Alumier Skin Experts / February 1, 2019
As soon as winter hits, we bundle up for warmth but sometimes we forget that even our exposed skin needs their TLC during this season. Fact: our skin pays quite the price during the winter months. Even the most “normal” of skin types can experience drastic changes as soon as the temps start heading south. So, what happens exactly when the temps drop?
Your Poor Pores
The sub-zero temperatures are one thing, but that cold wind creates next level havoc on your skin. Cold air tightens the pores thereby reducing blood circulation. The production of sebum —a naturally occurring oil which traps moisture next to the skin is dramatically decreased and creates the perfect environment for dryness. Skin that is already dry on the best of days will experience even more drastic dehydration resulting in cracks and chafing.
Other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea also occur due to the over-dryness of the skin. Certain types of eczema are usually in response to environmental factors the skin is exposed to, atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis is brutal during the cold months.
Do you find that you seem to be breaking out more than usual? You aren’t dreaming. The cold air reduces the production of sebaceous oil which protects the skin from bacteria. The result? More bacteria entering your pores and clogging them up creating an outbreak of sorts. Which can come in the form of cyst-like pimples.
Key TLC Tips for Your Winter Skin:
- Turn down the thermostat: Take advantage of the layers and give your home thermostat a bit of a break. No need to crank it up to sweltering. Find a compromise so that your skin can breathe as well as you being comfortable in your home or in your car.
- The fireplace is awesome. But remember that’s fire. Which means a direct source of heat that’s also drying out your skin. Limit your fireplace time.
- Cotton can rob your skin of the moisture it needs. Which is a no-no especially when moisture is hard to come by. Replace your cotton with silk which is less irritating for the skin as well.
- Increase the intensity of your moisturizer. Winter skin is dryer. Which means that your usual moisturizer that you would normally apply during the warmer months won’t cut it. Opt for a richer intense version so that your skin can relish in the much-needed moisture.
You Can Try:
This pH balanced cleanser is perfect for normal to dry skin.
Why: It uses natural cleansers to gently removes impurities, excess oils and makeup. HydraBoost gives skin a boost of moisture with sunflower seed oil, argan oil and vitamin E.
Vitamin Rich Smoother
A powerful primer smoothens the skin texture while ensuring a proper dose of anti-aging vitamins C and E is delivered to the dermis. Perfect for all skin types.
Why: The skin is revitalized and brightened thanks to the vitamin C and E which work together to firm up the skin and improve its texture and tone. Creating the perfect base for makeup it also decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sheer Hydration SPF 40 Untinted
This is a broad spectrum facial sunscreen.
Why: Regardless of season, SPF should always be part of your beauty regime. Protecting the skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays, this broad-spectrum sunscreen is loaded with nutrients that skin needs especially in winter including vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol, grape seed extract and glutathione, to protect skin from UV damage. You can also use the tinted version as your daily foundation.
Don’t hesitate to contact your AlumierMD skincare professional for more treatment ideas suitable for your dry winter skin!