As the heart of the winter season fast approaches, we are faced with a number of challenges when it comes to our skin. Dryness, dehydration, an all-around lack luster appearance. Perhaps you’ve seen all of these things this year. Maybe you’ve consulted with your esthetician to find the perfect moisturizer to combat our beloved electric heating during the cold, winter months… Only to find that your skin is still missing something. It’s as though the moisturizer sits on the surface, while the flaky skin remains.
Not only do your new found fish scales continue to multiply – but your favourite foundation or powder now adds 10 years to your look with each application. Add a little blush and some black eyeliner and you have achieved the perfect “Susan, you look tired today, are you not feeling well?” Look.
One could assume that things like “Dewy Finish” and “Advanced Moisture” are simple marketing tactics used to lure you in, but the fact of the matter is, your skincare regime is missing something. One, simple step, that will change everything.
No… It’s not magic. Or moving to a tropical climate (although if you’re going please take us with you!)
That is it.
You may choose to use a mechanical exfoliant like this or a chemical exfoliant like this, or a combination of the two – but whatever you choose, do make sure you are removing the built up dead skin cells one way or another.
The epidermis is continuously shedding skin cells throughout the course of the day. These cells, that would otherwise be removed naturally, are now held down with things like makeup, dirt and oil and heavy moisturizers with the wrong hydrators in them. It is with this in mind that we must help the skin function properly, by removing the build up of cells with the beads from a mechanical scrub (be sure to avoid scrubs with abrasive, toxic plastic beads or harsh, jagged edged shell fragments as those can actually create small nicks in the skin, causing breakouts and irritating rosacea.) Opt instead for a gentler, more effective option such as jojoba beads like the Exfoliating Scrub or by dissolving them with products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids such as Eve Taylor’s Age Resist Active Complex or Retinol (Vitamin A) found in Eve Taylor’s Regenerative Serum and Ultra Rich. These products have the ability to penetrate deep in to the pore, emulsifying sebum and to lift even the most stubborn dead skin cells that are left following mechanical exfoliation. Thus, we recommend using a mechanical exfoliator and a chemical exfoliator to ensure the best results.
Another very effective method is with the use of chemical peels. Similar to the at-home AHA, BHA and Retinol method, chemical peels dissolve the layers of dead skin on the face, revealing healthy, more radiant skin. The difference being that a chemical peel is much more intense, ranging in concentrations of 10-70% strengths and must be applied by professional estheticians and medical estheticians. Some peels are gentle enough to be applied on a lunch break from work, allowing you to return within the hour, looking fresh and renewed. Others will cause the skin to shed and require some downtime while you wait for the skin to repair itself.
And finally, Microdermabrasion. Similar to an at-home mechanical scrub, Microdermabrasion uses abrasive pieces such as beads or fragments, with a far greater number of said fragments per square inch, to effectively remove dead skin and surface debris. Generally performed by a professional, there are also much gentler versions available for use at home following your cleansing routine.
So if you are experiencing any of the tell-tale signs of winter skin (…or any skin for that matter) begging to be renewed, we recommend you generate some cellular turnover with one or more of the above methods of exfoliation. It is best to consult with your esthetician to find a balance between professional treatments and at home maintenance to achieve the best results. We do however, strongly suggest that you exfoliate no more than 2-3 times per week with the gentler options such as mechanical scrubs and low concentration AHA and BHA microexfoliants. And to ensure best results, allow your skin therapist to guide you through your series of professional exfoliations following a thorough consultation.