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Christine and Ashley
Guest blogger: Christine Hogenson

My cousin Christine is the skin care queen. She is my go-to person every time I have a question about anything from eyebrow shape to dry skin. She is a master esthetician and an experienced instructor. Visit her website if you're in Salt Lake and need some serious pampering!

Today, Christine is sharing winter skincare tips, as well as instructions for creating a facial mask in a jar. Who wouldn't want that for the holidays?

During the cold winter months, skin can become especially dry, itchy, and flaky. Keep your skin healthy and avoid premature aging with these calming and hydrating ideas

Remember that the more your facial cleanser foams up and lathers, the more oil it is stripping away from the skin's protective layer.  Winter is a great time to invest in a milky, non foaming cleanser to avoid over-drying. Also, remember to cleanse skin with warm (not HOT) water to preserve the moisture barrier.

Keeping your face and body free of dead cells will allow your moisturizer to absorb into the skin better. Use an exfoliating product 1-2 times a week.

Your skin may need a different moisturizer than what you use during the spring and summer. Look for a moisturizer that is a 'cream' rather than a 'lotion' for more hydration. It is also important that your moisturizer is labeled non-comedegenic, meaning it won't clog your pores. Apply your moisturizer right after cleansing and while skin is still damp to lock in moisture.

Having the heat on in your home dries out the air, which can be very harsh on your complexion. Put moisture back in the air by running a humidifier at night while you sleep.

Oatmeal & Milk Hydrating Mask
2/3 cup dry oatmeal (calming and moisturizing)
3 tablespoons powdered milk (softening)

Combine oatmeal and powdered milk and pour into a cute jar or container from a craft store.  Attach a card with the following directions:

Pour contents of this jar into a bowl and add 2/3 cup water.  Microwave 1 minute 30 seconds and stir. When mask cools enough to touch, massage into skin for 1 minute and allow to sit for 5 additional minutes. Rinse with warm water. 
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