The cold winds and dry air of winter are perfect for creating magical snow flurries and winter wonderlands. However, they are not so good for the skin. Winter is one of the harshest times of year on the skin, so we have to take extra care to make sure we nourish and revitalize.
Our team typically begins to make their transitions to winter skincare in mid- to end-November. If you haven’t already started that transition, begin to winterise that skincare routine as soon as possible.
Getting a handle on the winter transition is really about understanding what we are up against. There are three main things to be concerned about:
- Dry Air – Cold air does not hold as much moisture, so natural humidity levels are lower during the winter. Things are exacerbated by forced air heating. Air inside the home can be extremely dry this time of year.
- Cold Temperatures – Cold temperatures are also a problem because they can damage sensitive skin. A big concern is frostbite as a result of allowing the skin to be exposed to the cold for too long a time.
- Long, Hot Showers – We get it. Sometimes, immersing in hot water bath or taking a long, hot shower is the best feeling, after a cold, frosty day. But those hot water showers cause the natural oil (sebum) on your skin to rinse off with your body cleanser. By the time you step from the shower or bath, there isn’t enough of the sebum left to protect your skin and lubricate it.
The winter transition involves making changes to skincare routines and the products used in order to account for cold temperatures, dry air, and our attempts to stay warm.
How to Make the Transition
Transitioning from fall to winter skincare starts with taking a look at the products we actually use. Foaming, drying cleansers that might feel ok on sweaty, summer skin are definite no-nos in winter. Try a gentler yet more effective face cleanser like our Deeply Cleansing Milk, for example. It will not dry out the skin like foams and soaps can. Other cleansing methods like oils can also be more effective in this weather as well.
Next is the idea of balancing the skin. Remember, weather conditions and dry air cause the skin to react differently during the season. The natural lipid layers that keep our skin balanced, nourished and healthy can be depleted during this time. A balancing oil like our Facial Recovery Elixir, has the perfect proportions of omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids as well as antioxidant properties to keep your skin balanced, healthy and glowing.
Rounding out the winter transition involves stepping back and examining how we keep warm. It is best that we avoid long, hot showers as a way to warm up first thing in the morning or get warm before going to bed at night. Replace those long, hot showers with shorter, warm showers instead.
And instead of cranking up that thermostat which makes the air drier, it is better to maintain a moderate temperature inside the home and use multiple layers of clothing to keep warm. The less frequently the furnace runs, the less frequently it is drawing valuable moisture out of the air.
Make the most of Winter
December is a time of transition in skincare. It is the time of year when we focus more on skin protection and moisturization. It stands to reason, given what the winter season throws at us. We encourage everyone in the northern hemisphere to start making their winter transition now. We can all make a few minor adjustments to our skincare routines in order to make the best of what winter has to offer. By addressing dry air, cold temperatures, and the means by which we attempt to stay warm, we can get through this winter with beautiful, glowing skin.