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TIP THURSDAY! Steps For Healthy, Younger Looking Skin

Mom life! After almost 2 weeks I finally have time to sit down and actually blog. Since I've missed the last 2 Tip Tuesdays, I wanted to jump in and do a Tip Thursday for you. I've been getting a TON of questions about skincare and products so I'm here to answer all of your questions! 


How important are facials? I have a good routine at home, so am I really missing out on anything by not getting regular facials?

Facials are absolutely critical. You are going to see much better results if you make regular facials a consistent part of your skincare routine. I use professional-grade products with active ingredients at much higher concentrations than what you can get at home, and use techniques that allow those products to better penetrate your skin.

Think of facials as a once-a-month deep cleaning for your skin, while your at-home skincare regimen is regular maintenance to keep skin in the best condition possible. Both are essential for healthy, strong, and glowing skin.

I have really sensitive skin — how do I know I’m not going to end up breaking out?

If you have sensitive skin and someone gives you an aggressive treatment, you could wind up having an adverse reaction. I do a thorough skin analysis before your treatment. This allows me to give you a completely customized facial, so your skin gets exactly what it needs. 

I also like to let clients know that there is some stimulation that happens during a facial. This could potentially make impurities come to the surface, but they typically just come up and off of the skin. During a facial, I will also apply products to balance, correct, and treat your skin, which will help your skin better heal itself.

Healthy Skin

How does our skin tone become uneven, and how do we get it back?

When I talk about discoloration, or uneven skin tone, there are a few factors at play.
ONE: As our skin rejuvenates, it produces newer, healthier cells in the lower layer. But without regular exfoliation, dead cells will build up in certain areas on the surface, causing rough texture and discoloration.

TWO: When melanin (the pigment that causes our skin to tan) builds up in the skin, it can leave us splotchy and with hyperpigmentation. Melanin is only produced by our skin when it feels like it needs to protect itself from a harsh environment. 

THREE: Inflammation in the body can also cause discoloration. Inflammation is caused by a number of factors, including shifts in hormones.

To treat discoloration, it is essential to exfoliate away the old skin cells and protect your skin with SPF and quality skin care products.

What products can I use to keep my skin healthy?

A cleanser that balances the skin and is not over drying.

A vitamin C serum helps to brighten and strengthen. Vitamin C is a really potent antioxidant that will protect your skin from environmental factors that cause inflammation and the production of melanin. It's also essential for the production of collagen, which is the building block of our skin. Collagen is what keeps our skin firm and plump; however, it degrades as we age. Stimulating collagen production topically with vitamin C will help to keep your skin strong and healthy.

An SPF of at least 30 is vital. UV rays come from the sun and florescent lighting, and without the proper protection they can cause immense damage to skin.

Any foods I should eat or avoid?

Adopt a diet that consists of water rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, which help with the metabolism of cells in the body, including skin cells, and let them to function better.

 Skin Care Regimen

 What is the simplest skin care regimen that works?

What I mentioned above: a cleanser to balance and clean pores, vitamin C serum to strengthen, and SPF to protect are all essentials in every skin care routine.

Otherwise, I would definitely recommend adding in a vitamin A, or a retinol. Retinol is always a nighttime treatment because of the way it resurfaces your skin and helps it to shed the lining of your pores. This resurfacing and shedding helps treat acne, get rid of old skin cells the make your complexion look dull, and makes your cells act younger. Retinol essentially builds up and strengthens skin from underneath.

As we sleep we lose a lot of moisture in our skin. To keep your complexion dewy and hydrated, it’s great to add a nighttime moisturizer into your routine.

Any products I should avoid putting on my skin at all costs?

Avoid any harsh scrub that doesn’t use rounded beads as an exfoliator. Granular exfoliators can actually cause small cuts and tears on the surface of your skin. Exfoliation is definitely something that we need, as long as it is gentle. Exfoliation not only helps to get rid of old cells, but also encourages the production of healthy new skin.