Winter can be a changeling time for our skin! Cold dry air can make maintaining a healthy complexion difficult, but it’s not impossible with proper care. Here are some of my top expert tips for keeping your skin looking (and most importantly feeling) its best during the winter months.
1. Moisturize quickly!
Applying your moisturizer within 60 seconds of washing your face, or exiting the shower, ensures maximum hydration. After just 1 minute lapses, bare skin will begin to dehydrate as dry air extracts its moisture. To best protect your skin, give it an instant boost with a hydrating toner immediately after washing. Toner’s that include ingredients such as lactic acid can hydrate and help ingredients penetrate better, while brightening and helping to restore the skin’s ph after cleansing.
2. Increase Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)!
They’re the building blocks of healthy cellular membranes which help produce the skin's natural oil barrier. Critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking, EFA’s are easily obtained by consuming foods like avocados, Brazilian nuts and fish or fish oil.
3. Intensify hydration!
You may need more than what you’re getting from your moisturizer. If your skin feels tight and dehydrated, consider a gentle enzyme exfoliant a couple of times each week. It’ll address dead skin cells and brighten your skin, while allowing your product to better absorb into the skin. I also recommend adding a serum to your regime. Serums are applied directly to the skin after cleansing and toning. They contain more active ingredients that address specific individual skincare concerns, and they can be tremendously impactful. Oh, and you’ve heard it before, DRINK MORE WATER! It aids in detoxification, keeps skin clear, hydrated, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles too!
Use a humidifier and/or diffuser! If you heat with a wood stove or if you feel the air in your environment is dry, a humidifier is a great way to add moisture into the air and improve breathing. As an added treat, I love putting essential oils in a diffuser to help relax and unwind. Just remember to clean humidifier and diffusers frequently using vinegar.
4. Implement vitamins as antioxidants
There are two levels of cellular damage that occur from free radicals that aggravate many skin conditions, oxidative stress, and lipid peroxidation. Oxidative stress is the loss of both oil and water soluble antioxidants with the immediate environment around the protective membrane. Vitamins A and C are essential as the building blocks of collagen. Collagen is major part of the weave of the skin, its principal function being to help maintain resilience, skin density, and structural integrity in the tissues.
5. Beware of Fragrances, dyes and fillers
Most synthetic fragrances and preservatives are derived from petroleum distillates or coal tar. A majority of these individual ingredients can cause a variety of reactions in the skin. Along with essential oils, all of these ingredients can be a real concern for those with sensitive skin. Carefully review the ingredients in your skincare products or speak to an expert for guidance.
6. Switch it up!
As the climate changes, so will your skincare needs. The dryness of winter air requires more intense moisturizer and supporting products, while in the humidity of the summer you may want to switch to something lighter.
7. Don't skip sunscreen.
The reflective surface of the snow can intensify UV rays increasing your exposure. UV damage is responsible for degrading cellular DNA in the skin thus causing premature aging. This intensity is often stronger than the mid-day summer sun. Without fail, a moisturizer with the formulation of UVA/UVB protection should be applied to your skin every single day to protect your skin from the damaging rays. SPF should be applied to both the face and the neck every two hours when outside.
8. Practice proper product order!
Products are most effective when properly applied in the correct order- cleanse, toner, serum, eye serum and then moisturizer morning and night. During the day always follow the moisturizer with a SPF. Skincare is complex, and with such a wide variety of available products, it can be overwhelming. That’s where my expertise and that of my team can be your best skincare ally. During a facial service estheticians can guide you how to care for your skin at home to maintain healthy skin for a lifetime.