Arlin is one of our fabulous estheticians here at Crú. Before we reveal her tips, here is a little bit of background about her.
“I have been attracted to the beauty industry and have had a passion for skin care ever since I was a teenager. Taking care of my skin was always a priority to me; I would research different products and try them out myself. I started getting a lot of compliments on my skin and people would ask me what I did to make my skin look so awesome. I loved letting people know what I was doing with my skin and giving them tips on what products to use. I then realized I would love to do it as a profession! I wanted to help people look and feel great about their skin. After all, our skin is the largest organ in our body, it should be our number 1 priority! Fast forward to now, after school and with 2 years of experience under my belt, I have learned a lot! I want to make sure people use the right products for their skin type and be knowledgeable about what is and isn’t safe for them. I love what I do and I love that every client and their skin gives me a unique opportunity to help them feel great. One of my favorite things in the whole world is getting positive feedback from my clients. When they are happy, I’m happy!”
I absolutely adore Arlin and I LOVE her facials. I wanted to get some insight about her skin care. Here are the top questions our readers have about skin care:
What would you consider to be the most important part of your skin care routine? What are the most essential skin-care procedures for those who don’t have a skin-care routine?
- “Cleanse every morning and every night. If you have oily skin, use a foam cleanser. If you have dry skin, use a creamy/milky cleanser.
- Use a moisturizer with SPF. Anything less than 50 SPF is basically useless.
- Exfoliate once a week.
- Drink lots of water. Most of my client’s problems are due to lack of water.”
What is a big “NO-NO” when it comes to skin care?
“DO NOT try to pop your pimples at home. If you do it wrong, (which most of you do) you can cause permanent scarring. Leave the pimple alone! Let it shrink on its own. I promise you it will. If you are too impatient to let it do its own thing, mix 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda with enough water to create a paste, apply it to the pimple and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This will get rid of the oils in your skin and allow it to shrink a little. Don’t have time to sit for 15 minutes? Grab an ice cube and hold it to your pimple for 3 minutes.”
So if extractions at home aren’t recommended, what should we do about stubborn whiteheads?
“Getting a facial at least once a month will decrease the amount of breakouts you get. Cleaning out those pores regularly is going to make a big difference.”
Can you really reduce large pores? Or is there no hope?
“Yes, you definitely can. But, if they have been enlarged for a long period of time, it’s not going to be easy. You have to be VERY diligent about cleansing twice a day everyday. Get a cleanser with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid breaks through the oils on your skin and allows the cleanser to penetrate deep into your pores. Cleaning out your pores will allow the pore to shrink back to its normal size. Never go to bed without taking your make-up off first. That will definitely prevent your pores from being able to breathe. There are also at home peels you can do every other week to give your pores a deep clean. Peels can be a little scary so if you don’t know what you are doing, let the professionals do it. We offer chemical and organic peels at Cru that are awesome!”
If you want to go above and beyond with skin care, what can you do at home?
Obviously getting a facial once a month is a must if you want to be on top of your skin care game. Twice a month is even better. But we (estheticians) aren’t with you every day to do the work for you at home, and there are definitely things you can do at home to get the best results for your skin. Drinking a lot of water is most important because SKIN NEEDS HYDRATION. Another way to hydrate your skin is STEAM! There are small face steamers you can purchase from a beauty store for $20-$30 or you can go the old fashion way and boil a pot of water, and put your face over it for 15 minutes, 3 times a week. Moisture will make for happy pores!
I hope her tips were helpful! I love learning more from the professionals on our team. There is a reason they get paid to do what they do. Nothing can replace the experience of a licensed professional. So, if you have any questions about your skin please, please, please make an appointment with your esthetician and get the right answers! If you don’t have an esthetician, give us a call! We would love for you to meet with one of ours!