Anyone who has chicken skin (keratosis Pilaris) dreads the patches of dry, bumpy skin that can occur almost anywhere on the body. When Spring weather comes, those who have it get that “oh no” moment when it’s time to chuck (or should I say, cluck) the heavy clothing. They realize everyone will see those ugly, bumpy, dry patches. It is a common problem, but one that is actually challenging to treat. While you can’t cure chicken skin, you can exfoliate the bumps and soften the dry spots.
KP Duty by DERMAdoctor
KP Duty by DERMAdoctor $44.00 16 oz. 1 oz tube $12.00 gives chicken skin a one-two punch with a chemical + physical exfoliation. Buffered glycolic acid make the treatment less irritating, although it’s still not recommended for those with ultra-sensitive skin. KP Duty isn’t a wimpy scrub. It provides a deeper, more thorough treatment that also can help to prepare skin for self-tanning and post-bathing treatments (including body acne, keratosis pilaris, dry skin concerns, shaving bumps, ingrown hairs and bleaching).
Smooth, non-abrasive synthetic beads lift away dead skin cells and calming, anti-redness agents help deal with irritation and sensitivity. Just apply a small amount of product and gently massage it into dry skin with your fingertips. Rinse, and dry. Chuck that chicken skin!
Follow with DERMAdoctor KP Duty Moisturizing Therapy Cream as desired. Use once or twice a week as tolerated or recommended by your physician. Since you are exposing new skin to the sun’s damaging rays, be sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen containing SPF 30 to prevent any increase in sun sensitivity. Note: this is not for the face.. A large tub will last for a while, since you don’t really need much if you are treating just a few, specific areas.
My personal experience with KP Duty is that you need to be mindful of the instructions. The rich, pearly cream is not that gritty, but since there are chemicals that you can’t actually feel, less is more. A 30-second massage into the skin may be all that’s needed and more might be irritating. My advice is not to initially overdo it. Try a little for less time first and see how your skin reacts to it. After merely moments, however, my skin felt much smoother, thanks to KP Duty and KP Duty Dermatologist Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin. They offer skincare results you can really see. Even better, over time, the exfoliation plus deep hydration will make you feel more confident about showing off what mother nature gifted you! This dynamic duo may cost a bit more, but you may see great results. Get yours at www.kpduty.com or Sephora.
Other Skincare Issues!
Maybe your issue isn’t chicken skin, but something else. So advicesisters.com is including some other skin-focused skincare products we think you will want to try,.
SOS Eye Serum
There are plenty of eye creams and serums that promise the fountain of youth, but leave your eye area feeling more like they’re stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits! Silk SOS Eye Serum ($76.00) from Christina Cosmeceuticals Silk line, however, offers nourishment for your under-eye area that pampers with a silky formula and rich feel. The key to SOS is silkworm lipids, and a vegetable cocktail. Both are supposed to tighten and reduce fine lines.
While it’s hard to say whether or not it’s going to turn back the hands of time, it really does moisturizer beautifully, and that’s a great start. The product is made in Israel, and the product is lightweight and feels cool and refreshing. I like the 0.3 oz. rollerball, great for purse and travel. It’s elegant, easy to use, and makes your skin feel fabulous. Maybe the silk worms are on to something! Check out more from the Silk Line at: http://www.christina-cosmeceuticals.com/
Fight Blemishes With a Rollerball
Glo Therapeutics has a secret weapon against zits that need to be zapped: A petite,>17 oz., amber-colored roller ball filled with an herbal scented Spot Fix Blemish Treatment $16.00 that purifies and calms the skin with zinc and botanicals.
The key ingredient is Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract. It helps to rejuvenate skin by strengthening and stimulating capillaries, and the naturally purifying properties make it useful for fighting acne.
Other key ingredients:
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil that softens, moisturizes and lubricates skin and reduces scarring; Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract , good for antiseptic, antibacterial and skin healing benefits; Zinc Sulfate to aid collagenase in the process of removing old, stiffened collagen fibers so new collagen can be created and Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme)Flower/Leaf Extract – A powerful antiseptic with soothing and healing properties that also provides powerful ozone-protecting activity( due to the natural compounds it contains including phenylethanoids, flavonoids, and chlorogenic acid). While this didn’t zap my zit in a flash, I noticed the redness and swelling lift almost immediately and, over time, it went away. If you’re over 12 years old, you can use this a couple of times a day to deal with zits that just seem to pop up. Visit: www.gloprofessional.com
Revitalize Your Eyes
Good things come in little minis. Glo Minerals has an Eye Fix Revitalizing Treatment $22.50. Cucumber, squalane and hyaluronic acid cool and hydrate the skin, while aloe and linoleic acids work to condition. Goldenseal and juniper offer a temporarily “lift” to the delicate eye areas, while light-reflecting minerals help diminish the appearance of fine lines and brighten the eyes, This product may not make you feel peppier, but it will help conceal the look or tired eyes. Carry the tube in your purse to dab on eyes when you need a pick-me-up. Tip: use it under a brightening concealer and no one will know you were counting sheep and tossing all night! Visit: www.gloprofessional.com
A Beautiful Beauty Balm
It’s not nice to laugh at someone’s name, but I did, when I heard that there was a product called Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++ ($39.00 1.5 fl. oz). While it sounds like a potion sold in a turn of the Century traveling show, this product is no joke. Dr. Jart has combined his medical background with a team of 21 skilled dermatologists to develop a skincare brand developed with such care, even those with hypersenstitive skin can use them. The Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++ is a marvelous, multi-tasking skin balm (it is also billed as a Multi-Action Skincare+makeup).
I’d call it high-tech, high-quality skincare with more: more SPF sun protection, more skin-nurturing benefits, and more coverage. All are delivered in a pump tube with a product that also offers the benefits of a treatment serum with advanced brightening properties. The liquid treatment is slightly matte and can be worn alone to smooth out skin tone or under makeup. It has antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine protects skin from harsh environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity. What it doesn’t have is: sulfates, synthetic dyes or fragrances, and no Petrochemicals, – Phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan.
A Very Healthy Dose
The very lightweight formula offers a very healthy dose 9.015% of Titanium Dioxide and 6.305% of zinc oxide to provide lightweight, but powerful broad-spectrum sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays. You can pump out a tiny bit of this multi-tasking powerhouse as a concealer too. It is just what you need to pack in your purse, tote, or suitcase for travel, but I find myself reaching for it daily, too.
It does come in only one tint– for light to medium-deep skin tones. Yes, it is sheer and you can blend it out. However, if your skin is very deep the medium beige tint won’t necessarily flatter you. Neither will the high concentration of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. So maybe this won’t flatter everyone. But this particular product will please a lot of people! Get this and other Dr. Jart products at Sephora and www.sephora.com