1. Using natural organic products – We believe in organic materials, free of SLS, alcohol, parabens and crude oils. Conventional skin products can cause dryness and harm the skin in the long run, so pay attention to the ingredients on the label before purchasing. You’ll feel the difference.
2. Facial cleansing before bedtime is important – Many of our clients tell us they don’t have the patience to clean their face before bed. Too tired. Too sleepy. Well, it’s important. Why? Because when you sleep, you skin rests. No external substances. No sun, fumes, smoke, etc. The pores open up when you sleep, so imagine sleeping with all the dirt accumulated during the day. Your skin won’t take it very well. Therefore, we urge you to clean your face – and not with soap. Use cleansing ointments, facial water without alcohol and without SLS. We also recommend applying a good night cream or Retinol. At night, your skin is at its most sensitive, so use that to your advantage.
3. Acne again – It’s so annoying to wake up and spot yet another pimple. We already recommended facial cleansing before bedtime, but for those with acne we also recommend applying a disinfectant drying cream on pimples. You should also try visiting you cosmetician and applying a face cleansing mask once or twice a week. Your skin needs accurate treatment, so don’t buy the off-the counter stuff. Consult with your cosmetician and see her at least once a month. That way, your acne will gradually subside.
4. Sun screen – 8 months out of 12 are sun months, so sun protection is vital for everyone (not only those with pigmentation). Remember: the skin remembers everything. If you tanned yourself when you were younger, it’ll show when you age. So first of all, avoid overexposure to the sun. It’s harmful both health wise and aesthetically, as well. Even if you go shopping or for a walk, wear sun screen (at least 30 SPF) and renew it every two hours. For those of you wearing makeup, use a special brush to apply sun screen on makeup.
5. Vitamin C – Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for the body’s health and strength. The human body cannot store vitamin C on its own, so we need to make sure we consume it on a regular basis. The richest vitamin C sources are fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the skin’s free radicals. If you smoke, spend a lot of time outside or near ovens, we recommend applying vitamin C skin moisture cream.
6. Why is my acne not going away – We get this a lot from our young customers: “I got a face treatment and nothing helped”. Well, we are cosmeticians, not magicians. We can’t make acne disappear all at once. We can give a few pointers, though: first of all, don’t touch the pimples, because touching spreads acne bacteria. Same goes for popping pimples – it spreads the bacteria. So don’t touch. If you notice a new pimple, put some drying ointment on it – and it’ll go away in a day or two.
7. The role of moisturizing cream – Moisturizing cream keeps the skin moisturized. Don’t give it up. Before you go outside, don’t forget to put on sun screen lotion. If you apply serum, then this is the correct order of events: sun screen first, then wait a few minutes, then apply the serum and wait a few more minutes, and then apply moisturizing cream. Many people think that sun screen should be applied last, but that is not true.
Moisturizing cream has many components and can be concocted to fit your skin’s needs. Ask your cosmetician to diagnose your skin and prescribe the moisturizer that is right for you.
We run into clients with oily skin who dry it with soap with SLS or alcohol-based facial water, while at the same time using the same prescribed moisturizing cream. That’s a no-no. In cases such as these, your cosmetician should prescribe moisturizing cream for dried skin and not dry skin. There is a huge difference.
8. Serum – Serum has many functions. The serum’s active components are more concentrated. We recommend applying serum every night underneath the night cream, and in the morning underneath moisturizing cream. Those with dry skin will benefit from a quality serum that will strengthen the actions of the day cream. There are different kinds of serums, with different components:
Vitamin C serum is an excellent anti-oxidant and recommended for smokers and people who spend a lot of time outdoors.
Peptide serum is great also, especially as part of a 30-day continual treatment.
Hyaluronic acid serum: Hyaluronic acid is in charge of skin moisture, and we lose it with age. When coupled with Hyaluronic cream, Hyaluronic serum will make your skin feel great.
If you have oily skin, there are many serums from different manufacturers that you can use to balance your skin. Consult your cosmetician and don’t be tempted to buy serums that don’t match your skin requirements.
9. Retinol (Retin A) – Retinol is a breakthrough in anti-aging. It renew cells, stalls the aging process and improves wrinkled skin. As Retinol contains very active components, it can only be purchased via cosmeticians or doctors. During summer, we recommend applying it twice-to-three times a week and only in the evening. During winter, we recommend applying it every night on a clean face. If you feel an irritation, let your skin relax for a few days and the tone down the usage by 50%, by mixing it with your moisturizing cream (1:1) during the first week, in order to obtain 50% active components. During week 2, apply every other night, without mixing it with the skin moisturizer. During week 3, apply every night without mixing. This process helps the skin get used to the Retinol, which works wonders for the skin.
10. Peeling – Peeling is important, as it removes dead cells and quickens the skin cell replacement process. On average, our cells are replaced every 28 days, but this process slows down as we get older. It is important to know that peeling cleans the skin and removed dead cells, but it does not accelerate the birth of new cells. Peeling works best as a morning and evening cleanser (depending on skin type). If your skin is thin, peeling may not be right for you (perhaps try very gentle peeling once or twice a week).
Peeling that truly helps cells replenish can only be found at the cosmetician. This is acid-based peeling, which is applied once a week. During winter, we recommend peeling administered by an experienced cosmetician. This treatment includes high percentage active ingredients that renew the skin and improve pigmentation, pores and skin texture. The cosmetician will know how to match the peeling treatment with your skin color, texture and condition. Good luck!