This is staggering information, but up until very recently I had NEVER had a facial before. *GASP* I know. I've done massages, but that's about it. Amy, from Ecoblend Therapies, emailed me and asked if I'd like to come in and I jumped at the opportunity. If you're looking for the best facial in Dallas, Amy is your girl. She doesn't JUST give you the facial, but provides an education on how to really care for your skin and skin type.
I personally did the organic enzyme peel, but before we did ANYTHING, Amy asked me several questions to get to know my skincare routine a bit better.
Spoiler: my skincare routine is pretty simple. Wash in the morning and at night, sometimes slather some lotion on there and call it a day.
I'd just never been educated on how I should treat my dry skin. Amy changed all that. After our consultation, we did the treatment. The lights dimmed and soft earthy tunes filled the room. I closed my eyes and drifted away, enjoying the treatment which felt incredibly soothing and gentle. There was also a head, arm and neck massage which was delightful.
At the end my skin had literally never felt so soft. It was moisturized and completely glowing. A far cry from the dry skin I walked in with!
Amy was without a doubt the most knowledgable person I've ever talked to about skincare. With that said, I asked her if she'd be willing to do a Q&A for y'all, and she said she'd be happy to! So without any more delay, let's dive in!
What is #1 most important in terms of skin care season to season. What should we know about for our skin in the summer that we wouldn’t do in the winter?
Obviously the elements are different from season to season, so adjusting your regular skin care routine should reflect that. SPF needs to be a staple all year long, but moisture levels and oil production can certainly shift, as can the thickening of dead skin cell layers. A key trick to summer skin is consistent light exfoliation in addition to protection. Often when you've been on vacation and had additional sun exposure, that surface dead skin cell layer has built up and even thickened. People typically notice breakouts about 4-6 weeks after they return. That thickened layer can trap accelerated oil production, debris, makeup and dead skin cells in the pores resulting in breakouts, not to mention making it even more difficult for live skin cell layers to get the moisture and nutrient replenishment they need. This leads to dehydration and lack luster in the skin, and perpetuates excess oil production. The best bet is to get a facial upon your return to deep cleanse, exfoliate and re-boot, then continue to do at-home enzyme treatments or a gentle scrub at least once a week. Follow with plenty of vitamin C and healthy hydration, both internally and topically!
For winter, it's all about the barrier protection! Your skin secretes natural oils and sweat to create what we call the acid mantle on the surface of the skin. It's key to keeping out undesirable bacteria, helping you maintain healthy moisture levels and protecting you from environmental factors like UV and blue light, weather, free radicals like pollution, chemicals and even those dirty ingredients found in most personal care products. Adding a couple of drops of oil on top of your moisturizer boosts that barrier function while giving you extra powerful antioxidants to calm the skin and battle free radicals.
If we could only use one product for our skin, which is most important?
I would have to say that an excellent oil like Argan, olive oil or Rosehip would be a great pick if you could only pick one thing. You can use it for an oil cleanse, it helps to keep some healthy acidity to the skin while delivering free-radical fighting antioxidants, and helps to balance and maintain key moisture and hydration. Plus, Argan, Olive and Rosehip are all great for any skin type...even acne-prone skin. They help to balance oil secretion, soothe inflammation and swelling and help with damaged skin and pigmentation.
What happens during a typical appointment?
An in-depth consultation and skin analysis is key because it gives me insight into your goals for the treatment as well as how your lifestyle, diet and current regimen may be impacting any issue showing on your skin. From there, I use the information to create the treatment specifically for you. You literally hear me mixing the treatments while you relax! Custom-blended, I'm using targeted and active fruit enzymes, sea vegetables, plant lipids and extracts, concentrated antioxidants, and key vitamins and minerals to topically activate, balance and boost your skin's optimal function and regeneration without harsh procedure, added inflammation and down time. I incorporate a lot of massage whether it is detoxifying, stimulating and lifting to the muscles of the face, or deeper muscle manipulation to encourage tension release, healthy blood flow and relaxation. I also like to incorporate powerful flower infusions to help balance and support the healthy flow of energy and stress release in the body via the acupuncture meridians. It all effects the skin, so effective skin care must address the whole body. Plus, my entire approach is free of toxic chemicals so you can feel comfortable that you are getting real results without harming your body or the planet.
