My guest Patricia Damon is a graduate of the International Dermal Institute in California, the owner of Zanté Spa in Deer Valley Utah, and my personal esthetician. She’s here to talk about how to improve skincare routines.

In part two of our four-part Skincare Secrets series, we discuss incorporating facials and cleansing into your regular skincare routines.

I also talk with Patricia about different treatments and natural ingredients for managing common skin conditions, including dehydration, acne, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and rosacea.

Are you cleansing your skin properly? Find out at the 29 minute mark.

Making Facials Part of Your Skincare Routine

Patricia recommends getting facials at the start of each season to combat problems associated with changing weather and environmental aggressors. This is an easy way to boost your regular skincare routines without having to make daily changes.

To address specific skin conditions, schedule a series of weekly treatments during the shoulder months (mid-season) when the weather is less variable. Some of the common issues that facials can help treat include:

  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Acne
  • Premature Aging
  • Hyperpigmentation

Patricia recommends that you speak with your esthetician to come up with a custom treatment to cater to your specific skincare routines and concerns and create a schedule that works well for you.

Remember, facials aren’t just for women; they work just as well on men!

Treating Common Skin Conditions

  • Dehydrated Skin: For oil dry skin, use shea butter, jojoba, and primrose oil to get oils back into the skin. Hyaluronic acid can be effective on water dry skin.
  • Acne Prone Skin: A good exfoliation can extract congestion in your skin. Patricia also recommends using gommage from the karite tree, karite butter, and clay masks to help absorb the overproduction of oil.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Use citrus acids to exfoliate and target hyperpigmentation.
  • Rosacea: Look at ingredients that soothe and calm the skin, such as chamomile and arnica.
  • Clogged and Enlarged Pores: Products such as thyme and mild salicylic acid can help. Keep your skin cleansed and exfoliated to minimize the appearance of pores, but leave pore extraction to the professionals.

Patricia’s Recommended Daily Skincare Routine

1. Cleanse your skin in a two-step process:

  • Remove surface, dirt, oil, makeup, debris, and environmental aggressors.
  • Cleanse the pores.

2. Apply a toner. This will bring your skin back to a natural pH balance.
3. Apply a treatment serum to address any skin care concern you may have.
4. Apply a moisturizer. Patricia recommends a moisturizer with SPF in the morning, but not at night.

Maintaining Good Skin While Traveling

Air travel dehydrates the skin, so avoid peels and aggressive exfoliation before flying as part of your regular skincare routines. Patricia recommends applying a hydrating mask while flying. If you’re not comfortable with that, mildly exfoliate your skin once you land and sleep in a hydrating mask that night.

You can infuse hydration into your skin while in flight using toners.

About Patricia

Patricia Damon is a graduate of the International Dermal Institute and is trained in both medical and Ayurvedic skin care techniques. She worked as a national educator for a top skin care line in Europe and an instructor at one of the first accredited aesthetic colleges in the United States. She was also the founder and president of RejuvenAir, a world-class in-flight spa service. Patricia currently owns Zanté Spa, a beautiful boutique spa at the base of Deer Valley Resort in Utah.

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