MissRo here! It’s one thing to read all of our fabulous product reviews, it’s another thing to actually hear from the creator of that product! Well, that is what’s happening today with Dr. Dima!
In most of the Western hemisphere it’s winter and naturally I think we all look for products that are going to be richer, heavier moisturizers to combat our dry skin. Well, Dr. Dima recently received a question about dry winter skin and what to do. Check it out below!
Dear Dr. Dima,
Every winter my skin gets very, very dry. I’ve tried so many moisturizers but none of them really work and some leave my skin feeling really greasy. Can you please help? Wendy W. in NYC
What a relevant question for this time of year!
We’re all on the verge of a very predictable cycle that goes something like this: cold weather approaches > complaints of dry skin increase > moisturizer sales rise > dry skin gets worse > we buy “better, stronger” creams and lotions that we use more frequently and so on…Unfortunately, the “moisture myth,” has as much validity as the old wives tale about catching a cold if you go out with wet hair. The fact is that moisturizing is one of the biggest marketing ploys in the history of skincare because it masks rather than treats the underlying cause of dry skin.
The uppermost layer of skin is called the stratum corneum and it’s where cells called keratinocytes replicate. This is the layer we slather with a variety of moisturizers promising to keep skin youthful, soft and “hydrated.” However, moisturizing (or, more specifically, over moisturizing) is analogous to filling a balloon with a hole at the bottom…you’ll never get it full, even if you continue to fill it because it’s leaking at the other end. When skin feels dry, it’s because the intercellular lipids (the “rich fluid” that bathes the cells) is reduced leading to a decrease in the barrier function of the skin. Most of the moisturizers on the market do not contain the ingredients needed to boost, repair and protect the intercellular matrix. Some of these vital ingredients include amino acids, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid and phospholipids. These bind together to make the “mortar” that holds the keratinocytes (“the bricks”) together. Whether the necessary ingredients to protect and maintain the integrity of healthy skin are packaged in a toner, a night cream, a serum, a sunblock or a traditional “moisturizer” is irrelevant. If the matrix between the keratinocytes is constantly disrupted, even the heaviest moisturizer won’t help.
The bottom line is that it’s not about moisturizing at all. It’s about applying the right product to replenish and “SKINSULATE” your largest organ to allow proper functioning of your cells and prevention of water loss. An example of a product that effectively does this is Galactic Glove – Seal Your Skin Serum with Anti-Oxidants. For best results, apply immediately after cleansing while your skin is still moist. You’ll feel the difference immediately!
Sincerely, Dr. Dima
Well, there you have it Megheads! Also, Cosminology is having a promotion on the Galactic Glove where you get 10% off with code: WINTER09.
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