KIMBERLY MILLER TALKS STRATEGIES FOR ACNE, AGING, AND PHOTODAMAGE REPAIR
MEET THE PROFESSIONALS:
“Be religious with your regimen.”
“Coming to see me is like going to the dentist,” says Kimberly Miller, esthetician, acne specialist, and owner of Kimberly Miller Skin in Scottsdale, AZ. “I am in charge of your deep cleaning, and you are in charge of the maintenance in between. The better you maintain your skin at home, the better the results we are going to get in the treatment room.”
Miller, who essentially grew up in the beauty industry—“my mom is a very successful stylist, so from as far back as I can remember, I was in a salon environment”—is known for her depth of knowledge and commitment to results. “Skincare is constantly evolving and changing, so I always try to stay up on the latest and greatest. I do a ton of market and product research before I am willing to bring something into Kimberly Miller Skin. You have to be cautious with things that hit the market because so much sounds amazing but the results aren’t.”
Kimberly launched her streamlined skin studio, Kimberly Miller Skin, after nearly a decade running a successful full-service salon with her stylist mother.
“I started a family, and at that point wanted to be able to not only be a business owner but have time to be a mom too. So, we downsized, and I opened the skin studio. I work three 12-hour days to get all of my clients in but to also have plenty of time to be a mom too. I have the most loyal clientele. Many have been with me for over 15 years!”
"Invest in your face; it will be with you a lot longer than any material items!”
“People will spend a ton of money on handbags, shoes, sunglasses, but often will cheap out on skincare. Invest in your face; it will be with you a lot longer than any of those other material items!”
Treating acne goes way beyond just what you are applying to your skin. Using the correct products for treating different kinds of acne plays a HUGE role, but for clearing acne, lifestyle choices are just important as the products you are using. Different foods that you are putting in your body can be acne triggers. Birth control, vitamins, and medicine can be acne triggers. Hair care, makeup, toothpaste, body washes and creams, laundry detergent, and fabric softeners can have pore-clogging ingredients that trigger acne too.
When I work with my acne clients, I put them through an acne boot camp where we look into every aspect of their lifestyle to make sure there are no hidden things that are contributing to their breakouts.
Also, never pick at acne. It is not worth the aftermath it leaves behind. It takes so much longer to clear the PIH [post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation] than if you were to ice your breakout and wait to see your esthetician for proper extraction. Icing is the best thing ever. I have my acne clients ice the inflamed acne for 1-2 minutes morning and night. It really makes a difference with bringing the inflammation down.
BEST AGELESS STRATEGY
There are four things every ageless regimen needs to keep the skin as youthful as we possibly can: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Peptides, and Sunscreen. Dr. Fulton, being the co-creator of Retin-A®, has the absolute best Vitamin A therapies on the market. My clients that have transitioned off of prescription Vitamin A, or other skin care brands have been amazed and thrilled with Vivant’s Vitamin A therapies.
Vitamin A is so important for the cellular turnover for our skin. It speeds up the process of our skin’s exfoliation cycle so that it helps reveal firmer, younger-looking skin.
Spin Trap Antioxidant Serum is another Vivant product that I incorporate into a majority of my ageless regimens. Vitamin C is such an important anti-oxidant that helps ward off the free radicals that we can’t avoid on a daily basis with the sun, environment, and pollution that damages our skin and causes aging. Vitamin C is also an amazing brightening agent for the skin and who doesn’t like a youthful glow?!
Peptides are the building blocks of our skin that hold everything together and help with elasticity. Rejuv Rx is a product that took me some time to embrace because you don’t feel very much when it’s initially applied. But once I gave it time, I was amazed at how much better my skin felt.
Finally, sunscreen. Living in AZ, sun is inevitable! But, even in climates where there is not as much sun exposure, you need to wear SPF every single day. UVA and UVB rays attack our good skin cells and cause premature aging not to mention all of the pigmentation that comes along with sun exposure too.
The ProPeel has been an amazing incorporation at Kimberly Miller Skin as well. This peel is unlike any other peel I have ever used. A week after the peel, the skin is visually tighter and brighter, fine lines are improved, the texture is smoother, and pigment is lighter. I have had a client that has had many of the medical grade peels and lasers tell me that out of all the peels she has ever had done, hands down this is the best one.
MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REPAIR PHOTODAMAGE
Hyperpigmentation is one of the hardest conditions to keep under control because of the damaged DNA of the melanocytes, especially here in AZ with the nearly 300 days of sun we have every year. With my clients battling pigmentation, we generally will incorporate peels and photo-facials on them, and then in their homecare, we use a ton of mandelic acid in cleansers, toners, and serums. And we alternate cycles of Bleaching Cream and Vitamin A.
BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE IN CARING FOR THEIR SKIN
Skimping on purchasing good product for homecare. People will come in monthly for facials but in between will go home and use drugstore and makeup counter products on their face. Not all products are created equal and even though products say they have retinol, vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, etc., the potency and the way its extracted is not the same as in the professional products. Also, when you are working with an esthetician, they know what would be best to make the changes in your skin that you are looking for.
TRY EVERYTHING, OR STICK TO ONE LINE?
I am a researcher. I will test out different skin care as I become interested in the different things. I generally know at first touch on my skin if it is something I will love or never use again. Most products fall into the category of things I will never use again! I feel like the products I offer at Kimberly Miller Skin are the best of the best and very hard to find something I like just as much or better to add to or replace what I currently offer.
TOP THREE RULES FOR GREAT SKIN
1. Professional skin care recommended by your esthetician
2. Stick to your regimen daily without skipping or skimping!
3. Monthly facials to keep skin looking its best and moving in the right direction toward your skin care goals
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM….
Being yourself and making yourself be the best you possibly can be. Taking care of, and nurturing your body, mind, relationships, and spirit truly makes a person beautiful.