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Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.” – Renée Rouleau

Understanding Winter Skin Care:

During my routine examinations and various treatments at the clinic, I often encounter a common concern: dry and compromised skin, especially during winter.

Embarking on Improved Skincare:

Are you contemplating upgrading your skincare this winter? If so, this blog post will offer you concise, effective recommendations.

Body Care Essentials:

A simple yet effective approach is key for body care. I suggest investing in a quality moisturising lotion or cream and making its application a regular part of your post-shower routine. Dry skin is not just a cosmetic concern; it’s more prone to irritation and infection and less effective in its protective role. For extremely dry skin, particularly on the legs, opt for a thicker cream. Conversely, for mildly dry skin, a lighter lotion would suffice. Remember, exploring different brands to find the one that resonates with your skin type is a journey worth undertaking.

Facial Care During Winter:

Your face endures the brunt of winter’s harshness – the cold, windy conditions outdoors, and the dry, centrally heated environments indoors. This dual challenge necessitates special attention and care.

Seizing the Winter Opportunity:

Winter, despite its challenges, presents an ideal opportunity to restore and rejuvenate your skin using specialized bio-stimulating products. In this post, I’ll focus on three primary products but will also introduce additional options for those aiming to further refine their skincare routine.

“The best foundation you can wear is glowing, healthy skin.”

Achieving a Radiant Complexion:

For a clearer complexion and effective home skin restoration routine, I highly recommend the ZO medical skincare brand, which I personally use and endorse at my clinic. Our goals with these products include:
Improving the Skin Barrier Function: This is crucial for protection against harmful substances and to prevent excess water loss through the skin.
Bio-stimulating the Skin: Enhancing cellular activity in both the dermis and epidermis, improving circulation, and restoring even skin texture and colour.
Stabilizing the Skin: This improves skin sensitivity and resistance to negative external or internal influences while maintaining normal cellular functions.
Decreasing Chronic Inflammation: Achieved by inducing a short-term controlled inflammation.
Maintaining Skin’s Integrity and Hydration: Be careful because overused external hydrating creams can dampen your skin with moisture, lipids, and proteins, making your skin lazy by creating a false sense of hydration, eventually leading to impaired skin barrier function.

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.”

 

Three Essential Winter Skin Care Products:

1. Cleansing: Regular cleansing, both in the morning and evening, is foundational. Use ZO Gentle or Hydrating Cleanser for a thorough yet gentle cleanse. Avoid using soap or shower gels on your face. For an added glow, occasionally incorporate the ZO Exfoliating Polish or Cleanser.
For Oily, Acne-prone Skin: The ZO Complexion Renewal Pads are excellent for managing sebum production, especially beneficial for teenage skincare.

2. Daily Active Moisturisation: The ZO Daily Power Defence moisturiser is pivotal for daily skincare maintenance. It combats free radicals, reduces inflammation, and aids in skin barrier repair.
You need two to three pumps evenly distributed on your skin morning and evening, and be careful that you apply the cream with your fingertips and not your palm. It is too valuable to be used on your palms.

3. Winter Special – ZO Retinol Skin Brightener: Tailored in three different strengths (0.25%, 0.5% and 1%) to suit individual needs and preferences, this product is a winter must-have. It not only accelerates skin cell renewal (biostimulation) but also ensures an even skin tone and texture. Remember, for specific conditions like acne or rosacea, retinoic acid (a medical-grade substance) can be used cautiously.

Expanding Your Skincare Arsenal:

ZO 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating Serum and ZO Growth Factor Serum: These products, with their longer absorption times, should be the final step in your routine. They are not recommended for use with high-potency retinols, so you should apply one in the morning and the other in the evening.

“Live, laugh, wear sunscreen.”

The Imperative of Sun Protection:

Sunscreen remains a non-negotiable part of daily skincare, especially when using retinol-based products. It is simple: if you want to stop skin ageing, use sunscreen!

I hope this guide empowers you to enhance your skincare this winter. These products are not just effective for personal use but also serve as thoughtful gifts for loved ones.

Product Availability:

ZO products, owing to their potency and specific application techniques, are exclusively available at professional clinics like DrBela.clinic. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

“Good skincare is a form of self-love.”

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