Winter has finally ended and in its path has left us with dehydrated, dull lifeless skin.
Most of this can be blamed on extreme temperature changes: cold outside, heaters blasting in the home, car & office, it’s no wonder our skin is depleted of any excess hydration. Also playing a part is the fact that our skin cell turnover (our natural exfoliation process) often slows in winter, leaving us with a build up of dead skin cells on the surface.
Winter is officially here and along with it comes rain, cold, illnesses and a condition called ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ (SAD).
Better known as the “Winter Blues” SAD is a medical condition that can seriously affect how people feel. Experts believe that reduced exposure to light, less venturing outside and shorter and colder days result in a reduced production of serotonin, the happy hormone produced in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain which regulates mood, appetite and sleep.
As summer comes every year, we all look forward to the warmer weather, days spent at the beach and bronzing up our winter skin’s. But most of us tend to forget the more serious & dangerous side of the sun. Did you know that 4000 people are diagnosed with either melanoma or invasive melanoma every year in New Zealand? That is around 11 people every single day.
Skin therapists are not only concerned with the cosmetic side of sun damage, which we see presented as hyper pigmentation and premature aging, but also the real reality of skin cancers.