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Jun 2nd

Are you caring for your skin the way you should?

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LEDLet’s start with the very basics and find out.  I have a three-step plan that will help anyone achieve or maintain healthy skin for a lifetime. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity or gender you are, if you have skin read further and learn how you can keep your skin younger and healthier looking, longer.  In the November issue we said the first step is having a good daily skin care regimen; cleanse, prevent, resurface/treat, moisturize and protect the skin.

The second step is using the appropriate products for your skin.  Using the right product can make all the difference.   When choosing a skin care regimen it is necessary to take into consideration the condition of the skin as it relates to lifestyle and the season.  For example, for someone that exercises on a regular basis and is looking for cleanser in the summer time, chances are this person will benefit most from a gel or foam type of cleanser because of its absorbency.  The reason is simply that summer weather tends to bring out excessive oil due to perspiration and so does exercising.  However, as the seasons change it may be necessary for that person to switch to a creamy cleanser that will provide a little more hydration during the colder months.  I always recommend using holistic, all natural products that do not have any artificial fragrance or preservatives.   It is sometimes very difficult to determine what products your skin needs because of hormonal changes, age management concerns, sun damage, stress/anxiety levels and use of medication.  It certainly does not help that there are hundreds, if not thousands of skin care products marketed every day that only add  to the confusion of deciding what is best to use.  When you think of it in this way it will make is much easier for you.  There are only two types of products are on the market; the kind that you can select at your own discretion and the kind that has to be selected for you by a licensed skin care professional.  The products that you have access to will almost never have a high enough percentage of any active ingredient to help you get the results you want.  In order to save time and money it is best to get a recommendation from your Aesthetician about which products are best for your skin after a thorough skin analysis.  The skin analysis is usually part of a professional treatment, which is what we will explore next month.

Be sure to look for step 3, the final step in achieving and maintaining healthy skin in the next issue of Our Town Magazine where you will find out why it is important to get professional skin care treatments.  Find out why, if you are not currently getting facials…you should be.

 JUST ASK LISA

 Should I use moisturizer even though I have extremely oily skin? 

Absolutely, you should use a water-based moisturizer.   Since the skin is producing oil naturally, the moisturizer should provide the water the skin needs to keep it properly hydrated. It will also help control the amount of oil your skin is producing because when you don’t use a moisturizer, it sends a message to your oil glands to produce additional oil because it thinks your skin is too dry. This is the last thing overactive oil glands need to do!

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Mar 7th

Are you caring for your skin the way you should?

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Clear SkinLet’s start with the very basics and find out.  I have a three-step plan that will help anyone achieve or maintain healthy skin for a lifetime. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity or gender you are, if you have skin read further and learn how you can keep your skin younger and healthier looking longer.

The first step is having a good daily skin care regiment.  A good daily regiment generally consists of five things; cleansing, prevention, resurface/treat, moisturizing and protecting your face and neck two times daily.  Cleanser removes dirt, debris, impurities, and/or make-up from the pores and allows the skin to breathe and to be more receptive to the other steps in your regiment.  By using a toner immediately following the cleanser it completes the cleansing process, removes any excess cleanser and brings the skin’s ph balance back to normal right away.  This step is also referred to as the prevention step because it lifts and tightens the skin therefore slowing down the aging process.  The skin’s natural ability to return to its normal ph balance takes approximately 5-5 1/2 hours and in that time pollutants can enter the pores again, which is another reason it is important to use a toner.  The next step is to address the current condition of your skin.  The sole purpose of the resurface and treat step is to give the skin clarity.  Your skin may be too oily or dry; it may suffer from acne break outs or have some hyper pigmentation or sun damage issues.  That is why it is necessary to use a resurface or treatment product to repair and clear your skin regardless of what the condition may be.  Even if you have healthy, normal skin you never skip this step if you want to maintain the clarity.  Everyone needs a good water based moisturizer that way the moisturizer gives the skin hydration from water and not from oil.  Moisturizer is important to the daily regimen because it also puts a barrier between your skin and the environment as well as serving as a great base for make-up. It is better if the moisturizer does not have sunscreen in it because you don’t need to use sunscreen on your skin at night.  We all need to use at least a SPF15 sun protection on our skin every morning as the final step.  It should contain antioxidants and both UVA and UVB protection so we are protected from the aging and burning rays of the sun.

Be sure to look for step 2 in achieving and maintaining healthy skin in the next issue of Our Town Magazine where you will find out if you are Using the Appropriate Products on your skin and if not how you can begin right away.

JUST ASK LISA

I don’t use anything except soap and water on my face and I think my skin is pretty healthy.  Should I continue to do this since it seems to be working?

I would highly recommend that you follow the five step skin regiment that includes; cleansing, prevention, resurface/treat, moisturize and protection if you want to maintain healthy skin.  The biggest mistake people make is waiting until problems begin to occur with the skin before taking action.  It is always better to be proactive than to be reactive.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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