Now that spring is almost upon us your skin may have taken a turn for the worse. We can help restore your skin and transition it back to a harmonious state.
As the days are now starting to get longer and the days have bursts of warm air, our skin needs time to transition to the changing conditions. But there’s no fun in the sun until we remove the oil that’s trapped on the surface and plump up our natural protective layers. That means turn off the hot water, moisturise the skin and give it a nourishing treatment that will help you acclimatise with the hot, summer months.
Why does our skin change from season to season?
The first thing to remember is that your skin has to adjust to the weather and the rapid fluctuations in the natural environment it brings such as a sudden change in temperatures, wind and humidity.
For this reason, we have to work harder during winter to retain hydration in our skin in the outer layers. If you haven’t focused on moisturising your winter skin, it can seriously impact the overall state of your skin’s health and appearance.
What happens when we lose hydration?
Our natural skin barrier loses its ability to capture the natural moisture and our skin begins to look dry. But it’s important to note that dehydrated skin is only a lack of water, and not oil, which is characterised by your oil-producing glands.
Why does dry skin lack oil?
This is because your skin produces less sebum than normal skin. And the lack of sebum signifies that your skin barrier lacks the lipids it requires to retain moisture and maintain a healthy barrier against the external environments and other skin aggressors.
What are the most common triggers of skin dehydration?
Dehydration is caused by many external factors but the condition is mostly triggered by the weather, pollutants, your diet, lack of drinking and caffeine consumption.
What are the symptoms of dehydration?
The first thing that would identify the condition is its dry appearance. So if your skin is wrinkling when you apply pressure, that signifies that your skin cells are craving for water. You may also notice that the tone and texture of your skin have changed and your wrinkles are now more prominent.
Other common signs of dehydration include inflammation, congested pores and redness, more so if you suffer from acne and rosacea.
Which areas are largely impacted by dehydration?
Typically the face, neck and hands along with the inside of your arms and thighs. Your skin is more sensitive and you may be prone to rashes when the skin begins to flake.
What are the steps to take?
Start with the T-word. We will begin treating your skin by building up your natural skin barrier. This could include:
- Evening primrose oil, which can soothe the chapped areas.
- Face masks, which we will apply with the finest cosmeceuticals (mostly from non-active ingredients which will soothe and help your skin to begin retaining essential hydration)
- Red light to send wavelengths of red and infrared light (660nm and 830nm) to trigger a faster healing response
- We will also ask you to eat more salmon (omega-3 fatty acids), ditch any soda drinks or caffeine and drink up to 2 litres of water a day.
How important are medical-grade cosmeceuticals to the skin’s recovery?
They are the holy grail of skincare.
If your natural skin barrier has been compromised, the first thing we will do is tailor a homecare treatment, which will include non-active serums and moisturisers. This includes Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Liquid Serum which contains hyaluronic acid to help plump up the skin – the same natural ingredient found in dermal fillers.
Containing a nourishing fusion of moisture-boosting Hyaluronic Acid and skin-softening Vitamin B5, Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Liquid Rehydration Serum is our go-to product for fast absorption and retention.
What are the key issues with moisturisers?
It is important that you’re able to use products that contain salicylic acid so you don’t clog your skin’s pores
We have a tailored skin solution for you. Our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington, will customise the best skin care program to complement your treatment and provide long-term benefits. For all appointments and consultations, please contact practice manager, Jane Luong on 97446755.