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The Best Moisturizers For Hands Dry From Coronavirus Handwashing

The Best Moisturizers For Hands Dry From Coronavirus Handwashing

If you’ve been keeping up with the CDC’s recommendations for protecting yourself from the COVID-19 virus (we hope you are), you’re probably feeling the effects of washing your hands for 20 seconds several times a day. Here are some of the best products from Chicago Skin Science that will save your hands from the toll of constant cleaning. Our providers also suggest that you use warm, not hot, water to avoid stripping your skin barrier of even more of natural oils. Try to choose a soap that is moisturizing and fragrance free. Finish with one of the following moisturizers immediately after hand washing to lock in hydration!

Aquaphor

There’s very few skin issues that a little Aquaphor can’t handle! It’s an affordable option that’s perfect for on-the-go use.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment – $12.96

  • Great for dry, cracked, irritated skin
  • Helps restore smooth, healthy skin

 

Perfect for the whole family, Avene Xeracalm Balm restores dry hands that are prone to eczema.

Avene Xeracalm Balm – $33

  • Ideal for redness, itchy, eczema prone skin
  • Approved by the National Eczema Association
  • Formulated without any preservatives, parabens or fragrances
  • Suitable for infants, children and adults

 

Want to heal dry, cracked hands without the feeling of greasiness? This is the one for you!

Avene Cicalfate Hand Cream – $25

  • Restores and brings relief to dry, cracked hands
  • Lasts through up to 5 hand washings
  • 91% noticed reduction of tightness, tingling, heat/burning sensations, itching
  • 51% reduction of redness, roughness, thickened skin, blisters and cracks

 

This hand cream is a wallet AND hand saver enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream – $15

  • Helps repair, restore and protect rough, dry, and irritated hands
  • Formulated with essential ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid
  • Non-greasy cream that helps repair your skin’s natural skin barrier while protecting from the harmful irritants and allergens that your hands encounter every day

 

Go beyond just moisturizing with Elta’s hand créme by also brightening skin tone and protecting against pollution!

EltaMD So Silky Hand Créme – $19

  • Clinically proven to moisturize dry, flaky skin up to 12 hours
  • Helps maintain moisture, even after hand washing
  • Protects against urban pollution
  • Brightens the appearance of skin tone
  • Has “quick dry” ingredients that doesn’t leave an oily or sticky residue
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Product of the Week: Skinbetter Science Interfuse Treatment Cream

Skinbetter Science Daily Interfuse Treatment Cream
for face (and neck!)

This is for the patient wanting to correct or prevent deep wrinkles and sagging skin. Also beneficial for anyone who needs help with background redness on the skin.

Key Factors & Key Ingredients

  • Collagen boosting serum – Improves the appearance of skin sagging, lines, and wrinkles. Firms the feel of the skin for a more lifted and contoured appearance.
  • Uses proprietary delivery technology that drives a unique messenger peptide blend to help bring the look of firmness back to the skin.
  • A blend of messenger peptides targets the nourishment of five types of collagen, all critical to skin density.
  • Helps reduce redness – Offers an immediate smoothing effect from a neuro-calming peptide.
  • Provides a breathable layer of moisture, through an exclusive blend of hydrating ingredients, to help give the skin a radiant glow.
  • Can also be used on the neck for improved resiliency of the skin.

Directions

This is a daily cream that can be used morning and night. Use after cleansing, after any other serums you may use, and before your daily/nightly moisturizer, although some skin types (the oilier types) may find it hydrating enough to use as their moisturizer. Use AM/PM. Safe for all skin types and during pregnancy or nursing.

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Product of the Week: Neocutis Bio Serum Firm

Combines the two Neocutis technology powerhouses: rejuvenating growth factors and proprietary peptide treatment with results in less than a week. That means, for those of you familiar with the previous Bio Serum (without the “firm”), this is a different product with different fabulous ingredients.
Key Factors & Key Ingredients
    • Growth factors rejuvenate the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles AND redefine the look of facial contours.
    • Peptides restore by improving texture, tone, elasticity, and firmness AND support collagen and elastin production.
    • Acetyl Glucosamine brightens skin tone and gently exfoliates.
    • Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin boosts hydration.
    • Pullulan aids in skin tightening and improving elasticity.
    • Glutamine supports collagen production.
    • Good for all skin types and pregnancy safe!
    • While everyone can benefit from this, this is a good one to recommend to a patient with deep wrinkles and sagging skin concerns. 

