Kelley has been one of my closest friends for years…she has been featured on the blog before here when I styled her for her bridal shower. Kelley is actually an intrical part of how I started my box service. Long story how it all unfolded but she is my first and favorite box client and always will be:)
She is also a talented aesthetician who co-owns a skincare company Skinfinity. She has successfully zapped away my underarm hair through laser hair removal…the gift that keeps on giving right there ladies…and is helping DC area women look and feel great about their skin…just read her testimonials here. About five years ago, when I turned 28 and started panicking about the fact that I had done nothing in regards to skincare, I asked for her advice. She turned me onto a product called Vivite and I have never looked back…only taking breaks from it while pregnant with my boys. I will be sharing my daily routine and favorite products but first I made Kelley answer some questions I was personally curious about.
Q: Is it important to use products from ONE skincare line or is it ok to mix and match with different products that work best for you?
A: I personally do not believe that in order to get results you must use all the products from the same line. Not every product in one skincare line will agree with my skin all the time. I find this to be true with my patients as well. Do you use all the same products from one makeup line? No, we have a favorite lip liner that is suited with our favorite lip stick and lets not forget about mascara – how often do we search high and low for the PERFECT mascara?! The object in skincare is to get the best and most effective result and that is what I strive for as an aesthetician. Different professionals in the industry might lead you to believe that you must use all the products from a particular line to get the results but it is simply not true! Not only is it perfectly fine to mix and match products form different lines but sometimes it is necessary if you want to achieve the best results possible.
Q: If you had to recommend one anti-aging product to a thirty-something, what would it by and why?
A: The obvious answer would be Sun Block. If you aren’t currently using it, run out and buy some…now! This is essential in the anti-aging aspect since age spots, fine lines and wrinkles are caused by the sun. I recommend UVA, UVB SPF15-50 and use it daily. The next best product for a thirty-something would be Vitamin C Serum. Vitamin C stimulates collagen, is a powerful antioxidant, brightens and fights free radicals. Free radicals are the pollutions in the air that cause damage to the skin and enhance the aging process. I use this daily and recommend it to all my patients.
Do you have questions YOU need answered? If you live in the greater Washington DC area, Kelley is YOUR girl. Skinfinity provides facial beautification from chemical peels to botox…depending on your needs and wants. So visit the Skinfinity site
to learn more or like their Facebook Page
to stay current on tips, tricks and products. Apparently I need to reach out to Kelley to get Vitamin C Serum…I am not currently using it..and if she swears by it…then so do I! Her email: Kelley@skinfinityllc.com
MY SKINCARE ROUTINE:
In the Morning:
Step 1: I wash my face in the shower by lathering “Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser” on my face and using my Clarasonic to get at the dirt and buildup.
*important to mention that I feel like my face was never really clean until I started using the Clarasonic. I am obsessed with it and use it everyday.
Step 2: I try to apply my products pretty quickly after my shower so my pores are open and soak everything in. I start with “Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum” and then apply “Vivite Hydrating Cream” and then I apply “Vivite Revitalizing Eye Cream” and lastly for some extra moisture (I have dry skin) I apply “Neurtogena Naturals Multi Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer”.
Most days, I then move on to my 5 Minute Face which contains SPF in my foundation. If I am not wearing makeup or sitting at the pool all day, I use the same SPF as the boys, Mustela’s SPF 50- yes, that is right, 50!!! I don’t mess around.
In the Evening:
Step 1: I wash my face with “Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser”.
Step 1A: Every OTHER night I use the “Vivite Exfoliating Facial Cleanser”. It can be drying at first, so you might want to use once or twice a week in the beginning and gradually build up. I love this scrub.
Step 2: I then generously apply “Vivite Night Renewal Facial Creme” which can sting a little in the beginning as your face gets used to it. Now that I have used it for quite some time, it feels like regular lotion. I finish off with another dose of “Vivite Revitalizing Eye Cream” and I am done!
I know it sounds like a lot but honestly it takes a few minutes and since starting this “process” I have noticed a difference in my skin. As far as being pricey, I truly feel my face is worth the investment. I also find that these products last for at least two to three months (longer than the inexpensive brands I have tried) so all said and done, it is not that much more. I have less breakouts, smoother skin, I am relatively wrinkle free and best of all…I know I am protecting my skin from the aging process. What is YOUR skincare routine? What are you doing to fight the aging process? Any products you can’t live without…do share!!!