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You’ve All Been asking For It, So Here It Is: My Recipe For Your Office Skin Woes


Is that office/home heating or aircon making your skin more touchy than a Bachelor contestant? Then hand a rose to this Dermalogica duo and kiss red, dehydrated skin goodbye.

As the weather drops, you’ve all been asking for my recommendations on maintaining skin in the harsh drying conditions that artificial heating or air-con environments have on your skin… so here it is!

No matter what time of year it is, the office environment can often feel like Siberia.

And I’m not talking about the frosty politics or unreasonable deadlines, but rather, the blasting aircon that can leave complexions more irritated and flaky than an Alaskan explorer.

The bottom line is, 8 in 10 women have sensitised their skin in the past year, with 76% experiencing redness and/or irritation, while a whopping 81% of women say their skin feels tight and dry (Source: Dermalogica).

While there are many lifestyle and pollution factors that aggravate the sensitivity of skins, an air-conditioned office is the number one culprit of a dehydrated environment, seeping water molecules from the air.

If you load up on your usual product before hot-footing it to work, yet still come back with skin that’s drier than stale bread, then you’ll realise that your usual skin care may not cut the mustard when it comes to battling sensitivity and extreme office environments.

Luckily, the folks at Dermalogica rode in like a knight and developed an iconic duo that helps precious skins retain water in these harsh environments, restore and protect against future moisture loss (eat your heart out, Sonny and Cher).

Kiss sensitive skin symptoms goodbye with the Ultra Calming Duo!

The staple of the range is definitely the Calm Water Gel, which provides a soothing salve for a dry and mildly-sensitive complexion.

Although it applies like a gel, it turns into a cooling cream once massaged into the skin and utilises two different forms of Hyaluronic Acid that work together to a) provide immediate hydration and b) defend against further moisture loss.

Its yummy botanic ingredients like Aloe vera leaf juice, Apple fruit and Cactus Pear make skin instantly feel calm, hydrated, soft and plump on contact. Plus, the super-absorbent formula feels like velvet on the skin.

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Dermalogica fan, and it’s because of products like the Calming Water Gel  that this brand has me hook, line and sinker. Bottom line, this is my perfect pre-work moisturiser both personally and on set, because I have looong days and its smoothing texture lets makeup glide on like a dream. I actually love it on shoots because even as I’m taking off makeup between takes, the Cactus Plant leaves a protective barrier on the client’s skin to decrease damage and water loss!

Furthermore, as we go into these colder months, our skins will need a boost both in and out of the office.

Dermalogica’s Barrier Defense Booster is that boost; a concentrated elixir that is compatible with skin oils that soothes, nourishes, moisturises, relieves dryness and locks in moisture like a boss (well, maybe not your boss, but you get what I’m saying).

Basically, it’s another amazing aide to reinforce skin barrier integrity against future irritation, help combat sensitivity and prevent those symptoms before they start.

With an easy-to-apply dropper, the booster is perfect for adding to your current serums, moisturisers and masks for extra mileage, which I do regularly both on myself and with my clients.

If you want a hero product during the colder months or suffer extreme dryness in your office (or inside a plane), then the BDB is your secret weapon. It’s also fabulous to help your skin recover post a laser treatment and for treating eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Long story short, the Ultra-Calming Duo is like Batman and Robin – they don’t just comfort and soothe, but defend against future flare-ups by restoring the skin’s protective barrier.

Other things I recommend are upping your intake of coconut oil and upping your pro-biotics and vitamin supplements (which I’ll cover in my next post).

Bring on holiday skin all year round I say!

MM x

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