Friday, April 5, 2013

Ask Ava your beauty questions

Ava is a qualified beauty therapist working for Dr Wendy. People can submit questions for response.

From Ashley S. (aged 25)  in Lower Hutt (NZ) asks "I have oily skin so why do I need a moisturiser. Won't it make my skin oilier?

Ava replies- oily skin stills get dehydrated due to lack of water, not oil. The skin responds by producing even more sebum (oil). Also as more of us are working in air conditioned or centrally heated environments which also dry out the skin as well as the air. Using a light moisturiser on a daily basis helps to maintain the correct balance of oil & water in the skin. Also I cannot recommend enough you should always include some sort of clarifying or anti bacterial toner which is free from alcohol and harsh drying ingredients into your daily routine.

From Margaret G. (aged 45) from Taihape (NZ). I work outdoors a lot and my skin is getting dryer as I age. I try and wear sunblock block was wondering if I need to really use a night cream or are they just a marketing hype?

Ava replies: Good on you for using sun block! So many people don't bother. Remember to use in winter as well. As we know our skin changes with age and tends to get drier. The skin actually behaves differently at night as we sleep. The facial muscles are more relaxed and cellular turnover and repair happens then as well. Usually night creams tend to be richer than a day cream and may contain ingredients which may be UV reactive which will deteriorate during the day. Vitamin C is a good example of this. Night creams are designed to not evaporate quickly. A simple way to boost your night treatment is to add a serum underneath your normal moisturiser (this is perfect if you don't like a heavy product on your skin). Alternatively use your day moisturiser but don't rub it in as much so you are leaving a fine film on the skin.

Ava's handy tip- if you are concerned about the skin under your eyes then use a cotton bud to apply your eye cream- you don't use as much as your finger and it is gentler.