When winter arrives, our skin may become, dry, red and irritated leading to feeling uncomfortable and unhappy with our appearance.
Dry skin occurs when the skin does not retain enough moisture. During the winter time this poses a special problem due to the low levels of humidity in the air both outdoors and indoors and so the epidermis (top layer of skin) does not have as much moisture as usual.
The Skin Structure
In the HEALTH AND SKINCARE course, we are taught that the top layer of the skin called the epidermis, is made up of flat, smooth skin cells which are held together with a glue-like substance consisting mainly of rich fatty substance.
In the winter, water loss is accelerated due to the low humidity outdoors as well as the dry heat is experienced indoors due to the heaters, aircon, and other heating devices.
The HEALTH AND SKINCARE therapist will observe the following symptoms on skin that is dry during the winter:
- Flaking skin
- Itchy skin
- Cracking skin
- Sometimes a burning sensation
Treating dry skin
When completing the health and skincare course the HEALTH AND SKINCARE therapist will learn to treat dry skin by rehydrating the epidermis and keeping the skin moisturized and protected, as well as any other conditions that may be present.
A facial massage is extremely beneficial as it will remove dead skin cells, oil will add moisture to the skin, as well as promoting circulation which will aid in nutrients and oxygen reaching the surface of the skin.
During the HEALTH AND SKINCARE course you will also learn about the different ingredients and their effects and benefits they will have on the skin.
Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which improve the skin’s ability to retain and absorb moisture can also be used in the treatment.
During a facial, the beauty therapist will also exfoliate the uppermost layers of skin, which will allow for better absorption of products and hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, as previously mentioned.
The health and skincare therapist will also apply a mask that will further hydrate and calm the skin.
- Use a gentle cleanser
- Drink enough water
- Use a humidifier indoors
- Do not use very hot water when cleansing
- Stay away from perfumed products and products containing alcohol
Clients trust their health and skincare therapist in order to aid them in achieving their skincare goals.
By setting realistic goals and formulating effective treatment plans, the HEALTH AND SKINCARE therapist will enable their clients to achieve their skincare goals.