Fall 2011 / Winter 2012


About Face

How to Weather Winter and Keep Your Skin Looking Healthy
by Melissa Broughton

About Face

Photograph by Danny Inglewood

The change to winter’s cooler temperatures can take a toll on all skin types, causing dryness and fine lines. But no matter what Mother Nature does, you can still look and feel your best.

Maintaining hydration in your skin during the harsh winter months depends on two key factors: exfoliation and the use of hydrating products. As we age, our normal cell turnover slows down, causing skin to become dry. Exfoliation is a simple way to improve skin texture and increase product absorption.

Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara offers several treatments to help combat dry skin. Mandara’s signature Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial is “the first-ever treatment of its kind that allows skin to clean, peel and heal in one session,” explains Jennifer Greene, Mandara’s aesthetician. “Patented micro-encapsulated enzyme therapy enhances the exfoliation process by breaking down dead cells that make the skin appear dull and uneven without damaging living skin cells.”

Through resurfacing, this facial targets fine lines, superficial scarring and uneven skin tone. Greene says a single treatment can leave your skin noticeably smoother and more refined.

Advice for winter skin care from Mandara aesthetician Jennifer Greene:

Studies show that ninety percent of wrinkles are sun-induced. Even in winter, the sun is damaging. Always wear sunscreen to protect against spots and premature aging.

Maintaining hydration is equally important. Drink sufficient water throughout the day to stay hydrated inside as well as on the surface.

Don’t be afraid of change. Our skin changes with the seasons, and you may need to use different products: perhaps a creamy cleanser or heavier moisturizer, depending on your skin type.

Use hydrating products. Look for ingredients such as avocado oil, peptides and antioxidants.

Defy the eyes’ aging. Invest in an Elemis eye cream with anti-aging benefits and hydrating ingredients. With proper care, you can diminish the appearance of crow’s feet around the delicate eye area.