Tag Archives: moisturizers

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

Have you heard…? SkinSpeaks is now carrying SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel!!!

Hydrating B5 gel is a wonderful compliment to any moisturizer!  Its two main ingredients are hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer present in the skin that attracts and binds to water, and vitamin B5, a natural humectant that boosts your skins repair function.   There are many factors that can deplete moisture from your skin (a.k.a Minnesota weather!), causing it to feel dehydrated and aged. Adding in this moisturizing boost can help your skin to feel hydrated, smooth and supple.  This oil-free moisturizer can also be used solo for the more oily and acne prone skin.  Hydrating B5 gel is compatible with all skin types.  Stop into SkinSpeaks today to see what the buzz is about!!!

Hydrating B5 Gel

3 Winter Skincare Mistakes

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Slacking on exfoliation-

Winter is an especially important time to exfoliate. By removing dead skin cells, moisturizers can actually penetrate deeper providing the extra hydration it needs.

Over moisturizing-

Our harsh Minnesota winters can really stress our skin, leaving it feeling super dry.  It’s a common mistake to layer on the moisturizers, but caking on these lotions can increase clogged pores, bumps, and breakouts. After the skin has absorbed all that it can absorb, the rest just sits on the surface of the skin potentially blocking pores.  Making sure you are using the correct moisturizers for your skin type and adding an oil-free serum can give you the extra boost it may need to survive the winter.

Skipping the SPF-

Even though you may not be getting a sunburn or suntan, you are still getting those damaging rays that cause brown spots and aging. Also, snow reflects up to 80% of the UV light from the sun, increasing your risk of damage. Use an SPF of 30 or high every day and reapply often when spending extended amounts of time in the harsh winter air.

Children and Dry Skin

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Now that school is back in session and winter is here, do you notice your children’s hands becoming dry and irritated?  Here are a few helpful ideas to get them through the ‘dry skin’ school season.

* Make sure they put their gloves or mittens on before they go outside. Going from heated buildings, buses, cars, etc. to cold air can cause exposed skin to lose its natural moisture more quickly.

* Remind them to thoroughly rinse and dry their hands after washing. The soaps that schools use are often anti-bacterial and harsh on their sensitive skin. Leaving excess soap and water on their hands can cause them to become dry and chaffed.

 * Use a good moisturizer after each washing (when possible) and before bed. Giving their busy hands an extra dose of emollient in the dry months will help prevent dry, cracked and irritated skin.

 * With teachers permission, tuck a travel size moisturizer into their backpack or coat pocket to keep in their desk to use at school.

 *For areas of cracked, chaffing skin use an alcohol free moisturizer or healing ointment. This will help to eliminate stinging and give relief to those sensitive areas.

 As always, if their hands and/or skin are extremely bad with patches of dry, itching, bleeding areas, this could be a sign of a skin condition other than dry winter skin. Seek advice from your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 Happy Winter!

Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore! Part 1 of 3

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Aging affects us all. But don’t feel left out guys, we are here for you, too! Today is day one of a series of three blogs related to our first ever Men’s Month at SkinSpeaks! We will be focusing on non-invasive, anti-aging treatments that are quick and generally have little to no downtime.

Aging presents itself on the skin as fine lines, wrinkles, redness, brown pigmentation, and dull, rough skin. There are several different treatment options when dealing with aging skin. Skincare products, chemical peels and laser treatments are the most effective options and we will describe each in more detail in the coming blogs. These treatments require a minimal amount of downtime, allowing life to get back to the normal grind in as little as 45 minutes.

Today, let’s briefly mention the simplest way to start treating aging skin- skincare products. Skincare products include cleansers, moisturizers, antioxidants, SPF, retinoids, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

Cleansers- proper skincare begins with clean skin. Removing impurities is essential to prepare your skin for other products that applied.

Moisturizers- regulate, strengthen and protect your skin from everyday enemies. They can soothe irritated, dry or red skin.

Antioxidants- prevent brown spots, wrinkles, and the breakdown of skin by fighting free radicals. Vitamin C is the most common antioxidant in skincare, and it helps create collagen, a must for aging skin.

SPF- prevents against skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen.

Retinoids- smoothes skin texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces brown spots, balances oil production, and creates a youthful glow.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)- dissolves the “gunk” that builds up between your skin cells that prevents products from penetrating. AHA’s are also a natural humectant, helping keep skin hydrated.

It sounds confusing, how do you know where to start? That’s the easy part! Come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our amazing aestheticians, and they will do the hard work for you, recommending only the products you are looking for. Our staff has handpicked a collection of the most efficacious skincare products available and know that expensive does not always mean better. We don’t believe in complicated skincare regimens that are destined to fail, but instead provide a customized approach. So, whether you want to start slow, or get a full treatment regimen right away, give us a call at 952.435.6565!