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The Benefits of Using Eye Cream Now

They say the eyes are the window to the soul…for better or worse! Those laugh lines may hint at memories of life’s joyful moments, but they can also reveal your age all too easily. Here’s why. 

The skin around the eyes, called the periocular area, is much different than the skin on the rest of your face. It’s actually less than a millimeter thick—10 times thinner than the skin on your face!

The periocular area is also poreless, meaning it doesn’t produce as much natural moisture factor from sebum. Though sebum secretion is often a challenge for those with blemish-prone skin, it’s also one of your best anti-aging features, helping keep skin healthy and smooth. That’s why the lack of oil glands or pores in this area can be problematic and why eye creams are vital for providing appropriate amounts of moisture. Skipping eye cream can contribute to a more accelerated aging pace resulting in loose elasticity, fine lines, dehydration and periorbital edema (aka puffiness).

In addition, the thin nature of this area—which only becomes thinner as we age—makes it especially vulnerable to environmental damage and photodamage caused by UV rays from the sun, which can destroy collagen and deplete your skin’s ability to produce more. UV damage is also the catalyst in creating dark circles surrounding the eyes, also called periorbital hyperpigmentation. This can increase the thinning of the skin and create ptosis, when the upper eyelid droops over the eye.

The benefits of using an eye cream

So, is there really a difference between regular moisturizers and eye creams? The answer is a resounding yes! Eye creams typically differ from regular moisturizers in a few specific ways:

  • Eye creams are almost always (and should be) fragrance free to reduce the risk of irritation.
  • Eye creams are usually formulated at a lower molecular weight than moisturizers, which means they can penetrate the delicate eye area at a more accelerated rate.
  • The complex formula of an eye cream is designed to target the specific concerns related to the eye area, while a moisturizer targets a larger area and is less specialized.

Seeing eye to eye

It’s best to begin incorporating an eye cream into your skincare routine before wrinkles appear, since it’s easier to prevent signs of aging than to correct them (we’re looking at you, 20 somethings!)

Here are some questions to ask when searching for the right eye cream to target your skin’s needs and achieve long-term results.

Are the active ingredients used in the product formula appropriate for the delicate eye area?

Here are a few common ingredients you should look for in eye creams:

  • Peptides are short chains of amino acid sequences and the building blocks of proteins. Peptides work like glue to keep strands of collagen together, which in turn facilitates skin cell repair and rejuvenation, brightens dark circles and improves the appearance of puffy eyes. Peptides are also known to have a lifting effect, which tightens and improves skin firmness.
  • Antioxidants such as vitamin C play an essential role in collagen biosynthesis, the body’s natural process of producing collagen within the dermis. Vitamin C is also responsible for helping reduce dark circles by strengthening the skin and reducing the visibility of blood vessels in the eye area.
  • Ceramides are an essential component of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis). Clinical studies have shown that ceramides improve skin hydration, reduce transepidermal water loss and increase hydration levels lost naturally in the aging process.

 

Is the product designed to target your specific concerns?


Not all eye creams are the same! Make sure the product you select addresses your top two primary concerns. Eye treatment products are complex and are designed to specifically target a certain concern around the eyes, such as puffiness, dark circles or fine lines.

Which Sanitas eye treatment is best for you?

This bestseller, widely considered the holy grail of eye treatments, is your one and done! We combine nine (yes, we said nine) different peptides with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and ceramides to address the unique needs of the eye area. A multi-tasker for all things eye, it checks all the boxes: relaxes fine lines and wrinkles, supports collagen, tightens, and diminishes dark circles and puffiness. Perfect for those who are already starting to see crow’s feet and those pesky “elevens” starting to creep in.

Potent yet gentle, this gateway eye treatment stops the signs of aging in their tracks. Lightweight and great for all skin types (even sensitive), it’s chock full of antioxidants to help protect and prevent the signs of aging from making an appearance. Vitamins C and E layered with hyaluronic acid and beta glucan combat and diminish dark circles and puffiness, visibly brighten, and firm and tighten the delicate eye area.

Liquid Exfoliants: The Key to Glowing Winter Skin

Ask any skin expert about the best way to achieve smooth, bright, even skin and the first thing you’re likely to hear is that regular exfoliation is key. While your skin naturally exfoliates itself about every 28 days, there are numerous factors at play that can delay this process (like age, arid environments and cold, winter air). So to keep skin healthy, it’s important to exfoliate on a regular basis.

But not all exfoliators are created equal and there are numerous ways to nix those spent skin cells. Physical exfoliators (think cleansing brushes, facial scrubs or polishes) physically remove dead skin from your face and work primarily on the surface. Liquid exfoliators go above and beyond (or is it below and beyond?) and dive deeper into the skin’s surface to really even skin tone and rev up radiance.

What are liquid exfoliants?

You’ve probably heard about alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids (commonly referred to as AHAs and BHAs). AHAs and BHAs work to break apart bonds between skin cells and help slough them away at a much deeper level than your standard polish or physical exfoliator.

