1. Stop the Negative Self-talk About Your Skin
Try to be aware of the language that you use when you describe your appearance and your complexion. We all do it, but try to curtail phrases like, "my pores are disgusting," and "I look so old and tired." Words and thoughts are powerful and can deeply influence skin care outcomes when you are working with an esthetician on achieving your skin care goals. Try to adopt a positive and hopeful attitude about your skin and realize that being negative will not help you in anyway. Just like a personal trainer doesn't want to hear your complaining about your "rolls" or how much you "hate your thighs," your esthetician doesn't want to hear you go on and on about how much you hate your skin. Keep in mind that as estheticians we got into this field to help you and usually we have also struggled with our own issues - so we get it - trust us and the process!
2. Stop Expecting Miracles from Drugstore Products
I am not saying that there aren't any drugstore-gems out there, but keep in mind that if you have serious concerns for your skin you need serious, professional skin care. Professional, spa-grade and prescription-strength products are usually the fastest route to positive outcomes. Consulting a licensed esthetician at a spa or medspa is your first step to success. Professional grade products guarantee higher concentrations of active ingredients that create the changes you're looking for. Professional grade products also have advanced formulations in terms of efficacy and quality accompanied by a skin care expert to walk you through the entire process - and what's better than that?
3. Stop Eating Junk and Make Water Intake a Priority
Many people operate under the misconception that skin health and diet are unrelated. The truth is, junk food (aka processed food), sugar, excessive caffeine, and a lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet will negatively impact your skin and/or slow the progress of your topical regimen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is connected to the body as a whole unit. What we put in our mouths with certainly affect what happens with our skin. Many dermatologists have actually written books about nutrition because they know that it seriously impacts the skin. Furthermore, most people are dehydrated. Water intake can play a major role in fixing common skin care concerns. Think about it this way: whenever the skin is inflamed (i.e. red, hot, flaky, tight and just angry in general) water may be needed. Topical hydration in the form of serums and masks are a must but internal hydration is also key. Remember: when there is a fire, we use water to put it out!
4. Put in the Time
Most likely your acne and wrinkles did not appear overnight so do not expect them to go away in a flash either. A professional esthetician will be able to analyze your skin and come up with a proper treatment plan which includes a regular treatment schedule for facials about once every month and a home care regimen for morning and night. Commit to six months to a year to get glowing, healthy skin. That may initially seem like a lot of time to achieve your skin care goals but the time will go quickly and before you know it you will have the complexion you always wanted - just be patient and trust in the process. A typical skin cycle occurs once every thirty days (and old habits die hard) so give it a substantial amount of time and the pay-off will be worth the wait.
5. Clean Up Your Act
It's the little things that count, when it comes to keeping your skin blemish free and clear. Some things that your esthetician wishes you would stop doing (in no particular order) are falling asleep without washing your face, picking at your skin and making it bleed (and generally touching your face with unclean hands) sleeping on unclean pillowcases and drying off with musty towels. Be careful of your mobile device or office phone coming in contact with your skin and be sure to clean your makeup brushes as often as you can. These little tips can make a huge impact when you are trying to achieve an angelic glow in 2017.