Facial Skin Treatments
Dry, Dehydrated Skin
What is Dry? What is Dehydrated?
Dry skin lacks oil while dehydrated skin lacks moisture in the outer layer of the skin cells. Both are worse where there are few oil glands such as the arms, legs, torso and cheek and eye areas. Symptoms are worse whenever water is applied (e.g. showering, bathing, or swimming). Skin looks rough, not smooth; slight or severe flaking or scaling as well as fine lines may develop; and cracks in the skin may bleed or become severely red, often causing conditions like eczema on the face and body.
What causes dry, dehydrated skin?
- Unavoidable aging (beginning in our 20’s)
- Cold weather (low humidity) –when air is warm and dry, it can soak up moisture, thus drying out skin
- Prolonged sun exposure causes water to evaporate from the skin.
- Lifestyle (i.e. smoking; excessive alcohol; certain medications; deficiencies in essential fatty acids and vitamin A)
How can I get relief?
At Nell Clinic, professional skin treatments like proper exfoliation and galvanic current treatment are great ways to start relieving dry skin.
What is it? What causes it?
The unnatural acceleration of the natural aging process, usually due to years of sun exposure and lifestyle choices like smoking, stress or diet. Also, genetics will play a role in premature aging.
What can I do?
Visit your Skincare Therapist regularly and keep a good at-home regimen. At Nell Clinic, our Skin Therapist will provide you with a customized skin treatment plan to deal with premature aging.
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Sensitive? Sensitized? Or Both?
Sensitive skin is usually genetic (i.e., the person is born with the predisposition). A person with sensitive skin is prone to blushing, allergies, and asthma. People with this type of skin have blood vessels close to the epidermis; hence the skin appears redder. It is usually prevalent among Northern Europeans, or those with fair skin.
Sensitized skin is skin that is inflamed due to the environment and one’s lifestyle; it can also affect the internal organs including those responsible for digestion. A cold winter’s day can be unpleasant for someone with sensitized skin and transferring from outdoor to indoor climates can make sensitive skin sensitized. Lifestyle factors such as stress, hormonal fluctuations; smoking, alcohol, sun exposure, poor diet; medical procedures, even over- exfoliation or over-processed skin can lead to sensitization. Cosmetic ingredients like alcohol, lanolin, fragrances and D&C colorants can lead to sensitized skin, as can pollution.
- 50% of the population has sensitive skin
- It appears that this number is rising
- Often “sensitive” skin is a result of other skin conditions (e.g. Eczema)
What is it? What causes it?
Eczema is inflammation of the skin that can occur on any part of the face or body; and often makes the skin appear dry, red and itchy resulting in scaling and crusting. Atopic Eczema is one of several types of eczema and is brought on by a person’s sensitivity to substances in the environment (i.e., allergens), usually proteins such as those found on cat and dog fur, and feathers; and sometimes those found in milk, eggs, and nuts. Because of the poor epidermal lipid barrier layer (sensitive skin); allergens, irritants, and microbes can easily penetrate the skin causing adverse reactions.