Caring for Dry Skin
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Caring for Dry Skin

[music]>>KATHY: Welcome to BioBalance Healthcast.
I’m Dr. Kathy Maupin.>>BRETT: And I’m Brett Newcomb. And today
our program is occurring in response to a broadcast that Kathy actually did on a local
TV station with Christine Buck in which they were discussing skin care treatments and skin
care issues. And I think it’s relevant because most people who know about Kathy know about
Kathy because of her work in hormone replacement. But she is actually the Medical Director of
a company that produces skin care products and she’s done a lot of research and knows
a lot of science about different treatment strategies and issues regarding skin care.
Today we’re going to focus on just one part of what she knows; treatments for dry skin.
>>KATHY: And, it’s winter and it’s what we all have to come up against if we’re
past the acne stage usually we have to deal with it.
>>BRETT: I certainly am.>>KATHY: Yea, anybody after 40 will generally
have to deal with dry skin in the winter time because the humidity goes down when the temperature
goes down outside and then we turn the heat on and then we’re dried out all day long
we can’t drink enough water.>>BRETT: Our homes are sealed so tightly
and then the furnaces run and they dry the moisture out of the air and so then that does
affect the condition of our skin.>>KATHY: I have a vaporizer by my bed at
night so my skin doesn’t get totally dried out through the night. Moisturizers are awesome
but they don’t have the ability to counteract all of the drying.
>>BRETT: No because you have nasal issues from too much dryness. But for the surface
of the skin in these conditions, especially these times of the year when the weather conditions
cause us to stay in more and there’s so much dry heat, what do you recommend for people
that have dry skin problems anyway?>>KATHY: I think you always should have a
routine. That’s kind of a given with skin care you should always perform the routine
day and night even if you fall asleep on the couch you should get up before you go to bed.
Wash your face with a creamy kind of face wash. Because if you use anything other than
that, anything other than a face wash that is for dry skin, then you’re going to be
putting alcohol on your face and drying it out more and that’s something that you just
don’t want to do. It makes it much more difficult to come back from that no matter
what moisturizer you use.>>BRETT: That’s adding insult to injury.
If you use an alcohol based wash.>>KATHY: Yes, if you have normal skin and
you have alcohol in your wash and you move to winter and you have dry skin, you have
to change your face wash. It has to be something that actually keeps the moisture in your skin
but takes the dirt off. It gets rid of any debris that is on your face, any dead cells.
>>BRETT: So you’re focusing on washing your face as a routine behavior in preparation
for going to bed at night or getting up in the morning. But do you have the same concerns
about taking a bath or a shower. Do you have to use a product different from what you do
for the face?>>KATHY: Moisturizing soap is always helpful
in the shower for your body.>>BRETT: So they do make those?
>>KATHY: I don’t make those.>>BRETT: So we won’t talk about that.
>>KATHY: No but Oil of Olay creamy winter formula. Those kind of things for the rest
of your body are always a good idea so you don’t get dried out all over. I have some
other ideas that we’ll deal with at the very end. But after washing your face, I never
understood what a toner was for until I started working with the medical director at Helena
Andre, as the medical director. And I thought “oh yea, it makes your skin feel good.”
But if you look at the cotton pad that you use, after you’ve washed your face and you
look at that, it’s dark, it has more dirt on it. So you’ve opened the pores and you’ve
cleaned off all of the dead skin and the dirt that was a little too deep for just the face
wash. So it preps your skin for the other treatments that you may need to put on your
skin after that.>>BRETT: You can see me thinking.
>>KATHY: I see you thinking, I can almost hear your thinking.
>>BRETT: So what about women who put on makeup. I can hear what you are saying about a guy
who doesn’t do a lot of those kinds of things and he needs to clean his face and he needs
a certain kind of wash for dry skin. But do guys need toner too? Or is this more just
for what women need because they slather on different kinds of stuff?
>>KATHY: No. If you wore no makeup at all, I don’t wear foundation ever and I still
need it because the environmental pollution has all kinds of stuff.
>>BRETT: So this is not just a makeup cleansing routine at the end of the night?
>>KATHY: No. You don’t even have to wear make up in order to do this. This is just
to keep your skin healthy. It’s like people wash their hair. You have to keep your face
washed more often.>>BRETT: So It’s about health not cosmetics.
>>KATHY: It’s about both. Because when you’re healthy you’re beautiful. And when
your skin’s healthy you’re beautiful.>>BRETT: Nice segway. Okay.
