30 Days To Glowing Skin

  • Picture Perfect Skin is created by filters and face tuning apps.
  • Striving for Perfection is not realistic.
  • We all have imperfections and deserve to feel beautiful.

Follow these simple tips to optimize your skin health, boost your confidence and feel beautiful in your skin!

Day 1
Throw out expired product

  • As hard as it is to get rid of product that you spent money on, it could be doing more harm than good
  •  Expired products can grow bacteria, go rancid and oxidize (become an oxidant vs. antioxidant)
  •  Expired products lose efficacy and don’t fully benefit your skin

Day 2

Gut Health

Research has found a correlation between gut health and skin health. These tips have been very beneficial not just for my skin but for my overall health. We are what we eat after all.

  • Enjoy fresh come a whole food
  • Eat processed food in moderation ( they can lead to inflammation)
  • Eat more probiotic rich foods: fermented food and drink and yogurt (if tolerated)

**Glo Skin & Brow is not a licensed medical professional facility. These tips were recommended to Diana by a licensed medical professional for personal use. It is not intended to be medical advice, but rather sharing of helpful information**

Day 3

We are all aware of the importance of washing and sanitizing our hands. Even with routine washing and sanitizing touching your face is a big No-No, especially if you have acne prone, sensitive and/or oily skin. Most often we don’t realize we’re touching our face so this is a hard habit to break. Try to catch yourself before you place your hands on your face to prevent the spread of illness, and avoid clogged pores, inflammation, irritation and breakouts. Although there are certainly loads of healthy bacteria on our skin we want to avoid spreading germs from communal areas that can be harmful.

Day 4

Stress is the norm these days. As hard as it can be to find time to do things that help us relax, the payoff is well-worth it. Not just for your mental health, but for your physical health which most definitely includes your skin. Meditating, using an infrared sauna, yin yoga & yoga nidra are my favorite ways to step aside from the chaos of my world. I feel calmer, energized, and focused throughout the day afterwards.

As if stress isn’t bad enough just as an experience in and of itself, it just has to take a toll on our skin, doesn’t it? Read up on all the ways stress can affect our skin.

When the body is in a state of stress, a hormone called cortisol is released, causing many skin problems including:

  • Acne. Oil production increases and inflammation flares up.
  • “Dry”/Dehydrated skin. Moisture retention decreasing leading to dehydration.
  • Reduced collagen production. Oxygen & nutrients flow is reduced affecting collagen production
  • Fine lines & wrinkles. Cortisol can break down collagen & elastin
  • Under eye bags. Poor sleep can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area
  • Redness. Body heat rises, causing red, blotchy skin

How can we keep this from happening?

  • Relaxing. Dip into your Parasympathetic Nervous System with some Zen time.
  • Soothe a flareup of acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rash by removing active products from your regimen and incorporating anti-inflammatory products.
  • Reduce Sugar Intake. Sugar is an aging accelerant. It breaks down collagen and elastin. Instead eat more vegetables, heathy fats and whole-food based protein to balance blood sugar.
  • Sleep. Night time is repair mode. Lack of zzz’s can put stress on the skin.
  • Exercise. Movement increases circulation and detoxification ridding the body of toxins, relieving stress and delivering nutrients to the skin.

Day 5

We are made of about 60% water. The water in our body is vital to many functions and the transportation of nutrients to our cells. Not to mention, it keeps skin cells plump and prevents them from getting dehydrated. 

We all know that drinking water is important, yet we tend not to drink enough of it. I think for many it’s a result of having busy lives and forgetting to take time to hydrate. Personally, I always have a water bottle with me. I have a 32oz bottle which I refill twice daily. Sounds easy right?!? Maybe…. but we do need a lot more water than most people realize.

I’ve been told by health professionals that to stay properly hydrated it’s necessary to drink half of your weight in water each day. In addition, caffeinated & alcoholic beverages deplete our hydration levels and need to be replenished with 2 ounces for each ounce consumed. Let’s be real, that is a lot of water! Very few people consume the necessary amount each day. Try not to let this overwhelm your as stressing out about water intake isn’t good for you either. Rather start with small, obtainable goals.

If you find yourself struggling with staying hydrated there is another way to add to your water intake. EAT YOUR WATER. Many fruits and vegetables have high water content and can be just a beneficial as drinking water. Here’s a few produce items that will help keep you hydrated: Watermelon, cucumbers, apples, grapefruit, celery, oranges, strawberries, spinach and melon.

**Glo Skin & Brow is not a licensed medical professional facility. These tips were recommended to Diana by a licensed medical professional for personal use. It is not intended to be medical advice, but rather sharing of helpful information**

Day 6

Around 30% of our Lymphatic System is in our face. You might be wondering what our lymphatic system does for our body. It has many important functions, including maintaining fluid levels, protecting against foreign invaders as part of our immune system and transportation and removal of waste and toxins. When it comes to our skin, stagnant lymph can present as puffiness under the eyes and cheek area, loss of definition in the jawline, dull & lifeless skin, reduced cell renewal and nourishment of cells. There are a couple of inexpensive and simple ways to get your lymphatic system back into action at home. Have you heard of Gua Sha or Facial Cupping? Both practices have been around for centuries and are easy to learn. Not only do they stimulate your lymphatic system they release facial tension and are quite relaxing.

You can easily find guidelines by doing a quick internet search. The basics of doing these treatments are to start by opening the channels, use light pressure, follow the direction of the lymph channels, end each sweep by draining the lymph down the neck and be sure to use slow ,pumping motions in the proper location to keep the lymph flowing.

Try it out for yourself and experience the benefits. I recommend stopping after performing one half of your face to compare it to the untreated side. You will be amazed that the difference (as long as you’ve done it correctly).

Day 7

While we sleep our bodies REST, REBUILD & REPAIR as the slip into the parasympathetic rest and digest state. It’s recommended to get a good night’s rest, which can be different for everyone. Research has proven that you are genetically wired to either be a short or long sleeper. I’m sure you know which one you are 😉 Regardless, if your sleep could improve, try to challenge yourself to make one healthy change to your sleep routine. Whether that means avoiding screen time for one hour before bed, meditating instead of scrolling through social media, reading or something else it’s worth trying. Keep in mind that it can take a while, for the payoff of better sleep to kick in. There’s nothing like feeling energized and well rested, but who doesn’t like the added benefit of Glo’ing, radiant skin? 

**Glo Skin & Brow is not a licensed medical professional facility. These tips were recommended to Diana by a licensed medical professional for personal use. It is not intended to be medical advice, but rather sharing of helpful information**

Day 8

Have you ever noticed that your skin is Glo’ing after a sweaty workout? It’s no secret that exercise is great for your body and mind—but did you know that it also does wonders for your skin? 

Ways that skin benefits from a workout: 

Sweating is a form of detoxification. Removing toxins from the body can reduce inflammation, improve skin tone, reduce breakouts and give you a healthy Glo. Be sure to wash up after a sweat sesh—leaving toxins, oil, and dirt sitting on your skin is not only stinky & gross, it’s counterintuitive and can cause breakouts as well skin irritation. 

Exercise helps maintain healthy levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Spiked cortisol levels can lead to breakouts or cause collagen to break down which can increase wrinkles and sagging. Make exercise part of your routine to keep your body and mind healthy and your skin firm and supple.

