Why: “The accumulation of dead skin, oil, and makeup oxidizes and hardens, which creates blackheads and clogged pores,” Radu says.
Skin-scription: Radu suggests a face scrub with gentle granules the size of natural sugars. She also performs microdermabrasion on her clients, which takes the practice a step forward, helping to lessen fine lines and dark spots by buffing off dull and dry skin.
Why: “You think you’re exfoliating or brightening your skin, but you’re really creating a low-grade burn, which makes your skin more sensitive to the sun,” Radu says. That, in turn, creates premature brown spots and discoloration. “It may take me time to show my clients that acids are bad, but I always do,” she says.
Skin-scription: While skincare professsionals suggest the use of retinol in moderation, Radu tells her clients to use serums and creams with ingredients like collagen, elastin, keratin, and sodium hyaluronate, which all nourish the skin and in turn provide a similar glowy effect.
Why: Hydration is the secret to skin that is perfectly smooth, Radu says.
Skin-scription: Radu treats her clients’ dull and thirsty skin with the procedure as needed along with deeply hydrating product with the aforementioned ingredients. It also helps for under-eye darkness. “Dark circles are also caused by dehydration,” Radu says.
Why: An oxygen treatment requires targeted blasts of O2 to skin for a plumping effect, while a light treatment stimulates collagen from the inside out. For the latter Radu favors blue light (a specific wavelength of light therapy that keeps skin clear by killing bacteria in pores) and cellular modulation light varietals (a type that firms skin by increasing collagen production).
Skin-scription: One may indulge in these treatments as needed. Radu performs this winning combination on her clients when they need glowing, fresh skin urgently, such as before an [red carpet] event or T.V. appearance.
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