Don’t Skimp on your Skincare

Your face is the only one you’re going to get, make sure you are taking good care of it with quality skincare products.  The skincare industry can be very confusing.  To help make sense of it, you should be talking with a licensed esthetician who can steer you in the right direction based on the condition of your skin. This professional can help develop a regime for you based on your skincare goals .

A licensed esthetician will likely suggest that you stay away from drugstore and cosmetic products and encourage you to try a professional line of skincare.  Products found at your local drugstore are mass-marketed to entice the buyer with impressive claims, however these products are generally made with high chemical, high fat synthetic ingredients that have no real clinical value to them.  The ingredients do not penetrate and often strip your skin of vital oils.  Cosmetic grade skincare offers a small improvement for a hefty price tag.  In many cases, the cosmetic grade product have a single corrective ingredient in a small concentration, such as fruit acid to renew the skin.  The professional skincare counterpart includes a variety of  plant derived ingredients that are balanced to provide results to soften hydrate and smooth your skin.

Skincare from a professional line does not have to be expensive.  In many cases it is more affordable than the less effective cosmetic grade products.  wendycityfaces carries three lines of product that are at varying price points to suit your skincare needs.

My most corrective line is Glo Skin Beauty with plant extracts with anti-aging properties.  I use these products in all my treatments, and my clients have seen awesome results in their skin balance and firmness when using the products at home. I recommend a daily three-step program plus an exfoliate  and eye cream.  This line can accommodate  any skin condition with a large variety of options.

I also have brought in Image Skin care, a new pro line that clients are loving.  The Vitamin C product line has great anti-aging ingredients.  Additionally, the sunblocks are wonderful.  The regimen is simple, and the price point is a little lower than Glo.

Third, I have Réjuvasea, which is an amazing product line of very basic products.  These products have sea plankton that hydrates and cools.  This line is great for very dry red sensitive skin that struggles to find balance. The star product here is the night cream but I use it day and night as well .

During your consult at your first facial, we will sample and find the right blend for you. I guarantee you will see your skin improve and maintain a great balance.

 

Moisture and Mask Month!

Happy New Year! It is moisture and mask month at Wendycityfaces!

This year, I encourage you to establish a consistent nighttime routine for radiant skin with improved moisture. Your ideal routine should include a cleanser, toner, upgraded moisturizer, a specialty serum, and an eye care product.

With the dry wind and indoor heat pumping, it is important to stay moisturized this time of year. No matter your skin type, everyone needs a little more in the winter. Start with a cleanser that will not strip moisture from your skin, such as an essential cleansing oil or milky cleanser. These cleansers will remove makeup and soften your skin. It is ideal for dry skin and mature skin, but is beneficial with all skin types. If the idea of using an oil to cleanse makes you nervous, try a hydrating gel cleanser.

Boosting Moisture

Following your cleanser, you should choose a serum to boost moisture. Dry skin will benefit from a creamy serum with peptides and antioxidants. Improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture with a hyaluronic acid, which can be found in many high-quality moisturizing serums. Following your serum, you should use a creamy moisturizer. All skin types will benefit by using a thicker moisturizer in the winter months. A quality moisturizer will not include ingredients like mineral oil, bees wax and paraffin. These ingredients will not molecularly penetrate the skin. They sit on top of the skin and create a barrier between the environment and your skin, but they will not replenish moisture. Creating a barrier during extremely cold weather is important, but should work hand in hand with replenishing the moisture deep into your skin. Ingredients such as algae, seaweed, and hyaluronic acid are indicators that the product will penetrate the skin molecularly.

Masks

Winter is also a good time of year to use a mask, once or twice a week, to improve the moisture level of your skin. My favorite for normal or sensitive skin would be a soothing gel mask. This mask is made with Vitamin A and Wild Yam, and penetrates into the skin. Left on for 15 – 20 minutes, you will find that most of the moisture will soak in. Rinse off any excess mask and follow with a moisturizer.

Dry and mature skins need a creamy mask such as a restorative mask.  Restorative mask is recommended for extremely dry or mature skin.  Its thick creamy texture is loaded with Shea Butter and rich antioxidants which will improve your skin’s strength, resilience and elasticity.

Moisturized skin looks radiant, plumped up, and is smoother to the touch. Moisturizing your skin appropriately alleviates fine lines and wrinkles, leading to younger looking skin.  On the contrary, dry skin feels uncomfortable and tends to have a leathery, dull appearance.  Skin that is under-moisturized will be tight, which increases the likelihood of acne causing agents to stay within your pores and create more acne.

Pay Attention to your Eyes and Lips!

Don’t forget your lips! Using a Vitamin E stick or Lip Balm will help keep your lips smooth and moisturized. Avoid products with mineral oil and menthol, which will typically make a chapped lip worse.

The skin around your eyes is the one area that has no oil glands, which means that eyes need maximum hydration. Adding your hyaluronic serum or a light weight eye cream with Vitamin K for young skin is helpful. More mature skin needs a richer product. Look for products that will retain the moisture.

Extended Exposure

Another winter tip is to include a barrier balm type product when facing the cold outdoors for extended periods of time.  Layering products like Barrier Balm or Aquaphor Ointment over your SPF sunscreen will seal in moisture during extended exposure to cold and wind. The oil in these products is very fine and won’t clog the skin.

A Final Word

Developing an effective skincare routine takes time and effort.  The amount of steps and products outlined in this blog may seem daunting.  Try to implement one small change each week, and before you know it you will have radiant skin full of moisture!  wendycityfaces is a licensed gloTherapeutics retailer.  If you would like assistance with choosing the best products for your face or implementing a routine that works well for you, feel free to contact  wendycityfaces to schedule a facial and skin consultation.