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Top Tips for a Nourishing Winter Skincare Routine

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The colder months mark the season of warm sweaters, cozy meals and catching up with loved ones by the fireplace. But amidst the plummeting temperatures, itchy, uncomfortable skin can also show up to the celebrations – uninvited.

These sudden changes in indoor and outdoor climate make our skin more vulnerable. Luckily, this allows us to proactively protect our skin Updating our winter skincare routine.

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Let’s get started – because baby, it’s cold outside!

How does the winter weather affect my skin?

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It’s natural to feel the effects of the seasons on your skin year-round. But the winter chill has a particularly notorious reputation.

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That’s because Dry, cold climates impair our skin’s natural barrier function. With less ability to protect themselves, skin cells increase their production of pro-inflammatory proteins and cortisol. The result: our stressed skin may react more sensitively to allergens or irritants. And flare-ups of atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions can follow.

What else happens when the skin barrier is not functioning optimally? It can also affect your skin’s lipid production: the natural fats that help your skin retain moisture. Therefore, your skin may end up feeling dry and tight.

Luckily, there are a few ways we can fight back.

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Winter care tips for a relaxed skin

1. Prioritize hydration

Tight, dry skin is the opposite of cuddly. The cool months signal the time to swap lighter moisturizers for intense hydration.

Favor products that help replenish lost moisture in the skin and keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. Our favorite drinking hero? hyaluronic acid.

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This molecule, which occurs naturally in our joints, connective tissue and skin, binds and retains moisture. In addition to acting as a natural moisturizer, hyaluronic acid plays a role in skin repair and helps fight the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and loss of elasticity.

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2. Add-in scrub

Ideally, at-home exfoliation should be a regular part of your routine year-round, even if you have dry skin. Exfoliating helps shed dead skin cells and promotes healthy turnover — meaning it can also help smooth out your skin’s texture to get rid of dry, flaky skin.

But there are some peculiarities when it comes to winter skin care. Be sure to avoid manual scrubs, also known as granular scrubs. These can also irritate the skin and lead to more dryness. for dry skin, Chemical peels such as AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) are an ideal choice.

Glycolic acid is a popular AHA with hygroscopic properties — meaning it’s still effective while being kind to skin for winter blues. Glycolic acid can be used regularly for dry skin in gentle formulas with low concentrations. Just be sure not to skip the sunscreen, as exfoliating can make skin more sun-sensitive.

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3. Switch to gentler skin-renewing ingredients

Your skin has had enough to deal with from frigid temperatures and Saharan-dry indoor settings. Now is not the time to keep tougher ingredients in the mix.

Still, you can counteract the visible signs of aging with more winter-friendly ingredients. Take Bacchiolefor example the retinol-like plant extract with a gentle profile. In a study on sensitive skin types, bakuchiol was shown to be both safe and effective in promoting a healthier appearance in photodamaged skin.2 Effective with fewer side effects, it’s the ideal addition to your winter skincare routine.

Another winter wonder is the indirect antioxidant melatonin. It repairs oxidative damage to the skin. This means that melatonin plays an important role in protecting the skin, including scavenging free radicals. And when our skin’s natural defenses are weakening, maybe it’s just what we need.

4. Sunscreen is still non-negotiable

Even as the days get shorter and the nights longer, you still need to protect your skin from UV rays.

The sunburn-causing UVB rays are strongest in summer. But they can take a toll on your skin all year round, especially during winter sports. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises: “Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV light, so the rays hit you twice, keep going Increase your risk of skin cancer and premature aging.”

Unlike UVB rays UVA radiation is constant throughout the day throughout the year. And it reaches your skin even on cloudy days and in your car, office or home. Opt for a sunscreen that’s labeled broad-spectrum — which means it meets FDA standards for UVA protection. And the higher the sun protection factor, the higher the UVA protection.

Care tip for the winter: sunscreen

Our recommended winter care routine

Step 1: Gentle micellar cleanser

Aggressive gel cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils. So make sure you choose a gentle cleanser that is suitable for daily use on all skin types, including sensitive skin. Our micellar cleansing water gently cleanses and removes make-up without disturbing your skin’s natural barrier.

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Winter Skincare Routine: Micellar Cleanser

Step 2: Revitalizing Eye Cream

After cleansing, reach for the eye contour cream. Applying before the serum helps the ingredients penetrate and protect sensitive skin.

Remember melatonin, that winter essence we mentioned? Try a melatonin eye cream like Vital Eyes. It helps protect the delicate area under the eyes from the effects of harsh environments. Bonus: its revitalizing effect help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes.

Winter Skincare Routine: Melatonin Eye Cream

Step 3: Moisture Serum

It’s time to double up or even triple up on hydrating serums. Try applying a hyaluronic acid serum after the eye cream in the morning and evening. Enjoy the silky texture of our Hyaluronic Concentrate water-gel serum or the 72-hour hydration of Hyaluronic Booster to add volume to skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Or opt for a 3-in-1 overnight recovery serum with melatonin. Melatonik provides hydration overnight and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier for up to 8 hours after application¹, gives the skin a healthy glow.

Winter Skincare Routine: Reparative Melatonin Serum

Step 4: Nourishing Moisturizer

Now is the time Lock in moisture with a soothing, rejuvenating moisturizer.

Use Age Contour in the morning to redefine winter skin with a smoother, firmer and more hydrated complexion. Before bed, enjoy our regenerating Age Contour Night formula. In addition to hydrating and soothing skin, it also contains melatonin, which helps stimulate natural antioxidant defenses and reduce visible signs of aging.

Winter Skincare Routine: Replenishing Moisturizer

Step 5: Broad-spectrum sunscreen

Complete a winter-proven skincare routine with lightweight, all-day, everyday sun protection. Eryfotona Actinica is a fast-absorbing, ultra-light emulsion All-mineral broadband sun protection. It also contains vitamin E: an antioxidant that helps strengthen the skin’s natural defenses and protect against environmental damage.

Winter Skincare Routine: Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Add a at night gentle exfoliating product to make your skin glow. Glicoisdin is our new Glycolic Acid range, designed to meet the needs of every skin type. Choose a low strength formula to start with before moving on to stronger strengths.

Apply a small amount of product every other day for the first week of use and continuously for the following weeks. The exfoliating action of glycolic acid helps soften the skin’s texture and promote the skin’s renewal process.

Take the winter skin!

References:

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