Today we are talking about skincare and having a proper skincare routine with Medical Esthetician Nicole Fraser. She is based out of Hamilton, Ontario and provides a variety of services that range from facials to waxing to foot care.
How does one introduce oneself?
‘Hi! I’m Nicole Fraser, Medical Esthetician and Certified Master Pedicurist. ‘. OK….that’s one way….but really….’me’….
I’ve always been interested in skincare, makeup, beauty, wellness. After working with a Naturopath to get my health in order I realized that whatever was ‘on’ my skin was ‘in’ my skin. It was an epiphany and set me on a path to researching ingredients for every product in my daily routine, from shampoo to lipgloss. The more I learned , the more I realized I wanted to pursue this professionally, to become an expert in skin and nails. Our skin is our largest organ, it tells us so much about what is going on in our body. It always amazes me the correlation between the information from my clients about what is happening in their body and their beauty routines and what I observe on the skin when doing a facial.
After being in practice, I discovered many clients had various foot/toenail conditions going on. An ingrown toenail or a wart is usually obvious, but I didn’t always know what I was looking out or how to help. This inspired me to pursue further education and in 2016 I obtained my Certified Master Pedicurist designation. Now I can recognize a fungus and recommend products and changes to daily routines to help clients. I also offer services for ingrown toenails, and toenail reconstruction. If a client has an issue that is not in my scope of practice, I work with a Chiropodist should a client need a referral.
What is a skincare routine?
A skincare routine is how we care for our skin on a regular basis. Each morning and each evening before bed and monthly or seasonally with a facial. It can be as simple as cleansing the skin morning and night or for some it can involve several steps including cleanse, tone, exfoliate, serum, mask, moisturize/protect routine and a monthly facials. I think the key is consistency. Whatever you do, do it consistently for results.
Why should we have a skincare routine?
I think a skincare routine is important to protect the skin from the sun and free radicals during the day and to prepare the skin to rejuvenate overnight. For me, it’s also a daily act of self care. When I care for myself and my skin, I look better and feel better. I bring my ‘best self’ to each day in this way.
What trio of products would you recommend using every morning and night?
I’m not sure every person needs 3 products each morning and night. Depending on skin type (dry, oily, combination/normal), condition (rosacea, acne, sensitive, etc), age (needs of teen skin vastly differs from that of someone in their 20’s, 30’s, 50’s or 60’s) and lifestyle (diet, activity levels , spend most of your time indoors or outdoors, makeup use, etc), routines will vary. Prescription skincare products or health conditions that can manifest on the skin will also be considered. At an absolute minimum, cleanse & protect with an SPF each morning and cleanse each night. I cannot overstate how consistency is the key.
For discussion, a healthy, normal skin would do well with this routine:
AM: cleanse and moisturize with an SPF of at least 15
PM: cleanse, tone, moisturize
2 – 3 times a week exfoliate. This can be achieved 2 ways:
- Mechanical exfoliation physically removes dead skin cells by scrubbing them away. One of my favourites is Blueberry Bamboo Smoothing Facial Polish from Whistler Naturals.
- Chemically breaking down dead skin cells using alpha hydroxy acids. AHA’s are naturally occurring acids found in fruits and vegetables. For example, bromelain from pineapples or papain from papaya. Banana Pineapple Enzyme Exfoliant from Whistler Naturals is another of my favourites.
You can find Nikki at the Hamilton Health and Wellness Centre Wednesday to Saturday!
We welcome you to share your thoughts in the comments below. We would love to start a conversation with you!
Peace and Love,