All I Want For Christmas is Skin That Glows!
By Sally Penford, Education Manager to the International Dermal Institute
Why is it that at this time of the year my skin suddenly starts to look dull? We might think that it’s because the warm flush of summer is departing but it’s actually more likely to be a
symptom of dryness.
As the temperatures drop and we warm up indoors, our skins moisture levels decline. “Big deal” we might say. But actually it’s a huge deal because without moisture, your skin cannot function to its optimum. Water is required for cell regeneration, skin smoothness and most importantly, luminosity. So what can we do to make sure our skin is party prepped and glowing for the Christmas season.
Step One: Double Cleanse
This is a vital step in achieving a glowing skin. Effective cleansing removes debris such as make up or pollution which can dull the skin by reducing the light reflectiveness. As a professional skin therapist, we always recommend a double cleanse. First with an oil based cleanser to lift that pollution, makeup or residue of skin care products, then the second cleanse to truly clean your skin using a skin specific cleanser that will target your skin concerns, while brightening your complexion.
Step Two: Exfoliate
Think of a highly polished piece of furniture and see how it shines. It shines because the surface is so smooth that it reflects the light. This is what we want to achieve through exfoliation. With regular exfoliation, we peel and smooth the skins surface which will provide a silky even texture. At home, you might choose a rice brand exfoliant to use in the shower daily. If time allows however, my favourite: a Dermalogica BioSurface Peel professional skin
treatment. No redness, no sensitivity, just amazingly smooth and clear skin.
Step Three: Exfoliate
Now we have that smooth skin surface we are going to boost the moisture level to really amplify that skin glow. Hydrate with a cooling spritz which provides critical water to the skin and
then provide a boost of nourishment to strengthen your skin (while providing an antioxidant shield against pollutants) in the form of a daily mosituriser. You may want to switch to a richer texture during winter months, to provide a richer cushion against moisture loss. Finish with your favourite primer and hey presto, clear glowing skin!