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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 22:21

Moisturizing strategies for Fall and Winter

Under normal conditions ideal hydration of the skin is maintained when the surface of the skin contains 20% water and the lower layers of the epidermis contain 70%. This ensures lubrication and protection of the natural moisture barrier of the skin. We call this the Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).

The NMF is composed of water-soluble substances that attract water to the skin and help to retain water as well, keeping the hydration of the skin balanced. When this normal moisture balance of the skin is disrupted, particularly during seasonal changes, the quantity of the NMF diminishes leading to dehydrated skin cells and an uncomfortable complexion.

In the winter when the humidity is the air is low, water evaporates through the skin leading to dehydration. Dehydrated skin cells not only accelerate aging but also increase the sensitivity of the skin as well.  Just as you would layer your body with clothing to protect it when you go outside in cold weather, it's important to "dress" your skin as well. Think of your moisturizer like an overcoat that protects the skin from being exposed to the dehydrating elements.

Moisturizing ingredients such as Tea Extracts contain potent anti-oxidants in high concentrations for the ultimate in skin protection;  Sunflower, Olive Squalene and Soy Bean Oil are very effective added ingredients for slowing the evaporation of water contained in the skin and helping to lubricate and protect the moisture barrier of the skin; Spin Trap proteins help to prevent the natural oxidation that can occur and also help to prevent the water loss that is a side effect of natural aging.

Oily skin can also lack hydration in the winter months leading to an overproduction of sebum. Keeping the sebum and the hydration just right can be a balancing act but failing to do so can actually create an overproduction of sebum. Look for a light weight, deep cell hydrating cream that will help to maintain the moisture balance in the tissues and signal the brain to stop sending too much sebum to the surface of the skin. Ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil are antibacterial and Glycosaminoglycan's (water-binding polysaccharides) support collagen production; Sodium Hyaluronate will help to bind water to the skin’s cells. For people with excessively oily skin conditions look for Pythic Acid (a natural plant antioxidant from bran), grapefruit peel oil and Ascorbic Acid that all work together help acneic skin conditions while  healing and moisturizing.

Changing seasons are a great time to visit your esthetician and have your skin analyzed and your moisturizing routine reviewed and adjusted for best results for your skin type.
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Monday, 21 August 2017 20:15

Mobile Beauty is the Latest Trend

Whether it's because you want to try before you buy or buy before you fly product kits in smaller sizes are a trend that is here to stay. Women are more mobile than ever placing smaller travel-size items in high demand.

Skin care products are becoming more conveniently sized because women want convenience when they are on the move. Favorite products in both large and small sizes mean one can be kept at home and one packed for travel so skin care regimens can be adhered to regardless of where you are spending the night.

On the go product favorites in smaller sizes for a purse, a vacation or work travel have fueled the trend but savvy consumers are also less willing to buy a larger size without trying a product first. Smaller versions of an unknown product are a safe bet when it comes to trying new things and less of an investment.

Institut DERMed top-selling travel-size treatment kits include everything you need for a complete treatment in a kit. Cleanse with the corrective Cleanser (2oz size); balance  with the correctiveToner (2oz); transform with a corrective Serum, Moisturize with an antioxidant complex; and exfoliate away dead skin cells with a Peel for a refined, youthful complexion.

Kits come in 4 categories covering any skin condition: Renewing for aging to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles; Brightening to even the skin tone for a revitalized, luminous complexion; Clarifying to help reduce the appearance of oily skin for a clean, clear complexion; Soothing to balance and calm sensitive skin.
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Monday, 19 June 2017 19:44

Glycolic & Your Skin

Powerhouse ingredients like Glycolic are a great addition to your skin care regimen. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane and is part of a group of acids that are extracted from natural sources. Glycolic acid is one of the most popular AHA’s and is commonly used as an exfoliant to remove the build-up of dead skin cells. It works by dissolving the oil that holds dead skin cells on the skin’s surface.

Glycolic acid is the most useful AHA for cosmetic treatments because of its small molecular structure that allows for greater penetration in the skin. Spa treatments with glycolic work to refine your skins texture. Glycolic accelerates exfoliation and helps to stimulate the skin cell renewal process. By shedding dead skin cells and speeding up the regeneration of new, fresh skin cells, pores will be decongested, uneven skin tone brightened and the skin will appear more firm. 

For smooth skin on the body, a body wash formulated with glycolic acid will clarify and soften the skin. A formulation such as the Institut' DERMed Enhancing Glycolic Body Wash includes shea butter in the ingredient deck to nourish and increase skin softness. After showering applying a glycolic lotion helps to reduce dry, patchy areas and small bumps on the body.  

The Enhancing Glycolic body Wash is actually a mild body peel that the client can give to themselves at home. It helps rejuvenate the skin by encouraging the shedding of old and damaged, surface skin cells. It helps reduce the appearance of acne conditions on the chest and the back. It improves skin tone and helps to reduce the appearance of dark skin spots.  The Enhancing Glycolic Body Lotion contains Apricot kernel oil, a very light and gentle oil used in creams and lotions to balance, nourish, rehydrate and lubricate the skin. It’s rich in gamma linoleic acid and vitamin A and E, which soothe the skin and help to slow the signs of aging. This combination of ingredients means that dead skin cells are gently removed from dry skin and the right level of moisture is maintained.

You may experience a rosy flush or feel a slight tingle after using these products and that's perfectly normal. Glycolic products and treatments can have amazing benefits for your skin, consult with your esthetician on the best skin care ingredients for your skin type and condition.
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