Muscle definition can improve the look and feel of your skin. Skin is the largest organ in your body and when your skin has better support from strong, firm muscles, your skin will appear healthier and more firm. 

Get an instant Glo. When you get your heart pumping, your skin cells are flooded with nutrient dense, oxygenated blood. Your skin also starts producing more of its natural oils, helping it look healthy and naturally moisturized.

There is nothing like exercising outside. Fresh air and vitamin D have loads of benefits. Just keep in mind that your skin needs to be protected from harmful UV Rays. SPF is always a must year-round, but if you are an outdoor enthusiast be sure to look for a water-resistant sunscreen so that it stays put while you sweat. Just remember to wash it all off after your workout so you can enjoy that Glo!

**Glo Skin & Brow is not a licensed medical professional facility. These tips were recommended to Diana by a licensed medical professional for personal use. It is not intended to be medical advice, but rather sharing of helpful information**

Day 9

For many, cell phones have become an addiction. The growth in technology and fast paced society that we live in leave us feeling obligated to have constant connection to what’s happening in the world and an expectation for instant responses with communication. I feel it’s safe to say that most of us are aware of the problem that this creates in making us less in tune with the present moment and with ourselves. As if the impact on our mental health isn’t enough, it has been proven that phones have a detrimental impact on our skin health as well. 

There is an easy fix to avoid skin issues. Try cleaning your phone daily. I use a Norwex Envirocloth or a homemade cleaner with water, vinegar and alcohol. Read below on the havoc that dirty phones can have on your skin if you need further convincing.

Issue #1: Acne
Cell phones are magnets for dirt, debris and germs, which means that makeup, facial products, dust, dead skin cell and environmental toxins accumulate on our screens. Each time we raise our phone to our face we are transferring this debris to the surface of our skin. For some this can cause breakouts and inflammation, while for others it can lead to illness.

Issue #2: Illness
If your skin barrier is compromised and broken you run the risk of germs entering into your body. Your skin is your first line of defense. Keeping it healthy is not vain, it’s important because our skin keeps vitals in and environmental toxins and germs out.

Issue #3: Contact Dermatitis

Cell phones contain a fair amount of nickel which is a common issue for many. If you notice an itchy, rash forming in areas that have regular contact with your phone nickel might just be the cause.Covering your phone with a plastic case or screen protector is an easy fix.

 * Glo Skin & Brow is not a medical professional. These tips were recommended to Diana by a licensed Medical Professional for personal use. It is not intended to be medical advice but rather sharing of helpful information.**

Day 10

Let’s keep talking about ways in which phones can be harmful to our skin. If we aren’t careful, use of phones and devices can accelerate the aging process. 

Issue #1: “Tech Neck”
Craning our neck to look at devices causes premature development of horizontal lines across the neck. The skin on our neck is delicate making it susceptible to the formation of lines. To prevent further damage from occurring try holding your phone at eye level.

Already have neck lines that bother you? SkinPen has been clinically proven to reduce their appearance. DM me or book a consultation to discuss a treatment series. Regardless, if you aren’t caring for your neck and chest in the same way that you do your face, I suggest you start now. You’ll thank me later. 

Issue #2: “Blue Light” aka HEV light
Blue light is all around us. It’s emitted from the sun, smart phones, computers, tvs, tablets, fluorescent & LED lighting. These damaging rays penetrate deeper into your skin than UVA/UVB light. Due to the depth in which they are absorbed 3 hours of blue light exposure can cause your skin as much harm as one hour of sun exposure, if not properly protected.

How can blue light harm our skin?

  • Inflammation and deterioration of collagen
  • Formation of uneven and excessive pigmentation
  • Photoaging, which is aging induced by light waves (just like damage that occurs from sun exposure)
  • The outer layer can become weaker and inhibits recovery from daily skin stressors

How can you protect your skin from Blue Light?

  • Turn on night mode or blue light filter on your devices to reduce blue light emittance
  • Protect the skin around your eyes (& your eyes) by wearing blue light blocking glasses
  • Wear SPF all day, every day. Sunscreen is your best ally against photo-aging and skin damage. Mineral-based sunscreens are ideal as they offer broad-spectrum UV protection and reflect HEV light. Tinted, mineral sunscreens often contain iron oxides, which increase protection.
  • Apply professional grade antioxidants morning & night. Antioxidant supply gets depleted during the day. With exposure occurring from lighting and devices our skin needs full protection 24/7.

Bottom line is that putting forth an effort to reduce scree time could do your body some good, not just for your eyes, mind, and posture, but your skin, too.

Day 11

Ditch the makeup wipes and follow proper wash cloth etiquette:

I get it, even as an esthetician I can agree that taking makeup off/washing my face at the end of the day can feel like such an annoying task. If I wait until bedtime, there is no way it’s happening. To make sure I don’t skimp on or entirely skip this essential routine I wash my face after dinner. Our skin goes into repair mode while we sleep. Thoroughly cleansing and properly nourishing your skin before bedtime optimizes the process. As you can guess, one of the worst things you can do is to go to bed with makeup and the days grime on your face. Your skin will suffer if you do.

How we cleanse is just as important as not skipping this step. Even though makeup wipes are a fast way to take off your makeup they are not a skin friendly option.

4 Reasons to Ditch Makeup Wipes:

  1. It’s Bad for the Environment: It can take hundreds of years for one makeup wipe to decompose. Do your part to help the environment and cut this waste out of your routine for the sake of sustainability.
  2. Breakouts: If you are relying on your makeup wipes as your form of cleansing you are not thoroughly cleansing your skin. Wipes simply remove makeup; they do not properly cleanse the skin. Without thorough cleansing pores can quickly become clogged which can lead to breakouts.
  3. Accelerated Aging: The ingredients used in makeup wipes can strip your skin of its natural oils and cause dehydration. Having a compromised barrier and dehydration weaken the skin, increase inflammation and sensitivities, as well as contribute to premature onset of lines and wrinkles and loss of tightness and elasticity. No beuno!
  4. Irritation: Often, makeup wipes contain high levels of alcohol and harmful chemicals which can disrupt the pH of the skin, cause dehydration and irritation. Combined with the texture of some wipes, which can cause micro-tears, skin can become sensitized and compromised causing premature aging over time.

What’s the best way to remove makeup then?

Double cleansing is the best way to remove products and superficial impurities. The “traditional” way to double cleanse is to start with an oil or creamy cleanser. That will remove makeup, sunscreen and grime from the day. Then use a cleanser appropriate for your skin type, gel or foaming if tolerated. The second time deeply cleanses the skin optimizing absorption of products and helping to keep pores cleaner.

I like to use a hack on this one. I have a Makeup Eraser Cloth and a Norwex Body Cloth. Whether you wear makeup or not these cloths can serve as the first cleanse. I have found that they grab the same impurities as an oil or cream cleanser. Both of these types of cloth are resistant to bacterial growth so they stay clean longer.

What’s the deal with washcloths?

  1. Bacteria & Mold: Washcloths can be an effective way to wash your face, but it’s important to use a clean cloth every time. Due to the wet environment of the bathroom, there is a huge opportunity for mold & bacterial growth. Gross!
  2. Washcloths can cause irritation: If you are prone to rosacea, acne or eczema you may want to choose another method to remove your cleanser. Washcloths can have texture to them. When combined with friction it can cause irritation for more sensitive types. Even if you aren’t sensitive it’s important not to scrub too hard. This can turn into a form of physical exfoliation that can be fairly rough.
  3. Not great for the environment: If you choose to use a washcloth and listen to my advice you would be washing 14 cloths every week. Think of the additional laundry and water needed to keep those clean on a weekly basis.

