Winter Skincare is Easier Than You Think.
No matter the season, your skin serves a very important purpose. In particular, the cold weather months take a toll, and without the proper winter skincare, you might find yourself with irritated, inflamed or very dry skin.
That's because your skin acts as a barrier that protects what's on your inside from what's on the outside, constantly regenerating itself to keep you safe from environmental harm. So, when our skin is exposed to cold, dry weather, it'll react by making itself tougher in order to protect us from the winter air. What's worse is that cold, dry air stresses your epidermal barrier oils; a thin layer of oil that helps keep water inside your skin.
Then, when you go back inside to a nice and toasty warm space, you have to worry about the way your fireplace and furnace heat and dry the air; again, evaporating moisture out of your skin. Even riding comfortably inside your nice warm car with the heater on presents a drying challenge to your skin.
Regardless of how moisture is taken out of your skin, the winter chill and generated heat both tend to cause your skin to be tougher and parched on the surface. Eventually, if you don't take extra care, it's not uncommon to develop micro-cracks on the surface of your skin. These pesky little micro-cracks can precipitate an inflammatory response, making your skin more susceptible to flare-ups of psoriasis and even eczema. A truly vicious cycle.
Your skin loses more than 25 percent of its ability to hold moisture in the winter; outdoors as well as indoors. It's just not fair!
How To Deal
Action 1: Make sure that you're not contributing to moisture loss with your current skincare regimen.
This means taking a critically close look at the ingredients in your cleanser to make sure that it doesn’t include a grease stripper (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), alcohols or solvents; all of these strip your skin's protective surface oils and challenge your skin’s ability to retain moisture. We have a great article right HERE that goes into more detail about these ingredients and how they adversely affect your skin.
Note: Alcohol is a sneaky, often disguised ingredient. Ingredients ending in “-ol” or "-al" are usually another name for alcohol and wreak havoc on your skin. Keep them off your face and your skin will be happier.
Action 2: Give Your Skin Extra Protection Before Cleansing. Try A Pre-Cleanse Oil.
Cleansing, even with a perfectly pH-balanced, moisture-infusing, soap-based cleanser is not always enough in the cold, dry winter months, especially if your skin is already struggling to hold in its moisture. A really good way to address this is by gently massaging a "pre-cleansing" oil into your skin for two minutes before you wash your face. This lowers the pH of your skin and adds another layer of protection without interfering with your normal cleansing regiment.
Oil pre-cleansing is a very nice step to include when the world gets dry and chilly.
The DIY Method: Grape Seed Oil
There are many oils that are just wonderful for your skin: grape seed oil, borage oil, kukui nut oil, argan oil, or rose hip oil. Before you ask: I know. We've left out coconut oil. There's a lot of hype about coconut oil but the truth is that it’s not great for your skin for two reasons. First, coconut oil is filled with itty-bitty particulates that have a higher melting point than your body temperature, so they accumulate in your pores, leading to skin congestion and eventually breakouts. The other is the actual fatty acid profile of coconut oil which tends to coagulate the healing sebum your skin constantly produces; again leading to skin congestion and breakouts..So, consider using one of these other oils; grape seed is my personal favorite because it has a very high profile of Linoleic Fatty Acid, it’s inexpensive and easy to find. Oils with high profiles of Linoleic Fatty Acid help dissolve coagulated sebum (which clogs your pores) and are just fantastic for skin. So, before you wash your face, spend two minutes gently massaging one of these wonderful oils into your facial skin. And then, gently cleanse your face as you normally would. And don't worry, if you use the right oils your skin will not be greasy and your pores will not be clogged. Promise. It'll be nice..Or, You Can Use Our Night Skin Butter As Your Pre-Cleanse:
After years of customer requests for a heavier nighttime/winter cream we've developed a Night Skin Butter and it works wonderfully as a pre-cleansing oil. Made with oils rich in Linoleic Fatty Acid (borage, grape seed, kukui nut, argan, and rose hip) it's incredibly nourishing when massaged into your skin. As the title suggests, this moisturizer is a rich butter and a little goes a long way..And if you'd like to know more about Nite Skin Butter click HERE..
Action 3: Help Your Skin Create A Barrier To Hold In Moisture Overnight. The DIY Method:
After you cleanse, tone and moisturize, we recommend avocado oil as a last step following your evening moisturizer. Or you can go straight to the avocado oil as your evening overnight moisturizer (also your last step). This is because avocado oil is just a lovely, deeply penetrating oil that has a natural profile of Vitamin E which supports skin repair. It's a tad on the heavier side (don't worry, it isn't greasy at all) and helps your skin maintain a barrier to keep the elements and the heaters from sucking up all of your skin's moisture. It’s wonderfully nourishing and won’t clog your pores..
So, whether you decide to use the oils we've suggested or our Nite Skin Butter, your skin will be well protected and wonderfully moisturized!
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