Her Skincare Secrets: An Interview With Stefanie Parks Of DermWarehouse

by Gio
Stefanie Parks skincare interview

Have you heard of DermWarehouse?

It’s an dermatologist-owned and operated online beauty store that sells professional-strength skincare, makeup and haircare. In other words, products with a high enough concentration of active ingredients to do what they say on the tin.

Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Alan J. Parks founded the store and then brought his family on board to help out. His wife Robin  is in charge of the shipping and logistics. Their son, Jason, is the digital marketing guru. Daughter Stefanie handles vendor relations and the day-to-day operations.

I’ve had the pleasure to talk to Stefanie about her own skincare routine. With access to literally thousands of the best products on the market, what does she use on her skin? Let’s find out:

1. When did you become interested in skincare?

My dad is a dermatologist, so I’ve been surrounded by skin care my entire life. I don’t think I realized how lucky I was to always have so many products available to me. Once my family started DermWarehouse and I really started learning a lot more about the products we’re carrying and also talking to customers and seeing what an improvement these products made in their lives, my interest shot to a whole different level. Now, I would say I’m obsessed!

2. What’s your skincare routine like?

We carry almost 100 different skin care brands on our website so I like to try a lot of different products so that I can discuss and make recommendations to our customers. On a regular basis, I use about 5 products each morning and night. Cleanser, Growth Factor, Eye Cream, Moisturizer, Sunscreen in the morning and Retinol in the evening. 

3. If you could only use three skincare products for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Oh, that’s a tough one! I would say the Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face CleanserSkinMedica TNS Essential Serum and SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34. If I’m not using a good cleanser, my face feels terrible, so I definitely need to include that in my top three.

I’ve tried a ton of different cleansers and the Jan Marini product is one of my absolute favorites. The SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum has two chambers, each with a different product. One chamber has their growth factor product, which pretty much teaches the skin to act younger. The other chamber contains their APS Corrective Complex, which has antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners. It improves fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone & texture.

I love the SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair. It’s more than a sunscreen, it’s a superscreen that goes beyond UV protection to defend agains harmful infrared rays while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself.

4. What are your fave skincare brands and why?

SkinMedica, Jan Marini, iS Clinical, Neocutis. These are all professional skin care lines that use high quality ingredients. They also do clinical testing to prove that the products actually work. I can’t stress the importance of using professional skin care lines. The level of active ingredients in over the counter products is not high enough to change the skin. If you’re someone who never uses any skin care products and you buy an OTC moisturizer, you’re going to see a difference. However, products like this aren’t going to change your skin. The professional strength products will actually change your skin and this is what you want. 

5. What are your top 3 skincare tips to take care of your skin?

Wear Sunscreen, wear sunscreen, wear sunscreen. 

Honestly, there’s nothing more important. 90% of skin aging comes from the sun and that’s not to mention that it will also protect you from skin cancer. You can spend thousands of dollars on skin care products and procedures, but if wearing sunscreen on a daily basis (even in the winter and when it’s cloudy) is not part of your routine, then you’re wasting your money.

6. What skincare treatments do you regularly have done?

Dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and occasional chemical peels. 

7. What lifestyle habits do you have that keep your skin in top shape?

I wear sunscreen every day, I use professional skin care lines, and I follow my regimen consistently. Skin care is something you need to commit to. If you’re only going to use your products once in a while, you can’t expect them to do what they’re supposed to do. I also try to drink a lot of water and get enough sleep. 

8. What’s in your makeup bag?

I love Colorescience. All of their products contain sunscreen and make my skin feel like silk! My favorites are their Tint du Soleil and Skin Perfector Bronzing Primer.

Thank you, Stefanie!

Don’t forget to check out DermWarehouse. You can get your hands on all of Stefanie’s fave products there. Which ones are you gonna get?

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