Here Comes FALL – and then WINTER
Posted on November 16 2018
And then Dry, Older Looking Skin ….
if You Don’t Treat it Right. Start Now!
FACE and NECK
The skin on your face, particularly under your eyes and around your eyelids, is the thinnest skin on your body, the most visible and the most susceptible to the effects of whatever you expose it to. Facial epidermis thickness averages between 0.5 mm (around the eyes) - 0.12 mm, whereas body skin is thicker, around 0.60 mm.
Such thin skin can be devastated by sun and wind and indoor dehumidification by heating units in the winter (and air conditioning in summer). There’s no escaping having fragile facial skin exposed to drying, cracking and wrinkling (the drier it becomes, the deeper the wrinkles), but you can and must protect it.
To start the day right, you need to keep your skin as moist as possible during the night, so a proper night cream is required. As a model with ultra-dry skin, I searched but could not find one that worked well, so, after the lab and I experimented with a petrolatum-based cream with no water and finding that it held in moisture all night, I developed the OLEDA Wrinkle Smooth Night Cream. I think it helped extend my high fashion modeling career and enables me to still model today for our company.
Since the key is to keep your skin always moisturized, you need a good daytime moisturizing cream, of which there are plenty on the market, at every price level, and some making elaborate claims. I prefer one with Aloe Vera, preferably as the primary ingredient, so that’s another product I developed: OLEDA Nutritive Day Cream. (My husband, Richard, even uses it as an after-shave cream).
If you use make-up, as I do, I suggest using a base containing Aloe Vera, a well-known skin-protecting ingredient. And, while it’s important to keep your skin cleansed before retiring for the night, don’t use soap and water, use a good cleansing lotion and a damp cloth before applying your night cream.
It is said, if you want to tell a woman’s age, check out her hands. While the skin on the hands is much thicker than the face, they are always exposed to the elements, so your hands can age faster than any other body part. Experts say sun damage is the biggest culprit. As a result, you should apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands in the summer and a good hand cream in the winter. Dry winter hands may be helped or even prevented by applying a hand moisture barrier before exposure to the cold and dry winter air. Our Hand Barrier Block does just that. It provides an invisible shield that protects the skin better than ever. The humectants, collagen and elastin in this product provide moisture, while the invisible shield helps hold it in.
If the skin on your body is dry or itchy, you may have to adjust your bathing habits. This is not so easy for me as I love my tub filled to the top with hot water - lay back – close my eyes and relax. So, I do commit a “sin” at times. but compensate by applying a lotion as soon as I’m out of the tub.
Take shorter tub baths or showers and use tepid water. Dry off gently, patting the skin dry to retain as much natural moisture as possible.
Do you have flaking skin during winter? Often there are thousands of dry skin cells that are ready to be sloughed off the surface because they have become clumped together with oil, forming flakes. Lightly remove them with a “rough” washcloth or loofah.
Even our scalp can't escape the hazards of the FALL and WINTER months. It, too, can become more dry, itchy and flaky. Use a gentle cleansing shampoo followed by a good conditioner formulated for the scalp and hair to prevent dryness and flaking. Allowing your scalp to become dry and flaky creates a condition for the development of dandruff and/or. irritation.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK
Don't forget that what you eat and drink (or don't eat and drink) has something to do with the moisture in your skin, hair and body. I know you understand the importance of a nutritious diet for general health, including that of your skin, but let me remind you to drink plenty of water or juice every day; it will help compensate for any moisture you might lose to the Fall and Winter elements.