Quarantine Skincare Tips

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 among us, spas and salons are mandated to close for public
safety. People are sheltering at home, but when the weather is nice out, we get to enjoy the
sun and warmth. With the privilege of being outside, our skin is also facing environmental
threats of UV rays and pollution. Make sure to keep up with your skincare and “wow” your
esthetician next time you come in to see him or her! Here are 6-ish easy ways to keep your skin
clear, glowing, and protected!

1 – Wash your face every night! If you have oily skin, be sure you wash it in the morning too.
Cleanse your face with an actual cleanser, not just a disposable wipe. If you’re wearing makeup,
I would recommend double cleansing. Which means, start with an oil based cleanser to help
break down all the makeup. Rinse, then cleanse again, using a water based cleanser, this will
help wash away any residue and impurities.

1.5 – Exfoliate every other day with a gentle scrub to slough off dead skin and deep clean your
pores.

2 – Tone. Toning after washing your face will help restore the PH of your skin. The natural PH
of your skin is 5-5.5, so more on the acidic side. The acidity helps combat bacteria that causes
acne and skin irritations. So, toning will help restore that wonderful acid mantel!

2.5 – Treat your skin to a nice sheet mask at least once a week! Or if you are oily/acneic try a
clay or sulfur mask. Consult with your esthetician to know what’s best for you.

3 – The first layer of product to go on the skin is your treatment product. Examples of treatment
products could be, serums, growth factors, retinols for acne (or lines and wrinkles), or if you’re
using hydroquinone for pigmentation. However….retinols and hydroquinone should be avoided
for daytime use. Only apply these products in the evening as it will cause your skin to be very
sun sensitive. For daytime routine, skip to step 4.

4 – Vitamin C is a must! It’s an amazing antioxidant for your skin! Just imagine, vitamin C is like
Pac-man chomping away at all the free radicals that land on your face all day long!

5 – Seal in all this goodness with an amazing moisturizer that’s right for your skin type! When
your skin is not adequately moisturized, it will compensate by producing oils that could cause
your pores to clog…leading to breakouts and white heads. Keep in mind too, that different
seasons will likely require a different moisturizer.

6 – Last but not least…SUNSCREEN! This is a crucial step in your daytime routine. Always
wear sunscreen with an spf of 30 or greater. It’s not just the UVA and UVB rays from the sun
that we have to worry about. With being quarantined, we are all spending more time in front of
a screen. The rays we get from screens are called HEV (High Energy Visible) light, which can be equally as damaging as UVA and UVB! So, ladies and gentleman, slather on that sun
protection!!

Bonus tip! Keep up with the water consumption and take a daily fish oil supplement! Hydration
from within will help plump your skin while fish oil will help your skin glow and your hair shine!!
Till next time… Stay safe and healthy everyone!!

The Truth about Retinol: 5 Things You Need to Know

The Truth about Retinol: 5 Things You Need to Know

A common complaint about retinol is that it makes your face red, dry and flaky. You may think it is from having sensitive skin, but really all that is normal! Retinol became a buzz word in the skin care community because of its amazing results with anti-aging and acne control. Of course, if all you hear about are the positives and your face reacts negatively when you use it, that can throw up some red flags. It will make you feel like your skin is rejecting what you are trying to do, and that the product is bad for you. We are supposed to listen to our bodies, but a brief education might just change your mind when it comes to retinol!

Your skin is supposed to peel!

When you start using a product with retinol, your skin will be red, flaky, and tight. This is 100% normal, do not be afraid! Retinols increase cell turnover which is your skin’s ability to build collagen and produce new skin. Therefore, when you first start using it, your dead skin is pushed off and becomes flaky until your skin is caught up and consistently shedding the old and producing the new! Your skin will look worse before it gets better and the adjustment period is at least 6 weeks. Those 6 weeks may be rough, but we think the results are worth it.

It can fight acne!

Acne is just one of those frustrating things that many people deal with and everyone seems to have an opinion on which diet works best, or drink more water, or use Proactiv. Sometimes, an in-depth analysis of what you use on your face can help a lot! Retinoids promote healthy skin and in turn, keeps your face free from dead skin cells clogging pores. Young kids do not have acne, but why? Part of it is because their cell turnover is so high and also that their bodies have not started producing pore clogging sebum.

It reduces fine lines and wrinkles!

With consistent usage of retinol, you will see a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and can help slow down the creation of them. Retinol is a great product for all ages with different benefits for every age group.

It improves skin tone and pigmentation!

You guessed it! Cell turnover will also minimize pigmentation. Skin tone will improve from the production of new collagen and blood vessels which brings your skin back to life. Your face is the most exposed area of skin, which is why protection and a good skincare routine will make the aging process slower and smoother.

It should be used at night!

Retinol will make your skin sensitive to the sun, but it also does break down in the sun. Use it at night so it can soak in and do all the work you want it to! It is important to know when and in what order to apply skincare products, so that they work like they are supposed to. Otherwise, you could just be washing your money away. Apply a retinol product after cleansing and toning your skin at night for best results. And ALWAYS use a sunscreen with an SPF of 35 or greater when adding retinol to your routine.

