Everyone wants to know the secret to perfect skin. There is not one correct answer, but my number one tip for those who ask me about skincare and are truly serious about having the best skin one can have, go see an aesthetician! I mean it! Building a relationship with an amazing qualified licensed aesthetician is the secret to my (almost) perfect skin. October is National Aesthetician Month, brought to you by COSMEDIX. In honor of National Aesthetician Month, I wanted to share my recent facial experience and a few tips on how to find an aesthetician right for you.
My most recent facial was a visit to Jenny Wax in Santa Monica, California. Jenny Wax offers customizable facial treatments using COSMEDIX Skincare. COSMEDIX is a high quality, affective, professional skincare line. All products are cruelty free. A skincare line that understands the power of professional treatments, all of COSMEDIX products are highly concentrated and perfect for at home use in-between facial visit.
Clean Skin = Perfect Skin
Cleansing is the first step of a facial. Every facial I have had since 15 years old, has started with a double cleanse. This is such an important step of any skincare routine and should be adapted to at home skincare habits as well. For the daytime, I start my day with a gentle non foaming cleanser. At night I like to use an oil based cleanser like the COSMEDIX Purity Solution. Oil based cleansers remove makeup, sunblock, dirt, and oil build of from the day. Next, use a gentle non foaming cleanser to remove anything left behind. For my facial we followed Purity Solution with Purity Clean, an exfoliating cleanser.
Steam helps open up the pores and is a key part of most facials. You can purchase an at home steamer to use as well. I find steam to be relaxing and soothing after a long day.
Exfoliate + Extract
Exfoliation is important to help your skin turn over. Many like to exfoliate every night. I personally like to exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week with visits to my aesthetician for deep exfoliation. We used Purity Detox for my facial, which I also have at home. Purity Detox combination of physical and chemical exfoliation.
My favorite part of a facial is the extractions. Extractions should not be done by anyone who is not an experienced licensed professional. If done incorrectly, you can cause capillary breakage or infection. You can watch the video below for close up extractions as well as the full facial treatment. If you have whiteheads, black heads, or breakouts, this is the key to getting your skin clear. It can be painful and uncomfortable, but it is necessary. Pollution and our own sebum build up over time and clog our pores. An aesthetician can extract all the gunk from our pores. Clear pores = clear skin.
Treating the skincare concerns you have routinely will help you achieve your perfect skin. For me, hydration and sun damage are my main concerns. During my facial we multi masked with Clear and Rescue +. Clear is a deep cleansing mask with soothing herbs that draw out pore-clogging impurities and absorbs excess oil for clearer healthier-looking skin. Oily skin will benefit from the clays in this mask, while normal to oily or drier skins will benefit from the exfoliation this mask delivers. Soothing herbs help to calm inflammation caused by bacterial infection.
Rescue + is a Hydrating balm rapidly relieves extremely dry, cracked or chapped skin. The protective balm provides instant relief to irritated or inflamed skin and is perfect following resurfacing treatments.
You can take home the same treatments to use 1 to 2 times a week, or you can opt for a different mask for maintenance of your skin between facials.
Part of treating the skin, is using quality serums. Because of the intense extractions done during my facial, C.P.R. was applied to help with redness and hydration.
We also used Affirm, a supercharged serum packed with peptides and antioxidants to help defend against harmful free radicals. At home I use Radiance, a nourishing serum that helps retain moisture while reversing the visible appearance of aging, lackluster skin.
Massage is also a major key to facials. While many think massage is a luxury relaxing treat, there is a healing and stimulating aspect to massage. It promotes circulation a key factor for healthy, toned, and radiant skin. Yes, it feels nice, but it’s also important for skin health and another reason to visit an aesthetician regularly. Professional athletics receive daily massages, why should our face, which is exposed and used every day be any different?
Before starting your day, it is important to apply a moisturizer that is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help your skin fight against the free radicals in our environment. SPF is a must. I recommend a SPF 30 or higher for daily use. This facial ended with applying Peptide Rich Defense, taking skin defense to a new level, Peptide-Rich Defense Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 helps protect the skin from the harsh effects of the sun as it provides the ultimate blend of rich peptides and amino acids. The unique formula protects as well as moisturizes the skin to help prevent and reverse signs of aging.
The great thing about COSMEDIX, is they understand not all skin are created equal. Being a professional brand created by professionals in the skincare industry, they have a wide variety of products to tailer the perfect skincare routine for your facial as well as at home use.
My Tips For Finding The Right Aesthetician
- Know what you want
- Everyone wants perfect skin, but what exactly do you want to fix about your skin? Texture, discoloration, acne? Be specific
- The more specific you are, the easier it will be for everyone to be on the same page.
- Visit skincare brand websites for spa finders near you, like this one from on COSMEDIX.COM
- I like to check out brand websites that I’m interested in to see if they are affiliated with any local spas.
- Ask for a consultation
- Like a doctor, you want to make sure whoever you see is willing to listen and offer solutions to your concerns
- This is also a great time to ask about their background, education, and why they became an aesthetician. You don’t want someone who doesn’t love what they do.
- Good time to discuss prices and a game plan for your skin.
- Speak up
- This is a relationship, be honest with your aesthetician.
- Don’t be afraid to date
- It’s important to see results and feel good.
- If you have never had a facial, try a few different ones. Visit 2-3 different aestheticians.
- With all my years of facials and visiting different spas, I’m pretty quick to know who to trust these days. Not always the case in my past and my skin paid the price.
Do you see an aesthetician regularly? Still not a believer? Listen to my podcast Behind The Beauty (iTunes, Google Play, or Direct). The first three episodes is a candid interview with Kerry Hite, a licensed medical aesthetician with over 25 years of experience in the skincare industry.