Any time is a great time to think about skin care. If you have dry, flaky or acne-prone skin, a visit to your favorite esthetician is a good place to start when you’re looking for skin care tips! Estheticians are skin care experts who can give you great advice on the best products for your skin type. They also offer brow, lash and facial treatments that will brighten your face during the driest season of the year.

Our skin care expert, esthetics instructor Tim Cummins, offers these top five skin care tips:

Skin care tip #1: Develop a daily skin care regimen

First, get some advice from your skin care specialist about which products are best for you, and then follow these simple steps every day:

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Tone
  • Moisturize
  • Apply sunscreen

Skin care tip #2: Moisturize and hydrate your skin

Whether or not you suffer from dry, oily or sensitive skin, never skip a moisturizing step in your skin care regimen. Avoiding a moisturizer can cause redness or flaking, and can lead to premature wrinkles and other aging signs on your skin. If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition such as acne or eczema, moisturizing regularly may ease some of the irritation.

Skin care tip #3: Protect your skin from sunlight

Any tan is bad news, whether it’s from exposure to the sun or a tanning bed. That’s the warning from the experts at the Skin Cancer Foundation.

“Tans are caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps, and if you have one, you’ve sustained skin cell damage,” the SCF says. “No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. In fact, people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.”

Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever you’re out in the sun – even in winter.

Skin care tip #4: Read labels on your skin care products

“Do your research, and know what you’re putting on your skin,” HWI esthetics instructor Cummins advises. The Internet makes it very easy to find a list of ingredients for every product you use, or are considering using. So when it doubt, look it up. And then check the ingredients against the following list.

Here’s a quick list you should stay away from, including:

  • Anything ending in ‘eth’ indicates that it required the petrochemical ethylene oxide to produce (myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth and so on)
  • Anything with DEA (diethanolamine) or MEA (ethanolamine)
  • Butanol and any word with ‘butyl’ – butyl alcohol, butylparaben, and butylene glycol
  • Ethanol and word with ‘ethyl’ – ethyl alcohol, ethylene glycol, ethylene dichloride, EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetracetatic acid), and ethylhexylglycerin
  • Any word with “propyl” – isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, propylalcohol, and cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Methanol and any word with ‘methyl’ –  methyl alcohol, methylparaben, methylcellulose
  • Perfume or fragrance – 95% of chemicals used in fragrance are from petroleum
  • Mineral oil
  • Paraben (wax)
  • Phthlalates
  • Diazolidinyl urea

Skin care tip #5: Visit an esthetician

Skin care treatments de-stress and rejuvenate your skin as they improve your looks! And estheticians are fonts of knowledge about the latest in great skin care products and what’s best for your skin. They’re always good for some up-to-date skin care tips as well as some wonderful treatments.

Skin care used to be considered a luxury service, but now, esthetics schools like Health Works Institute offer lower-than-market prices for student treatments. Student treatments are almost always professional quality. So if you’re in the Bozeman, Montana area, check out our services and make an appointment with us in advance:  Just click here!

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