Monday February 16, 2015

Winter Skin
posted by by Jodey McGhee (Esthetician at Pure Aesthetica)

Why does cold winter air zap the moisture from our skin?  Because cold air naturally has lower humidity.  Hence, to keep our skin looking soft, smooth, and hydrated this winter as the polar vortex moves south, we need to exfoliate, hydrate, and moisturize.  Knowing the ingredients that promote hydration can help us pick the right products that tackle dry winter skin.


Before going into ingredients, let’s review skin cell turnover.  This will help us understand how anti-aging and skin-quenching ingredients improve the texture and hydration of our skin during the winter.


New skin cells develop in the deeper layers of our skin, and they look like plump grapes.  As skin cells age, they move to the surface of our skin releasing structural lipids and water, starting to resemble raisins.  Once at the surface, the now dead skin cells naturally slough off, a process call skin cell turnover.  


As we enter our 30s, skin cell turnover starts slowing down.  We can help increase our skin cell turnover by exfoliating the dead surface skin, thereby triggering our body to produce new plump skin cells along with optimizing youthful collagen and elastin production.   To rejuvenate our skin, especially in the winter, applying a hydrating mask after exfoliating will plump up the aging skin cells.  On non-exfoliating days, applying a hydrating serum after cleansing will keep the aging skin cells plump throughout the day.  And finally a nutrient-rich moisturizer will help restore our skin’s protective barrier. 


The best ingredients to promote skin hydration are Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and MSM.



Pure Aesthtica’s Honey + SeaSalt Polish, Cucumber + Cranberry Masque, Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and Vitamin C + MSM Creme are a few products formulated to help your skin maintain its moisture levels, strengthening protective barrier, and smoothing away roughness this winter.