A HydraFacial heading into the New Year
I'm uncertain if others are experiencing significant skin issues due to the shift in weather and colder temperatures. However, I believe opting for a thorough cleanse and a hydrating anti aging skincare facial could be a fantastic way to start the new year and restore your natural glow.
Last Friday, I devoted a day to serious self-care, immersing myself in the realm of skincare bliss. I decided to make an appointment with an aesthetician for a HydraFacial to rehydrate and pamper my dry skin. In case you're unfamiliar, this facial involves initial cleaning and exfoliation, followed by extractions (which can be a bit uncomfortable), and ultimately, the infusion of moisture typically through a serum into the skin.
Little did I know, the serum contained a common preservative called Phenoxyethanol. Often deemed safe and widely used in the skincare industry, Phenoxyethanol is known for its effectiveness against bacteria and fungi. However, as I discovered firsthand, not every skin type reacts positively to this ingredient. Redness, itching, and the emergence of a rash took me by surprise, leaving my skin irritated and burning.
Understanding the Reaction:
Phenoxyethanol sensitivity is not uncommon, and my experience highlighted the importance of knowing what goes into the products we apply to our skin. While this preservative is generally well-tolerated, our skin's unique composition can result in individual reactions. Phenoxyethanol is often used as an alternative to parabens, which have faced some controversy, and is part of the reason I decided to make LOUMI completely paraben free.
Other parabens that are used in skincare:
-Methylparaben and Ethylparaben: Both frequently used as a protector against an array of different microorganisms.
- Butylparaben: Less common but also used against microorganisms and fungi
Instinctively, I turned to the most basic of remedies: water. Thoroughly rinsing my face with lukewarm water helped remove any lingering product, potential irritants, or residues contributing to the discomfort. The act of cleansing with water alone provided an immediate sense of relief. I opted to allow my face to airdry before continuing with light therapy to finish out my facial.
Always Check ingredients, even if you are having a professional service. Familiarize yourself with ingredients, and preservatives that are most often used in beauty products.
Patch Test – Test a product on a small area of your skin (I suggest your hand rather than your face) to see if you have any skin reaction.
Consult with Professionals – Prior to your facial, ask the professionals! Tell them about the type of skin you have and if it is easily irritated, never hesitate to mention your concerns!