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10 posts tagged "Exfoliation"

Valmont’s Prime Solution for Clear Skin

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Priming-FluidExfoliating is one of those essential steps for keeping skin smooth and blemish-free. But most sloughing options—think peels, scrubs, or masks—tend to be harsh on the complexion and rob you of moisture. Enter Valmont’s new Priming With a Hydrating Fluid, a vitamin-infused “softening fluid” that’s rich in sea-buckthorn extract to gently remove dry skin cells on the surface while also restoring hydration levels. For best results, dispense a few pumps of the silky lotion on your skin after washing with a cleanser—it comes out like a cool mist—and leave it on until it absorbs or wipe it off with a tissue. Instead of having to deal with the usual post-application redness that often comes with exfoliants, the aloe vera in this fluid leaves skin supple and slightly plumped. Rounding out the ahhh-this-is-so-pleasant experience: its delicate green floral scent.

Photo: Courtesy of Valmont

Getting Dirty For A Deeper Clean

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DIATOMACEOUS EARTH/ (dahy-at-uh-mahyt-uhs urth)/n./ 1. A dirtlike substance made from the finely ground fossils of prehistoric algae; n./ 2. Commonly used as a deterrent for household and garden insect pests, it is also a pure, nonabrasive alternative to aluminum-based microdermabrasion treatments, in which mineral-rich particles provide a soft, skin-buffing effect; e.g. “Kick-start your skincare regimen from the ground up, with a diatomaceous-earth face scrub that gently exfoliates dry, dead skin to reveal a more glowing complexion.”

Try it: Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Scrub, $20, www.philosophy.com

Dr. Lisa Airan On Scratching The Surface

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

Is it true that exfoliants with granules are too harsh for the face and that the best exfoliants are chemical or enzyme-based?

Granules like crushed nuts and seeds can be uneven and traumatic for use on the face. Chemical and enzymatic exfoliants like glycolic cleansers and prescription-only 2 percent salicylic acid solutions can achieve the same results with less skin damage, e.g., broken blood vessels, etc. I am a fan of Kanebo’s Silk Peeling Powder, which starts as a granule but has a measured dose of active ingredients that dissolve in water so there are no sharp edges. Deeper chemical peels offered at doctors’ offices are really the best way to go, however. I recommend going to your doctor for a lactic acid peel, even just twice a year. It will make a real difference.

A certified member of the American Board of Dermatology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Lisa Airan takes a holistic approach to aging and beauty, specializing in cosmetic dermatology combined with counseling in the areas of stress, exercise, diet, and spirituality.

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The Lotus Position

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LOTUS/(loh-tuhs)/n./ 1. An aquatic plant native to southern Asia and Australia, having large leaves and fragrant pinkish flowers; /n./ 2. Extracts from lotus petals are ultra-moisturizing and also help to exfoliate dead skin cells, minimize fine lines, and soothe sensitivity, e.g., “So much more than a tropical drink garnish, lotus’ reparative properties can give your skin the fresh-faced look of a relaxing week spent in Bali (minus the after-effects of any palm brandy abuse).”

Try it: Wei East White Lotus Eye Dreams, $65, www.weieast.com

Photo: George Grall/Getty Images

Dr. Pat Wexler Preps Skin For Winter

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

My skin tends to get dry, tight, and flaky when the temperature drops. How can I prep for winter and maintain moisture levels through the season change?

The best way to prepare for the winter is to actually nourish your skin and moisturize it in advance of it becoming tight and dry. Before the cold fully sets in, you should start some kind of daily exfoliation regimen—whatever system works best for your skin—be it microdermabrasion, glycolic acid, or enzymes. And you should be exfoliating every day, not once a week like is often advised (if you only exfoliate once a week, you only look good once a week!). Your skin will then be ready to accept the active ingredients in your other products—your antioxidants, your moisturizers, your brighteners. It’s important to keep moisturizing through the winter, too. Whereas you may have used a lotion in the summer, you might consider changing to a cream in the winter. But you don’t have to. Listen to your body.

An expert in dermatology and dermatologic surgery, Dr. Patricia Wexler brings over 22 years of skincare experience to the Counter this week. A board-certified dermatologist with a successful private practice, Dr. Wexler is based in Manhattan and also serves as associate clinical professor for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Photo: Steve Wisbauer/Getty Images