An Esthetician Can Lead You To Proper Products

Featured Image -- 220After a facial, the skin appears fresh and clean. It has been cleared of clogged pores and dead skin cells, skin pigmentations have been buffed and diminished, and dehydrated skin has been rehydrated.

But facials and skin-rejuvenating treatments aren’t the only services your skin care specialist can offer. She also can guide you through the maze of “beauty” gimmicks and trends in an attempt to create manageable skin care goals you can easily continue at home.

Your diet, water consumption, daily oil production, and long- and short-term goals help skin care specialists (also known as estheticians) formulate your home skin care regimes. “To get better skin, you have to choose better products, and you need the help of a professional more and more,” says Dennis Gross, a New York dermatologist. “It’s a quandary. My clients are smart, intellectual people, and they were clueless about which skin care line to use.” 

And it’s no wonder. Some promises are difficult to discern from truths. 

Antioxidants, fatty acids, and bioflavenoids improve the skin from the inside out by bolstering cellular membranes and producing clear, glowing skin, professionals say. Minerals and vitamins A, C, and E affect the connective tissues of the skin, which translates to overall health and the minimization of pores. For those who do not eat vitamin-rich foods, some companies make supplements to address a variety of needs from moisture and antioxidant replenishment to acne. 

There is a lot of information and knowledge an esthetician can offer when it comes to healthy and logical skin care.

What’s Your Type?

To figure out your skin type, focus on how your skin feels right after it’s washed. If it’s tight, you need a moisturizer and a creamy cleanser as opposed to a foamy one. But if your face is oily and you have large pores, there is no need for moisturizer.
If you are using the right skin care there should be no sensation or activity.

If you are oily at the end of the day, if your skin looks shiny and slick with oil accumulation on the T-zone and nose, your skin is classified as oily. Some moisturizers on the market contain hyaluronic acid, which acts as a humectant – an ingredient that helps the skin retain moisture without the use of oil. 

In addition to confusion over skin type, professionals cite misuse of products as an issue that produces skin problems. Clients are so used to wanting to feel a product on their faces, rather than know it’s penetrating and doing its job, they use too much or not the proper ones.

For daily skin care, use simple products formulated to skin type. Of course, sunscreen should be worn – without fail – year-round. It’s one product you simply cannot overuse. Leave repair work – products that focus on feeding the skin – to the evening since the sun breaks down vitamin C and glycolic treatments. And, sleeping skin chemistry is more receptive to repair.

Across the board, dermatologists emphasize that it’s never too late to focus on skin care. And while they prefer clients to start early, since prevention is best, most say the right products can slow the clock’s ticking. Listen to the experts; not the hype. Ask your skin care therapist to evaluate your skin and devise an at-home plan together. It will do you, and your skin, some good. 

Excerpted from an article originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2004.
Copyright 2004. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Home Skin Care

faceEveryone has unique skin care needs that change according to season, time of life, and personal goals.  The key is to finding at home skin care products that suit both your climate and age. For that you need a trained skin care professional (esthetician)

Try different systems; mix and match,but don’t settle. If you don’t see a benefit in a month, change. You should be happy with your home skin care and with the way your face looks. There is not be one magic bullet for everyone, but there are some rules of thumb. 

Cleansers come in different shapes, sizes, formulations, and strengths. Some products can strip the skin of natural oils while others don’t scratch the surface of makeup, oil, and pollution build-up. As a rule, the longer you leave a cleanser on, the more it will do. If you have sensitive skin, splash your face with water, lather, and rinse. For a concentrated clean, let the lather linger.

When you exfoliate, find a median between frequency and ferocity. Don’t over-do it. Exfoliation occurs with washcloths, toners, and scrubs. A common mistake made at home is over-scrubbing, which leads to dry, irritated and even inflamed skin. Rule of thumb – take it easy.

Masks are described as great home remedies, but they’re not for everyone,they can be drying or harsh.

Generally, I suggest exfoliating three times a week and masking twice a week in-between facials. Those with acne and sensitive skin should not be using anything abrasive and always always use mild, gentle products like surface peel masks that slough off after they have dried on the skin.

Excerpted from an article originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2004.
Copyright 2004. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Collagen: What Is It?

exfoliate for bright skinCollagen is a basic, non-water soluble protein strand made up of a number of amino acids. Twenty-five types are found in the body to provide form, firmness and strength to cartilage, connective tissue and organs, but what Collagen is best for is its primary role in maintaining hydration and elasticity of the skin. Collagen, along with Elastin, is what gives your complexion its texture and structure.
As an ingredient in skincare products, Collagen is derived from one of two places: animal connective tissue or marine life.
What products with collagen do:
  • Helps skin retain natural  levels of hydration;
  • Protects skin against moisture loss;
  • Leaves skin soft, smooth  and supple;
  • Boosts firmness of complexion;
  • Helps tone and lift sagging skin; and
  • Helps improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Collagen is the building block for maintaining youthful-looking skin. As we age, Collagen breaks down and production decreases, causing skin to sag and wrinkle. This is where Collagen-packed creams and serums come in. A water-binding capability allows Collagen to help the skin retain natural levels of hydration and in doing so, protects skin against moisture loss. By keeping the skin hydrated, it restores a youthful plumpness that helps lift and brighten the complexion, leaving the skin supple and smooth.
Furthermore, Collagen is gentle and non-irritating, making it perfect for dry, sensitive and aging skin types that crave Collagen in their anti-aging products.
Article courtesy of Mario Badescu
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