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Do you tend to get dry, flaky, itchy skin as the weather cools down? The cold winter months can be brutal for your skin. The main causes of skin irritation are the winter wind, dry indoor air, harsh soaps, low humidity, and cold weather sunburn.
Some conditions require visiting your dermatologists, but there are several steps you can use to prevent and treat dry, itchy skin at home.
Tip 1: MOISTURIZE- Even if you think your skin is moisturized, apply another layer. Creams tend to be more hydrating than lotions, but both are effective. Apply your moisturizer immediately after your bath or shower while your skin is still damp. It will help lock in the moisture.
Tip 2: Use gentle soaps and moisturizers such as Vanicream products. (fragrance free, sensitive skin, no additives)
Tip 3: Limit your bath or shower to 10-15 minutes and turn down the temperature to avoid drying out your skin. A hot shower feels great, but it strips your skin of its natural oils.
Tip 4: Wear lip balm. The skin on our lips is extremely thin, making them more prone to damage not only from the sun, but also extreme cold and wind. Choose a moisturizing lip balm that feels good on your lips and has SPF in it.
Tip 5: Be aware of the sun, even on cloudy days. The sun’s rays can cause skin damage, even in the winter months. Did you know that the snow is a better reflector than water? It bounces 80% of the sun’s rays back to us, which is why you can still get a sun burn, even in the winter. It’s important to use a good physical sunscreen all year long, no matter what the weather is like! Look for sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Tizo mineral sunscreens offer a wide variety of cosmetically elegant sun protection that also work as makeup primers, replenish moisture, and are offered in both tinted and non-tinted options.
Elta MD offers a facial sunscreen made for acne-prone skin that comes in both tinted and non-tinted options.
Tip 6: Hydrate yourself and your house. Dry indoor air caused by heaters can irritate your skin. Use a humidifier to pump moisture into the air. Don’t forget to drink water to keep your skin at the optimal hydration level. The recommended amount is 6-8 glasses daily.
Tip 7: Get your diet into the mix. A diet rich in healthy fats can help prevent dry, itchy skin. Omega- 3s are essential fatty acids that help make up your skin’s natural, moisture-retaining oil barrier. Flax, walnuts, safflower oil, tuna, herring, halibut, and salmon are all rich in Omega-3s.
Tip 8: Bundle up! Exposure to cold air and wind can damage the skin. Wear gloves, scarves, and other winter accessories to reduce your skin’s exposure to the dry elements of the air.
Skin Basic is hosting a “Keep It Up” event. Members will receive 25% off all store products as well as 25% off Rejuvapen and Chemical Peel Services.
The Rejuvapen is a remarkable, non-laser, non-surgical treatment that causes skin to stimulate collagen production and fresh, new tissue. We recommend a series of 4 treatments for the improvement of fine lines, acne scarring and skin texture.
Skin Basic also offers a variety of chemical peels that address multiple skin imperfections. Chemical peels can improve sun damage, acne, skin tone and texture, melasma, freckles, and dry dehydrated skin.
Stop in or call 330-758-9189 ext. 122 to get more information on the discounted treatments available for the event.
New Members Welcome.
You can also follow the link below to get detailed information about the individual peels and treatments offered at Skin Basic.
Peels & Treatments
What Are Retinoids?
A Retinoid is an umbrella term used to describe Vitamin A derivatives. Retinoids are powerful enough to improve overall skin texture, acne marks, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as decrease oil production leading to less acne.
How Do Retinoids Work?
In simple terms, retinoids stimulate rapid cell renewal and turn over while also keeping pores free from blockage.
They slow the breakdown of collagen and thicken the deeper layer of skin where wrinkles start.
Retinoids also help improve uneven skin tones and brown spots. It does this by sloughing them off and reducing melanin production.
Prescription vs Non-Prescription
What’s the difference between retinols you can buy in a department store and prescription Retin A?
Medical providers can prescribe Tretinoin (Retin A) which contains Retinoic Acid. These formulations are only available by prescription and contain active ingredients.
Non-prescription “over the counter” products usually contain vitamin A derivatives such as retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, or retinyl linoleate. The biggest difference between the two types are how they work at the cellular level. Retinols are not active products and need to be converted into retinoic acid at the cellular level before they can work. The more steps that the Vitamin A derivative needs to take before it becomes the active retinoic acid, the less potent it becomes. With any non-prescription strength product, it’s important to know what ingredient is being used, and how far it is from being activated.
The active Retinoic Acid product works quickly, but can be associated with more side effects. At the end of the day, Retinols and Retinoic Acids are able to do the same thing, but it may take a lot longer to see results with retinols.
Lloyd Dermatology Center now offers more options of your topical medications available within our office.
Skin Basic offers medical grade cosmeceuticals (non-prescription retinol products)
How To Get Started?