Liquid exfoliators also help with:
● Evening skin texture
● Clearing out congested pores
● Reducing visible signs of discoloration
● Prepping skin to absorb active ingredients in serums, treatments and moisturizers
● Boosting cellular turnover

This last one is especially important, as cellular turnover slows down naturally as your skin ages, leaving your skin looking and feeling more uneven in texture (and, well, dull). A liquid exfoliator accelerates that process so that cellular turnover occurs at a more frequent rate. Over time you’ll notice fine lines are minimized, overall skin texture is smoother and areas of pigmentation are reduced because you’re replacing those skin cells with fresh, new ones.

How to select the right liquid exfoliant for you

Choosing the right liquid exfoliant for your skin depends on your skin type and your desired results. Here are three of our favorites.

For non-reactive skin, a low-dose glycolic acid is tried and true, offering a variety of benefits without irritating the skin. For best results, start with a milder solution like GlycoSolution 5%, which contains an effective blend of glycolic acid, sodium PCA (designed to balance hydration in the skin) and an amino acid complex. Over time you can build up to GlycoSolution 10% or 15% for continued and enhanced results.

A solution that exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time? Yes please! Lactic acid, an AHA, combined with kakadu plum (which has the highest recorded amount of natural vitamin C in food) brightens and gently resurfaces while binding moisture to the skin. That means it’s great for more mature, dry or sensitive skin types.

Best for blemish-prone and oily skin, this solution combines salicylic acid (a BHA) with niacinamide (vitamin B3) and naturally medicinal herbs. Together they help clear congested pores, soothe blemished skin, lessen existing breakouts and help prevent new ones from surfacing. This liquid exfoliant is also helpful for calming irritated skin after extractions, shaving or waxing.

How to use liquid exfoliants

If you’re nervous about using AHAs and BHAs, don’t be! As with everything, there can be too much of a good thing, so the best way to begin using liquid exfoliants is to start slowly (a couple of times per week) and gradually ramp up your use, both in frequency and concentration.

Once your skin is accustomed to exfoliation, we recommend an exfoliation frequency of about 3 to 4 times per week. A slow, graduated method will help your skin adjust to the active ingredients, so you effectively get into the deeper layers of the skin without experiencing dryness or irritation.

Finally, it’s important to note that when you’re using a liquid exfoliant with AHAs or BHAs, sunscreen is a must! New cells—which you’re exposing for that radiant and fresh complexion—are highly susceptible to sun damage, so always be sure to thoroughly apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, even in the winter.

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Hydrating Brightening Solution

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Our AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit: Healthy, Radiant Skin in Just 5 Steps

It’s peel season! Bring the peel home with our simple yet oh-so-effective AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit—and transform your skin in just four weekly applications.

We spoke with Rain Hoffman, founder of Your Skin Prescription Spa in Sewickley, PA, to get her advice on making the most of these results-driven products.

Step 1: Cleanse

Massage Glycolic Citrus Cleanser onto face, neck and décolleté for one minute. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.

This can be used as a daily cleanser for normal to oily skin, says Rain. “The glycolic acid in this cleanser helps to gently promote cell turnover, which leaves your skin less congested and brighter.”

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Step 2: Prep

Saturate a cotton round with GlycoSolution 5%. Using an upward and outward direction, apply to the face, neck and décolleté. Do not rinse.

“You’ll feel a slight tingling reaction, which is normal,” says Rain. “Be gentle. There’s no need to scrub the skin harshly.”

GlycoSolution 5%

Step 3: Peel

Use the included fan brush to apply a generous layer of the AHA Resurfacing Peel onto face, neck and décolleté. Let sit for up to 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

“Everyone’s skin is different and some skin is a little more sensitive,” says Rain. If the tingle becomes uncomfortable (above a 4 or 5 on the pain scale), rinse with cool water immediately.

GlycoSolution 5%

Step 4: Mist

Mist the face, neck and décolleté with 3 to 4 spritzes of Moisture Mist.

Store in the fridge for an immediate cooling sensation. “This mist is one of my favorites and feels so soothing and cooling!” says Rain. “It helps bring back the moisture barrier and ease the tingle from the peel.”

Step 5: Nourish

Massage a pea-size amount of Topical C over face, neck and décolleté.

“This is an intense moisturizer that helps maintain your skin barrier after your peel,” says Rain.

Topical C

Step 6:
Prepare for compliments!

AHA Peel Kit

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AHA Resurfacing Peel Kit

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Esthetician Crystal Koro’s Sanitas Faves

She’s a master esthetician, has a serious Instagram following and has too many celebrity clients to count…and she happens to be a longtime Sanitas customer! (We happen to be pretty huge fans of hers, too).

We talked to Crystal about her favorite Sanitas products, her new skin care device and what it’s like to work on celebrities.

QUESTION :

What’s your favorite Sanitas product for clients to use at home?

A:

Hands down my number one bestselling product is Brightening Peel Pads. I truly believe they are the best form of at-home chemical exfoliant on the market today. They are truly a miracle in a jar! These are my secret weapon to clear, glowing, healthy skin. They are worth every penny.

The Brightening Peel Pads brighten, tone and reveal clear, radiant skin. They work by cleaning out bacteria in your pores and smoothing out impurities. To top it off, they exfoliate dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal to correct damage and prevent future acne from forming. I promise it’ll be the best purchase you’ve made for your skin all year.

