While winter can be a season of joy and festivities, it’s not always so pleasant to our skin. Harsh winds, temperature drops, and central heating in the colder months can wreak havoc on your skin!
In this blog, you will be able to read about how to keep your skin healthy this winter with skin tips and recommended winter skin care products.
Why Does My Skin Look So Bad in the Winter?
You may be wondering why your skin’s appearance suddenly gets worse in the winter months.
As a result of temperature drops and harsh winds, there is naturally less moisture in the air. This can be particularly harsh on your skin since low humidity levels create dry air. This can deplete the skin’s moisture.
When this happens, the skin can become dull, dry, and cracked. Additionally, your skin’s protective barrier is likely to become damaged.
As air moisture levels decrease, it becomes harder for the skin to preserve its natural oils. These oils are significant because they function as a protective barrier against environmental aggressors and free radical damage.
These factors can cause visible skin concerns. If you also have preexisting skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, these can flare up during the winter months.
Winter Skin Problems
Read below for examples of common winter skin problems and their symptoms.
- Dry skin – People experience dry skin most often throughout the winter months. It is commonly due to changes in temperature and humidity, which can irritate your skin. Winter skin dryness symptoms can include redness, flaking, itching, stinging, cracks, and rough patches.
- Dehydrated skin – Anyone can experience dehydrated skin. Even if your skin is oily or combination, the winter months can dehydrate it and deplete these oils. You may notice your skin feeling rougher or tighter. To avoid this, you should increase your water intake and use hydrating skin products.
- Winter rash – This typically occurs when the skin becomes exposed to cold, dry air, or central heating and loses a lot of its moisture. A winter skin rash may include inflammation, itchy and/or flaky patches, sensitivity, bumps, blisters, redness, and/or swelling. You are more prone to winter skin rash if you suffer from sensitive skin, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, allergies, or asthma. However, anyone can experience it.
- Acne – The winter months can be harsh on acne-prone skin. This is mostly due to the temperature change, which can cause your skin to overproduce sebum as a method of protection. Too much sebum production can result in clogged pores and breakouts. Another reason acne is more prevalent during the winter is because dry and cold temperatures can cause inflammation, which contributes to acne formation.
How to Treat Winter Skin
Thankfully, if you use the correct products and follow our winter skin tips, you should be able to protect your skin from the cold weather and keep it looking soft, youthful, and radiant.
Read below for general winter skincare advice and solutions to skin problems.
1. Fight Inflammation with Active Ingredients
Seasonal weather changes alongside other factors can cause inflammatory reactions within the skin. This may include sensitivity, redness, heat itching, or swelling.
One example of a powerful anti-inflammatory active ingredient is ginkgo biloba. These instantly soothe the skin by calming the inflammation at a cellular level. Ginkgo biloba has remarkable anti-inflammatory, anti-redness, and antioxidant properties. You can find it in the Osmosis Replenish Antioxidant Infusion Serum.
2. Repair Skin Barrier with Occlusive Agents
It is extremely easy for your skin barrier to become compromised as a result of harsh weather and low humidity during the winter months. When the skin barrier breaks, this can lead to inflammation which can then increase transepidermal water loss (TEWL). When this happens, much-needed water in our skin evaporates. While this can be a natural process, when excessive, it can cause dullness and dryness. It can also make your skin more susceptible to wrinkles.
To combat this, add a moisturiser that contains effective occlusive agents into your winter skincare routine. These will help to seal the moisture and repair skin barrier function, restoring your natural glow.
3. Wear SPF
UVA rays are present all year round and can still penetrate through clouds and fog. Just because there isn’t direct sunlight does not mean they are not capable of aging your skin. It is extremely important to wear SPF all year round to protect your skin. Heliocare sunscreens are ideal because they have a patented antioxidant complex which not only protects against UVA rays but blue light and IR radiation too.
4. Exfoliate…but in Moderation!
The combination of the cold outside air and indoor heating is enough to dry out your skin. When this happens, you will want to remove the dead skin cells to reveal smoother, youthful skin. However, over-exfoliation, or exfoliating with aggressive exfoliants will only cause more damage to your skin. This will in turn dehydrate your skin, compromise the skin barrier, and increase TEWL.
We recommend only exfoliating once per week with enzymatic or chemical exfoliators to see how your skin will respond. Products that contain lactic acid at a concentration of 10% or less are effective as they also offer hydrating and moisturising benefits.
Make sure to always use occlusive moisturisers in conjunction with exfoliation.
5. Replenish the Skin’s Lost Water With Humectants
Humectants are ingredients that hydrate the skin by attracting water molecules and drawing moisture from the epidermis. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a powerful humectant because of its ability to bind 1000x its weight in water.
Other humectants such as sodium PCA and glycerin are also effective. At Dermoi, we stock the PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum which is ideal for boosting hydration and plumping and firming the skin.
For best results, you should combine humectants with occlusive agents to lock in hydration and avoid an increase of TEWL. Incorporating humectants into your winter skincare routine is essential because of their ability to hold and draw water, giving you hydrated and glowing skin.
We also recommend ZENii Pro Hydrate for extra hydration or as an oral alternative. It is the ultimate supplement for skin that is in desperate need of hydration and glow.
6. Supplement Antioxidants (Topically and Orally)
During the holiday season, our natural defences weaken as the winter weather can wear down our immunity. We are also regularly being exposed to free radicals which can negatively impact the skin’s health by breaking down collagen and increasing skin blemishes.
Consuming bioavailable supplements daily is an effective way to strengthen your immune system and combat free radicals. ZENii Pro Luminous is a great supplement for this.
Another vital way to maintain healthy skin in winter is to add a stable antioxidant serum into your skincare routine. We recommend the Osmosis Replenish Antioxidant Infusion Serum.
This will prevent premature aging and support your body’s natural defence mechanism.
Dermoi’s Advice for Winter Skin
“When the skin is compromised, it can’t fight harsh weather, stress, or inflammation effectively. Focus on holistic skin health this winter and avoid harsh products and procedures that damage the skin for instant results.”
– Eve Casha, Chief Scientific Officer
The Best Winter Skin Care Product
At Dermoi, we are proud to stock a range of groundbreaking skin products, guaranteed to give you healthy skin this winter.
Here are some of the products we recommend as solutions to your winter skin concerns:
Packed with antioxidants and amino-rich peptides, this serum helps to build and rebuild the skin’s framework and structural matrix. Additionally, it fights free radicals and reduces inflammation.
It also contains ginkgo biloba, the miracle ingredient for fighting inflammation.
Repair your skin barrier and soothe your skin with the Osmosis Healing Balm. It is an exceptional multitasking product formulated with rich anti-inflammatory and healing ingredients to encourage and support the skin’s essential functions and ease redness.
This makes it the perfect mask for sensitive and irritated skin this winter.
Remove dead skin cells and cleanse your pores with this incredible product. This exfoliator protects the delicate skin barrier and is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. This makes it soft and gentle on your skin.
If your skin is looking dull and needs some hydration this winter, then this is the perfect serum for you.
It immediately plumps and firms the skin, provides long-lasting hydration, and increases the skin’s hyaluronic acid production!
This serum is ideal for anyone wanting to protect their skin from free radicals this holiday season.
It contains an abundance of antioxidants and amino-rich peptides specifically targeted to build and rebuild the skin’s framework, fight free radicals, and reduce inflammation.
It is certainly possible to not only achieve but maintain your dream skin during the winter months. Make sure you pay attention to your skin’s health and are consistent with your winter skincare routine by keeping it hydrated and moisturised.
Here’s to healthy skin, all year round!
Author: Georgie Falcone