Confidence comes in many forms, and while some women channel their inner assertiveness by way of power suits and high heels, others bring experience and a tenacity none will challenge. Yet there is one area where all women will agree: when clear and vibrant skin makes an appearance, the Modern Domestic Woman is pretty much unstoppable.
Finding an aesthetician you trust and recognizes your skin care needs is almost as complicated as finding a therapist that understands your crazy. Thankfully, Kelly Coklan, aesthetician at Green Envee in Geneva, was able to give my skin a once over both from a first glance and give me an in-depth look at where my trouble spots presented with the help of a wood lamp skin analysis examination. This quick and noninvasive procedure uses ultraviolet light to look closely at the surface of the skin. The purpose of using a wood lamp is to detect problem areas of the skin so proper care can be suggested. My test revealed severely dehydrated skin. I was under the impression that my skin was very oily and was the cause of my frequent breakouts. This false knowledge on my part meant I was enthusiastically exfoliating, thinking I was fixing my skin, when all the while I was drying it more and more with each day.
I was able to spend some time getting in-depth with Kelly about skin care. Below is an edited version of the consultation.
Elizabeth Rago: Is it important to switch up your skin care based on the season?
Coklan: Between summer and winter our skin’s oil production naturally may cycle differently. It’s normal to experience less oil in the winter and more in the summer which can lead to more frequent breakouts. Because of this, it’s helpful to make slight changes to our skincare routine in order to compensate, but not so drastic that it will freak our skin out. In the summer you may want to consider using an oil control serum, a stronger exfoliant and using a spot treatment to help with breakouts. In the winter you may need to combat dryness, so it would help to use an oil rich serum and a heavier moisturizer.
Rago: How long does it usually take before you see a change in your skin after you’ve started using new products?
Coklan: When starting a new skin care routine, it’s best to give it anywhere from one to three months to deem how effective it is depending on the problems you’re trying to target. It takes about 1 month for the skin to go through a natural cycle of exfoliation, so if you’re targeting acne or fine lines, that’s when you’ll most likely start to notice improvement. For a concern like hyperpigmentation, which is a more gradual process to treat, it may take up to three months to notice a significant difference. In general, any time you change your skin care routine drastically, your skin will need at least a month to adjust completely.
Rago: What is your favorite product for the upcoming summer season?
Coklan: My favorite product that we offer at Green Envee for summer would have to be our Rejuvenate brightening peel. It’s made of powerful enzymes from pineapple and papaya which work to digest dead skin cells and boost cell turnover. In the summer, we all have a little excess oil and dead skin so it’s important to be exfoliating at least one to two times a week in order to prevent clogs and clear the dead skin so other products can penetrate easily. This exfoliator is what’s called a gentle chemical exfoliant, so you would just apply it on the skin in an even layer and leave it on for up to 15 minutes. It’s effective, easy and not too harsh so good for most skin types! Just remember to always wear your SPF after any type exfoliation.
For information about Green Envee and their line of natural, organic products, visit its location on Third Street in historic downtown Geneva or visit greenenvee.com.
St. Charles resident Elizabeth Rago is a freelance writer. Feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.