Skin Sin #1
Not Picking the Right Product for Your Skin's Needs
Beautiful packaging and persuasive marketing can lead us to buy just about anything. (Like my pandemic-purchase microcurrent skin tightening device that now doubles as my daughter's pop star microphone). But it's what's inside the packaging that counts. We often find ourselves chatting with Guests who have purchased a product because it worked wonders for a friend, but has had less than stellar results on their skin. It's also not uncommon for even the savviest skincare shoppers to be overwhelmed by the sheer selection of products available. We know. It's a lot to unpack! That's why it's at the centre of our business model to ensure we take a nuanced approach to matching individuals with efficacious skincare and cosmetics for their unique skin needs. Maybe your skin is flakey in the winter and oily in summer. Perhaps seasonal rosacea flare-ups are keeping you on your toes. Maybe your SPF is not playing nicely with your sensitive skin. Or your hormonal acneic skin feels parched in the morning and excessively oily before bed - or vice versa! We know that skin needs topical product changes based on hormonal cycle, time of year, age, external stressors, etc. So we listen to your skin and switch up your skincare products accordingly.
Jess's Bonus Tip: If you're lucky to live with us here in Victoria, pop into our brick and mortar for a complimentary custom skin analysis. All Green Kiss Educators are well-versed in skincare concerns and our product lineup, and will topically guide you based on your skin condition or skin type. Or you can email us to set up a virtual skincare consultation. We are here to help you take care of you!
Skin Sin #2
Oops, guilty! I obsessively over-exfoliate. And while I love a dewy glow, small tears in the skin and broken capillaries are not the way to achieve it. Instead, it's about finding that sweet spot between lizard-like dead skin build-up and medium-rare flesh. Fortunately, it's never too late to create healthy new skin habits. Jessica says how often you should exfoliate entirely depends on your skin type. (Don't know your skin type? We're here to help!) What works for your neighbour might not work for you! However, it is generally agreed upon that some form of regular exfoliation is needed to maintain a healthy glow - two to three times a week is appropriate for most skin types. We carry the two main types of facial exfoliants: Physical (think scrubs) and Chemical (acid serums and peels). Sometimes a combination of them both is just what the doctor ordered to cleanse, purify and glow. (We also love a good patch test prior to a facial application.)
Jess's Bonus Tip: Once you find the appropriate type of exfoliant for your skin type, you'll notice far better serum absorption, which is typically the most concentrated and expensive part of your routine: More Bang for Your Buck!
Not Reapplying Sunscreen
This is a biggie. We know that ultraviolet (UV) rays are the number one cause of premature skin aging and loss of elasticity. Unfortunately, they are the number one cause of skin cancer too. Wearing SPF allows us to enjoy the many benefits of time spent in the sun without the harmful side effects. But there's a catch. One of the most common skincare mistakes is forgetting to reapply your SPF throughout the day. Just as regular exfoliation increases serum absorption, regular SPF application gives your high-performance products the chance to get to work. Stay tuned for a new product coming down the pike that will make re-application incredibly easy (and, dare I say, FUN)!
Jess's Bonus Tip: Treat your neck as an extension of your face. Apply a generous amount of SPF, and any other products, to your décolletage and give it the attention it deserves.
More about Jessica:
After graduating from Canada's most prestigious esthetics program, she honed in on a passion for organic facials and top-notch education for her clients, tailoring clean and effective home skincare rituals. Jessica has recently returned to BC after eight years of managing a renowned spa and wellness clinic in Toronto's downtown core. There she worked alongside acupuncturists and massage therapists, distilling tips from their holistic practices to create a more dynamic skincare routine for her clients.
Welcome, Jessica! 🤍
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