Your biggest skin care challenges solved with Refineé June 7, 2017 07:00

Apart from any inherent factors that determine what type of skin you have, there are many internal and external factors that affect the way your skin looks and feels. Knowing how these factors affect the skin is important if your goal is to keep your skin looking radiant and feeling its best for as long as possible.

To keep it simple let’s look at four obvious external factors affecting the skin:

Poor skincare:  lack of proper daily skincare, or incorrect skincare, can be a major factor affecting the skin’s condition.  For example, poor hygiene can lead to damage from acne or using the wrong products for your skin type can strip the skin and damage the protective barrier of the skin, leading to premature wrinkles and other damage.

Sun damage (Photoageing): the main cause of premature ageing of the skin is sun damage.  The sun’s harmful UV-A and UV-B rays’ break down the skin’s support structure – the all-important collagen and elastin that keeps our skin tight and supple.  Someone with sun damaged skin will have deeper lines and wrinkles compared to someone who does not have sun damage. The texture of the skin will be rougher, tougher, thicker and dehydrated and there may be areas of prominent blood vessels and uneven skin tone.  Damage from tanning machines and sunbeds can cause the same damage and produce the same results as natural sunlight.

Environmental Exposure: exposure to extreme weather conditions (cold, heat, wind, rain and sudden changes in temperature), pollutants and poor air quality all adversely affect the skin’s quality, resulting in dryness and dehydration.

Occupation: depending on where you work, the environment at work can affect the skin – things such as hot or humid conditions, a dusty environment – even overly dry air in the workplace from air conditioning or heating, affects the skin’s condition. 

There are several internal factors which also have a detrimental effect on the skin:

Stress: when the body is subjected to regular stress and tension it can cause sensitivity and allergies in the skin as well as encourage the formation of lines around the eyes and mouth

Hormones: the natural hormonal changes in the body affect the condition of the skin. 

Smoking:  the effects of smoking has been linked to premature aging, lines and wrinkles.  Nicotine deprives the skin’s tissue of essential oxygen, leaving the skin looking dull. Smoking destroys Vitamins B and C in the body which are important for healthy skin.  And finally, smoking increases the pore size on the skin and increases the formation of lines around the eyes and mouth.

Water consumption: the skin is made up of about 70% water.  When we deprive our bodies of enough water, toxicities build up in the skin and it becomes dehydrated.

Alcohol: Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the skin – it draws essential water from the tissue

Exercise: we all know that regular exercise is good for us – so it’s no surprise that it’s good for your skin too.  Regular exercise promotes good circulation and increased oxygen to the skin.

Sleep:  getting enough sleep is one of the most effective regenerators for the skin.

Diet: healthy skin is not only a sign of good skincare, it’s a sign that you have healthy eating habits too. 

Free Radicals: these are parts of oxygen molecules that are found in the body.  As a result of the external factors outlined above – smoking, pollution, sunlight etc. Free radicals attack the skin at the cellular level causing the quality of newly formed skin cells to deteriorate.

How can we prevent these factors from influencing the quality of our skin – by using high quality skin care ingredients!

Refineé Age-Reversing Skin Care is a technology advanced line of products that have harnessed the awesome power of peptide therapy combined with the healing power of botanical ingredients. Peptides, which are small chains of amino acids, proteins, which are the building blocks of every living tissue. These proteins when applied topically, can repair damage done to the skin on the cellular level. The results from using peptides on the skin is brighter, firmer, and more youthful looking skin. By combining peptide complexes and the healing power of plants, using the exclusive PepSyn complex, Refineé calms and soothes the skin, balances moisture and protects the skin from free radical attacks.

Our favourite botanical ingredient is Argan Oil due to its healing power because it is enriched with Vitamin A and E, antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids and helps to boost skin cell production. The Refineé Hydrating Gel Mask contains an Argan oil complex which helps to protect the skin from aging free radicals as it helps restore elasticity. Another important ingredient is the antioxidant Vitamin C which clinically shows to absorb free radicals that damage skin as it increases cellular energy to fight the formation of wrinkles and support the cellular matrix. Refineé has two products containing Vitamin C – a treatment serum called Refineé Intensive ‘C’ which assists with brightening the skin, fading age spots and hyperpigmentation and our Refineé Citrus ‘C’ Detox Mask which clarifies and brightens with Vitamin C and Goji berry.

The final step to any skin care regiment is to protect the skin from UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Refineé Protective Day Lotion with SPF30 is a light-weight mineral sunscreen with a level 30 protection from the sun which hydrates with antioxidants and green tea. We highly recommend a sun protector that you can use daily which compliments your skincare regime and is light enough to be worn under your makeup.

Refineé Professional Anti-Aging Skincare is developed for use on the face, neck and hands with a combination of peptides and natural botanicals.