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As we all know, the cold and wind can wreak havoc on your skin and can cause drying, flaking, redness and even breakouts. This is why it’s important to have a good winter skin care routine in place to combat harsh weather. Most of us enjoy all four seasons and must take care to adapt our routine to extreme weather conditions that usually occur during summer and winter.


Dry skin can be helped by using products with high hydration properties. Use a gentle cleanser like a cream cleanser or oil cleanser to help keep your skin moist and supple. Harsh cleansers usually foam and act like a detergent to strip away dirt, but also strips away your skin’s protective oils. There are many amazing cleansers on the market for every skin type, even acne prone skin. The moisturizing effects will also help to keep flaky skin at a minimum.

Many times dry skin is also accompanied by flakiness, either in patches or all over your face. Using a gel exfoliator or other exfoliation mask will probably be too harsh during cold weather as it has a strong drying effect on the skin. Instead, use a fine grain salt or sugar scrub to gently remove dead skin. Be sure to use an oil scrub and not a gel scrub because they tend to be drying as well.

If you are someone who uses toner on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to switch over to pure witch hazel because its ph balance is very similar to your skin. You can purchase straight witch hazel, natural witch hazel blended with essential oils or you can make your own blend.

When it comes to moisturizing your skin, choose a heavier product like a cream instead of a lotion. If you have very dry skin then you may want to try layering moisturizers for additional hydration. Use fast-absorbing water based lotion or hydrating spritzer and blend it until it’s completely absorbed. If your skin still feels tight, dry or looks crepe-y then reapply and allow it to absorb into your skin. Now use a heavier lotion or cream to seal in moisture and act as a barrier. Make sure to always use a sunscreen of at least 15SPF even if it’s rainy or cloudy. The sun’s rays are intense and dark or gray skies can make it seem as if you’re protected, however you are still subjected to them during daylight hours.

EI is offering a special scholarship to licensed Estheticians and Cosmetologists. Anyone possessing a license in either discipline will qualify for a 5% discount to our Artistry of Makeup program. This special scholarship discount is counted as tuition credit. In addition to the makeup scholarship, we will also waive the text book fee for your first class.

This six course Artistry of Makeup program offers you everything from the basics through the advanced techniques of each makeup discipline; including practical workshops, guest speakers and field trips. The six artistry of makeup program consists of:

  • Salon: Beauty and Corrective Makeup – Covers all fundamentals of the face including: shape, condition, corrective techniques, day and evening applications, with special emphasis on the elements of the face: eyes, nose, lips, cheeks, etc.
  • Theatrical/Live Performances Makeup – Training in intimate, mid-range and long-range theatrical production design and development of specific character studies, including: Analysis of character together with environment, heredity, health, personality and circumstances as they influence character appearance, age and facial hair.
  • High Fashion and Photographic Makeup – Knowledge in lighting for black and white and color print. The study of color with all its uses. Expanded and reinforced creativity and imagination. The understanding and use of non-conventional elements in fanciful designs.
  • Beginning Prosthetics – Construction of proper and realistic prosthetic appliances for facial or skin application, ventilating and punching hair techniques, bald cap construction, knowledge and running of different prosthetic appliance materials such as rubber, foam latex, polyurethane foam, gelatin and silicone, false teeth making, Life cast techniques, molding techniques and the development of characters with appliances to be used in the Film course.
  • Television and HD Makeup – This course explores the difference between analog and digital TV, the achievement of a 20-year increase/decrease in age, using “cosmetics-only” and “build-up” techniques to duplicate realistic diseases, such as Small Pox, AIDS, malnutrition, etc. Simulation of simple injuries and bruises with realistic looks for HDTV, script analysis, character breakdowns, extreme corrective makeup for a variety of television presentations, airbrushing techniques and body makeup, application of facial hair works and creating and removing tattoos with makeup only.
  • Film Makeup and Special Effects – Set etiquette, character development, building the artist’s portfolio, bald cap applications, appliances applications, age and character progression and development, horror characters including complex injuries, medical dressings and treatments, period designs and budgets.

This is the perfect opportunity to improve upon your existing skills as a professional esthetician or cosmetologist. Update, regenerate and create a renewed passion for makeup artistry with our exclusive scholarship offer.