Most of us are experts at something, whether official or self-proclaimed. And whatever your skill — accounting, gardening, choosing the shopping cart with perfectly aligned wheels — it can get a little annoying when you see someone doing it incorrectly.
As a skin care expert, I see clients every day and witness the effects of skin care regimens gone wrong. Bad products, outdated advice, lazy habits — all of which translate to a less-than-perfect complexion. Now, of course I know that you, my compliant patient, don’t have these bad habits but some people do. So let’s discuss, them.
Lying on your patient history disclosure; this is a tool for me to give you the best treatment possible and avoid any dangerous situations; allergies, medications, reactions, etc. It is not used as a judgement tool. Don’t hide or be embarrassed by anything. Yes it’s helpful to know if you are on your period, taking antidepressants, pregnant, have herpes, etc. Things you would not imagine, can impact your treatment. Oh and the ‘how many alcoholic beverages do you consume daily’ question? Again not judging—If your skin is really dehydrated and you can’t get enough moisturizer on your face, sometimes you need a reminder that you are drinking far more ounces of wine than water….you can’t blame your moisturizer for that. Switch that intake …and problem solved! By the way, I have been to many of your parties, telling me you drink two glasses of wine a month ‘socially’…..well nevermind, I put that on all of my forms too.
Not using medical grade products; You may boast a beauty arsenal that rivals the local drugstore, but your lotions and potions may not all get along. Ingredients in different products can “fight” each other, negating their powers or causing skin irritation when used together. For instance, Benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids may deactivate retinoids, so don’t layer them. Bring your products in to me and we can go through them together to make sure you are using the correct products together for optimal results. The procedures we do in the office make a big difference. However, what you do at home twice a day, everyday, has the most impact.
Not washing your face at night – EVERY Night; Between touching your face throughout the day and being exposed to elements in the air, your face may be one of the dirtiest parts of your body by nightfall. YUCK. Need I say more?
Using soap to wash your face; Bar soap is formulated for the body, not the face, and our body skin is not the same as our facial skin. You’ve heard of pH, but you probably have no idea what it even means. It stands for ‘potential hydrogen,’ and when skin is healthy, it is pH balanced. Likewise, unhealthy skin is a byproduct of a pH level too high or too low. In this case, using a skin-stripping bar soap renders the pH level of the skin too high, making it alkaline, since the protective lipid barrier of the skin is disrupted. Let me break it down for you a little further: the skin is seriously dehydrated due to moisture loss from the stripping factor of the soap. So this can not only cause dry skin, but also will aggravate skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Not a pretty picture.
Counting your make-up as your sunscreen; “Yes, I wear sunscreen everyday, it’s in my make-up.” – No, No, No ! Stop the make-up/ sunscreen partnership. This is a common fallacy that many of us choose to believe for convenience sake. Make-up doesn’t count as a sun protector. Sure, your skin is covered up but unless it is specifically designed to incorporate SPF protection, the make-up will do next to nothing to protect your skin from the sun. Make-up alone does not provide enough coverage, you would need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the sun protection factor on the label. And just a FYI, that is
a- l- o- t of make-up. Apply sunscreen then your make-up. Period.
In the end, the key to flawless skin inclues me, but is really up to you!