Let's be real. When it comes to our skincare, we're always trying to keep up with the latest trends! There is always something new being released or a special ingredient that promises incredible results. It's a never ending cycle. We've enlisted the help of skin specialist and esthetician from Bare Med Spa to answer our burning questions on all things skincare. Let's get started!
Written by Nikki from Bare Med Spa
It's never too late to start when it comes to creating a skincare routine that works for YOU. Again, let's reiterate the 'you,' as everyone has unique skincare needs. So, stop listening to that one article you read or even your best friend! Your esthetician knows your skin best and is here to help. And if you don't have a relationship with an esthetician, that is the best place to start. It often times more than one visit (I recommend three!) for your skin specialist to diagnose your needs and develop a plan including products and treatments that will give you the best results.
Here are a few tips it re-vamp your skincare routine - starting today!
1. You need a quarterly skincare routine. Why? Because your skin can change based on the season, temperature and your lifestyle. Your esthetician can you help you create a custom routine for each season that will tackle your specific skin needs.
In the summer, sun damage is a big concern. It's important to use SPF on the face and body daily. Not only is this to prevent damage, but it helps eliminate signs of aging. Pick a SPF that works with your skin. Personally, I love and often recommend the Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. It's enriched with antioxidants and is very light, which works well for a variety of skin types!
For treatments, Rejuvepen is a great service to have in the summer. There is no downtime. However, you might experience mild redness the day of and possible light flaking the day after receiving the treatment. Any flaking is very light though. This treatment is ideal for skin damaged with wrinkles or lines, scarring, acne marks, and even stretch marks. I often use this treatment for clients with skin discoloration, pock marks, melasma and lines around the eyes and mouth.
Your fall routine should start right after Labor Day. Plan ahead by cleaning out your leftover summer beauty products or anything expired. Fall is great time to try chemical peels and laser treatments to correct damage. Remember, now is when you are prepping your skin for next summer, so that you can correct any damage.
It's also a great time to try laser hair removal, whether on the body or face! Anywhere where sun hits you cannot get laser treatment in the summer, so save those treatments for the fall/winter.
Winter is all about exfoliation and hydration. It's so important to keep your skin hydrated in the cold months! A few treatments that work best during this time of year are microdermabrasian, the HydraFacial and dermaplane. All help with skin cell turnover to keep the skin hydrated.
2. Get rid of the old. Have your products expired? Have you been using the same product over and over without seeing changes in your skin? It may be time to re-evaluate what you are using.Your daily routine. Also, always use pharmaceutical-grade products. Products sold to the masses (think: big box retailers and discount stores) have no regulation. They also can contain fillers in the product. Just because its a bigger bottle and cheaper, doesn't mean it's a better deal!
Products depends on skin needs and age, but should involve these products:
In your 30s
When you hit your 30s, it's time to introduce eye cream and a serum. This is because whne you reach 30, you lose 20% of elastin and collagen in your skin. These help prevent damage and keep skin hydrated. A Vitamin C serum also helps lighten and brighten the skin for a glow. Remember, it's easier to prevent damage now then to reverse it years later! You won't regret starting early.
In your 40s
Keep the products and routine rom 30s, but add in anti-aging treatments. Like an anti-aging serum for nighttime. This is the decade where you may experience hormone changes, which can result in the loss of moisture in your skin. Keep in mind, your skin changes every 5 to 10 years, so it's important to reevaluate your skin needs every few years!
In your 50s
This is when you should switch from lotions to creams. Thicker, denser and more hydrating products are key. You can keep your same routine, but add in new product that help your skin stay hydrated. Don't forget the basics: cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and cream (day + night!)
3. Consultations are important. If you have a skin issue you want to address or have been dealing with, it's important to find an esthetician that can help you and your individual needs. Make sure to be upfront and honest during your consultation. It's helpful for your esthetician to know what your daily routine is and products you use including the brand. You should visit your esthetician 1x every month for the best results. At minimum, quarterly visits can help you stay on track as the season (and your skin) changes! Remember, visiting your esthetician should be a 'no judgement' zone.