The Big ChillDecember 1, 2008 By: Marianne Dougherty American Salon
Winter can wreak havoc on the skin, and your clients need solutions. Fortunately, we've got plenty of them, from certified-organic masks to a body scrub infused with honey.
As temperatures drop and skin becomes drier, it is even more important for you to recommend products to your clients that hydrate, protect and nourish the skin. "This is the time that dry skin goes haywire and eczema flares up," says Annet King, director of education for Dermalogica. "Synthetic clothing, wool sweaters and dry central heating systems can worsen the condition."
Products that hydrate and protect the skin are crucial in the winter when air is colder.
It's a good idea to update your service menu to include paraffin wax body, hand and foot treatments. "Paraffin is an old therapy with great moisturizing benefits," says King, who also suggests offering winter specials like hot stone massage, thermal mud massage, thermal body therapy treatments and herbal linen wraps. "Or offer full body soaks and steep with warming herbs like clove, ginger, sandalwood, thyme and allspice."
King recommends that your clients make a few adjustments to their skincare regimen during the winter months, such as choosing creamy gel cleansers with low-foam formulas—the higher the foam, the more drying to the skin—and layering on protection to preserve the barrier function. "Use boosters and moisturizers instead of one thick, oily cream," King says. Moisture- and vitamin-rich cream masques used once a week can also help keep skin in optimum condition.
Skincare products have become increasingly sophisticated of late. Dermalogica Super Rich Repair, for example, is a superconcentrated, heavyweight cream that combats chronically dry, dehydrated and prematurely aging skin while it repairs and protects. The company's richest moisturizer, it replenishes barrier lipids, soothes and insulates skin from extreme environmental elements and fights inflammation.
To help provide wintertime skin protection from indoor light and pollutants, Bioelements has introduced Lutein Indoor Protective Day Creme, the first and only product on the market to address harmful blue light, which makes it the perfect moisturizer for the long indoor days ahead this winter. Developed through cutting-edge research, this revolutionary moisturizer utilizes 100-percent natural lutein derived from the petal of the marigold flower. The natural yellow carotenoid pigment found only in lutein absorbs and filters out potentially damaging blue light from visible light. What's more, unlike sunscreen ingredients, lutein has multiple benefits because it is a highly effective antioxidant that protects the skin from indoor pollution and increases skin hydration.
Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream utilizes a breakthrough antioxidant called astaxanthin that's 1,000 times more potent than vitamin E. Created by Kenneth Mark, M.D., a renowned dermatologist practicing in Aspen, CO, New York City, Southampton, NY, and East Hampton, NY, the unique formulation combines astaxanthin with seven other antioxidants to help reduce melanin production and prevent collagen breakdown. Meanwhile, Glotherapeutics GloBarrier Balm Facial Moisturizer with martini oil, vitamin E and squalane provides immediate relief for dry, chapped skin.
Founded in Paris in the early 1970s by a renowned French biochemist, Biologique Recherche is a complete system that works with the skin, not against it, to help it balance and heal itself. All of the products in the line work to enrich the natural moisturizing factor and fortify the lipids composing the intercellular cement. Take the Hydrating Face Emulsion, which is rich in vegetal complex and fatty acids. The thin emulsion hydrates and protects the epidermis from climatic aggressions such as wind, cold and sun. Better yet, it contains a natural solar filter.