BEAUTIFUL SKIN IS SIMPLY HEALTHY SKIN
Television and magazine ads today have a strong presence in the science of skincare. The emphasis is on youthful looking skin. Their promise is follow their lead and this will make you happy. In some cases, this may be so. However, we as professionals take a more realistic approach. Our goal is to find out what products you’re using, how you’re using them, what changes you’re anticipating, and how you monitor your success.
There is no such thing as a miracle in a bottle. Also, there is no one ingredient that will turn back the clock. Skin care is like your life. Everything you do is an ingredient that makes up your particular lifestyle. Like baking a cake, everything has a purpose; an egg to bind, water for moisture, oil to smooth, etc. From your attitude upon waking, choosing your breakfast nutrition, to orchestrating peace of mind, healthy mind, body, and skin is a lifestyle commitment.
Skin care is one component of having healthy skin. That is our specialty-- knowing what each product and its ingredients will do for you. Everything you put into your body and how you treat your body affects your overall being, including your skin.
My experience has been that most women feel that a moisturizer is most important and assume they are getting the most out of it without preparing the skin. Have you ever polished over a dirty wood floor? Were you happy with the results? Is it the polish’s fault? Cleansing and toning the skin in preparation before applying specialty serums and moisturizers works the same way.
In earlier articles, I’ve lamented over the topic of skin’s main purpose, which is keeping everything out of the body. The stratum corneum, or topmost layer of skin, is a unique, protective, inter-locked covering making it hard to penetrate for pretty much any product. That barrier has to be softened to open to allow penetration.
Professional treatments spend the first 15 minutes softening and opening the skin to get active ingredients down into a safe layer to improve the skin’s functioning and appearance.
Water is a natural softener. When the skin is softened, your cleanser and toner have additional work do to. That is why not all people can use the same cleanser. Sensitive skins need gentle softening while oily, thicker skins need ingredients to break through the oil without damaging the natural moisture level.
Vitamins are good to take internally since we are told that most foods are vitamin depleted before we get them. Consulting with a doctor, dietician, or nutritionist may be to your advantage. Many vitamins are usurped by your inner functioning so vitamins in skin care are dedicated to the skin. The skin is the last organ to be fed by internal supplements, thus making it imperative for skin care to be the delivery system.
We wash and remove product with water. Tap water has a governmental controlled pH of 7. Our skin’s surface has an approximate pH of 5.5 to 6. This is a comfort zone for your skin. For example, when you’ve cleansed your face and felt tight afterward, the tightness proves that this cleanser has changed the pH and may be too harsh for your particular needs. The very fact that water is a pH of 7 already has taken the skin from where it should be. That is why moisturizers feel so good when this happens. You’ve stripped the skin and remedied with a band-aid known as moisturizer. It may not be the best one for you but it solved your immediate problem.
Controlling your skin’s rate of aging is a lifestyle commitment. Simply purchasing a jar of night cream will not get rid of the wrinkles. It starts with everything you do. It starts with a proper cleanser and continues with re-hydrating the body, protecting it, nourishing it, and getting a good night’s sleep. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul and the skin is a statement of your overall health.
Let a professional esthetician make this part of your life easier. If you’ve had years of costly mistakes supported by the person you see in your mirror, start your lifestyle change today.
DESIRED IMAGE SKIN CARE CLINIC 871 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226 (716)-834-1123
By Brenda Romanow
Brenda Romanow is the owner of Desired Image Skin Care Clinic, a Buffalo based business of over 22 years. Brenda has been in education for over 10 years for the New York State Education Committee for esthetics and is also a New York State examiner for esthetics. She started teaching in several school’s continuing education class on subjects such as Anti-Aging, Personal Image, Makeup application as well as Cosmetic Ingredients (what’s in a jar). 834-1123.