Frequently Asked Aesthetics Question: I didn't peel after a
chemical peel. Is this normal?
A common misconception in aesthetics is that you must peel after a "chemical peel." I hear
this all the time and this is just not so. There are many types and strengths
of chemical peels. The term "peel" actually refers to a multitude of products
that are available to qualified providers at a medical grade concentration. The
term "peel" does not imply that you will
peel, should peel or need to peel.
Superficial peels, such as glycolic acids and salicylic
acids, may induce little to no peeling. This does not mean that the peel was
not performed properly. This means that the peeling agent is superficial (think
little down time, less pain, etc.) and working microscopically to induce
positive changes in the skin.
These peels are excellent before an event when a patient wants
a glow and little down time. Especially when performed in a series (every 2 to
4 weeks depending on the type), these peels can achieve great results.
Deeper peels, such as TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peels, are
much more likely to cause peeling or significant sloughing of the skin.
Depending on the percentage and the contact time, skin after this peel tends to
darken or crust before the skin is fully exfoliated off.
Not all skin types are a candidate for this depth of a peel
because of potential adverse reactions (hypo or hyper pigmentation, etc). This
depth of a peel also comes with more discomfort (think "burning sensation");
however, most patients tolerate these peels well with the use of a hand held
While the name may imply otherwise, a chemical peel may or
may not cause physical peeling of the skin to occur. If the proper peel and
technique are used on an individual patient, the results should be noticeable
regardless of any actual "peeling." The most important things to consider are
what agent is going on your skin and what it will do for your skin.
What are your favorite peels? Did you peel after the
treatment? In my next post, I will discuss some of my Go-To Peeling Agents.
Most patients prefer simplicity in their skin care routine.
Unless the benefits of toners are explained to the patient, toners are usually
the first product in a skin care system to be cut out.
Patients new to skin care associate toners with over-the-counter
acne astringents that are stripping and drying. Various ingredients are used
for specific skin conditions. The following are just of the few benefits of
using a toner.
cleansing: Soap or certain cleansers as well as the water used to rinse
after cleansing can leave a residue on the face. This residue can clog pores
and cause breakouts.
surface oil or shine: Toners are formulated for different skin types. Acne
prone patients or those with oily skin can benefit from a toner containing
salicylic acid. Some patients feel their pores seem tighter using this type of
properties: Some products have various ingredients that are known to reduce
bacteria on the surface of the skin.
- Hydrating properties: Humectants can add hydration
and suppleness to the skin. Some hydrating ingredients can be found in acne
toners as well.
protection: Vitamin C and E are ingredients that help reduce unwanted skin
pigmentation and damage related to sun exposure.
properties: Products such as Retinol Palmitate (a form of Vitamin A) can be
converted to retinoic acid, can be found in some toners and can stimulate new
cell tissue and can be moisturizing.
Vitamin C, Ginseng Root and Chamomile Extract are just a few ingredients
found in some toners that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Once patients experience the benefits of a toner suited to
their skin condition, the toner is usually the product they miss the most when
they run out.
As part of the body's capacity to heal itself, platelets and
other components in human blood migrate to a site of injury. Platelets are
known to release a variety of factors that respond to tissue injury, where they
initiate and promote healing. By concentrating platelets at the site of injury,
the body's own natural capacity for healing can be stimulated.
Selphyl is a unique system that taps into this capacity. The
Selphyl system contains a fibrin matrix to effectively capture the body's own platelets.
Through this process platelets are stabilized and protected, allowing the
sustained release of growth factors to promote growth of new tissue, blood
vessels, and collagen.
The treatment takes place in a single office visit. A small
amount of a patient's own blood is drawn into a vacuum collection tube containing
a cell separator gel. We typically collect two vials of blood. The tubes are
then placed into a centrifuge and spun for six minutes to separate the blood. The
platelets and plasma are then transferred in a closed system to a second vacuum
tube containing a small amount of calcium chloride solution. The material is then
injected, serving as a three dimensional scaffold to maintain the platelets at
the site of injection.
There is virtually no risk of allergic reaction since
Selphyl does not contain any synthetic or animal products. The procedure takes
place in about thirty minutes. Immediate results can be noted, however true
results are seen in around two to three weeks and as collagen is stimulated
thereafter, around 8 weeks or so. The results are long lasting, with claims of
up to 2 years.
