Some people are taught how to take care of their skin properly. Some are not. And even people who were taught about proper skin care can learn new things. I spent 12 years working as a Medical assistant and Skin Care Specialist in a Dermatology practice, yet when I went to Esthetician school I learned so much! Even when we think we know a lot there are always things we can learn
I recently wrote about the Balance of oil and water in the skin and how it can affect acne, dryness, aging and more. Balance is so important and many things can throw it off. Weather, hormones, age, and the amount of product you are using.
Over the years I have had many people explain to me the proper amount of product I should be using on my skin, only to find that for me it was either way too much or not quite enough. I remember my instructor in Esthetician school advising us to use ½ the amount of product we thought we would need. Even though we were told that I still saw so much waste of product as many students didn’t listen and ended up throwing away the excess product.
I am not a fan of wasting anything, especially not something that can be expensive (which some products are). Also, too much product can be harmful to your skin.
So, with all that being said, today I am going to tell you my thoughts on how much of each product is the appropriate amount to use, as well as giving you an easy to follow guide. It is a picture that I love because it shows exactly how much is the right amount! (and honestly I also probably love it because I think it is very easy for anyone to visualize proper amounts of products using their own hand).
So what I would advise you all to do is actually do this to your own hand so you can see how much the amount in the picture equates to your products. For example is the correct amount of product one pump or two (if you have a pump on your product). Or is it ½ a pump (the daytime serum I use). If my product pours, is it fast or slow?
And if your product comes in a jar, please don’t use your fingers to get it out. Use Q-tips, or another thing you can throw away after use. I buy popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks) from the store and break them in ½ to scoop product out of a jar. I do this because fingers have bacteria on them, and you don’t want to introduce any bacteria to your products!
This picture has saved me lots of money, especially with masks. I often grab too much mask and end up throwing away what I don’t use. I hate that! So, being mindful of how much product to use will:
1) Save you money, since you won’t be wasteful.
2) Save you time, since you will have less product to remove or rub in.
3) Save your skin, since you won’t be overdoing it.
And if you aren’t sure which products are the best for your skin, please feel free to make an appointment for a Consultation and Analysis so we can evaluate your skin and help you find the right products for you, as well as get your homecare regimen on track.
We frequently talk about balance in our lives. We balance our diets, balance the checkbook and try to balance our time. With all this talk about balance there is one more thing we need to balance and it is CRUCIAL. We need to balance our skin!
If our skin is not balanced, it can trick us into thinking it is one thing when it is not. Although we can discuss balancing the pH of our skin, but that is not the type of balance I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about Basic balance, which I believe to be our water-oil balance.
Healthy skin has a perfect oil and water balance, which allows skin cells to do their job naturally and effectively.
If someone asks, you which skin type you have, what would your answer be? For most people it would probably be “I’m not really sure, it might be oily or dry”. Water-Oil balance is the basis of skin type, and once your Esthetician has determined what your true skin type is, he or she can create a skin care regimen that will work FOR you and not AGAINST you.
All skin requires moisture from both water and oil in order to function properly and do everything from looking and feeling great to keeping us looking younger longer. Depleted or imbalanced hydration – lacking either oil or water – is the first thing that causes our skin to become dull looking as well as increasing aging and fine lines.
So when our skin doesn’t get enough moisture either due to environmental factors, intrinsic factors or simply the wrong skin care regimen our skin becomes weak and sensitive. If we don’t have proper moisture in our skin, the skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and dehydration. When our skin is out of balance it cannot defend itself from these factors and therefore can’t heal and protect itself from damage. This can lead to common skin concerns such as rough texture, redness, dry patches, flaky skin, and even acne. When these things happen, we panic and may resort to stripping cleansers, over-exfoliation, neglect, the wrong products, or a myriad of other things we think are helping, but in fact are causing more problems. With all that said, here is what you need need to know about water vs. oil in your skin.
There is an important relationship between water and skin. When your skin doesn’t have enough water it is dehydrated. Since our bodies are composed 70% of water it only makes sense that we need it for our skin also. After all, skin is the largest organ of our body. Our skin cannot produce moisture on its own and relies on moisture from the water we drink and moisturizers we apply. Environmental factors can also increase the dehydration of our skin. Things like heaters in the winter, smoking, travel, and dry air can also dehydrate our skin.
When our skin is dehydrated it does the best it can to compensate……it creates oil. So our skin is now dry AND oily. So we feel oily and do what we think is right which usually strips the oil and makes our skin even more dehydrated.
Now some people do just naturally have dry skin. Dry skin makes the least amount of its own oil. Normal skin produces a normal amount of oil and oily skin produces the most amount of oil. Age, smoking and weather conditions can cause our skin to produce less oil, and using harsh cleansers can also remove our skins natural oil. So when our skin lacks oil, that is when it gets sensitive, red, blotchy and have acne. So your skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and the dry/oily/dehydrated cycle just keep repeating!
So how can you stay balanced?
With a Skin care regimen that is correct for your individual skin!!!
Finding products with the correct ingredients for your skin type, you may need to make changes during different seasons, and use the right amount of products. Too little can keep you dry and too many can be an overload.
Here at Sugar and Skin we offer a Consultation and Analysis so our Licensed Estheticians can examine your skin closely and create a regimen that will be right for your skin. At a price of $35.00 if you come to us and $55.00 if we come to you, this is one expenditure you will thank yourself for making! During the C&A we cleanse your skin, do a detailed and thorough analysis using a magnifying lamp and Woods lamp, cleanse again, apply a corrective mask to get your skin on its way to recovery and moisturize with a product suited for your correct skin type. Make your appointment today!!