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  • Moisturizer Match Up: Finding the Best One for Your Skin Type

    Portrait of woman smiling, studio shotNothing beats a moisturizer for keeping our skin well hydrated. But moisturizers can serve a treatment too, if you choose the right one for your skin type, since key ingredients in moisturizers target specific conditions. Here’s what to look for.

    Dry, flaky skin
    Look for: hyaluronic acid, shea butter

    Dry skin needs a moisturizer that can be easily absorbed and offer serious hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a natural, powerful humectant (moisture-magnet) that binds water to the skin. Derma E’s Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid plumps and rehydrates skin overnight. Another potent moisturizer is unrefined shea butter, rich in fatty acids that keep skin soft and supple. Try evanhealy’s Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf to soothe and re-moisturize extremely dry skin.

    Oily skin
    Look for: squalane

    Although it may seem like moisturizer is the last thing oily skin needs, just the opposite is true. Drying ingredients used in acne and oily skin products often make the skin produce even more oil to compensate for the oil loss it detects. Squalane, a naturally occurring lipid in plants, is a good remedy since it looks and feels like a light-weight oil, isn’t greasy and balances oil production. Sanitas’ Oil-Free Moisturizer contains squalane, is non-comedogenic (won’t cause breakouts) and leaves a non-shiny finish. Another one to look for: MyChelle’s Oil Free Grapefruit Cream, which combines squalane with sea buckthorn and rooibos extracts to help repair acne-damaged skin.

    Mature skin
    Look for: peptides, antioxidants

    Peptides are big news in the anti-aging arena, known for their ability to stimulate collagen production and decrease the look of wrinkles. Together with antioxidants, which combat free radicals that accelerate aging, these ingredients bring radiance to mature skin. Sanitas’ PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream’s high concentration of peptides and antioxidants helps renew elasticity, reduce fine lines and intensely hydrate. MyChelle’s Supreme Polypeptide Cream offers a blend of natural botanicals and potent peptides that get rave reviews for giving skin a more youthful appearance.

    Sensitive or Irritated skin
    Look for: calendula, chamomile

    Skin that is easily irritated needs pure, calming ingredients. Calendula eases inflammation and chamomile soothes itchy skin (and relieves sunburn). Evanhealy’s Blue Chamomile Day Moisturizer blends chamomile with argan oil and elderberry flowers to gently hydrate and calm sensitive, allergic or inflamed skin. Jurlique’s Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturizing Cream uses chamomile, calendula and echinacea to restore optimal hydration levels and comfort irritated skin.

    Dark Spots or Discoloration
    Look for: citrus extracts, licorice extract

    Natural botanicals can work more safely and effectively than strong pharmaceutical drugs in lightening skin discoloration from aging or sun damage. Licorice slows melanin production and lightens dark spots. Unshiu citrus peel extracts (from tangerines and mandarin oranges) stops the enzyme that causes skin darkening. Find it and plum extracts as the effective lighteners in Jurlique’s Purely Bright Day Moisturizer. Licorice, vitamin C and bearberry extracts fade age spots and help even skin tone in Derma E’s Skin Lighten Natural Fade & Age Spot Cream.

    Talk to an esthetician at Pharmaca about your skin’s needs—and which moisturizer is right for you.

  • 5 Winter Skin-Saving Tips

    TIM woman1. Start on the Inside

    Supplementing with essential fatty acids such as fish oil and borage oil not only offers mood and cognition benefits, it can also boost your skin’s hydration and offer support for skin cells, says Carrie Lee, esthetician at our West Seattle store. And of course, be sure to complement your daily EFA dose with plenty of hydrating water.

    2. Exfoliate Weekly

    Avoid dry skin by exfoliating 1-3 times a week, says Carrie. “It helps your skin accept whatever you put on it more readily.”  She likes Acure’s Brightening Facial Scrub, with organic lemon peel that helps exfoliate both physically and enzymatically. And, of course, using a Clarisonic every day can also keep skin extra smooth and clear!

    3. Prep Skin for Moisture

    “When you apply a toner or some kind of moisturizing mist, it sets the skin up for better absorption,” says Carrie. “Like a plant—if you let it dry out, the water will sit for a while before absorbing. But if there’s already some dampness there, water will absorb much better.” Carrie loves Suki’s Concentrated Toners, or evanhealy’s Hydrosols, available in different formulas for different skin types.

    4. Apply a Topical Moisturizer

    This is a no-brainer, but different moisturizers provide different levels of hydration. Carrie loves Sanitas’ Peptiderm line, as well as many of Suki’s moisturizers, which she calls light, nourishing and really effective. “No matter what moisturizer you use, for some extra hydration, nourishment and protection, add a few drops of argan oil on top to help drive in the nourishing ingredients of your moisturizer.” Try Acure’s Argan Oil.

    5. Turn on the Humidifier

    The winter months are noticeably drier because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. Even though your heater may make your house feel warm and cozy, home humidity levels can drop as low as 5-10 percent in the winter. If you start experiencing dry skin, static electricity or respiratory problems, try boosting interior moisture levels back to a healthy 45 percent with a simple humidifier.

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