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How To Beat Skin Damage Caused by Winter Sun & Wind

As winter rolls around it is just as important as ever to maintain your skin care routine, including sunscreen. Even though you’re more covered up in the winter you are still at risk of sun and wind damage, especially if you participate in outdoor winter sports.

Moisturize and protect every day

Decreases in humidity induced by cold temperatures deplete the moisture from our skin, making it that much more important to keep skin hydrated. Oil-based products (such as our Botanical Dry Skin Serum) and nourishing moisturizers will give your skin an extra-protective layer. Check out our “Essentials of Skin Care – Moisturizer” blog post for more information on moisturizing! Additionally application of a quality Vitamin C serum, which is a free-radical-fighting antioxidant, before you go out will serve very well in protecting your skin from sun damage.

Why you need sunscreen in the winter:

UVA and UVB rays do not hibernate and continue to damage your skin during colder months. UVB rays are more intense in the summer but UVA rays (the ones that make you tan but also lead to wrinkles!) are present at consistent levels throughout the year, so you can't slack off come wintertime. Look for products labeled "broad spectrum" to protect from both types of UV exposure. Reapply frequently.

*We always suggest high-quality sunscreen that is non-comedogenic (does not clog your pores) or allow chemicals to damage your skin. Here at Marianna’s we carry COOLA, a quality, clean sunscreen product.

 

Take extra care on the mountain

High-altitudes mean higher risk of sun damage as UV rays are stronger. Says Bruce A. Brod, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, "As a comparison, one hour on the slopes in Colorado is like spending an hour on the beach in the summer." Drinking water throughout the day (in addition to plentiful moisturizing) will help keep your skin hydrated. Don’t forget your lips when applying SPF. Cover up with masks, googles and earmuffs to protect your skin from wind damage. According to https://www.skincancer.org, wind can reduce the natural sun protection in your skin, letting more of the sun’s UV rays penetrate and cause damage.

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Moisturizers - Step 5 of the Essential Steps of Skin Care

Hi everyone! This is the fifth installment (Moisturizers) of our six-part blog series highlighting each aspect of The Six Principal Skin Care Steps in an effective daily routine. The series features the following:

  1. Facial Cleansers
  2. Exfoliants & Masks
  3. Toners
  4. Special Serums & Gels
  5. Moisturizers
  6. Sun Protection

Blog Step 5 Moisturizer (aka face cream, face lotion)

You wouldn’t go a day without drinking water, so why should you go a day without hydrating your skin? Regular moisturizing contains the key to a plethora of short-term and long-term benefits.

Protective and Corrective Benefits of moisturizing:

Short-term: Moisturizing provides immediate skin plumping benefits  due to the fact that moisturizers  act to retain  water  via  ingredients like “occlusives,” which prevent extrinsic damage like water loss in heat or wind, “humectants,” which attract water to skin cells, and “emollients,” which smooth rough and flaking skin.

Long-term: Well moisturized skin is more elastic, and will delay early development of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally skin that is adequately moisturized is better equipped to rapidly repair itself (AKA anti-aging benefits). In this study from the British Journal of Dermatology, those who used moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

How to moisturize for your skin type:

As indicated on our numbered steps, moisturizing is the fifth step in a skin care regimen, following the application of specialized serums and gels, and should be done each morning and night.

Dry Skin

Incorporate a moisturizer that soothes dryness and has long-lasting all-day hydrating benefits. To seal even more water into your skin, apply creams on damp skin

Sensitive Skin

Using a lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizer will help ensure your skin does not get irritated. A gentle, creamy moisturizer will also help lock moisture to further fortify your moisture barrier.

Oily Skin

Look for a lightweight moisturizer that is oil-free or non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores. Use oil free sunscreens and oil free powder and foundation.

Normal Skin

If you have a combination skin, it is best to  use the appropriate moisturizer for the differing areas (e.g. oily skin moisturizer on T-zone area, different moisturizer on cheeks, neck, etc.), or at least only on dry areas, keeping it away from oily areas of your face.  A good moisturizer may actually help you balance out your skin tone.

Aging Skin

Moisturizers that work to fight signs of aging should be full of hydrating ,brightening, and nourishing components. Look for moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid, seed/kernel oils and most importantly, peptides.

Did You Know?

Moisturizers work better while you sleep! They are more effective when applied before bed as it stays on your skin longer, and isn’t exposed to external elements like sun and wind which might strip it from your skin when you step out of the house.

Also, keep in mind…

Dry, dead skin prevents absorption of moisture meaning exfoliation is key for healthy and hydrated skin. By exfoliating once or twice per week you can shed old skin cells to ensure ultimate penetration of your moisturizing products. (See our Step 2 blog regarding exfoliation)

How to use:

After completing the previous steps and with your face still slightly damp, apply the moisturizer gently and by using upward strokes. This helps to get the moisturizer into the pores where it belongs. Your skin will begin to absorb the moisturizer almost immediately, and typically will absorb it fully within five to ten minutes. .


