatment.
Essential Oils—those with rosacea could disagree with oils containing cinnamon, clove, geranium or peppermint so they should be avoided.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate— surfactants used as cleansing agents that cut oil from the skin, but are too harsh and will also strip water out. Use only sulfate-free cleansers.
Tip #3: Avoid over-exfoliating your skin.
Skin peels, topical AHAs, retinols and professional microdermabrasion, while sometimes beneficial for smoothing the skin, can break down the skin’s protective lipid barrier causing it to become inflamed and reactive. It’s important to consult with a professional esthetician to determine the level of exfoliation that is most appropriate for your skin type. One of the worst things those with redness and rosacea is to use a daily facial cleansing brush such as the Clarisonic.
Tip #4: Repair your skin’s moisture barrier.
The skin has a moisture barrier made of natural lipids and when it is damaged, tiny, invisible cracks in the skin are created, allowing moisture to escape (causing dry, flaky skin) and irritants to enter more easily (making even sensitive skin products cause a stinging, irritating sensation).
There are specific emollient ingredients in certain moisturizers that can help repair the moisture barrier, resulting in less redness and irritation. Look for moisturizers or treatment oils containing like rose hip seed oil, borage oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. Ingredients like shea butter, ceramides, squalane and phospholipids will also soothe the skin and help repair a damaged moisture barrier.
Tip #5: Perform a patch test.
If you have extremely sensitive and allergic skin, it’s always recommended to do a patch test for compatibility prior to using any new products. When you’re trying a new line you’re excited to dive right in and use everything, but if you have a negative reaction to something you’ll never know what it was. You might make some of your own assumptions, but it’s really hard for you to determine for sure.
How to test for possible allergic reactions: The side of the neck is a good starting point for true compatibility because it’s thinner and generally more reactive. The idea is that if it can be tolerated on your neck, then you can feel confident that it will be okay on the face. Also, should you encounter a negative reaction such as an itchy, red rash, you might want it to appear on the neck rather than on your face.
Tip #6: Keep skin care products cold and avoid hot water.
Hot temperatures increase heat in the skin, making it more sensitive and red. When possible (and especially when the temperature outside is hot), store your skin care products in the refrigerator. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing with cool-temperature products will constrict the capillaries to ease redness and irritation. When washing your face, using lukewarm or cool water will also help you avoid redness.
Rosacea can be an irritating and an inconvenient skin condition, but with proper care and these tips, you can help control it, look less red and keep your skin calm and comfortable.
My reason for doing a review on Clarisonic is because I have observed changes in my client’s skin that use the brush, and some of the changes have not been beneficial to the health of their skin. Since my goal is to offer helpful skin care tips to allow you to become a smarter skin care consumer, I feel that this is important information to share with all of you who currently use it, or are considering purchasing it. (NOTE: The same rules can apply for other brands that make rotating or sonic brushes.)
What is Clarisonic? …
Clarisonic is a skin care tool sold at specialty beauty stores that uses a soft, gentle brush that oscillates back and forth over the skin. It claims to “remove six times more makeup than cleansing by hand.”
Yet to me, Clarisonic is really just an exfoliating tool to physically lift off dry skin cells and, in the process, remove dirt and makeup. Exfoliation is the action that the bristles create when rubbed over the skin.
My problem with Clarisonic is not the brush itself, because the exfoliating benefits are very important, but I have a serious concern with how often they recommend using it. They say it’s gentle enough to use twice daily, but it is my belief that this is way too much when combining with other exfoliating products you are probably already using.
While it may feel gentle enough to use twice a day, you have to understand how exfoliation affects the skin. Clarisonic brush, facial scrubs, acids, enzymes, wash cloths or whatever form you gets yours in can cause skin damage and may lead to aging if used too frequently.
Skin Fact #1: Too much exfoliation can cause dryness.
Exfoliating too aggressively and too often can cause dryness and disrupt the skin’s lipid barrier. This allows moisture to seep out of the cells more easily, causing them to get dehydrated. Many of my clients who I see monthly for facial treatments started complaining of dryness and irritation when their skin had been so perfectly hydrated and balanced. Come to find out, the dryness started to occur once they introduced the Clarisonic brush! I had already had my clients set up on a very thorough exfoliation routine, but once they added in the Clarisonic, their skin was getting too much exfoliation and that’s why the dryness and irritation occurred. Discontinuing use of Clarisonic, or cutting back its use to a few times a week returned their skin to a healthy, balanced and hydrated state.
