🌿 As a Skin Therapist and Medical Spa Specialist, I often get asked what the best skin care products are. I try to stress to my clients the importance of proper home care, since they are the ones touching their face 60x a month when I only get to see them 1x a month, sometimes less or more depending on the condition being treated.
Here are a few of my “musts” for just about every skin type. These are only 2 out of a handful that I’ll be sharing over the next few days as a series on Skin Care ❤️
💎 Exfoliant - Almost every skin type and condition needs to incorporate a good chemical or physical exfoliant into their routine. Exfoliants can be abrasive scrubs (walnut, coffee), fruit and plant enzymes (papaya, pumpkin) or acids (glycolic, salicylic) ... or a combination of the above. Exfoliating helps the skin to shed the outermost layer and slough off dead skin cells that get in the way of new cells. An accumulation of dead cells leads to: dry, flaking skin, a buildup in your pores that can lead to acne, a lacklustre and dull complexion - just to name a few. As we age, cellular regeneration slows down and the body has a harder time getting rid of the accumulation of dead skin cells which is why we need to incorporate an exfoliant to help the process along. Once the new cells are exposed, they can do their job and absorb the nutrients we put on via our serums and moisturizer. When a client comes to see me, a large portion of their treatment surrounds exfoliation for a good reason! Without it, the rest of the treatment would be a waste.
💧Hyaluronic Acid - HA is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is found in the skin, joints and eye sockets. It helps to retain collagen, increase moisture and provide elasticity and flexibility. It can benefit every skin type because of its gentleness and ability to keep the skin’s moisture barrier intact. Not all HA is created equally, though. The molecule size can range from very large to very small as there are several different types of HA. The molecule size impacts how the HA will be absorbed by the skin and at which depths. For this reason, it’s best to have a serum with multiple forms of HA and a delivery system that ensures the molecules get down to the dermis (bottom layer of skin). One of the reasons I love PCA Skin so much is that they have a patented delivery system called OmniSome that encapsulates the molecules and slowly releases them, unraveling like an onion, to ensure the molecules reach the dermis where they will have the most benefit. With a cosmeceutical brand like PCA, all of their claims must be backed up by clinical studies and in a study about their Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum, it was found that the skin was continuing to Moisturize after 10 hours and was moving deeper into the skin! This was proven through skin biopsies after application of the serum. If your HA is only sitting on the surface, you may as well have tossed your money out since this won’t get you the results you’re looking for - you need the HA molecules to reach the lower layers of the skin where they can work their magic! A quality HA will not only keep your moisture levels in balance but it will help fill in fine lines and wrinkles; the 2nd biggest accelerator of aging is moisture loss (1st being sun exposure) and 1 HA molecule can hold 1,000x its own weight in water!
Part 2 of the series will be coming your way over the next couple of days, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading and visiting the site.