I know everyone is sick of this weather for so many reasons, but is your itchy dry skin one of them? Are you moisturizing twice a day and STILL dry? There are several things that you could be doing to rid yourself of your dry skin:
~Exfoliate weekly 1-2x’s per week. Dead skin CANNOT be hydrated skin so why are you wasting your moisturizer on cells that can’t be saved? Purge the dead cells once or twice a week. An enzyme is a great, non-abrasive way to exfoliate the skin. I love Rhonda Allison’s Derma Peel.
~Avoid washing your face (or body) with hot water. Yes, it feels amazing but the itchy, dry results last much longer.
~Swap out your gel or foam based cleanser for a cream cleanser. If you have acne or oily skin this sounds CRAZY but switching out that cleanser even a few times a week can be beneficial. There are also some great cleansers on the market that can focus on both. Such as Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic cleanser. It is a cream base with glycolic acid that still helps with blemishes and anti-aging all at the same time.
~Keep a bottle of your body moisturizer near your shower. When you are done showering, pat dry your skin and apply your moisturizer while you are still damp. This way you are trapping the water molecules and not allowing it to leave when you dry off and the water that remains acts as a carrier to take the moisturizer deeper into the skin… WIN WIN.
~Use a serum to hydrate the face UNDER your moisturizer. This is not only a great opportunity to get moisture into your skin but also all of those goodies like Vitamin C, Retinol, and Antioxidants, (the list can go on and on). Boost hydration with a Hyaluronic acid based serum. Hyaluronic acid is a very powerful hydrator. It carries 1,000 times its weight in water into the skin!
~Look at your moisturizers ingredient list…….here are some of my fav’s.
-Hyaluronic acid (love it so much I gotta say it twice)
As the beach days are being replaced by trips to the pumpkin patch and football games it is time to take inventory of what those beautiful summer rays have done to your skin.
Now, lets assume that you are already using my mandatory 30+ SPF all summer long like the A+ skin care skin care goddess that we all hope to be. The sun will still strip the hydration from your skin, and possibly leave those beautiful “sun kissed” spots on your skin. Now is the time to begin the rebuilding process and leave the “sun kissing” to our bronzers.
First thing first, you need to call your Esthetician and schedule a light peel or an enzymatic treatment to rid you of as many of the damaged cells as possible. Then you can take advantage of the shorter days and less sunlight by re-introducing a retinol based product into your regime. Retinols are one of the most effective ingredients on the market for anti-aging. Vitamin A based products will create a sun sensitivity in the skin and cause even more sun damage in the skin, not to mention the potential for a pretty nasty burn in even some of the most overcast days if you are not cautious. Many of my clients will take a hiatus from these products over the summer and pick it back up in the fall. So now is the time to get that Retinol back in the rotation AND keep the SPF too!
There are so many retinols on the market…how do you choose the one that’s right for you?? Not all retinols are created equal. You want to look for a cosmeceutical level or higher to make a real difference. Those are found at spas, medspas and many dermatologists offices. In todays market you can find retinols blended with ingredients like peptides, stem cells or other acids. Your Esthetician or Dermatologist can help you decide what blends may be best for you depending on your sensitivity or needs. Two of my favorites are Rhonda Allison’s Chronopeptide A and Rhonda Allison’s Synergy A. The later being a buffered version with stem cells for sensitive skin.
So it goes without saying that a 30+ SPF sunscreen is a requirement when using a retinol based product. My hands-down favorite daytime moisturizer is Jan Marini’s antioxidant protecting lotion. Not only does it have an SPF 33 but it also has the antioxidant support to help with the free radical damage that you have done over the summer. And did I mention it smells like pineapples?!
Now if you are looking for a product to lighten dark spots specifically, Hydroquinone is one of the most popular and efficient ingredients right now. Some may call them “bleaching” products but no actual bleaching occurs. Some other ingredients to look for can be Daisy flower extract, Azaleic acid or Vitamin C. All are effective in the lightening arena. However, always keep in mind that whenever you are using a melanin suppressing ingredient you should never use it for any longer that 6-12 weeks. Then take a break. The skin can have a “bounce back” effect and create darker spots than you started with. I always tell my clients to write a stop date right on the bottle the first time they use it.
Now is the season to rebuild your skin, after everything you enjoyed over the summer has created issues in your skin, yet before the cold winds and sub zero temps of the winter show their ugly heads creating an even more dry face! Call today to schedule your facial! 610-489-0800
As many of us prepare to spend the weekend surrounded by more sugar than Willy Wonka, the thought of its impact on our skin is far from the first thing on our minds. The impact of sugar on our waistlines is usually the go-to thought. Some of us are also dreading what our children’s behavior will be like once they are all “hopped-up” on gigantic chocolate bunnies. But what about your skin?
When sugar (or simple carbs) enter the body they bond with proteins and create AGE’s or Advanced Glycation End-products (aptly named as they can AGE us) the body recognizes these as intruders in the system and creates antibodies that often cause inflammation. Not only is the inflammation itself a problem but since AGE’s bond to proteins such as collagen and elastin the antibodies also destroy them causing premature aging.
The skincare industry widely recognizes the potential aging effects of the glycation process but a slightly less discussed result is the inflammation and what that means;
ACNE, ROSECEA and other inflammatory conditions can also be provoked by sugar.
I myself notice that if I fall off the healthy food wagon my skin will become red, itchy and will often have small bumps on my cheeks. Now the impact of “gut” health is a whole other subject that also plays a role in skin health but sugar is a major culprit here.
So before you pick up that handful of jelly beans or peanut butter egg, think about what wrinkle you are willing to acquire or how red and puffy you are willing to be this week. Pass that Easter candy off on your coworkers in the break room and save your own skin!
Now, if you decide to ignore my warning or your willpower against sugar just isn’t what you want it to be what can you do about it?? There are products on the market to help slow the destruction of collagen and elastin and reduce inflammation. Rhonda Allison’s AGELESS is one of the most comprehensive products on the market to slow this process.