Skin Fact #2: Too much exfoliation can cause chronic inflammation within the skin.
Exfoliating too aggressively and too often can create inflammation (even if not visible) setting off a response to create free radicals. A major cause of aging is chronic and prolonged inflammation, associated with tissue destruction, active inflammation and attempts at healing which is why it’s essential to eat foods high in antioxidants and use skin care products with stable antioxidants.
Skin Fact #3: Skin trauma is good…occasionally.
You do not want to exfoliate to the point of destroying healthy cells. When you give the skin trauma, the skin goes into repair mode and stimulates cellular regeneration. This can be very beneficial to the skin, but if you create trauma too often by over-exfoliating, then it’s continually setting up a cascade of free radical damage that triggers premature aging. This is the last thing that any skin needs that wants to stay looking young. However, professional chemical peels done a few times a year do cause trauma to the skin and this is beneficial for the stimulation of collagen. Your skin likes boosts (a little wakeup call), just not all the time.
Skin Fact #4: Too much exfoliation might stimulate melanin activity resulting in increased skin discoloration.
You must use caution with physical exfoliants like Clarisonic, wash cloths and facial scrubs. For skin that is extremely reactive to stimulation (skin of color and for those prone to severe discoloration) you need to treat your skin gently to avoid post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation resulting in increased skin discoloration.
Skin Fact #5: Clean skin is good…to a certain point.
Since Clarisonic markets it as a cleansing tool to remove dirt and makeup, I’d like to make this point. You do want your skin hygienically clean, but not clean like you want your kitchen floor. There is a certain amount of good bacteria that the skin needs to keep it healthy and functioning well so you don’t want to strip it by over-using your Clarisonic brush. This is also why I suggest using non-drying, sulfate-free cleansers.
Many people really like using the Clarisonic brush and I’m certainly not telling you not to use it. I simply want to inform you that using it twice daily, combined with other exfoliating products, may be harming your skin’s overall health—and this is the last thing you want when caring for your skin.
Skin Care Tip: Of all the skin conditions that one looks to improve, reducing dark under eye circles is probably the toughest. Why? Because there isn’t a real cure since it is so closely linked to genetics.
-Get plenty of sleep. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep can help reduce the appearance of dark circles because excessive tiredness can cause the skin paleness, making the bluish veins under the skin more noticeable.
-Use topical Vitamin C. When used in an eye cream, this ingredient has been to shown to assist with capillary repair to constrict blood vessels under the eyes making dark circles appear less noticeable.
-Massage the eye area. When applying eye cream, use circular motions to stimulate stagnant blood flow that can contribute to darkness. Over time, it may help to make the area appear lighter.
-Use a good concealer. The guaranteed way to make dark circles less noticeable is to use a concealer matched to your skin color…
Make sure you use skin care products formulated exclusively for your skin type.
There have been many amazing advancements in skin care the past twenty years but one area that has really exploded is with products that exfoliate the skin. Between enzymes, acids, retinols, exfoliating brushes (like Clarisonic) and facial scrubs, should these products be used every day? Is exfoliating on a daily basis too much for the skin?
Without a doubt, you can dramatically improve your skin’s appearance by removing dead, expired skin cells and revealing new cells that make your skin look bright, smooth and glowing. But exfoliating the skin daily, for most skin types, is too much. Here’s why.
Exfoliating the skin daily with the various types of exfoliants can cause:
- a stripped moisture (lipid) barrier layer resulting in dehydration, flaking, redness and inflammation
- dryness (moisture will seep out of the cells)
- aging due to chronic and prolonged inflammation
- destruction of healthy cells
- stimulation of melanin activity possibly resulting in an increase of hyperpigmentation (brown spots and patches)
- products to sting and irritate the skin (due to a stripped barrier function)
Simply put, your skin needs those protective layers to keep the skin in a healthy state and retain its natural moisture. Daily exfoliation of rotating brushes, retinol, acids, enzymes and scrubs is harming the skin, more than you realize. Trust me on this one.
My tips for safe exfoliation:
- If you use the Clarisonic brush, my professional recommendation is that for most skin types it not be used twice a day as suggested by the company, but instead 2-3 times a week in place of a facial scrub.
- Use acid serums (like Glycolic lotion) three nights on, three nights off under moisturizer at night.
- Use facial scrubs using round beads only 2-3 times a week.
