As almost everyone knows, our skin is our bodies largest organ. The skin, lymphatic system, digestive system, liver, and the kidneys are the most important organs for detoxification and work together to keep us healthy. Sometimes we can see a negative change in the skin; breakouts, lackluster appearance or dark circles and this can be a sign a detox is in order!
Below I will list some of the tools I love to incorporate when I feel my body and skin need a mini re-boot and get back to feeling and looking so much better.
Hope this helps if your skin is needing revitalization or is lacking that glow we all desire!
I get this question a lot, should I pick at my breakouts at home? Most estheticians you will talk to will most definitely say- no! Why is that so? There are a few reasons it is not recommended.
Not all breakouts on our skin are pimples. Pimples are what happen when we have trapped oil/sebum, bacteria that leads to infection and includes pus under the skin. Blackheads are not infections but trapped debris as well, these are safe to extract with a skin care professional. Milia/whiteheads usually need to be extracted with a needle to remove it from the skin because it is blocked. When extracted it looks like a tiny grain of sand.
The reasons listed above include why we shouldn't pick at home but what is different in a skin care setting?
What you can do at home:
EXFOLIATE! This should be done on a weekly basis depending on what product you are using. Exfoliating helps with the process of sloughing off dead skin and helps prevent the buildup of oil and bacteria.
Use a spot treatment. Use a product you can sleep in at night, skin is regenerating faster at night so its the best time for a targeted treatment. It will help draw out impurities without agitation if you have the right one.
Do not dry it out. The problem with drying out the skin through using harsh ingredients while you have breakouts is the skin will want to produce more oil and cause more problems.
Remember pimples can be very agitated and need to be treated with calming ingredients as well. Using something like UNDO serum is amazing for soothing and hydrating without adding oil and heavy ingredients to block the pore. Because of the inflammation in the pore, ingredients like Aloe Vera and Arnica help soothe the skin.
So spill the beans, are you a picker??
Today on the blog I wanted to address a common question I receive. Many clients ask me what they can add to their current regimen of cleanser and moisturizer. I am asked what else they need because they are just not seeing results or are starting to see the signs of aging. The first thing I tell them is to add in a serum or targeted anti-aging product because this is where they are going to see the best results. Although important, a moisturizer is not an anti-aging product as much as it is a protector and hydrator. Yes they can have anti-aging ingredients but moisturizers are designed to sit more on the surface of the skin.
The most highly active and concentrated ingredients will be in a serum or a complex. These tend to be lighter in weight and designed to penetrate deeper into the skin. They also tend to have higher percentages of active ingredients. This is why I believe serums will give you the most bang for your buck!
Because serums are so crucial to improving the skin, I have designed my line with serums before I have created a moisturizer. So many clients are confused as to why my line isn't laid out as so many of the other brands are in order of product development. I am less concerned about what the cleansers and moisturizers my clients use and more interested that they have a very effective serum that will hydrate and stimulate collagen. This ensures they see faster results with more targeted products. In my line the serums also maintain a clean and non-toxic ingredient list, along with tremendous results.
My BOOST vitamin c complex is designed to be used together with UNDO serum for the best results. You can read more about BOOST here and UNDO here.
As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.