FAQ-Skin care edition

Over the years in the treatment room and in trainings I have been asked questions that seem to repeatedly come up. Here they are with my answers/opinions below:

Q. Should I put on my skin care products on dry or wet skin?

A. Always moist skin. If by the time you are applying product when your skin is dry just spray with a toner of your choice. This will help your products penetrate further making them more effective.

Q. In what order do I apply my products?

A. Cleanse, tone, treat/serum, eye cream, moisturize, SPF (A.M.) If using an exfoliation or mask apply after toning the skin and use an exfoliation before a mask.

Q. How to apply eye cream.

A. iCare

Q. Should I wash my face in the AM if I washed it the night before?

A. Yes. Oils from the hair or on your pillow should be removed. If you are not oily you can do a quick tone with a hydrating toner if you do not want to over-wash and then apply daily products.

Q. Should I wear sun protection if I am not laying out in the sun?

A. Sun protection should be applied daily even if you are not going to the beach. We get sun more than we realize (walking to into buildings at work and driving in the car) safer to be protected.

Q. When is the best time to exfoliate?

A. Best time is at night so you will not be immediately exposed to the sun. Be diligent about using sun protection the following morning.

Q. What are the most important things to do to prevent dehydration on a plane?

A. Drink tons of water, limit alcohol (but you are not taking mine away) and wear an extra hydrating serum/moisturizer. Be sure to wear SPF, you are much closer to the sun!

Q. Some tips to prevent acne on your forehead and chin.

A. Pull hair back at night, wash pillowcases regularly, clean phones (especially cell phones and work phones-the cleaning crew doesn’t!) and stop touching your face!

Q. How MUCH product should I use?

A. Click here

Q. How often to get a facial?

A. Best case scenario 4-6 weeks. This is hard for most people so maintain with at home treatments.

Q. What is the best device I can use for my skin?

A. It all starts with a properly cleansed skin. Using a Clairsonic brush will change your skin…for the better of course!

That is all for now, I will update this as I think of more or leave a comment asking your own skin care questions!

Neutrogena Men® Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20

Most of the male clientele I have treated are in the market for a simple routine. Products that have multiple functions in one tube, always a bonus. I like this Neutrogena product for that very reason. Great for an after shave, moisturizer and SPF. Has a subtle masculine fragrance and is quite lightweight. Although it does hydrate even dry skin living in a dessert climate…you know who you are. Thanks for the tip.

Can’t beat the price either at $6.99 on Neutrogena.com or at your local drugstore.

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Evian Mineral Spray

I know I have spoken about this Evian Spray before and you know how crazy I am about toners. This was my “go-to” spray toner this summer during the ridiculous heat, which by the way isn’t going away. I really liked to drench my skin whenever possible, especially right after my shower and before I apply skin care treatment products. It also can be used right on top of your make-up. The packaging is recyclable and the sprayer does not harm the environment.

At Skin Store.com they have a variety of sizes so you can bring one with you on a plane and keep one in your purse. Is it Fall yet?!

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Check yourself-Skin Cancer Prevention

 

Have you been to a Dermatologist this year? Well, maybe its time you made an appointment. More than 90 percent of dermatologic surgeons have seen at least one patient in the past year with cancer that was overlooked or misdiagnosed by a non-dermatologist, finds a survey of by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

There is mixed feelings about the frequency of exams but after what I have read the safest bet is going with an annual screening. Especially if you are considered high risk spending time in the sun now and in the past.

Cancer.org has great information and facts regarding skin cancer and how to prevent it.

ultra sensitive faceblock spf25

Summer is almost over, but the heat? Not so much. I just purchased one of my favorite SPF’s ultra sensitive faceblock spf25 by Dermalogica and I have fallen in love all over again. This oldie but goodie was a product I used to recommend to my clients all of the time and I love it for my skin as well. It is great for sensitivity but anyone can use it. I like to use it as my “foundation” sometimes because it’s tinted and has a beautiful shade (and that is one less step for me on a busy morning!).

