Healthy Skin Is Balanced Skin
In a dry climate like we have here in Calgary, it can be difficult to get healthy balanced skin – let alone maintaining it in the long run. And with so many variables in skin types, preferences, and products, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out exactly what you need to make your skin be and look its best.
Luckily, despite what you may have heard, achieving that perfect look really comes down to just a few important steps! If you consistently follow these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to healthy glowing facial skin that you can show off and be proud of.
Bar soap is not meant for skin care. While bar soap is easy to have nearby for general washing and cleaning up dirty hands, it’s simply not meant for in-depth or healthy cleansing of your face and neck. It’s more of a “general purpose” cleaner, and is guaranteed to give you dull and unhealthy skin with signs of premature aging. You need to use products designed specifically for the areas you’re focusing on. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t use a bar of soap to brush your teeth, as it’s the wrong product for the job. In much the same way, you need cleansing products and treatments that were created for skin on your face and neck (that’s right, don’t forget to take care of your neck).
Trust the professionals – use a spa-endorsed product. There are four places you can purchase skin care products – a department store, an independent beauty consultant, a spa and a dermatologist office. The main difference between the products that can be sold at each location is determined by government regulations. These determinations are all based on the research, ingredients and therefore the effectiveness of the products being sold. The more concentrated and specialized the ingredients the more training is required to sell and distribute various skin care products. The products in a department store have very low concentrations of ingredients as there is no skin care knowledge needed by the sales associates in the department store. An independent beauty consultant has sales training and sells skin care products that will give you better results than a department store as those products are allowed a higher concentration of ingredients. A spa endorsed product will give you even better skin care results as those products are only allowed to be sold in a place that has significant training in skin care and understanding of skin types and skin conditions. The products sold at a dermatologist office are designed for those who need a pharmaceutical in their product and therefore must be under the supervision of a medical doctor.
Take advantage of spa treatments. There are options to suit every skin type, goal, and budget at the spa, and their benefits simply can’t be overstated. From microdermabrasion and chemical peels to other choices like our Oxygeneo facial, which focuses on very thorough exfoliation, these treatments are the key to removing dead skin cells so that your at-home products and routines are more effective. After all, even though you brush your teeth every day, you still have to visit the dentist regularly in order to get a deep cleaning – and it’s the same way with your skin. Another benefit of spa treatments such as hydrating or anti aging facials is that the products used have a higher concentration of the ingredients that your skin needs (such as hydration and collagen) than can be sold as a retail product. An excellent spa treatment is one that uses products designed for your skin type and skin condition. Beware of spas that just use basic skin care products and not the higher concentration specialized products that you are paying for when you have a spa facial.
If you’ve noticed your skin looking dull, and it’s been a while since your last spa visit, you’re definitely due for an in-house facial treatment! Check back next month for our blog’s expert advice on what can be done to not just prevent… but even reverse sun damage to achieve healthy skin!