Every year our skin goes through a number of cycles and we're always trying to figure out how to keep our skin soft and supple as lower temperatures can do a number on our faces! Take notes as we sat down with Dr. Evan Rieder to find out about a number of questions that we have from whether there's such a thing as over moisturizing, why the winter and summer affects our skin differently, Dry Brushing and products that we should have in our vanity! Of course, he also shares some tips that will assist our beauty goals regardless of the season that we're in!
ATHLEISURE MAG: What takes place in the body that makes skin drier in the winter versus the summer?
DR. EVAN RIEDER: It’s not so much the body as it is the environment that causes skin to become more dry in the winter than in the summer. Temperatures drop, humidity levels fall, and indoor heating systems tend to provide dry air. All of these factors can impair the skin barrier,
leaving it dry, scaly, cracked, and itchy.
AM: This change that takes place in the skin means that many times we have to change our moisturizers and lotions, what are ingredients that we should look for in our products to ensure that our skin continues to look moisturized and soft?
DR. ER: One ingredient that can help lock in moisture and keep skin soft during the winter months is Petroleum Jelly. An ingredient found in the new Dry Skin Relief expert repairing balm, it’s excellent at repairing your driest spots including stubborn dry patches on knees, elbows and heels.
For those with dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, products containing Colloidal Oatmeal can help relieve skin irritation. This is a key ingredient in the Dove DermaSeries Eczema Relief soothing body lotion.
AM: Is there such a thing as over moisturizing?
DR. ER: In a word, no, at least not for the majority of your body. If you suffer from dry skin, moisturization is the best way to repair the damaged skin barrier. Excess moisturizer could make skin sticky, making it uncomfortable to wear clothing. Though your clothes may become greasy, your skin would likely thank you for your efforts.
For the face, it depends on the products that you are using and your skin type. If you have oily skin and are noticing that you are developing acne, blackheads, and clogged pores, you might be using too much moisturizer. One way to prevent this is to make sure that your facial products are oil-free and non-comedogenic (which means that they don’t cause acne). The Dove DermaSeries Dry Skin Relief replenishing face cream is an excellent facial moisturizer that is not only gentle and non-comedogenic, but also provides protection from the sun.
AM: A number of people are talking about Dry Brushing your skin. Can you tell us what this is and what it is intended to do? Do you believe that this is something that is beneficial for skin?
DR. ER: Dry Brushing involves running a dry, soft-bristle brush over your bare skin in an upward motion toward your heart. This is said to increase blood flow and circulation, which will help your body and lymphatic system clear away toxins. Dry brushing is also thought to reduce cellulite and exfoliate, leaving your skin softer, more toned and better hydrated. Though there is no evidence for dry brushing in the medical literature, that doesn’t mean that it is not effective.
Particularly in people who may have extremely dry skin, dry brushing might soothe and help with exfoliation. I would be careful about the frequency in which you dry brush, as it could
potentially damage the skin barrier, especially in winter months where there is inadequate moisture in the environment. That being said, modified bathing habits and the use of an effective cleansers and topical moisturizers offer more evidence-based treatments for the skin.
AM: The Dove DermaSeries is a line filled with a number of products from cleansers to moisturizers. Can you tell us more about the repairing balm and what it does?
DR. ER: The Dry Skin Relief expert repairing balm is truly a one of a kind product in the Dove DermaSeries line. The silky, non-greasy formula provides fast dry skin relief and leaves skin looking healthier over time.
AM: In addition to using the products, what are additional methods that should be included in our skincare routine that will assist in keeping our skin moisturized (i.e. consuming x amount
of water, eating certain types of foods)?
DR. ER: Additional methods to keeping your skin hydrated include:
Use a humidifier to moisten the dry air coming from indoor heating systems
Maintain a healthy diet and eat foods high in water content may help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges and watery veggies like celery,
tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots
Moisturize twice a day (night and day), and always immediately after bathing
Get the appropriate amount of sleep. That means at least 7-8 hours per night for the average person. Don’t underestimate the effects of proper sleep hygiene on your skin!
Making sure that your skin glows and that you look radiant, we have a few must haves that you should use when you're looking to be at your best whether you're lounging or going out and about!
After an intense workout, you want to make sure that you get to have a proper rest to allow your body the time it needs to look its best! These are the perfect items to have on hand for your each and every studio session.
