If you’re anything like me, your calendar is packed almost every day this time of year. Parties to attend, last minute gifts to buy, cookies to bake, family get-togethers. . . with so much going on, caring for your skin may be the last thing on your mind. It can be a stressful time, but there is no reason to wear your stress all over your face. Now more than ever, good skincare and dedication to your regimen is vital to looking and feeling your best during the holiday season. Here is how to look as radiant as the holiday lights throughout the season.
Take My Advice. . . Don’t!
Most people celebrate this time of the year. Most of us indulge a little with extra eating and drinking, lack of sleep, and heavy makeup. Sometimes you just want to fall into bed fast asleep after a late night out, but take my advice and don’t! Sleeping with make up on and a lax skin care regimen can clog pores and result in breakouts, leaving your complexion dull. As if that weren’t bad enough, the cooler temperatures and lower humidity can make your skin feeling tight and dry. “Acne, cold sores, eczema, and dry, puffy skin is common this time of year due to the harsh elements and excessive celebrating that often takes place during the holidays”, said Rebecca Tung, MD, Director of Division of Dermatology, Loyola University Health System.
Tame Those Puffy Eyes
During the holidays, we tend to consume more sugar. Sugar has an inflammatory effect in our bodies and cause our skin to look puffy. Lack of sleep or new sleep patterns can also contribute to puffy looking skin. If you wake up and your eye area is puffy, cold compression is the remedy, so reach for NOSI’s Jade Roller! This little tool has a cylinder of Jade that gently rolls across your skin. It’s naturally cool to the touch and will stimulate circulation, reduce the puffiness around the eye area, and improve skin elasticity. To learn more about how to properly use the jade roller, check out my blog “Roll Your Way to Looking Great and Lower Inflammation.”
Treat Yourself. . .
This is also be a good time to clean or replace makeup brushes. The bacteria and oil that accumulate on your brushes cause irritation and acne breakouts. To prevent this, clean them with warm, soapy water and rinse until the water is clear. Shake brushes and allow to air dry. Makeup brushes make great stocking stuffers and are an affordable way to treat yourself!
A Calming, Seasonal Mask
Exfoliants can irritate dry skin and should be avoided during cooler weather months. Instead, a home-made mask is a great way to deliver ingredients for skin enhancement with little time commitment. Try this cocoa caffeine mask to moisturize, reduce swelling around the eyes, and deliver antioxidants to the skin. The peppermint essential oil is said to have a calming effect and is perfect for the busy time of year. Before using it on your entire face, do a patch test to be sure your skin can tolerate the peppermint extract.
Cocoa Caffeine Mask with optional peppermint essential oil:
1 tsp. grinded coffee (can be instant) – (reduces swelling)
1 tsp. Plain yogurt (moisture)
1 tsp. cocoa powder (antioxidant)
1 to 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Mix ingredients and apply to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well with tepid water.
A Perfect Treatment for the Eye Area
Moisturize whenever possible as the cold outside air and the warm inside air may cause additional drying to the skin. The antioxidants from your moisturizer prevent premature aging. It’s also a good time to use a light weight eye product around the eyes as the emollients in a heavy crème can hold water in your eye cream and not reduce inflammation and may even create more puffiness. Try NOSI’s Eye Remedy Microcirculation treatment. This peptide derived microcirculation treatment will absorb into the skin addressing lack of circulation in the eye area. Haloxyl TM will lessen inflammation by eliminating the blood restriction in that area.
The holidays are here and everyone at NOSI skincare wishes you and everyone close to you a healthy, happy and bright season! Using our all natural, eco-friendly products means you’ll look your best in all those photos posted to social media. We are proud member of the Better Business Bureau and I’m always available for a one to one consultation on this or any skincare topic. Just log into nosiskincare.com and look for the chat button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. I look forward to chatting with you soon!
