- Hi Winter Skincare 101
The cold weather can leave your skin feeling cracked, itchy and agitated. Here are our best tips for combatting discomfort and navigating the cooler months without damaging skin:
1. Humidifiers Are Your Friend
In the colder months, we spend a lot of time in front of a heater. The heat is on at work, home and in our cars. The worst place we spend our time that completely dries out our skin is in the company of a car heater. Car heaters are built to run without circulating humidity back into the air, so while the heat is on, so is the vacuum for any remaining hydration your skin is clinging to. Our skin doesn’t like the shock in temperature fluctuation any better. When we frequently switch from one extreme to the other, our skin goes into a state of shock and attempts to protect itself. This might mean the slowing of cell turnover, which causes the buildup of dead skin, or you may experience painful cracks and tears in your skin. Fortunately, there are a few ways to help offset this. Cracking a window when you have your car heater on can help bring in moisture from the outside air, which offers some relief to your skin. Soothe chapped skin with a nutrient-rich butter to gently repair the skin. Opting to keep temperatures on the cooler side at home and reaching for a blanket instead cuts downtime exposed to artificial heat. The best long-term solution: invest in a humidifier. Using a humidifier is an excellent way to replenish moisture into the air and help your skin repair its barrier over time. There are many great options out there to suit your needs, whether you want to invest in a larger one that can hold several gallons of water at one time or a small one that you can put on your nightstand to offer humidity while you sleep. Pro-tip: snag yourself a portable humidifier for your car, while you’re at it.
2. Make the Switch to Sustainable Silk Pillowcases
We can all attest to how cozy cotton feels against your face as you drift off to sleep (especially when your bedding is fresh out of the dryer!) The problem? Cotton is incredibly absorbent, making it a sneaky culprit behind dry skin. Overnight, the cotton absorbs any excess moisture on your skin after coming into contact with it, meaning your pillowcase is quite literally stealing your skin’s hydration by drinking up that overnight hydration mask you just slathered on, or your ultra-hydrating night cream. Instead, we recommend a more skin-friendly option: silk. This is the secret behind waking up to sleek hair and radiant-looking skin. It’s worth noting, traditional silk is not considered vegan friendly, but there are many cruelty-free options out there made from bamboo lyocell that have identical qualities, are eco-friendly, antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. Your skin will appreciate the switch from the moisture stealing, friction creating latter.
3. Hydrate Often and Don’t Sabotage Your Hydration Levels
It’s crucial to maintain a healthy water intake, especially when there is little humidity in the air to offset the tight, itchy feeling of dryness. What is even more crucial is to make sure you don’t take moisture away from the skin. If your skin seems to flare up, have a flaky texture and you experience a lot of redness, you may unknowingly be dehydrating your skin. Your skincare may be stripping your skin of its deserved moisture by using a lot of harsh acids and alcohols. If you find yourself exfoliating with scrubs often, this could be contributing to the dryness even further. Skincare doesn’t need harsh ingredients. In fact, most of these synthetic additives are included to support the product itself- not your skin. Instead, soothe the skin and help repair its barrier with the basics it needs: a delicate cleanser, balancing toner and a natural, organic moisturizer. Friendly tip: work your moisturizer into damp skin. While your skin is still dewy from the toner (and PH balanced, at that), this is the optimal time to apply your moisturizer so that it has a chance to be fully absorbed. If you need to exfoliate, opt for an enzyme exfoliator to gently shed dead skin cells and aid your skin’s natural exfoliation process. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the difference a more holistic skincare routine will make, especially in months with harsher temperatures.
4. Incorporate Fatty Acids
If you’ve ever looked at photos of people that live in polar temperatures, they have a seemingly flawless complexion. Considering the extremely cold regions that they live in, they are glowing. Why is that? Their diet is rich in Omega fatty acids. Fatty acids are the key to effortless glow. They act as building blocks for a strong structure to help skin ward off infection, reduce inflammation and promote a more youthful appearance. You can reap the benefits from Omegas both topically and through your diet. If you’d like to incorporate more fatty acids into your diet, reach for foods like walnuts, salmon, mackerel and seeds (think chia, hemp and flax). In skincare, look for nut or seed-based ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, hemp seed oil and jojoba oil. We recommend adding an Omega-rich facial oil to your winter skincare routine.
5. Check Your Shower Temperature
Nothing soothes the soul more than a nice, hot shower after a day in the elements. If this is part of your daily routine, and you like to take long showers, you may want to rethink this. If you get out of the shower and notice that your skin is red, this means your choice of water temperature is too harsh for your skin. Advising you to take a cold shower probably wouldn’t go over too well, so we’re recommending a happy medium: lukewarm water. Dialing back the hot water gauge to lukewarm will save your skin from unnecessary irritations or skin conditions such as eczema. This is also the ideal temperature for optimal skincare benefits, because lukewarm water is better at loosening dirt and removing grime from your face without drying skin out, making it the best water temperature for washing your face. Cold water has its benefits, too. If you’re able to withstand a colder shower, know that cooler water promotes circulation and keeps skin looking awake and vibrant. Plus, if you take your showers in the morning, cooler water will help you feel more awake, as opposed to hot water which will make you feel tired. And since you got this far, the secret code for an additional 10% discount on everything in the blog is SUSPRISE Simply enter the code at checkout and everything in your cart from the Winter Collection will be an additional 10% Off.
Bonus: Snow Isn’t Just for Making Snowmen!
If you’re not only dreaming of a white Christmas but live in an area where you get one— your skin is in luck. If you’re outside frolicking, don’t be afraid to let a snowflake or two land on you. Snow is already known for purifying the air, but what you may not have known is that its purifying properties make it wonderful for skin, too. Snow melts into pure water, which has a neutral PH of 7. This is much less acidic than acid rain, which typically yields PH levels from 4.2 to 4.4, or water we use to shower with, which typically has a more alkaline PH range of 7.5-8.5. Remember, at its optimal state, skin has a PH of 5.5 or slightly lower, which is just acidic enough for our skin to protect its barrier. When we introduce our skin to something that is too acidic or too alkaline, we send our skin into shock. Therefore, soft waters that are non-alkaline and non-mineral are a relief for skin. Feel free to wash your face with clean snow water or spritz some on as added hydration. Your skin will love it.
There you have it: access to our best skin tips for winter! We hope these provide some