Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winterize Your Skin Care Routine in 5 Easy Steps.

As the seasons and weather conditions change, our skin – the largest organ in the body, tries to keep up and bring things to a state of equilibrium. For some of us that means initially noticing much drier skin conditions and changes in skin texture. And we proceed to do the only seemingly reasonable thing – reach for the cream and slather on to bring in the much needed moisture. Right? Wrong! “Doubling up on cream may bring temporary relief but in the long term it can actually cause the skin to be even drier. The single biggest mistake that clients make is forgetting about exfoliation. Without exfoliation, the creams simply stay on top of the stratum corneum and even the most potent anti-aging components have no chance of penetration”, points out esthetician Elina Grosmane. With the change of seasons, it is also a time to “winterize” your skin care routine. Here are Elina’s 5 tips for successfully dealing with winter skin:

1.The sun is less intense this time of year, and it is much safer to start a chemical peel regimen if you have been thinking about one. Talk to your esthetician to determine the frequency and type of peel your skin would benefit from.

2.If you haven’t already, incorporate Daily Exfoliant into your skin care routine (start with once a week and work up as tolerance builds). This AHA exfoliant will help to increase penetration of the other treatment products.

3.Keep using The Serum or The Antioxidant Serum underneath The Cream. The hylaluronic acid base of both serums provides great skin nutrition and hydration without the oily feel.

4.If your skin is sensitive, chapped or flaking, use The Universal Cure as a night cream. The TCA will gently exfoliate over time, and vegetarian sourced squalane is a fantastic moisturizer. If there is one key product that everyone’s winter regimen should have – The Universal Cure is it.

5.Even though it is cooler, the sun can still damage your skin. Keep using your Hydrashield30.

As the season progresses, incorporating these tips will hopefully help your skin to be more hydrated and winter happy. For those of us struggling with chronically dry and dehydrated skin, remember to keep your showers luke warm as hot water can make dry skin even drier.