Hello again! My name is Dr. Ryan Shelton and I’m so glad it’s Friday because that means it’s my favourite day of the week when I answer two different questions from customers who want to know the ins and outs of skincare!
My first question comes from Amy in Lakeville, CT.
Q: Hi Dr. Ryan! I’ve started to notice that the skin around my nose gets really bumpy and flaky. What can I do to make it smoother?
A: Hi Amy! Bumpy and flaky skin around your nose usually means there’s a build-up of dead skin cells that create texture. There are a couple of suggestions I have for you that should help make your skin soft and smooth day in and day out!
Dead skin cells are totally normal, but they don’t have such a great feel to them and can sometimes even show up in your complexion, creating a flaky look that isn’t the best confidence booster!
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure you’re using a cleanser every morning and evening.
If you skip this step even a couple of times, you could wake up the next day and notice a huge difference in your complexion that could make you feel insecure about your skin!
I like to recommend a cleanser that has gentle exfoliating properties. This way, you can be sure that every time you wash your face, you’re also getting rid of any dead skin cells on the surface of your complexion.
A cleanser with Alpha Hydroxy acids - like my Lavender Oil Cleanser - will do wonders!
Next, you have to make sure your skin stays hydrated as much as possible. This will help tone down that flaky look you’ve been struggling with.
Try and find something with hydrating butters like Shea and Cocoa Butter. These two ingredients do a fabulous job when it comes to helping keep your skin moisturized and flake-free.
In fact, both of these are in my Repair and Release Cream and can help give your skin that extra boost of hydration it needs!
The great thing about bumpy and textured skin is that it usually doesn’t take long to fix. Try both of these tricks and I’m confident you’ll see the change you want!
My next question comes from Nancy in Chicago, IL.
Q: Hello Dr. Shelton. When my mother was my age she started developing Dark Spots. I really don’t want the same thing to happen to me, so how can I avoid them?
A: Hi Nancy! I completely understand why you would be so terrified of developing dark spots in your complexion. Not only do these signs of aging affect your self-confidence, but they are also quite tough to get rid of! But don’t worry, I’m going to help you out with this problem.
First, I want to make a point of saying that there are many ways Dark spots can develop in your complexion.
The most common way is by getting too much sun exposure, so wearing your SPF on a daily basis - rain or shine - should always be a top priority.
Similarly, you should also avoid tanning beds. These treatments may give you a beautiful sun-kissed glow, but they wreak havoc on your skin and can cause some serious problems down the line!
Another reason people develop dark spots is that they run in the family.
Unfortunately, since your mother started developing dark spots at your age, there could be a chance that you’ll start to notice them popping up in your own complexion…
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to get ahead of the problem.
In my professional opinion, you need to start using a product that helps prevent dark spots and create a more even skin tone.
By starting with one of these products - like my Dark spot corrector - you’ll give your skin the nutrients it needs to help avoid these blemishes as much as possible.
If you do as much as you can to prevent these spots, you may end up being able to avoid expensive treatments (like laser and chemical peels) that are designed to get rid of stubborn patches.
I’ve said it time and time again - prevention is better than cure - and in this case, that couldn’t be more true!
If you get on top of this now, your future self will thank you!