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14 May 2024 | CAPS Clinic

How to keep your glow this winter

As winter settles in, the Canberra climate brings forth unique challenges for skincare, with heaters and cold air leading to increased dryness. The colder temperatures can also disrupt the filaggrin protein in the skin, potentially triggering conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. At MyGenesis Clinic, we address these seasonal concerns and nurture skin through the chilly months.

 

Let’s talk cleansing

Amidst sudden weather changes, a creamy or gentle cleanser such as our Aspect Platinum Cream Cleanser or Aspect Dr Mild Clean becomes indispensable for maintaining hydrated skin. Opt for fragrance-free options like those from QV or Dermaveen, enriched with glycerin and ceramides to preserve the skin’s moisture. Consistent use, ideally morning and night, is advised throughout winter to combat dryness effectively. Also, avoiding harsh soaps is essential as they disrupt the skin’s pH balance. Instead, opt for shower gels, preferably sulphate-free, to mitigate any adverse reactions while cleansing. Remember, not just our faces are affected; our bodies also contend with dryness, making applying a moisturiser crucial to both areas after cleansing.

 

Time to reveal your glow with exfoliation

Winter presents an ideal opportunity for clinical treatments like chemical peels, which involve the application of a solution to dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, promoting exfoliation and the emergence of new, healthy skin cells. Peels effectively rejuvenate the skin, restoring its glow and enhancing texture and tone. Our clinic offers at-home exfoliation treatments such as the Alpha Ret pads by Skin Better Science and the Lanazyme Micro Peel by Aspect Dr, enabling you to revitalise your skin conveniently, particularly before special events. These products gently exfoliate surface skin cells, revealing remarkably smooth and radiant skin. Vitamin A is another crucial ingredient to incorporate for our natural cellular turnover. Some people can experience some dryness from vitamin A serums, which can be exacerbated during winter. For this, we may recommend adjusting the type or frequency of use. Alternatively, for those unable to use vitamin A, including during pregnancy, our Optiboost antioxidant serum from Aspect Dr provides hydration while combating free radical damage, ensuring your skin remains nourished and protected.

Microdermabrasion is another clinical treatment we offer, and it involves the use of a machine to eliminate surface-level dead skin cells. Different from chemical peels, microdermabrasion relies on a mechanical process for skin exfoliation. Following a microdermabrasion session, your skin will radiate with brightness and smoothness. This treatment offers various benefits, including thickening the epidermis, evening out skin tone, refining texture, enhancing product absorption, and addressing hyperkeratotic conditions such as keratosis pilaris, scarring, breakouts, and congestion. For added relaxation and skin benefits, consider complementing any of these treatments with a warm, collagen-boosting LED session or a profoundly hydrating mask enriched with peptides to soothe and nourish your skin.

 

Protect your skin from the external environment

Let’s dive into the world of moisturisers. As winter approaches, you may need a more nourishing moisturiser to shield your skin from the harsh elements. Aspect Dr’s Soothing Balm is an excellent choice for protecting your skin during outdoor activities like watching sports games, living on a farm, exercising outside, or if you suffer from dryness. It’s crucial to remember that SPF is still essential, even on days with a lower UV index. Sun damage remains a risk, so remember to apply and reapply your SPF every two hours, following the slip, slop, slap mantra. Hyaluronic acid is renowned for its hydrating properties, effectively retaining moisture in the skin. Incorporating it into your skincare routine can help combat moisture loss during winter. Integrating face masks like the Aspect Probiotic Mask into your weekly skincare regimen can infuse your skin with vital nutrients and antioxidants, resulting in a smoother, more radiant complexion.

 

Treatments to do this winter

The cooler months present an ideal opportunity to address sun damage or pigmentation. With the lower UV index and our bodies typically covered up for warmth, IPL treatments emerge as a popular option at our clinic. This treatment effectively brightens the skin and promotes a more even complexion, suitable for all body areas. Laser hair removal is another sought-after treatment, and it is especially favorable to begin during the cooler months. Schedule your consultations now to embark on the journey towards being hair-free when warmer weather arrives.

 

Feed the body from within

It’s crucial to recognise our winter dietary habits. To nourish the body effectively, opt for nutrient-dense, preferably organic foods. Incorporate diverse leafy greens and vibrant fruits and vegetables into your meals. Hydration is critical, so aim for at least 2 litres of water daily, and consider increasing your intake of essential fatty acids to support internal nourishment. Prioritise your immune system by ensuring adequate zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D intake for optimal skin health. Hydration, nourishment, and tender loving care are essential during winter.

If you’re uncertain where to begin, book a consultation with our dermal team, and we’ll provide guidance tailored to your needs.

 

Laura Buitendam

Dermal Therapist

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