First things first, of course you want to pick an Aesthetician that has amazing skin.  We decided to interview Clinical Aesthetician, Ashley Koslow from Gr8 Skin, her skin texture almost looks photo shopped in real life.  We asked Ashley a few questions about how we can achieve a better skincare routine.

Sunscreen! I can’t stress the importance of wearing SPF enough! – Ashley Koslow, Gr8 Skin

Ashley Koslow, Clinical Aesthetician

Should there be a difference from your daytime skincare routine and your nighttime routine? 

The most important product that should be different from your daytime skin routine and your nighttime skin routine is your moisturizer/SPF for daytime. It’s very important to always be protected from the sun during the daytime. Also, if using any Retinal products, they should be used only at nighttime. Retinal encourages cell turnover and the new skin is delicate and should not be exposed to the sun. Everything else in your skincare routine may remain the same and doesn’t need to change from day to night.

What is the must have product that should be in everyone’s skincare routine?

Sunscreen! I can’t stress the importance of wearing SPF enough! Just because you aren’t physically laying out or in direct sunlight, you still are being exposed to UVA and UVB Rays all the time. UVA Rays even penetrate glass, windows, and reflects off water, sand, and snow. My favorite is from IMAGE SKINCARE, PREVENTION+ daily hydrating moisturizer SPF 30.

What product do you recommend most to clients?

Besides PREVENTION+ daily hydrating moisturizer SPF 30, PCA SKIN has two advanced vitamin C products: C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max. These products go hand in hand with your SPF. You would apply this product first and then your SPF after. This antioxidant formulation combines pure vitamin C (which helps protect the skin from the effects of UV exposure, keeping skin looking young and healthy) and pure vitamin E to strengthen skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What is the worst skincare routine you have ever heard from a client?

The worst skincare routine I have heard from a client is using a Dove Soap Bar and St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It saddens me when I hear these products used in someone’s skincare routine. Sometimes I think there’s a misconception that the harsher you scrub or the more aggressive the exfoliator will make my skin look better. This is absolutely false! What you do to your face is what your outcome will be. If you are being aggressive with your skin then your skin will be aggravated and rough. If you are soft and gentle, your skin will be soft and youthful. Scrubbing your skin with St. Ives Apricot Scrub is essentially taking shards of glass and rubbing it on your skin and this isn’t an exaggeration.

How do you handle pimples and blackheads on your own face?

Even though it’s temping to squeeze your pimples, the best thing is to not touch them. Popping them can actually spread more bacteria on your face and result in more breakouts. Let your Aesthetician extract them property by using gloved hands and an extraction tool specifically designed to unblock clogged pores, which is much more hygienic. After extractions are complete, clean the affected area and spot treat using Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid or Tea Tree Oil will help heal and kill bacteria. Some of my favorite spot treatments are: Acne Cream and Acne Gel by PCA SKIN, SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age defense Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil.