Dry Skin? The winter transition...and what to do?

Esthetician: Whitney Richards
Dry skin during the winter months is a frustrating problem for so many but there are many things you can do to combat that dry skin. Let's start with your cleanser! If your using a gel cleanser when your skin is dry that could be just adding to the problem as gel based products can be very drying. Using a creamy cleanser would be a better option. You can alternate between the gel and creamy cleanser if you don't want to give your gel cleanser up completely. Great options for creamy cleansers are Image Vital C Hydrating Cleanser, Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser with lactic acid and Rhonda Allison Milk Wash. Next up....exfoliating. Exfoliating twice a week is optimal, pick 2 days and stick to it. Exfoliating is very important as it removes that dry dead skin buildup, prevents breakouts and promotes a healthy glow. My favorite scrub is Rhonda Allison Brightening Scrub but you can also make one at home here is my favorite one to make at home...equal parts brown sugar and honey. Sugar has a natural glycolic acid which is used in many skin care products to aid in exfoliation. Honey has many benefits most importantly antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Grapeseed oil can also be mixed with the brown sugar instead of honey. Just give your face a good scrub and rinse. (avoid the eye area) On the same days you exfoliate you can also do a hydrating face mask. Mix milk and honey until you get a creamy consistency. The lactic acid in milk has many benefits mainly hydration. And we just discussed the benefits of honey. Leave on as long as you like and remove with a warm towel. Next for dry skin a great moisturizer, my pick, is Rhonda Allison Exotica Rhodiola. Most importantly stay hydrated and healthy. Beautiful hydrated skin is a combination of taking care of yourself on the inside and outside & don't forget to see your esthetician!
**All products mentioned are available for purchase at Avant Tous Beauty Bar and Spa**