Archive for the Dry Skin Category
Posted on August 27, 2012 with No Comments
Given the temperature hit 87 degrees this weekend (in Atlanta), the idea of moisturizing my skin was hardly at the top of my list as I worked through my garden. But, when I asked our staff what would be the best topic for today’s blog entry, they responded overwhelmingly that its time to talk about moisturization. Glad I asked.
Now I’m a planner, but I often don’t think too far out ahead. But our staff does – thank goodness. They said we are already getting calls from customers who are starting to experience dry skin from cooler temperatures and low humidity. At first, I thought this was a bit hard to believe, but as I worked through the garden and realized what a few crops were still “on the vines”, I realized this would probably be the last batch since nightly temps have dipped down in the 60′s and are expected to begin trending down as we move into fall, shorter days and the beginning of footbal season.
For many of us, dry skin is just something we all deal with; for other others it can be a chronic problem that leads to a variety of related skin problems and brings with symptoms that may include flaking, cracking, skin rashes, and painful itching.
Surprisingly, even when the weather is warm and humidity is high, those that suffer with chronically dry skin may still have problems. Most often these problems are related to under-producing sebaceous or sweat glands. Typically these glands secrete natural oils that help moisten tissue. Heredity, illness and medications can affect natural secretions and some skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema will exasterbate already sensitive or dry skin.
As they say, the time is now to begin considering your options, especially if dry, cold air inflames your skin conditions. For our customers, we have several recommendations (of course, we’re a skin care manufacturer?!)
First, if you are looking for a general moisturizer with no fragrance, we recommend Nourish®’s Emu Oil Lotion. As a general purpose moisturizer it gets “5 stars” by our customers – it goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. It has several natural oils that don’t leave your skin feeling greasy and penetrates deep into the skin (many products don’t by the way) to get the maximum moisturizing effect.
Second, if you want moisture + skin firming/tightening benefits, we recommend Skin Tight®. Skin Tight® is one of the best selling body firming lotions available. In addition to being a great moisturizer, it helps tighten flabby, loose or sagging skin. It’s used by young and old for firming and is especially popular for those on weight-loss programs for tightening loose skin after trimming-down.
If you’re looking for a lotion/cream for your hands, our most popular and effective product is Younger Hands® Cream. While the name belies its benefits, it does have firming and lightening benefits as well as being a super-moisturizer. Its very popular with folks in their 40′s, 50′s and 60′s (and on up) because it helps smooth wrinkled hands while fading dark spots – liver spots, age spots, etc. But…it is equally popular with younger folks as a general hand lotion for fighting dryness during the winter.
I’m sure the topic of moisturizing your skin will come up again several times as we move into the fall and winter, but this is a good starting place for those who are concerned. Later in the year we’ll discuss several “tips and recommendations” keeping your skin from drying-out…stay tuned!
All of these products can be purchased directly online at SkinEnergizer.com…or you can call toll-free 888-909-1658.
Posted on January 5, 2012 with No Comments
SkinEnergizer.com recently announced a new group of products for dry skin…just in time for windy, cold winter weather!
The Dry Skin and Face Kit contains three of their best-selling products for addressing severe dryness of face and body tissue. This particularly helpful to those of use who experience flaking, dryness, and severly dry skin when the temperatures and humidity drop.
The Dry Skin and Face Kit consists of three products:
- Dry Skin Face Mask
- Dry Skin Toner
- Dry Skin and Face Mask
I recently tried the kit on our annual family ski trip. Being from the south, there is something about being in the mountains that dries-out my skin – severly. Maybe because I’m getting older or because of the altitude and low humidity, but either way, my hands and face go into a bout of severe dryness making may hands (especially) look like they have been immersed in powder – and they are sore too.
I tried the new kit for week and was very satisfied. I used the dry skin wash daily – not just on my face, but in the shower as a body wash. It worked very well…but like many washes and soaps, it’s designed to clean…so, there was some drying but not as much as I had.
The dry skin toner works very well. I had a few blemishes and they were knocked out quickly, and the non-alcohol formula was pretty gentle.
