The 5-Minute Read that Will Make You a Skin Care Pro
By Kaitlyn Hunter, MedSpa Nurse Practitioner
As our weight loss and hormone replacement therapy patients lose weight and/or replenish hormones, they experience a boost in energy and confidence. Many of them realize the next step to their journey is in our MedSpa: anti-aging skin care.
But skin care is a very broad category, and the amount of products can be intimidating to people who have never applied more than lotions or sunscreens. For those individuals, I’m here to answer some common questions that will help you begin your own summer skin care journey.
Do skin care products expire?
Yes! Just like any other bath and body products, skin care does have an expiration date. Many of these expired products are actually sold online by unauthorized retailers, so make sure you know what you are buying before you hand over your credit card.
Is expensive skin care worth it?
Honestly, it depends. There are some brands – like one of my favorites, SkinBetter – that are so pure and effective, that it makes sense financially and health-wise. On the other end of the scale, there are many “cosmetic” lines that are overpriced, and really don’t penetrate and heal your skin the same way a medicinal brand does.
How long until I see results?
If you are compliant and following a multi-step regimen in the morning and evening, you should start seeing results within a few weeks. Your family and friends will start commenting around 12 weeks when your improved skin will be extremely noticeable.
How much do I use?
This depends on the product! For eye cream, all you need is a drop the size of a grain of rice for both eyes combined. Treatment creams, such as Vitamin C, only need about the size of a pearl for your face. If you apply it to your neck too, add another pearl size drop.
As a side note, every product from the SkinBetter line comes in an airless pump, making it easy and clean to apply. All you need is one pump!
Can I use skin care while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Sometimes. The biggest thing is to avoid Retinol and stronger glycolic-, salicylic-, and lactic acid-containing products. When in doubt, always ask a physician or nurse practitioner (like me!).
Sunscreen, on the other hand, is an absolute MUST during pregnancy. As your hormones spike, your body becomes more likely to develop melasma.
Can I apply skin care when I’m sick?
Of course! Sadly, adding an extra topical Vitamin C – though beneficial to your skin – won’t help you get over a cold. But you can continue your summer skin care routine the same as when you’re healthy.
Want personalized guidance?
Call us at 513-791-9474 to setup a quick, easy, and free skin care consultation. We’ll discuss your current regime if you have one, your skin type, and what your goals are for improvement. Together, we’ll create a plan unique to your needs!