If you are going to battle with dry skin during the winter months, you aren’t alone. According to leading Miami aesthetician Amy Peterson, how to treat dry skin is one of the most common questions that she receives from her clients. Ever The Skin Savant, Amy was generous enough to share her top tips for reviving your skin.
1. HYDRATING FACIALS
Look for facials that incorporate hydrating and nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides. These treatments can help replenish moisture and improve the overall health of your skin. We love our Signature Magic Hands Treatment! A favorite product we use in this facial is Sea buckthorn oil that contains the unsaturated fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an example of an omega-6 fatty acid, which makes it a great ingredient to help repair and regenerate the skin. Other bioactive compounds in the oil, such as flavonoids and carotenoids, also help to support the regeneration of skin cells.
2. MOISTURIZING PRODUCTS
Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and a rich, emollient moisturizer to help lock in moisture. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, shea butter, or natural oils. We love the Augustinus Bader Cleansing Balm.
Regular but gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and allow moisturizers to penetrate more effectively. However, be cautious not to over-exfoliate, as this can exacerbate dryness. Occasionally, we incorporate light mandelic peels this time of year. We also love dermal planning for clients but always assess the skin first. It’s not a treatment for everyone. Favorite gentle exfoliating cleansers include MBR enzyme cleanser and Reflekt 1.
4. NOURISHING MASKS
Masks are beneficial for dry skin for several reasons. They contain moisturizing components like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and natural oils, which hydrate and improve overall skin moisture. Several masks include vitamins, antioxidants, and plant extracts that nourish and revitalize dry skin by providing essential nutrients. Masks with ingredients like ceramides and fatty acids help repair the skin's barrier while improving moisture retention. Additionally, masks are often formulated to soothe and calm dry skin, reducing irritation and redness. One of the key benefits of masks is that they create a barrier which enhances the absorption of active ingredients, allowing for deeper penetration and maximum benefits. The Biologique Recherche Crème Masque Vernix is one of my favorite masks to repair the skin barrier and retain moisture!
5. OXYLIGHT FACIALS
They’re advanced skincare treatments that combine LED therapy, oxygen infusion, microcurrent stimulation, and more. They benefit dry skin by promoting hydration, collagen production, and overall skin health. The combination of these technologies addresses dryness-related issues and can be customized for specific skincare concerns, making them effective for comprehensive rejuvenation.