Wintertime is still in full effect, even in San Diego (on some days).
By now, you know the seasonal wardrobe shift drill: out with tanks and sundresses and in with fluffy coats, cozy hats and warm scarves. Well, it’s equally important to shift your daily skincare routine too.
Winter’s Impact on the Skin
Rainy and snowy weather is comforting, but it can wreak havoc on the skin. The change in humidity, the exposure to indoor heaters and the general increase in longer hot showers can leave your skin feeling dry, dull, itchy and sensitive.
When the air starts to chill, your body tries to hold in heat by narrowing the blood vessels. As a result, the outer layers of the skin become dry and dull, leading to flaking and cracking. These small cracks expose the skin nerves to air, resulting in eczema and itchy skin. And, if you transition from cold to heat quickly (like hopping in the shower after a brisk snowy walk), you can cause the veins in your face to burst as they try to contract and expand too rapidly. Ultimately, this can lead to redness and irritation.
TLC: Seasonal Skincare
In cold and dry conditions, the skin is less able to protect itself, leading to cracks in the outer layer of the skin, loss of hydration and inflammation. Beyond this, the skin is the barrier that keeps water inside of the body, so when winter conditions hit, water evaporates off your skin’s surface faster and easier, resulting in dry and itchy skin.
Dry, inflamed skin is fragile, so extra TLC is needed to protect your lipid layer during this season.
Here’s what you need to maintain your perfect face during the winter wonderland season.
These ingredients are essential in your wintertime skincare lineup:
- Antioxidants: decrease inflammation caused by free radicals and block abnormal pigmentation production, resulting in brighter skin.
- Peptides: increase the production of collagen and elastin, which are responsible for firmness and elasticity in the skin and aid in the recovery process to repair damaged skin.
- Glycerin: draw hydration toward the skin, as glycerin holds many times its weight in water.
- Aloe Vera: soothe and support irritated, itchy skin.
- Ceramides: repair protective skin barrier and hold on to moisture.
- Retinol: speed up cell turnover, which helps flaky, dull skin look more vibrant and healthier.
- Lactic Acid: exfoliates and maintains moisture levels.
Other ingredients to look out for include squalene, niacinamide and linoleic acid.
Your skincare regimen should be focused on products that brighten, sooth, hydrate and protect your skin during the winter.
These are my essentials:
Enriched Biotherapy: This moisturizer tackles every winter skincare issue in one. Featuring high-performing ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this moisturizer is all about nourishing and repairing the skin barrier so you can keep hydration in and pollutants out. The product may also help brighten dreary winter discoloration.
Hyaluronic Plus: This serum is like a drink of fresh water during winter’s drying and windy days. It not only helps your skin retain moisture, it creates a natural barrier between your skin and the environment. And, if you’re color concerned, Hyaluronic Plus helps reduce wintertime redness. You may notice a plumping effect on the skin and softening of fine lines too. That’s because hyaluronic acid gets deep into the skin and holds 1000x it’s weight in water. Yes please!
Total Repair Serum: Packed with a dream team cast of ingredients like L-carnitine, caviar, urea, gluconolactone, seaweed and hyaluronic acid, this serum is a ten-in-one product, and I love to multitask when I can. Total Repair keeps skin hydrated and moist, reduces inflammation, speeds cellular renewal, and has a firming effect on the skin. The glow is real - even in the dead of winter.
Biocellulose Recovery Mask: This mask is my pick for a weekly wintertime treat to address dry and irritated seasonal skin. The mask’s hyaluronic acid seals in moisture at the cellular level, while calming ingredients like chamomile and cucumber soothe irritated, red and itchy skin.
During the winter, I recommend a gentle cleanser to avoid additional irritation. If you opt for an exfoliant, look for one that also acts as a humectant so you can stay moisturized too.
Finally, it goes without saying, but daily sun protection remains a must during the winter! UVA rays can still penetrate through windows and clouds, as well as reflect off snow, into the deepest layer of the skin during the winter season.
Skincare swaps are a start, but you can also protect your skin around your home by investing in a humidifier to fight the dry indoor heater, as well as shortening your showers (and turning it down to a lukewarm temperature) to prevent any additional skin cracking and irritation.
I’ll see you on the slopes - glowing, hydrated face and all.
Best wintertime wishes,