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  • Follow this guide to keep your skin healthy and protected after a facial. Caring for your skin after a facial

    If you're interested in becoming an esthetician, you're likely aware of some of the great benefits of facials. They unclog pores, help remove toxins, and clean the skin so that it's more open to absorbing moisturizers and other products. However, the exfoliating and deep-cleansing done in facials can leave the skin very vulnerable afterward, so after-facial skin care shouldn't be overlooked. Take a look at this guide for the basics of taking care of your face after receiving a facial:

    Drink water
    This tip appears again and again in almost every skin care guide because it's a huge way to boost your skin's health from the inside out. Stay hydrated before and after your facial, and you'll find you leave with healthier glowing skin.

    Stay out of the sun 
    Most facials incorporate some kind of a peel or exfoliation that removes the protective top layers of skin, leaving a younger and vulnerable layer on the surface. This layer of skin is much more susceptible to burns, which can leave permanent damage and scarring. Your esthetician will finish your appointment with a professional SPF product, but you should make sure you're prepared for after the appointment with sunglasses and a hat to keep your skin further protected. This also means absolutely no tanning beds for the first few days.  

    Go makeup free
    Various treatments are performed, which could lose some of their effectiveness if you apply too many clogging products afterward. Try sticking with just a sunscreen after the facial, and only use mineral powder makeup if you're returning to work or going to an event later that day. 

    Avoid using cleansers
    Again, because of all of the treatments involved in the facial, your skin should have a rest from any cleansing products and scrubbing that are a normal part of your routine. At least for the first 24 hours, simply rinse your face with cool water, and avoid using any washcloths or wipes. For a few days after the treatment, apply a gentle cleanser using only your fingers. 

    Don't use the sauna or gym
    Many types of facials have a steaming treatment that increases circulation and gives you a glow. Reheating or steaming your face can make your already sensitive skin even more vulnerable and can lead to redness caused by broken capillaries. You should also consider skipping the gym after a facial to avoid sweat and heat ruining your after-facial glow. 

    Schedule your massage before your facial
    Following a facial, when you are face down you can cause damage to the skin from the pressure received during from your massage therapist. You should also try sleeping on your back for the first night after a facial to avoid imprints and introducing bacteria from your pillowcase onto your face.

    Listen carefully to instructions
    The most important after-care tips will come directly from your esthetician, depending on the specific treatments they've done, so make sure to listen to and follow the instructions carefully. Extractions, microdermabrasion and other more intense treatments may require certain products or practices for the couple of days following the facial. Don't be afraid to ask any after-care questions you have – it's better to be more prepared than to damage the skin unnecessarily. 

  • Great skincare stocking stuffers to get your friends this year. Skin care stocking stuffers your friends will love

    You most likely have an idea about what big gifts you're getting your friends and family for Christmas, but what about those stocking stuffers? If you're stuck on what to get the ladies in your life this year, consider buying them small skin care gifts! To get started, take a look at these essentials every woman could use in her stocking:

    Face exfoliant
    Exfoliants are great stocking stuffers because they don't have to be very expensive, and every woman can use them. These products slough away dead skin cells, leaving your face smooth, clear and healthy. Plus, using an exfoliant at the beginning of your normal skin care routine can actually help to boost the effectiveness of the rest of your products, since they'll be able to penetrate into clear pores better. 

    Night serum
    Every woman should have a repairing night serum to help rejuvenate their skin while they sleep, so it's the perfect decadent stocking stuffer to get for your friends. Serums penetrate into the skin's deepest layers, repairing it from the inside out with antioxidants, peptides and other concentrated restorative ingredients. They visibly boost the skin's appearance by helping to repair wrinkles, day-to-damage, dryness and more.

    Skin balm
    A cute tin of skin balm fits easily into a stocking, and all of your friends will love being able to incorporate it into their winter skin regimen. During the season when dry, flaky and cracked skin is an unfortunate inevitability, a moisturizing skin balm is super practical. Buy a 2-in-1 lip and skin balm so your friends can take care of all of the dry areas with one product!

    Eye cream
    The best way to beat wrinkles around your eyes is to start taking preventative measures early, so consider buying your ladies some eye cream this year. Tackling wrinkles isn't all this product does, either. Eye cream is also a great tool for brightening under-eye circles and tightening up some of the puffy skin in the area, which makes it great for even the younger women in your life. 

    If you have a passion for skin care, you may want to consider enrolling in esthetics training where you can learn about professional skin care practices and techniques. 

  • Protect your skin from harsh winter weather. Protect your skin from cold and wind this winter

    Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, especially the fragile layer on your face. This means that the winter season is about more than just holidays and festivities – it's about protecting your skin from frigid temperatures and strong winds, too. After all, you have to make sure your face is in tip-top shape for holiday parties! If you're interested in becoming an esthetician, you should have a basic understanding of skin care during the winter, but here are a few important tips for keeping your face healthy this season:

    Be careful with hot water
    Those long, hot showers that feel so good after coming in from the cold may actually be doing you a disservice. The main reason winter weather isn't so good for your skin is that it sucks away a lot of important natural moisture your skin produces, leaving it very dry – and hot water worsens that problem. Try to keep your showers warm, not hot, and cut down on the time you're in there, as well. Ten to 15 minutes is OK, but any longer and your skin and hair will begin to dry out. 

    Pick up the right products
    Cold and wind cause a dryer climate, but the heating system at your home or work can take moisture away from the air inside as well. Have you noticed any static electricity lately? That's why! This means it's more important than ever to pick up a really great moisturizer. Find one that's fragrance-free, and if you can, use moisturizing soap rather than your normal body wash. Make sure to apply moisturizer to your face each morning after washing up (with lukewarm water). The skin on your hands is also vulnerable to winter dryness, so consider finding a protecting hand lotion as well. And finally, don't forget to protect your lips as well, as they are especially vulnerable to the cold weather. Use a lip moisturizer under your lip balm, and you'll be much happier. Remember, all of the products you use should still have SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Even though it's not as bright over the winter, there are still just as many harmful UV rays when you go outside.

    Dress for comfort
    Your face, neck and hands all have pretty thin skin, so if you're going outside during harsh or windy conditions, make sure to keep them protected. Bundle up with the appropriate clothing – scarves, gloves and hats – and try to keep your face covered as much as possible.

    Adjust your diet
    As always, a healthier diet can lead to more naturally luminescent skin, so it's a great place to start. Fill up on foods high in healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, all of which can naturally boost collagen levels in your skin. These include nutritious options like leafy greens (kale and spinach, for instance), citrus fruits, berries, salmon and avocados. And don't forget to stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water can help your body naturally moisturize your skin.

    If you know you're prone to dry skin, it's best to start taking action to avoid it before winter even begins. However, if you find yourself with dry skin anyway, there are some ways to get rid of it. Try treating your skin overnight with a store-bought moisturizer or even some petroleum jelly. Slather it on right before bed, and try to keep your face off the pillow. 

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