winterising your skin

Winterising your skin

Cooler weather requires more than just switching to a heavier moisturiser. 

Your skin required some additional TLC during the winter months. Lower humidity levels, extreme cold, varying indoor and outdoor environments can all cause damage to the skins protective outer layer. Vital lipids between cells get stripped away leaving vulnerable gaps in the natural defensive barrier. The end result? Irritants can get in causing sensitivity and inflammation. At the same time, critical moisture gets rapidly sucked out.

How might your skin feel? Dry, tight, itchy, thirsty and possibly tingly or stinging. It can look dull, flaky, drier around the eyes and possibly pink on the cheeks. Being more sensitive and reactive to your usual products and make-up is also a common consequence of gaps in its lipid barrier.

Your hands can also take a beating during the colder months as they too are exposed to the elements. This, coupled with frequent hand washing and generous applications of antibacterial hand sanitizer to fight off colds, can lead to extremely dry, painfully cracked skin. The skin on the legs and the rest of the body may also become reptilian-like as a result of hot bubble baths, thicker heavier petroleum-based creams and restrictive layers of clothing that trap dead cells. This can even lead to breakouts on the chest and back in acne-prone people.

If you naturally have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema or rosacea, flare-ups are more common in colder temps, Nylon's, wool sweaters and dry central heating systems will worsen the condition. Try to wear 100% cotton and natural fabrics and invest in a humidifier for dry indoor environments.

Some winterizing, skin-saving tips are:

For your face:

- Switch out your foaming cleanser for a soothing gel-cream instead to replenish lipids and soothe sensitivity. Try Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser

- Sweep away flakey, dull skin cells with Daily Resurfacer that gently smoothes and brightens while hydrating the skin at the same time

- Maximize your moisturiser absorption with a hydrating toner. This can also be used throughout the day to maintain hydration levels

- For sore, red, irritated skin, comfort with a generous application of UltraCalming Serum Concentrate and use Redness Relief Essence a few times a week to soothe and calm

- Change to a heavier weight moisturiser for more nourishment and protection like Super Rich Repair for day and night

- Repair and diminish dry skin and lines by gently patting Intensive Eye Repair around your eyes.

For the body:

- Avoid hot water when bathing.

- Pat the skin dry, and while the skin is still damp apply your body lotion immediately, avoiding those with artificial colour and fragrance. Try Dermalogica’s Body Hydrating Cream for supreme nourishment and protection from the elements.

- With shower and bath products, avoid soap, artificial fragrance, and high foam products as they dehydrate the skin. Conditioning Body Wash is a soap-free aromatherapy gel with moisturizing ProVitamin b5. 

- Make sure that you exfoliate thoroughly to ensure that you maximize nutrient absorption when applying your moisturiser. 

- Opt for the paraffin dip the next time you get a manicure, it’s good for locking in moisture.