Do you have experience with this system or one similar? I'd
love to hear your thoughts. From my experience, I find it to be a great option
for those hesitant in having synthetic fillers or neurotoxins. Not only will
patients see results, but they may feel more comfortable in choosing a more
"natural" treatment. For patients new to aesthetics, this could be a great
gateway treatment that leads them to consider more aesthetic options.
Although the percentage of total aesthetic procedures performed on men is still under 10%, it has increased more than 100% since 1997.
The most common surgical procedures sought by men include liposuction, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery. Laser hair removal, noninvasive body sculpting, neurotoxins and dermal fillers are the preferred nonsurgical options.
Male-centric aesthetics is becoming more socially acceptable not only in the gay population, but also the younger population with more interest in fitness, staying in shape and looking good. Most of our male patients are younger than 50, with many starting in their teens for acne treatment. Men in their 20s or 30s usually seek treatment for acne scars, hair or tattoo removal.
The baby boomers are slower to seek aesthetic procedures. They are usually encouraged or dragged in by partners who seek to embrace the concept of aging well and looking youthful. If they are in a competitive job market, they tend to be more accepting and desire to look less tired and want to refresh their appearance.
Advances in laser technology in body sculpting, hair removal, hair restoration and implantation, acne and acne scar as well as general laser skin rejuvenation have driven the interest among men. The vast Internet resources have allowed men, who tend to be more private about their aesthetic interests, do their research on procedures that appeal to them.
It takes a little more effort to get men in the door, but once they start to experience the benefits of the various aesthetic treatments, they tend to be more regular at scheduling their appointments than women are.
One morning one of my co-workers walked past me and
smiled. Something about her looked different. It was something
subtle. I couldn't put my figure on it, but her smile was brighter than
Well, it turns out that the previous week my co-worker
had Botox injections for a television segment my supervising physician had an
appearance on. The topic was "correcting a gummy smile."
A "gummy" or "gingival" smile is a term used to describe
a smile in which there is a show of the anterior gingiva above the teeth when
smiling. A smile tends to be more "gummy" for many reasons, such as the
size and shape of our lips, gums and teeth, as well as the muscles that are
involved in raising the upper lip when smiling.
As in her case, a gummy smile can be successfully
treated with a low dose of a neuromodulator, such as Botox or Dysport. Placed
in the proper muscle(s), the injection will help to reduce the gums from
The three lip elevator muscles converge on the area
lateral to the nasal ala, so this location tends to be the most common injection
site for this purpose. In the case of my co-worker, and many other patients,
the results were incredible. All of this was achieved with a very small
amount of Botox (5 units total).
The effect of Botox/Dysport can take several days, or
even up to a week or two, for full results. Once the full results are evident,
the upper lip will not rise as high when smiling and will reduce the amount of
the gum that is visible.
Keep in mind, injecting the lower face in this region
could affect your singing or playing of a wind instrument, using a straw or
spoon, etc., so this treatment is not for everyone. The treatment should
also be performed very conservative for this reason. Such injections
should only be performed by an experienced provider.
Neuromodulators, such as Botox and Dysport, are not
permanent solutions and typically last between 3-4 months. Surgical
correction would be a more permanent treatment, however may seem quite drastic
to patients who only have a mild condition.
I'm still in awe of how much this simple technique changed
the smile of my co-worker. We have always thought she was a beauty, but
she had always disliked the look of her smile and now is happy to smile with
Sometimes the most subtle aesthetic touches are the ones
that get noticed the most. Having someone say "you look great- what did
you do?" is truly one of the greatest compliments we can strive for in
If you truly have a gummy smile, Botox
is not the definitive
treatment for you. Although it may be temporary, it could distort your smile
slightly and create some asymmetry while you are at rest.
Early this summer I was on a mission to find a body bronzer
or camouflage makeup for my patients to help them feel more confident about
their legs prior to treatment of unsightly veins or for those suffering from
prolonged brown staining after treatment.
Spray tans and self-tanners applied at home do a fairly good
job. However, issues that patients often have are that they have an area of
dryness, more sun damage or sun spots. These areas are highlighted, absorbing
more of the tanning product, and it makes them look spotted.
