Make Beautiful Skin Every Day’s Forecast
WHETHER you’re a city slicker or a country bumpkin the place you call home can play a role in the health of your skin. According to leading skin care house, Crème Classique, environmental factors such as heat, wind, low humidity and high altitude can cause your skin to lose moisture and look and feel uncomfortably dry. Whether you live in The City of Gold, The Mother City, or The City of Sunshine, beautiful skin can be every day’s forecast.
Joburg is said to offer one of the world’s best climates: summer days are warm and wind free and winter days are crisp and clear. Temperatures are usually fairly mild due to the city’s high elevation but can drop to very chilly when winter hits, especially when the sun goes down. Joburgers often find that their skin needs far more intense hydration from April to August, so rich moisturisers, balms and rejuvenating serums are a must.
“Since the weather doesn’t change much in Joburg, your skin has time to acclimate to the season. The high number of dermatologists and skin beauty salons across the city also helps in keeping skin healthy,” explains Dr Hardie De Beer, world-renowned dermatologist and Founder of Crème Classique. “Winters in Joburg, however, do create a dry environment and as a result water is lost from skin cells (keratinocytes), leaving skin feeling sore and chapped. While slathering on moisturiser does give skin a shot of water it’s only a temporary fix. One needs a product that will penetrate beyond the skin’s surface, deep into the epidermis. One’s simple daily beauty routine might not be enough. In addition, Joburg’s water is medium to hard and contains high levels of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium. These minerals make it more difficult for water to form a solution with soap, and it leaves behind a scummy residue, resulting in clogged pores. Clogged pores, in turn, can lead to spots, acne, inflammation and worsen skin conditions like acne or eczema. Hard water can also make your skin a bit leathery. Joburg is famous for its night life from concerts, movies and comedy shows but in winter temperatures can drop to 0.8°C on average during the night. With the cold weather coming on, you need to take action now to breathe renewed life into your skin.
Top Tip: Advanced Anti-Ageing – Cell Repair Serum with Matrixyl® Polypeptides and Day/Night Alpha Moisturiser will help keep skin hydrated and youthful. To obtain the best results cleanse with Soap Free Cleanser, apply Beta Hydroxy Gel and then apply Advanced Anti-Ageing Cell Repair Serum followed by the moisturiser of your choice.
Cape Town is famous for its breeze. The West coast including Bloubergstrand, Melkbosstrand and Table View are particularly ‘breezy’, experiencing wind of 1.6 m/s or more on 95.6 percent of the days of the year! In fact, so breezy is The Mother City that the Cape Town Cycle Tour was cancelled for the first time in the 40-year history of the race, due to extreme weather conditions. One can only imagine then what havoc the wind can have on your skin!
“Wind is very aggressive on the skin’s surface as it dehydrates and dulls ones’ complexion. Capetonians are particularly at risk of ‘windburn’, which is very similar to sunburn and causes rough, tightened and in extreme cases skin that may even crack or peel,” explains Dr De Beer. “Dust in the air also clogs pores and may increases bacteria levels, which leads to acne and spots, while chemical pollutants can compromise the skin’s natural oils that work to trap moisture and keep it supple. Studies have also shown that pollution can cause reactions in the skin that inhibit the way it builds and repairs itself. It’s important to take extra care of your skin and apply a moisturiser daily.”
Top Tip: A rich facial moisturiser can prevent and treat dry skin, eczema and psoriasis aggravated by wind. Suitable for all skin types, Crème Classique Facial moisturiser will help shield Capetonians against the wind and help keep your skin protected.
Durban boasts an average of 320 days of sunshine a year and while that’s certainly something to smile about, your skin can suffer as a result. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number-one cause of skin cancer. Exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime, because UVA rays are present in daylight. In addition, Durbanites will agree that the air is heavy with humidity. When the weather is humid it means that there is a lot of moisture in the air. That causes the pores of the skin to open and makes them susceptible to gathering dirt, oil and allergens. Too much humidity can cause problems like acne, skin breakouts, eczema and allergic reactions.
Top Tip: Make sure you buy a sunscreen which offers broad-spectrum protection to ward off both UVA and UVB rays. Dermatologists recommend at least SPF 20 products. People should not totally depend on sunscreens, as they don’t necessarily prevent the occurrence of skin cancer. Therefore, it is still a good idea to stay out of the sun at midday and to protect yourself with a wide-brim hat and adequate clothing. A deep cleansing, non-irritating, paraben free, soap free cleanser will help protect sensitive skins and ensure the removal of cosmetics, while SAFARI SPF 40 is a lightweight, broad spectrum sunscreen, which provides UVA & UVB protection.
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