It's has not been easy to find out what the dry and flaky skin many of us get around our noses, the corners of our mouth and in the fold on our chins is. There is very little information available on this condition that plagues so many of us. I struggled with this for years, especially when applying foundation and concealer that makes it appear worse and much flakier. I was told to put an antibiotic ointment on it by a doctor, but it offered little relief and is known to thin the skin. If you have been dealing with this condition, Sweet Life Spa felt it was time to get you some answers and solutions to the problem. The good news is, if you wear makeup, our Marine Moisture Serum and Botanical Face Butter leave my skin completely flake-free for smooth makeup applications. You will find these pictured and linked below!
This flaky, irritated and red skin condition that clogs our pores is most often referred to as Peri-nasal and Peri-oral Dermatitis and a few other conditions related to Eczema. There is very limited information on what causes it according to leading dermatologists. However, it is said to be hereditary or caused by an allergy, virus, fungus or bacteria. As the seasons change it usually gets out of control. There reportedly is no cure to completely alleviate it and a steroid cream may be prescribed. Unfortunately, steroids can be difficult to get off of and they may even create more dryness and flakes. After a lot of research and testing, I have found there are non-toxic ingredients provided by the earth, that truly ease this condition for me and my daughter.
Exfoliation, Makeup Removal and Moisturizers that work!
Physically exfoliating the area seems like a good idea, but sugar and salt scrubs are too harsh for delicate facial tissue and can cause micro-tears that take time to repair. In my case the condition reappears quickly with this method. Masks that detoxify are a much more effective and gentle approach with this condition. For a clay mask that draws makeup, debris, excess sebum and dry skin from your pores, we recommend the following ONLY if you have extremely oily and acne prone skin:
Mix 1 teaspoon of drawing clay (found in most health food stores) with 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, pure rosewater, colloidal silver or distilled water to make a spreadable paste. Wash your face as usual and apply this mixture to your entire face and let it dry for 5-10 minutes. There is no reason for this mask to dry completely especially if it becomes too taut or uncomfortable. Rinse with warm water and finish with a splash of cool water. We suggest using this formula once a week for clearer and smoother skin. Using a rosewater, aloe and witch hazel toner afterwards adds antioxidants and reduces redness and pores. We recommend our Rosewater Mist which is alcohol-free! Always moisturize well after using this mask, preferably with a concentrated face serum and/or our Botanical Face Butter.
"Sweet Face" Rosewater Mist
For Sensitive, Normal, Dry and Mature skin we love our Petal 5 Minute Facial and Banana Smoothie Cleansing Grains, Buff & Mask. Both are perfect for quickly removing flakes and build up for glowing skin. Both are made with tropical ingredients that do not irritate or leave your skin red! They can be used once or twice a week on different days of the week. We highly recommend alternating these into your skincare regime, one of Monday and one on Thursday, for instance.
Petal 5 Minute Facial
Banana Smoothie Cleansing Grains, Buff & Mask
After using a mask we recommend moisturizing well. Our "Sweet Cream" of Coconut is rich in deep penetrating essential fatty acids, antioxidants, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents provided by nature. You can also use this 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Cream as a natural makeup remover that melts long wearing makeup and waterproof mascara. This Coconut Oil is the purest quality we have found that is not from China. We consider it to be lower on the comedogenic scale due to the fact that it is packaged right after harvest and not pressed from dried coconut like many of the coconut oils on the market.
"Sweet Cream" of Coconut
After removing your eye makeup and before any type of mask, it is very important to wash your face. As a gentle means of cleansing your skin twice daily, always avoid sulfates and harsh synthetics in your face wash. Our "Sweet Face" Wash in Damascus Rose Hibiscus is crafted with Aloe Vera as it's #1 ingredient, so it is mild and soothing, yet completely effective for removing makeup and sunscreen.
Damascus Rose & Hibiscus "Sweet Face" Wash
Our Marine Moisture Serum Astaxanthin Complex and Botanical Face Butter work beautifully together to correct and protect from UV damage and are the perfect flake-free moisturizers for winter skin. Both soften and eliminate the flakes naturally with Marine Botanicals, Apothecary Infused Oils and Raw Mango Butter. My skin has never been better in a shorter period of time using these 2 beauties day and night. They are super concentrated and long lasting without feeling greasy. The serum deeply penetrates beneath the skin surface as a makeup primer. If you need extra moisture during the day, add a dab of Botanical Face Butter or reserve it as a night cream.
Marine Moisture Serum Astaxanthin Complex
Botanical Face Butter
Many of these products are available in sets at a discount! For dry skin, Dermatitis or Eczema elsewhere on your body, please visit SweetLifeSpa.com to view our Organic Spa Body Care.