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 of your skin. Second, we compensate for lower temperatures by cranking up the thermostat which further strips moisture. Under dual attack, it’s no wonder you suffer from the worst dry skin during wintertime.
The end result of winter conditions? Dull, sensitive, dry skin. Without moisture, your skin may be more sensitive and reactive than normal. Even oilier skin types experience uncharacteristic dryness and flaking. Says Megan Mayer from Huffington Post Beauty, "As the temperatures continue to drop, the dry environment and lack of moisture allow for cracked hands, chapped lips and scaly legs.”
Here are our suggestions for soothing your complexion with the best winter skin care products for an Eminence Organic Skin Care routine.
How To Fight Against Dryness
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. Stop Taking Hot Baths And Showers
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. Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer tells Healthline that hot water damages your skin's keratin cells and prevents them from “locking in moisture,” thereby creating dry skin.
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? Food rich in healthy fats can make a difference in your skin's moisture levels. After all, fatty acids like omega-3s help replenish your skin’s oil 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.
Hydrating Winter Skin Care Routine
To tackle dull winter skin, we’ve created a routine for all skin types that addresses wintertime issues. Here’s how to return your dry skin’s radiant glow:
With winter draining the moisture from your complexion, try adding a hydrating, cream-based cleanser like our revitalizing Firm Skin Acai Cleanser to your winter skin care routine. Dry skin types benefit from daily use of this cleanser, while oily to combination skin types can try alternating a cream-based cleanser with a gel-based cleanser like Citrus Exfoliating Wash.
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 new 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.”
Another easy way to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months is using a toner. Try Stone Crop Hydrating Mist, featuring the unique qualities of the stone crop plant which smooth and moisturize the skin. Watch this video below and find out more about this revitalizing mist that boosts hydration levels.
Eminence Organics 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.
To bring harmony to your wintertime complexion, try our Balancing Masque Duo. This dual-action mask allows you to target oilier areas with the Charcoal T-Zone Purifier while the Pomelo Cheek Treatment adds a powerful dose of moisture to the drier areas of your face.
And last, but definitely not least, moisturize. Even though the sun isn’t as strong during the colder months, sun damage can still occur. Apply an SPF moisturizer daily like our Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32. If you need more protection from the elements, layer Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm on top to heal and reduce redness caused by dry skin. At night, lock in moisture with Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer.
To enhance your winter skin care routine even further, try our selection of cold weather essentials at your nearest Eminence Organics partner spa.
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