Beauty, Health, Nails, Skin Care

Winter is a magical time of year—who doesn’t want to snuggle up on the couch in some cozy pyjamas with some hot cocoa and Netflix? Unfortunately, winter also tends to wreak havoc on your skin. What can we do about excessive dryness?

General Tips
The first step towards healthy skin is hydration, and that means drinking enough water each day. How much is right for you? That is dependent on your body, but the recommendation of eight 8-oz glasses of water per day is a good start! Being dehydrated not only causes dry skin, but it also depletes energy levels and limits the body’s ability to function internally.

Wearing appropriate clothing for the cold can also help combat dryness. If the winter wind is leaving you dry and cracking, make sure you layer up with gloves, scarves, and thick socks outside, and try wearing slippers or socks in your home. Heated homes are generally dry in the winter, and bare feet can easily dry out.

Hands and Feet
Everyone has experienfarm_house_logoced that moment where you step outside into the cold and every ounce of hand lotion you used earlier is just completely rendered useless, or when you head to bed and your heels snag on the sheets. Dryness can cause painful cracking on knuckles, heels, and around nails, and those cracks can take weeks to heal!

Of course, the first step toward hydration in hands and feet is a manicure and pedicure. Soaking the feet helps loosen dry skin on the heels and other pressure points, which makes removal much easier. A gentle exfoliation with a scrub leaves skin smoother, and finishing with a shea butter balm massage locks in the moisture barrier you need to keep your skin hydrated. You can follow this up with at-home care as well! Farmhouse Fresh carries shea butter lotions and balms, scrubs, and oils in a variety of delectable scents that are sure to keep your skin soft and your wallet happy. All of Farmhouse Fresh products are cruelty-free, and many are gluten-free and vegan as well!L-farmhouse-organics

 

 

Face
Facial moisturizers are a one-size-fits-all kind of product, right? Wrong. It is essential to choose a facial care regimen that works for your skin type.EMINENCE STONE CROP WHIP
Every person’s face is different, and there is a massive range of products out there that may or may not be right for you! Luckily, Eminence Organics skin care products can address a variety of issues without being overwhelming. Is your face extra dry? Try the Stonecrop Whip Moisturizer for lightweight yet effective hydration. Are you worried about wrinkles? Try the Monoi Night Cream for a boost of moisture while your skin regenerates at night. Do you have sensitive skin that reacts to changes in your environment or new products? The Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer may be right for you! The best way to choose a new face product, however, is to speak with an esthetician. Our esthetics team is trained to help work with your skin to balance out the issues you may be experiencing. Our range of facial services can pinpoint the troubles you may be having, and we can recommend the best products to keep your face happy and healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

A winter wonderland does not need to mean torture for your skin. Treat yourself to some essential self-care this winter and see what a difference the right services and products can do for you! Your skin will thank you.

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Beauty, Skin Care

Soothe that Dry Winter Skin

By this time of the year, just about everyone in colder climates is beginning to experience dry, flaky skin on their body. If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried a million different creams to soothe your dull skin, only to find they’re often very heavy but never really improve the skin much; luckily we’ve got some solutions for you!

Cleanse

Most of us are conscious about what we wash our faces with, but not many people give second thought to what they wash their body with. Unless you’re really dirty, the only parts of the body that are really crucial to hit are the underarms and, for men, the genitals. While many women feel they must cleanse their “nether regions”, this is actually a self-cleansing organ and doesn’t require any extra maintenance. However, if you really insist on washing here, a cleanser balanced for that regions sensitive pH is necessary. For the rest of the body, avoid overly harsh cleansing sulfates that can remove necessary oil that you desperately need during the dry, winter months.

We recommend…. Decléor Aroma Cleanse Relaxing Shower and Bath Gel

 

Exfoliate

Now that your skin is nice and clean, it’s time to start buffing off that excess dead skin! Many people believe slathering on a thick layer of cream will solve their flakiness, but without removing the build-up of dead skin cells, much of the product isn’t even penetrating the skin. A gentle scrub helps to gently abrade the skin, resulting in a smooth, even surface. However, you can go too far with exfoliating which will result in more flakiness, so only do this step 1- 2 times per week.

We recommend… The Body Buffing Cloth by Dermalogica

 

Moisturize  

 A good body moisturizer should absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a tight feeling. One common ingredient to avoid in your moisturizer is mineral oil, which does very little to hydrate and can be comodegenic. Products with bonus ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid are wonderful because they’re going to draw water into the skin, both from the atmosphere and from the lower dermis of the skin. You may find you need a few body creams for different areas of the body. Not unlike the face, which requires specific care different from the rest of the body, areas like knees, elbows, hands and feet typically need different care. The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet do not contain lubricating sebaceous glands, so these body parts tend to be especially dry and are prone to developing hard, built up skin. A much thicker, more emollient product is necessary for these to really see results.

We recommend… For hands, feet, elbows, and knees: Zents Concreta

The rest of the body: Decléor Aroma Cleanse Body Milk

 

 

All of the products mentioned in this blog can be found in house at Designer’s Denn Salon and Spa!

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