Written by Rachel Erin McKeighan
Vennessa Sonthipanya is a medical aesthetician and laser technician at Derma Health Skin & Laser. She has worked with Derma Health for five years and received her certifications from the Imaj Institute, Arizona State Board of Cosmetology, and Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency.
Sonthipanya sat down with Rachel Erin McKeighan of AZFoothills.com, to give her tips and tricks that will benefit your skincare routine!
Where should you splurge, and where can you save in your skincare routine?
If you are looking to save money, you can opt for either a Cetaphil or Cerave gentle cleanser, especially if you have sensitive skin. In terms of other products and serums, it is better to use professional products because they are chosen for your specific skin type, have been tested, and will be more effective.
Although it might seem pricey at first, using the right products means that you will be using less product, and you will not be spending time and money searching for the products that work for you. In the long run, finding the right product pays off for your skin and your wallet.
What is your “holy grail” product?
The Skinmedica HA5 serum. It contains five types of hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated. It gives you that smooth and glowy look even in the Arizona heat.
What is the biggest mistake that someone can make in their skincare routine?
Over exfoliating. This causes dryness and irritation for active acne. The increased skin peeling clogs pores. Another big mistake is not hydrating enough.
How can you combat “maskne” skin?
Hydro facials are great to combat the imperfections caused by wearing a mask all day. Used monthly, these bring hydration back to the skin while also properly exfoliating.
How can you get to know your skin?
The best thing that you can do is to go see a professional. We offer free consultations and even virtual consultations at Derma Health. In general, a lot of people have dehydrated skin. It is important to have a good skincare routine which includes washing your face twice a day and using both morning and night serums.
What does everyone need in their skincare routine?
Hydrating serum. Hyaluronic acid is used to boost hydration, and it can even be found in over-the-counter brands. Even if your skin is oily, you need hydration. Also, everyone should exfoliate 1-2 times a week with a scrub. Glycolic acid is a great ingredient to look for in these scrubs
If it says dermatologist-recommended on the bottle, does that mean it is good for your skin?
That is a catch-22 because it may be recommended for some skin types but not all of them. Cetaphil and Cerave are two products that work for all skin types. Otherwise, it is better to see a professional and find what is best for your skin. However, everyone needs sunblock. Look for physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide when looking for a sunblock.
TikTok Skincare Do’s and Don’ts
- At-home extraction tools – Don’t. They can cause bleeding. They can also cause permanent damage to capillaries that can result in spider veins on the nose and cheeks. Needles in general are a no because they are difficult to sanitize and can tear the skin.
- DIY Scrubs – Yes for the body; no for the face. DIY scrubs use large granules such as salt and sugar that are too harsh for the more sensitive facial skin but can work for the body. If you want a good facial scrub, look for a professional product with jojoba beads that are finer, and do not hurt the skin.
- Aspirin Paste – Don’t. Aspirin comes from the same plant as salicylic acid, which is why many people are making it into a paste to dry out acne. It is much better to use a serum with salicylic acid or tea tree oil to dry out acne.