Each new season brings new skin concerns. During Winter skin becomes drier, more sensitive and dehydrated which also makes our skin appear older. So what causes dry skin?
Healthy skin can be pictured as a multi-layer cake covered by a single sheet of cling wrap to keep it fresh. The cling wrap prevents the frosting and underlying layers of the cake from drying out by preventing loss (evaporation) of the water from the cake into the air. It is the moisture in the cake that gives it its freshness. The outermost layer of the skin, which acts like the cling wrap and is about the same thickness, is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum consists of dead skin cells embedded in a mixture of natural oils (lipids) and essential fatty acids (EFA’s). These natural skin oils keep the water inside our body from escaping into the air and also keep irritating substances and germs from entering the body. Both the skin oils and the dead skin cells hold water in the stratum corneum.
Dry skin can be caused from many things such as harsh cleansers stripping the protective oils from our skin, cold weather, low humidity, long hot showers and essential fatty acid deficiency. Here are a few tips for optimising your skins’ hydration this winter.
- Hot, soapy water depletes the natural skin oils to the greatest degree. Anyone who has tried to wash a skillet covered with bacon grease in cold soapy water knows how effective heat is in softening up oils and fats so that they can be washed away so avoid long hot showers and soap.
- Apply products containing Hyaluronic Acid (which binds 1000 times its’ own weight in water), EFA’s and Vitamin B3. Book in for a complimentary skin diagnosis so we can prescribe the correct product for you.
- Apply your products as soon as you get out of the shower to seal in moisture and avoid evaporation.
- Add at least 3000mg of good quality EFA’s to your diet. We recommend Nordic Naturals Omega EFA’s, a high strength supplement available in the salon.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these have a diuretic effect on the skin. Instead opt for an anti-ageing green tea.
- Treat yourself to regular nourishing and hydrating treatments in the salon or at home.
- And of course, increase your water intake.