What would you like to see more of in the skincare industry?
We are inundated everyday with messages in media and marketing saying that we are not good enough, which seems to perpetuate the trend of "quick fix" treatments and products that end up doing more harm than good to the skin and body over time. Your skin has great ability for real change and recovery but it can't do that unless we are feeding it the nutrients it needs to optimize its own cellular function and regeneration. It's an organ, just like your heart, liver, kidneys, etc., so vitamins and minerals and key nutrients are just as crucial topically. At the same time, your skin is your greatest ally, signaling you to imbalance in the body. Quick fix treatment solutions will not create real long-term appearance of healthy skin until you address what is breaking down in the first place. My practice is about helping you reconnect with your body and understand the signals your skin is sending you for healthy change and then a custom-blended treatment is created to get your skin on the right track toward your goals.
What is the most common mistake you see people make when it comes to their skin?
Inappropriate cleansers and over-aggressive exfoliation. Using a sulphate-free cleanser that is non-stripping is key. HINT...if your skin feels tight and shiny after cleansing, it's stripping your skin of it's necessary protecting layer. When that happens, your skin panics and begins to overcompensate with things like over-production of oil to try and re-establish moisture and balance. Many facial cleansers, even some natural cleansers, can be as stripping as household cleaning agents! For best support, be sure to use a facial cleanser that is pH balanced to support the natural acidity of the skin.
For exfoliation, stick to gentle particles like jojoba esters or ground powders. Also, you never need anything more than light finger tips when cleansing or exfoliating the skin. Brushes, sponges, and wash clothes tend to overstimulate and create micro-tearing in the skin, even leading to broken capillaries. Try not to be so heavy-handed and definitely do not use abrasive scrubs on acne or broken skin. No matter how hard you scrub, you cannot get a blackhead or blemish out of the skin that way...it only makes it worse by spreading bacteria and creating further inflammation, trust me!
How often should your clients see you for treatments?
I generally recommend treatments every 4-5 weeks but people can come as often as every 2.
What is your most popular treatment? Can you tell us about that?
The Deluxe Rejuvenation Treatment is my most popular. It not only incorporates the deeply cleansing, exfoliating and rejuvenating actions of an organic enzyme peel, it also blends in a powerful Lift Mask to boost and smooth skin texture, layers of nutrient-dense serums, and a moisture-binding antioxidant mask. To top it off, it features my detoxifying and lifting facial massage, in addition to neck and shoulder tension release. It's a 2-hour treatment that gives a serious result!
Do we need different products for daytime and nighttime? Can you tell us a little about the difference in the products we need based on time of day?
Your skin has a very specific mission when you're sleeping...that is to regenerate. It's exhausting business that can leave the skin depleted if you don't feed it well. I really love enzymatic serums with natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA's) and naturally derived vitamin A to help support the cellular turn-over and repair going on overnight. A cool thing most don't realize about AHA's is that in addition to being great exfoliators, they also tend to be humectants, which means they pull moisture from the air into the skin. This helps with your hydration, which is also key when you sleep.
For day, it's all about protection but that isn't just implying sunscreen. We need a boost to a balanced moisture barrier, which begins with serum-based moisturizers and oils that bring our skin to a more acidic 4.5 to 6 pH and feed fortifying lipids (essential fatty acids) into the skin. Healthy antioxidant ingredients like Vitamins C and E help to ward off daily, constant free-radical exposure, and help to brighten the skin. Probiotic ingredients help calm inflammation and balance healthy microorganisms that work to fight off undesirable bacterias. Lastly, a solid mineral SPF for full-spectrum UV protection is critical...and don't forget to put in on the ears, neck and chest as well. All of your skin care products should be taken to the neck and chest!
I highly recommend that you guys will go visit Amy over at Ecoblend Therapies treatment! You can book your appointment online HERE.