Monday, February 22, 2016

Help with oily skin

I often see clients with oily skin that I have affectionately nicknamed "oil phobic".
Oil phobic clients are so nervous that the skin will get more oily, they have effectively stripped the skin of any beneficial moisture over using astringents and also by avoiding any added moisturizers for fear it might make the skin oily.Here are my tips find the right moisture level to balance your skin.

First, stop using harsh astringents and toners that often strip skin of moisture. Alcohol and Witch Hazel can often srip skin of necessary moisture and disrupt the skins natural ph balance. Stripped skin will often over produce oil as a response. Instead, toners should be ph balanced nutritional solutions that help to balance the skin and initiate the hydrating process.

Oily skin is often dehydrated. Remember that dry skin needs oil, but dehydrated skin needs water. Even if you drink a lot of water, the skin can be dehydrated as the live layers and dead layers of the skin don't often exchange water as well as we would like them to. That being said, don't stop drinking water! Adding lemon to the water will also help to balance the ph in the skin.

Find a lightweight moisturizer that will not make you feel oily. A key ingredient you want to look for in oily skin care products is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan that holds 1000 times its weight in water! What this means for skin is not only can it add water moisture but lock in water moisture as well. This will go a long way in balancing oily skin at the source and resulting in the beautiful moisture balanced skin you've been looking for!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Why do I need a facial?

      Sometimes I get asked the question, "Who needs a facial?" and "How do I know if I need one?". This is a great question! At one time, facials were often considered a luxury afforded to the few elite who might have had excessive disposable income. Well, times have surely changed and many people are coming to realize that facials can be both relaxing and beneficial for skin health.
       I often respond to that question with a question of my own, "What are your main skin concerns?", or better yet, "When you look in the mirror, what would you like to change most about your skin?" If the answer is, "Nothing, my skin in perfect!" then I guess we are done here and you can get back to Pinterest. All jokes aside, most of us have some concern with our skin whether it be the moisture level is too dry or too oily, sensitive skin, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage or acne. What you should know is that a professional facial treatment can help alleviate all of those issues and more.
       One of the key features to a facial is a professional level of exfoliation. Now you might be thinking, "Well, I scrub my face in the shower every day." Notice I said "professional" level of exfoliation. This  means the esthetician is using a level of exfoliation that can only be purchased by a licensed skin professional. We will speak in more detail about exfoliation in my next blog but for now you should simply know that there are two forms of exfoliation, mechanical or chemical. Mechanical exfoliation comes in the form of a brush or scrub at is lowest levels, and microdermabrasion would be considered a high level of mechanical exfoliation, Chemicals can also be used to exfoliate the skin. Don't be scared off by the idea of chemical exfoliation, just think of it in terms of a liquid that can be used to remove dead skin cells. These liquids come in many different strengths and does not automatically mean your skin will be red or irritated. The great thing about exfoliation is is stimulating to the skins cell turnover rate. By triggering your skin to make new cells quicker, skin will look new and refreshed for many days after the facial.
        Deep pore cleaning is another benefit of a professional facial. Exfoliation is a great way to "take the lid off" the pores to prepare them for deep cleaning and removal of impactions and debris that are often the source of blackheads and breakouts. My facial treatments include a process of debris removal called extractions. Don't worry, it's not the same as the extractions you get at the dentist. I use cotton wrapped gloved fingers to gently squeeze areas of clogged pores and congestion to manually remove clogged pores. Many people have larger pores in the nose area and other areas of the face. These impactions can often be removed with the proper technique and preparation of the skin.
       Often the most relaxing part of the facial is the massage and treatment mask. My treatments include facial massage, hand, arm, and shoulder massage. Massage is beneficial for product penetration, hydration, circulation and skin metabolism in addition to just feeling great! The treatment mask is applied to calm and rejuvenate the skin. Services conclude with the application of a eye treatment serum and appropriate moisturizer. Yes, even oily skin needs the proper moisturizer and dehydrated skin often over produces oil!
      Don't forget one of the benefits of a facial is the opportunity to spend an hour one on one with a professional who can thoroughly analyze your skin and discuss your product regimen and personal routine. For years I thought I had sensitive skin, then I learned I actually have reactive skin. Similar, but not the same. Want to find out more??? Get a facial! You will love it!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Welcome to my blog! 
This blog will include lots of helpful information about skin care, facials and skin products. When I flip through the TV channels, I start to understand why people don't know what to use for their skin care at home. 
Together we will explore what to do, what to use and how it works!
Please feel free to ask me your skin care questions anytime!