Wedding Day Skin Care TipsWords by Lauren Marshall
Photos courtesy of Nu Skin
Dr. Helen Knaggs is a Nu Skin expert who has more than 20 years of experience in skin research and product development. Dr. Knaggs provides you with scientific key points to hydration, exfoliation, sun protection and various products that will help you maintain glowing skin for wedding season!
Winter can be especially harsh on skin. The air is cooler and dryer. This environmental change can affect skin which needs water for optimal functioning. A lack of water in the skin results in dry, tight, itchy, and flaky skin. This also results in a lack of smoothness and luminous appearance. Because dry skin loses its pliable characteristics, it may crack which can lead to an increase chance of infections. Research indicates seasonal differences in the lipid (i.e. skin oils) with a depletion in winter compared to spring and summer (Rogers, et al., 1996). This lack of lipids can lead to an increase in trans epidermal water loss (TEWL). Thus, using a moisturizer is vital during this period and for many increasing the strength of hydration may be needed.
Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from the uppermost layers of the skin using either mechanical factors or chemical ingredients. Chemical ingredients, such as hydroxy acids, retinol and enzymes, can break down the bonds that keep the outermost skin cells on the surface, while mechanical factors use abrasives to rub or brush off the external skin cells. This can be done through abrasive particles (like walnut shells or marine diatoms) or even textures (wash cloth, brush, lufra, silicone topographies.) that gently remove the cells to reveal more luminous skin. Care should be taken to ensure over exfoliation does not take place as this can compromise the skin.
3. Sun Protection:
It also is vital to ensure the skin is adequately protected in winter from the sun’s rays. Using sun protection daily is the best thing anyone can do for her skin to keep it looking its best and prevent early signs of aging from occurring.
4. Skin Products:
One way to easily obtain exfoliation and other skin benefits is the ageLOC LumiSpa system. This novel treatment cleansing system is a dual action product that treats and exfoliates the skin while you cleanse it. So, even if you are tired, you don’t have to miss out on the treatment benefits as long as you are cleansing your face. With an array of specifically created topical treatment cleanser and two soft, easy to clean silicone treatment heads from which to choose, it is easy to find the combination that is just right for you.
The idea is to bring about beautifully bright, luminous, clean and youthful looking skin ready to be photographed and to last the long day.
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