Check out this article in Totalbeauty.com. The DrmGirls give some sound advice on shaving!
Falling into Winter-Over time, the texture of our skin naturally changes. Hydration, collagen and elastin are all important factors for smooth, soft, young-looking skin. When hormones, pollution, and seasonal changes come into play, they can diminish these key factors, causing dramatic changes in how your skin feels. We've listened to some of your most common complaints about your skin's texture and consulted the experts to bring you the answers on how to treat it.
Does your skin feel dry and dehydrated? Dry, dehydrated skin is a common change during seasonal changes that also comes along with aging, since moisture levels drop and water is lost. Diminished blood circulation, harsh ingredients, moisture stripping products, and less-active oil and sweat glands can all lead to dryness. Try treating it by restoring moisture with deep hydrating creams and masks. The Avene Trixera Emollient Cream and Balm does a great job at restoring moisture. Also, hyaluronic acid fillers (which bind moisture to the skin) may minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles and reintroduce moisture to the skin. The Avene HAF product does just that and is a DermGirl favorite!! Neo Cutis Biorestorative Riche balm is a cream that repairs and restores hydration, nutrients and gives you great anti-aging benefits through its peptide formulation.
Does your skin look and feel rough, sun-damaged and weathered? Rough, weathered, leathery-looking skin is result we end up with after spending years in the sun. It damages the skin by causing inflammation and a breakdown in collagen which in turn makes it look and feel thick. Weathered skin is usually laden with deep wrinkles, too. Protect your skin from the sun with an SPF every day. Prevent further damage to weathered skin with antioxidative and reparative topical products such as retrinols, growth factors, and broad-spectrum sunscreens of SPF 30 or higher.
Does your skin feel like sandpaper? Rough skin often has a dull and muddy complexion. Dull skin is caused by a buildup of dead skin that stays on the surface for extended periods of time. It's important to amp up the skin's natural shedding process to remove dead skin and expose fresh skin. A topical retinol or retinoid, using products that have an exfoliator in them like the Glytone Mild Gel Wash with it's 4.7 free Glycolic Acid to help lift dead skin cells and exfoliate while you cleanse. Using a retrinal like Avene .01 or Neo Cutis Nouvelle .06 in addition to a good exfoliating cleanser such as NeoCutis or Glytone Mild Gel wash will make your skin smooth once again after consistent use.
Keeping Hydrated through the winter and spring-Moisturizing and moisturizing often is the key to soft, supple skin. Dermaologists recommend immediately applying a moisturizer all over your body and face immediately after showering so your body is able to retain the moisture. The Avene Thermal Spring Water is high in mineral content, and when sprayed on the body after showering or bathing, it helps retain moisture to the skin. The Trixera Emollient Cream or Balm will leave even the fussiest dry skin feeling soft and hydrated.