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‘Tis the Season for a Spa Day


By Noel Daniel

No, really! Spas have skin specialists that can help you find the perfect blend of masks and moisturizers so you can get your glow on.

One of the hardest skin types to keep in line is combination skin. Reneé Matias, owner of Renee’s Day Spa and Salon, explains that combination and oily skin needs more maintenance. She recommends exfoliating two to three times a week—and to keep the skin protected by hydrating it with oil-free moisturizers. And Reneé isn’t the only one who insists on moisturizing. Carly Sanger, aesthetician at Mena & Co. Salon agrees.

“No matter what type of skin that you have, I would always recommend moisturizing,” said Sanger. “Heavy for dry skin, light for oily skin. Try doing an exfoliant and a hydrating mask at least once a week.”

You’ll also want to drink a lot of water, as staying hydrated helps with keeping the skin itself hydrated and happy. In terms of brightening and smoothing skin, both Reneé and Sanger recommend face peels. Sanger recommends their “Dual Exfoliation” facial that consists of their skin refiner and plant peel—double the exfoliation, but no irritation.

“You’ll leave feeling refreshed and moisturized,” Sanger promises.

According to Reneé, skin peels help shed off the damaged skin from the summer. “This treatment will brighten, tighten and lighten the skin and it’s good for all skin types and ages,” said Reneé. “Depending on skin type and how healthy the skin is, I would recommend a series of six treatments done monthly. There is skin peeling with this treatment that usually lasts three to seven days—depending on the health of the skin.”

Hopefully these helpful tips have inspired you to keep your skin looking the best when the weather’s the worst.

DIY Skincare

Winter can do a number on your skin. Between the dry air and the chill, it’s hard to keep skin hydrated and resistant to the wear and tear of wind, rain, cold, and indoor heating. Not a fan of the idea of face masks worth into the hundreds of dollars? Then whip up a few of your own! We’ve collected some deliciously natural DIY treatments to give your skin that healthy glow.

Oily Skin?
Try the Apple Cider Skin Mask
Mix up three teaspoons of ground oats and a fourth of a teaspoon of apple cider into a smooth paste, then add in a fourth of a tablespoon of lemon juice and half a tablespoon of brown sugar. Once even, the mask is ready! Just apply to clean skin and let sit for up to ten minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Tired Eyes?
Try the Jojoba Eye Cream
Under eye circles should be none of your beeswax! Banish them by heating three teaspoons of jojoba oil, three teaspoons of apricot-kernel oil, and one teaspoon of beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. Once the beeswax melts, remove from heat and whisk. Time for another saucepan—load this one up with five teaspoons of rosewater and stir in a fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda and heat on low until the soda is dissolved. Then dunk that jojoba saucepan into an ice bath, whisking together the wax and oil. Invite the rosewater mixture to the party with a slow drizzle and mix until the cream sets. Last but not least, mix in five drops of carrot-seed essential oil and store your panacea in a cute jar. Dull Skin? Try the Berry Mask Just throw five blueberries, five blackberries, and five raspberries into a bowl. Mash and mix until it forms a thick and juicy consistency, then apply to clean skin and leave on for up to fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry—you can do this twice a week, if you want to!

Acne-Prone Skin?
Try the Cooling Tea Toner
A French press makes this one delightfully easy. Steep one teaspoon of peppermint tea, four teaspoons of white tea, and two drops of lavender oil in half a cup of distilled water for ten minutes. Wait for the toner to cool before pouring into a four ounce spray bottle and filling the rest with aloe vera gel. Keep refrigerated, and spray on your face whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up!

Dry Skin?
Try the Fennel and Rose Cleanser
This one is also perfect for a French press, as infusions require a tightly-closed container to retain the oils. Steep a handful of fresh fennel and rose in one cup of water for up to fifteen minutes, then strain. Let the mixture cool, then mix it with one tablespoon of powdered milk. Apply the cleanser with a cotton round, then rinse with cool water. Unused cleanser can be refrigerated and kept for 48 hours.

Mena & Co. Salon || 3900 Pelandale Ave., Ste. 425, Modesto | 209-579-7070

Renee’s Day Spa And Salon || 1245 Mchenry Ave., Modesto | 209-341-0551

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