Moisturize your Skin from the Inside Out

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC

News Flash! The most magnificent moisturizer in the world cannot combat dry skin on its own. The perfect regimen to conquering that dry skin that Old Man winter has given you involves both outer and inner treatments.

You probably already know that a high-quality moisturizer free of chemicals is a great step in hydrating your skin. Natur-Tyme has dozens of options. Also, be sure to use a humidifier in the winter months; your home’s dry heat does an ugly number on your skin!

Also keep in mind that your skin is an outer reflection of your insides. A diet that is mostly plant-based and filled to the brim with veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats will certainly be an ally to your skin. In addition to a healthy diet, two great steps to smoother skin are to keep hydrated and consider a fish oil supplement.

Drink Water, Water, and more Water!

Every organ in your body is comprised of cells and cells need water to function properly. Your skin is an organ and its cells depend on water to maintain moisture, radiance, and a youthful glow.

Omega-3s and your Skin

It is very hard to obtain ample omega-3 from your diet. Fish oil is the best source of Omega-3 fats. These healthy essential fatty acids help to normalize your skin and prevent dehydration of your skin cells. They also help calm irritated skin courtesy of their anti-inflammatory properties. To help alleviate dry skin, look for a fish oil supplement that has at least 500 mg of omega-3s. In the drier, winter months, you may need to double that dose.

For the month of January, we have a cross-departmental promotion going on. Buy one of 11 MyChelle moisturizers and receive a free New Chapter Wholemega (fish oil), while supplies last.

Follow these steps and you’ll have the silky skin you long for in no time!

 

Spring into Luminous Skin!

By Monique Moshaty, Licensed Esthetician

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Old-man winter is hopefully behind us here in Central NY. Soon, the grass will be greener; the birds will sing; and it’s time to show off that springtime glow in your skin again.

Throughout the winter, our skin undergoes a myriad of changes. Due to barometric pressure repeatedly expanding and contracting the skin and cold air sapping the skin of vital water moisture, our skin can become dry and tight and even flaky. Even for the oiliest of skin, loss of water in the skin (transepidermal water loss) can wreak havoc on skin.

A professional facial service is a good jumpstart to healthy skin this time of year, as we transition from winter to spring. A professional consultation from an experienced esthetician can help you pinpoint key areas that may have been disrupted with the changing weather. Under bright light and 15x magnification, the estheticians at Natur-tyme’s Enhanced Beauty Salon can see further than the naked eye: dryness, extensive sun damage, broken capillaries, and so on. These types of issues can be treated in the facial room with key products.

Three great products to treat dry, dehydrated skin are:

  • Rosehip seed oil—This oil gradually releases nutrients and moisture into the skin and quickly repairs dry, damaged skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid—This acid can hold up to 10,000 times its weight in water. Thus, plumping the skin from inside out will help prevent TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss.)
  • Cream-based facial washes—Look for a wash containing a rich cream base of pumpkin, cucumber, or chamomile. Also check for included ingredients that soothe and heal like allantoun (from comfrey root–a natural healing plant), violet extract, or licorice root. Move cleanser around with fingers, washcloth, or facial brush. Remember light exfoliation is the key to removing dead skin cells to reveal new and radiant skin.

Face the coming season with youthful, glowing skin by following the advice of your esthetician and applying these tips for homecare.

Guide to Glowing Facial Skin this Winter

By Gretchen LePorte, Licensed Esthetician at Natur-Tyme’s Enhanced Beauty Salon

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When I think of winter; hot cocoa, snow, and dry skin come to mind. We all know our skin changes in colder weather, but knowing how to treat it can be a bit challenging. Here are a few things to consider:

1.)Tap into a pro’s knowledge. For example, an esthetician or dermatologist can analyze your skin type and help you best address your concerns and the best skincare regimen for you.

Keep in mind that the most expensive skincare products do not mean that they are the “best;” there are plenty of well-priced, less-expensive products that work just as well. It is the ingredients that are important as well as how well your skin responds to the product.

2.) Change up your moisturizer and use it more often. The moisturizer you use during the spring and summer may not be as effective in the cooler months. One way to differentiate is look for night creams. They use an oil base instead of a water base. The oil will create a protective barrier on the skin and will help to retain moisture better.

3.) We all know how important it is to drink water year-round to stay hydrated, but don’t forget to use your humidifier to help externally. Between our homes and cars, heating systems can leave us feeling parched.

4.) Don’t forgo your sunscreen! Even in the winter months, our exposure is still significant. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum on your face and hands if needed, giving it 30 minutes to soak in before heading out and reapply as needed.

 

Dry-Cracked Hands Solution No. 2

By Christina Murgia, Licensed Cosmetologist and Esthetician

The worst part about dry winter hands are finger splits and cracks. Hydra Me Tipz uses 10 organic botanicals nurtured in a natural emollient base. This powerful remedy repairs painful finger splits and cracks by using pharmacopoeia-grade arnica tincture, an ingredient that will supply anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties to the skin. This product is excellent for dry sensitive skin, non-greasy, rich in lecithin, and vitamin E. Hydra Me Tipz will also allow excellent tissue absorption that lets the skin breath. Say goodbye to painful finger splits!!
Feed the rest of your hands with Weleda’s Skin Food. Nourishment for you skin is just as important as feeding you body. This hand cream is formulated with extracts of viola, chamomile, and calendula used to soothe the skin. By using the hand cream, you will be maintaining the skin’s natural moisture content and your hands will remain supple for hours. It also helps rebuild skin structure while repairing everyday surface damage. This product is safe enough for even the little ones.
For the best results:

Use these products at night as your skin and body naturally repairs. Try putting the products on your hand and using a pair of gloves to hold in heat.  This will allow for ultimate penetration of the products.

Dry-Cracked Hands Solution

By: Yu-Lee Izyk, Licensed Cosmetologist

Is this winter leaving you with dry, cracked hands? The All Heal Salve by Wise Ways Herbals seriously heals all! It is jam-packed with a ton of great things from the earth like olive oil, extracts of organic burdock root, calendula, comfrey, Echinacea, chickweed, plantain, St. John’s Wort leaf and flower, beeswax, flower essence, and gem essence. This single salve moisturizes, heals, soothes, protects, and conditions your skin.

Use this salve as a hand mask with Earth Therapeutics’s cotton moisturizing gloves at night and physically feel the difference the next day. Great for the lips too! You also want to soothe and heal from the inside. Drinking water is #1 for dry skin and to help soothe and replenish oils take Omega-7 by New Chapter Organics. This supplement, like All Heal, contains calendula… the best soother nature has to offer.

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