Now that we are officially in the cold-weather months, we’ve all noticed some changes in our skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels are the perfect combination for dry air, which equals dry skin. The indoor heaters we crank up to warm our toes, in turn robs our skin of its natural moisture. Bottom line, winter weather is not kind to our skin. Don’t let the harsh winter weather effects of rough, dry, chapped skin leave you frigid. We have five steps to help you save your skin during winter and keep you looking your best!
Prep with the right cleanser and face exfoliator
Step 1: Hydrate
Sure, most of us know the benefits of drinking water. However, with the dry conditions that the cold weather brings, our skin needs as much hydration as it can get. Between the harsh winter weather and indoor heaters, skin is being drained of its natural moisture all day long. Dehydration induces flakey skin and it makes you more prone to wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water will help replace most of the lost moisture and promote clear radiant skin.
If you have trouble drinking enough water each day, try tracking your water intake with an app specifically made for that purpose. You can also jazz up your water by trying carbonated instead of still, or add some fruit slices for extra flavor. And water is a great source for necessary fluids, but it’s not the only option. According to the Mayo Clinic, adult women need roughly 11.5 cups (or 2.7 liters) of fluids each day. That can come from water, other beverages such as tea, and water-rich foods such as oranges, watermelons, and cucumbers.
Step 2: Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser
When the seasons change, your skin regime should change, too. During the winter months, Hyaluronic Acid will become your new best friend! Hyaluronic Acid attracts moisture to the skin to give you a brighter and younger-looking complexion. Not only does it moisturize, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Avoid the foaming cleansers and instead find a cleanser that will gently remove dirt and lock in hydration.
DERMA E’s Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is the ideal way to get a fresh face during the winter months. Vitamins A and E work to effectively clean your skin from the dirt and impurities that can build up on the surface. At the same time, this Hyaluronic Acid cleanser softens and moisturizes skin, perfectly prepping it for the next step in your skincare routine.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Though we love our little gadgets, during the winter we should give them a little break. When your skin is already dry, it is more prone to irritation and cracking. Reduce the use of a facial brush and instead use a creamy, hydrating exfoliating scrub that contains Hyaluronic Acid, to gently remove dirt and dead skin.
A face exfoliator such as our Hydrating Scrub will give your skin a renewed vibrancy by sloughing away the dry skin that can be common during winter. With the dead skin removed from the surface of the skin, your complexion will look refreshed and radiant. It will also feel softer because any rough patches of skin can be gently scrubbed off and washed away. Remember, there is such a thing as over-scrubbing so you should only exfoliate once a week or once every two weeks.
Protect with the best face serum and face cream
Step 4: Moisturize
With the lack of moisture in the air and in your skin it only makes sense that picking the perfect moisturizer is important. With the chilly weather that can at times be accompanied with harsh wind, our skin is put through a lot of stress and damage. A good way to protect your face is by coating it with a nutrient-rich moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic Acid. It will replenish dry, dehydrated skin with long- lasting moisture throughout the day.
Once you skin is cleansed in the morning, massage in DERMA E’s Hydrating Day Cream. This lovely, emollient cream is a rich Hyaluronic Acid moisturizer that nurtures skin and gives it a smooth, plumped feel that looks healthy, while also reducing the appearance of anti-aging signs such as lines and wrinkles. This is a face cream that can get you through even the roughest winter months!
Step 5: Serums & Masks
Clothes shouldn’t be the only thing you layer during the winter. Layering your skin care products is a great way to combat dry skin. Serums and face masks are the perfect skincare items for your winter regimen. To avoid feeling as if your face has 5 pounds of product on, using a serum is an effective resource of hydration. Serums are thin, lightweight and help to lock in moisture. A good clay mask is a hydration superstar that rejuvenates your skin with rich nutrients to reveal softer and suppler skin.
The best face serum for the winter months is our Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, which also contains Hyaluronic Acid. When you use a Vitamin C serum for the face during cold temperatures, you get a boost to your collagen health, plus the antioxidants that help protect skin from the elements outside. It may be gray and cloudy outside, but your skin will look bright and lovely.
In addition to a reliable cold-weather skin care routine, it may also be a good idea to invest in a humidifier to help with overall skin health and hydration. Humidifiers can help replace the lost moisture in the air and reduce dry skin and irritation. Taking all these steps can help preserve your natural beautiful glow all year round!