As a beauty therapist/make-up artist, I get asked a lot of beauty related questions. Whether it’s through DM’s on Instagram or comments on my blog, or even friends texting me, it is one of my favorite parts about my job.
My goal is always to educate, so today, on The Middle Edit, I wanted to share the 5 beauty questions I get asked about most. My hopes are that you learn something from these questions as well!
Top 5 Beauty Questions
What is your favorite acne spot treatment?
I swear by La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo Spot Treatment.
They price tag may seem high, but it lasts me almost a year! I apply it most nights to prevent breakouts in the area of my chin that I am most prone to hormonal acne. However this can dry you out, so make sure to are still moisturizing well.
How close to an event should I get a facial?
If you have sensitive skin or if you have never had a treatment before, I would go at least 4 weeks prior to your event. This will give you enough time to heal if you have any sort of reaction.
If you have had the treatment before, I would say 2 weeks out is safe. Depending on the treatment, some can bring impurities to the surface, so you want to make sure you have enough time for them to go away/heal before your big day!
Why do I breakout from waxing? What can I do to lessen the likelihood of a breakout?
Our hairs are rooted in the same pores where our oil (sebum) comes from. The hair helps to guide the oil to the surface. When you remove the hair from the pore by waxing, you are removing this guide. Without the guide, the oil struggles at finding its way to the surface and gets trapped. This causes the blemish.
My recommendation is to make sure you are going to a very clean service provider that takes a lot of care with pre/post wax duties. When you remove the hair, the pores will be open, so be sure to have them close your pores with a salicylic acid treatment/toner afterwards. Also be sure to skip makeup for a few hours afterwards so you aren’t adding any impurities into the mix.
What foods should I eliminate from my diet to see if they are causing acne?
This one is different for everyone. Inflammatory foods are usually very connected if you have acne issues.
If your acne is in the chin or jaw area, I would recommend cutting out dairy, sugar and spicy foods. For me gluten is also a big creator of blemishes so I try to eliminate it as much as possible.
Acne is inflammation and infection so reducing inflammation within the body can be really helpful for many. (But also reducing inflammation within the body is always a great thing!)
Is sunscreen bad for you? Which one is best?
Sunscreen is not bad for you if you are using the correct kind. There are two types of sunscreen; physical or chemical. Chemical is the kind you want to stay away from. These include ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These sunscreens have to chemically interact with your skin (aka will get into your bloodstream), in order to protect you from the sun.
Physical sunscreens sit topically on the surface of your skin and block your skin from the UV rays. Physical sunscreens are much safer since they do not absorb into your skin. The two most popular physical sunscreen ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Simply look for sunscreens with either one of those ingredients and you will be able safely protect your skin. Also make sure that your sunscreen is broad spectrum, meaning it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays!
My name is Andrea, the owner of Andrea Fontana Beauty (@andreafontanabeauty). I am a freelance makeup artist and beauty therapist. As a licensed esthetician with a B.S. in human biology, my goal is to teach women about all aspects of beauty and have their beauty routines blend seamlessly with the life they are already living. I believe the entire lifestyle we live contributes to our beauty. So while I love products, I talk about other things too; like cooking, nutrition, mental health, and more! I hope you can find something special to take away from Andrea Fontana Beauty to help you redefine your definition of what beauty means.