We know how important it is to take care of our skin. Today, medical aesthetician and skincare educator Deirdre Fallon joins Jewels Arnes to share first-hand gold nugget tips on how to take care of your skin from her own home-made remedies. Deirdre talks about the common issues people have with their skin and why common misconceptions on skin care harm you rather than help. She dives into working with the natural oils in your body and why stripping your face regularly should be avoided. Lastly, Deirdre shares her highly innovative facemask and how it can protect you from the elements and keep your face to a maximum glow.
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Skin Care Tips With Deirdre Fallon
I am so excited about our guest. I have Deirdre Fallon here. She is a friend of mine and a medical aesthetician. She’s a skincare educator and she is the inventor of the face mask that is formulated from her new company, Screen. She has been in Frisco, Colorado for about 25 years and she has gone through so many different life changes and careers. We want to welcome Deirdre and we are going to dive right in because she is such an interesting person. From dirt biking to downhill skiing and she’s very active in the community and playing in the mountains here, we know how important it is to take care of our skin. Welcome, Deirdre.
Thank so much.
I know everyone is always interested in learning new ways to take care of their skin and especially hearing it from an expert. Let’s dive right in. Let’s talk about what got you into becoming an aesthetician and learning more about skin.
I was in the restaurant industry for most of my life and it’s a soul-sucking career to be in. In 2012, I was looking for something that was more nourishing, more nurturing, plus I was approaching 50 and looking for ways to slow down that aging process. I was ready to change careers and I started looking into aesthetician school and I was also interested in the medical aspect of it like cosmetic medical treatments. I took the leap and went to aesthetician school in 2012 and it’s been an amazing journey.
I love how you’ve recognized that the career that you were in was draining your life force energy. They talk about that a lot, about listening to the heart and taking that leap and you did just that. What skincare tips can you give us?
I’ve been up in this high-altitude region with dry air for many years now. It’s made me focus, especially getting older and dealing with a lot of my clients and customers that have been in the same situation. With skin drying out, fine lines, things like that, pigment issues, the first thing is to work on the hydration of your skin. I think that people feel like they need to wash twice a day and then they slap some moisturizer on and then they head out. Especially in a climate like this, it doesn’t work. We’ve got a tendency to over strip the skin. We’re told to wash our face twice a day and take off all our own natural oils and I think we need to work with nature instead of against it.
Do you recommend washing the face once a day?
Actually, I do. I like washing it at night because during the day, you’ve maybe makeup on, you have sunscreen on, things like that. You’ve got the toxins from the environment depending on where you live. At the end of the day, you definitely want to gently remove that. My favorite is cleansing with facial oils. I love them. Because what have you been doing all night, you washed your face from the night before. You’ve been sleeping on presumably a clean pillowcase. What’s going on over night is that your skin is producing its own natural moisturizer, which is perfectly made for your skin. I don’t think it makes sense to strip that off of your face unless you’re in a super-hot climate or you have oily skin. I don’t think that’s a step that’s unnecessary so you can make it a little easier on yourself and just cut out a whole step right there.
It makes so much sense. It might be new for some people. I know I only wash my face at night, but that was something that I started doing because I always thought that’s what you are supposed to do.
It’s been ingrained in our brains. My generation, when we grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was just Stridex Pads and Clearasil. It was stripping and drying your face out all the time that now, I’ve seen so many of my clients that have repercussions from all that. They have been stripping their skin for 30 years and now they have rosacea or they just have so many wrinkles and fine lines and they’ve disrupted the natural acid mantle that the skin requires to stay healthy.
I love how you said let your skin do what it’s meant to do. Disrupting that doesn’t make it any better. If anything, it makes it worse. I’m so fascinated because you mentioned a few times that we live in a harsh environment. I know not everybody does, but let’s go into your philosophy on protecting the skin and then we’re going to talk about this great new face mask that you’ve developed.You need to work with nature instead of against it. Click To Tweet
There are different factors, some that we feel like we can control and some that we can’t control. I feel like exposure to the elements is something that people have always assumed that they don’t have that much control over, but I feel like in actuality we do. We think about the sun and of course we were sunscreen and that’s how we protect our skin from the sun as an aging factor. There’s also wind and cold, which people don’t think of as aging factors, but they actually are. When you’re getting constantly buffeted by the wind and the cold, that’s actually drying out that top layer of your skin. It can lead to it flaking off. It’s going to flake off with all your sunscreen that you’ve put on there. Unless you’re reapplying an oily or emollient sunscreen every two hours, you’re subjecting your skin to a lot of trauma.
