During the winter months, temperatures drastically drop along with the level of humidity in the air. Adequately taking care of your skin and keeping it well hydrated suddenly becomes a higher priority and at times, somewhat of a daily struggle. If you’re particularly prone to dry and sensitive skin, you may also have to deal with itching and flaking. However, protecting your skin in the harsher whether becomes relatively simple with the right tools; AKA skin products that are designed to provide extra hydration and can be properly absorbed by the skin.
How does winter affect my skin?
There is a misconception that colder weather equals better-looking skin; seemingly smaller pores, rosy cheeks, less oil and no need to deal with protecting your skin from the sun. However, the truth is that your skin loses more than 25% of its ability to retain moisture during the winter and cold weather in general. When the air is cold, it dries out your skin and leaves you with a feeling of tightness in return.
To further exasperate conditions, during the colder months, many of us also use indoor heating which dries out the air around us. This results in drying out your skin’s mucous membranes that leads to even further dehydration. Add to that the fact that you’ll most likely be taking longer, hotter showers and baths that can strip away your skin’s protective oils, and you’ve got a sure fire recipe for seriously dried out skin. You might also be dehydrating your skin from the inside without even noticing it. Since it’s cold and you may naturally reduce your water intake as a result, (it’s hard to keep hydrated as it is!) this could also affect the moisture content and plumpness of your skin.
How to hydrate your skin in winter?
The first step in helping your skin recover from moisture loss during colder winter months is to find the root cause of the dryness. If it’s because of the reasons stated above (indoor heating, hot showers, and decreased water consumption), you might have to do a little tweaking to your winter routine.
Here are just a couple of simple things that you can do to help your skin:
• Keep baths and showers short. Yes, nothing quite beats indulging in a hot bath after being out in the elements on a cold winter’s day, but it’s a good idea to try and keep your baths and showers to less than 10 minutes.
• Use less soap. Over washing with soap and hot water can leave your skin dry. If possible, use hydrating body washes and fragrance-free options because they can be less drying.
• Moisturise. Find a moisturiser or serum that can really help your skin reach proper hydration. Not all moisturisers are created equal, so keep in mind not just the external conditions of the weather, but also the amount of moisture that you need for your particular skin type. You can also use potent serums like the Is Clinical Hydra Cool Serum to help soothe dry and irritated skin.
Should you be switching up your skincare for winter?
The answer is a resounding, yes. Seasonal skincare is paramount and you’ll notice that some products that you were happily using during the warmer months are no longer suitable for winter and vice versa. For instance, lightweight skincare products may not be as effective in cooler conditions, especially if you already have dry skin. Pay attention to what your skin actually needs so that you can adjust it accordingly!
Here are some of the skincare products that you might need to switch up:
• Swap your gel cleansers for cream cleansers. Creams are gentler on dry skin compared to gel types.
• Swap your physical exfoliants for chemical exfoliants. Physical exfoliants can be too harsh for your already sensitive skin in winter. While chemical exfoliants use acids and enzymes to gently dissolve the unwanted layers of dead skin without overly drying your skin out.
• Swap your astringents for a moisturising toner. Astringents can be too harsh for winter skin. While on the other hand, using a moisturising toner that simply balances and refreshes your skin during the colder weather can help improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
• Swap your summer serum for a more hydrating botanical serum. Serums are concentrated bottles of magic! Not only can they help keep your skin hydrated along with providing a defense against other skin concerns such as fine lines and ageing, using them during winter is an absolute must. Just like the Is Clinical Hydra Cool Serum, many serums are packed with ingredients that can target your specific skin concerns during winter.
The Science Behind Is Clinical Skincare
Is Clinical Skincare’s highly innovative product line is dedicated to producing clinically-validated products that deliver visible improvements to the skin. They are committed to providing you with skincare that protects your skin with environmental aggressors like the sun, pollution, and the weather. Thus, making this a great option for the winter season.
The Is Clinical Hydra Cool Serum is hydrating and blemish-fighting. It provides intensive and penetrating hydration that helps soothe and calm irritated skin with regular use. It also contains superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bio-nutrients that work well even for sensitive skin. It can be used by all skin types and can work well for all ages.
The 15ml bottle is also very travel-friendly which is a huge plus since the effects of air travel can further dehydrate your skin.
This very effective and hydrating botanical serum can be used in the morning and evening after toning. You can also combine this serum with other products with active ingredients to accommodate acclimation.
The Key Ingredients of the Hydra Cool Serum
• Vitamin B5 – This very essential nutrient helps in promoting the healthy look of your skin.
• Hyaluronic Acid – It is nature’s most powerful hydrator.
• Mushroom Extract – It helps in minimising the appearance of uneven skin tone and at the same time brightens the complexion.
• Centella Asiatica – This powerful antioxidant has nourishing properties that helps reduce visible signs of ageing and premature ageing.
• Kojic Acid - Lightens dark spots and brighten uneven skin tone.
• Soothing Menthol – Provides a soothing and cooling effect.
Why The Hydra Cool Serum Is So Effective
Looking after your skin can sometimes prove to be quite complex. Not only do we need to understand our skin’s needs and be aware of external factors, but we also need to accept the fact that these factors are also continuously changing. Therefore, basic knowledge of dermatological biochemistry and the use of high-grade ingredients can go a long way. The Hydra Cool Serum can offer just this.
How To Use The Is Clinical Hydra Cool Serum
Layering your skincare products the correct way will ensure that all of your products will work effectively and efficiently. Always start from the thinnest to thickest in consistency and keep in mind that anything that’s too light may not be able to penetrate your skin if applied after thicker products. Thicker creams should be applied as the last step to lock in everything that you’ve applied previously.
1. Start with a clean canvas. If you are using makeup, sunscreen or any other products, it is best to use a makeup remover as the first step of cleansing.
2. Cleanse. Cleanse your face with a cream cleanser and wash off excess oil, makeup and dirt that may have not been removed by the makeup remover.
3. Chemical exfoliator. You can add this to your routine once or twice a week depending on your skin’s needs. But be sure you don’t overdo it as it may further dry your skin out.
4. Use a moisturising toner. Balance your skin’s pH level by using a toner. This preps your skin for the next skincare products that you are going to use.
5. Apply the Hydra Cool Serum. Use sparingly and smooth all over your face and neck. It can be used alone or layered with another Is Clinical product. For best results, follow and use the complete Is Clinical range.
6. Apply your favourite moisturiser. To seal in all the products that you have applied and adequately hydrate your skin, apply your moisturiser.
7. Use sunscreen. Even if the weather is cold and the sun isn’t always out, always remember that harmful UVA and UVB rays can still harm your skin, even on the cloudiest of days. Make sure that you are protecting your skin by using sunscreen that is at least SPF 15.
Taking care of your skin and keeping it hydrated during winter is easy enough if you are aware of the external aggravators that may be further drying out your skin, which products will work best for your skin type and what to switch up. Great winter skin is as simple as following the basics and getting into the swing of a new skincare routine that will keep your skin hydrated despite the drop in temperature!