Winterize your skin without expensive products

CENTER CITY - Dec. 29, 2010

So says, Elina Safin of Ursula's About Phace makeup studio at 17th and Sansom. Exfoliation -- or getting rid of dead skin cells -- is especially important in winter -- but before you exfoliate, you need to soften the skin.

"I truly believe you have to prep your skin first," Safin says. "It's like dry dirty dishes. If they're dry, you're scrubbing, you're doing lots of work, plus, you're making scratches too. So, if you soften all of the dead skin from the beginning, it's very extremely easy to remove all that dead skin."

She suggests softening the skin by applying a mask of organic Greek yogurt to your damp skin for about ten minutes. She says you can add raspberries for anti-oxidents or raw honey to moisturize.

After you rinse the yogurt off, you can exfoliate with a paste of baking soda and water, crushed aspirin with water, or even crushed nuts, which contain Omega-three. If your skin is oily, you can mix the powdered substances with a bit of lemon juice instead of just water.

Let the exfoliating paste dry, then soften it with a warm towel and massage it off.

Then it's time to moisturize.

"One of the best moisturizing masks, if you want to do that, is raw honey," Safin says. "Another great moisturizing mask is avocado. There are 20 different vitamins and minerals in avocado."

Or, Safin says, you can use olive oil. Leave these on your skin, overnight if possible, and then rinse off.

Now, you're ready to face the winter weather with a fresh face. And without having spent a lot on expensive cosmetics and treatements.

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