TLC for Healthy, Smooth, Soft Summer Skin

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Skin is your biggest fashion accessory during the hot, humid summer weather.  Skimpy tees, sun dresses, shorts, mini’s, swimsuits and sandals expose more skin than at any time during the year.  Feet and toes are set free too …but that’s a whole other blog.  To keep your skin looking great all summer long, you’ve got to provide a little TLC.

#1   TTake the ‘touch’ test by lightly running your hands over your shoulders and upper back,

the backs of your arms, the backs of your thighs, legs and over your feet.  Remember these normally out-of-sight areas can be visible to others.  Check for bumps, rough or scaly skin.

(If a mole, unusual growth or raised lesion is tender or painful to the touch, check in a mirror to see if it’s discolored or flaky… and if it looks suspicious see your dermatologist.)

#2    L:    Layer a film of dermHA’s lactic acid exfoliating body gel on rough, scaly areas.  The leave-in gel penetrates and helps to gently lift dead cells while smoothing  skin on elbows, knees and feet.  It also helps to unroofs and lighten blemishes on the shoulders, chest and back revealing a softer, smoother, clearer looking skin.

#3   C:  Cleanse your skin morning and especially at night to remove dirt and grime as well as dead cells, sweat and oils that are naturally excreted every day.

Calm, cover and clothe sun stressed skin with a light film of dermHA’s Therapeutic crème.  Therapeutic Crème is loaded with moisture soaked hyaluronic acid to keep skin soft and smooth; arnica, aloe and calendula to calm and lutein to help protect the skin from sundamage.

**Remember to use sunscreen on any area of the body that is exposed to direct sun.  Reapply as necessary, especially on the face, earlobes, shoulders, arms back and chest.

Start now to keep skin touch-ably soft and healthy all summer long.  If you have questions for special skin issues, call 610-269-7009 for a complimentary consultation.

 

Managing Your Acne During the Winter Months

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Acne impacts a person’s life on many levels. It impacts their appearance, their self esteem and it impacts the way that they are perceived by others. An acne breakout can take the form of blackheads, pustules, cysts or a combination of all of these.

It’s particularly challenging to manage acne during the winter. Outdoor cold coupled with dry heat from homes, businesses and cars can cause moisture loss and make skin tight and dry.
That dryness stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil. The excess oils subsequently accumulate and solidify in the pores mixing with dead cells on the surface to form waxy plugs. Add bacteria and the tops of those plugs oxidize and turn black causing blackheads. Further infection can lead to pustules and cysts.

Daily cleansing and hydration is crucial in winter months.
Here are a few Tips for those with acne prone skin

Skin Care Tips:
Use an exfoliating cleanser with AHA’s or Salicylic Acid–but no beads or gritty substance. (Use one with hyaluronic acid so it doesn’t sting or irritate your skin.)
If you use Retin A or topical acne medication, use a gentle cleanser without acids or exfolients.
Use a water based moisturizer, with high percentage of moisture binding hyaluronic acid. – Use it AM and PM to keep skin healthy and hydrated .
Wash and rinse your face in cool water not hot.
Don’t use fabric softener.. use a clean wash cloth every day.( Rinse first to remove detergent residue)
Use a gentle enzyme mask once or twice a week to lift dead cells and loosens congestion.
Apply a dot of pure tea tree oil on pimples or pustules to kill the bacteria and fungus.

Lifestyle Tips:
(Use a humidifier at night or put a pan of water on radiators to keep moisture in the air of your bedroom. If you don’t have a humidifier make sure your window is cracked just a bit to allow for ventilation.)
Don’t rub skin and avoid tight turtlenecks that rub. Friction can cause an outbreak of pimples.
Don’t touch affected areas unless your hands are clean.
Don’t squeeze acne cysts as the infection could spread.
Keep hair out of your face and wipe your cell phone with alcohol often to kill bacteria.
Don’t use topical or oral steroids—they’re known to aggravate acne.

Dietary Tips:
Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.. every day.
Eliminate sugar, juices, cow’s milk and soda from your diet for a month to see if your acne improves.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, butter, cheese, cream , fatty fried foods and hot and spicy foods.
Avoid processed foods and those containing iodine like fish, kelp and onions.
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables… especially ones with zinc like shellfish, whole grains and sunflower seeds.
Take acidophilus to keep your digestive system healthy.
If you have questions or would like a consultation, call 610-269-7009.

Stay beautiful,
Millie

Winter Itch

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Winter Itch

A friend once took her 5 year old son to the Emergency Room because after his bath he broke out in itchy painful hives. The culprit? Dry skin.

Although most of us experience some degree of dry, itchy skin during the winter, it’s hard to believe that your skin can get that dry, so itchy and dry in fact that it becomes painful.

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What is it?

Winter itch is a term for dry, itchy skin that occurs during the winter. Cold, harsh winter weather combined with dry indoor heat can cause skin to lose moisture, feel tight, irritated and itchy (and that includes your face!).

Causes 

Although winter weather contributes greatly to dry skin, there are many factors that can make the problem worse, including: Soaps, shower gels and skin care products with fragrance, harsh cleaning agents or deodorants. Even body depilatories that were fine in warmer weather can suddenly become irritating… and the more you scratch, the more you itch.

Solution?

If you’re a victim of winter itch, take time to investigate the cause. Cortisone crèmes are a quick fix but they aren’t recommended for long term use.

  • Keep your baths and showers short and the water warm not hot–A long hot bath feels       good but pulls moisture from skin
  • Lower room temperature at night, crack a window  and/or use a humidifier or a pan of water on radiators to keep moisture in the air.
  • Use super hydrating bathing and personal care products with no fragrance, alcohol, lanolin, dyes or propylene glycol to prevent irritating already dry skin.
  • Use non-greasy moisturizing crèmes after a bath or shower – especially on arms and legs where skin is thicker with fewer oil and sweat glands.
  • Keep toasty in cold weather by dressing in layers and eliminate itchy wools and synthetics garnished with glitter.
  • Switch to fragrance free detergent and don’t use fabric softeners on sheets, pillowcases, wash cloths and towels or anything coming in direct contact with your skin.

Keep winter skin hydrated and if you need help go to www.dermHA.com

Stay beautiful,

Millie

Cocotique – Mildred Bell: The Woman Behind dermHA

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dermHA provides “clinically formulated therapeutic care for sensitive skin”, and Mildred Bell is the woman behind the products, with over 30 years in the beauty and skincare industries. As you sample dermHA’s gentle face + body wash, included in your August COCOTIQUE Box, get a glimpse behind the brand in our Q&A with Mildred; she talks about skincare challenges facing African American women specifically, some of the causes of problem skin, and what you should be doing NOW to protect your skin from the aging process.

 

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