Some of these products last for several days, but unfortunately,
it comes off unevenly. Streaking can occur during applications if not applied
quickly. In addition, some patients are allergic to the self-tanning
Gleam Body Radiance is a makeup for face and body that is a
moisturizer at the same time. It covers up minor flaws and provides warm golden
hues with four shades that are universal that can enhance, illuminate and compliment
all skin types, making it simple for our staff that are not makeup artists to
A celebrity make-up artist who led and developed ABC's show
"Dancing with the Stars" created this product. She had the tedious job of
covering bruises and covering uneven wear of spray tans.
She developed the line to create a product that would help
to nourish dry skin while providing a golden glow. Because it was originally
developed for TV, she wanted her product to draw in the light, not reflect it
and reduce an ashy appearance. Gleam has warm golden hues and is mixed with
crushed pearls that create the glow.
Gleam Body Radiance is water safe for the face and body.
Infused with vitamin E, aloe, calpurian, brown seaweed extracts and tea
extracts, it will keep skin nourished and looking its best. It is water based
and will not clog pores. It washes off with soap and water or a baby wipe. If
product is transferred to clothing, it easily washes off.
With Gleam Body Radiance we can provide body skin care to
our patients while helping them cover up spider veins, brown staining after
procedure, minor flaws or bruising and have the sun-kissed Hawaiian tan glow
just like the celebrities.
People in society today, including teenagers, are becoming
more health and fitness conscious. As individuals become more selective with
their dietary intake with reduced calories, and they become more fit, they have
less body fat.
Unfortunately they lose fat volume in their face, which creates
an older, more tired appearance. These people are often mistaken for looking
tired and older when in reality they feel pretty energetic and youthful.
Weight loss usually results in a person's face looking
tired. This pattern of volume loss is also consistent with the natural aging
process. The aging process involves loss of bone and muscle as well as fat.
Under the eyes "dark circles" appear.
The hallowing creates a shadow that
appears dark. These "dark circles" caused by volume loss can be remedied by replacing
the volume with tissue fillers.
Restylane, a hyaluronic acid, is the most popular tissue
filler that is used under the eyes to replace volume. It is non-animal based,
and allergy skin testing is not required. The results are immediate. In 20 minutes,
a patient can appear more refreshed and look 10 or more years younger.
There is minimal to no downtime. The risk of bruising is
significantly reduced using a blunt cannula. The blunt cannula can also reduce
the risk of tissue necrosis due to injection of the hyaluronic acid into a blood
This office procedure is well tolerated, and patients are usually
presentable after treatment. They can resume regular activities immediately. Mild
to moderate swelling may occur the following one to two mornings after the
Volume replacement to treat the "Tired Look" creates a
natural, more refreshed and rested appearance. Patients say that when friends
or family see them, they usually give them a second look and ask if they lost
weight or changed hairstyle or color.They cannot pin point what the difference
is they see, but complimentary comments are of looking refreshed.
In aesthetics, like other medical specialties, experience
and practice are invaluable. It is a highly procedure-driven field and
therefore excellence really comes with time, exposure and most importantly with
hands-on experience. It is a self-discovery of sorts, if you will.
Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional,
there are always new treatments on the horizon to learn. No one starts off
perfectly with a new treatment and no two providers likely perform any given
treatment exactly the same.
It is easy to get comfortable using the treatments and
techniques we have readily available. However, medicine is always evolving and
always being at the forefront of the latest technology benefits us. Doing
demonstrations of new products is a great way to learn more and attending
conferences which discuss, and often have live demonstrations of procedures,
will also get us exposed to new modalities.
It is easy to become busy with our professional and personal
lives, but we must always take the time to talk to other professionals and use
them for guidance or direction if we want to grow. Also, we must make sure to read
our medical and aesthetics journals for useful clinical information, studies
and helpful hints.
Aesthetics really is an artistic field. It can be fun and
fulfilling to correct something that has for a long time affected a patient.
But at the same token, it can be overwhelming to know and master so many
Remember, you didn't learn to ride a bike overnight. There may
have even been training wheels involved -- and we should always remember this
as we continue to grow in the field of aesthetic medicine.
Stretch marks are caused by rapid physical stretching of the
skin in a condition where elastic fibers due to genetics or hormonal influence.
Stretch marks develop in a variety of circumstances including pregnancy, weight
gain, adolescents with rapid growth spurts, and weightlifters bulking up (usually
on the arms). Men and women can get stretch marks in several areas including
the abdomen, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or back. Depending on skin type
and the cause, stretchmarks can appear pink, red, purple, reddish brown, light
or dark brown.
