I had my very first official professional facial a little over a year ago. It was absolutely delightful. And because I am going to do this work for a living (EEK! I'm so excited!), I literally interviewed my Esthetician while she preformed the task.
Before I went and had her touching all on my face, I had to know what I was getting myself into. Going to any form of doctor's or medical office can cause a bit of anxiety. especially, if it's your first time having a procedure done. The same is true when visiting your friendly neighborhood esthetician's office for a skincare treatment.
I am a planner, so in a truly TYPE A way and to help ease that initial anxiety, I did my research. In this blog post I will share what you can expect at your first professional facial appointment.
Normal Skin Type
Dry Skin Type
You likely have Normal Skin, if you didn’t answer “Yes” to many of the questions listed in the Skin Analysis? Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. There aren’t many imperfections and you likely to do not struggle constantly with dry spots or acne. Your skin is not severely sensitivity. You may have an allergy, however, rarely multiple allergies and can use common skin care products/ingredients. Your skin is smooth and soft with barely visible pores! You lucky dog!
You likely have dry skin, if you experience tightness in through your forehead, have premature or defined lines & wrinkles developing around your eyes and mouth and if your skin feels “ashy” or dry to the touch minutes after freshly washing. When you have dry skin, you can have nearly invisible pores, dull and/or rough complexion, red/ rough patches and less elasticity or “bounciness”. When exposed to drying factors such as too much direct sunlight, wind or cold, hormonal changes, some medications, indoor heating, and some types of cosmetics & cleaners, the skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed.
What products do you really need to maintain healthy and beautiful skin?
My friends and clients asked me this question a lot. At the end of the day there are a few products that every person absolutely needs in their skin care regimen to maintain healthy and beautiful skin. The absolute and best advice is to keep the skin Clean and Protected, In today's blogpost I'll share with you what to look for when purchasing new skin care products.
Before we talk about the different products, let's first discuss on what exactly your skin was designed by the Creator to actually do. First, the skin is an immunity organ. It's job is to defend the body against foreign invaders and the environment. It does so through its Acid Mantle which is a moist layer of sweat, oil, dead epidermal skin cells and water that sits on top of the skin. In fact, the Acid Mantle is what gives skin “the Glow”. The Acid Mantle aka Barrier Function of the skin is where healthy bacteria and antioxidants live to defend against potential invaders. When the Acid Mantle is continually broken down by using the wrong kind of products, it can lead to dry skin, sensitivity, inflammation and a whole host of issues.
Preform your own Skin Analysis
To determine the type of skin you have, you must complete a Skin Analysis. The overall appearance of your skin will define your skin type. When analyzing your skin, there are a few questions you should asked yourself. These questions will help identify the key skin factors for which you should be looking.
After washing with your current product (Do not Moisturize) ask yourself the following questions:
There are 5 types of Skin : Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily and Sensitive Find out which one you are here