We’re thrilled to have The Skin Detective as our skincare writer, consultant and overall last word on ingredients in skincare products. A former senior editor for women’s lifestyle mags, she became a licensed esthetician in 2009. Because she currently works in marketing in the skin care industry, to be sure there is no conflict of interest (as in her touting stuff she represents), she’s leaving the product recommendations to us. She also has her own blog, theskindetective.com, if you really want to find out who she is
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Why skincare? I got interested in personal care products because I was interested in being green and toxicity in our environment. The more I got into it, the more I realized it was necessary to study esthetics to be truly knowledgeable.
What’s the longest ingredient you can pronounce? methylsilanol mannuronate
Motto? Instead of trying to not age, look your best at every age. That is how to be truly ageless.
Cocoa butter or Coconut oil? Shea butter and sweet almond oil. : )
What goes first? Serum! Let it sink in and do its work.
Sunhat or sunscreen? These days, sunscreen. I’m dragging too much of my son’s stuff around to remember my own sun hat.
Hobbies? Yoga, reading, cooking.
Sushi or burger? For your skin? Sushi. Unless it’s grass-fed beef.
Favorite drink and where do you like to drink it? Organic black breakfast tea with milk, anywhere it stays hot because no one is bothering me to do something else.
Favorite movie? book? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Sun Also Rises
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars
…to the 20 somethings Eat as healthy as you can. Keep caffeine and alcohol in moderation and don’t smoke. Have a regimen that includes washing your face very night even if you’re out late. And wear sunscreen.
…30s? Add a nourishing serum with anti-aging ingredients to your routine. Gently exfoliate (such as with enzymes) regularly. If you’re interested in Botox or fillers, start now but hire a VERY light hand to do the work.
…40s? Get back glow with a plumping product and/or brightener, with good ingredients like sodium hyaluronate and vitamin C. If you haven’t started already, think about more serious, more regular exfoliation, like a peel or microderm procedure.
50s+? Add a thicker, nourishing night cream to your regimen. Go lighter on the makeup, if you haven’t already. Caking on products makes you look older. Simple is best.
What she’s written:
What is skin? It’s what people see when they look at us. Learn more about what exactly this important organ is and how to care for it.
Peels 101: What’s the Difference Between Different Peels (and what’s best for you)
Sunscreen Basics: Chemical? Physical, Mineral… what is the most effective, best for my entire body – and the environment (coral reefs).
What is a Chemical Sunscreen: Chemical sunscreens contain just that: advanced chemicals that provide sun protection.
What is a Physical Sunscreen: Also known as mineral sunscreens, these products use the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect the skin. This type of sunscreen also doesn’t hurt coral
Why use a Skin Cleanser: You can’t just use water it has a neutral pH, and skin is acidic, so water can alter your skin’s pH in the wrong direction. Regular soap isn’t a good idea, either; it’s alkaline, so it causes dryness …