Many new clients think that visiting a Facial Therapy Specialist means that you will be leaving the spa environment with a bag full of expensive products that you do not know how to use.
I will tell you that when you enter my treatment room I work with you to achieve a regime that is best suited for your skin needs, time allowance and most important budget.
Over the next few weeks I will walk you through each step to assist you with creating and building a skincare regime that works for you.
Even with 2-3 products recommended to you for YOUR skin type and skin needs you will be seeing and feeling an improved clarity, vitality and glowing skin in as little as 3 weeks.
Cleanser - This step is the very first necessity and it really surprises me how many people do not use a cleanser.
Even if you are not a makeup wearer this is a step that is extremely important to reach optimal skin results.
If you are not a makeup wearer you still need to cleanse the skin to rid free radicals, impurities such as oil and dirt accumulated through outdoor activity, and excess sweat and oil produced by your body.
I recommend for all skin types a liquid cleanser instead of soap to properly balance the ph of the skin without being aggressive or over stripping the skins natural lipids that for the acid mantle of the skin.
If your skin tends to be oily choose a clear based formulation often referred to as a gel cleanser.
Gel cleansers will be water based and will not add any extra oil or residue behind.
If you have an oily skin this step is a must!
Normal to Oily
Some milky based cleansers are also suitable for an oily skin as they too will provide a gentle cleansing of the impurities without leaving a heavy residue behind. This is my preferred choice for those who have an oily skin and wear makeup.
Normal to Dry, Dry and Mature
Milky based cleansers or cream cleansers are best suited for skins lacking in moisture and lipids. The rich formulations of these cleansers will gently cleanse impurities and slightly soften the skin as the ph balance of a cream cleanser falls on the alkaline side of the alkaline scale. This is is a great choice for those experience redness, roseacea, blotchy complexion, dry flaking complexions.
Both milk cleanser and cream cleansers are the perfect match for make-up wearers.
What you don't want to see on the label
No mater what the cleanser you choose. READ the label and avoid the following ingredients or wording as they tend to be too astringent, harsh, aggressive and toxic to the body and the environment.
SLS - Sodium Laurel Sulphate this is a harsh surfectant that is widely used in shampoos, soaps and cleansers. It is a harsh chemical originally used to strip oil from floors. May cause cancer, may cause damage to the liver and is toxic to fish and wildlife.
What is it doing in your facial cleanser??
Alcohol - This ingredient is much to harsh for all skin types and over strips the skins natural acid mantel
Exfoliating - textured bead exfoliants are too aggressive to be used everyday.
Parabens - Widely used in the cosmetic industry as a preservative. May interfere with hormone function and widely linked to breast cancer.
Mindy Biggar is co-owner of The Spa West 9th Street.