How to Hide Flaky Skin

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Dry skin is often flaky skin. This unfortunate side effect is at best obnoxious, at worst it kills self-esteem and causes people to avoid going out. If you struggle with dry and flaky skin, here are a few tips for smoothing the skin’s appearance and even improving the skin’s health to get rid of flaking!

Massage your face
Many people treat flaking with a skin care exfoliator. While we aren’t against manual exfoliation, we do understand that most people with dry, sensitive skin can’t handle forced exfoliation, so this skin care tip is a two-parter.

If you can handle exfoliators, use a very gentle alpha hydroxy acid skin care product formulated with fruit acids. This type of exfoliation product doesn’t scrub the dead skin away; instead, it gently loosens the dead skin cells, allowing them to rinse away without irritation. Follow the instructions carefully 2-4 times a month, depending on what your skin can handle. Removing those dead, flaky skin cells will drastically improve the appearance of flaking.

If you can’t handle exfoliators, simply use your normal skin care cleanser, but with one added step. Instead of slathering it on and rinsing it off, carefully massage the product into your skin with your fingertips for a full minute. This allows the face wash to penetrate deeper and loosen dead skin cells while the fingertip massage also loosens flaky skin. After a minute, rinse skin normally and say goodbye to those flakes!

Moisturize with care
Obviously, a great skin care moisturizer goes a long way toward eradicating skin flaking. Our MLE products are designed to restore and reinforce the skin’s natural lipid layer, which leads to properly moisturized skin. Once properly moisturized, most flaky skin will take on a normal, healthy, and smooth appearance — no more flaking!

Use your moisturizer every day, no exceptions. Skipping a day may allow flaking to get out of hand, plus your skin will suffer from extra pollutant exposure and lack of hydration. If you haven’t found a great moisturizer yet, you can shop our awesome selection of dry skin face creams and lotions.

Make it up
Applying makeup is where most flaky skin goes wrong. After cleansing and moisturizing, the skin may appear normal, only to have flakes arrive after makeup is applied. There are three things one can do to prevent this problem.

First, consider applying your makeup before your face lotion is completely absorbed. I know this goes against almost all makeup advice, but hear me out: by applying your makeup before your moisturizer absorbs, you won’t disturb as many skin cells. The cells that are laying nicely after cleansing and moisturizing will stay that way, leading to a smoother appearance.

Secondly, use a tinted moisturizer instead of traditional makeup. This will remove one beauty step completely, saving you time, while also ensuring that skin cells won’t become disturbed after moisturizer application. Our BB Cream is a perfect example of this — it will moisturize and calm flaky skin while camouflaging imperfections with pigment, leading to a healthy and natural appearance.

Lastly, dab makeup on instead of rubbing. Whether you use liquid or powder foundation, chances are you swipe that sucker across your face instead of gently dabbing it on. This swiping movement is the worst thing for flaky skin, as it causes dry, dead skin cells to stand on end instead of laying down. Instead, you should dab the makeup over your face and walk away. Simple, no?

One last note on makeup for dry skin: it may be hard to resist, but most sufferers of dry, flaky skin shouldn’t use powdered bronzer or blush, or shimmery makeup. These products will accentuate peeling and make it look worse than it is. You may be able to swing a cream blush, but apply it carefully and remember to dab instead of swipe!

Hopefully these skin care tips will help you to avoid a flaky appearance. Do you have a flaky skin tip that we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!

Featured Question: How to Banish Flaky Skin

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You ask, we answer! This question comes from our Atopalm Facebook page, and is the third installment in our Featured Question series. (Read our other Featured Questions for more great info.) If you have a skin care question, be sure to leave a comment here, or Like our Facebook page to ask there. Your question could be featured in a future post!

Today’s question is from Nichole. She says, “No matter how much I exfoliate and moisturize, my skin looks horrid when I put foundation on. How can I fix that?” She goes on to explain, “It’s always flaky and seems like makeup makes lines and crevasses stand out no matter what I do.”

What Nichole describes is something we’ve all dealt with on differing levels. But, for those with dry skin, it can be more difficult to achieve a smooth complexion. But, don’t lose hope! I know how to banish flaky skin, and I’m going to share all my tips with you.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The best thing you can do for your skin, no matter what your skin type, is to stay hydrated. However, this rule applies doubly to dry, flaky skinDrink water. No, seriously, drink water. You’ve heard it 1,000 times but it’s SO important that you need to hear it again!

Aside from basic water drinking, eating lots of fruits and veggies will keep skin hydrated, supple, and smooth. Plus, all those great vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants will help your body (and your skin!) stay healthy. I promise you that if you up your water and vegetable intake, you’ll notice a drastic change in the smoothness of your skin. I dare you to prove me wrong!

