It’s September, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to lose its healthy summer glow! When it comes to your skincare routine, the quickest way to keep skin radiant is to exfoliate. This crucial step in your regimen helps improve skin radiance by getting rid of dead, dry skin cells, evening out skin tone, and unclogging pores while kick starting the skin’s natural renewal process. We break down the 2 different facial exfoliating treatments and ingredients that will keep your skin looking healthy and gorgeous this Fall.
What to look for in your treatment
Manual Exfoliation uses everything from bamboo polishers to sugar or salt combined with oils to physically scrub dead skin cells and help kick start’s skin’s renewal process. Avoid nuts or pitted fruit particles as they can cause micro tears. Skinfix Energizing Scrub uses natural and biodegradable bamboo polishers to help refine pores, ginseng extract provides an energizing boost to support cell turnover and kaolin clay purifies and detoxifies skin.
Chemical Exfoliaters consists of AHAs and BHAs. AHA’s work on skin’s surface and are water soluble. The most common type of AHAs include Glycolic acid, which are derived from sugar cane; Citric Acid including lime pearl, lemons, orange extracts; Lactic Acid including bilberry extract. BHA’s works on skin’s surface and inside the pore; they are oil soluble, so most often preferred for normal to oily skin prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes, and enlarged pores. The most common type of BHA is salicylic acid and willow bark extract. Skinfix Exfoliating Pads use a naturally active acid blend of glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to help brighten, tone and clarify skin every day. We also add aloe and glycerin to hydrate your skin – which is why Allure Beauty editor Jessica Chia loves this treatment.
Whichever type of exfoliator you choose for your skin, we rigorously safety test on sensitive skin to make sure you always get a healthy glow!
From soaking up the sun’s harmful rays, to swimming in chlorine-laden pools, the easy breeziness of summer can be a demanding workout for your skin. Here are a few ‘fixes’ to help your skin bounce back from its summer hangover, and get ready for fall.
Exfoliate Just like trees shedding their leaves, it’s time to slough off dry dead skin cells. Of course, we love Skinfix Renewing Scrub – a natural, citrus scented scrub that works magic in the shower. A unique blend of natural exfoliating bamboo and 7% glycolic with 6% lactic acids buff skin to smooth, preparing the skin to absorb maximum hydration. And that’s where our Renewing Cream steps in.
Power wash Natural oil washes replenish the moisture in your skin barrier instead of stripping your skin like soap does. Allure award winner, Skinfix Soothing Wash uses a nutrient-rich combination of jojoba, grape seed and aloe leaf juice to replenish your skin’s moisture barrier – leaving skin looking plumped and feeling pumped.
See ya later, bumpy gator. Did too many rounds of golf or tennis leave you with alligator legs? Or are you prone to pesky bumps on the back of your legs? Hydrate and exfoliate your gams back to glam with a daily, hydrating cream packed with botanicals, minerals and 6 natural fruit acids. Skinfix Renewing Cream is is the ultimate skin smoother for dry, rough and bumpy skin.
The extremities call for extreme. Don’t neglect the hard working skin on your elbows, knees and feet. Reach for a thicker hydration solution like Skinfix 12 Hour Miracle Ointment. Extra protective (and hard to pronounce) natural ingredients like cupuaçu butter create a barrier to prevent moisture loss, and pamper dry rough skin.
Persistent redness is a problem for many of us and usually we cover it up with layers of foundation, concealer and powder. But there are steps you can take in your skincare routine to combat redness and help break the cycle of inflamed and blotchy skin. You can:
1. Pick the right cleanser. Squeaky clean is not a good thing if your skin is sensitive and redness-prone. Harsh cleansing agents like sulfates can strip the skin of its delicate protective lipid barrier and dry it out, leaving it tight and dehydrated which can cause further irritation. Choose pH balanced sulfate free cleansers that gently remove makeup, dirt and debris but also contain moisturizing ingredients like aloe and glycerin.
2. Ease up on the exfoliating. If your skin is already prone to redness, exfoliating will only aggravate blood vessels even more. Chemical or physical exfoliants, when over used, can remove too much of the skin’s protective barrier and leave it more exposed to irritants.
3. Avoid overly aggressive skincare actives. Retinol and acid ingredients like glycolic and salicylic acid do wonders for skin tone, texture and appearance, but a lot of people can’t handle the potent strength and their skin flares up. Be cautious when trying new exfoliators and only use what works with your skin.