What’s the alternative?

My go to is a shammy like cloth. I sell them at my studio. They aren’t too hard to find online, but I will say that the quality of them varies drastically. Just like a shammy cloth for cleaning windows, these face cloths dry quickly and harden up when you leave them to dry. They are soft and gentle on the skin and do not harbor mold or bacteria. It’s even gentle enough to use for a second cleanse of the eye area in case my microfiber cloth hasn’t removed all of my mascara.

You can choose to use your hands to rinse your face. I personally find this to be messy and difficult to be thorough. Leaving a film of cleanser isn’t good for the skin and inhibits absorption of other products.

Day 12

All About Makeup Brushes

If you use makeup brushes you should have a regular routine of keeping them clean. Read up on some reasons why it’s important to keep your brushes clean.

Dirty brushes harbor bacteria

Not only do brushes pick up bacteria from your skin they can accumulate bacteria and dirt from the surrounding environment. Bacteria from a makeup brush will get transferred to the skin which can exacerbate acne and other skin conditions. ­­­­­

Dirty brushes can cause irritation

As makeup becomes caked on the bristles, they can become firm. Rubbing firm bristles and bacteria on your skin can be harsh and lead to redness and irritation.

Dirty brushes interfere with proper application

Coated bristles make it difficult to blend makeup making for a streaky application. It also disrupts the color of your makeup because it blends with the colors that are built up on the bristles.

Dirty brushes can affect your health

If you don’t routinely clean your brushes, you store them in dirty, damp  (i.e. bathroom, makeup bag, drawer) you are putting yourself at risk for a viral infection, particularly if you are sharing them with others (a definite NO-NO!). This is especially true with brushes that are used around the eyes, nose and mouth as bugs can enter into your body that way.

Dirty brushes can contaminate your makeup.

Dipping a dirty brush into your makeup transfers all of the gross things that are living on the bristles. Bacteria and makeup are not friends. Bacteria can grow at a very fast rate, because of the ideal growing environment of makeup storage places.. This not only puts your skin in danger, but it also means that the product is going to break down and go rancid much more quickly.

Cleaning brushes makes them last longer.

Qualtiy brushes are not cheap, so it’s important to take care of them to make them last. When you clean your brushes, it ensures that they will maintain their quality and won’t be bent or damaged by makeup buildup.

Proper brush cleaning

I have two solutions that I use to wash my makeup brushes. I am a fan of Jane Iredale because it’s non-toxic and is beneficial for my brushes. I spray Truly Pure on a dark cloth and gently swipe my brushes on the towel after each use. Once a week I use Botanical Brush Cleaner in a cup of water. I swirl the brushes around always keeping the bristles pointing downward. Then I pour the dirty water down the drain and fill the cup a couple of more times swirling the brushes until the water stays clean. Then I gently wipe and pat the brushes on a towel and leave them to dry. If you want to maintain the quality of your brushes never hold them with the bristles pointing up under running water. It will break down the bonding solution prematurely.

Cleaning your makeup brushes might seem like another annoying chore, but once you start doing it regularly, you may notice an improvement in your skin. Also take into consideration the cleanliness of the environment that you store your brushes. Your makeup bag or drawer should be cleaned on a routine basis to reduce opportunity for transfer of germs to your brushes.

Day 13

Skin is the largest organ in the body. It’s our greatest barrier against environmental forces and harmful bacteria. Skin regulates body temperature and synthesizes vitamin D. The sense of touch is directly controlled by the skin, and melanin provides protection from harmful sun rays. Caring for your skin is not a superficial thing to do. Our skin can perform these vital functions optimally when well cared for.

There is so much information out there. Knowing what to believe gets to be confusing. It’s not uncommon to get overwhelmed and give up or to use products entirely wrong for your skin. The best place to get recommendations is from a licensed professional. A licensed esthetician can customize a regimen to match the needs of your skin as well as your concerns.

These are the 5 tips that I always start with when recommending a new regimen. If it seems overwhelming to start all of these things at once set a goal to implement these changes one at a time. Hands down I always have clients focus on wearing sunscreen daily, regardless of the weather or time of year (see my previous post about the damage that Blue Light/HEV does to our skin) and a PH balanced cleanser.

Just like with everything else, you get what you pay for. Professional products are more concentrated, are absorbed and formulated better and use higher quality ingredients. If you have a professional cleanser, it’s most likely PH balanced. If you have an over-the-counter cleanser it is most likely disrupting your PH and your skin would benefit from a cleanser that doesn’t.*****

While supplements aren’t a quick-fix aging solution, they can offer significant support alongside other healthy lifestyle factors like staying hydrated, stress management, proper sleep, and a healthy diet! As an esthetician, I am not licensed to make recommendations on diet or supplementation, but I do feel it’s an extremely important part of optimizing our health. Click here for an article that covers the 5 basic supplements that you should be on.  

There are so many options of places to buy food. I like to eat whole foods which involves a lot of vegetables and lots of cooking, but it’s clean nourishment for my body that is my motivation to prepare it. It definitely costs more, but I follow the Clean 15 Dirty Dozen list. It helps me avoid produce that is sprayed with the highest amount of pesticides. Eating organic is expensive, but it’s an investment worth making. Especially if you buy into the idea that you are what you are what you eat.

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but you get what you pay for here again as well. Supplements purchased over the counter from general stores are more affordable but have a lower potency and absorbability. I recommend purchasing your supplements from a pharma grade line. There are two stores locally that sell pharma grade supplements. Tailormade in Woodbury & Mastels in St Paul. You could also look into these brands online, Thorne and Pure Encapsulation,s to see if they have what you are looking for.

Committing to these skin care tips will get you well on your way to healthy skin that will help to keep you healthy and Glo’ing.

Day 14

While supplements aren’t a quick-fix aging solution, they can offer significant support alongside other healthy lifestyle factors like staying hydrated, stress management, proper sleep, and a healthy diet! As an esthetician, I am not licensed to make specific recommendations on diet or supplementation, but I do feel it’s an extremely important part of optimizing our skin health. See link for an article that covers the 5 basic supplements that you should be on.

https://www.stamfordspine.com/blog/top-5-supplements-for-optimal-health

There are so many options of places to buy food. I like to eat whole foods which involves a lot of vegetables and lots of cooking, but it’s the clean nourishment for my body that is my motivation to prepare it. It definitely costs more, but I follow the Clean 15 Dirty Dozen list. It helps me avoid produce that is sprayed with the highest amount of pesticides, but doesn’t break the bank. Eating organic is expensive, but it’s an investment worth making. Especially if you buy into the idea that you are what you are what you eat.

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but you get what you pay for here again. Supplements purchased over the counter from general stores are more affordable but have a lower potency and absorption rate. I recommend purchasing your supplements from a pharma grade line. There are two stores locally that sell pharma grade supplements. Tailormade in Woodbury & Mastels in St Paul. You could also look into these brands online, Thorne, Klaire Labs, Seeking Health and Pure Encapsulation, to see if they have what you are looking for.

