One of the most important things I’ve learned about skin care since I started writing is that there is no one skin care regime that works for everyone and it is not enough to just learn if you have normal, oily, or dry skin. Learning how to properly treat your skin is a fundamental step in any beauty routine. A few weeks ago I went for a treatment at The International Dermal Institute in Toronto. I sat down with their skin therapist Amanda Lindsay who, through their innovative Face Mapping procedure, I received a customized skin health prescription to learn about the different products and cleansing regime I should follow to better treat my skin. After just two weeks of following her new skin care routine, I’ve notice an incredible difference in how clear and bright my skin has become!
Looking at revamping your skin care regime for the winter months? Here are skin therapist Amanda Lindsay’s expert tips on how to treat your skin properly during the cold the Canada winter.
“Canadian winters need a totally different approach when it comes to your skin care routine. In the winter we layer our bodies with all sorts of vests and sweaters, mittens, hats and gloves so it’s only right that we should be layering our skin with different ingredients and textures. We are not only working against minus degree temperatures but wind chill, forced heat and zero humidity are other factors we need to take into consideration. Winter skin often looks chapped, red, sensitized, extremely dehydrated and sometimes dry flakey patches occur.”
I often recommend my clients to switch up their gel, foaming based cleanser to something a little creamier in the winter. Using less surfactants on the skin is a must, especially when dehydration is severe. Boosters, serums or complexes are a great addition to your regime. Concentrating on ones that help with hydration and sensitivity are a great start. Look for ingredients that bring moisture to the skin – humectants – such as hyaluronic acid, lavender, honey and cucumber.
Switching your daytime moisturiser to something thicker will help to comfort your skin when you are bracing the outdoors. Intensive Moisture Balance is a favourite among our clients. With the use of grape seed oil, it is fantastic at repairing and strengthening the skins lipid barrier. Vitamins A, C and E are great antioxidants to prevent further damage caused by external factors to the skin.
Masking is often a step missed in an at home routine. This truly is the best time of year to be doing masques more often. The effects of a masque can last for up to 72 hours so it really is like giving yourself a treatment at home. Again, hydrating masques are the best for delivering hydration to the deeper layers of the skin. One of my personal favourites is Dermalogica’s MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque. This is known as our 911 masque. Perfect for so many occasions – winter in particular. It’s a powerful blend of vitamins and antioxidants to help correct, protect and repair the skin.
All of these steps are important but ultimately won’t penetrate properly if you aren’t exfoliating the skin on a regular basis. One of our favourite exfoliants in the winter is Dermalogica’s Daily Resurfacer. It’s a leave on exfoliant that comes in a finger mitten for easy use. It uses gentle fruit enzymes to dissolve the bonds that keep your skin cells together for easy cell sloughing. This is so much more than an exfoliant, with the use of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, it will help to brighten and hydrate your skin.
Ultimately the take away here is that no matter what skin type you have, the key is to layer and hydrate for optimal skin health and to prevent other skin conditions from forming – such as premature aging and breakouts.”
The International Dermal Institute has locations in Toronto, Montreal and all over the world. For more information on the classes and services, visit their website here: http://www.dermalinstitute.com/
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