Click on the link and check out the full ingredient listing and all the buzz about ultra sensitive faceblock spf25!

Beach Bag Beauty

I heard that this week will be the hottest week this summer in SoCal. So when I am not locked in my house with the AC up as cold as it can go I will be submerged in water. Here are my top three favorite beach/pool bag beauty products I will be taking along with me:

1. Sun protection-really a no brainer.  Look for a water resistant SPF when planning a day of fun in the sun. I like the La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid-only $29.50 at SkinStore.com

2. Lip Balm with SPF– I like Jason Lip Balm SPF 25-can be found at Mothers Market and other health food markets. Around 4 bucks!

3. Barex Sun Essential Oil-Click on post to find out why!

Now you are set, don’t forget the quarters!

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I Wear my Sunglasses…

We all know by now how much I lecture about protecting your skin from the sun. Well, we also need to think about protecting our eyes. Of course we do this by wearing sunglasses. A common problem that develops when people do not protect their eyes from the sun is cataracts and an even more severe side effect is a burning of the retina!

Make sure when you are shopping for shades you check out the UV protection as well as the style factor. And for you parents out there, please consider having your kids wear sunglasses as well as it is just as important if not more so.

The Dewy Look

 

When I think of a “dewy” skin I think of a skin that is fresh, glowing and well hydrated. Who wouldn’t want that? It begins with a well moisturized skin and ends with a minimal make-up application.

I discovered Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm when shopping for my honeymoon. I wanted something with light coverage during the day that also had sun protection. Mission accomplished, my skin has never looked so good poolside.

Bobbi’s Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

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Antioxidant Skin Care

Recently I was asked to shed some light on incorporating antioxidant skin care products into a home care regimen. It’s a great question and and even better idea. Using antioxidant rich products *effective products* is important for helping to even out skin tone, minimizing pigmentation and prevention. To prevent further damage you also want to do the following:

Exfoliate!

Wear Sun Protection (religiously)

Use Antioxidants (and eat them!)

Get Facial Treatments

So back to the antioxidants, there are many used in the industry. Vitamin C is a standard and it’s very effective. One of my favorite products uses C but also some other potent ingredients that are super effective when combined.

Phloretin CF by SkinCeuticals is the product I would always recommend to my clients in search of a result driven product that offers prevention along with correction. It’s best used during the day time for extra protection against the sun and free radical damage.

Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Prevents premature signs of aging and corrects existing photodamage
  • Divides and conquers the range of reactive oxygen species (ROS) throughout the skin
  • Prevents cell mutation by shielding skin’s DNA
  • Accelerates cell turnover
  • Boosts skin’s support structure
  • Inhibits UV-induced discolorations

If you really want to see a difference in the hyperpigmentation, I love to couple with Phyto +. Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Contains kojic acid and arbutin to help reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Active ingredients work synergistically to lighten the appearance of skin
  • Natural alternative to the chemical skin lightener hydroquinone—less likely to cause irritation
  • Contains anti-inflammatory cucumber and anti-bacterial thyme to soothe and calm irritated skin
  • Helps maintain results following invasive cosmetic procedures
  • Ideal for all skin types

Hope that helps April, this ones for you. ♥

 

Barex Sun Essential Oil




Skin is not the only thing that we need to protect as we frolic in the ocean and pool during these hot months ahead. Our hair takes a beating in the summer with the salt, sun and pool water, which is why I love the Sun Essential Oil by Barex. Not only does it help repair sun damaged hair with vitamin E and Rice oils, it also helps protect it from all of the elements.

 

Multi-vitamins and UV filters help keep hair soft and shiny so you can avoid the dull and dry looking “summer hair” I personally can do without this season! I just spritz on my hair and I am ready to go. You can’t resist the smell, I like to pretend I am on holiday in Tahiti. Where will you be going?