QUESTION : 

Any particular Sanitas success stories you’d like to share?

A:

This is a tough one. I feel that every client that walks through my door is a success story. I’ve adopted the Sanitas philosophy—stimulation + rest + nourishment = healthy skin. Once I explain this simple philosophy to my clients, it’s like a light switch turns on. I am grateful that Sanitas has such a wide range of phenomenal products and I’m able to cater and customize each individual skincare protocol. That to me is a success story every day.

QUESTION :

Tell us about your new skin care tool Facify and why you chose Vita C Serum to accompany it?

A:

Facify is a multifunctional beauty wand. I wanted to create a device that feels like you are getting a professional treatment in the comfort of your own home. It’s truly unlike any other beauty tool on the market today.

Facify features a variety of attachments and heads that can deeply cleanse, perform massage therapy, sound wave vibration therapy, magnetic therapy and more. The tool can be used to help tone, firm and lift, promote circulation, improve fine lines and wrinkles, relieve tension and promote lymphatic drainage. [Find it on Crystal’s professional website soon!]

Vita C Serum creates the perfect glide and an instant hydrated glow. It’s the only serum I use when using Facify!

QUESTION :

What kind of added pressure is there when working with celeb clients? Any particular favorite Sanitas products among celebs?

A:

I must say I was nervous with only my first celebrity client I ever did, which was my favorite Spice Girl EVER (Scary Spice Mel B). All I remember saying repeatedly was “Holy Moly I’m about to give a facial to a Spice Girl.” When I arrived at her Beverly Hills mansion, she answered the door and greeted me with such kindness. She treated me as if I was one of her girlfriends and all my nerves completely flew out the window. I treat every celebrity client now as if they are a friend of mine and that’s the key that calms my nerves.

I always have the Lemon Cream Cleanser in my back bar and almost every celeb client comments on how delicious the cleanser smells.

QUESTION :

What’s your favorite Sanitas skin care treatment?

A:

I am known for always customizing my treatments. Skincare isn’t one size fits all. However, one staple product from Sanitas I use with every single treatment is the Hyaluronic Concentrate. It’s the BEST booster serum I know. I love how it creates an instant plumping effect. Skin always appears softer, firmer and more volumized.

Follow Crystal on Instagram to keep up with her latest tools techniques (and if you’re in the area, book an appointment with her!).

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Vita C Serum

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Brightening Peel Pads

a home peeling treatment | brighten
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Lemon Cream Cleanser

a daily cleanser | normal
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What are peptides – and why are they important for skincare?

Peptides

Chances are you’ve heard this word floating around in the world of skincare, but aren’t too sure what it means, or why you need to make them a part of your routine.

While you might not completely understand what peptides are (yet!) or how they work, they are an essential addition to many effective products that combat against common signs of maturing skin, such as:

  • Fine lines
  • Thinning skin
  • Lack of buoyancy or suppleness
  • Dryness

So how exactly do peptides help with these common skin concerns? Let’s take a look!

What are Peptides?

In its most basic explanation, peptides are amino acid chains that serve as building blocks for protein in the body.

Protein is a major part of what makes up the skin, tissues and organs throughout the body. Collagen is one such vital protein – in fact, between 75 and 80 percent of the skin is made up of collagen. Peptides actually help produce collagen, a protein crucial to keeping skin healthy and supple. The natural aging process can decrease the body’s ability to maintain ample collagen levels. This can lead to the development of fine lines, loss of skin firmness and thinning skin. Sound hopeless? It’s not. Keep reading.

Peptides and Skincare

One way to fight back against the natural decline of collagen is to choose skincare products that are packed full of peptides and other skin-friendly ingredients. 

Essentially, when you apply peptides to the skin topically, you’re giving cells the hint that it needs to do better in the collagen production department – thus prompting skin cells to develop collagen for areas that need it the most.

How to Use Peptides in a Skincare Routine

With Sanitas Skincare, incorporating peptides into a skincare routine is as simple as adding a serum with your daily moisturizer, or adding an eye cream to help reduce fine lines that typically develop around the eye’s thin and delicate skin.

PeptiDerm Firming Serum contains a multiplex of peptides, all of which work together to increase the skin’s elasticity and firmness. In addition to reducing the appearance of fine lines, the Firming Serum also protects the skin against environmental factors that speed up the aging process! Simply smooth a dropper full of serum to the entire face, neck and decollete, then follow up with your favorite hydrating moisturizer.

For those with mature skin or if you find that your skin is losing firmness, PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream is packed full of beneficial peptides and other hydrating ingredients to provide skin a healthy and supple texture. This moisturizing cream also infuses plenty of moisture and oxygen to fight back against dryness and give your skin a radiant glow.

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PeptiDerm Eye Treatment

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PeptiDerm Firming Serum

a treatment serum | age defy
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PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream

a redensifying moisturizer | age defy
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PeptiDerm Neck + Chest Firming Pads

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5 Questions About Glycolic Acid – Answered

Glycolic acid has been a skincare rockstar for decades due to its unparalleled ability to kick skin cell turnover into high gear and increase the efficacy of other active ingredients. But despite its nearly towering status in the world of skincare, certain misconceptions still abound.

