With winter upon us, our skin is adjusting to the drier air, harsher wind and freezing temperatures outside. Many of my clients have been asking for winter skin care tips so in this article, you'll learn:
- Why winter is so hard on our skin
- 5 ways to adjust your skin care for winter
- 3 key products you'll need
Winter is the most challenging season for our skin. Between the harsh wind, freezing cold and dry air indoors, difficult for our skin to retain moisture.
It's very common for the skin to become dry, itchy and even sensitive. Although we can't control the extreme temperatures indoors and outdoors, we can control our water temperature when washing our face. Always stick to lukewarm to avoid dehydrating your skin further!
To prevent and protect your skin during these cold winter months, here are 5 simple yet powerful winter skin care adjustments you can make at home.
1. HYDRATE YOUR SKIN DAY AND NIGHT
It's easy to get dehydrated during the winter. You can identify when your skin is dehydrated; you'll notice chapped lips, your skin may feel tight or even itchy and you may notice that your skin has a shiny appearance.
Be mindful to drink plenty of water, warm herbal tea and try to sip it throughout the day. Unfortunately, drinking plenty of water will hydrate your body but will not be enough to hydrate your skin!
Since your skin is on the outside of your body, it will be the last organ to get hydrated so we must do so topically using a hydrating toner followed by a hydrating serum. It's critical to apply your serum while your skin is still damp from your hydrating toner both day and night to quench your skin's thirst.
Look for one or more of the following ingredients in your hydrating products:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Cassia Seed
- Aloe Vera
- Sodium PCA
My favourite hydrating serum for sensitive and acne-prone skin is the HydrExtreme serum. It's clinically proven to outperform the leading hydrating serums on the market and able to retain moisture in the skin longer than hyaluronic acid!
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2. ADD AN OIL SERUM TO YOUR EVENING SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Plant oils have diverse fatty acid profiles that bring antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to your skin. By incorporating an oil serum as the last step of your evening skin care routine, the natural plant oils will lock in all the hydrating ingredients and prevent them from evaporating.
New clients with oily, acne-prone skin are often hesitant to use oils on their skin. However, using a non-comedogenic oil can do wonders for your skin this time of year. My favourite acne-safe oil is squalane oil as I've seen it protect and repair my own skin, as well as many of my clients' skin as well!
Intense Moisture Squalane Oil
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3. KEEP UP WITH YOUR SUNSCREEN
Don't ditch your sunscreen as you need it just as much as you did in the summer! Here's why:
Although ultraviolet aging rays (UVA) rays are less intense in terms of heat than ultraviolet burning rays (UVB), they are present all year round. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "UVA accounts for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the earth. These rays maintain the same level of strength during daylight hours throughout the year. This means that during a lifetime, we are all exposed to a high level of UVA rays."
Even though we cannot see or feel them, UVA rays have a longer wavelength that allows them to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and significantly contribute to prematurely aging the skin.
For the same reason, UVA rays penetrates clouds, windshields and glass windows. They are also reflected by the snow, and intensify our exposure two-fold. Protect your skin from aging prematurely by using a sunscreen as the last step in your morning routine.
You can either continue using the same sunscreen as you did in the summer and simply apply a moisturizer underneath to provide additional support. Alternatively, you can choose a heavier sunscreen this time of year and ideally one that contains silicones to act as a shield from wind and cold to protect your skin's moisture levels throughout the day. Try the Ultra Zinc SPF 40 if you haven't already!
4. RUN A HUMIDIFIER IN YOUR BEDROOM WHILE YOU SLEEP
While you sleep, your skin is healing and repairing itself. When moisture in the air decreases due to dry heat indoors, water from our skin evaporates and leaves our skin cells vulnerable to dehydration, lines and wrinkles. Putting moisture in the air will help to keep it in your skin!
5. TAKE SPECIAL CARE OF YOUR LIPS
The worst thing you can do to your lips in the winter is lick them. Saliva is very acidic and can be irritating because the skin on our lips is thinner and actually different from the skin found elsewhere on our face.
Finish your morning and evening skin care routine with a lip product that will hydrate and protect your lips from the harsh winter outside. My favourite is the Advanced Lip Serum as it doesn't cause lip line breakouts like most lip balms do.
HydrExtreme Advanced Lip Serum
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AND DON'T FORGET TO APPLY HAND CREAM!
Washing your hands with a gentle wash (that does not contain sodium laureth or lauryl sulfate) is critical to keep cold, flu and covid away. Thing is, the health of the skin on our hands is so important in keeping pathogens away and that is possible when using an unscented hand cream. This Healthy Hand Hygiene Kit is a winter skin care must!
I like to keep a travel size hand cream at every sink and in my purse so that I don't forget to care for my hands after washing them or using hand sanitizer.
Now you know how to take care of skin in winter naturally. Increase moisture and water levels in your skin by replenishing hydration and adding an oil at night to seal in moisture. Continue using sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays and the harsh winter environment. Be mindful of using tepid water when cleansing, run a humidifier in your bedroom and avoid licking your lips. Lastly, use a hand cream before putting on your gloves and don't forget your scarf - it makes a big difference in protecting your skin!