While a winter wonderland draws feelings of cozy comfort, it has the potential to wreak havoc on your skin. Icy temperatures and blustery winds bring dreaded side effects, depleting your skin’s moisture and leaving it dry and dull. To combat the cold, we have some essential winter skin care tips, including a winter-specific skin care routine. Plus, we've hand-picked a selection of Eminence Organic Skin Care products to soothe and repair even the driest winter skin.
Winter Skin Care: The Season’s Impact On Your Skin
It happens every year - winter descends and your skin recoils by turning dry, raw and dull. For several reasons, the cold season is often the worst time of year for your complexion. First, brutal winter weather whips around your skin, with chilling winds drawing moisture straight out. Second, we compensate for lower temperatures by cranking up the thermostat, which further strips moisture from your skin. Under dual attack, it’s no wonder your skin suffers during wintertime.
The end result of winter conditions? Dull, dry skin. Without moisture, your skin may be more sensitive and reactive than normal. Even oilier skin types experience uncharacteristic dryness and flaking. To soothe your complexion, here are our suggestions for an Eminence Organics winter skin care routine.
How To Protect Your Skin During Winter
1. Use A Humidifier
Forced-air heaters blast away moisture during wintertime, stripping away important oils and leading to itchy skin. Try counteracting these drying effects by blowing a warm- or cool-mist humidifier instead. Re-introducing moisture into the air helps soothe and calm irritated skin.
2. Hot Showers And Baths Dry Out Your Skin
Hot baths and showers may warm you up during cold winter days, but hot water - especially on your face - will only dry out your skin. Extreme temperatures damage your skin's moisture barrier, preventing it from locking in the moisture it needs to remain soft and smooth.
3. Fight Dry Skin Symptoms From The Inside
Who would have thought that you can tackle dry skin from the inside as well as out? WebMD states that food rich in healthy fats improves your skin's moisture levels. After all, fatty acids like omega-3s help replenish your skin’s lipid barrier and protect against moisture loss. Chow down on fat-rich foods like flax, avocado, safflower oil and nuts, as well as fish like salmon and sardines.
A 6 Step Winter Skin Care Routine For Hydration
To tackle dull, winter skin, we’ve created a routine for all skin types that addresses wintertime issues. Follow these steps to return a radiant glow to your complexion:
With winter draining the moisture from your complexion, try adding an oil-based cleanser like our Stone Crop Cleansing Oil to your winter skin care routine. This type of cleanser is beneficial for all skin types (even oily!) due to its ability to draw out oil-based impurities like stubborn makeup. This cleanser also replenishes the skin with moisturizing ingredients like sunflower oil and jojoba oil. Use it alone or pair it with your favorite gel or cream-based cleanser in a double cleanse.
Another easy way to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months is to use a toner. You can think of a toner as the conditioner to your cleanse. It adds a base layer of hydration that keeps your skin soft and moisturized. Try our Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, featuring the unique qualities of the stone crop plant to hydrate, soothe and heal dry skin. Watch the video below to learn more about this skin-saving ingredient:
3. Apply Essence
One of the best ways to replenish dry winter skin is to add an essence to your skin care routine. A facial essence is a lightweight fluid that is often described as a cross between a toner and a serum. Our Birch Water Purifying Essence deeply hydrates the skin and preps it to absorb the benefits of the skin care products that follow.
Exfoliation is the best way to revive dull winter skin. However, it’s important to keep in mind that frigid temperatures and harsh winds can also make your skin more reactive. Fab Fit Fun recommends Calm Skin Chamomile Exfoliating Peel: “Thanks to Eminence‘s line of at-home exfoliating peels, your skin will look awesome. We love the Chamomile version, which soothes and renews even the most sensitive skin sans irritation and redness ... And unlike some harsh formulas on the market, you can use this gentle one up to three times a week.”
Eminence Organics facial masks and facial oils are the perfect way to deliver an intense dose of nutrients and moisture to the skin. We recommend Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil, a facial treatment that blends results-oriented actives and ingredients for intense hydration and protection. It can be used morning and night, and is suitable for all skin types.
And last, but definitely not least, moisturize. Even though the sun isn’t as strong during the colder months, sun damage can still occur. Our Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer includes deeply moisturizing coconut oil, shea butter and grape seed oil combined with Green Apple Stem Cell Technology that offers lasting age correction.
The Best Moisturizers, Serums & Face Oils For Dry Winter Skin
Facial Recovery Oil
On the hunt for perfect products for winter skin care? Hydrate and heal dry skin with the precious herbs and oils in our award-winning Facial Recovery Oil. This luxurious facial oil is infused with clary sage oil, olive oil, sage leaf extract and ylang ylang to soothe and renew a dry complexion. Cameron Diaz is one of its many fans, saying: “A drop goes a long way to relieve any dryness in your skin… A drop on each cheek after your shower will do wonders.” Referred to as "liquid gold," this precious oil is the key to keeping dry skin soft and supple during cold winter months.
Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm
If you suffer from dry skin in winter, give your skin an additional dose of moisture with the "solid gold" that is Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm. This revolutionary super balm harnesses the power of a Natural Repair Complex derived from rosehip and rosemary to replenish skin's moisture and protect it from the effects of environmental stress. Use it as a spot treatment for pesky areas like knees and elbows, or as an ultra-rich face cream to repair and soothe dry winter skin.
Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator For Face & Body
If your skin is still feeling parched, Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator to your winter skin care routine. This lightweight face and body moisturizer can be layered underneath the Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm to lock in moisture and repair dry winter skin. The cooling properties of camphor and menthol provide a refreshing sensation to rejuvenate skin that has been exposed to the elements.
To enhance your winter skin care routine even further, try our selection of cold weather essentials at an Eminence Organics Spa Partner near you.