Bottom line: Go easy with your exfoliation and don’t use aggressive exfoliating products on a daily basis, despite what you may have been told. Note: A cleanser with mild exfoliating acids may be fine to use daily (as long as it’s recommended for your skin type) since it’s not left on the skin for very long and rinsed away.
As we age, everything tends to slow down in the body, including blood circulation and the natural exfoliating process of the skin. The result? Skin that feels and looks sluggish, lifeless, dull, and just plain “blah.” Also, since the amount of oil tends to lessen and skin cells dry out, the skin doesn’t look as smooth as it once did. At Spela Skin Care and Waxing, we can get your skin looking fresh and glowing in no time!
What Your Skin Needs
Incorporate products containing vasodilators. This includes ingredients such as Peppermint and Ginseng that work to give the skin a pick-me-up! When applied topically, these ingredients dilate the blood vessels, allowing the skin to accommodate more nutrient-rich blood. With continued use, you can have beautiful skin that glows.
Oxygen/Vitamin Infusion Facial with enzyme exfoliation – we first dissolve all the dead skin cells from your skin and then spray your skin with a mist of oxygen gas with different vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to improve the skin’s health at the cellular level while brightening the complexion. Your skin will be glowing!
Familiar with the expression “You are what you eat”? What goes into our bodies can make a difference on how we feel and how we look. A healthy diet, along with exercise and sleep, fuels a healthy body, plain and simple.
Improve your skin by focusing on eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Overall, choose whole foods that have been minimally processed and limit your intake of added sugars and sodium.
Next time you go shopping make sure foods with these eleven key nutrients are included in your grocery cart:
May reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin.
Foods include: dark chocolate, green tea, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, plums, raw apples & pears…
May reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage.
Foods include: dark chocolate, blueberries, black & kidney beans, soybeans, eggplants & tomatoes
This phytochemical helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays.
Foods include: tomatoes, watermelon, pink & red grapefruits, asparagus & red cabbage
4. NIACIN (Vitamin B3)
An anti-inflammatory, soothes irritated skin and red, blotchy skin.
Foods include: barley, bulgur, peas, tuna, salmon, anchovies, peanuts & chicken
5. OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS
Believed to stifle your body’s response to irritation and attracts water to skin cells to plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles.
Foods include: salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, tofu, shrimp, halibut & soybeans
6. RIBOFLAVIN (Vitamin B2)
Involved in tissue maintenance and repair and improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea.
Foods include: mackerel, trout, almonds, sesame seeds, cheese, dry roasted edamame & bran
Helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight.
Foods include: Brazil nuts, canned tuna, turkey, low-fat cottage cheese & oysters
8. VITAMIN A
Maintains and repairs skin cells, a deficiency may result in a dry, flaky complexion. Fights free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin and reduces the development of skin cancer cells.
Foods include: sweet potato, mango, spinach, cantaloupe, carrots & eggs
9. VITAMIN C
Essential to collagen production and the more collagen you have, the less creased your skin looks. May help repair and maintain DNA, basically bolstering cells’ ability to renew.
Foods Include: dark leafy greens, broccoli, peppers, strawberries & oranges
10. VITAMIN E
Protects skin cells from UV Light and other environmental factors that generate cell damaging free radicals. Its rich oils help protect against skin damage and premature aging.
Foods include: olive oil, 100% whole wheat, kale, almonds, papaya & kiwi
Contains anti-inflammatory properties and affects sebum production, a deficiency that may contribute to acne.
Foods include: oysters, walnuts, chickpeas, cashews, nonfat and low-fat plain yogurt & milk
Do yourself a favor, in addition to slathering on the sunscreen, wearing a big brim hat, adopting a daily healthy cleansing and moisturizing regime, start looking at what’s on your plate and what is going in your mouth. I try my best to include all these nutrients in my overall diet because if they can help my skin look and age better, I surely don’t want to miss out!
Which skin care products are best for you? Ask me at your next visit, or email me at any time.
Using a moisturizer daily is something most women will do but it’s so important to be sure you’re getting the best benefit. Here’s my expert tips for choosing the right one.
Do choose a moisturizer made exclusively for your skin type. It’s always difficult for me to understand how skin care companies are able to say that their moisturizer is “suitable for all skin types.” As someone who has worked hands-on with skin for 10 years, I know that all skin is different and therefore, each individual has very unique needs when it comes to choosing skin care products. Because moisturizer is a staple in a day and evening skin care routine, we find ourselves wearing it for 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. I think I speak for all of us when I say, anything that spends that much time on our face better be the right product for our skin type, right?
