Skin changes with the seasons. It’s usually about this time of year when our skin starts to really feel the effects of winter. The winter air is cold and dry. We tend to stay indoors more and the heat strips even more moisture from the air. What does this mean for your skin?
Winter weather, indoor heat, and cold temperatures have a huge impact on our skin. The extremely dry air causes water loss from the skin.This change in weather means we need some changes in our skincare routines. It’s important to take good care of our skin in the winter with a seasonal skincare routine. It’s just as important to stay consistent with it too.
Dehydrated Skin vs Dry Skin
This was one of the most important things I learned in aesthetics school – the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin. The difference is something every woman should know. To get your skin glowing again in the winter you need to know what you’re treating.
Dry skin is a skin type. It means your skin has fewer oil producing glands. Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water from dry weather, environment and/or diet. The appearances of dehydrated and dry skin can be similar. You could have dull, itchy, dry, or flaky cracked skin with either. The best way to know whether you’re dealing with dry or dehydrated skin is to do the skin pinch test. Pinch your skin. If it wrinkles and does not go back quickly to form, your skin is most likely dehydrated. If it doesn’t then you most likely have a dry skin type.
How To Care For Dehydrated Skin
If your skin is dehydrated, there are many things you can do to help. Staying consistent with your daily skincare routine is most important! Here are my top tips to care for dehydrated skin:
- Switch to a gentle cleanser for the winter. I love foaming cleansers like Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser but they can sometimes be too heavy for skin in the winter. If you find that to be true for your skin, try a milk cleanser like Caudalie Gentle Cleanser.
- Drink lots and lots of water. Make sure you get in that 8 glasses of water a day at least!
- Use a humidifier. Keeping one in the room where you work and having one in your bedroom at night can make a big difference.
- Use a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid. One that I love is Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. It gives you a boost of hydration that improves overall skin tone and texture!
- Apply moisturizer to skin when it is damp, not completely dry. Applying after your shower or after washing your face is best. Using warm instead of hot water to wash your face helps too. For more hydration, try a water based moisturizer for a boost of H2O on your skin like Tatcha The Water Cream.
- When using foundation, a luminous foundation will help your skin to appear hydrated and dewy. Armani Luminous Foundation is one I use all winter long!
- Use a nighttime hydrating mask once a week like Youth to the People Face Mask.
- Apply SPF – yes even in the winter!
Winters Dry Skin Treatments
If your skin type is dry then it can be even harder to manage in the winter. To keep your winter skin glowing you can start these treatments in the fall and continue during the winter months:
Peels – chemical peels help improve skin tone and texture. I am getting a VI Peel later this month and can’t wait to try it for the first time. It’s an intense one but I think I’m going to love it! I’ll make sure to post a review on Instagram after I have it.
Hydrating Facials – these deep facials help keep dry skin glowing in winter because they not only clean the skin but also hydrate and plump.
IPL – this laser treatment helps clear sun spots and boost collagen production. I did a series of 6 and had amazing results. Definitely worth a try!
Winter Skincare Products To Keep Your Skin Glowing
Beyone some of the winter skincare products I mentioned above. I am currently in love with these too:
Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme – Apply before any corrector or concealer. It will help your concealer go on smoother and also can fade dark circles and fine lines.
Olehenriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub – Winter skin can be fragile so use anywhere from once a week to once a month depending on your skin.
SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 – I use this every night before my moisturizer. Retinol is a game changer. It helps with fine lines, aging, and sun damage. Warning though – start slow! It can be drying especially for winter skin (check with your dermatologist if you are not sure on what % to start with). It may be best to start using it once or twice a week and build up to it every day.
Drunk Elephant Face Oil – Great for very dry skin. It’s concentrated and packs a boost of hydration for the winter months.
Dermalogica BioLumin-C Vitamin C Serum – I use this vitamin C serum all winter long. I have a lot of dark sunspots on my face (way too many sunburns in my teens and 20’s). Although this product will not erase them completely it does help to brighten the skin and helps with fine lines and wrinkles.
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