So I am just going to say it, as an Esthetician I love skin, it is after all the body’s largest organ. I love correcting skins imperfections and helping patients achieve a healthy radiant complexion.
Getting your skin its healthiest will make all the difference in how you look and feel about yourself. Here are some tips that I live by to keep my skin looking its best.

1- Cleanse your skin properly. Wash your face with a cleanser after you wake up. Think about it: you have been tossing and turning on a pillow covered in bacteria and hair product residue. Also wash your face before you go to bed at night. Cleanse twice; the first cleanse removes oil/makeup residue and the second cleanse to remove impurities. Remember NEVER go to bed with your make-up on.

2- Exfoliate several times a week. Exfoliating with alpha or beta-hydroxy acids or scrubs can get rid of the dull, rough outer layer of skin. While cleansing my skin before bed I use buf puf gentle facial sponge by 3M (purchase online). Once I week I exfoliate using an acid peel. (Try St. Ives Medicated Apricot Exfoliating Daily Cleansing Cloths with salicylic acid)

3- Drink at least 8 glasses (total 64oz.) of water a day. This will help clear your skin and give it a glow because it will help rid toxins from your body.

4- Protect and treat your skin with antioxidants. My #1 must have is Vitamin C . A pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C serum immediately minimizes and soothes the visible effects of environmentally damaged skin to create healthy, youthful glowing skin. Vitamin C also helps to lighten skin and improving the appearance of acne scars. Some of the best serums I have found are Image Vital C and Obagi professional Vitamin C (comes in 5,10,15 & 20%) Currently I am using the C RX system from Obagi that contains the 10% serum. You can find the best deals on serums at Ebay.com

5-Use a weekly moisturizing or anti-aging mask on face and neck, preferably after exfoliating the skin. You can make your own moisturizing mask, check out our posts for avocado or pumpkin mask.

6-Do NOT pick at existing blemishes. I know its hard but when you pick at or pop a pimple, you are spreading the bacteria from that onto the rest of your face. When a blemish pops up dab on a little tea tree oil, or lavender essential oil. They are both are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Lavender is especially great to use because it also calms the skin reducing redness. If by chance you had picked at a blemish, apply neosporin to irritated skin. Neosporin will kill bacteria and help it heel quicker and lessen the chance of it leaving a scar.

7- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Wearing sunscreen daily will help prevent further damage.

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