Skincare 101: The Basics

Finding the right products to meet your skin needs can be overwhelming, especially if you are not seeking advice from a specialist. There are a ton of choices to choose from, with new products launching daily. But finding the right product(s) to maintain a healthy skincare routine can be difficult and frustrating. However, there are things you can do to give your skin the attention it needs. As a licensed esthetician I highly recommend seeking advice from an esthetician, or dermatologist for cases that are more severe and seek the attention of a doctor. But in most cases estheticians can get your skin on the right track.

Regular visits to an skincare specialist for facials can make a world of a difference in regards to the health of your skin at any age. They will be able to analyze your skin with the use of technology and suggest the appropriate products for your skin type. For example, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, peels, microdermabrasion, anti-aging, etc. There’s also treatments available for those suffering with acne, hyperpigmentation and scarring caused by acne. There are treatments estheticians offer that can give you relief.  Whether you have sensitive, normal or problematic skin there are treatments available to meet your needs. In between visits with your skincare specialist, here are a few things you can do at home for all skin types.

  1. Wash Your Hands. This step is very important to eliminate the transfer of germs and bacteria to the face.
  2. Cleanse Your Face Twice. Make sure you have cleanser that’s designed for your skin type. If you are oily or combination choose one that has a foaming texture. Foaming cleansers are also great for men because of it’s texture, especially for those with facial hair. They work best for thoroughly cleansing the skin without clogging the pores, versus a creamy cleanser which best suits those with dry skin. The temperature of the water is important as well. Warm water is best during the cleansing process because it will help open the pores and loosen debris. The second wash is the step that actually cleans the skin, once the dirt and oil has loosened up. After you have cleansed twice, use cold water to close the pores.
  3. Tone. Whether you have sensitive, dry, combination or oily skin it’s important to use a toner. Toners help with balancing the pH levels of the skin, close pores and remove any debris left on the skin after cleansing.
  4. Moisturize/ Protect. Moisturizing and sunscreen is important no matter what skin type you have. If you are oily it’s important to use a moisturizer too. Oily skin is due to the over production of oil of the sebaceous glands. Moisturizing your skin can balance out the amount of oil your body produces, while protecting the skin. The best type of moisturizer for oily skin is one that consists of these properties: gel-like consistency, oil-free or light weight. Creamy, thicker formulated moisturizers are best suited for dry skin and some cases sensitive. Last but not least, use a sunscreen! The sun doesn’t discriminate on the color of your skin or its type. Beat the havoc the sun can have on your skin by using a sunscreen and garments that offer protection daily.

Now you’re on your way…Cheers to great skin!