The world of skincare can be daunting. With so many different products on the market, you may be confused as to what your skin actually needs and what key ingredients you should be looking for, especially when both factors are constantly changing. Fear not—Dylan Mustapich, Lead Esthie at Face Haus NYC has five tips for bettering the look and feel of your skin this year.
Take Care Of The Neck/Chest/Backs of the Hands. "So many people focus all of their attention on the face, while neglecting the overexposed skin on the neck and chest. You do not need an additional neck or chest crème, just extend your entire routine to cover all three of these areas! Another tip: when you have a tiny bit of product left over, rub it on the backs of your hands. No one wants a plump and youthful face with sun damaged skeleton hands."
Look For The New Antioxidant: Plant Stem Cells. “‘Stem cells may conjure up images of humans in test tubes and promises of eternal youth, but far less controversial plant stem cells are steadily finding their way into skincare products (Hylunia Facial Day Lotion). While not the literal fountain of youth, these plant stem cells offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for skin. If you would like to incorporate stem cells into your routine, just look for “cell culture extracts” on the product label.”
Use Retinol Alternatives. “If you have tried a retinol in the past and found that it was too drying and irritating on the skin, look into some of the newer plant-based retinol alternatives (Eminence Bamboo Firming Fluid) that are being introduced. These use plant-derived ingredients such as bakuchiol to help speed up cell turnover. As we age, our rate of cell turnover decreases, so this is a way to bring it more in line with what it was in our youth.”
Treat Acne with Silver. “Silver was used in ancient times for its antibacterial properties, but fell out of favor in modern times due to the rise of antibiotics and other drugs, as well as chemical-based cleaning agents. It is now being revisited for its use in treating skin conditions such as Acne, burns and wound healing. It can achieve this without using powerful topical drugs that often lead to dry flakey skin. The Have a Blast Boost uses an oxygen concentrator to infuse a colloidal silver toner (Hylunia Colloidal Silver Mist) into the skin. This is especially helpful after extractions, helping to eliminate any bacteria left over.”
Soothe Irritated Skin With Beta Glucan. “Beta glucans are an ingredient you will absolutely be hearing more about in 2020! Normally derived from plants, particularly oats, they are excellent at soothing irritated/sensitive skin due to their ability to increase macrophage activity. These are cells that seek out and destroy pathogens, making it especially useful in wound healing! This is a great ingredient for both those with sensitive skin and rosacea, as well as for use post peel or other deep exfoliation. It has even been known to heal sunburns and reduce their irritating symptoms. (Hylunia Hyaluronic Overnight Crème Mask)."