I have learned in the past six years that there are three types of women when it comes to caring for their skin: 1- The woman that takes her makeup off with remover and splashes water over her face in the shower (this was me!), 2- The woman that uses the same soap on her face as on the rest of her body, and 3- The woman that has a drawer full of jars and tubes of every kind of cream and serum that is supposed to "fix" their self-diagnosed skin issue. The underlying problem with each of these approaches is the same:  A simple lack of knowledge.

The role of science in the development of skin care has come so far and provided so much information that we can now create products that far surpass the bar of Dove soap that our grandma's used to use. Now, I don't know about you, but I want something strong to clean all of my special places... However, I don't want to use the same soaps on my face as I do all of those other places. Mostly because I pray that my face is never dirty enough to need such harsh cleansing! 

The skin on our face has a different make up than the skin on the rest of our body. It doesn't have the job of protecting nearly as many vital organs, muscles and bones, so it does not need to be as tough or as thick and strong. It is softer, thinner and more fragile and requires a different kind of care. Science has taught us that damage to facial skin begins at the age of TEN. So, on average, that means that we have at least four years of damage to work through by the time we hit an age that we are even interested in or find ourselves in need of skin care products. It's crazy to think about!

So- What is the best way to care for your face? How can you know that the products you're using will work? How do you avoid having a drawer full of tried products and makeup that will not render you successful in your skin care endeavor?

I'm so glad you asked!

FIRST, YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR SKIN TYPE DETERMINED BY A CERTIFIED SKIN ANALYST. Now, you have two options with this one: You can find a spa or dermatologists office that has an esthetician on staff and pay anywhere from $100-$200, OR you can find a certified skin analyst like those here at My Image that will do a skin scan for a fraction of the cost. It's up to you! Either way, this step is extremely important to choosing the correct type of products. Knowing your skin type (dry, combination-normal, oily) will determine whether or not you will experience success with a skin care regimen. It is important to note here that a skin scan is NOT a medical test and does not have the ability to diagnose skin conditions.

SECOND, YOU NEED TO HAVE ANY POTENTIAL SKIN CONDITIONS DIAGNOSED BY A DERMATOLOGIST. Unbeknownst to many, your skin type and skin conditions are not the same things. Skin conditions are caused by either environmental or genetic factors: i.e. acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, etc. This is one of the greatest benefits to having a skin scan done! The certified analyst or esthetician will be able to refer you to a dermatologist if they see something concerning once you're under the UVA light scan. Knowing if you have a skin condition will help in the process of choosing the healthiest type of products for your specific skin type and condition. Whereas, taking a guess when you notice something on your skin because you googled a photo can lead to damaged skin cells, adverse reactions and additions to your skin care grave yard drawer! 

THIRD, YOU NEED TO OUTLINE AND FOLLOW A SKIN CARE REGIMEN RECOMMENDED BY A CERTIFIED SKIN ANALYST (or esthetician if you'd rather pay for that!). The best benefit to going through steps one and two (if necessary) is having your skin care routine customized for you by someone that knows the types of products that best cater to your specific skin type and condition, if you have one. And when I say routine, I mean a 3-step minimum routine including a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Treatment products are amazing, but not always a necessary fourth step to get started!

Taking the guess work out of choosing products will help ensure your skin care success! When you work with someone that knows what they're talking about and how best to help you, you will save money and stop wasting time. This process will also give you the opportunity to talk about makeup products that will work best with your skin type/condition. Believe it or not: All makeup is NOT the same and there are types of makeup that are designed to work better with one skin type than another. But that is a topic for another blog post!

Hopefully this is helpful! If you have questions, we would love to answer them! Just leave them in the comments section below or contact us. We would love to help you begin a journey to healthier, successful skin care! 

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