Top Skincare Tips and Secrets from Southwest Metro Experts

Local skincare experts share their secrets for maintaining your healthy glow—even during a long winter.
Jessie Crow from Givan's Salon.

O, winter! How we love thee. Well—most of the time. Minnesota’s favorite season isn’t always so kind to our skin, as most of us spend our days hopping between heated buildings and freezing outdoor temperatures. Dry skin is a familiar winter problem, but what about sun damage? It might seem counterintuitive, but winter sunlight can be just as harsh as it is in the summer, reflecting off of bright snow.
   
Give your skin some TLC this season with advice from local estheticians, who share their own secrets for lustrous skin all year long.

Jessie Crow
Givan’s Salon, Eden Prairie
Age: 29

How do you keep your own skin healthy during the winter?
Not only do I use serums and moisturizers, but it's important to exfoliate and get the dead skin out of the way. That way, moisturizers can soak in and keep your skin hydrated.

What’s your daily skincare routine?

I usually try to keep it simple. I just wash my face with a cream cleanser in the shower, and use eye cream and moisturizer with SPF. At night, I get my makeup off with a cleanser and use a Clairisonic brush for a nice, deep clean. I like to do a treatment mask at least once a week—something stimulating to keep my circulation going.

What’s your favorite skincare product?
I love my moisturizer, which has acai berries in it, specifically to firm skin. It’s from Eminence, an organic skincare line from Hungary.

Do you have a “purse staple”—something you always carry with you?
I guess I always have lip gloss in my purse! I like glosses that are naturally derived, not petroleum-based. Something hydrating, balmy and natural.

Are you pro- or anti-Botox? How about other skin fillers?
I’m in the gray area. I feel like people should try to make their skin healthy before they do something extreme…people jump to that before trying to take care of their skin in other ways. But if you've had a lifetime of facial expression, then sometimes Botox is needed.

Becky Uhlenkamp
The Parlour, Victoria
Age: 30

How do you keep your own skin healthy during the winter?

Bundling up, using a humidifier, applying a moisturizer that’s appropriate for our cold winters, and getting regular facials.

What’s your beauty philosophy?

Keep it simple!

Do you have a “purse staple”—something you always carry with you?
SPF! It’s the most important thing your skin needs, and you never know when you’re going to be outside longer than expected.

Are you pro- or anti-Botox? How about other skin fillers?
Botox—yea! Preventing is cheaper than correcting. Fillers—yea and nay. Some women overdo it, which makes them look older. Make sure you do your research and read reviews. Look for an injectionist that you can trust.

What’s your favorite skin splurge?
Getting regular hydrating or anti-aging facials. I love the rest and relaxation, learning new techniques from other estheticians and beautifying my skin.

April Thomes
Beyond Beauty, Chanhassen
Age: 37

How do you keep your own skin healthy during the winter?

I'm a believer in hydro facials, which infuse moisturizing serum directly into the skin. Overall, keep up on your facials for extra hydration.

What’s the best beauty treatment you’ve ever had?
I love our Forever Young broad band light (BBL) therapy. It's an easy laser treatment that targets age, small veins and sun spots on the face. Research has shown that the [genetic material] of skin cells treated with BBL takes years off your skin by reversing your gene pattern.

What’s your favorite skincare product?
There are two really important products that I always recommend: First, a sunscreen with titanium and zinc oxide. Second, a topical vitamin c serum. Of course, use a good cleanser that fits your skin type, and a medical-grade cleanser.

Are you pro- or anti-Botox? How about other skin fillers?
I think they're great for prevention! They can still help you maintain a natural look, and they offer some instant gratification. I always recommend pairing a filler with laser rejuvenation to get the most benefit.

Bridget Kaye
Spalon Montage, Chanhassen
Age: 43

How do you keep your own skin healthy during the winter?
I make sure that I keep up exfoliating, which a lot of women don’t. I also use a prescription skincare line called Obagi, which includes retinol and hydroquinone—two ingredients that work against aging and pigmentation issues like dark spots.

What’s your daily skincare routine?

I keep it simple! In the morning, I cleanse and use my prescription cream. And sunscreen! That’s so important. I typically don’t wear a lot of makeup. In the past, my skin needed a lot of cover. now that I’ve tackled a lot of those issues, I love that I don’t need to wear too much makeup.

Do you have a “purse staple”—something you always carry with you?
My absolute personal favorite is my Burt’s Bees lip balm. I love it.

Are you pro- or anti-Botox? How about other skin fillers?

As long as they’re done for the right reasons, there’s no harm. Some women use them thinking that fillers are going to make their whole appearance drastically different, and [getting the fillers] can become a little addicting.

What’s your beauty philosophy?

You’re going to get out of your skin what you put into it.