Chemical peels are an effective way to ensure the efficacy of your current skincare products, remove dead skin and reveal younger, healthier looking skin. Our skin takes quite the beating in day to day life so we encourage a fresh start every now and again. Peels can range in strength by the products used or the application process. The level of intensity is determined by a combination of active ingredients, peeling agents and pH level. Some peels may boast 10-30% of an active ingredient but it is the pH that is most important. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14; 0 being most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being alkaline. Most acid peels should fall between 1.5 to 4.0, the latter of which is only available through a dermatologist or skincare professional.
Most over the counter peels are classified into 3 categories; AHAs (which includes citric, glycolic, lactic & malic acids), BHAs (which includes salicylic acid) and blended peels. Peels can aid with hyperpigmentation, fine lines or wrinkles, acne scarring and hyperkeratosis.
A staff fave for at home use is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. Results are noticeable after just one use and accumulative over time. It’s the perfect go to kit for big event like a wedding our class reunion when you need your skin to look picture perfect! You can find this amazing product on SkinStore.com.
Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the skin and is often characterized by parched, flaking, tightness, itching and even stinging or burning. Often skin begins to look more mature and fine lines or wrinkles are more pronounced. Dry or dehydrated skin is frequently associated with red or chapped areas of the body such as the lips, cheeks, elbows and knees.
Dry skin can be caused by a variety of reasons including but not limited to lack of essential oils, weakened barrier function, inadequate moisturizing, poor diet, environmental factors or improper cleansing.
To ensure that you are providing your skin with all the proper nutrients to stay well hydrated be sure to moisturize daily with a moisturizer or lotion fit for your skin type. Also, only cleanse twice a day and avoid harsh scrubs or astringent cleansers that can leave the skin feeling exposed. Long exposure to dry or cold temperatures can affect the skin and cause “winter itch”; inflamed, itchy skin associated with exposure to extreme temperatures including excessive indoor heating.
As we age our elastin and collagen products begins to slow and our skin becomes natural more dehydrated. Conversely, in our younger years we experience more oil production but that is necessary to keeping our skin balanced and hydrated.
We suggest that you cleanse the skin in the morning with a gentle cleanser, apply a nonalcoholic or moisturizing toner followed by a moisturizer preferably with a sun protection factor. At night, cleanse the skin with luke warm water, tone again, apply any gels/serums/oils and apply a thick, emollient rich moisturizer to absorb into the skin while you sleep.
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Looking to stretch your dollar? Suffering from dry, dehydrated winter skin? Adding concentrated serums to your moisturizers can double the humectant factor. Here are a few additives that can give your favorites a little boost this winter season.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel can be added to any day or night cream to replenish nutrients in the skin. Added moisture helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles as well as smoother looking skin. B5 Gel is also recommended for use with vitamin C to maximize the benefits.
Peter Thomas Roth Oil Less Oil 100% Purified Squalane can be added to sunscreen, moisturizers or used before your make up application to deeply condition the skin. Squalane is found in the body naturally and this purified version duplicates the lipid barrier found in our skin.
Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder is a revolutionary powder that can be added to your favorite cream or sunscreen to help fight free radicals, which are still an issue even in the winter! Vitamin C helps lighten and brighten skin as well as reverse the aging process.
So let’s say your legs have taken a long winters nap and are in need of some tender loving care. There is nothing worse than razor burn or bumps. Here are a few of our favorite products to help with the stubborn stubble and prickly problems.
Whish Flawless Bump Fighter : Most bump fighters are messy liquids which require a pad or cotton ball to apply. Whish’s unique airless pump distributes just the right amount of heavenly scented healing gel to your fingertips, allowing you to gently massage the affected areas. It’s also great for soothing and removing the redness on upper lip or eyebrows post waxing.
Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads : Soaked in an ingrown-emancipating solution of hydroxy acids, these easy-to-use swipes rapidly alleviate intrafollicular lumps and bumps. Use Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads to smooth stubbly legs, level bikini lines and fix ingrown bump-afflicted beards
Blinc Resurf.a.stic Ingrown : Blinc’s resurf.a.stic is the original, one-step innovation that combines hydration and long-lasting, skin-enriching treatment with professional-quality microdermabrasion. Medical-grade, diamond-shaped crystals that are equally efficient on all sides are embedded in a unique stick form, making resurf.a.stic.
This time of year you may find yourself excited for apple cider, your favorite winter boots and cozying up to the fireplace. You may also find yourself weary of environmental factors like wind, increased heating elements and lack of vitamin D.
CosMedix Rescue is the answer to your wind-bitten cheeks and noses, chapped lips or dry, irritated skin. This amazing product is packed full of natural healing agents blended together in a luxurious Shea Butter cream. Wild Cherry Bark and Willow herb extract helps reduce inflammation and ward off bacteria while Copper peptides offer tremendous healing properties. This buttery balm is not just for the face, but can be used on cuts, scrapes, scabs, burns, sunburns and insect bites even fine lines and wrinkles. Copper helps contract the wound, stimulates DNA repair and faster development of granular tissue. There is nothing this ointment cannot do! It’s a must have product this time of year!
You can find this and other great products at SkinStore.com.