The seasons are changing and so should your skin care routine. I have been using some of the Lamelle skincare products for just over two months now, and previously shared an introduction article on the company and their products here, I am soooo happy with the results. Lamelle Product Specialist Karen Bester did a skin consult with me and shares some expert tips on how to care for your skin in winter.
Dryness, flakiness, dehydration, and redness coupled with colder nights and a familiar nip in the morning air – its winter! Your skin is your biggest organ – and directly in contact with the environment even with clothes on – and in winter its ability to retain water decreases. With colder weather there’s an accompanying drop in environmental humidity and why skin always feels drier and even scaly. The more exposed areas, our hands and faces, are the most affected.
6 Skin care tips for a healthy skin this winter
1. Baby it’s Cold Outside
Watch the heat! Whilst it might be cold – heaters are likely to sap moisture from your skin and at a time when the air is already dry – you’ll just make it worse.
2. Change your cleanser
The easiest way to prevent your skin from drying out is not to remove its oils in the first place. If you are removing them, replace them immediately. Creamy gel and lipid-based cleansers do both. I make use of the Lamelle Serra Cleansing Gel. It is specially formulated for dry and sensitive skin and is a soap and preservative-free creamy gel cleanser. It is really easy to apply and soft on the skin.
3. Add Oil and Up Your Lipids
What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? If your skin is dry it means the surface layer is lacking in moisture and can present as peeling flaky skin. Dehydration on the other hand is when the lower levels deep within the epidermis are short on moisture and your skin will appear dull. Either way you need not wait out winter with dry or dehydrated skin – there are treatments for both condition.
It’s a common misconception that simply slathering on extra moisturiser will reverse the effects of winter on your skin. Rather opt for moisturisers with a higher lipid content that are biocompatible with the lipids in your skin – the closer the structure is to the lipids in human skin – the greater the moisturising effect. You can also add more oil (even though oil has a bad connotation) to step up the lipid content of your daily and nightly moisturisers. It’s also important to consider what other advantages the moisturiser will provide – at a minimum – anti-oxidants should feature on the ingredient list.
I make use of the Lamelle Dermaheal Renewal Cream it combines recombinant human growth factors that will activate skin cells that have been de-activated by ageing with potent anti-oxidants that normalise enzyme levels in your skin. It helps combat the aging effects on your skin and my favourite part is that I can actually FEEL that my skin is moisturised more after now using this product for a while. It actually goes into my skin rather than staying on top of it. I just LOVE the way the container works… No mess or finger errors…
4. Serums will Save Your Skin in Winter
No winter skin survival kit should be without a serum. They have the ability to penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a complex carbohydrate that traps and shares water in your skin keeping it plump and hydrated. Consult a Lamelle therapist to give you the best advice on which serum is best suited for your skin.
5. Don’t forget the Sunscreen
Another fact of winter is that because of the cold weather we spend less time outdoors and in the sun. This does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen however. In Johannesburg especially there is less cloud cover so the intensity of the sun actually increases in winter. So keep on applying your sunscreen daily as part of your normal skin care routine.
6. Add Water
When it’s cold we tend not to drink as much water as we should but it’s essential to stay hydrated from within if you want winter-proof skin. Herbal teas are also a great way to introduce water to your system.
Lamelle Product review
I make use of the two Lamelle products mentioned above and can say with 100% confidence that my skin is feeling loads more hydrated and less sensitive and red than before I started using the products. It definitely works for me and my skin care needs. I will be adding a few more of their products to my skin care regime and also want to try some of their salon treatments. But am so relived that I finally found something that works for me!
For more information on Lamelle skincare products visit www.lamelle.co.za.
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