Sanitas experts weigh in on some common questions about glycolics and happily explain how to get the most benefit from this highly transformative, yet often times misunderstood, skincare staple.

QUESTION | 

Why does glycolic acid dry my skin out and make it all flaky?

A:

OK, we hear this one a lot. The first thing to consider is that not all glycolic formulas are created equal. There is a world of difference between a buffered AHA and an unbuffered AHA, which is critical when it comes to minimizing irritation and sensitivity.

For example, combining glycolic acid with amino acids such as glycine and arginine form complexes that prolong the release of free acid, which in turn, helps reduce irritation and extend exfoliating benefits.

In addition, adding a powerful humectant, such as sodium PCA, further binds moisture to skin cells and protects the acid mantle, reducing inflammation, preventing irritation and actually increasing hydration levels.

End result? Don’t give up yet. What your flaky, dry skin might need most is as simple as a correctly designed formula that delivers glycolic acid’s coveted benefits with minimal unwanted side effects.

Frequency is also a common culprit. If you’re experiencing redness and irritation, it might be time to step back and reevaluate your program. The skin needs time to respond and rebuild post-stimulation. Think of this as an evolving process and check in with your skin regularly. Light shedding and pinkness means you’re on track. Excessively flaking, red skin plus sensitivities means it’s time to slow your roll and give your skin a break.

QUESTION | 

Isn’t glycolic acid just for aging skin?

A:

Absolutely not! Glycolic acid can be a powerful part of a skincare program that actually helps prevent signs of aging. Collagen and elastin are an integral part of the support structure of the skin and determine how firm and smooth it appears. Since robust production of these important connective tissues begins to slow in your early 30s, using AHAs sooner rather than later can help to proactively strengthen and support the structure of your skin. Bonus points go to glycolic acid’s ability to help even skin tone and fight signs of UV-inflicted photo-damage. You can begin incorporating glycolic acid now in a variety of forms, including our Active Body Wash and our Brightening Peel Pads, both of which rely on this AHA to exfoliate, brighten and clarify.  

QUESTION | 

How often should I be using glycolics?

A:

Every other day, and we’ll tell you why.

Glycolic acid needs to be used mindfully in conjunction with nourishing ingredients such as vitamin c and hyaluronic acid. The goal with AHAs is to push the skin to become stronger but also allow it to fully recover and rebuild. What you use between treatments is just as important as the treatment itself.

And while we are talking about when and how often, let’s also touch on a few non-negotiables. When using any type of AHA, you must use a full spectrum sun block to protect your brand new, freshly exfoliated and emerging skin cells from environmental damage such as pollution and UV rays. This means every day, year round, no matter how much time you think you actually spend in the sun. Those UVA rays are going to hunt you down and find you so make sure you are safeguarding and protecting your skin at all times.

QUESTION | 

How do I use glycolic acid with other active ingredients?

A:

This can get a little deep depending on how many other actives are part of your program, but let’s take a look at a few possible scenarios. We’ll walk you through it.

QUESTION |

I’ve been using AHAs for a while. How do I know it’s time to step up my game and go for a stronger formulation?

A:

Pretty much the same way you know when it’s time to add more weight to your bicep curls, extend your runs or hold your plank longer. If you are no longer seeing results from the same routine, it’s time to take it to the next level. Ramping up your AHA use through progressive formulations is one of the cornerstones of our ingredient philosophy which is why we offer our GlycoSolutions in three ascending strengths ranging from 5% to 15%.

Learn more here

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GlycoSolution 15%

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GlycoSolution 10%

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Meet your new besties: Age-defying Actives

All About Age-Defying Actives

If you’re looking forward to the grace, wisdom and understanding that comes with age, but not the wrinkles, dark spots and sagging skin, we have some friends you’ll want to meet! Each of these age-defying active ingredients works with your body’s natural processes to help you minimize the visible signs of aging and enjoy the experience of aging well. We think that’s a truly beautiful thing!

Vitamin C

This potent and effective antioxidant is one ingredient estheticians and dermatologists recommend to reduce signs of aging or sun damage. This powerful active helps boost your collagen production too, which can plump your skin and minimize fine lines.

We feature vitamin C in many of our formulations. Vita C Serum and Topical C are two of our bestselling favorites.

Peptides

Peptides are your body’s way of asking for the collagen it needs to keep your skin firm, smooth and healthy looking. As we age, peptide production lessens and so does that much needed supply of collagen. You can help your body out by choosing skincare loaded with age-defying peptides. They’ll help keep your collagen supply going and your skin glowing!

Our PeptiDerm collection includes high concentrations of top quality peptides. Whether you pick and choose or create a routine using them together, we think you’ll be amazed by your results.

Hyaluronic Acid

Your body makes hyaluronic acid to help keep your skin and connective tissue hydrated and healthy. As time passes this production lessens and we can start to notice drier skin. Hyaluronic acid, whether produced by your body or found in your skincare, holds an astounding amount of water.  When applied to the skin, it helps cells stay well hydrated and healthy like they did when you were younger.

