Advice From an Expert

As an esthetician, what do I use on my own skin? While in school for esthetics, there are so many things you learn that would have been helpful to have known years ago.  For example; who knew that lying out in the sun for hours slathered in baby oil to accelerate my tan, would also...
As an esthetician, what do I use on my own skin?

While in school for esthetics, there are so many things you learn that would have been helpful to have known years ago.  For example; who knew that lying out in the sun for hours slathered in baby oil to accelerate my tan, would also lead to fine lines at the age of 27?!  The fine lines would lead to wrinkles at the age of 30, which would lead to an obsession with Botox.   Ah, just think of all the handbags I could have purchased with the money spent on Botox!

But enough about the past…  We’ve all abused our skin one way or another, and now we want to instantly fix it to look absolutely fabulous.  With all the treatments, and products available on the market it’s almost impossible to know what’s best for your skin to keep it looking young, and possibly even peel back a year or two.  Being an esthetician my skin is expected to look great but, I’m also on a budget and hate spending a lot of time applying products.  So, I use products that are absolutely essential to keeping my skin looking young and healthy.  When it comes to skin care there are three basics; hydration, cell turnover and SPF protection.  The combination of these three key items keeps your skin tight and free from age spots and wrinkles.

My skin care regimen:
  • Botox Once every six months to keep away crow’s feet around my eyes and fine lines on my forehead.
  • gloTherapeutics Refine Cleanser A daily cleanser with chemical exfoliation to remove the top layer of dead skin.
  • Obagi Tretinoin A strong pharmaceutical grade Retin A, to keep skin cells turning over.  Retin A is the only ingredient FDA approved to fight wrinkles.  This is hands-down the best anti-aging product any woman can have in her arsenal.
  • Obagi Eye Cream No over the counter eye cream actually works to fight wrinkles, they can’t penetrate deep enough.  The eyes are one of the first things someone notices about you, and a good place to splurge a little in the budget
  • gloTherapeutics Barrier Balm I have extremely dry skin and this product is the ONLY thing I’ve ever found to keep my skin looking healthy in the winter.  It’s not for everyone as it has a Vaseline type texture, but if you have dry skin, it’s a must have.  For lighter weight moisturizer in the summer I switch to gloTherapeutics Moisture Rich Cream.
  • ReNu SPF Having your skin exposed to UV rays damages skin cells that are meant to help tighten your skin, damaging these cells leads to wrinkles and sagging skin.  No matter how great you look with a tan, it’s not worth the consequences.  Spray tan, or tan in a bottle is the only way to go.  Lately I’ve been loving Jergen’s Natural Glow daily moisturizer.
  • ReNu Hydroquinone 8% This is a formula that Dr. Patel personally formulated to bleach out dark pigmented spots on the skin such as sundamage, freckles, or in my case melasma.  This is a very strong product that really works to even out skin tone.
  • Chemical Peels Every month I do a light chemical peel to remove dead, damaged skin.  This simple treatment is what will have you looking 40 at the age of 50 if done on a regular basis.

Skin care can be as simple as that!  Cleanse and moisturize in the morning and then apply eye cream.  At night, cleanse and apply one treatment product and eye cream.

One last tip, if you are on a budget and want to save money on skin care, there are some products that are better to save on then others.  SPF, cleanser and moisturizer are good places to save because these products stay on the top layers of the skin.   Over the counter products are made to beautify the top layers of skin, and by law are not allowed to penetrate deep into the skin to treat issues like wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin.  Products that can treat these issues can only be sold through a doctor’s office.

Don’t be fooled by false advertising by brand name skin care products sold at department stores. These are the number one way to waste money on skin care as they are the same quality as products sold at your local drug store.  If you choose to buy some basic skin care products over the counter, go for stores like Walgreens or Wal-Mart rather than Sephora or Macy’s.