Small steps, big changes
Linda Carmichael, California Licensed Esthetician
Dedicated to teaching you how to achieve your healthiest skin possible.
What is your skin care routine to keep your skin young, healthy and vibrant? Does it include a gentle, exfoliating cleanser at least once per day? Then, good start! A serum to correct and improve? Yay! A moisturizer to lock in moisture and protect it from UV rays during the day? Awesome! But, are the products any good? In my practice I have seen $150. eye creams that contain only 50 cents worth of moisturizer when I read the ingredients.
Good products are not necessarily expensive. I carry an extremely therapeutic niacinamide (B3) serum (properly formulated B3 is the most therapeutic ingredient you can use) that is 1/3 the price of other good serums. And, I see products and ingredients in my new clients' regimens everyday that are either useless, or harmful!
How do you know what is worth it? Well, some advice...
Don't trust a brand. Know what ingredients have the ability to work with your skin.
If you want to correct a skin issue, then a dermatologist can prove useful. But in my experience (I have a lot of experience!), they might send you home with expensive prescriptions or products that are only temporarily effective (like benzoyl peroxide-a very skin aging ingredient).
Find a knowledgeable, licensed esthetician-(not a cosmetologist that is 'allowed' to perform esthetics). A good esthetician (esty for short) will not sell you a lot of products all at once and will offer products that have some of the ingredients you read about that are most useful. The esty will evaluate your skin, find out if your current products are useful or harmful, and recommend a few changes to help you accomplish your skin care goals.