Winter Skin Care
Dermatologist's Hydrating and Hypoallergenic Moisturizers to Prevent Skin Dryness.
Winter weather is really hard on your skin. It starts in fall and 'snowballs' in winter (yes pun intended). Look for the early signs now and you'll see it as dryness, flaking and slight roughness. As fall turns to winter your skin will become even rougher and feel tight, itchy and may begin to crack and sting. It's winter's toll and you can protect yourself now by using the right skin care.
Why does skin get dry in winter and fall?
Cold weather outside, and hot dehumidified air indoors, pull out skin water to damage your skin barrier. Important barrier lipids are lost and skin protein is damaged. It ‘snowballs’ metaphorically until chapped irritant dermatitis hurts, itches and leaves your skin inflamed.
What are the big skin care mistakes that lead to winter itch and winter skin chapping?
1. Using hot water to shower and wash your hands.
Hot water strips skin oils. Add harsh soaps and you have the perfect storm for lost skin lipids. Hot water also fuels inflammation by increasing skin circulation. It’s why your skin is red after a hot shower. Turn your water temperature down and be gentle with your winter skin.
2. Not switching your moisturizer up in the winter to richer and more hydrating products.
Summer humidity pulls less water out of your skin. Winter sucks the water right out. Damaged skin lipids and protein leave skin even more vulnerable. Choose a moisturizer with oils that helps restore lost lipids. Look for botanical oils that can step in for lost skin oils including jojoba, sunflower, avocado, kukui, castor seed, pomegranate, rosehip, coconut, ceramides, squalane. Butters such as shea and cocoa are time honored emollients too. Products with water binding ingredients are important too, such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and sodium PCA (part of your skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor) are top choices . Boost your facial moisturizer with a few drops of Booster Oil that enriches the healing properties of your facial moisturizers.
3. Not applying moisturizer correctly.
Moisturizers work best when applied within the magic 3 minutes after toweling skin dry after bathing or washing. They also need to be applied morning and night. Chapped hands need moisturizer applied many times a day after washing.
4. Using harsh soaps for skin cleansing.
Use only gentle cleansers for bathing in winter. Use only gentle foaming liquid hand soaps that rinse of entirely; retained soap residue pulls out lipids and will damage skin protein even after you have towel dried your hands and stepped away from the sink.
5. Forgetting to moisturize your lips often.
Lip skin has less barrier strength and chaps easily, as you know. Keep hypoallergenic lip balm handy and apply it often. Always use it at bedtime too. Avoid allergens in lip balms that lead to chapping and ‘lip balm addiction’. Ingredients to avoid are camphor, menthol, fragrance and salicylic acid.
6. Skipping the sun protection.
Yes the sun feels softer in winter but it’s damage is still real. Winter sun burns, wrinkles and can lead to skin cancer. Wear a broad spectrum SPF 30+ product all year round on exposed skin. Doubtful? Get my UV Detecto Ring and watch the beads turn colors – a trick they only do in the presence of skin damaging UV rays!
7. Exposing hands and face to the elements.
Harsh weather pulls water out of skin. Cover hands with gloves and as much of your face as possible with a scarf or facial muff.
What can you do to prevent dryness and keep your skin healthy in fall and winter?
Use only gentle skin cleansers and deeply hydrating and hypoallergenic moisturizers to prevent seasonal skin dryness.
Best Moisturizers to Prevent Fall and Winter Dry Skin
Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™. A natural lotion that is a favorite for the entire family. Works well on hairy skin too so men love it. My husband uses this every day after the shower!
Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™. This rich butter deeply hydrates without ever feeling greasy on your skin. It's my personal favorite winter moisturizer.
Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Dry to Normal Skin™ My daily facial moisturizer for my 60-ish year old face. Light textured but rich in squalane and ceramides for state-of-the-art skin hydration.Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™ This is the absolute favorite facial moisturizing cream for oily or acne prone complexions. Rich in squalane for deep hydration. Dry Skin Hand Cream™. A fall and winter essential made with ingredients that heal and protect skin from dryness. I have a tube by every sink and have carried one in my lab coat pocket for years. My hands LOVE this cream.
Best Face Serums and Face Booster Oils to Prevent Dry Fall and Winter Skin
Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum™ My skin craves this serum because it is loaded with water binding hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA and glycerin in just the right forms and ratios for the best results.Omega Enriched Face Booster Oil I drip a few drops into my nightly moisturizer to enhance hydration and skin skin barrier repair. The same yummy botanical formulation as my Sensitive Skin Face Oil but enriched with borage oil and sea buckthorn calm to inflammation and enhance skin barrier repair. Makes a highly effective beard oil to condition beard hair and fight beardruff too!
Face Booster Oil, Sensitive Skin Formula. Made with beautiful organic botanical oils naturally rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and natural anti-inflammatory components that your skin needs to stay healthy.
Best Hand Cleansers to Prevent Fall and Winter Chapped Hands
Using a foaming and gentle hand cleanser is essential in fall and winter for preventing chapped hands. These are the perfect hand cleansers - hypoallergenic and easy rinse yet tough on germs. Keep one at every sink and don't wash your hands with harsh soaps - ever! Certified organic, all natural and safe for the entire family too!!
Best Hypoallergenic and Gentle Bar Soaps to Prevent Dry Skin
Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™ An all natural general face and body bar soap for the entire family. I keep this in my shower and love it!Vanicream Cleansing Bar A dermatologist's classic pH neutral hypoallergenic SYNDET good for facial and body care for the entire family.
Best pH Balanced Gentle and Non-Drying Facial Cleanser for Healthy Winter Skin
Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser This gentle cleanser cleans dirt, oil, and product residue without over-drying delicate winter facial skin. It's my personal favorite facial cleanser.
Best Organic and Non-toxic Lip Balm to Heal and Prevent Chapped Lips
Natural Lip Balm Keep a tube of my truly natural lip balm everywhere and use it all day to keep your lips soft, healthy and comfortable all fall and winter. Brilliantly hypoallergenic to prevent 'addiction to lip balm'! I apply it every night when I go to bed to hydrate my lips while I sleep too,
Act now to stop fall and winter skin dryness and have happy, healthy skin this season!