That gave me chills because I never thought about it that way. Of course, I don’t ski anymore, but I’m out hiking all the time. The wind is a huge factor around where we are, and I know for a lot of other people as well. If you’re also out sweating and that stuff as well, even when it’s cold, we’re still perspiring because we’re working hard. It makes sense that we would need another layer of protection. Let’s go into what you suggest for that.
We’ve always worn clothing and gloves and things like that to protect all the other areas of our body, but it hasn’t been too practical to wear something on our face because obviously we need to breathe. We need to communicate. Up until now, there haven’t been that many options as far as something that you could wear on your face where you could perform those functions. I’ve created a face mask that has some different bands that are movable that allow you to breathe 100%, so you can do highly aerobic activities, still be able to breathe and stay covered and stay protected the whole time. It moves with you and it’s not super bulky.
It’s streamlined and it doesn’t bunch up around your neck and doesn’t bunch up around your helmet. I’ve been working on that. I conceived it when I was working at the medical skincare clinic that I was working at. I had so many clients that would come in and they were ski instructors in the winter and avid athletes in the summer outdoor. You can’t wear a hat. You can’t wear like a scarf and the bops that are out there right now just get wet and you have to pull them down to speak. I was finding a lack in the marketplace for something that fit those needs and solve those problems.Let your skin do what it’s meant to do. Click To Tweet
We obviously have two seasons. There may be some people reading that don’t live in this cold, harsh environment, but they still want to protect their skin maybe out on a jog or in a nicer weather. Do you have one for winter and one for summer?
I do. I’ve been wearing my summer one consistently. I’m in the stage of manufacturing where I’m getting my winter masks going. I’ve got summer mask that’s a lightweight poly spandex blend that’s super lightweight, wicks moisture, and you can move. It’s hard to picture. I’m hoping that we can share a link to the website or something like that so that people can get an image of what it looks like. There’s a nose band that’s movable and you can adjust it to where it comes down underneath the lip so you can wear a ball cap or your bike helmet and wear it a bunch of different ways. I’ve got several different ways that I wear at the summer depending on where the sun is and what I’m doing and how much protection I want. I’ve mostly been wearing mine in the summer.
I always see these women with these big huge hats and you’re trying to cover up your face. Unless you’re reapplying your sunscreen consistently throughout the day, this just takes all of that out. What I love about it is the movement and how you can tell, speak and breathe heavy. It doesn’t matter what activity you’re doing, you can still protect yourself from the sun. You’re not going to be getting much through that at all. This is maybe a random question, but can you get it wet? What about people that are at the beach or when to swim?
I actually have a customer that took it with her to Texas for some kite surfing. You can get it wet. As with any fabric, it will reduce the UPF or the Ultraviolet Protective Factor slightly, but it’s still going to be better than swimming with sunscreen on. You’re going to get much more consistent protection for a much longer period of time.
I’m imagining we need a full body suit. I love it. What I want to do is talk more about what happens to the skin. What I want to do is go move back to where we left off and how important it is to protect the skin and maybe go into more of the medical problems or the issues people have. Maybe people that are trying to decide, “Is it that big of a deal? Why do I need to protect my skin?” Let’s go into some of the different things that can happen if we don’t protect our skin.
When you combine the sun, the wind and the cold in the winter, you’ve lived up here for a while too. You’ve seen the faces of people that come off the hill and they’ve got the goggle tan. They’ve got their red cheeks and then they’ve got the wind burn and the dry skin. It’s a snowball effect. Not only are you contributing to the breakdown of the elasticity of your skin by exposing it to the ultraviolet rays, but the stripping of that stratum corneum, which is your top layer of your skin cells, you’re leaving it open for all kinds of things to happen. You’ve got the redness and you’ve got the dryness and so rosacea is a big issue with people that are exposed to a lot of elements for a long period of time. You’ve got the pigmented areas. As we age, all that sun that we’ve gotten when we were younger that was so cute isn’t so cute anymore. We get the sunspots, we can get actinic keratosis, melanoma and getting to the dark parts of skin problems.