Our Hyaluronic Concentrate is a great source of Hyaluronic Acid. Use it before your favorite moisturizer or mix them together in the palm of your hand before applying.

Vitamin A

Retinol, a type of Vitamin A, offers a whole host of benefits with continued use. These include increased collagen levels, restored thickness to the skin and protection against environmental damage. For age-defense, it’s simply a must.

If you’re ready for retinol, consider working RejuvenA into your weekly skincare regimen. As it exfoliates it gives your skin ceramides, antioxidant vitamins, amino acids and hyaluronic acid. These clean beauty actives help reduce irritation, increase skin renewal and reveal your healthiest, most luminous skin.

What’s your favorite age-defense product? Post and tag your pic using #skinbysanitas to let us know!

Sidebar: At Sanitas Skincare, we take active ingredients seriously. That’s why our products are full of them. When you buy from us you’re saying no thanks to fillers, fragrances, coloring and other drama. Don’t worry. You’ll be so in love with your results, you’ll never miss them anyway!

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Hyaluronic Concentrate

a booster serum | hydrate
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PeptiDerm Eye Treatment

an ultra eye repair | age defy
$77.00 or subscribe and save 5%
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PeptiDerm Firming Serum

a treatment serum | age defy
$174.00 or subscribe and save 5%
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PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream

a redensifying moisturizer | age defy
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PeptiDerm Neck + Chest Firming Pads

an anti-gravity treatment | age defy
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RejuvenA

a level I vitamin A treatment | vitamin a rejuvenating
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Topical C

a daily moisturizer | dry
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Vita C Serum

a treatment serum | vitamin c illuminating
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Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

If you have naturally dry skin, you’re probably familiar with its pitfalls and the everyday complexities of managing it, but have you figured out the best skincare routine for dry skin yet? There actually is a method to the madness of the many skincare products on the market today and the multi-step routines they suggest.

While a lengthy regimen can sound like a commitment of time and money, investing in healthy skin is never a bad idea. Don’t worry, though, you won’t have to break up with your budget or your free time to follow through on this skincare routine for dry skin. At Sanitas Skincare, we use up to 39 active ingredients in each product, meaning you’ll reap a host of benefits from just one single bottle or jar. Our products will target your skin’s primary concern, in this case, dryness, with an entourage of ingredients that work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits so you can reap all the benefits of an 11-step routine in far, far fewer steps.

We promise, you won’t regret spending a little more time in front of the mirror when it means banishing your dry skin woes—for good. Before you know it, you will reap the rewards and see noticeable results such as enhanced radiance, visible hydration, and plumper, more youthful looking skin. 

To find out what causes dry skin, check out our comprehensive blog here.

How to Create the Perfect Dry Skincare Routine

The best skincare routine for dry skin is applied twice daily: morning and evening. If you have been applying the same products at first light as you do at night, we hate to break it to you but you’re not getting the most of your routine. Of course, there are a couple of products that can and should do double duty, but most products are effective with only one use per day or even one use per week. Divide your skincare products between morning and night and conquer dry skin for good.

I. In the Morning

Step 1: Cleanse

Nothing starts the day off right like a fresh splash of water on the face, and if you have dry skin, or it’s feeling extra dry on a certain day, that may be all the cleansing you need. Overwashing can strip your skin of its natural oils, which, when skin is already dry, can cause it to become irritated. Plus, if you follow the nighttime skincare routine for dry skin below, then there’s really no need to wash away all those wonderful ingredients come morning. 

If you can’t let go of your morning cleanse, just make sure to use a gentle formula such as our  Milk & Honey Cleanser. Additionally, if you are prone to breakouts, you can consider making cleansing in the morning a regular part of your routine.

Step 2: Serum

Step two (or one if you skipped the cleanse) is applying a serum. A serum is the part of your daily skincare routine packed with powerful ingredients, so this step shouldn’t be skipped. For dry skin, a hydrating serum is essential. Thankfully, a lot of hydrating serums also boast other great benefits. Natural Moisture Factor is the perfect addition to any dry skincare routine as it will dramatically increase skin’s moisture and leave it smoother and brighter too. 

Step 3: Moisturize

Lock in all the benefits of your serum and deliver even more hydration to dry skin with a balm or moisturizer. Our PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream is the ideal moisturizer for dry skin because it nourishes even severely dry skin. This product is perfect for the daytime and is a great example of how we utilize an entourage of ingredients to deliver maximum benefits, allowing you to use fewer products overall.

Step 4: Protect

The final step in your morning skincare routine may be the most important. It’s sunscreen. We’re sure we aren’t the first to tell you the importance of using SPF every single day. This is the single best ingredient to prevent signs of aging and skin cancer. Layer a facial sunscreen such as our Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen over your hydrating moisturizer. If you can, reapply sunscreen throughout the day to ensure you are always protected. Now, you and your skin are ready to go.

II. In the Evening

Step 1: Cleanse

The perfect nighttime routine begins with a good cleanse. Take the day off so your dehydrated skin can breathe and recover while you sleep. For the first cleanse of the night, use a formula that will easily dissolve and remove any makeup. Our Sensitive Skin Cleanser does just that.

