Skin Care Application Demo

View this video to see a demonstration by dermatologist Dr. Irwin on how to apply skin care products.

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Dr. Irwin: This is Dr. Brandith Irwin at Madison Skin and Laser Center in Seattle. I’m demonstrating products today and this demonstration is for that’s S-K-I-N-T-O-U-R.COM.  The purpose today, is just to kinda show you how to apply products because I found over the years that a lot of people struggle with “what do I put on first? What do I do now? what happens – you know, when should I do the sunscreen? When should I do my antioxidants?” So, this is Gina. She’s coming today to help us demonstrate this – She has beautiful skin so – and she does use her products correctly. That’s probably why.

So, we’re just going to get started today and so- the first thing is cleansers.

So how do you a cleanser so-

 Gina: Umm, I like to use a foaming cleanser and I put it on my palms and I wash my face first, put it on my palms, and then just kind of lather it and then I rinse it right off.

Dr. Irwin: Cleansers don’t need to be fancy. They’re only on your skin for about 15 seconds at a time so the intent of the cleanser is not really therapeutic, in my opinion. It’s just meant to get your skin clean.

Here, I’ll hold your bangs out of the way.

Gina: And then just rinse it with water.

Dr. Irwin: See it felt so gentle, she can actually just wipe it off with a washcloth. And then, you know, wash it off a little bit more later if she wants. Cause you know, it won’t dry her up. One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, well “do I put my repair things like my antioxidant or my vitamin A cousins like retinol or renova – do I put those on first or do I put on a moisturizer on first?” And you know, really you can do it either way I’ve had myself and my patients doing it in either way for many many years and they both worked. The thing that I would say is, if you tend to be easily irritated then put your moisturizer on first, wait for 10 to 20 minutes and then apply your product like Renova or RetinA or Tazarach or your antioxidants, which tend to be a little bit more irritating – some of them – if you’re not easily irritated then it’s fine to put your antioxidant/Renova/whatever on you know, on dry skin and then put your moisturizer on later over that if you need it. If you tend to be more oily, then you may not need the extra moisturizer and if you tend to be dryer you might want it. So, there are lots of different ways to do that. So Gina’s going to demonstration – She’s going to put her moisturizer on first, so she’ll show us how that’s done.

Gina: So depending on your skin type…I’m not very oily, so I don’t use a lot. So you just kinda do it in a circular motion – it just feels natural to apply it to your cheeks first. And then the forehead . And if I need it sometimes I pull it down a little bit on my neck and chest.

Dr. Irwin: Which is a good point, you know, your neck and chest are extremely important in those areas age just like your face does, so it’s very important to put your products on your face neck and chest. The only exception is for your products that are a little more irritating like your Renova, or your RetinA, Tazarach, Retinol, and for your antioxidants – you might want to reduce the frequency because your neck and chest are more easily irritated. So, in other words if you’re using your Renova on your face every single night you may need to go to every second or third night on your neck and chest or delude it a little bit. You know, again, you can talk to dermatologist or if you have a really god esthetician, they’re really knowledgeable sometimes too about how to adjust those products for your neck and chest.

Gina has had her moisturizer on now for, let’s pretend, for 15-20 minutes, so now she’s going to put her Renova on. So let’s have her – I think I’ll – that looks easier! That way we don’t have to worry about getting goo in your bangs. So she’ll demonstrate using the Renova. So many people whether they’re using one of the stronger retinols or they’re using RetinA or Tazarach or Renova, umm – you really just need a pea-sized amount for the whole face. So maybe, Gina, you can show them what a pea-sized amount looks like. Like that. Perfect. You really don’t need very much. That should be enough for the whole face.

Gina: And around the eyes, I like to use this finger just cause it’s the weakest finger and you tend to apply things a little bit more gently.

Dr. Irwin: That’s perfect. So you get the idea. And the same kind of thing – like for example if you’re using an antioxidant serum, you get – these come in a liquid, but you know, you might use a couple squirts you know, this is a small squirter – you know about that much for the entire face should be plenty. So this is Gina’s nighttime regimen, normally with Renova, or any of the vitamin A cousins, you may want to use it at night because light inactivates it. So don’t put it on in the morning; it won’t do you much good.

You know, one way to do it is, to for example, in the morning, wash your face carefully, then put your antioxidant on and then if you need it, extra moisturizer and then your sunscreen. Or, you know, again you can skip the moisturizing stuff and just do your antioxidant and then your sunscreen. And then at night then you’d like, you know, you want to wash her face again just to get all the makeup off, or the grime of the day and then put your, you know, antioxidant or vitamin A cousin whatever you using on, and then your moisturizer or you can reverse those two steps as we’ve discussed and then your done. You want to put your eye cream on and then, that’s all you need to do. A good skincare regimen doesn’t have to be complicated. It should actually be fairly simple. So, Gina will demonstrate now, putting a sunscreen on. Again, remember, with sunscreens you want ones that either contain 5 or 10% zinc or titanium or 3% mixoral.

Gina: Now, one question a lot of people ask is how much sunscreen to put on. And you really just kind of want to start off with a thinner layer because you can always add more. And it goes on a little white, and that’s because of the zinc, but that does absorb. And of course you do your face, neck and chest.

Dr. Irwin: The last step in the morning is an eyelid sunscreen. This one I particularly like because not only does it conceal, cover dark circles, but it also contains 22% zinc oxide and 11% titanium and it’s fabulous it blocks almost everything. This is called – and again I have no financial interest in this company – called “Color Science” my favorite eye cream. You can also see this on our website. My patients have loved this product. I’m going to have Gina just demonstrate to you how to put that on.

Gina: This is a great applicator too, because you can just put a couple of dabs on and then kind of blend it with your fingertips. And it’s very quick.

Dr. Irwin: Then you’re ready for your makeup application. I just wanna show you one more product which is – many of our patients feel like the sunscreens and all these creams are just too oily for them. I totally understand that – You know, in that situation you – don’t use any creams in other words, using a cleanser that strips oil a little bit then you know, use a serum or something that’s in a gel form, if you’re using an antioxidant. If you want more information about that, go to our website – there’s a lot of information about products there and then also they make – this company Color Science makes this wonderful powder sunscreen that is great for oily skin or people with acne or anyone who doesn’t like the extra oil. I just – maybe Gina can just show you how to put this on. You basically shake the powder down into the brush and then apply it.

Gina: And you can kinda see it start to come out and then you just –

Dr. Irwin: And it’s dry, It gives you really good coverage, has fabulous sunscreen ingredients in it. And you don’t have all the problem with oil. Cause so many people really don’t want all the extra oil in their sunscreen or their moisturizers. Great if you have acne. Really nice for sports too – for applying at the turn if you’re a golfer or after you’ve been out for a little while and you’ve been sweating. You know, to take that brush out and just reapply with the brush. And again this is sunscreen for cosmetic purposes – kinda daily use if your sunscreening for sports or for something where you’re going to be out in the water, you know, for a long time, then clearly you need to sunscreen a little differently, you need to apply a lot more sunscreen and apply it in a lot more places.

This is Dr. Brandith Irwin in Seattle, Washington at Madison skin and laser center. There is much more information on our website that’s S-K-I-N-T-O-U-R.COM. The resource section on our website has a lot more information on laser treatments and a directory of good dermatologists throughout the country.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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