A Spring Skin Woes Guide

Hi loves, and welcome to Spring! For others they have sniffling noses and sneezing spells, but for me it’s all about my skin woes. Spring is official and in full affect and my skin is not a happy camper, at all!  I have such sensitive skin that this time of year with all these trees, flowers, plants and wind blowing around all that’s blooming, that my skin turns into an unhappy hyper-sensitive mess.

As an esthecician I know how to treat my current skin condition, and trust me I am super vigilant to avoid a huge hyper-pigmentation mess that it can become.  It’s hard to avoid having a reaction of some sort unless I stay in doors for the next three months, and yeah that’s not happening. I like to enjoy the comfortable warmth of the weather changes before the hotter than hot summer months approach and then that’s when I stay in doors as much as humanly possible.  In knowing that most don’t and shouldn’t suffer alone, I thought I would share a few suggestions that may help those that may be experiencing the same skin reaction as I’m currently experiencing.

What you first have to understand is that your skin is in a reactive state, environmentally reactive to be specific.  So the products that you reach for, its even more important to know what you are putting on your skin and the potential reaction that it can cause.  For me I tend to reach for products that are organic, vegan, and fragrance free, perfect for skin that is in a more reactive state.  

Why you ask? These type of products don’t usually contain ingredients that may contain chemicals or heavily processed using chemicals or  harsh fragrance added to them which makes them less likely to cause irritation to the skin.  Products that have too many chemicals my irritate sensitized skin, even if you have been using a product line before with no reaction, your skin condition has changed and how you treat it has to change right along with it.  Bottom line is that it’s better to avoid product lines that have the potential to cause irritation to already environmentally sensitized skin. Here are a few items that I reach for that calm the skin and try to minimize the reactive affects of my skin being exposed to the air and all the pollen particles flying in the air.

Cleanser

You want to be sure that you are cleansing and removing from your skin those irritants that may be present that attach to your skin just by going about our day. This is one of the most important steps in the process, especially at night at the end of your day. So choose wisely, and look for a cleanser that does not contain any perfumes, or colorants, and contains soothing ingredients like calendula or aloe, which both calm and soothe the skin upon application. You also want to use a cream cleanser as they are less harsher in the basic formulation compared to other types of cleansers.

The cleanser that I use and one of the most important part of the skin care plan that aids in alleviating the affects from the environment and the reaction that it may be causing to the skin.  The “Seriously Soothing Cleanser Cream” by Acure is the perfect cleanser for skin that is feeling sensitized.  It is a cream cleanser that feels amazing on the skin that has a soothing and cooling affect, without causing further irritation, all while removing the dirt and debris that may be on your skin.

Cleansing Wipes are another item that I carry with me for those times that I just have to cleanse my face because it may be feeling a bit reactive. Carrying these around can be a life saver during this time of year and also serve as a cold compress that will cool the skin down just simply by laying it onto the skin. Again you want to look for wipes that are fragrance free and formulated specifically for comforting or soothing the skin.

The wipes that I love are ones that I have made using my own personal formulation, but since they are not readily I wanted to provide your with ones that I would use if I didn’t have my own creating. They are the Soothing Makeup Free Removal Wipes by Klorane. They are formulated without fragrance, have a pH similar to tears, are biodegradable, and contain cornflower as a main ingredient that is soothing to the skin.

Toner

A must, and carrying one with you will be your go to when you are out an about and have those moments when your face is itching or feeling irritated.  A toner on hand allows for a quick relief to grab quickly by allowing for direct application to the skin to help calm and soothe the skin. It’s like liquid comfort in a bottle!

My product go to is the Soothing Chamomile Tonique by Eminence Organic Skincare. I absolutely love this product, I even use it after my workouts to help calm and soothe that after workout skin reaction. What makes this toner my love, are the well balanced ingredients that this product contains, all organic at that.  Chamomile and aloe are calming and soothing alleviating that itchy and tight sensation. With licorice and lavender both calming skin irritation. Comfrey Root has anti-inflammatory properties that reduces inflammation that is sometimes present due to the skin being irritated, a natural protective barrier function and sometimes unfortunate after effect.  

SPF

Sun Screen has to be on the list for the simple reason that it must always be a part of your skin care regimen.  Ever since I became an esthetician, I’m the sunscreen pusher of sorts.  I mean I can go on for a few minutes about the benefits of sunscreen and how not using it on a daily basis is causing you to age prematurely, yeah cause having wrinkles and creepy skin is all the rage.  Ok, I’ll table for a later post to come real soon, it deserves it’s own post! 

My everyday sunscreen is Sun Shield SPF by MyChelle Dermaceutical.  It is a chemical free sunscreen option that my skin can tolerate, I am reactive to most other sunscreens and it has taken me some time to find a product that I can say I have absolutely no reaction to and this is it.  This sunscreen is a full spectrum sunscreen that is also soothing with aloe ingredients, that is soothing to the skin.  Most importantly is that it protects your skin from the sun, even more important with your skin being in a reactive and potentially delicate state.  

