Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Preparing your skin for the colder seasons

With autumn here and winter not far off, it is time to look at salon treatments and home care routine that will see your skin through this dry, windy and cold seasons.  I have to admit, that this is my favourite time of year. Usually by beginning of January I've had enough of summer and the oppressing heat, and can hardly wait for the colder weather to arrive.  To top it all off, we had a much drier summer this year than last, and that did not help to make it more bearable.

Autumn is the ideal time of year to start a skin regime that will get rid of all the dry, sun-exposed summer skin and to add radiance and help with skin cell renewal. Environmentally it is a more gentler time of year to use Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids as well as Vitamin A to help restructure and revitalise your skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are incredibly effective in addressing all these aspects. I have blogged about this before so please read the following post for more on that:

Although Vitamin A/Retinol is not a new ingredient in the beauty industry it has a proven, successful track record as a must-have in your fight against ageing. Retinol is more effective than Retin-A which is far more irritating to the skin than Retinol, which is why Retinol has become the preferred option. With regular use, the skin appears revitalised, hydrated and more even-toned. 

Caution: A recent letter of concern was published by the American Food and Drug Association regarding the use of Retinyl Palmitate in day-time use producys. Of particular concern, they feel, is the use of this ingredient within sunscreen products. Tests indicate that it may very well increase the incidence of skin cancer. Therfore, please only use Vitamin A products at night and it is essential that you use a SPF 15 on higher during the day, everyday...

This month Vitaderm's focus is on their Skin Perfection Retinol Capsules as well as their AHA Active Gel.

Vitaderm Skin Perfection Retinol Capsules 60caps/R485  OR 90caps /R660
Autumn is the perfect time to introduce active skin care items that might be photo-sensitizing, and therefore contra-indicated for use during the summer months.  The ingredient that produces the most striking, ever, is Retinol.
 In the past, however, so few people have been able to tolerate the side effects of retinoids like Retin-A cream.  Fortunately, a break though in ingredient technology allows us to incorporate retinol as an encapsulated ingredient, within a liposomal delivery system.  This ‘cushions’ the ingredient to prevent it from causing sensitivity that is normally associated with topical vitamin A therapy.  In addition, this liposome delivery system increases the depth to which the retinol can penetrate, increasing its effectiveness drastically.  What can you expect to see from incorporating Retinol into your skin care program, you may ask?  Typically, we see a drastic improvement in the smoothness of the skin within about 2-3 weeks.  Fine lines begin to diminish by week 3, especially around the eye area.    Retinol should only be used at night.

For dry skin, the best products with which to complement Retinol Capsules, are the low aromatic items like Lipid Complex and Ceramide Treatment Cream.   For moderately dry skin that is particularly sensitive, we suggest using the Desensitising Cream in combination with the Retinol Capsules.
The ideal way to incorporate these capsules is to use half of the jar during Autumn, and the balance during Spring.  During the coldest winter months there are other options to consider in order to protect the skin against harsh environmental factors.
Enjoy observing the dramatic transformation in your skin, brought about by our Skin Perfection Retinol Capsules, but don’t forget the sunscreen every day and for 10 days after having stopped the Retinol capsules.

Vitaderm AHA Active Gel 50ml/ R405
This active gel is rich in naturally occurring fruit acids which work to actively smooth the skin’s surface  thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It restores  radiance and helps reduce excess pigment in the skin.  Recommended for all skin types during winter months.  It is essential to use a sunscreen daily whilst using products containing fruit acids.  Not suitable for ultra-sensitive skins.

Vitaderm Special Offer for April 2015:

AHA Active Gel Plus Reflective SPF 15 get Trio Pack containing Skin Renewal Gel 20ml, Desensitising Cream 20ml and Lipid Complex 10ml FREE- Total value of Combo R750 SAVE R200

Retinol Capsules (60) Plus Reflective SPF 15 get Trio Pack containing Skin Renewal Gel 20ml, Desensitising Cream 20ml and Lipid Complex 10ml FREE- Total value of Combo R825 SAVE R205

Free Trio Pack Contents:

Desensitising CreamThis multi-functional product is specifically formulated for allergy-prone skins.  It provides a bridging option to calm and desensitise reactive skin.  It may be used as a deeply moisturising cleansing cream, as well as a moisturiser.  This product is fragrance free.  It is the ideal product to use on the body, to soothe and moisturise.  The calming effect makes it ideal for eczema and rashes.  This product is also an economical moisture cream for young, problem-free skin types

Skin Renewal Gel
This gel contains 40% aloe ferox extract which is highly effective in soothing and hydrating the skin.  Ideal for use on acne-prone skin or on rashes and sunburn.
Apply as a masque after exfoliation or as a night treatment gel to reduce inflammation associated with acne-prone skin.

Lipid Complex
This product is 100% fragrance free and hypo-allergenic.   The patented blend of plant-based lipids used in this complex, mimics the skins sebum. Recommended for use on dry or sensitive skin. This product is ideal to use in conjunction with any active treatment cream. 

Please feel free to contact me at 082 398 9817 or for more information about these and any other products you are interest in.

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