In times of War or during the Depression there are only a few industries that thrived throughout history. Surprisingly, the beauty industry was one of them. In times of trouble, uncertainty or bouts of poverty, people could be found investing a small amount in something to make themselves feel better. Sure we can’t always buy a new house, a new car or vacation, but doing something to feel better about yourself, and in turn, actually help your skin in the process is an excellent alternative to sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves or just plain bored while the nation, the world, works it’s way through these terrible times. And the bonus is that you can look after yourself in the privacy of your own home. No social distancing worries here!!
Let’s start with a home mini facial, something that is mild enough to be done weekly, but really gets that skin hydrated and balanced. Choose a well-balanced cleanser to start. I suggest ZO Gentle Cleanser, SkinMedica Facial Cleanser or SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser, as they work for all skin types and all ages. Don’t forget to remove the cleanser with a clean baby washcloth for best results.
What I like to do next is apply a small amount of ZO Exfoliating polish, which doesn’t need to be manipulated on the skin, so isn’t annoying or abrasive. Then, I either steam my face with a facial steamer or hop in the shower backwards and allow the steam to work the polish into my skin. Also, the steam feels awesome and clears the sinuses. Bonus!!! After removing the polish, again with a baby washcloth, there are some options as to the next steps.
To keep it simple, I like to access my skin to see what it needs. I like to take a mask, such as ZO Sulphur Masque (my personal favourite) or the Hydrating B5 Masque from Skinceuticals and then I mix them with products that will customize the mask for what I truly need. For example: the sulphur mask with 1 pump soothing cleanser and a few drops of either Phyto Corrective Gel or H.A. Intensifier, mixed well, alters the mask from simply a detoxifying mask to a purifying mask that hydrates and calms the skin. I leave it on for about 20 minutes before removing and my skin is instantly revived.
To finish, I will use a serum that works with what I am feeling my skin needs that day and moisturizer. If I am applying the mask at night, I will use products to repair my skin and if I am applying the mask during the day, I will use products to protect my skin.
It is amazing how something so simple can really make you feel better. You will, in fact, be working towards a better quality skin. But, sometimes the mental state that is improved from these half hour facials is just as important in times like this.
While our clinic is closed right now for treatments, our online store is still going strong. You will find most of our products available for delivery right to your home. However, since you won’t find ZO at our online store, please call the clinic as we have a small crew there that will be able to fill your order for you.
I can’t wait to get back and see my patients and get to work making you all look and feel your very best again. But meanwhile, look after yourself, your skin, and your health.
~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre