When I started at Face Techniques, I had half a dozen drug-store moisturizers in my bathroom that I would slap on my face occasionally, when I started to get flaky. Washing my face consisted only of taking my makeup off with one of those disposable makeup remover cloths. When Amanda, our medical esthetician, asked me what I was using on my face, I stared at her for a minute, gauging just how fast she might be able to run at me on those little legs. “Erliffelay”, I muttered.
“WHAT DID YOU SAY?” she yelled. “Did I just hear the words OIL OF OLAY come out of your mouth?” (She doesn’t yell at clients, by the way. Just me.)
That was the start of my reformation. I soon learned the difference between pharmaceutical-grade products, which can only be sold under a medical license, (because, you guys, they have active ingredients that ACTUALLY WORK) and everything else you can buy over-the-counter, whether it’s Macy’s or Walmart. The first ingredient in all of those products, my friends, is always water. You’re paying for watered-down, less effective products. As I started to use better products, my skin started to change. It was hydrated, glowing and smooth. I started to get compliments. I threw away my Oil of Olay and all of the other half-bottles in my bathroom.
One of the next things I learned was that I couldn’t use the same products during the summer that I was using in the winter because my skin had different needs. When I let Amanda take a look at my skin, she could tell me what I needed to be using at that particular time and season, to feed my skin what it needed to look the best and be the healthiest.
Just like your diet changes from what you eat at 6 years old, (mac and cheese by the buckets) 20 years old, (Chinese food and pizza by the truckload) when you’re pregnant, (mashed potatoes and ice cream, but not mixed together, gross) when you’re sick, (soup and crackers) when you’re PMS-ing, (LITERALLY EVERYTHING ON THE PLANET EARTH, GET IN MY BELLY) or when you’re 45, (kale) you can’t buy a few skincare products and stick with those same products forever. Our bodies are constantly changing and we need to keep up with those changes to give it what it needs to function and look its best.
Here’s to having our best skin at any age!