Skincare To Splurge On
As estheticians, one of the first questions we ask a new client who wants to transform their skin is “What products do you use at home?” The answer gives us a lot of insight on what’s going on with the person’s skin and why. Using the wrong products can wreak havoc and cause more problems than they solve. I always tell clients that skin transformation is much like body transformation. That girl walking down the street with a tiny waist and perfect butt? She goes to the gym for regular work outs and you better believe her fridge is stocked full of fruits, veggies, lean meats and healthy snacks. Sure a trip to McDonald’s is cheaper, but she knows a healthy body requires a little extra time and money. The same goes for your skin! Even someone getting regular monthly facials doesn’t get the full results they are looking for without a proper skincare routine at home. While we know it’s not in everyone’s budget to have a complete top-of-the-line 7 step regimen, there are definitely some products that you should skip over at the drug store. Here’s our list of skincare to splurge on.
AKA Vitamin A. I’ve found that there’s a lot of misunderstanding about retinols. Whenever I suggest to a client that they add a retinol into their regimen, I’m frequently explaining that retinols and Retin-A are NOT the same thing! Retin-A is a brand-name, doctor prescribed topical treatment used to treat acne. And while Vitamin A is the active ingredient, it is just one type of retinol product in a world of many. Retinols can treat a multitude of skin concerns, from signs of aging to pigmentation, as well as acne. It’s impossible to fully describe what this ingredient does without writing a full thesis, so I’ll simplify. Vitamin A helps damaged cells become normal, prevents normal cells from becoming damaged, encourages a healthy cell turnover rate, increases collagen production and decreases melanin production. It is perhaps the most powerful product in your skincare arsenal. Not only is it something you want to spend a little extra on, but I also suggest visiting a professional before purchasing. This way, we can recommend a product that would work best for your skin type and teach you how to properly integrate retinol into your routine to avoid oversensitivity.
Vitamin C Products:
In my opinion, this is the second most important vitamin for your skin. A powerful antioxidant, this ingredient actually works with your SPF to increase protection from UV rays. But it doesn’t stop there. It helps prevent cancer and protects your skin from free radical damage. When it comes to benefit diversity, Vitamin C has no competitor. Helps repair damaged skin cells? Check. Shields your skin from environmental damage? Check. Helps collagen production? Check. Increases benefits of other ingredients important to your skin? Check. Assists with skin healing? Check. A skincare product you should splurge on? CHECK.
Two words: LIQUID BOTOX. There are a few different kinds of peptides, so you should attempt to find a product that incorporates a few. Peptides can actually relax your muscles and reduces muscle tension, making it a dream product for areas which see wrinkles because of repeated muscle movements, like around the eyes or the forehead. But wait, this magic ingredient has more tricks up its sleeve! It can actually fool your skin into thinking it’s a product that breaks down collagen (even though its not), which in turn sends a message to your skin to produce more. Peptides need to be quality and in its purest form in order to see optimal results, which is why its definitely a product to spend some extra dollars on.
Hyaluronic Acid Products:
This esthetician’s favorite on the list! Known to many as the ingredient in dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid does the same for your skin cells as it does for your lips: PLUMP. Don’t let the word “acid” fool you. This ingredient does the opposite of stripping the skin. For those of you who like instant gratification, it helps your skin cells hold onto moisture which gives your skin a dewy, bouncy look right after application. And over time, it improves your skin cells overall water retention. Another great quality about hyaluronic acid is that its absorbed in the skin as opposed to sitting on the surface, clogging the pores. This means that even those of you with problematic breakouts can reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid. Just like you would be skeptical of a super cheap filler, a cheap imitator won’t get the job done.