The how and why I prescribe product to each and every client. I always want my client to walk out equipped with the best possible knowledge on how to treat and care for their skin once they leave the studio - inside and out!
Skin Fact 1
Correct cleansing, the first step towards a healthy skin
Correct cleansing with products that respect your skin’s acid mantle and outer layer provides the basis of healthy skin care. Gentle, chemical-free cleansers are definitely the way to go. That tight, shiny feeling chemical based foaming agents give strips the skin of all its natural protection making oil glands go into over drive and disrupting the acid mantle. This leads to premature ageing and hyper sensitivity.
Aloe vera based cleasners customised with different ingredients are a fantastic natural filler complete with 20 out of the 22 amino acids our skin needs for optimum health as well as anti ageing fatty acids, a plethora of vitamins and has an ezyme which helps to digest dead skin and makeup. Coco glucocides (derived from coconut) and quanila saponaria (a bark derivative) are gentle foaming agents that wont strip the skin of the natural oils we need to protect ourselves
Complete ‘correct cleansing’ by rinsing or compressing with cool water. This simple technique activates the minute muscle that sits beside the hair follicle causing contraction. This action eliminates any last remaining dirt and keeps your skin feeling soft too.
Skin Fact 2
Scrub the bathroom floor, but never your face
You can give the skin an indepth exfoliate without disturbing the skin's natural line of defence – the acid mantle, protective outer layer of skin cells and the 28 day skin cell cycle. Soaps, lathering agents, overly alkaline substances, scrubs and exfoliants (acids or gritty compounds) CAN strip your face of this natural protection. This may result in dry, irritated or sensitive skin, more prone to allergic reactions, sun damage, absorption of synthetic chemical products and premature signs of aging.
Enzymatic based exfoliants complete with lactic, salycilic or glycolic acids will smooth and gently resurface the skin. AHA's and BHA's help to exfoliate the skin on a slightly deeper level. If you prefer a granular exfoliation, it is imperative that the granules are completely spherical as not to micro-tear the skin, leaching moisture from the tissue and allowing bacteria into the skin.
Skin Fact 3
Squeaky clean is for dishes, not your skin
That ‘squeaky clean’ feeling comes from lathering and/or overly alkaline cleansing products and that’s your sign that the acid mantle and outer layer (stratum corneum) of your skin has been disrupted.
If you have oily skin, those harsh cleansing products that make your skin ‘squeaky clean’ just make your skin produce more oil to compensate.
Skin Fact 4
Lose the night cream, your skin will thank you for it
- During the night your skin is metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste, that’s one of its many functions as the largest organ in your body.
- The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
- How do you know this is happening? Because skin disorders such as eczema, shingles, chicken pox or measles are much worse during the night. How often have you woken up in the morning to be greeted by a pimple?
- There should not be any environmental factors that you are trying to protect your skin from while you’re asleep.
- A night cream – which is usually a heavy, expensive, occlusive substance impedes your skin’s normal night time process.
- Finally, sleeping isn’t aging it's regenerating!
If it's good enough for you during the day, it should be good enough for you to wear through the night! A heavier cream may be needed in the cooler months when there is no humidity and the skin is dryer due to the environment.
Skin Fact 5
Moisture will be absorbed better into a well prepared skin
- Cleanse the skin (twice at night - preferably with a pre cleaner, then a cleanser)
- Deeply flush the pores through with a skin conditioner - once the pores have been cleansed and washed through cleansing, they will benefit from a deeper flush though.
- Exfoliate 1-2 times per week to keep the skin smooth, refreshed and to remove the excess dead skin build up on the surface and within the pore to aid in optimum product absorption.
- Now the skin has been thoroughly cleaned and treated, apply 1-2 pumps of serum to the face and neck. Serums help to treat and stimulate the skin on a deeper dermal level where the cells are commencing production.
- Bind the nourishment into the skin by moisturising to close the pores and protect the skin for the next 12 hours.
Skin Fact 6
Like treats like
Though it might seem counterintuitive to apply oil to an oily skin, it's actually the most effective solution. The skin knows whether it's sufficiently protected, producing more of its own oil when skin is dry and less when it's balanced. Drying, soap-based products and conventional acne treatments can rob the skin of its defences, leaving it vulnerable and triggering the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil.
On the other end of the spectrum, If we treat dry skin with rich, heavy creams or oils we effectively trick our skin into believing it's been producing too much of its own oil. In response it will decrease production, perpetuating the dry skin cycle.
Skin Fact 7
Chemical vs natural
Unknowingly most woman carry with them daily up to 500 synthetic chemicals. These pollutants are self inflicted through the use of conventional face, body, hair and make-up products. A non natural moisturiser may contain around 30 synthetic chemicals and a perfume up to 400!
If you use natural chemical-free ingredients, the skin can readily accept and easily absorb them instead of trying to combat and fight against synthetic chemicals and man-made substances concentrating purely on absorbing all the goodness instead of reaction to things such as colours, perfumes and other types of filler they put in to make a product "feel good".
Our skin has an absolutely amazing ability to balance and heal itself, responding constantly to changes in our internal and external environments. It needs a little help along the way, like protection from exposure to harsh elements, or support when it gets thrown out of balance by lifestyle, hormones, transition, illness or stress. The key is to encourage and strengthen your skin's own natural self-healing processes. Rather than suppressing symptoms or interfering with the skin's natural rhythms, respect the skin, supporting its return to balanced health through the highest quality ingredients from nature that your skin can understand.