Do wear moisturizer and sunscreen during the day.
Do use a non-sunscreen moisturizer at night. I’m always amazed when clients mention that they use their daytime moisturizer at night, especially when their moisturizer contains SPF. If not for the independent reason that you do not need SPF while you’re in bed, then please don’t wear a sunscreen moisturizer at night because it’s simply not what your skin needs. Sunscreen prevents skin from being damaged by the harsh environment, so let your skin relax at night with a lighter moisturizer that will aid your skin while it’s in repair mode.
Do avoid moisturizer containing synthetic fragrance if your skin is sensitive. Individuals with sensitive skin can react negatively to synthetic perfumes. Before purchasing your moisturizer take a look at the ingredients and avoid products that read “parfum” or “fragrance.” Information regarding artificial fragrance ingredients will usually be down towards the end of the list of ingredients.
Do apply moisturizer to both to the face and neck. The neck is an extension of the face and needs attention, too. Let’s not spoil a beautiful facial complexion with a dry and rough neck.
Do switch moisturizers every summer and winter, if necessary. Your skin’s ability to retain moisture is directly correlated to the climate in which you live. If you are more accustomed to a humid environment, you may want to use a lightweight moisturizer, and the opposite applies, as well. This idea then extends into the changing seasons. A moisturizer that you use in the summer might not be creamy enough for a colder autumn or winter air.
Don’t overuse moisturizer. Adding multiple coats of moisturizer to alleviate dry skin is not the same as switching to a creamier consistency. Using thicker coats of moisturizer will only result in clogged pores and a waste of product because your skin can only absorb so much.
Don’t count exclusively on moisturizer to give your skin the hydration it needs. If your skin feels tight and dehydrated and you feel like you just need more, do not underestimate the hydrating benefits of alcohol-free toners and serums. You might need them in your daily routine to amplify the effects of your regular moisturizer. Be sure to leave your skin damp after applying toner to give your face a boost of hydration when your moisturizer is applied.
Don’t leave the skin bare for longer than 60 seconds after cleansing, before applying moisturizer. After cleansing, you must IMMEDIATELY use an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. If you leave your skin bare for more than 1 minute, it will start to dehydrate as the dry air attracts moisture out of the skin. Perform your skin care routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. This will leave your skin protected and avoid the tight and dry feeling.
Don’t be afraid of oil in moisturizer. If you pick up a jar of moisturizer and see an ingredient with the word “oil” in it, chances are you might not buy it if you have oily skin thinking that it will clog your pores. I often hear, “I can only use oil-free products.” What you first need to understand is that virtually all creams and lotions use some form of oil or emollient to make the product slip across the skin. But not all oils are comedogenic and pore-clogging.
The one type of oil we don’t recommend for all skin types (even oily skins) is Mineral Oil, as we feel it clogs the pores and suffocates the skin. The emollients we also suggest you avoid are Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate and Petrolatum. We find these to be very pore clogging, but because they don’t have the word “oil” in their name, you wouldn’t know that these were pore-clogging ingredients. The “safe” oils are Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil.
A common misconception is that you should (occasionally) avoid using a nighttime cream to let your skin breathe, but it is in fact a myth and not a good habit to get into for two reasons.
1. Your skin doesn’t perform the function of respiration, so the concept of your skin breathing is actually false.
2. Skin cells are like fish and need water to live. Without it, your cells dehydrate and the health of the skin is compromised. (Not to mention, increased oil production and breakouts.
Your skin is in its reparative state at night because, while you sleep, your skin is at rest and not being exposed to the environmental stressors that age the skin. Performing your nighttime specific routine with the use of moisturizer can really help repair your skin and help to control how quickly your skin ages. At bedtime after cleansing and toning, apply a moisturizer, 365 nights a year.
As someone with oily skin, I’m always trying to reduce oil production to keep the shine under control. While you can never make the skin stop producing oil altogether, there are definitely things you can do to slow the flow.
What I’ve discovered through my own experiences with my skin as well as working with clients hands-on for 10 years as an esthetician is that the amount of oil your skin produces is directly tied to the hydration levels in your skin. Oily skins don’t need additional oil (which is why oil-free lotions are suggested) but you still need water in the skin. When the skin doesn’t have the water it needs, the skin attempts to balance itself by producing more oil (by stimulating the nerve endings) to compensate for the lack of water. Simply put, skin cells are like fish, they need water to live and without it, the skin doesn’t respond well.