Various prescription and over-the-counter topical solutions
have been recommended over the years with little to very mild improvement used
alone. The following are just a few:
- Wheat germ oil
- Glycolic acid
- Vitamin C
Light and laser devices have given patients more hope. Initially,
treatment was known to be only successful when treatment was initiated while
stretch marks were red or purple, but new laser technology has made it possible
to improve the appearance of stretch marks in their white or silvery phase many
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels have been used for
years with minimal results. Vascular lasers such as the pulse dye laser and
intense pulsed light have been effective in reducing redness or purple
appearance of stretch marks.
Fractionated lasers such as fractional CO2 have now proven
to be effective in improving the appearance of older, silver or white
entrenched stretch marks. Deep fractional micro laser beams vaporize a fraction
of the skin leaving surrounding skin intact which allows for minimal downtime
with reduced risks compared to traditional CO2 lasers. New collagen is produced
in the treated areas resulting in improved elasticity and collagen fiber
Radiofrequency using Viora Refit protocol is something we
have found to be surprisingly effective in improving the appearance of new and
old stretch marks. Radiofrequency heats the tissue and stimulates contraction
and shortening of the collagen fiber bundles causing the skin to appear tighter
and improves the appearance of the stretch marks.
Multiple treatments possibly using different modalities and
topical solutions will be required. The most important part of treating
patients with stretch marks is setting realistic expectations on results and cost.
know aging is a part of life and in many regards, aging is quite fabulous. I
mean, does anyone really want to go back to their high school days? Pimples,
bus stops, getting teased for the outfits we were wearing. I know I personally
would be happy if I never had to look at (or hear about) a yearbook again.
and physically we mature, learn, grow, fall in love, make new friends ... before we
know it, we start to see our skin maturing and looking older. We may like
ourselves better, but we start looking at our skin differently. We experience
our skin becoming dull, less vibrant and less youthful. Collagen, elastin and
hyaluronic acid become less plentiful, resulting in facial lines, wrinkles and
working in aesthetics for many years now, but it wasn't until recently that I
turned thirty. To my teenage cousin I am ancient, to my eighty-something year
old patient I am a baby. One thing is for sure, I finally understand why aesthetic
offices are so busy. We love growing up, but we really don't love the idea of
I see treatments
that work to help facial rejuvenation and treatments that just have false promises.
In many cases, to erase lines and folds we must replace lost structure with
volume. This is not something accomplished overnight with a facial or a fancy
spa day. I have seen this accomplished though, pretty instantaneously, with fillers.
particular that I am gaining more experience with is Radiesse. In the case of
Radiesse, the filler offers immediate and lasting volume. Radiesse is a filler,
or facial volumizer, composed of calcium hydroxylapatite. Like other
fillers, Radiesse acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and
stimulating natural collagen to grow. This collagen production continues
for several months, which extends even beyond the initial effect of
the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres leaving
behind only your own natural collagen. Results are natural and long lasting -
clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients.
It is a
great choice for building up cheekbones nicely; volumizing deeper nasolabial
folds; augmenting chins and nasal regions. It gives a really nice lifting
effect - especially when patients want filler in the nasolabial area only and
you can show them that by addressing the mid face it will improve the lower
face without a single injection there.
put, this filler can truly rejuvenate your entire face with one simple in-office
procedure. I like my patients and I really like happy patients with incredible
results. We are seeing both with Radiesse.
work with this filler? What other filler or treatments do you do in
combination? We are using it in conjunction with many of the HAs (for more
superficial lines/voluminzing) and it works beautifully. I would love your
You spend hours in the gym doing cardio, firming, toning,
but what do you see in the mirror as you grab another set of weights? Loose, wrinkled,
rippling skin over the tops of your knees. Our skin undergoes several changes
as we age. It becomes thinner, drier and less elastic with the collagen
breakdown. Wrinkles and loose sagging skin become more apparent with time. What
can we do to get that skin to snap back?
Various non-invasive technologies that are well tolerated and
require no downtime can help stimulate collagen production and skin tightening.
The following are popular options:
Causes collagen fibers to shorten, contract and tighten
Alternatives to light and laser procedures that we have
incorporated in our practice are micro-needling with dermapen, which can be
enhanced with Platelet Rich Plasma - PRP (Vampire Facelift).
Cosmeceutical and prescription skin care products used on a
regular basis that have been proven to be effective to reverse the signs of
aging on the face can be used on the knees as well. Prevention with SPF 30-50
containing zinc oxide should be on the top of the list.
