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Beauty Tips from Spa Bellezza:

Pick the Right Lotion

Not all moisturizers were created equal. Lathering up is a great way to keep your skin soft, but only if you’re putting the right stuff on. “Each skin type responds best to different moisturizer formulas,” says New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel. “If you have dry skin, try an oil-based cream with major hydrators like silicone, ceramides, or glycerin. They prevent moisture from escaping your skin. For oily skin, choose a water-based moisturizer so it won’t clog your skin and cause breakouts. Combination and normal skin types should experiment with lightweight lotions that contain humectants like sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid, which attract water from the air to your skin.” Another big help? Sobel says to apply lotion to slightly damp skin right after you shower to seal in more moisture.

Eat for Your Skin

Typically you eat for your waistline, but if you make sure to include some skin enhancing munchies in your diet, both areas will benefit. Here are some top picks:

-Sweet Potatoes: They are rich in beta-carotene and, when ingested, are converted into vitamin A, a prime factor in keeping skin soft. Not a potato person? Carrots will do the trick, too.

-Kiwi: Any food with lots of vitamin C, like kiwi, oranges, and grapefruit, is a big skin saver. Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis and protects against wrinkles. In a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who had a diet high in vitamin C foods had noticeably less dryness and fewer wrinkles.

-Wild Salmon: Foods heavy in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, herring, and trout play a key role in keeping our skin smooth. They provide our skin with oils that lubricate and reduce inflammation, which often leads to redness, acne, and scaly skin.

Get a Peel

When you think of a chemical peel, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the Sex and the City episode where Samantha shows up to Carrie’s book party looking like a raw sushi tray. In reality, the opposite is true about peels. Superficial peels that fix skin tone with a low-percentage glycolic acid are so gentle your face may flake slightly, but otherwise will be fine. Talk to a professional to find out which strength peel is right for your skin type.

Find a Toner

You tone your arms and legs at the gym, why not tone your face too? Toners not only soothe your skin but also help balance pH levels in your skin. Look for toners that are free of irritants: alcohol, fragrance, citrus, menthol, color, and other aggressive extracts, says Beauty expert Tinamarie Dougherty.  Spa Bellezza caries a great toner by Dermalogica that will help balance your pH levels.  Stop by for a skin consultation today.

Embrace Eye Creams

Even if you’re in your 20s, taking care of your eyes now will keep them looking healthy for years to come. Plus, the skin around your eyes is the thinnest and therefore shows the signs of aging first. Keep your peepers prepped with a product like age reversal eye complex or multivitamin power firm by Dermalogica and show them off by winking at the cute guy at the gym this weekend.

Care for Your Kisser

Don’t forget to give a little TLC to your lips, they do most of the work for you! Keep lips supple and smooth by using a lip treatment at night like renewal lip complex by Dermalogica and a lighter gloss to keep your smackers shiny through the day.

Get Sexy Lashes

You can use all the eye creams you want, but your lashes frame your eyes, so make them stand out. Make your lashes look longer by curling them. Gently squeeze once at the roots and hold down for five seconds. Then, place the mascara brush at the base of your lashes, wiggle it slightly, and pull it through in a slow zigzag motion. This will evenly coat each lash without weighing them down.

Take the Right Vitamins

To get a glow that shines inside out, you’ve got to make sure you’re putting the right stuff into your body. Start taking a daily multivitamin with C, E to combat aging and fine lines. To keep skin smooth, look for a label that has fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6.

Exercise

Yes, it’s annoying everything leads back to this, but it’s true. Especially with acne-prone skin, exercise can control flare ups and even boost collagen production, keeping fine lines and wrinkles off your face.

Hydrate

Like exercising, staying hydrated can help keep your skin firm, smooth, and glowing. Good thing you typically need water to exercise, it’s double-duty beauty!

Wash Before You Snooze

If you’re acne prone, this is the worst thing you can do to your skin. “Leaving makeup on overnight clogs your pores and traps in dirt from the day. Nighttime is your skin’s time to repair itself.” So do yourself a favor, and at the very least swipe some makeup remover across your face before passing out.

Get Your Zzzz’s

“You can apply all the makeup in the world, if you don’t get enough sleep your skin is just not going to look good,” says beauty expert Tinamarie Dougherty. “Your skin needs this down time to help itself repair and rejuvenate. If you find yourself falling behind on sleep, make sure you turn off the tube, close your laptop, and set your BlackBerry to sleep mode so you can mentally check out.”

Fake Wide-Awake Eyes

Even if sexy is far from how you feel, no one will ever have to know it. Fake a wide awake look by applying black liner to the underside of your top lash line, just on the outer half, a quick swipe of mascara, and a dab of gold or white shadow on the inner corner of your eyes. You’ll fool even yourself with the results.

Rock Matte Skin

If you’re prone to oily skin, the last thing you feel sexy about is blotting your face all day. To get a matte complexion, use a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer and instead of caking on powder and lightly dust only your T-zone.

Watch the Booze

True, it’s hard to stay awake from the occasional happy hour (or hours, rather), but too much alcohol can definitely do a number to your skin. From dryness to premature aging, and triggering inflammation and rosacea, it’s important to remember that when it comes to your face, drinking in moderation is key. Besides, it’s pretty tricky to feel or look sexy with a hangover.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

They are a woman’s best friend, but forgetting to clean them can lead you to a slew of breakouts. We’re talking about your makeup brushes. “Once a month dampen just the head of the brush, making sure not to get the barrel or handle wet,” says Tinamarie. “Gently massage a mild baby shampoo into the bristles and rinse with warm water. Lay the brush on a towel with the head hanging over the sink.” Not only will you stop putting bacteria on your face by doing a monthly cleaning, your brushes will also work better.

Contour Your Face

Using an iridescent powder, bring definition to your face by highlighting the high points of your face, i.e. cheeks and brow bones. Try this tip: Use your regular blush and eye colors in the areas that recede, like the hollows of your cheeks and the creases of your eyes, to exaggerate the effects.

Beat Belly Bloat

Don’t trip yourself up with a great workout by then canceling it out with your diet. If you’re worried about bloating, steer clear from sorbitol, a sugar found naturally in fruits, (apples, pears, peaches, prunes), as well as in sugar-free candies and gums and starches, including potatoes, corn, rice, bread, noodles and any products made from flour. These produce more gas as they are broken down in the large intestine. 2/15/12

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Is it possible to over-exfoliate my skin?

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Exfoliating dead skin cells is important for smooth, radiant, healthy skin. However, exfoliating too much or
too aggressively can damage the epidermis, causing inflammation to the skin. A good regimen would include two-three
times a week for oily skin types and no more than once a week for sensitive, dry skin.