Ask Mary: Dry Skin Facts

Ask Mary: Dry Skin Facts

Rodan + Fields product expert-in-residence Mary Radford, RN, on the causes of dry skin — and how to cope.

Q: Help! Why is my skin so dry? 
A: Lots of things can make skin look or feel dry, including genetics, certain illnesses and medications, aging and climate. We can’t control the weather or the date on our birth certificate, but we can replenish dry skin and help keep it from getting too dry in the first place.

Q. Why does my usually normal skin get so dry in the winter?
A. When it’s very cold outside, the humidity drops. This lack of moisture in the air leads to visible skin dryness. Turning up the heat, cozying up to a fire or taking a hot shower may make your dry skin worse: The heat may feel good, but it can also be dehydrating.

Q. What about the opposite – why does my skin get so dry in the summer?
A. In the warmer months, most people expose more skin to the elements. Heat and wind evaporate skin’s natural surface moisture. So do UV rays, especially if you get sunburned. Plus, chlorinated pools and saltwater are dehydrating — the list goes on and on!

Q. How do I treat dry skin?
A. I’ve got three words for you: Exfoliate. Hydrate. Moisturize. 
I exfoliate my face and body with Rodan + Fields ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste two to four times a week. (If you’re new to exfoliation, more than once a week may be too irritating, so start slow.) The next step is to drench your skin from the outside in. For your face, try Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum. Apply your moisturizer on top of the serum.

For your body, the “hydrate and moisturize” steps are extra-easy: Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish does both! (Click here for more about the difference between hydration and moisturization.)

Q. What if my skin is so dry it hurts? 
A. Once skin becomes cracked and flaky, it’s challenging to get it back on track. Tiny fissures in cracked skin make it even more vulnerable to irritation, so skip the exfoliation and pamper skin by hydrating and moisturizing for several days. Once your skin is in better shape, you can add gentle exfoliation. (Our Soothe Regimen for sensitive skin can work wonders on dry skin, too.)

Q. How can I prevent dry skin?
A. Skip drying soap and opt for a cleansing cream. Bundle up in the winter and wear sun-protective clothing in the summer. Wear sunscreen every day, 365 days a year. And drink more water, too!

What’s your go-to product for dry skin?

Learn more about how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

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*information taken from Derm RF.

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5 Skincare Products To Pack For The Holiday

5 Skincare Products To Pack For The Holiday

 

Preparing for a trip this winter? These five Rodan + FIelds products are perfect for seasonal travel. Bring them along with your favorite R+F Regimen, and you’re good to go.

1. Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid
Even in winter, your skin needs protection from the sun and elements. If you’re vacationing in a high-altitude destination like a ski resort or a warm-weather destination, you’ll need to be even more vigilant. Radiant Defense, our new finishing step to every Rodan + Fields skincare Regimen, includes broad-spectrum sunscreen to defend against UVA and UVB rays. Plus its six sheer tints instantly blur imperfections and add a luminous glow.

2. Rodan + Fields ENHANCEMENTS Active Hydration Serum
Cold, dry winter air is drying to your skin. So is indoor heat — and airplane-cabin air. Apply this hydrating serum underneath your moisturizer in the morning and before your night cream in the evening — and definitely before you step onto a plane. In U.S. clinical study, Active Hydration Serum increased skin’s hydration level by 200% after just one use and kept it there for eight hours.

3. Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Intensive Renewing Serum
There’s always room for these revitalizing skincare capsules, even if space is tight. Instead of packing the entire jar, take just the number you’ll need for your trip. That way, no matter where you are, you’ll continue on your way to more refined, firmer-looking skin with fewer visible wrinkles.

4. Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex
The thin, fragile skin around the eyes is often the first place to show signs of stress and fatigue — and who hasn’t experienced those during holiday travel? Our hydrating eye cream instantly illuminates and soothes the eye area, and over time, improves the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness.

5. Rodan + Fields ESSENTIALS Instant Makeup Remover Wipes
Our new premium wipes easily remove even long-wear makeup. Formulated with skin conditioners and moisturizers, they leave skin nourished — and, as a bonus, can go into your carry-on, since they’re not a liquid, cream or gel.

Where are you headed this holiday season? Which products do you always travel with?

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

*Based on U.S. clinical and consumer studies. Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

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Fact or Myth? A “base tan” helps prevent sun damage and sunburn.

tan bed select a cancer“Base tan” is a term popularized by tanning salons and refers to the practice of gradually developing a sun tan through sun exposure or a tanning bed, often before a tropical vacation or other sun-soaked event. The thinking is that somehow, this can prevent a sunburn or sun damage.

Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. The UV rays that tan your skin in a tanning bed are identical to the UV rays that come from the sun. Most alarming, research based on seven worldwide studies has shown that people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.

Sun protection is the single most important way to keep your skin looking young and healthy. However, if you have a history of basking in the sun, don’t despair. There are many options to protect yourself today and plenty of techniques to reduce and reverse the signs of sun damage you may already have. Start by using your sunscreen every day. Your skin will thank you for it and it could save your life.

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