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Women's Health

Skin Care by Seasons

Summer.  Fall (Autumn). Winter... While many of our customers are enjoying the glorious days of summer, cold winter days are upon us here in New Zealand. And my skin is feeling it.


Changes in the environment especially the weather, impact our skin. The skin can even change its type with the changing weather. My normally combination skin is showing definite signs of dryness around my cheeks. My body is also absorbing all the body lotion that I apply.

Sometimes irritation, flaking and break outs also result from the skin trying to adapt changing seasons. And that’s why it is important to understand the effects of seasonal change on the skin and why your skin care regimen needs to change with the changing weather.


The increase in temperature causes the skin to secrete more oil and that’s why in the summer, your skin type tends to change from dry to normal or normal to oily. This oil clogs your pores. To clean them up use a deep cleanser to ensure that the pores are not only clean but the pH balance of the skin is maintained too.

It is time to use your moisturizer differently. Moisturize with less skin care product but moisturize more often. Summer is the time when the skin responds well to extra moisture.

Fall (Autumn)

Due to the exposure to the elements and skin dehydration during summer, the skin feels and looks dry. Fine lines appear and become visible, giving the skin an aged look. This is also called photo-aging.  So during fall (autumn), make sure you get rid of the dead and damaged cells with exfoliation. This will prepare the skin to take in the moisture and nutrition that a good moisturizer provides.

It is important to give your skin the moisture it needs, so moisturize at least twice daily – in the morning and at night. To address and reverse the signs of sun damage, use a moisturizer that contains antioxidants that nourish your skin. Also apply a hydrating mask once a week.


During winter the skin goes through a lot of stress.

When outside, due to the cold temperatures, blood circulation in your facial skin is poor, slowing down the regenerative processes in your skin. The skin loses its healthy color and becomes dull or pale. Indoor heating during winter creates a dry environment that adversely affects the skin. The skin loses its moisture leaving it tight, dry and flaky.

This difference between cold outdoors and warm and dry indoors stresses the skin. It cannot naturally maintain a balance between these two environments and results in loss of hydration, irritation, widened capillaries and redness. As experienced in summer, the winter months can also cause changes in skin type - oily skin becomes normal, while normal displays signs of being dry, and can become very sensitive and often irritated.

During winter

  1. Go easier with skin cleansing. Extreme weather weakens the skin’s balance and protective barriers. Intensive cleaning with strong alcohol based cleansers will only worsen your skin’s health. The best cleansers are foaming cleansers that are natural one with no harsh chemical.
  2. Moisturize more often. To combat dry and stressed skin during the day, pick moisturizers that have natural softening ingredients like oil and wax. At night, pick moisturizers that have humectants which help retain moisture. It is very important to remember that the whole body needs moisturizing especially in winter, and not just your face. Use body lotion on your whole body frequently

My daily regimen includes the day cream and the night cream after a clean with foaming cleanser.


Xtend-Life skin care products have a strong nutritional foundation. Extensive research and development goes into making these products safe. After all you are indirectly eating the products and ingredients that you apply on your skin – the largest organ in your body.

Xtend-Life’s skin care range for men and women has products that nourish the skin through all seasons. Quality essential humectants such as natural vitamin E, manuka honey, essential oils such as macadamia oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, Shea butter, Jojoba oil and most importantly, the most effective form of CoenzymeQ10 - Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10 make this skin care range very effective across all seasons and for all skin types.

All year round, help your skin to regain its energy and strength by taking an antioxidant supplement. Important antioxidants for the skin are Vitamin B and E. Nourish the skin from inside by taking a high quality fish oil supplement. Xtend-Life’s Total Balance range has all the essential vitamins, while Omega 3 Premium and Omega 3 QH/Ultra fulfill the skin’s need for effective and quality fish oil. Lycopene and the astaxanthin present in these products acts as natural sunscreen protecting your skin from photo-aging.

Our skin care solution is based on nutrition from inside and outside.


