Winter is already showing itself in many parts of Australia so now is the time to prepare your skin. Here are a few tips to avoid that awful dry, stingy
feeling that cold weather brings:
Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Often we don’t remember water in winter as thirst is not as strong in
cold weather as on those hot summer days but your body still needs water, if not as much. If you are a coffee or alcohol drinker, your need for
increasing water intake is higher at any time of year. Both beverages dehydrate the body so for every glass or cup of coffee or alcohol add 1 glass
SET UP A BARRIER:
Your face will need some extra TLC (tender loving care) for the next few months so prepare your bathroom cupboard. Extra oil on your skin will be very
important. The answer there is easy – ACE Vitamin C Serum. This light but super nourishing serum will literally feed your complexion. While we recommend evening use in warmer weather, morning and evening will be more effective in winter.
Your skin needs a barrier to protect it not only from the elements but from heating/air conditioning which is so drying on the complexion. Going from
a warm office, home or car then outside is giving you face a shock every time hence the need for a barrier. Your body is protected with clothing
but not your face and hands – aah don’t forget your hands. ACE LOVES hands. Youthful hands show off rings so well. Lips soften applying ACE twice
a day too.
While Sacha was in Japan in February skiing, her friends all ended up with their faces so dry they were cracking. ACE serum and Nourishing Cream were
saviours for Sacha who did not have any problem with her face. Of course Sacha’s supplies dwindled substantially! Anti Wrinkle Cream is a great
team mate of ACE Serum which contains Vitamins A, C and E as well as hyaluronic acid. I love to use Nourishing Cream on my arms and the value is excellent, especially the large 250ml size.
Exfoliation is a must during winter. As the skin tends to dry, more dead skin cells will form and need to be removed. Think
about your legs and that lovely flaky look you often discover toward the end of winter – and legs are usually covered. This is happening to your
delicate face and neck so once or twice a week depending on your skin type exfoliate with Microderm Resurfacing cream. Your face will then drink
in those beautiful oils and active ingredients you apply afterwards.
MOISTURISE LEGS AND ARMS:
Much winter clothing has a component of polyester which tends to dry the skin so you may find your legs
and arms are looking dry and scaly. We tend not to think about exfoliating these parts of the body but you will see the benefit for the short time
it takes in the shower. Remember to apply a quality natural body lotion to keep skin soft and supple after. Unfortunately MiSMo does not have a
body lotion as such, but I apply Magnesium Gel and get a double bonus.
WHAT YOU NEED IN YOUR BATHROOM NOW TO AVOID THIS:
ACE Vitamin C Serum:
Nourishing Cream: Anti Wrinkle Cream: Microderm Resurfacing Cream:
Vitamin A is a favourite ingredient in many skin care products. It is also used in prescription only creams and gels to treat acne and Rosacea.
There is some confusion about Vitamin A and the many forms and strengths available so we will attempt to explain in simple terms.
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which has many important functions in the body. It assists cells to reproduce, is essential for eye health and plays an important role in the immune system.
The role Vitamin A performs is essential for maintaining and repairing skin tissue by promoting the building of new cells and fighting free radicals.
Part of the confusion stems
from the fact that some people believe vitamin A is just a topical
treatment for acne, which can have side effects. This form of vitamin A
is called tretinoin. It is an acid form of vitamin A, available only by prescription.
Tretinoin cream was originally used
to treat acne, and it is still used for comedonal acne, a form with many
whiteheads and blackheads;
The first studies on
sun-damaged skin were done by an American dermatologist more than 30
years ago. These showed that tretinoin, used as a cream, could also
reverse some of the signs of ageing.
Those who suffer from Rosacea generally have a chronic deficiency of Vitamin A so the addition through skin care is a good first step. The inclusion of Vitamins C and E in a product will boost the result.
Names of various forms of Vitamin A:
• Vitamin A. A fat-soluble vitamin essential to the human body.
• Retinoid: A collective term for ingredients derived from vitamin A.
Retinoic acid: Also known as tretinoin, this is a prescription only
vitamin A derivative commonly used to treat acne. Side effects include
irritation, dryness, redness, peeling and light sensitivity.
• Tretinoin: Another name for retinoic acid.
Isotretinoin: A prescription only retinoid derivative used to treat
severe acne. Side effects include dryness, sun sensitivity and sometimes
• Retinol: A retinoid used as a skin
revitaliser to treat acne, rosacea and signs of ageing. It can cause
dermatitis when used on sensitive skin for a long time or in too high
• Retinyl palmitate: A retinoid and skin conditioner which is milder than retinoic acid and has fewer potential side effects.
• Retinaldehyde: A mild retinoid which increases skin thickness without causing irritation.
Vitamin A palmitate: An antioxidant and skin “normaliser” which helps
skin to stay plump, boosts collagen and improves thickness and
Vitamin A is keratolytic which means it will remove plugs that block follicles and lead to pimples and acne.
While Retinyl palmitate and Vitamin A palmitate (the 2 forms used by MiSMo) are not as strong as the other forms described above they are still active and deliver visible results. They are also very gentle and do not cause reactions even in sensitive skin types.
The correct mix of Vitamins A, C and E in skin care is ideal because it is skin friendly and penetrates cells. The total combined results far exceed using just one or two vitamins.
PLEASE NOTE: Caution should always be exercised using prescription Vitamin A creams and gels. They are not recommended during pregnancy. Please follow your doctor’s advice.
Over the counter skin care products are far milder than prescription lines.