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Hi. I’m Hadiyah, a licensed esthetician and I’m here to give you the absolute best skin care advice for 2021. This post is packed with information to help you achieve the best glow possible this year. So if you’ve been stuck on who to follow, which brands to use, and what treatments you should be getting then this is the perfect post for you.

Venturing into the world of skin care can be exciting at first, but can also quickly turn into a daunting experience. There are so many rules to follow! A new product is releasing every two weeks! Too many buzzwords! It can be very difficult to cut through all of the misinformation and marketing to find products and treatments that will actually apply to you. In today’s world where everyone with a social media account is an influencer, it can be hard to know if you’re actually getting the best skin care advice out there. Let’s change that today.

The Best Skin Care Advice for Newbies

I strongly encourage anyone who is getting into skin care—whether they are an enthusiast or have skin care issues they’d like to resolve—to visit an esthetician. You will get at least an hour of dedicated treatment time as opposed to a 15-20 minute derm visit.

The best estheticians out there can provide you with a solid assessment of your skin. Your esthetician will also provide you with educated information on which products you should be using and why. This should be an in-person visit so that the esthetician can get a good look at your skin and how it reacts to skin care products when utilized in a standard facial treatment. Plus, an esthetician can prepare you for seeing a dermatologist (should you need to see one) by providing you with the right questions to ask to maximize your time with them.

Don’t search the internet for products and reviews because you don’t actually know what your skin needs yet. Instead, search for estheticians in your area to help kickstart your skin care journey.

Food is NOT for Your Face

Creating a masque from the items in your fridge and cabinets is not the same as using products that contain synthesized extracts from those food and/or spice sources. You are not getting the same benefits by applying these things topically at home. In addition, much of the research surrounding the skin care benefits for some of the more popular DIY foodie skin care projects I see are actually for ingesting the food (as it should be).

You May Never Fully Understand an Ingredient List

Congrats! You can read but you still don’t know what’s in your skin care products.

Ingredient lists are provided for the safety of consumers so that they may know if they have any allergies to the contents inside of the product. You would know this because your doctor would tell you which ingredients or products in whole you may be allergic to. They have to be written in order of product dominance (Aqua/Water will almost always be first) and the first 6 ingredients are generally regarded as the most effective/active but that is not always the case.

The best skin care advice I have for those obsessing over ingredient lists is to not read too much into them. Ingredients can be sourced from hundred of different places and can work differently depending on the source. So, if you’ve been reading ingredient lists trying to figure out the cheapest version of a product then you might be in for a rude awakening when you find those same ingredients don’t work as expected in the cheaper version. (*coughcoughtheordinarycough*)

Skin Care is Personal

Your skin care routine can be as unique as your fingerprint. The things that work best for you, in the order you use them, may only work for you. And that’s okay.

Skinfluencers are only helpful to consumers who are also seeing a professional. If you’re a product junkie, fine. But at least ensure you are buying the right products for you. Your favorite YouTuber can only tell you about how things work on their skin because they’re not a professional in a treatment room. They don’t know how things will work on other people. They only knows what a brand’s marketing department tells him.

There are quite a few different things to factor in when developing a skin care routine. Your medical history, lifestyle, and even diet could play an integral role in what can and can’t be used in your routine. I could have two clients with the same grade of acne come in and have them on two completely different routines. Everyone is unique and everyone’s skin may need to be treated differently to get the best results.

Keep It Real

Sometimes you can see someone online and think, “Wow! Their skin looks amazing!” without realizing that person has made some cosmetic alterations and may also be using a filter. And worse, they won’t even tell you! So don’t set unrealistic expectations for your own glow goals. You’d probably go crazy trying to get your skin to those same conditions with only products from your local Target. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

If you’re in the Bay Area, book an appointment to come see me and let’s start your glow journey together. If you’re not in the Bay Area, that’s cool too! You can book a virtual consultation.