This post is LONG overdue. It’s actually an interview I had been wanting to share with you for quite some time now. The interview was conducted with my aesthetician this past summer when I started seeing a dermatologist more regularly. Amy Jo Parker, Aesthetician shares her personal tips for skin health and radiance.
Read until the end. You’ll find some very worthwhile information:
- What are your top 3 tips for healthy skin?
The most important steps to skin health is to cleanse your skin morning and night. Exfoliate 1-2x a week and make sure you use a moisturizer containing SPF30 daily, without exceptions.
- What’s your take on the various types of skin care products on the market (pharmaceutical, all natural, OTC)?
I believe that there’s a time to use prescription based products. Prescription skin care products should be used for specific concerns for correcting skin problems. They should be used in moderation – not forever. I also believe in using paraben free natural skin care products as much as possible for your day to day needs.
- What are your recommendations for developing a skin care regimen for someone who doesn’t have a clue?
As I mentioned, a skin care regimen should consist of a cleanser twice a day, and using a moisturizer with some form of protection from the sun. Exfoliation should be done weekly for dullness. If a person does not have a clue how to choose the right products or how to use them then I recommend getting a skin care evaluation from an aesthetician like myself.
- In your experience, do you find that women of color get blackheads more often than Caucasian women?
Not really. Blackheads are common in all races. It’s based on if a person has oily skin. When the skin is really oily, the pores are subject to getting blocked up and blackheads then form.
- What are your tips for improving skin elasticity?
Prevention is the best cure. As you age, your skin naturally loses its elasticity. Overexposure to the sun accelerates that process. It depletes and breaks down collagen in the skin. When the collagen is broken down, skin elasticity is lost. It’s best to protect your skin as long as possible from loss of elasticity by using sunscreen daily.
If you’re in the New York area, you can schedule an aesthetician appointment with Amy Jo here.