Just as we thought it might be over, winter weather rears its head. In winter, many of us need to switch gears, AND our skincare routine. With the Northeast having had some unseasonably warm days I hadn’t needed to switch anything up, BUT with frigid temps happening again, you can kind of see how my skin may be suffering some confusion.
I say it to my clients, and anyone who sits in my makeup chair, that yes, you need to address your skin’s DAILY needs. That doesn’t mean buying expensive new products all the time, but rather having a small arsenal of products to address the main needs your skin has based upon the time of year/weather and your skin type.
I tend towards oily, but as I am not young, need to also ensure I am including anti-aging ingredients as well as plenty of hydration. ( like retinols, peptides, and hyurolonic acid) A non-oily, water based product, that includes humectant and water binding ingredients like glycerin, hyurolonic acid, etc. are key for me, hence the creation of my Age Defy Serum. Normal to drier skin gals may prefer their source of moisturizer to come in a cream or gel emulsion, oil based serum, or a creamy moisturizer.
A rule of thumb is- the dryer/more frigid the weather, the creamier your products should be. So, if you’re a water based, oil free skincare gal like myself, maybe switching it up to a lightweight, thin consistency moisturizing lotion, might be enough. But, the dryer skin gals may benefit most from a thick cream, one heavier in oils and waxes.
Here’s a slight breakdown of general product types- there are many variations, but this is the basics.
Oil Free, water based lotions: may still contain some wax, but water is definitely the first ingredient. You can certainly find some that contain anti aging ingredients. Often a thinner consistency.
Moisturizing lotion: oil in water emulsion. Water is still the main ingredient but an emulsifier is used to suspend the oil droplets within the moisturizer to create a homogenous texture. The oil can help to replace lost lipids ( fats) from the skin. the water, of course adds hydration to the skin by making water available to cells.
Moisturizing cream: These are often thicker and denser in consistency, and contain more wax and oils. Water still may be the primary ingredient ( main ingredient always appears first on label) but this is because it is essential to provide hydration to skin cells. These are often a water in oil emulsion. The heavier oils and waxes are to help replace lost lipids (the oil) and to create a barrier on skin to prevent moisture loss through evaporation. We have all seen this with dry patchy skin, or even chapped skin during bitter temperatures. Super dry skinned or severely dehydrated skin types can benefit from this type of protection.
Indoor heating can also strip the moisture ( water) from our skin, I know my gas fireplace does! I love steaming my skin with my facial steamer, then applying my Age Defy Serum, and on bitter days my Nigella*7 Facial Oil ( coming soon!)
Usually I find you only need one step up in moisturization during more frigid temps. be sure to add that layer of protection your skin needs, and don’t forget the SPF- yes even in winter! The two I’ve mention before pictured here.
Lastly, hydration starts from the inside- drink plenty of non caffeinated beverages, other wise your essential organs ( brain, heart, lungs) will rob your cells of moisture to sustain themselves.