Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘How to Combat Dry Skin’. Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp – www.cheshireskinclinic.com firstname.lastname@example.org or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.
Next month ‘Specialist Acne Clinic’.
Many of us suffer with dry skin, especially at this time of the year – central heating combined with fast transition into the cooler air outside doesn’t help. But the best way to combat it is more than just moisturising. Healthy skin consists of ceramide, cholesterol and fatty acids, when the balance is disrupted by temperature, damaging product ingredients, dehydration, inflammation and redness, lack of elasticity, increased sensitivity and general ageing, the results can lead to dry and unhealthy skin. In fact using a badly formulated product, or one that just isn’t suitable for your own individual skin type (no matter how expensive the product may be and what promises it makes) can be worse than applying nothing at all. Medically influenced cosmeceuticals (cosmetic pharmaceutical products) provide the best in skin nourishment and are great for treating the presumed oxymoron of having dry skin alongside break-outs, both of which are pre-determined by microscopic inflammation/blocked pores and not the (often presumed for acne) excess oils. You may find that changing the amount of product that you use/require varies with the seasons, but the product itself should be the same.
Even ‘normal skin’ benefits for a routine, but think of this in terms of applications during a 24-48 hour period, rather than being a strict ‘morning/night’ regime, your skin will forgive you the occasional late night! The traditional T-zone and around the mouth area tend to be he places that need the most attention, especially for women, as the number of pores vary here, for men it will tend to be around the nose and beard line. Remember your delicate eye area and upper neck too, often neglected and can undo all of your otherwise diligent skin care.