Skin types are what we are predisposed to have through our genetics and also the environmental factors such as the way we care for our skin. I remember the first time I had a facial, I told my esthetician I had oily skin and she looked at me like I was crazy. She said I had the driest skin ever. I was only 20 years old, yet I had massively dry and dehydrated skin (it didn't help that I was using an astringent with alcohol that was literally striping my skin. I won't mention any names, but we all started there). Although I could take action to help alleviate the extreme dry condition my skin was in, I was always going to be a dry skin type.
So, what are the different skin types?
Although skin types will not change, skin conditions and changes occur throughout life. For example the skin can change due to the environment, hormonal changes and even become sensitized due to harsh ingredients and poor lifestyle choices. Though practicing a regular skin care regimen the health and condition can improve regardless of your skin type.
What is your skin type, have you noticed the skin changing over time?
Had a great question the other day: What is the one thing most people could be doing to improve their skin that they are not doing? While it is difficult to narrow it down to just one thing, if I had to choose it would be a solid skin care routine. One that is so consistent that it becomes a habit.
For example, I hear about women going to sleep at night and not removing their make-up. Cleansing my face is something I do no matter what, even if I didn't wear make-up that day. Not removing make-up can clog pores, causing breakouts. The night time is when are cells are regenerating and repairing so its a great time to apply your anti-aging products on a nice cleansed face. And think about your pillow case! Removing the dirt and debris from the day should be as much of a habit as brushing your teeth.
Using a treatment serum and exfoliator on a regular basis in your routine is critical for the most healthy skin. Exfoliating and assisting the cellular turnover, especially as we age, should be done on a regular basis. Same goes for your treatment products, if we just use a serum here and there you will never achieve the greatest benefit from the product.
Whatever it is you decide is your skin care program, stick with it daily to see the best results. Keep your products out and ready and make it as simple to do as brushing your teeth. If you feel like your routine is too basic add in a high performing serum or toner to boost the results!
Are you consistent with your skin care products? What is something you do every single day without fail?
Recently I was asked how do we shrink the pores on our skin. Sadly, the answer is we can not shrink pores. However there are steps we can take to minimize them and I am going to give you three tips below to help do just that!
If you have tried all of the above and still are not happy with the size of your pores, a laser therapy treatment is a wonderful option. I love the laser genesis treatment, it helps with collagen production helping to minimize the pore size. There are other more invasive laser treatments out there as well that help with the same issue.
Do you have enlarged pores? What has helped for you?
Camu-camu is a shrub that’s native to the Amazonian rainforest, and is a berry that resembles a cherry. Traditionally this plant was used for wound healing because of the high content of vitamin C. This is helpful for collagen formation and cellular growth and repair. It also brightens and evens out skin tone. Camu-camu has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges!
This natural plant is also high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, no wonder it is so good for sun protection! This means it helps fight free radicals which lead to a breakdown in collagen. It is even known to be highly antibacterial making it a wonder ingredient for even oily and acne skin types.
I use Camu-camu in my REPAIR toner and one of the biggest reasons is because it is a powerful UV radiation fighter. Vitamin C in general is amazing for helping to proactively protect the skin from the suns rays as it enhances collagen production to help fight the effects of the sun. Ultimately, exposure to the sun leads to wrinkles and pigmentation, two things we want to avoid.
While my REPAIR toner is NOT a sun protection factor, it is such a wonderful compliment to one. My clients have used it on sun burns and rashes, and even clients who have acne report a calmer skin and feel hydrated without an oily feeling. Many people keep one in their purse, gym bag or beach bag and spray often throughout the day. I also recommend spraying right after you get out of the sun. It is also to keep at your office desk because of the wonderful lavender scent which is very calming.
Do you use REPAIR toner? Let me know what you think and how you use it!
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.