7 Insider Skincare Tips from The Beauty Nurse
We are inspired by so many amazing women in this industry, including Melissa Berg, RN, the Instagram celeb @the_beautynurse! She’s coming over to Granite Bay Cosmetic this weekend to collaborate with our own amazing Nurse Katie on the latest cosmetic trends. We’re beyond excited—especially since Melissa will be sticking around until Monday to meet with patients like you during our RSVP-only Beauty Nurse Meet-n-Greet Event (get the deets here).
We asked The Beauty Nurse a few questions to glean some pro tips for you ahead of the event. We succeeded! Here they are:
1. What is your approach to skincare?
There is no “one size fits all” in skincare. I always approach each patient individually. Age, genetics, acne, pore size, wrinkles, texture, and chronic skin conditions such as rosacea, etc. all play a role into what treatments they will need. I find out what each patient’s goals are and how long they want to spend on their skincare regimen.
Unfortunately, I can’t go home with my clients to be sure they are following their routine so I have them follow up in the office to evaluate often and determine if any changes need to be made.
2. How do you work with patients to achieve natural results?
Every patient wants a natural result. I strongly believe my patients should always look natural and not over injected. A lot of people are frightened of injectable results looking “fake” or “plastic.” Also, most people want a “quick fix.” Injecting too much at once can distort a patient’s face.
3. Are there preventative measures that you’ll often recommend to patients?
Protect yourself from the sun! This causes the majority of aging skin. Always wear SPF! Unprotected skin exposed to the sun will undo everything. Also, don’t smoke and make sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet. What we put inside shows on the outside.
4. What should a patient look for in a provider?
Doing your homework is important as well as having realistic expectations. Some patient’s don’t understand the education and training that goes into a good provider. I try and educate everyone on safe injectables. Training and experience is key. Don’t choose the cheapest injector. You get what you pay for. Your face is priceless!
5. There are new injectables coming onto the market all the time. How do you decide what to include in your offerings?
Our industry is always evolving—that’s what I love about it! I strive to be the best and believe continuing education is very important. When new products come out, I am conducting extensive research and having my staff try the products before we decide to bring it to our practice.
Although new products are always on the rise, I think it’s important that we don’t forget about what has been tried and proven. For example, Restylane celebrated their 20th anniversary this past year and that says a lot about their products. It’s still my go-to for certain areas. I choose to carry most all injectables in our practice to match their unique features to each individual patient.
6. What are you most excited about for the future of skincare?
More and more men are beginning skincare and injectables. Also, with the new non-invasive treatments and procedures coming out, we can look at facial rejuvenation differently. I recently was trained in the Vampire Facelift using PRP, and I am really excited to see the future in facial rejuvenation using these modern day procedures. Using our own PRP to stimulate new collagen in the face is amazing!
7. What can patients do at home to maintain their results between treatments?
The top three must-haves in my patients’ at-home skincare arsenal are:
- Retin-A (there are many forms of this now even for the most sensitive skin types). This will help stimulate new collagen at the nuclear level.
- A product that contains antioxidants
- Growth factors
One last thing…
I have learned to always be honest with my patients. I help them achieve realistic expectations. Don’t ever promise them anything. There is no such thing as perfect.