Global warming may or may not be to blame for the planet’s climate woes (that’s for political pundits to debate and scientists to figure out), but, if there’s one thing this crazy weather is definitely wrecking havoc on it’s our skin. With dry, bone-chillingly cold winters and sun-scorched, hot and humid summers, our epidermis doesn’t catch a break.
Thanks to this, we’re left with no other recourse but to take matters into our own hands if we want our skin to look and feel as good as it possibly can. Before we can look and feel our best, we need to truly understand what it takes to maintain the health and vitality of the body’s largest organ.
Obtaining ultimate skin health depends on a number of important processes, including:
Year-Round Skin Care Products for Healthier Skin
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it’s constantly exposed to the elements, so it’s unavoidable; it’s going to get dirty. Using a daily skin cleanser will help clean, clear and cleanse the skin by removing impurities that can often clog your pores. Products like Dermalogica’s Clearing Skin Wash are strong enough to remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells from your skin yet delicate enough not to strip away your skin’s natural oils, which are necessary for the health and vitality of your skin.
Many people apply skin toner to their faces, but most of them have no idea what toners actually do; they do it because they simply like the way their skin feels afterward. Toners bring your skin’s pH level back to where it’s supposed to be. A pH level of 5.5 is ideal for keeping your skin resistant to bacteria and a good quality toner like Bioelements’ Equalizer can help keep it there.
Exfoliants effectively scrub away the dead skin cells on the outer layer of skin, revealing the fresh, smooth and clean skin that lies underneath. By removing this old layer of skin, your skin will be smoother and softer, and you’ll enjoy a better complexion with fewer blemishes. Some exfoliants, like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant are gentle enough for everyday use.
Moisture is the most important thing your skin needs to prevent cracking and peeling. A good moisturizing product, like Bioelements’ Beyond Hydration, effectively increases the skin’s water content while creating a protective barrier to help the skin retain its moisture and elasticity. Research shows that the most effective skin moisturizers are those that feature lipid-rich formulations.
Facial masques are important skin care products that contain essential vitamins and botanicals necessary for reducing fine lines and maintaining skin moisture predominantly around the eyes, forehead and cheeks. Quality skin masques, like Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Masque, are recommended for all skin types and effective at improving and retaining moisture without increasing the amount of oil in the skin.
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, so why on earth would you want them accented by dry, baggy and wrinked drapes? Eye cream products like Bioelements’ Multi-Task Eye Cream are excellent for reducing puffiness and those unsightly dark circles that are all too common problems for those of us who work too hard and sleep too little. Eye creams also help reduce lines and crow’s feet by strengthening and moisturizing this specific area when used on a daily basis.
Applying a quality sunscreen over your exposed body parts is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from the dangers of the sun’s rays. But, today’s top sunscreens offer more than just protection from the sun. Products like Dermatologica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery spf30 not only protect the skin from ultraviolet rays, they also gently exfoliate and stimulate collagen that helps the skin stay firm and hydrated.
When it comes to skin care, our faces and hands are constantly exposed to the elements and therefore take the bulk of the damage, so they are obviously the two main targets of most skin care products. But let’s be real – our entire bodies are covered in skin! What about the feet, the legs, the stomach and the shoulders? What about the fingernails, the hair and the rest of your body? From Pevonia’s Youth-Renew Caviar Hand Cream to Dermatologica’s Shine Therapy Shampoo, there are a full complement of skin and body care products designed to make you look and feel your absolute best.
Now that you know what each type of skin care product is used for, you can plan your counterattack against Mother Nature’s war against your skin. By using the right product, you’ll not only avoid cracked skin in the winter and blistered skin in the summer, you’ll enjoy fresh, clean and smooth skin all year long.