We had a chat with Lynne Beaulieu, owner of Simply Skin in Barrington to talk all things skin.
What inspired you to start Simply Skin?
I have a passion for skin care. I knew when I was in school that I wanted to have my own skincare studio. It was very important to me to make my own schedule so I could give all my attention to the personal needs of every single client without feeling rushed.
Do you offer any services other than skin?
As a licensed esthetician, I am only allowed by the RI Health Department to work on skin. As a shop owner, I could expand my business with employees to include hair and nails, but I enjoy working on my own. However, clients have told me that I provide so much more than skin care; even though all my services are all skin related, I provide relaxation and a sense of well-being.
What is your most popular facial?
My Simply Skin Signature Facial. It is customized to suit the client’s needs, no matter what their skin type. It combines great results and relaxation – something everybody wants.
Speaking of client needs, what would you say is the most important aspect of a person’s skin care regime?
It’s most important to protect all exposed skin from the sun. Tan skin is damaged, unhealthy skin. A good skin care regime should always include an antioxidant rich daily moisturizer with sunscreen that has an SPF 30 or more. By doing this, you are not only protecting your skin from aging but, more importantly, you’re protecting yourself from skin cancer – the most common form of cancer. That being said, it is very important to have a head to toe skin check by a dermatologist once a year.
To maintain that healthy skin, how often should a customer use your services?
Getting a facial once a month is ideal, because skin cells resurface every 28-30 days. Professionally exfoliating the dead cells helps new ones remain fresh and plump, leaving a glowing complexion. For those who can’t make a monthly commitment, the change of season is a good rule of thumb, because skin can have a hard time acclimating to weather changes.
What advice would you give to customers who are focused on anti-aging?
The best anti-ager is daily use of sunscreen followed by the use of a topical retinol to make the skin more youthful. Retinoids visibly smooth wrinkles, fade brown spots, improve skin texture and even stimulate collagen for firmer skin.
Does food affect skin health?
Absolutely! What you eat and drink affects how your skin looks and functions. Drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for healthy, glowing skin. I can always tell when a client is not drinking enough water; when they make a conscious effort, it really shows. Fresh fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are great for getting your glow on. Blueberries, strawberries, spinach and sweet potatoes are just a few of the wonderful skin enhancing foods. Watermelon has a great combination of water and antioxidants. Alcohol, processed foods and refined sugars all age the skin and should be avoided as much as possible.