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Seasonal Skin Care 101: Winter

Seasonal Skin Care 101: Winter

When the temperature drops in the winter months and there’s less humidity in the air (a.k.a. dryness), the skin can quickly become dry and even dehydrated. That’s because the skin has no source from which to pull moisture, leaving it dry, red, cracked, and dull. Plus, the dry, cold winter weather tends to strip the skin of its natural protective oils, depleting moisture levels. As a result, the drier the skin is, the duller it looks, and the more pronounced lines and wrinkles become.

Wondering about winter skin care? Switch up your skin routine in colder months and incorporate winter skin care products to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. Keep reading to learn how to do it, every product you need, and all the winter skin care tips to know about.

keep it gentle

Daily cleansing is a must, but it’s important to use a more hydrating cleanser in winter. As with all cleansers, the goal is to gently remove pore-clogging dirt, oil, makeup, and debris without disrupting your skin’s pH level or stripping it of its natural oils necessary for optimal barrier function. Look for a gentle cleansing oil that's designed for sensitive skin. Olive oil, antioxidant-rich vitamin E, and fatty acid-rich hemp seed oils will help strengthen skin's barrier and reduce inflammation while leaving the skin comfortable and clean.

If using rich cream is more your thing, try Moisture Positive Cleanser. Its creamy formula is packed with essential oils that balance the skin, making it a must-have winter skin care product for dry skin morning and night. And of course, no matter which one you opt to cleanse with, always follow this winter skin care tip: wash with lukewarm or cold water (never hot!) to prevent the skin from drying out.

boost hydration + lock it in

Winter is the perfect season to up the ante on your hydration game and incorporate a thicker, more emollient-rich moisturizer like Crucial Moisturizer, which is ideal for hydrating dry skin without any oily residue. This strengthening cream relieves dehydrated skin with ultra-lubricating dimethicone and adaptogenic Chinese herbs that protect the skin barrier. A weak barrier makes skin more susceptible to environmental damage.

Another option for extremely dry skin is the emollient-rich Really Rich Moisture cream. With less humidity in the air, the skin needs to draw moisture from somewhere, so it might as well be a replenishing moisturizer. This rich formula reduces that tight, itchy feeling that comes along with dehydrated skin thanks to a non-greasy blend of olive, safflower, avocado, and jojoba oils that work double duty to flood the skin with hydration and alleviate flaking. As a result, the skin looks and feels softer and smoother.

Once skin is properly moisturized, lock it in with a lightweight face oil to add another layer of defense against winter’s harsh elements. Counting occlusive ingredients like argan oil and squalene, this one melts into the skin for extreme softness and a healthy glow.

create a stronger barrier

Cold, dry winter weather can do a number on the skin’s barrier, and indoor artificial heat can dramatically weaken it as well. Once this protective layer weakens, the skin cannot retain water properly and fight off skin-damaging inflammation, affecting how the skin can function and behave. That’s why it’s essential to use winter skin care products, like Barrier Fix Daily Hydrator, that restore the delicate skin barrier. This moisturizing treatment, which is loaded with skin-calming silver ear mushroom and hydrating whipped hyaluronic acid, protects against inflammation while restoring a fragile barrier.

mask up

Sure, the skin craves a heavy-duty moisturizer in the winter, but that doesn’t mean that a good hydrating mask can’t do the trick. Hydrating masks, which you should use in tandem with a well-rounded winter skincare routine that consists of emollient-rich moisturizing creams, lend another layer of hydration to the skin—plus, they’re fun to use and feel good and comforting. To soothe extra dry skin, reach for a hydrating mask like Collagen Rehab, which leaves skin looking dewy and can also be used to help dry, chapped lips. Or, try Hydroplunge, a lightweight immersion mask that relies on hyaluronic acid, glucose, and xylitol to quench dry skin and boost the skin’s ability to retain water. You can use both three to five times per week to flood the skin with much-needed moisture.

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