Ways to renew your skin.
As with most things, skin care can be as basic or as complicated as a woman wants. For women who have generally gone the basic route, they may find that as they age, their skin begins to require a little more specialized care beyond just buying something from the beauty aisle at Target. Fortunately, there are expert local aestheticians who can provide one-on-one consultations to help no matter your age.
Some women may feel intimidated by the idea of seeking individualized care for their skin. They may worry that there is no point; that nothing can help their skin look better. They may feel like they shouldn’t spend the money on something they may consider a little frivolous.
There are generational differences in how women have been taught to think of their skin. Jamie Bryant, co-owner of Avanti Skin Center of Louisville, says younger women are focused on preventive skin care, where Gen Xers and baby boomers often weren’t taught to be as careful about their skin. “It’s a very different mindset,” she says. Those of us who sunbathed with baby oil or used tanning beds as teenagers may now be needing help to address the resulting fine lines and age spots.
There is no shame in seeking skin care help. As Denise Willinger, owner of Serenity Spa says, “the days of the snooty girl at the cosmetic counter are gone” so there is no need to feel embarrassed or intimidated. “Women deserve to feel their best. Coming to the experts to learn more makes perfect sense,” she adds.
Before a visit
Most local aestheticians offer some kind of consultation to learn what a client’s skin is like and explain the options for what can be done, but it is important for women to have thought about several things before they go. “Think about what skin issues bother you the most,” says Ashley Snellen, co-owner of Avanti Skin Center of Louisville. She also encourages women to think about where they want to start [for example, eyebrows or chin], how much downtime they have, and what their price point is. While some procedures have zero recovery time, others may require a week or more for the skin to begin looking less red.
By Carrie Vittitoe