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Dry Skin? Our Holistic Estheticians Chime In!

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*Photo by naohmi for Shop Good*

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But, perhaps not quite the easiest on our moisture barrier. It’s not just the wishy washy weather sapping your skin of it’s summer suppleness. Whether its hours spent in the air to visit loved ones, or the mad dash of wrapping up 2019 making you forget your Hydroflask at home, this time of year can make maintaining moisture levels feel futile… are you feelin’ it too?

Fear not, beauty babes. Our team of holistic estheticians (and our actual skin heroes) are breaking down their fav ways to say “see ya later” to a flakey + dry complexion, and stay glowing throughout the holiday season. Plus, look out for shout outs of a few #CleanBeautysBest winners along the way! Shall we?

 

Alex McClung – 

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My pocket P-I-C for the winter months is Hyaluronic Acid. Anytime we see the word acid in a product we naturally assume that it is going to be active and tingly, but not so with Hyaluronic. H.A. is actually a substance that is naturally produced by the body in order to retain moisture, but our levels naturally decline due to aging and environmental damage. When my skin starts feeling thirsty I reach first for the OSEA Hyaluronic Sea Serum with three molecular weights of H.A. and three types of seaweed, this formula penetrates deeply into the skin to provide long-lasting nourishment and hydration. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

 

Ashley Wittke – 

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We never get tired of saying this – our facials are created specifically for YOU and your skin’s needs. Dryness has been a common trend in the treatment room lately so we thought it’d be fun to get nerdy and walk you through a few star ingredients from our Botnia backbar that help dry skin!

  • Colloidal Oatmeal Compound – great for all skin types,  this powder contains polysaccharides that will actually bind moisture to your skin (!!) providing lasting hydration while enhancing your immune system. It’s also incredible at combating redness and inflammation. & don’t even get us started on it’s creamy, delicious smell…
  • Lactic Rose Peel – lactic acid is the most gentle of the AHA family, meaning it is beneficial for just about anyone! It increases the natural barrier lipids in the outer layer of the skin, lightens and brightens, all the while providing instant hydration. AHA’s aid in the removal of dead skin cells from the epidermis, allowing for optimal product absorption. Adding a few pumps of this to your mask is a game changer! 
  • Ultimate Hydration Booster – We all know by now that hyaluronic acid is a true hero in the skin care world, but for those of you who don’t – hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water to help retain moisture in the skin. This booster not only possesses the magic of HA, but also saccharides. Saccharides are sugar molecules that work to hydrate the skin, they bind to water molecules and then protein in the intracellular matrix surrounding skin cells and providing lasting hydration for up to 72 hours! This booster is great to add to our customized masks and also a great finishing step, locking in your new hydration walking out of the treatment room plump, glowing, and ready to take on the holidays! 

Lauren Gionet – 

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Skin still feeling perpetually parched from those Santa Ana winds? My best advice for staying hydrated during the upcoming dry winter season is to start incorporating oils into your skincare routine! The bigger molecule size of oils (versus cream moisturizers) creates a protective hydrating barrier on the skin when layered or mixed with your regular daily moisturizer. Oils help to soften and lock moisture into the skin, balance the skin’s oil production, heal wounds, and can significantly reduce inflammation due to a powerhouse of infused botanicals. Layer your Wildcare SunRoot Solar Serum or Botnia Replenishing Oil on top of your cream moisturizer or mix a few drops into your cream to create a whipped texture (my favorite!) and feel effortlessly hydrated all day or night!

 

January Armstrong – 

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Calling all glow getters! A Shop Good holistic facial is the perfect treat to give your skin (& yourself!) what it’s needing during this dry weather! Not only do our customized facials cater to exactly what your skin needs but we also have selected a number add-ons that will take your self care game to the next level (really!). My go to facial enhancement for this dry season is our oxygen boost — a treatment that applies pure, pressurized oxygen infused with a custom serum blend, to penetrate directly into your skin. It’s designed to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, boosts the production of collagen, and nourish your skin from the outside in. Constant exposure to the sun, dust, and pollution robs our skin of its natural moisture content, and this add-on will restore the skin’s pH balance while deeply moisturizing. It also is the best before your BFF’s holiday party to leave your skin with a radiant glow. It’s perfect for all skin types and will give your facial that extra “umphh” you have been looking for! Pssst… look out for a special Shop Good holiday add on that will make you feel hydrated all the way down to your toes 😉 

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Not going to lie… we were happy to hear that we weren’t the only ones feeling as if our skin has become the new Death Valley. Now, you have the *411* for both at-home and in-shop on our go-to ways to treat dry skin. So, go grab that new facial oil or serum you’ve been meaning to try and we’ll see you in the treatment room – because, who goes holiday shopping without adding in a few treats for themselves, amirite? 

To book a customized facial with our Holistic Estheticians, click here!

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