The dry skin face mask was probably the product I liked the best, but its impractiacle to use on a daily basis. The company, SkinEnergizer.com, recommends weekly use. I agree. I used it on my face and hands. I can tell you it works great. It felt like I had a moisturizer applied after I washed it off, but no greasy or oily feeling.
Personally and professionally, I would recommend these products for those with medium-to-severe dry skin. The wash and mask, especially, would be very effective and useful for those folks over 50 – when skin begins to dry and thin. All the products are rich in nutrients and minerals, and the mask has anti-oxidant properties as well. For normal or daily use, I’d take a look at their moisturizers. They come in a number of varieties from focus on deep moisturizing to antioxidant protection to anti-aging, to firming lotions that tighten skin and remove wrinkles.
The price on the kit (at this writing) is about $40 – and I know it is currently on sale as a promotion. This compares favorably to other products we have reviewed – in fact, it is less than many of the moisturizers we have tested. But this is not uncommon for SkinEnergizer®. They are both a distributor of name brand products, but they also manufacture many of the products themselves – selling them at wholesale and discount pricing – you know, “direct from the manufacturer”.
All-in-all, I think there new products for dry skin are great skin care for cold, wind, low humidity weather and for those with severly dry skin. Used with a daily moisturizer or moisturizing complexion cream, this may be the best new solution for drying, flaking, and cracking.
Posted on October 19, 2009 with No Comments
For many of us it only took a matter of a few days as we saw temperatures drop from the mid-60′s to the mid-30′s as colder, drier weather hit us fast. Chicago, Buffalo, and Philadelphia are being hit with the earliest snow falls on record (even New England played football in the snow this weekend!), and the cold, dry air is drying-out skin just as fast.
With that said, here is a short primer on why our skin gets dry when fall and winter hits. Well, for one, colder air is
less dense than warm air. Therefore, it is unable to hold as much moisture or water molecules. Cold air – as in “Canadian fronts” – often brings with it wind that “whisks” away moisture and tends to dry-out tissue – causing oils and water vapor to evaporate more quickly.
An interesting observation for those who have swimming pools or jaccuzis…as with many folks we know, we cover our pool during the winter. We keep the pump and filter going, but cover the entire pool with a floating plastic sheet. I assumed this was to keep the leaves and debris out of the pool and the cleaner. Well this is in-part true, but I was informed by our local “pool expert” that the primary reason for the covers is to lessen evaporation. He told me the cold, windy weather would cause as much, if not more, evaporation than the heat and sun during the summer.
Well, that is what happens to our skin! So, what do what should you do? Here are a couple of ideas our staff and consultants suggest:
- Keep your skin moisturized. While this may seem an obvious first note, it is difficult for most folks to do. First, you start your day with a hot shower (which depletes oils and moisture), then you go out into the cold, dry air – often windy, too. So, by the time you get to work or school, you face is tight, and the skin on your hands hurt or are noticeably dry and flaking. The best thing to do is pat dry following a shower and immediately apply a light moisturizing lotion. We recommend those that contain ingredients like aloe, lanolin and/or emu oil. Generally an emu oil lotion is not greasy, is absorbed deeply into the skin, and lasts much or most of the day.
- Stay hydrated – Again, kind of an obvious issue, but for any of you who like to snow ski know, you can easily become dehydrated without knowing it because of the cooler temperatures.
- Use vitamin supplements – There is a bit of debate as to whether most folks need a daily supplement for their ski, nails or hair. Personally I think it is a good idea – and there is no evidence that it hurts – none that I know of, anyway. I believe this especially holds true during the winter. Our diets change, level of active outdoor activities decline, and our skin and hair are constantly exposed to a barrage of UV rays and cold air. Help keep your skin elastic and healthy by boosting up on some supplements.
You know your skin best. What you do during the winter generally has an impact as you enter the spring and summer. Care should be taken now to avoid wrinkles, dry patches, skin rash, and flaking. While careful care can be given to protect your skin, a little bit of prevention can help reduce the rate at which your skin ages and helps to keep your complexion smooth and soft.