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Take Care of Your Face By  Sharon Goldsmith, LE | Photo by  Amy Dawnelle

GOOD SKIN CARE IS NOT A LUXURY. It’s a necessity. Each ethnic skin type has its particular challenges and needs. A regimen that is right for you can help your skin appear positively radiant. It can also help prevent and reverse signs of aging, and lower the risk of skin cancer. It’s never too early, never too late. Even a woman in her 20’s can

have fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation problems caused by sun exposure years ago, when she was too young to realize the longterm effects. There are many factors that contribute to skin aging, but a large percentage is the result of unprotected exposure to the elements. A woman in her mid-sixties came to me for her first facial in 30 years, telling me she has to swallow her self-esteem when she looks into the magnifying mirror to apply her makeup. Whether you are a grandmother, a granddaughter, or somewhere in between, you don’t have to live with this! The effects of good skin care over even a few months can be amazing. Do you have fine line, wrinkles, under-eye dark circles, brown spots (unwanted pigmentation), or dry, oily or acne-prone skin? These conditions can be dramatically improved at any age. Start with products formulated for your skin type and specific concerns. • Really cleanse. Blemishes can be due to pores that are clogged by excessive oil production, cosmetic residue, and environmental impurities. Blemishes can also result from hormone imbalance, especially in the teenage, menopausal and post-menopause years. Be sure to cleanse twice at night and once in the morning. Use a white (un-dyed), steamy wash cloth to remove cleanser. Pay special attention to areas around your nose, mouth and eyes, massaging gently with the wash cloth. By increasing circulation, you bring the body’s natural healing properties to your skin.

• Apply eye cream. Don’t give up too soon. It can take weeks to see improvement in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. • Mask 2 – 3 times a week. Target your concerns — deep cleansing, hydrating, firming, brightening. • Everything you do for your face, do for your neck and chest! • Get eight hours of beauty sleep at night. This is when your skin repairs itself. Good skin care doesn’t have to be expensive. Just because a cosmetic

has a big price tag doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better for your skin. Excellent skin care products are available at most drug stores and mass retailers. It’s all about ingredients. Look for plant and herb extracts, antioxidants, peptides, and glycolic and lactic acid. What can an esthetician do for you? An experienced esthetician can

assess your skin’s specific needs and educate you on skin care. An esthetician’s facial can support your daily regimen with tools, techniques and products that can be more effective than those you buy over the counter. A professional-grade microdermabrasion tool, bleaching creams, chemical peels, and serums that target your specific concerns can take years off the appearance of aging skin, and set you on a course of daily skin care that will maintain healthier, younger-looking, more radiant skin for the rest of your life.

• Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Do you wonder why a man’s skin typically does not age as early as a woman’s? It makes sense. Shaving regularly removes dull, dead skin cells, allowing new skin to surface. Exfoliation does an even better job, enabling the beneficial ingredients of your skin care products to permeate beneath the skin’s surface. Be gentle and avoid inflaming your skin. Inflammation causes signs of aging. • Tone. Many women omit this step from their skin care, however a toner restores pH balance, helping to return dry or oily skin to normal. • Moisturize and protect for your skin. Make sure your morning moisturizer has an SPF of 30. A mineral foundation will nourish your skin all day, and a concealer will protect especially vulnerable areas from environmental damage. Use a moisturizer at night if your skin is dry, as well as products an esthetician can recommend that are aimed at your other concerns. Never use a moisturizer with an SPF at night; this is when your skin needs to breathe and regenerate.

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February 2014

Sharon Goldsmith is a licensed esthetician who specializes in antiaging for all skin types. Reach her at Skincare By Sharon, 916.207.2900, or

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