Day 15

Every night you lay your head to rest on a pillow. As you sleep your skin produces oil, you shed dead skin cells, you probably drool and you might have product from your hair rub off onto your pillowcase. There’s also bunch of impurities floating around in the air. All of those things become embedded in your pillowcase. As you can imagine, laying on all that grunge isn’t so great for your skin. It can cause dermatitis, eczema, skin allergies and breakouts.

Need further convincing to increase the frequency at which you wash your pillowcase? We shed about 500 million dead skin cells daily. A lot of which end up in our bed. Dust mites feast on these dead skin cells. While they chomp away on their favorite “food” they drop a trail of poop and carcasses. That is so disgusting. Enough said.

If you don’t want to sleep on all of that grossness you might want to consider washing your pillowcase weekly.

Day 16

When we talk about skin care we most commonly think of taking care of our face. As we’ve discussed before, skin is our largest organ and properly caring for it can have a direct impact on our overall health. One routine that was recommended by my naturopath to help with detoxification was to start dry brushing my body. Not only has dry brushing been beneficial in helping my body detox it has also benefited me in many other ways.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Stress Relief: The repetitiveness of dry brushing can be soothing, especially when done in a quiet place. It can feel like a light touch massage, easing muscle tension and triggering relaxation.

Lymphatic Drainage: Our lymphatic system is one of our detox mechanisms. It collects waste from our tissues and transports it to our blood for elimination. When our lymph becomes stagnant waste can build up and take a toll on our health. Having a “well-oiled” lymph system can reduce inflammation, bloating, puffiness & some say cellulite. It can also improve our immune system function.

Supports Digestion and Kidney Function: When the lymphatic system is cleansed, excess water and built-up toxins are expelled making room for new nutrients. Food may then be digested faster to provide the needed nutrients, which in turn might relieve stress on the kidneys as they are also a detoxification system that can get bogged down when the lymph system is sluggish.

Exfoliation: Dry brushes have stiff bristles that when used in a gentle sweeping motion slough away dead, dull skin. Just like exfoliating your face, dry brushing your body can improve the appearance of your skin giving you a Glo, reducing congestion, ingrown hairs and cellulite. It can also aid in absorption of moisturizer as well.

Increases Circulation: Dry brushing increases circulation of blow flow to your skin improving the delivery oxygen and nutrients to all cells in your body.

Improve the Appearance of Cellulite: The jury is out on this one. No one likes cellulite. While dry brushing may or may not be a fix for cellulite it certainly can’t hurt to try. What we do know is that dry brushing increases blow flow and plumps the skin. If you happen to notice a smoothing or softening effect on your cellulite, luck you!

Dry brushing is a simple and inexpensive routine. Most high-quality brushes can be purchased for under $20. Check the link in this reel for my recommendation. Try it out, you might get hooked!

Day 17

When it comes to bathing, the hotter the water and the longer you stay in the more damaging it can be to your skin. This is especially true if you live in a cold climate like me (I’m in Minnesota. Brrr!). The intention of bathing is to remove dirt, sweat, sunscreen and grime from our skin. The warmer the water the more the water also washes away the skin’s natural protective barrier layer that is made of oils, fats and proteins. If this layer isn’t replenished the skin will definitely become dehydrated and possibly feel itchy. 

How to Avoid Dehydrated & Itchy Skin

  • Apply a moisturizer with ingredients that mimic the natural lipids found in the skin. Some ingredients to look for are: Cermamides, EFA’s, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid & Niacinamide. As always, professional grade products are going to be more effective so get a recommendation from me or your licensed esthetician.
  • Exfoliate routinely but be sure not to overdo it. Everyone has different needs when it comes to exfoliation. I typically recommend using a gentle, professional grade body wash with granules or alpha hydroxy acids anywhere from daily to once per week depending on the formulation and the needs of the skin. 
  • Avoid products with drying alcohol such as: ethanol, methanol, ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol and benzyl alcohol. Also, pay attention to where alcohol is in the ingredient list. The closer to the top the more drying it can be.
  • Bathe in lukewarm water
  • Use a PH balanced cleanser. When the PH of the skin is out of balance the skin can become compromised which leads to dehydration, inflammation, acceleration of aging, tendencies towards skin irritation and unpleasant skin conditions such as: acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. All of which are often linked to inflammation and compromised barriers to which heat is also a big NO-NO!

With all of this said, there are some benefits to taking a hot shower, such as: relaxation and relief of muscle tension. However, there are plenty of other ways to achieve these benefits. If I were you, I’d opt for the lukewarm water for the benefit of your skin.

Day 18

Exfoliation is an essential step in a basic regimen for just about everyone out there. As we get older our cellular turnover rate slows down. Dead skin doesn’t naturally slough off as quickly, allowing them to accumulate over time. Acne, hyperpigmentation, lines, pore size, eczema and psoriasis are exacerbated by the traffic jam of old skin cells. To speed up the process our skin needs a little help.

Types of Exfoliation There are two types of exfoliation, chemical & physical. I find that many people benefit from both forms, but having a customized regimen is crucial with this step because it’s hard to know which products and frequency are ideal for your situation.

Physical exfoliation utilizes a textured medium to slough off dead skin. This can be achieved by using a scrub, dry brush, loofa, wash cloth with pressure, etc. or from treatments like microdermabrasion, Hydrafacial, dermaplaning, or even shaving. Make sure your scrub has a spherical shape otherwise you run the risk of causing irritation and micro-tears. The amount of pressure used is also important. If you overdo it you can cause more damage, including: micro-tears, bleeding, capillary damage, irritation, and an impaired skin barrier.

Chemical exfoliation might sound scary, but it simply refers to a chemical reaction occurring between the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. There is a wide range of intensity that utilize plant enzymes, AHAs (water soluble acids: glycolic, mandelic, and lactic to name a few) & BHAs (oil soluble: salicylic & citric). Chemical exfoliation is found in home care products, from professional treatments like masks, serums, treatment pads, Hydrafacial & peels.

There is a fine line for each of us as to the right amount of exfoliation. Some need and tolerate more exfoliation and others need to keep it more minimal. Under-exfoliating inhibits the skin from reaping the full benefits, while over-exfoliating can lead to acne, irritation and compromised skin. Signs of over-exfoliation including burning, sensitivity, itchiness, breakouts, redness and/or soreness.

Which type is right for you? Skin that is hydrated, thicker, oily and/or more resilient tend to tolerate physical exfoliation better, especially scrubs with larger granules. Whereas skin that is dehydrated, thinner, drier and mature often does better with the right kind of chemical exfoliation. If the skin is hydrated, I find that many people benefit from both.

There are so many products and services on the market. If you aren’t sure if you have the right products or which service is right for you schedule a complimentary consultation with me to get a customized recommendation.

Day 19

When it comes to skincare, lips are often overlooked. Lips are skin too and deserve a routine to keep them healthy, hydrated, smooth and youthful.

When temps start to drop and moisture in the air is minimal we start to experience irritation and dryness on our lips. Most of us only think to take care of our lips when we start to see and feel these symptoms. This is not an uncommon mistake. It’s just as important to care for our lips on a daily basis as it is the rest of the skin on our body. The skin on our lips is thinner and more delicate making it extra vulnerable to environmental factors, damage from sun and blue light exposure. The lips lack sebaceous glands, unlike the skin elsewhere, so it misses out on natural oil that helps to keep skin soft and hydrated.

Nobody likes chapped, dull and lifeless lips. So how do you prevent it from getting to that point? 

