The 5 Most Important Tips for your Facial Skin Care

Everyday ladies have been coming to me this winter with surface dry skin, acne rosacea, and general redness. They are using drugstore products that may be good products, but they are using the wrong products for their skin types. They are drying out their skin even more or creating a situation where they are making their skin so sensitive that every product won’t work the way it is supposed to. So here are my top tips for your skin, no matter what your skin type may be.

  1. Wash your face! Morning and Evening. No makeup wipes. No micelle water! Micelle water is watered down cleanser. Wash with a good cleanser made for your skin type. If you don’t know your skin type, invest in a consultation with an aesthetician (a skin care professional) who can tell you all about your skin. In my case the consultation is complimentary. Washing your face removes all the surface debris from the day, such as makeup and environmental factors. It also helps to unclog your pores. Makeup wipes do not. In the morning, cleansing helps to set the stage for your products to work correctly and your makeup will go on better.

2. Use a treatment serum next. This can be Hyalauronic Acid for your surface dryness, an acne treatment serum, a redness calming serum, etc.

3. Next comes your moisturizer with sunscreen for the daytime. A great moisturizer should have antioxidants or peptides in it. Antioxidants repair the DNA damage that was done by the elements, such as all that time in the sun. And Peptides are great for anti-aging as well - wrinkles, fine lines. By the way, tinted moisturizers are great and so are BB Creams or CC Creams instead of Foundations.

4. In the evening, wash again with your proper cleanser and then use a retinoid type cream on your face. This will repair the damage from the day and keep your skin fresh and young looking. Retinols (Vitamin A) are very important for refreshing your skin from the lowest layer to the outer layer. You should definitely use this if you have acne, but if not, start in your 30’s. It helps keep the wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Personally, I don’t believe in prescription retinol as they are too harsh and cause redness, peeling and surface dryness. The molecule of the prescription retinol is too large and it sits on the surface of the skin. That is why it causes this reaction.

5. Finally, use a facial mask twice a week. Use one recommended by your skin care professional that is appropriate for your skin type. This will help to keep your skin on track and assist with cell turnover and proper moisturization or redness relief. Plus it’s really fun!

Even the best skin care products only have a chance if they are used on the correct skin type. I’m talking about only 3 steps in the morning and 2 at night. You can do it! I know you can.

What can be done about your Acne Scarring?

Over the years, I have seen and treated many people who were ashamed to hold their head up due to a face filled with pimples, pustules, redness and scarring. The products have really come a long way, and so has the technology. This, however, leaves some with scars and redness. It is the most embarrassing when you are an aesthetician that suffers from acne and nothing seems to help. I once treated such a person with a new laser that had come out. She was ashamed to see her clients because of her redness and scarring. You have never seen a happier person! She thanked me and the plastic surgeon that I worked with for giving her life back! Since then I have heard this from others as well.

I have been doing this for 20 years and with the benefits of treatments and technology that keeps improving, here is my list of treatments to improve acne scarring - or literally any scarring.

  1. Clear + Brilliant Laser - Fabulous for improving skin texture, quality, tone. This laser literally punches microscopic holes in your skin, removing at least 9% and breaking down the collagen. It heals, smoother and healthier. A series of 3 is recommended.

  2. Microneedling - This is very popular right now. It essentially uses tiny needles to prick the skin and break up the scarring. The topical treatments applied to the skin after are absorbed much better and collagen production is encouraged. The result is smoother skin.

  3. Chemical Peels - There are so many forms of good chemical peels now. A good peel will force your skin to peel, shedding the outer layers and renewing the good skin from underneath. A series of 6 peels is recommended for best results.

  4. Dermal Fillers - For deeper scars, such as ice pick, fillers can be injected into the scar to make it appear flatter. However, it does not reduce the red, shiny appearance of the scar. This would be a great treatment in combination with another treatment for a terrific result. Ask your plastic surgeon about it.

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