One last note: just like water, fruits, and veggies will help your skin, junk food will make it less healthy. Now, I’m not saying that chips will make your skin flaky, but they certainly won’t help anything!

Revamp Your Exfoliation
Exfoliation is a great habit and an important part of every skin care regimen. Whether you exfoliate your skin daily, weekly, or bi-weekly, it is a must for every skin type, from acne skin to mature skin.

However, did you know that scrubs aren’t the only way to exfoliate? Now, you won’t find a bigger fan of skin care scrubs than yours truly. I love a good scrub! But, I also know that they aren’t the best choice for all skin types.

One of my favorite non-scrub exfoliators contains nothing but natural acids for exfoliation – glycolic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, etc. Using acid on your skin may sound scary, but these acids are actually very gentle and beneficial! Plus, acids are actually often better for sensitive skin since there is no rubbing or scraping involved.

The beauty of an acid-based exfoliation treatment is that it covers all of your face evenly, and that it actually loosens dead skin cells by dissolving the bond between the dead cells and the healthy cells. Once these cells are loosened, you are able to sweep away the dead cells with water or your face wash.

With a scrub, you’re relying on physical beads to break the dead cells away, which can be rough on your skin and might not be completely efficient, leaving many rough spots behind. Lastly, scrubs aren’t known to thoroughly reduce the appearance of pore size, while acid-based products have been said to help pores appear smaller.

Go Powderless
Beauty powers help set liquid foundation, keep shine at bay, and – let’s be honest – are just plain fun. Is there any beauty product more iconic than the pressed powder mirror? However, powders can be your nemesis when it comes to keeping your skin looking smooth.

You know that fabric that manages to enhance every lump and bump on your body? Face powders do the same thing to your dry skin patches. Rather than accentuate flakiness, consider using a BB Cream on its own, and spot-treating with a skin care mattifier if you’re worried about shine.

Mattifiers use various skin care ingredients to prevent and/or absorb oil, while giving a powder-like finish. Applied to problem areas like the T-zone, a mattifier will give you lasting protection from shine without accentuating dry skin.

A BB Cream will further help keep skin looking smooth and hydrated by moisturizing while concealing skin flaws with lightweight pigment. Atopalm’s BB Cream especially helps to prevent the appearance of flakiness by hydrating with MLE, a scientifically-proven ingredient that mimics the skin’s natural lipid layer. Plus, its finish is so natural-looking that you won’t even miss your powder!

To Nichole and everyone else who is struggling with skin flaking, I hope these tips help you to achieve the smooth, flawless-looking complexion you crave!

How to Treat Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is an uncomfortable condition characterized by skin redness, itching, inflammation, irritation, and patches of dry, white flaky skin. It is not contagious; however, there are so many causes of psoriasis that it has become a very common skin condition.

Although psoriasis is common, sufferers tend to become very self-conscious about their skin, and focus more on hiding the symptoms rather than looking for a cure. If you or someone you love suffers from psoriasis, it is important to learn how to treat psoriasis rather than attempting to cover up outbreaks.

The first step in treating psoriasis is prevention. Psoriasis can be triggered by a slew of irritants, which makes it difficult to always prevent outbreaks. However, if you are able to determine your specific triggers, you’ll be well on your way to living an outbreak-free life. Some of the causes of psoriasis include:

  • Infections of the body, including both bacterial and viral infections
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Dry air
  • Dry skin
  • Sunburn/too much sun exposure, or too little sun exposure
  • Skin injury, such as bug bites, burns, scrapes, etc.
  • Stress
  • Medications, such as beta-blockers and lithium
  • Weakened immune system, including those with AIDS, autoimmune disorders, and those receiving cancer chemotherapy

As you can see, some of these possible triggers may be easy to avoid, while others are quite literally impossible to avoid. If you find that you can control your psoriasis by eliminating triggers, you may not even need to use topical treatments. For most, however, a psoriasis skin care treatment is the best option to both soothe outbreaks and help prevent future occurrences.

When searching for a psoriasis treatment, it’s important to choose something that is formulated especially for those with psoriasis, rather than choosing a skin care product made only for dry and sensitive skin. The reason for this is that while a dry skin product may help some of the symptoms of psoriasis, it won’t treat specific issues, such as raised or thick texture and pink-red color.

One of the best psoriasis treatments available is called Psoriapalm. It’s a non-greasy lotion that is dermatologist-tested and proven to reduce visible scaling, plaque elevation (thickened skin), and skin redness. It is also formulated with a patented technology that both relieves and prevents itching, irritation, redness, flaking, and scaling, which are all symptoms of psoriasis, as well as seborrheic dermatitis.

By avoiding triggers and using a proven psoriasis treatment like Psoriapalm, you’ll find that outbreaks occur less frequently and aren’t as severe. This will allow you to rediscover the confidence and beauty that can only be brought by comfortable, healthy skin.