Step 2: Cleanse
Again

You read that right. If your day is filled with makeup, phone calls, workouts, and more, there are a lot more impurities on your face than you can do away within one simple wash. These impurities can lead to clogged pores which can lead to breakouts and a dull complexion. Rid your skin of any remaining impurities and supply extra hydration with our Milk & Honey Cleanser. It is formulated with rich, hydrating honey and milk proteins that lock in moisture.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a necessary step to clear the skin of dead skin cells, prevent clogged pores, and achieve a brighter complexion. For dry skin specifically, exfoliating can help rid the skin of any flakes and even any rough patches. Exfoliating does remove the top layer, or layers, of the skin so it is important not to do it very often. Protect the skin barrier, which allows skin to retain moisture, by only exfoliating a few nights per week. 

One to two times a week, exfoliate your skin with a facial polish such as our Lemon Cream Scrub. This scrub will buff away spent skin cells and restore a lackluster complexion. On the other nights of the week, opt for a gentle resurfacing treatment such as our Hydrating Brightening Solution. This formula can be used three to four times per week on dry skin to brighten age spots, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fortify the skin’s defense against environmental aggressors. This solution contains alpha hydroxy acid, an ingredient that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which is why we suggest using it as part of your nighttime routine. 

Both of these products are gentle enough to use on dry sensitive skin, but if exfoliators ever begin to irritate your skin or exacerbate dryness, simply decrease how often you use them.

Step 4: Mask

This step is crucial for anyone with dry skin. In fact, a powerful hydrating mask can be the biggest help when it comes to battling chronic dryness and/or a sudden onset of dryness. After exfoliating, apply our VitaRich Mask to your face and neck and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. This mask will deliver deep hydration to replenish dry, dull skin for immediate results.

Tip: You can always mask in the morning too if your skin is feeling extra thirsty.

Step 5: Serum

Applying serum is one of those steps that happens both in the morning and at night. Reach for Natural Moisture Factor once again to supply your skin with much needed moisture as well as a powerful host of nutrients that will leave it looking better and brighter.

Step 6: Moisturize

Complete your skincare routine for dry skin with moisturizer. At night, feel free to up the thickness of your moisturizer based on how your skin is feeling. If it seems drier than usual because you used a more powerful exfoliant, you’re traveling, or the weather is changing, opt for a richer moisturizer such as our PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream.

That wasn’t so bad now, was it? A good, daily skincare routine such as this one will ensure your dry skin is properly nourished and looks and feels its best. With just a few simple steps in the morning and at night, you can have glowy-looking, radiant skin both now and in the future. Everyone’s skin is unique so use this routine as a framework and select the products that target your skin type and major concerns to fill in the blanks. At Sanitas Skincare, you can shop the best products for dry skin and easily find the dryness specific formulas that are right for you.

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Hydrating Brightening Solution

a gentle resurfacing treatment | brighten
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VitaRich Mask

a moisture replenishing mask | hydrate
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Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

a mineral based sunscreen | protect
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Natural Moisture Factor

a daily serum | dry
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PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream

a redensifying moisturizer | age defy
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SSCL150

Sensitive Skin Cleanser

a daily cleanser | sensitive
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Milk & Honey Cleanser

a daily cleanser | dry
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Lemon Cream Scrub

a facial polish | polish
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How To Treat Dry Skin

In order for skin to be healthy and look and feel its best, it needs moisture. When skin lacks moisture it can appear dry, crackly, flaky, red, or all of the above, but there are some less noticeable signs too such as congestion, tightness, and dullness. Everyone has encountered these unfortunate side effects at some point in time; dry skin doesn’t discriminate. So, what causes dry skin? It can arise out of nowhere as a result of a myriad of causes from things we can’t control such as the weather outside and the hardness or softness of our water, to things we can (sort of) control such as how many cups of coffee we consume and how high we turn up the thermostat. All that to say, escaping dry and sensitive skin is not a task for the faint at heart.

So, if we’re all bound to encounter this condition at one time or another, or every year when winter rolls around, what can we do to prepare for and treat it? Here, we’ll show you how to treat dry skin with ultra-hydrating products. When you incorporate these five hydrating products into your skincare routine for dry skin, you’ll notice a significant improvement in your symptoms, and when you stick to using them regularly, you will see a dramatic difference in the condition of your skin. Say goodbye to sensitive, itchy skin and hello to a vibrant, dewy complexion.

5 Hydrating Products to Reverse Dry Skin

1

A Daily Hydrating Serum

A hydrating serum can deliver potent nutrients to your skin cells beneath the surface. There are two types of serums we recommend; one to deliver the nutrients your skin needs, and another to help it hold onto those nutrients. We suggest using our Natural Moisture Factor and Hyaluronic Concentrate in tandem. The first contains nutrients and botanicals proven to improve the skin’s moisture and renewal, while the second contains hyaluronic acid to increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

2

Exfoliant

If dry patches or congestion are the main symptoms showing up for you, you may not be exfoliating enough. As new skin cells regenerate, old skin cells die off and can get stuck on the skin’s surface. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, which can reduce dry patches and improve the skin’s overall texture. Use a facial polish such as our Lemon Cream Facial Scrub or an exfoliant with AHAs such as our Hydrating Brightening Solution, which is gentle enough to use 3-4 times a week. The lactic acid (an AHA) it’s formulated with will help dissolve dead skin cells on the surface so hydrating products can penetrate the pores beneath them easier. The result? Less congestion and dry patches, and more hydrated skin.

