By Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee
With the new year in full swing there is no better time than now to focus on yourself.
One of the things that often goes overlooked is taking care of our skin in our day to day lives. A face mask every two weeks simply isn’t going to cut it if you want your skin looking perfect. Thankfully we have spoken to our three expert beauty therapists in store to help find out their best tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing for 2020.
The first thing our beauty therapists stress is to use a good brand of skincare that is actually going to do what it says it will.
It will be worth using a slightly more expensive skincare range and getting results than buying budget items, which will just clog your pores and make your skin worse. In the salon, we only use Pure Fiji products and that is what we recommend to our clients. Of course, what products we would recommended depend on client to client, as everyone’s skin needs are different.
Our head beauty technician Pam talks to all her facial clients about setting up a good skincare routine using these products.
“It’s all about having a good routine for yourself at home,” Pam says, “when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night, set aside 5-10 minutes of your day to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin. You will be thanking yourself that you did and will begin seeing great results.”
Our beauty therapist Ashmi swears by the Pure Fiji Dilo oil. She says that “Dilo oil is a great option to maintain healthy skin. It works as a moisturiser, gives you a nice glow, calms down skin with spots, inflammation, rashes and reduces fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. You can mix with a moisturiser as well if your skin is dry or use it by itself. It’s really up to your skin’s personal needs.”
A common pattern found when talking to all the beauticians is that they strongly recommend using a facial scrub 2-3 times a week, but never any more. This is important as you want to rid you skin of any excess oils and dirt build-up, but not to strip your skin of its essential nutrients to keep it looking healthy and glowing.
As our beauticians recommend products for you to use to boost the appearance and health of your skin, they also have suggested things to do in your day to day life to encourage healthier skin as well.
Products can only do so much if a person isn’t following a healthy and clean lifestyle. Ashmi says that she personally finds staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day is her key to nourished skin. Pam recommends following as healthy a diet as possible by minimising your processed food and excess consumption of fatty and sugary foods. Of course, a treat every so often won’t hurt, but too much and your skin begins to flare up. Giving your body plenty of sleep is also great for your skin. In 8-10 hours, your skin can effectively reproduce skin cells and use the nutrients from your food as fuel for this. Ankita says that for other people the problem is being in a stressful environment. By reducing your stress load your body is at ease and has been scientifically proven to stop you from breaking out more.
It is especially important in countries such as New Zealand that you are using correct skincare items such as sunscreen.
Due to having a poor ozone layer here, it increases the chance of sunburn and therefore the risks of developing skin cancer, fine lines and dried out skin. Also, if you are someone who uses makeup regularly, it is very important to use primer on top of your moisturiser, so your foundation doesn’t clog your pores. Make sure you are using a trustworthy brand of makeup with minimal nasty ingredients in it that could unravel the improvements you have seen from your skincare routine.
The final piece of feedback we had from our girls in-store is to come in once a month for a professional salon facial if you can. This is important as in the salon our beauty therapists have been trained with techniques and tools that the average person would not use at home, and therefore may be lacking in some areas. Pam recommends starting as you hit puberty and find yourself developing acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Instead of buying supermarket products, invest in a professional salon facial that will give you the results you want. In order to figure out what products would be the best for you skin, it’s often you need an expert’s advice and skin analysis to figure that out for you.
Pam has noticed in her time in both India and New Zealand that “Indian girls often get facials done from a young age, continuing to get them as they get older and end up with very nice skin even past retirement. We see plenty of women in our beauty salon getting their first facials around their 40s, 50s and 60s. While there’s still benefit for them, it is not nearly as much as it would be if they had started off younger.”
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