FALL FACIAL at I HEART SKIN
Part of my pre-NYFW prep was a little professional skincare to give my complexion a fresh start for the oh-so-busy, photo shoot packed days. I stopped in to I Heart Skin Denver for a custom fall facial with Jenny. Her treatments are completely customized to your skincare concerns, lifestyle and budget. She has a range of services to pick from with a few great add ons.
To get my skin NYFW ready, we focused on exfoliation with an enzyme peel and a microdermabrasion treatment. Jenny's treatment style is very gentle and so relaxing - you feel at home as soon as you walk into the room and she is wonderful at helping you to wind down while also giving you fresh, glowing skin.
In addition to the focus on exfoliation, we also did a harvest peach mask which was the seasonal pick for September. That's another thing I love about Jenny, she always has a fun seasonal product to try (they always smell amazing).
If you're anything like me, you love learning about skincare. Not only do I want to know every trick in the book for a fresh and glowing complexion, I also think all the different treatment methods are so interesting.
I love asking Jenny all sorts of different questions all throughout my treatment so I can make sure I'm doing what's best for my skin and skincare goals even after my facial. She is really great about walking you through the steps and being able to clearly convey why a treatment is ideal for your skin and steps you can add into your at-home routine to see the results you want.
Like fashion, skincare can have trends too: for example, dermaplanning has been THE skincare treatment trend for most of 2017. While other offices might give you any trendy treatment you request, Jenny is amazing at talking you through the pros and cons of all the options and helping you pick options that are exactly right for your skincare concerns and preferences, but that are also tailored to the current health of your skin.
I sat down with Jenny before my custom facial to talk about some of my skincare concerns. She answered a few questions I had:
"My main skincare concern is texture and I've heard exfoliation is a good way to address this. My first question is what's the difference between manual and chemical exfoliation and is one better than the other?
Exfoliation is definitely key to addressing texture. There isn't a tremendous different between manual and chemical exfoliation. They are two ways of going about the same thing. Chemical exfoliation penetrates the skin using a peel or an enzyme and involves breaking up the bonds between old, dead skin cells so that they shed faster or "peel."
If your skin cells are like bricks, think of a peel as what dissolves the mortar holding them together. Meanwhile, manual exfoliation uses a tool or machine of some sort to exfoliate these dead cells from the surface of your skin. The idea with any exfoliation is that we are tricking the skin into making new healthy skin cells to replace the ones we exfoliated away. The cells regenerate, which over time can help rid the skin of unwanted texture, fine lines or pigment.
How often should I exfoliate and is there such thing as too much?
There is definitely such a thing as too much! With at-home exfoliation, I recommend 2-3 times weekly. Maybe every other day if your skin is tough and can handle it. If you haven't been exfoliating prior, I recommend actually starting with once per week and then adding in days as your skin adjusts. Too much exfoliation can strip the skin's natural protective barrier, which then causes imbalance and your skin. Overxefoliating can also cause inflammation and aggravate certain issues like acne. I tell clients to think of it like working out. Your skin needs activity but it also needs rest days too!
If I'm exfoliating 2-3x a week at home, how often should I go in for a professional exfoliation treatment like a chemical peel or derma planning?
Exfoliating at home will keep you skin healthier and happier between treatments for sure, but it's still a good idea to go in for a professional exfoliation every 4-8 weeks. Treatments like a peel or dermaplaning are a deeper exfoliation than what you're able to accomplish at home so, it's still a good idea to get facials for deep cleaning and professional exfoliation periodically. You can also skip at-home exfoliation for about a week before and after your professional treatment so that the skin has time to regenerate after a deep exfoliation.
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