If you are a newbie to Retinols/Retinoids, the trick is to start out slow! Your skin will tolerate the medication if you start out slow and build up your frequency of use.
Retinoids can cause some redness, dryness, and irritation in all skin types, regardless of being dry or oily.
*Only use your retinoid at night as they are deactivated by the sun.
Start out by using a small “Pea Size” amount, once or twice a week. (Monday, Thursday) If you are using it twice a week, space out your days. The goal is to work your way up to nightly usage, but it takes time to get there with prescription strength medications.
If you need to moisturize your skin with the use of retinoids
- Wash your face
- Apply your moisturizer
- Apply your topical retinoid.
*Lloyd Dermatology Center now dispenses more retinoid medications in office.
Retinols are often easier to tolerate on sensitive skin, and an individual can build up their frequency of use quicker with this non-prescription product. Retinols can still cause drying and irritation, so it is just as important to start out slow with usage and build up to every night.
*If you are not a patient at our office and want to find a retinol product that is right for your skin type, visit Skin Basic to discuss our non-prescription products.
What Is In-Office Dispensing? In-office dispensing is a convenient solution that allows our patients to fill their topical medications in our office, no need to go to the pharmacy or hassle with insurance. It allows our patients to obtain the appropriate medication that was requested by their provider immediately, without a substitution required by their insurance.
Why Are We Offering This Program? This program has been established first and foremost for our patient’s benefit and convenience. Due to insurance constraints, patients frequently cannot get the medication we prescribe for their dermatological conditions. Often our patient’s insurance will not cover the prescription at all, or it will require prior authorization for the patient to receive the medication at an extremely high cost. These issues often keep our patient from obtaining the medications they need to get better.
Our Medications: We’ve contracted with a FDA inspected U.S. based 503B facility to design customized medications. All medications are produced using FDA approved National Drug Code ingredients. They prepare these customized medications specifically for your skin condition.
How Do I Pick Up My Medication? The medication order will be sent electronically by your provider and will be sent to our “503B area” in Skin Basic. There it will be filled immediately after your appointment. Payment for your medication will be separate from your office visit.
How Do I Pay For My Medication? Payment is accepted immediately following your appointment at check out. This program does not allow us to bill the cost of the medication to your insurance; however, the cost is generally less than your copay. You may be able to submit the cost to your Health Savings Account for reimbursement or use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
Do I Have To Use This Service? If the patient prefers, prescriptions can still be sent to your pharmacy and billed through your insurance. As always, you have the right tho choose where you wish to have us send your prescriptions.
What Times Can I Pick Up My Medications? Your medications can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Many people seem to want to maintain a “healthy glow,” especially during the summer months. Sunbathing and the use of indoor tanning beds not only significantly increase changes of skin cancer, but also accelerates the aging process. Damage to your skin cannot be undone, so here are some alternatives if you love the bronze look.
1. Spray Tanning: Spray tanning has come a long way from the days when it was one shade of orange. Now you have different options.
Spray tanning booths have different levels of colors with skin enhancing additives like moisturizers and fragrances. Personal airbrushing is performed by a technician and gives you a customized color, with expert level application. The technician can help you choose your desired shade and can customize your solution based how fast you would like your tan to appear. Typically spray tans will last about one week and cost on average $20-$40. This is a great option if you have an event or are going away for a few days.
There are also micro mist options “spray tan in a can” that can be applied at home on your own. These products do not require rubbing in and have a much easier application process than most lotions.
2. Sunless Tanning Lotions: These lotions come in a variety of shades with different application options. Sunless lotions now range from personal foams, gels, lotions, and even in shower options. If you want a more gradual tan try Jergen’s Natural Glow. This is a daily moisturizer that will give you natural looking color over time. If you are looking for a natural 100% lotion, Skin Basic offers Jane Iredale Tantasia.
Jane Iredale Tantasia available at Skin Basic
Tantasia is a self tanner and bronzer with a light citrus scent that retails for $37.
Jane Iredale Bronzers and Golden Shimmer. 100% mineral makeup available at Skin Basic
3. Cosmetics: Bronzer and blush are two great ways to get a Sun-kissed glow daily. Depending on your skin tone, turning to a warm or cool toned palette will enhance your natural features. Warm pallets should be used on golden undertones, while cool pallets work best with pink undertones. Many companies also make enhancing drops, which can be added to your moisturizer or foundation to give you a Luminous glow, whether you are looking for a shimmer or a bronze glow.
Jane Iredale contour kits come in two shades. Each include a luminizer, bronzer, and blush ideal for a warm/cool skin tone. Contour kits retail at Skin Basic for $49.
Just as a friendly reminder…
With any of these options, you should still be applying sunscreen daily. Having the appearance of darker skin will not protect you from the sun’s damaging rays.