Moral of the story is, understand your skincare routine and all the ingredients in it, so that you know what to expect. Contacting an aesthetician will help you understand the appropriate method on how to incorporate retinol into your routine. It will also help you understand the expected reactions and how to handle them. Do not be afraid of retinol!

Here are a couple of our favorite retinol products:
– Retinol Skin Brightener – Non hydroquinone by ZO (Dr. Zein Obagi’s Skin Care), comes in .25, .5 or 1.0% retinol, core ingredients include vitamins A, C and E.
– Wrinkle and Texture Repair by ZO that comes in .5% Retinol

Dermaplaning – Why Should I Do It?

There are so many reasons! Let’s start with the basics…

What exactly is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a safe, painless and efficient method to sweep away layers of dead skin cells and the fine vellus hair or peach fuzz. It’s certainly different than merely shaving your face as it utilizes a surgical blade held at a 45 degree angle to accomplish this. It takes anywhere between 15-30 minutes, there’s no chemical irritation or downtime and results are immediate!

So what are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits to dermaplaning! First of all, its safe for virtually all skin types, including pregnant women! Overall, it will give you baby smooth skin and an amazing glow. By removing the dead skin cells and vellus hair, it promotes new cell turnover. Therefore, the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles and acne scarring is significantly reduced. Skin care products are more fully absorbed increasing their efficacy. The ability for dirt, dead skin cells and oil to be trapped is eliminated as the peach fuzz is removed, resulting in less blemishes and breakouts. Makeup just glides on, feeling and looking much more silky and smooth! Last but not least, it’s a phenomenal first step to magnify the advantages of procedures such as HydraFacials, chemical peels, microneedling, etc.

Anything else I should know?

While dermaplaning is absolutely wonderful for virtually all skin types, it’s best to consult with your skin care professional prior to beginning treatment. Also, make sure you wear your SPF and adhere to a proper and professional skin care regimen to maintain the best results. Dermaplaning can be done every three to four weeks. If you are looking for a safe, effective treatment for healthier and more youthful skin with instantaneous results, Dermaplaning may just be the game-changing treatment for you!

Sunscreen in the Winter?

When the Summer months fade into Fall then Winter, our skincare needs tend to change significantly. In the chillier months, we tend to need heavier moisturizing, hydration and protection. However, with this being said, we tend to forgo the sunscreen as most of us don’t feel it is necessary. Why is this? As the days grow shorter and colder, we think this way as we are in hibernation mode therefore spending minimal time outdoors. This concept however could not be further from the truth.

So what causes us to have an increased risk of sun damage during the Winter? First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that if there is any daylight at all, you are exposed to UV rays. Even on cloudy, rainy or snowy days 80% of the sun’s rays penetrate through the clouds. When there’s snow, the UV rays are refracted in many different directions therefore significantly increasing sun exposure.

How does this all work? There are two types of UV rays that affect the skin. UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are what are considered the “burning” rays. These rays have a short wavelength, therefore only affecting the epidermis, or outer layers of the skin. While these particular rays are diminished in the Winter, we’re still at risk for burning therefore increasing our skin cancer risk.  UVA rays are considered the “aging” rays. These types of rays have a long wavelength. This means they can penetrate through glass, down to the dermis, or the deepest layers of our skin. UVA rays damage collagen and elastin production and damaging DNA. This in turn causes loss of elasticity, wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and increased risk of developing skin cancer.

What can I do to protect myself? It’s really simple. Just like the great Baz Luhrmann said in his song, “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” First of all, it does a world of good in protecting us from those UV rays. You do however have to apply and re-apply every couple of hours. Also, besides protecting our skin, sunscreen has tons of anti-aging properties. It works great as a makeup primer, it can slow down the aging process by 25%, and overall it gives a youthful, healthy glow. So just like Baz, my advice to you would be to wear sunscreen!

Lisa Kray

Advanced Practice Master Aesthetician

How to Combat Dry Skin this Winter

 

It is very common for people to experience drier than usual skin during the winter months. With winter comes less humidity and dry air which takes a toll on your skin. People are prone to dry, itchy, and flaky skin once the weather gets colder. Luckily, there are several ways that people can get rid of their dry skin during the cold winter months.

Avoid hot water: Hot water takes away oils that are in your skin and when you don’t have oil your skin gets dry. Use lukewarm water instead.

Keep yourself hydrated: It is always important to drink as much water as your body needs, however, it is especially important during the winter. The excess water is used to hydrate your skin and prevent dryness.

Pick a good moisturizer: One of the best ways to prevent dryness is to moisturize. It’s important to pick the right moisturizer that will keep your skin as hydrated as possible. Make sure to pick a moisturizer that has natural and nourishing ingredients.

Change Your Cleanser: People tend to pick cleansers that strip as much oil as possible to prevent breakouts. However, in the winter months it is more important to choose a different cleanser that is less harsh on your skin. If you notice that your skin is continually very dry after you wash your face, think about switching your cleanser.

These tips will help you beat the dryness this winter! If you have any questions about preventing dry skin or want to look at good moisturizing options, come to Andros Medspa and we can help you out! You can also give us a call at 651-222-3127! We look forward to helping you keep your skin healthy and glowing!