Winter is a wonderful time to relax at home with family or travel. The dry climate can take its toll on your skin so it’s important to take the proper precautions and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! We often forget to use masks to help restore our skin, they are great treatments that don’t take that much time but will offer amazing results.
The Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is an excellent moisture rich mask that will benefit dry, dehydrated skin. It uses avocado to nourish dry skin and banana which is rich in minerals to help soften and protect your skin’s natural moisture levels. This winter friendly mask also uses squalane and carrot seed oil to protect and hydrate even the most sensitive skin types. It is a great mask to use post procedure or while using a retinol or exfoliant, because it is soothing and hydrating.
The Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is rich in texture, smells wonderful and feels even more amazing while on the skin. You can use this mask 1-2 times a week or as needed if you want to add a dose of moisture to your regimen. You will want to leave the mask on 10-15 minutes, or you can apply a very thin layer to your skin and leave on overnight. The results will be refreshing to your skin and soul!
Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition which is characterized by dryness, flaking, blistering, crusting, swelling, and cracking of the skin. Eczema is typically caused by factors such as skin over-sensitivity, allergies, stress, and genetic factors. Those with asthma are more likely to develop eczema. Typically eczema is treated with a topical corticosteroid cream. Eczema skin types that are prone to infections will often be treated by a mild course of antibiotics. Antihistamines (topical and oral) may often be prescribed for the treatment of eczema as well. Antihistamines reduce swelling thus reducing the irritation and itchiness associated with eczema-prone skin. Eczema can be frustrating and embarrassing, and the doctor route can get costly and is quite unpleasant (why take antibiotics and slather on smelly prescription cream when most eczema outbreaks can be treated by appropriate over the counter products) Here are some great product choices that will help to treat, calm, and prevent eczema outbreaks:
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water contains healing properties which help to restore the skin’s barrier while providing antioxidant benefits and removing traces of hard water (which contain heavy minerals that are irritating to the skin). The Thermal Spring Water can be spritzed on throughout the day when your skin craves moisture or feels dry and irritated. The fine mist will not disturb your make up but will make your skin look fresh and hydrated.
Skin prone to eczema can often feel taut and dry no matter how much moisturizer is slathered on. We recommend therapeutic moisturizers with skin-building properties that not only hydrate the skin but also strengthen the skin’s barrier. Using a serum under a cream can be beneficial to drawing moisture deeper into the skin. The Topix Citrix CRS 15% Serum with Growth Factor is a great serum to use under your cream as it contains Growth Factor TGF- beta-1 which can play a significant role in stimulating collagen growth and strong tissue structure. It also contains a bit of vitamin C to provide antioxidant protection. After applying a serum layer a cream for additional hydration. ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream is a great choice as it helps to restore the skin’s barrier function while soothing and hydrating. If your skin is extremely dry, try using a balm like the Osmotics Cream Extreme Barrier Repair, it looks like butter in the jar, but emulsifies into a fine balm once you warm it up in the palm of your hand. This product will last and last, and a tiny bit goes a long way to restore your skin’s compromised barrier.
Get rid of dead, flaky skin by exfoliating regularly with a non-irritating enzyme mask. Enzymes eat dead skin cells without compromising your skin’s barrier. The Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant is a great choice as it contains enzymes as well as skin brighteners and gently resurfaces the skin without irritating.
If you experience eczema break-outs on your body, we recommend using La Roche Posay body products to address your concerns. The La Roche Posay Lipikar Syndet is an outstanding non-drying foaming body wash that cleanses without irritation and neutralizes drying effects of hard water. The La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP is a rich hydrator that soothes the skin while providing dry-skin relief and hydration to last all day.
I hope these suggestions help! While eczema can not be cured you can often easily control it with soothing over-the-counter skin care products. And as always, if your skin condition worsens or becomes intolerant to over-the-counter products, consult your doctor for other treatment alternatives.
Have the dry, frigid winter months left your skin parched and lackluster? There’s no need to fret, your skin is just in the need of some tender loving care! The buildup of dry, dead skin cells is caused by lack of exfoliation, which leads to dull, congested skin. June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque may be the solution to your skincare woes! This pumpkin masque utilizes active fruit enzymes to attack dead skin cells and impurities. Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A, which helps repair and protect your skin. A quick ten minute mask once to twice a week leaves your skin vibrant and silky smooth!
Harsh cold climates can also jeopardize sensitive skin causing redness, itching, and irritation. The skin’s natural barrier function can become weak and off kilter. ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream works wonders to repair and restore your skin’s natural lipid barrier. The cream soothes and protects, while aiding the skin to repair and renew itself. ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream is a great weapon to keep handy in your skincare arsenal. It is a perfect remedy for a variety of ailments including post cosmetic procedures, microdermabrasion, facial peels, laser treatments, rosacea, eczema, rashes, and insect bites.
The warm sunny days of spring may be weeks away, but with the a little TLC winter doldrums will quickly vanish, along with your dry, rough skin!
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is a must have for your medicine cabinet! It’s packed with nourishing ingredients like Colloidal Oatmeal, Shea Butter, soothing Eucalyptus Oil and ceramides. It’s calming for the most sensitive skin types and helps repair the lipid barrier. Some skin conditions that can benefit from this cream are eczema, dermatitis, and keratosis pilaris. This item is also paraben free and does not contain any harsh chemical or colorants. Say goodbye to your dry, itchy, irritated skin and say hello to calm, hydrated, smooth skin!
