As the cool, dry winter months set in, the winds pick up and your skin will require extra help and protection in these environmental conditions. In the winter, skin struggles to retain moisture in the dermis layer, contributing to premature signs of aging, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Protect Skin’s Moisture Barrier
Wind, central heating and low humidity all strip skin of its natural moisture barrier. Protecting skin’s outer most layer, the stratum corneum, is critical because when skin becomes dry, we lose the lipids (fats) that help bind skin cells stick together and prevent water loss. These natural, protective skin moisturizers are important to protect the outermost layers of the skin.
Keep your skin in shape this season with the following tips:
Ditch harsh, foaming cleansers and opt for a creamy, gentle cleanser, which will add needed hydration to the skin. Try our Lemon Chiffon Cleanser, which has a natural lemon zest aroma your senses will love, as well as skin-hydrating jojoba oil, safflower oil, shea butter and squalane.
Perhaps the most overlooked step to keeping skin healthy, exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, and allows the skin to absorb more moisture. For effective product penetration and to wisp away dull, lackluster skin, gently exfoliate twice per week with our Crushed Grape Seed Scrub with glycolic acid and fruit enzyme. For more advanced exfoliation, try the Cherry Cocktail Face Smoothie, an at-home peel!
Vitamin A Therapy
Retinols help keep skin smooth and increase cell turnover. However, they tend to make skin more sensitive to chapping from cool, dry, windy weather. Try the Vitamin A& E Serum w/ Firming Complex or the Anti-Wrinkle Cream Retinol Concentrate w/ Resveratrol. Both provide skin with necessary hydrators while smoothing away wrinkles.
Hydrate, Seal & Heal
Ingredients to look for this season are:
Lipids mimic skin’s natural moisturizing factors, prevent moisture loss, and keep skin moist and supple.
Humectants: help skin to retain and increase its moisture content, keeping skin hydrated all day.
Peptides & Epidermal Growth Factors: reduce wrinkles, rapidly recover and repair damaged and impaired skin.
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