3

A Moisture-Rich Mask

A hydrating mask is a must if you have dry and sensitive skin. Traditionally, masks are a 15-20 minute treatment you wash away, and while that is effective for regular use, you can also leave some hydrating masks on overnight. An overnight mask will help lock in all of the hydration you add earlier in your skincare routine and ensure no moisture escapes while you sleep.

Try our VitaRich Mask for a quick facial, or for a hydrating overnight solution. It’s full of essential fatty acids and vitamins that will leave healthy skin soft and smooth.

4

A Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

Your typical moisturizer isn’t a match for the dark winter months when the icy cold outside and the hot, dry air inside are out to get you. Lather on a thicker moisturizing cream to wage war against the elements effectively. Thickness isn’t all that matters in a moisturizer though, the ingredients do too. For great results, select a formula rich with peptides and ceramides that soothe and repair skin. 

Our PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream is just what you need. This ultra-rich cream slathers on beautifully to provide immediate relief. Plus, it is formulated with peptides and ceramides, which help support the skin’s natural barrier so it can heal itself.

5

Moisture Mist

Morning and night aren’t the only times it’s necessary to supply skin with moisture. If you have dry skin, don’t let the day go by without applying additional moisture throughout the day. A quick spritz with Moisture Mist will help soften and smooth dehydrated skin anywhere, anytime.

How To Apply Products for Dry Skin

The products you use are important, but so is how you use them. Follow the order of operations for skincare and work from the thinnest product to the thickest product. Given the recommendations we made above, a proper dry skincare routine would look like this: cleanse, mask, mist, apply serum and hyaluronic acid (maybe mix them in your palm as a cocktail?) and then lather on moisturizer. On nights where you want a more deeply hydrating treatment, apply the mask last and let it sink in overnight. 

Timing is important, too. Your skin is more ready to receive hydration right after you shower, take a bath or wash your face, so don’t hesitate in applying the best products for dry skin after cleansing. This way, your skin can make the most of the nourishing and hydrating products it craves.

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Hydrating Brightening Solution

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VitaRich Mask

a moisture replenishing mask | hydrate
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Moisture Mist

a moisture infusing spray | hydrate
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NMF30

Natural Moisture Factor

a daily serum | dry
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Hyaluronic Concentrate

a booster serum | hydrate
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PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream

a redensifying moisturizer | age defy
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All About Dehydrated Skin

Healthy skin is hydrated skin. When skin is properly hydrated, it looks, feels, and performs better. That means it feels soft, supple, and is less prone to breakouts, wrinkles, dark circles, and dry patches. So, how do you know if your skin is hydrated? Well, if you have a dewy, fresh-faced, and clear complexion, it probably is… but if you find your skin lacking in any of these areas, it could be in need of hydration. Addressing this is a crucial first step to getting it back on track.

How to Tell If Your Skin is Dehydrated & What to Do About It

The Difference Between Dry and Dehydrated Skin

You are probably familiar with the typical “skin types”, which are based on the natural, genetic condition of skin. There is oily skin, dry skin, and combination skin. You can usually easily tell which category your skin falls into by the way it generally looks and feels.

Dry skin is defined by fewer oil glands that cause inadequate production of natural oils, making the skin look and feel dry most of the time.

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition that can plague any skin type. 

So, what causes dry skin? While your skin type is determined by the amount of oil your skin produces, its hydration level is determined by how much water it is holding on to at any given time. How hydrated your skin is changes on a day to day and even hourly basis, and is easily affected by factors such as the weather, diet, caffeine and alcohol consumption, environment, skincare regimen and so on.

Although you can’t change your skin type, you can change how hydrated your skin is. It’s important to build healthy habits and routines that keep your skin regularly hydrated, however skin is still likely to become dehydrated now and then. Pay careful attention to the symptoms of dehydrated skin so you can act quickly to combat them and see the return of plump, radiant skin sooner rather than later.

Symptoms of Dehydrated Skin

Chapped Lips

Our lips are one of the first parts of our body to show signs of dryness, and if they’re thirsty, the rest of your skin probably is too. If you’re experiencing dry lips or dry mouth, you need to supply your skin, lips, and body with hydration stat.

Tightness

Anyone who has experienced dehydrated skin anywhere on their body knows the tight feeling it causes. If your face ever feels pulled taut, it’s likely dehydrated. In winter, especially, this is a common symptom because the cold, low-humidity air pulls moisture out of the skin and tightens pores.

Wrinkles

We wish wrinkles were only the result of dehydrated skin, but alas, they are an unavoidable part of life. However, having well-hydrated skin can dramatically decrease their appearance. If you are seeing exaggerated wrinkles, maybe they are deeper than they usually are or popping up in places you don’t normally see them, it’s a good sign your skin is dehydrated. You can also perform a “wrinkle test” to see if you have dehydrated skin. Simply pinch your cheek and notice whether it easily wrinkles (a sign of dehydrated skin) or stays plump.

