Since finishing my GCSE’s I fell into a bit of a cross roads in deciding what career path I should take. My ‘Plan’ was to stay in education and complete A levels in social care and physiology. However after speaking to a career adviser, ‘Beauty Therapy’ seemed like the right match for me. I signed up for the three year course on a bit of a whim only to find it was the best decision I’ve ever made!
Twelve years later here I am…
I have to say that my passion lies in skin care as I’ve had many issues with my skin including horrendous acne and eczema. Having studied the skin when doing my course it really opened my eyes to all various treatments/ brands that do exactly what they say on the bottle.
We’ve all tried our own home-made remedies like toothpaste on your breakouts, etc..
Does it really work?
Yes, it has an anti- inflammatory effect on the spots but doesn’t stop them from re-appearing. I would suggest looking at the cause of the problem i.e: diet, stress, poor skin care, and heavy makeup-my pet hate: you use heavy makeup to hide the problem but you are not treating, because in some cases this will cause congestion (blackheads) and MORE breakouts.
In my opinion its a vicious circle…but, you don’t need to worry, as there are solutions that have been created by masters of science.
First thing: SKIN CARE BASICS
Cleanse & Remove Makeup – this is VERY important. You need to have a clean canvas for all serums and creams to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. Try Cleansing Water by Caudalie.
Tone – Often a product missed out by many due to high amounts of chemicals added to ‘high street’ brands. They tend to have alcohol as the first ingredient…why??? All this does to the skin is strip it of its natural oils. Please don’t try this at home! Check this toner out: Moisturizing Toner by Caudalie.
Exfoliate – Another product missed. Most of my clients say it’s because they don’t have enough time. Why not mix with your cleanser once or twice a week they you have killed two birds with one stone. This makes a massive difference to the skin as it removes all the dead skin cells and accelerates your serum and moisturizer. One of my favorite ways to exfoliate: Gentle Buffing Cream and Instant Foaming Cleanser by Caudalie.
Mask – Often looked as being quite old fashioned and something we only do when we have ‘pamper sessions’ with friends. Hands down, its the most effective part of your skin care routine and a big obsession of mine as I love the wow effect they give to the skin, and don’t just use the same one all over your face. You can Treat various areas of concern with different masks, as a spa therapist would, but right in the luxury of your own home. I generally tend to sleep with them on for the best results. Four I really like are from Caudalie: Moisturizing Cream Mask, Purifying Mask, Glycolic Peel Mask, and the new Instant Detox Mask.
Eyes – Always the first place to age, treat with caution as its the thinnest part of skin on the face. Depending on your concern if you have puffiness always opt for an eye serum and for hydratation and lines go with a cream. Never use your skin moisturiser over your eye area! You need to use a specific eye product as the formulations are different. So, for the best of the best when it comes to your delicate eyes, try: Premier Cru Eye Cream from Caudalie.
Serum/Moisturizer – to put it simply you have two layers to your skin, the top layer (Epidermis) and bottom layer (Dermis) your serum will absorb into the deep dermal layer and and your moisturizer will work on the surface epidermal layer. Basically this is your skins shampoo and conditioner, you wouldn’t shampoo your hair without conditioning it, would you? To finish your at home daily treatment, check out: Polyphenol C-15 Serum (which is an anti-wrinkle defense serum) or Premier Cru The Elixir both from Caudalie.
If you stick with these basics you can’t go wrong!
Until next time,