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They say that winter has its own beauty, and we agree. But with the snuggle-friendly weather comes less pleasant side effects. Yes, we’re talking about the dreaded winter skin.
So what makes it different from the rest of the year?
Thanks to a combo of bitter cold temperatures and indoor heat, winter weather goes hand in hand with an impaired skin barrier and more water loss (aka dry, inflamed skin).
That said, you can counter its harsh effects by tweaking your daily routine.
Here are 6 ways to treat your skin this season:
When the temperatures start to drop, be sure to swap your harsh cleanser for one formulated with gentle hydrators. The key is to avoid ingredients that strip the skin of its natural oils, like sulphates and fragrances, in favour of a cream or oil-based cleanser that is designed to prevent moisture loss.
- LAMELLE Serra Cleansing Gel
- SKINCEUTICALS Gentle Cleanser Cream
- DERMACEUTIC Advanced Cleanser
- ESTHEDERM Osmoclean Hydra-Replenishing Cleansing Milk
On the fence about whether or not you should exfoliate your face in the winter? You’re not the only one.
Thankfully, the answer is simple: exfoliating during winter helps clear dead skin to make room for new skin cells to flourish. It also increases the amount of absorption you get from other skincare products since they can fully penetrate your skin to hydrate it.
However, exfoliating too often, as in more than once a week, will only worsen the situation. Nervous about overdoing it? Consider reaching for a gentler exfoliator that will take care of dead skin cells without damaging your skin.
You’re better off with a mild chemical exfoliator over a physical one, especially during winter when your skin is likely to be more sensitive. The latter involves mechanical friction which can irritate the skin even more. Chemical exfoliating acids, on the other hand, break down the bonds between dead skin cells, which makes that layer of dead skin easier to wash away.
Dr Alek recommends looking for gentle AHAs like lactic acid and glycolic acid. Another great tip from Dr Alek is to consider using a gentle cream cleanser in the morning and an exfoliating cleanser in the evening.
- NEOSTRATA Skin Active Exfoliating Wash
- EXUVIANCE Purifying Cleansing Gel
- QMS Deep Gentle Cleanser
- DERMACEUTIC Foamer 5
Come winter, one thing is certain: Serums are a must since they’re an easy and effective way to layer products, kind of like how you layer clothes to keep warm. And the best serums don’t just serve up an extra dose of hydration, but also protect against the harsh elements.
Key ingredients to look for in serums – not just in the winter, but year-round – are hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamin C. Hyaluronic acid for its ability to keep the skin hydrated by locking in moisture, niacinamide for its moisture barrier–building properties, and vitamin C to address and prevent free radical damage.
- Sk.in marvel | hydro shot
- SKINCEUTICALS Metacell Renewal B3
- ALPHA-H Hyaluronic 8 Super Serum
- SVR Hydracid C20 Cream
Hydrating eye creams
The skin around your eyes is extra delicate, and there are no oil glands in this area, which means using a moisturising eye cream is essential all year, but especially in winter.
As well as packing a hydrating punch, our favourite eye creams also simultaneously reduce inflammation and help to dissolve fine lines.
- NEOSTRATA Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy
- LAMELLE Dermaheal Eye Regeneration Plus Cream
- EXUVIANCE Hydrating Eye Complex
- DR SCHRAMMEK Hydra Maximum Eye Fluid
At this point, we’ve established that winter skin needs a little more love in the hydration department.
To ramp up your hydration game this season, switch to a thick, decadent face cream with ceramides in the formulation. Ceramides are fatty acids found naturally in the skin that help to keep your skin barrier healthy and hydrated. External factors like cold weather, hot water and dry heat can deplete the ceramides in your skin, so using moisturisers with ceramides can help to keep skin plump and hydrated. Don’t be afraid to slather it on, morning and night.
- OPTIPHI Delta Rich Daily Hydration HyR
- YOUTH LAB Thirst Relief Mask
- SVR [CERA] Biotic
- SKINCEUTICALS Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
You know the drill by now, skincare junkies! Sunscreen isn’t seasonal – it’s a product that should be used year-round.
We’ve made a special selection to make it easier for you to find one you’ll like and will actually use. These fulfil all the criteria for the perfect sunscreen.
- They have high SPF
- They’re mineral-based and so won’t irritate the skin
- They offer broad-spectrum coverage
- They’re also non-comedogenic, meaning they’re designed not to clog pores
Click here to view all sunscreens, including but not limited to sunscreens from Heliocare, Lamelle, Neostrata, Obagi, Colorescience, RegimA, La Roche-Posay, SkinCeuticals, Mesoestetic, DermaQuest, Dermaceutic, optiphi®, Biomedical Emporium…
Give your skin the TLC it deserves.
Yours in skin,
Dr Alek and the SkinMiles Team
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