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  • Scrub Free Exfoliation: 7 Tips to Shed Flaky Skin

    Young caucasian woman receiving a head massagePhysical exfoliators are one means of getting rid of dry top layers of skin, but friction can actually strip the skin of natural moisture, meaning exfoliation through scrubbing isn’t always the best option. While occasional buffing can prove useful in removing dead skin, don't forget about other forms of exfoliation to take the dead skin off and restore your skin’s natural shine.

    Don't overdo it

    Scrubs and exfoliants that contain harsh abrasives can leave skin red and tender. Opt for a gentler product such as John Masters' Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser, which contains jojoba beads that exfoliate without scratching and irritating the skin's surface.

    Keep hydrated

    The most powerful part of your skin care regimen starts on the inside. When you're not adequately hydrated, it can affect everything from your energy levels to the appearance of your skin. Doctors say that on average, you should get at least six to eight glasses of water a day, or more in a dehydrating environment like the dry winter air. If you're suffering from a winter cold or flu, make sure to drink more water to keep hydrated and recover quicker.

    Take a nice, warm (not hot) shower

    Hot showers feel glorious in the cold winter months. But, water that is too hot can strip your skin of moisture and leave your skin dry and flaky. Turn your shower temperature down to warm to maintain more of your skin's natural hydration.

    Exfoliate without scrubbing

    Exfoliators like MyChelle's Incredible Pumpkin Peel contain natural fruit acids that remove dry, dead skin without irritation. Any time you use a fruit acid peel, do a patch test first; some people are sensitive to these products. Always follow up with moisturizer to nourish your skin.

    Use gentle skin products

    Deep cleansers can feel good, but if you're naturally prone to dry skin, lighter, gentler cleansers are actually a better choice. Dry skin is typically more delicate and prone to damage, and “heavy duty” cleansers can strip your skin of vital protective oils that are already in short supply. Weleda's Gentle Cleansing Milk is a great cleanser that helps preserve natural moisture and strengthen skin. Make sure to use an alcohol-free toner after cleansing, since alcohol can trigger a dry, painful reaction.

    Invest in a skin cleansing system

    Traditional methods of cleansing can still leave dirt and residue on your skin. Skin cleansing systems such as those from Clarisonic gently remove makeup, dry skin and other impurities. Sonic technology allows Clarisonic to more deeply penetrate the skin, remove more than six times the amount of makeup than a washcloth, and can minimize the appearance of pores. A quality cleansing system will help your skin retain elasticity, and look and feel silky and smooth.

    Find a winter moisturizer

    A high-quality moisturizer should be a part of your skin care regimen year-round, but is extra important in winter conditions. And don’t forget, the best moisturizer for you isn't necessarily the most expensive one—you may need to experiment before finding the right moisturizer for your skin.

    By adjusting your skin care regimen to fit the season and the current state of your skin, you can kiss dry, flaky skin goodbye, and enjoy a fresher and younger-looking 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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