Start a simple lip routine:

Invest in a lip scrub. My favorite is Mizzi Lip Luxe Scrub. Use a scrub 2-3 times per week to slough away rough, dead skin. You might be surprised at the instant gratification of using a lip scrub. Your lips immediately feel smooth and look healthier. Be sure to follow up with a balm or mask to lock in moisture.

Moisturize your lips routinely, year-round. Find a lip balm that you like enough to apply several times throughout the day. Diligence is key with this step. Your lips need moisture every day, just like your face does so apply your favorite lip balm throughout the day, even in warmer months to keep them protected, plump and healthy. Remember to reapply after eating and drinking as balm often gets wiped often or can even be consumed. For that reason, I make sure to use a non-toxic balm. My favorites are Mizzi Lip Luxe Essential Lip Care & Lira Clinical Bio Lip Factor. I love the texture of these. They aren’t sticky or greasy, they are smooth and almost creamy.

Protect your lips with SPF. Just as the skin on the rest of your body needs to be protected from the sun and blue light, so does the skin on your lips. My favorite is Coola Nude Beach. It’s a mineral SPF which is natural and effective immediately upon application. Remember to reapply every 2 hours or more often if you are swimming, eating or drinking to keep them protected.

Do a lip mask. My favorite is by ToGo Spa, it’s the Rose Gold Gel Lip Mask. Theses are a little tricky and I have found that they are best used while lying down, otherwise they have a tendency to slide off of the lips. They have aloe and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate the lips. I use one of these masks at least once a week. 

DM me if you’re interested in purchasing any of these products.

Day 20

Air has a huge impact on our skin. The two biggest factors to consider in our climate are air pollution and the moisture levels, especially this time of year.

Regardless of where we live there is some level of harm that air pollution poses upon our skin. It can affect how our skin looks, it’s texture and the speed at which we age. Air pollution might just be as bad for our skin as exposing it to the sun without SPF. 

Air pollution is all around us everywhere we go. There’s no way to avoid it. If you happen to live in a large city you may be a victim of smog. If you are closer to manufacturing plants or chemical and petroleum refineries you’re at an extra high risk. On the flip side, living in a rural area doesn’t mean you’re safe from harm as pollutants can travel through air and water and be transferred onto our skin from stuff that we track into our homes and building. 

So what’s the big deal? Free-radical damage occurs in the skin from exposure to pollution & UV rays. Without proper protection free-radicals lead to deterioration of the structures and mechanisms in our skin that keep it looking youthful. Brown spots, uneven tone, wrinkles, enlarged pores, sensitivity and dry skin are some of the ways that free-radical damage present in the skin. 

How to protect your skin from air pollution. Use a professional grade:

* Antioxidant to fight free radicals in the skin

* Anti-inflammatory to soothe and neutralize damaged skin

* AHA and/or BHA to dislodge impurities trapped in the pores. I also recommend investing in a quality air purifier for the areas of your home & work in which you spend long periods of time. I like the brand Blue Air. It’s highly effective but doesn’t break the bank.

Humidity levels also have a huge impact on our skin. It’s the lack of moisture in the air that makes our skin feel tight and dehydrated and look dull and scaly in the colder months. Other than moving to a warmer climate, the next best thing is to use a humidifier in your bedroom and workspace to provide your skin with extra moisture. Make sure to clean your humidifier on a routine basis as having mildew and mold circulate in the air is not good for you either.

Day 21

Don’t let makeup wreak havoc on your skin! 

Makeup sits on the skin for a good portion of the day so you might want to consider whether it’s working for or against you. I think it’s safe to say that most of the makeup on the market is not formulated to nourish and benefit the skin. Considering the length of time you wear it it only makes sense to prioritize that feature.

Traditional makeup often contains drying alcohols (SD & Denatured), Talc (dehydrating), synthetic fragrances (can cause photosensitivity) and heavy metals (sensitizing). Make the switch to a line that is full of ingredients that benefit your skin, instead of wreaking havoc. Consider my favorites: Oxygenetics and Jane Iredale. Both lines are formulated to sit on the surface of the skin (non-comedogenic), rather than resting inside of the pore (comedogenic). Oxygenetics even has a special formulation for acne that has Salicylic Acid in it to further combat congestion.  Oh, and in case you’re still wondering you can get the same coverage with these lines as traditional makeup.

Don’t be fooled by false advertising. Lots of companies are loosely throwing around the terms non-comedogenic or mineral makeup. Both are unregulated term, so unfortunately they aren’t terms you can count on.

More reasons to make the switch:

Non-comedogenic: Unfortunately, many traditional makeup products are chalk full of preservatives and other harmful ingredients that can clog pores and cause acne. Choose Oxygenetics Acne Forumlation if congestion or acne are concerns of yours.

Natural Protection: Both lines are mineral based. Pure mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which are physical sunscreen agents that protect the skin from UV damage. You’ll also find antioxidants which will help protect from pollution. The lines I’ve recommended are broad spectrum and a minimum of SPF 15. Be sure to confirm that your makeup meets these criteria before you rely on it as a form of protection. Reapply every 2 hours to protect your skin against Blue Light and UV rays year-round.

Anti-Inflammatory: If you have sensitive skin rest assured that mineral makeup is going to benefit your skin. Minerals are naturally soothing which can benefit skin with acne, inflammation and/or irritation.

Let’s your skin breathe and looks natural: In my opinion, foundation and powders shouldn’t be noticeable to others. With the right formulation (and healthy skin) your skin can look makeup free. As mentioned before mineral makeup sits on top of the pores allowing the skin to breathe and look flawless, not cakey and artificial.

Each product within these lines are formulated with skin supporting ingredients. Make the switch and I guarantee that your skin will thank you. Oxygenetics is available for purchase on my website. DM me with any questions.

Day 22

How to pop a pimple…

Don’t, unless you want to spread bacteria and damage your skin. 

Having struggled with severe, cystic acne myself I know how hard it is to resist the temptation of picking at things on your face. There is something incredibly gratifying about doing home extractions. Getting gunk out gives you instant gratification and can relieve pain from sensitive, inflamed lesions. The last thing that you want to hear is that you should leave extractions to a professional, but that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you. Especially if you are one of my Acne Bootcamp participants. Part of the contract you sign requires you to avoid picking completely. The best thing is to avoid and to apply a spot treatment with sulfur, retinol, salicylic and/or benzoyl peroxide. (Only apply retinol & benzoyl peroxide at night because it’s photosensitizing) However, I realize that if you aren’t one of my bootcamp participants the odds are high that you’re not going to listen to my advice.

