It’s sure that a healthy and radiant skin is on the wish list of almost everyone. Not only is an unhealthy skin a representation of an unhealthy body, but also has a great bearing on one’s self-confidence. A clear and healthy skin, however, adds to the overall feeling of well-being. Important to consider are the factors that are harmful to the skin such as free radicals, seasonal changes, stress, and poor diet. Severe changes in any of these factors can have drastic effects on the skin.
The weather is one of the factors that influence healthy skin. The sun, wind, humidity, and rain- all affect the skin in some way or the other. Winters can be especially harsh for the skin. The biggest challenge in the winter months is the dry air that raid the skin of all its moisture. Cold air tightens the skin’s pores and reduces blood circulation. This reduces the naturally occurring oil known as sebum, which acts as a protective layer and traps moisture next to the skin. With humidity lower during winter, skin tends to feel drier which may aggravate existing conditions making the skin severely dry and even flaky.
What can be done to minimize the harsh effect of the winter months to the skin
Temperature changes | Limited exposure to hot/dry environments such as air-conditioned rooms and cars, or rooms containing open fires or wood-burning stoves, as these can all further dry out the skin. Avoid hot baths and showers at all cost, instead, opt to use warm baths and showers. Hot water strips what little oils there are on the skin.
Nutrition | Omega 3 and 6 oils have been found to play a role in reducing inflammation. A balanced diet is important in order to achieve skin health.
Hydrate | Drink plenty of water. Moisture is lost through the dry skin because the skin barrier is not working properly. Each person is different, however, effort should be made to drink water with every meal and throughout the day.
Resurface | The dead cells accumulating on the surface of your skin can prevent the growth of new healthier cells. By removing these dead cells, you prevent them from clogging up your pores and worsening the irritation of the cold weather. It is recommended to go for in-cabin treatments to assist with resurfacing treatment in combination with a homecare regime. Be sure to moisturize well after exfoliating to restore the skin of its protective layer of oil.
Moisturise | Moisturise! Cold and dry weather aggravates free radicals which damage your acid mantel and accelerates the loss of moisture and in turn causing the skin to look dull and unhealthy.
UV Protection | Protecting the skin from UVA/B rays has no season. Don’t forget to apply a sun protection every day – even on cloudy days.
Which parts of the body affected by the winter months and the pHformula solution that will transform your skin and ready it for the sunny Spring
Vita A | Contains pure retinol and should be used as an advanced treatment product for ageing skin. Retinol help stimulate cell regeneration to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots from both photo- and intrinsic ageing. Retinol is also effective in correcting blemishes and blotchiness often associated with problematic skin. The 24-hour moisturizing complex in the formula comprised of a synergistic blend of natural moisturizing factors to assist in prolonged hydration and protection of the skin.
Vita B3 | Essential to prevent and reverse visible signs of redness, pigment changes, and skin ageing. pHformula has developed a highly concentrated vitamin B3 cream with 24-hour moisturizing properties to offer immediate and intense hydration. The light textured Vitamin B3 cream contains Niacinamide at prescription strength, which results in superior skin correction benefits, ideal for daily and year-long application. The 24-hour moisturizing complex in the formula comprised of a synergistic blend of natural moisturizing factors to assist in prolonged hydration and protection of the skin.
Vita C | A light textured Vita C cream that contains Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate at prescription strength, which results in superior anti-ageing benefits, ideal for daily and year-long application. The 24-hour moisturizing complex in the formula comprised of a synergistic blend of natural moisturizing factors to assist in prolonged hydration and protection of the skin.
SOS Lip Rescue | A medicated balm with multitasking ingredients that are most effective at providing instant healing and optimal comfort for dry, chapped and sore lips.
How to step up your skincare regimen for Spring
Use products that stimulate circulation and assist in detoxification as well as products that provide the skin with nutrients and the boost that they need.
Your homecare regime in combination with in-cabin resurfacing treatments is highly recommended to maintain a healthy and fresh-looking skin.
Consult your pHformula skin specialist for an in-depth skin consultation and prescriptive recommendation of the best suited in-cabin treatment for your skin this Spring!