Winterize your skin- part 2

  • If you haven’t adjusted your skin care home regimen for winter you may be feeling a bit dry right about now.  Forced air heat, cold outdoor air, and lack of humidity all contribute to moisture loss on the surface of the skin.

    The surface of the skin has a balance of water and oil that can easily be thrown off by environmental culprits.  Add to the mix bar soap, aggressive foaming cleansers, harsh acne ingredients, and even plain water to “wash” your face and the balance can really go off kilter.  Dry, tight, chapped, and flaky skin can result.

    When the surface of the skin experiences even the slightest of these conditions, the underlying support of collagen and elastin starts to break down and early signs of aging occur.   Many of the lines people see forming on their face from ages 30-50 have more to do with dehydration than from the natural aging process.  That means they are preventable, not with drinking more water (which would help in other ways) but with proper care of the skin.

    The skin needs GOOD FATS to protect itself from moisturize loss, especially in the winter.  Ingredients to look for are Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, all plant oils, ceramides, and squalane.  (Our favorite GO-TO products are Glymed’s Cell Protection Serum, Glymed’s Vitamin E Sensual Cream, Eminence’s Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, and Apivita’s Queen Bee Moisturizer with Royal Jelly.)

    We have designed a Winter Facial Special to give you the gentle exfoliation and rebalancing your skin needs!  Under steam, a 5% Lactic Acid will be used along with Pumpkin Enzymes to slough off dead skin.  Lactic is the most hydrating of all the acids so it’s perfect for winter.  And enzymes, because of their long molecular chain, do not penetrate deep or cause irritation.   You will be treated to a luxurious facial massage and then your finishing products will be customized to provide you with the right balance to WINTERIZE your skin!