Ask an Esthetician: General Skin Questions for Your Best Skin


I met Kristin from Simply Skin Cary a few months ago and we bonded pretty quickly over skincare and products at lunch. She has over 10 years in the industry and works in a private suite doing esthetics.

“I love acne!” she said at lunch, followed by a laugh.

She went on to clarify that she loves the challenge of clearing up acne and seeing how happy her clients are once she’s helped them! It was fun to talk about different products and skin issues while we were at lunch and I knew immediately her wealth of information would be valuable for you as well!

I sat down with her recently and asked her a bunch of questions that you all had. We discussed that for a lot of women time and cost may prevent them from getting regular facials, but I was so glad that Kristin was willing to share some of her knowledge with us via this casual interview.

We focus on general skin questions in this video and move onto more aging skin questions in the second video (coming soon!)

The questions we covered in the video can be found below!

1. How do you handle large pores?
2. How do you keep your skin smooth?
3. How often should you do a face mask?
4. What causes melasma or dark spots and what can you do to combat it?
5. What number of sunscreen is best for your face?
6. What are the best ways to deal with Rosacea?  
Kristin talks about a lot of different kids of products in the video so I rounded up a mix of products I’ve personally tried and those that come highly recommended via reviews on various websites.
Many love the Mario Badescu Skin Care Acne Facial Cleanser. This is great for flushing out pores and keeping skin blemish free.
A chemical exfoliator option would be the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask by Peter Thomas Roth. For manual exfoliation (something with a bit of grit), I love the Transforming Walnut Scrub or the Facial Sauna Scrub by Ole Henricksen.
Retinol cream, as it turns out, is not cheap! Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream is well-loved and is considered “clean”.
This SPF by Supergoop! is a “Best of Beauty Award Winner” by Allure. I’ve used Supergoop! SPF products and they are truly light and non-greasy!
A long time personal love of mine, the Truth Serum by Ole Henricksen is a great Vitamin C serum. A slightly more oily but better priced option is the Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence by No 7.
I had a wonderful facial with her a few weeks ago and would recommend her if you are looking for an esthetician! Check out her website here!

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Comments (13)

  1. Sadie says
    Posted February 11, 2019

    Great video!
    Of interest to me were the comments on melasma. Kristen covered the causes and how to avoid getting the condition but I am hoping your next video will cover how to get rid of melasma for those of us who already suffer from the condition.

    • Lydia says
      Posted February 12, 2019

      Same here! Would like to know how to get rid of melasma.

  2. Posted February 11, 2019

    Added to my Watch Later list! Good skin tips are always welcome! 😀

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  3. Amanda says
    Posted February 11, 2019

    Brilliant, super helpful – thank you. Really enjoyed this and would love to see more of these in the future!

  4. Kaitlyn says
    Posted February 11, 2019

    Was she able to recommend any specific products for rosacea? Thanks!

  5. Mrs. P says
    Posted February 11, 2019

    Would love more posts like this. I’m almost 40 and still feel so inept in my skincare.

  6. Jackie says
    Posted February 11, 2019

    That was really helpful. Thank you for your time in putting this segment together.

  7. Robyn says
    Posted February 13, 2019

    LOVED this video! Great information for all ages. In my 20’s, as a new mom, I worked part time as a skincare consultant. Now in my early 50’s, I’m so glad to have that knowledge. Kristen was spot on! Been able to pass that along to my now 26 yr old daughter! Can’t wait for the next installment.

  8. Sarah says
    Posted February 14, 2019

    Great intro video but it would be more helpful to interview a licensed healthcare professional who works with skin/in the dermatology field such as a physician, PA, or NP. Estheticians are great, but might not be the most knowledgeable or aware of the newest treatment options for certain conditions. For example, fragrance has no effect on rosacea and is not a known trigger unless you also have allergic contact dermatitis (aka eczema). A helpful, easy OTC ingredient to combat redness seen in rosacea is niacinamide, while vitamin C is too harsh for rosacea skin.

  9. Angie says
    Posted February 16, 2019

    Great video!

  10. Sue says
    Posted February 28, 2019

    Thanks for this! Have you ever tried a Hanacure mask? Would love your thoughts. Thank you.

    • Kate says
      Posted March 1, 2019

      No I haven’t!

  11. Brittany says
    Posted March 12, 2019

    Hi, Kate!
    I have watched both videos. These have been great. Do you know what order you should apply products? Serum, moisturizer, then makeup?
    Thank you,