Don’t Leave Your Skin Care Needs Out In The Cold This Winter!

It’s that time of year when we crank up the heat and retreat indoors to escape the cold temperatures. Just like you need a different wardrobe to stay comfortable in the winter, your skin needs some extra help to stay healthy when the temperature drops…

Here are 8 great tips for keeping your skin healthy and fresh this season:

  1. Turn your heat down, in the car and at home. Conserve on your utilities while keeping your skin more hydrated. The artificial heat sucks moisture from the air and our skin, so keep your heaters at the recommended 68 degrees and feel comfortable.
  2. Emulsion Emulsion Emulsion Those of you who use this Cosmedix product Know! This perfect blend of jojoba and Shea butters, mixed with antioxidants and liquid Crystal formulation, intensely hydrates the skin. I always like to add moisture and hydration in the winter. Affirm cocktailed with Emulsion is an excellent combination.
  3. Keep a bottle of mystic at your desk or in your car. Mystic utilizes heavy water (D2O) and is great for all skin types including acneic. Even skin that breaks out and is congested needs hydration!
  4. If you haven’t tried our new LaLicious line, now is the time. They have amazing Body Butters, Sugar Scrubs and Whipped soaps. All of these products leave the skin moist and soft all day long….no kidding! I am surprised every time. This is a great product that really conditions the skin. Try the sugar souffles and experience how soft your skin is from the oils left on the skin after you rinse. Even without lotion….
  5. Drink warm/hot decaffeinated beverages. This time of year its difficult to consume a lot of cold water and we really should keep things on the warmer side this time of year. My acupuncturist says that to keep cold and wind out of the body drink warming teas. Ginger, cardamom, clove, and Cinnamon is your prefect Chi tea combination. Drink as much as you can without caffeine to internally hydrate the system.
  6. Switch your sunblock! Those of you who use Reflect or Serious protection would benefit from replacing that with Hydrate +. This is our sunblock moisturizer. It is an spf 17 which is adequate for this time of year, but has additional moisturizing benefits.
  7. Take a warm bath with a few drops of Pure Castor oil or sesame oil to leave the skin with moisture when you leave the water. An Ayurvedic healing technique is to oilate the back of the neck underneath the hair line, with a little sesame oil. This time of year is considered the Vata season and this helps protect the body from getting the common cold and flu.
  8. Give yourself an at home mask with Rescue – a great Cosmedix skin healing balm and mask. This mask can be left on the skin overnight or a thin layer can be applied under your sun protection when the skin is really dry or chapped. I love Rescue and the smell is fantastic! Willow bark, willow herb and my favorite cherry bark!

Skin Imperfections Defined

We all hear the terms but what do they really mean for you and your skin!

Stretch Marks
A form of scarring that occurs on the skin and has a white or reddish tint. When the dermis tears due to loss of elasticity and collagen, such scars can appear. Stretch marks also occur when the skin is stretched at a rapid pace (i.e. puberty, weight gain or pregnancy).

The accumulation of fat that presses against the connective tissues underneath a person’s skin, causing a bumpy or ‘cottage cheese-like’ effect. Genetics, hormones and/or diet often
serve as the root of the problem.

Skin Pigmentation
Conditions that cause the skin to appear blotchy and lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than normal due to an imbalance in melanin, the pigment that determines hair, skin and eye color. Skin pigmentation disorders are caused by varying factors, including sun exposure, allergic reactions and genetic inheritance.

Sun Damage
Often the price we pay for tanning, sun damage occurs when the skin is overly exposed to the sun’s intense ultraviolet (UV) rays. While some effects are immediately visible (i.e. sunburns and suntans), others appear over time in the form of unsightly wrinkles and liver spots. Excessive and repeated sun exposure can permanently damage skin cell DNA, resulting in skin cancer.

Check back with us soon for more terms or leave us a comment or question with what you would like to learn about next!

A Little About Thea

I simply love to educate people about skin care.

Many people come to me with skin conditions that could have been prevented, if they just took a few simple steps earlier in their lives. It really is true, an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure. So I’m hoping to share some of those tips in this blog, share a few of the things that makes being a small business owner fun (or not so fun) and occasionally have a few guest bloggers to talk about how important self care is. Whether it’s related to your skin, your mind or you whole body.

I had my first facial when I was 16 years old.  As I walked into that room and laid down on the table I had no idea that my life was about to change forever. I left that room knowing that I had found something that I could be passionate about, that also personally affected me. Skin Care to me was fascinating. I would save my allowance for eye creams and moisturizers. I practiced giving facials to all my girlfriends, a few unsuspecting boyfriends and when I was finally old enough I went to Esthetic school. I know not everyone has that pinnacle moment when they can say “YES! This is what I want to do for a career in my life” and I know not everyone is as in love with their job as I am, (so I’ll try not to rub it in too much) but I am as passionate about skin care and esthetics now as I was then. I truly am living the American dream; I run my own business and am able to bring a level of care and compassion to my clients that fits my personality perfectly.

Best Wishes,

Thea Mikel Renfrew