Though I consider myself a beauty buff, it’s always good to reach out to those who have the privilege of working in the beauty industry to either reinforce your knowledge or enlighten you about the best way to take care of your skin.
I’m privileged enough to be able to call upon my sister-in-law for expert skin-care advice every now and then and to talk about the latest beauty trends and product innovations.
Sarah Wallace is the co-owner and aesthetician for Revive Day Spa in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After saying goodbye to the corporate world (she used to be an accountant!), she obtained her aesthetician license in February 2007. Sarah is skilled in microdermabrasion using DiamondTome technology and has also consulted on injectable procedures such as Botox and Radiesse.
Sarah also has extensive experience with many types of chemical peels and has attended several Rhonda Allison Advanced Peel training courses.
Today, Sarah answers five popular skin-care questions and offers product advice.
1. How do I figure out my skin type?
There are four types: Normal, Oily, Dry and Combination. To determine your skin type, I first cleanse your skin and then examine it under a magnifying lamp.
Normal skin is determined when there is no oil or flakiness. Skin is typically clear.
Oily skin typically has larger pores and is thick and coarse. Oily skin tends to be problematic and prone to breakouts.
Dry skin appears flaky and tight and typically has small, fine pores. Combination skin is the most-common skin type. It is oily in the “T zone” (forehead, nose and chin) and dry to normal elsewhere.
2. What products should be in every person’s skin-care arsenal?
Every person, male or female, should have a great daily sunscreen with a minimum SPF (sun protection factor) of 30. I carry Rhonda Allison in my spa. I highly recommend Rhonda Allison’s Daytime Defense SPF 30. It is a broad-spectrum sunscreen for all skin types. It uses zinc oxide, an all-natural sun barrier.
I also highly recommend Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 30
I also recommend a good exfoliating scrub. You should use a scrub once or twice a week to rid your skin of dead, dull skin cells. For men, a good scrub can also help prevent ingrown hairs caused by shaving. I recommend Rhonda Allison’s Brightening Scrub.
3. What’s the biggest skin care misconception?
I am always shocked by how many people do not use a daily sunscreen. I hear excuses such as “It’s in my makeup” or “I wear it when I am swimming.”
You should apply sunscreen every single morning, just like brushing your teeth. It is the number one thing you can do to prevent aging of the skin — let alone skin cancer. Sun damage causes wrinkling, sagging and discoloration — so easily preventable! It is never too late to start.
4. What should people in their 20s, 30s and 40s be thinking about when it comes to skin care?
People in their 20s should be focusing on building a skin-care regimen targeted to their skin type. And I can’t repeat it enough: sunscreen.
When we reach our 30s, our skin cell turnover slows down considerably, and we start to notice the first signs of aging. I recommend adding a retinol product and a hydrating eye moisturizer in your skin-care regimen. Retinol is an amazing ingredient; it works deep into the skin for maximum skin regeneration support. Retinol smooths the skin’s texture and minimizes fine lines. It also stimulates collagen growth. I love Rhonda Allison’s Retinol Supreme. Some people can be sensitive to products containing retinol, so I recommend easing into it by using it every other night for about two weeks before using it nightly.
People in their 40s and beyond will want to add products to their routine that stimulate collagen, so if you aren’t already using a retinol product, now is the time to start. I also recommend having a licensed aesthetician perform a glycolic acid peel or a microdermabrasion.
Glycolic acid sloughs off dead skin cells, brings new cells to the surface and stimulates collagen growth.
Microdermabrasion is a fantastic anti-aging treatment and one of my most sought-after services. Microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells, stimulates collagen and elastin production and reduces the look of fine lines. You get an instant glow and can both see and feel immediate results.
5. How can you improve your complexion if you have large pores, acne or sun spots and brown spots?
You can improve the appearance of large pores by keeping them free of oil and debris. I love the Clarisonic Pro.
You can improve acne by using products that contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that causes cellular turnover, unclogs pores and neutralizes the bacteria within the pores. It is a great exfoliant for acne-prone skin. Rhonda Allison’s Blemish Serum is a great corrective product that contains salicylic acid.
The best way to treat hyperpigmentation (discoloration of the skin caused by healing blemishes or the sun) is by getting a series of microdermabrasion treatments or a series of chemical peels suited to your skin type. These treatments must be administered by a licensed professional. For home care, I recommend using products that contain kojic acid, lactic acid and/or azelaic acid.
If you’re in the Northwest Arkansas area, be sure to stop in and see Sarah at the spa — and if you check in on Facebook with your mobile device, you can get 5 percent off your service! Also, today’s the last day to get a free Shellac upgrade on your mani/pedi appointment.
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Do you visit an aesthetician at a spa? What skin-care advice do you have to share, and what products do you love?