Estheticians spend hours every day caring for people's complexions. They see firsthand how seemingly insignificant practices can lead to big issues. Though your esthetician may not say anything, she is definitely thinking of a few ways you could help keep your complexion looking its best in between visits. Here are all the things your esthetician wants you to know about your skin so you can get the most out of your treatments and enjoy a smooth, clear complexion every day.
1. There is such a thing as too much skin exfoliation.
If you exfoliate your skin more than two or three times a week, you're treading on dangerous ground. Your skin does need that gentle scrubbing to lift away impurities and dead skin cells, but if you overdo it, you run the risk of damaging the fresh skin underneath and leaving it red and raw.
2. Picking at pimples will always make acne worse.
We've all been there -- you peek in the mirror and notice a huge zit. However much you may be tempted, do not pop it! Picking or popping a pimple can force bacteria deeper into the skin and cause even more acne to crop up. The best thing you can do is to cleanse your skin and follow with a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic toner to disinfect the area and help get rid of your pesky friend.
3. You should never neglect your nighttime routine.
Your skin ramps up its renewal processes while you sleep, meaning that overnight is the best time to let your skin soak up some nutrients. Always wash any makeup off your face before bed, and follow with a toner to put your skin’s pH back in balance and a rich moisturizer to bump up your skin's hydration levels. You should also change your pillowcase frequently so that you're not constantly sleeping on bacteria and oil.
4. Closely follow preparation and follow-up instructions.
When you make an appointment for a skin treatment, whether it's a simple facial or a complete laser resurfacing, it's critical to follow all the instructions that your esthetician prescribes. These are not just some arbitrary suggestions; they're actually ways to help you get the most out of the procedure. The more in-depth the treatment, the more you'll need to baby your skin before and afterward. This typically means serums, moisturizers, sunscreen, or some combination of all three.
Though they may seem trivial, these small steps can drastically improve your skin's health and appearance. So take it from your esthetician - and save yourself some frustration and skin woes!