Winter moisturizers: What to look for in acne-prone skin

Often times, people with acne skip moisturizing, even in this cold and dry weather, increasing the risk of breakouts. If you’re battling acne, then be sure to look for a lotion that is light, oil-free, and noncomedogenic. Look closely at the ingredients: you’ll want a moisturizer that contains ceramides (which improve the skin’s barrier function), but that DON’T contain petrolatum and mineral oil.


Give your hands a gift this holiday season

While oils are becoming very popular for moisturizing, they don't actually work the way you might think. The body doesn't absorb topical oils: instead, they sit on the surface of the skin, acting as a protective barrier. If your hands are starting to crack under the strain of a cold winter, try applying a moisturizer first, then add an oil like jujube. Your body will absorb the lotion, and the oil will lock in the healing power of the moisturizer.Read More >


Fight for your right to bare arms this Valentine’s Day

Keratosis pilaris (KP) are the small, hard bumps that often exist on your upper arms or thighs. While they may look similar to acne, they’re not the result of a build up of oil or bacteria. Instead, KP is caused by an excess of keratin—the same protein your skin cells produce. With KP, your keratin production goes into overdrive, and you produce too much of the protein. It then clogs your hair follicles, causing inflammation.Read More >


Break the winter dry spell with this quick skincare tip

We have moisturizers in our medicine cabinets, and small tubes of lotion in our purses, but for many of us, the majority of our day is spent at our desks, without an easily-accessible moisturizer. While that works during humid, warm weather, the winter months can suddenly leave us with dry elbows and chapped knees. Always be prepared by storing a small, multi-purpose ointment like Aquaphor in your top drawer.Read More >


Dry skin rehab: when cream isn’t enough

When skin is dry, cracked, and flaking off, you can't just slap on some cream and call it a day. You need to prep the skin in some way. We recommend limiting your bath time, and applying an ointment like Vaseline or a concentrated glycerin formula to the irritated area. Then put on thin cotton socks or gloves—this will help keep things from getting messy, and concentrate the moisturizer on the most irritated areas, like the hands and feet.


Change your skin regimen with the season

As the seasons change, our skin needs change. As a result, our regimens should be tweaked as well, to adjust to environmental changes. Whatever your skin type is, consider switching up to a richer moisturizer. If you are using a lotion, change to a cream. If you are using a cream, consider layering it over a serum with antioxidants. If you are oily, consider a non-comedogenic lightweight moisturizing gel.Read More >