As the seasons change, our skin changes so we need to update our skincare routines to compensate. The winter months in particular can wreak havoc on the skin because the drop in temperature and moisture in the air can make the skin more sensitive, irritated and dry.
Humectants are important because they prevent transepidermal water loss. Transepidemal water loss and break down of the natural skin barrier is increased with the drop in humidity as well. Hyaluronic acid is a really great one to incorporate because a molecule will bind with a thousand times its weight in water. This will keep your skin hydrated when you’re out in the elements like skiing or snowboarding.
Additionally, glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid facilitate cellular renewal and binds with water- allowing skin to to stay more hydrated.
The most important thing to do is make sure you apply in the morning, reapply midday and at bedtime. 3 times a day is really important this time of year. It is also most effective to apply after showering.
Don’t forget about your kids- their skin is more susceptible to itchiness and dryness so make sure they are moisturized as well.
#2 Humidifiers and Diffusers
I recommend keeping humidifiers and diffusers going through the winter months to ensure there is plenty of moisture in the air.
Heaters and space warmers can also deplete moisture in the air which can make the skin feel dry and chapped.
Lips are likely to get chapped so I recommend a using a petroleum or Aquaphor often- especially before bed- to ensure that they don’t get too dry.
Watch this video to see how you can keep your skin looking hydrated and its best.