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Holiday Skin Care Tips for Your Skin Type

Not the Usual Holiday Skin Care Tips The Holidays are upon us and we all seem to have several events and errands to add to our already busy lives. There are the typical holiday skin care tips for all skin types that we read about. That would be getting enough sleep, taking our makeup off after a late night party and drinking enough water to compensate for those Holiday party beverages. But we all don’t have the same skin type so how we weather the fun and stress of this special time of year is different for each type of skin. Dry Skin How do we handle dry skin and the lack of humidity caused by heaters and cold weather? My first advice would be to invest in a humidifier for your bedroom. Not only is this great for your skin but it will also keep your throat from getting sore. Moisture is lost as we sleep so a humidifier will create a healthy environment for your skin. Continue to use an exfoliant a least once or twice a week. Not doing so will only keep your dead skin cells glued to the surface of your skin, so your serums and moisturizers won’t penetrate properly. Applying a rich gel or cream masque once a week will soften fine lines and wrinkles. Lastly, use a heavier night cream than your daily moisturizer with spf. When you wake in the morning your skin will be soft and supple. Oily Skin Oily skin can improve during the cold winter months. I see a lot less breakouts and acne being more controlled when the weather isn’t so warm. Sweating on hot days combined with excess oil secretion only contributes [...]

Winter Skin Care Tips

The Best Winter Skin Care Tips & Advice In my practice I have many clients asking me if they should change their skin care routine or daily habits as the weather changes to the colder months. I do see a difference in my client’s skin since warm weather tends to make us sweat and secrete more oils. Colder weather leaves us feeling drier and lacking in moisture. Typically in the winter months we are living with heaters, which causes a lot more dehydration and overall discomfort. This not only includes the face but the body too. Making sure you use a heavier body cream just out of the shower while you are still damp, will prevent your skin from feeling itchy and looking dry. Another suggestion is to run a humidifier in the bedroom while sleeping which will combat that dry winter air. This particular article published by The International Dermal Institute addresses many of the concerns and questions that people have at this time of the year. I would like to add a few names of my favorite Dermalogica products that I recommend to use during these cold wintery months. When speaking of ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, one of my favorite products by Dermalogica is the Hydrating Booster. This booster can be added to any moisturizer, or applied directly to the skin as a base before applying any cream. It adds moisture without feeling oily. Using an exfoliant such as Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant (a type of cream mask that you remove) or the Daily Resurfacers (a cotton wipe on exfoliant that you leave on ) will remove dead skin cells and allow the newer skin cells to absorb your serums and creams [...]

Skin Exfoliation Part 2: Microdermabrasion Results

Microdermabrasion Results & History Microdermabrasion is another form of exfoliation. This is a process best performed by a licensed skin care therapist.  It uses a “physical” form of exfoliation as opposed to a chemical form. Microdermabrasion became popular in Europe in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was a much gentler form of exfoliation in comparison to Dermabrasion, which was always performed by a doctor. Microdermabrasion results is the technique of using fine crystals that are blasted on to the surface of the skin to perform exfoliation. Simultaneously, a vacuum device is also working to pull away the excess crystals and dead skin cells. It is important after the treatment to hydrate the skin, as in any exfoliation treatment to prevent the skin from feeling dry and irritated. During the day it is essential to apply a full spectrum sun block after any exfoliation treatment, since the skin will be very vulnerable to becoming burned and or hyper pigmented. Reaction to Hydroxy Acids Not all people can use alpha hydroxy acids without having a reaction. People who have eczema, rosacea and extremely dry skin can have an adverse reaction to any form of exfoliation. That reaction may include extreme redness, dry patches, flaking and itching. When in doubt it is always a good idea to have a patch test done first to see if there will be a negative reaction to the exfoliant. Another reason for the patch test is because not all exfoliants are the same. Their ph values and percentage of active ingredients may vary. This could result in having a positive result with one form of exfoliant and a negative reaction with another. Applying the exfoliant to a small area not too [...]