If you’re craving skincare tips and want to know the secrets for a more youthful and radiant complexion this is a must read. We’re talking to Karen Kaufman founder of skin clinic Karen Kaufman in Caulfield, Melbourne. We’re huge fans of her honest and customised skin care treatments and peels as well as her home care routines. So, if you’re curious about how a skincare expert takes care of their skin and themselves then read on.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your experience in the skincare industry?
I am passionate about skin care. I have worked and managed salons in Melbourne as well as overseas for 34 years. These have been fantastic learning experiences, but I absolutely love working for myself, which I have done for the past 29 years. I love doing what I do, which is empowering my clients to feel happy with the skin that they’re in. I’ve had a loyal following of clients from Melbourne and interstate for many years. I love keeping abreast of my ever-changing industry and educating my clients by passing on my knowledge to them.
Q: We can attest to the power of your facials! My skin felt amazing afterward! Can you tell us about your most popular treatment?
Thank you for saying that! That’s a hard question to answer because every client I see has a customised treatment which is specifically suited to their skin at the time of their visit. In saying that, my clients love having Omnilux LED light treatments as an add on to their facials and peels. It just boosts their skin rejuvenating treatment to the next level. Lying under that bright red light for 20 minutes is so relaxing, there’s no down time, it boosts collagen, plumps up the skin and is a little addictive. The results speak for themselves.
Q: Should we have a skincare routine? If so, what would that look like (AM/PM) and what products do you recommend?
Yes, everyone should have a customised skincare routine depending on their age, lifestyle and skin condition.
A good skin care routine includes:
- Cleansing morning and night, and removing all traces of makeup before bed;
- Applying serums to target specific concerns, such as pigmentation, acne, lines and redness; and then
- Applying moisturisers to lock in serums and protect your skin and prevent moisture loss; and
- Daily SPF every morning regardless of whether or not you venture outside.
Q: What is the one ingredient women of every age should be using?
Vitamin A is excellent, but you can’t use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It tricks older skin into behaving like a younger skin by increasing collagen and elastin in the skin, evening skin tone and improving hydration and oil flow. Think of it as your skin’s very own personal trainer.
Q: What’s the biggest skincare myth?
‘I don’t need to wear an SPF because I work inside’. If I had a dollar for every client who has said this to me…
Our skin is exposed daily to concentrated blue light and UV from our TVs, mobile devices, tablets and computer screens. By wearing a physical sunscreen like Zinc oxide, which you might already have in your mineral makeup or daily moisturiser, you are protecting your skin from accelerated aging, inflammation and brown spots, like hyper-pigmentation.
Q: What’s your best skincare advice?
Always get advice from a skincare professional before buying products. Your skin is constantly changing, so your products should be prescribed accordingly. Some general tips are:
- Stay out of the sun.
- Wear an SPF every single day.
- Drink lots of water.
- Don’t pick pimples or squeeze your own blackheads
- Buy the best skincare products that you can afford.
- Have a routine and stick to it.
- Never go to bed with your makeup on.
Be aware of the ingredients that are in your products. There are some nasties out there that can contribute to serious skin issues. The products I use are award winning, cruelty free, organically sourced ingredients and tried and tested by me before I recommend to any of my clients.
Q: How important is sleep in giving you healthy skin?
‘Every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after midnight’.
Whether you believe this or not, a good night’s sleep of 7-9 hours is so important for healthy skin. Sleep reduces stress and cortisol levels. When cortisol is increased, it interferes with collagen production and your skin becomes inflamed and angry. That leads to an increase in breakouts, redness, dark circles under the eyes, deeper wrinkles and other skin conditions. I try to go to bed between 9 and10pm and then wake at the same time every morning. I also avoid using my devices before sleep and prefer to read or meditate. I find that this really improves my sleep quality.
Perfect PJs to make you stay in bed:
Q: Are there any emerging skincare trends that excite you?
I’m secretly experimenting with some new environmentally friendly, sustainable plant-derived stem cell products at the moment and I am blown away by the results… watch this space!
Q: Finally, can you recommend any useful skincare tips to make the best of lockdown at home? Such as DIY facials?
There are so many fantastic ways to improve your skin during lock down.
Firstly, your skin mirrors what’s going on inside of you, so if you’re stressed it will be evident on your skin. Try to stay calm by doing 5-minute meditations 3 x day. I set a timer on my phone to remind me.
Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time.
Twice a week, soak in a warm bath and apply a face mask. I have a huge selection of ISO face masks that have been incredibly popular.
At-home peels are also available but must be monitored closely by your skin therapist.
Wear your SPF when you’re working in front of the computer. Blue light is as bad as UV light for your skin causing hyperpigmentation and photodamage.
Be mindful of what you are eating. Our diet affects our skin. Keep a food diary if you are noticing unhealthy habits.
By having a water bottle close by, you’ll be amazed at how much you sip on it when it’s there. Keeping hydrated helps flush out toxins in your body and improves your skin heath.
Being in lockdown is the perfect time to start a result-driven skin routine. Once your skin has been professionally assessed, you can get started right away. This can be as simple or as complicated as you like.