I like to read inspirational books in regards to business and success. One of my favorite books is, 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, (What Scientists have learned and how you can use it.) written by David Niven, Ph.D. In chapter 32 of the book, he states, “Great thinkers notice patterns”. He continues writing about how people who notice patterns can decipher what goes along with what that others are unable to recognize.
I think that Dr. David Niven’s theory can applied to skincare. As an Aesthetician, when I’m looking at my client’s skin, I look for patterns. These patterns can be physical, what I am directly looking at, at that specific time on each client. These patterns can be habitual, what common habits do my clients have in common. These patterns can also be environmental, what types of external elements are my clients being exposed to.
It is the commonality of certain patterns I notice, that I then can make a deduction. For instance, cigarette smoke creates a yellow hue on the skin around the upper lip, chin and fingers used to hold the cigarette. This staining on the skin is due to the carcinogenic factor of the smoke emitted from the cigarette. The same thing applies to weed, cigars, pipe smoking, etc., the only variance is the shade of the hue changing from yellow to a greyish-brown. Smoking also causes premature aging, fine lines appear faster along the lips and crows feet around the eyes.
When I see certain patterns, I am able to treat the skin with the right kind of products and devices. Knowing what creates what allows me to better apply the proper care. You don’t have to be an Aesthetician or Dermatologist to notice patterns within your own skin. Use your acute sensibility to what you see on your own skin. Look for a pattern that distinguishes certain results. If your eyes get puffy after eating sushi the day before, observe the salt intake of the soy sauce you used to marinate the sushi you ate. Drink water to relieve that excess water retention being held under the eyes.
Look for a pattern within your skin and create your own skin success. Fine tune your awareness when you’re applying product on the skin and see how your skin reacts, is it good or is the response bad? We usually notice when something is bad with our skin because our skin will let you know by turning a different color, (mostly red) and even break out in a rash. When that type of reaction occurs with a product then we are quicker to notice it and refrain from causing that bad reaction again. Seeing patterns with your skin and relating it to your habits, environmental exposure and physical appearance will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your skin.