  • “This is for Mary Im from Dominican Republic and we have sun everytime. My skin tone is medium and I have combination skin. Althoug I have been blessed with my skin it becomes better and better since I begin to use the eye countour serum and restorative nigth cream. I use a spectrum broad in face and neck every time I GO OUT during the day, and almost every day you can use milk at least 15 minutes to clean your face and prevent log pores. Clean your face two times a day and try these products, they are amazin! The results will be seen in a few days. ”

    ESTELA August 09 2013

  • “Do you have a skin care gift pack? (For women.) Thanks, Launa”

    Launa Welton March 02 2013

  • “Hi Launa Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we do not have gift packs of our skincare range.  However, I will submit your suggestion to our marketing team. Irrespective of not having a gift pack, I am sure you will agree, that our skincare range would indeed make a lovely gift for anyone lucky enough to be the recipient of it. Whoever you are planning to give the skincare too are indeed very lucky to have you in their lives :) Kind regards Tracey”

    Tracey March 06 2013

  • “Hello my name is Carly Pasenow. I recently went on your site. I love that you have provided a routine for winter skincare. However you do not have any products for a fall, spring and summer routine. Please email me, telling me what skincare products from your line your suggest for each season. If it helps I an oily skin type.”

    Carly Pasenow December 19 2013

  • “Are your products, skin care and supplements Halal? Thank you.”

    Nadia October 05 2013

  • “I am dark skin- combination type- monthly cycle related acne. I live in the tropics (the island of St. Martin) year ‘round sunshine. The reviewers on the skincare products doesn’t indicate their ethnicicity. Can dark skin benefit from your skincare products. Would like really like some feed back from women of color on the various product. ”

    Marie March 27 2013

  • “<p class= x_MsoNormal >Dear Nadia <p class= x_MsoNormal >Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in our products. <p class= x_MsoNormal >That is a very good question! There are a lot of ingredients used in our products (for example we use over 80 different ingredients in Total Balance Womens Premium), and only some of them have halal certificates provided by the suppliers.  Therefore, it will be a long process to have all our products certified halal . <p class= x_MsoNormal >We list all our ingredients under each product on our website which may help you to decide if these products are suitable for your consumption. <p class= x_MsoNormal >Fortunately, we do use halal certified bovine gelatin in our fish oil capsules.  Although the rest of the ingredients in the fish oils are not certified halal, they come from sources that are suitable for customers looking for a halal supplement. <p class= x_MsoNormal >I hope this helps information is helpful Nadia? If you have any additional questions or would like help placing an order please feel free to contact our customer service team at <a href= > <p class= x_MsoNormal >Kind regards <p class= x_MsoNormal >Korina Customer Relations Representative”

    Customer Relations October 17 2013

  • “Dear Carly, Thank-you for contacting us and for your interest in our products. That is an excellent question! It is true that the various seasons have different effects on the skin, and so it is a good idea to adjust your skin care routine accordingly. In the summer for example the skin tends to secrete more natural oils. It is a good idea therefore to use a good cleanser to help clean the pores. For this we can recommend our Foaming Facial Cleanser.  This product contains ingredients such as manuka honey and kiwi fruit extract to support maintaining the skins pH balance. This may help to reduce blemishes over the summer months and balance the amount of oils produced. On top of this you may also like to use the Deep Active Cleansing Mask. This contains ingredients that penetrate deeply and may also help to get rid of dirt from deep within the pores. Of course it is always good idea to use our Day and Night Cream that contain anti aging ingredients to support the skins natural repair processes. In the fall, the air is dryer and so becomes the skin. In this season it is a good idea to continue to use the Day and Night Creams, but you may also like to use the Hydrating Mask to boost the moisture of the skin once a week. Finally in the spring, during this time you may like to use our Foaming Facial Cleanser to support pH balance, our Day and Night Cream that may support the skins repair processes and keep it nice and hydrated. At this time you may also like to use our Hydrating and Cleansing mask and alternate using these once per week. I hope you find this information useful Carly. We would be delighted to help you with any further questions you may have.  Our hours of operation are New Zealand time, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.  Our free phone numbers are USA and Canada: 1888 487 9304, UK 0 800 520 0311, Australia 1 800 983635, New Zealand 0508 983635. The rest of the world is 0064 03 384 5574.  Or email us at <a href= >  We look forward to hearing from you soon.   Kind Regards,   Joanna Buchajczyk Online Nutritionist ”

    Customer Relations January 08 2014

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