Burning Beauty Questions
Your Burning Beauty Questions, Answered!
When it comes to our health and appearance, routine rules. But sometimes, too much of a good thing is just too much. We're constantly asked how often certain beauty tasks should be performed, and while the right answer will certainly vary from person to person, following are some basic answers to some burning questions!
How Often Should I...
Shampoo my hair?
Most dermatologists and stylists agree: every day is overkill. Daily washing can actually strip your hair of its essential moisture, leaving it dry, dull and prone to breakage. Some people can go a full week without shampoo—some even longer. If you’re not ready for that just yet, try every other day. For a little in-between cleansing, reach for a dry shampoo like Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk.
The good news is, your skin undergoes natural exfoliation, but just like almost every bodily process, this slows down with age. Regular exfoliation helps your skin shed dead cells, thereby exposing younger, healthier cells while enabling the active ingredients in your serums, treatments and moisturizers to penetrate more deeply. Exfoliating twice a week is sufficient, but if you have sensitive skin, you may have to trim it down to one. If you have oily skin, or live in a warmer climate where perspiration can lead to faster accumulation of dead skin cells, you may have to exfoliate a little more often. The best advice we can offer? Listen to your skin. If you develop irritation, dryness or redness, chances are you’re overdoing it.
Get a facial?
Facials work to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and nourish. They also provide the opportunity to get an expert's opinion on your skin and how you should be taking care of it on a daily basis. Booking an appointment with your trusted esthetician or dermatologist every four to six weeks is a fairly standard schedule, because this is how long it takes for your skin to regenerate new cells. In some cases, if you have specific concerns or in need of a more thorough treatment, your dermatologist might recommend more frequent visits until the problem is resolved.
Get a chemical peel?
Most people opt for a chemical peel to ease imperfections like wrinkles, acne scars and hyperpigmentation. There are different types of chemical peels. Superficial peels—such as glycolic, alpha hydroxy and salicylic acid peels—affect only the outer layers of the skin, and are performed mostly to diminish the appearance of fine lines, rough patches and mild skin discoloration. These are the peels you get from a day spa or salon, and they can be done as often as every 4 to 6 weeks. Medium-strength peels (e.g. trichloroacetic acid) should be done once every 6 months to a year. As for an intense deep peel? That's a big committment, and in most cases should be done once in a lifetime.
Get a hair treatment?
Daily conditioners moisturize, strengthen and leave your hair silky smooth, but usually these results last only until your next wash. Professional hair treatments—like deep conditioners and protein-based treatments—penetrate and nourish the hair, repairing and strengthening shafts for a longer period of time. If you have damaged, color-treated and chemically processed hair, use deep conditioners or protein treatments once a week until your hair improves.
Article posted 4/19/2012.