The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Skincare
Have you ever just sat there, staring at your bathroom counter full of products? Skincare can be intimidating for a plethora of reasons. As a Licensed Medical Esthetician I think that once you understand the basics of skincare, it becomes easier, and so much more fun! So, allow me to make skincare something that you not only understand, but truly love!
Wash That Face Girl!!
We’ve all heard of that book, “Girl, Wash Your Face”. But seriously Girl, WASH YOUR FACE!!! This is the first step in skincare.
It is a good idea to find a face wash that is best for your skin type. Whether you need something gentle, something more active (such as a Salicylic Acid), or something in between. My favorite face wash is something that is creamy and gentle such as SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser.
It cleans the skin beautifully without stripping all of the good stuff. What do I mean by stripping the good stuff? I mean, Put that bar of soap down! It is too harsh for the thin fragile skin on our face. You are stripping the skin of all of its water, doing more harm than good.
Girl, Get Rid of That Skin
Now, let’s talk about exfoliation. Too often I hear of someone using an aggressive over the counter skin scrub. Just don’t. If you like the feel of a scrub, find something medical grade, and gentle.
This should only be done a few times a week. My favorite type of exfoliation is chemical. Gentle Chemical peels and Retinol at night are my go to forms of chemical exfoliation! Gentle enough for the Florida sun, but effective enough to keep my skin bright and radiant.
Protect Your Self Girl
Antioxidants such as a vitamin c serum are so important! Apply this every day in the morning to clean, dry skin and you are on your way to a gorgeous youthful glow. Antioxidants help to protect our skin from most of the harmful rays that we encounter daily such as pollution, heat, sun, etc.
We all know that I am the Sunscreen Queen! SO, protect, protect, protect. Always use an SPF of 50 plus, and be sure that the ingredients are either primarily Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. Ingredients are key here!
Wake up Girl!
Eye Cream… If you owned a Furby growing up (Circa 1998), then Congratulations! It is now time for you to start using an eye cream. This step is not to be skipped. Eye creams moisturize the under eye area while fighting away fine lines and wrinkles.
Do You Even Moisturize?
One of my favorite steps in skin care is moisturizing. The best thing you can do when moisturizing is apply your moisturizer in a timely manner after washing and pat drying your face. It takes about 1-3 minutes for our skin to become dehydrated or dried out after washing, so act quickly!
Hopefully these little tidbits can help clarify what you should/should not be doing in your skincare routine. If not, let’s get together and chat!