The winter months do quite a job on our skin so think moisture, from a humidifier in your home or workplace, to drinking lots more water, moisture is the key.
In fact, many skin conditions stem from or are aggravated by dry skin. I am forever begging clients to try new ways to get your body’s inner moisture levels up. A moisturizer can only do so much by way of adding moisture. Many of you have heard me tell you that a moisturizers main job is to help seal the natural moisture in our body. So start drinking, applying moisturizer, turning down the heat in your shower temps and start lookin’ good!! Your hair will benefit from these small changes as well.
Conveniently it ususally happens during important social times, many of my clients of all ages will text me with the same panicked question….”Help Lorraine, I have a huge zit and I don’t know what to do?” I say the answer so much I think I will be creating a postcard to hand out at Glow so that you will always have the answer in your purse or bathroom vanity etc. First, the skin is obviously reacting to something. It could be a food intollerance or the fact that you have overdone things for several days and you are exhausted. You could be experiencing PMS or just a poor skin care regiment for a week. Whatever the cause, there it is… and it’s killing you!! First, relax. Second apply Benzoyl Peroxide (only the first 2-3 days to attack bacteria, after that it will only dry out your skin which is a no no). Second, take an anti-inflammatory over the counter medication like Motrin. Third .. ice it. Then wait….. see what the body will do with it. If it comes to a head over the next few days, come to see me and I will extract it, or if you are desperate use a warm compress until the poor is soft and open and squeeze gently pushing down onto the face and up under the entire poor. If it doesn’t come out easity, don’t force it!! You will force it to explode inside as well as out risking the possibility of satellite blemishes coming out around it over the next few days. the body may abosorb the whole thing if you are patient. Just keep it clean and moisturized. Drink lots of water and of all things…. RELAX! Stress can be a big cause of skin breakouts!!!
Many people ask me about their husband’s or son’s skin and can they use the same products as women? The answer is yes. After all skin is skin. Men can have oilier skin than women but if He shaves daily he can fix that problem. Actually shaving exfoliates the skin so he can even end up drying out his skin and shaving cream is a form of soap so it can also cause dry skin issues. One big problem that many of my male client have is ingrown hairs. This paired with dry skin from the bar soaps that many men prefer can be very problematic.
Men should use a gentle cleanser to wash their face and should definitely use moisturizer and sunscreen, two things men seem to shy away from. Maybe a cleanser with a salicilic acid once a week for a nice exfoliation. Skincare products marketed for men have all the same basic ingredients as womens products. He may want his own men’s line for scent etc. but as long as he is using the product and his skin is balanced, he will be happy.
A couple of items I cannot live without:
1. My Glow to Sleep Satin Pillowcase to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and hair breakage, sold at Glow $15 in lots of fun colors including zebra and leopard!
2. General Electric’s SmartWater filter on my showerhead. Softens the water and therefore softens the hair and skin, a must!