Have you ever had a facial? Ever had a facial from me? If you have, I am hoping that it felt wonderful and that you will be in awe of the glowing skin it left behind.
However, although it felt wonderful and you look 10 years younger, the magic created in the treatment room will only last a day or two, unless you are committed to a daily regimen of taking care of your skin and yourself.
Let’s talk briefly about skin:
- Your skin is an organ, the largest organ in your body weighing an average of 9 lbs. holding 11 miles of blood vessels…Impressive isn’t it?
- It protects the body from the environment, the sun. Controls body temperature. Create Vit.D
- Prevents excess water loss
- Protects the body from infections
- It continuously sheds cells (40,000 dead cells per minute). The dust you see in your home is mainly dead skin!
- It renews itself every 28 days. That is why it is a good idea to have a facial every 4 weeks.
- It provides us with Sensations; contains a variety of nerve endings that react to touch, pressure, heat, cold, vibration, and tissue injury
- It absorbs anything on it that is what we can use patches and lotions
- It acts as a water-resistant barrier so essential nutrients are not washed out of the body.
In the facial room and at home with good products, we actually help the skin do its job. Does our skin need help? I wish I could say no!, but when it is bombarded by harsh chemicals, environmental pollutants, drying agents, stressors, depleted ozone layer…and the list goes on, yes, our skin, like a good diet we give our body, does need help.
So now you might say: I wash my face and moisturize it; is that enough?
Yes and no; much of the products out there do nothing but irritate the skin…remember, the cosmetic industry is huge and the more they can keep you dependent on this and that product, the better. The key is to educate yourself on what is good and what is harmful so let’s look at some common “Bad guys”
- Parabens (preservative)
- Propylene Glycol (cosmetic base)
- Diazolidinyl Urea (preservative)
- Synthetic fragrances
- Lanolin (cosmetic base)
- Quaternium 15 (preservative)
- Cinnamic Aldehyde (perfume)
- Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
- Formaldehyde (preservative)
- Benzophenone (sunscreen)
These are just a few, most common allergens and skin irritating ingredients found in most all, skin and hair care products. Please read labels, research the ingredients, it’s YOUR skin that is being jeopardized!
Okay so now, you have received a facial from me, bought some amazing, natural, clean and good for you products. You go home, excitedly open that jar, tube, bottle, start your skin care routine the next day and after a few hours, your skin breaks out, you get red blotches and a rash!!…What’s going on???…You have done everything perfect, spent some good money, agreed to wake up early to spend some time doing what you are supposed to do with your skin and you have a reaction….Lets go on…The “education” is not over yet:
The body detoxifies with awesome products applied to your skin, taken internally and with a massage received during a facial, in which the lymph nodes are stimulated and encouraged to release toxins. The result, sometime, is a skin break out as all that was lurking under the skin comes to the surface. This, of course, is a temporary condition and of no concern as the skin clears within a few days.
Some vitamins you take can cause skin irritation when taken in larger quantities, listed below are a few:
Niacin or Vit. B3 can cause itchy rash on face and neck.
Vitamin A/Beta carotene in excessive doses can cause side effects including dry peeling skin, itching and loss of skin elasticity
B complex, Iron, may cause skin rashes as well as Magnesium.
I am sure I am leaving out some, but you get the idea…So, when you take these supplements and purchase skin care products that contain the above vitamins and minerals, your skin might react to the “extra dose” its been fed. Now our products will not contain huge amounts of vitamin and minerals so there is nothing to worry if there is a skin reaction after a facial. Now IF that rash or break out doesn’t stop, doesn’t get better, then, by all means, see a doctor, but do give your skin a few days to get adjusted. Another suggestion would be for you to stop the products and start introducing them to your skin one by one. So day one, use only a cleanser for a couple of days, day four add the toner, day seven the serum and day 10 the moisturizer. 99.9% of the people who have had a reaction to a new skin care and have introduced it slowly, were free of symptoms within two weeks!
So there you have it…I am sure you have more questions. I am here to help you take care of yourself, so feel free to call me, my care does not end when you leave my treatment room. I want to be your skin care adviser and specialist and together we can create a healthier, more confident, beautiful YOU!