  • So I have guidelines to help ensure that you can extract at home as safely as possible to reduce risk of injury to the skin and worsening the situation.
  • Schedule an extraction session ONCE per week
  • Wash your hands
  • Double cleanse
  • Take a warm shower or make a steam bath in a bowl with a towel over your head for 5-10 minutes (use an enzyme mask if you have one)
  • Wrap your fingertips in tissue paper that is folded in half
  • Limit extractions to 10 minutes
  • Focus mainly on blackheads. Picking inflamed lesions typically makes matters worse, spreading acne bacteria, damaging skin & follicle walls while increasing odds of scarring
  • Use gentle pressure with a wiggle motion. Think of lifting the impaction from underneath, pushing it up and out, but without too much force
  • If your fingers break through the tissue paper you are using too much pressure
  • If nothing comes out after a few tries, you see clear fluid or blood, STOP and leave it be
  • Apply an antibacterial & anti-inflammatory spot treatment, serum or toner to the areas that have been extracted
  • Apply moisturizer  & sunscreen (if appropriate)
  • Wait another week before repeating
  • On a routine basis schedule an appointment with me to get thorough, safe, professional extractions to keep your pores and skin more clear
  • Invest in a customized, professional regimen to get fast, safe & effective results

DM me with questions or book a consultation

Day 23

LED Light Therapy has gained massive popularity in recent years. You’ve probably seen various devices on social media, at wellness centers, skincare studios, dermatology & plastic surgery clinics and in people’s homes. But what exactly is it and what does it do for your skin?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. It’s a device that exposes your skin to light energy which is absorbed at varying depths and stimulates a variety of reactions within the skin. Research has shown that LED light therapy may help smooth skin texture, improve firmness and resilience, increase lymphatic system activity and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and superficial hyperpigmentation.

 There are a variety of colors that are used in LED panels that stimulate different responses in the skin. The Celluma PRO panel that I use in my studio uses Red & Blue diodes and near infrared for wound healing and relief of muscle and joint pain.

 Blue light is most often used to treat acne. It kills the p. acne bacteria and aids in decreasing oil production. It can speed up the healing of active lesions as well as prevent new ones from forming 

Red light helps to strengthen the skin, maximize cellular structures and accelerate tissue repair. It reduces redness and inflammation and increases circulation. It’s an over all anti-aging treatment and can be helpful in reducing rosacea symptoms. Because of it’s healing and anti-inflammatory effects professionals often use it immediately after injectables, lasers, peels, microneedling and other invasive procedures.

I use Celluma in several of my treatments to enhance results, speed up cellular repair and reduce inflammation. It further energizes the skin and enhances the clarity and GLO factor of the skin post treatment. The light is intense at first, but almost all my clients adjust to it quickly and find it very relaxing.

As I’m sure you know LED lights are something that you can do at home as well. Celluma is available for purchase through GLO Skin & Brow. DM me if you are interested in purchasing one for yourself. They have a variety of devices at different price points and for different concerns. They are FDA cleared so you know you’re getting a highly effective device.

If you choose to look elsewhere there are some key factors to consider

Joules: The energy dose of a device needs to be between 2-10 Joules. Below 2 Joules isn’t going to do much and over 10 can be harmful to the skin.

Distance from the skin: The closer light energy is emitted to the surface of the skin, the greater the dose of LED light therapy being absorbed. That’s the great thing about the flexible Celluma PRO panel, it can be contoured to sit close to the skin delivering an optimal dose of LED light .

Treatment Time: Celluma emits 7 Joules, which is on the higher end of the ideal range. The greater the dose of light energy emitted the less time that is needed to be effective. Celluma suggests using their devices for 15-30 minutes per session.

Many product lines will advertise the number of diodes in a device and their wavelength. The wavelength of each color is always going to be the same, so that value doesn’t mean much to me. I can see where you might think more diodes is an important factor, but that would only be true if the energy of the diodes falls between 2-10 Joules. With all of that said, you may not be able to find the Joules of a device. Companies will often claim it to be proprietary information. In my opinion it’s the most important piece of information in determining whether a device is worth your money. So if a company isn’t willing to divulge the Joules I would suggest passing on it. 

LED lights are generally safe for all skin tones and types. Potential side effects can include increased inflammation and redness if the device is over 10 Joules or you have a contraindication. So it’s important to check with your doctor about any medication that you are on that could make your skin hyper-sensitive to light, such as acne medications like, Accutane.

Day 24

Infrared Saunas: Do they benefit your skin?

You’ve probably heard of infrared saunas. They’re popular in the wellness community and are seen all over social media. They are used for a variety of health benefits such as: detoxification, reduced inflammation, and recovery to name a few. Not only do those things have a positive impact on your health, but they are great for your skin too.

Infrared heat penetrates deeply into the skin. It accelerates cellular activity and increases circulation to increase nutrients that are delivered to the skin and aid which aids in rejuvenation. The heat induces a deep sweat, which is different than the way you sweat from hot weather and exercising which is mostly water and salt. Sweat from infrared detoxifies the body at a deeper level releasing heavy metals, fat-soluble toxins, ammonia and other undesirable elements like lymes disease. Sweat has so many benefits. In addition to detoxing it moisturizes and cools the skin and helps kill harmful bacteria. It’s even been proven to have anti-aging benefits..

When using a sauna for skin care, it is just as important to clean the surface of your skin afterwards. Sweat that is left on the skin contains the very toxins that your body just purged. If they aren’t removed they can get absorbed back into the skin. Sweat can also lead to skin irritation and breakouts. All that sweating is bound to dehydrate you so be sure to drink plenty of water to compensate for water lost. The heat can lead to dehydration of the skin as well, so be sure to apply moisturizer after rinsing off.

A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvement in the appearance of wrinkles & crow’s feet, as well as improvements in skin tone, texture, elasticity, firmness and clarity after 12 weeks of sauna use. Sounds great, right?

There are very few limitations or risks when it comes to infrared sauna use. If you are prone to melasma or any heat triggered concerns infrared saunas may not be for you. Be sure to talk to your health professional to make sure you don’t have any contraindications.

If you want to give an infrared sauna a try there are a couple of places that I recommend locally: Green Lotus & Cleanse in Woodbury. There a lot of options available to purchase for home use, but do your research otherwise you might spend your money on a device that doesn’t do much at all or may even cause harm (especially with EMFs).

I am not a medical professional and not making medical advise. I started using a dome infrared sauna from Sunlighten per a recommendation from my naturopath during my treatment for Lyme’s disease. I have found it so relaxing and beneficial for my skin and overall health that I enjoy doing it just about every day.

Day 25

Pop Quiz: Should you brush your teeth or wash your face first?

If you are into skincare and concerned about the health of your skin you’ve probably invested a good amount of money into your home care products. You wouldn’t want to let all those expensive serums and creams to go to waste, would you? That’s exactly what you might be doing if you’re brushing your teeth after washing your face. Aside from wasting product, you could  also be contributing to skin issues.

Reasons to brush your teeth first:

  • Bacteria from your mouth can be released onto your skin while brushing. This isn’t good for anyone, but it’s especially problematic if you have to wear a face mask throughout the day
  • Toothpaste residue can cause acne on your chin or around your mouth
  • Toothpaste residue can be irritating & drying if  left on the skin, especially if it contains hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, baking soda &/or fluoride.
  • Expensive serums & creams can get wiped or rinsed away

If you aren’t getting acne on your chin or around the mouth you might not see or feel an immediate issue

from toothpaste residue. Even if that’s the case you might still be rinsing or wiping away your products. Doing this daily over an extended period robs the delicate mouth area from the support it needs to age more gracefully.

 Save your skin from acne, irritation &/or accelerating the aging process by making a simple change to your routine. Brush first then wash your face.

Day 26

Invest in good sunscreen

Each year more than 5 million people are diagnosed with various skin cancers. You may be shocked to hear that many of them have worn sunscreen thinking they were protected. The unfortunate truth is that there are many misconceptions, false advertisements and misinformation surrounding sunscreen.