When it comes to skin care products for oily skin, most skin care companies focus on products that simply remove the oil by using strong, harsh and dehydrating ingredients. While it will give you an immediate ‘tight’ feeling and temporarily remove the oil, it then creates a backlash hours later with an increase in oil production.
I have heard some dermatologists say that it is untrue that using products for oily skin can increase oil production, but as you can see from my personal experience, I disagree strongly. In addition, I’ve had hundreds of oily skin clients through the years who were not using moisturizer and only using harsh cleansers find that using gentler products and using oil-free lotion does in fact make them less oily. So for all of you oily skin people reading this, wearing moisturizer (oil-free) will actually make you produce less oil! Shocking, I know!
Wherever you go to buy your skin care products (department stores, Cvs, Ulta, Sephora, etc.), chances are they see your face with your make up on. The benefits of getting your skin analyzed through professional facials are that the esthetician will see you without makeup to reveal your true skin type. This allows the esthetician to cater to your unique needs through professional treatments and suggest the best products for your home care
routine. In addition to his or her ability to identify and treat your needs,your esthetician also works with your skin for over an hour so he or she will achieve a proper analysis of what type of skin you have. This is exposure that a consultant in a department store may not be privy to.
Most facials include a form of exfoliation using ultra sound, microdermabrasion, enzymes, or acids. Some of the exfoliating ingredients mentioned can be found in your skin care products but during a facial you will experience the treatment at a professional strength. The exfoliation is specifically catered towards your skin type so that it will leave you with
results that smooth the skin, increase cellular turnover, soften lines, and break up skin discoloration to promote more even-toned skin.
With proper preparation and skin softening techniques, your esthetician will use a skilled method to gently extract clogged pores, blackheads, and impurities without causing harm to your skin. People usually have a difficult time eliminating blackheads at home because home care products can only help to reduce clogged pores. It takes a professional esthetician to properly prepare and soften the skin before manual extractions can take place in a safe and effective way. Using extracting tool at home is not the way to do it.
is lacking which is the opposite of your intention and need. Oily skin needs moisture, but the moisture it’s seeking is water, not oil. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and a facial will help to regulate the proper moisture level for
whatever skin type you may be. For home use, serums using hyaluronic acid like Dermaquest Essential B5 serum are beneficial for hydrating the skin.
There is no doubt that when blood circulation slows, the skin’s health is impaired. Aging leads to slowed circulation, which inevitably results in dull, tired looking skin. One important benefit of a facial is a massage to the face. Along with warm steam, both processes help to increase blood flow bringing new nutrients to the skin. This will encourage a youthful radiance and glow to surface in the face.
Aside from the various skin benefits facials offer, they are also extremely relaxing and immediately de-stress you both physically and psychologically. Imagine a room with dim lighting, soft music, and a warm, comfy bed. Then add on a face, neck, and shoulder massage. This is the ideal environment to completely relax and unwind, and it is the general description of a basic facial. Studies show that stress can lead to unhealthy skin, so what’s a better way to eliminate stress and promote healthy skin, than a facial? Schedule so
me-time for yourself.
Whether it’s dry skin, brown spots, redness, irritation, or inflamed acne, a good facial is always customized to focus on what your skin needs to help solve your skin problems. For example, if your skin is prone to brown spots anddiscoloration, your esthetician will use skin brightening or lightening treatments. If your skin is dry then he or she will use lipid increasing ingredients to repair your skin’s protective barrier to reduce dryness. Facials are always geared to problem solve and the level of your facial’s intensity is contingent on the severity of your skin’s problem. By using the right combination of ingredients, estheticians can really create change in the skin to improve your skin’s appearance to achieve your greatest complexion.
During a facial, you are with an esthetician for over an hour. This creates an opportunity for the esthetician to give you their professional advice, skin tips and tricks, and plenty of time to ask questions that you have been curious about. Part of getting a facial is receiving a lesson from experts on how to care for your skin properly. This lesson includes which products will work best for your skin type and you will learn how to care for your skin at home so you can maintain the results of your facial.
Humans tend to spend an exceptional amount of time caring for the other people in their lives. While this can be rewarding, at times it can be mentally exhausting. Take just a couple of hours to yourself to do something that you won’t be required to share with anyone else. A facial is just for you and will give you time to re-energize and clear your mind. Nourish your soul and pamper your skin.