For a large portion of my life I lived in Hawaii. Of course I would miss my family and friends when I moved to the mainland and I knew I was in for a shock dealing with winter in New England (the things you do for love!) What I did not expect was what seemed like 10 years of aging that happened overnight! This is exactly what I experienced when I left the moist tropical paradise of Hawaii for the cold and dry winter in Boston. My skin was not happy! It was dry and rough and all of a sudden I had tons of fine lines that were never there before!
The product regimen that I had been on for years was no longer working for me. I needed more hydration and fast. As an aesthetician, I view my skin as my own personal advertisement of my abilities and knowledge of skincare. How could I treat people and give them advice when my skin was in need of some serious help?
I switched to a more hydrating moisturizer and added a hyaluronic acid serum. It helped but my skin was still not where it was before. That is, until I discovered the BioCellulose Mask from SkinCeuticals. It was created as a treatment for post-procedure skin (laser or chemical peels) but it can also be used as a bi-weekly replenishing treatment. If you have been trained in or received a MicroPeel by SkinCeuticals you should be familiar with this wonderful product. The secret of these masks are the “unique fibers that distribute heat-reducing water to the disrupted barrier, alleviating discomfort and providing immediate relief.”
I decided that I was going to create my own treatment plan and used one mask a week for 6 weeks. I used the masks at night and began my treatment by cleansing my skin and applying 3 drops of B5 Gel and 3 drops of Phyto Corrective Gel both by SkinCeuticals. Next, I applied the mask and let it work its magic for 30 minutes. After removing the mask, I applied my eye cream and evening moisturizer. In the morning, I would not cleanse, but simply used a gentle toner to wipe off the excess oil and then applied my daily products. At the end of the six weeks, I was looking more and more like myself and I attribute that to the BioCellulose Mask.
To my fellow aestheticians - What have to done to treat dry, dehydrated, winter skin? Share your answers in the comments below.