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Tips from our Wellbeing Spa Therapists

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Let's Look at Lipid Dry Skin

Lipid dry skin is most often found in conjunction with a fair complexion, although it is also a problem with people of other complexions. The first thing you might notice with lipid dry skin is minimal sebaceous secretions and cellular lipids present. The typical appearance of your skin might be dull and often rough, worn and parchment-like, with a matte appearance and lacking suppleness.

You may also find that your skin may have a tendency to have an uneven texture and over the cheek area, featuring reddish patches with fine capillaries that are visible. In addition to these factors, lipid dry skin will generally experience very little resistance to climatic extremes and artificial environments (central heating), making your skin feel hot, burning and itchy.

Lipid-Dry Skin can be a sign of:

  • Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency (EFAD)
  • Menopause
  • Abusive skin treatments (over-cleansing, over-exfoliating)
  • Inappropriate ingredients in skin care products (emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances,
  • mineral oils, etc.)
  • Self-induced through diet (caffeine, alcohol, junk food), medications, or lack of water intake
  • Environmental conditions (indoor heating, air-conditioning, climate)
  • Medical conditions (eczema, psoriasis, etc.)

How can you counter these effects?

  • Restore the bi-layers (preventing evaporation)
  • Restore sebum production
  • Replace natural moisturisers in the skin instead of washing them out
  • Avoid emulsifiers, preservatives, etc.

Products for Daily Skincare:

  • Mild Cleansing Milk
  • Toner
  • Moisturiser
  • Eye Gel

Products for Weekly Skincare:

  • Mask with Vitamins
  • Exfoliating Cream

Active Agents to Consider for this Condition:

  • Magnesium and Calcium — Salts containing magnesium and calcium improve barrier function of the skin and help dry skin or prevent its development.
  • Vitamin C — Vitamin C increases ceramide synthesis in the skin and causes more of the long-chain beneficial ceramides to be made. Both these effects help with dry skin
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Glycerol — Glycerol helps with moisturization. It does so by helping desmosome bridges between stratum corneum cells to degrade so the cells can be shed appropriately. Glycerol also helps the lipid molecules between cells provide a better barrier to water
  • Hydroxy Acids — Both alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids assist with the proper shedding of dead skin cells. Alpha hydroxy acids encourage lipid synthesis in the intercellular areas, which improves barrier function and improves dry skin. Lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, particularly improves ceramide synthesis
  • Enzymes — enzymes help the desmosome connections between cells break down so the cells can come apart and be shed
Our knowledgeable beauty agents are always on hand to give you advice about how you can look after your skin and improve your skincare regime. We offer facials to hydrate, purify and combat the signs of ageing so whatever type of skin you have - we can help you to take good care of it.
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