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5 Skin Care Secrets an Esthetician Swears By

Face Peeling Mask at Spa
May 17, 2017 Reviewed by Holly Dawsey 0 Comments

Ever wonder how your skin looks so aah-mazing after a trip to the spa? We asked a licensed ExPürtise esthetician to reveal her secrets to getting a glowing complexion. Lisa Etie is a licensed esthetics instructor at the Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics and Massage and the owner and licensed esthetician at BOTBIY (Bringing Out the Beauty in You) in Spring, Texas. From creating a better cleanse to performing lymphatic drainage, learn how to upgrade your face time and turn your at-home routine into a spa-like escape.  

Double cleanse
“When using the ExPürtise Ultra Purifying Cleanser in the treatment room, I always double cleanse,” says Etie. “It is important to make sure the skin is cleansed thoroughly, as makeup has a tendency to build up and many of the environmental factors we experience every day contribute to overall dull skin and enlarged pores.” Make sure you are using a cleanser that won’t strip the skin of its natural moisture, massage it onto your face for at least 30 seconds, rinse and repeat.

Another good eye-dea
“A pro tip is to apply your gentle cleanser to the eye area and let it sit while you cleanse your face or lips. This gives the cleanser time to begin to break down the eye makeup, which is usually tougher to remove than other products.”

Warm it up
“I recommend using a warm towel to remove facial products, as it creates more of a spa experience. But more importantly, it helps open your pores to draw out residue and dirt,” says Etie. She likes to soak her towels in lavender oils before they go in the hot towel cabinet for the added aromatherapy benefits. At home, you can apply a few drops of your preferred aroma to a towel for the same effect. “Whatever you do, though, never use a sponge to cleanse — they harbor bacteria,” she warns.  

Make time to massage
“In between exfoliating with the ExPürtise Enzyme Peel, which sloughs off dead skin cells, and the Selfie Mask that unclogs pore, I do a facial massage. This is a great time to concentrate on strengthening the facial muscles, as well as preforming a lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage massage helps firm the skin, reduce swelling and speed cell regeneration.”

The technique is simple: Begin by running your fingers down your jawline and neck toward where your collarbones meet. Next, apply mild pressure down either side of your nose before moving onto the eye area. Using your ring fingers, use very light circular patting motions in a C-shape from the inner eyebrows down, tracing the orbital bone of the eye back up to the tail of your eyebrow. Finish by applying pressure to the temples and the center of the forehead.

Relax
One reason you always look so refreshed after a spa treatment is that you’ve given your body and mind time to relax.I like to give my clients an opportunity to take a time-out — no talking, no technology. At home, I recommend setting aside time to pamper yourself,” Etie says, explaining that relaxation triggers a genetic response, producing hormones like serotonin and oxytocin, which are responsible for better sleep, mood and an overall sense of wellbeing.

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