Has it Become a Frustrating Obsession???
Is getting your glow back becoming a frustrating obsession? One of the most common things people come to me to correct in my clinic is super dry skin, and the lines and wrinkles that go with it…getting your” glow” back can become an obsession. The amount of money spent each year on this one skin concern alone is staggering…the search for “the perfect moisturizer” leads so many people to a never-ending revolving door of trial and error to regain that healthy, youthful look. Unfortunately, this often leads to a revolving door of trial and error, creating bathroom drawers of (expensive!) half-empty bottles, pots, and jars that promise great things, only to disappoint, and the search continues. This common skin challenge is the purpose of this blog, and I am outlining the approach I have effectively used in my clinic for years, which ultimately led to the development of my products.
To effectively change this condition and restore a healthy glow to the skin, you must first understand the contributing factors. Also, understand the misguided approaches that have been learned over the years and adopt a different, more targeted approach that delivers results that treat the cause, not just the symptoms of dry skin.
FACT: Most people “over-moisturize” and “under-exfoliate” the skin. Heavy moisturizers and nut butter simply lubricate dead, dry, dull layers of surface skin. No correction is achieved – only temporary relief.
MYTH: Body butter is the most effective treatment for very dry skin.
FACT: Bathing in chlorinated water is a substantial contributing factor to the development of dry skin, allergies, and a host of other health issues. Think about it! If you are using the best possible ingredients to treat your skin, then bathe with unfiltered water, and it makes no sense!
FACT: Water Intake and Hydration is VERY Important:
The layers of the skin are like soil in a garden: If all of the different layers of soil are hydrated with water and nurtured with food and sun, flowers will grow properly. But, if undernourished, the foundation is not hydrated correctly, dehydration sets in, all layers are affected, the visible effects are mostly seen on the surface. The skin, dehydration starts with the organs and filters to the lower levels of the skin and then to the epidermis last. “Something like surface dryness is more of a sub condition. It just affects the outermost layer of skin, and it’s usually the byproduct of using the wrong products, especially cleansers. Drinking half your body weight (in ounces) of filtered water per day is recommended for optimal hydration. We are a lot like flowers – we need watering, nutrients, and care to have a healthy body and glowing skin.
My Holistic Approach:
#1. Double Cleanse:
Double down on skin cleansing and detoxification (the most important step to treat this condition!) to unclog congested pores to help the skin “breathe” again. Removing surface build-up and grime that prevents vital nutrients and essential fatty acids from penetrating the skin is the most important when treating dry skin.
#2. Consider adding a “power tool” to your skincare routine to accelerate the transformation! “MySkinBuddy” is a powerful yet simple device that provides four unique technologies that will transform the skin and take your cleansers, serums, and moisturizers to the next level. The combination of Red LED light therapy, ultrasonic vibrations, and ions will deeply infuse your skincare into the dermal layers for optimal nourishment while stimulating natural collagen production. You will immediately notice how plump and radiant your skin will feel and look after the first treatment and long-lasting results with continued use. (its worth is weight in gold – trust me!)
My Holistic Approach:
Our Pumpkin Power Peel (1 or 2 x a week) will gently dissolve dry, discolored, dead skin cells from the skin’s surface (which is what you see and feel when treating dry skin!). So that fresher, softer, healthy new skin cells are exposed and can now actually absorb the moisture and nutrients needed to correct this condition. The Pumpkin Power Peel is a chemical-free, enzyme alternative to chemical skin peels and will gently peel, dissolve, dry, dead layers of skin with regular use. Pumpkin enzymes are chock full of beta carotene, which is natural Vitamin A and a powerful and essential part of any effective long-term treatment of this condition.
Apply two pumps of “The Elixir” into the face, neck, and eye area to
replenish nutrients, moisture, and vital lipids into freshly exposed skin cells. This multifunctional formula is packed with fast-absorbing Omega-3, 6, & 9 essential fatty acids. These antioxidant-rich botanical extracts and potent anti-inflammatory benefits repair, nourish, and rejuvenate aging skin and help repair environmental skin damage (think serum + moisture in one)!
IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST shake this product well before each use.
The Elixir is perfect for a daytime moisture treatment (think serum + moisture in one) or intensive overnight treatment. The Elixir is also a fundamental power tool for hormonally challenged, sensitive, and stressed skin conditions. This versatile formula’s UV and skin repair benefits make this botanical powerhouse a “must-have” for any corrective skin protocol.
#5. Facial Oil Infusion:
Lipid Booster Flawless Facial Oil is a powerhouse of omega 3 fatty acids and skin-soothing botanicals. Potent anti-viral plant extracts and antioxidant-rich botanicals deliver a marked improvement in moisture levels and soothe skin irritations and environmentally damaged skin. This elegant oil immediately stops dry skin “itching” and may be applied to the skin directly or combined with your daily moisturizer to add additional moisture and nutrients. It is great to use as a primer before make-up, and all it takes is 3-5 drops pressed into damp skin for best results.
What Exactly is a Facial Oil?
I like to think of skin oils as a “topcoat” in a skincare routine that works to seal in all the nourishing ingredients from a high-quality moisturizer and provide additional skin-nourishing benefits. All skin types, including combination and oily skins, can benefit from botanical facial oils, especially if you live in a climate with little to no humidity. Contrary to popular belief, facial oils are not mega-moisturizers – in fact, they aren’t classed as moisturizers at all. They do not absorb deep into the epidermis and bind water to the skin like humectants do. Instead, they are like a finishing treatment on the skin’s surface, provide extra nutrients, and prevent moisture loss. Skin oils are terrific to help protect against environmental assault and repair stressed and damaged skin. In this way, they are a very healthy protective layer for skin protection.
Does Face Oil Go Before or After Moisturizer?
As trendy and popular as skin oils are right now, most people don’t know how to use these correctly to get the best results. The consensus on application techniques is that patting is more effective than rubbing. It’s essential to be mindful of how you apply a skin oil to the face — primarily based on your skin type. For starters, you don’t want to use too much. Oils spread very quickly, so only a few drops are needed to do the trick. Applying oils to damp skin is important, making any oil blend spread evenly and absorb better. I recommend using a hydrating mist before oil application. Cellular Renewal Mist from Sunshine Botanicals is my personal favorite.
Total Eclipse blends together the benefits of a moisturizer, foundation, anti-aging soufflé, and environmental protection – all in one chemical-free formula. This weightless, matte finish beauty balm formulated with potent antioxidants and micronized zinc and titanium oxide will effectively protect healthy skin from the ravages of harsh environments without any toxic chemicals and simplify your daily beauty routine. Total Eclipse is three products – in one…an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, environmental protection, and a matte finish foundation alternative all in one lightweight cream. Perfect to even out your skin tone if you don’t want to wear foundation or to use as daily enviro-protective cream under foundation.
My passion is your Solution,
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