Winterize Your Skin
Dry, flaky and dull—ew! Protect your complexion all season long with these nourishing and spa-tested solutions.
I don’t know about you, but who doesn’t want great skin? A sun-kissed glow and rosy cheeks are the perfect touch to a summertime look, but how do those magnificent features carry over into the harsh winter months?
I was offered the opportunity to sit down with Amy Meier, Spa & Salon manager at the Golden Nugget, and really pick her brain on how to keep flawless skin all winter long. For example, how many times have you come home from a party, exhausted from a good time, and had forgotten to take your makeup off before cozying into bed? According to university studies, over 17 million people in the U.S. have acne. This could be the result of not taking care of your skin regularly or having a facial routine to keep skin healthy and clear. Thoughts like this were like nails on a chalkboard to Amy as she broke down her own facial regimen and provided great advice on the key to healthy skin.
Your skincare routine should change from summer to winter.
When you’re going from dry, hot weather to cruel and abrasive wintertime winds, protecting your skin is crucial. Using enzymes instead of scrubs, Amy cautioned, can provide a milder treatment to already sensitive skin. The chemical reaction of enzymes helps to eat away dead skin cells. Chemical peels tend to cause skin irritation and provide a harsher treatment, much like using a scrub or other abrasions in the winter. Coupled with arid temperatures, skin can become overexposed. Popular enzymes on the market are pumpkin or papaya-based, but seeing a dermatologist to get the best recommendation on what products to use is advised.
Following up an enzyme treatment with a serum is very important. Why? Hyaluronic acid! Extremely hydrating to the skin, hyaluronic acid, or squalene, contains components that bind water into the skin. (Hint: immediately apply a hyaluronic acid after stepping out of the shower then follow-up with a moisturizer.) This one-two punch combo works to invigorate the skin and the moisturizer acts as a barrier to help slow down moisture loss and really provide hydrating benefits during colder months.
There are benefits to using different products or regiments from day to night.
I think I could only go a few days if I had to eat the same thing for breakfast and dinner. So why do we do the same thing to our face, day in and out every single day? Feeding your skin differently for day and night truly warrants better results. In the morning your skin is on the defense, gearing up for a day of fighting off stress and pollutants. Antioxidants in the morning help to add a protective layer, almost like sunscreen. Vitamin C, Amy mentioned, is the best antioxidant on the market to date. At night, your body naturally restores and repairs, so retinols are a good nighttime “anti-aging serum” as well as night creams, which tend to have natural compounds, such as beta glucan, meant to restore and maintain a youthful appearance.
Healthy skin BEFORE makeup is essential to a flawless form.
Knowing how to take care of your skin, and most importantly recognizing the skin type that you have, also aids in choosing the right makeup. Dry skin and mineral makeups don’t seem to mix well because most minerals are powdered based. If you’re trying to achieve a dewy look, liquid formulas may work best. However, how clean you maintain your skin beforehand is essential to achieving that celebrity glow.
Sensitive skin can best be determined by your dermatologist.
Most people think they have sensitive skin when in actuality they have reactive skin. Their bodies may be reacting negatively to particular products being used because they are not right for that skin type. Before each Golden Nugget Spa facial, a consultation is done to first access the skin and determine the best process and products that should be used. Getting facials on a regular basis truly makes the difference, but at-home care is imperative to a lasting look.
Extractions are a love/hate relationship for most.
What is important to remember here is that extractions should not hurt. You should walk out feeling better than when you came in, and that truly depends on the professional.
There is benefit to using steam all the time.
The determining factor to this treatment is the distance away from the skin. Irritation from steam can come from it being too close and actually burning the skin. The purpose of steam is to soften the skin and add moisture back into opened pores. Relying on your professional facial consultant to know when close is too close can be beneficial, but it is important to speak up if you are not comfortable with the process.
Exfoliating frequency depends on the type of exfoliator and the type of skin.
Thick and oily skin can get away with exfoliating every day. Enzymes, peels and mechanicals can also provide the same affect. This coupled with clay and other mattifiers are great for controlling the oil on your face.
Makeup brushes should be washed depending on frequency of use.
Washing makeup brushes about once a week is ideal. Dish soaps can dry out your brushes, so Amy recommends using a professional brush cleaner as the product is more formulated to the bristles. Brushes should be cleaned daily, but a deep cleaning can be done once a week or less frequently depending on your makeup use.
With an array of different products on the market, skincare basics have not changed but products and technology has definitely gotten better. While the Golden Nugget Spa works hard to push back the hands of time, Amy jokes that they cannot “roll them back.” At-home maintenance is at the heart of having great skin. The Golden Nugget Spa & Salon offers many packages and even custom facials, so be sure to stop in to see Amy and her crew to subdue even the severest of wintertime conditions.
Formerly homeless, Merideth Spriggs is the founder and chief kindness officer of Caridad, a homeless-service provider based in downtown Las Vegas. She can be reached at email@example.com.