The top layer of your skin may be compromised, exposed, or just in need of additional care and consideration, remember your skin is working on repairing itself, which is why it is reactive.  It feels like it is under attack and it’s fighting hard to win the fight.  So let’s show it some love by giving it some protection, like you would by putting a band aid on a wound to allow it to heal.  That’s what your sunscreen is for your skin, a band aid of protecting and love from the sun.

Go Bare Face

If you are a makeup wearer you may want to consider using a mineral based product line or do as I do, embrace your beautiful skin that is just going through something and just keep it bare with just your moisturizer and sunscreen, and arsenal of helpers at hand.  I know that it is tempting to want to cover up what may be going on, but it may actually cause more harm than good.  Remember what I sad earlier, to use products that do not have a lot of chemicals, dyes and fragrances as they can be irritating, same rule applies with your makeup that you use.  If you have to use makeup then opt for a mineral based makeup line that may be better tolerated by the skin. 

There you have a list of products to gather up for your Spring Skin Care Woes Loving Kit. I understand how frustrating it can be but promise that if you stay vigilante your skin will say thank you in the end. Take some care this season to help your skin get over any woes that it may be experiencing.

Much Love, Nic

Do you need help with making changes to your skin and body health but not sure where to start or how to?  Schedule a one on one session with me–> 💌

Facial Do’s and No No’s

I stand here representing every single Esthetician out there that cares about your skin health and I require you to promise from the bottom of your heart and soul that you WILL LISTEN to what I say and DO WHAT I say!  I want you to have the best post care experience.  So when I say this should be done and this should not be done there is a reason.  If you are one of those that need a little more than because I said – here are the do’ and no no’s after a facial.

No Touching Allowed – Ok, I honestly understand that after your receive a facial your skin feels so amazing that you just can’t help but want to touch it in all it’s new skinness beauty.  But DO NOT TOUCH, there is no touching allowed.  Your skin has been thoroughly cleansed and the last thing that it needs are fingers that are most likely not even clean touching it for the sole purpose of touching.  So STOP, keep your hands to yourself, just admire your spa glow in the mirror.  I give you permission to look at yourself in the mirror all night long, just please do not touch!  Let your skin recover and breathe.

Change Your Pillow Case – This is something that I have started to advocate people do post facial treatment after having too many conversations about why their skin is experiencing a breakout in their sleep, but that is another convo soon to come.  Your pillowcase can contain the various oils and treatment serums that you put on your face from night to night so changing it out every couple of days is crucial.  I mean you wash your face in the morning and night so a pillowcase change should be a part of the washing your face process, it’s keeping your skin clean, right!  That’s what makes after you receive a facial the perfect time to change your pillow case to a freshly cleaned one, silk or satin if I can be picky about the fabric type, haha.     

Schedule Next Facial Like Vampires Do – I always encourage people to have facials in the evening if they can.  It is the best time because you will be heading home, the sun is not out.  This is the best scenario for your skin and the confusion about what should I do is minimal when you have a facial in the evening.  Plus you have the added benefit that you are all relaxed in a spa state of mind, making for a great nights rest.  Your skin will love that for sure!    

No Sweating Allowed – Now this is no excuse to not workout, just do it before your facial appointment.  We want to avoid heating the skin up unnecessarily as that has been done throughout the treatment, and there is a limit to a good thing!  There is no need to heat the skin up to only have those amazingly active ingredients that have been applied to your skin to just go to waste.  Just take a breather and let your skin just enjoy it’s post spa glow, after all your face just got a work out and needs time to recover.

Exfoliate Not – Avoid any type of exfoliation or chemical peels for the next 3 days.  Your skin needs time to breathe and or recover for the treatment that it just received, that should have included some type of exfoliation and depending on the type of treatment plan that you are on may have included a chemical peel.  So there is no need to exfoliate for the next couple of days, it has already been done for you. 

Take a Retin A Break – Retin A is a form of exfoliation and should be avoided for the same reasons as stated above for a 72 hour period applied topically.  Trust me I know you are addicted to your Retin A most people are and rightfully so, but three days is not going to reverse the effects of your diligent application nightly routine that you are currently accustomed to.  Keep in mind that your skin may be more receptive to your serums that you apply post facial as the skin has been cleansed and exfoliated of dead skin cells allowing for better product absorption.  A win win, no.

Say Bye Bye to the Sun – Honestly your time in the sun should be limited every day, but it is even more crucial post treatment.  Your skin is all fresh and clean and needs to be treated in a delicate manner of speaking, so say bye bye to hanging in the sun.  Besides the indoors need some love and chill time in those many spaces.  If you must be in the sun be sure to use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing, sunglasses a hat, or better yet just stay inside, see where I’m going with this!

Now remember that promise that you made before about DOING what I say!  Your face will thank you for it and so will your Esthetician.  Remember I am here for you to have the best skin possible so when I say do this, its for you to have the best skin possible.  That’s what we all want, no!?

Much Love, Nic

Do you need help with making changes to your skin and body health but not sure where to start or how to?  Schedule a one on one session with me–> 💌