My New Skin Care Regimen
I turn 50 next year – eek! – and have been noticing more redness, periodic breakouts, stubborn brown spots, and the overall discoloration of my aging skin and I’d like to do something about these issues, preferably before the big 5-0!.
So when my friend Karen Borgfeldt, clinical esthetician and owner of Hello Beautiful Skin in Santa Rosa, asked me to review her Face Fitness program earlier this fall, I was eager to try it. This six-week program includes skin peels, graduating in strength, and concludes with a deep pore-cleaning facial.
I took photos before my first session in mid-September, then a brand new photo today. Pardon my stone-faced expression. I find non-smiling photos show my skin best.
My redness and irritation has subsided since September. My skin looks and feels smoother too with fewer red spots. And my dark circles look lighter even though I only had 4 hours of sleep last night! I also don’t feel like i need to pile on the foundation in order to make my skin look even.
Benefits of Peels:
During the course of this program, I was able to move quickly from a light peel to a much stronger peel in six weeks. That’s why Karen calls this Face Fitness. This method gradually increases the strength of the peels and sort of toughens up your skin along the way. It allowed my skin to reap the benefits of the peel without leaving me burned, red and peeling. And the skin care products I use, like the Vitamin C serum Karen gave me, work better and more efficiently because the dead skin has been sloughed away.
Another benefit to peels is that they can be layered. Karen can choose to use a gentle peel on a delicate area, then spot treat with a stronger peel elsewhere.
Since I started Face Fitness, my skin has had fewer breakouts, is more evenly toned and less red. And it has a bit of a glow to it, thanks to the exfoliation. It feels softer and I don’t find myself piling on layers of foundation to achieve the appearance of even skin tone.
For those of you who don’t live in or near Sonoma County and can’t see Karen yourself, she has generously offered to share some of her skin care advice with us.
Karen’s Skin Care Advice
Assess Your Products:
Karen asked me to gather up my skin care products and bring them to her. I had more than I thought! I was using all the products you see on the left and occasionally the ones on the right. Seeing all my products together like that made me realize that my skin care routine made no sense. I had no plan, no consistency and my skin was confused and irritated. Karen gave me a simple, straightforward daily skin care regimen with fewer products. But before she did, she wanted to examine my skin.
Seek out a Professional:
With my redness, uneven tone and little bumps, Karen suggested a customized Face Fitness Program that would calm my skin and decrease the redness. Skinworx is the skin care line Karen recommended for me. It’s a professional line, only available through licensed estheticians.
Karen numbered my containers so I would be sure to know the order they needed to go on. My daytime regimen starts with a gentle face wash and a Soothing Toner. Next I apply a calming serum followed by Brightening Crème Illuminating moisturizer. And for the final layer, a lightly tinted Daily Replenishing sunscreen with SPF 30. My evening routine is similar except I skip the sunscreen.
Start Simple and Add Products:
Karen wanted to get me used to my new routine for awhile. So rather than inundate me and with a multitude of products we began with the basics, then added the Vitamin C and Vitamin K serums for dark circles later on. She also gave me a spot treatment, seen here in the middle, to treat new breakouts.
Don’t Rush to Rinse:
For a long time I couldn’t get my face clean enough, as though I had a film on my skin. Karen asked me how long I left my cleanser on. I don’t, really. I just rub it on real quick, then rinse. Karen told me to leave the soap on longer – lather it up and brush my teeth or something for a couple of minutes while it sits on my skin. This moistens and loosens up dead skin cells and makeup, leaving my skin fresh and clean.
Use a Konjac Sponge:
If you want to exfoliate your skin but you don’t want to use harsh scrubs try a konjac sponge. They are gentle enough to use daily and a great natural way to exfoliate your skin. Just wet the sponge, then when it has softened, use it to slough away dry, dead skin cells. Hang to dry between uses.
Remove Layers of Makeup a Different Way:
My favorite tip from Karen is for makeup removal. She gave me a microfiber washcloth I wet and use to wipe off makeup before I wash my face. It makes getting my skin clean so much easier. Simply wash the cloth after use with soap, then rinse and hang dry.
The New Plan
Once my six week Face Fitness Program concluded, I decided to sign up for a membership with Hello Beautiful Skin; sort of a maintenance plan for my skin that will take me into my 50s.
I have already scheduled peels every four weeks for an entire year. Every several months, Karen will add in a pore-cleaning facial. This means I will have a consistent, affordable and easy to follow skin care program as I head toward 50!
Contact Karen at (707) 539-7546 or visit her website for more information.
Karen not only caters to those of us with aging skin but she offers programs for teens too. In fact she helped some of my friends’ teenaged children overcome acne issues with great results.
Have you ever had a peel?
Do you have a consistent skin care regimen?
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: I had the Face Fitness Program from Hello Beautiful Skin in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.