10 tips to prevent dry winter skin

Cold, harsh winter weather and dry indoor air can wreak havoc on your skin. The combination of exposure to cold temperatures, harsh winds, and sun reflecting off the snow, along with low humidity and dry indoor heat, can cause your skin to become dry, flaky, red, and irritated.

Our rule of thumb is that when the oven is on, it’s time to switch up your skincare routine to increase your skin’s hydration.

Here are the top 10 tips for preventing winter dry skin and keeping your skin hydrated, dewy, and healthy all winter long.

1. Avoid foaming facial cleansers and body washes. They undermine the integrity of your skin’s barrier by stripping it of its natural oil and a healthy skin barrier is essential for optimal skin health. The skin should not feel a squeaky clean after cleaning.

2. Include oil in your skincare routine. Don’t be afraid to apply oil to your face. Oil oil scales. It will not clog your pores or cause them to crack. If you use a cream or gel cleanser, try switching to an oil-based cleanser or swapping an oil-based cleanser with your regular cleanser.

Our favourites:

Kahini Oil Cleanser A therapeutic, anti-inflammatory blend of calendula, turmeric and blue tansy is ideal for dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin. It is lightweight, water soluble and can be removed with water or a cloth that leaves no residue.

Laurel essential oil cleanser for fats he A multi-purpose moisturizer, cleanser and face oil in one to soothe and support the most sensitive and reactive skin, for those of us in Healing crisis, with autoimmune disease or in the treatment of a serious illness. It does not contain essential oils, it only contains whole therapeutic plant oils.

Eminence’s Stone Crop Cleansing Oil Contains oils of sunflower, jojoba, bright stone crops and young greens. Perfect for those who love Stone Crop Gel Wash but need a richer cleanser for the winter months. Ideal for dry, pigmented skin.

3. Avoid hot water. It removes natural oils from the skin, dries it up and increases skin sensitivity. When cleaning your face, always use warm or never cold water. While relaxing in a warm, steamy shower or bathtub may seem like the perfect end to a cold winter’s day, resist making the water too hot.

4. Add a toner/elixir to your skincare routine. While you may be tempted to switch to a richer winter moisturizer to address the loss of skin hydration, what you need is a toner to address dryness. We call it “skin obesity”. Apply generously twice daily to clean skin and follow with a serum or moisturizer. The elixir helps prepare the skin for better absorption of serums, oils, conditioners and creams.

Our favourites:

Hydration Accelerator Josh Rosebrook It is an all-in-one light moisturizer, toner and moisturizer that hydrates and plumps skin while reducing redness and helping to reset the skin’s natural healing ability.

Laurel Moisturizing Elixir I Replenishes hydration, nourishes, brightens and repairs damaged sensitive skin. Enriched with a strengthening and soothing rose lotion, it is ideal for mature, dry, sensitive, reactive and rosy skin.

5. Sensitive skin does not like extreme temperatures. The fluctuation between external cold and hot internal causes redness, inflammation, Itchy and angry. Choose products with anti-inflammatory ingredients including chamomile, calendula, linden and rose as well as borage oils, e.g.Primrose, tamanu, chia seeds To moisturize, soothe, calm, support and strengthen sensitive and reactive skin.

Our favourites:

Laurel Recovery Conditioner It must be winter! This multi-functional treatment balm for face and body reduces redness, swelling and irritation and is ideal for the face and body. Eczema spots, dermatitis, cystic acne, sensitive skin prone to allergies, cuts and scrapes.

Plassoma Peace Evening Soothing Moisturizer Is it light day or night? Soothing Cream, Moisturizing And sensitive and angry balances skin diseases.

Josh Rosebrook Vital Palm A unique, fast-absorbing balm that contains botanical hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and smooth skin. Ideal for mature, dry and acne-prone skin. There is an unscented version for hypersensitive skin.

Eminence Calm Skin Moisturizer Creamy moisturizer containing chamomile, calendula, aloe vera and shea butter to soothe, hydrate and revitalize sensitive pink skin.

6. Incorporate an oil serum into your daily skincare regimen. Serums are a wintertime skin-maintaining powerhouse for all skin types. Massage 2-4 drops of serum into damp skin and massage until absorbed.

Our favourites:

Laurel Unburden Serum It is the ultimate oil serum to soothe and support inflamed, sensitive and reactive skin. It is effective in reducing redness, rosacea and acne. Perfect with Elixir II by Laurel.

Blissoma Timeless Vitamin C Concentrate It is an oil serum rich in Vitamin C + E that brightens, evens skin tone, treats and moisturizes. It is ideal for mature, dry, damaged, pigmented and very sensitive skin. It can also be used around the eyes.

Kahena Argan Oil calms redness, Soothes irritation, reduces fine lines, restores elasticity and protects skin from harmful effects Winter cold.

Eminence Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Serum It is a skin tightening oil serum Intense hydration and protection. Use alone or over Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum, followed by moisturizer.

7. Try a hydrating water-based serum or gel, if you’re not quite ready for an oil serum.

Our favourites:

Josh Rosebrook Hydration Center It is a unique, essential oil-free “water drink” that plumps and hydrates the skin. Use a drop with your Hydrating Accelerator or add a drop to your moisturizer. It contains botanical hyaluronic acid, which is anti-inflammatory and ideal for sensitive and rosy winter skin.

Eminence Firm Skin Serum Hydrates, plumps and nourishes skin with Vitamin C, Acai Berry and Botanical Hyaluronic Acid.

8. Apply a moisturizing face mask for your skincare routine. No need to wait for 15 minutes, apply a creamy mask as a night cream, apply to bed and remove in the morning for radiant and hydrated skin.

Our favourites:

Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask It is a nourishing balm mask, Rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin. Indian senna seed, also known as “vegetable hyaluronic acid,” works to lock in moisture, plump, condition, and improve blood circulation in the skin. Use as a mask or apply overnight after serum.

Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Mask It is a cream mask that moisturizes, plumps and purifies the skin. Marshmallow root extract is a botanical hyaluronic acid that retains moisture in the skin. It can be used alone or used as a night treatment.

9. Don’t neglect your lips – They need extra TLC too. Use a petroleum-free lip balm containing healing shea butter to heal chapped winters.

Our favourites:

ILIA Lip Roller Moisturizing Mask More than just a lip balm, it’s a hydrating, gently exfoliating, plumping, hydrating treatment mask for the lips. Perfect to keep on your nightstand to apply at night.

Eminance citrus lip balm Contains Calendula and Shea Butter to soothe and moisturize lips, provide relief to chapped lips, plump lips and leave them looking dewy, shiny, not sticky.

10. Sun protection isn’t just for the summer months. The strength of UV rays does not decrease during the winter months. Snow acts as a reflector and can bounce UV rays back on you, greatly increasing the chance of getting a sunburn. Apply full SPF to face, ears, hands and lips. Reapplying sun protection every two hours is key.

While proper winter skin care is critical to optimal skin health, so is your diet. What you eat plays a big role in retaining moisture for healthy skin, nails, and hair. Fish oil (rich in omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA) as well as foods rich in vitamin A, C, D and E as well as zinc and selenium help protect and strengthen the skin.

Happy skin! Happy winter!

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