Skin concerns, we’ve all got them, and sometimes you just need to talk to the pros.

We brought some of your most pressing questions to Michelle, one of our licensed estheticians, and collected her wisdom for a new series we call Ask Our Expert.

Get ready to get smart about your skin issues.

To kick us off, one from the editor…

Q. What is the most frequent mistake you see people making when caring for their skin?

A. Over exfoliating has become all the rage. As chemical exfoliants like retinols, glycolics and other AHAs sneak into over-the-counter cleansers, creams and body lotions, more and more people are exfoliating every single day – at times without even realizing it. Not only is this unnecessary, there’s a dark side to overzealous exfoliating. It can lead to redness, increased oil production and skin sensitivity. It can even make you more susceptible to sun damage. Limit your use of chemical exfoliating products to once or twice weekly. Better yet, see a professional esthetician once a month and leave the deep exfoliating to the pros.

And now questions from our clients…

Q. Without fail, in the days leading up to a wedding or big event I want to look my best for, I'm cursed with a big, deep, mountain of a pimple. What's the best way to get rid of it on the quick?

A. Tu’el ‘s Clear It Blemish Control Gel and Detox Clay Acne Mask are both excellent blemish control products. Dab on Clear It twice a day as a leave-on product to fight bacteria without drying the skin. Detox Clay Acne Mask can be used all over the face or as a spot treatment. For even faster skin-clearing results, apply Clear It at night and follow with a layer of Detox Clay Mask. Leave both products on as you sleep and you’ll wake to noticeably clearer skin come morning. Most importantly, don’t pick! Picking spreads bacteria and can make the pimple worse and stick around longer.

Q. How often should I be reapplying sunscreen when I'm spending the day outside? What about when I'm just working at the office and going outdoors for brief intervals?

A. Sunscreen should be applied about 30 minutes before you go outside and reapplied every 2 hours after. Keep in mind that most sunscreens, even those that say water resistant, can’t completely withstand water and sweat. It’s important that you reapply more frequently if you’re swimming or exercising. If your life keeps you indoors most of the day, sunscreen is still the best way to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays that come through windows and are even emitted by some indoor lights. Reapplication is still advised, especially if you’re commuting to and from that indoor location.

Q. I know my laugh and smile lines are the product of a happy life but how can I prevent them from deepening and becoming even more noticeable?

A. Ah, the curse of a happy life! While laugh lines are certainly preferable to frown lines, they’re definitely not the best part of getting older. Wearing sunscreen every single day is the best way to slow down the visible aging process, including stopping lines and wrinkles in their tracks. You can also help keep the skin firm and plump by using a product like Tu’el’s Hydrate Super Serum Moisture Gel , which contains Sodium Hyaluronate. This moisture attracting ingredient hydrates the deepest layers of skin. Combining that with U Turn Firming Peptide Serum and Rescue Me Anti Aging Night Cream will boost Hydrate’s anti aging power exponentially. Lastly, remember to drink plenty of water all day, every day.

Thank you to our resident expert!

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