The greatest risk of administering to your own face is that your work is visible and your skin can be damaged with improper care.
Okay, so we all do it. We go merrily along, doing this or that because, well, that’s just the way that we do it. We have those tapes that play, those beliefs we hold… but wait, have we ever stopped to check, do research, or question?
This is so important in every facet of our lives, including taking care of our skin. In fact, it’s so important that I’m going to say it again. Take a breath, pause, do a little research or just go and ask the village expert– like me. Today, with the help of the world wide web, our villages have gotten so much larger! So, I might be located in Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa, NY, but I am available worldwide!
Basically, what I’m trying to stress is this: it’s important not to assume things about our skin and proceed. The resulting problem – when this practice involves skin — is that these beliefs and habits will become visible.
Case in point: picking at your face or “working” on your face. This can produce scarring. That discoloration might not go away. Try to think of this as a mother (the healing protective skin over a wound) shielding their child (the new skin below). If she were ripped away from her child, there would be scarring. It’s the same for your skin.
Here’s another thing I see all the time: Over drying. You have breakouts, you then take away oils. The skin needs oil. You still get pimples (from within) but on the outside, your skin is parched and tight. That’s dryness! Skin needs water and skin needs oil. Plus, the skin’s natural surface, which is slightly oily, is its protection. When we strip that away, guess what? More blemishes because it is out of balance.
Here’s the opposite: Too much product and too little professional care. Everything builds up on the skin’s surface. Picture this: Your closet. Your pores are just like tiny closets on your face. First, you keep adding clothes. It gets filled. Then, you close the door and start storing things in front of the door, plus, when you take off your clothing (discarded material!) you toss it in front of the closet area. So, now, no matter how wonderful that new article is, whether that’s a dress or a new cream, it can’t get into the closet!
Professional skin care is not just a fancy, more expensive way of washing your face. Professional care, in the form of an aesthetician, in the case of skin care practices, can help you to have the best complexion you’ve ever had, to maintain your skin’s health, and therefore, beauty. Talking to me is free, same for asking a question. So, take a breath and pause before you do that thing that you do out of habit, and seek some professional advice! Healthy IS beautiful!