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Winter is Coming… Prepare Your Skin!


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 MoistureI 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.

"Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching." Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

“Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching.” Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

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 lotionavailable 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.)

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

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 😉

x missfitz

Disclaimer : These are not a sponsored reviews, nor am I affiliated with the above mentioned brand(s) or companies in anyway.

RELATED READING : How To: make your own body scrub – (Fayinthemaze)


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#DermalogicaSuccess Event

Hiya Poutlings

Anyone that has followed our blog for a while will know without a doubt, that I am not very loyal to my makeup brands simply because there are TOO many I LOVE, but I am so loyal to MY skincare brand, Dermalogica.

I was thrilled when I was invited to this very special lunch event on Monday afternoon at the Westin, Cape Town which featured the 2 founders of Dermalogica and the masterminds behind the products and education. We started off with a gorgeous lunch, then proceeded to watch and listen to the very inspiring people on the stage.


Ray & Jane Wurwand

This is a power couple of note, who are seriously passionate about what they do. That passion and vision is evident in their product, Dermlaogica. They founded Dermalogica in the 1980s. Jane noticed a lack of results driven products in the marketplace and decided to do something about it.

The very first thing that set Dermalogica apart from many exisiting skincare ranges was the ingredients that they used in their products, which seems silly now but as Jane so aptly explained it – in the ’80s it was all about having pink products for oily skin, green products for combination, etc.

Dermalogica’s stance of using artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, S.D. alcohols, lanolin or mineral oils that other companies were using really set them apart from the rest of the cosmetic industry at the time, simply put they insisted on much higher quality ingredients – ones that would rather help your skin than harm it.

Even back in the ’80s (before I was born) the FDA in the States required products to be listed on retail items, Dermalogica were the pioneers in placing ingredient listing onto their professional products which logically, makes even more sense than having the ingredients listed on retail products as the skin therapist can know exactly what she is putting on your skin.

Fun facts about this power couple:

  • Ray Wurwand is South African, he grew up in Worcester and went to UCT.
  • Ray and Jane both lived in Cape Town,  before emigrating to the states, Jane worked in skincare while she lived here.
  • Jane is passionate about social media and you can follow her on Twitter @Dermalogicajane
  • They have two children, both girls.
  • Their business philosophy on coping with a hectic work life and home life is inspiring “It’s not about balance, it’s about resilience.”

“Chanel is a company I admire. They are modern yet have stayed true to who they essentially are.” – Jane Wurwand

Doctor Diana Howard & Annet King

Doctor Diana Howard is the vice president of research and development at Dermalogica and is the most interesting scientist I’ve come across in a while. Annet King is the director of global education. They were both there to shed some light on their latest product launching in South Africa in August, Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum.

Doctor Diana Howard shed some light on how more effective a serum is around the eye area, rather than a cream as a serum is generally a thinner substance. By virtue and the nature of the substance you get higher concentrations of actives and get them to go into your skin quickly and effectively. Serums also deposit concentrated doses of active ingredients and nutrients on the skin. They are the fastest growing category as consumers seek to aggressively address the signs of skin aging.

Annet King added that its great for reducing “puffiness” and waking up the eyes in the morning or even as a mid day pick-me-up as she described using it over her makeup after hours of sitting in front of the computer, she also mentioned that she wears more makeup than a drag queen, so – she’s one of us pouters! 😉

I will be sure to review the product in full detail for you, as I was utterly spoilt and got my own Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum to take home to try – you will all have to wait for August till you can get your paws on it too.


A little history on my love affair with Dermalogica
I first encountered Dermalogica when I was a spotty faced arrogant teenager and first started going to a salon close to my home, called the Coliseum, in Johannesburg in the early 2000’s. This salon, was of course, the salon I religiously went to for years upon years of skin treatments – I fell in love with how my skin felt after a facial… however I could not afford the products, and still being in school my mother laughed at the prices and would rather send me for facials instead so every time I went to the Coliseum I would simply swoon at the products on display.
Roll on about 7 years later and I was turning 21, in 2011. I was a bit depressed, felt a bit old, and my skin was in a BAD condition. My amazing skin therapist in Johannesburg Nathalie slowly got me buying the products one by one, (one a month to be precise) and voila, I was in a whirlwind romance with this brand and all the great stuff it does for ones skin. I promise, my product reviews are coming one day… soon….. if someone can give me about 5 hours extra day! lol

thank you Dermalogica for such a wonderful day at the Westin!

x missfitz


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