Spring is upon us, but here in Michigan we are still experiencing the effects of dry, winter skin. The surface of the skin shows dehydration in the form of flakiness, lines, or a rough, chapped texture. Even redness and acne is exacerbated by dehydration. A common mistake people make is thinking that if they have oily or acne prone skin that they need to “dry” it out and in their attempt to reduce oil, they strip water from the surface. The presence of oil and the presence of water on the surface of the skin are two separate issues, but oil and water work together in balance to form a protective barrier. So, if the skin is oily it can still be dehydrated (lacking water). Oily skin needs to be protected with a less occlusive barrier while truly dry (lacking oil) skin needs to be protected in the winter with a highly occlusive day cream. Protective day and night creams help PREVENT dry, flaky skin but let’s talk about how to TREAT it.
During the winter and moving into spring, enzymes are most effective at removing dead and dry skin. Enzymes are made up of long strands that actively digest dead skin cells on the surface without penetrating deeply and causing irritation. This is important because skin that is prone to harsh Michigan winters need gentle exfoliation rather than deeply penetrating exfoliation (like the kind the skin receives when using Glycolic Acid which causes cell division. Cell division is good because it encourages cellular regeneration but most people need to nourish their skin and be on a dedicated, supportive home regimen before using Glycolic in the winter. More on cellular regeneration WITHOUT the cell division with the use of Oxygen products as you read on).
This March we have created a facial just for early spring. If you have been feeling dry all winter our March Special will offer relief. After enzymes exfoliate, breathe new life into your skin with oxygen from the Nasturtium plant. The NEW Oxygen Treatment Cream by Glymed Plus treats your skin to oxygenation! All cells are under some kind of stress and can benefit from oxygen, especially this new Oxygen Treatment Cream which has numerous benefits:
1. Cell turnover. The Oxygen Treatment Cream rejuvenates skin cells without the use of exfoliants, retinoids, or acids. THE RESULT is softer skin and reduced wrinkles.
2. Detoxification. The Nasturtium plant (flower, leaf, and stem) gives off oxygen which gets into the follicle and has an antimicrobial and antifungal effect that is more gentle than Benzoyl Peroxide. THE RESULT is a reduction in acne and blackheads.
Treating your skin to enzymes and oxygen are a smart way to keep your skin healthy and in balance!