Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Expert Skincare Tips

from aesthetician Andrea DeSimone

1. If a thorough, ritualistic cleanse is performed at night, to remove dirt, oil, makeup and the stresses of the day from your face, it’s not necessary to re-cleanse in the a.m. The oils that produce overnight are very hydrating and balancing so don’t wash them away. You can certainly let water run over your face in the shower, then freshen up with a toner or hydrosol on a diluted cotton pad and follow with moisture.

2. For those of you who prefer a tighter feeling of clean, such as soap users, keep in mind tight is often confused with stripped or imbalanced skin. Check the ingredient list and avoid trigger ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate, petroleum derivatives, parabens and synthetic fragrances, colors or dyes.

3. Keep your hair off your face at night while you sleep. The oils from our hair and our haircare products often contribute to perimeter breakouts.

4. Change your pillowcase often.

5. After cleansing, use a warm damp cotton washcloth as a compress over your entire face. Take a breath, press your checks, forehead, temples, chin and mouth area. Then remove any residual product from cleansing and most importantly, buff and detail the skin for gentle exfoliation. This is a great way to complete your cleansing.

6. Use tepid to cool water while cleansing your skin. If you like a hot shower or bath, splash your face with cool water when you get out of the shower. Your capillaries will appreciate it.

7. If you are heading to the beach or lucky enough to live there, collect some ocean water in a water bottle and use it as a toner. If possible, get it fresh everyday and keep it in the refrigerator. It’s loaded with minerals and the salt helps to absorb excess oils. Use on a Q-tip to help spot treat pimples.

8. If you have a jaw line breakout it may reflect hormonal changes or PMS, but it could also be from a dirty phone. Wipe off your home, work, and cell phones with a little rubbing alcohol on a pre-moistened cotton round. Same advice for eyeglass frames and sunglasses.

9. Learn to love rainy days. High humidity levels are guaranteed to plump and hydrate your skin.

10. Keep your skincare system simple!

For more information on New York City-based aesthetician, Andrea DeSimone, whose professional credits include Jo Malone and the Susan Ciminelli Day Spa at Bergdorf Goodman, www.andreadesimonefacials.com