I usually recommend antioxidants, human growth factors and
retinoids followed by moisturizers with ingredients that aid the skin in
retaining moisture. In some cases, some patients do well with adding hyaluronic
acid tissue fillers or a bio-activator such as Sculptra.
Patience is required when treating wrinkled, rippled skin
over the knees. It doesn't happen overnight.
It takes about 3 months of "skin fitness" to see any improvement.
It has happened to me before when I am on the other side
of the counter: providers pushing products. I was recently at a
well-known spa, at a very well-known and international hotel. I received a
facial with nice smelling, elegant products. Since I take care of my skin
with medical grade products, I don't feel the need to do frequent facials or
extractions. But everyone loves to get pampered and relax every once in a
So after the completion of the facial, I was brought to
the front desk to check out. The woman there proceeded to show me
products, of which I loved to look at, but had no intention of buying.
I read the ingredients and asked what and why the products
were recommended (she neglected to tell me this prior). After a half-hearted
answer, I told her I would not be taking anything today. She insisted that
the products are what I need after the facial for best results. Only when
I stated that I worked in dermatology did she actually decide to ring me up.
The point of my story is that we should always remember
that educating patients on products, especially in the medical setting, is much
more important than "selling." Pushing products is just bad
Now, if I was a regular at this spa and on a
great skin care routine, I might stock up on their products from time to time. However,
in this case, the products weren't even necessary based on the products I
listed as currently using. It is one thing to show a patient something or
recommend a particular type of product, but pushing is unprofessional and
unnecessary. Always remember what it feels like to be on the other side of
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are one of the first
treatments that were introduced to the fast growing aesthetic market. IPL is
used for photorejuvenation and hair removal. A newer term used is Broad Band
Light (BBL), which is virtually the same type of technology. These procedures
are probably the most popular treatments in aesthetic practices today.
Intense Pulsed Light is a very safe tool when used
appropriately, but patient selection is crucial. The risk of burns is higher
with darker skin types, location off-the-face and exposure to natural outdoor
or indoor UV exposure.
Summer time presents as one of the most dangerous seasons to
perform photorejuvenation (IPL) treatments. It's usually a frantic bride-to-be
just a few weeks prior to her wedding who presents to our clinic with a foot
print pattern of redness and blistering on her face, chest or arms.
Surprisingly, most of the cases I have seen are Fitzpatrick
skin type II-III when the settings used were too aggressive and not enough
attention was spent on recent sun exposure history. Oftentimes the practitioner
may ask about the recent sun exposure but may have not specifically inquired
about tanning bed exposure.
Patients are so familiar with IPL that they have presented
to our clinic with the settings that were used on them at another clinic and
request a higher setting to be used. Beware of these patients.
The settings on IPL devices can vary greatly. Newer devices
have added safety features of various cooling methods. If a patient was treated
with an IPL with cooling then goes to another clinic that may have an older
device without cooling, a disaster can occur if the same settings are used.
Patient selection is the most important thing to pay
attention to in avoiding intense burns with these devices. Anyone with recent
sun exposure should automatically be disqualified to have IPL treatment for photorejuvenation
or hair removal.
Realistic expectations must be set. Patients need to
understand that a series of treatments is required for optimal results. Don't
try to be a hero, especially if your patient is getting married in a month.
If you are looking to step up your cosmetic business or
incorporate aesthetics to your office for the first time, in-office
questionnaires are an easy and effective means to field patient interest.
The exact content of questionnaires is completely up to you. They
may be simple or more elaborate for a purely cosmetic office. Since we are
a medical and cosmetic based practice, I find our questionnaires are fair in
that they are not overpowering to those visiting for a medical reason, but
specific enough for our strictly cosmetic patients.
Our questionnaires, for example, ask, "Are there any
additional services you would like to learn more about? Please check all
that apply." We then have boxes with items to check off such as skin care
products, fine lines, facial veins, excess fat, cellulite, thin lips, chemical
peels and hand rejuvenation, just to name a few.
This is a non-intrusive way to inquire as a patient can
simply leave the area blank if that is not a reason for visiting the clinic.
Now, some patients check off everything and those patients you definitely know, even before entering the exam room, have more interest in products and treatments. Meanwhile, such cosmetic questionnaires help us to focus less energy towards cosmetics on the patients who did not check any boxes as their interest.
