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Red Door Spas' global chief creative officer, Cornelia Zicu, shares expert tips on the best means to ensure that you have a dewy, glowing complexion. Consider this your personal skin care consultation with one of the industry’s most in-demand specialists.
Everyday Health: What is the most important part of a skin care routine?
Cornelia Zicu:Your routine should remain consistent for at least three months to allow the products you use time to produce their desired results. The skin regeneration cycle lasts 28 days, and the skin needs at least three consecutive cycles to show improvement.
EH: When should you start using anti-aging skin care preventively?
CZ:You should start to use anti-aging products and treatments when you’re in your twenties. With each passing year, we lose collagen and elastin from our skin. Wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, sagging skin, age spots, and other changes occur with age and accelerate as we get older.
EH: What is the best way to address the signs of aging skin?
CZ:It’s never too late to start wearing sunscreen, as you’ll be preventing further damage no matter what your age. Using a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day is the most important thing you can do.
Try an intense facial treatment like microdermabrasion, which uses exfoliation to gently polish your skin, revive collagen growth, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and erase minor acne scarring and discoloration. Or try a collagen mask, which plumps fine lines, tightens the skin, improves skin elasticity, and restores moisture. A facial massage is great for increasing blood circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system.
EH: Can the signs of aging on the skin be reversed?
CZ:You’ll never look like you’re 18 again, but many signs of aging can be reversed. Your dermatologist or aesthetician should evaluate your skin and create a customized solution for your specific concerns. The science of skin care within the beauty industry is advancing rapidly, and there are now treatments and procedures to reverse the signs of aging. The combination of a healthy diet; supplementation with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals; a balanced lifestyle, plenty of water; great topical skin care products, and preventive treatments can be the complete formula to combat the signs of aging.
EH: What are some common myths regarding anti-aging products?
CZ:Many people think that the heavier the cream, the better the hydration. But just because a cream is heavy in consistency doesn't mean that it's formulated to hydrate your skin and keep it healthy. The list of active ingredients in the formula is the most important aspect of a product, not its consistency.
Also, many people think that cellulite is caused by fat, but in fact cellulite occurs in every body type. Studies have proved that cellulite is closely related to cellular connective tissue — when collagen and elastin lose strength, fat cells form indentations and bumps on the skin’s surface.
EH: What types of spa facials actually work, and what problems can they address?
CZ:Each kind of facial is effective in maintaining healthy-looking skin. Each is also designed to be a solution for certain skin concerns. For example, the microdermabrasion facial at Red Door Spa is a deep exfoliation treatment that increases collagen production and reduces melanin, resulting in a smooth and even skin texture. The oxygen infusion facial is an amazing treatment that is designed to plump, hydrate, and offer longevity to newer skin layers; stimulate the immune system; and reduce skin redness. Chemical peels are perfect for deep exfoliation that stimulates collagen production, minimizes the pigment melanin, and helps the skin look younger, healthier, and more radiant.
EH: How can you make the most of a spa facial?
CZ:It's best to arrive at least 30 minutes early for your treatment — to relax and enjoy the spa amenities. This will also give the therapist time to thoroughly evaluate your skin and customize the treatment for your needs.
EH: What are the most effective treatments in a spa or at home?
CZ:An oxygen treatment, is effective at allowing the skin to breathe and giving it life and radiance. Well-oxygenated skin becomes healthier skin and contributes to better overall health. It also helps the immune system, diffuses redness, and calms the complexion.
At home, whip up this recipe for a facial cleanse to help hydrate your skin. You can use this mixture for your face and body, for silky, smooth skin.
- 2 tablespoons oatmeal (to calm the skin)
- 2 tablespoons milk powder (to naturally exfoliate the skin)
- 1 teaspoon honey (an antioxidant that's a natural moisturizer)
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Mix ingredients together and add to a simple, nonfragrant body wash. The combination of milk powder and honey leaves your skin youthful and glowing.
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