Dull Complexion

As we said at the beginning, hydrated skin is healthy skin. When skin is properly hydrated it is equipped to perform all the necessary functions of skin, including cell turnover. Cell turnover is what gives skin a healthy, glowing appearance. So if your skin is dehydrated, you’ll notice a duller, more lackluster complexion.

Dark Circles

Yes, dehydration can even cause dark circles under the eyes to be more pronounced. When skin is hydrated it is plump, however when skin is dehydrated it becomes sallow and thin. The skin underneath your eyes is already thin, so when dehydration kicks in, the purple veins beneath the surface are more visible, hence the dark circles.

Redness

Dehydrated skin can easily become irritated and sensitive. In dehydrated skin, the skin’s moisture barrier is often disrupted so it can’t properly protect the skin from irritants such as bacteria and pollution. These irritants can then penetrate the skin’s outermost layer, causing it to become red, and sometimes itchy.

Congestion

Congestion and breakouts are common results of dehydrated skin. Weakening of the skin’s moisture barrier and a lack of cell turnover means dead skin cells remain on the skin’s surface where they can clog pores and cause breakouts. Most people experiencing breakouts halt all moisturizing products, but this isn’t the answer. Repairing the skin’s moisture barrier with moisture is essential if you want to keep breakouts from recurring.

How To Fix Dehydrated Skin

The first step is to be prepared with the best products for dry skin. At the first sign of dehydrated skin, you will want to be able to address it immediately, and you can only do that if you have the right hydrating products on hand. They will quickly quench your skin’s thirst.

Gentle Cleanser

One of the worst things you can do to already dehydrated skin is to use an intense cleanser that will strip away what moisture remains. Instead, minimize how often you cleanse and use a gentle cleanser when you do.

Our restorative Milk & Honey Cleanser is specifically formulated for dry skin. It will nourish dry, dehydrated skin, help protect the skin’s barrier function, and boost moisture retention.

Exfoliant

When dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface they can block moisture and cause breakouts. Exfoliate your skin at least once a week to clear the way for moisture and help prevent breakouts.

Try using our Gentle Refining Mask once a week, which features a unique blend of natural alpha hydroxy acids and hyaluronic acid to exfoliate the skin while soothing, brightening and hydrating it as well.

Hydrating Serum

After cleansing and exfoliating, it’s important to supply skin with hydration it can hold onto. You can do this with a hydrating serum such as our VitaRich Serum.

Our VitaRich Serum contains essential fatty acids that deliver prolonged hydration and a blend of vitamins that provide deep nourishment to the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is already present in the skin, but by adding this ingredient to your skin care routine for dry skin, you can help boost your ability to retain moisture. 

A hyaluronic acid serum such as our Hyaluronic Concentrate should come next in your routine to help your skin hold onto the moisture you supplied with a hydrating serum just before. Plus, it causes skin to appear softer, firmer and more volumized.

Moisturizer

Now, it’s time to lock it all in. When you’re already noticing signs of dehydrated skin, or during the winter months, opt for a heavier moisturizer or cream.

Our PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream, a formula rich in peptides and ceramides, will not only supply moisture but also help restore and repair the skin’s barrier so it can better retain moisture.

Mask

A hydrating mask can work wonders for dehydrated skin.

Our ReVitaLize Mask helps replenish moisture and smooth fine lines and wrinkles for firmer, more hydrated skin. On the days where you mask, do so before adding your serum, hyaluronic acid, and moisturizer to obtain the most benefits.

Moisture Mist

Keep your skin moisturized throughout the day with a hydrating facial spray such as our Moisture Mist.

Use Moisture Mist whenever your skin is in need of a hydrating boost. You can also spritz it on your face pre-serum to help increase the absorption of hydrating ingredients.

Lip Treatment

Don’t forget about your lips! Use something a little heavier than your typical lip balm, which really only provides relief for chapped lips, not treatment.

Start by sloughing away the dry skin on your lips with our Conditioning Lip Polish. Then, reach for our Redensifying Lip Complex, which features hyaluronic acid to both hydrate and plump lips over time.

Drink Water

While these hydrating skincare products will help repair skin, nothing is as good at restoring hydration and preventing dehydration as nature’s best—water. Hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and eating water-rich foods. Keep in mind that any sweat-inducing workouts and beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine will further dehydrate you. Compensate by drinking even more water when these other factors are in the mix. 

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Conditioning Lip Polish

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Redensifying Lip Complex

a volumizing lip serum | lips
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ReVitaLize Mask

a firming mask
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Moisture Mist

a moisture infusing spray | hydrate
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GRM50

Gentle Refining Mask

a mild exfoliator | refine
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Hyaluronic Concentrate

a booster serum | hydrate
$78.00 or subscribe and save 5%
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VitaRich Serum

a daily serum | normal
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PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream

a redensifying moisturizer | age defy
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Milk & Honey Cleanser

a daily cleanser | dry
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