Hi Poutlings! ♥
Are you going numb, not from the cold but from all the misinformation and bogus “wives tale” advice about winter-proofing your face and body? Let’s investigate and see what the top skin experts say and some of my tried and tested ways in order to help us embrace the cold weather with our best face and body forward…
MYTH : The thicker the cream the better it hydrates.
TRUTH : Annet King, the director of the International Dermal Institute clarifies this,
“An overdose of lipids can actually trap dead skin cells and leave skin looking duller.”
Annet King reccommends layering serums under creams in order to boost moisture.
“Serums are light, yet have super-concentrated ingredients – ideal for absorption.”
I’m currently using and loving : Body Shop Shea Body Butter – my ultimate body cream, not only does is smell beautiful it glides effortlessly and absorbs into your skin easily. Not sure on the price, however they normally have specials on, such as buy 2 get 1 free etc. Well worth it, whatever it costs.
MYTH : Overcast skies mean you can cut back on your SPF.
TRUTH : In case you didn’t know… Hardly. As a depleting ozone has led to stronger UV rays, SPF is now a year-round endeavour. And clouds do little to filer out wrinkle-accelerating UV rays. Come cooler weather, find a daily moisturiser with a broad spectrum SPF 15 (or higher) to hydrate and protect.
I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Everyday Moisture – I think its about R250, cannot remember as it lasts forever!
MYTH : Oily skin can forgo moisturiser.
TRUTH : Dry, cold climates wear on all skin types – even oily! And without some added protection, barrier function (which keeps pollution and other moisture out of your skin) gets compromised. IF your skin is super-oily, you can get gel based cream but for true combination skin ensure you use different moisturisers for different areas – a light formula for your T-Zone area and a richer one for cheeks that get dry, patchy spots.
Tried and recommended : Dermalogica Ultracalming Barrier Repair – I think I paid about R400 last winter, but simply cannot remember.
MYTH : Exfoliating in winter makes dry skin patches worse.
TRUTH : The absolute key in winter is to moisturise throughly – occassionally add a hydrating mask to your face – as your skin barrier is weakened after exfoliating. Annet King, of the International Dermal Institute says
“The sloughing in fact causes a burst of cell renewal, so you’re helping new moisture rich cells move to the surface.”
I’m currently using and loving : Sorbet Sugar Scrub – this has lasted me about a year and I’m sure I will finish it shortly, however I think I paid R190 for this. You can easily make your own very quickly, see related posts at the bottom of this one.
MYTH : Loading up on lip ice will prevent your lips from chapping.
TRUTH : Only if its the right lip ice. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly found in Vaseline) creates an artificial film on your lips, signaling your skin to stop producing lipids, while funky flavours, perfumes and colours can also dry out skin. Annet King suggests seeking a natural oil infused balm or those with shea and cocoa butter.
“To get rid of flaky patches, apply a little facial exfoliant to damp lips (a soft toothbrush also does the trick), scrub gently, then follow with balm.”
Wait till you spring to resume use of lip plumpers and super long lasting formulas that dry out your pout.
I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine – also bought this so long ago, I think its about R150
MYTH : Steamy showers impart moisture to dry skin.
TRUTH : Dr. Robin Ashinoff says that this is most certainly not the case.
“Even though they feel great on a bone-chilling day, hot showers and baths are extremely drying.”
Exposure to hot water with high temperature causes blood-vessel dialation that results in water loss throughout the epidermis. If you crave heat, keep it under five minutes and stick with a soap free body wash instead of a bar of soap or anything highly perfumed. Pat, do not rub – your skin dry, and moisturise while its still damp to help your cream penetrate.
I’m currently using and loving : Skin EFX fragrance free soothing with chamomile body lotion – available from Dischem, its a cheapie but your skin absorbs the cream so quickly and leaves you feeling smooth!
MYTH : Let winter-ravaged skin hibernate – cut back on professional treatments.
TRUTH : Actually, winter is one of the best times to start laser treatments like hair removal, as pre-laser skin shouldn’t be tanned, and post laser skin won’t tolerate sun exposure. Immediately following laser treatments, apply anti-inflammatory creams to boost skin’s recovery capability.
I’m currently under going laser treatment at Revive Skin Care Lounge with my wonderful therapist Youla (I have been since September last year, post to follow on my experience soon.)
MYTH : Extra layers of high-tech clothing are a cold climate must…
TRUTH : While warmth is obviously a necessity when the temperatures drop, some nylon and polyester fabrics can cause unsightly bumps, clogged pores and even ingrown hairs when they trap dead cells, oils and sweat. Better to wear natural fabrics – especially inner layers that touch your skin – and moisturise head to toe, morning and night. Shea butter is ideal as its a natural antioxidant as well as a moisturing agent. Also consider face and neck creams with humectants like aloe, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid.
Tried and tested : see first Body Shop Shea Butter 😉
Disclaimer : These are not a sponsored reviews, nor am I affiliated with the above mentioned brand(s) or companies in anyway.
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