Skin gets dry at this time of year
So many clients at this time of year complain of dry skin. Some may be drier than usual, some have developed dry skin for the first time. This papery, thin, flaky and sometimes itchy skin can be caused by a variety of internal and external factors:
Poor Skin Care
Lack of good moisturisers and no exfoliation of dead skin cells.
Lack of Internal Hydration
We tend to drink less water when it is cold.
Central heating, log fires, car heaters.
Walking, or outdoor sports in the cold and wind.
As the skin matures, sebum (oil from sebaceous glands) is produced at a much slower rate.
All all these factors can affect the skin…..and all can be remedied easily.
Good skin care – Look at your moisturiser. Chose one prescribed by a professional, preferably after a facial where the skin can be assessed and re-hydrated. However, good products are false economy if your environmental issues are not addressed, and your water consumption is not increased.
Water Consumption – We all know that we need to drink more fluids, after all we are made up of 80% water.During the winter cold water drinks may not seem very inviting, so try warm water with lemon. Herbal teas are also a good choice, but steer away from fruit teas as these can be quite acidic to the body.
Omegas – In order for your cells to retain the water you drink, there must be a lipid ring around them so the water can be held within the cell. This lipid barrier gets thinner as we age, and if our diets are depleted in Omega 3 and 6, we get drier. I recommend the Advanced Nutrition Programme from The International Institute of Anti Ageing.
Body Exfoliation – Either at home, or at your spa or salon, there is nothing like a full body exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and hydrate the skin.
The Repechage Honey Body Polish is perfect, using warmed buttermilk and a blend of honey and almond to nourish and exfoliate. Followed by a hydrating full body massage using a seaweed enriched body cream. Pure hydration.
Dead cells need to be removed before body oils and creams can penetrate. It is pointless slathering on lotions if you are just hydrating flaky cells.
There are many skin conditions that require a little extra help….such as psoriasis and eczema. Some are hindered by stress and other issues, but many can be soothed and improved by increasing fluids, taking a high quality omega supplement….and exfoliating before you moisturise with creams.
Wrap up warm….. and remember, you don’t have to suffer. Just find a therapist with top quality products and knowledge that can help you.