Exfoliation is an important step in your winter skin regimen. The most common mistakes I see when talking with my clients about exfoliants are either over-exfoliating, which destroys the acid mantle and leads to all kinds of redness and irritation, or not exfoliating at all, which leads to a dull, congested and rough skin surface.
The appropriate type, strength and frequency of the exfoliant you choose ensures dead skin cells are removed and skin cell turnover is enhanced safely and effectively. This is as critical for dry skin as it is for congested skin, but for different reasons. A buildup of dead skin cells on the epidermal surface clogs pores and can contribute to breakouts, but for dry skin types, it also means your moisturizer is not reaching the live, thirsty skin cells beneath all those dead crusty ones.
For this discussion, I have chosen to focus my recommendations on chemical exfoliants exclusively, as they pose less potential to damage skin already stressed by the cold, dry air than manual exfoliants do. You may choose to indulge in an exfoliating mask once or twice a week, or to add an exfoliating serum to your everyday routine.
- Oily Skin - Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask contains beta-hydroxy acids for smooth and clear skin. Use once or up to three times a week. As an alternative daily ritual, smooth Mad Hippie’s Vitamin A Serum* onto clean skin after essence and water based serum. It helps regulate sebum production and fades hyperpigmentation.
- Normal and Dry Skin - Living Libations Papaya & Lime AHA Treatment is a gel-like formula to be smoothed over a clean face once a week to plump, refresh, and hydrate. Or, target fine lines and dullness every day by smoothing on Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating Serum before your moisturizer.
- Sensitive Skin - Yes, even sensitive skin types should exfoliate! Eminence’s Calm Skin Peel is a super gentle overnight treatment that will treat your delicate skin to refining and renewing exfoliants while calming irritation. Apply before bedtime under your oil serum and/or moisturizer; rinse off in the morning.
- All skin types can benefit from the introduction of a hydrating essence and hyaluronic acid serum during the winter months. A beautiful combination, which is perfect for every face, is Mad Hippie’s Hydrating Nutrient Mist and Helena Lane’s Rose and Frankincense Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
Saturate your clean face with several pumps of the mist, then apply two to four pumps of the water-based serum while it is still damp. Using care, you should include the eye area as well. Use morning and night after cleansing and before other exfoliants, serums and moisturizers. These two products combined will transport water into your skin and lock it in, to help ensure it remains hydrated throughout the day. Enhance and fortify your night regimen by applying an oil serum all over your face and neck, including around your eyes, before your moisturize.
Everyone will glow with the addition of a few drops of Ayuna’s Cellular Oil beneath their nightly moisturizer. This one-of-a-kind oil serum contains micro-lipids derived from stem cells of the Wild Olive Tree, which are intensely regenerative to all skin types. This luxurious product is an experience like no other, with a seductive feel and glorious aroma that affects a luminosity in all skin types.
Your wintertime skin has now been gently cleansed and exfoliated, and treated to hydrating essences and serums. The final, critical step is protecting all your hard work with the right moisturizer and SPF.
The last instalment of the Wintertime Skin series will discuss the most beautiful, effective moisturizing creams for all skin types, and the importance of sun protection in all seasons - coming soon...