Q: There are so many new skincare products and treatments available now. Do I need to ditch what I’ve been doing all my life for newer, better options?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
It’s time we get back to the basics! With tighten this and brighten that, lift here and smooth there, we can get lost in what we really need to do for our skin. Everywhere we look there are new products screaming out at us that they will fix all of our skin issues. The truth is, there are actually some classic products and tricks that can keep your skin looking gorgeous at every stage of life.
Let’s start with the basics of skin care. Did you know that sun damage is the biggest contributor to wrinkles, lines, hyperpigmentation and the overall aging of our skin? Because sun damage is so detrimental, it’s imperative to protect skin daily. Start by using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. My go-to product is MyChelle Daily Defense SPF 17.
This multi-purpose product covers two important steps in your regimen: protecting and moisturizing. It combines zinc oxide for UV protection with astaxanthin (from Hawaiian microalgae) to reduce the appearance of fine lines, along with beta-glucan to help skin retain moisture. This sunscreen is also great because it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals such as octinoxate, octisalate or oxybenzone for SPF protection. Remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
Now that you’re pledging to protect your skin daily, let’s discuss another classic treatment—exfoliation! There is a litany of reasons to exfoliate but here are just a few: exfoliation increases cellular turnover, detoxifies the skin, brightens the complexion, reduces fine lines, prevents breakouts and improves the overall health of the skin. Are you sold on the benefits yet? Good!
I like to switch up the exfoliating treatments of my clients depending on their skin needs. If you’re experiencing dryness, dullness or rough skin then you should consider using a physical exfoliant like a scrub to slough off the dead skin cells and increase cellular turnover. I recommend using MyChelle Tropical Skin Smoother because it’s packed with dual exfoliates—coconut pulp and lactic acid—to remove dirt and debris from the skin while purging out toxins. Additionally rich coconut oil moisturizes and repairs skin, leaving you with a silky, smooth complexion!
For oily/blemish prone, combination, aging or sun damaged skin, consider using a peel for your weekly treatment. MyChelle offers an array of peels to choose from depending on your skincare goals. The Incredible Pumpkin Peel is awesome for normal/combination and oily/blemish-prone skin types. The pumpkin enzymes exfoliate and increase cellular turnover while also repairing damage within the skin.
The MyChelle Apple Brightening Peel is designed to brighten the tone of the skin while minimizing hyperpigmentation and improving overall texture. This product is perfect for all skin types and anyone concerned about hyperpigmentation or discoloration within the skin.
Additionally MyChelle offers the Fruit Fiesta Peel for anyone driven to improve fine lines and wrinkles! The Fruit Fiesta peel is a wonderful peel with a 7% lactic acid concentration to gently exfoliate the skin without stripping away moisture or causing irritation. Fine lines and wrinkles be gone!
Another classic skin care treatment is vitamin C. Skin is not capable of manufacturing vitamin C; therefore, we get what we need from foods we eat, supplements we take and topical products we use. What we actually ingest ends up being processed in other ways and rarely does our skin see the benefits. Therefore using a topical vitamin C such as MyChelle Perfect C Serum is crucial to having great skin. The Perfect C Serum is like a multi-vitamin for the skin because it helps to support and strengthen weakened capillaries, improve skin discoloration, increase collagen support and even prevent breakouts. Because it does so many wonderful things for the skin, you should definitely consider The Perfect C Serum the ultimate classic skin care treatment with proven results.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.