Blog - Winter Skincare
The effect of seasonal weather changes, especially during the winter months, can take a significant toll on your skin. Facial skin ravaged by exposure to the elements can exhibit symptoms of dryness, flaking, itching and even sore, scaly patches so a good skincare regime is a must!
You still need sun protection
First and foremost, your best defence for winter skin care is protection. Even during the winter months, you absolutely need to continue to apply SPF 15 or greater sunscreen when outside. Even though you might think the sun’s damaging effects are diminished during the winter months, nothing could be farther from the truth. The reflection of the sun off snow and ice can be particularly damaging and so can those rays of light that come through office or vehicle windows.
Although it may seem contradictory, dry skin benefits tremendously from exfoliation to help eliminate the flaking skin cells, smooth your skin and promote cell rejuvenation. Whether you choose to use a chemical exfoliant such as an AHA product like glycolic acid or a mechanical means such as a facial scrub, incorporating a means of exfoliation into your routine at least a few times a week can dramatically improve dry skin.
Maintaining the skin’s moisture content during the winter months is also critical. The skin is typically well hydrated after a warm shower or steaming facial. Immediately seal in the moisture with a skin cream rich in emollients. Moisturizers keep the skin conditioned while offering protection against the harsh effects of the cold. The drier the skin becomes, the more frequently a moisturizer should be applied. Try to limit your use of soaps as they will only dry out the skin more. Instead, try using a super-rich cleanser such as one with a soy or oatmeal ingredient to give your skin a conditioning treatment as you cleanse.