Getting Serious about Skincare

So after the overwhelmingly positive response I received last week's on my post featuring my makeup essentials, I wanted to make sure I hit more of the topics I have been getting questions from readers on! Numerous questions have been asked regarding my own skincare routine, as well as my recommendations on products.

I am absolutely happy to share any and all of the products I have on heavy rotation, but the truth is - I know very little about skincare. Nearly everything I am using, or every routine I am following, was instructed to me by my brilliant and incredibly talented friends working in the makeup and skincare field!

So I thought we would try something different here on Touch of Curl - I am enlisting my best friend Nichelle Welch, a professionally trained and licensed Esthetician working in Manhattan, (the land of expensive facials and skincare) to discuss her beauty regimen and secrets!

Nichelle was trained at the Aveda Institute in Soho, NYC and has been working as an Esthetician in NY since graduating in 2013. She is now a Skincare Training Expert for Bluemercury Salons, working throughout all of their New York locations to train other Estheticians on their philosophy and practices. 

As described by Nichelle "My favorite part is helping people reach their skincare goals. Through educating them about what their options are, and helping them find a regimen that works with their skin type. I want to empower women and men to look and feel their best"

"I want to teach everyone the importance of the different aspects of a skincare routine. Cleanse, exfoliate, repair, moisture and protect. What works for me and my skin may vary from what will work best for you, but here is a basis for beginning"

SO let's do this! I asked Nichelle to go through her daily skincare regime for us, as well as some advice she has for product selection. So here it is -

"My skin type is normal, little dry in the winter and slightly oily in the summer. I use an Darphin Cleansing Milk twice daily, Dermalogica rice powder exfoliant and Clarisonic every other night. I love my Clarisonic, but exfoliating every night is hard on your delicate skin. I then use Darphin Ideal Complex (anti-aging) serum twice daily, Skin Ceuticals b5/hylauranic acid (hydrating) gel twice daily, La Mer light moisturizing creme twice daily and apply Nars tinted SPF 25 every morning.

It may seem like a lot but I promise you this only takes 2-4 minutes. Keep your products organized and you can also zip through this quickly in the mornings and at night! Additionally I like using a  M-61 benzoyl spot treatment when I have a blemish and an M-61 Vitamin C brightening mask once a week. Most of these products can be found at any Bluemercury spa or online through their website.

A few tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Firstly Amazon - It's a fantastic website but their skincare products can be outdated/expired and not genuine. Secondly, drug store brands. It is tempting with low price points, bright packaging and convenience but they are not necessarily beneficial. They tend to be loaded with additional chemicals, parabens, plastic exfoliating beads and a high alcohol content.

An example: Propylene glycol is the #1 ingredient in anti-freeze. In skincare it is used to form a seal over the skin preventing water to escape. However, It doesn't add any moisture to your skin. As you use it more and more the lower layers in the skin gradually dry out. Your skin appears dull, exacerbating the look of any fine lines or wrinkles.

I also recommend monthly maintenance consisting of facials, gentle chemical peels, microdermabrasion or non-invasive laser treatments. Whatever suits your skin! Ask your friends for referrals, Yelp reviews or Groupon deals to explore spas until you find one that you love.

It's Colleen again! - I'm so grateful to have such talented friends to keep my skin in check. I will be the first to admit that my skincare route is much more basic, involving fewer products. But I am working to build up my arsenal of product favorites that work for my skin! Don't forgot to always mention in the comments, or email me when you have questions or post suggestions, I love hearing form all of you! 

Thank you Nichelle, and thank you everyone for reading!