Sunday, February 10, 2008


Dear Friend,

If you are like most of us this time of year, your skin is dry, flakey, dull and lifeless. Don’t panic, this condition is repairable and reversible.

This dryness is due to reduced moisture in both outdoor and indoor air; switching between hot to cold temperatures; and our body’s natural protection against the harsh elements of Winter.

Usually to combat this increased dryness, we pile on more and richer lotions which improve our skin’s appearance for a short period but actually cause additional problems like clogged pores leading to blackheads and pimples.

The real remedy for winter skin is a 3-step process:

Step 1: Thinning, or exfoliating, the dead skin cell layer that naturally builds up over time.

Step 2: Adding moisture to the cells uncovered following exfoliation.

Step 3: Trapping that moisture so it can’t escape into the environment

Good, safe exfoliation not only will improve your skin’s appearance immediately but when done regularly, your skin will begin to produce more new cells in the deepest layer, called the dermis, and start them on their trip to the surface of our skin.

This generation and migration process is called the ‘cell turnover rate’. Turnover rate is affected by age as well as our general health including diet, exercise and hydration. A faster turnover rate results in moister, younger looking skin on a daily basis.

Next time I’ll discuss how manual scrubs and how they can give you skin that looks, feels and behaves better!


Carolyn Johnson

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