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Moisture is one of the key aspects of our skin’s health, and one of the biggest complaints that I hear is that your skin is so dry that nothing seems to help. One of the questions that immediately comes to my mind is: is your skin oil dry or water dry/dehydrated? There is a big difference and some of the time the answer is both.

True dry skin is lacking moisture or our natural oils, usually from over-stripping with a harsh cleanser or living in a climate where the air is very dry. Oil dry skin is very vulnerable to becoming irritated and very sensitive to anything that you apply to it. It commonly looks red and feels rough.

Currently I think of my hands when I think of dry skin. The constant use of antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer has left them beyond dry. A few key ingredients to restore moisture are ceramides, essential fatty acids, and other active ingredients that will restore the lipid barrier. Dermal Repair and Pep UP are wonderful for restoring moisture for dry skin.

Dehydrated, or water-lacking skin, can still appear smooth but lines and wrinkles appear more prominent. Think of a grape and a raisin: the raisin is just the grape without all its water. Humectants are products that draw water into the skin, and hyaluronic acid is our go-to for dehydrated skin. HA5 is a product that will deliver instant hydration along with supporting the skin's natural ability to retain moisture, changing your skin back to a plump healthy grape. For some clients that tend to have more oily skin this is enough moisture for daily use, and for everyone else this applied with a little water prior to your moisturizer is a game changer.

Protection is always key in dealing with either dry or dehydrated skin. Colorescience’s EnviroScreen technology uses patented active ingredients, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, that create a barrier preventing free radical formation and oxidative stress, blocking UVA/UVB and blue light damage. All of this, while hydrating and moisturizing at the same time. Total Protection Face and Body Shield SPF 50 are my go-tos to maintain moisture and protect.

Let us help you decide if your skin is dry or dehydrated. We would love to see you for a virtual consult.

Dry Skin Package
Avene Oil Cleanser
Dermal Repair
Pep Up
Total Face Shield SPF 50
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Dehydrated Skin Package
Facial Cleanser
Replenish Hydrate
Total Face Shield SPF 50
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