-Hydrates, calms and soothes skin.
-Improves natural barrier function.
-Relieves minor irritation and itching.
-Reduces symptoms of eczema, dermatitis, and keratosis pilaris.
-Formula is free of parabens, harsh chemicals and colorants.
Winter is here and with winter comes dry skin. If you’re like me, not only are you experiencing dryness it’s also difficult to find a good moisturizer for your sensitive skin. Well wait no more Skin Authority Ultra Rich Moisturizer is here. Not only does this moisturizer restores skin’s moisture balance and evens your skin tone it can also be used for: post waxing irritations, post peels, and mild sunburn or windburn. This luxurious daily moisturizing formula deeply saturates skin with the penetrating hydration of Bergamot Oil, Cranberry, Grape Seed, Aloe and Shea Butter to restore the hydrolipidic barrier. The anti-inflammatory benefits of mango soothes redness and irritation while bergamot evens out your skin tone. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!
Take a break, relax with a glass of wine and get the glow back into your dry, winterized skin with Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask. Packed with blueberries and grapes, this rich creamy mask gives the aromatic fragrance of a glass of red wine. Aaah!
But it doesn’t stop at just being a pleasant experience. This luxurious mask is rich in free radical fighting antioxidants like Vitamin E which help prevent aging from the environment. Preventative and reparative, this Dermatologist developed mask will deeply nourish, hydrate, brighten, calm irritation, and soothes redness to get rid of those frosty the snowman cheeks!
SkinStore staff and customers agree that is a five-star product! Here’s what some are saying “My skin feel soft and hydrated. I cannot believe how good my skin looked. This is sure a keeper,” “I have adult acne prone skin and it is very sensitive. This product does not break you out and reduced redness big time” and “Gives you moisture and a glow. Smells great!” Need more proof? Be sure to check out the before and after photos HERE. Softer, glowing skin is just a mask away!
The delicate eye area is often one of the first places to show dehydration. A lack of moisture can lead to wrinkled skin accentuating fines lines. Skin around the eyes is much thinner than other areas of the face, which is why you need a product that is specifically formulated for the eyes. Here are a few of our must have eye creams for maximum hydration:
SkinCeuticals Eye Balm- A synergistic combination of highly effective, yet gentle phytochemicals rehabilitates mature, aging skin around the delicate eye area. This rich, corrective emollient treatment is specifically formulated to counter the three prime signs of aging— moisture loss, collagen breakdown, and free radical damage. A natural anti-inflammatory is added to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness, while a soothing agent derived from the chamomile plant calms irritated skin.
Suki Eye Repair Balm- An intensive, delicate eye treatment salve for all skin types. Formulated with beta carotene, pro-vitamin a (carrot oil), omega oils & fatty acids (evening primrose) & polyphenols (grapeseed). This combination of ingredients helps reduce visible lines & wrinkles, nourishes cells, helps prevent visible signs of aging, loss of firmness, oxidative stress, deep dryness & dehydration. This product is vegan friendly.
Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Eye Moisture- This lightweight gel-cream infuses the delicate eye-area with essential nutrients needed to increase cellular hydration providing firmer, plumper, more youthful-looking skin. Suitable for even those with sensitive eyes.
Vichy Aquilia Thermal Eye Roll On- This lightweight hydrogel combines Vichy Thermal Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Dextran and Escin. This formula hydrates and soothes fragile eye contour tissues. Visibly reduces dark circles, puffiness and dehydration lines around the eye area.
Don’t forget, drinking plenty of water is critical to keep your skin hydrated and nourished!
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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Are you looking for a mask, but don’t want to feel stripped of your essential oils? Cream Masks are best suited for dry or dehydrated skin to reduce inflammation, redness or irritation. Look for masks with emollients like Shea, coconut or mango butter and nutrients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin E. Cream masks are also a great choice for sensitive skin and can be applied more often than traditional masks without irritating the skin. We suggest the FarmHouse Fresh Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask; two words: chocolate mask. This luxurious mask is a fine blend of cocoa, coconut milk and honey along with CoQ10, live Carrot Fruit Cells and Ginseng to fight wrinkles and sagging.
Have the holidays and winter weather caused you to break out? Clay Masks are the appropriate choice for oily skin types, congested skin or acneic skin. Clay masks help purify clogged pores and cleanse the skin while removing dirt, debris and excess oil. We suggest the CosMedix Clear mask which uses sulfur, broccoli powder and white hazel among other ingredients to combat breakouts and minimize pore size.
Are you feeling like you need a fresh start? Exfoliating Masks are great multitasking products and can save time during your skincare route by combining the cleansing effects of a clay mask and the exfoliating benefits of a scrub. We suggest the GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment which starts off as a traditional clay mask but when activated with water morphs into a light scrub.
Are you looking for a relaxing treatment in the comfort of your own home? Marine Masks are synonymous with the quintessential spa experience and can be used on almost any skin type. Marine minerals offer great skincare benefits without causing irritation. Most marine minerals are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory ingredients and anti-aging benefits to give your skin the boost it needs. We suggest the Astara Activated Sea Mineral Mask which combines Kelp, Spirulina and sea vegetables to rejuvenate like a fine resort facial.
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.