Winter weather can reek havoc on our skin. The loss of humidity in the air, and extreme temperatures rob it of moisture. Using the wrong products only compound the problem, we need to tweak our skin care routine during the winter.
So how can you get your skin from drab to fab this winter? Check out these tips from Annet King, Director of Global Education at the International Dermal Institute.
What is the single most important thing we should be doing for our skin during the winter?
Making sure that it is well protected by using a moisturizer. Lipids are lost in low humidity and extreme weather conditions and dryness leads to sensitivity.
Are there any ingredients that we should watch out for during the winter months, that may aggravate skin issues?
Surfactants i.e. SOAP which is really stripping. It causes havoc on dry and sensitive skin in the winter. Fragrance will also dry skin out and irritate.
Should we be using the same moisturizer, cleanser, etc. during the winter months, or should we have an entirely different routine?
The routine should be adjusted most people will add a heavier weight cream that is more emollient i.e. higher amounts of plant oils, shea butter, phospholipids, avocado oil etc to their daytime regimen or a fluid serum or booster to add more moisture and nourishment to their skin, mixed in with their moisturizer or applied beneath. You might switch to a creamy cleanser from a foaming cleanser. No need to go out and buy a whole new regimen but just tweak it, by getting face mapped by a skin therapist you can understand what to add to keep your skin in great condition.
How should we deal with skin issues, like acne, during the winter? Most typical acne treatments contain drying ingredients, should we limit using them?
An acne sufferer will add a light moisturizer to their routine to prevent dehydration. Oil and water are different in the skin and acne skin may overproduce oil but much more water is lost in the skin during winter so they need to trap it in or the skin can become drier and sensitized. Also dead cells cling onto the skin in the winter months so they might step up their exfoliation.
What’s the best way to keep hands moisturized? Frequent hand washing can cause dryness year-round, but it’s especially prevalent during the dryer winter months.
Avoid using harsh soaps and moisturize after each hand washing with a hand cream that replenishes the lost lipids look for almond oil, shea butter, vitamin e, silicones. At night use a nourishing body or hand cream and use cotton gloves to help absorption.
Dermalogica offers a variety of products to combat dry, flaky skin this winter:
- UltraCalming Cleanser: This gel/cream cleanser is super gentle, and can even be used on the delicate eye area. It combats skin sensitivity caused by exposure to pollution, harsh climate, stress, hormonal imbalances, and cosmetic procedures.
- Soothing Protection Spray: Formulated with Dermalogica’s Anti-Ozonate Complex, to protect skin from reactive ozone. Sodium PCA acts as a humectant, and helps skin absorb and retain moisture better.
- Renewal Lip Complex: Minimizes contour lines and helps prevent the signs of aging. It’s formulated with cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado, and wheat germ to smooth and condition dry, chapped lips.
- Exfoliating Body Scrub: Formulated with essential oils to purify skin. It contains pulverized powders of olive, date seed, and fig to rid your skin of dead cells.
- UltraRich Body Cream: Formulated with panthenol to give ultimate hydration. Hyaluronic acid and Oil of Evening Primrose moisture skin deeply. Made with Dermalogica’s exclusive Environmental Protection Complex, which shields skin from pollution and temperature extremes.
For more info: Check out Dermalogica
To purchase Dermalogica products in Oklahoma City: Ulta 2340 W. Memorial Rd.
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