Moisturizing

For the sake of understanding the rest of the content of this post, let’s do a quick refresher on the anatomy of the skin, shall we? The skin has 3 layers, from superficial to deep, namely: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. When we moisturize the skin, we target the epidermis, which itself is made up of…

Spotlight on: Garnier Botanical Range

Hello, happy New Year, and welcome back! I interrupt the Science of Skincare (S.o.S) series to give you a sneak peak into the products which I personally have been loving recently. Being the product junkie I am, I’ve often found it difficult to track the products which truly make an impact in my skin care…

I don’t want no scrub: lets talk exfoliation

The American Academy of Dermatology defines exfoliation as “the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin.” Unless you have a skin pathology which results in an abnormally high turnover of cells, the epidermis (the outermost layer) regenerates every 4 weeks, on average. These shed cells can act as a…

The Cleanse: The what & how of skin cleansing

Hello again, lovelies. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, bear in mind that each and everything we do (or should be doing) for our skin is to maintain it’s barrier so it can perform its function. If you need a refresher on the structure and function of the skin, take a quick look at this…

S.o.S 1: What’s Your Type?

First up in the Science of Skincare series- skin types. I’ve decided to start here because as we do in medicine, you cannot treat that which you haven’t diagnosed. It is super important to understand how your skin behaves, because that informs which products and practices are for you. The common way that people describe…

The Building Blocks of Every Skin Routine

  When I was planning to write this post, I pretty much knew what I would include: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturise. Simple enough, right? Besides, thats pretty much what we’ve all done, in one way or the other, since forever. It was shaping up to be a straight-forward post, until the scientist in me paused…

The Skin: Why should you care?

For many, the skin is simply your outer body covering-nothing more, nothing less. Wrong. For those with a medical background, this will be a throwback to first/second year anatomy and physiology. For those without, this will be a free, simplified lesson about the skin- the what and hows.  Before we get into a few interesting…

Welcome.

My name is Ziph’ezinhle Moyo. I am a 25 year old South African who hails from the city of gold, Johannesburg. My day (and night) job is a medical doctor in a hospital somewhere in Gauteng. Skin Deep(er) is born from my childhood dream of becoming a Dermatologist. Ever since I was a child, I…