Such is one of the best things about what Lily and I do at Kindred Toxin Free Facials is that we are able to help clients and friends of Kindred make better choices about their skin and see results.
In this blog, we wanted to share some of the questions we are most frequently asked by clients (don’t worry, no names are named!).
What are the best cleansers for winter?
Like all answers we give to clients, the best cleanser for you will be based on your skin type and what’s happening at any given time. That said, during the cooler months our skin can be more delicate and easily irritated from exposure to wind, cold and being in and out of heating. You can’t go wrong with the Miskin Smooth Oil Cleanser (it is great all year round).
Do I really need a mist?
Well, need is subjective isn’t it? While you might not think a mist is doing that much for your skin routine, the reason we love the mists we use in the salon and recommend, are their ability to prepare the skin for the treatment products that follow after you cleanse. Think of it as a gentle toner to help prime your skin for the serum and moisturiser and ensure it is absorbing.
How often should I get a facial?
We work with clients on an individual basis. Some clients benefit from a facial every month, while others might opt for once every two months. If you are working towards a special occasion we can work with you to tailor a program and schedule for optimal results. For example, if you are a bride-to-be, we offer three and six month programs to get your skin glowing for your big day with a monthly facial in the months leading up to your wedding and one facial each week in the month prior to the day.
Do I need a serum, moisturiser, oil and a balm?
What you need (as with all skincare) depends on your individual needs and can change throughout the year. We will usually recommend at least two of these three items and generally one will be for use in the morning and one will be for your evening routine.
A good general rule of thumb:
Serums: These are potent and address specific needs (i.e. brightening or hydration) and will be light-weight. They’ll often contain a blend of oils on a base of hydrosol or hyaluronic acid. I prefer to use these morning and night under moisturiser.
Moisturisers: These are for daily use to protect your skin from moisture loss and ensure serums and oils penetrate the skin.
Oils (elixirs): These are treatments and can often replace a serum or be added into your moisturiser in your skincare routine. I personally love blends that address a specific concern (i.e. balance, calm or our Gold oil by Mohi for collagen production).
Balms: These are your heavy duty and concentrated treatments. I always suggest balms for winter and for sensitive skins needing extra love.
Ultimately, which you use and in what combination depends on your skin goals which is why we do advocate coming and seeing us for a skin consultation so you can use what is best for your
How do I get rid of redness on my cheeks?
There’s unfortunately no magic bullet for reducing redness in your cheeks as it depends on how it started and what the root cause is. For example, is it an irritation or a reaction to something? Or is it hereditary or vascular (blood vessel) damage. I love using LED light therapy to help support the skin’s repair and pair that with products like our anti-inflammatory skin shot, calm oil and the newly released Anahata balm.
How do I get rid of scarring?
Again, this is an individual thing depending on the severity of scarring. That said, supporting your skin with internal collagen from collagen powders and broths paired with gentle microdermabrasion and gua sha massage with a healing serum can have great results. If someone is seeking more of a treatment we have seen clients have good results with holistic skin needling and we can talk more to clients about this and recommend practitioners.
How can I improve my forehead lines?
Lines can be hereditary but you can help improve the appearance by limiting sugar in your diet, ensure you’re drinking enough water (this can include herbal teas and broths) and nightly gua sha massages at night when applying your serum or oils.
How can I improve my skin hydration levels?
The answer to this is so simple and there’s a reason why most beauty tips and tricks or skincare hacks all say the same thing. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water (2-3L per day) and perhaps consider a collagen supplement. Topically, products like Erica Brooke’s Emerald Elixir which has hyaluronic acid to help keep moisture in and attract hydration are great.
What are good fats and why do I need them for glowing skin?
Good fats are things like fish oil, cod liver oil, salmon, sardines, mackerel, ghee, and a personal favourite cacao butter. Incorporating these into your diet helps improve the quality of your skin’s sebum which can often mean less breakouts, helps support better skin hydration and strengthens your skin’s cell structure. In other words, they make your skin glow!