"What's the best way to keep my skin from drying out in the Winter weather?"
Dry air, colder temperatures and indoor heating can all wreak havoc on balanced skin. Seasonal changes Invite us to to assess our skin care routines and make any changes we need. For many, Winter means switching to richer, more hydrating products and adding layers of hydration and nourishment. Here are some tips for dry and dehydrated skin conditions. If your skin is acne-prone, you may want to adjust some of these steps accordingly.
Start by assessing your cleansing routine. Switch from gel cleansers to oil cleansers, milky cleansers or even a balm cleanser. You also want to avoid using too much water on your face (when you are in the shower, try not to immerse your face in the stream of the water) and cleanse with tepid water that is not too hot. I often recommend that clients cleanse their skin only at night, and skip a morning cleanse so as not to strip the skin. I love the De Mamiel Pure Calm Cleansing Dew as a winter weather cleanser. Binu Binu Cleansing Balm is another balm cleanser option. With each of these you want to apply a small amount, warm it up in your hands, then massage into your skin. You can use a warm cloth to remove, compressing the cloth into your skin to help the cleanser penetrate.
Follow your cleanse with a hydrating toner. Two of my favorites are the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence and the Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator. With each of these, mist generously all over your face and neck, and then press into your skin.
Now follow your toner with a hydrating serum. Some of my faves are the Marie Veronique Soothing B3 serum, the Marie Veronique Barrier Restore serum, Pai Back to Life Hydration Serum and the Pai Instant Calm Redness Serum. Apply 2-3 pumps and smooth all over your face and neck.
Top your serum with 5-7 drops of a hydrating face oil, such as the Barrier Lipid Complex, In Fiore Nouritt, In Fiore Calendula Oil or the Marie Veronique Rejuvenating Night Oil. Now press into the skin. It helps your skin absorb the oil if it is slightly damp from your toner and serums.
Your final step will seal all the hydration in. Apply a pea-sized amount of a face balm such as the Max and Me Sweet Serenity Balm, In Fiore Fleur Vibrante Healing Balm, Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream, Province Apothecary Eczema Balm, or the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon. Warm up the balm in your hands and then press all over your face and neck. The Blue Cocoon and the Eczema balm are especially good for skin that's red and irritated. The balm acts as an occlusive layer that will protect against the elements.
Doing a gentle enzymatic or chemical exfoliating mask weekly can help slough off any flaky skin. My go-to gentle exfoliating masks are the Dr. Alkaitis Enzyme Mask and the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. Applying a hydrating mask after exfoliating can help maintain moisture. I recommend the Odacite Deep Hydrating Mask, Marie Veronique Micronutrient + Hydro Mask, and the Julisis Silver Remineralizing Mask.
Sun protection is important in the winter. The sun hangs lower in the sky in winter so sun protection should be year round especially if you live in a sunny place. Also if you do any winter sports like skiing or hiking, be sure to apply a zinc-rich SPF such as the Raw Elements sunscreens which are great for both summer and winter sports.
For internal hydration, taking Fermented Cod Liver oil can be helpful for dehydrated and dry skin. Focus on adding hydrating foods into your daily diet: avocado, sweet potato, salmon, walnuts, oysters, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds. Citrus is great in the winter for the high vitamin C and juice content. If your apartment has really intense heat I often recommend sleeping with a humidifier on. When showering and bathing, try not to use water that's especially hot. I like to apply oil to my body before and after I shower, which keeps my skin from drying out. I love the Jiva Apoha body oils for after-bath hydration.
- Amity Spiegel, CAP Beauty Esthetician