The expert says to self-regulate your skin’s thirst instead of reaching for the moisturiser this winter is a MUST. This amalgamation zaps moisture away from the skin which leaves many of us grappling to apply heavy creams to help fight the dryness.
Medical Director of Health & Aesthetics clinic Dr Rekha Tailor suggests that we should think twice before reaching for our favourite moisturiser this winter.
Dr Tailor advises, “Slapping on thick, greasy and ineffective moisturisers are detrimental to your skin. This is because they weaken the skin’s barrier function and alter the natural function of skin self-hydration. The skin becomes addicted to the use of moisturiser and therefore is unable to self-regulate itself. It is the skins own self-regulation that keeps it looking youthful, therefore the need for the skin to self-regulate is extremely important.
Normal skin has oil producing sebaceous glands which produces sebum to lubricate hair and which then sits on the surface of the skin. Moisturisers and oils add additional oil to the skin surface.
This results in several issues -
• Hydrates dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and blocks pores (resulting in milia, spots and acne)
• Weakens the function of the skin to hydrate it-self and produce collagen
• Causes inflammation of the skin (resulting in excess pigmentation)
• Disrupts the barrier function of the skin (resulting in sensitivity and rosacea)
In an interview Dr. Obagi founder of ZO Skin Health, describes the skins self-regulation as to that of a tree. He says, “A tree gets its nutrients from the ground; no matter how much you spray the tree, it will become dry.”
There are three very important steps with regards to skincare. It is important to note that people will not get results from just using a serum and that all three steps are vital.
These three steps are -
• Remove excess oil (sebum), dead skin and kill P. Acnes bacteria
• Introduce active ingredients to stimulate the skin and remove free radicals
Protect the skin with SPF
Given Dr Obagi’s comment, at best these types of products are a fast fix that temporarily give the illusion of smoother skin but do nothing to improve the condition of the skin deep down. I would suggest using an oil-free alternative such as ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defence as it not only rebuilds your skin’s natural barrier function, but also helps to protect from free radicals. You can also add to your normal beauty regime by treating yourself to a booster treatment or two, such as the HydraFacial for an ultimate hydration hit. HydraFacial uses advanced, patented vortex technology to deeply cleanse the skin and effectively deliver botanical ingredients to where they do the most good. In addition, HydraFacial also delivers powerful antioxidants to counteract damage by free radicals – from pollution, sun and stress – which can degrade the skin and accelerate the ageing process.
Understanding the importance of certain ingredients within skincare is also very important when it comes to addressing different skin concerns. For instance, hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our cells to maintain moisture levels. When applied topically it acts as a water magnet by drawing water up from the deeper layers of the skin into the more superficial layers. Glycolic acid and salicylic acid are both great for speeding up the shedding of the dead, dry and dull skin. These are great contributors to the healthy glow we all desire. Exfoliation can easily be overlooked but it is a crucial step in the skincare routine. Not only does it help with dead skin removal, but it prepares your skin for the application of products that treat the skin; meaning, you’ll be able gain much more effective results from products, as they are able to penetrate deeper.
Remembering sunscreen is a must; sunscreen isn’t just for the summer. Applying a broad-spectrum oil free sunscreen to the face and even the hands will help protect your skin from unnecessary damage from the cold, wind and of course the sun. ZO Skin Health Daily Sheer SPF 50 is the perfect option as it is a non-greasy, quick-drying sunscreen that blends seamlessly into the skin for a sheer matte finish. It also offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB rays that can be used alone or worn under makeup for a more even, long-lasting application.