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The Perfect Skincare Routine for Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Dry, flaky  and  dehydrated skin and cold weather go hand in hand. This is because low temperatures mean low humidity, both outdoors and indoors. The water content of the epidermis tends to reflect the level of humidity around it, so even oily and combination skin types suffer from red, itchy skin during winter months.

Fortunately, few simple changes in your daily skincare routine can alleviate winter skin symptoms.

Gentle Exfoliation

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Switching abrasive physical exfoliators for a gentle cleanser can help the skin adjust to cooler, drier weather. ZO Gentle Cleanser For All Skin Types is great for dehydrated skin thanks to a potent blend of antioxidants and botanical extracts that removes dead cells, sebum and dirt, while maintaining healthy lipid balance and helps retain epidermis natural moisture level.

Switch to a Non-Retinol Serum

Retinol is a gold standard ingredient for treating all signs of skin ageing and inflammatory conditions such as acne and rosacea. However, skin becomes drier and more prone to irritation during winter months, so cutting down the frequency of application or switching to an antioxidant serum is beneficial for drier skin types.

dehydrated skin growth factor serum

ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum is a retinol-free formulation that delivers daily DNA repair and antioxidant protection to slow and correct the signs of ageing. Formulated with ZPRO™ exclusive antioxidant biomimetic protein complex, Growth Factor Serum stimulates the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid and protect skin cells DNA from future damage.

Enzymes are Key

Sloughing off dry patches with exfoliating brushes and other mechanical devices is a short-term fix that can exacerbate dry skin symptoms and lead to more irritation and flaking.

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Ceramides are enzymes, found naturally in the uppermost layers of the skin, that help shed dead cells and limit moisture loss. ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème features ceramides, antioxidants and jojoba esters to reinforce skin barrier functions and restore healthy hydration levels.

Don’t Skip On SPF Protection

During winter months, sunlight contains less UVB radiation which is the culprit for sun burns. However, long-wavelength UVA rays are present all year can penetrate through clouds, fog and window glass, causing oxidative stress and premature signs of ageing. SPF protection of minimum 30 is vital in high altitudes as snow reflects 80% of UV rays, in comparison to sand and water that only reflect around 10-15%.

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ZO Skin Health Smart Tone SPF 50 blends seamlessly into all skin types and provides an invisible, matte protection against UVB, UVA, blue light and air pollution.

 

4 Signs You Are Over-Exfoliating Your Skin

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There’s no denying exfoliation is a wonderful thing for your skin. A good scrubbing session takes off dirt and excess oils, boosts circulation and leaves your face smooth and silky. But too much of a wonderful thing can be a bad thing. Over-exfoliating is the one skincare mistake almost all of us make. While we scrub and peel our faces in an attempt to keep our skin happy and healthy, too much of it is doing more harm than good. Here are the 5 signs of over-exfoliation to watch out for:

#1. Your face is too shiny

If your face shines like a disco ball, you need to give it a break from exfoliators. Light reflects off over-exfoliated skin easily, because its natural texture has been overly smoothed (yes, there is such a thing as too much smoothness).

#2. Your breakouts are getting worse

Excessive exfoliation strips your skin from its natural moisture which prompts your sebaceous glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss of hydration. In addition, scrubbing too aggressively too often can disrupt skin’s lipid barrier and hinders its ability to protect the under-layers from bacteria and free radicals.

#3. Your skin feels like it was sunburned

Redness, itchiness, and puffiness are all inflammatory responses, signalling that your skin is in distress. The top layer of your epidermis acts like a shield against allergens, irritants and pollutants. When this natural exterior barrier is compromised, your skin becomes more susceptible to irritants and environmental damage.

#4 Your skin feels like crepe paper

When you are over-exfoliating, you are scrubbing away healthy skin cells and lipids that help your skin retain its natural hydration levels. If your skin feels flaky and fine lines suddenly become more visible, that’s a sure sign your skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture.

Hydration vs Moisture: What is the difference?

Do you know the difference between hydration and moisture? While these two words are often used interchangeably by beauty brands, they are not the same thing. Skin hydrators and moisturisers are two very different types of products and serve a different purpose for your skin. Here is everything you need to know to navigate successfully thought the maze of skincare products:

How to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated?

Dry skin is a skin type characterised by a lack of skin oils and epidermal lipids. Common signs of dry skin are flakiness, tightness and increased sensitivity. You might have naturally dry skin, but it can also be due to environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation and pollution.

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin has a lack of water in the top layer of the epidermis. It can affect all skin types, including oily and combination. Dehydrated skin shows accelerated signs of ageing such as fine lines, sagging and overall dull appearance.

How to treat dry skin

· Protect your skin from the elements

External elements such as ultraviolet light, heat and air pollution can zap the moisture from your complexion, exacerbate irritation and cause further damage to your skin’s lipid layer. So, the most important step in your skincare routine is sun protection.

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Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 shields your skin from harmful UVA, UVB and HEV rays and restores healthy moisture levels. It’s enriched with antioxidants and skin barrier replenishers to help your skin stay soft, firm and hydrated.

· Help your skin keep its natural hydration

If your face is dry and flaky, your first instinct may be to scrub until it’s all smooth and soft, right? Wrong. The worst thing you can do to your dry and parched skin is use harsh, gritty exfoliators. Aggressive physical exfoliation will strip the epidermis from its already insufficient oils and leave your face tighter and drier.

OFFECTS HYDRATING CLEANSER zo skinhealth, hydration vs moisture

Wouldn’t it be nice to tackle cleansing and hydration all at once? Offects Hydrating Cleanser acts both as a cleanser and moisturiser. It removes dirt and dead cells from your skin and replenishes its natural moisture levels.