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Serums & Gels - Step 4 of the Essential Steps of Skin Care

Hello! This is the fourth installment of our six-part blog series highlighting each aspect of The Six Essential Skin Care Steps in an affective daily routine. The series features the following: 

1.       Facial Cleansers

2.       Exfoliants & Masks

3.       Toners

4.       Special Serums & Gels

5.       Moisturizers, 6. Sun Protection.


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What does serum do?

Usage of a serum is an integral part of your skin care routine. Here are just a few of our favorite benefits:

·         Super nourishing & hydrating

·         Anti-aging

·         Cellular repair

·         Collagen-promoting

·         Skin brightening

·         Suitable for all skin types, especially mature skin

 

Why add serum to your daily routine?

Serums are potent, and therefore very important for the well-being of your skin. They differ from creams because most serums are water-based, have a very high concentration of active ingredients, and are absorbed rapidly due to the small size of the molecular framework. Some serums function as anti-oxidants while others brighten, control oils, stimulating collagen growth, soothe and calm, protect, or are anti-aging.

Consider serums as super boosters for your skin!

How do I use serum?

After using Toner, put 2-3 drops into the palm of your hand (mix gently with other serums) and then take you index finger and gently apply to your face. Let sit to absorb and then continue with skin care regimen.

How do you know which serum is right for your skin?

 

Dry Skin Hydrating Serums

Balancing the moisture level of the skin is very important because a lack of moisture leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dryness/scaliness, irritation (discomfort), and sensitivities.

Example: Pure Hyaluronic Essential Serum

·         Hyaluronic Acid is a super-hydrating, naturally occurring substance found in our bodies that stimulates cell growth through its capacity to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. As one of the two ingredients in our Hyaluronic Serum (the second being water), you can be sure that this serum is ultra-hydrating, working to revitalize your skin and delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Example: Botanical Dry Skin Serum

·         This 100% botanical serum is a quickly absorbing, intense treatment for dry skin, particularly in extreme climates. Its primary ingredient is squalene, an olive extract and derivative of squalene which is naturally synthesized in the human liver. It has been shown to have beneficial effects in the management of dry skin, premature aging and skin cancer.

 

Dark Pigmentation Brightening Serums

Too much exposure to the sun, especially without proper sunscreen application, contributes to the intensive process of skin discoloration and dark pigment formation. Brightening serums work to break down the excess melanin, even skin tone and texture, visibly tighten, and protect from sun damage.

Example: Vitamin C Serum

·         Vitamin C is a powerful brightening agent because of its anti-oxidation and anti-inflammation properties. The sun is the greatest enemy of collagen, breaking it down when skin is exposed to UV light without proper sunscreen application. Oxidation causes dehydration, premature aging, sun damage and cancer, and thus is of the most importance to address in your skin care routine.

Example: Tri-Active Pigment Correction Serum

·         Composed of biomimetic peptides – the same found in human skin – without aggressive chemicals, Tri-Active gently evens pigment, reduces age spots and hyper-pigmentation, and helps prevent further development of pigmentation disorders caused by environmental factors and age.

 

Oily Skin Oil-control Serums

Our skin produces many natural oils fundamental to keeping our skin plump with moisture, however too much oil can cause clogged pores, acne outbreaks, and more. Oil control can be achieved by using serums and gels that contain exfoliating and anti-inflammatory plant extracts and acids.

Example: Oil Control Gel

·         Ideal for the treatment of oily and blemish-prone skin, this light yet potent gel containing Salicylic Acid helps heal blemishes as it dissolves oils, exfoliates clogged pores, and moisturized the skin.

 

Itchy/Red Skin Soothing and calming/anti-redness Serums

Itchy and red skin is often produced when the skin is lacking moisture and/or treated with unnatural acidic products. Plant extracts and naturally derived hyaluronic acid are ideal for soothing, calming, and balancing irritable skin.

Example: Physioderme Bioaromes (Serums)

(Bioarmes can be added to moisturizers or used as a singular product. Maximum 3 serums at a time and no more than 5 drops each.)                                                                                                        

Example: CN “Soothing” Bioarome

·         Micro-encapsulated concentrated plant extracts and essential oils allow an efficient and direct effect on the concerned area, gently soothing and rebalancing the skin.

Example: Anti-Redness FL Bioarome                      

·         Rich in natural essential oils and plant extracts this serum is ideal for moisturizing skin with redness, helping to recover an even complexion through reduction in red and dry outer skin layers.

Example: Pure Hyaluronic Essential Serum (see above)

Example: Botanical Dry Skin Serum (see above)


Aging Skin – Anti-aging Serums

Example: Swiss Apple Stem Cell Serum

·         Stem cells are essential to healing and repair through a special regenerative process the skin cells. Using unique plant cell culture technology, this serum creates proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids to help repair fine lines and wrinkles, while restoring and maintaining firmness and elasticity in the skin.

Example: Multi-Peptide Youth Serum

·         Six of the most potent, naturally derived peptides and marine extracts work synergistically in this powerful anti-aging defense serum. Reduction of depth and appearance of lines and wrinkles may be visible within days.



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