Skincare Basics: Interview with an Ulta Beauty Expert – Part I

Skincare is the most important part of any daily makeup routine. Preserving the beautiful canvas you have will keep your skin healthy and prevent early signs of aging. I met with Sarah, a Beauty Expert at my local Ulta, to ask her a few questions about daily skincare routines.

What is essential to any skincare routine, and what do these products do?

Sarah: The most important parts of all skincare routines are SPF and moisturizer. It is SO important to protect your skin from dangerous UVB rays from the sun, as they can cause sunburns and deeper skin damage, which is a high risk for skin cancer. If you spend a lot of time outdoors during the summer, make sure you reapply your sunscreen every couple hours.

Moisturizers do a number of things; they prevent your skin from getting too dry or too oily, improve skin tone and texture, and protect your skin. There are different types of moisturizers  in many different brands and at various price points to fit your needs. Whether your skin is normal/combination, dry, oily, sensitive, or aging, there are many options for you.

At what age would you recommend women to start including anti-aging skincare products in their routine?

Sarah: I’m a big fan of preventative products! It’s really a matter of preference when to start using anti-aging skincare products. I’d generally say that women may want to use preventative anti-aging moisturizers in their 20s, while stronger formulas with retinoid may not be needed until women are in their 40s. However, this is once again a personal preference, when you think you would like to start using these products.

Which preventative anti-aging moisturizer would you recommend?

Sarah: I use Miracle Worker by Philosophy every morning and evening. It’s a “rejuvenating, age-fighting hydrator that softens, firms, and brightens the complexion.” I like it because it is a water-based moisturizer and it is really light on comfortable on my skin.

What about moisturizer and sunscreen?

Sarah: Women can start using sunscreen and moisturizer as part of their daily routine as early as junior high or high school.

Acne problems can haunt women in their teens and well beyond then. What types of products can help combat this problem?

Sarah: Many different brands carry moisturizers for oily and acne-prone skin. Many of these products contain salicylic acid, which works to reduce acne. However, if you have normal skin with the occasional breakout, I would recommend spot treatment for those small areas on your face. One product I recommend is the Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu. This works great, and it is a lower price than other acne-fighting products, because Mario Badescu’s philosophy is to put their money into the product, not on fancy packaging.


Thanks Sarah! We’ll chat again to learn more about what to apply after your skincare in Part II.


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