· Repair your skin barrier

When you have a healthy functioning skin barrier, your complexion is plump, soft and hydrated. The lipids in the protective layer of the skin fight off dehydration by locking water molecules inside the stratum corneum –the top layer of your epidermis–and protect your skin from external factors.

OMMERSE RENEWAL CREME zo skinhealth, hydration vs moisture

Ommerse Renewal Crème is packed with powerful ingredients to give your skin a major hydration boost. Formulated with sodium hyaluronate to restore the healthy functioning of your skin barrier, along with jojoba esters and antioxidants soothe irritation.

How to treat dehydrated skin

· Drink plenty of water (no, water in your coffee doesn’t count)

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All cells in your skin, especially those responsible for collagen production, require water to function properly. Inadequate water intake causes your skin to lose elasticity and makes wrinkles and pores more visible. So, drinking enough water is crucial to your skin looking and feeling great. Aim for eight to ten 8-ounce servings daily and try to spread them throughout the day as your body can only absorb 17 ounces each hour.

· Add a serum to your skincare routine

There is a tricky part with hydration – simply drinking water is not enough to fix your dehydrated complexion because it will reach all the organs inside your body before it goes to your skin. So, don’t skip topical hydrators, if you want to get rid of dull skin.

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The key to proper hydration lies in supplementing your skincare with moisture-enhancing serums that penetrate the deeper layers of the skin rather than sitting on the surface. Ossential® C-Bright Serum contains naturally occurring lipids that replenish hydration and boost skin barrier function.

· Cut back on alcohol

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Cocktails and wine, like many other things we enjoy on a Friday night, can wreak havoc on our skin. Alcohol is a double whammy for your skin; it forces water out of your system and hinders the production of vasopressin – the hormone that helps your body (and your skin) restore its hydration levels. So, if your skin looks tired and sallow all the time, maybe it’s time to replace your glass of wine with a cup of green tea.

Sensitive Skin Misconceptions

Moisturisers are popular products, especially among women. More than 90 percent of the population seek a program that offers moisturisation for a temporary feeling of skin smoothness.  sensitive skin

Moisturisers and Sensitive Skin

Moisturisers can only offer momentary relief for symptoms such as irritation, roughness or itching. The improved surface texture through artificial smoothing or plumping of the skin is fleeting and a superficial improvement. The truth is that these products are ineffective and lack any real benefit.While the occasional use of hydrators when absolutely necessary is acceptable, to depend upon them for hydration and calm skin on a daily basis is wrong. What’s more, repeatedly using moisturisers has a remarkably negative impact on your skin, making it weaker and drier. It is detrimental to skin cellular functions, arresting the skin’s ability to renew itself, leading to the appearance of ‘sensitive skin’ and an acceleration of skin ageing.

sensitive skinCompanies Fuelling The Sensitive Skin Market

Companies within the cosmetic industry are in constant competition to try and outdo one another. They produce a wide variety of moisturisers (plain, light, heavy, with or without anti-ageing claims, etc.) to appeal to everyone. Many consumers assume that any product that causes burning, exfoliation or redness is bad for the skin. While moisturisers are marketed as ‘gentle’, ‘non-irritating’, ‘soothing’, etc., to appeal to all.  Due to this general intolerance to skin discomfort and the belief (and fear) that any form of irritation is bad, many believe they have sensitive skin. This ‘sensitive skin’ trend, has provided a new market for companies to create and sell products that contain stronger moisturisers, which can actually make skin more sensitive.

sensitive skinSensitive Skin in Women

You will notice that the emergence of ‘sensitive skin’ is mainly seen in women. Men and children commonly do not use moisturisers, while women are often taught to use moisturisers from their teenage years. As a result, their skin becomes addicted to this product and brings a whole host of other issues with it.

Overall, skin sensitivity is not really a sensitivity disorder. A sensitivity disorder can be seen with certain cases of genuine skin dryness (not dehydrated skin) or genetic disorders. In fact, ‘sensitive skin’ could more accurately be labelled a skin weakness or intolerance.

Why you shouldn’t use moisturisers

moisturisersMoisturisers Are An Addiction

Everywhere you look there are bombarding messages from self-proclaimed beauty gurus and skincare brands insisting that moisturising your face is an imperative. But guess what? Your face does not actually need any moisturisers. It is more likely that you have made your skin addicted to this product.

Your skin has its own mechanisms to hydrate itself, moisturisers are just a crutch. As Dr. Zein Obagi explained to Refinery29.uk, “Moisturisers in general, weaken the skin’s barrier function because they alter the natural function of skin self-hydration. Natural hydration comes from within the body – the only thing moisturiser usually really offers is instant gratification. Your skin will feel soothed after applying cream but this wears off after a few hours and then you want more.” Sounds exactly like an addiction, doesn’t it?

What’s more, moisturisers don’t just inhibit your skin’s own natural hydration process, but can also speed up the ageing process! Moisturisers slow down the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen which means dull skin and wrinkles.

What To Do If You Think Your Skin is Dry

If you think your skin is dry, it’s more likely that it is actually dehydrated. On average, only 10% of the population actually have dry skin and they usually have eczema and dermatitis because of it. Dehydrated skin is skin that’s not particularly oily, but has simply gotten used to moisturiser.

So the best skincare advice you could get is to lay off the moisturiser, and stick to serums! It may be tough at first, and don’t worry if your skin gets some adverse reactions to the lack of moisturiser. It is simply readjusting itself and getting used to the sudden absence of its former crutch. Plus, a little tip before you apply your serum. Press a warm wet flannel against the face to help open up your pores. This will ensure your skin gets the maximum benefits from the serum.

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