>>KATHY: It is. So we use the toner to prep the skin and if you don’t have any other
issues if, you don’t want to use any other help for your skin. The next thing you would
do is to put a moisturizer on. And interestingly enough moisturizers are not meant to go into
your skin and moisturize. They are meant to put a mask over your skin so that all the
moisture you produce in your skin at night is held in, or during the day. And it does
protect you from the external sun and all of the other particles in the air. It does
protect your skin from that. But most of what moisturizers are doing is holding your own
moisture in, which means you have to drink a lot of water. So you should always be hydrated.
>>BRETT: You have to generate the moisture to be hydrated.
>>KATHY: If you’re dehydrated no moisturizer is going to condition your skin and make it
look beautiful. So you have to drink the water.>>BRETT: So it’s kind of like polyurethane
you put a coating on the skin that exists but the skin that exists is what you have.
>>KATHY: Or like Vaseline or something like that. Most of us don’t want to have Vaseline
gooey stuff all over our pillows. And honestly that wouldn’t work badly but I have a great
collagen cream that works awesome and when you take it off your skin is really soft,
and really moist and then you just put on a different moisturizer, revitalizing cream,
for the day.>>BRETT: When I was a kid my mom used to
put this stuff on her face at night that looked nightmarish.
>>KATHY: Ponds Cold Crème.>>BRETT: Ponds Cold Crème that’s what
it was or Oil of Olay or something.>>KATHY: That’s all we had. Ponds Cold
cCème oroil of Olay.>>BRETT: And that was for moisturizing? Well
I didn’t know. I just thought it was pretty horrific with those big rollers.
>>KATHY: I think we’ve progressed, I hope, from that. But you know the Ponds Cold Crème
was a great sealer for moisture, but we hadn’t even talked about this but do you know why
Oil of Olay, our mothers all used it?>>BRETT: No.
>>KATHY: Because in the beginning, Oil of Olay it had estrogen in it. And it made our
skin look better. Estrogen inside, whether you take it my pellets or patch or whatever
works to make your skin softer and clearer, but also applying estrogen to your face does
that. But it wasn’t considered a drug issue then and so they had to take it out. And we
still use Oil of Olay it still is a good product without it. But it was a miraculous product
with it. And I offer some estrodial, estriol powder to put into moisturizers. That actually
does penetrate into the skin and then does help heal the skin and make it look younger,
less of the little marks and crinkles, smile crinkles. So it did work. It’s now a drug
so we can’t do that anymore. But that’s why everybody loves Oil of Olay even now.
>>BRETT: Wow, I did not know that.>>KATHY: So if that’s all you need then
those three steps are all you need. But most of us need eye gel and have some eye gel morning
and night. But before you go to sleep it’s very important that we use a different product
on the skin around the eye. Because it’s thinner. It’s a different type of skin.
So you have to use a different eye makeup remover or eye cleanser and we have one that
has the same pH as tears. So it doesn’t irritate, it’s very hypoallergenic. That’s
for cleaning your eyes. For keeping your eyes healthy, without circles, without puffiness,
you need to have a good eye gel and that requires that your eye gel, you should look at your
contents in your eye gel, has Vitamin K for the circles to stop the dark circles, and
it has Arnica to stop the puffiness. Those two ingredients are essential to decreasing
the circles around your eyes.>>BRETT: So how does it stop the puffiness?
Does it dry?>>KATHY: It dries but not in the way, there
are other things that are much cheaper than arnica to use to dry it, arnica basically
doesn’t dehydrate and take the water it. It basically moves the lymph. It takes the
lymph fluid out from around your eye and mobilizes that. We use it in our cellulite serum as
well. So it’s very good at moving fluid that’s right under the skin and your lymph
vasculature is right under the skin.>>BRETT: Okay so I have to ask this because
I don’t know. No because I’m being stupid.>>KATHY: Because you want to stump me.
>>BRETT: No, is this something that you recommend for men as well as for women? Because I tend
to think of these products and I suspect that many men do in terms of things women need
to do so that they look beautiful and all of that. And men don’t worry about that
quite as much. But it’s not just about looking beautiful. It’s about being healthy and
looking better because you are healthy. And so you would recommend that men follow these
protocols as well?>>KATHY: Yes I do.
