When it comes to looking our best, effective skincare should be just as important as exercising and eating right. So, to start the new year off right, we asked Alchimie Forever CEO Ada Polla for her skincare tips. Polla’s line—which includes dermatologist-tested, anti-aging serums, scrubs, and cleansers—features Swiss products for use at home and by professionals. Plus, her products provide calming and brightness for all skin types, including sensitive skin. See Polla’s four informative skincare tips below.
On home skincare versus professional treatments
Sometimes people in their heads think: ‘Oh, if I go to the derm and get my face lasered once every six weeks or six months, then I don’t need to do anything at home.’ Or they think, ‘Oh, I’m using all of these really strong products at home, so I don’t need to go to the derm.’ [But treatments] really work best when they’re fully integrated. If you think of what you do either in a spa or in a dermatologist’s office, it’s much stronger than what you should be doing at home. And you have that professional supervision. But then what you do at home, you end up doing twice a day every day, which builds up to being as important, if not more important, than what you do at the office. So you really need both.
On why facials are helpful
The other thing that I like to tell people is to think of their skincare like they think of their dental care. In Europe, there’s, I think, a lot more of a skincare culture. I remember my grandmother took me for me first facial…I think, when I was 15. And she explained to me that this was part of my healthcare…and this is what I needed to incorporate into my wellness program. And here [in the US], people think of facials mostly as something…that’s just extremely luxurious and not as something that’s therapeutic and effective.
On how often to get a facial
It depends more on skin type. If your skin has issues, whether that be pigmentation, or breakouts, or it’s very inflamed, then I think about once a month to once every six weeks until you get things settled. For maintenance, I like to say once every other month is ideal. But at the very least, once every quarter. [And] I don’t think you can say there’s one perfect facial. Not every skin type will want a facial using the same products. I think the best thing is to find a really good dermatologist that can address more of the medical types of concerns, and then a really good esthetician.
On how to find a good skincare provider
You ask your girlfriends. Word of mouth is probably number one. You ask your dermatologist. And if you have a great esthetician but no derm, I would say it’s the same of thing. Word of mouth or ask your esthetician.