Whether you're a city slicker or a country bumpkin the place you call home can play a role in the health of your skin. According to leading skincare house, Crème Classique, environmental factors such as heat, the wind, low humidity and high altitude can cause your skin to lose moisture and look and feel uncomfortably dry.
Joburg is said to offer one of the world’s best climates: summer days are warm and wind free and winter days are crisp and clear. Temperatures are usually fairly mild due to the city's high elevation but can drop to very chilly when winter hits, especially when the sun goes down. Joburgers often find that their skin needs far more intense hydration from April to August, so rich moisturisers, balms and rejuvenating serums are a must.
"Since the weather doesn't change much in Joburg, your skin has time to acclimate to the season. The high number of dermatologists and skin beauty salons across the city also helps in keeping skin healthy," explains Dr Hardie De Beer, a world-renowned dermatologist and Founder of Crème Classique. "Winters in Joburg, however, do create a dry environment and as a result water is lost from skin cells (keratinocytes), leaving skin feeling sore and chapped. While slathering on moisturiser does give skin a shot of water it's only a temporary fix. One needs a product that will penetrate beyond the skin's surface, deep into the epidermis. One's simple daily beauty routine might not be enough. In addition, Joburg's water is medium to hard and contains high levels of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium. These minerals make it more difficult for water to form a solution with soap, and it leaves behind a scummy residue, resulting in clogged pores. Clogged pores, in turn, can lead to spots, acne, inflammation and worsen skin conditions like acne or eczema. Hard water can also make your skin a bit leathery. Joburg is famous for its night life from concerts, movies and comedy shows but in winter temperatures can drop to 0.8°C on average during the night. With the cold weather coming on, you need to take action now to breathe renewed life into your skin."
Top Tip: Advanced Anti-Ageing - Cell Repair Serum with Matrixyl® Polypeptides and Day/Night Alpha Moisturiser will help keep skin hydrated and youthful. To obtain the best results cleanse with Soap Free Cleanser, apply Beta Hydroxy Gel and then apply Advanced Anti-Ageing Cell Repair Serum followed by the moisturiser of your choice.