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Skin Care 101

By Donna Vanderburg

Winter is in full swing and the extreme temperatures of the outdoors, combined with heaters and fireplaces indoors, can leave your skin feeling dry, flaky and dull looking.

To keep that summer glow through the seasons, its important to follow a good skin care routine. Even if you can’t get regular professional facials, it’s important that you update your skin care routine annually and sometimes seasonally, especially your moisturizer. Not only can your skin change yearly, due to age, hormones, birth control stress, medications etc., but the skin care industry is constantly on the cutting edge, creating products that provide excellent results for home care.

Below are some Skin Care Basics 101, to assist you in your skin care routine:

Step1. Cleanse: AM and PM only, overwashing can strip the skin of its natural oils and can actually overstimulate the skin to produce more oil.

Step 2. Exfoliate: Based on your skin’s needs, you may be prescribed a daily, twice weekly, weekly or monthly routine.

Step 3. Toner: Not your Old School alcohol-based products that strip the skin, today’s toners are designed to hydrate the skin, prior to applying moisturizer.

Step 4. Moisturize/Sunscreen : Depending on your needs, you may need to moisturize and apply a sunscreen, or use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Sunscreens have come a long way and are no longer heavy, gooey and awful smelling.

These recommendations are just the basics, depending on the time and effort you want to put into your skin care routine, you can add eye and lip treatments, weekly masques, boosters under your moisturizers etc. Your skin care therapist can design a program to fit your needs.

To get a complimentary skin care analysis, contact belladonna Skin Care & Massage, located inside Holiday Inn, 3236 Main St., Mammoth Lakes. 760-934-3344. We also offer customized Dermalogica Facials; Relaxation, Deep Tissue and Hot Rock Massage; Make-Up Consultation and Application, Manicures, Pedicures, Personal Color Analysis and Waxing; Specializing in Brazilian Bikini Waxing.