Winter arrived December 21, and it’s time to shift your skin’s care into this season. As those outside temps nose dive, so does your skin’s moisture. We at Aurora Med Spa have collected some tips for keeping your skin hydrated and youthful through the more frigid months of winter.
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, your skin care routine may need some adjustments too. Skinmedica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer includes Vitamin E as a prominent ingredient. This product offers your skin a healing and protective layer that retains more moisture.
Also look for lotions in winter containing “humectants,” a class of substances that attract moisture to your skin. Skinmedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator contains Hyaluronic acid, a natural, “water-loving” substance found in the skin. HA holds in moisture, keeping skin healthy, resilient, and supple. With age, the amount of HA in the skin decreases, diminishing your skin’s ability to remain hydrated. Between the ages of 40-50, your skin has lost 50% of the HA it had at age 20. HA5 supports the skin’s ability to replenish its own HA for overall skin health. HA5 has a proprietary mix of five HA forms that smooth the skin, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The 5 HA’s work synergistically to provide immediate smoothing and continuous hydration throughout the day.
Add a facial spritzer to your makeup routine. Jane Iredale’s Pommist Hydration Spray is based in Ylang Ylang to help to hydrate and plump skin cells, and it contains ingredients to calm and protect the skin.
Regular exfoliation will keep your skin free of dead skin and allow it to better absorb your skincare products and moisturizers. Those with sensitive skin should exfoliate once or twice a week during the winter. WebMD recommends exfoliation three to four times a week for other, less sensitive skin types.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can seriously damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time. We recommend SkinMedica’s Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen or Obagi’s Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35.
Give Your Hands a Hand
The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wearing gloves when you go outside will help protect this more fragile skin.
Water in, Water Out
It’s important to know that very hot water can dry out your skin! Hot water – in addition to the cold, dry air – work together to suck the moisture from our bodies. The hot water can actually break down the lipid barriers in the skin, leading to a loss of moisture.
Increasing the amount of water you drink daily is important in winter too. And adding some moisture to the air in your home with a humidifier in your bedroom at night will keep dried out skin at bay too. Not only does dry air mess with our skin, but it dries out the delicate linings of our sinuses which can lead to cracking. This leaves us more susceptible to colds and the flu. More water and a humidifier will keep you moisturized from the inside, out.