It’s a real thing. How easy is it to apply something that when you’re going to be out for long periods of time, it easily takes all that off the table? Like you said, wearing sunscreen isn’t going to protect you from the wind and the cold and all of that stuff. It’s a fascinating thing. I love what you’re doing. It’s amazing.
At my age, I’ve been dealing with some sunspots and pigmented issues in my own skin. Sunscreen, it keeps you from burning, but it doesn’t keep you from getting the damage.
I don’t think that many people know that. They think that if they’re wearing sunscreen, that they’re protecting themselves from any damage.
There are also all the things going on with, “What sunscreen do I use? Do I use the ones with chemicals or do I just use one with zinc or titanium?” Obviously if you’re using a physical sunscreen, which is zinc and titanium dioxide, that’s preferable over the chemicals because the jury is still out on what are these chemicals actually doing to my skin.
Also to your body because you’re absorbing it into your bloodstream.If your skin feels dry, it's dehydrated. Click To Tweet
For me, it’s a no-brainer because the mask is portable. I can pop it on fast. If I want to go take a selfie, I’ll pull the mask down. If I want to eat lunch, I’ll pull the mask down or take it off and it’s something that’s physical that can be moved. Whereas once I have a cream or a product like that on my face, it’s on there for the day until I can actually wash it off, which for me has also been an issue because I react to certain ingredients in sunscreen.
Is there anything else, any skincare tips or anything that we didn’t cover that you would like to share with the family?
I didn’t expound on the skincare tip thing. We’ve got the don’t strip your skin tip, which is pretty crucial, but then we get into the hydration factor which a lot of people don’t understand. There are a couple of products that you need to have in your arsenal. One of them is called hyaluronic acid and people have probably heard a lot about it. It’s a big buzzword that’s been around for quite a few years. This is an ingredient that’s actually natural in our skin, but we produce less and less of it as we get older and that binds moisture to our skin. As we’re getting older, we’re losing that plumpness in our skin. That’s hyaluronic acid taking a hike.
That’s a super important ingredient we need to add to our regimen. It’s also important up here to make sure we’re applying it to damp skin because this hyaluronic acid needs to grab onto something. We want to put a little bit of moisture out there on our skin for it to grab onto. We want to put a product on our skin that’s going to keep it in for the day. That’s going to be something that includes occlusive ingredients, something with maybe some bees wax or some oils or something like that. If your skin is dry, that’s something that you need to start incorporating into your daily routine.
We think it’s not even just moisturizing, but I think those things that you talk about that we can add to our skin is also nurturing. It’s actually feeding ourselves as well. There are two things there that everybody should be doing.
They talk about drinking water, so we need to hydrate our bodies. When they say that when you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, it’s the same with your skin. If your skin feels dry, it’s dehydrated. If you keep it moist, you might have to apply moisturizer more than twice a day. It might have to happen. It depends on what you’re using. There are some products out there that we could make some links to that I could recommend. If you’re just putting on a light moisturizer in the morning and then at night, it might not be enough. You might have to bring something with you and reapply it during the day or just use something a little bit more, depending on the season, wherever you live. Obviously, it varies depending on what the climate is where you live. I’m used to being up here being dry as a bone. I’ve definitely only focused on hydration and how to make that all happen. That’s something I definitely excel in.
It makes sense just being where we live and then experiencing it yourself. I always think it’s almost impossible to not have dry skin where we live, but there are things that we can do. The ones that you suggested are our great, so thank you for that. It’s been so much fun having you here. I love your whole journey of how you got here and moving from the restaurant business and to the medical aesthetician to listening to other people’s problems and then winning. You saw the same problem in yourself and wanted to create something that is going to benefit us all. I want to honor you for listening to your heart and testing on this pathway where we are creating a better world and you are such a big part of that. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Thanks so much. That’s so sweet of you. Thank you.
I want to encourage all of you that are reading this to listen to your heart and your inner guidance. Go and live to your highest potential. Until next time, Namaste.
About Deirdre Fallon
Deirdre Fallon is a woman on a mission. A huge career change at 50 into the medical skin care industry and 25 years as an athlete in the high altitude elements of Colorado has led to the creation of a game changing product for people who like to get outside and play, but don’t want their skin to pay the price. She believes it’s never too late to start over and that the most basic ingredient to beautiful, healthy skin is also the least expensive.