The winter weather is rough and dry, but that does not mean your skin has to suffer from these harsh weather conditions too. The cold weather can take a toll on your skin, from causing itching to swelling, redness, bumps, flaking, blisters, and sensitivity.
If you’re looking to keep dry skin at bay whilst reducing redness, opt for a winter skincare routine that soothes your skin, retains skin moisture, and keeps it smooth and hydrated at the same time. Winter season is synonymous with skin dryness with cold misty days resulting in uncomfortable dryness and cracking but with a little bit of care and a few simple skincare hacks, you can maintain vibrant skin no matter the season.
Dry patches and painful chapped lips are just some of the other common skin issues caused by the chilly weather. The prime reason for such skin concerns is that the skin lacks the nourishment it needs when the air becomes drier and dense. It’s pretty simple really- dry atmosphere equals dry skin!
To keep skin healthy and reduce redness and dryness, moisturisers are paramount. Though taking a hot shower, long bath or simply sitting by a roaring fire might seem like a great (and oh so cosy!) idea to warm up during the colder months, such activities might further dry your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. And if you have the kind of complexion that you think can withstand cold weather, think again. Winter affects the health of every skin type in some shape or form.
The Golden Rule: Moisturise
Whether you have dry or oily skin, a good moisturiser forms a protective barrier that shields the skin and is essential to your winter skincare routine. Slather a layer of an effective moisturiser during the day and night to keep your skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
But don’t be fooled, a good moisturiser that works wonders in both spring and summer may not yield the same results in winter. In fact, it may not be suited to cold, winter weather whatsoever. With the change in weather conditions, just like the rotation of your wardrobe, the type of foods you crave, and the sort of activities you decide to take part in, your skincare routine should be modified as well! Look for an oil-based ointment to complement a moisturiser in winter. The oil-based cream will soothe the skin and create a protective layer that retains moisture.
Lotions with "humectants" attract moisture and keep your skin hydrated. Moisturising overnight will reduce redness and prevent your skin from exposure to the stressors that dry out the skin. Your night time skincare regime will help keep your skin beautiful when the temperature falls.
Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 % Refining Night Cream is ideal for any winter skincare routine that aims to hydrate and nourish the skin. This night moisturiser protects, heals imperfections, and brightens skin tone.
Obagi Hydrate® is another innovative formulation that locks in moisture. The product uses shea butter, avocado oil, and mango butter to nourish the skin and provide ultra-rich hydration in the night and a rejuvenated-looking complexion. Adding the Obagi Hydrate to your skincare routine during winter provides deep hydration for your skin while you sleep.
Exfoliate in winter
Did you know that dead cells block moisture? Exfoliation is, therefore, necessary to remove the dead cell barrier and even skintone in winter. Skin cells dehydrate and dry out quickly when exposed to temperature extremes - cold air outside and dry heat indoors.
Exfoliation is a way to buff away dead cells so new cells can take their place without obstruction. You may want to try out the Obagi CRX System C- Exfoliating Day Lotion to slough off dead, dull skin, and remove surface skin cell buildup. The lotion is one of your best options for harsh winter revealing softer, smoother-looking skin, without stripping it of its essential oils.
During the cold season, exfoliating once a week is generally enough to remove dry and dead skin cells and improve the overall appearance of your skin. The idea is to exfoliate less because dehydrated, winter-worn skin can suffer from moisture depletion and worsened irritation.
One thing to be aware of however, is that flaking or redness is common for sensitive skin during exfoliation. So, you might want to swap in a gentler face peel formula that is less likely to be harsh on skin. You do not want to use stronger acids and rougher exfoliants on your dry skin!
The Obagi CRX System lotion is the number one choice for harsh winter months. This day lotion will gently exfoliate, hydrate, and brighten your skin and accelerate surface skin cell turnover, improving its overall quality.
Protection From the Sun
Just because the sun is generally not as visible during the colder months, it doesn’t mean your skin is safe from ultraviolet rays. UVA rays that can penetrate deep into the skin are present all through the year.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, it is a complete misconception that sunscreen is only important during summer. The reality is that the winter sun can cause all types of skin concerns and damage the skin long-term. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects your skin from the sun in winters and helps reduce redness.
Remember, your skin becomes extremely sensitive during winter. Sun exposure could make matters worse and harmful UV rays can also burn your skin. Thus, wearing sunscreen is a great way to soak in the sun, without harming your complexion.
Cleanser is Necessary
Winter dryness can make your skin look and feel dry, and rough- both of which can contribute to facial redness. A good cleanser is as necessary as a moisturiser to remove dirt and impurities from the pores. It is an important part of your skin cleansing routine so your skin feels clean, soft, and supple. You may want to swap your soap too. The reason is that harsh soaps make the skin even drier.
Remember, soap is an emulsifier that strips away moisture. You should try to avoid perfumed soaps that contain alcohol. Rather, you should look for cleansing products that contain added moisturisers. Bottom line? You should probably skip the soap all together and opt for face and body cleansers that are optimised for colder weather.
Don’t Skip Your Night Cream
A quality night cream is an important part of your winter skin care routine. It helps secure the hydration it needs when you are asleep. For problematic skin, a good night cream is an ideal choice that helps fight the signs of ageing and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0% Refining Night Cream is formulated with a good amount of retinol for sensitive skin that reduces redness. The lotion does not clog the pores and reduces the risk of irritation. It is the best choice for healthy, hydrated, and happy skin all through the chilly weather.
Give the Toner a Miss
You may love an astringent during the summer for its cooling effect. But since astringents are made with alcohol, which is a dehydrator that essentially sucks moisture, it’s not exactly the best skincare product for the colder seasons. If you love that refreshing toner feeling, one of the best winter skincare tricks is to use an alcohol-free mist that comprises hydrating ingredients, including glycerin and natural oils. Avoid all products that absorb oil from the skin.
What Makes Obagi CRX Lotion Special
During the harsh winter season, you want to opt for products that colour correct, moisturise, and soothe inflamed skin. Obagi CRX lotion is a perfect blend of ski-protective ingredients that colour-corrects and reduces redness around the cheeks and nose and combats rosacea. The soothing skincare treatment calms inflammation, hydrates and exfoliates the skin to improve texture, and relieves tightness.
It is a skin-soothing formulation that reduces the signs of ageing and gives visibly luminous and youthful skin. The unique formulation comprises glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid that slough off the layer of dead skin and removes wrinkles. Enriched with vitamin C glucosides, it enhances collagen synthesis to reduce fine lines and improve skin tone and firmness.
Don’t forget to Drink Up
Sometimes, the last thing you want to do when it’s cold out, is sip on water all day, but a lack of hydration internally, will show up externally as dry, dull, and flakey skin.
Yes, winters may not make you feel as thirsty as in the warmer months, but it’s a good idea to drink cold water to boost hydration from the inside out. Keeping yourself hydrated during the colder seasons holds the key to enjoying hydrated skin- simple!
In sum, to reduce redness from dryness in the chilly weather, it’s a good idea to take care when exfoliating your skin. You also want to avoid all dry skin triggers. Lastly, you should opt for skin-friendly products that do not cause flare-ups or irritate the skin but instead help to improve even skin tone.