Dark or Fair, Don't Err When it comes to Skin Care
Why are facials important?
Facials are often thought of as luxuries. Actually, regular facials can benefit you both physically and mentally. Today’s facials are more advanced than ever with increasing products usage and mechanical devices to fight the aging process. Facials are not only beneficial for women, but for men as well. Men exfoliate their faces with regular shaving, however that’s only the bottom section! The whole face is constantly exposed meaning the face, neck and chest must be addressed in promoting good skin health, while fighting the aging process.
Get the most out of your skincare:
> Choose your Esthetician like you would your doctor or dentist
> Properly cleanse to reduce a dull, ruddy complexion
> Massage to get rid skin of toxins and fluid retention
> Professional exfoliation can clear excess build up
> Facials keep your skin hydrated
Boni Ray Chaney, licensed PMA, is owner of BellaMichelle Cosmeceuticals. BellaMichelle; 284 Redfern Village at B.Lush Salon and Spa, SSI. 912.223.4741.
How does not removing my makeup affect my skin?
Sleeping in your makeup will cause premature aging in all skin types. During the day, free radicals, atoms or molecules that contain unpaired electrons which damage cells and membranes,—they steal the molecules and electrons from the atoms—a process called oxidation. Free radicals contribute to the breakdown of collagen; this leads to wrinkles, and dull skin in normal and dry skin types.
Oily and Combination skin types are more prone to breakout in blackheads or pustules.
For the latter two skin types, the combination of free radicals with the trapped oil, hair and dirt smothers the pores and leads to breakouts.
What are the top 3 things you can do for your skin?
First: Select the proper cleanser for your type of skin.
Second: Alternate exfoliation methods.
Third: hydrate with a moisturizer and protect with proper type of sunscreen for your skin, preferably a broad spectrum with UVA and UVB protection.
Drew McMillan is a licensed medical esthetician, laser technician, electrologist, CEU and Owner of Diversity Skincare, 2485 Demere Rd., Suite 102A at Serendipity Spa-lon, SSI. 904.610.9597.
Should I use a separate sunscreen for my face?
ALWAYS use sunscreen on your face! A typical sunscreen will work on your face, but most find it too heavy feeling. There are several skin care lines that offer a lighter facial sunscreens. Most include moisturizers and some are tinted to help give your face a lovely glow. And don’t forget the décolleté! Extremem sun exposure to your neck and chest can add to the look of aging.
What age should anti-aging start as a part of my skin care regime?
I started using some anti-aging skin care products in my early 20s. And while some of my friends looked at me as if I was crazy at the time, the benefit now that I am in my 40s has definitely proved powerful. Starting in the 20s, the average woman’s skin decreases in thickness by seven percent every eight to ten years. By starting an anti-aging regime at an earlier age, we’re able to combat signs of aging before they become a bigger issue.
Serena Skinner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is co-owner of Island Lotus Wellness Center, 664 Scranton Road, Suite 101, Brunswick, Ga., a concierge practice specializing in esthetics and whole-body health: 912.809.3500.
Can cellulite be prevented and what can I do to get rid of it?
Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers or connective tissue under the skin, often in the buttocks and thighs but also occurs in the arms and stomach. Connective tissue can be weakened by hormonal imbalance, lack of exercise and muscle tone, poor circulation and lymphatic drainage. Cellulite is more common in woman than men and can increase as we age. There is no topical cream (prescription or over-the-counter) that has been proven to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, retinol creams can help thicken the skin to camouflage the bumps created. Non-surgical procedures such as laser, radio-frequency, and lymphatic massage techniques have been used for several years to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The only long-term treatment is a surgery to break up the fat deposits that have already pushed through the layers of connective tissue. The best way to prevent cellulite from occurring include hormonal balancing, proper nutrition and exercise.
I’m still breaking out at middle age. Please tell me why?
The primary cause of middle-aged acne is hormonal fluctuation. The fluctuation of testosterone can lead to over secretion of the sebaceous glands and the onset of acne. For women, hormonal fluctuations from birth control pills, premenstrual changes, pregnancy and menopause can all lead to increased oil production and inflammation. The best way to treat hormonal acne is to first work with your doctor to determine the root cause. The second piece of the puzzle is to work with a skin care specialist to determine an at home regimen and facial treatments to address your skin concerns. Topical retinol should be used to help with cell turnover to prevent clogged pores, and Vitamin C serum should be used to help reduce inflammation, brighten the skin, and serve as a shield against environmental pollutants and UV exposure.
Dr. Diane Bowen is Owner of Golden Isles Center for Plastic Surgery, 1015 Arthur J. Moore Dr., SSI., with a full medical spa and plastic surgery services: 912.634.1993.