Keep in mind though, often the people you might least assume would be interested in a cosmetic treatment or product are the ones who very much are. Aesthetics can often surprise you in this sense. Some people may want to do every treatment in the world, yet leave empty handed, while the patient who didn’t express interest on paper leaves with a new skin care regimen and multiple treatments booked.
Our job is not to sell. It is to educate patients on what is available to them and what experience has shown us to work effectively. Results and confidence sell.
We also have a section on our questionnaire that asked patients to rank how concerned they are with their image and how true to their age they feel as though they look. If a patients states they are “not concerned” with how they look, you may want to focus your attention elsewhere.
Again, know that what someone writes on paper may change when they connect with you in the room, so never let a questionnaire dictate your every move. Get a feel for their concerns and give an honest assessment if it is something that they have inquired about or you feel they will truly benefit from.
Quality skincare does not have to come at a steep price. If you splurge in some important areas
(that benefit you the most) you may need to skimp a little in other departments
and that is okay. Let's call this
skincare on a budget, if you will.
- Face Wash: Don't get me wrong. I
love high end, fancy foaming, pretty smelling facial cleanser more than anyone,
but that's not the first place I recommend putting your skincare dollars. I mean seriously, you WASH it OFF. If money isn't a concern there are
ample products to use that will make you feel like you are in a spa every
single day. They will also leave your skin pristine. However, if you
are on a budget, take it easy in this department and you will have more to put
towards a problem area or something your skin really needs kicked up! Also
note that a face wash is not intended to remove eye
makeup. For eye makeup I love OTC cloths that are gentle on the
- Moisturizer: This is
hard because I love some great (ahem, pricey) moisturizers, but there are many very good OTC options that are much more
affordable. For the face, go with
a lotion during the day (with sunblock or layer your favorite sunblock on top)
and if skin is very dry, opt for a thicker cream formulation in the
evening. Shampoo or
Conditioner: While I have come across some really nice ($$) shampoos
and conditioners, there are so many good inexpensive options out there that it
really doesn't make sense to splurge. An idea: pick your favorite shampoo and
go with a less expensive conditioner (or vice versa). Use a more expensive conditioner as a
weekly treatment so it lasts you longer. Remember, you really only need to
condition the midsection and ends -- using too much will bring out excess oil
in the roots and weigh your hair down.
- Sunblock: If you
don't want your eyes to burn, your skin to break out or the dreaded white
"vampire" look, splurge here and you will be happy you did. Opt for mineral based with titanium or
- Make-up: Splurge here
because it is fun and worth it. Using higher end products will allow your
skin to breath and be more radiant. You don't have to go extravagant, but
find products that work well for your skin and are less likely to irritate
you. Start with your foundation or powder (loose mineral is my
preference), blushes and shadows, and then you can always play with OTCs for
mascara, liners or trendy nail polishes.
- Growth Factors: This
splurge is an anti-aging MUST: Gentle
yet effective at stimulating collagen and rejuvenating the skin. The key here
is to use them sparingly to make them last and to use them on the areas you
need them the most. For example,
if you have prominent lines around the eyes, stick to an eye product with growth
factors or an intense, more concentrated serum in that area.
- Facials: Especially
if you need them, they are not a treat but a valuable treatment. Deep pore cleansing with extractions
or a more fun oxygen infused session will rev up your skin so you can continue
keeping it that way at home. Focus
more on an aesthetician that is medically trained over the day spa type
varieties for the best results.
- Travel Size Versions of Your Favorites: Don't use the hotel soap on your face. Just don't. Splurge on great travel size lotions
and washes and you won't suffer on your next trip. Just because you aren't home doesn't
mean you can't take care of your skin properly. If you are traveling to drier climates,
stock up on hydrating agents such as moisturizers or day creams. And of
course, don't forget your travel size SPF!
of my biggest pet peeves is all the promises a lot of the OTCs make and how
glorified "average" products are on commercials. What I've learned in my
time in skincare is that often, spending more on a quality product will cost
you less in the long run (certainly in the peace of mind department) than if
you try numerous over the counters.
Online reviews can be
helpful. Skincare blogs, your dermatologist and even skin savvy friends are
great people to go to for product advice. So if your
aesthetician recommends ten products, try starting with the one or
two you might benefit from the most. Work
them into your current routine and you have an improved skin regimen without
breaking the bank!