Gettin’ real with skin care!

The seasons change and believe it or not your skin changes with it. Over a year ago a friend of mine referred me to Leah Svensson, owner of Skin Haven Esthetics in Cornelius NC. I instantly fell in love with her sweet down to earth personality and knowledge of skin care. When getting my last facial, I began to ask some questions about my skin and was surprised to learn what Leah was sharing! It was such great information, I decided it was a must to share with each of you! Here is a quick Q&A to help get your skin on track-


Q: At my last facial we discussed the fall weather approaching and how I should change my skin care line with that. What exactly should I be doing?

A: For fall, it’s about correcting damage done by the summer sun and still protecting your skin throughout the fall and winter months. As for correcting, focusing on exfoliation and products that will renew the skin. Examples of that would be retinol based products and exfoliates including fruit enzymes and resurfacing acids. This combination helps stimulate and turn over skin cells, getting rid of damaged skin and discoloration from the summer, then allowing the healthy skin to come through. Then you will continue to use an SPF of 20 or higher to protect you from UVA (UV Aging Rays) throughout the colder months.

Q: I hear a lot about using Vitamin C in your skin care regimen. What’s your take on that?

A: Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps fight aging. It’s a great ingredient to use on a regular basis and appropriate for all skin types. Vitamin C helps with collagen production, brightens the skin, and fights environmental damage.

Q: So what is a good Morning and Evening Skin care regime?

A: For Morning, my suggestion would be to cleanse, tone, vitamin C serum, moisturizer then sunscreen. For the evening, cleanse, tone, retinol (or other corrective product) and then moisturize.

Q: There are so many sunscreens on the market and honestly it’s quite overwhelming. What are some that you recommend and why?

A: I would recommend a mineral based sunscreen. (Mineral based sunscreens will have titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.) These are more on the natural side because they don’t penetrate the skin, therefore not causing any irritation.

Q: How often should you use a mask, exfoliate, etc?

A: Depending on your skin type, one to two times per week. Over exfoliating could lead to dehydration and skin sensitivity. So for example, I would suggest exfoliating and then doing a mask on Sundays, and then another exfoliation mid-week, like Wednesday.

Q: Men always think they have to be “tough” and their skin can pay the price for their ego! Should their skin care regimen be the same as a women’s? Also, what about men getting facials?

A: Lucky for them their skin is tougher but it still needs attention. They tend to have oilier skin, larger pores and are prone to razor burn/ingrown hairs. So exfoliation is very important in helping with these issues. Also, sunscreen is so important! Many times the smell or thickness of sunscreen detours them from using it on a daily basis, but there are so many new formulas that are geared towards men’s needs. Facials are key for unclogging pores and helping keep their skin balanced.


Since Leah has really helped me get my skin on track, I want her to help you too! Schedule your appointment with Leah and tell her you would like “Mel’s Fall Facial Special” and receive 20% off your first visit AND a FREE eyebrow wax! This visit will also include a skin consultation and an hour long facial!


(*This special will EXPIRE November 30, 2016.*) When speaking with Leah for this Q & A, she encouraged me to let you all know you’re welcome to contact her directly for more questions. Visit her at for more information.


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