MYTH: The thicker the cream, the more moisturizing it
Fact: Thick doesn't equal moisture. The heaviness of cream is often due to the lipids and emulsifiers in the formula, and sometimes heavyweight creams can leave skin looking dull while trapping dead cells and affecting skin function.
Layering fluids and moisturizers are often the best remedies. Use skin Hydrating Booster, which contains Hyaluronic Acid, a key ingredient that helps boost moisturization. Follow with a moisturizer: Super Rich Repair contains great hydrators: including Oil of Evening Primrose, Sodium PCA, Shea Butter, Colloidal Oatmeal, Algae, Panthenol, Vitamin E, Borage Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil.
MYTH: You Don't have to apply sunscreen in the winter
FACT: Winter, spring, summer or fall: if there is daylight, you're still exposed to UV light and free radical damage. And if sunscreen helps prevent the signs of aging, why wouldn't you want to wear it every day?
A minimum of SPF15 is suggested for everyday use, and skin showing the signs of aging or experiencing sensitivity should wear an SPF30.
Dermalogica's skin condition-specific sunscreens make daily wear more convenient while offering UV Smart Booster Technology for enhanced photoprotection and defense against free radicals.
If you love your moisturizer but it's free of SPF, recommend mixing equal parts of it with Solar Defense Booster SPF30. And never forget the hands and arms! MultiVitamin BodyBlock SPF20 provides rich hydration for dry winter skin while defending against SPF.
MYTH: Skip exfoliation so you don't dry everything out
FACT: Quite the opposite! Exfoliation causes a burst in cell renewal, moving newer, moisture-rich cells to the surface.
Exfoliation also removes old dead cells and dry skin, providing a smoother, brighter surface while enabling effective penetration of hydrating ingredients into skin. Just be sure to not over-exfoliate, as this will break down the skin's protective barrier. For extra benefits, exfoliate with a gentle daily use exfoliant like Daily Microfoliant®. When performing more intense exfoliation with Gentle Cream Exfoliant or MultiVitamin Thermafoliant™,
follow with Skin Hydrating Masque
MYTH: Hot steamy showers are great for skin
FACT: No - especially in winter! Hot water causes a stripping effect to delicate barrier lipids in-between the cells; when the lipids are removed, essential moisture below evaporates out. Combine hot showers with irritation caused by winter wardrobe made of synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester and you've got an itchy, irritated skin situation!
Warm water is best for the skin when used together with a soap-free body wash such as Conditioning Body Wash. Bar soap or high foam-producing, artificially-perfumed shower gels will dry out the skin. Body exfoliation will help remove dry, winter skin, so use Conditioning Body Wash periodically with The Ultimate Buffing Cloth. After bathing, pat skin dry, then thoroughly moisturize immediately after with
Body Hydrating Cream or UltraRich Body Cream.