>>BRETT: And do you find a lot of men do?>>KATHY: No, not a lot actually. I have a
men’s line that has the three basic products for men’s skin. But they usually don’t
put moisturizer on and in general they should. And toner, they don’t even understand what
toner’s for. But after shave lotion is kind of like toner. SO people who shave kind of
get the dead skin off with that. But it’s not ideal. But shaving makes men’s faces
look better because you’re exfoliating. Every time you shave you’re taking off dead
skin.>>BRETT: With a razor blade. Here scrape
that off.>>KATHY: Really but it’s not supposed to
hit the skin but you’re just barely hitting the dead skin which is on top. So that’s
not a bad exfoliator. That’s one of the reasons why men look better longer and they
have testosterone longer.>>BRETT: And some of the shaving creams are
marketed as moisturizing shaving creams.>>KATHY: Right, that’s right. And women
steal them to use on our legs. There are a couple of other products that might help you
if you have dry skin. And one of them is Vitamin C Serum. And I like to put as many active
ingredients in one product as I can. So this is something that goes into your skin, it
is actually absorbed into your skin. And if you put a lot of active ingredients in something
you don’t have to buy three or four products for putting it on after the toner before the
moisturizer. So this is the stage in between if you have special problems, if you have
wrinkles, if you have brown spots. If you just have kind of dry dull skin, then the
Vitamin C is what you need to put on in between the toner and the moisturizer. And then the
moisturizer holds it in on your skin which is awfully of nice. So it actually heals the
skin and Vitamin C heals us when we take it orally as well. But on your skin it works
beautifully. Now we can get to the body.>>BRETT: Before we do that. I had one other
question that just occurred to me. What about smoking? If you have dry skin and you smoke
are you not like tanning your skin over the ears? Does this affect that or help that?
>>KATHY: I know you tan your fingers, they usually turn colors. And generally, smoking
is just so bad because it makes you hypoxic. The last thing you need is no oxygen to your
skin. It’s just a set up for having wrinkles and bad skin your whole life, because you’re
not able to heal as fast when you smoke, you’re not able to regenerate dead skin, and it takes
all of the moisture out of your skin. Most smokers have really bad lines over their lips
and then they have really deep wrinkles, and kind of a thicker more tan skin. I mean just
a thicker skin that doesn’t look good.>>BRETT: Tanned in a sense of leather tan
not in the sense of sun tanning.>>KATHY: Yes, not sun tanning. But in any
case that’s usually what heavy smokers have to deal with. They need to stop smoking.
>>BRETT: I wasn’t intending to go there.>>KATHY: If you do all these things and you
still smoke, I mean really, that seems kind of ridiculous to me.
>>BRETT: Kind of putting out a house fire with a Dixie cup.
>>KATHY: That’s kind of true. So that’s kind of a given in my world that smoking is
going to complicate everything and make you look older and I’m trying to make me people
look and feel younger and be healthier.>>BRETT: Alright well let’s move, sorry
I digressed.>>KATHY: We’ve already talked about body
care. But body care requires both cleansing, and not cleansing too often. We all take showers
once a day but every time you take a shower you remove oil from your skin and you need
oil on your skin to get through your day. So if you’re taking a shower every day you
need to replenish your skin with a moisturizer that will actually protect your skin and give
it some of the oil back. So we have a.>>BRETT: And again my wife does that every
day, I never do. I think it’s a male/female thing.
>>KATHY: Men have more oil in general, even when they have dry skin. And it may be you
have more oil in your skin you don’t notice it flaking off and getting dry. But we don’t
have as much oil in our skin ever as you guys and once we get past menopause then it’s
worse. And so it’s visible. So you may have something in going on with your elbows, your
knees. Now that’s usually built up dry skin and doing this whole process will help with
that. I have a body conditioner but it also helps exfoliate dead skin. So you put that
all over. I even have some women that put it on your heals because it exfoliates the
dead skin on their feet. It is really a very good way to keep moisture in and exfoliate
dead skin cells off.>>BRETT: So message ladies is if your husband
leaves little piles of dead skin when he walks across the bathroom floor make sure you get
him to use a moisturizer.>>KATHY: And if you really want to know what
a toner does, then clean someone else’s back with a toner. Even though maybe they
step right out of the shower you will get so much dark dead skin off their back because
that’s some place we can’t scrub.>>BRETT: And the force of the water in the
shower just won’t really remove it.>>KATHY: But you’re using soap, that’s
not what’s going to get all those dead skin cells off. So the toner is very useful for
that too.>>BRETT: So these are recommendations for
the treatment of dry skin. There are other issues that are involved with oily skin and
intermediate skin. And Kathy has a broader range of products for other things as well
that are a result of this side interest and expertise of hers. So in upcoming podcasts
we may be talking about some of those as well. If you have questions about skin care concerns
you can contact Kathy directly.>>KATHY: At or you can
send an email to [email protected] Or you can call the office at 314.993.0963.
>>BRETT: And you can always reach me at [music] Copyright © 2011 BioBalance Health | St.
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