Important facts you need to know to properly protect your skin from damage:

  • Sunscreen doesn’t last all day. Reapplying is essential in protecting your skin. The sun breaks down your sunscreen reducing its potency every hour & a half. For optimal protection you’ll want a fresh application every 90 minutes. It’s a HUGE pain, but is necessary to avoid sunburn, accelerated aging and skin cancer.
  • Zinc is a must. It’s the only ingredient that blocks UVA rays from being absorbed and permanently damaging your skin. If your sunscreen doesn’t have Zinc you’re only protecting yourself from a burn and are still susceptible to UVA rays which cause cancer and premature aging. Some formulations are thicker than others. I always recommend warming physical spf up between your fingers and applying with a pat and roll application to avoid an uneven, streaky application.
  • The most common over-the-counter brands are some of the worst on the market. I often hear complaints that formulations are thick and sticky. A large majority of the most recognized OTC brands don’t contain Zinc, leaving you vulnerable to dangerous, aging, cancer causing UVA rays.
  • Sunscreen only needs to be worn outside in warm weather. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Dangerous UVA rays penetrate glass so they are able to reach us through windows of buildings and cars. They may not burn you, but they accelerate aging and cause cancer. Blue light is everywhere. We are exposed to it all day long and it has been shown to be a contender for premature again against UV rays. Physical SPF is the only way to protect against blue light damage.
  • You might think you’re safe if you’re in the shade or under a floppy hat, but you are wrong. In fact, you are just as vulnerable as you are in direct light because UVA & UVB rays reflect off of water, concrete, fiberglass, sand and other surfaces.
  • OTC sunscreens ARE NOT regulated by the FDA. That means that there are no standards regarding level of protection or regulations of ingredients or marketing. It’s free game for companies to use any kind of campaign to sell you a product without repercussions for false advertising.

 Professional-grade sunscreens do live up to the hype. Texture, residue and smell are important factors in determining if you’re going to like and wear your sunscreen. When you shop professional brands the formulations are much more elegant. They go on more smoothly, which is essential when it comes to zinc, and typically don’t have synthetic scents or leave a white cast on the skin. The ingredients are much higher quality, in higher percentages and diverse including additional protection from anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-pollution ingredients designed with highly effective delivery methods. Not only will they protect you from UV rays, but they fight free radical damage and soothe internal inflammation.

Finding a sunscreen that you like will increase your odds of incorporating it into your daily routine providing you with year-round protection.

Here are my favorites:

  • Sunbetter Tone Smart & Sheer Lotion
  • Sunbetter Tone Smart & Sheer Compact
  • Sunbetter Sheer Stick
  • Lira Clinical Solar Shield Hydrating & Tinted
  • Colorscience Sunforgettable Total Protection & 3-in-1 Eye Sunscreen
  • Coola Mineral Liplux Organic Balm
  • Clearchoice sport shield (Lowest level of zinc, but optimal for the pickiest clients)

DM me to book a consult or order product

Day 27

Switch your routine up with seasonal changes

Just when you think you have your skincare routine down the season shifts and your skin gets all out whack. No matter how healthy your skin is there is no one regimen that will work for you year-round unless you live in a place without much variance in weather. That doesn’t mean you have to change your entire regimen; it could be a simple switch.

All too often I see clients that haven’t changed their regimen as the season shifts. I see so much dehydration and redness as we shift into colder temps. Although having a professional recommendation is ideal to keep your skin healthy through season changes, there are some simple tweaks you can make on your own. If you wait until you see or feel signs of unhappy skin, it will take a bit more work to get your GLO back. Stay ahead of the game and change your skincare routine as soon as you feel the need to change your wardrobe or shift into eating different types of food. Just like you wouldn’t want an acai bowl in December, your skin doesn’t want the same regimen once the weather has changed.

How to keep your skin balanced in different seasons

Cleansing — The most important skin care move from summer to fall is to decrease the intensity of your cleanser. We often think that cleansers need to lather up to strip oil, bacteria and grime off the top level. It’s a common misconception that oil, lotion and cream cleansers don’t clean your skin as well, it’s just in your head so get over it😉. While more stripping, active & exfoliating cleansers are often better tolerated in the summer I rarely have clients use such a cleanser exclusively because overusing them can strip the barrier.

I am an advocate of double cleansing. I suggest using a makeup remover cloth, Norwex body cloth or oil/lotion/cream-based cleanser for the first cleanse. Depending on your skin type the 2nd cleanse could use the same cleanser, a light gel/foaming cleanser or you can cocktail cleansers adding in a lotion or cream to make a cleanser more gentle. The temperature of the water you use is crucial as well. Hot water strips the protective barrier, so opt for lukewarm to tepid water.

Serums —In warmer months your serums might be lighter and more focused on clarifying or protection from solar damage. As cooler temps set in you should be reaching for serums that soothe & plump. Most importantly you should ramp up your moisture game with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, honey, omega 6, panthenol &/of niacinamide depending on your skin type. Keep in mind if you’re using multiple serums, apply them in order of lightest to heavies to optimize absorption.

Moisturizing —In the summer skin needs hydration from ingredients that are lighter & cooling. Look for products labeled ‘lotion’ as they are water based. Whereas in winter skin tends to become dehydrated, chapped, flaky & irritated which benefits from more rich, protective ingredients. Look for products labeled ‘cream’ aka oil-based, with healthy lipids, ceramides & emollients. It’s possible, however, you don’t need to change your moisturizer and that the addition of a hydrating serum or oil will suffice.

Exfoliation – This is the trickiest component of a skincare regimen. There is a very fine line between over & under exfoliating. Under exfoliating inhibits aborption of ingredients that hydrate, clarify, brighten, protect and slow down the signs of aging. Over-exfoliting compromises the barrier, dehydrates and thins the skin. As long as your barrier isn’t compromised your skin needs help shedding layers of dead, dull skin. In the summer you’ll likely tolerate acids, scrubs and retinoids more frequently. As the temps drop, I often have clients reduce the frequency of these types of products to keep the skin balanced. If your skin feels tight, is flaky or red you are overdoing it and need to stop exfoliation or back off completely. 

There are so many options and ways to adjust your skin care routine. DM me or book a complimentary consultation to determine the ideal regimen for you in each season.

Day 28

Self Care 

The culture we live in has us jam packing as much as possible into each day. We are expected to overachieve and be fully present in everything that we do. This chaotic way of living is so hard on us, which is why I am a firm believer in making time for myself. If I don’t take care of myself, I am not able to show up as the best version of myself for everyone in my life. If you’re like me, if something isn’t on the calendar it isn’t likely to happen. Schedule a time each week to give your skin a little extra TLC. Your skin and mind will thank you.

You can start by spending extra time massaging your favorite cleanser into your skin. Get into all of the nooks and crannies (behind your ears, hairline and around your nose). Next up, use an exfoliating mask that sits on the skin. My favorites are Mystiq iLuminating Polisher by Lira Clinical and Detox Scrub Mask by Skinbetter Science.  Sit back and relax while the mask does the work. Read a book, take a bath, have someone massage your hands or feet.

After you’re done with your mask apply a hydrating, soothing serum and/or oil. Use these products as a slip to massage your face. Use long, slow motions with a pressure that feels good to you. Find areas of that are tight and spend a little extra time releasing muscle tension. Bonus tip: do some: lymphatic massage, facial cupping, jade rolling or gua sha for added detoxification, depuffing and sculpting.

