Written for Daily Hive by Jennifer Dennett from The Loft Laser & Skin Aesthetics
With winter behind us, it is time to put your best face forward for the spring and summer seasons. With that in mind, here are a few treatments that are performed in office, and a few tips you can do at home in between treatments to help maintain a healthy glowing complexion.
At the core of every great skincare regime is a facial. Facials deeply cleanse your skin and free it of toxins. It will help stimulate the exfoliation process.
This treatment is a mechanical way of exfoliating your skin. This method uses a 10 gauge scalpel to gently exfoliate the top layer of dulling dead skin cells, to reveal a smooth bright complexion. While this treatment exfoliates, it also removes the “peach fuzz” that we find on our face. This treatment allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly.
A chemical way of exfoliating the skin, this treatment will remove dead skin cells for a glowing complexion and, also helps to promote cellular turnover. As glycolic peels come in various degrees of percentages, you can be as gentle or aggressive as needed.
A non-chemical, non-invasive, mechanical method of exfoliation. This gentle skin refinishing causes the dead skin layers to be removed along with the skin’s impurities. Microdermabrasion buffs the skin of fine lines and discolouration while refining the tone and texture.
At Home Regime:
I have been recommending this to all my clients since the beginning of my career. By incorporating a double cleanse, this allows you to wash away the surface dirt, residue and bacteria. The second cleanse allows for your pores to receive the proper cleansing. Double cleansing also softens your skin, so that any product applied will have a better penetration.
To keep your skin glowing, I recommend using a daily micro-exfoliant. The benefits are plenty. Exfoliating helps detoxify the skin, kills bacteria and prevents breakouts, brightens the complexion and gets rid of dull dead skin cells.
Use a Vitamin C Serum
If you are only going to add one step in your ‘at home skincare regime’, this should be it. I cannot stress enough how beneficial Vitamin C serums are. Vitamin C Serums act as an antioxidant, they helps produce collagen, restores and regenerates skin from scarring, and protects you from the sun.
Apply an SPF daily
As the Vitamin C serum protects your skin from the inside, a good SPF should be applied to protect your skin from the outside. Your SPF should be a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection as well as your SPF should have a physical barrier (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide). Remember to apply your sunscreen at least ½ hour prior to going outside.
Don’t take off your makeup with just a wipe
When you’re too tired to remove your make-up, using a towelette wipe to quickly clean your face is sometimes the answer. But using a wipe or not cleansing at all are both harmful to your skin.
When you’ve been out and about all day with your makeup on, and air pollution exposed to your skin. By not washing your face, free radicals are on the skin and they are responsible for the breakdown of healthy collagen. Each night you go to bed with oil based primers or make up, your pores become more clogged and this causes microcomedomes. This is responsible for attracting acne-causing bacteria to your pores.
Don’t use towelette wipes before bed because these wipes often contain alcohol in them and can result in drying out your skin. In addition, all towelettes contain preservatives to keep them “fresh” and to stop them from getting mouldy. So, if you used a facial towelette, you would have to wash your face right after with cleanser and water to remove the alcohol and preservatives.
By introducing some or all of these tips into your skin care regime, you will always have your best face forward.