Directions

Cleanse face, apply Bio Serum Firm, then follow up with any other moisturizers or creams, then SPF! Use this product AM & PM for best results.
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Product of the Week: iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex
This clear, lightweight cleansing gel is powerful, yet gentle enough for hypersensitive skin. Excellent for all skin types and all ages!
 
Key Factors & Key Ingredients
  • Deep-cleanses skin and pores without drying and stripping the skin of its essential natural oils, excellent for blemish-prone skin, yet safe for sensitive skin!
  • Smooths and softens the skin and gives the appearance of smaller pores.
  • Includes: 
  • Chamomile Flower Extract, a highly active antioxidant, which helps protect against the visual effects of photo-damage while providing calming properties.
  • Centella Asiatica, a powerful antioxidant, with nourishing properties that help diminish the appearance of premature aging.
  • Sugar Cane Extract, gently exfoliates the skin for a renewed complexion.
  • White Willow Bark Extract, exfoliates the skin and deep-cleanses pores.
Directions
Use AM & PM. Apply gel to face, mix with water, cleanse, remove and carry on with the rest of your routine!
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Product of the Week: PCA Rebalance Mositurizer

PCA Rebalance Moisturizer

A favorite among oily or acne prone skin or anyone wanting a lightweight and fluffy moisturizer! 

 

PCA Rebalance

A nourishing, light moisturizer that hydrates, calms and soothes normal to oily to sensitive skin. 
 
Key Ingredients & Key Factors
  • Feather-light, whipped texture. Good for normal to combo or oily skin. 
  • Hydrating formula helps keep skin calm and balanced – Borage seed oil & Evening primrose oil – calms the skin
  • Antioxidant protection with Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant that strengthens & protects the skin
  • Niacinamide – hydrates the skin
This moisturizer has a wonderful balance to it, not too light and not too heavy. It feels great! A nice alternative to Skin Recovery Cream for anyone wanting a different texture. 
 
Directions
After cleansing your face, follow up with any serums, then finish with PCA Rebalance moisturizer. Use morning and night. When using in the morning follow up with your favorite SPF and you are all set!
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Product of the Week!

Alastin Restorative Skin Complex

 
With Alastin’s impressive, patented TriHex Technology this product helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen.
 
Key Factors & Key Ingredients
  • Emollient formulation helps volumize and lift aging skin
  • Improves the appearance of thinning skin and fines lines and wrinkles 
  • Potent antioxidants like phytoene, niacinamide, and more help brighten & even skin tone and help protect the skin from further sun damage.
  • Contains a peptide that aids proteins in maintaining the structure of the dermis and the epidermis.
  • Good for all skin types, pregnancy safe, versatile enough to use as a serum or moisturizer depending on your skin.
Directions
Use after cleansing, morning and night, unless provider recommends once a day. Apply 1-2 pumps all over face. Follow up with moisturizer if needed.
Oily types can use it as a moisturizer. Dry types can use it as a serum, then follow up with your go to moisturizer (like Avene, PCA Rebalance, Neocutis Biocream, any of our tinted SPFs, etc). Normal types can do either/or.
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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK & Product Announcement: Sesha Masks

These are now BUY 3 GET ONE FREE!

Buy any variety of the three Sesha masks we carry and get one for free! A $10 value!

 

Sesha Cell-White Brightening Mask
This mask combines peptides, antioxidants, and powerful lightening ingredients to brighten skin color while cucumber extracts soothe, hydrate and tone the skin.

Key Factors & Key Ingredients
-Lightens and brightens skin with a plethora of skin lightening ingredients such as alpha-arbutin. (Studies show that alpha-arbutin decreases melanin production by 70% compared to kojic acid.)
-Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
-Calms the skin’s surface with botanical extracts
-Deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin
-Includes Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Seaweed Extract, Hexapeptide-2, White Tea Extract, Mulberry of Japan Extract, Cucumber Extract, Alpha-Arbutin

Directions
1. Remove pre-cut mask from envelope and place over clean face with moist side of mask facing downward.
2. Smooth mask over face starting with the nose area, then peel off plastic backing.
3. Leave on for 15-30 minutes.
4. Remove mask and gently wipe off remaining residue (no need to rinse).
Okay to use on a weekly basis, typically 1-3 times a week.
(This one is a staff favorite for several CCSD members ?)

Sesha Botanical Hydro Mask
Soaked in botanical extracts such as cucumber, aloe, and hyaluronic acid, this hydrating mask moisturizes and purifies the skin. Hydration and calming results are immediate.

