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Step 2: Spend wisely

If  you are going to take my advice to see an aesthetician, expect that you will leave with a few products as well.  But how will you know your making a good investment?

  • Expect to need 2 or 3 products.  No one needs 20 products in their medicine cabinet.  Learning how to use more than 2-3 products is overwhelming.  You should not feel this way!
  • The products should be either pharmaceutical or cosmeceutical grade (see definition below).
  • The product was explained to you.  The ingredients were explained to you.  Why you need it was explained to you.  (Can you tell I’m a fan of education yet?)
  • Although you might see change right away, it could take a few weeks to see the difference (skin cell turnover rate is about 3 weeks).
  • Skin care is a step program, and your products should treat the current state of your skin.

What’s wrong with your old products? 

Did you know anything you buy over the counter, whether it’s $7 at CVS or $350 at Chanel, is only FDA approved to work on the top layer of skin.  The top layer of skin is dead skin cells.  That’s why your moisturizer feels so good when you put it on, and 5 minutes later… meh

Math that Women Like:

Throw out the thousands of dollars of products that are just taking up cabinet space, and replace them with 3 or 4 that your aesthician recommends.

After about 2 weeks you can throw out another thousand dollars of make-up that doesn’t match your skin tone, gets cakey, and makes you look older.

True, a little pricey to start, but you just threw out $2,000 of products that are not doing anything for you.  It’s an investment, your face is worth it, and look how much money you’ll save on crap in the future!

Cosmeceuticals:  Definition: (noun) a hybrid word “Cosmetic” (smells pretty, feels nice) and “Pharmaceutical” (drug).  A group of skin care products that work in the dermal level of skin, where all the physiological processes take place.

Laura Kimberley

Laura is a Registered Nurse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts specializing in non-invasive and minimal invasive aesthetic and anti-aging techniques. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Laura has worked at Children's Hospital of Boston in Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiac Critical Care, holding many certifications within the field. In 2009, she left to pursue her passion for aesthetics. Laura is a Certified Advanced Cosmetic Injector by American Aesthetics Institute and a Member of the American Medical Aesthetic Professionals. She is an accomplished writer and speaker on aesthetics and anti-aging technology. Passionate about teaching, Laura spent a year as an instructor of Basic Botox and Filler courses. She works with many different organizations and volunteer groups focused on women’s health and women in business. Laura also does nonprofit work with patients suffering from lipoatrophy. Her objective is to provide multifaceted techniques to help people achieve individual beauty goals.

  • Angeles Espanol

    Thanks for helping out, superb information.

    January 8, 2012 at 5:09 am
  • Melissa C

    I was prescribed tretinoin cream for my oily congested skin. I am 40 and have ALOT of clogged pores, sebaceous hyperplasia, thinking and broken capillaries. I dont really trust my Dr as she’s always pushing products. But do u think tho is a good medicine for me – I dont want to cause more thinking and damage? Also could u please recommend a cleanser that I could use ?

    February 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm

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