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Once again Calgary we are at the crossroads of a season change. Jack Frost is biting at our cheeks outside and our indoors our heating is also completely dehydrating our skin. We just can’t seem to escape our drying environment (unless we get on a flight to Hawaii) this time of year. Just like we spoke about in our fall blog, we have very different needs for different seasons. That need in a Calgary winter is protecting our skin’s barrier and to fight against dehydration from the elements.

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 It is commonly brought to our attention here in the clinic that people are feeling tight, flakey and chapped but often still shiny and oily as soon as winter hits. That is because Calgary has very low humidity in the air come November. We will focus on ingredients to aid in the protection of our skin’s barrier in one of our harshest seasons. Our spotlight ingredients for winter are Hyaluronic Acid (hydration) and Essential Fatty Acids or Lipids (nourishment) to keep our skin healthy.

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The Importance of Using Hyaluronic Acid

No matter your skin type, whether it be oily/acne prone or dry/dehydrated; Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a must have for our winters. People often get confused by the difference between a big drink of water for the skin (HA) and nourishment for the skin (lipids/oils). If you have been to SkinScience for one of our consultations you have probably seen our cranberry experiment. We take dried cranberries and soak them in both oil and water for a few weeks/months. In the end the cranberries soaked in oil are unchanged; hence oils don’t hydrate or ‘plump’ the skin. The cranberries soaked in water are returned to their original state; plump and juicy! This is what we want for our skin. Keeping our HA levels robust will not only protect our skin barrier but with help fight against the early signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

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The Importance of Using Natural BioLipids

Lipids/oils are equally important to protect our skin’s barrier in a Calgary winter. Some people produce enough oils naturally but if you are a true dry skin type, you may feel like you need some extra nourishment and hydration when the snow starts flying. If you are someone who spends a lot of time outdoors skiing, snowboarding or whatever brings you out into the elements, you will want to give some extra love to your wind whipped skin. Below are our top sellers at SkinScience by skin type/condition to fight back against Jack Frost.

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Best Serums to Restore Moisture and Water into the Skin.

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Our top selling HYDRATING SERUMS for all skin types are:

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  1. Dermaquest B5 Hydrating Serum – Shower your skin in our intensive and lightweight hydrating serum, delivering immediate, luminous moisture, essential for all skin types. With one of the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid this serum is a top seller.
  2. Aliquote Skin HydraLift Infusion – Firming serum with botanical extract 400x stronger then Hyaluronic Acid provides instant hydration for firmer looking skin. Ginseng and fruit extracts protect from visible aging changes caused by pollution and HEV light.
  3. SkinCeuticals H.A Intensifier – This multi-beneficial formula containing a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane (good for glycation) and purple rice extract supports the skins natural HA reservoir in the uppermost layers to help renew plumpness, elasticity and firmness. 
  4. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel – Contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin. Enriched with vitamin B5, this hydrating gel helps maximize the benefits of your daily moisturizer.

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Pro-Tips

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Always layer your serums thinnest to thickest, finishing with a moisturizer and SPF last.

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Best Serums to Restore Natural Lipids and Oils into the Skin.

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Our top selling lipid/nourishment creams for dry and dehydrated skin types are;

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  1. SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 – Specially formulated with a maximized concentration of 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol, and 2% omega fatty acids, a lipid ratio optimized for natural barrier restoration in aging skin. 
  2. Dermaquest Nourishing Peptide Rich – Our lavish moisturizer is formulated with drier skin types in mind. Experience luxury from advance peptides, antioxidants and essential hydrators for immediate relief.

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Love your cream but need a boost for winter? Try adding in these top selling serums;

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  1. Dermaquest Radiant Skin Facial Oil – A blend of 9 essential oils that soothe irritated chapped skin. This fast acting, leave ion oil provides healing and anti-inflammatory qualities as it deeply nourishes dry, dehydrated and compromised skin. 
  2. Aliquote Skin Soothing Lipid Repair – Replenishing serum with glycolipids and vitamins E and F provides instant glow and smoother, plumper skin. Antioxidant Lipochroman protects from environmental aging.

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Pro-Tips

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Use the Radiant Skin Facial Oil alone for an SOS treatment or add it to your moisturizer for a daily nourishing boost.

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 The Soothing Lipid Repair makes a great barrier against the elements for skiers or snowboarders and other winter enthusiasts.

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Don’t Forget Hydration from the Inside in the winter!

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And lastly but oh so important, hydrate from within! Drinking lots of water is so important to our overall health. Give it an extra boost with a collagen supplement.

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 Our favorite collagen supplement is;

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withinUs TruMarine Collagen – This Non GMO, wild caught and sustainably sourced collagen is a premium- select grade hydrolyzed collagen, which offers unmatched advantages. withinUs TruMarine Collage provides a high concentration of specific amino acids, which help with the formation of collagen in the body. Sourced from the best raw material, our collagen is extracted exclusively from the scales of wild, sustainable fish from the deep, clean waters of the South Pacific Ocean. Just add to your water and drink!

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Health Canada approved, Kosher, Non GMO verified, dairy, gluten and soy free, tested for heavy metals. 

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As always if you have concerns with the weather change wreaking havoc on your skin, book in for a service or consult with a SkinScience team member. We will be happy to help you choose the best options for your skins health!

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