The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is what keeps us together, literally that is.
The skin is our body’s FIRST line of defense against parasites and deadly bacteria. It acts as a water-resistant barrier so that essential nutrients are contained within. It regulates bodily temperature; keeping us from overheating or freezing to death. Through a variety of sensations it alerts us of danger. The list goes on and on.
So why do so many people invest more time and money into grooming their hair, nails and stocking up on makeup; then maintaining or improving the well-being of their skin?
In my practice, my clients understand that having regular facials (monthly or bi-monthly) is an important step in improving skin health. Also, having a great home care maintenance program is essential. Almost daily I see women attempting to hide unsightly breakouts, sun damage, acne scarring (often caused by picking) behind thick makeup. Makeup may enhance one’s beauty; but, it can only do so much to hide bad skin. The better your natural skin looks and feels, the more beautiful your makeup will appear.
Here’s my advice …
- Find a great skin therapist (aka esthetician). One who REALLY cares about your overall well-being. Spas are great, but are often more costly than independent practitioners. Seek out an independent skin-therapist near you.
- Get advice about skin care products from a licensed professional (skin therapist, dermatologist). Beware of the beauty counters at your favorite department stores. It is best to have your skin analyzed by a skin pro (not beauty sales rep) who can then recommend product/ingredients that will provide real results for your skin.
- Avoid irritating ingredients in skincare products such as perfumes, parabens, and dyes.
- For some, money or the lack thereof may be an issue, but remember that cheap is not always the way to go. When shopping for skincare choose products based on performance, not cost.
- Eat well/Live well: Our skin reflects whatever is going on in our body. Learn to manage stress and be conscious about what you eat. You and your skin will be the happier for it.