4. Build up your skin barrier. The skin barrier is the best line of defense for skin that is in a constant state of inflammation. Look for barrier building ingredients like natural oils, ceramides and fatty acids that fill in the cracks of skin to hold in moisture and keep out irritants.
Winter is here, and biting winds, freezing temperatures, and dry indoor heating can mess around with our skin. Here are some easy dos and don’ts to keep dull, dry and flaky skin at bay this season.
• Add an ointment or rich balm to your skincare regimen. Mix a little into your face lotion at night to create a richer and more protective cream that locks in moisture.
• Drink a glass of water close to bedtime. This keeps the body and skin hydrated overnight.
• Use hand cream after hand washing. Most hand soaps can strip the moisture from hands, making them more prone to chapping, cracking and irritation.
• Protect hands with gloves when going outside in the cold.
• Exfoliate excessively. You may be tempted to banish dull skin with a good scrub or peel. Overdoing it will remove too much of the skin’s protective barrier and cause irritation. Once or twice a week is enough. Always follow up with a rich moisturizer.
• Take extended long hot showers or baths. The hot water can loosen the skin’s natural oils which are the ones that keep it soft and hydrated. Hot water can also trigger sensitive skin.
• Skip post shower moisturizing. The best time to moisturize skin all over the body is after bathing to lock in the surface moisture left over from the water. Hydrating results are more intense and long lasting if you leave the skin damp before slathering.
What happens to the skin on your feet during winter, and why?
Skin on the feet tends to be the driest, thickest and roughest on the body due to constant pressure from walking and standing, as well as friction from footwear. Winter’s cold temperatures and low humidity, coupled with dry indoor heating can potentially suck what little moisture there is from the feet and heels rather quickly.
How severe are dry, cracked heels? What causes dry, cracked heels?
Dry, cracked skin on feet and heels is a signal of severe dehydration. The skin on feet is quite different than the rest of the body as it lacks oil glands which typically keep skin self lubricated. Cracks or fissures can form do to the lack of natural moisture because skin is brittle, less elastic and injures quicker.
What are 3-4 recommended ways of taking care of your feet during the colder months, and why?
The best way to keep feet hydrated and protected is to exfoliate weekly and moisturize daily. Eliminating dry, dead skin cells with a pumice stone or body scrub keeps skin smooth and allows moisturizers to penetrate and keep feet protected. When moisturizing feet and heels pick a product with an extra thick texture. Apply nightly and wear socks to bed. This drives the moisturizer into the deeper levels of skin and allows the cracks to start healing properly.
What are people most surprised to realize about the skin on their feet?
The skin on the feet is the thickest part of the body at 4 mm thick where the eye lids are the thinnest at 0.5 mm. Foot skin lacks oil glands which is why it is prone to dehydration and cracking in dry environments and cold temperatures.
What types of products are recommended to someone who has cracked heels or dry skin that wants to improve the look and feel of their feet? Why?
Dry cracked skin on the feet is a common concern from people. Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter or 12 Hour Miracle Ointment are recommended because both of these formulas contain high levels of botanical oils that moisturize deeper and protect skin longer than a typical lotion. These high levels of emollient ingredients also help protect the skin barrier and keep skin soft and smooth. Apply them nightly and wear socks to bed. This drives the product into the deeper levels of the skin and allows the cracks to start healing properly.
Is there anything else in regards to taking care of feet?
Our feet are the hardest working part of our bodies that we all typically neglect on a daily basis. Moisturizing feet daily with products that are rich and emollient can ward off serious skin problems.
Have you taken a good look in your medicine cabinet lately? Chances are, it could use some updating as the weather turns cooler. Lighter lotions can be swapped for more emollient rich creams with protective healing power. It’s also a good time to look into using a universal relief ointment, a skin remedy that can be used on dry, cracked skin from head to toe. Ointments contain fats and oils and unlike creams they don’t contain water, for a more concentrated treatment. This type of concentration provides a protective layer against irritants and soothes inflammation and damaged skin.
Are your new shoes making walking painful? Did your curling iron come too close to your neck? Minor scrapes, burns, and cuts have finally met their match with Skinfix 12HR Healing Ointment. This do it all ointment uses cold-pressed cupuaçu butter for maximum skin moisturization and promotes skin healing. Rich in nutritious omega 6 & 9 oils, cupuaçu butter provides long lasting relief for up to 12 hours and improves skin elasticity. USP grade allantoin helps heal and protect.
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