As winter sets in and temperatures drop, our skin often takes a toll, leaving it vulnerable to dryness, irritation, and a weakened barrier. The harsh winter conditions such as cold winds, low humidity, and indoor heating, can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leading to discomfort and potential long-term damage.
The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin that acts as a protective shield against external elements. It consists of lipids, proteins, and cells that work together to keep moisture, repel pathogens, and maintain overall skin health. However, winter weather poses unique challenges.
There are different challenges that your skin barrier can be attacked by in the winter. Cold air typically holds less moisture, and when combined with indoor heating, it creates a dry environment that dehydrates the skin. Harsh winds can strip away the skin's natural oils, leaving it exposed and susceptible to damage. Finally, while very tempting in colder weather, hot showers can aggravate the skin dryness by stripping away essential oils.
To help the skin barrier during winter, adopt a mindful approach- drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Use a humidifier indoors to add moisture to the air, helping combat the drying effects of heating systems. Try using a mild, hydrating cleanser, such as our Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Facial Wash, enriched with glycerine—an ingredient naturally found in skin, aiding moisture retention and balance.
When cleansing, choose lukewarm water over hot to cleanse your face and body gently. Select a rich moisturiser, like our Advanced Brightening Night Cream, to seal in hydration and establish a protective barrier. Embrace the warmth of scarves, hats, and gloves to not only physically shield your skin from harsh winds but also retain moisture in proximity.By knowing the challenges of winter weather and adopting a skincare routine that prioritises hydration and protection, you can make sure your skin remains radiant, resilient, and well-nourished throughout the colder months. Remember, investing a little extra care in your skin now will pay off in maintaining a healthy and vibrant complexion throughout the entire year.