Changing Seasons and Our Skin

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It will soon be time for the circle to turn and for the seasons to change. The early mornings are already a little darker and the nights are slowly drawing in and whilst we are enjoying a most wonderful Indian Summer we all know that it will soon come to an end.

As the seasons change it is quite natural that our skin can change too. Skin that has been oilier in the warmer spring and summer months may now become a little drier and require more moisturisation. Sensitive skin can be a particular problem as the environmental elements that can aggravate and make the situation worse begin to appear. It is not only cold, wind and rain that can cause issues, but also the tools we use to keep these at bay, such as central heating, may have an effect too.

Part of the preparation for the changing seasons is considering if the products you are using in your Skincare Regime are suitable for the colder weather. In all likelihood the products that you use in the height of summer are suitable in the depths of winter, but there are some that find that they have to change with the weather.

There are 7 Pillars of a Great Skincare Regime but even with a Basic Skincare Regime changes can be made. Changes to key elements of the regime such as your Cleanser, Toner or Moisturiser can make all of the difference during these months.

Over the next few posts we will be discussing each of these key element changes in turn and making suggestions of Dermalogica and Decleor Skincare Products that you could change to in order that the transition in seasons is managed for you and your skin’s health.

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Spots on the Body

It seems that many people suffer from painful spots and infected hair follicles on the body. It is often found to be a particular problem on their back and chest and it can be a real issue that can be difficult to deal with.

We always recommend that any spots that appear on your body should always be seen by your doctor to ensure that they are simply breakouts on the body and nothing more serious. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Spots on your body are not only painful but they can also be unsightly and make you feel very self concious about yourself and your appearance to others. We believe that prevention is always better than cure.

Breakouts on your body are usually caused by the same issues that cause breakouts on your face: one of your pores becomes blocked through various means, bacteria develop and grow resulting in the raised, red and painful spot. The problem is that the treatments that can be effective on the face are usually quite expensive and are not designed to cover such a large area.

We have had a lot of experience with this particular problem at Pure Beauty and we have found that once the medicinal treatments have finished it is a good idea to try and prevent future breakouts. Our advise is to use a good quality body wash and exfoliant in the shower and work them really well in the areas where the breakouts are likely to occur on your body. Our favourite combination is using the Conditioning Body Wash with the Ultimate Buffing Cloth, both from Dermalogica.

Using these two products together enables you to work the Conditioning Body Wash into an high lather and then apply it using the very gentle abrasive action of the Buffing Cloth all over your body but concentrating on the specific areas of concern to you.

These products are not designed specifically to be treatments for body acne, but the ingredients used within the Conditioning Body Wash and the exfoliating action of the Buffing Cloth when combined treat your skin and keep it free of the problems than can combine to produce spots on your body.

Extremely dry sensitive skin

Dry and Sensitive skin often go hand in hand and can be the cause of pain, discomfort and emotional upset.

It seems to be a problem that many people have to live with on a daily basis yet they can find it difficult to deal with.

There are a multitude of reasons for sensitivity and it often, although not always, goes hand in hand with dryness. The sensitivity can often be the cause of the dryness.

Initially it would be beneficial to find out what it is exactly that causes your skin to become sensitive. The reasons can be many and varied and can range from environmental factors such as heat and cold, ongoing exposure to the weather, medical conditions or the ingredients in the skin care products being used.

There are entire ranges from both Dermalogica and Decleor that we offer that are designed specifically to deal with sensitive and dry skin. One of our favourites is a combination of the Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair and the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream.

Both of these products are moisturisers and whilst it may seem excessive to use two moistuisers on a daily basis we have found, as have many of our Salon Clients and Online Customers, that the combination is exactly what a lot of people need. The Barrier Repair is a silicone based moisturiser that really helps with the sensitivity whilst the Skin Smoothing Cream helps combat the dryness.

Dry and Sensitive skin is a real problem for some people and it can cause genuine and prolonged concern but there are many ways of helping to deal with it and using the right skin care products is one of the key weapons in helping to tackle these issues.

Best Spot Treatments?

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It would seem that spots, breakouts, zits or whatever you want to call them are the single biggest skin care problem that people struggle to deal with.

There are many factors as to why breakouts develop and it is this complex equation which makes a single solution difficult to find.

Never the less a majority of breakouts occur when a plug develops and blocks a pore in the skin. This allows for bacterial growth (the yellow head) which the body then fights resulting in the redness and tenderness of the breakout.

The best way to fight them is through a good skin care routine.

Cleanse – Tone – Moisturise twice a day.

In addition to the basics an exfoliant is an excellent tool to ensure that as much dead skin is removed regularly to prevent the formation of the plugs for which it is a contributing factor.

Obviously when they do occur additional steps need to be taken to treat them and generally this is to do with killing the bacteria that have caused the breakout to occur. Two very popular and effective ingredients in current spot treatments are Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide.

There are many products available for use once the breakout begins to show and we would recommend both a morning/daytime treatment, many of which now contain a concealer to help disguise the breakout, and an overnight treatment too. This ensures that the problem is being dealt with continuously until the breakout clears up.

Golden Rule: No matter how tempting it is to squeeze and pick the spot don’t. Your hands are not sterile and you will therefore only be adding to the problem. This is also a major cause of the scarring that can result from a breakout.

Using too many products?

We are often asked for our advice when recommending skincare products from our site and it can seem sometimes that whilst searching for that perfect Skin Care Routine that it is easy to fall into the trap of using too many products.

It seems to be a common problem that many people ask on skin care forums on the internet.

We believe that starting off. or returning to, the basics is the best thing to do.

Cleanse – Tone – Moisturise.

These 3 steps should be the cornerstone of all good Skin Care Routines.

The Cleanser will remove all of the debris, sebum and environmental contaminants as well as preparing the skin for the other products that are to follow. The Toner will then add water directly back to the skin followed by the Moisturiser. This should be done twice daily: morning and evening.

Now there are many other types of Skin Care Products which you could now begin to add to your routine but all may not be necessary. There are Exfoliants, Masques (Masks), Eye Creams, Serums, Boosters, Targeting Treatments and many, many more. Each have a distinct role in looking after the skin. We find that some clients need a few and some need more.

We would urge you to seek professional advice from a Skin Care Therapist and try the products first with samples to see if they fit into your Skin Care Routine and if they delivery the results you’re looking for.

If you find yourself surrounded by numerous pots and tubes of all different types of products – take a closer look at each of them and bring it back to basics. Decide what you’re looking for and make sure that the products you are using are delivering the results you deserve.

What is the difference between cleanser and facewash?

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This is really a very interesting question posed on Skin Care Talk forum.

Generally Cleansers and Facewashes are the same thing and whilst they do not differ in purpose they probably will in the way they deliver their benefits.

Fashwashes may generally have a foaming action which a lot of people tend to prefer when cleansing. This gives the same feeling as soap but usually without the drying action of soap and with much better results.

Cleansers may generally (again!) have a creamy consistency which some people tend to prefer and can be more for the drier or more sensitive skin types.

Both of these are broad sweeping generalisations. Different skin care manufactures use different terms to enable customers to understand what the feel and action is of the product. We tend to prefer the simpler term of Cleanser which can cover Facewashes, ‘Milks’ and other similar products.

A Cleanser is one of the key steps in your Skin Care Regime. It is designed to remove all of the makeup, debris, sebum and environmental contaminants that your skin is exposed to throughout the day. It will also prepare the skin for the products that are to follow, such as Toners, Exfolaints and Moisturiser and will enable these products to perform better for you too. That is why it is so important to use your cleanser both morning and evening.

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