Top Tips for Winter Skin Care
Updated: Jan 7
How have you been weathering the cold weather?
While winter technically didn't arrive until December 21st, we've been dealing with cold temperatures and weather most of the fall. Though many folks love the winter, some dread it. Not because they dislike snow and ice, but because the wintertime wreaks havoc on their skincare regimen!
For those who struggle with dry skin, winter can be a double whammy. Cold, frosty air has less moisture in it than warm air, which can lead to dry skin, plus heavy winds can strip skin of all moisture. You'd think that going inside would provide a reprieve, but nope—most kinds of in-home heating also dry the air out. In other words, there seems to be no winning when it comes to skincare in the winter.
But that doesn't mean you have to shrug your shoulders and give up! There are lots of ways that you can protect your skin throughout the winter months and emerge into the springtime with glowing, healthy skin. Here are some tips on skin care during the wintertime:
Create Better Conditions in Your Home
Optimizing the environment in your home is one of the best things you can do for your skin in the wintertime.
Remember, there will be less moisture in the air because you'll have the heat turned on. Combat this by using an air humidifier. These come in many different shapes and sizes, though a single humidifier will likely not cover your entire home. Our advice would be to buy two: one for your primary workspace and one for your bedroom. Both hot and cold water humidifiers can work; it all depends on your preference.
Avoid Long & Hot Showers
When you're chilly in the winter, you might be tempted to take long, hot baths and showers, but we'd advise you to avoid excessively warm bathing. The hot water can leave your skin extra sensitive, priming you for further dryness after you towel off. If you do have a hot shower, be sure to moisturize immediately after, preferably while you’re still in the steamy bathroom.
We tend to associate drinking lots of water with the summertime, but staying hydrated is just as important during wintertime. Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean your body doesn't need water! By drinking between six to eight cups of water a day, your skin will be kept well-supplied with moisture. ...and don’t forget to continue feeding your skin with moisture-rich fruits and veggies! Not only are they good for you, but they count towards your water intake, too.
Because we associate the summertime with the sun, everyone emphasizes wearing sunscreen when it's hot out. However, it's just as important to wear sunscreen in the wintertime as well.
It isn't the heat of the sun that primarily causes damage to our skin; it's the UV rays. And those are no less strong in the wintertime. Putting a lightweight sunscreen on before heading outside can help you protect your skin from damaging UV rays throughout the winter. Just think of it as adding another layer, along with your hat and coat!
Use a Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients we have. Whether you’re taking it in supplement form, buying skincare products that include it as an ingredient, or are drinking lots of OJ, it's simply fantastic! But it can be extra helpful in the wintertime.
Vitamin C will help create a protective layer on your skin to lock in moisture, a significant plus during the cold weather. It also helps protect your skin against UV rays, making it an important ingredient in sunscreen. Plus? It boosts collagen production and reduces inflammation! You really can’t go wrong with vitamin C, so make sure that a vitamin C serum is a part of your winter skincare routine.
Know the Difference Between Water-Based and Oil-Based Serums
There’s a talking point out there on the internet about how oil-based serums are better than water-based serums in the wintertime because "water freezes." Let's debunk this right away.
The base of any serum is the delivery mechanism for its skincare ingredients. In the case of water-based serums, water is the delivery mechanism. Once applied to the skin, that water quickly evaporates. That means, unless you’re applying your water-based serum outside in subzero temperatures, it isn't going to freeze the serum on your face. That said, there are other reasons to use oil-based serums in the wintertime.
Most dermatologists recommend moving to heavier creams, moisturizers, and serums during the cold months. These serums better preserve the skin barrier by creating a protective lipid layer—that’s what oil-based serums can provide in the wintertime. While water-based serums may feel lighter, you’ll want the heavier level of skin protection that comes with oil-based serums when you're facing the cold air.
Use Products with Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is one of the best ingredients that has started to be included in skincare products in the last few years. It’s a naturally-occurring substance in the human body that pulls in moisture, allowing your cells to maintain as much hydration as possible.
The cold air and dryness of winter can strip your skin of moisture, which is why using products that contain Hyaluronic Acid is so beneficial during the chilly months. These products can help your skin cells hold onto as much water as possible. Hyaluronic Acid works for any skin type and is an excellent skin care ingredient in summer OR winter. But when it's chilly out, it really shines (figuratively speaking, there should be no skin shininess associated with it).
Try the New NuFace Fix
One of the most popular at-home skin firming, smoothing, and tightening solutions on the market was the Nuface Trinity device. Well, there is a brand-new mini-version of it, and we offer it in our retail selection: NuFACE Fix!
NuFACE Fix is a small device that uses gentle microcurrent energy to help smooth your skin. When you combine this with the NuFACE Fix Serum, it can be a fantastic way to help fight the damage winter can inflict on your skin. It only takes three minutes a day, and it's suitable for all skin types!
The wintertime can bring big changes to our skincare regime. The cold air and lack of moisture make keeping skin healthy a bigger challenge than it is the rest of the year. But there are ways that we can help you here at Thair! We invite you to check out our organic skincare products, along with many of our skin care services to help you keep your skin healthy all winter long. If you'd like to learn more, please drop by our location or book an appointment with us today!