December 2018


Author: Becca Edwards

I love what I do! I actually get to see a person’s skin change as I am working on it,” said Kathy Cooksey, L.E. and owner of THE FACE PLACE by kc. “And the more I work on it, the more it changes.”

Cooksey has 16 years of experience in esthetics, six of which are in medical esthetics. She is a creative person, especially when it comes to problem solving. “Most people who come to me come for anti-aging treatments. I like to work with them to customize a skincare program that really speaks to their needs yet keep it a realistic routine for them,” Cooksey said.

Cooksey also has a very scientific mind, and when she talks about skincare, she explains it in a very understandable and physiological way. One session with her and not only is your skin more radiant and youthful, but you will walk out with countless takeaways.

“The best way to take care of your skin is to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and to use sunscreen daily,” explained Cooksey, who then went on to dispel some myths about each facet of facial care.

“Some people think just because you washed your face before you went to bed you do not need to clean it again in the morning, but whatever came out of your vents during the night, you are going to have on your face in the morning. Plus, everyone sweats at night, and most people only wash their sheets once a week, so your pillow case is not as clean by week’s end,” Cooksey said. “A lot of times I can tell what side someone sleeps on because of breakouts or wrinkles.” Cooksey also recommends washing your face twice before bed, even if you don’t wear makeup or sunscreen. “Really that first wash is removing the day’s dirt and grime. The second wash is actually cleaning your face.”

Common exfoliators are often called scrubs but, “Don’t scrub your face,” Cooksey warned—especially with a product that contains “crushed” ingredients such as almonds, peach pits or the like. These crushed ingredients can leave microscopic cuts on the surface of the skin, she explained. “Whatever product you are using should contain round beads, especially encapsulated beads that contain useful ingredients for your skin’s health. Use only your ring and middle fingers gently rubbing in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Let the product do the job. And make sure to avoid the delicate skin of the eye area.”

Cooksey then explained the difference between moisturizing and lubrication. “Some people avoid all moisturizers, particularly if they had acne or problematic skin as a youth. But they are confusing moisturizers with lubricants. Lubricants are oil based. Moisturizers are water based. We all need moisturizers. Our body mass is over 60 percent water. Moisturizers help retain that water, making the skin look hydrated, smooth, soft and supple. Without enough water, cells begin to break down, leaving the skin dry and dehydrated, leaving the skin looking old and weathered.” When choosing a moisturizer, Cooksey says the two most important ingredients are peptides, which are amino acid chains that penetrate the skin and help firm it by forming new proteins such as collagen, and hyaluronic acid, which deeply moisturizes and plumps up the skin, improving fine lines and the depths of wrinkles.

Applying Sunscreen
Lastly, Cooksey shared some important information about sunscreen and sunblock. “You don’t need an SPF of more than 35, which provides 96 to 98 percent sun protection.” Also, there is a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. “Sunscreen contains active chemical ingredients like oxybenzone and avobenzone and should read broad spectrum. Sunblock contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. You want a sunblock that contains at least 9 to 11 percent zinc oxide. Sunscreen should be applied daily, regardless if you are going out in the sun. Even the overhead fluorescent lights in an office setting give off UV rays. Sunblock should be applied when you are going to be outdoors for an extended period of time whether playing sports or riding with your top down in your sports car.”

THE FACE PLACE by kc’s new location in Bluffton is 23 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 201. For more information, call (843) 384-5451 or visit

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