Q: What are some of your best “quick fix” solutions for skin troubles?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetitican Catie Wiggy reponds:
Customers and clients are always asking me what they can do for breakouts, puffy eyes and dull skin. Everyone needs a quick fix from time to time, so here are a few tips to get skin looking its best as quickly as possible.
Help! My puffy eyes are taking over my face!
To perk up tired peepers, start by pouring yourself a cup of hot green tea (caffeinated) or chamomile tea—but don’t toss out the tea bags. Store them in a plastic bag in the fridge, then grab them anytime you feel your eyes need a pick-me-up. Place the cool, damp tea bags over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. The caffeine temporarily tightens skin around your eyes by drawing out excess water, while the antioxidants in tea fight inflammation and free radical damage. The cool tea bag itself will slow blood flow to the eyes and ultimately reduce swelling.
For long-term help, apply MyChelle Magnolia Fresh Eyes nightly. This eye gel contains a blend of peptides and plant extracts to brighten, tighten and soothe the delicate eye area. The Eyeseryl® Peptide strengthens weakened capillaries and supports the release of excess fluid responsible for dark circles and puffiness. Green coffee stimulates and revives while magnolia leaf extract helps strengthen and promote repair for a well-rested look. Try the power packed duo of Magnolia Fresh Eyes and tea bags for truly fabulous results!
Ugh. A pimple just appeared. Now what?
Pesky breakouts are the worst; they can leave your skin red, inflamed and bumpy. Dealing with them often times only makes things worse. First things first, hands off! Don’t pick and dig at your skin. You hear it so much because it is true. “Popping” pimples is a sure way to increase infections, spread bacteria and increase inflammation. The long-term effects of scarring and damage to the skin really make this act a no-no!
Instead, grab a fresh lemon and some honey and head to the bathroom. Wash your face with a good soapy, sudsy, gel cleanser such as MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser. Wash for 60 to 90 seconds, rinse and pat dry. Now, squeeze the lemon gently to release its natural juices, then cut a medium-sized slice. Apply two small drops of honey to the lemon slice and rub it over the breakout for 30 to 60 seconds. It may feel sticky and messy, but it’s worth it. Lemon is high in vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and can help with inflammation. (Lemon also contains alpha-hydroxy acids that will help increase cellular turnover.) Honey provides antimicrobial and antibacterial benefits.
Rinse off the mixture after 10 to 15 minutes and apply MyChelle Clear Skin Spot Treatment. This ultra-clearing and calming spot treatment counter balances oil and other problems associated with blemish-prone skin. Sulphur (6%) purifies, unclogs pores and dries excess oil, while zinc aids repair and speeds skin’s recovery. Totarol™ purifies deeply to reduce and avert blemish-prone disturbances, helping skin stay in a healthy, balanced state. Try this at-home remedy and spot treatment to banish blemishes fast!
My skin is dry and dull. What do I do?
Dry skin is troublesome because it can cause irritation, worsen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and leave the skin looking gloomy. First, let’s talk about what to avoid. If possible, stay away from extreme hot or cold weather with low humidity levels. Excessive bathing in hot water is also a bad idea, as hot water dries the skin and can worsen your condition.
For a dry skin quick-fix, grab MyChelle Tropical Skin Smoother and exfoliate for one to three minutes. Antioxidant-rich coconut oil moisturizes and protects while ultra-fine bamboo stem powder and glycolic acid release and dissolve the dead cell build up that gives dry skin a flaky, dull appearance. Vitamin-packed superfruit acai helps support skin to renew itself. After exfoliating, your skin will feel silky soft and smooth!
But don’t stop yet. Next, apply MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum. This deep-penetrating serum restores moisture using hydrating agents naturally found in healthy skin. Hyaluronic acid binds water to the skin, improving suppleness and plumping fine lines. Sodium NaPCA and olive-derived squalane prevent moisture loss as they smooth and soften skin. Allow the serum to penetrate the skin, then apply MyChelle Deep Repair Cream to complete your recovery. This cream provides EGF Peptides to increase cellular regeneration, while algae-derived Venuceane™ protects collagen and prevents moisture loss. Nourishing shea butter and cutting-edge skin nutrients restore moisture while improving skin’s texture and youthfulness. This regimen will give you soft, supple skin—and instant gratification!
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.