Skin Care 101 with Lauren Strickland

Skin Care 101 with Lauren Strickland

Hi, I’m Lauren and I’m the esthetician and skin care specialist at Philip Johnson Salon/Spa.

A lot of people are unaware of the benefits that come with a regular skin care regimen. Most people wait to receive a facial until they have a problem (breakouts, dry/dark spots, etc.) or have an upcoming event. While this is completely fine, skin problems can often be eliminated with monthly facials and guidance on the correct at-home products.

Facials are ideal once a month unless you have a specific skin concern you are trying to overcome, which may require a series of treatments. The science behind why monthly facials are beneficial is due to the way our skin regenerates new cells. The outermost layer of visible skin, (stratum corneum) completely renews itself about every 28 days. During this time, your skin cells are constantly regenerating to replace old cells. If you give your skin a head start by getting a facial, your skin cells will begin to replicate the now healthier, treated cells and will give you a much better complexion. Also, by speeding up the renewal process and getting rid of dead skin with a facial, you can make your at-home products work faster and more effectively, since they don’t have to penetrate layer after layer of dead skin.

If you still need more convincing, below are some benefits and reasons why you should consider investing in monthly facials:

-Facials are relaxing, feel great and are healing to the soul. The power of touch and massage has unlimited benefits and feeling relaxed and stress free will only have a positive impact on your skin.

-Facials increase blood circulation under the skin allowing for optimal skin cell renewal.

-Facials detoxify and decrease waste underneath the skin that can cause puffiness by manipulating the lymphatic system that lies just under the skin.

-Facials combined with massage help smooth fine lines and promote collagen production, which is the building block of the skin.

-Facials cleanse your pores on a much deeper level. If left untreated, pores can start to stretch and widen with the accumulation of oil and debris and appear larger and cause acne. (Do not attempt to extract or pick at your own skin unless you are a professional, you could be at risk of scarring and infection).

-Facials provide deeper exfoliation than you can achieve at home. Exfoliation smoothes skin, allows for better penetration of products, unclogs pores, improves the skin’s ability to retain hydration and evens skin tone.

-Facials help slow the aging process and allow your skin to feel healthier, smoother and more radiant. We all age, but we can minimize the signs with glowing, firm and hydrated skin.

If you’re looking for powerful, effective skin care products for at-home use, I recommend Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual, Tulasara Wedding Masque and Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner (which is also a great choice for guys) to all of my skin care clients.

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