Ask Tanya- Common Skincare Questions Answered!

As an esthetician, I am frequently asked skincare questions. I thought I would compile a list of some of the most common and my thoughts on the topics. But keep in mind, a personal consultation for your very individual skincare needs is always recommended and available!

I have oily skin. What type of cleanser and moisturizer should I be using? Should I be using moisturizer at all?

I recommend using a gel cleanser made for oily/problematic skin types. Most of these cleansers either have exfoliating beads or acids to help with exfoliation. Two of my favorites are Simply Clean or Clarifying Cleanser by SkinCeuticals. Yes! You need a moisturizer. But not just any moisturizer. The reason being when oily skin gets dehydrated (yes that can happen) it produces more oil and then it’s a never ending oily battle. Again, you need one made for oilier skin types. Make sure it is oil free. Phyto Corrective Gel is a perfect hydrator for oily skin. Not only is it an oil free moisturizer, it has redness reducing and anti-bacterial properties.

What is the minimum SPF I should be wearing on a daily basis?

If you are mostly inside all day and not exposed to too much direct sunlight, I say SPF 15 to 20 is sufficient. But whatever you do, DO NOT LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH OUT IT! Many makeups and skincare products include SPF. Be sure to pay attention to whether or not your products do this double duty. If not, there are a lot of great daily SPF’s on the market and we have some good choices at BodyBrite we can help you with.

Should I have a different skincare routine at night vs. in the morning?

It really just depends on what you are using. For example, if you are using a Vitamin C serum that should be used in the morning and retinols should only be used at night. You should cleanse both morning and night along with a moisturizer (don’t forget that SPF in the morning).

How often should I exfoliate?

There are so many options for at home exfoliation. If you are using a scrub usually once a week is recommended. There are also acids such a salicylic that can be used daily.

Is using regular bar soap on my skin harmful?

Generally speaking yes. Unless it is a facial bar soap such as Purpose or Cetaphil DO NOT USE IT ON YOUR FACE. The reason is that regular bar soaps usually have a higher pH than your skin and can cause break outs and dry the delicate facial skin.

As an esthetician, what is your skincare routine?

The perfect skincare routine includes effective at home products and professional treatments. Currently I am using mostly SkinCeuticals products. In the morning I cleanse with Simply Clean Cleanser, Eye Balm, Phoretin CF (Vitamin C antioxidant combo) and moisturize with Phyto Corrective Gel. I get my sunscreen protection for my Jane Iredale Make up. At night after cleansing I apply the Eye Balm, Retinol 0.5, Advanced Pigment Corrector (for sun damage dark spots) and finish with DermaOxy Night Cream. I also try to get a professional facial about once a month.