Key Factors & Key Ingredients
-Soothes and calms the skin’s surface
-Deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin
-Includes Cucumber Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Witch Hazel Extract, Green Tea Extract, Calendula Extract, Rosemary Leaf

Directions
1. Remove pre-cut mask from envelope and place over clean face with moist side of mask facing downward.
2. Smooth mask over face starting with the nose area, then peel off plastic backing.
3. Leave on for 15-30 minutes.
4. Remove mask and gently wipe off remaining residue (no need to rinse).
Okay to use on a weekly basis, typically 1-3 times a week.

Sesha Calming Mask
This calming mask is a natural polysaccharide seaweed extract. An excellent soothing and refreshing mask that combines antioxidant and natural botanical extracts to hydrate and tone the skin.

Key Factors & Key Ingredients
Soothes and calms the skin’s surface
Deeply hydrates and tones the skin
Includes Cucumber Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomile Extract

Directions
1. Remove pre-cut mask from envelope and peel plastic layers.
2. Place mask over clean face.
3. Smooth mask over face starting with the nose area.
4. Leave on for 15-30 minutes.
5. Remove mask and gently massage or wipe off remaining residue (no need to rinse).
Okay to use on a weekly basis, typically 1-3 times a week.

Try keeping it in the fridge for an extra calming element to the experience. Great after certain treatments here at CCSD!

Since these masks are corrective, hydrating, soothing masks and
not exfoliating masks it is easy and safe to fit them into your normal routine!

***You can even use these after doing an at-home exfoliation, such as if you use the CCSD Warming Scrub, after rinsing it off, try applying one of these sheet masks as your next step. Or if you use the Revision Black Mask at home, rinse it off, and apply one of these masks, it will make for a great combo allowing the ingredients from the sheet masks to go even deeper!

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Product Spotlight by Angela Preski, LE

We are highlighting the newest addition to our antioxidant serums – Skinbetter Science Alto Defense Serum!

Why do we love this product at CCSD? It has a super light, silky texture. This antioxidant serum offers daily protection from free radicals and improvement of the appearance of uneven tone and redness.

Key Factors & Key Ingredients

  • Combines Vitamin C ( Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate* ) and Vitamin E ( Tocopherol ) PLUS 17 additional antioxidant ingredients designed to provide a new level of comprehensive and dynamic defense against free radicals.
  • Enhances vitality and improvement in skin tone and luminosity.
  • Reduces the appearance of background redness and dark spots and uneven tone.
  • Loaded with brightening and calming botanical extracts to keep skin bright and hydrated. Includes Licorice Root and Turmeric Root Extract, Olive and Grape Seed Extract, and more!!
  • Winner of 2017 Allure Beauty Expert Award!

Directions – This product can be used AM and PM. Use after cleansing with your favorite face wash. One pump applied all over face.

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Product Spotlight by Angela Preski, LE

We are highlighting one of Angela’s favorite products! IS Clinical Active Serum!

Why is this a CCSD favorite? It is great for ANYONE, but particularly great for pregnant or nursing patients, patients that can’t tolerate a retinol, or patients that like to lean more towards the natural, botanical side of the spectrum with their skincare products.

What to know about IS Clinical Active Serum?

  • Resurfacing serum – Gets the “retinol” results, without the downtime
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Diminishes the appearance of uneven skin tone
  • Excellent for blemish-prone skin
  • Smooths and softens the skin, enhances hydration
  • Gives the appearance of smaller pores
  • Provides both rapid and long-term results

Key Ingredients

  • Sugar Cane Extract (source of glycolic acid): gently exfoliates the skin for a renewed complexion
  • Bilberry Extract (source of lactic acid): a natural exfoliant with moisturizing properties
  • White Willow Bark Extract (source of salicylic acid): exfoliates the skin and deep-cleanses pores
  • Arbutin & Mushroom Extract: assists in minimizing the appearance of uneven skin tone while brightening the overall complexion

Directions

Use in the evening after cleansing. Because of the consistency you’ll want to use this before any other serums or creams. Potent activity will be noted upon application as evidenced by a cool tingling sensation. Excellent for all skin types and for all ages. Pregnancy, nursing safe. Paraben free.

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Product of the Month!

Our patients have had fantastic CoolSculpting results since 2010, but did you know there’s a skincare product that’s proven to enhance AND speed up body fat reduction?? Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment stimulates the acceleration of the breakdown of fat when used twice daily after a CoolSculpting treatment. We also suggest it to our patients to protect their body sculpting or skin tightening investment with clinically-backed, maximized results. This month, get 20% OFF Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment in-office or on our website so you can enjoy all the benefits this body lotion today!