Face Forward

Skincare expert Bella Schneider, founder of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons and Bella Schneider Beauty (BSB), offers advice on how to read your reflection.

Your skin says a lot about you. If you’re not liking how it looks in the mirror, there could be some underlying issues that need to be addressed. Whether you’re suffering from over-dryness, breakouts, discoloration, or sagging skin, my guide below will give you the tools you need to reset your beauty regime for the new year, allowing you to face anything 2020 has in store.


DRY SKIN

When you’re dealing with dry skin, especially from winter’s harsh temperatures, it can feel as though no amount of moisturizer can help. To combat dry skin, seek out products with ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Honey, Aloe, and Glycerin. The goal is to hold all moisture in your skin. Be wary of cleansers containing fragrance, colors, or chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which can all further dry out and irritate the skin.


BREAKOUTS

Acne is frustrating and, depending on how sensitive and prone to breakouts your skin is, there are a multitude of skincare and cosmetic product ingredients that can cause you to break out even more. Make sure you’re not using any products with the following: Synthetic Perfumes, Essential Oils, mineral oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Dimethicone, Parabens, or Algae Extract. You want to help prevent these breakouts through the use of water-based anti-acne treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide, beta-hydroxy acids, and salicylic acid.


OILY SKIN

Looking shiny? This most likely means your skin is dealing with an extra amount of sebum. You want to avoid products that will clog up your pores and add a layer of heaviness. A water-based pore minimizing solution with ingredients such as glycerin is ideal. You’ll also want to look to clay masks, which are known for their oil-absorbing elements, as well as soothing toners containing witch hazel, honeysuckle, and licorice.


DISCOLORATION

When combating hyperpigmentation, a.k.a. discoloration, you need four things: Vitamin C, acids, retinol, and SPF. Vitamin C reduces the effect of melanin in the skin without interfering with your natural skin tone. Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, Azelaic, and Phytic Acids all help to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Retinol speeds up cell turnover and interferes with pigment production. A broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher helps shield your skin from the sun’s spot-causing rays.


IRRITATION

Skin irritation can be the result of a number of factors, including having sensitive skin or an allergy. To fight back any irritation or redness, look for skin-soothing and calming ingredients in your products like Calendula, Chamomile, Colloidal Oats, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Aloe Vera, and Niacinamide. Stay away from astringents, alcohol-based toners, and retinols. Also, make sure not to over exfoliate.


FINE LINES/WRINKLES

The key to fighting off any fine lines or wrinkles is to never smile… just kidding. In all seriousness, if you’re hoping to find a real solution, the secret is to seek out a treatment that will reduce the appearance of these lines, while also being non-invasive. The Fraxel Dual treatment is a microscopic laser treatment that can be done at a med spa. Fraxel Dual stimulates your body’s natural healing process so that it replaces the old damaged cells with fresh, glowing skin. In addition to fine lines and wrinkles, this treatment penetrates deep into the skin to fight against unwanted brown spots and acne scars.


SAGGING SKIN

As the years go on, you might find yourself seeing your skin begin to lose the gravity war. Ingredients such as collagen and peptides are often a great way to fight back. But there are also med spa solutions, such as the Alma Accent XL for Skin Tightening, that can help with sagging skin. The Alma Accent XL not only tightens your skin, it also achieves body contouring. This in-office treatment heats up the tissue and stimulates collagen and elastin production in order to treat everything from cellulite to loose skin. It improves skin’s texture and the appearance of fine lines with long-lasting results.

Now that you’re armed with the right knowledge to treat your skin issues, make 2020 the year of you!

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