During the winter months, it is vital to make modifications to your skin care routine. When cold weather arrives, humidity levels drop drastically. When you combine that with indoor heaters it can leave normally healthy skin feeling dehydrated. When this happens, your skin becomes sensitive and that my friends can lead to even more problematic skin conditions. Here are 15 tips for protecting your skin’s barrier from winter’s bite.
Apply moisture-holding power serums to clean skin, such as the ones containing ngi grass. Then add a nourishing cream like Pure Fiji’s Hydrating Multi Active Day Creme on top to seal the deal. Immediately layer your skincare or body care on damp skin. This will help you retain moisture and the leave skin feeling supple.
2. Soften dry skin around the eyes and lips
The skin in these areas is thinner and has little-to-no oil glands to protect itself. Use creams around the eyes that soothe, moisturize, and protect the skin. On the lips, use balms high in antioxidants to provide a barrier against the elements.
3. Invest in a humidifier
Harsh winter weather can cause moisture to evaporate from the skin. Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier helps replenish the top layer of the epidermis by preventing the air from becoming too dry.
4. Wear natural fabrics
Certain fabrics can make dry skin worse. Stick to natural fibers like cotton or silk. Synthetic fibers like polyester can be quite rough on the skin.
5. Keep hand cream handy
Gift wrapping, winter cleaning and constant handwashing will sap whatever natural oils are left in your skin. A powerful formula for supreme softness, Pure Fiji hand cremes are quickly absorbed into the skin. Enriched with fresh coconut milk, nourishing organic seed oils and ngi grass to lock moisture into the skin for silky-smooth hands. Don’t forget your warm gloves when you go outside!
6. Opt for sulphate-free cleansers
As the air gets colder, the moisture in your skin depletes faster – so it’s more important than ever to use the right hydrating products to keep your face looking and feeling good. Sulfates strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving your face drier than it was before you used the product. It’s a good idea to check your face cleansers to make sure they do not include any sulphates.
7. Wear a serum high in vitamin C
When you use a Vitamin C serum during winter, you get a boost to your collagen health and improve cell turnover. Plus, the antioxidants help protect your skin from the elements outside.
8. Apply a hydrating mask
Do this in the evenings after removing your makeup. If you’re super tired no problem, you can leave our masques on overnight! Your skin will feel deeply nourished and repaired, the hydration of the epidermis will be significantly improved, which results in firmer, hydrated skin. Use 1-3 times a week as needed! Leave on for 30 minutes and don’t forget your neck.
9. Use a face oil at night
While you can use a facial oil during any time of the day, nighttime is best. Look for ingredients such as moringa oil; a nutrient-dense super nourishing and moisturizing oil that absorbs easily to soften and smooth the skin. Moringa oil also gently cleanses and purifies the skin. Use one high in Vitamin A which builds collagen in the skin, Vitamin C to brighten, reduce fine lines & wrinkles, and Vitamin E to fight inflammation, and provide antioxidants to protect against free radicals.
10. Choose the correct moisturizer for your skin type
11. Avoid hot showers and baths
It may feel good to raise the temperature & indulge in a steamy hot shower, but this does not bode well for your skin. Hot water evaporates fast, stripping your skin of its essential moisture and damaging its natural protective barrier.
12. Incorporate lipids into your routine
A great moisturizer containing lipids and powerful antioxidants is essential. This one is ideal; Pure Fiji’s Coconut Body Butter. There’s a reason why it’s one of our best sellers. The ultimate all over body cream indulgence, which is packed full of skin-saving ingredients, such as vitamins A, B, C and E that intensely hydrates and firms the skin. It also smells delicious - like a tropical vacation in a bottle - thanks to its unique botanical infusions and coconut milk that provide your skin with complete nourishment and protection. Cold- pressed organic seed oils and essential fatty acids hug every inch of your body, transforming your skin into dewy perfection, while protecting it from harmful free radicals.
13. Use peels
Use exfoliating acids like alpha-hydroxy acids to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin. This also helps reduce dullness, even out discoloration, and improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. Peels can also help to boost collagen production and improve the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By eliminating dead skin cells, chemical peels can also help to soften & smooth the skin while also reducing clogged pores.
14. Add hyaluronic acid to your routine
Hyaluronic acid is your complexion's BFF. It draws water to the skin and helps the cells look and stay plump. Hyaluronic acid is an amazing way to help your skin hold on to hydration without having to rely on heavy creams.
15. Choose bakuchiol versus retinoids
When the season changes from fall to winter the skin can experience an increase in dryness and dehydration. One of the adverse side effects of retinol is that it can cause dry, flaky skin especially during wintertime. However with bakuchiol there is no need to worry about that. Bakuchiol is nourishing and has moisturizing properties as well as soothing anti-inflammatory properties for the dry winter months. Therefore, there is no need to slow down its use like you would otherwise have to with retinoids.
Dry winter skin isn’t inevitable. By making some changes to your skincare routine and habits, and using the right natural products, you’ll have a better chance of keeping your skin looking soft, smooth, and radiant all winter long.