Misinformation runs rampant on social media and in every corner of the internet, with DIYs promising to transform your skin tone from drab to fab and hacks that seem too good to be true. It's not that everyone on the internet is lying through their perfectly whitened teeth, but the best tip we can give you is to start by listening to the experts.
In our Ask An Esty series, we take the most commonly asked questions skincare technicians receive and have one of our experienced esthes give their knowledge on the topic. Whether your concerns are complex or you're just flabbergasted as to where you should begin, an esthetician can guide you so you don't wind up doing more damage than good to that precious face.
This week, we keep it simple by diving into what a daily skincare routine should look like and the various ways we slough dead skin cells with our esthetician Leola.
In what order do I apply my products?
Always apply your products thinnest to thickest consistency-wise, with your SPF always being your very last product. For example: use your cleanser first followed by a hydrating mist or toner. Apply serums, eye cream, moisturizer, and finish it off with your favorite SPF.
What are the differences between each type of exfoliation?
The three methods of exfoliation are chemical, physical, and enzymatic.
Chemical exfoliation uses different acids like salicylic, lactic, and glycolic to resurface the skin.
Physical exfoliants are your "scrubs," and they incorporate dissolvable microbeads or fine powders and grains to resurface the skin.
Enzymatic exfoliation uses natural enzymes from fruits like papaya, pineapple, mangoes to break up dead skin cells and slough them away. Enzymes are great for sensitive skin!
What is the difference between at-home dermaplaning and the dermaplaning that estheticians do?
Estheticians use a surgical-grade scalpel to expertly and efficiently remove up to 3-4 weeks of dead skin cells and vellus hair (AKA: peach fuzz) to reveal softer, brighter skin. We recommend you do not attempt this at home as we are fully trained to perform this procedure.
At home, you are using eyebrow razors that have guards on them to prevent cuts. The blades only allow you to remove the vellus hair (peach fuzz) but not dead skin cells.
We always want to know how we can help you on our skincare journey, so give us a follow on IG @bluemedicalspa, and DM us your questions so we can clear up your concerns— and your skin.