Just like your wardrobe, your skincare routine also needs some modifying as temps drop.
You winterize your home, your car and even your wardrobe. But what about your skin? Protecting your skin from the harshness of the cold weather is vital and easier than you think. The winter months pose unique challenges to maintaining healthy skin. Constantly switching between indoor air and the harsh and cold winds of outdoor air removes moisture from the skin.
Skin that’s dry, cracked, or irritated is vulnerable to infection, and that’s why dermatologists say it’s important to change your skin care regimen along with the seasons in order to boost your body’s natural defenses. What works in the warm, humid months of summer may leave your skin dry and chapped during the cold, dry months of winter. In humid conditions, the skin soaks up water from the air, but when the humidity falls, the skin loses a natural moisture source.
Winter Skin Care Products
The most important product in your winter skin care kit is a moisturizer that hydrates and then locks in that hydration to keep your skin moist for hours at a time. Building a winter skin care routine will prevent dry, cracked skin on the hands, face, and lips, which is where these effects are most commonly felt. Because there is so little moisture in the winter air, your skin quickly loses hydration, which can also lead to flaky dry patches anywhere on the body. With winter approaching, it is time to look at some winter skin care products that will protect your skin all season long.
Look for products like our H&H Skin Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer and H&H Skin Science Skin Quench Serum that include ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E that create a moisture barrier on your skin to lock hydration away; and those that include a number of humectants, which draw whatever moisture they can from the environment to increase the skin’s hydration.
For lip care in your winter skin care routine, use a lip treatment like our H&H Science Vibran C Lip Treatment with SPF 15. This Vitamin C-enriched lip treatment delivers antioxidant protection against environmental damage with an SPF 15, while lubricating and softening. Eases chapped lips and smoothes fine lines. Products that contain emollients and vitamins are healing and protective as they create a strong barrier between your lips and the weather, even if you’re dealing with frigid winds.
To keep your hands protected and hydrated in the winter, always cover them when outside and exposed to the elements. Use a hand lotion like our H&H Skin Science Intensive Hand Cream that contains emollients and humectants to instantly lock in moisture without feeling heavy or greasy. For a deeper more conditioning hand treatment, apply a thick layer of this hand cream onto your hands, cover with cotton gloves and leave on for 20 minutes.
To keep the rest of your skin hydrated, use a body lotion like our H&H Skin Science Green Tea Body Lotion. This Green Tea antioxidant moisturizing lotion is specially formulated to deliver smoother, softer skin. The rich blend of Green Tea Polyphenols and Caffeine can assist in minimizing free-radical skin damage. This lotion is further fortified with Ceramide 2 to assist in maintaining healthy skin barrier function while Hyaluronic Acid and Natural Sterols help to minimize moisture loss.
However, when you’re considering winter skin care, using these products is not enough and you must also build a winter skin care routine that will help protect it as well.
Winter Skin Care Routine
The key essential in your winter skin care routine is your moisturizer. Your winter skin care routine should contain the skin care essentials as outlined in our H&H Science Youthful Skin Care Pyramid as well as additional moisturizing agents. Your skin care essentials include your sunscreen, retinol, vitamin c treatment and brightening treatment. These should be used daily and viewed as your skin care treatments not moisturizers. Moisturizers are essential in the winter time even for combination and oily skin types.
Winter Skin Care Regimen for Oily to Combination Skin Types
- For more oily and combination skin types a moisturizer like our H&H Skin Science Skin Quench Serum should be applied after applying your H&H Skin Science C-Bright Serum in the morning. This lightweight serum contains hyaluronic acid which is the most effective humectant. It provides weightless moisture and reduces oil at the same time making it a potent moisturizer for even the most oily skin types. One to two drops of this serum is all you need! This same moisturizer should be applied every evening after applying your H&H Skin Science Retinol Smoothing Serum.
Winter Skin Care Regimen for Normal to Dry Skin Types
- For more normal to dry skin types, a moisturizer like our H&H Skin Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer should be applied right after applying your H&H Skin Science C-Bright Serum in the morning as well as after the application of your H&H Skin Science Retinol Smoothing Serum in the Evening. This luxurious moisturizer contains a rich blend of emollients, humectants and ceramides to provide long-lasting hydration as well as potential antioxidants and cell repair enzymes to fight the signs of aging.
Essential Winter Skin Care Tips
- One of the best ways to protect your skin while you’re in a dry environment, such as a heated room, is to avoid the source of the heat as much as possible. This means avoiding standing near heating vents or other heat sources, as the proximity will dry your skin out quickly.
- Avoid taking hot baths and showers on a daily basis; even if they are comforting or help you warm up after being outside, as constant exposure to hot water can dry out your skin, including your scalp. This can lead to flaking and itching as the natural oils on your body are stripped from your skin. Instead, opt for showers and baths that have tepid to lukewarm water and use a moisturizing body wash and shampoo that will help your skin retain moisture even after you shower.
- Use a humidifier in the bedroom or living room once the relative humidity inside drops below 60 percent
- Keep well hydrated. This may be easier to remember during the summer months, but drinking lots of water keeps the skin moisturized and flushes the toxins out of your body.
Practicing a winter skin care routine is vital to the health and appearance of your skin. From howling winds to frigid temperatures, your skin is under constant attack from the elements during the winter and can sustain damage before you’re even aware of it.