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Sppot-on tips for clearer skin

Many people struggle with skin care, especially teens. Many times the fight against acne and dry skin feels never ending.

“Most importantly, you have to remove makeup before going to bed,” says June Russo, a licensed esthetician from You’re So Vain spa/salon/boutique in West Seneca. The pores in your skin need air and need to produce natural oils, she says.

An automatic brush, such as a Clarisonic, can help with this, she says. The Clarisonic Sonic is said to remove up to six times more makeup than cleansing skin manually. In a study, an esthetician discovered that makeup becomes trapped in fine lines and pores after manual cleansing alone.

Russo says that while washing one’s face should be a daily routine, taking off makeup will truly be effective to clear up acne and maintain healthy skin.

Another key to healthy skin is sunscreen, even in the winter, she says. A common misconception is that “people think they do not need sun protection,” says Russo. Not only should people be wearing sun protection, they should most definitely be moisturizing. She recommends oil-free moisturizers that contain an SPF of 30. Physicians Formula Mineral Wear, SPF 30, is talc-free makeup that Russo recommends because of the UV protection and other ingredients.

Russo also recommends getting a peel, such as the SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion she uses in her salon. This procedure improves skin appearance after just one 30-minute session, she says, but multiple treatments can be suggested to completely improve skin quality within a few weeks.

The treatment removes outer layers of skin through exfoliation. While it is similar to microdermabrasion, it differs in the treatment serums that are made to treat various skin states.

Laurie Burghezi, an esthetician at Simple “L”egance salon and spa in Hamburg, says her favorite product is jojoba oil. It is “all natural and has many uses from head to toe,” she says.

Burghezi also recommends using the iPhone app, “Think Dirty.”

“Skin care should be a healthy choice,” she says. “I was surprised to find out that many of my clients did not have knowledge about the products that they were using on their skin. That is why I recommend the ‘Think Dirty’ iPhone app. It is easy to use and with a simple barcode scan, anyone can shop wiser and healthier.”

Russo and Burghezi both understand how hard it can be to keep up with skin. With these tips, the battle for clear, healthy skin just got easier.

Alexandra Zurbrick is a senior at Orchard Park High School.