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A.M. & P.M. Skincare Routine with Senior Esthetician, Katherine

Katherine, a Senior Estetician in our Perkiomenville MedSpa is filling us in on her secrets to great skin! Her best advice, “Regular in-salon treatments are a must however, to benefit the most from your in-salon experience you need the proper at home skincare regimen.”

Here’s how Katherine follows up her in-salon treatments at home!

My routine to start each day…

Every morning, start by cleansing the skin. I use Revision Papaya Enzyme Cleanser with my Dew Puff! The Papaya Enzyme Cleanser has an awakening, fresh, invigorating scent to help get my day started. I add a dime size amount of cleanser on my Dew Puff and in circular motions, cleanse my skin. The Dew Puff not only helps to foam up the cleanser, but also helps to gently and safely exfoliate my skin, which enhances the natural enzymes found in the cleanser to polish away dead surface cells. This cleanser works well on all skin types but works best for combination skin.

 

There are three types of Dew Puffs  you can choose from:
    1. Original- best for sensitive skin (white)
    2. Asian Clay- perfect for dry, flaky skin (orange)
    3. Bamboo Charcoal- best for oily or blemish prone skin (black)

 

Following up after your cleanser, I recommend using a toner. If you have sensitive, dry skin like me, I recommend using a non-alcohol based toner such as the Avene Thermal Spring Water. While alcohol based toners fight bacteria, they can also strip the skin of moisture. The purpose of a toner is to prep the skin for its next step, which is usually your most powerful and potent product that you will be using for the day. You want your skin to absorb as much of your powerhouse product as possible and you can achieve this by applying the product to naturally balanced skin. The Avene Thermal Spring Water is clinically proven to calm, sooth, and soften the skin by helping restore it’s natural balance; and is the perfect foundation for layering your products. To apply the Avene Thermal Spring Water, mist it directly over the face arms-length distance, for about 1-2 seconds, let dry, and continue to your next step!

Now for my favorite…. YOUR POWERHOUSE product! This is the product that will penetrate the deepest into the layers of your skin because you are applying it first. My favorite product is Alastin Restorative Skin Complex. I call this a “powerhouse” product because it provides so many benefits in just one pump!
    1. Contains antioxidants that help protect the skin against further damage.
    2. Helps even skin tone and break up hyperpigmentation. (dark spots)
    3. Supports the skin’s natural ability to produce healthy elastin and collagen and is the only product on the market to produce elastin!
    4. The emollient formulation helps to volumize and lift aging skin.

 

The next step is easy but essential- SUNSCREEN! I can’t say it enough! Sunscreen is so important to use on a daily basis. Rain, snow, clouds, or sunshine, it is always a good idea to use a sunscreen. I recommend using SPF 50 which provides adequate sun protection when used correctly, without all the added chemicals found in higher SPF products.  Sunscreen helps prevent aging and helps protect the skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that cause aging, and UVB rays are the ones that cause burning- think of “A” for “aging” and “B” for “burning”. For this step, I favor SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. To apply, shake the bottle (to help mix up those potent protectors), and apply about a dime sized amount to all four quadrants of the face by patting the product into the skin. You will notice this product is tinted as well. This will give you a soft glow (almost like a primer) without the white cast traditional sunscreens leave behind, and will slowly adapt to your own skin tone. You can now apply makeup and start your day!

Prepping my skin for bed… 

I actually cleanse my skin twice- once to remove makeup and once to cleanse my skin. The Avene Antirougers Cleansing Lotion is a great makeup remover and cleanser. It is a no-rinse cleansing lotion so it doesn’t foam up and can be wiped away with my fingertips or a soft cloth. It provides comfort to my skin without the tightness that over drying can cause. This product is great for sensitive or dry skin, and also makes a great stand alone makeup remover.

 

Following up after my cleanser, I use a toner. I go back to my Avene Thermal Spring Water from the morning because, like I mentioned, it’s going to prep my skin for my powerhouse product! The powerhouse product is best to put on balanced, softened skin to maximize absorption. Mist the Avene Thermal Spring Water over your face and neck for 1-2 seconds, let it dry and continue to the next step.

 

For my P.M. Powerhouse product, I use SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight. This nighttime cream promotes cellular turnover for healthy, glowing skin by stimulating the skin’s natural exfoliation process and minimizes the buildup of dead skin cells. Always consult a skin care professional before beginning a glycolic regimen as some skin types may require time to acclimate to the glycolic acid. For best results, precondition the skin for this night cream by limiting initial use to 2-3 times per week, and slowly increase as your skin becomes acclimated. For some patients, using the product every night is ideal, but for some, only using a glycolic 2-3 times a week is plenty and perfectly effective. Talk to your esthetician to find out which frequency is best for you. To use, shake bottle and apply a pea-sized amount over the entire face avoiding eye, nostrils, and lip area. You will wake with noticeably smoother and softer skin in no time!

 

The last step in my nighttime routine is the SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore. This Anti-aging cream improves the look of skin fullness, texture, and pore appearance. This product will also help shorten the adjustment period to retinoids and glycolics (such as the SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight from above), while also reducing dryness. This emollient-rich cream will leave your skin feeling hydrated and soft so you can wake up with an amazing morning glow! To apply, use a small amount between the fingertips and warm and melt the cream into circular motions. Apply in all four quadrants of the face. Follow with sweet dreams!

A few key points:

  • Introduce one new product at a time: If you start with four new products on the same day and you have a reaction to one of them, you won’t know which once caused it. So, it’s best to play it safe and start one new product at a time. Give your skin 3-5 days to get used to each product and then introduce the next one.
  • This regimen is just the starting point: Our Lords & Ladies MedSpas have so many other products to help with your unique and specific skincare needs (such as neck creams, eye creams, blemish products, masks, and more). The routine I’ve outlined above covers just the basics. Your skin care professional will help fill in the gaps to help you customized a regimen and target your personal needs. No two skincare regimens are the same. Start with the basics and gradually grow your routine to meet your needs.
  • Variety is the spice of life: Notice how I use different products from different companies. You don’t have to stick with one skin care line. Experiment with different products and find the ones you like best!
  • Less is always more: Using professional strength products is very different than using over the counter products. Professional products have a more concentrated amount of active ingredients in them. Always follow the directions on the package, it’s best to start with small amounts, less than what you think you need. You can always add another dab if needed.

 

Thank you for taking time to check out my personal A.M. and P.M. skincare routine.  I’m always here to help you develop your personal skin care regimen and answer any questions or concerns you may have! Send me a message on Facebook Katherine Marie or @KatherinemarieB on Instagram! And remember, Glowing Skin Is Always In! Stay healthy and we’ll see you real soon!

Katherine Marie
Senior Esthetician

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