Posted on 02/07/2018
Winter can bring on some negative skin changes for most of us due to contrasts and extremes in temperature. Cold external temperature followed by indoor warm internal temperatures has a physiological effect on the skin. These fluctuations in temperature can exacerbate transepidermal water loss - transepidermal water loss is the amount of water that passively evaporates through the skin to the external environment.
This process starts to affect the skin's barrier function which is fundamental to skin health; the skin's barrier is comprised of lipids from both epidermal cells and the sebaceous glands. With a disruption in these finely, physiologically balanced components, the skin not only starts to feel dry but can become susceptible to bacteria and viruses, as well as impacting normal healthy skin function which relies on enzymes interacting, or communicatimg, in a well-hydrated environment. This effect can create a cycle where the skin then becomes even more reactive to environment and hence more damage occurs in the skin.
This process will occur as a normal part of aging with the accumulation of sun damage but even a well looked after skin, that is fed with Vitamin A and antioxidants, can experience an increase in transepidermal water loss, particularly during winter.
1) Of course, if you’re not already using Vitamin A and Antioxidants, this is an absolute ‘must’ for skin health, so your first step is always to come in for a skin assessment, with one of our Medical Skin Therapists, and we’ll get you on your way to great skin by prescribing you medical grade skin care.
2) If you are finding your usual moisturiser isn’t cutting it, try the Aspect Hydrating mask. Apply your usual serums at night and massage a liberal amount of the mask over the top and leave overnight – incredibly effective!
Aspect Dr Hydrating Mask $63 - online membership not required to purchase.
3) One of my recent favourites is the PCA Total Strength serum: an effective combination of Peptides, Epidermal Growth Factor and Hyaluronic acid. Not only do you get the immediate hydrating effect of the hyaluronic acid but also the stimulation of growth factors through peptides, helping to address fine lines and skin thickness.
PCA Total Strength Serum $159 - online membership not required to purchase.
4) A fabulous way to fast track hydration, and my personal favourite, is an LED light course (Omnilux) – 8 treatments every 2 to 3 days – it is quite a commitment but worth every luxuriously, relaxing minute under the warm lights. Not only does it give you an instant ‘glow’ but have the longer-term effects of repair and collagen induction.
Our Omnilux Light treatment was a finalist in the Best In Beauty Awards 2016.
5) Add in some high-quality Omega 3 (Fish Oils) 4 – 6000mg per days, spread between meals. This helps maintain those healthy cell interactions in the skin by maintaining those all-important lipids. Rember, not all fish oil is created the same. If you would like to read more on what to look for when choosing an Omega 3 product, read my blog on Good Fish Oils here.
1) Poor quality makeup and skin care can cause a ‘wash out’ effect of those essential lipids in the skins barrier by lowering surface tension and often causing low level inflammation that leads to further damage. If you are looking for a skin health makeup range, I always suggest Jane Iredale Makeup. You are always welcome to come and get a complimentary colour match, prior to purchasing any of this makeup. All the Jane Iredale makeup that we stock can be purchased online here, without a membership.
2) High Glycaemic Index foods cause inflammation in the skin and the cross linking of collagen fibres. These acid forming foods will also cause glycation of the skin cell membrane which will influence the absorption and transfer hormones, nutrients and oxygen, as well as the elimination of waste which changes the quality of fluids in and around the skin cells.
I wish you all the best with looking after your skin, and health, this winter.
From your Skin Team Leader,
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