The beauty industry has never been this competitive – thousands of skincare products are hitting the market every day, and much to my joy, many of them contain more natural and ethical ingredients as well as being Vegan and or Cruelty-Free now.
The problem is, just because a product is natural or well-advertised, does not mean that it actually works.
The most popular products on the market at present are celebrity endorsed or so-called celebrity designed lotions and potions.
In actual fact, there is a high percent chance that a celebrity product will be an expensive disappointment.
Most of these products all come from the same manufacturing plant, all basically versions of the same product, just with different labels on them, all branded by the same branding company.
So, you ask – how do I know what I should buy?
Should I just buy from a Beauty Salon?
Scary thing is, just because a skincare product is sold in a beauty salon, does not mean it will actually work.
With the competitiveness of skincare products on the market being so aggressive, many beauty salons are opting to stock well-known products over highly active products – not their fault really, they have to make an income somehow.
How are you supposed to pick the right product for your skin? How do you know what to buy?
You don’t know, unfortunately.
But there are ways to know if a product is actually improving your skin, and if it is working, but more about that in a minute.
Firstly, I recommend that you only buy salon products.
Speak to someone who has had actual training in skincare.
I know, I just told you to not trust every product in a salon either.
The trick is to choose the right therapist.
Look at her skin – is it glowing, makeup-free, or with the minimal amount of makeup? Remember beauty therapists are only human so she may have a spot or two thanks to it being that time of the month – or the serious after-effects of a big night out over the weekend! But overall, is her skin good?
If her skin is below average then walk away – if she cannot take care of her own skin, how is she going to take care of yours – basically it is the same as an overweight trainer telling you they can help you lose weight.
So, her skin is good, she is not 20 years old but has a few years’ experience, ideally a lot of years of experience, and she doesn’t only sell one of the big-name products, but some smaller not so famous brands.
She recommends that she does a proper skin care consultation using a woods lamp, magnifying glass or a diagnosis machine? It is very hard to diagnose someone’s skin without looking closely at it and touching it.
She should either give you a few samples of the products she recommends, or at least ask you what you are using and recommend products to fill in the gaps so you can start a more effective skincare routine.
She will most probably recommend you come in for specific treatments to treat your skin and should explain why she feels you should have these treatments.
If your budget is stretched, she should work with you at getting your home care routine on track first before you have treatments otherwise you will be wasting money having facials if you are unable to continue the care at home.
When using a new skincare routine give it time to work.
Our skins turn over every 28 days approximately – if you are over 40, it will be slower than that, and if over 50 even slower yet.
If your therapist has told you that your skin is congested, expect it to break out when you change your skincare routine. Unfortunately – pimples have to come out to go away.
If you have been using a dermatologist’s pimple treatment program or a popular sold online pimple program, all of the bacteria will have been suppressed under the skin, so once you start cleansing and moisturising your skin properly, it will break out as the bacteria and oil will leave the skin. If it is left there it will damage your skin and you will age badly.
If your skin gets red or itchy or extremely dry – contact your therapist, these are not good signs.
So many salon cleansers now contain products such as glycolic or salicylic acid. I personally am not a fan of this – ideally, I feel that these two products should be administered to the skin in a more controlled way. I do not have a problem with Lactic acid as it hydrates the skin whilst gently exfoliating it, allowing it to heal at the same time. Glycolic and Salicylic, both dry and do not heal, although they both have their place in good skincare routines.
I personally do not believe exfoliating daily is a good idea.
Think of this. What happens when you walk barefoot every day? The skin is irritated by the constant rubbing and grinding. Exfoliating although a great way to remove dead skin, does irritate the skin. You keep on rubbing and irritating the skin, and you will end up with skin on your face becoming thicker and coarser to protect itself from the irritation.
All you have to do is visualize a friend who has had an aggressive facial peel or microdermabrasion, or a series of them, or laser therapy. Her face is unlined and smooth but has a strange thickened texture to it.
The perfect healthy skin feels smooth and soft and has a glow to it. It possibly can get a few spots every month, or it may have fine lines, some pigmentation or slightly deeper ones, but even then, it looks luminous in a way that no makeup can make it look.
When you feel your skin, does it feel this way?
What do you feel?
When you look in the mirror – does your skin have a healthy glow to it?
Or is it dry and dull? Or greasy?
Treating oily skin is a whole process on its own – read here about how to take care of it. But incredibly oily skin more than often means that you are striping your skin. Not cleansing it properly but over cleansing, or using the incorrect cleanser. It also frequently relates to a bad diet.
Flaky and dry, big open looking pores, or flat looking? Lumpy or coarse?
Exfoliate – at least two times weekly, no more than three times weekly. Use a salon exfoliating scrub, peel or exfoliating mask – avoid anything containing polystyrene balls or apricot bits or walnut. The polystyrene balls will pollute the oceans and the walnut and apricot bits are not perfectly spherical, so they damage your pores, causing them to stretch the skin and damage it.
Puffy-faced? – look at your water consumption, this means you are not eliminating properly as your liver, kidneys, and bladder have nothing to flush the toxins out of your body. Or it could mean you have not had enough cardiovascular exercise either to drain your lymphatic system.
Need more help with your skin? I offer phone, Skype and one on one beautiful skin consultations.