Can you believe we’re only a month out from 2016? Yep, time sure flies when you’re having fun – especially when you’re helping folks find their best skin.
As we look back on a year’s worth of blog posts, we’ve covered everything from hormonal acne to salicylic acid, facial masks to skincare consistency, and all things beautiful skin in between.
And while we’ll never shy away from a clinical-based, comprehensive complexion discussion, we also realize our responsibility in answering some of your most basic questions about your skin.
With that in mind, we’ve scoured our inboxes and cross-examined our friends in customer service to round up some of your most common skincare questions.
In no particular order, here are a few of those FAQs, answered:
Q: At what age should you start a “more serious” skincare regimen?
A: This is definitely a question we hear often, and it’s important to know the right answer before your skin shows signs it’s too late. In short, it’s always important to take good care of your complexion, especially if you start struggling with acne or other serious skin concerns in teenage hood. That said, for those with healthy skin, starting a professional skincare regimen in your twenties is highly advised. It’s within this decade that skin’s moisture begins to decline, so although it still appears youthful, neglect will ensure fine lines and wrinkles around 30’s corner.
Q: What’s the best way to identify your skin type?
A: While you can likely make an educated guess about whether your skin tends oily or dry, it’s important to see an esthetician for a complete skin analysis to not only identify your most basic skin type, but to gain a better understanding of your complete skin profile, inclusive of additional concerns. Estheticians offer professional expertise, which goes beyond diagnosis to assist with the products and treatments that will assist in how you deal with the skin you’ve been dealt. Since most estheticians will conduct an analysis for free, it’s really a no-brainer.
Q: How do I select products that won’t flare up my sensitive skin?
A: Dealing with a complexion that’s prone to redness, burning/stinging and dehydration is the pits, and unfortunately cases of this temperamental skin condition are on the rise. Short of seeing an esthetician who can help you devise a specific skincare plan, stick to products and treatments that are especially formulated for sensitive skin. Since sensitivity is typically a symptom of an underlying condition such as rosacea and eczema, try to avoid heat/sun, alcohol, spicy foods, cold weather, wind, certain medications and stress – all of which aggravate these uncomfortable conditions.
Q: What’s the best way to reduce the appearance of sun damage?
A: Again, it’s always best to see an esthetician who can recommend optimal sun damage treatments and products for your unique skin profile. The silver lining of sun damage? Visually speaking, some of it can be reversed. Control Corrective’s Sun Damage collection delivers active ingredients to help skin forgive past sun mistakes, reverse UV damage and see that it doesn’t happen again. So while we strongly advocate for SPF 30 every day without fail, these products can help fight past sun fails by smoothing leathery skin texture, diminishing lines and wrinkles, fading age spots and hyperpigmentation, and restoring healing moisture.
Q: Should my AM and PM skincare regimen be the same?
A: While daytime and nighttime skincare regimens can be similar – both typically incorporate cleansing, toning and moisturizing components based on skin type – you get to skip the SPF step at night, leaving room for some beneficial add-ons. Try incorporating your favorite Control mask twice a week and/or a serum. The Sulfur Calming Mask also works great as an overnight spot treatment, and Retinol C Serum helps support the cell growth process during sleep while also keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
Q: How can you tell if a skincare regimen is “working?”
A: Our society tends to cater to impatience, so it’s important to give skincare products a chance to “sink in,” so to speak. Some results you may feel right away, such as softer skin, cooling, calming relief and skin feeling exfoliated and refreshed, while long-term results, such as renewed texture, reduced redness and optimal hydration, can take longer. Confer with your esthetician if you feel your professional products aren’t pulling their weight and of course discontinue anything that causes a serious reaction, but in general, good things typically come to those who wait, and great things come to those who wait a little longer.
Q: Do I really need to wash my face in the morning?
A: If you completed a skincare regimen the night before, many ask why skin requires an additional cleansing in the morning. The dirty truth? Dead skin cells and allergens can collect on your pillowcase and be transferred to the skin, so yes, you still have to lather up in the morning.
Q: Are makeup removing wipes satisfactory for cleansing your skin at night?
A: While something is surely better than nothing, the answer is still NO! Makeup removing wipes may do just that, but they aren’t a substitute for a facial cleanser and are often laden with chemicals that should be rinsed off the face following use. Even if you’re feeling lazy, stick to a skincare regimen instead – it only takes a few more minutes and will make a monumental difference.
Q: Is it best to use a separate moisturizer and sunscreen or is a combo product OK?
A: A multitasking sunscreen-moisturizer like Control’s Botanical Soothing Cream SPF 30 is an excellent combo that doesn’t scrimp on sun protection or hydration in the name of convenience. That said, if you feel you don’t get enough moisture from a combo product, you could always add moisturizer before sunscreen application and after serum application.
We’ll continue to help answer your most complex and basic skincare questions, and we’d love your feedback on what topics you’d like to see covered here.
So, fire away…what burning skincare questions do you seek answers for?