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Read more from the Jan Issue.
Almonds are a great treat, but they are also a gift for the skin, whether your product has almonds in their entirety, essence or just the oil. We have a roundup of some of our favorites to include in your beauty routine as we come to the end of the year.
With the summer coming to an end, we're starting to navigate back towards our Pumpkin Latte and favorite boots. Amidst our style and culinary transitions, we begin to think about our skin and how we can protect it to maintain that healthy glow. We chatted with Dr. Janet Prystowsky about this very topic to let you know about what you need to do to be prepared for this season!
ATHLEISURE MAG: How does skin change from the Summer season to the Fall season?
DR. JANET PRYSTOWSKY: Humidity levels change between warm and cold months, so that’s going to impact the kinds of skincare products you need to use. Moving into Fall, it’s time to start up a consistent moisturizing routine to keep your skin hydrated. Otherwise your skin can become dull and dry.
AM: What can be done to ensure that the skin has enough moisture (ie drinking water, certain nutrients one can have within the body)?
DR. JP: Staying well hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet will definitely be reflected in your skin. This is more of a lifestyle tip than a quick tip though. One apple or donut won’t immediately make your skin better or worse.
AM: When showering, what temperature should water be set at for the best way to cleanse the skin without damaging it?
DR. JP: Don’t take hot showers! Hot showers may feel nice and hydrating, but they actually cause evaporation of water from your skin by melting off your own natural moisturizing oils, thereby drying you out. Opt for a warm shower every time. Also, a little soap can go a long way. Using too much soap can wash off your body’s natural, and protective oils. If you use a washcloth, you’re almost certainly rubbing off your body’s natural oils. Try ditching the washcloth, using less soap, or using a gentler soap if you have dry skin issues. I’ve recommended Dove gentle cleansing bars to my patients for years, and recently started working with the brand. If you still have dry skin issues, use a body oil right after you get out of the shower. I’m a fan of body oils with vitamin E.
AM: If you have chapped lips, what is the body telling you and how can we treat as well as eliminate this?
DR. JP: If your lips are chapped, they are probably dry and irritated. If you frequently use lip balms or are constantly licking your lips, stop! You’re only going to make your lips more chapped. Go to your local pharmacy and pick up a small tube of Aquaphor. It’s great for lips and other chapped skin too. Just wipe or blot off the excess if you use too much.
AM: Dry/Ashy skin is always annoying, how can we treat this to ensure that we don't see this?
DR. JP: Use a moisturizer with vitamins and essential oils. There are certain vitamins, like vitamins A and D, that are naturally found in your skin. I like to call them bioidentical vitamins. By providing your skin with those same vitamins, I think you’re giving your skin its best chance to stay hydrated and soft. I made my own moisturizer that you can find on my site. It has three essential oils and three bioidentical vitamins. We just finished a consumer perception study where 100% of the participants said our cream hydrated and nourished their skin.We’re coming out with a complexion cream, cuticle cream, anti aging cream, and after sun cream too if you’d like to try them when they come out as well!
AM: What lotions, balms, salves, etc do you suggest for us to have on hand as we transition into fall?
DR. JP: Besides my moisturizer, I recommend buying a gentle bar cleanser like Dove’s. I also recommend buying a body oil for right after the shower in the morning. Also Aquaphor for your lips. I think skincare should be simple and easy. Less is more.
AM: Lightweight lotions, water based lotions, rich creams - tell us what we need to know about these and how it works within our skincare and when/how they should be used?
DR. JP: Lightweight lotions are for late Spring to early Fall. There’s not much reason to bog down your skin with a heavy cream during the warmest, most humid time of the year. During the late Fall through early Spring, I absolutely recommend a richer cream. We all need something during the Winter that can combat the icy wind and office heaters that take out our skin’s moisture.
AM: Are there certain skin areas that need to be treated differently than other areas ie softer skin (like underarms)?
DR. JP: More often than not you’ll be O.K. treating your skin the same way across the board. If you notice any areas that need a little more tender love and care though, there’s probably a specific way to treat it! Dry cracked feet, itchy scalps, irritated inner thighs, and ashy elbows all can be nuisances, that vary case by case. Consult with your skincare expert, i.e. your dermatologist.
