With the blustery temperatures and frigid air of winter, National Winter Skin Relief Day on January 8 reminds us of all the ways we can keep our skin from withering under the harshest of elements. While we all love the glittery magic, the dropping temperatures outside sap the amount of moisture in the air. Our skin is first to notice.
As winter kicks into high gear, make room for a new set of routines to keep your skin healthy, vibrant, and glowing. Here are a few dermatologist-approved tips to keep your skin happy and well hydrated through the winter.
Why Does the Cold Impact Our Skin?
In cold, dry winter climates, your skin may be prone to irritation. Why does the cold impact your skin? Cold weather is typically linked to a decrease in humidity. Pair that with windy temperatures and heaters, your skin may be thirsting for moisture.
Fear not — although the winter climate can take a poll, there are plenty of opportunities to keep your skin dewy, moisturized, and happy despite the snowy cold. Here are some of our favorite dermatologist-approved tips:
Refine your daily skin routine
Start with a gentle cleanser to calm, strengthen, and restore moisture to your skin barrier. Then, apply a high-impact moisturizer or serum twice daily.
We recommend our All-in-One Serum, a dual-weight hyaluronic acid (HA) and snow mushroom extract. Micro- and macro-molecules of HA are able to hold 1000x their weight in water. We pair this with Snow Mushroom Extract (bacterially fermented HA) with smaller particles for skin-deep penetration, and bio-organic Rose Hydrosol for intense, multi-layer hydration.
Don’t forget SPF
That’s right. Even in the colder months, the sun still impacts your skin—and if it reflects off the snow, it can cause damage. Apply your daily SPF before heading outside and your skin will stay happy and healthy.
Look for superstar ingredients.
Certain ingredients can be particularly helpful during the colder months. Skincare products with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide are both particularly potent.
Hyaluronic acid, a long-time favorite, is the ultimate dry skin savior. With its unique ability to bind and retain water molecules, Hyaluronic acid provides multi-depth hydration and prevents from water loss, naturally maintaining skin's smoother, radiant youthful look and bounce.
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 helps build proteins in the skin and offers protection from environmental damage, pollution, and photoprotection. Seen as a super ingredient, Niacinamide does superhero work as it keeps the skin well hydrated and balanced. It is most loved for helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented age spots, and even rosacea.
Protect your skin from pollution.
Exposure to pollution can have a dulling impact on your skin. From exposure to blue wavelengths, which can cause skin damage via free radical generation, to air contamination in many of the world’s big cities, it’s essential to protect your skin from pollution and environmental stress. Combat any environmental hazards with our Resurrection Bio-Luminous Dewy Essence, a multi-correctional silky essence that replenishes, protects, and adds an instant dewy glow. Our youth-restoring Orpheus Flower Cell Peptide Complex ® shields your skin from pollution, while deep-penetrating dual hyaluronic acid provides lasting hydration—perfect for the winter temperatures.
Reimagine your winter skin care regimen.
To maintain healthy skin during the cold months, take a peek through your skincare shelf and stop using any skincare products that contain the following ingredients. They can dry out your skin and cause additional irritation:
- Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
- Fragrance, including deodorant soaps
Check out more information about each nasty ingredient in our blog post: On ‘THE CLEAN’ and ‘THE DIRTY' of skincare
In the winter, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Even though you might be sweating less, it’s still essential to replenish your H20. Hit your daily water intake to keep your skin feeling hydrated, plump, and dewy—plus, it’ll help flush any toxins from your system. During the cold weather, you can make yourself a cup of herbal tea to uplift your mood and give you body some extra hydration.
Turn down the heat!
Turn down the heat in your shower or bath during the winter season. Hot water dries out your skin and can cause irritation. Spending 10 minutes in a hot shower will strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness. If you can tolerate it, try lukewarm showers — and after showering, apply a serum and a moisturizer to maintain your skin’s hydration.
As you brave the blustery weather this year, keep tabs on your skin. If you start to feel a little bit dry or tight, you might revisit this list of tips and find the one that works best for you. In the meantime, stay warm and dry!