Friday, February 27, 2009

Hints from the Manicurist--Dry Winter Skin

After 17 years of doing nails, I've run across some ridiculously easy home remedies for dry cuticles, heels and skin in general.
1) olive oil 2) lip balm/chap stick
One of the most important things I learned from my years of working with Aveda is why some moisturizers work and some don't: molecule size. Any moisturizing product made with a synthetic ingredient like mineral oil or petroleum is nearly the most useless thing you can buy unless you're looking to prevent chaffing or wind burn. Plant oils/plant-based ingredients are the answer. The reason why is that plant oils have a much smaller molecular structure than mineral/petroleum oils. The smaller the molecule, the deeper it can absorb into the skin. Some plant oils, like jojoba, are so similar to our skin's natural oil that they can help dryed out skin repair itself. Mineral oils just sit on the surface of the skin and can sometimes end up drying it out even more. So that's why no matter how much you reapply that Vasolene Intensive Care lotion, your skin just keeps feeling dryer! It may protect the skin and make it feel better temporarily but it can't penetrate the skin deep enough to help repair it in the long term.
If you are fortunate enough to have the money in your budget to afford Aveda's products, run to your nearest Aveda Concept Salon now. If not, just grab some olive oil from your kitchen. I once healed a painful crack that was starting on my own heel by rubbing olive oil on it twice a day for 6 days. Hangnails or dry cuticles on hands/feet? Put some olive oil on a Q-tip and apply it twice a day or can't use too much! If your dryness is severe, dedicate an old tube of chap stick/lip balm to your skin care routine and apply it to the severely dry area every night before you go to bed. The olive oil will start the healing process by soaking in deep and the chap stick will coat the surface to protect from further chaffing. Chap stick is great for those office workin' people whose fingertips are dryed out from touching paper all day.
And of course, while such home maintenence can make a huge difference in how your hands & feet feel, nothing can replace the aesthetic perfection you get from a professional manicure & pedicure! If you happen to be in the Las Vegas area, visit and call for an appointment with one of the D'Hair manicurists today!