September is National Skin Care Awareness Month (an annual observance founded by yours truly) and to celebrate, I recently hosted a Fall Master Skin Care Class at One Arts Plaza—the home of our Dallas skin spa location. Here’s a recap of the class, followed by my responses from the Q&A session.
Fall Skin Care: Ten Things to Start Doing NOW to Get Healthy, Glowing Skin
1. Use a retinol product like Advanced Resurfacing Serum. When I was first started my esthetics career, I was able to see the first-hand anti-aging benefits of prescription Retin-A on a doctors very own hand. (Read the full story. It’s a good one.) However, prescription Retin-A can be very drying. An over the counter retinol can give results without the negative side effects.
2. Use exfoliating acids at home and get professional chemical peels. Lactic, glycolic and salicylic acid are my very favorite ingredients to dramatically smooth the skin by removing dry, dead cells from the surface of the skin.
3. Get your moles checked and skin growths removed. In your 30’s and 40’s and beyond, moles and skin growths start to occur more frequently. Often, flesh-colored moles are mistaken for clogged pores (see a picture here). These growths only get bigger as time goes by so it’s important for you to practice “bump management.” See an esthetician or dermatologist to burn or freeze off skin growths and see a dermatologist for a mole screening each year to prevent skin cancer.
4. Hang your head upside down for 3 minutes a day to increase circulation in your face. You can do this by doing yoga (especially the downward dog position). You should notice that after three minutes, a slight redness will appear on the skin and in the long run it can make a big difference in getting and keeping an inner glow.
5. Get regular facials. Facial treatments will get blood flowing to the skin to create a “lit from within” look. Following a facial, it’s ideal for the skin to be a bit pink with a nice rosy glow (but not too red which indicates over-circulation). If it’s not pink, that means circulation isn’t as good so your esthetician will recommend products like this one that will help stimulate the circulation in your skin. Read 10 reasons to get a facial.
6. Get your skin to reflect light. Repair your moisture barrier with a nice night cream like Glow Enhancing Cream. Invest in good light reflective makeup and consider a brighter blush color to make the skin look radiant.
7. Develop a smart sunscreen strategy. Even when it’s cloudy, UVA rays that cause wrinkles can penetrate though clouds and windows. UVA rays won’t give you a tan (those are UVB rays), but they will dramatically age the skin faster by changing the DNA of the cells. When your skin is exposed to daylight, you need to be protecting it with an SPF moisturizer. If you’re hesitant to use sunscreen daily because you’re worried about it clogging your pores or causing breakouts, use a light one like my favorite Daily Protection SPF 30.
The key to good sun protection is not the number of the SPF, but how generously you reapply it. Apply sunscreen in two applications. One application to the face and then a second application to the neck/chest since after all, your neck is an extension of your face and needs protection to prevent wrinkles, too.
Use an SPF mineral powder like Colorescience Mineral Powder SPF 50. Keep this with you to reapply in car and throughout the day. It works instantly when applied and it’s water resistant.
8. Use a facial oil like Pro Remedy Oil. This class was the first to see the Pro Remedy Oil in person! Pro Remedy Oil, a blend of 12 carefully selected natural oils, delivers exceptional barrier repair benefits to dry, parched skin in need of moisture. A facial oil can relieve and repair dry, dull skin and can dramatically improve its appearance. It’s also great to use every hour during airplane travel, post-sun, pool and sea and for preventing stretch marks on a pregnant belly.
9. Learn your Skin Type—once and for all. Skin is unique and can be classified in more ways than just Oily, Normal and Dry (which is the breakdown of most skin care lines). However, our skin care line has 9 unique skin types and it’s important for you to know what it is and only use products for this type. If you’re not sure which Skin Type you are in our line, we have an online Skin Type Quiz to help you out. Seeing an esthetician every season is also great because they can customize skin products and routines for you if you are having issues that are changing your skin (hormonal, pregnancy, stress, etc.).
10. Read my ADVICE page/blog. During a facial, time with your esthetician is limited and products can only do so much. Sometimes a small lifestyle change can resolve your issues so it’s important to find more information about what you can do to help your skin. Over the years, I have written about 1300+ posts. My ADVICE page/Blog is dedicated to being user-friendly and offers incredible, no-nonsense tips and tricks.
What age should I start having chemical peels and how often? Read here. (NOTE: We also recommend our Bio Brasion Treatment, a slower, more controlled type of exfoliation, that is given in a series of 8, 10 or 12 depending on your skin issues and for anti-aging purposes.)
Is Daily Protection SPF 30 okay to use on acne-prone skin? Read here.
What are the steps for the morning and evening skin care routines? Read here.
I’m still using the cleanser I used as a teen with acne, but as an adult is it too harsh for my skin? Read here.
Whenever I teach a class, I ask the attendees, “What have you learned that you didn’t know previously? What will you now do differently after this class?”
I learned about the importance of an alcohol-free toner.
Keep the skin damp with toner and then apply serums and moisturizer.
Don’t leave skin uncovered without product for longer than 60 seconds. Read more.
Hang head upside down for 3 minutes a day to achieve a healthy glow.
Sleep on my back to avoid wrinkles on the chest.
Use my retinol more frequently or I won’t get the benefits of the product.
Read: More Fall Skin Care Tips
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