How to Protect My Skin from the Winter

Woman playing on the winter snow
Whether you’re outside enjoying winter activities like skiing or snowshoeing or if you’re inside trying to stay warm with the heat cranked up, your skin is constantly being bombarded by harsh and damaging stressors that can cause unwanted redness, inflammation, dryness, itching, flakiness and unwanted premature ageing.

A lot of women think that they only need to invest on skincare for summer, but it’s also crucial that you choose the right derma care facial kit such as our Replenishing Treatment for Dry Skin to ensure that your skin stays plump, moisturized and healthy during the cold, winter months. Here are some of our recommendations for taking care of your skin when you’re indoors or outdoors:

Proper skincare rules when spending time outdoors during the winter

Wear your sunblock.

“The weather’s cold, so I don’t need sunblock.” This is a common misconception among women, and it can cost you some serious skin damage. Even though you don’t get as many hours of sunlight during the winter, the UVR is still coming through and it bounces off of reflective snow, not to mention that UVR is stronger at higher elevations.

This is why you need to stock up on sunblock as part of your facial kit, so you can protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun when you’re out and about, especially when skiing, hiking and biking where you’re more prone to sun damage that causes premature ageing. You should also find the best cream for hyperpigmentation like our Kojic Acid Brightening Cream to ensure that you treat any sun damage before it gets worse.

If you want the best results, make sure to get a broad-spectrum sunblock with UVA and UVB protection and one that has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients. You also need to re-apply your sunblock every 2-3 hours, especially if you’ll be outdoors for the entire day.

Wear protective clothing.

Having the best uneven skin tone products isn’t enough to protect your skin during winter. You also need to invest in high quality protective clothing that will not only keep you warm but also shield your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. When shopping for winter clothes, look for products that offer this feature. You should also invest in a good hat and ski goggles to ensure that your face is protected while you’re out and about.

Of course, you also need to take care of your skin at the end of the day. Make sure that you have a hydra cream on hand like our Ocean Mineral Hydra Cream to restore the hydration on your skin after being exposed to the sun.

Wear more than just sunblock.

Aside from sunblock, you also need to apply a product under it that contains antioxidants that help with photoprotection, which in turn helps to prevent UV-induced free radical damage to the skin. In this case, I would recommend the go-to or hero product, which is our lightweight yet powerful Essentiale C Serum.

Essentiale C Serum, which is formulated with vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid, is a powerful blend of antioxidants that is geared to help neutralize free radical damage in the skin while having protective abilities against the sun. It is designed to reduce the appearance of premature aging and UV damage. We also decided to add in hyaluronic acid and orange stem cells to keep your skin hydrated, provide structural integrity, and stimulate collagen synthesis. This is a great layering product that can be applied under your moisturizer or sunblock for optimal hydration and protection of your natural skin barrier.

Proper skincare routine when you’re indoors during the winter

Our environment can dictate how our skin reacts and behaves, and when it’s cold outside, we are naturally inclined to stay indoors to be cozy and warm. We also make sure to heat our homes with centralized air conditioning that can create low in-room humidity, and we tend to take long, hot showers or baths to be comfortable.

Although there’s nothing wrong with treating ourselves to some warmth during the winter, it can also wreak havoc on our skin and lead to roughness, dryness and tightness. We might also see cracking, scaling, redness and inflammation. This process happens when our skin’s natural barrier becomes compromised and loses water, which in turn results to dehydration, cracking and sensitivity. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin hydrated while staying indoors during the winter: 

  • Get a humidifier, take warm—not hot—showers and rinse off immediately after going into a hot tub. You also need to apply a hydra cream such as our Ocean Mineral Hydra Cream for hydration and other products that contain key components such as hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids that are already found in the natural skin barrier for added moisture. Keep in mind that you’re basically feeding and nourishing your skin with what it’s already made up of. 

  • Use the right skincare products including the best cream for uneven skin tone on the face like our Kojic Acid Brightening Cream. I recommend the layering approach with an oil like our Nourishing Rosehip Oil and then a moisturizer designed for hydration. Our Nourishing Rosehip Oil is a blend of essential fatty acids that play a major role in maintaining the hydration of your skin. Massage the oil into your skin for about 90 seconds to help it absorb well. Then, you can apply our Ocean Mineral Hydra Cream, which is a blend of oceanic botanicals, essential fatty acids and hyaluronic acid that’s especially formulated to hydrate, soothe and strengthen the skin.

    It's always good practice to invest in skincare during the winter months because the cold can do more damage to your skin than the hot weather. Applying the best face pack for uneven skin tone, hydration cream, and sunblock can already do a lot to ensure that you don’t suffer from serious damage in the long run. Whether you’re going out or staying in, you need to embrace the habit of using the right skincare products to enjoy the cold, winter months without worrying about damaging your precious skin.

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