AM: What are your thoughts on Skin Masks - how often should they be done and what are your thoughts on foot masks that peel layers of your skin off days after applying the booties?
DR. JP: I don’t recommend skin masks. I’m not convinced that they are any more efficient than other moisturizers at rehydrating skin. I especially do not recommend DIY face masks. It’s difficult to know how fresh your ingredients are and how your skin may react. Allergic reactions are common! I wouldn’t recommend using foot masks that peel layers of your skin. If you’re interested in chemical peels, I recommend consulting a dermatologist. While there are over-the-counter products that are considered safe, it’s always best to have a trained professional take the helm when skin peeling chemicals are involved.
AM: How can we maintain glowing fall skin?
DR JP: Establish a solid moisturizing and cleansing routine. Cleanse just enough to feel clean in the morning and wipe off your makeup at night. Aggressive cleansing with hot water is an easy way to strip away your natural oils and dry your skin out, and dry skin isn’t as healthy as hydrated skin. Other than that, keep your skin well hydrated with moisturizers.
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The second week of #SUMM3RFRIDAY giveaways kicks off - congrats to last week's winner! This week is another grouping of brands (some will flow throughout the season and others will pop in depending on the week). Click the above link to enter and remember, the 1 winner that is selected will also be able to gift 2 of his/her friends. Each week, we will have 1 winner in NYC and 1 in Miami. Each city may have different partners who are participating in that week's giveaway.
Read more from the May issue
Many have experienced mild (and surprisingly warm) temperatures over the winter holidays, January tends to be quite chilly. In addition to staying warm. it’s about protecting your skin - face, body and armpits too! Dermatologist and Dove Deodorant Spokesperson, Dr. Alicia Barba shares how skin can stay nourished this season.
ATHLEISURE MAG: How do we care for skin with temperatures and wind chill that can cause damaging effects?
DR ALICIA BARBA: There are a lot of factors that affect your skin in the winter months, especially in colder climates, that lead to dry skin. Everything from the wind to heating systems to low humidity can wreak havoc on healthy, glowing skin. To defend against the elements, it’s important to wear soft, natural clothing fibers such as cotton, as well as outerwear such as hats, scarves, and gloves that will act as your first line of protection, and recognize that moisturizer will be a key element in protecting your skin.
AM: How can we maintain moisture within our face, body, and underarms?
DR B: Never be exclusionary with your skin care routine, and that means paying attention to your entire body including your face, hands, neck, knees, elbows and even underarms. Look for multi-benefit products like Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, which will provide odor and wetness protection as well as moisturizers to keep your underarms soft and smooth. Face creams with SPF and moisturizing body washes are also great for a simplified routine.
AM: How do you know when your skin has been affected by extreme temperatures?
DR B: You can tell your skin has been affected by cold temperatures when chaffing occurs, or when it appears burnt, flaky or ashy. This can sometimes lead to itchy skin, which I call “winter itch.”
AM: How important is SPF in the winter especially on days when we don’t see the sun?
DR B: SPF is extremely important in the winter! During the colder season, the ozone layer is thinner, which can increase the damaging effects of the sun.
On cloudy days when we don’t see the sun, it’s important to protect your skin against harmful rays as UVA and UVB penetrate clouds! All year, you should wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
AM: What should the skincare routine be during the winter when you’re maintaining great skin?
DR B: During the winter, take short showers in water that’s not too hot since it can have a drying effect on the skin. Use a gentle shower cleanser and follow with moisturizing body and face creams. Areas like your underarms where many women shave also need to be moisturized, so I like to use Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant that has built in moisturizers in addition to 48 hour odor and wetness protection. As always, for any skin that is exposed to the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen.
AM: What products are perfect to use in the winter in colder climates?
DR B: This time of year it’s all about moisturizers and protectants, and you can often find multi-benefit products that can do both. Everything from moisturizing lip balms and cleansers to face creams with SPF to antiperspirants that provide moisturizers for softer, smoother underarms.
AM: Are there certain ingredients that we should aim to include within our routine for optimal skin?
DR B: As mentioned, look for multi-benefit products that emphasize the inclusion of moisturizers and protectants. Other products that are great for your skin are plant-based oils such as avocado, primrose and almond. These oils sink into your skin to keep you hydrated longer.