We’ve all suffered from dry, flaky skin at some point. It’s uncomfortable, itchy and unsightly. To make troubles worse, excessive dryness can lead to inflammation, redness and irritation—not to mention fine lines and wrinkles can become even more noticeable. A lack of moisture in the skin often results from environmental aggressors, exposure to hot or cold weather conditions with low humidity levels, free radical pollutants and even excessive bathing in hot water or using harsh chemical irritants, soaps and detergents. Do away with cracked, dull-looking skin and follow these tips for sealing in moisture.
Start a treatment at home 2-3 times per week
To expose newer and healthier skin cells, apply a good exfoliation treatment. This will gently slough away the top layer of dead skin and release the intercellular glue hanging onto those dead cells. Dry skin typically contains a buildup of dead skin cells, and is in desperate need of regular exfoliation. Exfoliation also unblocks pores—which leaves them open and more receptive to whatever topical products (serums, lotions, etc.) you choose to apply next.
Try using a powerful exfoliator like the MyChelle Tropical Skin Smoother, which is specifically formulated for dry skin. This aromatic scrub exfoliates and re-texturizes skin for a youth, soft and vibrant complexion. The two tropical all-star ingredients, coconut and lemon fruit purees, make up a whopping 70% of this formula!
Coconuts are rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, which addresses lipid barrier improvement (ex: hydration, skin smoothness). Lemons provide vibrant brightening results, and they are rich in limonene and antioxidant properties. Another fruit powering the scrub is acai. It’s not one of the two reigning stars, but acai does enhance the performance of the product because it’s rich in polyphenols, phytosterols and omega-3 and -9 essential fatty acids.
You can also benefit from using a rich hydrating mask to replenish the skin. The Hydrating Cactus Mask is formulated with hydrating botanicals and extracts, including blue agave, cactus flower, prickly pear, cactus stem and chaparral. These ingredients sooth skin, neutralize free radicals, protect against extrinsic aging and hydrate skin to improve the appearance of skin health. Leave it on for 20 minutes or longer for desired results.
Start using Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid topically is used as a humectant to surge water deep into the skin, improving skin’s pliability, while plumping it to relieve fine lines. Additionally, it helps maintain healthy hydration levels and prevents transepidermal water loss. Since hyaluronic acid is found within the human body (present in the eyes and typically around joints), it’s an ideal hydrator for all skin types.
The MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is just what you need to help rebuild moisture and repair dry skin. This deep-penetrating serum restores moisture by using the hydrating agents naturally found in healthy skin. Hyaluronic acid binds water to the skin, relieving dehydration, while sodium PCA and olive-derived squalane help to prevent moisture loss as they smooth and soften skin. Use this serum daily under your moisturizer for a hydrated look and feel.
Use a Night Cream Day and Night
Use night creams during the day to alleviate dry, dehydrated and damaged skin. Night creams tend to be heavier, richer creams that seep into the skin more slowly than a regular moisturizer or day cream. On the days you’re leaning towards the dry side, go ahead and slather on your night cream–your skin will appreciate it.
MyChelle’s Revitalizing Night Cream works to improve radiance and firmness. It contains ChroNOline™ peptide, a bio-mimetic tetrapeptide that mimics the body’s natural response. This boosts the production of key components at the dermal/epidermal junction for optimal skin structural support. Monk’s pepper also provides powerful antioxidants and moisturizing components that fight against signs of aging. This advanced formula increases hydration and reduces the appearance of wrinkles for skin that looks younger, healthier and hydrated.
Care for the rest of your skin
If your face is dry, most likely the rest of your skin is also dry. A lack of humidity in the air can lead to dry skin, and a simple solution can be to setup a humidifier by your bed. Adding moisture back into the air will help your skin!
Consider whipping up your own unique, hydrating body scrubs. A simple recipe of 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil can be mixed together and slathered over our body in the shower to gently exfoliate and hydrate.
Make sure and always apply moisturizers and cream immediately after showering or bathing–this is when your skin is most susceptible to receiving hydration. Coconut oil is an excellent, natural body oil that dry skin can soak up and benefit from. Use it everywhere, even in your hair, for shiny, silky locks.
As the season transitions, take notice of your skin’s needs and feed it the nutrients essential for healthy, glowing and hydrated skin. MyChelle is here to help you see real results with natural, pure and highly effective skin care products.