Then apply a hydrating, soothing, brightening or tightening mask. Choose one that best suites your skin. My favorites are: Epionce Enriched Firming Mask, Lira Clinical Bio Hydrating Mineral Mask, Cryo Mask & Lifting Mask and Face Reality Brightening Mask .While the mask is sitting on your skin ease back into something that relaxes you. 

After removing your second mask apply your serum(s), moisturizer and eye cream.  For best results, commit to making this a weekly routine. Do it alone or with friends or family. You work hard. I’d say you owe it to yourself to set aside some YOU time.

Day 29

Layering Products

A common question that I get from clients is how to properly layer products. The order in which you apply products is directly related to how your skin is going to absorb them. In general, the rule of thumb is to apply your skincare from thinnest to thickest.

If you are a skinimalist it’s pretty simple to keep your products in the right order: cleanser, moisturizer & sunscreen.For those skincare junkies out there, navigating more complex regimens can get confusing. Read on to become a novice in product layering:

Always start off with cleansing. In the morning I feel as though 1 cleanse is enough, however in the evening double cleansing is essential in optimizing skin health and product absorption. Use your oil-based, cream/lotion cleanser or microfiber cloth 1st. For those with compromised, sensitive, dry or dehydrated skin use a cream/lotion cleanser for the 2nd cleanse. If you are normal to oily you can use a gel or foaming cleanser instead.

After cleansing, use a toner. Toners are water-like formulas. If you like to use a toner to further cleanse your skin (although you shouldn’t need to if you are double cleansing) you can saturate a cotton pad & swipe it onto your face. The toners that I sell have a spray applicator. They are designed to balance PH, hydrate, soothe &/or purify the skin. A bonus of toners is that they can enhance product absorption & reduce the amount of serum needed as they provide a slip for application of steps to follow.

Some toners have exfoliating agents that prep the skin & break down dead skin buildup. I typically suggest limiting the use of this type of toner to 2-3 times per week.

Serums are a must if you are looking to change your skin. They are made with smaller molecules & penetrate deeper into the skin. Professional serums have delivery systems & formulations that are backed by science and research. This is one area I highly suggest you don’t cheap out on. You can use multiple serums to address different concerns. There are serums with acids, peptides, hydrators, lighteners/brighteners &/or antioxidants. Think lightest to heaviest when applying them. I like to give the skin about 30 seconds between each serum to optimize absorption. Some product lines recommend waiting longer while others allow you to cocktail serums. Consult with me to determine what is best for your regimen.

 If you are fighting an acne breakout you will benefit from applying a spot treatment or benzoyl peroxide. Since these formulations are often on the creamier side you’ll want to apply them after serums. Benzoyl peroxide is a finicky ingredient. While it can work wonders for acne, it can also dry the skin out & bleach fabric. Consult with me to ensure you’re not going to ruin your skin or clothes with this one.

Eye Cream should be applied before retinoids around the orbital bone. It will protect the delicate skin from becoming irritated. Some formulations can be applied to the lid but be sure to check on directions from the manufacturer before doing so.

Retinoids should be applied only at night as the photosensitize the skin. Some formulations aren’t used nightly because they are too drying while others are hydrating enough to skip a moisturizer. I highly recommend waiting about 10 minutes after application. If the skin feels tight go ahead & apply a moisturizer. Don’t apply earlier than that unless you want to reduce the potency of your retinoid.

Seal in your serums with a lotion or cream. Contrary to popular belief, optimal hydration does not typically come from moisturizers, but rather from hydrating serums. Molecules of moisturizers aren’t’ small enough to penetrate the skin very much so think of it more as a sealant to hold in serums & protect from the elements. If you happen to have sensitized or dehydrated skin you can break the order of application & put your serum or benzoyl peroxide on after your moisturizer. It will buffer the potency to make it more tolerable. I wouldn’t do this long term, but it can be a trick to get active ingredients onto the skin without compromising it.

Oil can penetrate moisturizer. If you feel the need for more hydration or protection apply oil as a spot treatment or all over. If you are using two or more serums, I’d suggest skipping an oil. The skin can only absorb so much.

Don’t forget SPF. All day, every day. UVA rays penetrate the glass on our cars and buildings. Blue light from devices can photo age us. For those reasons find an SPF that you love enough to wear daily. Ideally reapply every 2 hours.

Masks, peel pads and scrubs aren’t typically used daily, but when you do use them they should be positioned after cleansing.

There are always exceptions to every rule. For example, I have two serums that don’t follow the lightest to heaviest rule. This is where having professional products & a customized regimen comes in handy. DM me or set up a complimentary consultation to determine an optimal regimen for your skin concerns.

Day 30

10 Reasons you should book a monthly skincare treatment

I didn’t know what an esthetician was until I was 25. I grer up in a family that without awareness of self-care or the importance of skin health. I knew what a facial was, but I thought it was something that people did for a special occasion. I think that this is the perception that the average person has towards skincare  & investing in professional treatments. For me, it was a lack of understanding of the benefits that professional skin care can offer.

Most people wait until they have a skin issue, concern or special event before they think about investing in their skin. I find that many first-time clients have wasted lots of money on Over the Counter products, only to have worsened the situation or made no progress at all.

Your skin is your largest organ. It protects our body from environmental agressors & germs & keeps essential organs, systems & fluids contained & protected.  It’s constantly on display & is a big part of our appearance. It has the power to dictate how good we feel about ourselves. Investing in quality skincare & provides gratification that lasts much longer than splurging on those shoes you’ve been eyeing up, taking a vacation or going out to dinner. It’s a lasting investment that is much more than a splurge with instant gratification that fades quickly.

Why do I suggest facials monthly? Our outermost layer, the stratum corneum, rejuvenates approximately every 28 days. During this time new skin cells form to replace the old, dead, dull cells. Accelerating this process with a facial sends a message to your skin to make healthy, new skin & collagen faster leaving you with an improved complexion.

I understand times are tough in the current economy, and I hear you when you say that skincare seems like a splurge. However, I’m going to try to convince you that having a monthly facial is a good investment in this post.

10 Reasons you should book a monthly treatment with me:

  1. Soften imperfections & boost collagen
  2. The power of touch can be the ultimate stress reliever.
  3. Slow the aging process. Facials improve texture & tone while they soften fine lines, clarify, hydrate, brighten and lift the skin.
  4. Lighten & Brighten dark spots and overall skin tone.
  5. Professional exfoliation works deeper in the skin than the products available for home use. It aids in extractions, prevents congestion & acne, improves moisture retention & evens skin tone. Removing dead, dull skin also allows your skin to optimize products in your daily regimen.
  6. Facials with lymphatic drainage reduce ruddiness & puffiness as well as detoxify & sculpt.
  7. Increase circulation to facilitate delivery of fresh oxygen & blood to aid in renewal of skin cells.
  8. Deep cleaning AKA Extractions. Regardless of your skin type cleaning out the pores can help to maintain clear skin, prevent acne, as well as keep pore size from becoming enlarged.
  9. Professional, customized home care regimen. This alone is worth the investment. The number of options for skincare products is exorbitant and there is a lot of misinformation out there. Let Glo Skin & Brow give you a regimen that will effectively treat your concerns.
  10. Estheticians are not magicians, but they can reboot your skin into a healthier, more balanced & GLO’ing state. Commit to monthly facials for optimal skin health.

Facials at Glo Skin & Brow are completely customized, results-driven, preventative & relaxing & curated with 14 years of expertise. Get started on your journey to healthy skin today. Book with me @ gloskinandbrow.com