Suffering from dry or oily skin during these winter months? Use these skin care tips Megan Melone Beauty esthetician Amy Ciganovic

By Amy Ciganovic, licensed esthetician

Hello beautiful! It’s my pleasure to write this article, which is the first in a series regarding skincare. Today’s post is about winter skin and how to treat certain challenges symptomatic of this time of year.

So let’s dive right in! First of all, winter time usually means dry, dehydrated skin. There are a few main causes. #1-The air is drier #2- wind is typically stronger and #3- our heaters. Since we don’t have any control over our environment, we have to adjust the way we care for our skin. Now, I know what some of you are thinking…. But Amy, I have oily skin! It’s never dry! Oily, acned skin still needs hydration due to certain products applied that are meant to dry excess oil.

First, I am going to address my fellow naturally dry, dehydrated skin ladies and gents… if you’re not already using a gentle, creamier cleanser, get on it! Personally, I love Cleanse by Osmosis, which is gentle, soothing and non-drying. It is suitable for all skin types, but I especially love it for drier skin types. Next, if you’re using any kind of exfoliating product make sure it’s a gentle, non-abrasive type. I don’t like scrubs, because, in my experience, I’ve seen the result in more damaged and irritated skin. My favorite product, personally, is Immerse from Osmosis, which is a moisture boosting product. Immerse is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E making it a rockstar in the treatment of dry skin. This product can go on by itself or mix with your current moisturizer to boost its effectiveness. I’ve seen how tweaking just a couple things in your current routine can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your skin.

During this time of year, oily skin tends to produce less oil which is a welcome change for some, but it can also be a little confusing. So, how should you properly treat oily skin? Switching to a gentler cleanser is a great start, but it doesn’t mean you give up thorough cleansing. My favorite gentle cleanser suitable for oilier skin types is Skin Script Green Tea Citrus Cleanser. Key ingredients are grapefruit and lemon for cleansing and green tea for calming and as a great antioxidant. Lastly, choose a moisturizer that’s formulated for acne prone skin. The product I’ve been recommending to my clients is Skin Script Light Aloe Moisturizer. This moisturizer is light weight but hydrates and protects and is perfect for even the oiliest skin types.

Visit Amy this winter for skin care treatmentsThe last piece of the winter skin care puzzle is regular facial treatments. Not only do you get to relax and be pampered during this dreary time of year, but your skin gets a much needed boost. Seeing a licensed esthetician is the best way to get a truly customized skin care plan. During a facial you get a deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, a mask especially for you and the option of adding LED light therapy which intensifies the results. If you are thinking about starting a skin treatment series, I recommend spacing them out 4-8 weeks apart. More frequently for those with more serious skin challenges and less frequent for those that want to maintain the current condition of their skin.

To conclude, the products I’ve listed are just a few of many out there. Over my long career as an esthetician, these are the products that I’ve chosen to carry in my treatment room. I highly recommend seeing a professional, licensed esthetician (hopefully me, but I understand if distance is a factor) for proper recommendations as to what is optimal for your personal needs. If you’d like to book an appointment and receive a customized treatment Text me at (708) 908-0908.