Helpful Tips Blog #1!
Oria, who is currently studying at Vic Uni to become a certified Dermal Therapist, has sat down today and written some FREE, invaluable information about some of the ingredients included in the products we stand by at Waterlily and why we must ALWAYS must use an SPF when incorporating Vitamin A into our skin care regime.
The benefits of vitamin A applied topically to the skin include
– Decreasing oil production
– Improve skin hydration
– Decreasing the clustering of melanin and normalising cell division
– Stimulate collagen production
– Decrease ceramide production possibly resulting in TEWL
Collectively these changes make the skin thicker, smoother, with a reduction in pigmentation, fine lines, acne lesions and pore size.
AHA’s & BHA’s
The benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids applied topically to the skin include
– Reduction in pigmentation
– Reduction in dryness
– Reduction in fine lines and other photo ageing characteristics
– Reduction in congestion and blackheads.
– Increase the production of ceramides reducing TEWL.
AHA’s and BHA’s work by dissolving the ‘glue-like’ bonds between skin cells providing an exfoliating effect on the skins surface and within the oil glands. These changes will result in dermal thickening and increased skin luminosity.
These two amazing ingredients have numerous benefits however there is always a ‘catch’.
WE MUST WEAR SUNSCREEN
Our skin has a natural barrier to UV rays, which is the top layer of our skin, by stimulating an increase in skin cell turnover this protection is slightly compromised, and we must apply sunscreen each and every day regardless of the weather and activity to protect it.
UV rays are categorised into UVC, UVB and UVA, UVA is always present during the day and this little ray is what ages us. We can fight this by always applying a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen, always wearing a hat when outdoors and trying to avoid outdoor activity during 10am and 3pm.
UVA can damage our skin without us even knowing about it, as it doesn’t produce any redness or burning to our skin.
UVB is the ray that is responsible for burning and tanning. UVB increases the degrading of collagen and elastin in the skin which keeps our skin looking plump and hydrated. Multiple sunburns in early life have even been linked to melanoma.
There is also a suggestion that it also shortens our cells lifespan (telomeres)
Each person has a unique genetic makeup, our chromophores, and at the end of each chromophore is a telomere. You could liken it to the plastic end of a shoelace. Their job is to prevent the chromophore from unravelling. Every time one of our cells divide, which is essential for new skin, blood and bones, the telomere becomes shorter and shorter and finally when the telomere becomes too short, it dies or becomes damaged which could lead to mutations and cancer. UV rays and inflammation are considered to accelerate this shortening process along with limiting its repair.
For any more information from Oria or any of the therapists at Waterlily please do not hesitate to give us a call or pop into the salon to have a chat.
If you like you can also email us and we are always more than happy to respond to your queries!