The weather is cooling off in many parts of the country and even here in sunny Florida our mornings are crisp. Throughout the winter and early spring seasons humidity is low and the dry air might have you feeling a little crisp yourself! If you’re feeling this way, you may be asking, “Is my skin inherently dry or is it dehydrated? Dry skin and dehydrated skin are different. The experts at NOSI Skincare can help you diagnose your skin and treat it with all-natural products that will leave your skin feeling fresh and looking younger.
There is a difference. . .
The most important thing to understand is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type. This is genetically inherited and lasts a lifetime. Dehydrated skin is a condition, not a type. Simply put, it results from the lack of water in the skin and is often caused by dry air, hot showers and baths, harsh skin care, an unhealthy diet, and side effects of medication. Lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages contribute to dehydration. A simple test to determine if your skin is dehydrated is to pinch your cheek. If it wrinkles as pressure is applied, it’s most likely dehydrated.
Dry skin, on the other hand, comes from the inadequate production of the skin’s natural oils and results in an itchy, tight feel that sometimes flakes when rubbed. Areas of the face where dry skin can be easily detected are typically near the eyebrows and around the corners of the nose and mouth. All skin types can become dehydrated so it’s quite possible to have both dry skin that is also dehydrated. Now that you know the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, it’s important to know how to treat the temporary condition of dehydrated skin and care for dry skin through a regimen designed for the long-term.
Treating Dehydrated Skin
Skin gets dehydrated when it lacks water. If your skin is dehydrated, it's most likely because your body is dehydrated. Topical products like moisturizers and serums will not penetrate deep enough to hydrate your body. They may make your skin feel better, but they will not cure dehydration. The best way to treat dehydration is from the inside out by making sound dietary choices. Start by eating foods rich in Vitamin C to help boost skin hydration. Consume water dense fruits like watermelon, oranges, and pineapple. Healthy fats like those found in avocados, extra virgin olive oil, fatty fish, and whole eggs are also good. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in seafood products like wild salmon, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Drinking water is another way to rehydrate your body, but don’t expect instant results. “Humans aren’t like plants. Our skin doesn’t perk up when we consume water”, says Dermatologist Katie Rodan. “In fact, when you ingest it, water doesn’t go straight to the skin. It goes through the intestines, gets absorbed into your blood stream and is filtered by the kidneys. Then it hydrates the cells. When it comes to moisturizing skin, drinking water falls short.”
Caring for Dry Skin
Dry skin produces less sebum and oils than the other two major skin types, so caring for dry skin with products rich in oils that help to retain moisture is essential. Caring for dry skin is done on the skin surface not from the inside. Cleansing and moisturizing are important for all skin types, but dry skin has special needs so the ingredients in the products are especially important. Harsh chemicals in some skincare products can damage dry skin so look for all natural ingredients that are made from plants and are paraben-free.
Start by washing the face with a gentle cleanser and use lukewarm water. NOSI skincare’s Mandarin Acai Cleansing Creme is ideal for those with dry skin because it contains acai, raspberry, cranberry and citrus which cleans the skin without stripping away natural oils. During the winter months, skip the toners and harsh face scrubs.
To protect your skin’s outer layer and to lock in moisture, try NOSI’s Citrus Smoothing Moisturizer with Vitamin C and Hawthorne Berry. Both ingredients are hydrators and perfect for your skin care regimen. For very dry skin and super hydration, try NOSI’s COEnzyme Q10 Cranberry Crème. It’s packed with DMAE, Cranberry Seed oil, and COQ10 all making this an excellent moisturizer for normal to very dry skin. With the right products and consistent care, dry skin can look fresh and radiant, even during dry winter months!
Seasonal changes can often affect the look and feel of your skin but you can always look your best and feel confident if you know your skin type, can diagnose skin conditions and know how to treat them. Seasons come and go but with NOSI Skincare beautiful, youthful skin can last a lifetime. We are proud member of the Better Business Bureau, and I’m always available for a one on one consultation on this or any skincare topic. Just log into nosiskincare.com and look for the chat button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. I look forward to chatting with you soon!
Donna Mansbart, a skincare and haircare professional, is the owner of NOSI Skincare.