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 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:

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.

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