Skin Basics

Along with being a Makeup Artist, I am also a licensed  Aesthetician. Estha-who?? As an aesthetician, my job is to treat the skin, and educate the proper care for all skin types while also educating clients on the skin’s function.

The skin is the largest organ within the human body which requires hydration and protection (internally and externally).

We spend so much time thinking about the food we eat and how it will effect our body’s; but do you ever stop to think how the food you’re consuming is positively or negatively effecting for your skin??

You can tell a lot about someones diet and lifestyle through their skin. (What you eat you, excrete). Your body absorbs the nutrients from what you eat, what’s left is broken down and exits the body; we all know the main exits, but one in particular is obvious but very under estimated. The skin. For example, you’ve been by someone, or maybe it was you, after a night of drinking, there is no alcohol insight, but you can smell it like it’s right next to you? Well that’s because it is being secreted through your pores. It’s important to eat for your skin as well as your body’s function and over all health. (The circle of life)

ACNE MAP

Aside from diet, there are so many factors that play into ones skin health: environment, genetics, products- or lack there of, and your general skin type.  This is why skin can be so challenging to treat because it may not just be one of these factors but all of them.

Skin types: Oily, Dry, Normal/Combo

All require proper care but in different ways…

  • Oily/Acneic- Many people consider their skin to be “oily”, but in actuality it’s dry lacking TLC. Your skin works to produce sebum (natural oil) to protect the skin. When your skin isn’t receiving proper moisture it works double time to produce more oil creating an even oilier complexion. Even oily skin requires moisture which is where most miss the boat. A light “oil-free” lotion or moisturizer is best. You will receive the proper moisture so your skins’ oil production will start to balance out over time. Cleansing is another mystery, I hear clients that don’t use any cleanser, or even worse a bar of soap. (Gasp!) For oily skin, the best cleansers are gel or foaming.
  • Dry- Again another skin type that is just lacking a few essential steps.  Aside from the obvious that dry skin lacks moisture, it requires exfoliation. Think of your dry, flakey skin like shingles on a roof, you have to exfoliate those loose shingles off to allow the products you are using to better absorb into the skin. If you aren’t exfoliating then the products you use aren’t working to their full potential or possibly at all because they are building up on dead skin which is then causing your skin’s physical appearance to suffer.  Dry skin requires more gentle care like a nourishing, moisturizing cleanser and lotion.
  • Normal/Combo- This skin type is generally the easiest to treat, however you still need to consider those other factors: genetics, environment, and products. “Combo” skin is normal skin with oiliness in the “T-Zone”. You can treat Normal/Combo skin with more versatility in products ranging from foams to gels to cream cleansers, and lightweight to heavy moisturizers depending on your preference.

Skincare Regimine

Step 1: Cleanse

Step 2: Exfolaite (2-3x/week depending on your skin and the abrasiveness of product)

Step 3: Toner

Step 4: Serums, Acne treatments, Anti-aging, etc.

Step 5: Moisturize

Step 6: Protect (Natural Sunscreen)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief overlook at the basics of skin care. I look forward to going in depth on more skin related topics as I am a skin nerd and I love science! If you have any questions about your skin or a topic that you would like me to touch on, leave a comment!